January 14th, 2018
Welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. We are looking forward to another happy and successful term!
This week the children will work on writing simple sentences about something they did in the holidays.
The key words are; went, to and the.
The new letter sound is g. Please click below to hear the song.
We will continue to work on blending and segmenting known sounds to read and write simple two and three letter words.
Our number of the week is 7. The shape is oval.
The children will work on number recognition, putting numbers in the correct order and filling in missing numbers on a number line.
We will also work on counting on from a given number and counting backwards from 7-0.
Our topic cycle is People Who Help Us.
This week we will talk about people who help us at home, and what it is those people do.
We will draw pictures and write sentences in our topic books.
December 3rd, 2018
Our big book for shared reading this week is a fun Christmas time book, ‘Snappy Sounds’.
The children will make their own Christmas sounds book. They will use their knowledge of all the letter sounds covered so far to match the beginning sound to winter/Christmas items.
We will write a letter to Santa and make cards with special seasonal greetings messages inside.
The children will be assessed on recognition of Group 2 letter sounds; c k e h r m d.
We will be doing lots of fun Christmas math activities to reinforce number recognition counting and grouping concepts. We will review 2D shapes by making shape Christmas trees and snowmen.
Follow the link for an excellent Christmas math website.
In topic we will complete our All About Me books.
We will introduce the concept of a community and talk about our own class community, what it means, what a class community is like and how we can identify ourselves as part of our Heritage community.
The children will cut, colour and paste their school uniform onto a figure of themselves.
We will also make lots of fun seasonal decorations for our classroom.
November 29th, 2017
This week we will work on two sounds, m and d. Please click below to hear the songs.
This completes Group 2 sounds; c k e h r m d.
The children will work on putting sounds together to read simple 2 and 3 letter words using letters from Group 1 and 2.
The tricky words are ‘the’ and ‘like’.
The number of the week is 6.
The new shape is a hexagon. The children will identify the shape and count the amount of sides it has (6).
We will continue to work on sets of objects up to 6, number formation and missing numbers on a number line.
For the next couple of weeks up until the winter break we will be working on festive art and crafts.
November 20th, 2017
Our big book for shared reading is ‘Pass the Jam, Jim’.
In the book the children work together to make a feast for a party.
The children will brainstorm foods we like to eat at parties.
They will order words to make simple ‘I like ________’ sentences and write a sentence about a thing they like to eat.
The tricky word this week is ‘like’.
Watch a fun song related to our book theme.
The letter of the week is ‘r’. Please click below to hear the song.
They will use their letter sound knowledge to identify and write the beginning sound for a range of party foods.
The number of the week is 6.
The children will count objects up to 6. They will fill in missing numbers on a number line and complete their number 6 pages in their Math books.
Our topic cycle is ‘All About Me’
This week we will be talking about families. We will look at different kinds of family units.
Focused vocabulary is family vocabulary such as, mum, dad, brother, sister, grandma, grandfather, aunt, uncle and cousin.
The children will talk about their own family unit and draw a picture of their immediate family members.
November 12th, 2017
Our book for shared reading this week is ‘Walking Through The Jungle’ by Julie Lancome.
Focused vocabulary is jungle animals.
The children will paste words together to make an ‘I am a __________’ sentence and write their own ‘I am ___’ sentence too.
Below are some fun jungle songs.
The tricky words this week are’ I’, ‘the’ and ‘ am’.
The letter of the week is h. Please click below to hear the song.
This week we will be working with Symmetry.
Follow the link for a symmetry matching game you can play at home with your child.
We will continue to work using numbers 0-5 and counting backwards from 5-0.
Our topic cycle is All About Me.
This week we will be looking at pictures of the children when they were babies and seeing if we can match the baby picture to the present day picture.
We will continue to talk about the things babies need and also the things the children can do now that they could not do when they were small. We will talk about their favourite baby toy and their favourite toy now.
We will hold Show and Tell of their favourite present day toys.
November 5th, 2017
Please send 2 photographs of your child. One from when he/she was a baby and one current picture. We will use them in our up-coming Topic work and will return them at a later date.
Our big book for shared reading last week was ‘I Can’. The book showed a number of children demonstrating what they can do. For example, climb, hop, jump etc.
This week we will be making our very own ‘I Can’ book. Each child will have a page in the book and will write a sentence about something they can do.
The letter sound this week is e. Please click here to hear the song.
The children will hear the song, see how the letter is written and attempt to write the letter using correct letter formation. They will also identify words beginning with the letter sound e.
Follow the link for a beginning sounds activity to do at home.
In Math this week we will be working with numbers 0-5.
The children will work on activities where they identify numbers 0-5. They will count objects and match the number of objects to the correct numeral.
Please follow the link for a fun activity to practice number recognition and counting objects.
We will also work on filling in missing numbers on a number line 0-5 and on ordering numbers to 5.
The children will count backwards from 5-0.
Our topic cycle is ‘All About Me’.
This week we will look at photographs of when we were babies and compare them with how we look now.
We will talk about the things babies need and also about the things that we are able to do now that we could not do when we were smaller.
October 29th, 2017
Our book for shared reading this week is ‘I Can’.
The children will read the book and discuss the things they can do. For example; run, jump, skip, hop, climb etc.
They will put words together to make simple ‘I can…’ sentences.
The letters of the week are c and k. Please click here to hear the sounds song.
The children will listen to the song, attempt to write the letters using correct letter formation and identify words beginning with c and k.
The number of the week is 5.
The children will identify the number and attempt to write it using correct number formation.
They will count objects reliably to 5 and fill in the missing number on a number line 0-10.
The shape of the week is a star.
The children will name the shape and count how many points a star has.
Our topic this term is ‘All About Me’
This week we will be talking about our birthday month and how old we are now.
The children will complete their birthday page in their All About Me books.
October 22nd, 2017
The JK department would like to apologise for the delay in the e corner. This has been due to technical difficulties as a result of the media content on the page.
Our big book for shared reading this week is Winnie the Witch.
The children will read the story and watch the animated version. They will make their own 3D Winnie.https:
Focused vocabulary this week is Halloween related vocabulary such as; witch, broomstick, wand, magic, spell etc.
The letter sound is n. Click here to hear the letter sound song.
This completes our Group 1 letter sounds; s a t i p n.
The children will be assessed on letter recognition and knowledge of beginning sounds in words beginning with Group 1 letters.
The tricky words this week are; I and The.
We are continuing to count 0-5 and working on matching objects with numbers 1-4.
We will also continue working on simple patterns. This time on identifying and completing Halloween themed patterns.
Our Topic this term is All About Me.
The children will work on their own All About Me books. They will continue to look at similarities and differences between people focusing on skin, eye and hair colour. We are also focusing on how to get along with people even if they are different from ourselves.
October 8th, 2017
Our big book for shared reading this week is ‘The Gingerbread Man’
The children will ‘read’ the book and watch an animated version too. We will discuss the characters in the story and talk about story events. They will then make their own Gingerbread Man books and use the book to re-tell the story in their own words.
The book language we will look at is. front and back cover, title and page.
The letter sound this week is ‘p’
The children will identify the letter and words beginning with the p sound. They will write the letter using correct letter formation.
The number of the week is 4.
The children will count groups of objects to 4. order numbers to 4 and write the number using correct letter formation.
Follow the link for a fun 4 activity.
The shape of the week is square.
The children will identify the shape and count the number of sides it has (4).
Our topic cycle is All About Me.
The children will use mirrors to look closely at their faces, paying attention to eye, skin and hair colour. They will then draw a self portrait and paint it to make realistic impressions of themselves.
October 1st, 2017
Our story for shared reading this is week ‘The Three Little Pigs.’
The children will become familiar with book terminology such as front and back cover, title and page.
Through shared reading we will look at reading direction and one to one correspondence between the written and spoken word.
After becoming familiar with the story the children will sequence the story events via a story map and use the story map to retell the story in correct sequence.
The letter of the week is ‘t’. Please click to hear the song. 3 t,tennis
We will sing the song, do the sound action and identify words beginning with s, a and t.
Follow the link for a fun beginning sounds web site.
The number of the week is 3. The shape is triangle.
The book this week is, ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.’
The children will order numbers to 3, count objects to 3 and start to use the mathematical language; big, medium and small.
Follow the link for a fun number 3 activity.
Follow the link to practice working with numbers to 3
They will name the shape, ’triangle’ and count how many sides it has.
Our topic cycle is ‘All About Me.’
This week we will continue working on identifying and naming body parts.
The children will paint self-portraits, paying attention to hair, skin and eye colour.
September 24th, 2017
Our rhyme for shared reading this week is ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock’.
The children will sing the rhyme, watch an animated version and sequence the events of the rhyme in order to ‘re-read’ it to their friends.
Follow the link for an animation version of the rhyme.
The letter of the week is ‘a’.
The children will sing the accompanying song and identify words beginning with the letter sound. They will attempt to write the letter using correct letter formation.
The link below will help reinforce begging sound concepts.
The number of the week is 2. The shape is heart.
The children will sing a number 2 nursery rhyme. They will identify the number 2 and count objects reliably to 2. They will attempt to write the number using correct number formation.
Follow the links for a fun number 2 math activity and number 2 rhyme.
Our topic cycle is ‘All About Me’.
This week we talk about parts of the body. We will make life sized paintings of a boy and girl in the class and label the body parts. The children will ‘read’ and label a body in their own ‘All About Me’ books.
Follow the link for a song about the body.
September 17th, 2017
Our rhyme for shared reading this week is ‘Humpty Dumpty’. The children will sing the rhyme and watch an animated version of it. They will then sequence the events of the rhyme and practice ‘reading’ it using their finger to point to the words as they say the rhyme.
We will introduce our first letter sound ‘s’. Please remember we teach the letter sound not the name.
Please click on the icon to hear the ‘s’ letter sound song. .1 s,snake
The children will hear the song, see how the letter is written using correct letter formation and try to identify words beginning the ‘s’ sound. They will practice writing the letter and cut out pictures of things beginning with the ‘s’ sound.
The number of the week is 1 and the shape of the week is a circle.
The children will watch number rhymes, count out 1 object, match one object to the number 1 and write the number using correct formation.
Our first topic cycle is ‘All About Me’.
This week the children will draw a picture of themselves for their Portfolios.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you into our Heritage school community! We are both very excited to be teaching at Heritage again this year.
We believe that we have been given a very important responsibility in teaching your child in his/her first year at school. Junior Kindergarten is a crucial time in your child’s development as it is a time when he/she develops rapidly; physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally. It is also a time when children are forming attitudes towards education which will underpin all future learning. Therefore, above all we feel that your child’s time in Junior Kindergarten should be educational and fun!
Play is the means by which young children learn and we cannot emphasize its importance enough! We believe that well-planned, purposeful play will engage your child in fun-filled learning experiences and lead to his/her success in achieving the Junior Kindergarten learning outcomes.
We are committed to creating a safe, secure and stimulating environment where your child will be facilitated in developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentration, persistence and the ability to work and play co-operatively with others.
We are very much looking forward to getting to know you and the children this year.
Miss Alison and Miss Gill
Please feel free to contact us at the following e-mail address;
Each child will have a student planner in their bag at all times for communication from home and you can also call the school reception if you wish to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher.
Please make special note of the following:
Your child will need healthy food and plenty of water every day.
The school canteen is available to JK students. Coupons must be bought in advance from the cafeteria. Kindergarten children are not allowed to bring money to buy from the cafeteria.
Please provide your child with a complete change of clothes (not school uniform). In the event that the spare clothes are used, please return a new set the following day.
Please provide your child with a painting overall as soon as possible. It will remain in class all year.
Please provide your child with a large pack of tissues for use in the classroom.
Classroom supplies are provided by the school so please do not let your child bring his/her own pencil case to class.
Toys from home are not allowed at school unless specifically requested.
Footballs are not permitted as they are extremely heavy and can hurt children. Soft balls for use in the garden are fine.
If your child’s travel arrangements change on any given day, please contact the reception in the morning to let them know.
We will update the JK e corner every Sunday so that you can see exactly what we are planning to cover in class on a weekly basis. Look at www.heritageinternationalschool.com and follow the link to JK in the elementary e corner.
JK Teaching Team