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 - short vowel revision
Using your child's Jolly Phonics Grammar Book 1 - Our spellings for this week are List 7. These are the words that you will use on Friday for your weekly check up - dog / bran / Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / you / your / Saturday
Remember, in the lists each week there are a variety of words, some with a 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 short vowel 'containers' on it - a bag, a net, a bin , and box and a mug - a, e, i, o, u (bag / net / bin / box / mug) - inside each your child should think of and write some short vowel words - for example, in the 'a' short vowel bag - cat / map / hat etc, in the 'e' short vowel net - men / hen / pet etc, and so on. Your child should think of words with the appropriate middle short vowel for each. Remind your child of the short vowel sounds a, e, i, o, u. They can tap each finger on their nose as they say each one.
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 fish swims in the pond.
2. The dog sits on the rug.
3. She sings a song for her dad.
Activity two - Grammar Book 1 - Grammar - Alphabetical order
Using your child's Grammar Book 1, find the next page for Alphabetical Ordering. 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. The instructions for your child's activity can also be found on the teaching prompt page.
Activity three - Literacy Booklet ABC - Contents pages.
Using Literacy Booklet ABC, find the next page where your child will be asked to look at a contents page and complete the activity. Talk to your child about where they may see a contents page and what it is used for. Once they have completed the activity in the workbook, help them to find some books in the house with contents pages. Look at these together and find different information and sections of the book using the contents page.
Activity four - Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2
In your Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - find the next pages. You will see oi / oy words. Revise the oi sound and the representations that we commonly see - oi and oy. Remember oi is usually in the middle of a word and oy is usually at the end. Read the words at the top of the page and join the words to the correct part of the farm picture. On the next page you will see oi / ow words - coin / yellow / cowboy / flowerpot - read these words together and ask your child to draw a picture for each. The Tricky Words on this page are love / cover / after - trace and spell then colour edge of the flowers brown.
Activity five - Spelling check up and Tricky Word revision
Using Spelling List 7 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.
Then, using your Tricky Words Booklet, complete the minibeast 'find and read' page then 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 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.