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Junior Infants

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Junior Infant News – November

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came along to our Halloween Sing-Song. We hope you enjoyed it.

We started our Jolly Phonics programme today in class. Our first sound is ‘S’. The children have their Sound Copies, their Jolly Phonics Workbook and a Sounds cut-out sheet in their bags today. Please ask your child about what they covered in class today. Please see the phonics work below that we have planned for the month and the short homework that we have also planned.

Homework: 5th – 29th November

Note: The aim of this short homework is to revise and consolidate what has been taught that day in your child’s class. It is also a chance for you to see and join in with the activities that your child is doing. Children should only spend 10 – 15 minutes doing their homework and the activities listed below. Please let us know if your child is having any difficulties with their homework.

Also, please come and ask us for help and guidance with regard to your child’s school work and learning. We are more than happy to explain the phonics programme that we are using or any other topic so that you can help and join in with your child’s learning.

Pencil-Grip/Letter Formation

Please make sure that your child is continuing to use the correct tri-pod (froggy-legs/ frog on a log) pencil grip when writing at home. Also, it is very important that children form the letters in the correct way. All letters are formed starting at the top (not from the bottom) with the exception of ‘e’ and ‘d’ which are formed starting in the middle.

Monday 5th Nov.

Tuesday 6th

Wednesday 7th

Thursday 8th

Sound: ‘s’

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 2

ü Children practise writing the sound in their book.

Sample Activities:

· Say it.

· Action: Each sound has a corresponding action

· Air-Trace it: Child traces the sound with their hand whilst saying the sound

· Call out/ Find words that begin with that sound (or have that sound in it)

· Put up a cut-out of that sound in a common area (kitchen/ bedroom) where your child can see it and practise saying it (and blending with it). Please see sounds sheet where sounds can be cut-out and stuck up.

Sound: ‘a

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 3

ü Children practise writing the sound in their book.

Sample Activities:

· Say it.

· Action: Each sound has a corresponding action

· Air-Trace it: Child traces the sound with their hand whilst saying the sound

· Call out/ Find words that begin with that sound (or have that sound in it)

· Put up a cut-out of that sound in a common area (kitchen/ bedroom) where your child can see it and practise saying it (and blending with it). Please see sounds sheet where sounds can be cut-out and stuck up.

Sound: ‘t’

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 4

ü Children practise writing the sound in their book.

Sample Activities:

· Say it.

· Action: Each sound has a corresponding action

· Air-Trace it: Child traces the sound with their hand whilst saying the sound

· Call out/ Find words that begin with that sound (or have that sound in it)

· Put up a cut-out of that sound in a common area (kitchen/ bedroom) where your child can see it and practise saying it (and blending with it). Please see sounds sheet where sounds can be cut-out and stuck up.

Blending and Games Day.

· Put up the sounds in the kitchen/common area at home as we do each one. Say the sounds regularly.

· Identify the sound at the beginning of words (onset- sand, sun) and at the end of words (rhyme-bus, toys, has).

· Practise blending them together.

· Games to play:

ü I Spy (eg: I Spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘S’.)

ü Sound Hunt: Find a particular sound around your environment:

ü Snap/ Pairs game (eg: find two ‘S’ and keep the pair if you can say a word that has a ‘s’ in it)

Monday 12th Nov.

Tuesday 13th

Wednesday 14th

Thursday 15th

Sound: ‘i’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 5

Sound: ‘p’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 6

Sound: ‘n’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 7

Blending and Games Day.

See list of activities above

Monday 19th Nov.

Tuesday 20th

Wednesday 21st

Thursday 22nd

Sound: ‘c/k’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 8

.

Sound: ‘e’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 9

.

Sound: ‘h’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 10

.

Blending and Games Day.

See list of activities above

Monday 26th Nov.

Tuesday 27th

Wednesday 28th

Thursday 29th

Sound: ‘r

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 11

.

Sound: ‘m’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 12

.

Sound: ‘d’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 13

.

Blending and Games Day.

See list of activities above

Note:

Please refer back to the guide/ outline of work, stories, rhymes and activities that are planned for the first term in Junior Infants. This is up on the website in the Junior Infants section.

Also, if parents could buy a Zip-Lock Folder to keep their child’s Sound Copy and Jolly Phonics Workbook in, that would be super.

Junior Infant News – November

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came along to our Halloween Sing-Song. We hope you enjoyed it.

We started our Jolly Phonics programme today in class. Our first sound is ‘S’. The children have their Sound Copies, their Jolly Phonics Workbook and a Sounds cut-out sheet in their bags today. Please ask your child about what they covered in class today. Please see the phonics work below that we have planned for the month and the short homework that we have also planned.

Homework: 5th – 29th November

Note: The aim of this short homework is to revise and consolidate what has been taught that day in your child’s class. It is also a chance for you to see and join in with the activities that your child is doing. Children should only spend 10 – 15 minutes doing their homework and the activities listed below. Please let us know if your child is having any difficulties with their homework.

Also, please come and ask us for help and guidance with regard to your child’s school work and learning. We are more than happy to explain the phonics programme that we are using or any other topic so that you can help and join in with your child’s learning.

Pencil-Grip/Letter Formation

Please make sure that your child is continuing to use the correct tri-pod (froggy-legs/ frog on a log) pencil grip when writing at home. Also, it is very important that children form the letters in the correct way. All letters are formed starting at the top (not from the bottom) with the exception of ‘e’ and ‘d’ which are formed starting in the middle.

Monday 5th Nov.

Tuesday 6th

Wednesday 7th

Thursday 8th

Sound: ‘s’

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 2

ü Children practise writing the sound in their book.

Sample Activities:

· Say it.

· Action: Each sound has a corresponding action

· Air-Trace it: Child traces the sound with their hand whilst saying the sound

· Call out/ Find words that begin with that sound (or have that sound in it)

· Put up a cut-out of that sound in a common area (kitchen/ bedroom) where your child can see it and practise saying it (and blending with it). Please see sounds sheet where sounds can be cut-out and stuck up.

Sound: ‘a

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 3

ü Children practise writing the sound in their book.

Sample Activities:

· Say it.

· Action: Each sound has a corresponding action

· Air-Trace it: Child traces the sound with their hand whilst saying the sound

· Call out/ Find words that begin with that sound (or have that sound in it)

· Put up a cut-out of that sound in a common area (kitchen/ bedroom) where your child can see it and practise saying it (and blending with it). Please see sounds sheet where sounds can be cut-out and stuck up.

Sound: ‘t’

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 4

ü Children practise writing the sound in their book.

Sample Activities:

· Say it.

· Action: Each sound has a corresponding action

· Air-Trace it: Child traces the sound with their hand whilst saying the sound

· Call out/ Find words that begin with that sound (or have that sound in it)

· Put up a cut-out of that sound in a common area (kitchen/ bedroom) where your child can see it and practise saying it (and blending with it). Please see sounds sheet where sounds can be cut-out and stuck up.

Blending and Games Day.

· Put up the sounds in the kitchen/common area at home as we do each one. Say the sounds regularly.

· Identify the sound at the beginning of words (onset- sand, sun) and at the end of words (rhyme-bus, toys, has).

· Practise blending them together.

· Games to play:

ü I Spy (eg: I Spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘S’.)

ü Sound Hunt: Find a particular sound around your environment:

ü Snap/ Pairs game (eg: find two ‘S’ and keep the pair if you can say a word that has a ‘s’ in it)

Monday 12th Nov.

Tuesday 13th

Wednesday 14th

Thursday 15th

Sound: ‘i’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 5

Sound: ‘p’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 6

Sound: ‘n’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 7

Blending and Games Day.

See list of activities above

Monday 19th Nov.

Tuesday 20th

Wednesday 21st

Thursday 22nd

Sound: ‘c/k’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 8

.

Sound: ‘e’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 9

.

Sound: ‘h’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 10

.

Blending and Games Day.

See list of activities above

Monday 26th Nov.

Tuesday 27th

Wednesday 28th

Thursday 29th

Sound: ‘r

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 11

.

Sound: ‘m’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 12

.

Sound: ‘d’

See list of activities above

· Jolly Phonics Book: Pg 13

.

Blending and Games Day.

See list of activities above

Note:

Please refer back to the guide/ outline of work, stories, rhymes and activities that are planned for the first term in Junior Infants. This is up on the website in the Junior Infants section.

Also, if parents could buy a Zip-Lock Folder to keep their child’s Sound Copy and Jolly Phonics Workbook in, that would be super.

Baby Photo/ Clothing

Dear Parents,

If you please send in a baby photo and an item of baby clothing belonging to your child this week, that would be super. As part of history, our topic is ‘When I was a baby’. We will use the items to discuss how we have grown and changed over the years.

Halloween Sing-Song

Sinéad and JP’s classes will both be having a short Halloween Sing-Song from 9am until 9:15am on Friday 26th October. We will both be using our classrooms for the sing-songs and all parents are invited to come along, watch, listen and enjoy. It should be a bit of fun.

Thanks a mil,

Sinéad & JP

Information Sheet for Junior Infants

September - December 2018

A look back on what the children have covered in class so far this September:

Rhymes

Stories

Songs

Maths

· Humpty Dumpty

· Doctor Foster went to Gloucester

· Hickory Dickory Dock.

· The Smartest Giant in Town

· Fergus Goes Quackers

· The Loudest Roar

· We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

· Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

English:

· Tony Chestnut

· The Clean-up Song

· The ants went marching

· Days of the Week (tune of the Addams Family song)

· Baby Shark

Gaeilge:

· Lámh, lámh eile…

· Rólaí Pólaí, rólaí pólaí…

· Is mise an Traen

· Ceann, gualainn, glúin

· Tá teidí ag súil.

The children have been working hard sorting and identifying different objects and suggesting ways of classifying objects.

The children have been sorting objects into groups according to:

· Colour

· Shape

· Size

Providing opportunities for the children to help with sorting activities at home would be of major benefit to them. For example: sorting clothes and toys.

October:

Rhymes

Stories

Maths

· Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree

· Pease Porridge Hot

· Ladybird! Ladybird!

· It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

· Five Fat Peas

· One, Two , Three, Four, Five

· Old Mother Hubbard

· I’m a little teapot

· Three Little Witches

· Ghosts and Goblins

· The Gruffalo

· The Gruffalo’s Child

· Room on the Broom

· Winnie the Witch

· The children will continue to focus on sorting different objects in the classroom.

· Continue to provide opportunities for the children to sort a variety of different objects around the house.

· Discuss the different colours your child sees in their very own environment.

Aistear theme: The Supermarket

November:

Rhymes

Stories

Maths

· Row row row your boat

· Jack be nimble

· Little Miss Muffet

· Birthday Chart

· 1,2,3,4,5 Fish Alive

· Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

· Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon

· I’m a little teapot

· Three Blind Mice

· Baa baa black sheep

· Pat a cake

· Snowflake, Snowflake

· Owl Moon

· Owl Babies

· The Loon on the Moon

· Laura’s Star

· Identifying numbers 1-10.

· Identifying shapes in the environment – Circle, triangle, square and rectangle. Encourage the children to find these different shapes in their home environment.

· Maths language: more than, less than and the same/equal.

· Shape Songs- 2D shapes

· These songs are available on Youtube.

Aistear theme: The Space Station

December:

Rhymes

Stories

Maths

· Hey Diddle, Diddle

· Star light, star bright

· Miss Polly had a dolly

· There was an old woman

· Daisy and Deans Flying Machine

· Daisy and Dean go to the North Pole

· Santas Selfie

· Why I love Christmas

· A Long Way From Home

· On the Move

· Continue to ask your child what day of the week it is.

· Discuss the month and occasions that take place within certain months.

· Songs available on Youtube to help with remembering days of the week and months of the year.

· The children in class will focus on matching equivalent and non-equivalent sets using one to one correspondence.

Aistear theme: The Hairdressers

W.A.L.T.Please check in with your child every day. Ask them what they did/ what they learned. Ask them about the stories, songs or rhymes that they did. We have been sequencing stories that we have done (putting them in the correct order) so ask them about it.

Pencil Grip: Please make sure that your child is using the correct tri-pod (froggy-legs) pencil grip when writing at home.

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Writing Names: Please make sure that your child is practicing writing their name at home. This can be done using pencils, paint, crayons, markers and pencils. Both teachers will be working with the children to ensure that each child can spell and write their name using lower case and capital letters.

The Curriculum: Please find attached the link to the curriculum for Junior Infants – www.ncca.ie The website is full of information and clips for parents and how you can help your child at home.

Reading to your child: When you are reading stories to your child, ask the children to tell you about the picture, what colours are in it, is it big or small (comparisons), who is in the picture, what do you think will happen next, can you see any sounds/ letters you know in the words?

    • Questions to ask:Who, what, when, where, why, how?
  • Retell the story in the correct Sequence (order)/ Make Predictions (The children have been working hard on these reading strategies so far this year).

Phonological Awareness:The rhymes that will be taught during term 1 are all listed above. Please encourage your child to say these rhymes at home as much as possible. The use of rhyme will help your child before the Jolly Phonics programme begins.

Phonics: The children will learn the sounds of the letters. Try to avoid the names, just at the moment. Each sound obviously has a name, but we concentrate on the sounds for the start.

  • The children will learn the 42 sounds. First group is s, a, t, i, p, n.
  • Each sound has a jingle and actionthat goes with it that helps the children to remember it. Please find attached a link from Youtube that you can access all Jolly Phonics jingles- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwZWvHEAAFU .
  • Blending– blend sounds together to form words.

Please practise each sound with your child – saying the sound aloud, air-tracing it, writing this sound on a page, finding words that also have this sound in it, either at the start, middle, or the end. For example, the sound ‘a’ appears at the start of the word ‘ant’ but in the middle of the word ‘jam’ and at the start and end of the name Anna. Children enjoy searching their environment for examples of words, items and objects with these sounds in them.

Homework:

  • October: The children will start practise writing their name as of next week. Recognise the letters that make up their name. Cut out the letters/ rearrange them/ use playdoh/ crayons/ tripod pencils and air-trace it.

  • November- December:

The children will receive 3 sounds a week to learn. Depending on the overall progression of the class, the sounds could increase.

Please find a guide to homework for the months of November and December.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

One sound in the sound copy.

Follow up page based on the sound from JP workbook.

*If your child is finished homework reasonably early, they could draw pictures in their sound copy of words beginning with the sound.

One sound in the sound copy.

Follow up page based on the sound from JP workbook.

*If your child is finished homework reasonably early, they could draw pictures in their sound copy of words beginning with the sound.

One sound in the sound copy.

Follow up page based on the sound from JP workbook.

*If your child is finished homework reasonably early, they could draw pictures in their sound copy of words beginning with the sound.

Blending and Games Day.

Put up the sounds in the kitchen/common area at home as we do them. Say the sounds regularly.

Identify the sound at the beginning of words (onset- sand, sun) and at the end of words (rhyme-bus, toys, has).

Practise blending them together.

Games to play:

I Spy (eg: I Spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘S’.)

Snap game (eg: find two ‘S’ and keep the pairs)

How you can help your child at home:

  • Continuously count with them, add, sort, match, order, measure etc.
  • Board games are super as they teach children how to count on/ number recognition. Also help with turn-taking & social skills. Down the line you can an introduce two dice so that your child can practise adding (use dice with dots & numbers/ swap them around)
  • Simple Number Bonds (0 – 5). 1 + 2 =3
  • More/ Less
  • Comparisons
  • Number stories, rhymes, chants & songs.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh!

JP agus Sinead

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