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 'ar' revision
Using your child's Jolly Phonics Grammar Book 1 - Our spellings for this week are List 6. These are the words that you will use on Friday for your weekly check up - 'ar' words ( at / yes / slug / arm / hard / scarf / card / are / all / farmyard ).
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 stars on it and the 'ar' sound. Talk about the 'ar' sound with your child and think of some 'ar' words. Inside each star, your child should write an 'ar' 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 has a red car.
2. I ran to the park.
3. A shark has sharp teeth.
Activity two - Grammar Book 1 - Grammar - Common Nouns
Using your child's Grammar Book 1, find the next page for Common 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. Common 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 sentence with the correct word.
Using Literacy Booklet ABC, find the next page where your child will be asked to finish the sentences using the correct words. The words on this page use the various representations of the 'ie' sound. Read the words in the box together ( high / dry / light / sky / fly / cry / tie / tight / pie) then complete each of the sentences.
Once your child has completed this, please practise some of their Tricky Words together. If your child is struggling with these, just focus on a few words until they are confident with them. Asking the children to read too many of them at once when they find them difficult will just be overwhelming.
Activity four - Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2
In your Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - find the next pages. You will see a page with ou / ow words - found / flour / count / about / mouse / owl / flower / shower / brown / downhill / vowel. Read these words together, identifying which 'ou' representation is used. The Tricky Words on this page are from the Brown set - once / upon / always. Your child should trace these, spell them aloud and then colour the edge of the flowers brown. On the following page, you will see 'er', 'ar' and 'ai' words. Your child should trace over shark / train / farmer / painter and draw a picture for each. The Tricky Words on this page are also / of / eight. These should be traced, spelt aloud and the edge of the flower coloured brown.
Activity five - Spelling check up and Tricky Word revision
Using Spelling List 6 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 6 words,
You may also call out a sentence for them to try using a couple of the words from this list, for example, 'The pigs are all in the farmyard.'
Then using your Tricky Words Booklet, complete the crocodile page. The tricky words on this page are little / one / were / there / what / when.
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.