Below you will find an overview of the stimuli and learning we will be introducing children to in class this week for your information if your child is in school this week or to support you with home-schooling if your child is self-isolating at home. Support is available via your Tapestry app, firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01562850397.
Book of the Week
Bear Hunt by Anthony Browne
In response to this book we will be learning about the 8 types of bears and where in the world they live. We will be finding out about their habitats, how they are the same and different, and how we can protect them from becoming extinct in the future. We will also be introducing bears into our Small World Play, story-telling challenge basket and into our outdoor play. We will be practising our listening and understanding skills by drawing our own bears along with the illustrator Rob Biddulph, singing some bear-themed songs and developing our fine motor and mathematical skills by cutting, sticking and size ordering different bears. Resources for these activities can be found below:
In Phonics this week, we will be focusing on learning the individual sounds 'p,' 'i,' 'n' and 'm' and the tricky words 'I' and 'the.' We will be sorting items which begin with these sounds and beginning to blend sounds to read our first three-letter words using the sounds we know. The words we will be able to read by the end of the week area: such as sat, at, a, as, pat, tap, sap, it, is, sit, sat, pit, tip, pip, sip, an, in, nip, pan, pin, tin, tan, nap, am, man, mam, mat and map. If you are self-isolating you could hunt for items beginning with these sounds around the house and sort them into groups. You could write the words above on individual cards and take turns to read them, make a pairs game or create a game of snap.
Below you will find the correct pronunciation of these sounds, the Jolly Phonics songs which accompany each sound and the Tricky Words song which introduce children to the words "the" and "I" which do not follow Phonics Rules and must be learnt. You will also find the initial sound sorting exercise the children will be completing in groups this week:
In Maths group times this week we will be focusing on recognising the numerals 0,1,2,3,4 and 5. We will be talking about numbers that are significant to us (e.g. how old we are, our house number, how many people live in our home, how many fingers we have etc) and focusing on birthdays (e.g. ordering birthday cards with numbers on and putting the correct number of candles on a birthday cake). We will be matching numerals to amounts when counting out bears and beginning also to think about counting things that can not be moved such as claps, jumps and hops, up the amount of 5.
Based on some group time activities, independent tasks and continuous provision challenges we are doing in class this week, here are some things you can do at home:
- Talk with your child about significant numbers in their lives (e.g. age, house number, how many people are in your family, how old they will be on their next birthday etc)
- Go on a number hunt around your house and photograph some of the numbers you find
- Draw and decorate a birthday cake together and support your child to develop their cutting skills by cutting strips to be birthday candles. Show them different numerals and ask them to put this many candles on the cake
- Play a turn taking game. Give each member of the family a bowl and sit in a circle. Take turns to roll a dice and collect that many toys/counters/items from the middle to put in your bowl. After each round, who has the most items in total? (We will be playing this game in groups with compare bears)
We will be doing lots of scissor practise this week in class. Practise cutting skills with your child, encouraging them to hold their scissors in their dominant hand, holding them upright (not horizontal) and with the correct grip. Encourage them to make small snips, cut strips and cut along wavy lines, moving the paper, not their scissors.
In class we use the rhyme: "Fingers underneath, thumb on top, open up the scissors and chop, chop, CHOP!"
We will also be developing our gross-motor skills by thinking about how different jungle animals from the Bear Hunt jungle might move. Can your child move like a bear? snake? elephant? bird? We will then be using the Animal Boogie dance to develop these movements into a simple dance in which children will need to listen and follow instructions. Listen to the join and create your own actions at home:
In our Choosing Time the adults will be continuing to look for children's personal and communication skills this week. Can they take turns? Share? Ask and respond to their peers in conversation? Explain their ideas, opinions, wants and needs? Listen carefully in group time and respond effectively?