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 'Peace At Last' by Jill Murphy. 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.
We have noticed that some children are confident recognising individual sounds but finding blending them together more tricky. Lots of sound talking at home will help with this. Can you sound talk to your child and ask them to sound talk back to you? "Bob, pick up your b-a-g and put on your sh-oe-s" "Would you like a r-e-d or b-l-ue plate for dinner?" etc. If children constantly hear sound talk that they need to blend in their heads, it will help them to blend the sounds they read.
- Practise singing the Jolly Phonics songs for this week's sounds: k e u r (below)
- Hunt around the house for items beginning with this week's sounds: k e u r
- Write some three letter words on cards and practise reading them together, make a snap game or play a game of pairs (Words that can be read using the sounds we have learnt this week: kid, kit, kick, sock, sack, dock, pick, sick, pack, get, pet, ten, net, pen, peg, met, men, neck, up, mum, run, mug, cup, sun, tuck, mud, rim, rip, ram, rat, rag, rug, rot.)
- 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. Please note that children will not have covered all of the sounds and words on the sheet until Friday.
We are working on two key skills at the moment: reading numerals (seeing a written number and knowing what it says) and subitising (being able to look at up to 5 items and say how many there without needing to count them). These are both things you can practise at home by hunting for numbers, talking about the numbers your child sees, practising how to write each number, rolling a dice and saying how many dots there are without counting them and playing games where you put out items for children to tell you how many there are by only looking.
Sit opposite your child and chose a cowboy name e.g. Rodeo Robert. Wild West Jess. Both of you need a piece of paper that you can write own without your partner seeing (on a clipboard, notebook etc). Take turns to roll a dice in the middle. When the dice is rolled both of you need to look at how many dots there are and write the number on the paper. Count to 3 and shout "draw!" turning your paper around to see if you have the same number.
Here are the formation rhymes we are using in school:
Here are some of the videos we will be watching to help us learn about the importance of getting enough sleep. Watch them together and talk about your child's sleep routine.
Sharing your own bedtime story
We have been learning how to make story maps in class to record our own stories. Sit with your child during the day and make up a story together. If you are struggling for ideas you could say it must be about a bear. Make a story map together to remind you what happens in the story. Then, at bed time, you can snuggle up together with your story map and tell your story together to help get you into sleep mode and share some special time together. Can your child remember the details of their story in the evening?