Here come the photos 🙂
Here come the photos 🙂
A cardigan labelled Alexander Aquilina
A teaspoon with a long handle that was misplaced in the first week of school.
The starting point for the sub topic of good manners and taking care of ourselves was the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. After listening to the story, I asked the children a series of questions – should Goldilocks have gone into the house if no one told her to go in? Should she have eaten someone’s food without asking? Should she have used someone else’s things without asking? We also discussed how the different characters felt in different parts of the story and concluded that bad behaviour makes others feel sad, angry and unhappy. We then applied it to the children’s lives and talked about the importance of good manners when interacting with others – not snatching toys from other children, not interrupting others and waiting for your turn to speak, not tugging at people when you want their attention, etc.
The children also learnt how to keep themselves clean and healthy. We spoke about covering their mouths when they sneeze and blowing their nose, washing hands before eating (with soap), brushing teeth, keeping their hair tidy and having a bath. You can find links to songs and clips about these activities on the e learning site https://stcathsprejuniortopicwork.wikispaces.com/All+about+me.
We linked the letter n to blow your nose and the letter t to brush your teeth. To write these letters we used the following rhymes:
n – Start at the top, go down, bounce up, tunnel and tail
t – Start at the top, go down and make a tail. Lift the pencil and go across.
Songs and games relating to these letters may be found here – http://prejuniorareading.wikispaces.com/Letter+n – and here – http://prejuniorareading.wikispaces.com/Letter+t
Numeracy links to the story of Goldilocks were the number 3 and the concept of big and small.
Number 3 is a snake that likes curling round trees. This is the rhyme that we use when writing the number 3
As part of our number 3 writing activities, as stated in a previous post, we practised number 3 formation with Ozzie the Ozbot. Here are the pictures:
We also learnt all about the number 4, making a shark with 4 teeth to link into the brushing our teeth topic. The rhyme for writing the number 4 can be found below:
I know that it is early in the year, but I have already started planning the Christmas concert item which will be held on the 13th December in the morning. I am attaching a form to be filled in indicating whether your child will be participating the the concert or not. Your prompt reply will be greatly appreciated. NB. If you have difficulties printing the form, you can just copy the text and send in a handwritten reply.
I previously asked you to send in a picture of your pet or your child’s favourite animal. We will be talking about these photos and sticking them in our books on Thursday. Please try to ensure that you have sent in the pictures by then. The children get upset if they see their friends sticking pictures and they do not have one.
Today we had a special visitor in class. Ms Gaby came in for a session and brought her ozbots (pictured above) with her. An Ozbot is a little robot that Ms Gaby had programmed to “walk” over written marks. Our Ozbots followed the formation of a number 3 that Ms Gaby had drawn and the children tried hard to write number 3s to be like “Ozzie”. They also used the Ozbot to put the story of Goldilocks in sequential order. Throughout the session, the children remained focused and tried so hard to write the number 3 which at the moment is very hard for them to write. There was a buzz of delight and concentration in the classroom.
On the contrary, yesterday, we used a very low tech way of practising our fine motor skills. We used shaving foam sprayed on the table for the children to be able to practise making horizontal lines as part of our fine motor skills programme. In addition, the children could enjoy the sensory experience of swirling the foam around in all sorts of different manners. They did this with great enthusiasm and ended up covered from head to toe in shaving foam – thank goodness they were wearing their aprons! The class still smelt of shaving foam when I went into class this morning.
I have photos of both sessions which I will put on the blog once all consent forms have been sorted.
This topic was split into two sections-
When talking about way we look, the children used the web cam on the computer in order to see the colour of their hair and eyes so as to make a self portrait. In previous years, I used a mirror for this task but I must say that the children found using the web cam to be much more exciting and they could not wait for their turn to have a look. They also enjoyed the fact that when no one was in front of the camera, the large screen in class was reflecting the whole classroom with children moving around!
We took the opportunity to count the different parts of our bodies and focused on the numbers one and two, counting one nose, head, mouth, chin, tongue, tummy and belly button and two eyes, ears, hands and feet, arms and elbows. We learnt how to for the numbers one and two. Our session in the gym involved dancing to lots of songs that dealt with parts of the body. I introduced the children to Mrs Owl and Mrs Swan who can be seen below:
When forming these numbers we always need to remember to start from the stop as if we start from the bottom, we will ruffle the feathers of the two birds and when we reach their beak, they will bite us. We also used number formation rhymes to help us remember the number formation. These are:
Having established that we all looked different but were all beautiful, we then began to share our likes and dislike – of colours and food. We also spoke about things that we are good at – some children are good at running, others can to cartwheels, handstands and so on. We established that none of the children could do everything perfectly and that was okay if someone was capable of doing something we could not do. To help us with this concept, we read the stories of the Mixed Up Chameleon and Bob and Otto. These can be found on the e leaning site together with songs used in this topic – https://stcathsprejuniortopicwork.wikispaces.com/All+about+me
The story of Bob and Otto led on to the topic of insects and the letter i. Songs and games relating to the letter e can be found on the e learning site – http://prejuniorareading.wikispaces.com/Letter+i
Letter is formed by following the rhyme –
“Start a the top, go down, make a tail. Lift and dot”
We will be doing further work on the letter i tomorrow.