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 'Whatever Next!' 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.
- Continue using lots of sound talk at home "it is time for t-ea!" "Brush your t-ee-th."
- Practise singing the Jolly Phonics songs for this week's sounds: h b l f (below)
- Hunt around the house for items beginning with this week's sounds: h b l f
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: had, him, his, hot, hut, hop, hum, hit, hat, has, hack, hug, but, big, back, bet, bad, bag, bed, bud, beg, bug, bun, bus, bat, bit, if, off, fit, fin, fun, fig, fog, puff, huff, cuff, fan, fat, lap, let, leg, lot, lit, lip, lid, bell, fill, doll, tell, sell, dull, ass, less, hiss, mass, mess, boss, fuss, hiss, pass, kiss.
- 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.
- The children have really enjoyed playing 'Tricky Word Trucks' on Phonics Play and it is really speeding up their sight recognition of these words. We play it whenever we have a spare 30 seconds! There is a link to the game below. Play it together at home and see if you can get quicker each time. We have an action for each word to help us:
I - point to your own chest with your thumb
no - wag your finger from side to side in front of you
go - shooing action away from you with one hand
to - point 'to' a set place. In our classroom we point to the toilet.
the - put your hand out flat by your side
into - make one hand into a 'box' by cupping it and put your index finger of the other hand 'into' the box.
We are focusing on three key skills this week:
- Comparing identical items
- Comparing non-identical items
- Finding 'one more'
Comparing Identical Items
To support comparing identical items, use the cubes in the maths prize pack your child received on our 'Robots and Rockstars' Day and give your child two different amounts of cubes. Ask them to compare them and tell you which has 'more,' 'fewer' or if they are equal. If they find this tricky, encourage them to make each pile into a tower and then stand them next to each other to be able to compare them more visually.
Comparing Non-Identical Items
To support comparing non-identical items, repeat the above activity but instead of giving your child two sets of cubes, give them a set of cubes and a set of something else e.g. dried pasta. Are there more cubes or pasta pieces? You may want to use the number cards to help you. If you lay them in a line, the amount further down the line is more.
You can also develop this skill in real life contexts. There are 4 people in our family. How many hats do we need when we go our walk? How many coats? How many gloves? How many shoes? etc.
Finding One More
Find the number cards 0-9 and turn them face down on the table. Ask your child to choose a card, turn it over and say the number. Ask them to use the cubes to make a tower of this amount and then to add 'one more' cube. How many did you have before? How many do you have now?
Understanding the World
We are now into Autumn. Talk to your child about the way nature is changing. Go on an Autumn Walk together as a family and talk about the things you can see that tell us it is Autumn. Take a collecting bag with you and collect leaves/conkers/pine cones/acorns and talk about them. You can then use them to count, draw, leaf rub, weigh, sort or make Autumn art from. It is so important to talk about the natural world and to feel connected to it as this is good for your child's awareness of self, mental health and physical health.