This week our target birds are robins and house sparrows
This week we are continuing our transition onto the Letterland scheme by introducing them to the Letterland characters. We will be introducing the children to the characters d, c, k, e, u and r this week. Please help your child as they watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJay4vFhqJU&list=PLcUoA7uh8i6B8OiVuhKhNTMm34R39oIzj which should take you to a playlist of Letterland characters being introduced.
Please upload onto Tapestry any drawings of the Letterland characters that your child has done. Maybe they could also write, draw or cut out pictures to stick around the character that all have the character's sound at the beginning of their word.
This week we are going to be using what we have learned from the RSPB's website; about blackbirds, robins and sparrows, to explore comparing weights and measures. We will be learning how to measure out lengths of ribbon to be the same length as the birds - focusing on how to use a ruler. We will then compare these to try to understand and use the words 'longer' and 'shorter'.
We will also be weighing out bags of pasta to the same weight as the birds and using a balance scale and a coat hanger to show which is 'heavier' and 'lighter'.
In our number sessions we will be investigating how many ways we can total 5 by adding 2 groups of birds together.
Our group work challenge this week is to use a needle and thread to create hanging bird feeders that are made using an ABAB pattern. The children identified last week that we do not have many blackbirds in the grounds and that this might be because they don't have any food. After looking at the RSPB's website we discovered they like fruit so we will be creating food patterns using apples and raisins and then hanging them in the grounds for the birds.
Please upload photographs of any maths work your child has done onto their Tapestry account.
This week we are going to be looking at our blackbird drawings from last week and deciding on what we need to develop. This might be making our drawings fill the page more, or not giving birds a smiley face and buttons. We will then try to apply this next step as we draw a robin and a house sparrow.
There will be lots of opportunities for the children to develop their bird drawing skills during their choosing time where they will have bird colouring sheets, paints, various papers and play dough to explore creating birds.
Please upload photographs of any artwork your child has created onto their Tapestry account.
One of our lovely parents highlighted to me that Joe Wicks has paired up with Hey Duggee! to create a series of workout challenges for children. They can be found here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvIsxs4yYGusHvaTq9vhN0H
So if your child is feeling well enough to jump around then this might be a great option for them to take part in.
Remember to add a photo of this to Tapestry.
Understanding The World
This week take some time to explore the RSPB's website to find out about our focus birds with your child. Their brilliant A-Z bird identification pages can be found here https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/.
In school we are making 'graphic organisers' of bird facts to collect of new knowledge over the weeks. Maybe you could start one of these yourself.
Remember to take lots of time to just look for birds - this is great for you and your child's wellbeing as well as great for their learning.
Try to upload what you spot onto Tapestry so that the children at school can enjoy your experiences as well.