Hello Ladybirds. Welcome back to another Weekly Website Update. I hope that you enjoyed your week. Did any of you do anything special for VE day on Friday? If you haven’t already looked at them then there are some special VE activities on the school website page for everyone to have a go at, so it’s not too late to have a look. I went for lots of walks out in the countryside last week and got inspired by our music activity to try and record on my phone as many different bird songs as I could. So far I managed to record 12, I wonder if you can get even more?
I’ve received lots more of your home learning this week which has been great to see and will be added to the class website page. If you haven’t shared your work yet but would like to then please ask an adult to email it to me at email@example.com or tweet it on twitter.
REMINDER OF PHONICS BUG UPDATE
Lots of you have now got your log-in details for Phonics Bug and have been getting stuck in to your new reading books. Last week I posted how to ensure that your reading book registers as ‘finished’, so that you get new books and earn rewards. To do this you need to click on the phonics bug buttons
(there’s usually 2 in each book, one at the start and one at the end). If you have any troubles then please just email me.
If you haven’t got your log-in details yet but would like it then simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , with “requesting a Phonics Bug log-in for……………..(your child’s name)” and I will reply with your individual log-in as soon as I can.
In addition to our weekly phonics play activities, you will find you can access some new phonics activities on Phonics Bug from today. These are games to practise letters and sounds that have been learnt previously.
Year 1 are continuing on ‘Phase 5c’,
Once you scroll down to 5c the activities for this week can be found in ‘investigating alternative spellings for “ur”’ and ‘investigating alternative spellings for “er”’. 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. The second phoneme, “er” is particularly tricky to understand without an introduction, as it is different to the “ur” sound. It is a short sound, almost like a grunt, like you hear at the end of ‘butter’, where you don’t have a long, clearly pronounced ‘errr’, it sounds more like an ‘uh’ sound. This is what you will be exploring in ‘investigating alternative spellings for “er”’. The link explains what makes this phoneme tricky too.
Year 2 this week the year 2s are going to revisit some homophones that can be quite tricky to remember. First of all can you remember what a homophone is? A homophone is a word which sounds exactly the same as another word but means something different. Here is a link to some of the most common homophones that you use frequently:
Once you’ve had a look and a practise, see if you can use these words in your own sentences: there, their, they’re, to, too and two. Can you try some of your own homophones?
Today we find out what happens next with the Robot and the Bluebird in the icy cold winter as we carry on this lovely story.
Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 2- Fun with Fractions
Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 2- Name that number
1.Adult or older sibling holds up a number.
2.Can you write what a half of it is? Hold it up on the command ‘Show me’.
(allow them to have objects in front of them, e.g. lego bricks, to divide the number into groups of 4. This will also allow them to check and see that a quarter is half of a half)
3.Check you’ve got it right. Can you explain how you know it’s right?
4.Try for quarters, thirds etc.
We are really getting the hang of fractins now. We’ve all looked at a half and a quarter, and year 1s have gone on to look at a third. Well this week Year 1 will practise putting what they have learnt of fractions all together, while year 2s are going to begin looking at non-unit fractions.
Year 1 activity: Now that we have had some time to explore a half and a quarter over the past 2 weeks, today I want us to practise questions that will be about a quarter and a half. You’ll need to practise thinking about which fraction is which and how to work it out. You can do it!
Ready for a different challenge? Have a go at this 3 star challenge.
Ready for a 3 star challenge?
This week I wanted us to try something a bit different for our art activity, and that includes me trying it! I’ve always tried to show you all that drawing things can be much easier if you know what simple steps to break it down into. Birds are one thing I’ve never found that easy though, so I’ve found a great video which teaches us all how to draw one kind of bird. Guess which kind of bird? A bluebird! You can do it with pencils or pens (I tried it on a whiteboard with whiteboard pens, which I don’t recommend). So have a go, and don’t be afraid to pause the video to rub out any mistakes you don’t like, or just start again if you’d like.
We are thinking a lot about birds this week. Last week you guys had a robot building activity, so this week I thought we could make something to do with birds. At home I have my own bird-feeder and I’ve loved watching all the birds coming over to eat the food I put out. So this week I thought you could have a go designing and building your own bird feeder. This video has 3 different bird feeder designs, all from recyclable materials you have around the home. However you could try making your own OR researching another design online. Please make sure to watch the video for the facts about what birds like to eat though:
ScienceFollowing on from our first experiment at home last week, I’ve got another one for you this week. Once again you can simply do what the experiment says and enjoy what you see. However, if you want to do some extra science home-learning, then try and draw a diagram of what you did and what you saw. Can you explain why it happened? Here is this week’s experiment for you:
This week we are going to continue our journey around the world, stopping off in each of the 7 continents. Our first continent, last week, was Europe. This week we are off to a very different continent: Asia. Here is a video which tells us about continents and gives us some facts about Asia:
These days we use computers all the time in all sorts of places, but do we actually really know what computers are and how they work? Let’s try and learn a bit more about what different kinds of computers there are and how they work. Start off by watching this video:
So computers all work by giving clear simple instructions. It sounds easy but you saw how difficult Puppet Topher found it in the video. Now it’s your turn to try! Think of a simple activity, maybe start with making a sandwich, or brushing your teeth! Then give someone in your house instructions of how to do it and see if you can get your instructions right. Here are a few other ideas of things you could give instructions to do:
-draw a stick-man,
-Do the floss,
-Walk from your front door to your bedroom.
If you fancy an extra challenge try writing your instructions down first, step by step. It’s not as easy as you think!
Your first activity is to have a go at this weekly challenge. You don’t need much space, you can do it at home, in your garden or in an outdoor space with a parent. Start by just trying to do each challenge. Once you find them easy try linking straight from one to another until you can do all 5 challenges linked together. Good luck!
Today, we are going to continue exploring our theme for RE this term: Special things in nature. We are going to learn about the Christian story of creation. This is what the bible says is how the world came to exist with all of its living creatures on it, and therefore why Christians thank God for our world.
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about what music you can make in your own home. When I was looking at home-made instruments I discovered this band:
This week we have some new activities to help you to feel calm and feel good in yourself. First up is a yoga video from Cosmic Kids, a lovely way to wind-down at the end of a day.
Finally I offer you all this prayer; a prayer to help us when we may feel lonely, to remember that God is always with us. 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.
You are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.