As we’re gearing up to head into school next week I’ve now split our learning into School Learning and Home Learning. If you’re planning to come into school please do not complete any of the school learning activities in advance (we will cover these in full in school), but head straight to the home learning section. I have tried to keep the activities for school and home completely separate, with school learning focusing on revising topics from earlier home learning or past subject this year, and home learning introducing a mix of new things alongside some revision. Alongside this, in school we are hoping to allow children to return to their own project style of learning and therefore I have also included a quick guide/ recap of this in the school learning section for those who are not joining us at this time so you can have a go at fitting this in at home if you wish. I hope this all makes sense, please let me know how this works for you and we can always make tweaks in the coming weeks.
As always, please post anything you like onto Seesaw and I will get back to you asap. My days in school are Monday and Tuesday currently so I will be left swift with my response on those days, but will do my best to get back to you as and when I can.
Below I’ve also attached a copy of the handwriting example sheet and phonics mat I use in my videos as requested by some parents:
This week we will be exploring compound words (i.e. words that put two existing words together such as doorbell).
1.Watch these to introduce the concept:
- My Seesaw video.
2. Compound Word Games: Have a go at one or many of these:
- Compound word bingo (attached)
- Capture the Compound (attached)
- Play this game online https://www.education.com/game/compound-word-fish/ (note you will need to create an account but it is free)
3. Compound Word Activity: Have a go at the attached sheet (note that are multiple levels) AND/OR write down your own compound word sums e.g. sun + shine = sunshine (you could even do it with pictures).
At home we will begin to explore the story of Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave.
1.Story Time – Mrs A and the Big Wave: Have a listen to my story on Seesaw and see if you can answer these questions. There is a sheet below if you’d like to include your answers on these.
- What phrase do they keep saying again and again in the story?
- When they spot Miranda, what do you think will happen next?
- What happened in the story? Can you give me a summary?
- How would you describe Mrs Armitage and why?
2. Plan your own story: Using the story board below can you change the characters and setting to make your own story? For example, you could have a boy who goes cycling with his cat OR an old woman who goes snorkelling with his hamster. If you can’t print it out you could draw a grid in your book fill in the key parts of the original story first, before drawing your own ideas below.
3. Begin Your Story: Watch my Seesaw video to help you write the introduction to your story.
This week we will be reviewing the ‘ed’ suffix and some tricky words.
This week we will be recapping shape. If you have not yet had a chance to complete the computing activity from the week before half term this might be a fun activity to do alongside some of what I’ve put below. I’ve also attached below some mastery ideas for those who want to be stretched even further.
1.Introduction to 2D shapes: Watch this BBC video and complete the short activity: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjv39j6/articles/ztpwdmn
2. 2D Shape Pictures: Create some shape pictures by asking an adult to cut up some shapes out of coloured paper or recycled magazines and then make a picture out of them. AND/OR Have a go at the attached 2D shape search or dinosaur pictures. Make sure you check you can name them all and can you tell someone how many sides it’s got?
3. Shape Problem Solving: Have a go at one or many of these challenges:
- Overlapping squares: What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares of the same size? (follow this link for more info: https://nrich.maths.org/143/note)
- Complete the Squares: See the document attached OR take a look and create your own.
- Shape Jigsaw: Have a go at the complex shape jigsaw attached (a good one for building perseverance!)
In the next few weeks, we will be moving onto habitats in science. This week we will be focus on British habitats moving elsewhere on the globe and into microhabitats in the coming weeks. I have attached a fact sheet you may enjoy reading together.
1.Discover Different Kinds of Habitats: Watch these videos and have a go at the short quizzes:
- Pond habitats: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv/articles/ztf4kqt
- Coastal habitats: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv/articles/zy38wmn
- Urban habitats: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv/articles/zw2syrd
- Woodland habitats: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv/articles/zc42xnb
2. Local Habitat Explorations: Get out and see what you can find in different local habitats. You may wish to complete The Local Habitat map drawing what you find onto the sheet attached or doing a similar thing in your book AND/OR have a go at the read and find activity sheets for each habitat (these are also available on Seesaw).
I have also attached a game you may enjoy playing and a linked wordsearch.
1. Jonah and the Whale: Watch the story of Jonah and the Whale here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3N40HrCvgDcFwXDJPhtm2M0/saying-sorry-jonah-and-the-whale
When you’ve finished you might want to talk about:
- What sort of man was Jonah at the beginning of the story?
- Why did God punish Jonah?
- What did Jonah do to make sure the crew on the boat were not killed in the storm?
- What did he do once he had been swallowed up by the whale?
- What was the first thing he did when he was squirted back out on to land?
Attached is a sheet for you to have a go at writing how Jonah felt.
In school this week we will be focusing on revising Phase 5 phonics.
1.Play Phonics Bingo: See the attached sheet OR write your own bingo cards using a mix of real and alien words.
2. Phonics Treasure Hunt: We will be beginning this activity this week, completing pages 1 – 3 across the two days ALTERNATIVELY why not select a sound you need to practise and get an adult to hide some words with that sound on around the house for you to find and then read.
3. Practise Your Sounds: See my Seesaw video to have a go at practising key sounds (we will be doing the same in school) AND/ OR practise them on Phonics Play Speed Trial.
I have attached a copy of a handwriting booklet we will be completing over the coming weeks – beginning with the first two words this week. If you do not have access to a printer please feel free to use standard lined paper instead.
1.Money: We will be recapping giving change in school. Have a go at the checking change activities attached AND/ OR play shops with a grown up (grown ups could you make some mistakes for them to spot?).
1.Name Craft: In school we will be making our own name labels by gluing scrunched up tissue paper onto the letters to create a pretty 3D pattern. Have a look here for more information if you’d like to do the same https://www.onekreativekindergarten.com/tissue-art/ – have had a go it’s a very good for mindfulness!
2. Sea Creature Stained Glass Windows: In school we will be creating some sea create stained glass windows to help decorate our new classrooms with the theme of ‘Our Bubble’. At home why not try making your own stained glass windows using tissue paper or even sharpies on clear plastic. See the attached doc for some ideas.
1.In school we will play playing some fitness games or quick cricket, why not practise you bat and ball skills if you have these at home or make an obstacle course in your garden.
See the attached document for an explanation of how we go about learning projects and some ideas to get you started.