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Continue to practise, Koo Koo Kanga Roo; Awesome Rainbows, You are the Best, The Coolest Person and now add Positivity to your dance routines too. Wow, we really are a fantastic team. 

Now we will practise our letter formation, use different writing resources across the week to ensure children don't become bored but maintain their interest and enthusiasm. Today focus on the letters r, h, b, n, m, k, p. Remember to form each letter accurately. Refer to the handwriting ditty sheet to help you. 


Using the set 2 sounds folder look at the ou sound, naming the sound. Discuss how the sound is made with the letters o and u. Now look at the ow sound this also makes the sound ow but is made using a o and a w. Watch the online phonics session with Geraldine the Giraffe. Practise reading and spelling some of the following words; how, down, brown, cow, town, now.  

Reading Challenge: Now ask your child to apply the sound of the day into reading a sentence; I can see a brown cow lay on the grass.

Writing Challenge: Now ask your child to write the sentence, Sit down on the chair now. 

Encourage your child to start the sentence with a capital letter, after they sound out and record each word remind them to leave a finger space before starting to write the next word. Finally remind them to finish the sentence with a full stop. 


Remember to practise your reading at least three times a week by either reading your book in your book bag or by logging onto Reading Buddy. Develop your fluency by re-reading the same text a number of times. Practise makes perfect! This week please focus on reading and spelling the following words; he, she, we, me, be, was, my. This can be done by looking at the word, saying the word, copying the word, covering the word then writing the word from memory alone. Focus on a few words each day but remember to always practise the spellings learnt on previous days so that these words are not forgotten as new words are focused on.


Start by counting forwards to 30 and backwards from 20. Using the pack of shuffled number cards to 20 can you identify 1 more than all of the numbers? Can you identify 1 less than all of the numbers? Are you quicker at identifying 1 more or 1 less? Perhaps you could play again and time yourself and see. Are your scores faster or slower than yesterday? Remember, if you need some help you could look at a number line, use your fingers or even use a set of objects to add 1 more or remove 1 to find 1 less than a given amount. 

Roll two dice, and add the amounts together by putting the largest number in your head and then counting on the smaller amount (if you roll 4 and 3), put 4 in your head then count on 3, (5, 6, 7) so 4+3=7. Repeat many times until you are really good at putting the biggest number in your head and counting on the smaller amount. After putting the biggest amount in your head you could hold up the smaller amount on your fingers then say 5,6,7 as you touch your 3 fingers).


Can you create your own repeating patterns using the colours from the story Mixed? Do you have some special crayons or felt pens you could use? Think about different types of repeating patterns such as AB (red, blue, red, blue, red, blue), ABB (red, yellow, yellow, red, yellow, yellow, red, yellow, yellow) and ABB patterns (yellow, blue, blue, yellow, blue, blue, yellow, blue, blue). Perhaps you could challenge yourself further to create more complex patterns such as ABC (red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue), ABBC (orange, purple, purple, green, orange, purple, purple, green, orange, purple, purple, green), AABBCC patterns (red, red, yellow, yellow, blue, blue, red, red, yellow, yellow, blue, blue, red, red, yellow, yellow, blue, blue). Show your child how to create some of the patterns and encourage them to say the pattern aloud, can they work out which colour comes next? Then allow the children to create their own patterns. After the patterns have been created encourage your children to describe the patterns they have created.