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Week Five - Beginning 4th May

Can you believe that we are already on week three of our Jingle Jangle Jungle topic?  Time flies when you are having fun, and we hope that you are all having fun at home! 


Below we have put lots more fantastic learning that you can do during the first school week in May!  We are on a new calendar month now...why not take a look at the calendar this week and see if you can find which month we are in and explore all the other months of the year.  What is your favourite month of the year? You could share at dinner time each of your favourite months and say why! It's a great way to squeeze in some extra maths and literacy skills!


These are your Teacher's favourite months of the year in Reception...

- Mrs Burkley's favourite month is July because its not only her birthday, but she normally gets to spend a brilliant last few weeks with her class looking back at how much you have all grown and feeling super proud...and then there is the excitement of the Summer holidays beginning and hot weather!

- Mrs Lewis found it difficult to choose her favourite month! She loves May because it starts to get warmer, but in the end she chose December because she loves all the festivities and in particular choosing the Christmas Tree with her family and decorating it together!

- Mrs Brown loves July because it is also her birthday, but has chosen December as her favourite month because she aboslutely loves Christmas.

- Miss Smith's favourite is May. She likes how the days are longer and the weather is becoming so much warmer!

- Mrs Small's favourite month is April as she loves the fact that it is lighter in the evening after the winter nights and it is the beginning of spring. She says that everything begins to look more colourful and brighter!

- Miss Rees likes August because she loves having a big rest in the warm sunshine!

- Mrs Thomas' favourite month is October. She says it's the start of Autumn - crisp weather, pretty leaves on the trees and there are pumpkins everywhere!


We look forward to hearing all about your favourite months of the year!  Have fun with your learning this week and remember to stay home, stay safe and stay happy! 

Literacy for this week is ... Writing Clues!

This week our literacy activity is to write clues. Children often love playing games like 'Guess Who' so this activity engages most children to make their own game of 'Guess Who' for Jungle Animals.  


On the first week of our topic we asked your child to research and create their own fact files on a jungle animal of their choice. In the second week of our topic your child explored fiction and non-fiction books. Using all of the information and skills that they have learnt over the past two weeks we would like your child to chose between 1-3 jungle animals to create their own 'Guess Who'. 


We have included a Powerpoint which you can use as a stimuli and help your child to understand how clues work. It is a fun game and you can access the powerpoint software via hwb if you don't have it on your computer already.


There is also a phase 2/3 phonic sound mat as we would ask you to support your child recording their writing using their phonic sound knowledge and know that a sound mat is a valuable tool to do this. We encourage children in Reception to sound out and record as independently as possible. Please don't worry if it isn't spelt correctly as we are trying to get the children to apply and write phonetically - just encourage your child to stretch their words out and record all they can hear and use their high frequency word knowledge. 


Once they have written their clues direct your child to then read out their clues to another household member to see if they can guess which jungle animal they have written about!  

This week we are looking at time. As the year progresses children begin to show an interest in the clock and how to tell the time. This year we have already talked to the children about where we can find the time (computer screens, mobile phones, on televisions, digital devices, wall clocks, alarm clocks are all important examples). The children have awareness that we can read the time 'analogue' - on a mechanical wall clock or wrist watch where there is a hour hand and minute hand, and 'digital' such as 09:00 or 14:32.  Now we want the children to become comfortable identifying 'o'clock' and drawing the hands of an analogue clock with accuracy. 


There is a powerpoint (you can access this software via hwb) which introduces and explains simply about time and how the clock works.  Children need to understand that time is made up of hours and minutes. Once the children have gone through the powerpoint with you we would then ask the children to have a go at writing o'clock o the Write the Time Cards.  We do explain to the children that one hand is shorter than the other (to help tell the difference between hours and minutes).


The next step for when your child is comfortable identifying o'clock is then for children to be able to identify 'one hour later'. You can even extend this to 'one hour earlier'. 


The last step is to then match analogue and digital times together. This is the last document above.


For those maths wizards within the year group you can extend your child to identify 'one hour earlier', writing digital times and moving on to 'half past'. You can do the same as the above activities focused on half past. Please however only do these activities if your child is able to do all the above independently and consistently accurately. Thank you :-)

Last week we asked you to look at what a habitat is and what we need to survive. This week we are moving on to exploring the different kinds of habitats there are in the world and what animals live in those habitats. 


There is a powerpoint to help you get started in exploring different habitats.  After you have watched this have a go at the habitat matching activity. To help you save ink you could print the animal cards so there are two pages to one page on your printer settings. 


If you would like to continue exploring different habitats the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has an activity that explores wetlands aimed at 5-7 year olds. You may like to use the WWT document above to look closer at this type of habitat in more detail. 

R.E. continues with exploring other special books...

We have looked at the special books that you have in your house last week and we hope you had a great time sharing and exploring books that are special to your child and your family.  


At this time in our school year we organise a visit to our local library to explore the library, find out about the different library rules and encourage the children to have a go at using the library by themselves finding books from the sections within the children's library.  Sadly with lockdown this isn't possible so again we look to your own book collections.  Maybe you could use this opportunity for your child to make their own book library in their bedroom or another part of the house? 


We would like you to discuss your own visits or experiences of the library and think of any rules that a library has. You can then take a look at the library posters and see if you got them all or missed any out. Maybe you even came up with ones that aren't in the poster pack? You could make a poster for that rule yourself and then display it in your own home library.


Then use the scavenger lists to see if you can find different types of books at home. This is a great way to explore different types of books - not just fiction or non-fiction! What different books do you have at home?


Have fun!

Geography, Science and D.T. this week - making your own habitat!

This week we have a great cross-curricular activity that builds upon your learning in Science. We would like your child to chose their favourite habitat that they have explored and make their own 3D model of it.  There are some ideas of 3D model habitats for you to have a look at and help you get started.  Think about what the habitat looks like, the features it has and what animals live in it.  


If you enjoy making your habitat then you could also have a go at creating your own living habitat in your outdoor space of a mini pond. There are instructions on how you can do this from the WWT.  You could even make a duck to decorate it with using the resource from WWT Make a duck if you are feeling super creative!  


Once you have made your 3D habitat and/or outdoor pond please tweet us @RhiwbeinaPrm as we would love to see what you have created and is a great way to share with your friends in the year group your brilliant work too!


This week we would like you to learn about pulse in music.

First of all place ask your child to place their hand on their chest. Can they feel their heart beat? Are the beats fast or slow? Do they get faster, slower or stay the same steady pace when they are stood still? Discuss with your child that this is called a pulse and that music also has a pulse. Sometimes it can be fast and sometimes it can be slow but it is always evenly spaced.

Now try our two music challenges...

Challenge 1

Watch the song ‘We’re going on a Lion Hunt’ on the video above. Can your child pick up the pulse and clap along with the song?

Get yourself or another household member to join in to and see if they are both clapping at the same time? Challenge your child to see if they can walk around in time to the music.

Time for the noise - give your child a saucepan and wooden spoon to use as a drum. Can they beat their drum to the pulse of the music?


Challenge 2

Listen carefully to other songs of your child's choice. These can be other jungle songs, songs they like to sing or even their favourite pop songs. Now can they find the pulse and clap along to them? Can they identify which songs have a faster or slower pulse?


Have fun and make some noise!


This week your child will be using their own bodies in different ways to become different animals.

If you have a printer try to print the animal cards attached to use. If not ask just make sure you can see them on the computer screen. Your child could even get creative and making some of their own movement cards by copying them or thinking of some other animals if they would like.


To start and get some ideas as well as to warm up the body join in with this song above (see video above).

Ask your child which different movements did they use to walk through the jungle?


Now ask your child to pretend to be a bouncing kangaroo. They can bounce on the spot then bounce around. Can they make their bounces higher so that they are jumping?  You can extend these moves for your child but getting them to try jumping onto or over obstacles such as soft toys. Make sure they remember to bend your knees when they land! Together you could use a few objects to create a mini kangaroo obstacle course...


Now look through the activity cards  and try to move like the different animals. You could gallop like a horse, stomp like an elephant or slither like a snake! Ask your child to try moving at different speeds. Are some types of movements better for going fast or slow?


Fun games your child can play:

1) Get others in your family to join in; they can all become different animals. You could have a race and see which animal wins.

2) Choose an animal card. Without telling anyone what it is start to move like the animal and see if the others in your family can guess which animal you are. Don’t forget to try to add other movements to give more clues. As well as stomping like an elephant you could try swinging your arm as a trunk.


Good luck turning into the different animals! Your child's teachers want to remind them not to forget to change back to their wonderful self when they have finished!