Monday, 15 October 2018

Halloween/Autumn Aistear

Hi,

We are starting our Halloween/Autumn Aistear this week. If you have any old Halloween decorations/costumes, we would love them for our role play area.

Thanks in advance,

Becky & Julie


Egg cartons needed!

We need lots of egg cartons for our art station next week.

Can you please send them into school if you have any at home?

Thanks,
Becky & Julie

Homework 15th - 19th October

There are four parts to the homework for this week. You can decide which activity you wish to do each night, but we have a suggested plan below. For the homework to be as beneficial as possible, it would be our preference that you spread out the homework over the course of the week. 


Activity 1:
My Sounds Booklet pg. 5 - New sound for this week ai


Activity 2:
Word families 'u' sheet

1. Read word list 1.

Writing activity based on word list 1 - Call out the following sentence and encourage your child to do their best to write the sentence into the homework copy. 

"He had fun in the sun with his mum."

2. Read word list 2.

Writing activity based on word list 2 - Call out the following sentence and encourage your child to do their best to write the sentence into the homework copy.

"Pull the rug on top of the bug."

*Please write both sentences on the same page.
*Remind your child about finger spaces between words and full stops at the end of the sentence.
*Encourage your child to check over their own work, however we don't expect perfect spellings as the children are still learning.


Activity 3:
Graded reader - Please try to do a little bit of reading each night.


Activity 4:
This year the children will have 2 tricky words each week for homework. The tricky words from last year are on a sheet in the homework folder if you feel your child needs to revise them. 

The tricky words to memorise for this week are: who, where

*Please remember you cannot blend tricky words. 

Suggested games to make Tricky Word learning fun:

Slap the word
Use one set of word cards. Spread a number of cards out on a table or the floor. Ask someone to say one of the words. Whoever is first to slap the word with their hand (or the back of a spoon) wins the word. We have played this game in class with spoons and the children loved it.

Silly Sentence
Spread the word cards out face down. Pick 3 cards and turn them face up. Say the words as they are turned up. Now try and make up a silly sentence that includes all 3 words on the cards. 


Suggested Plan for this week's homework:

Monday:
My Sounds Booklet pg. 5 - New sound for this week ai. 
Graded Reader

Tuesday:
'u' Word Family List 1  - Reading and Writing activity.
Graded reader

Wednesday:
Memorise Tricky Words.
Graded Reader

Thursday: 
'u' Word Family List 2  - Reading and Writing activity.
Graded reader
Revise over this week's Tricky Words.


Here are the links to the songs for our new sounds so far this year. 

sh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6Ty63fUpV8

ch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVE7NBcpZFA

th
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ5odH4nSjE

ai
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLn_i6nSwiM

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Glanmore lunch forms

Hi all,

Glanmore Foods are calling in on Friday to collect the new lunch forms.  

Can you please return the forms as soon as possible if you haven't already done so.

Thanks,
Julie and Becky

Monday, 8 October 2018

Photos from September

Becky posted a few photos of her class the other day. Here are some pictures from Julie's class over the last couple of weeks.

P.E. and G.A.A. with Neill






Phonics games and activities








Aistear - Theme: Myself and My Family







Aistear - Theme: My School










Homework 8th - 12th October 2018

There are four parts to the homework for this week. You can decide which activity you wish to do each night, but we have a suggested plan below. For the homework to be as beneficial as possible, it would be our preference that you spread out the homework over the course of the week. 



Activity 1:
My Sounds Booklet pg. 20 - New sound for this week wh. (Please note, there is no action/ Jolly Phonics song for this sound.)


Activity 2:
Word families 'o' sheet

1. Read word list 1.

Writing activity based on word list 1 - Call out the following sentence and encourage your child to do their best to write the sentence into the homework copy. 

"The tot got hot in the cot."

2. Read word list 2.

Writing activity based on word list 2 - Call out the following sentence and encourage your child to do their best to write the sentence into the homework copy.

"Mom put a mop and a log in the box."

*Please write both sentences on the same page.
*Remind your child about finger spaces between words and full stops at the end of the sentence.
*Encourage your child to check over their own work, however we don't expect perfect spellings as the children are still learning.


Activity 3:
Graded reader - Please try to do a little bit of reading each night.


Activity 4:
This year the children will have 2 tricky words each week for homework. The tricky words from last year are on a sheet in the homework folder if you feel your child needs to revise them. 

The tricky words to memorise for this week are: when and why

*Please remember you cannot blend tricky words. 

Suggested game to make Tricky Word learning fun:

Slap the word
Use one set of word cards. Spread a number of cards out on a table or the floor. Ask someone to say one of the words. Whoever is first to slap the word with their hand (or the back of a spoon) wins the word. We have played this game in class with spoons and the children loved it.


Suggested Plan for this week's homework:

Monday:
My Sounds Booklet pg. 20 - New sound for this week wh. 
Graded Reader

Tuesday:
'o' Word Family List 1  - Reading and Writing activity.
Graded reader

Wednesday:
Memorise Tricky Words.
Graded Reader

Thursday: 
'o' Word Family List 2  - Reading and Writing activity.
Graded reader
Revise over this week's Tricky Words.


Here are the links to the songs for our new sounds so far this year. 

sh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6Ty63fUpV8

ch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVE7NBcpZFA

th
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ5odH4nSjE

Graded readers


Dear parents/ guardians,

We are about to begin a more structured reading programme with the senior infants. These books are decodable, so the children should be able to figure out most of the words by blending their Jolly Phonics sounds together. We have assessed the children and placed them on the level which we feel is appropriate for them. When the children complete all books on one level, they’ll move up to the next level. The books are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.

On a Monday, each child will receive a new story in their homework folder. We would ask that you date it on their reading log. Please practice reading every night for 5 – 7 minutes and sign once the child can read the whole book fluently, as well as comprehend what they are reading. This means that their reading flows with ease. On Wednesdays, we ask that all the children have their book and reading log in with them. We will be listening to their reading. If their reading log is signed to say that the book is complete, the child will be able to swap their book to another book on their current level. Similarly, on a Friday all children should have their homework folders in their schoolbag. Again, we will listen to their reading and swap the book for next week’s homework. Please note that every child progresses at their own pace. Encourage your child, and ensure that reading is a positive experience. Not every child will be ready to swap their book on a Wednesday. Many will need the week to complete it. Please email us if you have any concerns or questions. Below are a few tips to help with difficult words.

1.       If your child struggles with a word for more than 4 seconds help him/ her sound it out. In class we put dots under single sounds, and a line under the diagraphs (double sounds like ‘ch’) to help with blending the sounds. The children are very familiar with this process.

2.       If the word is quite long, and difficult to blend all the individual sounds together, chunking may help. This strategy involves your child breaking words into manageable ‘chunks’ to sound out, rather than sounding out each individual letter. For example, ‘panda’ could be chunked into ‘pan-da’. Sometimes physically covering parts of the long word with your finger can help.

3.       Finally, some words just need to be learned off so they’re recognised instantly! These are our Tricky words – high frequency words. Please regulary practice the words in the Tricky Words folder, and revise over the list from Junior Infants too.

We hope this helps! Once again, any questions you have/ issues you would like to discuss please send us an email. No doubt each child will make great progress with their reading this year.

Kind regards,
Julie and Becky


Halloween/Autumn Aistear

Hi, We are starting our Halloween/Autumn Aistear this week. If you have any old Halloween decorations/costumes, we would love them for our...