The week ahead…

We are continuing on with our work around The Gingerbread Man and at the end of the week the children will take home several things they have made during this unit of work.

We are also continuing to learn about the Christian celebration of Christmas and The Nativity story and the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. We are very keen for the children to be proud of their own cultures and family traditions and a Home Learning project will come home this week for over the holidays and we hope it will encourage the children to share different family celebrations with us.

Kinetic Letters

We are continuing on with the Abracadabra Family letters. We have now learnt all of this family of letters for formation – c, a, d, g, q, o, s – we say…

c – pull around, down, push (this starts every letter in this family).
a – pull around, down, push, up (like a helicopter), down, bump, flick.
d – pull around, down, push, up (like a helicopter with a big engine), down, bump, flick.
g – pull around, down, push, up (like a helicopter), down, on down, pull around for a tail.
q- pull around, down, push, up (like a helicopter), down, on down, flick.
o – pull around, down, push up and stop, flick.
s – write a small c (pull around, down, push) and pull round.

We are now focusing on using these formations in our day to day writing and will be practising writing these letters within words, not just as a handwriting task.

Phonics

*Miss Cookson’s phonics group will be revising Phase 2 Set 4
*Mrs Walton / Miss Birch’s phonics group will be recapping Phase 2 Set 5, but with a focus on writing.
*Mine / Mrs Read’s phonics group will be recapping all the new sounds from Phases 2 and 3 so far, but with a focus on writing.

Dates for your diary…

Tuesday 16th December from 9am – Reception / Key Stage 1 Christmas Celebration – Reception / Year 2 will be singing some festive songs and Year 1 will perform The Nativity

Wednesday 17th December from 9am – Reception / Key Stage 1 Christmas Celebration – Reception / Year 2 will be singing some festive songs and Year 1 will perform The Nativity (2nd performance – there will be no Stay and Play this day)

Friday 19th December – Christmas party – party food will be instead of the school meals / packed lunches on this day. We have already sent home a paper plate for you to fill with party goodies for just your child to eat on party day. We will provide squash / water for the children to drink. Children can wear party clothes, but please make sure that your child is dressed warmly for play times.

Have a great week!

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