In the past few days, we looked at another animal found in the garden – the mouse. We read two books about mice, The Lion and the Mouse (which can be found on the e learning site https://stcathsprejuniortopicwork.wikispaces.com/In+the+garden) and The Very Busy
This books helped the children learn about tasks carried out in the garden such as weeding, raking, planting seeds and digging. Both stories linked in to our good deeds for Lent initiative because in both one of the animals did something kind to the other and it gave us the opportunity to discuss how other people feel when we do something nice to them.
We looked at famous mice that feature in cartoons and films. The children were really excited to see their favourite characters on the interactive whiteboard and were even able to anticipate me a bit with some of the characters. It seems that none of them have watched Stuart Little. If you ever a looking for a film to watch with your children, it is a good one to watch. My sons used to love it!
The children also learnt that mice are rodents like rabbits, hamsters, porcupines and beavers to name a few and about the living habits of mice.
Our mathematical tasks involved adding groups of mice and rodents. When working out additions, the children follow the three steps as per the picture below. The count the objects on the left hand side on the picture and write the number in the box below. They then count the objects on the right hand side of the picture and write it in the box below. Finally, they count all the objects (drawing lines as they count that are in an opposite direction to the other ones) and write the total in the “all together” box which is the box after the equals sign.
Our literacy link for this topic was the letter m for mouse. The children also tried to read some more words. This time we tried to read the words without using the slide, instead using the “say, stretch, blend” method. This is the way we do it
- We say the letter sounds
- We stretch the letter sounds
- We say the word
The video below shows how this is done. The only difference is that she uses 4 steps – we amalgamate the middle to (stretch the letters and blend the letters) into one. At step 3, we clap our hands as we say the word. The children seems to be full of enthusiasm during reading session but once again, these are still the initial steps.