Additional Support Blog (2017-18)

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P4’s own version of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’!

Some of our P4 pupils enjoyed listening to four different versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood before each writing their own versions. Our CKPS Superheroes were delighted with their hard work and effort. Then they worked together as a team to create this little performance for you to sit back, relax and enjoy! ūüôā¬†

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A few more super CKPS readers… and Fred Frog’s November News!

Who can you spy reading a good book in the photos below? Is there anybody you know? Have you read their book? Where have they been caught reading?

BIG THANKS to Ms Inglis and all our class teachers and PSAs who have helped us to enjoy lots of different READING activities to celebrate Scottish Book Week at CKPS. 

Who has been caught reading about himself on the school website! 

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In November, Fred Frog helped his friends to learn about ‘igh’¬†(we know what sound these three letters make – the phoneme), and how to write this sound which has three¬†letters, but only one sound. The way we write a sound is called the grapheme! Tricky words! We enjoyed working with our partners to Fred Finger Spell and then write some igh (‘fly high’) words on our little whiteboards:¬†

We loved it when one of our parents or grandparents came to join us in one of our Fred Frog lessons one day in November:

Our most recent reading book has been about two pirates, one called Black Hat Bob and the other called Red Hat Rob; we’ve enjoyed dressing up and acting out the story. Thanks to Mrs Matear, Mr Morley and Mrs Clark for giving or lending us some helpful props! Here we are in action:¬†

Also in November we enjoyed celebrating success; WELL DONE Jaimé!:


So Many Readers!

What a busy week!…. WHO else has been caught reading to Mrs Dale this week?¬†Can you spot WHAT they¬†have been reading?¬†


More Readers Caught!

Mrs Dale has been trying hard to catch as many pupils as possible doing some reading at school….. she is looking forward to seeing some photographs of pupils reading anything at home, or somewhere else out of school….¬†
Do you know WHO this is? WHAT is this person reading? WHERE do you think this person is reading?:
Get Caught Reading ASLT
Find out WHO has been reading WHAT and WHERE in this next slideshow below: 
WHERE will you get caught reading? At the shops? In bed? On the bus?
WHAT will you catch your Mum or Dad reading? A recipe? Tins or packets of food in the kitchen cupboards? The washing machine dials? A good book? A newspaper or magazine?
WHO will you be reading with? Your brother or sister? A friend? Your Mum or Dad? Your Granny or Grandad?
WHEN will you be reading? At bedtime? At the weekend? In the morning when you wake up?
EMAIL OR PRINT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR MISS INGLIS FOR THE CKPS GET CAUGHT READING COMPETITION before Monday 27.11.17 ūüôā¬†
Laura.Inglis@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk

Look who else has been caught reading at CKPS!

Dr Seuss once said: “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a good book.” Mrs Dale has enjoyed listening to many of her pupils reading all sorts of things in all kinds of places!¬†

Who can you recognise in this slideshow? Is anybody listening to them reading? Can you see where these children are reading? What are these pupils reading? How are they feeling when they are reading? Mrs Dale is wondering if any of these pupils will Get Caught Reading at home? The challenge is to take a photo of yourself, or somebody in your family, reading in an interesting location.


Get Caught Reading

Some of us got caught reading all kinds of things in all kinds of places in school this week! Watch the slideshow to see what we have been reading. As Dr Seuss said: “The more that you read, the more things that you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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Who will catch us reading at home or somewhere else out of school?

As part of our planned activities for Book Week Scotland¬†(Monday 27th¬†November ‚Äď Friday 1st¬†December),¬†Miss Inglis is¬†organising¬†an exciting competition called¬†‚ÄėGet Caught Reading‚Äô.¬†The challenge is to take a photo of yourself, or somebody in your¬†family, reading in an interesting location.¬†

All photos should either be printed out and handed to class teachers or emailed to Laura.Inglis@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk. The deadline for entries is Monday 27th November and winners will be announced at our special Book Week Assembly that week. 

Parents/Carers should be aware that although photos will be printed and then deleted, they will be put on display as part of our Reading Challenge Wall in school.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.  Joseph Addison


What were Fred Frog and his friends busy doing in October?

We enjoyed listening to one of Lynley Dodd’s fantastic rhyming stories about Hairy Maclary before we read a story about a boy called Ben and his pet dog Ned.¬†

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We practise reading the green and red words with our partner before we read the story.

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After we read the story together we talked with our partners about what was HAPPENING and how Ned was FEELING at the beginning, and then at the end, of the story.

Our CKPS Superheroes really helped us with our writing about poor Ned. Focussed Felicity and Achieving Alfie were delighted! Fred Frog was so impressed with our efforts and achievements so he chose two of us to visit our superhero Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Iley with our good work – she wasn’t there when we went to see her but we will keep trying until we ‘catch’ her!¬†

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When Fred Frog reads our writing, he likes using his highlighter pens ‘tickled pink’ (for things he thinks are really good) and ‘green for growth’ (for ideas to help us to improve).

In October we kept working on our Set 1 sounds and practising our joined-up handwriting. Take a few moments to watch this slideshow to see why Fred Frog and our superheroes are so proud of our efforts and achievements:

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In November we are looking forward to starting to learn our Set 2 sounds and to welcoming an adult member of our family to join us for one of our lessons. Watch out for a letter about this, coming home on Monday 6th November, all being well. 

Thank you for taking time to see what we’ve been upto in the CKPS¬† ASL RWInc Fred Frog group! Look out for more updates later this year and early in 2018!


As promised…. meet Fred Frog’s friend…. Pecking Peter…

Here he is! …..¬†Fred Frog’s friends are pleased to introduce you to Pecking Peter.…¬†

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Pecking Peter helps us with our handwriting. We have been learning how to read, spell and write words with the ‘b’ and ‘p’ sounds. Pecking Peter pecks all the way down his pole while we say and write as many sounds as we can before he gets all the way from the top to the bottom. Then we choose which one we think is our best; sometimes our partner chooses the best one for us. When Fred Frog does his homework, he also has a look at our writing and ‘tickles’ the best written sound with his pink highlighter pen!¬†

Perseverance Penny was really pleased with some of our writing this week. She and Pecking Peter were excited to know that we were learning about the first letter of their names!


September Update from Fred Frog!

What have we been learning with Fred Frog in our Read Write Inc group in September? Take a look below to find out how busy we’ve been!….

WALT (We Are Learning To) and WILF (What I‘m Looking For) share Fred Frog’s ‘Learning Intentions’ and expectations with us each week:

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We ‘SAY, WRITE, MAKE, and DO’ by using a variety of ways to learn about letters and sounds, and to discover good ways to help us to spell words. Take a look at our slideshow to see us busy at the Smartboard, practising how to write letters so that we are ready to use joined up handwriting; we are learning that letters belong to a ‘family’, and each and every ‘baby’/lower case letter ‘starts on the line’:¬†

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Sometimes we use¬†plasticine to ‘warm up’ our fingers before we write in our jotters:

Fred Frog loves to hear us saying the sounds of the letters as we practise writing them in our jotters. Pecking Peter sometimes helps us too Рask one of the Fred Frog pupils about Pecking Peter! Watch out for him appearing on this website sometime in the future! 

Fred Frog loves doing his homework each day – he likes using his stamps and stickers, as well as green and pink highlighter pens: green for growth – what can we improve next time?; pink for ‘tickled pink’ – what we’ve done well:

We often work with a partner; Fred Frog looks out for good partner work as we help each other and work as a team. Sometimes we are the ‘teacher’; sometimes we are the pupil while we work together with a partner to read our green words,¬†speed sounds, stories and speed words. Our magic reading wands help us follow the letters and sounds:

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We loved playing a game of ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ before we read a story called Pin it on!:

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We use our fingers to help us ‘Fred Finger Spell’ words by sounding out the words and using one finger to represent each sound; we know that some sounds need two (or more) letters when we write them. After using our fingers to sound out the words we work with our partner to take turns to write them on a whiteboard and ‘dot and dash‘ them:

One day we had fun warming up our fingers using pipe cleaners to shape and make a letter of the week each. Then we worked together to put our letters together to make as many different words as possible.

The letter ‘f’ was quite a tricky one to write; it is one of only two letters (the other one is ‘j’) which enjoy being in the grass, the mud and the sky! Ask one of the Fred Frog pupils what this means if you’re not sure! We did some extra practice together on the big whiteboard:

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We use a different ‘celebration‘ each day to praise our partners and celebrate our learning:¬†

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After we played a game together, we enjoyed using the ‘crocodile clap’ to celebrate our learning.

If he has noticed some special effort or achievement, Fred Frog consults our CKPS superheroes and decides to put one of our names onto his special Purple Lily Pad; this means we can sit on Fred Frog’s special cushion that day:¬†we might have been:¬†focusing well for Focused Felicity, persevering for Perseverance Penny, being enthusiastic and well motivated for Motivated Mark, practising hard for Practising Polly.¬†Achieving Alfie loves to see our achievements¬†each day in the Fred Frog group.

Now we’ve got our latest CKPS Superhero Creative Cameron,¬†who is watching out for our good ideas too!

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Fred Frog is looking forward to more exciting times and interesting activities with his P3/P4 friends! ūüôā¬†


Fred Frog meets his new CKPS pupils! 

Fred Frog was delighted to meet his new pupils this week!
We were all excited to begin our learning journey with Fred.
He was really pleased with our efforts on our first day with him.
We quickly started to learn about MTYT (My Turn, Your Turn) and TTYP (Turn To Your Partner) as we worked with our partners.