It’s hard to believe that Harry has already completed his first full term at school. It feels like only yesterday i was waving him off for his first day in Elves class and yet here we are some months later, and in a way, it’s like he’s always been there. He has adapted to school life incredibly well and it’s had such a positive effect on him. He’s happier, more confident, more independent, listens well and is increasingly inquisitive about the world around him.
He comes out of school every afternoon with a huge smile on his face, eager to tell me all about his day – what he’s been learning, who he’s been playing with, how many housepoints he’s got…i even get a daily rundown of who’s been naughty and moved down on the behaviour chart!
In terms of Harry’s learning, I still find his ability to absorb and retain information ridiculously impressive. He is picking things up so quickly that his teacher is now having to give him more challenging work to stop him from getting bored during the lessons. He is still top of the class for reading and phonics and his ability to blend letter sounds to form words has improved so much over the last month.
They’ve had lots of exciting things going on at school this month in the run-up to the Christmas. All parents were invited in on 1st December for some Christmas decorating activities which was a lot of fun…the boys and i made a wreath, paper chains and some festive wrapping paper. Riley and Harry also had their Christmas Play – Lights! Camel! Action! which was brilliant. They both performed so confidently on stage and made me so proud. The boys also had a Christmas party, a pantomime performance of Beauty and the Beast, made Christingles with their teachers and on the last day of term they were allowed to wear Christmas Jumpers for a special Christmas Carol service at the church.
Here’s a little overview of his third month at school:
- He has been learning “positional language” and practising using these positional words: next to, under, in between, behind, on top.
- He has been drawing and labelling pictures of “People Who Help Us”.
- He has been using a program on the laptop called “2paintapicture” to create a picture of a fire engine.
- His class had a visit from two police community support officers who told them about their jobs and how they keep him safe.
- During Anti-Bullying Week his class talked about being kind to others and how they should always tell an adult if someone has upset or hurt them.
- He has been learning about 2D and 3D shapes.
- He has been learning how to write a letter.
- He has been looking at envelopes and learning what needs to go on the front of them and why.
- His class walked to the village post office to post their letters.
- He has been learning about the Christmas Story.
- He created a snowman picture using his footprints.
- His class had to help Edna the Elf solve a maths problem.
- His class watched the KS2 Christmas sing-a-long and visited the pre-school to watch their Christmas play.
- He made a Christmas crown to wear to the school’s Christmas lunch.
To reinforce his learning at home we have been using the Christmas Jumper Colour By Number set from Twinkl which is great for assessing colour and number recognition skills, while also allowing kids to practise their fine motor skills. The set features five different Christmas jumpers, each with its own key containing the colours to use and their corresponding numbers. Harry absolutely loves colouring so this was the perfect Christmas-themed activity for him.
We built a gingerbread house and used the Gingerbread Man Dot to Dot Sheet as a fun activity to tie in with this.
Finally, we made our own gift wrap using Twinkl’s Christmas Printable Wrapping Paper . This was a really fun activity that both the boys absolutely loved and it was a great way for them to personalise their Christmas gifts.