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-cooperatively 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 5th of May to 9th May 2019:
Our big book for shared reading is ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Cambell.
The children will make their own Dear Zoo books. They will have to read and write the animal names either for labeling or to complete a sentence.
Our letter sound this week is qu.
Please click below to hear the song
We will continue to work with numbers 0-18 and on simple addition.
Our topic is ‘Plants and Living Things’.
This week we will plant a bean seed and start a Bean Plant Diary.
The children will monitor and record the growth of their plants.
Week of 5th of May to 9th May 2019:
The new sound this week is th. This has two different pronunciations, a soft and hard sound as in ‘think’ and ‘that’.
Please click below to hear the song.
The children will also recount what they did over the holiday and write a simple sentence.
In Math we will continue working with numbers 0-17.
We will also continue to work on simple addition.
We are starting a new topic cycle this week; Plants and Living Things.
This week we will go on a discovery walk around the school grounds looking at the different kinds of plants and naming some of the more familiar ones.
Week of 31st March to 4th April 2019:
The letter sound this week is oo. This is said in two ways, with a long oo sound as in ‘soon’ and a short ‘oo’ as in ‘look’.
Please click below to hear the song.
We will work on middle sounds in cvc words and on blending and segmenting cvc words for reading and writing.
The tricky words are; he, she, me, we and be.
The numbers of the week are 15 and 16.
The children will write the numbers and find their place on a number line. They will count objects and make groups of objects up to 16.
We will continue to work on the concept of more and less, comparing sets of objects and using number sentences to describe what we see. For example, 7 is more than 5 and 5 is less than 7.
Our topic cycle is ‘People Who Help Us’.
This week we will talk about people who help keep us safe. We will focus on police officers and fire fighters. We will talk about what they do, their uniforms and the type of equipment they use.
Week of 10th March to 14th March 2019:
Important date- Thursday14th March – School trip to the farm!
Our big book for shared reading this week is ‘The Lion Who Wanted to Love’ by Giles Andea.
It is a story about being kind, helpful and celebrating our differences.
The children will discuss the theme of the book and relate it to their own experiences.
We are starting Group 5 letter sounds and will focus on z and w.
Please click below to hear the songs.
We will review the tricky words we have learned so far. These are; I, the, like, went, me, my, to and see.
In Math we are counting forwards 0-20 and back from 10-0.
We are working with numbers 0-12.
We are continuing our unit on more than and less than.
Our topic cycle is ‘People Who Help Us’. This week we are focusing on our school community.
The children will take a tour of the school and take photographs of the many people who help us throughout the day. These include security guards, nannies teachers, office staff, directors and many more.
We will talk about the role each helper has in making up our school community.
Week of 3rd March to 7th March 2019:
Our big book for shared reading this week is ‘Farmer Duck’ by Martin Waddel. It is the story of a lazy farmer who stays in bed all day all day and makes the duck do all the work. One day the other farm animals make a plan to chase the lazy farmer off the farm. From then on the animals all work together and help each other.
The theme of the story is working hard and helping each other. The children will label the characters from the story, discuss the importance of hard work and helping and write a simple sentence about who they help at home.
Our letter sounds this week are ee and or. Please click below to hear the song.
The tricky words are ‘the’ and ‘my’.
In Math we will continue to work with numbers 0-12.
We will also introduce the concepts of more than and less than.
Our topic cycle is ‘People Who Help Us’.
We will talk about people who help us at home. The children will draw and label pictures of people who help them.
Week of 24th February to 27th February 2019:
Our big book for shared reading is ’How Do You Feel?’. The book is about a young boy who experiences lots of different feelings throughout a very event-full week. The vocabulary focus is on ‘feeling words’ for example; shy, excited, cross, proud and brave.
The children will make their own ‘Feelings’ mini book and talk about times they have experienced different emotions.
They will write simple ‘I feel …’ sentences.
Below is a fun feelings activity to watch at home.
The letter sound is ‘ie’ for pie, lie, tie etc. please click below to hear the song.
We will count forwards from 0-20 and back from 10-0.
The numbers of the week are 11 and 12.
We are starting a new topic cycle, ‘People Who Help Us.
The focus this week is people who help us at home. The children will talk about the people who help them and the things they do.
They will write and illustrate a sentence about helpers at home.
Week of 10th February to 14th February 2019:
Our book for shared reading this week is ‘This is the Bear’ by Sarah Hayes. It is the story of a young boy who loses his teddy and goes in search of him.
The children will talk about things they have lost and how it made them feel. We will introduce ‘feeling’ words such as happy, sad, cross, worried etc. We will watch Emotions Theater with Tikabilla.
The children will write a simple sentence about an item they have lost.
Our new letter sound is j. Please click below to hear the song.
We will count forwards from 0-15 and back from 10-0.
We will count on from a given number 0-10 and use mathematical language smaller, bigger, increase and decrease.
We will write missing numbers on a number line to 10.
We are coming to the end of our topic cycle ‘The Five Senses’. This week we will make jelly and identify which of our senses we use when making and eating it!
Week of 3rd February to 7th February 2019:
February – I Love to Read!
This week we will make a class book. It is based on our book for shared reading last week, ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ The title of our book is ‘JK, JK, Who Do You See?’ Each child will write a page for the book.
The new sound this week is, ai. Please click below to hear the song.
Words with the ai sound include aim, pain, rain, train etc.
In Math we are counting forwards 0-15 and backwards from 10-0.
We are continuing to differentiate between 2D and 3D shapes.
We are also starting to look at graphing.
Follow the link for a simple introduction to block graphs.
Our topic cycle is, ‘The Five Senses’. This week the focus is tasting. The children will taste things that are sweet, salty and sour.
Week of 20 January to 27th January 2019:
Our big book for shared reading this week is ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.
The children will ‘read’ the book and watch an animated version. They will also watch the author of the book telling the story.
The children will make a story map showing the obstacles the children had to go through in order to find the bear. They will use the story map to re-tell the story. We will also role play the story.
Our new letter sound is f. Please click below to hear the song.
We will work on end sounds in words and blending and segmenting sounds to read and write simple words.
This week we will introduce 3D shapes, specifically; sphere, cylinder, cube and cone.
We will continue to work with numbers 0-9.
We are continuing our topic cycle ‘The Five Senses’
Week of 13th January to 17th January 2019:
Welcome back to school.
The JK department wants to express their deepest condolences to the family of Jamila Mandour who passed away over the holiday. May she rest in peace.
There are two new letter sounds this week; u and l. Please click below to hear the songs.
The children will recount to their classmates what they did over the holiday then write a sentence about their favourite activity.
If you have any photographs of your child involved in an activity, please send them in!
We will continue to work on blending and segmenting known sounds to read and write simple phonetically spelled words.
The number of the week is 9.
The children will work on number recognition 0-9 and writing the numbers using correct formation.
They will work on filling in missing numbers on a number line and counting out objects reliably to 9.
Please follow the link for a fun counting game.
We are continuing with our topic cycle ‘The Five Senses’
This week we will focus on touching. The children will explore lots of different materials and textures. They will make texture collages and try to identify objects using only their sense of touch.
Week of 2nd December to 6th December 2018:
We would like to thank all the parents who came on Thursday for the Triads. The children have worked really hard this term. They are very proud of their achievements and were excited to share this with you!
On that note, we would like to ask if you could give your child a small reward for their hard work. Next week they will write a letter to Santa asking for a small, inexpensive gift. You will find the letter in their reading file. If possible please secretly read the letter, buy the gift for your child, wrap it and say it is from Santa for all their hard work at school.
For the next two weeks we will be doing lots of fun festive Literacy activities. Each child will make their own ‘Christmas Sounds Book’. We will write letters to Santa and write holiday cards.
The sounds are g and o. Please click below to hear the songs.
We will sing along to fun festive songs.
In Math we will do more fun festive Math activities, working with numbers 0-7 and 2D shapes.
Please follow the link for lots of fun Math games to play at home. There are lots to choose from so please work alongside your child and help them choose appropriate levels.
Out topic is ‘The Five Senses’.
This week the focus is touching. We will do lots of fun activities where the children have to use their sense of touch to identify mystery objects and people! We will make crafts using different textured materials.
Week of 2nd December to 6th December 2018:
We have a busy week!
Please remember the school photographs will be on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th.
The Triad Conferences are on Thursday 6th.
The letter sound is d. Please click below to hear the song.
This completes Group 2 letter sounds.
Group 1 = s a t i p n
Group 2 = c k e h r m d
We will continue to work on beginning sound concepts and on blending sounds for reading simple phonetically spelled words.
Please follow the link for a fun beginning sound game to play at home. Level 1 and 2 are most suitable as they contain the letter sounds we have covered so far.
The following game is for blending letter sounds. Please choose Phase 2.
This week we will be doing lots of pre-Christmas math fun.
We will be counting baubles for our class tree, making sure the snow men have the correct amount of buttons and building snow men using various shapes of different sizes.
Our Topic is The Five Senses.
This week we will focus on hearing. We will play games where children have to identify different sounds and make musical instruments.
Week of 25 November to 29 November 2018:
Our big book for shared reading is ‘Pass the Jam Jim’. It is an alliterative book about a group of children preparing for a party. Jim will not pass the jam to his friends and it has sticky, sickly consequences.
The children will make lists of party food they would like to eat.
The target sentence this week is ‘I like____’.
The letter sound is m. Please click below to hear the song.
The tricky words are; I, the and like.
We are continuing to work with numbers 0-6.
We will also introduce positional language such as; in, on, under, over, next to etc
Our new topic area is ‘The Five Senses’.
The children will match each sense to the correct body part and the focus sense this week will be hearing.
The children will go on a listening walk around the school and record the different things they hear. We will play listening games.
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!