I hope you are all well and enjoying the good weather. This week the maths tasks will continue on from last week and will be about numbers to 50; tens and ones and partitioning numbers. In English the tasks start working on punctuation with sentences before the children can then apply this to a couple of writing tasks. In reading there is a task about farmyards. There is a set of questions after the written text and there are also extension questions. Please don’t feel you have to do all the extension questions! I have also attached some PE tasks sent from the School games organiser.
As always I hope you have a good week. Email me if you have any questions or have things to share. I always enjoy seeing what the children have been up to – both linked to learning or not!
Once again these are ones we have covered in class so these are a recap of those.
Activities to complete:
Read through the power point of different words containing these graphemes
aw phoneme spotter
oy – two options – read the words and underline the ‘oy’ graphemes or read the text and underline the ‘oy’ graphemes in one colour and underline other graphemes such as ‘oi’ in another colour.
wh – two options – read the words and underline the ‘wh’ grapheme or read the text and underline the words containing the ‘wh’ grapheme.
‘ue’ – 2 activities to complete
Silly sentences phonics activity
Can you write out the alphabet using lower case letters and then capital letters?
Can you practise saying and writing the days of the week? – Could use different coloured pens for the different days of the week; write them using chalks; think of different ways to practise writing them.
I hope you are all well. It has been lovely to catch up with you all via email or phone. Please keep sending me pictures of what you have been up to as I love hearing your news.
This week’s activities are below. I have again put the maths into 4 tasks/ days along with the English and there are 3 graphemes to focus on this week for phonics as well as a couple of reading activities.
The English writing activities link to one of the reading tasks – all about Knights this week!
Any questions, please email me.
If your child is doing Nessy please continue with that daily along with spellings, reading and completing the 1-100 grid.
Graphemes for this week are:
Activities to complete:
Power points to read through to practise words with the different graphemes in
Can you plan and create your own obstacle course in the garden? Draw and label the obstacle course first and then create it outside.
Could other family members then take part in the obstacle course? See who can do it the quickest?
Creating a simple map
Go for a walk outside with your family and draw a simple map of the area you live.
Or draw a simple map of the school from memory.
Or draw a map showing where characters live from a favourite book/TV show/film.
Can you create your own team kit?
Choose a country from around the world and look at their flag.
Design them a brand new team kit.
See if you could include the colours of the country’s flag in the team kit design.
Gold medal design
Design a gold medal and give it to someone in your family who you think deserves it this week.
Think about the reason for giving it to them and try and explain why you have awarded it to them.
Continue with activities previously attached
You could tick off each one once you’ve done it or challenge yourself to get better or complete more in the time frame next time.
Don’t forget there are lots of PE ideas being put on the Henham and Ugley information group on Facebook – videos, as well as the list of websites on our school website.
Activities for Week 4 (27th April 2020)
It was lovely to catch up with so many of you this week and hear what you have been up to. I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather and getting outside as much as you can.
As always, email if you have any queries or if you would like to send me photos of what you have been doing. I like hearing your news!
Here is the work for the week. There are 4 phonics graphemes this week and there are activities linked to this and extension activities. For English there are 5 tasks plus an extension task as a little extra if anyone would like it and with maths there are tasks and again extension tasks as a little extra.
There are two reading tasks which both include looking at pictures and then answering questions. One is about sea creatures and one is about robots. Please continue to read with your child as often as possible, continue with the 1-100 grid completion and also the number bonds to 20 to make them as fluent with these as possible.
Continue with the foundation subject tasks from the sheet I sent out last week.
Did you know that every year, on the 22nd April, Earth Day is celebrated in over 190 countries around the world? It first started in 1970, so this year the world is celebrating the 50th Earth Day. It is an important day to raise awareness about looking after the environment.
Have a look at the activities suggested on this link put together by Mrs Espie. Find one that takes your fancy to complete on Earth day, or follow your own line of interest and enquiry. Please share any tasks you complete with Mrs Espie: email@example.com.
I hope you have had a good Easter break enjoying the sunshine! Here is the home learning for the week and some foundation subject ideas for the next few weeks.
As always if you have any questions or would like to share some of your activities that you have been doing both home learning or other activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Missing you all and hope to see you all again soon,
English, Spelling and Phonics
If you log on to phonics play there is a free subscription available to parents.
This will allow you to access resources and games to consolidate phonics learning we have been completing at school.
Graphemes to look at this week:
These are ones we have covered in class so this is consolidation of that.
Activities you could complete:
Read through the different power points for the graphemes – getting your child to segment and then blend the different phonemes to make the words
How many different words can you think of which contain one of the different graphemes?
Go on a grapheme hunt around your house and/or in your garden. What items can you write or draw that contain the chosen grapheme?
Can you write silly sentences making sure one or more of the words has one of the graphemes in it?
See attached documents for some written phonics activities (the split digraph a_e word search there are two levels of challenge – one with the list of words given at the bottom and one where there is no list of words and you can see which words the children spot)
I have also attached a phase 5 snakes and ladders game. As the graphemes I am setting weekly are purely for consolidation all of the graphemes on the snakes and ladders the children will have seen during our phonics sessions in school.
I have attached a blank copy of the spelling homework sheet which would usually be given out on a Friday.
Please use the next grapheme on the spelling sheet to work out what your child’s next grapheme is.
Common exception words to practise writing can be found on the common exception words list.
Here are some different English challenges for you to choose from.
Draw around your hand and write the name of a friend in each finger. Decorate the hand however you would like. Remember names are proper nouns so will need capital letters. Write a message underneath the hand to one of your friends – telling them about what you have been up to.
Think about what your favourite book is at the moment. Imagine you were the illustrator and had to think of a new cover for your favourite book. What would it be? Draw a picture of your new front cover for your chosen book. Then write a few sentences telling me what it is about and why it is your favourite book.
Things to think about – is it the characters you like? Why do you like the characters? What happens in the story? Why do you think others should read it?
Keep a diary for the week thinking about what you have been up to. Draw a picture each day of your favourite activity you have completed and write some sentences about what you did and why you enjoyed that particular activity
I am attaching a pdf file which is called Covid-19 time capsule – you could have a look at this and complete this as a keep sake of your time spent over the last few weeks.
You could think about all of the different things you have been doing and plan on doing over the next few weeks and create a scrap book – putting in photos, drawings you may have done, writing about what you have been up to. Think about have you made up any new games; have you played outside; have you done any baking or any other activities you have done with families.
When completing your writing, whichever task you choose remember:
Full stops at the end of sentences
Capital letters at the start of sentences and for names of people (proper nouns)
See if you could use exclamation marks in your writing!
Use your spelling mats in your packs – phase 2-5 common exception words for spelling any words you may which to include in your writing.
Following on from work set previously about writing out numbers from 1-100 in the number grid I am attaching some different maths activities which focus on counting and writing numbers from 0 – 100 both forwards and backwards.
We have done this in class mostly verbally but the children have their completed number grids should they need them for support.
Please get them to verbally count forwards and backwards to 100 or further should they wish as often as possible!
Also you could then get them to start on a different number e.g. 5 and count up and then back.
Activities to complete:
To encourage verbally counting up to 100, there are some different activities the children could complete across the week which link to PE based tasks. See attached sheet.
Can they work out the missing numbers firstly on the 1-100 square. Then Extra challenge filling in missing numbers on the part number squares. Either using a number square for help or recognising if you go down one row using a number square you add 10; 2 rows add 20 etc. Then look at the number lines at the bottom – can they work out what the numbers are going up in and then work out the missing numbers?
I have included some discussion questions to either help with the working out or to get the children to explain their understanding to you (purely optional)
There is also a page of reasoning and problem solving questions related to missing numbers up to 100 if you would like some extra challenges.
Follow the NRICH website link for some interactive puzzles again using the 1-100 number grid.
Thinking back to the work we did using Lucy’s picture (this was a book about a girl who made a picture for her Grandad using the sense of touch) could you create a Spring collage picture using what you find outside?
Think carefully about what you want to use resource wise and what pictures you want to create using these items.
The world around us
Continue with this long term project work. I would love to see what you created for this when you are finished. Feel free to email over finished projects!
Possible extension: Discuss how UK is the same and different to Australia.
See attached list below of different activities to try at home.
I hope you are getting on well at home – enjoying time with your families and making the most of the lovely weather! Here are some home learning tasks for you for next week – Maths, English and phonics. I am also uploading a 30 day Lego challenge which a friend sent me – thought some of you might enjoy this!
Here are some activities based on number bonds to 20 work:
I have attached a sheet with the different addition/subtraction facts for the number bonds to 20. In the same way that they can practise writing out numbers from 1 – 100 on the number grid they could be given this to complete again as often as needed to make them secure with these calculations. I have attached two copies – one in the correct order and one in a jumbled order.
There are two number bonds to 20 activities on purple mash to complete.
See attached sheet with a variety of different number bonds to 20 questions.
Reasoning and problem solving challenges:
How many different ways can you make a given number? This activity can be done as many times as you like, with a variety of different numbers giving them the opportunity to practise writing calculations, using number squares, becoming more and more familiar with the additions, subtraction and equals symbol. You can pick a number between 1 and 100 and see how many different calculations the children can come up with to make the number. They can be adventurous as they like – adding/subtracting one or more numbers/ using multiplication.
2 challenge questions working on addition/ subtraction. There are hints and the solutions included. These are designed to get the children thinking and make them more resilient learners as they won’t work out the correct answers right away. I started the first challenge with one group in class but we did not finish it so it may be familiar to some children.
In maths we have been looking at measurement this week both using non-standard forms of measurement and standard forms of measurement.
The children have been measuring items around the classroom using hands, cubes and rulers.
Here are some activities to continue their learning in this area.
You do not have to complete all of them!
Task 1: Sheet included in the pack – measuring the items (using non-standard form of measurement, cubes) – answers are included in the pack.
Task 2: What items can they measure the length or height of around the home? Either using non-standard forms of measurement or standard forms of measurement.
Task 3: What items can they use around the home to make a metre? Can they estimate how many of the object would be needed to make a metre? E.g. 30 matchsticks to make a metre and then see how many they actually need. See attached sheet for recording.
Task 4: Find the longest and the tallest activities on purple mash – set as to dos.
Task 5: See attached measurement challenge cards – pick some to complete.
In the packs is a planning sheet for writing a letter from Duncan. Children to choose one of the crayons from the story and plan a letter from Duncan explaining why he is sorry to their chosen crayon.
Write the letter as Duncan to the chosen crayon.
Art activity: Draw a picture and colour it in. Children can then identify which colour they use most of the time and which colours might feel left out in their pack of crayons. Or create a picture using all the colours you have, just like Duncan does.
Art activity: Draw pictures of items using unusual colours e.g. blue strawberry; green dog – the more unusual the better!
Reading task – which crayon do they feel most sorry for and why?
Writing task linked to purple mash. Children to think about the stationery in our classroom – the crayons, but also glue sticks which are sometimes left without a lid – how would they feel; pens left without a lid to dry up; the pot of pen lids we have without a lid – now left unused on the side. Purple mash activity set as a to do – writing their own story based on stationery in our classroom ‘The day the stationery quit’ or ‘The day the glue sticks quit’. Pick a name; think about which stationery items they will write about; draw pictures and write their own letters to a chosen character explaining why they are feeling unwanted/unused/over used etc. Children to think about if the stationery could talk what would they be saying to us. Other possible outcomes – could record themselves taking on the role of one of the items in our classroom verbally say what the item would be telling us if it could talk. Set as a to do – story writing – create a picture and then write a few sentences from each item of stationery explaining why they are quitting.
Create a poster for our classroom or for home, encouraging others to look after stationery carefully. Include imperative verbs (verbs at the start of a sentence to make it a command, usually found in instructions). E.g. Put lids on pens; put glue sticks away; Tidy chairs away when not using them; tidy toys away once finished with them.
Planning sheet for letter (copy already in pack so children can fill that one in or do on word)
Writing frame for letter (if wanted)
You tube link for the story
Example letter from one of the crayons to Duncan
Example of what to write in the purple mash activity – stationery in our classroom.
Seasons work – think about what the weather is like in each season, think about what you would see outside and what activities people do in the different seasons.
Draw and colour a picture to show the four different seasons – thinking carefully about the changes that occur over the four different seasons.
The world around us
The world around us project –What we have done in class so far:
We have started a new topic, The world around us.
In class we have talked about where the UK is in relation to Africa and Australia.
The children came up with questions they wanted to know the answers to. These would have formed part of the learning in class so I will attach them as they could form the basis for a creative project at home or discussion points.
We have also talked about the equator and that countries closer to the equator will be warmer than those further away.
We have also talked about the Earth rotating around the sun and that on one side of the world it will be night time while the other side of the world has day time. Similarly when it comes to weather when it is cold and winter in UK, Australia has summer.
Here are some ideas for a creative project
Research some animals that live in different locations – Australia, Africa, North Pole, South Pole and draw and write about some of them
Research about life in Australia – what is their day to day life like?
Research about life in Australia – what are their famous landmarks?
Research about life in the North Pole or the South Pole
Write a list of what you would need if you were to visit the North/South Pole
Write a list of what you would need when going on holiday to a hot country or a cold country.
Questions about Australia the children came up with
Do they have any flowers that we don’t have?
What animals do they have?
What do their houses look like?
When kangaroos are bouncing how do they go so high?
What language do they use?
Do they have any lakes?
Do they have any types of trees that we don’t have?
How do the animals cope in Winter?
How many schools do they have?
What is a school day like?
Possible extension: Discuss how UK is the same and different to Australia.
How many skips can you do in a minute?
How many passes can you make with a ball without dropping it?
Skip for two minutes
Dance to a song from start to finish
Create a game in the garden
Hula hoop for one minute or see how long you can hula hoop for without the hula hoop dropping to the ground!