This week our target birds are wood pigeons and collard doves
Ask your child if they are in Mrs Millar's Letterland Group or Mrs Taylor's so that you can access the correct work.
This week Mrs Millar's group are learning about Impy Ink. Have a look on your Phonics Online account and encourage your child to learn about who Impy is and what sound he makes. Listen to his story and explore his picture looking for all of the items that have the initial sound 'i'. After learning the songs and chants you can access Phonics Reader 2 story 'Sit' to practice reading.
Mrs Millar's group are also learning about blending sounds to read words, using the sounds s, a, t, p and i. Try making some sound cards by writing a sound on a small piece of paper or card. Repeat this for all of the sounds until you have a full set and then start with the word 'at' place these sound cards on a surface and encourage your child to try to blend them. In Letterland we use something called 'the roller coaster trick' which the children in school will be introduced to this week. If you would like to know what this is then please have a look at the roller coaster trick video on this web page: https://www.letterland.com/training/videos
Repeat this with words such as sat, pat, tap, tip, pit
This week Mrs Taylor's group are exploring the digraphs ff, ll and ss. Please explore Phonics Online to meet these Letterlanders (found on the a-z sounds and shapes tab in the meet the Letterlanders section). Please access Phonic Reader 5 Huff and Puff to practise these skills.
Mrs Taylor's group are also learning how to add the suffixes -s to words. They will be introduced to the words suffix, base word, verb and plural. Here is a video that you and your child can watch to help you to understand this concept: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0RRUVWObhY
We will also be learning a little bit about adding the suffix -es to words such as kiss, bus, fix, and pass.
Use your decodable sentence books for lesson 25 and encourage your child to read the sentences and spot the suffixes. Ask: What was the base word before the suffix was added? How has it changed the meaning of the word?
Encourage your child to copy these sentences underneath making sure they are using neatly formed letters. If they are finding a letter challenging to form then find the Letterland character on Phonics Online and watch the handwriting song to support correcting their formation.
This week we will be exploring the RSPB's website to find out about wood pigeons and collard doves. We will be using the weights and measures on here to compare the birds and find out which is the heaviest and lightest, the longest and shortest.
Try weighing out a bag of pasta that is the equivalent weight for each of these birds and encouraging your child to hold them both and decide which one needs more muscles to pick it up. You can also compare these weights to the other birds we have looked at so far.
Try measuring out some ribbon or string to the same length as the birds - compare them and decide which is the longest and shortest. Again you could compare these lengths to the other birds we have studied as well.
Our pattern work this week is moving onto trying to spot errors in ABAB and ABC patterns. Use some everyday household items to create a simple repeating pattern with your child but then ask them to close their eyes and change one thing about the pattern. Your child has to work out and correct the error. e.g. you could have fork, spoon, fork, spoon, fork, spoon, fork, spoon. When they close their eyes you could swap a fork and a spoon so that the pattern goes: fork, spoon, fork, spoon, spoon, fork, fork, spoon.
Please upload your child's at home learning onto Tapestry.
Understanding of the world and art
This week we will be exploring the RSPB's website to learn about wood pigeons and collard doves. After going on bird watching walks to try to spot them we will then be trying to look closely at their features in order to draw them. Our challenge this week is to try to make these birds look bigger than the other birds we have been drawing so far.
Please upload your child's artwork to Tapestry.
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.