Here we are again at the end of the first week back after Christmas.

Wecome back and a very happy and healthy New Year wish to you all. It was lovely to see everyone back on Tuesday and the children all seemed genuinely pleased to see their friends again.Early morning child initiated play has been full of chatter and sharing news.

In literacy our writing this week started by retelling news from the Christmas holiday and moved on to writing speech bubbles from the stories they heard. Use of the word grid should improve as we work on our writing, reading and spelling skills through this term, both in school and at home.

The children are working hard to develop their spoken vocabulary. We had two words on our ‘Wow Word’ wall and added another four as we ‘brainstormed' alternative words for ‘sad’ inspired by our story of Mr. Big at the park.

As part of our work on spoken language we acted out the story of ‘The lion and the mouse’ using the stick puppets. If your child has not involved you in the acting out of the story with their puppets, have a go this weekend!

In ICT the children were learning to use ‘shift’ to do capital letters and the spacebar as they typed the capital and lower case letters of the alphabet. Most children can sing the abc song but do not all know the letter names and cannot match all lower case letters to their capital equivalent. Use the alphabet line to sing the song pointing to each letter so that they learn the letter names. I have looked for games on the web to help practise this skill. Unfortunately most of them are American and I have not yet found anything suitable. If you find anything , please let me now.

Maths has been a revision and consolidation week, to assess the individual and group needs. I had hoped to move forward next week into the more formal recording of taking away,  using blocks to help with our calculations. However there are quite a few children who are still struggling with adding and recording their answer using the blocks which we have been doing for quite a few weeks. Please practise at the weekend, I  will do a bit more next week in class and we’ll see how it goes.

Please remember your baby and toddler photos for ‘Show and Tell’ for Tuesday. If you bring them in on Monday I will keep them safe and it will remind those who have forgotten. Bring them in an envelope and don’t let your child show everyone before school as we play a ‘match the baby to the toddler ‘game.

Once again, just a reminder that I am always here if you have any questions, problems or anything that you think that I need to know about your child.

Have a great weekend.