Saturday, 20 February 2016

Spelling programme

Children are learning to spell Magenta level words first: the Butterfly words.
Children learn to remember and write 3 a 4 Early Words per week. There are many ways of learning spelling words. Some fun ways are making the words with play dough, tracing in the sand or writing them with rainbow colour felts etc. There are also some ideas in your child's home work book. Each week on Monday you will find a picture of a rocket in the Home work book with your child's spelling words.

Here is a link to some more ideas: 75 fun ways to learn your spelling words!

Friday, 19 February 2016


Fun Friday...Splat the Cat

Today we read Splat the Cat, who loved his first school day (in hindsight :-). So now we are making a big Splat the Cat puppet ourselves. Here we are painting our bag puppets!

Home Sample Book

Your child will have their Home Sample Book in their book bag tonight. Inside the book you will find work samples and a report covering the first few weeks at school.
You are most welcome to encourage your child by putting a sticker on their best work, or write an encouraging message. These books need to be returned every Monday!  They will come home every Friday.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Our new super duper placemats!

Your child will have their own placemat to work on. One side shows their name and their next learning steps for Reading, Writing and Maths. The other side shows their tools for writing and ten frames for maths. Your child will have one learning step for each area. It is important that children themselves are aware of their next learning step! It will accelerate their learning!

Next steps in reading might be:
  • Point to every word.
  • Get ready with first sounds of words.
  • Read to the full stop.
  • Go fast around the corner when there is no full stop.
Children will get one step at a time and when almost consistently attained go on to the next step.

Next steps in writing might be:
  • Know all letter sounds.
  • Write down sounds, to start with beginning sounds in words.
  • Leave finger spaces.
  • Find words on your Butterfly chart.
Next steps in maths might be
  • Learn to count to 10 then 20 and recognise these numbers
  • Know what makes 5.
  • Know what makes 10.
  • Combine two sets to add.
  • Take away from a set to subtract.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Homework books.

This week you will  find your child's homework book in their book bag. (Toku pukapuka = my book). Inside you will find helpful information about homework expectation, current reading level and relevant information, helpful hints for reading and a weekly log. Please tick the daily reading log and indicate whether your child has mastered their book or needed your help.
This Homework book needs to be returned daily.  There is also a space for you (parents) to write messages. Thanks for your help.