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The topics which we were teaching over February and March are as follows:
Maths - Time, the number 0, combining and partitioning of sets. Literacy - blending words and beginning reading. New phonic introduced each week. Gaeilge - Seachtain na Gaeilge, Jeaic agus an Gas Pónaire (Jack and the Beanstalk). Learn Together - Value for February - Love. Value for March - Honesty. P.E. - Outdoor and Adventure: fundamental movement skills: walking, running and balancing.
We were planning on starting on teaching about the farm. While we had not begun this, feel free to begin discussing and exploring this topic at home.
Other learning topics: The Fancy Dress shop The Shoe shop The Farm Irish Myths and legends Planting and taking care of plants Spring
As part of our homework, the children are beginning to read both picture books and short text books. It is important to remember that each child learns to read at their own pace, and reading should always be a positive experience.
As always, many thanks for your support and co-operation. Bláithín and Holly: Teachers of Junior Infant Classes
Ask your child some questions that we cover in our circle time: e.g. Would you rather live underground or live in the sea? Beans or peas? What is your favourite animal?
Listen and draw tasks
Listen to stories and retell in your own words
Begin sounding out blending CVC words (three letter words with vowel-consonant-vowel) using the spellings that we have already covered.
[Jolly phonics groups 1 - 5, also including ‘y’, ‘x’]
Read a picture book with no words and make up your own story.
Find tricky words in a story
Read to and with your child every day
Practise writing the sounds we know - use as many different colours as you can!
Practice making the letters in a bowl of rice or sand etc.
Write a thank you card to Doctors, nurses and carers in our local hospital in Tallaght, for all the hard work they are doing.
Write and send a letter to an older person in Sally Park Nursing Home in Firhouse. Tell them about what you have been up to, the signs of Spring you have noticed and tell them something nice about yourself. You could also draw a picture of yourself in the letter.