Have you got your questions ready for our Road Safety Zoom on Friday? Road Safety Ray is looking forward to talking to you.
Our new class member, Panda is settling in well. He is having a good look around.
Phonics – follow your schedule.
English – All Pandas This can be done over 2 days.
Our text is Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
Reading aloud and key talking points:
Before you begin to read, look at the front cover and read the title of the book. Ask the children what they think they might already know about the girl on the cover. What do they think might happen in her story?
Read aloud up to ‘Ruby was perfectly happy.’ hiding the final sentence ‘Until one day…’. Think together about the things that make Ruby happy. What do they have in common with Ruby? What makes them happy?
Continue to read aloud to ‘…she was worrying about it!’ Do they think Ruby is doing the right thing? What do they think Ruby should do about her worry?
Read on up to ‘…she would never feel happy again.’ Pause to consider what Ruby says here. Do they have any ideas for how to make Ruby happy again?
Continue reading on to ‘Could it be a worry?’ How do they think Ruby feels when she sees the boy? What do they think she might be thinking?
Read to the end of the book. How did Ruby get rid of her worry in the end? What do you think she learnt about being worried?
After reading, encourage the children to tell you what they liked about the book. Was there anything they disliked?
What did it make them think about? Do they have any worries of their own?
Do they have any questions about the book? How did it make them feel? Has there ever been a time where anything like this has ever happened to them or to someone else they know?
The Animal Kingdom – In this lesson, we are going to be learning about 2 different families of animals which are vertebrates. Vertebrates are animals which have a backbone inside their body. The major animal families include fish, amphibians, birds and mammals. Today we will be focusing on the differences between mammals and birds.
He is a little bit nervous at the moment and he doesn’t have a name. Do you think you could think of a name for him? Message me on Class Dojo and I will put all the suggestions in a bag, and pull one out! We’ve had some great suggestions so far. I think he will feel better when he has a nice name.
He is beginning to explore the classroom, I will take photos of him and show you what he gets up to. He’s really looking forward to meeting you all!
Carry on with Ruth Miskin’s Live Phonics lessons.
Also, have a go at blending some sounds to read the words.
Year 1 – Carry on with the spelling booklet; don’t forget, you may not know them all yet, but with lots of practice you will get better and better at spelling the words.
Reception – This is the Read Write Inc list of spellings for Reception (Year 1, check you know these words too – reading and spelling). Read the words in set 1 and see if your child can spell any. Work on them if they are not known yet. When set 1 are done, move on to set 2.
Go through the booklet, this can be done on the screen, if you don’t want to print it out. Verbal feedback is fine – chat with your child about the question and the possible answers; let them have some thinking time and then choose the correct answer.
Enjoy this non-fiction book about Pandas.
Geography – What is an Ocean? Where are they? Are they all the same? What are they called? Do you remember what the Continents are called and where they are? Watch this PowerPoint and complete the World jigsaw!
I was pleased to see the Phonics was back online this morning; they are continuing with Home Learning lessons, so that’s great. Keep at it, they are such a wonderful resource to be able to access.
Year 1. Continue with measuring with work sheet number 2 ‘Measuring Length 2’. Yesterday’s work raised some interesting questions about non-standard units of measurement, and how, if the method of measuring is different, then even though two items may measure 4 units long – if the measurement method changes then they may not be the same length. See questions 2 and 3 from Monday’s work to check. It raised a lot of discussion in school – even with 2 children!
Find the list of emotions from yesterday’s work – Can you find new words that mean the same as the ones you chose yesterday? For example, here in class, we said that at the beginning Vishti was/looked angry – another word for angry is cross.
Angry – Cross, and so on…
Then can you think of a colour that matches that emotion? I think we may choose red for the start where she seems angry. You could colour over the words in colours of your choice, to match the emotions.
Continue with your spellings. See yesterday’s spelling booklet.
Here is a link to having opportunities to practice your handwriting.
History – All Pandas
We are looking at the life of Neil Armstrong, this half term. Key question:: Was Neil Armstrong an explorer, like Christopher Columbus? Discuss what you think.
Watch the PowerPoint and then complete the time line. There are a few time line formats to choose from, use the one that suits your child. Reception, you may want to use the pictures, to order the events of his life. Year 1 you may want to choose to do some writing – aim high! Would you like to be an astronaut?
How are you getting on with reading? There are lots of books available online and I can put new books in the reception area for those of you who pass by school. Just let me know, and I can sort some out.
Enjoy this story, one of my favourites.. Whatever next? by Jill Murphy
We are looking at length and height for a couple of weeks – measuring, comparing length and height, using standard and non-standard units of measurement and adding/subtracting length problems. NOTE: When asked to measure items in the classroom – do these activities in your home instead.
Record your measuring activities in your books – what did you measure? What did you use to measure with, a ruler or a non-standard unit, such as a tin of beans? If you have any cubes, you can also measure with them.
Reception – We are learning to measure and compare heights and lengths.
You could use your hands or a shoe to measure the length of a piece of furniture, each other or a room. Enjoy the challenges.
Year 1 – There are a group of words which are called Common Exception Words (CEWs). These are words which cannot be sounded out in order to read/spell them – they just have to be memorised. I have attached a booklet for CEWs for you to work through over the next couple of weeks; there are a variety of games and activities. Check out which words your child knows, and which ones they still need to learn.
Revisit the story lots of times and discuss the feelings that Vashti is experiencing (look at the pictures for clues as well as the words in the story) – make a list of each of the feelings as you go through the book. Don’t forget, you are wonderful word collectors Pandas – you can do it. Write your final list AND draw the emotions too on little faces. Record this in your books.
How do her feelings and posture change as the story (and dots) progress? Why is this? Talk about how your child would feel if they had a piece of art work framed. Keep the list/drawings of feelings safe they are needed tomorrow.
Try making these feelings face masks – can you name each emotion?
I just wanted to send you a big well done and thank you message!
You have worked so hard over the last few weeks and you have stuck at it even when things have been very tough. I am so proud of you all Pandas and you should feel very proud of yourselves (and your grown-ups too).
I have found a Playdough recipe which sounds good, as it is a no-cook recipe and the playdough lasts for a long time.
Playdough is really good for building up hand and finger strength and can be linked to measuring (coming up after half term) or other maths or letter activities; try forming letters or your name. And it’s just a lot of fun to play with!
you have been very busy already this week, and it’s only Wednesday! You have been uploading lots of great work. You are all thinking a great deal about what you would pack for your voyage to the New World! There is also some great artwork on the maps and sailing ships I’ve seen. A huge well done to everyone!
Continue with the items for the week. I have also posted some new ideas too… see what you fancy doing.
You’ve asked for some more maths, so have a look at this maths activity booklet.
This week’s learning will still have lots of learning but will ‘feel’ a bit different. As we look forward to half term we will have more of a self-directed week of work.
Phonics is still available each day – the Live Phonics lessons with Ruth Miskin continue this week. These lessons have been well-received and seem to be a favourite!
Maths Year 1 and Reception This week has a mix of Number and 3D shape work. It doesn’t matter which order you do the work in. The Number worksheets are differentiated by having stars in the bottom left-hand corner. 1 Star being easier than 3 stars. You can if you choose, do them all, or, pick one that suits your child’s learning. The 3D shape work has a variety of activities; some practical work, finding the shapes in everyday objects, and some 2D & 3D Riddles along with colouring and cutting activities. Go at your own pace through the week. Let me know if you have any queries.