Welcome from Mr Joy
Good morning Ladybirds and parents/carers! I hope that you’re all feeling well and lookingafter yourselves and each other. This is the first of our weekly website updates. Each Monday of term-time I will be posting new activities you can enjoy doing whilst you’re away from school. I will post some websites with games you can play or activities you can complete. I will also post videos that may help you to complete these activities and even videos of our Power of Reading book. You didn’t think I’d forgotten about that did you? Once we finish “I want my hat back” then we will start a new Power of Reading book using our Weekly Web Updates.
Each week I’ll cover a range of different subjects and activities with the update and always include some activities to help you to unwind and relax, which is just as important now as it is when at school. You can complette as many or as few of the activities as you like! Each Monday the previous week’s update will be deleted, so if there’s anything you want to keep then please copy or save it. Finally, as always, if you have done anything you are proud of and want to share it then tweet it or email to Mr Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share it on here as part the next Weekly Website Update.
Important reading announcement
First of all an important announcement about reading books! As we obviously can’t provide new reading books at the moment, we have an exciting new option for reading books at home. Each reception and year 1 child will now have a log-in to Phonics Bug, with a selection of books already chosen to match their reading level. Simply read the book online and when you finish it the next book will be available. The books also include details of the main sounds and words that the book is practising, and prompts and questions that parents can use when reading with their child. Year 2 children also have a log-in, however there are currently less books available for year 2 children, but I have still chosen some books to get them started.
To have access to your child’s Phonics Bug log-in please email me at email@example.com with “requesting a Phonics Bug log-in for……………..(your child’s name)” and I will reply with your individual log as soon as I can.
On the subject of reading, I also have some different links to support you with continuing practising letters and sounds. In class we use Phonics Play a lot, most of which requires a subscription to access. However currently they are allowing free access to the games on the website, which would be great way to support the children’s reading in a way that they are very familiar with.
Year 1 are currently on ‘Phase 5c’, due to start ‘investigating alternative spellings for “oo” and “yoo”’. If you click on it (or any of the other phase 5c links) you will find a phoneme spotter activity and a word sort activity, for practising recognising different graphemes (written letter combinations) that make the same sound. In class we would stagger these activities over the week, building independence as the week goes on. Give them a go!
Year 2 Can access ‘Phase 6’ where they will find some fun games focussing on suffixes, past tense, plurals and compound words. We have looked at all of these in class so they will be good ways to recap what we have learnt and to test themselves.
For those that were desperate to find out how ‘I want my hat back’ finishes, here is the story in full…
Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge- Obstacle Array
1.Make 1-5 number cards and collect together about 20 small objects such a toy bricks, marbles, pebbles or dried pasta (don’t lose it!).
2. Pick 2 cards at random, e.g. 2 and 4. This would tell you to make 2 groups of 4 (year 2s might recognise this as 2x4)
3. Set out small objects to match the groups, leaving enough space for your to run between the obstacles. Count how many there are as well.
4. Run around the objects like a slalom obstacle course.5. Draw the rows you made and note the number sentence (e.g. for year 1s: 2 groups of 4 is 8, for year 2s: 2x4=8)
Introduction to dividing as sharing into equal groups
Having seen that multiplying is like repeating equal groups, this week we are going to explore dividing, which is like sharing into equal groups. To help us to understand click this link and watch the video. Year 1s can stop the video at 3 minutes and 12 seconds, where as year 2s can stop at 5 minutes and 29 seconds.
Now it’s time to practise dividing, by sharing into equal groups.
Year 1 activity: Practise sharing a number of objects equally into groups. Start with 20 objects. What happens when you share 20 between 2 groups? 20 shared between 2 groups equals____.
What happens when you share 20 between 5 groups? 20 shared between 5 groups equals_____.
What happens when you share 20 between 10 groups? 20 shared between 10 groups equals______.
Try this by starting with different number. Can you always share into equal groups? Do you notice any patterns?
Year 2 activity: Begin by sharing a number of objects into equal groups and saying/writing sentences, e.g. 12 cubes shared into 2 equal groups . There are 12 cubes altogether. There are 2 groups. There are 6 cubes in each group.
Then try writing this as a number sentence and say what it says, e.g. 12 ÷ 2 = 6, 12 divided by 2 is equal to 6.
Try: 12 shared into 4 groups.
12 shared into 3 groups
15 shared into 5 groups
15 shared into 3 groups
16 shared into 2 groups.
Ready to try a 3 star challenge?
Inspired by how much the children loved making paper puppets on ‘love reading day’ I’ve found a new style of puppet they can try to make at home and decorate any way they like. Have a look at this:
2 SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
Draw a picture outside where you live. Label the things that show it is Spring, not Winter any more. Think about your different senses: what can you see? What can you hear? What can you smell? What can you feel?
Ladybirds class have always enjoyed Gonoodle and this is a video that we haven’t done before. It’s easy for anyone at home to join in with, but also children might want to have a go writing their own verse for a number? I’d love to see some of their own verses performed at home.
To help with some exercise at home these videos with Andy are pretty great, and link into our learning about animals this half term!
In R.E. this half term we have been exploring signs and symbols. This has included every day life signs and symbols as well as the signs and symbols found in religions such as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. What signs and symbols can you find around your home? Can you find any religious symbols?
2 MINDFULNESS ACTIVITIES
To help you all to relax whilst at home, and to take some time to be in control of your body and mind, here are some nice mindfulness activities you and the family can join in with.
A prayer to share
Finally I offer you all this prayer to share with your family. If any children would like to write a prayer and email to me then I would love to share some children’s prayers in future Weekly Website Updates.
Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:
For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us.
For the health and well-being of our nation,
that all who are fearful and anxious
may be at peace and free from worry:
Lord, hear us