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As with last week, below you will find five Literacy activities for this week. In addition to these activities, please make sure that you are reading to and with your child. Use books that you have at home and use online resources such as World Book Online, Amazon, Oxford Owl, Storyline Online, International Children's Library, Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books for Kids an Mrs P's Magic Library to access free ebooks and audiobooks suitable for all ages and stages.

Encourage your child to practise using scissors to cut a variety of shapes and materials (great for fine motor skill development). There are also lots of cutting skills activities available on Twinkl. Remember Twinkl is still offering free membership and access to resources using the code UKTWINKLHELPS.

Remember that Lego / construction toys and things like Playdough are fantastic resources too for enhancing fine motor skills.

You will find a Jolly Phonics Revision Book in the pile of books/resources for your child. All concepts within this book have been covered in class so your child should be familiar with the content. Please just use this book as and when you like to keep skills fresh.

We hope that you are enjoying being part of your child's learning and we would like to say a massive 'thank you' for your cooperation with this. We will assist you as much as we can through this page and remember, please contact us on our email if you need anything.


Activity 1: soft 'c' sound. 'C' makes 's' sound after e / i / y.


In your Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 2 - find the next pages with the pond picture and tricky words 'more' and 'before', and the following page, 'c' making 's' sound.

Under the picture of the pond, ask your child to think of a sentence (or couple of sentences) to write about what they see in the picture. Encourage the children to remember capital letters for the beginning of each sentence, spaces between each word and a full stop to end each sentence. Allow your child to sound out each word of their sentence and provide assistance only when your child has given it a go themselves. For the Tricky Words at the bottom, your child should trace the words 'more' and 'before', saying each letter name and spelling the word as they go. They can colour the edge of the Tricky Word flowers using a green colour.

Discuss with your child about 'c' making the 's' sound when it is followed by an e, i, or a y in a word. You may show them some examples written down - eg. cycle, circle, face, pencil, ice. Sound out the words at the top of the page together with your child and remind them that 'c' makes 's' sound when it comes before e, i or y in a word. *(This is brand new and will be a tricky wee concept for the children to grasp straight away so please be patient with them and yourselves).

Below, read the statements with each picture to decide whether or not they are true. Your child should write 'yes' or 'no' accordingly. Colour the pictures neatly to finish.



Activity 2: Message writing and keyboard skills


Please allow your child to have access to a computer / tablet or phone from which you can send an email. We have loved hearing from some of you over this past week and would love to make sure that we can touch base with you all. Ask your child to think of something that they would like to tell us and help them to compose an email. An extra challenge if using a laptop / desktop or tablet computer will be that keyboard will have capital letters! Some children may be able to do this fairly independently and may only need help with the actual sending of the email, others may need a lot of help. This is ok. Your child can tell you what they would like to say and you can give it a go together. Try to plan a few things to say before typing. Planning is an extra skill that we need to learn. We miss you all lots and will really look forward to hearing from you. For Mrs Millar and Mrs Brown's class, if you could add both teachers as recipients that would be great so that they can both hear how you are.


A wee reminder of our emails:


A Bryans -


C Millar -


H Brown -




Activity 3: long vowel sounds


Using your Literacy Booklet P2 ABC, find page 2 'What do you hear?' - ea / ee, ai / ay, ow / ou - (sail / beetle / snow / feather / crown / house / feet / crayon)

Please note, you will need to discuss 'snow' - 'ow' making the 'oa' sound, and 'feather' - 'ea' making the short 'e' sound.

Ask your child to circle which sound they hear in each. They should write each word on the lines below and then colour the pictures neatly. An extra challenge - ask your child to make up a funny sentence using at least three of the words from this page. It can be as silly or as funny as you like. If your child can write this, allow them to do so, or if they can share it with you verbally, you can write it for them and read it back together.



Activity 4: Tricky Word Hunt


Write some Tricky Words on individual post-it notes or pieces of card or paper (as many as you like. We would suggest maybe around 8 - 10). Hide these around the house / garden and allow your child to go on a Tricky Word Hunt. Each Tricky Word that they find they have to do 5 star jumps and say the word 5 times. As an extension for this, your child may see if they can find some of these Tricky Words in a book of their choice.


Activity 5: Spellings and Tricky Words


Spellings - please help your child revise a variety of the spellings from their spelling jotter. You can call out a selection of spellings for your child. You can see how we normally do this in your child's red spelling/dictation book. Think of a sentence to call out for your child using some of the spellings in their jotter. Please note, our new spelling lists will begin after Easter.

In the Phase 4 Tricky Words Activity Booklet, complete the first page with the balloons on it (apologies we wrote the wrong 'first page' last week). The activity for today is the page with the balloons and words - so / do / out / said / one / like. Ask your child to colour the balloons the appropriate colours as shown at the top of the page.


We have been loving your input to the rainbow challenge and have heard that Maghaberry is a beautiful wee village of colour at the minute with all your wonderful rainbows. We have spotted some too near our homes and they definitely have made us smile. If you haven't had a chance to make one for your window yet, give that a go this week. Let's keep spreading hope. 



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 will continue to update these activities and ideas weekly. We are fully aware that home life is very different from school so please just do what you can. We miss you all a lot and are so proud of you all.