# Term 1 Week 6 and 7 – Number 6 and the Heart Shape

Week 6 – We revised the numbers 1-5 using a Halloween theme.

Week 7 – The next number on the number line is 6.

As you saw from the topic work blog the children drew their family members.  They needed a tree to stick their family on, so each child created this by using 6 hearts each.

They had to count the hearts and stick them in the shape of a tree in their numeracy workbook.  They then stuck their family sketches on top.

They formed number six using their rainbow technique as usual.

Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 6.

• Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
• Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6.
• Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 6 objects.  In this case 6 hearts.

To help us learn the formation of number 6 we use this story

Mr. Snail helps us see the shape of number 6.

Mr. Snail is already with his house on his back to go and meet his friends at the park and go for lunch together.  His house is quite heavy to carry around.

Especially like today when he has to climb the wall or fence to get to the park and reach his destination.  So we are going to give him a helping hand by pushing him up the wall.

To remember the formation of this number we can use the shape of Mr. Snail. This is what we say:

1. Start at the eye
2. Go round the neck
3. Go round the house on Mr. Snail’s back
4. And stop

The numicon shape for number 6 is the light blue rectangle shape with 6 holes in it.

The Heart Shape – Since we were using hearts for this craft we had a look at the heart shape.  The children became aware that if you fold the heart exactly from the middle in two you gets the same shape on both sides.   The children used paint to stamp hearts on their workbooks.

Songs – The Numbtums Number 6

Learn The Heart Shape –

Practice Ideas for Home

• It is important that you practice the numbers done so far by using the animal stories and the rhymes so the children become more confident in their number work and which number comes after which.
• They can practice the formation just like we do it in class with the rainbow colours. If they are reluctant tell them that they are the teacher and it should do the trick.  (Obviously you have to draw the first outline yourselves such as below.)

• They can draw various objects on a piece of paper or small whiteboard, count them and help them write the corresponding value using rice, flour and sand saying the story or rhyme in the process. Please praise every little effort the children make.  If they do mistakes just correct them with no fuss at all and tell them to try it again together.  Repetition, practice and praise help build their confidence.

# Term 1 Week 6 and 7 – Letters m and d

Week 6 – During our one and only literacy session this week we revised the letters done so far using a Halloween theme.

Week 7 – The two letters we worked on this week were m and d.  We started off with letter m.  One of the important figures in the family tree is the mother or someone who acts as a mother figure.

The children stuck the photo of their mother or an equivalent person on their scrapbook along with practicing the m rainbow formation.  (Steps below).

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story which also spoke about a particular mummy Mrs. Morris and her son Marvin.

The jolly phonics story for the letter m sound is this.

Mrs. Morris and her son Marvin have invited his friends Milly and Molly for dinner.  They are playing outside when they hear a call for dinner.  They come in wash their hands and sit at the table.

Each one says m,m,m,m,  “I am very, very hungry”  rubbing their tummies.”  Mrs. Marvin comes in with the food it is meatballs and mash potatoes.

Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter m sound

The action done when saying the m sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are.  You put one of your hands flat on your tummy, rubbing in a circular motion, saying /m.m.m/.

Other words which the children came up with are mouse, monkey, mobile, money, meal, moon, mirror and man.

We also mentioned people whose names start with m such as Martina, Maurizio, Miroslav (Olda’s 2nd name), Micheal (Joshua’s 2nd name).  Some children even mentioned their mum’s names too.

Formation

• Step 1 – Start at the top , go down
• Step 2 – Bounce up
• Step 3 – Tunnel and down
• Step 4 – Tunnel again and down again
• Step 5 – Tail.

Letter d – Another most important person in most of the children’s lives is their father or a father figure they look up to.

The children were very proud to stick dad’s picture on their scrapbook.

They also wrote the letter sound d on the same scrapbook using the rainbow technique and sorted pictures which start with this sound

The children then followed the Jolly phonics story for letter d.

A boy is tidying his toy cupboard.  At the back he finds a duck, some dominoes, dice and an old drum.  He starts to play the drum, making a /d,d,d,d/ sound.

Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter d sound

The action done when saying the d sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are.  Beat your hands up and down, as if you are playing a drum saying /d.d.d/.

Formation

• Step 1 – Start at the middle and make a curve
• Step 2 – Bounce up and then go down
• Step 3 – Go down
• Step 4 – Tail.

We also discussed other words which start with the d sound.  These are some words we came up with: drink, dress, doll, drum, dance, doughnut, dog and doctor, duck and dinosaur.

The children used several table top games to consolidate these letters such as forming their shape using bottle caps, sand and playdough.

Practice Ideas For Home

• 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, among which you have objects starting with the letters d and m sound.
• 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 m and d. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding at first what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence.

# Term 1 Week 6 and 7 – The World Around Me – Halloween, animals and my family

Week 6 – During this week we only had one school day were we finished off the Halloween topic with a sweet story of Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll during our circle time session.

We then played a game where we worked on our memory, trying to remember all the ingredients that the witch put in her cauldron.

We then moved onto what the witch was wearing and the children were super excited to share and talk about what their Halloween was going to be for the next day’s party.

(See Photo section for the Halloween party photos and activities we did).

Week 7 Part 1 – Topic Work on Monday was dedicated to pets since the next day was going to be Animal Awareness Day.

We opened the session with the religion story of Noah’s Ark.  The children joined in with making the animal sounds whilst I was reading the story to them.

Here is an online version of the story.

The children then mentioned the animals they thought would go in the ark.  We spoke about how God created animals for us to take care of them.

We acknowledged the fact that we cannot be cruel to animals even if these animals are stray animals and live in the streets.  We finished off the session with the children colouring in a picture of various animals which they then stuck onto an ark they had painted in one of our painting sessions.

(The arks are stuck in front of our classroom on one of our display boards).

Week 7 Part 2 – The rest of the week was dedicated to – The World Around Me – My Family

I introduced this topic to the children by explaining that there are different forms of families.  A family can be make up of a dad and a child; a mum and a child; a mum, a dad and a child; children can be living with their grandparents or other relatives from time to time because parents might be working abroad or for other reasons.

This is all okay because these people show us they love us by feeding us, taking us to school, spending time with us like reading a book or playing with the toys together etc.

The children watched a couple of books during the week related to this topic:

The Family Book – Todd Parr –

Me and My Family Tree –

We also spoke about how we can show that we love all those who are part of our family.  The children mentioned giving them a hug, preparing the table for dinner, clearing our toys from our room, getting dressed by themselves amongst others.  This story below shows an elephant family trying to help a member of the family who is sick.

Mr. Large In Charge –

Our sessions on this topic ended with the children drawing their own family which we linked to the numeracy session (See the numeracy blog for more details).

# Gentle Reminder – Class Photo

A gentle reminder that tomorrow Monday 13th November we will be taking the class photo.

The children have to wear the following:

• Their winter tracksuit. Mainly the orange sweater and the long jogging pants.
• The navy blue school shoes.
• If the girls wear headbands, clips or any rubber bands these have to be blue or orange in colour.

# Christmas Concert Note 2

Dear parents and guardians,

The Christmas concert is round the corner and we are very busy putting together the eagerly awaited show.

This year we have decided that the costumes will be ordered on line.  You will obviously be able to keep the costumes after the concert.

• Please send in 25 euros in a sealed envelope addressed to me, indicating the class and your child’s name written on the envelope for us to be able to purchase them. (I will not be able to accept any money which is not sent in as indicated above).  Please send the money and size by Tuesday 14th.  No cheques are accepted.
• In the same envelope please write the clothes size of your child (eg dress size 3 to 4yr old, 6 to 7 years.)
• Please ignore this note if you have already sent the money.

Kind regards

Ms. Geraldine

# Girgenti Farm Outing Photos

As you all know our first school outing was to Girgenti Petting Farm in Siggiewi.

The children really enjoyed this unforgettable experience.

• We started off the day with a scavenger hunt where the children teamed in twos and they had to observe and search for specific items and put them in a pot. Each team had a picture card which indicated which items they had to look out for.  At the end of this activity they had to sort out the items and put them in separate buckets.  I am really proud of each and every one of the children they worked together like clockwork.  The enthusiasm and excitement on their faces was memorable.
• They then had their lunch on huge picnic mats where they chatted to their hearts content.
• Our next activity was visiting the various animals on the farm and feeding them. The children fed pigs, geese, ducks, sheep, a donkey and two horses.
• They also potted a little plant which they all brought home.
• Last but not least they had some time to play in the children’s play area after which we all headed back to school grateful that it did not rain and totally exhausted.

Here are the photo of the day   🙂

# Animal Awareness Day Photos

Tuesday was an exciting day for the children at school since we had the animal awareness activities.

All this was possible with the help of the parents and relatives who could get over their pets to school for all the students to see and enquire about.

So thank you wholeheartedly for making this day a special one for them.

Our day in pre-junior started with a visit to the school grounds where there were various animals waiting for their pets and cuddles  🙂

Our class had a cute little headband which they had finger painted a few weeks back when we were doing letter c for cat.  Here are some photos showing the above.

Surprise visitors came to class with their animals after we had some breakfast and circle time.  The children could take a closer look and even ask questions.

We had Jeanmarie’s mum visit with Tikku the cute spotted dog,  Adaya’s dad and grandad who brought along a peacock and a lamb and last but not least Ms. Karen with her adorable rabbit Cookie.

Cooking was our last activity for the day.  The children created two animal food items, cat’s face and a tiny little mouse.  Here is the last batch of photos.  Enjoy   🙂

# Happy birthday Jean!

Happy birthday Jean!

This time it was Jean’s turn to be greeted from his friends with a cheerful happy birthday song.

Hope you enjoyed the rest of the day at home with your family just as we enjoyed it here with you in class   🙂

# Girgenti Farm Outing Points

Dear parents and guardians,

Some points regarding tomorrow’s outing.

• Students are to come to school wearing their school tracksuit trousers. As regards the top you can choose between the polo shirt and cardigan or the sweater depending on the weather.  If you are in doubt you can always send the children with the polo shirt underneath the sweater and then we can remove sweater and put it in the bag before we leave for the outing.  It is always quite chilly in the morning.
• Kids who have wellington boots can bring them along in a separate bag however this is not compulsory.
• You are kindly requested to provide your child with a healthy snack and drink (placed in a separate labelled small bag), which your child will be carrying along on the outing.
• They will have a light breakfast as usual in the early morning before leaving and a third light snack when they return to school in the afternoon, so you are to cater for 3 breaks in total as usual. Please send these two in their usual school bag.
• Please bring the children on time as we need to give them breakfast before and take them to the bathroom before we leave.

Please note that the outing will be postponed in the case of bad weather and we will have a normal school day.

Ms Geraldine

# Reminder – Animal Awareness and Multi Marathon Activities

Some reminders for tomorrow:

• The children have to come to school in casual clothes. Preferably with a hint of purple to show solidarity against animal abuse.
• We will start the day by going around the school grounds admiring various animals brought in by parents and other NGO’s. We start touring at 8am so please try and bring the children on time.  Before 8am would be better.
• They will also be participating in animal themed activities which we have prepared in class.

Important

• Please don’t forget to send in the cooking items and an empty container for your child to bring the items home if he/she will not eat it at school.
• Besides being a fun and educational venture, another purpose of tomorrow’s activities is to raise funds for animals and other charities.  The funds will be donated to Marie Midolo Foundation, the RMJ Horse Rescue and The Wildlife Rescue Team.  If you wish to donate some money, please place it in a sealed envelope together with the form provided by Ms. Georgina and pass it on to Ms. Sue or Mr. Brian.
• Any canned animal food is welcome to be then donated to animal charities. (As per circular sent by Ms. Georgina).
• Hope some of you will bring their animals to school for the children to see. Georgina will guide you to the classes to visit but please do mention that you have a child in Pre-Junior B so you would be able to come to our class too.  We would love to have you!

School starts and finishes as usual.

Please send in their normal lunch and snacks as you usually do.

Ms. Geraldine