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Week Twelve - Beginning 29th June

This week sees the opening of School's across Wales including Rhiwbeina Primary! We are all very excited and have been busy getting ready for your return! So...

 

...You're Coming Back!

You may have made the decision for your child to return to school this week of which we are very much looking forward to seeing their lovely smiles on their elected days and catching up with all their news! Please ensure that you have read the important information published by Mrs Harry about the return to school and the procedures that must be followed to ensure a safe return and running of the school. We have two videos for you below to share at home to help with your preparation for returning to school safely that we would be very appreciative if you could share with your child.  See you soon!

 

...You're Staying At Home!

You may have made the decision for your child to remain at home for the foreseeable future which of course we understand. Whilst we will not see your child over the next few weeks, please be assured that they remain a huge part of our class and that we continue to think about both your child and your family. There are two videos below that will help to prepare your child to stay safe for when they do return to school and for when you are out and about now. Please continue to stay safe and remember to keep smiling! 

 

Whether your child is returning to School or whether they are staying at home we will continue to provide you with your home learning activities throughout the Summer Term as part of the 'blended learning' approach so don't forget to come back each week for more lovely things to do!

 

If your child is returning 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. 

 

Happy learning everyone, and remember to keep smiling - we are so proud of you all!

 

 

Wash Your Hands (Covered in Bubbles) - Hand Washing Music for Kids

Get singing and dancing and learn how to wash your hands properly with Fluffster, Hopster's loveable hero character.

Two Meters Away - Social Distancing Song for Kids

This catchy song teaches kids about social distancing, explains why it's important to stay 2 meters away when around others and how long that really is.

The last two weeks you and your child have been reading fairy tales, exploring what makes a fairy tale, playing fairy tale games and planning their own fairy tale story.  This week is the finale and your child finally gets to write their own Fairy Tale! 

 

Available above are two book templates which if you would like to use are provided. They can however make their own story book using blank pages put together as A5 or A4 (your child may prefer working on A4 paper as this is what they are used to using in school). 

 

This week we would like your child to write up your Fairy Tale using their story planners they created last week. The Reception teachers would love it if they could make it into a story book like the ones your child will have at home, in the library and at school!  Your child can design their own front cover, be challenged to write a blurb on the back cover (we have looked at this in class together), and then write the story and put their own pictures on the pages with it.  

 

We know that this activity will take time to complete - perhaps you could do one page a day to break it down? Remember to go by the ability of your child. We are not expecting them to write 10 pages of text and pictures - but we would like a minimum of four sentences (one for each part of the story) for those who are not confident writers or find recording tough. 

 

We would absolutely love to read these stories or see the final product via our Twitter page. They have put such a lot of hard work into these so far that it would be great to see how they have turned out!  Have a brilliant time creating - your child is now both an author and illustrator!

***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***

 

Last week your child was asked to explore capacity for the king to be able to wash his Royal Dog. We hope that they found some great answers and that the problem was resolved!  The only thing is that the King tried to sort it all out himself and got himself all muddled up with weight and capacity - he doesn't understand that they are different things! He needs your child to help him to explore and understand weight. 

 

This week we would like your child to explore weight. They have already covered this in school so should have familiarity with the correct vocabulary - heavy, light, heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest.  Your child can go on a hunt around the garden and inside the home and collect a range of different objects. With these objects you can do the following...

*Predict which will be the heaviest, and the lightest. Ensure that your child is able to reason why and discuss these ideas with them. 

*Have a try at ordering them practically from lightest to heaviest. 

*Compare different item weights identifying heaviest and lightest. 

*Weigh and order small groups (extended to include larger amounts of objects if further challenge needed).

*Ask your child to put labels next to objects.

 

We know that many of you will not have balance weighing scales at home. To get around this you can use...

*hand scales. Put an item in each hand and have a go trying to feel the difference in weight.

*kitchen scales. For those who are confident with larger numbers you could use digital scales, or if you have manual scales then you can use a felt tip or washable pen to mark off the items weights and compare. This will give you lots of time to discuss weight measurements (this will be a new concept for your child as we have yet to look at standard measure) and place value with larger numbers.

 

There are a few paper activities for your child to complete after exploring practically weight to further embed their understanding.  By the end of your weighing fun make sure that your child is able to explain to the king that the difference between capacity and weight so he is no longer confused (using the correct mathematical vocabulary).  Have fun!

 

This week's Science is sorting fruit and vegetables!

Last week we asked you to work with your child together to see if they could find out what was a fruit and what was a vegetable, thinking about where it grows. This week we have put together two activities for your child to complete independently.  Ask your child to have a go at either the electronic version (powerpoint loaded above) or using the paper copy (also loaded above) without any help. How many can they get right? What can they remember from last week?  Good luck Reception!

This week's DT is... Fruit and Veg fun!

We hope you have enjoyed learning about different fruits and vegetables. This week we would like you to have some fun. Can you design and make an animal/plant/character using fruit and vegetables. We have added some ideas for you to look at. You could choose some of these if you wish or you could come up with your own original design. Don't forget to take some picture as we would love to see them. You can tweet us @RhiwbeinaPrm for us to take a look at!

 

We have also added some Castle Colouring-in pictures for your child as we know how much the children in Reception love to colour. This will keep them busy whilst you have five minutes rest and deserved peace!

This week in history we would like your child to reflect on some of the things they have been learning over the past few weeks. What can your child remember? 

 

Activity 1:

'Castle and Knight Write Up'. Can your child share 3 things they have learnt, 2 interesting facts and 1 thing that they would still like to know. You can record these on the sheet provided above. 

 

Activity 2:

Refer back to the PowerPoint from our first week of our topic 'Turrets and Tiaras' (week eight) on 'Parts of the Castle' - we have provided this again for your reference above, alongside Castle photos. Can your child label the parts of the castle they know? Please select the sheet within 'Castle labelling' above that best suits your child's ability as these sheets are differentiated. 

 

You can use the word mat to help with spelling or support your child if they are still a little unsure of vocabulary for both of the activities above. We hope you have fun!

***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***

 

Times have been uncertain throughout the past few months. Finally a decision has been reached by Welsh Government that it is deemed safe for children to return to school and we are looking forward to seeing them and sharing time with them again. Obviously things will be very different for the foreseeable future and we are working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible for those who are returning. This week we are providing resources for you to share with your child to help prepare them for their return next week.

 

Activity 1:

Please share the PowerPoint presentations above with your child. Discuss the content and try to answer any questions they may have.

 

Activity 2:

Using the 'Returning to School' resource above, ask your child to sort the pictures into things they can do during Covid-19 and things they can’t. Feel free to add any of their own ideas through drawings or by making a list.

 

 

If your child will be remaining at home over the next three weeks then use the activities and resources above to introduce what school will be like upon their return to school in Year One. For some children it takes longer for them to feel settled or prepared so if you feel you are ready to talk about this with your child then you can take this opportunity to do so. 

 

This week's art is... Pollen!

Using the PowerPoint above introduce your child to what pollen is and what it looks like when magnified.  The shapes, patterns, textures and colours are fascinating!

 

Using a ball of playdough (see recipe below if you do not have readymade or plasticine to hand) your child can create their own magnified model of a pollen grain. Then rolling the dough into a ball and pinching, marking and imprinting are the first steps in clay techniques and are also a good way to reinforce and develop children’s gross and fine motor skills.  Whichever methods they choose try to ensure that these are consistently used on the whole model.  Once they have had a go at making their own pollen grains, why not go on a hunt outdoors to find pollen grains or pollen sources and press them into clay or playdough and look closely at the imprint it leaves behind for extra detail.

 

Playdough recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup of salt

2 cups of flour

4 tsp cream of tartar

2 tbs oil

2 cups of water

Food colouring

 

Method:

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl.

Microwave on full heat for 5 minutes.

Throw away the crust that forms round the edges then keep stirring until the mixture thickens. (This can take a few minutes but will bind so don’t be tempted to put the mixture back into the microwave.

If you find the mixture is a little sticky then spread some more flour onto the worktop and knead it in with your hands.

 

 

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