Dear parents and children,
I hope you are well and have fun trying out this week’s activities.
1 Literacy: To begin to learn about story structure
Listen to one of the stories below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoQyyB5xvLk The Gingerbread Man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLR2pLUsl-Y The 3 Little Pigs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KndSVsY5HWM Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds Were Going on a Bear Hunt
Ask your child ’How do stories begin?’……….E.g. ’Once upon a time’
Ask your child ‘How do stories end?’……….E.g. ’and they all lived happily ever after. The end’
See if your child can retell the story.
Can they include repeated phrases and dialogue? E.g ‘Run run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man’
This will be much easier for your child if you could play the video of the story on mute or as they look through a copy of the book.
Older children might be able to retell the story from memory without a book.
Enjoy a musical version of one of these traditional stories:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR4L_t6IAfc The Three Little Pigs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7dfBMmMeak Little Red Riding Hood
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaulRHrJGeU Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Or how about the movie version of Were Going on a Bear Hunt?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Waoa3iG3bZ4
2 Mathematical Development : To name 2D shapes
Circle triangle square rectangle star diamond heart pentagon hexagon
To show interest in shapes in the environment
Look for shapes around the home. Ask your child:
Can you find a circle? E.g. clock, plate, saucepan lid, grill in extractor fan, a biscuit
Can you find a square? E.g. window
Can you find a triangle? E.g. slice of pizza , picture of a hat / mountain, a towel
Can you find a rectangle? E.g. cupboard, laptop, book, door, TV screen
3 Understanding of the World: To develop ICT skills
3a Literacy: To know the sounds of the letters / To sound out words
Read, Write Inc phonics lessons on YouTube every day
This phonics (letter sounds) website is free for all to use during the lockdown
If prompted to log in use the following details: Username: march20 Password: home
Select the Resources tab on the top bar then select Phase 1 or Phase 2
Phase 1 – practising careful listening – identifying everyday sounds
Phase 2- letter sounds and sounding out simple words
Here are our usual songs that we use for practising our letter sounds:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BELlZKpi1Zs A is for Apple
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26uXtUYssuo JollyPhonics song
4 Understanding of the World: To talk about some of the things they have observed / To look closely at changes
You will need:
Lots of plastic cups (ideally see through ones) spoons different foods a jug of water a big bowl
Ask your child to put a little of one food in a cup and mix it with water.
Ask them: What is happening? What can you see? How has it changed?
Encourage them to use full sentences E.g. ‘It’s gone white’ ‘It looks like milk’
Teach them new words such as: sinks floats disappears dissolves changes lumpy
Repeat for each food.
Try: coffee flour sugar rice cereal salt gravy powder
Just for fun let them mix everything together in a big bowl at the end!
5 Physical Development: To catch and throw a ball
Practise catching and throwing a big ball.
Remind your child to keep their eyes on the ball and to hold their hands an appropriate distance apart.
Start off standing close together and gradually move further apart.
If your child can catch and throw a big ball easily try a smaller ball.
Finally some reminders….
Share stories and non-fiction books with your child, cook with them and explore in the garden if you are lucky enough to have one.
Talk,talk, talk with them.
MAKE LEARNING FUN at all times.
Please do not give your child endless worksheets that are of no value for most children in the class.
Have fun drawing and practising writing their name to develop their pen control.