This Week's Learning
Below are the main themes, topics and activities that we will be covering in class this week, linking to our Book of the Week 'Tadpole's Promise:' If you are self-isolating, please use this page as a guide to support you to deliver home learning.
In Phonics this week, we will be continuing to revise the Phase 3 sounds that children have been learning in the pod and at home. We will be flash-carding them, listening to their songs, reading them in words and playing lots of games linked to them. The sounds are:
Games will include:
- Word and sound hunts
- Reading these words in sentences
- Charades with the actions
- Items in a bag, pull one out and write the word (book, balloon, spoon, car, jar, tart, fork, born, torn, curl)
- Jumbled up words to unscramble
- Speed reading - how many words can we read in a minute?
We will also be focusing on reading sentences for meaning by answering quiz questions using all of the Phase 3 sounds. E.g:
- Can a cow moo?
- Will a car swim?
- Will hair grow?
- Can you surf on the road?
- Will a child go to sleep at night?
- Can you grown things in soil?
- Can you find pigs on a a farm?
- Do you smell with your ears?
You also have access to all of the Phase 3 games on Phonics Play which are fantastic and I would thoroughly recommend using them to practise and embed skills:
(Username: cookleyphonics Password: Cookley2020)
Below are the independent and guided writing and reading tasks children will be completing in class that you can work on at home.
Our guided writing task is to find out about the life cycle of a frog and write about what happens. We will be focusing on using the correct vocabulary (egg, tadpole, froglet, frog) and on using time vocabulary (first, next, then, after). We will be encouraging the children to write in full sentences e.g. "Next, the tadpoles will grow legs."
In Maths this week, we will be thinking about time and measuring amounts of time in different ways. We have already explored what we looked like as babies and how we have grown over time. We will also be thinking about what happens in the day time and what happens in the night time, what our morning routines look like, how and why we order our day at school, how many times we can do different things in a minute (e.g. star jumps, writing our name etc) and beginning to look at clocks. We will be discussing 'o'clock' times and some of the key times of the day that children will know about e.g. school starts at 9 o'clock. We have lunch at 12 o'clock. We go home at 3 o'clock.
Fill your days with talking about time this week! Could you get your child a watch and encourage them to talk to you about the time and the hands? Talk about how long it is until dinner or what time their favourite TV programme is on. How long is bath time? When do we go to bed? Talk about what you do in the morning and why you do it this in this order.
I really would recommend buying your child a watch with a clock face and hands on as this really gets children talking about time, which is a really tricky concept.
Across the Curriculum
This week we will be using our Book of the Week to learn about the life cycle of a frog. Below are some ideas of activities you might like to have a go at:
- Make some lime jelly and use raisins, beads and stones to create a sensory play tray with the jelly as frogspawn - have some fun!
- Design your own pond for our class frogspawn. Find out what frogs need to survive and include these things in your design.
- In RE, we will learning about the Christian celebration of Palm Sunday and the events of Holy Week. We will learning this Christian hymn about the word "Hosanna" which is what Christians believe the people shouted at Jesus as he entered Jerusalem on a Donkey on Palm Sunday. Learn the hymn together.
- This week, we have focusing on catching a ball in PE. Here are some hints, tips and tricks to help with this skill at home.