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Week beginning 6th July

Hello Everyone.

This week I thought we would look at being ‘on the beach’ rather than ‘in the water’. Have a chat about what you do when you are on the beach. Do you enjoy playing games, making a sand castle, sunbathing or swimming in the sea? Talk about what you might eat and wear. You could even recreate a beach in your garden with the paddling pool being the sea and part of the lawn being the sand. Design and pack a picnic and have an hour in the sun!

Literacy

Phonics- This week the Twinkl Learning Hub https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub  is using  consonant blends and phase 4 words  for their focus for lessons, but I would also recommend you continue to revise the phase 3 sounds. This week could be oi, or, ar, ur

Tricky words

Set 1 – I, no, go, the, into

Set 2- he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, by, her, have, so, come, some, when, went, what, with, one

Set 3- said, like, do, were, where, there, little, out, your, saw, called, looked, because, time, made, make, came, of, very.

 

Letter Formation– We will continue to concentrate on the zig-zag letters z,v,w,x – check the letter formation sheet for how they are formed.

Reading- Collins Big Cat or Oxford Owl eBooks. Even if you don’t manage to do much else in a day I would say keeping the reading going at this stage is really important.

Writing- Perhaps this week you could write some post cards as if you are on the beach. You could even write a post card for a friend or relative telling them what you are doing at home.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548153-beach-themed-postcards

There are also some great writing frames that can help with sentence writing –

 https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/at-the-seaside-early-writing-activities-t-e-2549734

Maths- If you can access the Twinkl Learning Hub then Numberblocks is on from 11-12am each day. If not, and you want a little more structure, then perhaps you could timetable the maths like this:

Mon– Number- counting, recognising, ordering, and writing numbers- if your child is now confident with numbers to 20 then you can go beyond. Can your child order numbers to 20 now? Test and see.

Tue– More/less 1 more/less- it is ok to use counters to work this out; when they are confident then try without.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-1340-one-more-one-less-sweet-counting-worksheet

Wed– Addition/subtraction- If they can do addition/ subtraction within 10 then write some calculations within 15.

Maybe this week you could focus on learning doubles up to making 10.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/double-dominoes-to-10-activity-sheet-t-n-2546814

Thur/Fri– -Problem solving and position. Does your child understand and use positional language – in, on, under, above, besides, next to, in front of, behind? Find a couple of soft toys and see if they can tell you where you place them. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/au-l-158-positional-language-matching-cards

 Other activities

To include a little history this week you could talk about sea-side holidays now and then.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5652-seaside-holidays-now-and-then-powerpoint

Thank you for the things you are sharing on Tapestry. If you want to get any advice over the phone I am available on Wednesday and Thursday mornings for the next two weeks if you ring school.

Take care and have a good week.

Mrs Parker

Week beginning 29.6.20

Hello Everyone. Another week has passed, hoping that everyone is well.

Our book of the week is one of my favourites, ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister. Again you can find this being read on You Tube. This is a lovely story about a beautiful shiny scaled fish who learns that being kind and sharing his scales finds him lots of new friends. Again Twinkl has a wealth of ideas and sheets based on the story.

Literacy

Phonics- This week the Twinkl Learning Hub https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub is using initial consonant blends as their focus for lessons, but I would also recommend you continue to revise the phase 3 sounds. This week could be ai, ee, igh, oa, oo.

Tricky words

Set 1 – I, no, go, the, into

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/phase-2-under-the-sea-tricky-word-colouring-assessment-sheet-tf-pa-351

Set 2- he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, by, her, have, so, come, some, when, went, what, with, one

If your child can read all set 2 ‘Tricky Words’ then you could begin with a few from set 3

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/phase-3-space-alien-tricky-word-colouring-assessment-sheet-tf-pa-350

Set 3- said, like, do, were, where, there, little, out, your, saw, called, looked, because, time, made, make, came, of, very.

Letter Formation– This week we will continue to concentrate on the one armed robot letters – r, n, h, m – check the letter formation sheet for how they are formed.

Reading- Collins Big Cat or Oxford Owl eBooks. Even if you don’t manage to do much else in a day I would say the reading at this stage is really important.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-22332-the-rainbow-fish-read-and-colour-activity-eyfs-adult-input-plan-and-resource-pack

Writing- Using the story ‘Rainbow Fish’ you could try and think about how and why the Rainbow Fish felt in the beginning of the story and how he felt at the end. Perhaps you could write a couple of sentences about the story or say why you liked it or disliked it. You could use the conjunction ‘because’ in your sentence.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-9281-the-rainbow-fish-lesson-plan-ideas-eyfs

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-24370-new-eyfs-rainbow-fish-home-learning-challenge-sheet-reception-fs2

Maths- If you can access the Twinkl Learning Hub then Numberblocks is on from 11-12am each day. If not and you want a little more structure, then perhaps you could timetable the maths like this:

Mon– Number- counting, recognising, ordering, writing numbers- if your child is now confident with numbers to 20 then you can go beyond  https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-22326-the-rainbow-fish-colourful-counting-resource-pack        https://www.topmarks.co.uk/r.aspx?sid=4681 ( a number recognition game) https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-7261-the-rainbow-fish-scales-counting-worksheet

Tue– More/less 1 more/less- it is ok to use counters to work this out; when they are confident then try without.

Wed-Addition/subtraction- If they can do addition/ subtraction within 10 then write some calculations within 15.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-851-under-the-sea-subtraction-worksheet

You could just write some addition and subtraction sums for the children on plain paper and give them some pasta to use as counters.

Thur/Fri– -Problem solving and pattern.

Try to find patterns around your home or garden. Then work on making a repeated pattern using size, colour or shape. How complicated can they make the pattern and still keep the repetition?

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-5146-ice-cream-scoop-repeating-patterns

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-193-repeating-pattern-worksheets-shapes-and-colours

Number formation – This week you could give your child a little test and see which ones they may need to go over. 

Other activities

Have a look in your garden; have any new plants started to grow? If you have any flowers that you don’t mind your child picking, perhaps you could have a go at pressing the flowers between 2 heavy objects and then making a card for someone.

Following on from pattern maybe your child could finger paint repeated patterns or, if you are more adventurous, they could put paint on their feet and make patterns on an old roll of wallpaper or A4 paper stuck together.

Thank you for the things you are sharing on Tapestry. If you want to get any advice over the phone I am available on Thursday and Friday mornings if you ring school.

Take care and have a good week.

Mrs Parker

Week beginning 22.6.20

Hello Everyone.

This week we will be continuing our theme of ‘Under the Sea’ by looking at a new story called ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ by Giles Andreae. Again you can find this being read on You Tube. There are several readings of it; perhaps you could look at a couple. This is a rhyming book about lots of different animals that live in the ocean. Twinkl has a wealth of ideas and sheets based on the story.

Literacy

Phonics- I am again taking the sounds that Twinkl Learning Hub https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub are using – they are:

Consonant blends –final sounds nk, mp, nd, sk, nt as in sink, bump, hand, risk, tent

Tricky words

Set 1 – I, no, go, the, into

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/phase-2-under-the-sea-tricky-word-colouring-assessment-sheet-tf-pa-351

Set 2- he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, by, her, have, so, come, some, when, went, what, with, one

If your child can read all set 2 ‘Tricky Words’ then you could begin with a few from set 3

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/phase-3-space-alien-tricky-word-colouring-assessment-sheet-tf-pa-350

Set 3-said, like, do, were, where, there, little, out, your, saw, called, looked, because, time, made, make, came, of, very.

 

Letter Formation– This week we will concentrate on the one armed robot letters- b, k and p – check the letter formation sheet for how they are formed.

Reading- Collins Big Cat or Oxford Owl eBooks. Even if you don’t manage to do much else in a day I would say the reading at this stage is really important.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-12242-under-the-sea-read-and-colour-worksheet

Writing- In the story ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ there are lots of different sea creatures living in the ocean. Perhaps this week you could find out a little about a few of these. Maybe take a creature a day and write a sentence or two about it. The children could draw or paint a picture of it or do a large collage adding different animals that they have learnt about each day.

You could also look at rhyming words. Many children find rhyming difficult so you may need to practise a little before trying this worksheet.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-11094-under-the-sea-rhyming-words-worksheet

Maths- If you can access the Twinkl Learning Hub then Numberblocks is on from 11-12am each day. If not and you want a little more structure, then perhaps you could timetable the maths like this:

Mon– Number- counting, recognising, ordering, writing numbers- if your child is now confident with numbers to 20 then you can go beyond. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/r.aspx?sid=3218 (this is a nice game with different levels of difficulty to choose from).

Tue– More/less 1 more/less- it is ok to use counters to work this out; when they are confident then try without.

Wed-Addition/subtraction- If they can do addition/ subtraction within 10 then write some calculations within 15.

Thur/Fri– -Problem solving and money. With money try to introduce the different coins to the children so they begin to become familiar with them and how they are valued. You could play Shop with them having prices that are 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money If they are confident with this you could begin to introduce the idea that 2p is the same as 2 x 1p coins.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-7270-eyfs-maths-counting-home-learning-challenge-money-box-coin-count-maths-challenge-cards

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-7270-eyfs-maths-counting-home-learning-challenge-money-box-coin-count-maths-challenge-cards

Number formation – 7 and 5 are often reversed so it’s good to ensure they can form these correctly.

Other activities

These are a few science activities you could try. Otherwise have a look at floating and sinking – perhaps if the weather warms up and the paddling pool comes out- or maybe bath time!

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-252425-eyfs-under-the-sea-science-experiments-resource-pack

Thank you for the things you are sharing on Tapestry. If you want to get any advice over the phone I am available on Thursday and Friday mornings if you ring school.

Take care.

Mrs Parker

Week beginning15.6.20

Hello, Everyone. I hope that you are all doing ok. Thank you for the things you are sharing on Tapestry. If you want to get any advice over the phone I am available on Thursday and Friday mornings if you ring school.

This week we will be continuing our theme of ‘Under the Sea’ by looking again at the story ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson (you can find it being read on You Tube). You could look more closely at the characters in the story and think of ways that they have shared. Ask your child how they can share; are there opportunities this week to share something with someone in your house, maybe a jigsaw, a game or a chore? Make a list of when they share something and hopefully you will be surprised how many times it happens! Just to remind you, there are lots of resources that you could use on the Twinkl website:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-13407-sharing-a-shell-lesson-plan-ideas

Literacy

Phonics- I am again taking the sounds that Twinkl Learning Hub https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub  are using – they are:

Mon- air.  Tue- ure.  Wed-er   Thur- recap air, ure ,er   Fri- recap air, ure ,er

Tricky words-

Set 1 – I, no, go, the, into

Set 2- he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, by, her, have, so, come, some, when, went, what, with, one 

Letter Formation– the remaining curly caterpillar letters- f, s, e, q, g. BBC Bitesize has a good guide to writing the letters correctly https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgjj6sg

Phonics sheets to try-https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/i-spy-and-read-phase-3-phonics-activity-t-e-2549932

Reading- Collins Big Cat or Oxford Owl eBooks. There are some more early reading activities on Twinkl where the children read the sentence and then colour the picture in. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/under-the-sea-themed-early-reading-comprehension-activity-t-e-2550416

Writing- If you haven’t completed the writing frame sheets from last week you could do some more of these or encourage your child to rewrite the story ’Sharing a Shell’ in their own words. They could create their own sea creature, colour and then describe the new character in the story.

Maths- If you can access the Twinkl Learning Hub then Numberblocks is on from 11-12am each day. If not and you want a little more structure, then perhaps you could timetable the maths like this:

Mon-Number-counting, recognising, ordering, writing numbers- if your child is now confident with numbers to 20 then you can go beyond.

Tue- More/less 1 more/less- it is ok to use counters to work this out; when they are confident then try without.

Wed-Addition/subtraction- If they can do addition/ subtraction within 10 then write some calculations with 15.

Thur/Fri- -Problem solving and weight- there is also a good PowerPoint on weight. Just type in weight in the search and you will find lots of ideas. Here are 2 of them:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-maths-mastery-weight-home-learning-challenge-t-m-31691

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tp-n-111-complete-the-scale-activity-sheet

Number formation-0,6,9,8 (to link with letter formation ) 

Other activities

Perhaps this week you could do a scavenger hunt outside. Either print off the prepared sheet or look round your garden and make a list of things your child could find- such as a daisy, bark, 3 different leaves, a snail, an ant, etc.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/au-t-3748-australia-i-spy-scavenger-hunt-checklist

Once again, keep in touch and look after yourselves!

Mrs Parker

Week beginning 7/6/20

Good morning to you all. I hope that everyone is well.

Firstly, I want to reassure the parents that are still home learning that I will be putting the weekly planning onto the website each Sunday  and that I will be looking on Tapestry daily to see what you have been doing or answer any questions you have. I fully support individual parents’ decisions, whatever they are, at this uncertain time and will do my best to help you with your child’s learning in any way I can.

This week we will be continuing our theme of ‘Under the Sea’ by using the story ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson (you can find it being read on You Tube). There are lots of resources that you could use on the Twinkl website:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-13407-sharing-a-shell-lesson-plan-ideas

I would also really recommend the Twinkl Learning Hub as they are also doing the ‘under the sea’ theme and have great on-line lessons and stories.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub 

Literacy

Phonics- This week could you remind the children of all the phase 2 and 3 sounds, perhaps using a set of flashcards or one of the letters and sounds games found on www.letters-and-sounds.com/ . I am again taking the sounds that Twink Learning Hub are using; they are:

Mon-ur (as in fur) Tue-ow( as in cow) Wed-oi( as in coin) Thur-ear(as in hear) Fri- recap all 4 sounds

These are the tricky words that you could go over (read first, then begin to learn to spell):

Set 1 – I, no, go, the, into

Set 2- he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, by, her, have, so, come, some, when, went, what, with, one

Letter Formation- c, o, a, d. (remember to watch your child is forming the letters correctly and correct any bad habits)

Reading Again, just to remind you of the great resources on Collins Big Cat or Oxford Owl (info on how to access these given last week).

Writing The story writing frames for ‘Sharing a Shell’ on Twinkl are great as there are black and white pictures they could colour and write about.  You could do a few of those each week. There is also a book review that you could do together with your child or use your green books to pick your favourite picture and write about it.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-12728-sharing-a-shell-book-review-writing-frame

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-12736-sharing-a-shell-colouring-sheets

Maths If you can access the Twinkl Learning Hub then Numberblocks is on from 11-12am each day. If not, and you want a little more structure then perhaps you could timetable the maths like this:

Mon- Number- counting, recognising, ordering, writing numbers

Tue- More/less 1 more/less

Wed- Addition/subtraction

Thur/Fri- Halves/ doubles/problem solving and size https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-2545136-eyfs-maths-solving-problems-and-talking-about-size-home-learning-challenges

Number formation-0,6,9,8 (to link with letter formation )

 

Other activities-Just a few ideas but playing with siblings, going outside, doing some art or just chatting are all fine.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/20-screen-free-activities-for-home-learning-ages-3-5-t-tp-2549380

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-12736-sharing-a-shell-colouring-sheets

Take care and keep safe.

Mrs Parker

Week beginning 1/6/20

Good morning, all. I hope that you have had a good week, that everyone is well and that you have managed to get out in the sunshine.

This half term’s topic is based on the theme ‘Under the Sea’. Despite not having the sea-side on our doorstep I hope that we can still have some fun and learn some new things about the ocean.

I would still recommend https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub – the 3-5 years page has a plan for activities through the day. It has some good mindfulness activities and a phonics slot as well as craft and maths activities.

English – Off to the Beach!

  • This week could you go over the sounds “oo” (oo as in moon and oo as in look), “ar” and “or”- there are lessons on the Twinkle home learning hub for this week and lots of other sheets on the website.
  • I thought we would focus on the ‘long ladder’ letter formation letters – l, i, t, u and y. Perhaps you could take one letter a day and go over it. If they can form it correctly, introduce the capital letter and practise that. Remember most letters start from the top and go down!
  • You could help your child to make a list of all the things that they would take to the sea-side.
  • You could pretend that you are in the car on your journey there. What do you see outside? How long did it take to get there? Did you stop for a picnic?
  • If you haven’t already seen the Big Cat books then they are worth exploring. You can access free e.books from Collins Big Cat. There are lots of books available, including many that we have in school.

https://collins.co.uk/pages/big-cat-ebooks

How to access free Collins Big Cat ebooks:

Go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter:

Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Password: Parents20!        And click Login

If you are unsure what colour band to read then just ask me on Tapestry.

Maths. 

As well as the usual counting forwards and backwards within 20 (and beyond if able) this week I thought we would revisit

  • 1 more than a number.
  • 1 less than a number.
  • Counting on in addition – e.g. 5 + 2= Put 5 in your head and count on 2. Only do this with a big number and adding 1, 2, or 3.
  • Shape – this week we could begin to look at 3D shapes. The children could focus on – sphere, cylinder, cube and cuboid. Can they find examples of these in their house or garden?

Other activities

  • Try adding different textures to the paint this week, such as sand, salt or adding some PVA glue to the paint and then adding the different objects on top.
  • Make a puddle of water on the ground and chalk around it. Then see how long it takes to evaporate.
  • https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2547823-eyfs-food-science-experiments-resource-pack- lots of fun experiments to try.

Once again I want to reassure you that if you need any help or advice then contact me through tapestry. If you are not able to access this please get in touch with me through the school email.

Mrs parker.

 

Week beginning 18/5/20

Good morning, everyone. I hope that everyone is well.

It has been lovely to see some of your work on Tapestry last week and the video clips have made me smile- you have all grown! You are doing some really interesting things, ideas which I will be trying myself! As ever please don’t hesitate to get in touch to show us what you have been doing or ask a question if you are unsure of something. We love to hear from you and support you where we can.

This week I thought we could look at another story by Julia Donaldson called ‘Superworm’. Again, the story can be found read to you on ‘You Tube’ and the short film is there as well.

English:

  • Keep reading as much as you can. Some of you are reading magazines as well as the e books and your own books.
  • In the story, Superworm has lots of adventures. Can you write about another adventure for him? Who can he rescue? What does he do to help them? Do this in your green book or print off the lovely worm writing frames on Twinkl.
  • Find out more about worms. Twinkl has fact cards you could read together and a sheet about the life cycle of a worm. (They are actually very interesting creatures).
  • There is an ‘I love worms’ rhyme on Twinkl that you could learn and perform for your family.
  • Keep working on your phase 3 sounds and reading and spelling the tricky words.
  • This week you could look more closely at upper and lower case letters, making sure your child can recognise the difference and begin to understand when to use them.

Maths:

  • How are you getting on with learning the number bonds? Remember, learn to 5 first, then 6, 7 up to 10.
  • I thought we could look at capacity this week as the weather is so nice and they could play out side with the water. Work on understanding full, empty, half full, half empty then go on to find how many small containers fill a larger container. They could make their own squash, magic potion or perfume.
  • If you go on Twinkl and type in capacity you will find lots of activities. There is a potions power point, monster milkshake café, home learning challenge and sorting sheets.
  • For those who are still unsure of reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20 – Don’t give up! Do a bit each day – you will get there!
  • Some of the children have been learning to count to 100 in 10s and backwards. One of you can now count in 5s to 50 and 2s to 20. This is Year 1 work, but feel free to have a go if you want the challenge!

Other Areas:

  • Make a wormery- Twinkl has sheets to get you started.
  • Design a new super hero outfit for Superworm.
  • If you have paints instead of painting you could try printing. Find some things around the house or garden to print with.
  • Find out why gardeners like worms.

Take care for now and stay safe!

Mrs Parker and Mrs Turner

Week beginning 10/5/20

Hello everyone. We hope that everyone is well. Here are some activities for this week:

English: Keep working on the phase 3 sounds and phase 4 words that we have given you. Perhaps you could go through them with your child and focus on 3 that they are uncertain of. You could make a pairs game with them or write some words out with the sounds in and practise reading them. There are lots of games on the website; this one is a good one –  (https://www.letters-and-sounds.com) –  with games the children have used in school. Oxford Owl also has some different activities to try.

The work this week will come from the story ‘The Snail and the Whale ‘ by Julia Donaldson. You can find the story being read on You Tube.

  • Could you retell the story in your own words and then over the week start to write the story? This may take a few days to write and illustrate.
  • Could you write a post card pretending you are the snail and say where you have been and what it was like? Pick a place you already know or make one up.
  • Can you find other words with the ‘ai’ sound in them? – snail, tail, mail, etc
  • Can you make a poster to help ‘Save the Whale’?- What other animals need ‘saving’ as they are endangered species?

When you are writing with your child encourage them to have a go at the spellings themselves and help with finding the phase 3 sounds that they might need. Gently remind them of letter formation and not using capital letters in words other than at the beginning of a sentence.

Maths: As always, counting forwards and backwards is vital and recognising numbers to 20, but this week you could give special emphasis to addition and subtraction. There are some games on Twinkl to look at . A good one for addition is the 4 in a row dice addition game. Topmarks has some fun ones as well.

You could also look at size this week. Can they find something bigger/ smaller than an object you choose? Can the children put 4 objects in order of size? Again, there are cutting and sticking size activities on Twinkl or you could just cut strips of paper into different sizes and ask them to order it from shortest to longest. If you have Lego or blocks, could they make a taller / shorter tower? Try and use the vocabulary of big, small, biggest, smallest, long, longer, longest, etc.

Other areas: Finally there are lots of different facts about snails and slugs on the Twinkl site and craft activities. Try making snails from playdough or drawing spirals like the shells.

These are just a few suggestions to run alongside the other lovely things that you have been doing and sharing with us on Tapestry. we hope to hear from you and please feel free to ask any questions.

Mrs Parker and Mrs Turner

 

Two good websites for ideas.

Hello everyone. Just thought I would make you aware of the Twinkl Home Learning Hub.( https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub). There are activities throughout the day you could follow or pick and choose from. They provide a live phonics session, maths activities, story times, baking and more. Twinkl is a great resource for all subject areas; there will be something of interest for your child.

Another good website for maths activities that encourage children to problem solve is https://nrich.maths.org/primaryhttps

Ideas for the week (4/5/20)

Good morning all. I hope that everyone is keeping well and coping as best they can. Before I suggest some ideas for what to do this week I just want to say thank you to all those who have been on Tapestry. It has been lovely to see a glimpse of what you have been doing. I want to reassure everyone that you are doing a great job and whatever you can manage under the circumstances is a credit to you. Keep talking and sharing activities together, playing games and getting some fresh air. At the end of the day being healthy and happy are the most important things.

This week you could continue the work on mini-beasts or open it up to larger wildlife.

English: Keep reading; use the website https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ (there are also some maths activities on the site) to find some free e-books. You have the ‘tricky words’ in your writing packs, perhaps you could write these out twice on cards and make them into a snap or pairs game. There are lots of picture prompts on Twinkl to help with writing or you could help your child to write about a walk they go on, describing what they see and hear. Try to encourage correct formation of letters and using lower case letters whenever possible

Maths: This week you could focus on 1 more and 1 less than a number to 20 ( then above). You could make a number line or draw one with chalk outside . How are the children getting on with number bonds? Do they know what 1 + 2 = without counting, if they know all the combinations to 5 , then go to 10.  You could look at shape and weight this week. Set them a challenge to find as many different shapes in their house and garden. I would be especially impressed if anyone can find a hexagon. A good website for Maths (and other areas of the curriculum) is https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

Other ideas: I have seen lots of lovely art work from the children – paintings, collages and model making. I would love to see some singing or dancing or reciting a nursery rhyme.

Perhaps you could choose a different mini-beast to study this week. Look under a rock or log and see what creepy crawly you can find. I love to watch spiders spin their webs or the way a centipede moves with all those legs! I will look forward to hearing about what you find out.

Lastly, we can’t stress enough that if you have any concerns about your child or what you are doing please get in touch with us on Tapestry; we would love to help.

Take care!

Mrs Parker and Mrs Turner

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