I hope you have had a lovely Easter and have been making the most of the sunshine where possible. I hope you are all well, feeling positive and staying safe. Thank you for taking the time to complete various activities which were set before Easter. It has been lovely looking at your home learning through Maths With Parents, Emile and emails.
As a school, we will now be using an online learning environment ‘Seesaw’ to share sequences of learning with you. I will add activities to Seesaw weekly which will follow a similar structure to what we would normally be covering in school. Any work your child posts will only be seen by yourself and by me. I will be able to give feedback and comment on the work during the school day. I will also continue to set tasks on Maths With Parents and Emile. These tasks are not compulsory to complete; we would encourage you to take a look and do what you feel you and your child can manage when possible.
Our topic for the first half of the Summer term is ‘Superheroes’.
It is also really important to continue reading with your child and practising their keywords regularly. Please continue to develop their fine motor strength and practise pre cursive letter formation.
If you have any questions or worries, please do not hesitate to email me.
In the event of a whole-school closure, we hope you find the following useful in supporting your child with their learning at home. You will also find further information and website links on our school website page found under children/school closure resources for parents.
English – Reading
ELG - Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
- Children have been given 2 books from school to read over the next few weeks. Ask relevant questions about the story to support comprehension. Also, read books from home with your child. Take it in turns to read a page. Can they draw a picture about what you have read?
- Continue practising your child’s keywords and recognising these by sight. On our class page, I have added the first 8 sets plus set A and B spellings.
- Keep repeating Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds. I have added both of these sound mats on our class page. Choose a sound a day and ask your child to teach you the action. Can they find 3 items at home that include that sound in their name?
English – Writing
ELG – Children use their phonetic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
- Regularly practise writing their name using pre-cursive letter formation. Talk about each sound in their name. Write a list of other items that start with that sound.
- Read/Watch the story ‘How to Catch a Star’ online. Talk about what happens in the beginning, middle and end. Create a story map of events in the story and label. This could be drawn or made using crafts.
- Using your imagination and ‘How to Catch a Star’, have a go at writing a new adventure. Encourage your child to sound out the words independently and add to this over time.
Maths – Number
ELG – Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
- Practise number formation regularly, using our number formation rhymes to support. Can they use different materials for this e.g. writing in flour, using chalk, painting the numbers with your finger?
- Re-cap number bonds to 10. Ask your child to find 10 toys and split them into 2 groups. Record how many different ways you can do this.
- Have a go at addition within 20 and write number sentences. Use physical objects from around the house to support counting. Have a competition of who can find the biggest number. Do all the objects need to be the same or can they be different?
Maths – Shape, Space and Measure
ELG – Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use the mathematical language to describe them.
- Name and recognise common 2D Shapes. Create a shape rocket or shape pizza at home. Write how many of each shape you have used. ‘I have used 4 squares.’ Talk about the properties of each shape.
- Name and recognise common 3D Shapes. Go on a 3D shape hunt around your house. Make links to where you would use these objects in everyday life. Can they draw each object they find? Try building a tower out of these objects.
- Re-cap positional language. Using one of their toys, create an obstacle course and talk about the positional movements e.g. under the sofa, on top of the table, next to the fruit bowl.
Topic – Space/Easter
- Re-cap the planets in our solar system. Can children remember a fact about each planet? You could try our ‘Bubbling Planets’ experiment at home using baking soda, food colouring and vinegar!
- Make telescopes out of craft materials/junk modelling and look out of your window each night. Talk about what you can see.
- Use paints to re-create each planet. Can they design a new planet and give it a name?
- Have a go at cooking some rock cakes, Easter nests or a space pizza.
- Design a new Easter egg. You could use pom poms or cotton buds and dip these into paint to develop their fine motor skills. Think about stripes, spots, multi-coloured or boxes.
- Make a paper plate chick. Could they cut it in half and have the chick popping out? Talk about spring and what we can see during spring time. Discuss the weather daily.
- Create a starry night picture to link with our story ‘How to Catch a Star’.
- Print with stars. Can they find star shapes around your house and compare the different sizes.
- Make salt dough stars and decorate.
- Use playdough daily to continue strengthening their fine motor skills.