Welcome to Birch Class
Classteacher: Miss H. Munro
Mrs. Y. White
Mrs. L. Mitchell
Mrs. V. Bensilum
Our topic for the Summer Term is...
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS!
We will be learning about rainforests and the animals that live there, focusing on the Amazon and Brazil (we believe there is something exciting happening there this year...?!), as well as investigating endangered species and how we can help to preserve them.
This week's learning...
In maths, the children are learning how to analyse the data that they have collected.
They will be using their tally charts to create different graphs to display their data.
We have been on a tour around the school asking adults their opinions on football; the children are going to plot this data into a graph.
The children will then be using the graphs to talk about the results, identifying the
most popular and least favourite categories.
In literacy, the children have been working hard to spot and read digraphs and trigraphs that appear in different words. They have been working hard to read pseudo words (alien names) during their phonics lessons.
We have spent time looking at the definition of different words,
can your child remember any of our new words or definitions? Can they show you any of our actions?
We are encouraging the children to look carefully at their work and to reflect on what could make it even better next time. We would love it if you could support this when you come to the classroom (you are warmly welcomed to pop in on Monday mornings or Wednesday afternoons!) by asking your child what the green and yellow in their books means.
Green for Growth - what the children could grow and develop next time.
Yippee Yellow - Something that made their teachers shout 'Yippee!'.
Ask your child why they have stuck a WALT sticker in their work. Did they feel proud of themselves? Did they get lots of Yippee Yellow? Do they want to work on their ideas a bit more?
At Home Observations - one of our focus areas this week: feel free to keep an eye out for this in your children's play! If you spot it, record it for their Learning Journey (you could even print this out and scribble on it if that's easier!)
The children are having lots of fun playing in the puddles at playtime. If your child would like to splash in the puddles at playtime, please send wellies into school in a named carrier bag. Thank you!
Please remember to come in to the classroom on a Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon, to share and contribute to your child's learning journey.
Ever wonder which skills your children are learning through play? Here is a link that you might find interesting:
Learning Journey 'At Home' Notes - print them from here!
Phonics and Reading:
To help you to support your child's fantastic phonic and reading development at home, we have put together a group of video clips to give you some guidance. It focuses on the importance of sharing stories together at home, as well as how you can support your child when beginning to blend sounds together. We hope this helps!
http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-2-storytime-home/ - the importance of story time at home - the most importance aspect of learning to read in these early stages!
http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-3-preparing-teach-your-child-reading/ - how to get your child ready for decoding 'phonic' books.
http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-5-how-review-group-sounds/ -for when your child is showing an interest in sounds and letters at home.
Wish your child would say more than "nothing" when you ask about their day? Try using these sneaky questions when you chat to them (borrowed from a parenting blog...too good not to share!).