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Those of you enjoying the morning work out with Joe Wicks continue to follow his exercise plan. Good habits learnt in childhood will remain with the children for life. 

For an additional movement session or children who would like to try something different get your bodies moving with Oti. Many of you will recognise her as a professional dancer from Strictly Come Dancing and a judge on The Greatest Dancer. By the end of the session children will have some super dance moves which would make a lovely video clip to share with grandparents and can also be added to Tapestry to form a record of this time in their lives. Today's session will be based on songs from Mary Poppins. At the end of the session could children use their own imaginations and create a dance to their favourite song? 

Following the maths activity use the pasta tubes or other small objects to thread onto a piece of wool, string or pipe cleaner to make a necklace for either yourself or to give to someone special as a gift. I asked my special helper to give hers a little paint and create a three colour pattern. I would like you to do the same, if you don't have paint perhaps you could colour them using a felt pen? 

Fine motor skills, pasta threading necklace


Our sound of the day is ow (as in blow the snow). Using the green phonics folder (the school is hoping to get all folders delivered by Friday to children who were absent during the final week of school), practise the ow sound. The sound is made up of two letters but makes just one sound ow.

Then practise reading the ow words. Firstly encourage your child to identify the special friend in the word (in this case ow), then Fred talk the word; s n ow, then say the word in full; snow. 

Children can then practise spelling the words, this can be done by listening to the word and wiggling your fingers. How many sounds can you hear in snow? Three sounds, hold up three fingers, then pinch each finger as you say the sound. Children can then write the word. Remember the children are well practised in this so continue to let them lead the way. 

Now flick back to ay, ee and igh, encourage your child to identify the sound without seeing the picture clue and read and spell some of the words. Continue to watch the Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on either Facebook or You Tube, Set 2 sounds are now streamed live at 10:00 then are available for 24 hours. 


Today we will be focusing on halving amounts. Show your child how 8 toys (cars, dolls etc, what ever your child is interested in), can be shared equally by giving them one, then taking one for yourself. How many do I have? How many do you have? We both have 4, that is fair. We have half the toys each. Encourage your child to have a go sharing up to 20 objects between two people. Always check you have got the same amount otherwise it won't be half! 


You will need: 2 plates, a bowl, 20 pieces of pasta or other small objects and the numerals 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20 mixed up in a pack.


Encourage your child to select a number to half (lets say they pick out number 12), then they need to count out that amount of pasta pieces into a bowl. Then ask your child to share the amount in the bowl between the two plates. How many is on each plate? 6. So half of 12 is 6. Continue until your child has had a turn at finding half of each number in the pack. Children can record the answer as the photograph illustration shows. 


Halving 12

Half of 12 is 6.


This afternoon I would like you to put on your hats and suncream and head back out into the garden for some outdoor fun. Using blankets, cushions, bed sheets, clothes pegs, pillows or anything soft you have I would like you to make a den big enough to fit you and your favourite teddies in. Once made, I would like you to have a drink and snack in your new den and imagine and act out an adventure for you and your cuddly friends. You are no longer in your garden, where could you be? I look forward to seeing your dens and finding out about your adventures this evening.