Here is a suggested timetable. You don't have to follow this at all, it is just here as a guide as your children are 4-5 years old and if they were in the school environment they would be given long periods of time in the morning and afternoon sessions for Learning Time (child-led play) for the application of taught skills and knowledge.
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Reading and Phonics - It is so important that you continue listening to your child read by phonics games and ebooks on websites to build on the brilliant skills they have developed so far. Here are some links to help you!
Jack & the Beanstalk
Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the new term. We are very excited this term because our focus is the traditional tale; ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’. This topic provides multiple opportunities and discussion-based learning such as changes in seasons, how plants grow but also how our feelings and actions affect others. Watch a clip of Jack & the Beanstalk online.
Listen to the story and practise re-telling. You could make up actions for specific parts of the story. Focus on using precise language and up level vocabulary where appropriate. E.g. The giant lived in a big castle – The giant lived in a huge, magnificent castle.
Once you can familiar with the story draw the text map and use this to help you. The reason for practising the text so much is that ‘if a child can say it, then eventually, they will be able to write it’. Practise drawing and labelling the characters, you could also practise writing simple sentences such as ‘Jack climbed up’ ‘he went down’. Down forget to underline the ‘red words’.
Another fun activity is to use post it notes to change parts of the story. You could change what Jack finds when he reaches the top of the beanstalk. Maybe he finds a sandy beach or a theme park with fast rides. Discuss why you have chosen that. Draw and label accordingly.
This Term we are focusing on numbers within 15. This is a two-week block so it is perfect in order to master those skills. Below are lots of practical ideas to promote mathematics talk and reasoning. You can use simple items from the home to practise number counting and recognition. Examples include: coins, small toys, pasta shapes, spoons etc.
Please complete the maths tasks in order as they are a progression of skills that consolidate/revisit every session. Skipping sessions could lead to misconceptions/gaps in your child’s learning.
Look at the picture below of ‘Old Mother Hubbard’. What can you see nine of? How many tables are there? What else is there one of? Are there more or fewer red flowers than orange flowers? How many more (fewer)? Can you show the number of circle plates using a resource (pasta) ?
*Then practise showing an amount using resources up to 10. E.g. Show me 10 toys, show me 5 teddy bears etc. Once you have done this ensure you have enough resources up to 15.
*After - Practising counting up to 15 objects Pupils will need to use the number cards and have enough resources for this. Turn the number upside down on the table. Pupil then picks a card and makes that amount pictorially/using resources such as Lego etc. Once completed, place them in order.
Week beginning 8.02.21
This week we are celebrating the Chinese New Year Festival. We have planned for you a week packed with colourful activities. Have fun everyone!
Use the following links to find out all about the Chinese New Year festival:
The Chinese New Year animals race story:
Read the sentences below and match each with the correct picture to re-tell the story of the Chinese New Year animals’ race.
Physical Development and Creative tasks:
Make a model dragon. You could use cardboard boxes, cupcake cases, egg boxes, playdough, construction toys or even natural materials. You could also paint or draw your dragon. Remember to share with us your lovely creations on our class Padlet https://padlet.com/mrsbakerdmpa/q64a1ha55j8wman1 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Chinese crafts:
Snip the end of cardboard rolls using scissors and use the rolls to create a firework picture!
How about making your own Chinese New Year drum! You will need 2 paper plates, a stick, tape, stapler, paint, string and breads Follow the steps shown in the pictures below:
Create your own Chinese fan. You will need a sheet of paper 2 lolly sticks, felt tips and tape.
First decorate your sheet of paper with some lovely patterns.
Fold the paper using the concertina or accordion fold technique then make a fold in the middle.
Attach the lolly sticks on each end of the paper, see pictures below and unfold it.
Your fan is ready!
Music & Dance:
Use your Chinese fans, your folded dragon or your drum to create your own Chinese New Year dance!
Follow the rhythms of some traditional Chinese music. You could make some circle, semi-circle, wavy or up and down patterns with your arms.
During the Chinese New Year children are sometimes given envelopes with money inside. With an adult, look at some coins and see if you can see any numbers on them What numbers can you see? What shapes, sizes, colours are the coins?
Use the “D shapes sheet in this pack, cut and paste the shapes creatively to design your own dragon. Can you name all the shapes you are using?
Ask your grown up to help you find on the poster below what year you were born in and what animal it represents. Then draw a picture of the animal and write its name.
One the colours often seen during Chinese New Year is red.
Make a list of words that rhyme with the word red. I have given you some examples to get you started:
Chinese letters are represented by beautiful symbols or characters drawn by brushstrokes. Try to write your name and surname imitating the Chinese symbols.
Answer the following questions:
Using the oil, water and food colouring, can you make fireworks in the jar?
What colours are you going to add to the oil?
What happens to the oil when you pour it on top of the water?
Where does the food colouring go?
Have you created any new colours?
POLICE TOPIC - 1/2/21
So far this term we have been exploring people who help us. We have found out lots of facts and information about doctors, nurses, dentists and firefighters. Moving our learning forward, we are going to be learning about the police force and how they keep us safe.
Watch this video to help you gain a deeper understanding about how the police force help us. Ask your child these questions throughout the video to check their understanding.
Use the resources included in the pack to create your own police officer costume. Remember to cut the items carefully so that you can easily be spotted as a very important person! Don’t forget to send a picture to the padlet and Mrs Olive on email.
Reading a comprehension task
This is a listening and understanding game. The adult will read the instructions at the bottom of the page. You need to listen to what they are telling you to do. The adult will then check how well you listened to the instructions and discuss how you got on.
Extra Game: This is a bit like ‘I spy’ but you give clues for them to try and figure out what it is that you are describing. An example of this is “I’m thinking of an object, it is black. It has a shiny badge on the front. The police officer wears it on his head’.
There is also a short reading task about Officer Bear. He tells you all about the important things that he needs and what he does during his day as a police officer.
Watch the video of Burglar Bill on YouTube. Stop the story at key points to ask what is happening? Why is he doing this? Is it kind to go into the homes? How would you feel?
Oh no! The police officer’s equipment has been muddled up! Help give the correct items to the right person. Remember to count slowly, touch each item and don’t forget to double check the total. You could also put the police officers in order with who has the most and who has the least.
Colour and cut the police car. Use the numbers to help you stick the car back together in the correct order.
Add the correct amount of ‘baddies’ to the police car. Practise giving word problems and see if they can demonstrate what to do based on what is being said. This could be used as a starting block for addition and subtraction.
E.g. The policeman arrests 3 robbers. He then finds 2 more robbers. How many did he arrest altogether? The policeman captured 6 robbers but 3 ran away. How many did he capture?
Understanding of the World
Draw a map of your town/street. Things you could include are: your house, the park, a bank, the local shop, supermarket or even the post office. Don’t forget to include the police station. Imagine that somebody naughty is trying to rob the bank! What would be the quickest way for the police officer to get to the bank robbery? Use directional language to explain this to your adult.
Week beginning 25.01.21
We are continuing to explore our topic People Who Help Us! This week we have prepared a range of activities about fire fighters and other special helpers. Some of you might have grown ups in your family who are working in the hospital, care homes or the police station. It would be lovely to discuss their jobs with your children.
Read or listen to Firefighter Ted story by Andrea Beaty and Pascal Lemaitre
Questions to ask:
Who is the main character?
How does Ted make sure others are not in danger?
What is the job of a fire fighter?
Do you think Ted is a good fire fighter? Explain your reasons.
Week beginning 18.01.21
This term we are learning all about people who help us. We started this topic by reading the popular Julia Donaldson book called ‘ZOG’ who is a dragon and is repeatedly helped by a character called Princess Pearl. Princess Pearl decides that she wants to be a doctor and help others in need so we have decided to explore in more detail ‘nurses, doctors and paramedics.
Your first writing challenge is to label the picture of the doctor and all of the special equipment that they use. Some of these objects are very difficult and have some tricky names to remember. Get your adult to help you with your sounding out and play a game about trying to remember the objects names. Sound out using your ‘Fred fingers’ and then record the sounds you can hear.
This is a fun game that you can play with your adults, brothers/sisters or even a teddy. Imagine that you are the doctor and they need your help. Think about all the questions that you would need to ask in order to make them feel better. Write down what is wrong with them on your medical notes and record what they need to make them feel better. You must listen carefully otherwise you could make a mistake. Here are some important questions to get you started.
Super challenge: build the skeleton!
Bob has had an accident and has hurt himself. Read the words to find out what has happened to him. Make sure that you sound out the words and try to blend them together. Use the pictures to help you. Challenge: make your own story about a character who has had an accident.
Other reading opportunities:
Read the words and draw the appropriate pictures. E.g. sound out the word ‘bun’, blend the letters and then draw the appropriate picture. You can do this by drawing pictures and then writing the words too. Can you find these objects in your home?
Becoming a spy!
Using the phonic sound cards, (attachment) go on a hunt around the house to find words that begin with the same initial sound. This is a great game that you can play with your siblings or adults. Who can find the most objects? Who will win the game?
Speaking & Listening:
Watch the video clip all about doctors and nurses. Watch the video clip carefully because your grown up will ask your questions after it has finished. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwx2Z69S0YA
This is also a lovely song that you can teach your children to help them understand all of the different people who help us and how. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Psza6N2Os
Keeping up with your child’s physical development is really important. There are lots of simple activities that you can complete at home to help with your child’s fine and gross motor skills. Below are some great homemade games that you can play. Alternatively, if you are venturing out for exercise then you can have a go at finding some of these items on your walk.
There are lots of simple maths games that you can play with your children in order to encourage their number opportunities. A simple game is ‘guess my number’.
You say things like “I’m thinking of a number, it is bigger than 3 but smaller than 6. It comes after the number 4. What is my number?’ Ensure that your child explains how they know the answer and challenge any mistakes. Draw a number line to help them too!
Another game that you can play is having a number line written on paper. Get your child to close their eyes and see which number is missing. You could also get them to put them in the correct order.
Practise counting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TgLtF3PMOc
Finally count the medicine equipment correctly and then match the correct number to the objects.
Week beginning 11.01.21
Our new topic this term is People Who Help Us.
We will spend a fortnight learning about medics, i.e doctors, paramedics, vets and dentists. We will use the story of Zog the dragon by Julia Donaldson to introduce this.
Please, listen to the story of Zog.
Ask your child questions about the story:
Who are the characters in the story?
Where is the story taking place?
What happens at the beginning / in the middle / at the end?
Why is Zog upset?
How did the little girl help him?
1.Draw a picture of your favourite part of the story and use your sounds to write about it.
2.Challenge: Draw your own story map! Can you label the key parts of your story?
3.Additional activities to complete:
Week beginning 4th January 2021
We are starting the new term with a week on winter activities. Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to really embrace winter and all the exciting science activity opportunities the cold weather opens up. We have put together a fun and easy collection of winter science experiments and activities perfect for cheering up a dreary January!
We would like you to encourage your children to go for a walk with you and use their senses to look out for signs of winter. Ask them questions about what they can see, hear or smell. What does it feel like?
Listen to the story of Jack Frost
Discuss what is happening in the story. Who is Jack Frost? What does he represent in the story?
Use your imagination and every day / natural objects to create your bird feeder.
fruit and nuts feeders, tea cup feeder, Cookie cutter feeders and pine cone feeders.
Rescue the toys trapped in the ice. What will work best?
Breaking the ice with a tool/hammer?
Melting the ice with cold/warm/salty water?
Wrapping the ice in a cloth? Using my breathe?
You will need:
A clean and empty tin can
Fill the tin can about half full with ice and add some salt and water.
Wait and watch the frost form!
Paint ice cubes using pipettes or brushes. Try sprinkling salt over the ice and watch what is happening!
Just freeze a sheet of ice and paint on top of it. Just wipe it and paint again!
In phonics, we would like you to spend some time every day consolidating our phonics learning as we have had 2 weeks break from it and for some of us much longer!
Please recap the sounds using the sound mat.
To practise reading words with these sounds go to phonics play and feed the aliens Obb and Bob
Check out this tricky word pairs game to help learn to read:
This week we are exploring the numbers 8 to 10.
Listen to the number rhymes below and use the pictures to practise your counting skills!
E.g. How many birds are there?
Now it's time to practise writing your numbers!
Start in the air with your magic fingers. You could write them in flour, make them out of play dough or even paint them!