Use your Jolly Phonics revision book and find the 'ar' page. Please listen to the 'ar' song on YouTube, sing together and do the 'ar' action (your child will be able to teach you this. It's slightly tricky as it's said with an English accent). Talk to your child about 'ar' words - car / star / far etc. Complete the 'ar' 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 'ar' 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 an 'ar' word or even a few 'ar' words if they're feeling super clever e.g. 'I saw a star on the car'
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 'ar' words, over-exaggerate the sound, make up silly sentences and try writing some of the words together.
Activity two - Phonics revision booklet - initial sounds.
Using your Phonics Revision Booklet, find the next page with initial sounds activity. You will pictures of, duck / star / cup / pig / house / egg / teapot / astronaut / rocket / igloo / net / kite. Below each picture, your child should write the initial sound for each in the boxes provided. Extension - ask your child to think of or write a sentence using two or more of the words from this page. Colour pictures neatly to finish.
Activity three - 'Hello' greetings card
Ask your child to make a 'Hello' card for someone that they miss. It could be a family member, friend, adult from school or anyone at all that your child has been missing during lockdown. Your child should decorate the front of the card and inside, should write 'to....' and 'from....' and it would be lovely if they could write a short message as well. Some of your children will be able to do this fairly independently and some may need a little bit of help. If your child is not yet ready to write a wee message of their own, let them tell you what they would like to say and you can write it for them. If you know where the person lives or works, it might be nice to pop your card through their letter box or safely pass it on to them. Cards and letters definitely make people smile!
Activity four - Tricky Word Hunt
Please write the following Tricky Words on pieces of card or paper - I / the / he / she / me / we / be / was / to / do / are / all.
Spell and say each Tricky Word with your child, practising each a few times together. Then, hide the Tricky Words around your house or garden and have your child go on a Tricky Word Hunt. Once they find a Tricky Word, ask them to read it and think of a sentence they can say with that word in it. If your child is not yet confident with the Tricky Words, that is ok. This should be a fun activity and you can certainly help them if they can't read the words independently. Team work will be best for this one!
You can then keep these Tricky Words and practise them at different times throughout the day or week.
Activity five - Revision of Jolly Phonics sounds
Please revise your Jolly Phonics sounds, singing the songs and doing the actions. Then, using a paintbrush and some water, practise letter formation on the ground outside. Can you use big arm movements to make the letters in the air?
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 next page, you will see 'un' words - fun / run / sun / bun / spun. 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. As an extension to dictation this week, try calling out the following sentence for your child. Read it a few times, ask them to repeat it and then read it again slowly for them to try to write - 'I did a fun run in the sun' (please remind your child to leave a space between each word that they write. Saying the sentence slowly will help them hear each individual word).
Again, as always, thank you so much for your support in your child's learning. It has been lovely to see some photos of your home learning. Our email addresses are just at the bottom of this page. Please do keep in touch with us and let us know how you are all getting on.
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 https://readon.myon.co.uk or Oxford Owl, Storyline Online, International Children's Digital Library, Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books for Kids, Mrs P's Magic Library.