Word Aware!

Word Aware- Teaching vocabulary across the day, across the curriculum!

Why Word aware?

Vocabulary levels are strong predictors of later literacy skills.

Without a good vocabulary, children struggle to understand what they are taught, to express how they feel, to manage social situations and resolve conflicts.

If a child is in the lowest 20% in vocabulary knowledge at age 5, and you want them to move to an average level within three years, they would have to learn 20 new words a day, every day, for each of those three years!

We thoroughly enjoyed our Literacy Enrichment morning in KS2!

Homework

In Aderyn Du and Barcud Coch spelling activity homework will be given out on a TUESDAY, to be returned the following TUESDAY.  Minute Maths homework will be given out on a THURSDAY, to be returned the following THURSDAY.  In additon to these weekly homework activities we may, on occasions, ask children to complete some problem solving activities or reading comprehension work in order to consoildate learning that has taken place in class.

READING- We require the children to read 4 times a week at home and that an adult signs their reading record each time that they have read.  Although many of the children read fluently by the time that they reach Year 5 and Year 6 it is still very important that they read as often as possible, and vary the type of material that they are reading.  Reading to an adult at this age is also encouraged in order that unfamiliar vocabulary is highlighted, or the content of a book or article discussed.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road!

This week we have been learning all about the Wizard of Oz. We have created our own story mountain by looking at the characters, settings and plot. We then watched the film which we all loved. We could see the difference between black and white and colour images, which helped us understand more about the creation of film.

Literacy Enrichment Day!

As part of our Literacy Enrichment Day on Wednesday, we looked at the story Handa’s Surprise.

We enjoyed a range of activities including data handling on HWB, drama and role play and creative art.  Each of the activities had a oracy theme.

Literacy Enrichment Day!

As part of our Literacy Enrichment Day on Wednesday, we looked at the story Handa’s Surprise.

We enjoyed a range of activities including data handling on HWB, drama and role play and creative art.  Each of the activities had a oracy theme.

Literacy Enrichment Day

We have had lots of fun ‘role playing’ and retelling the story of Handa’s Surprise.  We all acted as different characters from the story and got into ‘role’ with confidence.

 

 

 

 

Researching Facts about Wolves!

This week the children have been busy developing their reading skills using non-fiction books and the Internet to research facts about wolves.

They will use their research next week to write their reports about wolves.

Autumn Term 2019 – Parent Information Sheet Hwyaid Bach

Welcome back after the Summer holidays!

This term we have got an exciting new topic, ‘Fantasy and Fairy tales’. We will be studying a range of stories through this topic starting with ‘The Three Little Pigs’. This topic will be studied using the ‘Mantle of the Expert’ approach which is linked to the new child-initiated Curriculum.

Important things to remember

Please label all of your child’s clothes – uniform, coats, P.E. kits, book bags, wellies and spare clothes.

Every day:   Home readers (yellow) book which will contain your child’s HWB password.

A water bottle, filled with water only.

A piece of fruit as a morning snack.

A coat.

Tuesday: Swimming kit/test spellings.

Thursday: P.E kit/change home readers.

As September is often warm and sunny, please can you ensure your child has sun cream and a sunhat in school as they will be working outside during the day.

Parental Support

Please could you read with your child as regularly as possible and write a comment in their yellow book so that we know that your child has read at home. As children in Reception will carry out spellings and minute maths, we will be changing home readers once a week.

If you are able to help with our swimming sessions on a Tuesday afternoon, please speak to Sarah in the office or Miss Davies (class teacher). This support would be greatly appreciated.

If there is anything you would like to discuss with us, then please feel free to make an appointment at the office. We are always happy to help.

As we are a Healthy School, we encourage the children to bring in a piece of fruit for their morning break. It is also possible to buy bananas and apples from Sarah in the office for 30p. Please note that only fresh fruit or raisins/sultanas can be eaten at break time. We would appreciate if you could name your child’s snack please.

 

Thank you for your support

Miss Davies and Mrs Wozencraft.