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Easter Activities

Good afternoon everyone, this is just a final message from Miss Tunley and I to say "Happy Easter!" ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒธ
We hope you all have a wonderful Easter holidays! Relax, chill out and have fun.

Thank you to you all for your support and participation over the last 2 weeks, your responses have been incredible! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ—’

Although we won't be online everyday, I am sure we won't be able to stay away from seeing your wonderful pictures, so please keep sending pictures of your fabulous activities throughout the 2 week holiday๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ. Miss Tunley will post an Easter Activity Bingo later on which has lots of fun things for you to do if you are stuck for ideas.

We have also set up a Easter Drawing Competition (Picture and details attached) so I hope to see pictures of your entries. ๐Ÿฅ

We will officially back online on Monday 20th April to see your wonderful pictures.

Be safe, and we miss you. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒธ
Happy Easter!
Miss Capp and Miss Tunley

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Reception

During this closure, we will send one maths or literacy or topic based activity each day. In Early Years, play is a huge factor to help us to learn. It gives us real examples of the learning so that we can understand and transfer skills. Play can develop most areas of development including; maths, literacy, making relationships and communication and language. 

Please encourage your child to complete the activities we set as independently as possible, this will allow them to understand what they are learning so that they can do this completely on their own in the future. Once they have had a go, you can support them to complete the task, if needed.

Please contact us if you would like support on how to carry out tasks or example questions that you could ask. We will have access to our ClassDojo accounts throughout the day so your questions will be responded to quickly. 

In our class we use the 3 Bโ€™s of independence, this stands for:

Brain (have a go yourself),

Buddy (ask a friend),

Boss (ask an adult),

This can be used for any activity you do at home e.g. getting dressed and identifying sounds in words. 

Below is a basic timetable that you can choose to follow if you would like. You can suit this timetable to your child's individual needs. By showing your children a visual timetable they can see what they are doing and when, giving them structure to their days and identify their goals for the day. 

Today's task

Good morning everyone, today is a new day and today will be a great one. You are all working so hard!
Boys and girls, today we are going to practise your hunting skills ready for Easter...
First of all I want you to practise recognising your tricky words, you might choose to point to and say the words, or you might choose to sing this song, our children love it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0
Your parents and carers are going to hide the tricky words around the house or garden and see if you can find them and say the words!
Happy Hunting!

Week 2: 

Thursday: 02.04.2020: Exploring Easter

Wednesday: 01.04.2020: Reading day

Tuesday: 31.03.2020: Maths: Capacity

Monday: 30.03.2020: Spring time hunt

Week 1: 

Friday: 27.03.2020: Literacy: A picture for a friend far away

Thursday: 26.03.2020: Maths: Capacity

Wednesday 25.03.2020: Literacy: Make a poster: what makes a good friend.

Tuesday 24.03.2020: Maths: Counting 1:1 to 20 with objects.

Monday 23.03.2020: Draw a picture and write about what you would like to do during the closure.

9.00am - 9.30am: Wake up, Shake up

Start your day with PE with Joe Wicks. He is a body coach who goes into schools to teach about fitness. With the school closures, he is using his YouTube account to make sure we are all exercising. This will be broadcasted everyday, Monday to Friday at 9am, Live on his YouTube channel: The Body Coach TV, click here or here to join in! 

Focus of the day

Carry out your focus task of the day, there will be an explanation of the task each day.

Please encourage your child to write their name every day, this could be at the top of their page of work or just on one of the pages if the activity is practical. Names should be written with the first letter as a capital and the rest of their name in lowercase letters e.g. Laura.

These focus activities should last less than 20 minutes. If your child is not focused on the task, please pause and give them a brain break. This could be: have a play session, read a story, do a job for the house or to get a drink. Remind them that they need to do this task by the end of today, so this break will help them to refocus and stop them from getting worried or upset about the task. 

Above is a link for our Tricky Troll Words, these are words that we cannot sound out. We need to be able to read them by sight and write them. This may help your child when completing their Literacy based learning for example, reading and writing.

By the end of Reception we aim to be able to write a simple sentence including two tricky words independently.

When writing there are different levels that children achieve:

Level 1: Making marks, this is where your child will do lines and circles to describe what they have drawn and will tell you what they have written. Please write what they have said "That says I want to ride my bike."

Level 2: Identifying the initial sound in the words, this is where your child will hear a "b" in bike and write that sound. 

Level 3: Identifying more sounds in words e.g. "b-i-k" in bike and writing these sounds.

Level 4: beginning to write sentences using the sounds they hear in words. E.g. "I wont to rid my bik." This sentence is written as if a child has heard and identified the dominant sounds. 

Each of these stages is important and a brilliant achievement for your children. If you would like more information about this, please message me. 

Play time

The focus of the day has been completed, your child has focused for a long period of time. This is now their chance to choose something to play with and explore and learn through their play. Remember, play is a great way to embed learning. If you can, relate their focus of the day to their play e.g. you have just added two groups when we did maths this morning, you have 2 green cars and 2 red cars, how many do you have altogether? Let's say the number sentence: 2+2=4. 

Number time

Choose one of the maths activities to complete at this time. Make this activity as practical as possible. You can draw, write, jump and play games to complete these activities. Take a picture or a video to send us your activity!

Lunch time

Phonics

We will be uploading a short and fun phonics session for you to complete๐Ÿ“
Phonics is really important to support reading and writing.

When your child is sounding out words they will say the sound for each letter, for example, rain, r-ai-n.

Here is today's sound of the day: 

Use this time to explore the sounds in your pack, see if your child can identify the sounds, build words, blend the sounds. There are many videos which identify the sounds so you can see how they are pronounced. Miss Capp will be make some short videos along the way to help you with these phonics sessions. Alphablocks is a good starting point for identifying and blending sounds at home.

The order that we learn sounds are: 

Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
 

Start with the sounds s, a, t, p. After your child can identify these sounds they can build words with the letters and then practise writing the words e.g. pat, sat, tap.

As your child's sound knowledge develops you can get them to put these words into a sentence and practise writing the sentence. Keep the sentences short to start with and include one of the tricky words: I, to, no, go, the, into. E.g. The cat sat. The cat sat on the mat. 

In school we follow 'Letters and Sounds'

This website has lots of information about phonics and it has words and sentences you can use to help you to think of words to build: Letters and sounds 

Your children are on Phase 2, when they know these sounds and can blend the sounds in words, they will move onto Phase 3. Please ask if you would like more information about Phonics. 

Play time

Storytime

Reading is important to do everyday and more than once. This website is giving free access to decodable books for children to read with you. 

Oxford owl

When browsing the library refine the search to:

All ages: Age 4-5

Levels: Letters and sounds Phase 2 

And then choose a book to read. 

Books can be read more than once, this will help your children to understand what they are reading. This is an example of a number of ways you could use one book. 

Day 1: Parents/ Carers read the book to the child, discuss the story line, what do you think will happen? What did happen? 

Day 2: Children read the sounds and blend the words.

Day 3: Children are more confident in blending the sounds and re-reading the sentence without sounding out the words outloud. Discuss the story. 

Important note...

This is just an outline, please enjoy learning and playing with your child. If your children are not focused, the activity can be completed in a different way, please ask if you would like any advice. 

Below is a list of websites offering free trials and activities for you to do with your children if you are wanting ideas. 

This website has a range of activities covering all areas of the curriculum. 

Ediburgh Zoo have a number of webcams perhaps the children can look at these and find out information about them click here

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