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Thursday, 2nd April

Good morning Reception,

I hope that you are all safe and well and enjoying your school activities at home.  If you are not managing to get through all of the activities, don’t worry, these are just suggestions.  If you are only managing a few activities then I would suggest to focus on word and phoneme recognition and enjoying stories together. 

Phonics: Again for this today I will leave you to choose your favourite daily phoneme activity-choose from the selection that we have built up over the last 2 weeks or maybe one that you have found: 

Phoneme tub, snap, bingo, matching pairs, roll a phoneme or Phonics Play phoneme challenge games/Catch a Giggling Phoneme.  Please continue to go through your letter names and reading words daily if you can. 

If you are stuck for reading books then there is an Oxford Owls website which I believe to have free ebooks, but you will need to login with your own information.  You can choose from a range of books, including phonic books at the colour band that your child is currently reading-if you are unsure on what this is please look on the back of one of your child’s current reading books where you will find a coloured label: pink, red, yellow or blue. 

 Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s group: 

Please see the attached sheet for ‘ow’ as in ‘cow’.  You can choose to print off the sheet or to use the pictures to write ‘ow’ words or even sentences.  There is a collection of three sheets from the Twinkle website but my preference is for sheet two with the empty boxes, however the last sheet is also helpful if you feel your child needs a little more support.  I know the sheet says to write the ‘ow’ words but they could have a go at all the words if you wish, don’t forget your handy phoneme mat if you need it.  Where a word calls for the ‘ur’ phoneme as in ‘surf’ it is ok for your child to use the ’er’ alternative as this is the one that we have learnt or you could talk about the correct ’ur’ alternative if you wish. 

Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group: 

I have attached some initial sound game boards.  Please print off game number 2.  The other games include a lot of adjacent clusters that we haven't covered but feel free to play them if you wish.

Please help your child to sound out and blend each of the words and model this sounding out when it is your turn to move along the board also.  Have fun!

Number: Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group: Daily counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, number double recall and number bonds to 10 recall. 

Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s group: 

Daily counting 0-20/ 20-0, flashcards recognition for the numbers to 20.  One 1 less than each of the flashcard numbers in random order.   

Main activity for all:  I thought that we would have a practical Shape, Space and Measures activity as the phonic activities involve sitting still.  The children need to be able to measure short periods of time in different ways.  Using a stop-watch (on your phone?) or a kitchen egg timer see how many different things you can do in 1 minute: 

e.g. How many times can you bounce your ball/bat a balloon up in one minute? 

How many bubbles can you pop in one minute? 

How many star jumps can you do in a minute? 

Who can do the most?  

Also to start to get a sense of the passing of time you can time how long it takes to do something, e.g. how long does it take to get dressed/put your socks on, how long does it take to draw a picture of each other, how long does it take to tidy your room or to run to the end of the garden and back-who is the quickest/slowest?  Have fun thinking of different things to time. 

Missing you more each day, stay safe and well,  Mrs Balmer