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Week Six - Beginning 11th May

Hello again!  Have you all had a lovely weekend?  Did you find out about VE Day and why it was being recognised?  Are you taking lots of photos of all the lovely activities you are enjoying with your family to remind you of these unusual months?  

Amazing Animals

Look in the Amazing Animals section for links to activities to support our topic. This week we are going Under the Sea...!!

Section Updates

Language and Understanding section

Finding Out section -  new Amazing Animals experiments added

BBC Bitesize Number game added to Number section

CVC - Consonant Vowel Consonant - Words

I hope you are enjoying practising recognising all the sounds a to z and learning the Jolly Phonic actions along side them.  Remember there is a link to the songs and PowerPoints to help practise discriminating initial sounds in the Sounds section.

When your child can confidently hear initial sounds then you can begin to practise oral blending and segmenting of CVC words.

REMEMBER: This is all undertaken verbally, no written words should be introduced until your child is confidently achieving both targets below.

Firstly parents you need to practise your best robot impersonation!  Then at random moments you can turn into your robot alter ego and ask your child to identify the words you are sounding out.  For example, have cat, dog and pig pictures or toys in front of you then ask your child to give you the p-i-g... Repeat it as often as needed, speeding up your sounds until you are basically saying the word to ensure that your child can always hear the word and find the correct picture/toy.  You are asking your child to blend the sounds together to hear a word, a pre-reading skill.

Then your child can try to be the robot. This is segmenting a given CVC word into phonemes (individual sounds). Give your child a word and support them in telling you that word in 'robot speak'.  You could include words with sh, ch, th (digraphs - they make one sound) but be wary of blends (pl,tr,sm..) because they are much harder to split initially.

Please don't worry if your child is still trying to hear initial sounds, that is fine, just keep practising through play.  You could still use the robot voice when talking about objects - 'I am going to get the d-o-ll' for example. 

Number Recognition and Counting

Keep practising counting whenever you can - bounces on the trampoline or steps when you are out for a walk or cuddly toys in your bed - both up to 20 and backwards from ten, starting from any number up to 20 and even in steps of two if your child is working confidently within 20. 

Practise number recognition and apply that knowledge whenever possible - give each teddy at a tea party a card with the number of cakes they would like. Can your child give each teddy the correct number?  Create cardboard boats with different numbers on them. Can your child drive the correct number of vehicles onto each boat? 

It is important to support your child to check they are correct.  Help them to organise the objects into a line or show them how to pick them up or move them to indicate that they have been counted.  

And finally, practise number formation.  The links below might be helpful.

Language and Understanding

If you haven't already, please look in the Language and Understanding section and read the various aspects.  Very worthwhile checking your child's understanding so that if you find an aspect your child is not fully confident in then you can spend a few minutes a day filling that gap.

CBeebies - Octonauts

If you have never explored the Octonaut games and activities then, in my opinion, they are worthwhile investigating.  The creature reports are informative and after each game played you have the option to print out a sheet with a sea creature to colour and collect.

Purple Mash

2do : Maths City 2

Today I would like you to visit the pond area.  This will lead you to the various activities to complete.  You will visit a coral reef, watch children play in their water tray with sea creatures and then you can create your own water scene which you can print out if you wish!  You can also attempt Maths  activities that will challenge your positional language, and measuring/sizing vocabulary! 

2do: Fish

Can you colour in the fish? What makes them suitable to living in the sea? Remember to add any special features.

2do: Under the Sea

How many types of under the sea creatures can you draw?  Remember to use resources like books or the internet for ideas.  Let us know what your favourite sea creature is, by asking a grown up to write it in the comments box. 

2do: A-fish-metic

Count the fish as they swim in the sea.  It is tricky as they do not keep still!  Listen carefully to the instructions as sometimes you just have to count a certain colour. The numbers increase as you play so you may need a grown up to support you. 

2do: Numbers 0-9

Not an animal related task but we thought it might be a useful number recognition activity.  Use your keyboard to type the numbers as they appear on the screen (ignore the positioning of fingers, that is for older children to practise their keyboard skills) Can you say the number before you type it? How fast can you find each number? Happy typing!