Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies. I hope that you are enjoying the day in the company of your lovely children. These are the father’s day stories we watched in class this week.
The children thought about the things they enjoy doing with you and told me what it was. We added a note in your card to thank you for it. We also said a prayer for you every day this week.
Last Friday saw the end of our journey through topic work, letters and numbers. All we have left to do now is complete some workbook pages that were missed due to absence from school, to have some year end closure activities … and to have fun!
Over the past two weeks we continued to work our way through the topic of people who help us and we spoke about doctors and nurses and pilots and other airline crew and, as you know, we visited the dentist ourselves.
The children learn about what a visit to the doctor entails and what the doctor will be doing when they listen with the stethoscopes. They also saw what happens when someone needs an x ray after an injury. Once again they could use their stethoscopes and an x ray machine made out of a box to play doctors and nurses.
When talking about pilots, we had a look at supersonic planes which, when they reach a certain speed (faster than the speed of sound), emit a loud bang and then a zzzzzoooom.
To conclude the topic, we had a session in which we tried to remember all the people who help that we spoke about during the last weeks – the children managed to remember them all!! We then practised asking questions that we would need to ask them should we be in need of help e.g. Reporting a lost mobile to the police – Could you please help me find my mobile? More importantly we thought about what people could ask them in an emergency so that they could see whether they knew the answers. These are the main examples:
- What is your name?
- Where do your live?
- What is your mum/dad’s phone number? (Safety tip: If your child finds it difficult to remember the number, you can write the number on the inside of their shoes. Should they get lost, they will be able to ask for help and indicate where the phone number could be found.)
- What is your mum/dad’s name? (Safety tip: Should the children get separated from their parents in a crowded place, or e.g. in a supermarket, the best thing would be for them to shout out their parent’s name rather than just mum or dad. It is easier for an adult to tune out the sound of mum/dad and not respond immediately but he/she will immediately respond if he/she hear his/her own name).
Our literacy links to these topics were x for x ray, z for zzzoom and q for question and with q were completed our letter writing journey for Pre-Junior. We also linked the number 19 to the topic of doctors and stuck 19 windows on a hospital building and the number 20 to a plane and stuck 20 windows on it too.
Stories and clips relating to these topics can be found here: Topic work e learning site