Term 3 Week 11 – Reading and Blending Books

In the past week during our circle time sessions we have been reading and blending words from the Julia Donaldson books I have been sending home to most of the class.

The books we managed to look at where the following:

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This is the way we went about the stories:

  • First we looked at the cover of the book and tried to guess what the story is all about from the picture provided.
  • We then looked at the title and the author’s name.
  • We also looked at the back cover of the book where we find the “blurb”. This the summary part of the book which will help the children understand what the book is all about and thus they will know if it interests them or not.
  • We then moved on to looking at flashcard words that can be found in each book.
  • We used the blending technique I had send on the blog way back in second term. That of saying the separate sounds, then saying the first two sounds and then joining the last sound with the first 3.  Repeating this 3 times going faster each time and finally at the end forming the word.
  • We finally read the book but stopping on several pages to look at the pictures, asking questions to guess what might come next and giving our own twist to the story.

Here is the online version of the books:

 

 

 

 

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Term 3 Week 11 – Writing Letter q

Letter q is the last alphabet letter that we tackled this week.  This was associated with questions we might ask to the people around us especially our dads.

The children were very enthusiastic to come up with their own words starting with the letter q.  The words they came up with were the following: queen, queue, quilt, quit, question and question mark.  They also watched the following video clips:

 


I reminded them that q does not stand alone but it always holds hands with letter u as in queen.

As usual they formed this letter in the air, on the interactive whiteboard and in sand.  Finally they practiced writing it on their workbooks.  Here is how the pages looked like:

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Success Criteria for writing letter q

  • We start at the top.
  • We then curve.
  • Go up.
  • Go down in a straight line
  • Stop and kick.

Remember that the curve cannot be very big or very small.  The kick is small not very big.

Besides playing some games which included letter q on the interactive whiteboard and looking for the letter q in their class library books they also worked a mixed page.

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Term 3 Week 10 – Writing letter z

Letter z is the fourth zig zag monster letter which we looked at.  As usual the children were eager to mention words starting with this letter.  The following are the words the children came up with starting with z: zoo, zoom, zebra, zig, zag, zero, zip and Zara and Zach.

Besides doing its formation in the air, on the interactive whiteboard and in sand they also formed it using craft sticks.

Songs which accompanied this letter were the following:

 

 

Finally they practiced writing letter z on their workbooks.  Here is how the pages looked like.

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Success Criteria for writing letter sound z.

  • There is a sleeping line at the top and at the bottom.
  • After the first sleeping line we have to stop for a second but not lift our pencils, then slant down.
  • After the slanting line we have to stop for another second without lifting our pencil rom the paper than pull back.
  • When we stop for a second it stops us from going round and ending with a number 2 or mirror image of a letter s

At the end of our letter work we completed a mixed page, an exercise in initial sounds.

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Term 3 Week 9 – Writing Letter x

I reminded the children that there are only a few words in English which start with this letter sound.  Sometimes instead of saying the letter sound we even use the letter name such as in xylophone.

The children watched this video clip to see that letter x can be placed in other places as well in a particular word.

The Letter X Song” by ABCmouse.com –


The jolly phonic letter x song –


We emphasized words that finish with x such as box, fox, six, mix, fix.  The students practiced their writing skills on their workbook.  Here are the pages.

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The children used craft sticks to form x and wrote it on the whiteboard.  They crafted an x craft using black cardboard, white paint for the shape of their little hand to mimic an x-ray, and white chalk to write x.  They finally blended some words which had letter x in them in our blending page.

Photos of work done with this letter will be uploaded when we get the go ahead from the IT office.

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Term 3 Week 8 – Writing Letter w

Letter w is the second zig zag monster letter which we looked at.

It is very common that the children mix this up with the letter v at first.  So I emphasize that w has two points at the bottom whilst v as we saw during the previous week has only one.

The following are the words the children came up with starting with w: window, wall, watch, witch, wind, wand, win, work, when, where, why, what, white and whale.

Besides doing its formation in the air, on the interactive whiteboard and in sand they also formed it using craft sticks.  Finally they practiced writing it on their workbooks.  Here is how the pages looked like:

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Success Criteria to be able to write letter w –

  • You start writing this letter from the top.
  • It is like writing 2 v’s stuck together.
  • There are no straight lines in this letter.
  • This letter is special because it has two points at the bottom..

After finishing the letter w pages the children also worked a mixed page where they had to match the letters v and w to pictures which start with these two sounds.

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Here are some photos during the various letter w activities carried out in class.


This is another video clip the children watched in relation to letter w.

 

 

Term 3 Week 8 – Writing Letter v

The literacy lessons about letter v focused on other words which start with v besides vet.

The children came up with various words such as vest, van, violin, vase, vegetables, violet, and voice. We also practiced the v formation in the air and in sand as well as using bottle caps and large flashcards.

The children recorded this letter in their People Who Help Us Workbook 1. Here is how the pages looked like.

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This letter is one of the four letters forming the zig zag monster letters because there are slanting lines in its formation.

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Success Criteria to be able to write letter v –

  • You start writing this letter from the top.
  • You slant down the slide.
  • Stop, don’t lift hand but go up the hill.
  • There are no round parts in v.
  • There are no straight lines either.
  • V has only one point at the bottom.

The children saw two video clips:

The v song –


Jolly phonic – Letter v –

After the children were ready with practicing letter v they had a special page where we blended three words – yes, van and vet and then the children coloured in the page.

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Term 3 Week 8 – Writing Letter y

As you know from the previous blog y for yacht is associated with the lifesavers and their vehicles topic.  Before practicing their writing skills, the children came up with their own y words such as yak, yummy, yellow, yard, yell, yawn, yes and yoghurt.

We also played a game on the interactive whiteboard where we saw pictures of words which start with y and they had to spot them out.

Jolly Phonics Extra Letter Sounds Book – /y/


We proceeded to each and every child writing the letter y on the interactive whiteboard and in sand before recording the letter in our workbooks.  Here is how the pages looked like.

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Success Criteria to be able to write letter y–

  • You start writing this letter from the top.
  • First you go down.
  • You have to go round and not do a sleeping line.
  • The round part does not have to be too narrow or too wide.
  • When you go back up, the line has to be the same size as the first line.
  • Don’t forget to go down and make a hook.

The children saw this video clip:

The jolly phonics letter y song –

Letter y Song –

 

 

Term 3 Week 7 – Writing letter u

We dedicated three pages on our literacy workbook to letter u.

Before practicing their writing skills, the children came up with their own words such as up, under, us, underground, umbrella and upside down.  We actually practice some of these actions by going under the table, pretending to go up the stairs and opening an umbrella.

We also played a game on the interactive whiteboard where we saw pictures of words which start with u and they had to spot them out.  I pointed out that there aren’t many words which start with this letter sound.

Most often you would find this letter in the middle of a word or in other places if the word is long.

Jolly Phonics Extra, Letter Sounds Book – /u/


These are the pages we worked out.

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Success Criteria to be able to write letter u–

  • You start writing this letter from the top.
  • First you go down.
  • You have to go round and not do a sleeping line.
  • The round part does not have to be too narrow or too wide.
  • When you go back up the line has to be the same size as the first line.

The children saw the following video clip:

The jolly phonics letter u song –


After completing these pages we had an extra page with 5 different letters, j, u, l, t, i and the children had to match these as first letter sounds to their appropriate picture and record them on their workbooks.  This is the page:

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Term 3 Week 7 Writing Letter j

As I mentioned in last week’s blog we would be doing the literacy part for letter j this week.

This letter was associated with the topic of policemen and their vehicles one of which was a jeep. Besides watching the jolly phonic rhyme song pertaining to this letter, the children listened to a very short story which had j words in it.

They also observed the objects in the same picture which started with letter sound j.

The jolly phonics letter j song –


Jolly Phonics Extra, Letter Sounds Book – /j/


They then mentioned letter j words: jeep, jump, jog, jug, jar, jaguar, jelly, jacket, jam, juice, jigsaw and juggler.

The children in class whose names start with j were also pointed out: Jake, Joshua and Julian.  They also mentioned parent’s names and friends such as Jessica, Jane, and Jodie.

Success criteria for writing letter j.

  • J has a tall back.
  • It has a hook and not a tail or it would become a different letter.
  • You have to lift your hand from the paper to do the dot at the top.
  • The dot does not have to be very big nor very small.

I showed them the difference between j and i so they would not get confused whilst writing.

They practiced the letter j formation in sand as well as with buttons on big flashcards and finally recorded their work on their literacy workbooks.

Here is how the pages looked like.j.PNG

 

 

Term 3 Week 6 – Writing Letter b

Letter b was the letter which started off our week.  We followed the usual procedure.

After the popular alphablock  song the children came up with their list of words starting with b such as blue, banana, balloon, beautiful, bag, boat, big, block, bug, bread, bed, bat, Bernard and Bijsmans amongst others.

They realized that this is a one-armed robot letter.

Before starting the writing session I reminded the children of the little trick to use when writing b.  b looks at d.

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Other success criteria for writing b:

  • b has a tall back.
  • The tummy cannot be big nor very small.
  • When you go up to start the tummy go up only to the middle that is: a small bounce.  If you put a finger from the hand you don’t write with in the place where you need to stop it will help to get the tummy of the correct size.

The writing section of the lesson consisted of experimenting on the mini whiteboards, practicing the letter formation on the big interactive whiteboard and finally recording it on their workbooks.

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We ended the letter b lessons with a mixed page.  The page is the one below.

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Letter b song –