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This Week

We are working on the /th/ blend. This blend can make two different but similar sounds – /th/ as in ‘them’ and /th/ as in ‘thunder’. We are working on both sounds this week. This is a tricky blend so please practise and identify /th/ words at home.

We will shortly be finished sending home Junior Infant sight words for revision and moving to the Senior Infant sight words which we have already been working on in class. I am uploading a full list of these SI words just in case any words cards get lost. You can use the list to replace any missing word cards.

New sight words will be sent home weekly. As usual, they have to be learned off by heart as they are words which don’t follow the rules and/or appear frequently in reading.

We are into our second week of Be Well Month. This week we are looking at healthy foods. Children with healthy lunches will get a sticker for remembering our healthy lunches policy!

All for now!

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Be Well Month

Next week is the start of Be Well Month and we kick off with Be Active Week.

This means there will be guided dancing in the yard at 8.50 each morning. The set up this year is slightly different.

At 8.50 I will collect my line as normal. Children will leave their bags (and parents!) and line up in rows in front of the speakers. Ms. Brady will lead the dancing. Junior Infants will be in the front row and Senior Infants will be in the second row – so that we can see the actions and hear the music. Parents can watch from the back row or feel free to join in!

After the dancing, parents will leave and I will take my class back to their line and make sure I have everyone. We will pick up our bags and head inside to start our day.

Fingers crossed for a dry morning on Monday!

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Sounds Homework

A slight change has been made to the sounds homework. Instead of sticking the new Senior Infants sounds into the orange copy, I will be sending home a ‘sound mat’. The sound for the current week will be indicated with a date stamp or label. This is the sound we will be working on in class for that week.

For example, on the week of the 25th September we will be working on /ch/. On the week of the 2nd October we will be working on /sh/.

Please let me know if you have any queries.

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PE

From next week, our PE days will be Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure your child wears their tracksuit on these days only.

An important noteDo not send your child to school wearing runners with laces if they are unable to tie them themselves. This is not safe. Instead, they can wear runners with velcro straps or you can show them how to tie their laces at home.

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Homework in Senior Infants

So far this year we have continued with the Junior Infant homework of a fun book and Grow in Love on a Thursday. Starting Monday, there will be changes!

Your child will have:

– Their sounds copy- we will have a new blend each week once we start them. /ch/ will be the first blend. Currently we are revising JI sounds.

– A bag of sight words- New words will be added weekly. We are currently revising the JI sight words.

– A letter formation guide- This is to be used to remind children of the correct letter formation. It could also be used to practise letter formation with a dry wipe marker if you feel that is something which your child should practise.

– Maths copy – This is used on Monday and Tuesday night. On Monday, practise writing the first number (1). On Tuesday, practise writing the second number (2).

– English copy – This is used on Wednesday and Thursday night. On Wednesday, practise the first letter (s). On Thursday, practise the second letter (a).

– Grow in Love – As usual, this book will go home on Thursday night.

– Reader – When your child brings home a reader, it should be read by the child with guidance from an adult. Encourage the child to track their reading by putting their finger under the word and remind him/ her to use their sounds. No child is bringing home a reader yet and some children may continue to practise sight words and sounds before I send home a reader.

– Fun book- A new library book will be sent home weekly. This will have been chosen by the child and can be read any night during the week. It should be read by an adult for fun – perhaps at bed time.

There will also be an information note in your child’s folder to explain homework. It is a big change from last year so if you have a query about homework, please come and see me.

All for now!