Welcome to the Junior Kindergarten Homepage
March 11th 2018
Important date: Thursday 15th March – Triad conferences
Please remember this is a day for you to share and enjoy with your child. It is a student led conference which means your child will show you around and be ‘the teacher’! It is not a time to discuss any academic or behavioural concerns. If you do require a time to discuss such issues please make an appointment via the Reception for a later date.
Our classroom showcases the work we have been doing this term and your child is very excited to show you around. Take a walk around the room and encourage your child to tell you about our displays and routines. Prompt him/her to talk you through what you see. For example:
Take a look at the daily schedule and ask if he/she can tell you what each of the pictures tells us.
Ask him/her to show you where we choose the line leader.
Where can we find the days of the week, letter sounds and tricky words? Use the reading finger to point to a number of letter sounds and words and ask your child to ‘read’ them for you.
Encourage him/her to ‘read’ any signs and labels and explain to you what they are.
Each station has activities related to work we have been doing this term. There are quite a few activities so please feel free to pick and choose the activities you would like to do with your child. You will not have time to do everything!
Table 1 – Literacy
Play beginning sounds bingo.
Ask your child to read the words on the flowers.
Choose a book and ask your child to tell you the story.
Ask your child to find his/her page in one of our class books.
Table 2 – Math
Choose a cup and ask your child to identify the number inside then put the correct number of bears into the cup.
Ask your child to put the number flash cards into the correct order 1-10 then have your child count forwards and backwards.
Ask your child to name the shapes on the table then sort the shapes into either 2D or 3D shapes.
Table 3 – Topic
Ask your child to tell you about some of the activities and experiments you will see there.
Play ‘Mystery Cups’ together and see who has the best sense of smell or use your sense of touch to discover what’s inside the mystery box.
Finally take a look at your child’s Portfolio. The Portfolio contains a selection of work from Term 1 and Term 2. The Portfolio will show the progression your child has made over the year so far. Please do not take the Portfolio home.
March 4th, 2018
Important date – Thursday 8th March – Egyptian Cultural Day 12pm – 2.45pm
Our book for shared reading this week is Elmer.
The themes of the story are that it is all right to be different and the importance of acceptance.
The children will build simple Elmer sentences and write a sentence about an animal that Elmer met in the jungle.
The new sound this week is oa as in goat, boat, coat etc. Please click below to hear the song.
The tricky words this week are me, he and we.
We will review the 2D shapes we know and introduce 3D shapes; sphere, cylinder, cube and cone.
The children will sort shapes into groups of 2D and 3D shapes.
The children will make 3D shapes and look around the class room to find examples of 3D in our every day environment.
Our topic cycle is ‘The Five Senses’.
This week we will take an overview of what the five senses are and which part of the body each sense relates to.
The main focus will be on seeing and hearing.
The children will make crazy coloured binoculars and see how by mixing colours together we can create new colours.
We will go on a listening walk around the school and record all the things we hear.
February 26th, 2018
Note – Reports will now be sent out on Sunday March 11th not Thursday March 8th as originally stated on the school calendar.
Again I would like to kindly request that you do not allow children to bring toys from home. We have special days such as ‘Bring a bear to school day’ when the teacher will send a letter saying when and what toy is allowed. Other than on these special days toys from home are strictly prohibited.
Our big book for shared reading this week is ‘How Do You Feel?’
The vocabulary focus is feeling words such as; excited, shy, proud, surprised, brave, lonely etc.
The children will talk about times when they have experienced the different feelings and write simple ‘I feel ____’ sentences.
They will also make a mini feelings book.
Follow the link for a fun feelings activity to play at home.
The new letter sound this week is j. Please click below to hear the song.
The tricky words this week are me and he.
The children will count 0-20.
The number of the week is 11.
The children will work with numbers 0-11. They will write the numbers, complete numbers in a number line and make sets of objects up to 11.
They will also work on counting on from a given number 0-11.
Our topic is ‘People Who Help Us’.
The focus this week is people who help us stay healthy. We will discuss the role of dentists and have a dentist come to class to talk about dental hygiene and give the children a demonstration on how best to keep their mouths and teeth clean and healthy.
February 15th, 2018
We are continuing to use Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?’ as the inspiration for our Literacy work this week.
We will make our own class book titled ‘JK, JK, Who do you See? Each child will have their own page in the book and will write a sentence about a friend looking at them.
The children will also work on their part of our favourite books display and write a message in their Valentine’s card.
The letter sound this week is b. Please click below to hear the song.
This completes Group 3 letter sounds.
Group 1 – s a t i p n
Group 2 – c k e h r m d
Group 3 – g o u l f b
As usual we will continue to work on blending and segmenting letter sounds for reading and writing simple phonetically spelled words.
The ‘tricky’ words this week are ‘see’ and ‘me’.
In Math this week we are continuing to work with numbers 0-10.
The children will work on Brown Bear simple block graphs. We will use the information from the graphs to talk about ‘more’ and ‘less’.
We will also work on identifying numbers ‘more than’ a given number up to 10.
Please follow the links below for fun activities related to number concepts 0-10.
Our topic cycle is ‘People who Help Us’.
This week we will focus on people who help us stay healthy. We will look at the roles of doctors, nurses and paramedics.
February 4th, 2018
Note: February is ‘I Love to Read’ month. We will be doing a number of activities throughout the month to celebrate our love of books and reading in JK.
One of the activities is a display of children’s favourite bedtime stories. Please let your child choose their favourite book from home and send it with him/her in their folder by Tuesday 6th February.
We would also like to invite any interested parents to come and read to the class. If you would like to participate please contact your child’s teacher via the Student Planner to arrange a day and time.
Note: I would like to kindly request you do not allow your child to bring toys from home to school. Some children are regularly bringing dolls and it is causing a problem in class. The children use the toys to include or exclude certain friends, which is not only very disruptive but causes a lot of upset for the children.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Our book for shared reading this week is ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?’ by Bill Martin.
The children will make a mini ‘Brown Bear’ book of their own. They will write sentences about their favourite animal from the book and we will role play the story.
The letter of the week is f. Please click below to hear the song.
We will continue to blend and segment known sounds for reading and writing.
The tricky words this week are ‘like’ and ‘me’.
We will work on counting from 0-20.
The number of the week is 9.
We will work on number recognition, writing numbers 0-9, counting on from a given number 0-9 and reliably counting objects 0-9.
Our topic cycle is ‘People Who Help Us’.
We will finish up our work on people who help us stay safe and start to look at people who help us stay healthy.
January 28th, 2018
Our book for shared reading this week is, ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen.
Watch an animated version.
Or watch the author read the story.
The children will hear the story read to them and watch an animated version. Afterwards they will talk about the obstacles the family faced and make their own story map so they can re-tell the story in correct sequence.
We will go on our own fun bear hunt around the garden.
The letter sound this week is l. Please click below to hear the song.
We will continue to work on blending and segmenting simple two and three letter words for reading and writing.
We will work on counting from 0-20.
The number of the week is 8.
We will work on number recognition, writing numbers 0-8, counting on from a given number 0-8 and reliably counting objects 0-8.
Our topic cycle is ‘People Who Help Us’
This week we will continue our discussions about people who help us stay safe.
The children will discuss the role of firefighters. We will look at the uniforms and equipment fire fighters use.
The children will make fire fighter helmets and dress a fire fighter in a fire fighter uniform.
We will also talk about fire safety.
January 23rd, 2018
Our book for shared reading this week is ‘The Lion Who Wanted to Love” by Giles Andreae.
It is the story of a young lion who does not want to hunt in the jungle. He would rather be friends and love and care for the other animals.
There are a number of themes running through the book. The children will talk about the importance of caring, helping and building friendships.
They will build jungle animal vocabulary for example; leopard, vulture, antelope and rhino. We will also match jungle animals with correct beginning sounds.
The children will write simple ‘I like…’ sentences about their favourite jungle animal.
The ‘tricky’ words this week are; like, went and to.
The new letter sound is ‘u’. Please click below to hear the letter sound song.
As usual we will continue to work on blending and segmenting known sounds for reading and writing.
This week we will start counting 0-20.
The focused number of the week is 8.
The shape of the week is octagon.
Our topic cycle is People Who Help Us.
For the next few weeks the focus will be on people who help us stay safe. This week we will be talking about police officers.
The children will talk about what police officers do and the uniforms they wear.
They will make police hats, badges and walkie talkies.
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