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 one - Grammar Book 1 - spelling 'sh' revision
This week, we will start using your child's Jolly Phonics Grammar Book 1. Inside the front of this book you will see spelling lists and Tricky Word lists. We will be using these throughout. Our spellings for this week are List 1 - 'sh' words ( am / get / clap / shop / fish / shut / wish / I / the / shampoo). In the lists each week there are a variety of words, some with the specific sound, some words that can be 'sounded out' and some tricky words. At the end of each week, we will ask that you do a little check up with these words so please work on them throughout the week.
Find the page in Grammar Book 1 with the fish on it and bubbles with 'sh' sound. Talk about the 'sh' sound with your child and think of some 'sh' words. Inside each fish, your child should write a 'sh' word and draw a picture for that word. Afterwards, they should colour each picture to continue to develop pencil control.
Once that page is complete, turn over and you will find Rainbow Capital Letters (leave this page until tomorrow please), and then a page that has space for 'Dictation' and 'Sentences'. On this page with dictation and sentences, call out the following for your child. You may wish to help them by 'sounding out' with them and saying the letter names when you come to the 'tricky words'.
1. I am on the ship.
2. She shops for food.
3. His toothbrush is red.
Activity two - Grammar Book 1 - Grammar - Capital letters
At this stage, we hope that children will be becoming confident with recognising and writing capital letters. In your child's Grammar Book 1 that we used in activity one, find the page that says 'Rainbow Capital Letters'. You will see the alphabet written in capital letters. Knowing the alphabet is the first step towards being able to use word books, dictionaries and thesauruses. Say the alphabet with your child (please say it, don't sing the song as it doesn't make each sound clear). You can point to each letter and challenge your child to say it's sound and then it's name. Over the coming weeks, please keep saying the alphabet with your child to help them understand and remember it's order.
On this page, your child should start at the dot in each letter and write the letter using a colouring pencil. They should then choose another colour and write it again, and another colour, and another. The lines will overlap inside each letter but this is ok. Your child should keep writing each letter with a different coloured pencil each time until each is filled with it's own 'rainbow'.
Extension for this - using alphabet cards (linked below at the bottom of this page) or even just squares of paper with each letter written on them, put the letters in alphabetical order.
Activity three - 'What Are We Saying?' - complete the sentence
Using you Literacy Booklet ABC, find the next page 'What Are We Saying?'
Ask your child to read each sentence and identify the correct word to complete each one. The picture at the side of each sentence will give a clue about what it should say. Your child should then write the sentence on the lines provided below each one.
Activity four - Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - ai / ay / a_e revision
In your Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - find the next pages with the fish picture and tricky words 'want' and 'because', and the following page, ai / ay / a_e sound.
Under the picture of the fish, 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 'want' and 'because', 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 the 'ai' sound and the different ways we can make this sound 'ai / ay / a_e'. Have a look at the words at the top of the page, read together and talk about which representation is used in each of the words.
Below, you will find four pictures and four sentences. Ask your child to read each sentence and identify which picture it should go with. Your child should copy the correct sentence below the matching picture. Colour the picture neatly to finish.
If your child finds this tricky, feel free to help them read each of the sentences.
Activity five - spelling check up and Tricky Word revision
Using Spelling List 1 from your Grammar Book 1, carry out a wee check up with your child. Call out each word and ask them to write it down. Remind them that some of the words can be sounded out and some may be Tricky Words. You may also call out a sentence for them to try using a couple of the words from this list, for example, 'I am at the fish and chip shop'
Then using your Tricky Words Booklet, complete the monkey and banana page to match the Tricky Words - do / come / out/ so / have / like. Colour to complete.
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.