Below you will find five Literacy activities for this week. In addition to these activities, please make sure that you are reading to and with your child. Use books that you have at home, books from the library (for as long as our libraries are still open) and use online resources such as World Book Online to access free ebooks and audiobooks suitable for all ages and stages.
Encourage your child to practise using scissors to cut a variety of shapes and materials (great for fine motor skill development).
Remember that Lego / construction toys and things like Playdough are fantastic resources too for enhancing fine motor skills.
You will find a Jolly Phonics Revision Book in the pile of books/resources for your child. All concepts within this book have been covered in class so your child should be familiar with the content. Please just use this book as and when you like to keep skills fresh.
We will pop some other ideas over in the Play section that will help children in all areas of learning. Please bare with us as we gather resources and ideas for you while you're working with your child at home. We hope that you enjoy being part of your child's learning and we would like to say a massive 'thank you' for your cooperation with this. We will assist you as much as we can through this page.
Activity 1: ph making 'f' sound
In your Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - the next pages with the hen picture and tricky words 'any' and 'many', and the following page, 'ph' making 'f' sound (with the wee elephant at the top).
Under the picture of the hen, ask your child to think of a sentence (or couple of sentences) to write about what they see in the picture, for example, 'I see a hen sitting on her nest. She has some eggs and some chicks. The hen looks very happy.' Encourage the children to remember capital letters for the beginning of each sentence, spaces between each word and a full stop to end each sentence. Allow your child to sound out each word of their sentence and provide assistance only when your child has given it a go themselves. For the Tricky Words at the bottom, your child should trace the words 'any' and 'many', saying each letter name and spelling the word as they go. They can colour the edge of the Tricky Word flowers using a green colour.
Discuss with your child about 'ph' making the 'f' sound when we see them together in a word. You may show them some examples written down - eg. photograph / elephant / path / telephone / alaphabet. Sound out the words at the top of the page together with your child and remind them that 'ph' make 'f' when they are together in a word.
Below, talk to your child about long and short vowels (they will know these already). Short vowels - a , e , I , o, u (short sounds) and long vowels - ai, ee, ie, oa, ue. Your child should select the correct word below the picture, circle the correct word and write it on the lines below. Colour the pictures to finish.
Activity 2: Write and draw 'ph' words/pictures
Provide your child with a blank page. Ask your child to think of 6 'ph' words (they can use their page from activity 1 to help). Your child should write the word and draw a picture beside the word - eg the word 'dolphin' with a picture of a dolphin beside it. Colour to finish.
Remember to spend 5 minutes going over some of your Tricky Words as well.
Activity 3: Question words and question marks
Think of questions that you may ask each other at home each day. Identify the question words (eg. what / where / who / why / when) Write these question words down and spell them with your child. Discuss with your child how we use question marks rather than full stops at the end of a question sentence. Show them how we write a question mark and help your child write some question marks. You may use chalk outside on the paving or footpath or a paint brush with water. Once your child has had lots of 'big' practice with chalk / paint brushes, allow them to write some question marks on a page. You can extend this activity by encouraging your child to write some questions of their own using the question words discussed, finger spaces between words and a question mark to end. Using your Literacy Booklet P2 (with the ABC on the front), complete the first page using question words.
Activity 4: Sentence formation
Ask your child to choose a picture they like from a favourite storybook. Encourage them to look at the picture, describe it you and talk about why they like it. Now ask your child to write a sentence (or few sentences if capable) about the picture. Remind your child to think carefully about capital letter to begin, finger spaces between words and a full stop to end each sentence. Encourage your child to sound out their words and remember to be careful with Tricky Words. (You may complete this activity in your child's blue writing book - you'll be able to see the kinds of sentences your child has been writing if you flick back through the pages).
Activity 5: Spellings and Tricky Words
Spellings - please help your child revise a variety of the spellings from their spelling jotter. You can call out a selection of spellings for your child. You can see how we normally do this in your child's red spelling/dictation book. Think of a sentence to call out for your child using some of the spellings in their jotter. Please note, our new spelling lists will begin after Easter.
In the Phase 4 Tricky Words Activity Booklet, complete the first page 'Key and Locks Tricky Word Matching' (one / there / little / were / said / some) - draw lines to match the key with the lock.
Another beautiful idea that many people across the country are doing is the Rainbow Challenge 🌈. As we are all encouraged to stay safe at home we will be missing our friends. Let’s brighten the place up and spread some smiles. We are asking you all to paint or make a rainbow of your own and place it in your window. Then, when you are around the village you may spot some others who have done the same. Play a little rainbow hunt. Let’s stay strong, spread some rainbows of hope and remember we are all in this together.
Please note, whilst all these written activities are important, it is essential for your child to be enjoying big movements with their bodies - climbing, hanging, running, crawling, jumping, skipping, making big movements with their arms and shoulders. All of these big movements help your child when it comes to the more intricate things. If your child is struggling with pencil grip and appropriate letter/numeral formation, please take things back a little and allow them to write large numerals and letters on big pages or using chalk / paintbrushes with water write on the pavements and in your garden. Baking trays filled with sand / sprinkles / salt or sugar / shaving foam are also great wee ideas for allowing your child to practise letter / numeral formation.
Practise learning to plait and tie laces or maybe learn to sew together...again, these lovely activities are fab for fine motor development.
Follow instructions to bake buns or cook something together.
Write secret notes to family members or write a letter to a neighbour. These are great ways to spread kindness and joy at this difficult time.
Draw and paint and create...these things are essential!
Sing songs and say rhymes...necessary for awareness of syllables and sound work (and singing makes us happy).
Engage in jigsaws and other puzzles - great for FMS and literacy skill development.
There are so many ways that you can help your child and we have no doubt that you will learn a lot from them as well...they're bright wee cookies!
Stay safe and well. We will continue to update these activities and ideas weekly. Please just do what you can.