Sounds: This week we are starting the 4th set of sounds which include digraphs (two letters together making one sound). It is important that the children understand that they do not need to sound out both the letters. For example, on Monday we are learning ‘ai’ as in ‘rain’ so the children don’t need to sound the ‘a’ and the ‘i’ individually. We will learn that ‘when two vowels go walking the first does the talking’; so ‘ai’ will actually say the name of ‘a’ being A. This can be trickier for the children and may take longer to learn so please don’t worry.
We are moving on from the days of the week to ‘seasons and the months in each season’.
Topic: We are finishing off our dinosaur topic this week. As part of the topic we are doing some African drumming and using other percussion instruments.
Events: For the next five weeks small groups of five children from P1 will go with some children from St. Margaret’s P1/2 on an Outdoor Education excursion which is led by Sean Fallon (Outdoor Education Leader). We will be doing forest skills. Letters will be sent home on a weekly basis to the children involved. I apologise for the short notice this week but if your child has a letter please could it returned by Wednesday morning at the latest.
We will be talking about Guy Fawkes and firework safety and doing some related art work on Thursday.