First Words Let your finger do the walking – pointing to each word helps them understand the concepts of words and sentences Don’t forget the pictures – reading pictures develops their understanding of stories and humour Use initial sounds when able – be patient and don’t worry some children do just memorise texts in the early stages
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Phase One Phase Two Listening games Rhymes Alliteration Learning first Letter Sounds - no “uh” sounds on the end! Learning to blend sound together to read: m-a-t says mat Learning to segment to spell: mat is split into m-a-t Learning the tricky words
Counting Counting objects – one touch for one number name, first in lines then in irregular arrangements Counting out loud – on and back, challenge yourselves to get higher each time Number Recognition Notice numbers in the environment and talk about them In FS2 we have to be able to recognise, write and order numbers from 0 to 20 Calculatin g Add two groups of objects by counting them all Subtraction by taking away objects from a bigger group
Developing young writers Write in sentences Use finger spaces Use their phonic knowledge in their writing Use relevant letters Use random letters in their “writing” Make marks that have meaning (for them) “I’m writing” Talk about the marks that they have made Make marks with crayons, brushes or other tools Encourage him/her to use capital letters and punctuation Encourage him/her to re-read writing as they write it Encourage your child to segment words into sounds when writing Notice and praise when s/he uses appropriate letters Continue to practise sounds and letters at home Help your child to recognise and write their name. Give them opportunities to write eg shopping list, a message Look at signs and symbols and talk about what they mean. Distinguish between pictures & writing Talk about what the marks mean, give them lots of mark making equipment Your child can… How you can help
Top Tips It’s their special writing (“Can you read it to me?”) Boost confidence Trying, not copying Write for meaning Provide opportunities Rehearse orally first
Your child’s Learning Journey Your child’s Learning Journey will contain: Photographs Post it notes Focus observations on specific area of the curriculum Your child’s work It is an individual record of your child’s achievements and WOW moment during their first year at school. It will go home at the end of the year.
Personal Social and Emotional Development Communication Language and Literacy Mathematics Understanding the WorldPhysical DevelopmentExpressive arts and design My Learning Journey at Home Please use this board to attach post it notes or pieces of paper to let us know about your child’s achievements at home. Counting aloud Counting objects Recognising numbers Recognising and making patterns Using and talking about shapes Putting objects together to add, removing to take away Talking to communicate Acting out roles and using puppets Listening to stories, reading books and talking about stories Hearing sounds in words Recognising letters and words Attempting to “write” for meaning Singing and making music Dancing Role play and imaginative play Drawing, painting, collage etc Things your child shows an interest in Playing with others Showing their feelings and becoming aware of others’ feelings Asking questions, noticing, sorting Learning about different cultures and beliefs Using tools to build things Using technology eg. CD player, camera Finding out about different places Talking about past events Being healthy Using equipment (balls, hoops, bikes etc) Climbing on large equipment Using fine motor skills e.g. threading, kneading, drawing Using their bodies in different ways i.e. hopping, skipping, jumping