Next week we will be learning:
Phonics: The children have been working hard at learning new phonemes and diagraphs as well as tricky words and grapheme formation. Next week we will be continuing to do this and applying skills that they have learnt in their lessons to their child initiated learning.
Literacy: Next week we will be reading the story of ‘Aliens love underpants’, the children will be naming different book terminology, doing some shared writing about the characteristics of aliens and re-telling the story in groups.
Maths: We will be continuing to cement number skills that the children have been learning in our maths lessons through a number hunt, number games and using different resources to form numbers in the right way. The children will be looking at halving next week, using different resources to work out sums and writing their own.
Topic: Next week we will be looking at the story of ‘Aliens love underpants’ in our topic work as well. The children will be designing their own alien and writing about them. We will also be carrying out an experiment to make slime!
How you can help at home:
Reading with your child at least 5 times week (whole school expectation), talking with your child about tricky words and helping to sound out new words that they can breakdown phonetically. If your child is forming graphemes (letters) please model to them how to form them correctly so we can address any misconceptions. Provide your child with opportunities to mark make/ write for a range of purposes.
Talk with your child about the book of ‘Aliens love underpants’. What happens in the book? Discuss feelings of characters throughout. Play describing games; ask your child to describe the alien they created at school, or you describe an alien to them and see if they can draw what you say.
Provide your child with a range of opportunities to play mathematical games and explore number. Ask them to name different numbers in a range of contexts and when they are out of order. If your child is writing numerals please model to them how to form them correctly if needed. Look at halving together, talk through the process of how to halve a number using concrete resources and write a range of sums talking about symbols that they need to use.
Use junk modelling to make an alien – can your child make a plan first to describe what they will need to use. Draw and label a picture of an alien; do they have any special powers? Read another alien story – can your child tell an adult at school about another book they have read at home?
I look forward to seeing you all at parents evening next week, if you have any problems with your appointment time please let me know and we can try to arrange an alternative. Advice can be given about how you can help your child at home and what their ‘next steps’ are.