In Maths we will be completing week 9 of the NCETM's Mastering Number programme, which continues our work on composition.
This week, the children will build on their understanding of the composition of numbers by investigating the composition of 3, 4 and 5. Composing and de-composing numbers involves the children investigating part–part–whole relations, e.g. seeing that 3 can be composed of 1 and 2. Through practical experience, they will consolidate their understanding of a whole being made up of smaller parts. They will begin to recognise that numbers can be made by combining parts in different ways. A key focus will be the spatial arrangements that can be made with different combinations of the same number of objects.
The children will have experience of subitising small quantities and will use their skills to identify the numbers within 5. They will have previously made towers of blocks in different ways, and will begin to recognise that 3, 4 and 5 can be made by combining parts in different ways. When the children can compose and flexibly de-compose numbers mentally, they will become more fluent in their knowledge of number bonds and they can use these to become efficient when calculating in KS1 and KS2.
Following recent phonic assessments - to check which sounds your child has remembered and has rapid recall of, whether your child can orally blend or can blend to read words - the children will be working in groups for targeted phonics each day. The children move groups on a regular basis to match their phonic ability. Most of the children will not have any new sounds for a while as they will be learning the sound for any gaps they have and working on oral blending and then blending to read words. Please keep practising the sounds that we have already covered at home and re-watch any of the links that we have sent home. At home you can help by practising using the flashcards, as well as saying the sound for your child to write down. The office will email out links on 'Fred Talk' to support children who are at the orally blending stage.
This week we are having some extra whole class sessions to revise the "special friends" as we call 'digraphs' ( i.e. when 2 letters make 1 new sound together, rather than their individual sounds). We will be re-capping previous work on these sounds:
sh, th, ch, qu, ng, nk, ff, ll and learning about ss and ck.
In P.E. we will continue work on improving our core strength in our 'Big Moves' sessions and doing some yoga in the classroom, as our hall time is needed for the Year 2 children to perform their Nativity. The children are having a fantastic time in our builders headquarters and are working very hard to improve their fine motor skills using the nuts, bolts and wrenches etc. We will be starting work in R.E. on the Nativity Story and are enjoying joining in the KS1 Singing and Mentions Assembly with the Year One and Two children each Thursday.
The children have voted and our "Creation Station' will be changing into an Elf workshop and we will be practising our scissor skills as we wrap up presents!
Tuesday will be the flu vaccinations. On Friday morning the PTA are running visits to Santa's Grotto.
On Friday afternoon we will be going on a church visit to learn more about the Nativity story. Please do let us know if any parents or grandparents would like to come with us.
The EYFS Team