Patterned toy and other items

 

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Dear all,

As you all know we are currently working on patterns during our topic work sessions.  I casually asked the children to bring a small toy or a clothes item from home which has a pattern of some kind on it so they can talk about it during circle time.

The above might be an example.  Please do not buy any!  All those who already sent an item do not need to do so again.

Thanks for you co-operation

Ms. Geraldine

 

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Term 2 Week 3 – The Story of Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat and photos

This week all those who follow the religion lesson got to know about another story that can be found in the Bible and the values it teaches us.  The story is Joseph and the Technicoloured Dream Coat.

Joseph and his Technicoloured dream coat –


The children then answered some questions related to the story such as

  • Who got a special present?
  • What was the special present?
  • Why did Joseph’s brothers not like Joseph?
  • What is jealousy? (I explained it as being very angry or very upset because we want things that others have and we don’t have them. At times we even try and hurt the other person with words or even physically because of this).

The children got to know that God knows what would be happening in all situations.  He cares about what is happening to us.  Even when bad things happen, God can make something good out of the situation.

Over parents, friends and other adults in our lives show us this and provide the guidance necessary.  However it is important that we listen.

Maria Friedman – Joseph’s Coat Song –


At this point all the class joined the lesson where I explained again in simple terms what jealousy means.  We even acted out different everyday life situations that the children might find themselves in and get jealous.

One such situation was the following.   A friend has a special toy.  We do not have one like it so we snatch it and break it for them.  We acted out the positive side where we should ask politely if we could play with that toy for a little bit as we do not have one like it.

The children understood that at times we may be angry or upset because we do not fully understand a situation but when we show love to others everyone is put right.

The children then created a random pattern using colourful kite paper which they glued onto a big cardboard.  For those who follow the religion lesson parts of the cardboard will be turned into Joseph’s Coat.

For those who do not follow the lesson it was another pattern work exercise.  Here are some photos of the children at work   🙂

 

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Term 2 Week 3 – Revision of letters, photos, and games.

One of the literacy lessons this week was dedicated to the revision of the letters we have done so far.

The children listened to the jolly phonic rhymes we have done so far.


They were also given small letter cards and their whiteboards to copy the letter formation.  I went around encouraging them and praising them now that they started using their magic fingers to write.

I corrected any letters which were not written properly by showing them the correct formation.  This was their attempt of writing letters freely before we actually start writing them in our workbook.

First we have to finish the following letters y and q in the coming week.


The children also played the following games which helped them remember the letter sounds, associate the letters to their image and to practice the first letter sounds.  This can be a fun way of revising at home too.

https://www.education.com/game/beginning-sounds-balloon-pop/

http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/literacy/firstsounds/

 

Term 2 Week 3 – Number 0 and revision work

The number we tackled this week is 0.

We revised the material done during the first term where we compared empty containers with nothing inside thus zero objects to other containers with various amounts of objects.  As part of the zero lessons the children watched two videos clips which are the following:

Let’s Count up to Ten – Counting Song


The Zero Song Starfall –


Writing number 0

The children remembered that Mrs. Owl’s friend helps us see the zero shape.

owl

However they focused mostly on the rhyme below.

o formation

Other important points

  • I always remind the children that we start writing from the line at the top left and proceed to the right side of a page.  When we finish a line we go down to the next line and start again writing from left to right.  Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left.  Children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.  At times I draw small images on the side to show them which line they have to complete.

many os

  • When writing zero they have to go towards the left hand side to write it. If this is difficult I draw a little arrow for them which helps them see the direction to take.
  • I also remind them from time to time to write the number in the box.
  • If they have just a dot in a box, that is not a mistake but they have to use their imagination and remember how to form the number. At times they would need guidance from where to start and to where they need to proceed.

Revision Work

I dedicated one of this week’s lessons to revision work.  The children were given the 1-10 number line and they had to match the numicon shapes to it and count the holes in the process.

 

 

Term 2 Week 3 Letter x and photos

The second new letter for week 3 was letter x – xylophone.

The children learnt that this is an instrument originally made out of small wooden bars stuck next to each other and then hit by sticks to make a sound.  Nowadays the bars can also be made from metal.  The children watched two clips to listen to the sound that such an instrument makes, as well as appreciate the talents of people around us.

Young boy playing the xylophone


A professional Player


The children got to know that this letter can be called a special letter as there are very few words which start with this sound example xylophone.

  • However there are words which end with this sound so the children tried and managed to come up with two words fox and box.
  • I mentioned that at times a word can start with the letter name such as x-ray.
  • Last but not least the children became aware that the x sound can feature at any part of a word. They watched these video clips to understand this.

Letter x songs –

 


The children watched this story called AlphaTales A Xylophone for X-Ray Fish –


The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter x sound:

Two boys are playing outside.  One of them falls off a tree and hurts his arm.  In the hospital a nurse takes an x-x ray of the arm /x,x,x,x,x,x/.  The x-ray shows that his boy’s arm is broken.  The nurse puts a plaster cast on it to help it mend properly.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter x sound

The children pretend to take an x-ray picture, pointing the camera and saying ks, ks.

Letter x formation

x formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top then ks ks like a pirate.

They also played games on the white board such as the magic window game and sorted out the letter x beans from others.


As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter x formation in the scrapbook.

Craft associated with this letter – The children had an x shaped cutout and they had to assemble from smallest to largest coloured foam pieces, representing the bars on a xylophone.  Then they stuck them on.   They are hanging outside our classroom door.

This is how they look like.

Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter x.
  • You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
  • You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter x
  • Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound x. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

 

Term 2 Week 3 Letter v, stories and photos

One of the letters for week 3 was letter v – violin.

We got to know that this classical instrument is made from wood and that it has four strings (linked to numeracy) which make the sound by vibrating after they are touched by a bow consisting of a stick with a ribbon of horsehair strung between the tip and frog at opposite ends.

Ms. Corinne got her violin from home to show it to the children.

We all appreciated the wonderful talents of an amazing 6-Year-old violinist playing “Let It Go” From Disney’s Frozen –


They also watched as very short story called Vivi the violin –


As usual the children were enthusiastic to try and come up with words which start with the v sound.  Words which featured were violin, van, voice, violet, vase, and vegetables.

They also played games on the white board such as the magic window game and sorting the v letter beans from others using pegs.

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter v sound:

Uncle Vic is a delivery man.  He is on his way to visit his niece and nephew.  When he arrives they set off in his van vroom!  They drive through the village to deliver some vegetables.  The children pretend to drive and go /v,v,v,v,v,v/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter v sound

The children pretend to be driving a van, turning the steering wheel, and making a continuous / v,v,v,v/.

Letter v formation

v formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, slide down
  • Step 2 – and up the hill

As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter v formation in the scrapbook using the rainbow technique.

Important note – I told the children that letter v has 1 point at the bottom.  This bottom part is not round.

Craft associated with this letter – The children had a violin cutout which they sponge painted reddish brown.  All the violins are stuck outside our classroom door.

Here are the photos taken during the letter v literacy lesson.

 

Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter v.
  • You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
  • You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter v
  • Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound v. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

 

 

Patterns in Music

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During this week we focused on patterns in music.  I introduced the topic by helping the children understand that one of our senses is very special that of hearing.

We are bombarded with sounds that happen around us but most often we listen to the sounds we want to.

At times we do not stop to appreciate some of the sounds we hear.  So to help the children start understanding and appreciating this we played a game in class.

Game – Stop and listen to sounds.

Everyone had to remain quiet for 5 minutes and listen to the sounds around us.  We then mentioned what each one of us heard.  They came up with sounds that had meaning to them such as a teacher talking, children laughing, a chair being moved, a car engine outside, a lorry horn, people walking, and a ball being thrown.

This is an exercise that you can play at home with your children.  It helps them develop their listening skills for their future life.  Very often we hear what is happening around us but we listen to what we want.

On another day we did the same exercise but appreciated the sound of silence.  Sometimes it is a good thing to stop and appreciate silence.

The children became aware that we can make sounds with practically everything around us.  We created a sound pattern by using our hands for clapping and feet for stomping.  We used a pattern sequence such as 1,2,3,4 – meaning 1 = clap one time, 2 = stomp 2 times, 3 = yawn 1 time, 4 = bang 4 times on the table etc.  This is simple example on line.

Clapping Machine – Jack Hartmann –


We also took a closer look at various instruments we can find around us by listening to various songs:  Some are the following:

Musical Instruments Sounds for Kids – Part 1


The Best Sounds around (Instruments) –


They listened to the sounds various instruments make in the following game where we mentioned what the various instruments are called.  They really enjoyed listening to the sounds the instruments made.

http://pbskids.org/daniel/games/music-shop/

Some said they wanted to learn an instrument such as the violin, the guitar, the saxophone and the piano.  Others said that they had a piano at home   🙂

We went slightly professional and created a piece of music with various instruments by using a basic and simple programme called Splice Sound Maker.  Here is the link below for the children to have a try.

This is how it works. The children create a beat by clicking on the various buttons found on the grid.  Each horizontal row represents an instrument.  You can then record it and listen to your little masterpiece again.  The children were really pleased with the little musical piece they created.  Their first attempt was just noise but when they used a pattern they actually created an amateur musical piece.   🙂

Splice Sound Maker –

https://splice.com/sounds/beatmaker

Here is their beat –

https://splice.com/sounds/beatmaker/0d165da1d6a6

We took a very close look at two instruments which are linked to the two new letters for week 3, v and x.  See literacy blogs for more details and photos.

 

Term 2 Week 2 – Writing Number 4

During week 2 the children started writing number 4.

We practiced its value, said its name and saw which animal character helps us remember its shape.  We also saw were 4 stands on the number line.

numicon

Writing number 4

As we do with every number we revise the work done during the first term.  The children recalled that mummy caterpillar and baby caterpillar help us remember the shape of number 4.

4 caterpillar

However our main focus is more on the rhyme at this point because it guides them with the formation.

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It is very important that the proper steps are used for writing 4.  The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.  Here is how our number writing pages look like.

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After we finished working with number 4 we worked on a mixed page were the children had to count objects and circle the correct corresponding number.  Here is what the page looked like.

Number 4 Songs –

 

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Term 2 Week 2 – Letter w

From the topic work blog you could see that the other letter for this week was w – wool.

Jolly Phonic Letter w story

We started with a story based on one of Aesop’s fables.  The sun and the wind are competing who will manage to keep on or take off the jacket a man is wearing and so show who is the stronger of the two.

The wind blows strongly and the sun shines hotter and hotter.  I gave the story our own ending by saying that the wind won (since we are working on letter sound w.)  The man remained with his jacket on!

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We even acted the story out in class and the children had a good laugh when Olda being the man in the story was given my jacket to wear to protect him from the wind, which obviously was too big for him.

Here is the photo   🙂

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As usual the children also came up with their own w words.  They mentioned words like wind, word, window, wolf, win, wand, watch, which, when, where, why and wall.  They also played the magic window game on the white board which showed some of the words above.

Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter w sound

The children pretend to be the wind and blow on their own hands saying / w,w,w,w,/.

Letter w formation

w formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, slide down
  • Step 2 – and up the hill
  • Step 3 – slide down again
  • Step 4 – and up the hill once more

Important point – I pointed out that this letter has two points at the bottom for them to differentiate it from the letter v which we will be doing shortly.

The children practiced the usual w formation using crayons on their scrapbook.  They also created their own craft.  They created a patterned web using wool and a circle shaped cardboard.

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Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter w.
  • You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
  • You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter w
  • Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound w. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂