Term 3 Week 1 – Writing letter f

We started off our literacy lessons by revising the initial letter sounds by using the names of various countries in the video clip below:


We then moved on to the first and only letter for this week f for flag.

Besides getting to know about the importance and meaning of flags the children also got to think about words which start with this letter sound.  These are some of the words they came up with: floor, fairy, face, frog, flower, finger, fox, fish, fire, fire engine, foot, first, follow, fly and five.

The children practiced writing letter f on the interactive whiteboard.  As usual they practiced writing this letter on their workbooks too.  This is how the pages looked like:

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I also stressed the following points to help the children get the correct formation:

  • Letter f is not written in one motion. We lift the pencil from the paper after the down motion.
  • We always start from the top where there is the dot and NOT from the bottom.
  • The nod is not too big and not too small.
  • Letter f has a tall body.
  • The across part cannot be only one side but half on the left and half on the right.

 

The jolly phonics letter f song –

After we finished working the usual pages with letter f we worked a page with the first letter sounds f, a, s, and e.

 

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Term 3 Week 1 – Malta – Part 1

The topic the pre-junior teachers have chosen for most part of the last term is Malta.  Even our sports day is based on traditions and culture which pertain to Malta too.

We started off the week by first welcoming the children and asking them if they enjoyed their holidays.  We mentioned some of the major events happening during this third term:  Sports day, Open Day and Graduation Day.

The children are very excited to start adding up, read cvc words and go on outings.  I then explained the idea of show and tell based on an activity they did during their Easter Holidays.  Below you will find the photo of the children who spoke about their Easter experience.


Other children will be doing their little presentation next week.

Besides show and tell we started talking about the topic Malta.  The children got to know that the country they presently live in is an island surrounded by a beautiful sea.


This linked us to one of the games we will be show casing during sports day – Off to the Beach for some sun and sea!  In fact we spoke about the beauty of such lovely places such as Ghadira, Golden Bay, Ramla Bay and Blue Lagoon.

However we have to take care of these beaches and not throw rubbish after having visited one of them for a swim or a barbeque.  It is also important to protect ourselves from the sun whilst at the beach by wearing a cap and applying sunblock at all times.

Back to the Malta topic –

Malta actually forms part of a group of 3 islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino.  They got a taste of the countries’ culture by looking at a power point about Malta.  They got to know that Valletta is the capital city of Malta whilst that of Gozo is Rabat.  The land is made out of hills and valleys.

In fact each country has its own specific characteristics. Each country has its own national plant.  That of Malta is called The Maltese Centaury.  Each country has its national animal. The Blue Rock Thrush Bird is the Maltese national bird living on the Dingli Cliffs.

We also looked at the flag of Malta.  They learnt that the flag of Malta is white and red with the George Cross on the white part.  In fact each country has its own flag.  They got an idea of how a flag looks like by observing a couple of videos of the different countries of the world.  This is the one they loved the most.


The colours on a flag are important.  We will go in further detail next week.  Flags linked us to the literacy lesson.  More information can be found under the literacy section.

The children created two flags.  The first flag was inspired from the above video clip where the children used their imagination to invent a new flag.  The second flag was that of Malta.

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Maltese Flag

This is only some of the information the children got to know about.  More interesting facts will be shared with the children next week.

Malta PowerPoint

 

Learning Journal – Progress Reports

Dear all,

Today I sent home your child’s learning journal.

  • As you got used to by now you have to keep the 3 workbooks entitled “Patterns” at home for revision purposes and as keepsake.
  • Please read my comments pertaining to the “Patterns” section. Work which was done during January and February.
  • Write your own comments in the space provided below that.
  • Please send in the display file in by not later than Friday 20th April.

 

Kind regards

Ms. Geraldine

 

Sports Day Note 3 – T-Shirt Colour

Dear all,

As promised I am sending the colour of the t-shirt which each child needs to wear for Sports Day on the 4th of May.

It is acceptable if the t-shirt has a picture in front or at the back as long as the main base colour is the one I assigned below.  Any shade of the colour given is fine.

Please send the t-shirt in by Friday 27th April for me to see.  I will keep it at school for one rehearsal and then send it back before sports day so the children can come ready with it on.

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I will send further details closer to the date.  Thank you for sending the back packs and the other stationery I asked for.

Those who did not send them in yet kindly do so as early as possible.

We will be using the back pack next week during sports day rehearsals.

Ms. Geraldine

 

Laminated Letter Flashcards

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Dear parents and guardians,

Today in your son/daughter’s folders you will find 2 papers with letter flashcards.  Kindly do the following:

  • Cut them out, keeping to the same size as the boxes they are in.
  • Write the name of your child in legible handwriting at the back of each one. (So your child can be able to read their name).
  • Laminate them.
  • Put them in a small plastic button envelope folder, which fits into their usual big red folder.
  • Please send them back to school by Monday 16th April as we will soon start using them in class to play letter/word games I have prepared for them as well as forming cvc words.
  • All those children who did not get their red folder today do not have the flashcard papers in their bag as they would have all been crushed. Please send in the red folder so I can also send the flashcard papers home for lamination.

 

Thanks for your co-operation

 

Ms. Geraldine

 

Gentle Reminder and Sports Day Note 2

Dear all,

Gentle reminders –

  • Children start school again on Monday 9th
  • They have to come to school with their winter uniform.
  • Please send in the following (as per previous blog).
    • packet of wipes
    • 2 medium tubes of glue stick
    • A photo of your child doing some Easter activity
    • Sports day consent form for your child
    • 1 euro for the sports day props
    • Participation forms for all those mummies and daddies taking part in the parents’ races

Very Important:  For one of the Sports Day games could you kindly send in a small backpack which we will be keeping at school for our race rehearsals.  Kindly label each bag clearly.  I will be sending it back after the 4th of May when sports day is over.

I will be able to tell you the colour of the t-shirt that the children need for sports day when everyone would have sent me confirmation that their child is taking part.
Kind regards

Ms. Geraldine

 

Easter Time Photos

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Dear all,

Hope you all had a lovely Easter Sunday with your loved ones!  As an introduction for the first week of school after the holidays the children will be having a show and tell session during circle time.

So could you please send over:

  • A photo of an event you and the children did together: it could be a photo at the park or near the sea, it could be a photo of a trip abroad or in Gozo or even a cooking fun session at home.  It could be a funny photo to capture a special moment. Basically anything that the children could talk about which took place during the Easter holidays.

 
Thank you very much

Looking forward to listening to their lovely little stories   🙂

 

Kind regards

Ms. Geraldine

 

Low Resources

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Dear parents and guardians,

One week to go for the children to start the third and last term. Some of the class supplies you sent in at the beginning of the scholastic year are running very low.  Could you kindly send over the following items:

  1. 1 big packet (approximately the 72 pack) of sensitive wipes – not the ones used to wipe tables with.
  2. 2 tubes of medium glue stick.

(PS – The above pictures are just examples.  You can send in any brand of your choice.)

 

Thanks for your constant help and co-operation.

 

Regards

Ms. Geraldine

 

Sports Day

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Dear all,

Hope this note finds you well and that you are enjoying a well-deserved rest with your loved ones.

As you might recall Ms. Karen Galea sent you an email regarding the Giochi Senza Frontiere Sports Day event to be held on the 4th of May.

Although you will be handing in the participation form on the first day of school I need to know as from now who is going to attend so I will be able to set the groups and thus be able to start training as soon as we start school.

Till now I have only received 3 confirmations. Could you kindly let me know via email if your child is participating?

On receipt of all the responses

  • I can issue the coloured t-shirt assigned to each group that the children need to bring in for the day
  • As well as some smaller items that they might need for one of the races. It is another fun experience not to be missed   🙂

 

Kind regards

Ms. Geraldine