There are lots of ideas on here to keep your children busy and learning whilst we are off. These activities are intended to be done in short bursts of 15-20 mins. In school we do short activities and then physical breaks as the children cannot concentrate for long periods of time. Please do not do a whole day of maths, writing or phonics, mix up the different activities as this is what the children are used to in school. The green books are your child’s home learning books so anything you do can be recorded in here. It doesn’t necessarily have to be written, it can include photos and drawings. Most of all make the learning fun and enjoyable, learning should be very practical and engaging at this age!
With the number cards you can
• Order the numbers to 20.
• Choose any number & your child has to count on to 20 or back to 0 from that number.
• Choose a number – which number is 1 more? Which is 1 less.
• Hide 2 or 3 number cards – which numbers are missing?
• Use number cards and flash the cards at random – what is the number?
• Play again flashing random numbers but this time they don’t say the number they say the number that is 1 more or 1 less.
• Choose 2 or 3 numbers – can the children order the numbers from smallest to largest or largest to smallest.
• You and your child choose a card each – who has the largest/ smallest number? What numbers come in between your numbers?
• Practise number bonds to 10 – find 2 cards that make 10.
• Have 2 bowls & 10 objects – sort the objects into the bowls & talk about how many in each.
• Use chalk to write numbers to 20.
• Use a timer for 1 minute – how many hops/ jumps can they do?
• You say a number, your child must then do that many actions.
• Use 2/3 hoops, buckets etc. Write a number on each. Throw a beanbag/ball into each – what score did you get? Who scored the most?
• Hide number cards in the garden – can they find then order all the numbers?
• Find a stick – can they find anything longer/ shorter than their stick?
• Practise counting objects accurately to 20!
• Choose a handful of small objects – how many objects do you think you have in your hand? Count them, are you right?
Online games to play.
• Shape patterns
• Shape monsters
• Underwater Counting
• Ladybird spots
• Gingerbread man game
• Toy shop money game
• Phonics bloom – phase 2 & phase 3 games.
• Washing line rhyme.
• Slides (final sounds in words)
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Go to the free play section. Play phase 2 or Phase 3 games.
www.numberjacks.co.uk/kids/ You will have to log in to create an account but there are lots of games on there.
www.sparklebox.co.uk Lots of free phonics & maths worksheets but these will need to be printed.
• Go on a Spring walk – what signs of Spring can you see? Draw them in the book & label them.
• Look at birds/ bugs in your garden – what are they? Draw them in your book.
• Go out in the garden & find sticks, leaves, flowers etc – can you create a picture with these?
• Plant some seeds & watch them grow.
• Choose an animal, draw it in your book & find out as much as you can about that animal.
Physical development ideas
• Practise throwing & catching a ball.
• Learn to skip with a skipping rope.
• Practise kicking a ball accurately.
• Practise rolling a ball in a straight line.
• Practise balancing on 1 leg, on a low wall etc. Lots of ideas of National Trust website – 50 Things to do before you’re 11 3/4
• Read any story to/with your child stop at a certain point – what do they think happens next? What can you see in the picture? How do they feel etc?
• Read lots of rhyming stories – if you don’t have any listen to them on You tube. Julia Donaldson, Hairy Maclary stories etc.
• Practise letter formation using sheets given as guidance.
• Keep a diary of one thing they do each day.
• Choose their favourite story from home, read it with your child. Your child can then write about their favourite part of the story & write about what happens in the story. Top tips for writing with your child.. • Make sure your child is sat comfortably and that the table is not too high.
• Draw lines to help your child focus their writing and letter formation.
• Choose a sharp pencil.
• Encourage correct pencil grip.
• Ask your child what they want to write. You repeat it back to them and then both say it again.
• Allow your child to sound out for themselves & only support them to sound out if they need encouragement.
• Don’t worry if they miss some of the middle sounds, developmentally children will hear the initial and final sounds before they hear the middle sounds.
• Keep repeating the sentence back to your child to help them remember what to write next.
• Encourage your child to read back what they have written so far so they can keep track of where they are up to.
• Don’t be tempted to tell them how to spell a word – they need to use their phonic knowledge.
• Let your child use the phonic sounds they know, don’t worry if it is not spelt correctly, it will be phonetically correct.
• Give them lots of praise & encouragement.
• Use your child’s phonics homework book & check which sounds they have learnt so far.
• Practise writing those sounds and write a simple 3 or 4 letter word to go with that sound eg j – jam, ch – chip, ng – ring etc.
• Practise reading & writing Tricky words – Phase 2 words - I, no, go, to, the & into.
• Phase 3 words – he, she, we, me, be, was, are, all, they & you.
Online Safeguarding for parents
We want everyone to keep safe during this time. Please can you continue to be mindful of your child’s use of the internet, especially of any social media apps and support them safely in keeping in touch digitally with their friends. Please encourage them to think about online safety rules as they learn and lots of these links can be found on our school website.
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