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.
We miss the children a lot and love hearing from them so please do send us an email to let us know how you all are and how you are getting on with everything.
A wee reminder of our emails:
A Bryans - firstname.lastname@example.org
C Millar - email@example.com
H Brown - firstname.lastname@example.org
Activity one - Grammar Book 1 - spelling 'ng' revision
Using your child's Jolly Phonics Grammar Book 1 - Our spellings for this week are List 4. These are the words that you will use on Friday for your weekly check up - 'ng' words ( in / leg / glad / ring / sang / strong / lung / be / was / length ).
Remember, 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 rings on it and the 'ng' sound. Talk about the 'ng' sound with your child and think of some 'ng' words. Practise saying 'ang / eng / ing / ung' with your child. Inside each duck, your child should write a 'ng' word and draw a picture for that word. Afterwards, they should colour each picture to continue to develop pencil control.
On the next page, you will see space for 'Dictation' and 'Sentences'. On this page, 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. The string was long.
2. She sang a song.
3. He had a sling on his arm.
Activity two - Grammar Book 1 - Grammar - Capital letters & Independent writing
Using your child's Grammar Book 1, find the next page for capital letters and lower case letters. Ask your child to write the capital letter beside each lower case letter. Say each letter name and sound with your child to ensure that they know both. At the bottom of this page, join the capitals with their lower case partners.
Once you have completed this, use your letter cards to practise alphabetical ordering. You may wish to extend this by only giving your child a section of the letter and asking them to put them in alphabetical order, for example, you may try just giving them the letters f, g, h, I and ask them to put them in alphabetical order.
Once you have completed this we would like your child to start a plan for independent writing that they will complete tomorrow. Plan a letter to your teacher to tell us how you are and what you have been up to during lockdown. Today, just use a piece of paper to jot down some ideas of what you might like to say. This can just be roughly and doesn't need to be in sentence form. Talk to your child about the importance of planning writing before beginning to make sure you can gather all of your ideas. Keep this wee planning sheet safe for tomorrow.
Activity three - Literacy Booklet ABC - Sentence formation & independent writing
Using Literacy Booklet ABC, find the next page where your child will be asked to complete some sentences about the pictures below. There are words in the box at the top of the page to help.
Colour neatly to complete.
Following this, find your child's planning page from yesterday and begin your letter writing. Remember to begin with 'Dear Miss Bryans or Dear Mrs Millar and Mrs Brown' and then write a letter to let us know how you are, how you have been feeling and what you have been up to over lockdown. Remember to finish your letter with 'From....(your name)'. Parents can then take a wee photo and send it through to us via email. We would love to read them.
Activity four - Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - oa / o_e / ow revision
In your Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - find the next pages. You will see a page with 'oo' and 'or' words. Ask your child to trace the 'oo' and 'or' words and draw a picture for each. The Tricky Words below are two / four / right / goes. These words should be traced, spelt aloud a few times each and the edge of each flower coloured pink. On the next page you will see the various representations of the 'oa' sound. Read the words at the top of the page and identify which representation is used in each - oa, o_e or ow. Below, look at the pictures and complete the sentences by filling in the missing words (notice the longer lines for the longer sounds). Colour neatly to complete.
Activity five - Spelling check up and Tricky Word revision
Using Spelling List 4 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. Here is a reminder of our list 4 words,
You may also call out a sentence for them to try using a couple of the words from this list, for example, 'She was glad to sing and song.'
Then using your Tricky Words Booklet, complete the train page. On this page you will find the words, said / have / some / like / what / so / come / little / one / do / there / were / when / out.
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 are fully aware that home life is very different from school so please just do what you can. Be gentle with yourselves and your children. We really do miss you all a lot and are so proud of you.