Easter Rabbit Craft


In a few week’s time we will be working with letter r.  As part of the craft session pertaining to this letter we will be doing an Easter sock rabbit/bunny.

For this activity to happen could you send in the following in the coming week:

  • 350g of rice.
  • An old sock. Preferably a 4/5 year old child’s sock.
  • It would be better if it is coloured. It can also have a pattern on it.
  • If you happen not to have any such socks you can team up in two’s to get a pair as I only need one sock per child. (1 rabbit per child).

Thank you for your constant support

Ms. Geraldine



The Box Outing


Dear all,

A gentle reminder about the outing taking place on Tuesday 6th March (originally scheduled for the 7th March in our case).

We will be going to “The Box” in Mosta. Ms. Karen sent you the memo this weekend.

Important points.

  • The children will be participating in a fun interactive percussion workshop where they will consolidate many of the facts they learnt this past month in class during our pattern theme.
  • We will be going to San Anton Gardens in Attard too to take a closer look at the various beautiful patterns found in the flower beds and the surroundings.
  • Please bring the children on time on the day as we will be leaving school at 8.15 am.
  • The children have to come to school in full winter uniform as well as their school cap.
  • They have to bring a small bag with their usual main lunch and drink. Please send in their 2 snacks in their usual school bag too as we will be having breakfast prior to the outing and our last snack when we return to school.  All the bags have to be clearly labelled not to cause any confusion or children picking their friends items instead.
  • Tomorrow kindly send in the consent form Ms. Karen sent with the email. Just in case you did not receive Ms. Karen’s email please refer to the below form.


The Box Outing


Kind regards

Ms. Geraldine


Term 2 Week 8 – Introduction to Number 8 and Symmetry Continued

The second number we worked with this during this week was number 8.

We always start off our numeracy sessions with a song which helps the children remember the sequencing of the numbers.

The children enjoy this song very much as they march on the spot with every number that is recited.

The children proceeded to counting 8 different objects.  They even painted 8 little petals which at the end of the week were put together along with other components to form the sunflower plant in our 2nd symmetry lesson.

The children were given the numicon shapes and the play dough to practice counting the various numbers obviously amongst them there was number 8.  We will be working with the formation of 8 next week.



We had already spoken about this a couple of weeks back when we were exploring the use of paints.

We had created a friendly monster by putting blobs of paint onto a blank sheet of paper and folding it in half.  When we opened the paper again we had an identical array of vibrant colours on both sides.

These monsters are hanging outside on one of our pre-junior b walls.

For this week’s lesson we took a look around us and found things which are symmetrical we also watched a couple of videos and finished with creating a symmetrical sunflower in a pot.

During each phase of putting the plant together we emphasized the symmetrical concept.

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Here are some photos of the children busy creating their sunflowers.



Term 2 Week 8 – Writing Letter s

After finishing the topic work pertaining to the letter s sound (see topic work) the children came up with other words too.

They mentioned many words amongst them Stef (for Ms. Stefania), sun, swing, spoon, sand, star, seven, sock, spider, snake, sweets and sing.

They also practiced writing this letter on the whiteboard and then they proceeded to work these pages.


As you can see from the pages above letter s is a caterpillar letter.  This is because when you start writing it, the letter curves straight away so a caterpillar could actually go round it if the letter existed in three dimensional form.

Besides following the letter formation mentioned in the above pages I stress the following points to help the children get the correct formation:

  • Letter s is written in one motion. We do not lift the pencil from the paper whilst writing it.
  • The top part and the bottom part have to be of the same size.
  • There are no horizontal lines in s.

We will be finishing our work with letter sound s next week.

S – songs

Jolly phonic letter s –




Term 2 Week 8 – In the Garden – Part 3

During the second part of the week we shifted our attention to other things that can be found in the garden.

We spoke about things which grow from the ground such as flowers.  These grow from seeds.  They need soil, sun and water to grow.

These words linked us to the other letter of the week letter s. S for sunflower.  I read a book to the children called Ten Seeds written by Ruth Brown.  This is an on line version:

During the reading session the children interacted by counting the seeds that were left.  They tried to guess which creature was next in line to take the next seed and last but not least they answered questions related to the story after the reading session was finished.

They really enjoyed it because some suspense was created every time one of the seeds was being eaten or crushed. The children also watched a couple of songs related to this topic amongst them:

The Sunflower song –

We also spoke about how to plant a seed –

We will develop this topic further first thing tomorrow morning.


Term 2 Week 8 – Writing Number 5

This week our numeracy lessons started with practicing the formation of number 5.  We went through the material we started the previous week (see last week’s numeracy blogs) and proceeded to writing this number on the interactive whiteboard.

The children then wrote it on their workbooks.  The pages were the following:

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.

WALT and WILF our sweet little robots stuck on the class whiteboard help us remember these steps.

Other important points

  • I always remind the children that we start writing on a page 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 writing this number I remind the children that the vertical part/neck is not too short or too long.
  • Even the round part is not too small or too big.
  • We always give this number a hat.
  • We have to lift our pencil from the paper to give this number a hat. 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.

The children also counted 5 craft sticks, 5 pieces of apples during the apple experiment and 5 little ant cutouts.


Term 2 Week 8 – Writing letter a

During the literacy lesson after our usual alpha blocks song the children were very eager to attempt at saying words which starts with the first letter for this week – letter a.

I must say most of the children are getting better at this skill.  Some words they came up with were ant, arrow, Andrew, apiary, apple, accident and ask.

They also practiced writing this letter on the interactive whiteboard as well as played an interactive letter game.  They then proceeded to write the letter on their workbooks.

This is how the pages looked like:

As you can see from the pages above letter a is a caterpillar letter.  This is because when you start writing it, the letter curves straight away so a caterpillar could actually go round it if the letter existed in a three dimensional form.

Besides following the letter formation mentioned in the above pages I stress the following points to help the children get the correct formation:

  • Letter a is written in one motion. We do not lift the pencil from the paper whilst writing it.
  • We cannot write a zero, stop and then write a 1 next to it.
  • Letter a has a tail at the end.
  • The tail cannot be very long as this would transform it into another letter altogether.

We finished our letter a pages by working a mixed page.  First we went through the satpin letters as a class then the children worked this page alone   🙂

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Alphablocks – Jolly phonics ” Learning the alphabet Sounds ” –

Letter a game –



Term 2 Week 8 – In the Garden – Part 2


We started the week with taking a look at our garden wall outside the classroom.  The children remembered and mentioned most of the creatures and things that we spoke about so far:  butterflies, fireflies, dragonflies, bees, ladybirds, seeds, plants and trees.

They mentioned the birds that live in their nests on these trees.  We then moved on to what might grow on these same trees.

They mentioned fruit, flowers and last but not least apples.  In fact talking about this fruit was the first topic of the week.  During story time we watched the sweet story called apple trouble written by Ragnhild Scamell.

The children interacted during the reading of the story by counting the various objects which kept falling on the hedgehog’s head.  We also sang to catchy song talking about apples called 10 Apples on Top by Dr. Seuss.

We took a closer look at how these fruit grow.  They start from little seeds which will bloom into lovely small white flowers.  After being pollinated by the bees these flowers will grow into juicy apples which are a source of food for many birds and other insects.

Even we humans eat this fruit.  I mentioned the saying:  An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  I explained that this fruit like many others has a lot of minerals and vitamins which help us to stay healthy.

Apple tree life cycle animation

The children created an apple craft by gluing 5 little ant cutouts onto a letter a shaped apple. (Associated with the number 5 we started last week).

They finalized this craft by adding a leaf on top. These crafts are hanging in our classroom.


We also carried out an experiment where we put small pieces of apples into various liquids.  These liquids were water, lemon, vinegar, milk and orange juice.

The children smelled these liquids and tried to guess what they were.  We then waited to see the change there was at the end of our school day.  They found out that those in milk changed colour.  The others did not.