This week’s sounds are: ‘nk’ ‘cks’ ‘dge’ and ‘tch’. This completes the second stage of Floppy’s phonics. The last few sounds are slightly trickier to learn and so we will be revising these sounds often to ensure we have grasped them. The children are still revising the ‘ch’ ‘sh’ and ‘th’ sounds as they are commonly sounds that prove more challenging. The children have been learning about the ‘th’ sound in particularly as they need to know that it actually makes two sounds. The card we learn says ‘this thumb’ as it can be ‘th’ (pronounced like the word ‘the’) as in words such as ‘that’, ‘this’ and ‘them’. And then the ‘th’ sound can be a softer sound where you place your tongue on your top teeth and say words such as ‘thin’, ‘think’ and ‘moth’. This week we have also been revising the Red Words and so far we have learnt ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘we’, ‘me’, ‘be’, ‘was’, ‘you’, ‘they’, ‘all’, ‘are’, ‘my’ and ‘her’.
As part of our phonics lessons, Mrs Turrall has introduced us to Alphablocks as we have now learnt all the initial sounds of the alphabet. In Alphablocks we have to join in with the sounds a-z and then we watch a story with some of the sound characters and they join together to make words. We have to try and blend them together before the characters! Here we are enjoyed the Alphablocks on the smartboard:
This week we have continued to look at our topic of ‘Let’s Travel!’ On Tuesday we thought about all the different transport we get and how many we have been on. We then sorted out pictures of all the transport that can travel on land, sea and in the air.
We looked at Barnaby Bear on CBeebies and the countries he has travelled to. One of them was Paris in France so we invited our French Club members to come to the front and teach us all some French! We learnt how to say ‘hello’ which was ‘bonjour’ and then we had a go at counting up to 10 in French which was fun.
We read a book about a travelling bear called Jeremy and he visited lots of places around the world, going on different forms of transport including an aeroplane, a hovercraft and a helicopter. In the book we found out the Jeremy Bear belonged to a class of children and he taught them all about his travels. This lead on to something very exciting indeed as we have a bear in the class that looks a bit like Barnaby Bear and we started to wonder what if our bear wanted to travel? The children instantly became inspired and they wanted to take the bear to all the things they do out of school. We quickly had a vote on what we should call our bear and we decided upon Barney. So Barney Bear is now very excited about going home with the children from Ash! He has been told he is going to football, the park and the supermarket! All we need now is some willing parents who would like to take Barney under their protective wings and allow the children to show Barney some of these exciting things! If you would like to sign up to take Barney, there is a sign out sheet in the classroom. Barney Bear comes equipped with a Log Book so the children can put some photographs and some writing in the book to share their adventures with Barney to the rest of the class. Here is a picture of our new travelling friend Barney.
That’s it for this week!
Ash Parent Meetings Friday 7th February and Monday 10th February
Please ensure the children are reading their reading books daily, no more than 15 minutes is required. The children are making excellent progress in reading and by reading with your child at home you are helping them to succeed. Thank you