This week's focus text is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Martin Bill Jr and Eric Carle. Below is a song version of the book.
In response to this text and to extend your child's learning at home, you might like to:
- Change the setting of the story and create your own version to tell as a family e.g. an underwater version "Green Octopus, Green Octopus, What Do You See?"
- Design your own dream pet. It can be any colour and have special powers. Draw it, write about it and post your final pet on Tapestry.
Weekly Reading Challenge
Because reading is such an important part of your child's learning in Reception and they are at a really magical point now, where the world of words is really opening up to them, we are going to set you a fun weekly challenge this term. These will be posted weekly on Tapestry for you to have a go at comment on. They are just a bit of fun to help enrich your child's reading experiences and keep them engaged and excited to read. We have tried to keep them as doable as possible for you as a family. This week's challenge is posted below. Happy Reading.
This week, we will be having a focus on RE and on exploring the question "Where do we Belong?" As part of our learning we will be finding out about how babies are welcomed into their family when they are born and linking this with the ways in which different cultures and faith welcome people e.g. Humanist naming ceremonies, Christian baptisms and Islamic Aqiqah ceremonies. Talk about what happened when your child was born. How did you welcome them and care for them and show them that they were loved? Were they baptised? Where do they feel like they belong (home, school, family, village etc).
In Phonics this week, we will be revising all of the sounds we learnt about last term within Phase 2. We will then be moving on to Phase 3 in which we explore digraphs (2 letters which make one sound) and trigraphs (3 letters which make one sound). This week, we will be focusing on the sounds:
ch sh and th
We will learn to read and write these sounds.
- See if you can spot these sounds in any words in your own story books at home.
- Have a go at writing them yourself
- Have a go at the Buried Treasure Game on Phonics Play using these sounds (username: cookleyphonics password: Cookley2020)
- Have a go at this week's Phonics Home Learning Sheet, below:
After such a busy last week of term before Christmas, we did not finish all of the planned Maths activities and so we will be continuing with our focus on adding amounts for the next two weeks, before moving on to 2D and 3D shape. Our focus objectives this week are:
• Finds the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them.
• In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.
• Records, using marks that they can interpret and explain.
• Using quantities and objects, they add two single-digit numbers and count on to find the answer.
We will be using whole-part models to help us understand how the numbers in additional calculations interact with one another. These models are composed of three circles which show the whole number and the parts it is split into. See below:
- Some games you could play at home to teach and practise addition to 5:
- Put the number cards 0-10 in order to make a number line and encourage your child to move a toy forwards along the line saying each number. Write an addition calculation for your child e.g. 1 + 4 and show them how to put the toy on number 1 and take 4 steps forward with the answer being 5.
- Break up the cubes from your maths pack and build two towers. Give them to your child and ask them to count the number of blocks in each tower and then ask "how many are there in total?" encouraging them to count the number of blocks in both towers and tell you the total.
- Put the number cards 0-3 in a bag and encourage your child to put their hand in and pick two numbers, using their cubes to add the two values together and find the total.
- Practise writing the calculations for the Maths you do together. We call these number sentences, e.g.
3 + 1 = 4
We would read this as "three add one equals four."
- NumBots and Mathletics is also a great way to explore the skill of addition
- Play this Topmarks maths game on a computer or iPad