Activity 1: Introduce £1 coin.
Look at £ symbol, and how to write it. It starts like the sound f and ends like a capital L. Practise writing it in the air with your “Magic Finger” – teach your parents what we do each day in class! Then, still using just your magic finger, can you write it across your palm, the table top, your parent’s back? Now find some paper, an old envelope or the back of an empty box and practise some more. It might be tricky – but that’s alright! Some grown ups still find it hard – so just keep trying.
Discuss what might cost £1 – e.g. 1 guess on the Easter Egg Raffle, loaf of bread etc
Hopefully you can show your child a real £1 coin. Ask your child to draw round it 5 times. Can they work out the amount they have just drawn? Repeat with different amounts. You can extend this activity by drawing round and cutting out 10 £1 coins. Then go shopping! E.g. Say to your child, You have 10 £1 coins. This book costs £6 coins. See if they can count out the right amount. Then ask them to count how much money they have left. You may extend this activity further by asking your child to pay for 2 items (totals up to 5, extend to 10, or beyond if you think they are ready!)
Activity 2: Number 2
Complete the 2nd page of your number formation booklet – focusing on number 2.
Now as a follow up, you are going to help match up all the socks from the laundry basket – well, the ones that have still got a match ;-D each time you have a pair, you will have added two more! Count how many pairs you have in total. How many odd ones do you have?! (I have an entire BOX of odd ones – where do they go?!)
Extend this activity by trying to count in 2’s. So far in class we have practised this by saying the first number quietly and the second number loudly e.g. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. You may be able to extend this activity even further by asking your child to only say the “loud” numbers – 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc
Using your number cards, ask your child to pick one and tell you which number it is. Ask them “What number comes after?”. Extend by asking what number comes before. If your child is finding this activity hard, limit the number cards to 1 – 6, then increase to numbers 1-12 when you feel they are ready.
Turn to page 26 of your Numbers to 10 booklet. Ask your child to read the numbers down the left hand side of the page. As they read each one, ask them what sound they hear at the beginning of the number word e.g. nine begins with “n”. Encourage them to look for a word that begins with that sound on the right hand side of the page, and write the number beside the number word. Then complete the activity by accurately counting the leaves and joining the correct number and word to the correct set of leaves.
Another practical lesson today: find 4 of your favourite toys. Can you line them up, smallest to the biggest?
Now get something you can build with or stack – it could be Lego, stickle bricks, wooden blocks, paper cups, clothes pegs etc. Make 4 towers of different sizes. Put your smallest toy in front of your smallest tower. Then put your biggest toy in front of the biggest tower. Can you match your other toys to the other towers?
If you have a printer, print off this activity from the Twinkl website, which you have free access to with the code UKTWINKLHELPS, to extend this measuring activity: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548015-measuring-snakes-activity
Well done – you’ve made it to the end of the 2nd week – many congratulations! Look up the Top Marks website, and choose Learning Games from the purple banner along the top. Make sure you are in the 5-7 age category, and choose the Shape Pattern activity. Once you have exhausted this activity feel free to have a play about with some of the other maths games on the website. If you can’t access the website, go on a shape hunt around your house:
Find 2 triangles
Challenge: Can you find a pentagon or hexagon?
Eggs-tra Easter Challenge:
Using the back of an old cereal box or a big page, draw an Easter Egg, and write one sound from your name really big right in the middle. Now decorate your egg with colourful patterns. How many different repeating patterns can you make?
Place your egg in your window, near last weeks picture. If enough of you do this challenge , you could go on an Easter Egg Hunt around the village! Collecting sounds instead of eggs - just bring a page and pencil.
Happy Easter everyone!