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.
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Activity one - Grammar Book 1 - spelling 'qu' revision
Using your child's Jolly Phonics Grammar Book 1 - Our spellings for this week are List 5. These are the words that you will use on Friday for your weekly check up - 'qu' words ( on / but / plum / quick / quiz / queen / squid / to / do / squirrel ).
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 ducks on it and the 'qu' sound. Talk about the 'qu' sound with your child and think of some 'qu' words. Remind your child that 'q' is special because we won't ever see it in a word without it's best friend 'u'. Q always needs it's friend U. Inside each duck, your child should write a 'qu' 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. She is quick.
2. The ducks quack.
3. The quiz was hard.
Activity two - Grammar Book 1 - Grammar - Proper Nouns
Using your child's Grammar Book 1, find the next page for Proper Nouns. To help you complete this activity and help your child with this, I have included the teaching prompt page at the bottom of this page. Proper nouns are brand new to your child so please use the prompt sheet to help you explain it. The instructions for your child's activity can also be found on the teaching prompt page.
Activity three - Literacy Booklet ABC - Finish the words.
Using Literacy Booklet ABC, find the next page where your child will be asked to finish the words using our 'Magic e' rule. Remember that Magic e makes the vowel say it's name rather than it's sound.
Following this, we would like your child to draw a picture and write a few sentences about their happy place. Talk to your child about a place where they feel happy or a place they think they would feel happy. It may be at home, in their classroom, at the beach, in a forest, at GB / BB, at their grandparents house etc. Wherever they want. Encourage your child to think about who is in this happy place. Maybe they feel happy and safe on their own, or with family, friends, teachers etc. Have a chat about what this place looks like, smells like and feels like. Talk about what they see and hear in this happy place. Encourage your child to draw this place and talk to you about it. Once they have done this, they can write a few sentences about it. We would love to read this writing and see these pictures so please do send us a wee pic in an email if you get the chance.
Activity four - Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - ue revision
In your Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - find the next pages. You will see a page with long vowel sounds ie / ee / ue. your child should trace the words and draw a picture for each. The Tricky Words below are does / made / their. 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 'ue' sound. Read the words at the top of the page and identify which representation is used in each - ue / u_e / ew. Below, complete the animal anagrams - unjumble the letters to write the animal names on the lines provided. Colour neatly to complete.
Activity five - Spelling check up and Tricky Word revision
Using Spelling List 5 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 5 words,
You may also call out a sentence for them to try using a couple of the words from this list, for example, 'The queen did a quiz.'
Then using your Tricky Words Booklet, complete the butterfly matching page. The tricky words on this page are said / have / like / so / out / some / come.
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.