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.
Summer 2020 - This term we are learning...
Science: To describe & compare different materials.
We will identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.
Then we will describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. eg. hard/soft; shiny/dull; stretchy/stiff; rough/smooth; bendy/not bendy; waterproof/not waterproof; absorbent/not absorbent; opaque/transparent.
At home - Explore and investigate materials from your recycling bag. What is the best material for…crossing a moat…making a shield…creating a flag/banner?
Look at the bbc bitesize materials web page to find out more.
English: Writing to share information
The children will be exploring lots of different stories both traditional tales (like Little Red Riding Hood or the Enormous Turnip) and fairy tales (like Cinderella or Aladdin).
They will think about the character’s feelings and write descriptions of the characters and places (setting) where the stories happen. The children will use different parts of the stories to help them learn how to write letters and instructions.
Listen to the stories by clicking on the titles Cinderella Snow White Little Red Riding Hood
Pick a story and have-a-go at these activities
Act out your favourite part of Cinderella.
Stop and think about how each character might be feeling and how they might act. e.g When Cinderella meets the Prince - How are they both feeling? Why might they be excited?
Write invitations to ask everyone to a ‘Ball’ to meet the Prince. Think about where the ‘Ball’ is going to be? When is it going to happen? Who are you going to invite?
Write a letter from a Princess or Prince who has been to the Ball. Think about why you want to say thank you, you could tell the prince what you liked about the ball.
Think about what happens to Snow White. Why does she fall asleep? How could you make somebody fall asleep? How does the queen make her potion? What does she put in it? How would you make your own sleeping potion?
You could draw or create your own idea of how to make somebody fall asleep.
Using this idea - can you write a recipe to create your very own sleeping potion?
Think about what ingredients you might need and how to make the potion.
There is a super word mat on Twinkl to help you to use some imperative verbs in your recipe.
You could create a pretend potion using a bottle from your recycling to put your ‘potion’ in. Don’t forget to write a label for your potion bottle and explain what will happen if a character from the story drinks it.
Little Red Riding Hood:
Draw a map to show how Little Red Riding Hood gets to Grandma’s house.
Use the map to write instructions for Little Red Riding Hood so she knows how to get to Grandma’s house safely. Think about what she might see on her journey. How can she keep safe?
You could write a letter to Mum from Little Red Riding Hood telling her all about what happened to Grandma and that she needs to be watch out for the Big Bad Wolf. Think about how you could describe the Big Bad Wolf so Mum knows what he looks like.
Maths: The children will learn to count efficiently by counting in groups of twos, fives and tens. The children will then begin to explore money, looking at the value of different coins.
Click here to watch the daily NCETM Maths lessons then have a go at counting in multiples of twos, fives and tens.
Do you have a piggy bank at home?
Help your children to explore the different coins, how much do they represent? How much money is in your piggy bank?
Make your own toy shop at home – what price tags can you make for each toy?
Click here to open the Twinkl web site which has some price tags and piggy banks with coins in that you can use if you would like to.
The offer code to subscribe if you wish to access these shop resources from twinkl is UKTWINKLHELPS
Scroll down to read our PSHE topic information and find out how we are learning about the value of money
RE: Sacred Stories: The children will hear different stories from different religions & discuss why they are important for different people. They will learn to retell stories & identify morals.
At home - Listen to some stories shared by different faith communities by clicking on these links Christian Islamic and Jewish
Why might these stories be shared? What do the stories tell Christians, Muslims and Jews about how they should live their lives?
Computing: This term we will find out about how to stay healthy online and make sure the apps websites and games we play are for our age and not someone older. We will up load the photographs we have taken and then type in labels and sentences about them using a keyboard / keypad. We will create and debug our own programs using an on-screen robot.
Explore how to stay safe online
Have a go at these new activities from from Childnet or try these activities from CEO
Watch how Smartie the Penguin stays safe online
Try these Programming and Problem Solving tasks from Barefoot Computing
If you want to try controlling an onscreen robot you could down load these apps Daisy the Dinosaur App or The Bee-bot App or Lego Fix the Factory App.
PSHE: This term, the children will be learning a little bit about money. They will be thinking about where money comes from and where it goes when we ‘use’ it? They will be thinking about how they could earn money and what it might be like to have more or less than they need. They will also be thinking about how they feel about money.
Set up a budget! Children could earn “money” by doing certain jobs around the house – this could be monopoly money, tokens or children could even make their own money to earn.
They could then use that money to “buy” certain treats – this could be free time, snacks or treats. You could be as creative with this as you like!
Ask children how they feel if they haven’t earned enough money to get a certain treat they would like.
Talk through the feelings with them and try to come up with solutions together.
Music: The children learn how music can be used to help to tell a story.
They explore vocal and percussive sounds to create effects – thinking about how fast, slow, quiet or loud their music needs to be. They learn a rap, chants and songs to help tell the stories.
Take a well-known fairy tale or other short story and see if you can create some musical accompaniment or sound effects to bring the story alive as it is read aloud.
You can use anything around the house to make your sounds with - e.g. tapping saucepans with a spoon, scrunching paper, shaking dried pasta or rice in a box/plastic tub, rustling foil, jingling coins, etc.
If you want to create a melody, try tapping glass bottles with different amounts of water in them!
Decide where you need the sound effects and whether the sounds need to be quiet or loud, fast or slow.
Once you have practised your story, perform it to someone in your house or get someone to record it.
See if you can learn some new songs or rhymes. Can you accompany your singing using some of the sounds you used in your story?
History: The children will learn about castles and their different features. They will try to imagine what life might have been like for the people who lived in castles.
Make your own book about Castles. Click here to find out about the different types of castles.
Then write a few sentences about something new you have learned! Use pictures to illustrate your Castle book.
Build your own cardboard castle! Click here to see how you can use a cardboard box to make a castle.
Or use the pictures in a favourite Knights and Princess’ story book and design your own castle. You could use building blocks like Lego if you prefer.
Click here to do your own exploring.
You can take a tour around a castle and learn about jousting! Take your time to look at the different links – they are very interesting! How can you show off what you have learnt? Be creative!
The children will learn a variety of ball skills that can be adapted and applied to different competitive games (e.g. football, tennis, badminton, basketball).
They will practice being able to throw and catch confidently, passing the ball to team members and controlling the ball in different ways, using different parts of their bodies.
They will begin to apply these skills to games, building on tactics and strategies.
The children will explore the work of Iris Scott, Claude Monet, Andy Goldsworthy and find out how they created paintings and 3D art after being in a garden. The children will create their own art work inspired by the schools’ gardens using paint brushes, their hands and fingers to apply paint. They will explore the outdoor environment and collect their own natural materials before creating their Goldsworthy inspired art.
Click on the artist to see some of their art work Claude Monet Iris Scott Andy Goldsworthy
Click here to find out how they made their pictures and sculptures Claude Monet Andy Goldsworthy
Explore your own garden – or look out for plants during your daily hour of exercise.
Use paint, chalk or whatever you have a home to create your own garden picture.
Collect resources from around the garden – there are lots of blossom petals flying around at the moment – and have a go at creating spirals like Andy Goldworthy.
Take a photograph and use the link on the home page of the school website to share your art work with us.