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Week Thirteen - Beginning 6th July

Wow!  What a fantastic week we have had seeing all of the children who have been able to return to school for their opportunity to 'check-in, catch up and prepare'. It was lovely to spend time with them all and to hear about their news as well as complete some activities together. We have really missed seeing their big smiles and it has made strange times for us all so much happier!


This week we have continued to plan our Turrets and Tiaras topic for you to use at home! Can you believe that there are only two weeks left?!! The time has really flown by. We hope you enjoy the last couple of weeks we have planned.


A polite reminder...If your child is coming to school please refrain from doing the two activities marked as...

***This activity will be explored during your child's time at school this week. Please only complete this activity if your child is not attending school this week. Thank you***  as we will do these with your child.  If your child is not returning then please continue to work through the range of activities we provide. 

This weeks Language, Literacy and Communication activity is ... Welsh - Dillad (clothes)!

This week we would like your child to learn the different welsh vocabulary for clothes - dillad!  A great place to start when learning this vocabulary is with items that every child has in their wardrobe - their school uniform.


Above there is a 'Dillad Ysgol' PowerPoint. This introduces the different vocabulary for school clothes. It also puts these words it into a simple sentence. The sentences are important to not only say aloud but for children to become familiar with how the words look and to experience reading welsh sentences with support. They may begin to identify the welsh sentence patterns also.


Once your child has completed the activity we would like you to use the flashcards to practise this new vocabulary. We have made you mini flashcards that you can print and use.  Can your child recall the words that match the pictures?  If they get really confident you can cut off or fold down the words at the top of the pictures and see if they can recall the welsh words without any written prompts. 


When you feel that they have learnt all the words then you can use the dress up characters (this is a great activity for developing scissor and fine motor skills further too).  Your child can cut out the different clothing but can only place the item on their character when they have said the correct welsh word. It is almost like a quiz - instead of a point they get to dress their character. The game is finished when their character us fully dressed!


There is also a general 'dillad' word mat to help your child learn other words relating to other clothing. You could always extend your child's learning by asking them to go and choose five different items from a wardrobe. Upon their return together you can then use the word mat to see if they can find the correct welsh words.  Pwb lwc! (Good luck!)


***If your child is attending school this week then we will be covering the ruler PowerPoint and 'Measuring the crown jewels using a ruler' activity in class. If you would like to explore length further after your child's session at school please feel free to use the other resources provided above***


This week we would like your child to explore length using standard and non-standard measures.  So far this year we have only used 'non-standard' or 'informal' measures such as multilink cubes and duplo blocks. Now we would like you to introduce your child to standard measure of centimetres.  


For many children this will be their first experience of using a ruler properly. To help them understand how to measure with a ruler there is a PowerPoint loaded above for you to share with your child. It is important that they know they start on the '0' or first marker to get an accurate reading and then which mark goes to which number if your ruler at home isn't very clear. If you don't have a ruler we have sourced a printable ruler for you (available above).


To get your child started we have provided a recap activity on ordering by length. They can use the leaves from the Beanstalk activity to cut out (practising their fine motor skills) and then order from shortest to longest.  Remembering that it is length (from left to right) rather than height (bottom to top) that we are measuring/ordering. 


They can then use the Rapunzel activity of 'Comparing Length Playdough Mats' using any playdough you may have or left over from last week's pollen grain activities. This is a particularly good activity if your child needs practise to accurately use the vocabulary for length. 


The focus activity is 'Measuring crown jewels using a ruler'.  This is where the ruler gets its use! Within this activity set we would like your child to complete the first sheet in the pack.  Leave 'A' and 'E' on the sheet to the last as these have half centimetre measurements. Your child may be aware of what 'half' means and this will provide an excellent challenge and opportunity to extend your child's learning. 


You can extend your child's learning by using a range of simple real-life objects around the house that are longer than those on the activity sheet. You could use a tape measure if your child is confident with larger numbers too.  Or why not go on a leaf or flower hunt in the garden, measure and record what they have found, comparing lengths afterwards?  It's a fun, hands-on concept that we are sure your child will enjoy doing!


If your child finds using standard measure of centimetres with a ruler  challenging then please don't worry and focus on using units such as lego blocks, duplo blocks, and handspans for example. When they have mastered this then move on to the activity outlined above.

This weeks Science is ... The Great Plant Experiment!

This term your child has been learning all about plants and we know that lots of Reception children have been busy planting and growing. Your child has now learnt that plants need water, sun, soil and air in order to grow properly. This week (and next week) we would like your child to have a little fun with some plants and take part in the great plant experiment! 


If it is possible to buy some bedding plants we would love for your child to become a hands-on scientist and create a plant experiment. To do this together you will need to choose and source different liquids to feed each of your bedding plants. For example, if you have 6 bedding plants then you will need to 6 different liquids. We tried this last year and the results were amazing - the children and teachers loved it! The liquids we chose from last year were tea, coffee, milk, fresh juice, coke, lemonade and orange squash. Your child can choose different to this if they wish.

For example:

Plant 1 has coffee

Plant 2 has milk

Plant 3 has orange juice

Plant 4 has lemonade

Plant 5 has diet coke

Plant 6 has full sugar coke.


Label up your plant pots so you know what each plant is being fed - it is easy to get them mixed up if they aren't labelled! Before you start feeding the plants observe how they look, then predict what you think will happen - encouraging your child to record their predictions simply. A key part of being a scientist is explaining their ideas and reasons for their predictions and findings so lots of questions and discussion is important too.


Now for the fun part! Give each plant a little of their drink each day and record/watch what happens over the 2 weeks. We wonder if your child predicted them correctly?! Have fun!


This week's DT is... To design your own plant pot!

The King and Queen of the Castle are getting ready for the Royal Banquet but the castle isn't looking very bright or colourful. The plants are starting to come out but all the pots that they are in are old, looking tired and grey. It's time for a change! The royal family have asked if your child can help them by designing a plant pot to go in the courtyard for the banquet. We would like them to design their own plant pot using the template sheet provided above. If possible your child could transfer their design to a real garden pot and place it in your garden and see if it does the job of brightening up the outdoors!  We would love to see your designs on our Twitter page - @RhiwbeinaPrm      Happy designing! 


This week's R.E. is... Christian Symbols!

This week we would like your child to look at ‘Christian Symbols’. We would like you to take a look at the PowerPoint above and discuss what you have found out together.  The aim of this session is for your child to understand what a symbol is and why they are important, to understand that some symbols belong to religions, and to be aware of some of the symbols of Christianity.  Your child may already have an awareness of symbols through the previously set activity to design a knight's shield or perhaps through your own faith, family and community.


We would like you discuss what the important things in your child's life are. These may be family, friends, people, pets, hobbies or faith.  Having identified what is important we would then like your child to design their own symbols to represent these things.  We can't wait to see what they are!


***This activity will be explored during your child's time at school this week. Please only complete this activity if your child is not attending school this week. Thank you***


This week we would like your child to explore how to use and follow dynamics. This session introduces the concept of following a 'script' in order to form a piece of music. All of the instructions and information you will need is already placed in the PowerPoint loaded above. 


Once you have finished the PowerPoint you can then have a go at composing your own music using the resources above. The children love this activity so we are sure you will enjoy it!


This week's P.E. is ... Throwing and Jumping!

During our final PE session we will be focusing on athletics activities that incorporate throwing and jumping. Below are some fun athletic event ideas. Please feel free to create some of your own with items you may have in your home.


If your child has siblings they can compete against each other. Don't worry if they haven't got someone they are able to compete against as your child could measure their attempts and see if they can improve on their distance as they progress.


Jumping Ideas:

High jump – Hold a scarf or rope at a low height and get your child to jump over it. Raise the level slightly each time to see how high they can jump successfully clearing the scarf. Allow 3 attempts at each level if required.

Long Jump – Use a scarf, rope or other object to mark a jumping spot. Ask your child to run up to the spot and jump as far as they can. Either measure the distance or use an object to mark their landing spot. Encourage your child to take off from one foot and land on two feet ensuring that they bend their knees on impact.

Triple Jump – You may need to demonstrate this one!

Use a scarf, rope or other object to mark a jumping spot. Ask your child to run up to the spot, they will take off on one foot, land the first and second jump and take off from one foot then land the third jump on two feet ensuring that they bend their knees on each impact. Either measure the distance or use an object to mark their landing spot.


Throwing Ideas:

Javelin – Use a scarf, rope or other object to mark a throwing spot. Using a long object e.g stick, pole, rolling pin, get your child to extend their arm behind them holding the object. In this position run up to the marker and throw the object by moving the throwing arm forward.

Shot Put: Mark out a circle area using scarves or ropes and give your child an abject to throw. Hold the object underneath the chin, move in a rotating movement towards the edge of the marked out circle and throw the object. Measure the distance of the throw or use an object to mark the distance.


Have three attempts at each of these to see if they can improve on their distance.


Ready, Steady, GO!!!!!!!