Idea of the Week:
As this is such an uncertain time for the children it is important that we keep positive and feeling good and healthy. I thought it would be nice if you collect an old jar or bottle that the children could fill with positive thoughts and happy memories that they have during this hard time. We can then share them with our friends when we return to school.
This week I want the children to have a try at using the setting and characters they have created last week to write their very own story based around the story 'Where the Wild things are'. Encourage the children to change ideas around to make it different to what happens in the book. Also encourage use of lots of descriptive language. I want to see adjectives and verbs in there. I have attached a planning frame below for the children to use as well as some wild things paper if you have access to a printer. If the children write it as a draft first and then they can then rewrite it into a self-made book. Then children can bring these back to school and we can have a story session sharing these fabulous stories.
If you want to mark these we tend to pick up on full stops, fingers spaces and capital letters as the children should be doing this fluently by now. We get the children to practise any letters formed incorrectly (I have added the sheet below for you to see how each letter is formed). We also pick up on a couple of words that the children should be able to phonetically sound out or common exception words which they should be spelling correctly.
Have fun writing your story! Let your creativity run wild!
Please continue to listen to the children read. This can be any book as well as their home reading and library books from school. We have been extremely lucky to send each child home with 3 reading books and a library book, please take care of these and make the full use by ensuring they are read. It is so important that you continue with this and their phonics to continue the children's progress.
In Year 1 the children should be able to read different texts including non fiction as well. addiction. I have attached below some links for you to access. The children have been looking at materials, magnets and ice in Science as well as Christopher Columbus in History. These will be a good starting point to read about. Encourage the children to pick out the information they find.
Below there is also a website called Oxford Owl which is our reading scheme. They have ebooks online that the children can read or listen to. Just select the age range and away you go! You do have to sign up but it’s free to do so. Enjoy Reading!
Please also continue to practice number bonds to 10 as well as counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as we practice these regularly in school. One way to do this is a treasure hunt, get the children to find all the numbers and then see if they can count and put them in order. Continue to use the number bonds to 10 ladybirds I sent home previously. then ask the children to write the subtraction for this. For example, if 4+6=10 then 10-4=6 or 10-6=4.
This week I want the children to deepen their learning and understanding of topics we have already covered in school. I have attached below some mathematical investigations they can complete relating to different topics.
If you copy and paste these like it will help you support your child also: https://www.k7maths.com/landing and https://www.k7maths.com/contents/2114
After we have explored ice we tend to look at puddles as after all that is what is left once the ice is melted. Now we have been fortunate that we have had no rain while we have been off school but I'm sure there's some puddles still lurking on your daily walks or if not make your own! Ask the children where the puddle has come from? What material it is made of? Will it become bigger/smaller after it rains? If it is sunny outside will the puddle stay the same? why/why not? Record your children's answers whether this is through video or just writing it down. Then ask your child how we could observe the change of puddles? Then get some chalk, stones or sticks and draw/mark around your puddle. Use other materials like string or ribbon to measure how big the puddle is. Observe the puddle over time through taking pictures or videos. would the puddle be the same if it was on grass rather than on concrete? See what happens. Have fun!
Please continue to practice reading with the children and using the phase 3, 4 and 5 sound mats to support them. Alien words come up in the phonics screening check. The children are familiar with these and know they do not make a real word but they still need to segment and blend. Please also encourage children to read and write the high frequency words and common exception words. They should be able to read and spell these correctly by the end of Year 1. Maybe stick them around the house or garden and get the children to find the different words. If they read them correctly they then need to write them. See how many the children can collect in 20 minutes. You can do this with the alien words and individual sounds too.
In computing at the moment the children are working on an animated story. They have created their own character, setting and story line. They then used the tools to create this. They even used animations and sounds to make the story come alive. Unfortunately we use Purple Mash at school which we have not sent the logins home for. However, I have found a similar thing online and put the link below. If you have an iPad or tablet and you can find a better app then feel free to use. Also any games on the computer where the children need to navigate using the arrow keys or giving instructions would be great too. Scratch is great for this.
In history we have been looking at Christopher Columbus. The children can use the computer and the websites above to research him and see if they can find out any more information. The children can then create their very own fact file. I will let the children use their imaginations to how this is presented. The children need to think about when Christopher was born and died and where he lived? Why he is significant? What life was like for him on the boats? What life was like for the people at his time back home? What did he discover? and any other information the children find interesting.
ART and DT:
Since its Easter have fun creating some Easter themed masterpieces. I have attached some ideas below but feel free to enjoy your own ideas.
Here are some creative ideas you could make at home and use for your maths or to create a wonderful masterpiece.