We hope you had a great weekend. Below is a selection of learning opportunities for you to use at home. If you can keep some learning going at home that is great but remember there is no pressure or expectations that you must do it. Do what you need to do to have a happy and healthy family. Please also bear in mind that at school our day consists of small chunks of ‘adult led’ learning with independent play in between, so please don’t’ feel you need to be providing activities all day long.
As well as the items below, every day we plan to add a story and a song for you to enjoy, along with a selection of other activities for you to try.
Have a great week,
Mrs Cobourne and Mrs Fayers
Many of the Kingfishers and Robins are now watching the on-line Read Write Inc Phonics lessons. We have had lots of positive feedback as the presenters are engaging and the format of these lessons is exactly the same as we use in school, so the children are very familiar with it.
If you have not tried it already, why don’t you give it a try this week?
The lessons will be shown at the times below, but are available for 24 hours, so you can fit it in whenever is convenient for you.
- Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am, followed by Set 1 Spelling
- Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am, followed by Set 2 Spelling
- Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am, followed by Set 3 Spelling
If you are unsure which lessons will suit your child, please ask your child which teacher they have for phonics (it might be different to their class teacher) and see below for which lesson matches their need. If you are still unsure, please send us a note via Tapestry and we will let you know which lessons your child should watch.
Set 1 - Suitable for Mrs Fayers’s Phonics group
Set 2 - Suitable for Mrs Hart's and Mrs Cobourne's Phonics group
Set 3 - Suitable for Mrs Cobourne's phonics group
Alternative Phonics Challenges
If you are unable to take part in the daily on-line lessons, or want some extra challenges, you could try the following activities.
You will need the letter sounds we sent home in your ‘Home School’ pack. If you need some more letter sounds you will find a new set on the ‘Home Schooling’ section of our website. https://www.watchfieldprimary.co.uk/activity-pack/
If you cannot print them out, you could use paper and pens to make your own letter cards.
- Place your letter cards in a pile, face down on the table. Take turns with your grown up to take the top card. Think of three things that begin with that sound. If you can think of three things, you can keep the card. See who has the biggest pile of cards at the end of the game.
- Play bingo with your letters. Make a grid of 6 squares on paper and choose 6 letter sounds to write in each space. Put the letter cards in a pile and turn one over at a time. Have you got that sound on your card? If you have, cross it off. Who will cross off their sounds first?
- Play I-Spy. There are various versions of this game you could try.
1. The first, is the traditional game, where you ask the children to spot something beginning with a letter sound. ‘I-spy with my little eye something beginning with c’ eg cat
2. To make it a bit trickier, the children could spot things that end with a particular sound. ‘I-spy with my little eye something ending with p’ eg cup
3. We play this version at school, where we sound out what we can see. Eg ‘I spy a c – a – t’ (use the letter sounds rather than letter names)
- Lay out the letters g b d m s t n u i e a r
Ask your child to find the sounds to make the words with 3 sounds - sat, man, get, ban, ten, sit, bit or make words with 4 sounds bend, tend, sent, band, grab, grit, stag.
Please read the story ‘Gus the Duck’ from the link below. Aim to read this 3 times this week so that you get more confident each time. Remember that ‘ck’ is a ‘special friend’ (two letters that go together to make one sound)
If you would like some more books to read, you can make an account on which has a selection of free books to read.
The children are all at different stages with their writing, so take your lead from them.
- Practice writing your name. Get a blank piece of paper and write your name as many times as you can. Fill all the spaces on your paper. You could use a different coloured pencil each time.
- Have you got any rice, lentils or flour at home? If so, sprinkle some on a tray or a plate and practise writing your letters with your finger. Here is a link to the rhymes we use at school to help us remember how to form each letter.
- Help mummy or daddy write a shopping list of all the things you need when you next go to the supermarket.
- Have you been listening to the stories that the teachers have been reading here on Tapestry? Perhaps you could choose your favourite story and write a sentence about it?
Don’t forget to use your ‘Fred fingers’ to help you sound out the words you need, and remember, a super sentence has finger spaces between the words and a full stop at the end.
We’d love to see your efforts if your grown up has chance to upload it on Tapestry.
- This week’s White Rose Maths contains lots of exciting activities based on stories about Pirates. Again, if you haven’t already checked it out, have a little look as it is excellent at covering a variety of maths concepts, but most of all it is fun and engaging for the children. There is an activity for everyday of the week. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/
Here is a link to the two books they refer to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BlX9hKI-Mc
Other Maths Ideas
You will need the numbers from your home school pack for these activities. Again, if you have lost them, here is a link to some you can print out, or you can make your own set of 1-20 cards. https://www.watchfieldprimary.co.uk/activity-pack/
- Play I count, you count. You child and you each roll a dice or pick a number card between 1 and 6 (from an upside down shuffled pile). Whoever picks the highest number starts counting from that number, taking it in turns to say the next number. How high can you count?
- Find ways to represent numbers 11-20. For example 14 could be represented with 10 red lego bricks in a tower and 4 yellow ones next to the tower. Find ways to represent the 10 separately, perhaps using a different colour or different objects.
- Can you make a number staircase? Place your numbers 10-20 in order from the smallest to biggest number. Above each number card place a tower of objects to match each number. You could use lego, coins, cubes or any other objects you might find at home. If you lay the towers on the floor you could use any small objects that do not need to balance on top of each other. What do you notice? Is there a pattern?
- Can you spot the mistake? Either count from any number for the children but include a deliberate mistake. Can they spot the mistake? Alternatively you could lay out the number cards to 20 but include 1 or several mistakes in the sequence for them to correct. This could be done by counting forwards or backwards.
Examples of mistake sequences
4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14
13 14 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
11 12 13 14 16 15 17 18 19 20
10 11 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
18 17 16 15 16 13 12 11 10
This week we are learning about the life cycle of butterfly.
I have saved a few documents here so you can take a look.
These are the activities for each day;
- Complete the life cycle of a butterfly, by either using the cutting and sticking activity, or by presenting it in a different creative way of your choice.
- Create your own caterpillar and butterfly puppets and act out the ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ story. You could either use the puppet sheet attached or draw and cut out your own.
- Create a beautiful butterfly, using one of the ideas attached.
- Choose one of the Hungry Caterpillar colouring sheets to colour in. Make sure you take care to keep within the lines. Alternatively draw your own beautiful picture from the story and colour it in.
Harold the Giraffe is still writing his diary. If you haven’t yet had a look, you can continue to visit him at the link below to find out what he is doing this week. It will definitely give you some ideas of things to do.
Harold loves to keep a healthy lifestyle. He says that there are 5 things that will help him to keep happy and healthy. These things are;
- Be Active
- Get Creative
- Mindful Moments
- Connect with Others
- Give to Others
Can you do a jigsaw puzzle? If you do not have one, you can always make your own by cutting up a picture, poster or page from a magazine.
Can you help to water the plants in the garden?
Can you remember the rule we use in school when we have been playing with toys? It goes like this ‘Choose it, use it, put it away!’ Can you remember to do this at home? Mummy and daddy would be really pleased if you do!