This week’s challenge - Google Earth:
This week’s challenge links to our learning about planet Earth. Using Google Earth, help your child find your house. They could even have a go at finding other family member’s houses. Do you have relatives or friends who live abroad? Have a go at locating them or have a go at looking at different countries. Encourage your child to identify similarities and differences between different places. They may talk about the colour of the land, for example sometimes the land is white, sometimes green or sometimes yellow. Can they explain why that might be?
This is an open-ended activity, it may lead onto conversations and explorations of animals in different countries or even continue on a walk around your local area. Encourage your child to identify the different elements of Earth around you. What does the land look like? Is it bumpy, flat, wet, dry? What colours can you see around you?
I hope you enjoy this activity and enjoy exploring with your child.
This week’s challenge – Practising our sounds:
This week’s challenge has been split into 3 separate activities. These activities can be repeated on a regular basic to help your child with their sounds. Please select one to do this weekend.
Activity 1: Sound islands – Select 5/6 of the sounds we have learnt in school (satpinmdgockeurhb), write them on the ground in chalk or on pieces of paper. Scatter the sounds on the floor. Begin by shouting out a sound, can your child find it and stand on it? To further challenge your child, shout out a word that starts with one of your sounds e.g. Find the island where d-d-dinosaurs live, find the island where there is lots of ssssand etc.
Activity 2: Letter formation – using chalks, paints or pencils get your child to write some of our sounds. Videos of these can be found on your child’s Tapestry. This activity doesn’t have to be on paper, it could be using a stick in the soil/sand when you are on a walk, it could be using shaving foam in the bath!
Activity 3: Eye spy with my little eye – when out on a walk or even around the house, play eye spy with your child using the sounds we have learnt in school. This could be turned into a treasure hunt game and your child has to find the object you are talking about.
This week’s challenge – Days of the Week:
This week we have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and have been learning the days of the week. To help support this learning, I would like you to ask your child to keep a diary of what they have eaten each day for a whole week. Fold 4 pieces of paper together to make a book. Write the days of the week at the top of each page. Get your child to record what they have eaten each day by drawing a picture. When your child is recording in their diary, ask them what day it is. Can they tell you what day it was yesterday? What about tomorrow? As an extra challenge, can they identify the initial sounds of each piece of food? E.g. c-c-c-carrot, rrrrice etc.
This week’s challenge – Rhyming Pairs:
Over the past few weeks we have been focussing on recognising numbers and representing them in different ways. This week I have put together a range of activities linked to numbers to 5.
5 Little Ducks – Sing along to the song 5 little ducks. Get your child to write the numbers from 0-5 on paper. One piece for each number. Ask your child to order these from 0-5. Ask your child to stand on number 5, sing the song 5 little ducks, each time a little duck doesn’t come back get them to jump down the numbers until there are no ducks left. When all 5 little ducks come back get them to run back to 5. This can be repeated for 5 little speckled frogs and 5 currant buns.
Number hunt – go on a walk around your local area, what numbers can your child see? Encourage your child to write down numbers that they see or take photos. When you are home, have a look at your notes or photos. How many numbers did you find?
Dice roll – using a dice, get your child to roll it. Ask them to count the amount showing and give them an instruction e.g. can you find 5 socks; can you do 5 hops? Reverse the roles, ask your child to roll the dice and count the amount, but this time they have to give you an instruction.
This week’s challenge – Rhyming Pairs:
Over the past two weeks we have been learning about rhyming words. Rhyming words are words that have the same sound at the end. When your reading your bedtime stories point out any rhyming words to your child. Can your child carry on the rhyming string? For example cat, bat, hat, mat, rat, sat etc. Your child doesn’t have to use real words, they can make up silly words that rhyme, such as nat, zat, gat etc.
Have a go at singing your favourite nursery rhymes. As you sing with your child, make a mistake, can they spot what you have done? For example:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great trip,
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
When your child spots your mistake you could say ‘silly me trip doesn’t rhyme withwall, fall rhymes with wall’. Repeat this activity with your favourite rhymes
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