Welcome to the Junior Kindergarten Homepage
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;
Week of 4 November to 8 November 2018:
This week in Literacy we are following on from our ‘I Can’ reading and activities of last week. We are going to make our very own ‘I Can’ class book. Each child will have a page in the book with of photograph showing something they can do. They will each write their own ‘I can’ sentence.
The letter sound this week is e. Please click below to hear the song.
We are working on blending known sounds to read simple two and three letter words.
We will also be assessing the children.
This week we will recap numbers 0-5.
We will assess the children on number recognition, grouping objects, ordering numbers 0-5 and counting forwards and backwards.
We will also review and assess shape and colour recognition and pattern work.
Please follow the link for fun Math activities working with numbers 0-5.
Our topic is ‘All About Me’. This week we are talking about our favourite toys. Please check your child’s student planner to see which day your child should bring their favourite toy for show and tell.
Week of 28 October to 1 November 2018:
Our book for shared reading is ‘I Can’.
The children will look at all the things the children in the book can do, such as run, jump, hop, climb… The focus is action words (verbs). They will talk about the things they can do.
We will reorder cut up words to make simple ‘I can …’ sentences.
The letters of the week are c and k. Please click below to hear the song.
We are continuing to work on the ability to hear and say beginning sounds in words. We are also starting to blend known sounds together to read simple words.
The letter sounds covered so far are; s a t I p n c and k. With these letters it is possible to make a number of two and three letter words. For example; is, in, it, at, as, an, cat, pat, sat, can, pan, tan etc.
The number of the week is 5.
The shape of the week is, star. The star has 5 points.
The children will write the number using correct formation, count and group objects to 5 and fill in missing numbers on a number line 0-5.
We will count forwards and backwards 0-5 and 5-0.
This week in our ‘All About Me’ topic we are focusing on families. We will talk about family members and about how families are not always the same.
We will also look at photographs from when we were babies and now and discuss the things we can do now we are bigger.
Week of 21 October to 25 October 2018:
Our big book for shared reading this week is ‘Winnie the Witch’.
The new letter sound is ‘n’. Please click below to hear the song.
This completes Group 1 letter sounds: s, a, t, i, p, n.
The children will work on matching pictures to the correct beginning sound for all Group 1 letters. They will attempt to write the letters using correct letter formation. We will play beginning sounds bingo to help reinforce the concept.
The ‘tricky words worked on so far are; the, I and A.
This week we are continuing to work with patterns, shape and colour.
The shapes are; circle, triangle, square and rectangle.
Follow the link for a fun shape game.
The following link is for making patterns using shapes.
Our topic is ‘All About Me’.
This week we are continuing to talk about months of the year, how old we are and when we have our birthday.
Week of 14 October to 18 October 2018:
Our big book for shared reading last week was ‘The Gingerbread Man’. As a follow on, this week we are going to role-play the story and make our very own delicious gingerbread men!
We will write a shopping list together and once the ingredients are bought we will follow a step by step recipe to make our gingerbread.
Follow the link below if you would like to make it at home with your child. You can download the recipe, print it off and have some fun baking with your child.
Our new letter sound this week is p. Please click below to hear the song.
So far we have covered s a t i and p. We are now starting to blend the sounds together to make simple words such as, it, at, sit, sat and pat.
The tricky words covered so far are ‘I’ and ‘the’
This week we are working on simple AB patterns. The children will work on recognizing and recreating simple colour and shape patterns.
Follow the link for a fun pattern activity to do at home.
Our topic is All About Me.
This week we will be talking about how old we are and our birthday month.
Week of 7 October to 11 October 2018:
Our big book for shared reading is ‘The Gingerbread Man’
We will read the story and watch an animated version. The children will make their own Gingerbread Man zigzag books.
They will paste the story characters in the book in the correct sequence and then use their book to re-tell the story.
We will also role play the story.
The letter sound of the week is i.
Please click below to hear the song.
The tricky words this week are ‘I’ and ‘the’.
The number of the week is 4.
The shape of the week is square (which has 4 sides).
Follow the link for, The Story of 4.
Follow the girl in the story to see if you know the number 4. There are games to play to learn this number and you can find out how to write it too.
We are continuing to work on our self portraits.
Week of 30 September to 4 October 2018:
Our big book for shared reading this week is, ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
The children will be introduced to book terminology such as, front and back cover, title and page.
We will read the book and role play the story. They will also sequence the events and re-tell the story to their friends.
Our new letter sound his week is t. Please click below to hear the song.
The children will see and hear the sound, listen to the song and attempt to write the letter using correct letter formation. They will also attempt to hear and say words beginning with the three sounds we have covered so far: ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ and group words according to their beginning sound.
The number of the week is 3. The shape is triangle.
We will introduce mathematical language big, medium and small.
The children will hear the story Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.
The children will write number 3 in their Math books. They will also look at number sequence and group objects according to size.
Our topic is ‘All About Me’
This week the children will use mirrors to look closely at the features of their faces.
They will paint self-portraits paying attention to hair, eye and skin colour. We will talk about the similarities and differences between us.
Week of 23 to 27 September 2018:
Our rhyme this week is Hickory, Dickory Dock.
The children will ‘read’ the rhyme, sing it and watch animated versions of it. They will use their ‘reading finger’ to track the text and sequence pictures of the rhyme.
The letter sound this week is a. Please click below to hear the song.
The children will listen and sing along to the song and do the sound action. They will see how we form the letter correctly and attempt to write it themselves.
We will also look at words beginning with the a sound and group words into those beginning with a and those beginning with s.
The number of the week is 2.
The shape is heart.
The children will watch Sian and the story of 2. They will see how to form the number using correct formation and attempt to write it themselves in their number books.
They will make their own 2 little dicky birds and a number 2 necklace.
Our topic this term is All About Me
This week we will paint our life size children and label the body parts. They will start their All About Me books.
Week of 16 to 20 September 2018:
Note: Individual reading will start in class this week. Home reading will start week as of Sunday 23rd.
This week we will read Humpty Dumpty. The children will read, sing and watch animated versions of the rhyme. They will sequence the events to show their understanding and re-tell the rhyme to their friends using their own Humpty Dumpty finger puppets.
We will introduce our first letter sound, s. The children will sing the associated song and make the correct action. They will see how we write the letter using correct formation and attempt to write the letter themselves.
Please click below to hear the song:
We will introduce the concept of beginning sounds and look at words beginning with the s sound. The children will sort pictures into two groups, those beginning with s and those that don’t.
The ability to hear and say beginning sounds in words is a very important pre-reading skill and we will continue to work on beginning sound concepts throughout the year.
The number of the week is 1.
The shape of the week is circle.
Our Topic this term is All About Me.
This week we will talk about parts of the body.
We will make two life size cut outs, one boy and one girl. The children will paint them and together we will label them.
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
Please note that home reading will start from Sunday 16th September.
You will find your child’s home reading day written in the front of the student planner.
Please return the book on your child’s reading day. If the book is not returned on the appointed day, your child will not receive a new book until the following week.
This week is settling in week. It is a big change from nursery. We will be working on establishing class rules, routines and behaviour expectations.
Our theme this week is ‘Under the Sea’.
We will read a number of sea themed books and talk about the kind of creatures we find in the sea. We will make lots of sea creatures for our class display.
Throughout this week we will be observing the children and compiling baseline assessments.
We are looking forward to a great year in JK!