I hope you and your families are all staying safe at home. I am missing seeing your happy, smiling faces everyday. This will be your second week learning from home and if you were at school this week, this is what we would have been doing…
Our story of the week would have been ‘We’re going on a Egg Hunt’ by Laura Hughes. Click on the picture to hear and see the story. This would have got us talking about Easter and the traditions we might have in our families at Easter time, although this will be a little different this year your family will be able to talk you about the traditions that they have had in the past over Easter. When I was little a huge band would march past my house on a Good Friday and would march all the way to the seafront in South Shields. We would always eat fish and chips (something we have continued to do even though I’m much older!).
We would have been going on an egg hunt and writing some sentences about what the rabbits did in this story. You could try writing a sentence in your writing books. You could also draw me a picture to go with your story as you know how much I love to see your illustrations. Don’t forget your punctuation. Can you remember our songs for fingers spaces and full stops?
In Mathematics we would have been investigating 3D shapes.
In Reception and Key Stage 1, children will learn to name 2D and 3D shapes and will begin to understand their properties (numbers of sides, faces, edges, vertices, etc.). By the end of KS1, children need to know the names of common 2D shapes such as: rectangle, square, circle, triangle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon. They also need to know the names of common 3D shapes, such as: cube, cuboid, pyramid, sphere, cylinder, triangular prism and cone. There are plenty of games you can play at home to help your child with shapes:
- Play shape I-spy: Play the classic game but using shapes instead of letters, for example, “I spy something that has a green circle in the middle” etc.
- Draw shapes in your mind: For example, “Imagine an enormous square on the floor, how many sides does it have?”
- Hide-a-shape: Prepare a tray with different shapes on it. Ask them to look at the tray then close their eyes. Remove one shape; which one have you hidden?
- Go for a shape walk: See if they can spot five 2D and five 3D shapes by walking around the house or garden. Spotting shapes in everyday objects will help them to see how shapes feature in the world.
- Supermarket shape-shop: In the supermarket, see if your child can find the following 3D shapes: a cylinder, a cuboid, a cube, a sphere and a triangular prism. (Hopefully, these objects will correspond to items you need to buy!) Take them home and lay them out on a table. Ask your child to point at a shape that has more than 6 edges, a shape that has a circular face, a shape that has only three faces, etc. If any of the shapes happen to contain chocolate this could be a good incentive for them to complete the task…
In our daily phonics sessions we would have been recapping over set 1 and 2 sounds and writing lots of words containing these sounds. I’ve included a picture of our speed sounds chart for you to say all of your sounds to your grown ups. Don’t forget to check my previous posts for all ideas relating to our phonics. Can you write a list of words using these sounds?
For Understanding the World this week we would have been reading the Easter Story and talking about our family customs and traditions around this time of year. We would have been talking about new life and identifying and sorting animals and their babies.
In our Expressive Arts and Design we would have been making patterns on eggs, drawing baby animals and making some nests.
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Please stay safe and keep smiling!