All About Me
Toys and Bears
UNDER THE SEA
Foil Moon Craft
Space Themed Food
The Little Red Hen
Castles, Knights and Dragons
Number Pairs to 10
Knowing all the number pairs to 10 is very useful for all future calculating.
Use your own 10 fingers to help. How many fingers are up? How many fingers are down?
At school we use two-sided counters (1 side yellow and 1 side red). The children count out 10 counters and throw them up. When they land, they count how many have landed red and how many are yellow. We always remind the children that they still have 10 each time.
We also use pegs and a hanger (something you may have at home).
You can also flip the hanger around to find a second number bond e.g. 7 pegs on the left and 3 or the right make 10. Spin the hanger and you now have 3 pegs on the left and 7 on the right.
The children like to discover that if you know one thing then you actually know two! Smart maths.
My Playdough Recipe
(Go on, be brave!)
I use a baking cup measure but you could use a mug if you don't have one.
I usually double, triple or, on one occasion, quadruple up this recipe but it never seems enough for yellow class
1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar (I think it is a little crumbly without this but I'm sure it still works)
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon oil
Food colouring (or essential oils, glitter, coffee etc...)
I throw this all in a pan on a medium heat and stir until it all starts clumping together and it almost looks like playdough.
I tip it out, let it cool for a minute or two and then give it a knead. I usually put it straight in the tub ready for school as I like to think that the heat and trapped moisture with keep it extra supple.
I have found some great websites that are well worth a visit this week.
www.getepic.com Instantly access 35000 high quality books
www.gonoodle.com Burn off some energy with kids dance
Search for 'cosmic kids yoga' and YouTube will help you stretch
www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams Watch feeding time!
www.worldofdavidwalliams.com Click 'Elevenses' and listen to an audio book everyday
www.abcdoes.com/home-learning Find 50 great activities for early years children to do at home
www.ictgames.co.uk for maths and literacy games
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Choose phase 2 and phase 3 activities
Please visit www.storylineonline.net to find a great collection of stories read by celebrities.
I love A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton.
What is your favourite?
Throw the paper plate, catch it, read a word and pass it on.
Simple, cheap and fun.
You could swap the words for numbers or letter sounds that need revising.
Twinkl is a great site that we use regularly in class to help us plan and prepare work and activities.
Twinkl have offered one month of their ultimate membership for free and that includes thousands and thousands of great activities and resources including some fantastic stories in the 'originals' section.
For free access go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
New Twinkl Go Activities Added
I have selected some games for you to use from Twinkl Go.
Simply search Twinkl Go Login (twinkl.co.uk/go) and you will be asked for a code.
Yellow class code is TR6048
I have added 20+ activities that can be found at the bottom of the screen.
There is quite a lot in each session but you do not have to cover it all in one go. I have just organised it this way to group together a range of resources to support each sound.
The children have been taught the sounds in order up to /oi/. We were planning on finishing phase 3 by the Easter holidays.
After Easter we would have spent the next half term revisiting the sounds, reading and writing them in words and simple sentences.
The PowerPoints and videos are the easiest way to keep phonics in your child's life!
These animated PowerPoints are well worth a look. They can guide you through the sounds, make sure your pronunciation is correct and help with formation and blending.
/th/ can be a little tricky. It actually makes two sounds. Firstly put your top teeth on your tongue and blow air through as in 'think'. This is known as unvoiced.
Next, with your teeth still on your tongue, buzz your voice through as in 'then'. This is known as voiced.
The children will need to know both and when reading words they will need to try both.
/igh/ can sometimes be a tricky sound to learn. It is the first time we have three letters making one sound. This is called a trigraph.
Sound buttons really help when reading words with digraphs and trigraphs because it shows the children when they have to read individual letters and when they have to bunch them together. They always enjoy trying to read each letter (incorrectly on purpose) and hearing how funny the word would sound when they don't use phonics correctly.