Thursday 25th February 2021

Hello,

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Phonics

This term we are introducing the phase 3 phonics program.

We have now introduced all on the sounds we are learning in phase 3, so the rest of the sessions will be recapping groups of sounds. So, instead of a sound video, each day I will be posting the phase 3 tricky words video as a warm up.

Following on from the above, here is today’s session:

I initially filmed this video to be suitable for the children to watch on their own as per the previous term’s phonics videos, however due to the short notice of school closure I have not been able to create videos that are more interactive. So please ensure you and your child have a pencil/pen and piece of paper/whiteboard with you as you watch the video. Feel free to pause and model any writing elements to them and also encourage them to write where appropriate e.g. the letter formation part. This phonics session should last no longer than 15 minutes.

The presentation this video is based on is from Twinkl.

If you are interested in finding out more about our phonics teaching strategy, please click here.

Sentence Writing

Today’s sentence should be “He has big hair.”

Instructions:

  1. Please get your child (helping them where required) to cut out the words on the sentence sheet delivered to you.
  2. Ask your child to write their name on the top of the sheet.
  3. Starting on the red dot, ask your child to practice their letter formation by writing over the yellow letters on the sheet, reminding them about the correct ‘finger and thumb’ pencil grip
  4. Together with your child, arrange the cut out words into the correct sentence, reminding your child about the 3 elements of sentence writing; capital letter at the start, finger spaces and a full stop at the end.
  5. Once the words are arranged in the correct order, ask your child to attempt copy this sentence on to the sheet doing their best to stay on the line. Again please remind the children about the 3 elements of sentence writing.

Optional extra: You could discuss the picture with your child and ask them if there is an extra sentence they can write about the picture. Below are some phonically decodable extra sentence ideas you could ‘steer’ them to if you wish:

  • The man looks good.
  • His hair is big and black.

Here is a sound mat that might be useful when your children are sounding out and want to find the sound to write.

Here is this sound mat in a downloadable pdf format:

Maths

This week we are focusing on introducing 3D shapes to the children. Each day we will be talking about a different shape. I will be mentioning the number of face, edges and corners – the children do not need to memorise ‘how many’ for each shape, instead they just need an awareness of what they are.

For today’s session you will not need any equipment. We will be talking about spheres. It would be great if you could ‘hunt’ for spheres throughout the day, pointing them out to children around your home and environment as you go about your day.

When you find a sphere, please double check the properties, (faces, edges, and corners) with the children.

Please note this video series was created in May 2020 to support children in the last school closure so I may make weird references to things that we have not yet covered or to things that were happening last year!

Please also remember that all the children have a school Numbots account. Numbots is a fun app that turns counting, addition and subtraction into a game where the children can earn certificates. Login details were given out last term, please let me know if you need me to resend your child’s.

Thank you as always for your support.

Please email any comments, questions or feedback to receptionroy [at] burntmill.essex.sch.uk

Mr Vullo

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