If you look on the Class Learning page for this week you will be able to find an overview of the St. Andrew's Day learning we are focusing on in class this week. Below are some activities you can try at home to help support your children develop their learning. There are many options so that you can choose those which best support your individual child, based on their current knowledge, skill and attention span. It is not expected that you do them all - choose those that suit you best.
St. Andrew's Day Ideas
This week we will be exploring the land of Scotland. It is important for the children to learn about places that are near as well as far and this will be a good opportunity to make direct comparisons between where they live and the places we find out about. We will be exploring Scottish geography, landmarks, music, dance, art and so much more. We will also be finding out about the life of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, who was one of Jesus' twelve disciples. Below, you will find some of the activities which you might like to try a few of at home:
- Look at Scotland on a map. Talk about where England finishes and Scotland starts. Discuss the groups of countries that make up Great Britain, the United Kingdom and The British Isles (map below).
- Look at photographs of different significant landmarks in Scotland (below). What can you see? Is it natural or man-made? What would you like to find out about that place?
- Read the PowerPoint below on the life of St. Andrew. Discuss who he was and how he became the patron saint of Scotland.
- Have your own Highland Games at home, creating your own sporty challenges. Create your own leader board and compete against your family members, encouraging your child to write down the scores. You could set up different challenges and then end with a highland dance.
- Have a look at different tartan patterns together (below) and then talk as a family about what your family tartan might look like or if you already have one. What are your favourite colours? Practise using a ruler together to create your own tartan and colour in the different sections. You could then proudly display your tartan in your home.
Melrose Abbey, The Kelpies Statues, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Edinburgh Castle, Skara Brae
The Highland Games:
In Phonics, we will be focusing on writing the following letters:
We will then be working together to practise the formations, write words and solve problems using these letters. We will also spend one session focusing on the letters from Phase 2 that we sometimes see two of (i.e. double letters): ff ll ss & zz. We will be talking about how this does not change the sound they make and how we only have double letters because when the children are older in Year 1, they might need to add extra letters onto the end of a word and the double letters then play a special job.
Below is a Phonics challenge sheets you can complete together. There are quite a few challenges this week so you might want to complete the sheet over a few shorter sittings:
This week's letters are a great chance to talk about ascenders (tall letters) and descenders (letters that go under the line). You could talk about the different letters together and what size they need to be and practise writing the different letters we know, in relation to each other.
We have learnt how to write the following sounds:
In the middle: s a i n m o c e u r
Ascenders: t d k h b l f
Descenders: p g f j
You can also access the Phonics Play website using these details:
and access any of the Phase 2 games for revision of these sounds and skills.
This week in Maths, we will begin introducing some of the language of addition. We will be focusing on the Development Matters objectives of:
• In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding.
• Records, using marks that they can interpret and explain.
• They add two single-digit numbers and count on to find the answer.
We will be doing this by focusing on the number 5 and thinking about the different ways 5 items can be separated into two groups e.g 0 + 5, 1 + 4, 2 + 3, 3 + 2, 4 + 1, 5 + 0.
There are lots of ways that you could explore the splitting of five at home, listed below. During this type of play, you can begin to introduce the language of addition by saying things like "five is made up of three and two" "three add two equals/makes five." You could even begin to show your child how to write this as a number sentence in direct relation to the physical items in front of them e.g. if they have 4 bananas and 1 orange in front of them, you could write "4 + 1 = 5." You could:
- Use your five fingers and talk about putting down 1, 2, 3, 4 then 5. How many are still up each time?
- Sing songs about the number 5 (e.g. 5 currant buns, 5 little ducks, 5 little men in a flying saucer, 5 little speckled frogs) and focus on how many are in the two groups each time e.g. how many currant buns have been sold and how many are left in 5 currant buns?
- Have two different types of fruit in a fruit bowl. Can you give me 5 pieces of fruit? Explore different combinations of doing this.
- Rolling a dice. Have a dice and tell your child to roll it five times. Record whether they get a '6' or 'not a 6' each time.
- Draw a ladybird with two wings (above) and give your child 5 buttons/circles of paper/counters and explore different ways of arranging them, noting how many are on each side each time.
- Use your maths cubes to make a tower of 5. How many different ways could you split your tower in two?