Hello Ladybirds! I hope that you've all had a good week and are ready for some new home learning activities. Before we get into that, thank you so much all of you who sent me some of your home learning over the past couple of weeks. It has been wonderful to see what you’ve been getting up to and it’s nice to see you’re enjoying the activities on the website. Don’t forget if you missed any of the last Weekly Website updates then you can still find them under the ‘Ladybirds’ class tab. This week we get to carry on with ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’ and see what happens to the robot next, we start looking at fractions in maths, I’ve got a fun art challenge for you and much more!
Don’t forget, if you have done any work that you would like to share then please ask an adult to email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet it on twitter. 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.
Lots of you have now got your log-in details for Phonics Bug and have been getting stuck in to your new reading books. As it is still new to us I learnt a couple of new things about Phonics Bug this week. First, for a book to register as ‘finished’ 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). This is important as when a book registers as ‘finished’ you earn rewards on your own Phonics Bug home page. I was pretty excited when I discovered this. Also when the books you currently have are finished it should unlock new books for you.
If you haven’t got your log-in details yet but would like it then simply 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.
In addition to our weekly phonics play activities, you should also find you can access some new phonics activities on Phonics Bug from today (I’ve had a busy week learning more about Phonics Bug). These are games to practise letters and sounds that have been learnt previously.
Year 1 are continuing on ‘Phase 5c’, on Phonics Play:
Once you scroll down to 5c the activities for this week can be found in ‘investigating alternative spellings for “ar”’ and ‘investigating alternative spellings for “ear”’. 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.
Year 2 this week the year 2s are going to revisit how to make a word past tense. First of all could you tell an adult what you think past tense means? What does it mean if something is in the past? When you have discussed this have a look at:
Today we are continuing our book The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas, picking up where we left off and then looking at some new pages. If you missed the start of the story then check out last weeks Weekly Website Update.
It’s not a good start to the story for the robot with the broken heart is it? Your first activity is to draw your own robot sitting on the scrap heap. What sort of robots and machines will you put in your scrap heap? When you’ve done that can you do some speech and thought bubbles of what you think the robot could be saying and thinking? Here’s an example:
If you finish that, can you think of what you would do to try and cheer up the robot? Write your ideas under your picture.
For our second activity, something a bit more cheerful! What do you think the different robots in the story are for? What are their jobs? Can they speak? See? Hear? Feel? Your second activity is to design your own machine or robot, and think about those questions. What is your robot for? What is its job? Can it speak? See? Hear? Feel? Draw it as detailed as you can and label the parts of it that allow it to be good at what it does.
I actually have a third activity this week. I’ve found an online game all about practising the skills for writing which I thought was great fun and helpful. I’m mainly suggesting it as an activity for year 2s, to help them practise some of the punctuation and spelling they have learnt over the year, but any year 1s can have a try at it too. It’s called Karate Cats and can be found here:
Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 1- Chalk chop
Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 2- Fun with Fractions
Introduction to fractions.
Over the past couple of weeks we have looked at dividing by sharing and by grouping. Now that we have an understanding of this, we are going to look at fractions. Year 1s will be exploring halving this week, where as year 2 will be looking at halves and a quarter (we will explore two and three quarters in the future, but if you want to discuss it this week that’s okay).Year 1 activity: Explore and practise splitting objects, shapes or groups into half. A half is 1 of 2 equal parts. So to split something in half you first have to split it into 2 equal parts, and then 1 half is one of those pieces. This video puts understanding a half into a nice story (stop the video at 3 minutes 49 ):
Parents: year 1s don’t need to use the symbol ½ yet, though it is in the video so they can begin to see it.
At home, with an adult, find objects that can be split in half, e.g. a bar of chocolate, fruit, lego people, a bunch of pencils.
Then have a go at the following challenges:
Ready for a different challenge? Have a go at this 3 star challenge.
Ready for a 3 star challenge?
(tip: the pattern isn't important, think about the number of squares...)
This week I’ve been reminded by how much I love all the colours of Spring, and decided we needed a colourful Spring art activity. I was inspired by the artist Andrew Goldworthy who makes pieces of art out of colourful natural objects, as you can see below
I thought it’d be nice to have a go making out own pictures inspired by Andrew Goldworthy. For this activity you will need a box of some sort to collect things in, and an adult to help you.Step 1. With an adult collect natural things of all the colours you need (check with your adult that it's okay to pick it up first), like these ones I found:
Step2. If you are missing any colours then try and find them indoors, e.g. lego bricks.
Step 3. Use the things you’ve found to try and make a Spring colourful picture. It doesn’t have to be a rainbow, it can be whatever you want, just a simple colourful pattern will be lovely. Here are some examples of pieces of art that have been made in the style of Andrew Goldsworthy, to give you some ideas.
Step 4. When you’ve finished take a picture, as the natural things probably won’t stay so colourful for long!
Step 5. Ask an adult to tweet it or email it to me!
Whilst we are at home we are probably all using computers more than we would usually do, so this week I wanted to discuss the importance of being safe online. The focus for this activity is on what private information is, and why you shouldn’t share it online. Here is a video that I like to share each year as I feel it illustrates the situation well. I would ask that parents/ carers watch it with you child/ children, so that if they have any questions about it you can talk about it all straight away. You may even want to pre-watch it so you know what is talked about before your child watches it.
In The Robot and the Bluebird we have seen the poor robot sat on the scrapheap all through day and night, and even through different weather and into Winter. This got me thinking of a different PE activity this week. I found a fun song all about the seasons,
I wonder if you can use your body to show each season as it comes up in the song. Use the words in the song to help you with ideas. Try listening to it first, and come up with some actions, then listen to it again and see if you can put it together to make an exercise dance video! You could even ask someone to make a video clip of part of it to share. Have a go and see what you can do.As a second activity have a go at this weekly challenge that I found. 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!
ScienceI love the pictures in The Robot and the Bluebird so much that I thought it would be nice to create our own picture showing time passing, just like we thought about in our PE activity.
Then when you’ve got enough ideas you can make your 4 seasons picture. Here are some examples to give you some ideas. These show all sorts of different materials you can use: paper, card, tissue, paint, finger paint, different tools for stamping. I can’t wait to see what you can come up with!
This week I wanted Ladybirds to be able to start looking back at some areas of Geography we have explored this year. BBC Bitesize have a wonderful game for exploring the continents of the world, oceans of the world, capital cities of the UK, compass directions, seasons and weather. Some of them we looked at towards the start of the year, so they may be a challenge, but have a go and enjoy the game.
Today we are going to start exploring our them for RE this term: Special things in nature. To do this we are going to look around to find things that are special in nature that you can see near you. At this time of year nature is waking up all around us after Winter, so you can see all sorts of things. Year 1s can pick to look inside or outside, but year 2s I’d like to do both, and find things that are special in nature that you can see for yourself. You can make a colourful poster showing what these things are and make it look as special as you can. You can stick things on the poster, add collage, use different materials, add pop-up features. Get creative and make it as special as nature deserves!
As an additional challenge you can try and explain why you think those things are special.
This week I’ve found my way back to the wonderful ‘Out of the Ark Music’. This song is all about sticking together during the hard times, an important message all the time, but even more so at the moment. It’s also a catchy song that I thought you might enjoy as a sing-along, and I’m sure some of you will even come up with some actions for it!
When you’ve enjoyed the song I thought you could have a go making a poster for the song, called ‘As One’. Include on your poster pictures of different things that you think bring your friends and family together as one. Make it lovely and fun to look at, just as the song is fun to listen to!
This week we have some new activities to help you to feel calm and feel goodin yourself. First up is a Gonoodle video all about weathering the storm, remembering how strong you are when times are tough, and that you can get through it!
before we finish with our prayer for the week, I have a final important notice: next week our D&T activity will be to build your own 3D robot. So this week start collecting any boxes or other recyclable materials that you think you could use to build a robot. Some Ladybirds already saw this activity coming and have had a go building an amazing robot, but it’ll be one of next week’s activities, so get planning and collecting!
Finally I offer you all this prayer all about patience at a time when we all require it. 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.
Give me the courage to change things that need changing.
Give me the patience to accept the things that I can't change.
Help me to know the difference.