This week we have continued our topic on 'Winter' by investigating ice. The children have used coloured water with pipettes and salt to explore what happens when it comes into contact with ice. They have also used their senses to describe what is happening as ice melts.
In maths, we have continued to investigate both 2D and 3D shapes. The children have been using their knowledge of shapes to give clues and ask questions to identify a mystery shape.
We have started to introduce the set 2 phonics sounds this week. These are the vowel sounds: ay, ee, igh, ow & oo.
We will continue our topic of 'Winter' focusing on animals and habitats. We will also be using musical instruments to create Winter music and sounds.
In Maths we will be using addition to find number bonds for numbers up to 10.
Please continue to practise the set 1 phonics sounds at home as well as the new set 2 sounds. The set 2/3 sound cards are available to purchase at the school office if you would like some.
Look out for the new sounds when reading with your child. Encourage them to look for the 'special friends' (more than one letter making a sound) before they read the word.
It is important that the children have the opportunity to read their books more than once to help them develop fluency and understanding. It's better to read for a short amount of time every day rather than one or two long sessions a week.
Help your child to find different ways of making ten. Count out 10 objects e.g. lego bricks, cars, sweets or raisins. Support your child to separate the objects into 2 groups and count how many are in each. Put the objects back into a group of 10 and separate them in a different way.
You might like to make some homemade ice lollies with your child and talk about the changes that have taken place. How cold will it need to be for the lollies to freeze?