Sunday 10th May
For this week’s language challenge we’d like to give you the chance to practise something that the children can sometimes find quite tricky – talking about exactly why they like certain things. So in order to help them develop this skill we’d like you to let them choose a story book or film, share it with them, and then conduct an interview about it! Think of it as setting the building blocks for activities such as writing a book review further down the line!
To help you we’ve included a “script” of possible questions to ask when you interview your children about their chosen book/film, but feel free to come up with your own questions....don’t worry if the children struggle to answer all of the questions perfectly or find it tricky explaining all of their ideas, the goal is to get your children talking in as much detail as possible about exactly what they liked (or disliked). You could video snippets of your interview, or write down their answers, or even help them to write the answers down if they want to....it’s up to you how you record the activity! We hope you have fun with it!
Possible Interview Questions
- What was your favourite part of the book/story and why?
- Which character did you like best and what did you like about them?
- Were there any characters you didn’t like? What didn’t you like about them?
- How did the book or film make you feel?
- Would you tell your friends to watch this film/read this book? What would you tell them to get them to watch/read it?
- Do you think this book/film is for older children or younger children? Would people in Year 1 and 2 like it? Would children in nursery like it? (this might encourage them to talk about the type of story it is).
- Did you like how the book/film ended? Would you change the ending? How would you make the story end?
Sunday 3rd May 20.
Sight Word Splat 🔫💦
This is one of my favourite games to play 👍🤗
Try writing words (maybe ones that your child is learning on IDL) or sounds (see the Read, Write, Inc sounds from an earlier post) on post it notes / paper / on the floor using chalk, however you fancy.
If using post it notes / paper, attach them onto a wall or fence.
Prepare your favourite water pistols, super soakers, water bombs and get splatting 💦
Encourage your child to say the sound or read the word before splatting it. This activity is also great for developing your child’s hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills 💪
Sunday 26th April
Punctuation Hunt 🧐
Before the closure of our school, we had been introducing the children to the basics of punctuation. We focussed on:
* capital letters (so far only using them for names and at the start of sentences)
* full stops at the end of sentences
* finger spaces in between words (not really a form of punctuation but a necessary skill when moving from writing single words to simple sentences)
To support your child with this area of language development, you may find the activity below useful:
* provide your child with highlighter pens/colouring pens/crayons etc and magazines/newspapers/leaflets etc and show them how to identify the punctuation (listed above). Your child can see how many full stops, capital letters and finger spaces they can find in the text and highlight them when they find them.They can even use a different colour for each type of punctuation they find.
* you may find that that your child isn’t quite ready for this, if so, instead you can practise matching capital letters to the accompanying lower case letter, reinforcing the letter names.
Sunday 19th April
Outdoor Map Challenge!
We hope you're able to get out for a walk in the lovely weather we're having at the moment.....your challenge this week is to make a map of what you see when you go outside for a walk.
We would love to see you using your fantastic drawing and colouring skills.....and don't forget to label what you see on your map using the sounds you know to write! You can record this map onto paper or directly into your books.
Here's an example of what your maps might look like......
Sunday 12th April.
🐤🐣🐥 Happy Easter everyone - Pasg Hapus pawb!
Super Secret Messages Challenge!
Your challenge this week is to create a secret message for a superhero✍️🍋💦✉️
You will need:
* one half of a lemon
* half a teaspoon of water
* small bowl
* white paper
* cotton buds
* a lamp with a light that gives off lots of heat, or another heat source, such as a radiator
What to do:
* squeeze all the juice out of your lemon into the bowl and mix in the water with a spoon.
* think of a secret message for a superhero - you could write your name, a sentence or draw a picture.
* soak the end of a cotton bud in your mixture, then use it to write your secret message on a piece of paper.
* wait a few minutes for the paper to dry. While you’re waiting you could turn on your lamp to give it time to heat up.
* when the paper is dry, get a grown up to help you hold it near to the bulb (be careful, it’ll be hot!) for a few minutes, but don’t let it get so hot that it burns.
* your secret message will appear ✨
The children regularly practise their handwriting skills. They begin their day by writing their name, and are currently learning to write their surnames. We use the following letter formation rhymes when we support them with writing their letters correctly:
(letter reversals are completely normal at this age 😊)
The children practise their letter and number formation using cards and tracing paper, a red dot 🔴 is used to show the children where each letter or number is started. You may wish to practise this with your child using the picture below as a guide. Or alternatively, you could use other methods such as overwriting, where the adult would write a letter / word and then the child would write over the top of it using a different coloured pen or pencil (they enjoy using highlighters)
We also remind the children that some letters are small (a,c,m,e etc) whilst some letters are tall (h,k,l,b etc) and some letters have tails (g,j,q etc).
Pen/pencil grasp and writing CVC words
We have taken some pictures of children showing correct pencil grasp, it would be fantastic if you could encourage children to use the correct “pencil pinch” when writing.
We have been practicing writing words made up of three sounds such as cat, dog, man....it would be great if you could encourage your children to think of as many different words with three sounds to draw and write.....we would love to see how many your children can come up with in their homework books!
Here are some examples from class.....