Our dear Poppies and Rubies, welcome back to another fantastic term! We hope that you have enjoyed half term and have had a well-earned rest with your families. We have another exciting week as we continue to explore our theme- Out of the Egg- this half term we will be focusing on Animals in the World Around Us.
Find below, a detailed breakdown for each area of learning.
This week in Maths, we will be working on numbers to 20 in lots of different ways.
Vocabulary– estimating, comparing, teens numbers, more/ less, ordering.
Making numbers to 10 using our fingers. Explain that teens numbers are 10 and some more. We will use Numicon to show this.
Activity: Complete either of the worksheets for Monday where you can practise making teens numbers or Find 1 less and 1 more than a number using a picture of Numicon.
Monday’s Maths Activity- Hot Challenge
Monday’s Maths Activity- Mild Challenge
Practise writing umbers correctly to 20. We are going to be practising estimating groups of objects. You can use anything you can find paper clips, sweets, buttons, small toys etc. Watch the attached Estimating PowerPoint on estimating.
Complete one of the estimating worksheets to 10 or 20, or practically have a try at home at estimating.
Tuesday’s Maths Activity – Estimate to 20
Tuesday’s Maths Activity- Estimate to 10
We are going to compare and order numbers to 20. We need to be able to find the smallest and largest in a group of numbers and order all the other numbers.
Complete either of the Hungry Caterpillar sheets ordering to 10 or 20. Play the game Caterpillar ordering on Top Marks.
Thursday’s Activity- Caterpillar ordering to 10
Thursday’s Activity – Caterpillar ordering to 20
Today we are continuing with comparing and ordering numbers. Play the game Coconut ordering and sequencing on Top Marks and have fun with this number game.
Choose either of the worksheets finding numbers on a number line to 10 or 20 to match the questions.
Friday’s Activity- Comparing_two_numbers_less_than_10
Friday’s Activity- Comparing_two_numbers_up to 20
Our text this week is a much-loved children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. You can watch the story here from YouTube or you might even have your own copy of the story at home. Do not forget to join our Live Literacy lessons at 9.25am daily.
This week we are going write lists and sequence the main events in the story. Learn to write simple sentence using the phonics we know.
Listen to the story. Can you remember all the foods that the caterpillar ate? Talk to a grown up about the food. Which food is healthy? Which food is unhealthy?
Monday’s Activity (cut out and sort the food into healthy and unhealthy food) or draw your own pictures of the food the caterpillar ate sorting them into healthy and unhealthy food.
Listen to the story again. Today, we are going to learn to write a list.
Look at the work we completed yesterday. Can you write a list of the healthy food the Caterpillar ate? Remember to use your phonics mat in your planner to help you. Parents please encourage your child to say the sounds they can hear and write them down. It is ok if your child spells apple as ‘apul,’ because they are using their knowledge of phonics to write. Children you may wish to add drawings to your list.
You can choose to print off the worksheet or write directly into red books. Tuesday’s Activity
Further challenge write a list of the unhealthy food the caterpillar ate.
This week’s letters are v, w and x. Do not forget to keep practising writing your first name. You could even learn to write your surname!
Wednesday’s Handwriting Worksheet- v w x
Today, we are going to practise writing a super sentence as part of our live lesson.
Draw a story map. Thursday’s Activity
Listen to the story again. Can you remember what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story?
Cut out and sequence three pictures from the story. Friday’s Activity
Further challenge can you choose one or even all the pictures to write a sentence about? Do not forget to use your phonics mat in your planner to help. A super sentence needs a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.
Please join in with our Live Phonics sessions at 10.30am. For those in Phase 3, your Phonics lessons will hold at 1.00pm daily with Mrs Rudge. These lessons will be recorded and available to watch later. After each lesson, there would be activities to complete. Sometimes, these activities will be in our Reception English Phonics (CGP) Book 3.
|Activity for the day||Tricky words||j||v||w||x|
|Page(s) to complete in Phonics Work book||Practise spelling the to I go into|
Kindly, encourage your child to practise blending (saying the sounds and reading the words) using these sounds. Then we will move onto segmenting the sounds (saying the word and then saying or writing the sounds to spell the word. E.g., mop segmented into m-o-p.
Keep learning your tricky words. When you are able to read a new word, let us know! We are excited to see how many tricky words you can learn this week!
Communication Language and Literacy (Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking):
This term, our Jigsaw theme is, Healthy Me! We would be looking at ways to make heathy choices and build healthy friendships. We would also be looking at ways to stay safe in our environment and be physically active.
This week we would focus on making healthy choices with regards to exercise. Discuss these questions with your child: Why do we exercise? Why is it important? What happens to their bodies when they exercise? Does anything change?
Quick experiment: jump up and down as quickly as they can for one minute. (Have timer available for your child to grasp concept of the length of a minute.)
How do they feel now/what changes have happened?
Can you discuss what the children are doing? Are they exercising and being active? Why?
Activity: Think of your favourite sport or exercise. Why do you like this activity? Then, draw and colour yourself playing tour favourite sport. Make sure you use the scissors safely and with control to cut out your picture! You can display this anywhere at home. Remember to share these lovely pictures with us on Tapestry
- Understanding of the World –Science Focus:
For Science this week, we would be looking at the life cycle of a butterfly as this links with our book for the week!
Do you know what a life cycle means?
A life cycle is the series of stages or changes a living thing goes through during its life. All plants and animals go through life cycles.
You can watch these videos to learn more about the life cycle of a butterfly:
BBC Teach – Life Cycles (Butterflies)
BBC Teach (Life cycle with no narration only pictures)
There is also a PowerPoint – Life cycle of a butterfly for you to watch if you prefer this.
We hope you have enjoyed learning about Life cycles! You can talk to your adult about the 4 different stages in the life cycle of a butterfly and then, have a go at this ‘Life worksheet’.
This half term, we would be diving into Geography!
Do you know what Geography means? Well, it is the study of the earth where we learn about the world we live in and our focus this week, is on butterflies, and where we can find them in the world! First, watch these short clips of butterflies from National Geographic Channel:
Butterflies come in different colours and patterns. There are about 17,500 different species in the world!
Where can we find butterflies?
Butterflies are amazing! They can be found in every habitat – from tropical forests to deserts to grasslands to tundra! You can see them almost anywhere in the world, because they live on every continent except Antarctica. Why do you think butterflies will not survive here?
This Powerpoint has more information for you.
Physical Development and Independent Activities
Here are some physical development and independent activities for you to try. These will help develop your pencil grip and cutting skills! Be sure to always handle scissors with care!
- Tracing, symmetry and repeat pattern activity (Choose only 1 activity)
- Identify the initial sound activity.
- Make your Very Hungry Caterpillar stick puppets! Cut out the characters and attach them to lolly sticks.
Hungry caterpillar stick puppets
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Colouring Pages
- Maths Challenge – Numbers to 10
- Maths Challenge – Numbers to 20
Expressive Art and Design
For Art this week, we would be making ‘Egg Carton caterpillars’ just like the one in our story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
You will need:
- 1 egg carton
- 2 googly craft eyes (optional as you can draw on your googly eyes)
- 1 pipe cleaner (any colour of your choice)
- Red and green paint
- Scissors (handle this with care and get an adult to help with this part)
Complete 2Do activities on Purple Mash and any other activities on mini mash.
Read a book or two on Active Learn this week. We have assigned a range of books for you all to enjoy! Practise the words on your laminated card- this will help to improve fluency.
OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES:
In addition to the phonics live lessons, there are also two good websites with lots of games on that are now free. Phonics play has uploaded a good range of new games for you to try and there are activities on Phonics Bloom.
CBBC is also offering free lessons from 9am, which you can have a go at. If you engage with any of the activities, please share pictures with us via Tapestry. We would love to see all the wonderful things you do at home.
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We encourage parents’ to use Tapestry as a means of sharing children’s learning. This ensures that all the lovely work the children are completing are in their learning journals.
Please do not hesitate to contact us via Class Charts or the class emails listed above with any queries.