The second week back after half term was a tiring one I think. Although it didn’t stop N and the other children enjoying hide and seek in the dark outside at after school club. It’s been N’s second week of phonics, and the proper learning seems to be going ok.
N’s getting 4 phonics a week, and the worksheets are still coming home. It’s amazing how he’s now taking it on board now, where a year ago at nursery he’d have also been introduced to phonics, but had no interest and didn’t remember any of it. It’s harder now to get him to do his worksheets at home, but I did manage to get him to show off to his uncle what he’d learnt, so they did some together, and N told him some words that began with the right sounds.
One day though, he refused to do the worksheet at all in the evening, then he announced to me that he’d put it in the bin. I didn’t believe him, but sure enough, after he’d gone to bed, I found it all crumpled in there. The next morning though, I came downstairs and he’s completed the worksheet with no fuss.
We have done a bit of Reading Eggs again too, and he’s working out the words he knows from the sounds and repetition which is great to see. We don’t do it often, because I let him ask rather than making him do it, so it’s slow going. But now his phonics learning at school means he’s been formally taught those letters that he’s got to in Reading Eggs, so hopefully it will work well together.
I did ask him how they learn phonics. He tells me they work in pairs, the teachers says the sounds and words, then they repeat back, then work in their partnerships. His is a boy I don’t know, so I’ll have to get N to point him out.
Reception/Foundation stage vs Year 1
N’s been noticing the difference between the work that their class do. The year 1 class is split in his school, with some staying in the class with reception. N tells me that foundation stage work is easy and that year 1 have to work harder and do different things.
‘Year 1 do hard work mummy’.
‘You’ll have to do that work next year. It’s harder because they’ve already learnt the work that you’re doing, when they were in reception’.
‘I think I’ll want to stay in reception because it’s easy work’.
I wonder how long he’ll continue thinking It’s easy!
In our weekly ‘what we’re up to this week’ email, it mentioned that reception class might have dance one afternoon. I asked N about it, and he said no they’d not done it (he’s also not done PE yet, so not sure when they are starting doing that).
‘Mummy, the dance teacher is a man, but I didn’t see him’.
‘How did you know it’s a man?’, me thinking that that would be quite unusual
‘I don’t, but he was a man’.
So I’ve no idea whether they did or didn’t do dancing. I’m presuming not.
Children in Need
After my nightmare with making cakes for children in Need day, N went into school in his pjs and onesie and with his teddy.
They were due to do a teddy race, but the weather was terrible so it didn’t sound like it happened. Apart from the cake eating, N’s favourite part of the day was watching the teachers doing the Strictly. He thought it was very funny seeing his teacher up there dancing.
I asked N if all the teachers were dressed up as well, and was told they all were except the head.
‘She was in her normal clothes because she had things to do’. He didn’t seem too disappointed in that. He was too intent on telling me what his friends were wearing.
What’ve your children been up to this week at school?