If you look on the Class Learning page for this week you will be able to find an overview of the learning we are focusing on in class this week, linked to our Book of the Week 'Bear Hunt' by Anthony Browne. 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.
Your child will bring home their first reading books this week. They will bring home a Phonics book on Monday (which may be wordless this week to prompt talk) that should be returned on Thursday. On Thursday, they will bring home a library book to share together during story time. We recommend that you read with your child daily to help practise, develop and embed their early reading skills. With their first book you will receive an information pack to support you to develop reading skills at home. Your online reading record will also go live on Tapestry on Monday to record the reading you do at home and let us know how your child is getting on.
- Practise singing the Jolly Phonics songs for this week's sounds: p i n m (below)
- Hunt around the house for items beginning with this week's sounds: p i n m
- Write some three letter words on cards and practise reading them together, make a snap game or play a game of pairs (The words that can be read using the sounds we have learnt: 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.)
- Complete this week's Phonics Home Learning sheet (below). You do not need to print it off, you can display it on a tablet/screen and talk through it. There are lots of ideas on the sheet to choose from based on the ability and attention span of your child.
- Go on a number hunt around your house, focusing on the numerals 0-5. Write down or photograph the numbers you find (e.g. door number, TV remote, oven, phone)
- 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 have noticed that a lot of children need support when using scissors. 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 in paper, 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!"