Thursday

Phonics (10 mins)

  • Point and say all the sounds on your digraph and trigraph sound mat.
  • How quickly can you speed read this week’s 6 easy words?

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  • Look at the letters in these tricky words. Lock them up in your head, cover them and see if you can remember how to spell it!

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Topic (15mins+)

In England, where we live, we have 4 different seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. During these seasons the weather is different! 

  • In winter it is cold and it gets dark very early in the day but in summer the temperature rises, making the days much hotter. In summer we can see the sun in the sky for much longer too.
  • Did you know that whilst it is summer for us it is winter in Australia?? So when we’re celebrating Christmas in winter they celebrate Christmas by the beach!!!
  • You might be interested to learn that there are around 2000 thunder storms every minute across our planet.
  • Surprisingly, the strongest tornadoes can be faster than a formula 1 racing car. Wow!
  • Can you write a sentence about a fact you have learnt?
  • Challenge: Can you write a fact book about the weather.

Reading (15 mins – could be broken into two sections)

  • Read to a parent or sibling

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  • Read the question together using the sound buttons to help you spot the digraphs/trigraph. Answer yes or no using thumbs up or thumbs down on hands. Read the question together using the sound buttons to help you spot the digraphs/trigraph. Answer yes or no using thumbs up or thumbs down on hands.
  • Write Phase 3 digraphs/trigraphs (ow, oi, ear, air, igh, ure) on small pieces of paper/post-it notes and hide around the room. Children to go on a hunt to find them and say the sound aloud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNcBWSBxSp0 

 

Maths (10+ mins) 

  • Can you roleplay shops with your sibling or parent. Choose two objects to buy from your shop. Can you add them together and find out how much money you will need to pay for them? Can you find out how much you will need to pay for 3 objects? 

Extra challenge: How many different ways can you find to pay for an object that costs 10p? 

Creative

  • Make a tree showing the weather in different seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Think about the colours that you will need. You could do this activity drawing with colour pencils, crayons or paints. 

PE: 

Go for a jog or a long walk through the park and have a look for signs of the season in the trees and plants. Don’t forget to stay 2m away from any people in your path.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday

Phonics (20 mins – this could be broken up into two sections)

  • Point and say all the sounds on your digraph and trigraph sound mat.
  • How quickly can you speed read this week’s 6 easy words?

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  • Look at the letters in these tricky words. Lock them up in your head, cover them and see if you can remember how to spell it!

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  • Here are some ocean facts: https://youtu.be/dRgjBl1nL4E 
  • Did you know that if we cut the Earth into ten pieces, 7 of them would be the oceans. The Pacific Ocean is the biggest ocean we have. The world’s oceans are home to incredible creatures that are masters of disguise! This means that these creatures are amazing at hiding and they do this by camouflaging into their surroundings – camouflaging means they make themselves the same colour so they can be sneaky and disguised. 
  • Click here to find some more fun facts: http://www.fun-facts.org.uk/earth/ocean.htm
  • Can you write a sentence about a fact you have learnt?
  • Challenge: Can you write a fact book about oceans.

Reading (15 mins – could be broken into two sections)

  • Read to a parent or sibling.
  • Question of the day: Read the question together using the sound buttons to help you spot the digraphs/trigraph. Answer yes or no using thumbs up or thumbs down on hands.
  • Write the words: pain, high, yell, fear, goap, wess, zeech, turg on separate pieces of paper/post-it notes. Label two soft toys (one is Obb and one is Bob – the children are familiar with these names!). Children to add sound buttons to the words on paper and read aloud by sounding out e.g. p-ai-n. Then decide if it is a real word or alien word and place by Obb toy or Bob toy. Obb likes alien words, Bob likes real words!

 

Maths (10+mins) 

  • Using the different coins you might have at home can you sort them out from the smallest number to the largest (1p to 20p, or higher if you feel ready)
  • Can you sort them out in different ways like by size, colour, how much they are worth?
  • Extra challenge: Can you play a game of ‘Sorting’ then click on ‘1p to 20p’ using this link https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game or 1p to 50p or any 6 coins.

Creative (15 mins)

  • Can you make a jellyfish? You could make the body using a paper plate or an empty recycled food container like a yoghurt pot or margarine box. Fold long strips into concertina to make the tentacles. Here is one I’ve made but you might like yours to look different.
  • https://youtu.be/R-A85h7yLNk

PE:K2 Freestylers video 4: https://youtu.be/IIKMVEsJ9hs

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday

Phonics (20 mins – you might prefer to do it in two sections)

  • Point and say all the sounds on your digraph and trigraph sound mat.
  • How quickly can you speed read this week’s 6 easy words?

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  • Look at the letters in these tricky words. Lock them up in your head, cover them and see if you can remember how to spell it!

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  • Here are some amazing inventions https://youtu.be/05cNjIVevMo 
    • Anyone can be an inventor and there are lots of well known men, women and children who have made things we use everyday. It’s not a job for just men!
    • Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous inventors in the world and was born in Italy almost 600 years ago. He drew very detailed pictures of inventions including submarines, calculators, bridges, parachutes and helicopters. 
    • Did you know, the internet hadn’t even been invented when your parents were 4 and 5 like you are now? Can you imagine a world sending mail only meant getting a letter in the post, there was no face time, no games to play online and no justdance for a boogie?
    • You might be surprised to learn these things were invented by children – Christmas tree lights, trampolines, ice lollies, toy trucks and even braille which allows blind people to read.
  • Can you write a sentence about a fact you have learnt?
  • Challenge: Can you write a fact book about inventions?

Reading (15 mins – could be broken into two sections)

  • Read your book to a parent or sibling.

  • Read the question together using the sound buttons to help you spot the digraphs/trigraph. Answer yes or no using thumbs up or thumbs down on hands.
  • Continuing with the tricky word theme, I have set up a code breaker game for you to try to solve! Each symbol represents a sound (the initial sound of the object) and when you find all the sounds they spell a tricky word to read. As you break each code, can you write each tricky word down in a list on your whiteboard. You can use the blog’s tricky word page to help. See below an example of one that I have solved for you… Enjoy code breaking!

Challenge: Can you draw your own code for an adult to try to break?

Maths (10+mins) 

  • Coin rubbing – find the different coins you might have at home. Place a piece of paper on top of one of them and then use a colouring pencil or pencil to rub over the coin. Do you think you can write down what that coin is worth? 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p….

Extra challenge: Can you play a game of ‘Sort two’ coins using this link https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

Creative (20 mins+)

  • Can you use play dough or recycled materials to make your own invention, or use a famous one that has inspired you. This might be one we have shown you, or one you find on the internet or from books with parents. 
PE: Just dance kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERbdjlvg6dg

Writing in Reception

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Reception team are thoroughly enjoying receiving photographs of how the children are getting on and how they are tackling the daily tasks provided on the blog. We wanted to clarify the expectations for writing in Reception and how to approach it with your child. At this point, they need to be able to apply their phonics independently, so at school we have been making it as child-led as we can. When learning to write, children need to be able to think for themselves, so please allow them to write as they hear sounds in words as much as possible.

So for example, if your child wanted to write the sentence, “The cow is eating grass”, what we’d be looking for is:

The cow is eeting grars.

This obviously reads incorrectly but we would praise the fact that they have used the digraphs ow, ee, ng and ar as those are some of the ones which have been taught in Reception. This way, your child would be writing completely independently, and their sentence could still be read back by themselves, and others, making it phonetically plausible. It also means that your child will feel more confident about attempting a writing activity in the future, knowing that they have achieved it ‘all by themselves!’ 🙂 They will understand that they do not need to rely on an adult and may give them the motivation to initiate other types of writing (cards for loved ones, mini books, signs, shopping lists).

When the children move into Key Stage 1 they will learn, for example, that the ‘ee’ sound is also made with the ‘ea’ digraph too and that’s when they would start to be expected to spell ‘eating’ correctly.

In terms of the tricky words however, these are expected to be spelt correctly, ideally from memory. Don’t fear, if your child is struggling to recall the spelling, instead of directly telling them, ask them how they could help themselves? Could they find it on their tricky word wall in their bedroom, or on the blog? This approach creates a more resourceful learner. 

We hope that this makes sense. If you have any further, please email me at rld@rosendale.cc