The topic so far this week has been Eggs or rather chickens and other animals that lay eggs. At the beginning of the first session, I asked the children to mention animals that lay eggs. This is what they came up with :
I then read out the book “Chicken’s aren’t the only ones” which lists all animals that lay eggs and shows pictures of the more unusual ones. The children were really interested and engaged throughout. A clip of the book being read aloud can be found on the e learning site – https://stcathsprejuniortopicwork.wikispaces.com/In+the+garden. At the end of the session, I asked once whether they thought that they could add any more animals to their list of pictures. Here is what they added on:
The book state that among birds, ostriches lay the biggest eggs and humming birds lay the smallest ones. This served as a background for some exercises in which we sorted or ordered items representing eggs according to size. Later we applied the concept of big and small to numbers see how as we count upwards from one, the numbers become bigger. We verified this by using towers of blocks and numicon shapes to check which numbers were larger or smaller. Here are some photos that show the children sorting pom poms (which we pretended were birds’ eggs) by size.
Today, I introduced the concept of addition for the first time. We saw what a farmer would do if he wanted to know how many eggs he had in two nests. This helped me introduce the method of counting and the plus and equals signs. The children had some time to try and work out additions using blocks.
The literacy link for this topic was e for eggs. When we write the letter e, we “start in the middle, go across, then make a c.” Letter e is one of the few letters that we start writing from the middle rather than the top. I also used pictures and simple sentences to help the children try to read some words using the letters satipn which are the letters that they recognise most easily. The pictures we used can be found below. We used the letter slide I described previously to read the words in red. Again, these are still introductory lessons to reading and I do not expect the children to read the words unaided. I am still helping them spark off their curiosity and help them see that reading is easy.
Lastly, at the end of the reading lesson, I used a song as a conclusion. As soon as it finished, one child asked me “Miss, can you put this song on my i pad?” Soon there was a chorus of “and me!” “and on mine!” Hopefully, this means that the are really starting to get interested in reading. So, dear children, here is the song which you will be able to see on your i pad, tablet, mummy’s phone or anywhere else!