Important Note

Important note

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  • A gentle reminder that tomorrow is the last day that you should hand in the display file with your comments written inside. Till now I have only received 3 files.

Parents’ Day

  • A gentle reminder that all those who require a particular appointment for the parents’ meeting being held on the 15th/16th of March to kindly send in the requests by Thursday the latest. I will try my best to accommodate on a first come first served basis.

Thank you for your attention

Ms. Geraldine




Term 2 Week 7 – Introduction to Number 5

This week we finished working with number 3 and started the introduction to number 5.  The children remembered that Mrs. Duck helped us form number 5.  They used blocks to practice counting several numbers amongst them number 5.

They also played a game where I showed them a number, they said what it is and then they selected the same amount of friends to come out in front of the class.

Writing number 5

As you all know by now our main focus is on the formation.  The children have to say the steps that are in the above rhyme above or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.

Although I mention the above rhyme I prefer using the shape of Mrs. Duck for them to remember the formation.

  • Start at the eye
  • God down her neck
  • Go round her body
  • Lift and give her a hat.

Another hands on activity was counting and sticking 5 eggs onto the nest craft they did throughout the week.  We will be practicing writing number next week.

As part of the number 5 lessons the children also sang to various number 5 songs –

5 little ducks –


5 speckled frogs –



Term 2 Week 7 – Writing Letter n

The children enjoyed working with the second letter for this week – letter n.  They wrote it on the interactive whiteboard, played games which included this letter and mentioned words like nose, neck, nice, numbers, nine, nurse, necklace, nail, nail polish and nuts.

They also practiced writing this letter on their workbooks.  This is how the pages looked like:

As you can see from the pages above letter n is a one-armed robot letter.  This is because it has like one arm jutting out.

Besides following the letter formation mentioned in the above pages I stress the following points.

To help the children get the correct formation:

  • Letter n is written in one motion. We do not lift the pencil from the paper whilst writing it.
  • The top part of the tunnel has to be round not like a square.
  • Letter n has a tail at the end.
  • The tail cannot be very long.

Here are some photos of the children working with letter n.



Term 2 Week 7 – In the Garden – Part 1

“In the garden” is the new topic we started working on during this week.


During circle time we spoke about the many things and creatures we can find in the garden.  The children managed to come up with many ideas of their own such as flowers, ants, snails, grass, birds, butterflies, dragon flies, plants and trees.

We went into detail of what might live in trees and this lead us to the word nest.  The children learnt that you can find different shaped nests.  The most common are the cup shaped ones.

Their shape varies depending on the bird which creates them.  Birds use leaves, twigs, mud, spider web threads, feathers and even their own saliva to put together their little homes.

The children also watched a video clip of how a humming bird weaves a nest for its little ones.

Nests – Many types of nests (Nature documentary) – They watched till 5’56’’.

The word camouflage featured in this topic as well.  The birds do all that is possible to camouflage their homes from bigger predators.  They watched this fact in the following video clip.

How do birds camouflage their nests?

For story time we watched, The best nest by P.D. Eastman

The children created their own nest using a paper plate.  They painted it half blue and half brown, they coloured in a cute little bird which they stuck on the plate and last but not least they glued pieces of hay for the nest.  This craft was also linked to the numeracy lesson.  You can find more details in the numeracy blog.

The word nest led us to the next letter for this week – letter n.  More details can also be found in the literacy blog.

The nest is best song –



Term 2 Week 7 – Writing Number 3

As you might have realized last week we started working with the numbers that start with a curve.  Number 3 is such a number.

After remembering the formation and the animal which helps us remember its shape, the children practiced this value by sticking 3 eyes on the friendly monsters that you can see outside our classroom.

They also recalled that the number 3 numicon shape is yellow with 3 holes.


Writing number 3

As you all know by now our main focus is on the formation.  The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme above or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.  This is a difficult number to write for most children so if the rhyme does not help I also use the following:

  1. Start at the dot.
  2. Go round
  3. Stop
  4. Pull back
  5. Go round again.

This usually helps them with the correct 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, than we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left.  Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
  • When we start writing this number we have to curve straight away. We cannot write a horizontal or a sleeping line as I like to call it.
  • After the 1st curved part I point out that we stop for a very little bit but our pencil is still touching the paper, than we curve again. I do this to try and avoid having a space between the top curve and the bottom curve of number 3.
  • We write this number all at once. We do not lift our pencil from the paper until the number three is done.  The children need a reminder for this at times.
  • 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.

We also worked a mixed page were the children had to count objects and match them to their corresponding number.

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Term 2 Week 7 – Writing Letter p continued

Last week we started the ground work for letter sound p.  The children observed that this is a one-armed robot letter because it seems to have an arm jutting out.

The children mentioned words which start with this letter.  We also went through the term 1 material as we usually do.  This week we developed this further.  We saw that there can be various types of paints used for different reasons and which create different effects.

Paint can also be put in special machines to print books which we love so much.  I showed the children The Three Little Pigs reading book pointing to the children what printing means when creating a book.

I also read this story to them which also linked us to our first number for this week – number 3.

Here is an on line version of The Three Little Pigs

3 little pigs song –

We then proceeded to practice writing this letter first on the big interactive whiteboard than on our workbooks.  These are the usual pages. (We worked the recognition page last week).


Writing letter p

It is very important that the proper steps are used for writing p.  The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.

  • I always mention our two friendly robots WALT and WILF who help us in this regard. The formation is written in the snapshot of the pages above.
  • When “going down” we try to write straight not curve the line.
  • We bounce back up straight away and don’t lift the pencil to continue writing.
  • The head of letter p must not be very big and not very small.

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, then we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left.  Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
  • Sometimes the amount of boxes in a page may be overwhelming for some children until they get used to it. There are a couple of things you can do to help them.
    • One of them is to cover the page with a blank paper leaving only the row the child is working on. Encouragement after each line is finished is a must.
    • You can put a smiley face at the start of the line before the child starts writing in that row as an indicator. With some children it works better if you put the smiley face of any other little drawing after they finish the row of letters as a reward.

We revised the first jolly phonic group of words s,a,t,i,p,n by going through the rhymes and the formation of each one.  Then the children worked a mixed page on the workbooks where the children had to circle the initial letter sound of each picture.

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This letter brought our patterns topic to an end   🙂


Term 2 Week 7 – Man Made Patterns

During this week we explored patterns made by man with particular focus on what children might create using different media.

The following are some examples you might want to experiment with your children.

Starting from the left hand side painting/drawing with cotton buds, chalk, finger painting, plate washing sponges, bottle corks and rope.

The children watched a sweet story called I ain’t gonna paint no more written by Karen Beaumont.

The children worked on a project in small groups where they painted away on cardboard sheets using different shaped stamps.

Part of these painted cardboard sheets were transformed into lovely colourful butterflies which are hanging in our class garden   :).  Other painting patterns created by the children will be transformed into little crafts which the children will bring home at end of term.

Here are some photos of the children experimenting with paint.


The words paint, led us to the first letter we worked with this week – p for paint.  You can find more information under the literacy blog.


The Mustard Seed

One of the stories which we read in class was that of the Mustard Seed, one of the many parables Jesus created.

We explained the story in a child friendly way saying that we are people and every day we learn new things.  This helps us grow not in size but in the number of things we know called knowledge.

God helps us learn by showing us the good things we have to do such as being kind to others, sharing, loving our family etc.  We have to believe (have faith) in God that He can help us, just like we believe that from a tiny mustard seed we can grow a tree if we take care of it well.

The Mustard Seed Story –

The Mustard seed grows into a huge tree if it is nurtured and loved.  Just like our love for Jesus grows, the more we listen to his teaching and His good examples.  Even we can set a good example, show our love to our loved ones and let our love grow by doing good deeds.

The video clip below is an example of how people can help each other.  Even we as young people can help by cleaning up our toys, books, help lay the table for dinner, help carry our school bag, give pegs to mummy whilst hanging the clothes etc.

Pay it Forward –

The children created their own mustard tree.  They painted the top part then assembled it along with the tree trunk and little yellow kite paper balls representing the seeds onto a piece of cartoncene.

These will be hanging in class   🙂

They only followed the part where I mentioned that helping our loved ones is important to show we care.

PS – All the children participated in the mustard tree craft as this in itself is a positive way of behaving as social beings whether we belong to one kind of religion or another. The non –Catholics did not follow the story itself and its teaching.



Good Deeds Reminder

A gentle reminder that every day we are sending a small heart home for you to write one good deed your child would have done with their loved ones.

I encourage you to fill up the heart and send it over as the children look forward to this activity in class.

Moreover this promotes good behaviour.

Each time you send a heart over we will send another empty one back for you to find another good deed that your child would have done.  Please reinforce this heart with a cardboard backing.

All these hearts will be stuck on our good deeds heart tree in front of our classroom.  The tree will look something like this.

good deeds.jpg

Ms Geraldine