Hi Everyone, I hope you have had a wonderful holiday with your family (if you had one that is). Below is some information about what skills and knowledge we are covering in Term 4
English: (Our ‘Big Book’ theme this term will be on fairy tales) We will be reading traditional tales such as Goldilocks and the Three bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Gingerbread Man).
Phonics and Phonological Awareness
- Words that contain digraphs such as ‘ch’, ‘th’, ‘sh’, double consonants such as ‘ss’, ‘ff’, ‘ll’, ‘zz’ and double vowels such as ‘oo’ and ‘ee’
- Manipulating sounds in words: Revising and extending upon deletion and sound substitution (eg. black without the ‘l’ is back) (eg. glum with a ‘r’ instead of a ‘l’ is grum)
Guided reading strategies:
- Re reading to check for meaning and structure (Does the word make sense in the sentence?. Does it sound right?). Many children will read a word incorrectly and then keep going. Encouraging them to re-read the sentence will help them to self correct their errors.
- Chunking larger words into syllables in order to break down the word into smaller parts to then decode.
- Using visual clues and combining them with picture clues (eg. The word starts with ‘d’ and the boy is going down the slide so the word might be ‘down’. Then combining this with meaning and structure clues to ensure that the word sounds right and makes sense in the sentence.
- Reading with expression and ‘fast and smooth’ (varying tone and volume and paying attention to punctuation). Some children are skipping over full stops without taking a breath.
- Retelling events in stories
- Answering inferential questions about the text
- Recounts: Really focusing on including ‘when’, ‘who’, ‘where’, ‘why’ ‘what’ and feelings’. Expanding on sentences by adding more detail. Some children are ready to write compound sentences (2 ideas in one sentence separated with conjunctions such as ‘and, ‘but’, ‘or’). Ensuring however, that we don’t overuse the word ‘and ‘ and forget to finish and begin new sentences.
- Remembering, clear finger spaces, correct spelling of sight words, capitals and full stops in the right places.
- Making sure that we don’t leave out important words which help the sentence to make sense. Some children have many ideas in their minds but when they write them down, the sentence doesn’t make sense because key words are left out. We are encouraging them to verbally say their sentence slowly in their heads before writing their idea down.
- Editing our own work to ensure the above ‘Success Criteria’ is met.
- This term we really want to kick those reversals out the window (as I like to say to the chn)!!! We will be strategically going through different letter groups that use the same directions. For example, letters such as ‘c, a, d, q, g, o, s, all start going to the left and around. This terms morning booklets will be hand writing booklets and will begin in week 2. Formal hand writing lessons will be on Fridays.
Topic Time: (Speaking and Listening)
- I’m sure the children will be very happy to know that I am allowing free choice news all term!! They can either bring something for ‘show and tell’ or bring a mystery item in a bag/box with some prepared clues to give the class or they can tell us a recount of something interesting they have done. The news roster will remain the same so your child will still be on the same day.
For the last few weeks of term 3 we were exploring addition and the multiple strategies to use in order to work out addition problems. We will continue to revise and extend upon the following strategies:
- Using concrete materials to add two amounts
- Mental strategies: Retaining rainbow facts- number combinations to 10 and for some children to 20.
- Using number lines
- Counting on eg. 4 + 4 (start from 4 and count on 4 times)
- Using fingers for small sums (It is important to only use this strategy for small sums because we only have 10 fingers!)
- Using 10’s and 20’s frames
- Always adding the smaller number (eg 4+ 8) would become (8+4)
- Using think boards to solve number stories
- Solving number stories by showing working out with drawings
- Sharing (eg. share 9 choc chips amongst 3 cookies) and learning that it isn’t always possible to have a ‘fair share’.
- Capacity and weight
- Location and transformation
- number writing with correct formation and direction
- Counting to and from higher numbers
- Instantly identifying numbers that come before or after higher numbers
This term our science theme is “On the Move” We will be exploring lots of different objects and how they move?
Remember our Sports Carnival is on the 25th of October in the morning. More details to follow.