Welcome back Ladybirds, parents and carers. I hope that you have all had a lovely Easter and you are all staying healthy and happy at home. Today I’m bringing you our next Weekly Website update. If you missed the last one, before the Easter break, then you can still find it all on the ‘Ladybirds’ tab on the website. This week is exciting as we are going to start our new Learning Quest and our new Power of Reading Book, both of which we will keep working on over the coming weeks, just like when we are at school together. Our new Learning Quest is ‘How did they make that?’ and so it is all about things that have been made, how it’s done and what they are made out of.
Also, as a reminder, if you have done any work that you would like to share then I would LOVE to see it. You can show me either by tweeting it or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . I’ll include any work that I get sent as part of a weekly update too, to share and be proud of what you have been learning and doing each week.
Important reading announcement
In our last Weekly Website Update I gave an important announcement about reading books, which I am including again here for anyone that hasn’t yet requested their Phonics Bug log-in details. Lots have already logged in and I’ve heard how much some of you are enjoying these new books, which has been great to hear.
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.
Phonics Play, a resource we use a lot in class to help with our phonics, has a new website
Today we are starting off a completely new Power of Reading Book, The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas, so let’s look at the book together…
Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge- Rabbit ears
1.An adult or older sibling stands a short distance away from the Ladybird child.
Based on the fact a rabbit has 2 ears this game focuses on counting in 2s/ 2 times tables.
2. The adult/ older sibling throws a ball to the younger child and says a number, e.g. “4 rabbits”
3. When the ball is caught they must answer the question (on this occasion 4 groups of 2 is 8, 4 x 2 = 8)
The Ladybirds child shouts “8 rabbit ears” before doing 8 bunny hops around the room and throwing the ball back.
4. a correct answer gets a point, what is the highest score they can get over the week?
5. year 2s could try saying the times tables that is the answer too (so say 4x2=8, 8 rabbit ears).
Introduction to dividing as grouping: putting into equal groups.
Last time we were exploring dividing by sharing objects equally between people. However you can also divide by “grouping”. This is getting a set of objects and sorting them into groups of equal size to see how many groups it will make. To help us to understand click this link and watch the video, but stop the video at 38 seconds as then it explains a concept that we don’t need to know yet.
Year 1 activity: Practise grouping a number of objects to work out how groups it will make. Solve these with a collection of real objects (beads or counters would work well) and then try and write the sentences to solve them.
What happens when you have 10 and make groups of 5? 10 put into groups of 5 makes____groups.
What happens when you have 20 and make groups of 5? 20 put into groups of 5 makes____groups.
What happens when you have 10 and make groups of 2? 10 put into groups of 2 makes____groups.
What happens when you have 15 and make groups of 3? 15 put into groups of 3 makes____groups.
Ready for a different challenge? Have a go at this 3 star challenge.
In ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’ we have already seen several different looking robots. Even though they are all different, something that is similar is that they are all made out of 2D shapes. For an art activity this week, can you try and make a robot picture using 2D shapes? You can easily make 2D shapes by drawing around different objects in your house, e.g. draw around a tin can to get a circle. Once you have drawn some 2D shapes, cut them out and stick them onto another sheet to make the shape of a robot. You may want to colour or decorate them before you cut them out, to make your robot look more detailed and interesting. Here are a few examples to give you ideas:
Now that you’ve had a go making a robot out of 2D shapes that you’ve drawn on paper, I wonder if you can try making a robot out of 2D shapes on a computer. Using any computer programme that you can draw shapes (Microsoft Word, paint, any drawing software) try and draw a robot made out of 2D shapes. Ask an adult to show you how it works if you need to. Can you colour it in too?
Since we are looking at robots this week we are going to think about what different things are made out of. Remember that what things are made out of are called ‘materials’. What material are robots made out of? Why do you think robots are made out of metal? Ask an adult to help you choose some metal objects from around the house. Compare them to other objects and materials to decide why robots are made out of metal. Draw some of the metal objects that you have found and label words that describe what metal is like.
Fancy a challenge?
Were all the metal objects you had similar? Ask an adult of they can get you some tin foil. This is also made out of metal, how is it different to the other objects you had?
All robots have to be made by someone or by a machine. There are lots of different kinds of robots now, but for a long time in the past there were no robots at all. They hadn’t been invented yet. Lots of things we have now didn’t used to be around because they hadn’t been invented. Last term we talked about what it was like before aeroplanes were invented. What do you think it was like before cars were invented? What about before computers were invented?
For a fun activity ask an adult in your family about something that was invented when they were young. Then ask them what it was like and how it changed lives? It can be anything they like. As an example: when I was young hand-held computer games were invented, so you could play computer games out of your home and take them with you for the first time ever. This is very common now, with games on phones that can fit in your pocket, but hand-held computer games back then had to have special cases to carry them in, as they were much bigger than phones we have now.
I wonder what other inventions the adults in your family will think of?
Mrs Dawson has sent me some fun activities for your to practise some French skills over the weeks. This week we are going to focus on recapping colours in French. First let's start with listening to and joining in the colours song:
This week’s active videos also have a robot theme. I’ve chosen 1 for year 1 and 1 for year 2s, but you can choose which you’d like to try, or you could practise both over the week. For an added, musical challenge I wonder if you can learn the songs to sing along as you move.
This half term we are going to move away from thinking about special signs and symbols, and instead learn about Special things in nature. Our big question for the half term, which will link to special things in nature will be “Is waiting always difficult?”. As an introduction to this question I want you to think about times that you have had to wait for something. It could be waiting for anything: waiting for breakfast, waiting for a friend to phone you, waiting for your birthday, waiting to go in to the cinema because there’s a queue. When you’ve had some time to think about it I want you to draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper, to split it in 2. On 1 half I want you to draw a label times when you’ve had to wait for something but it has been easy, and on the other half try and draw and label times when you’ve had to wait for something but it has been hard. This is a bit like journal time, there’s no right or wrong answers, it’s all about what you think and what you feel.
This week we have some new activities to help you to feel calm and feel good in yourself. First up is a Gonoodle video all about helping you to feel like you’ve had a big victory, which we have all done, so let’s feel it!
Finally I offer you all this prayer all about 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.