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Activity one - Jolly Phonics revision - 'qu'

Use your Jolly Phonics revision book and find the 'qu' page. Please listen to the 'qu' song on YouTube, sing together and do the 'qu' action (your child will be able to teach you this. You use your hands to make a duck's beak while making a 'qu' sound). Talk to your child about 'qu' words - queen / quiet / quack / question / quite / quick etc. Complete the 'qu' 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 'qu' 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 'qu' word or even a few 'qu' words if they're feeling super clever e.g. 'The queen was running quickly'

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 'qu' words, over-exaggerate the sound, make up silly sentences and try writing some of the words together.


Activity two - Puppet show

Encourage your child to make some puppets. These may be made from socks, wooden spoons, lollypop sticks, Playdough, cutlery, paper, card..anything at all that you can think of that you have in the house. Our children should develop their thinking about characters, narrative and setting. Ask them to think about their puppets, name them, talk about who they are, where they're from, what they are like, what their voice might be like etc and ask them to make up a short story with their characters. At this stage, we would be encouraging the children to think of a clear beginning, middle and end for their 'story'. You will probably find that your child will use knowledge of books and stories that they already know. That's totally fine. Allow them to go with that if they wish to do so. If your child is struggling to think of ideas, you could model this for them. Make up a character or two of your own, tell them where your story is set using rich descriptive language and make up a fun story, then tell your child it is their turn. Provide lots of praise for imaginative thinking and ask questions to encourage them to think further about what their character would do if different things happened. Once you have chatted lots about the characters and what might happen in their story, allow your child to put on a puppet show. They may invite you to join in to be some of the characters too. Feel free to help them along and take part. You may also wish to video their puppet show and watch it back again. Have fun with this one! We can't wait to hear how you get on with this and maybe even some photos of your great puppets.


Activity three - Phonics revision booklet - CVC Words

Using your phonics revision booklet, complete the next page. Children are asked to write the words below each picture. The words on this page are CVC words. Your child should know all of the sounds needed to write these words. Should they need a little help, allow them to use their sound mat to find the letters that they need. You may also need to slowly sound out each word with them. That's ok too if your child needs that assistance, however, we would encourage them to complete as independently as possible. The words that your child will need to write are, top / pen / hat / pig / sun / ten / cup / dog / man.

As always, if your child is coping well with this activity and you would like to extend their learning, ask them to write a sentence using one or more of the words from this page. Pictures should be coloured neatly to complete.


Activity four - Outdoor Literacy Challenge

Please see link at the bottom of this page for our Outdoor Literacy Challenge cards. Here, children will explore concepts such as rhyming words, creating letters with items from nature, writing in the soil using a stick etc.


Activity five - Revision of Jolly Phonics sounds

Listen to the Jolly Phonics sounds and songs on YouTube or use your little blue Jolly Phonics book that has all of the sounds and revise all sounds. Sing the songs together, do the action for each sound and try to think of a few words for each sound. Have a wee challenge and see how many you can come up with!

Once you have had a go at this, try a little bit of spelling dictation using your child's 'My Word Family Blending Practise Book'. On the first page, you will see 'at' words - cat / sat / bat / mat / chat. Give your child a blank page or whiteboard and call some of these words out to them and ask them to write them down. You may emphasise each sound in the word if your child finds this tricky. Provide lots of praise for good efforts even if the spelling isn't accurate. Once you have finished, check the words along with your child and if they have made some errors, gently sound it out with them and show them how we spell each of the words.



Again, as always, thank you so much for your support in your child's learning. It has been lovely to see some photos from your Spring Hunt and some from your time over the Easter break. 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 or Oxford Owl, Storyline Online, International Children's Digital Library, Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books for Kids, Mrs P's Magic Library.


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