# How to catch a star

Friday 25 November 2022

This week, we’ve been reading the book How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers.

We’ve been retelling the story in sequence and adding actions to our retelling.

Maths

In maths, we’ve been extending our understanding of the parts that make a whole, through number composition games. The children were introduced to the part-whole model, as a way of investigating the smaller numbers (parts) that make a whole number.

Three is a part, one is a part. Four is the whole number.

We watched the ‘Stampolines’ episode of Numberblocks, linked to this week’s learning. The children have represented different patterns of four, using multilink cubes and stamping paint squares.

Phonics

This week, we learnt the digraphs (two letters that make one sound) sh, th, ng, nk. These phonemes are some of the most challenging to learn and it’s really important that we pronounce them correctly (‘th’ even has two different pronunciations; voiced and unvoiced!)  The children have been superstars working on this daily, both in our phonics sessions and at other times too.

To help your child with the correct pronunciation at home, the Little Wandle website has some fantastic resources for parents. This includes videos on how to say each phoneme. Click here to find out more.

We’ve also learnt three new tricky words this week: she, he, of.

A new ‘learn at home’ phonics sheet was sent home today. Please use this and previously issued sheets, for continued learning at home.

Poetry Picnic

Each week, we will be learning a new poem. We’ll recite this poem each day. By saying the poem out loud, we can focus on the sounds and rhythm of each word or line.

This week’s poem is Mice

Ask your child to say the poem to you at home! The words were sent home with your child on Friday. Can they remember it?

Music/ Christmas Production Preparations!

The children are enjoying our Christmas production rehearsals;  learning songs and getting to know their parts. We’re looking forward to rehearsing on the big stage next week. We’re sure many of you will have been treated to a few songs at home too! Everyone is doing brilliantly. Please continue to say lines at home if your child has a speaking part. This will give them that little extra confidence, when it’s their time to shine!

Take a look at more learning from this week!

Reminders

-Swimming Dates

Please send swimming kits on the following dates:

Autumn 2

Rainbow Class- 2 Nov, 16 Nov, 30 Nov

Sunshine Class- 9 Nov, 23 Nov, 7 Dec

There will be no swimming 14 Dec

Spring 1

Rainbow Class- 4 Jan, 18 Jan, 1 Feb

Sunshine Class- 11 Jan, 25 Jan, 8 Feb

-Reception Christmas performances. 08.12.22 10am, 09.12.22 1.30pm

Please return slips for tickets to our Christmas performance, if you haven’t done so already.

– Learning Journey Drop in.

• Monday 12.12.22, 9.00-9.30am
• Tuesday 13.12.22, 9.00-9.30am
• Thursday 15.12.22, 3.30-4.00pm

An invitation for parents/carers to come into the classroom and take a look at your child’s learning journey.

-Reception Christmas Party day. 16.12.22

Your child can come to school in party clothes on this day.