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 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear?' by Martin Waddell. 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.
- Have a look at a newspaper, magazine or food packet to try and spot the sounds we are focusing on this week: j v w x
- Sing the Jolly Phonics sounds for these letters and practise the actions with a game of charades
- Play Dragon's Den on Phonics Play (below) using these sounds
- Complete the 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.
- Make word cards using some of the following words or see if you can set your child to challenge to spell them using plastic letters/letters on pieces of paper: jam, jet, jog, jig, jut, van, vat, vet, will, win, wag, web, web, wax, fix, fox, box, tax, six.
- Watch the Alphablocks special episodes for these sounds or for sounds you know your child particularly struggles with. Segment and blend the words on screen together.
In Maths this week we will be focusing on finding one more or one less than a given number. Last week's Home Learning focused on finding one more, so these activity ideas focus on finding one less:
- Lay out the number cards in your number pack 0-10 and find a small toy (e.g. a doll, a plastic animal, peg doll etc). Ask your child to place the character on a given number and find "one less" by getting them to jump backwards.
- Sing the "1, 2, 3 Little Bear Cubs" song that we have been singing in class (it can be found in the Bear Songs with Miss B video below from last term) and talk about how you are finding one more when you count up and one less as you count down.
- Listen to and sing the Maths songs below that all support your child to develop their understanding of finding one less in real life contexts
- Use a torch and your hands to create shadow puppets on a plain wall at home. The adult puts up a chosen number of fingers in front of the torch. The child then puts up the number of fingers that is one less than the adult held up, as a shadow puppet.
Understanding the World
This week we will be talking about the night's sky and the things we might see (stars, planets, the Moon, planes, satellites, space station, helicopters etc). We will also be looking at constellations and phases of the Moon. This week the Sun is due to set around half past 6, just before children will be getting ready for bedtime and hopefully we are due to have some clear nights. Wrap up warm and stand outside together and look up at the sky. Talk about what you can see and how amazing the night's sky is and sing 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' together. During the next day you could draw what you saw, create some artwork together or write a list.
Below are some videos you can watch together to learn about the stars and the Moon:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
In our 'Book of the Week,' Little Bear is scared of the dark. Talk with your child. Is there anything they worry about or are scared of? How does it make them feel? What can they do if they are worried? What might make them feel better? Who is there to help them if they are worried at home or at school?
It is important for children to know that their feelings are valid and important and that grown-ups worry about things too. We should not say that their worries are silly or nothing to worry about but to help children understand why they are worried and what they can do to address or manage this feeling.
Here is a video that explains starfish breathing, a great way that children can use to help them calm down if they are anxious.