Hello wonderful Ladybirds! It’s time for another Weekly Website Update, the last one before half term! I hope that you’ve all had a good week. I’ve spent a lot of time in our classroom this week, tidying and organising it, ready for when we can return to it. I’ve also been trying to do more exercise at home, to keep healthy, even when it’s not easy to go many places. I hope you’re all making time for exercise, whether it is the PE activities that I put up for you or your own exercise, it is very important to remember it.
This is a pretty exciting Weekly Website Update as we will finish our Power of Reading book today. I’m super excited to see what happens to the Robot and the Bluebird!
I’ve received loads of your home learning this week. I love seeing what you’ve all been up to, whether or not it’s the challenges I’ve set or just other activities you’ve decided to have a go at. 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.
Phonics Bug reminderIf you haven’t got your log-in details for Phonics Bug yet 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 as soon as I can. Remember, to ensure that your reading book registers as ‘finished’, so that you get new books and earn rewards, 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.
In addition to our weekly phonics play activities, you will find you can access some new phonics activities on Phonics Bug. 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 “ure”’. 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. You’ll notice that this is the last set of alternative spellings for phonemes to learn, so once you’ve had a go at “ure” then you could revisit some other links from phase 5c, just to practise them.
Year 2 this week the year 2s are going to recap the grammar that we have learnt this year. Here is a link that covers the main areas for year 2s, including some activities to practise them.
Don’t worry about the bottom 2 activities: ‘first, second or third person’ or ‘past, present or future tense’, as year 2s don’t need to know about these in this much detail yet.
For another, quite different activity, you can have a go writing a descriptive poem. To do this you will need 5 or 6 strips of paper. On each strip will be written a different sentence describing the garden that the Robot and the Bluebird find themselves in at the end of the story, for example: The garden is beautiful, colourful and full of birds. Year 2s could even try writing a simile (this is where you compare one thing to another to help describe it) for example: the flowers are as colourful as a rainbow. You can write all 5 sentences yourself or you could give 1 to an older sibling or an adult to write their own sentence about the garden. When you have all 5 sentences written on strip of paper you can put them in an order to make a lovely, descriptive poem. Try writing out your new poem.
Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 1- Around the World (Missing numbers)
Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 2- Fraction Race
1.Adult or older sibling choose a “treasure object” to try and reach.
2.The Ladybird child stands a short distance away from the treasure.
3.Adult or older sibling hold up a number and ask for “half” or “quarter”, and the child must write down the answer.
4.Correct answer: take one step closer to treasure.
Wrong answer: take one step away from the treasure.
Reach the treasure to win
ScienceYour first activity is exploring materials. Today you will be thinking about materials that are natural, and materials that are man-made. Have a look at this PowerPoint to help you:
Next have a look around your home, with an adult if it’s easier, to try and find some objects that are made out of natural materials and some that are made out of man-made materials. Happy hunting!
Your second activity is another great home science experiment for you this week. This one is because we love rainbows so much in Ladybirds class, so let’s grow our own rainbow at home! That’s right, just follow the instructions on this guide and watch the rainbow grow.
ArtI felt we should try something really creative for our art this week, inspired by the beautiful final picture in ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’. I thought it would be lovely for us to try and recreate our own version of the picture, with the Robot standing with his arms wide open in the middle of the pretty garden, surrounded by birds and animals. However…here’s the extra challenge: Can you make the robot in your picture out of man-made materials (like tin-foil or card) and use natural materials to make the garden (like real grass and leaves)?
D&TYou can tell how much I liked the final picture of the lovely garden in ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’ can’t you. For a slightly different D&T challenge I thought we could try and design and build our own 3D flowers and garden. I’ve always loved this style of pop-up 3D picture, which is perfect for our garden:
If you want a little extra challenge then you can try and make some fancy 3D flowers to go in your garden. Here is a guide you can try with an adult, with video instructions below:
Remember to think about your design and what you want to make first. Maybe try drawing your 3D garden on a piece of paper first so you know what you want it to have in it. Have a go!
GeographyThis week we are going to continue our journey around the world, stopping off in each of the 7 continents. Our first continent was Europe, then last week we visited Asia. This week we are off to amazing Africa. Here is a video which tells us about continents and gives us some facts about Africa:
Now that you’ve seen and learnt lots about the continent of Africa, see if you can make a fact-file all about it. Try including pictures and information of what you know. You could even do some more of your own research about Africa to find some of your own facts. When you’ve finished, you can add it to your fact-file for Europe and Asia from the last 2 weeks. When we have finished looking at all 7 continents you can staple them together and you’ll have your own 7 page Continent fact book!
Last week we learnt about what computers are and how they do what they do. We learnt about algorithms: the clear instructions that need to be given to a computer for it to do what you want it to do. We use so many different things in our lives that do jobs for us when we give them the correct instructions. I bet you can find lots even in your own home! See if you can find at least 5 things in your home that you can press a button to make it do a job for us. When you’ve found them try and draw them and write what they are built to do for us.
P.E.Your first activity is a game to get you and your family up and moving. The instructions make it a competition but you could always try and work together too. As an extra challenge try using a different size towel, or a bed sheet. What about changing the size of the ball? Give it a go!
Today, we are going to continue thinking about our theme for RE this term: Special things in nature. Recently we have thought about things in nature that we think are special, and last week we learnt about the Christian story of creation, telling us about how God created our world and all that is on it. This week I wanted us to have a go writing our own prayer, thanking God for the world that we have been given. To help us with this we are going to write a Teaspoon (tsp) Prayer, which we have done in school before. See if you can remember what the T.S.P. stand for… T is for “Thank you”, S is for “sorry”, and P is for Please. Each line in your prayer starts with one of those letters, to help us think about what to say in our prayer to God, in which we are thinking about the amazing world that we live on. Once you’ve written a prayer that you’re happy with and proud of then ask an adult to email it to me, it might end up being the prayer I share in our next Weekly Website Update!
MusicThis week we’re heading back to ‘Out of the Ark Music’ for another great song: ‘Coordination Funk’. Have a listen:
Mindfulness activitiesThis 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 have some calm time without any worries.
Finally I offer you all this prayer; a teaspoon prayer, to help you with ideas for your own prayer writing for this week’s RE activity.
Thank you for the beautiful world you have given us.
Sorry that we do not always treat it with the respect that it deserves.
Please help us to show our love for our world as much as you love us.
Have a wonderful, relaxing half term week everyone!