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Term 2 Week 7 – Writing Letter a

The second letter of the week was letter a.  We only spent one lesson on this where we saw that apples grow on trees and that they are a source of food for creatures like birds and humans.

These are very good for us because they are a fruit and they have loads of vitamins which keep us healthy and strong.

The children learnt that there is a proverb which says an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

To promote this saying and to make the children more aware of healthy eating we are going to do a collective exercise that of eating an apple altogether in class. 

So please this coming Wednesday send over a sliced apple as part of your child’s lunch.  Will try to persuade even those children who do not eat them to take a bite or two!   🙂

The children watched a video clip which shows how apples grow on trees.

Apple tree life cycle animation:

10 apples up on top song

The children practiced coming up with words which start with letter sound a.  They also practiced writing this letter on the interactive whiteboard after which they proceeded to write the letter on their workbooks.  This is how the pages looked like:

As you can see from the pages above letter a is a caterpillar letter.  This is because when you start writing it, the letter curves straight away so a caterpillar could actually go round it if the letter existed in three dimensional form.

Besides following the letter formation mentioned in the above pages I stress the following points

To help the children get the correct formation:

  • Letter a is written in one motion. We do not lift the pencil from the paper whilst writing it.
  • We cannot write a zero, stop and then write a 1 next to it.
  • Letter a has a tail at the end.
  • The tails cannot be very long as would transform it into another letter altogether.

We will be working with letter a next week as well.


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