Turtles Autumn 2 2018 Newsletter

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This half term we will be basing our learning around the stories of Julia Donaldson. I am sure that many of you are familiar with Julia Donaldson's stories such as The Gruffalo, Room on a Broom, The Scarecrows Wedding, The Highway Mouse and Monkey Puzzles to name but a few! We are planning to visit the local Library in Amble in the next few weeks and have a story session there. Why not go along to the Library with your child and join up! The children love visiting the school Library too. One of the stories we will be reading in school will be The Scarecrows Wedding click here to share this story with your child at home. We would love to see any pictures/videos of you and your child sharing stories at home, so please share these with us on Tapestry. Why not read a selection of Julia Donaldson stories at home and talk o your child about which is their favourite and why.
We will be reading The Gruffalo as a stimulus for writing and following on from this we are hoping to create wanted posters describing the Gruffalo. Why not spend some time looking at the word mats below and discussing words such as poisonous, and tusks which they may not be familiar with.
Read, Write, Inc.

We are now well through the list of Set 1 sounds in our Read Write Inc phonics sessions and already many of the children have started to use these sounds to read and write simple words. This half term our focus will remain on consolidating these sounds and we will be developing our blending (for reading) and segmenting (for writing) skills. We will also be introducing the children to ‘green’ and ‘red’ words. When we read green words we can use our sounding out (Fred Talk) and blending skills e.g m-a-t mat, whilst red words are ‘tricky’ words which you can not sound out such as go, the. The children will be introduced to the phrase– “You can’t Fred a red you just have to know it!” In the next few weeks the children will be bringing home word wallets which will include green and red words to practice and learn at home. You can help by continuing to look at your sounds chart and practice saying and writing the sounds. Don't forget to practice the green words in your child's word wallet at home as often as you can- watch out for the red words to follow soon! 

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Why not watch this video which demonstrates how to teach blending and Fred Talk, this will help you to support your child at home.
Over the next few weeks we be continuing our work on recognising numerals and working with numbers to 20 and beyond. We will be working practically to solve problems linked to addition and subtraction such as finding 1 more or 1 less. Click here to play Laughs and Giraffes game online which focuses on 1 more and 1 less. You can help by practising writing numbers using the rhymes which we use in school,the children are very familiar with these and an extra  copy is attached below. 
It won't be long until we are all getting into the Christmas spirit here at Amble Links! Make sure you keep checking your weekly newsletters to stay up to date with all of the exciting events coming up!