Here are some ideas to be working on with your child while we prepare some activities for future weeks. These are excellent things to work on with your child each day and this outline will form the layout for each days learning throughout this period. We will update you on specific phonemes to work on and related words as well as maths activities and writing activities to focus on each week.
2. It is extremely important that your child does an hour of exercise each day. This can be split into 3, 20 minute sessions or however you would like.
- Ideas: Using the links for some of our dance workouts- Click on the links:
- Going for a walk (if this is allowed).
- Making an obstacle course.
- Playing on the trampoline (if you have one)
- Playing in the garden (family football, tag, stuck in the mud, piggy in the middle)
oa- goat, boat, cloak, toast, soap, coach
Please introduce this phoneme to your child: oo (as in moon): spoon, broom, pool, school, zoo, cool
The green sheep has three teeth.
I went on the train in the rain.
The stars were bright at night.
The goat went on the boat.
I went to the zoo with school.
A fun website to use for phonics is Phonics Play. You can select the phoneme you would like your child to work on and they can play the games. Obb and Bob is a good one. Your child reads the words and has to move them according to whether they are real words or fake words. This game helps prepare the children for the Year 1 phonics test in which they have to read real and fake words. Phonics play User name: march20 password: home. A new site will be opening soon called new,phonicsplay.
5. Maths: This week we have been learning about doubling and halving. See if your child can double the numbers to 10 (and then numbers to 20, if they are confidently working up to 10). They could use fingers to help them or counters. When talking about halving explain that both halves must always be equal. Print out some pictures of pizza, cake, fruit etc and ask your child to cut them in half so that both sides are the same. Then give them some blueberries/strawberries/sweets (whatever you have) and ask them to share them out equally between two people. reinforce what they are doing by saying 'We have 6 all together, that is 3 each'.
Please teach your child about Symmetry. Here is a rather American introduction: Symmetry introduction
Fold a piece of paper in half (show your child that both sides are exactly the same and the fold down the middle is a line of symmetry) , then unfold and quickly paint a picture on one side, fold the picture, pressing down so that the image is printed on the opposite side. Explain that the picture is symmetrical because both sides are the same. Ask them to have a go. You could ask your child to cut out some simple shapes that you have printed and ask them to fold them carefully in half. Are they symmetrical? Go on a hunt around the house for things that are symmetrical.
6.Games: Please play board games with your child. Any game involving a dice is good. They should all recognise the dice patterns and be able to say what number each pattern represents. Some children may still need to check this by counting the dots. It is a good idea to sometimes use a dice with dots on and other times use a dice with numerals to enforce number recognition. When playing things like snakes and ladders reinforce that you are counting on '4'. If you are playing a game such as 'The Ladybird Game' ask questions such as how many ladybirds do you have? who has the most ladybirds? Now you have 3 more, how many is that altogether? The Ladybird game is an Orchard game. These games are very good. Another good one is the Bus Stop Game.
7. Keywords: Choose 6 key words that your child doesn't know and play pairs and snap and ask them to practise writing them. These words are in your child's home school book.
8. PSHE At Crabtree we follow a programme called Jigsaw, they are offering access to their resources for home learning. You can download and share the stories (audio files) and the Calm Me times (audio files) from two sessions. These stories align with the Jigsaw PSHE Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me Please use this link: PSHE Jigsaw password: home
9. Other useful websites to help your child's learning include:
Cbeebies Watch Alphablocks and Number blocks
The Muddy Puddle Teacher
This week has been a strange one as we have had so many children absent. We hope that no one is too unwell and we all get through this awful time fairly unscathed. Enjoy spending the time with your loved ones.
This week the children have enjoyed watching the caterpillars grow. We will continue to post photographs (if possible) of their development for those children who will no longer be at school. Our focus has been on the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. In Guided Writing the children have written lists of food eaten by the caterpillar. They have also mapped out the story of The Hungry Caterpillar and have completed a cutting task and fine motor activity. They could have a go at writing the story at home. Make sure your child has a phoneme mat in front of them to support their writing. Remind them to say the word, finger the word (segment) and then write the word. They need to know the key words as many of these cannot be sounded out. If they don't, you could give them a card with the keywords on and ask them to identify it. They can use a lolly stick to help them with finger spaces (this is especially useful for left handed children).
In maths the children have been learning all about doubling, halving and sharing.
In ChIL the children have been using the Science investigation Role play area, in the writing area they have been looking at a range of lifecycles. They've been using clay and have had a fairies imaginative garden, small world to play with.
The children's sunflower seeds have been sent home. If your child's has not been in school don't worry Mrs Hall has taken them home and will nurture them!!
Home Learning for the week after next will be sent to you, by Admin, on Friday 27th March.
We would like to say a huge thank you for all your kind words and support at this difficult time and a huge thank you for the kind and thoughtful gifts. We will really miss the children and hope to see you soon. Stay safe and well and look after yourselves.
The Year R Team
Friday 13th March
Requests and reminders:
- Please can the children bring their Reading Challenge sheet in every Wednesday so that we can tally the number of books read each week.
- 'Show and Tell' on Wednesday afternoons:
- Don't forget Parent Consultations next week. They are: Robins: morning of Monday 16th March. Ducks: morning of Wednesday 18th March. Robins and Ducks Wednesday (Evening).
- If you have any junk modelling boxes and pots and tubes please bring them in as we are running low.
- We are in need of boys pants if anyone has any spare. Many thanks.
This week the children have been taught the digraphs 'ee', 'ai' 'and the trigraph 'igh'. Please encourage them to identify these digraphs/trigraph in books. Can they segment and blend simple words using these sounds?
- Please remember to help your child learn their key words. It helps to stick them on post-its around the house to be read each time they walk past. You could also focus on a few words and play snap or pairs with them. The children's reading improves very quickly once they are able to recognise these words. In order for children to read Yellow books they need to be reading red with fluency which means recognising the key words.
- In maths this week the children have been ordering numbers to 20 and finding missing numbers on a number track. They have also been finding one more and one less.
On Friday the children looked super in their sporty clothes. The Reception raised £90.71 for Sports Relief. A huge thank you to everyone.