Day 35

We have another day of exciting practice assessments ahead today. In the Maths practice test there are opportunities to count in fives and tens, and also to do Mental Maths. In the Phonics practice test you’ll show off your skills with word families, and then read this week’s story. For writing you will write a list of the things we use at school. We will think about how to keep our bodies safe by talking about good and bad feelings in Life Skills, and end with Afrikaans, where you can show off how well you know the words that you learnt about the things we find in the bathroom. Are you ready? Let’s go!

The thing about tests… Please read the note below.

This week includes a few practice tests. The work in the tests is based on the work that we have been doing from Day 1 of the lessons on this site. I do not recommend the tests for any child who has not been thoroughly prepared to do the work. Rather go back to previous lessons if your child has only recently started with Term 2’s work. The search function can also assist if you would like to go back to specific topics.

The tests should be done as informally as possible and with as little pressure as possible. The only reason why work should ever be assessed is so that we can have an indication of where more help is needed, or where a concept is not yet fully developed. So, don’t give the answers or help beyond the instructions, but do give lots of encouragement to your child. If they get stuck, encourage them to think back to how we did this previously. The tests are available with memo’s here if you would like to print them. If you do not have access to a printer, just recreate them by hand. The memo’s give a clear indication of how marks have been assigned and what a teacher would be looking for.

Maths – Practice test 3:

Phonics: Learn the -od words. Sound them out, build them with your sound cards and when you’re ready, ask Mom or Dad to test how well you know them.

Phonics – Practice test 3:

Reading – words: Keep learning your words. Soon we won’t need them anymore. Revise them every day. Focus on the newer ones. Put the ones that you don’t yet know in a separate pile and learn them some more. Remember that you need to be able to say the words immediately when you see them.

Reading: Sound out the words that you don’t know. Try to read more fluently every day. Also try to read with expression. Remember that your voice needs to sound as though you are asking a question when there is a question mark, and more excited when there is an exclamation mark.

Writing – Practice test 3:

Life Skills: Take a quiet moment to speak with your child about this important topic. It is important that they know that they are special, and so are their bodies. Nobody may touch them if they don’t want it, especially if they say no. This page is all about when a person’s touch feels right (a yes feeling) that makes them feel good and safe, or when a person’s touch feels wrong (a no feeling) and makes them feel threatened or uncomfortable. Discussing these feelings helps them trust their own judgement when they come into contact with other people. The page was taken from the Department of Basic Education’s Life Skills book for Terms 1 and 2. 

Afrikaans First Additional Language – Vocabulary: Today is a chance to see how well you remember the words that we learnt about the things we find in the bathroom. Point to the things that you hear in the video.

You did such a great job today! Well done!

Go and have some fun now!


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