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1 The Winchester School Family Learning Newsletter (FS 2) March 2015 Area of learning Focus Home activities/how can you help your child at home Useful website Prime Area Personal, Social and Emotional Development Making Relationships: Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others. Encourage children to explore and talk about what they are learning, their ideas and ways of doing things. Talk to your child in linking openly and confidently with others, e.g. to seek help or check information. byll-3w7pai YmY4g27k73k Self- confidence and self-awareness Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions. Share and involve children in drawing or taking photographs. When talking to your child, emphasise on how to speak confidently and express feelings. Encourage to play different roles. Talk to discuss and share opinions on how a meal tastes, how a picture looks. Appreciate your child s opinions and encourage them to listen and appreciate others. wzizjqklbhc&index=6&list=pl99 2BF17BDE38483C Communication and Language Listening and attention Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity. Share informative books with your child and encourage them to listen attentively, ask questions and discuss with family members. Talk about why it is important to pay attention when others are speaking. Encourage your child to listen carefully when you are reading a story, ask questions in between to get his/her understanding and develop concentration and focus on activities. Model to your child ask your child to read or explain you a story or rhyme and listen carefully and answer carefully. bu10oxytkku KGaSYIFGe_s Speaking: Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events. Encourage children to predict possible endings to stories and events. E.g. Read a story and ask different questions related to the story or before a story ends.

2 Encourage them to ask questions by modelling. Check their understanding after reading. E.g. How do you know? What do you think? Ask them to think what the ending could be or encourage them to change the ending of it by making it more interesting. Give thinking time for children to decide what they want to say and how will they say it. tch?v=hsm1uf6_fgk Physical Development Moving and handling: Experiments with different ways of moving. Encourage your child to travel around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment. When negotiating space encourage your child to share a place to play e.g. in a tent and say how many can play inside it? Answer could be.only four children can play. Pose challenge questions such as can you get all the way round the climbing frame without your lines touching it?talk with your child about the need to match the action to the space they are in. lw9wsp032sk Specific Area Literacy Heath and self-care: Shows some understanding and good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health Reading Knows that information can be retrieved from books and computers. Talk about healthy lifestyle with children, its effect on their bodies and the positive contribution it can make to their health e.g. healthy and junk food, brushing their teeth twice a day, To exercise daily, early to sleep and early to rise. Plan a good home routine-share it with classmates. When your child asks something, encourage and model how you find information from books, internets, Google search, web sites. Share some time on computers to look for videos on growth of animals and plants. -qbodade-mg UaqISEs_uj0 Can segment sounds in words and blends them together and knows which letters represent some of them. Encourage your child to read words, captions and labels using phonic skills by saying each sound as they read it and blend the sounds. Model oral blending of sounds to make words in every day context e.g. can you get your hat? Play a game, write some words on posits/small cards

3 Begins to read words and simple sentences. Enjoys an increasing range of books Stories Jaspers bean stalk by Nick Butterworth The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle Tadpole promise by Jeanne Willis Writing: Write labels and captions. Can segment the sounds in words and blend them together. and you have to take turns to read for example you could make packs of words cards for animal names, fruits, toys, things around the house. Model to children how simple words can be segmented in to sounds and blend them together to make words. Share some simple text which children can read to gain confidence and to practice their developing skills. Share with children the characters in the books being read e.g who is in the story? How did it happen? What do you think will happen next? Keep some information books, encyclopedia (age appropriate) in your child s room within her/his reach to read and look for a particular topic. Look through a cook book to find recipes for a specials dish/ cakes, Talk about the life cycle of different animals e.g butterfly, frog, chicken etc. and ask them to recall the sequence of the cycle on their own emphasising on the vocabulary words as first, then, next and lastly. Talk to children about the letters that represent the sounds they hear at the beginning of their own names and other familiar words. Demonstrate writing so that children can see spelling in action. Make a picture dictionary of animals and insects with their babies. Share and plan about the list of things they will take for their spring break. Make a list of fruits they eat every day of the week. Encourage your child to attempt writing simple phrases about good health and hygiene.eg I must brush my teeth twice a day. I will wash my hands before eating. Give pictures to your child and encourage to write a caption or draw a picture, you also draw a picture and each one gives a caption to the picture. ABneqRvUgq4 Jaspers bean stalk ch?v=kgcyrrszq-a The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle ch?v=48kywla0gqw Tadpole promise. nzhua3yasve ausacsudnae rdvdride67m 7OYW7bMJ60w AIY9ms1Nm2E

4 Mathematics Jolly Phonics Recap of letters w,ng,v, oo oo y x Introduce letter sounds ch,sh,th,th Blending consonant, vowel, consonant (CVC) words for reading and writing. Blending and reading of words in letter and sound book. High frequency words- will, when, why which what by, very, look, said, yes, too look. Use full stop and a capital letter while writing a sentence. Numbers: Estimates how many objects they can see and check by counting them Space, shapes and measures Order two items by length and height. Orders two items by weight or capacity Share few games e. g musical box and put the things of these sounds and play guess e. g I have something green,soft.(leaf) Share with the children different writing tools and focus on the formation of sounds/letters. Look at a picture and try writing simple sentences to describe the picture. Copy labels and posters from things around the kitchen e. g salt, pepper... Encourage your child to count and write numeral or make a tally mark and then count total. Encourage your child to play games to estimate a number of things e.g. how many fruits in the basket, how many eggs and then count to check, how many sweets in a packet? How many tissues in a pack? Make number games readily available and play regularly to reinforce concepts. Talk and compare height of your mum and dad and say who is taller or shorter or at play time ask friends to stand tall to short. Encourage your child to measure how many hand spans long is your bed. Use pencils to measure your dining table. Arrange things according to height e.g. bottles, dolls etc. Share a variety of material around the house for children to arrange, compare and order.e.g. provide different sizes of bottles, boxes, toys at home and ask them to keep in order of height, arrange the reading books in height order, keep shoes in size order from largest to smallest. Encourage your child to fill bottles with water to show half, full, empty e.g. Bottle of juice, after he drinks some ask your child to explain how much using the vocabulary, half,full, empty? eftl7xywli0 Dfb6lY0TJCQ 6ZnraYmckrM

5 Understanding the World The world Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change. Go to a nearest park or play area and ask your child to look carefully and when you come home. Encourage your child to draw a map together and explain to you. Look at different picked leaves, how are they similar? What is different? Look at different flowers-look for similarities and difference- how many petals, smells, do they grow in bunches? Talk about different plants, leaves- colours, size, shapes, touch- rough/smooth, thick/thin. How does a leaf look in a plant look carefully at the size colour,texture of new and old leaves, flowers,stems. Look at animals and their young ones videos, compare babies of different animals. Can you find some similarities and differences? Children make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. Share a word or a topic from the environment e g. Living and non- living things, living things will grow and produce more and encourage children to talk about their observation and to ask questions. e.g. What are non- living? What living things need to live? What happens to a flower? Why colour changes? Talk about differ kinds of leaves, trees animals and encourage to ask questions like why the yellow colour leaves fall? What will happen to the trees when it will not get enough water? Where do the birds sleep at night? Animals- at birth and as they grow, watch Animal planet, National geography what kind of food pet animals eat and compare with wild animals food. Expressive Arts and Design Technology To interact with age-appropriate computer software. Exploring and using media and materials Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources. Encourage your child to use Microsoft draw to draw a life cycle of a frog, butterfly etc. Play computer games where your child need to drag and drop. Links given. Talk to your child about what they can do with different media. What happen when they put different things together such as sand, paint and sand dust. Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect. Encourage to use toilet roles, empty biscuits packs to make 3D animals, trees, plants, draw/paint to complete the zoo.

6 Encourage your child to make 3D models of a zoo-use different materials to experiment with texture-use sand, twigs, and dried leaves to create the zoo setting. Coming Up Events Being imaginative Create simple representations of events, people and objects. Encourage children to use props to act the story and use different vocabularies while acting out like Once upon a time, Long, long ago.. lived happily ever after etc. or one Encourage children into imaginary role plays. Encourage children to set different materials to create a scene set up to develop their projects and ideas being a part of the play and use different materials around the house to dress up and enact the story, pretending to be a chosen characters from the story. Field trip 18 th March PTM 24 th March

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