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Week Beginning 26 October 2015

Library Books: Library book can be kept at home throughout the week and returned on Friday. There is a lot of confusion when books are returned on other days in the week and they can get lost or put on book shelves in classrooms. We only have one scheduled library visit per week. Thank you.

MESSAGES

  • Giving Tree: Its not too late to send in replies and donationions for our Giving Tree Charity. Please send slips and cash in a sealed envelope clearly marked for the ‘Giving Tree’and with your childs name and class. – Thank you.
  • Dressing Up Clothes request: If you have any old but good quality dressing up clothes that your children do not fit into or play with anymore we would love to use them in Reception. Please send them in with your child clearly labelled as ‘dressing  up clothes’- Thank you.
  • Uniform:  Now that it is colder in the mornings please remember that children should not be wearing leggings, boots or hoodies.  They should be wearing school jumpers/cardigans/fleeces and NOT non-uniform versions.  Information is available on the Primary Parent Handbook on the website.
  • Book Week:  Information about the Book Week which is week beginning Monday 2 November is being sent out today.  Please be aware of all the exciting activities that are taking place.
  • Book Fair:  This year the Book Fair, where you can buy books, will take place in school from Thursday 19-Saturday 21 November.  More information to follow.
  • Visiting Poet: Nick Tozeck will be working with children on Monday 9-Tuesday 10 November.

LEARNING THEME: TREASURE

Treasure theme will be drawing to a close this week as we put the finishing touches to our maps and consolidate how we can talk about the routes we have drawn on them. Our theme has brought up questions from the children about how Pirates live on boats so we will be taking a closer look at the Ships. We will be challenging the children to make their own boats too and embarking on some journeys to see if they have made them well enough to sail the seven seas or if they will be ship wrecks at the bottom of the sea!

THE BIG QUESTION:     WHAT IS LIFE LIKE ABOARD A PIRATE SHIP?

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

LITERACY

We will be continiuing to reinforce the language of maps and talking about routes using positional and directional language and encourage the children to share their routes and describe their maps to one another. As we look at boats we will be extending the childrens vocabulary to be able to talk about how Pirates live on their ships. As we have been exploring our theme the children have been asking some really interesting questions about where the pirates sleep and eat and do they have a bath. Perhaps this week we will be able to find out! We will be looking in information books and on the computer to investigate our questions.

Key Vocabulary: journey, map, route, question, answer, fiction, information.

Development Outcomes:

Link statements and stick to a main theme or intention.

Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.

Know that information can be retrieved from books and computers.

PHONICS

Pufferfish- Last week, we learned the diagraphs sh and ch, this week we will learn th and ng. We will continue to blend and segment for reading and writing. We will continue to practise reading and spelling our tricky words.

Sharks- The Shark group will be revisiting all sounds learnt to date from Phase 2 sets 1 to 6. They will practise how to form each corresponding letter as well as practise their blending and segmenting skills. 

Octopus- We will be learning the sounds h and b and practising blending and segmenting with their new sounds.

Jellyfish-  Jellyfish will review the sounds learnt to date. We will focus on word building activities using the sounds s,a,t,p,i,n,g,o,c,k,e,u,r.

Starfish- We will be using all the letters taught so far to read and write VC and CVC words, for example, in, at, cat, man, can, got, dig. We will be practising writing the letters using the correct formation too. We will introduce new sounds: ck, e, u.

MATHS

This week we will be consolidating the work we have begun on positional language . We will be describing the positions of things and also looking at directional words to help us describe routes around our treasure maps and also routes through an obstacle course.

Key Vocabulary: above, under, next to, beside, left, right, behind, in front of, around, over, through, between, forward, back.

Development Outcomes:

Can describe their relative position such as ‘behind’ or ‘next to’.

MANDARIN

We are recapping our work on directions and maps this week. We will practise giving the directions in mandarin: to the left, to the right, go forward, go backwards. We are going to make a boat and ask children describe the directions we go in and  give us directions in mandarin.

Key words:  next to   旁边 (pang bian )     up  上面  (shang mian)   down 下面 (xia mian)  

DUTCH

Deze week lezen we een nieuw avontuur van Clown Tito.  Clown Tito is de ster van Circus Rondo.  Elke dag treedt hij op .  De  mensen vinden het prachtig!  Maar dan gebeurt er iets vreemds.  Tito speelt zijn neus kwijt!   In de neuzenwinkel hebben ze helaas geen ronde neuzen meer.  Kan jij een nieuwe neus vinden voor Tito?  Jules zet zijn rijmpet weer op en we oefenen verder met rijmwoorden.

We gaan elke dinsdag met de Nederlandse klas naar de bibliotheek. Gelieve het boek tijdig weer mee te geven met uw kind.  Dank voor uw medewerking hierbij.