Below, you will find your 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 and use online resources such as World Book Online, Amazon, Oxford Owl, Storyline Online, International Children's Library, Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books for Kids an Mrs P's Magic Library 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). There are also lots of cutting skills activities available on Twinkl. Remember Twinkl is still offering free membership and access to resources using the code UKTWINKLHELPS.
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 hope that you are enjoying 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 and remember, please contact us on our email if you need anything.
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Activity 1: soft 'g' sound. 'G' makes 'j' sound when followed by e / i / y.
In your Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - find the next pages with the fox picture and tricky words 'other' and 'were', and the following page, 'g' making 'j' sound.
Under the picture of the fox, ask your child to think of a sentence (or couple of sentences) to write about what they see in the picture. 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 'other' and 'were', 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 'g' making the 'j' sound when it is followed by an e, i, or a y in a word. You may show them some examples written down - eg. gym, vegetable, gem, giraffe, giant. Sound out the words at the top of the page together with your child and remind them that 'g' makes 'j' sound when it comes before e, i or y in a word. *(This is brand new and will be a tricky wee concept for the children to grasp straight away so please be patient with them and yourselves).
Below, look at the picture and the labelling words. You can read these words with your child and then ask your child to join the labels to the right part of the picture. Colour the picture neatly to finish.
Activity 2: Spring independent writing
Following the link at the very bottom of this page, 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 explored 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 at the bottom of this page. 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. For any of our P2 children that have siblings in our P1 classes, you will notice that our P1 children will be trying this activity as well as they begin to form sentences. It will be lovely for you to see the progression in this and allow your children to work together on this.
Activity 3: Choose the correct word to complete the sentence
Using your Literacy Booklet P2 ABC, find the third page 'Ring the correct word'. On this page, the children will be asked to read a sentence and choose the correct word that should be used to make the sentence make sense. For example, 'He played (am / all) day' - here your child should draw a circle around the word 'all'. They can then draw an appropriate picture in the box below the sentence. Please note, there are some Tricky Words in this one so it is a little added challenge.
Activity 4: Thank you, key workers!
Talk with your child about key workers in society, who they are, the jobs they are doing, and why they are so important for us at this time. At the very bottom of this page, you will find a link to some colour pages that say a big 'thank you' to our key workers. Ask your child to neatly colour one (or more) of the pictures and on the reverse of the page, ask them to write a short 'thank you' letter to a key worker of their choice. It would be great if you could talk to them about a family member, neighbour, friend who is a key worker to make this personal. Once they have written their short 'thank you' letter, you may wish to send it to that person or leave it in a safe place for them. I have no doubt that receiving a letter and picture from our children will make anyone smile. Please note, draw your child's attention to how we lay out a letter, beginning with 'To' or 'Dear' and then signing our letter off at the bottom with our name. We would also love to see some of your letters so if you can, take a wee photo and email it to us. We miss reading the children's writing.
If your child is finding this really tricky, you can ask them to tell you what they would like to write and then allow them to watch you writing it out for them. In doing this, you are modelling the skills that we would like them to develop. Once you have helped them write a couple of sentences, your child can copy what you have written. When they are doing this, please read it as they go to ensure it is making sense to them and so that they can build skills to become more independent in their written work.
Activity 5: Tricky Words
In the Phase 4 Tricky Words Activity Booklet, complete the next space (space themed page). On this page, the children should read and colour the Tricky Words, 'when / were / what / there / have / little'.
We have been loving your input to the rainbow challenge and have heard that Maghaberry is a beautiful wee village of colour at the minute with all your wonderful rainbows. We have spotted some too near our homes and they definitely have made us smile. If you haven't had a chance to make one for your window yet, give that a go. Let's keep spreading hope.
We are going to leave this part here as it is good for us to remember, 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. We are fully aware that home life is very different from school so please just do what you can. We miss you all a lot and are so proud of you all.