Welcome back after your Easter break. We're sure you can't wait to get stuck back into home learning for Term 3. Before you read on to see what your activities are for this week, we would like to say a big 'hello' to all of our children. We miss each and every one of them so, so much. If you haven't already been in touch with us via email, please do send us a little update on how you are getting on. We love hearing from you and we would like to just make sure all is going ok for yourselves and the children. If there are any problems, we will try our best to help you. Our email addresses can be found at the bottom of this page.
We hope that you had an enjoyable Easter break and that you are all still staying safe and well.
Activity one - Jolly Phonics revision - 'th'
Use your Jolly Phonics revision book and find the 'th' page. Please listen to the 'th' song on YouTube, sing together and do the 'th' action (your child will be able to teach you this. It's the one that allows us to be a little bit cheeky and stick our tongues out like the cheeky clowns. Please encourage your child to really stick their tongue out. This sound can be tricky for some children who will be inclined to make the 'f' sound instead of 'th'). Talk to your child about 'th' words - teeth / three / through / thump / path / bath / feather / throw etc. Complete the 'th' page - handwriting of the sounds and then look at each picture below together and say each word. Cross out the picture that does not have the 'th' sound. Please encourage your child to write each word beside the corresponding picture. They should be able to sound out each word. If you would like an extension for this activity, please ask your child to tell you / write a sentence using a 'th' word or even a few 'th' words if they're feeling super clever e.g. 'I threw my ball down the path three times.'
Children can then neatly colour the pictures to complete. Again, if your child is struggling with this activity, do a little more oral work on this sound - talk about 'th' words, over-exaggerate the sound, make up silly sentences and try writing some of the words together.
Activity two - Spring Hunt and Spring sentence formation
Following the link below, find the Spring Hunt Checklist and go for a Spring Hunt around your garden, maybe around your street or in a field or open space (safely and maintaining social distance of course). Tick off the items that you find and have a good chat about the signs of Spring that you see. This is a great time to chat about the different seasons as well. We have touched on this already in our Numeracy but it's always good to keep going over this. Talk about how the seasons keep going in a cycle, it is Spring now (talk about what happens in Spring), then it will be Summer (chat about lovely Summer things), then Autumn (discuss signs of Autumn), and then onto Winter (and again, chat with your child about Winter). You can explain that this just keeps going over and over again and they are our four seasons.
Following your Spring Hunt, talk to your child about you saw. You can prompt your child by telling them the things that you noticed and what you enjoyed finding and then encourage them to do the same. You may include the other senses and talk about what you smelt, heard and felt along the way (hopefully you won't have tasted much on your walk!) Show your child the 'In Spring I See...' writing frame that you will find in the links below. Encourage your child to write a few sentences about what they see in Spring. They may use their Spring Hunt page to help them. Please remind your child to leave spaces between each word that they write and to finish each sentence with a full stop and begin with a capital letter. Please encourage your child to write as independently as they can and give them lots of praise for their efforts when they tell you about what they are writing. If your child is unable to form a sentence at this stage, ask them to tell you a sentence and allow them to watch you writing it for them. Sound out the words that you write so that you can model the process for them. Your child may then copy one of your sentences to develop knowledge of sentence formation. Read this back together when they have finished.
Your child may then draw a Spring picture in the blank space at the top of the page.
Activity three - Phonics - initial sounds.
Using the Phonics Revision Booklet, please complete the third page. On this page you will see pictures of, pen / astronaut / star / television / spoon / nose / arrow / parrot / toe. Say each word with your child and ask them to identify the initial sound in each word. You can help them with the first one or two and then encourage them to complete the rest independently. Allow your child to use their sound mat to find the letters that they are writing. If your child is ready for an extension to this, allow them to attempt writing the full words above each picture. They may also want to make up a silly sentence using a few of the words from the page, for example, 'the astronaut had a parrot on his head and a spoon on his toe'. If your child is finding it tricky to identify the initial sounds in the words, help them by saying the word with them and exaggerating the initial sound. You may also like to do the action of the initial sound to give them a wee hand if they need it. Your child should then colour all pictures neatly.
Activity four - Rhyming words
Following on from our previous work on rhyming words, show your child the 'Ronald the Rhyming Rhino' PowerPoint as linked below. Talk through this with your child and encourage them to guess the answers throughout the PowerPoint. Once you have looked at this together and have discussed some examples, find the ''Ronald Rhymes Poem Activity' below. In this activity, read the poem with your child as ask them to think of words to fill in the blanks. Allow your child to write the words in the blank spaces. If your child is finding it difficult to think of appropriate rhyming words, you can guide them by suggesting a couple of different options and allowing them to choose one. Once your child has written in the rhyming word, be sure to read the poems back to them and maybe leave some words out, allowing your child to participate alongside you.
Activity five - Cutting skills
Today we would like the children to further develop their cutting skills by creating a Spring picture. They may draw some flower shapes, or maybe an adult could draw some simple flower shapes, then colour them in lovely bright Spring colours, and then cut these shapes out and stick onto a piece of paper or card to create a Spring collage. The children may wish to also draw and cut out some insects, birds, butterflies, sunshine, clouds etc to make their picture really detailed and interesting. We would love to see some of these Spring collages if you get a chance to take a photo and email it through to us.
Again, as always, thank you so much for your support in your child's learning. We are looking forward to hearing from you all this week. Our email addresses are just at the bottom of this page
In addition to the above activities, please remember to read, read, read. If you are running out of books at home, there are lots of great online resources. Amazon are offering some of the Oxford Reading Tree (Biff, Chip and Kipper) books for free on their site. Also check out https://readon.myon.co.uk or Oxford Owl, Storyline Online, International Children's Digital Library, Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books for Kids, Mrs P's Magic Library.