Helping your child at home so they can keep learning key skills
Share / read a book each day with your child using either book you have a home or digital books that can be found on the Oxford Owl or Teach Your Monster to Read websites.
Encourage them to discuss what they have read. You might like to try some of these questions.
Reading Pet Challenge – children who read three times a week for three consecutive weeks will be able to adopt a reading pet if the books they have read are written in their reading diary.
To keep their pet the children must continue to read at least three times each week.
Please return your child’s reading pet and diary to school each week so we can congratulate the children who are still meeting this challenge.
Spelling and Handwriting:
Being able to spell words in a sentence is a crucial skill. By the end of Year One most children will be able to spell nearly 100 words! Click here to look at the spelling bank.
Help your child learn a few new words each week using these fun ideas.
Encourage them to write each letter carefully starting and finishing in the correct place. Click here to look at our letter formation page.
Phonics is all about linking spoken sounds to the letters we use to read and write.
Click here to look at our sound mat to see which letter/s are used to write down each sound.
Help your child read real and nonsense (alien) words made up using the letters and digraphs on our sound mat.
Click here to see our phonics page for further activities, websites and apps to help develop your child's skills further.
Help your child practice recalling number bonds to 10. Can they tell you two numbers which make a total of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10? Do they know any other pairs of numbers that also make that total?
Can they write addition and subtraction equations using their number bond knowledge?
e.g. 10=3+7 10-3=7
Daily counting is a great way to help your child.
Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards between 0 and 100. Choose a number how many 10s and 1s does it have? Choose two 2-digit numbers, which number is larger? Encourage your child to use their tens and ones knowledge to explain how they know.
Science: Exploring Seasonal Changes
Being able to ask questions and work out how to find the answers is a really important skill – especially for our budding scientists. Luckily there are lots of activities you can do at home all year round to help your child develop these key skills.
Using the colours of the rainbow look at the plants in your garden. Can you find plants for each colour? What has changed since the Winter…Spring…Summer…Autumn? This is not a new idea but worth revisiting – especially as our gardens and countryside change thorough the seasons.
Collect information about the weather in your garden – you might even want to make your own weather forecast video! Click here to down load instructions to make a weather gauge.
Find out what trees, garden and wild flowering plants are growing in your local area. The field study council has some great identification charts.
You could even pick a tree and then visit it in each season to find out what changes have occurred.