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 Poem of the Week 'The Bonfire at Night' by Enid Blyton. 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.
Now that we have learnt all individual letter sounds and can read with them, we will be repeated the whole of Phase 2 again, but this time with a focus on writing with each letter too. This week we will focus on revising, reading and writing:
We will be introducing the children to the flicks and loops at the end of each word which will support them to be able to join their letters in the future. It may seem that their writing gets messier for the next few weeks but this is all part of the process and nothing to worry about. It evens itself out soon enough and is just part of the developing as a writer. I included a formation card for the cursive letters in your Phonics Olympics champion packs you received on Friday so that you can support your child's writing at home. There are packs at school for anyone who was unable to attend on Friday. We will learn how to write each sound and practise forming them and sitting them on the line when writing. You could have a go together at writing two or three of the following words, using the letters on your letter formation sheets:
sat, at, a, as, pat, tap, sap, it, is, sit, sat, pit, tip, pip, sip
Below you will find this week's Phonics Home Learning challenge. You do not need to print it off. Your child will only have covered all of the learning needed on Friday so you may not want to complete the activity until then:
This week we will be learning about estimating. Estimating is a new skill for our children. We will be introducing estimation as:
“Making a sensible guess without counting, using what you know.”
You will need a plate, items to count (e.g. cubes, grapes, pennies), a cloth
Place a small number of items on the plate asking your child to cover their eyes. Place the cloth over the plate. Ask your child to open their eyes and then lift the cloth for 2 seconds and then put it back, asking your child to look at the items and estimate how many there are without counting them. Discuss their estimate and how they chose that number. Was it s 'sensible/realistic' guess? Then count them together and see how close your estimation was, using the language 'more' and 'fewer.' Repeat this activity with differing amounts and different items. It is important that your child understands that two sets of the same amount can look very different (5 feathers looks very different to 5 elephants but there are the same amount!). If you want to extend this activity, you can ask your child to write their estimation each time on a notepad and then show you, before counting the real amount together.
Below are a range of Home Learning Bonfire Night ideas you might like to have a go at together to extend and embed our classroom learning about this celebration. You could choose however many you would like!
We hope you have a happy and safe Bonfire Night.
Please upload the activities you choose on Tapestry and let us know how your child got on. We love to see it.