Welcome to another week! This week, we are staying in the oceans but focusing mainly on fish. This will be our last ‘watery week’ before we move on to something different next week.
Let start by listening to the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister:
Remember to repeat this story every day to enable the children to use the vocabulary in their play. Ask your child lots of questions about the story (I have included some examples below).
How about another fishy story…
In the Rainbow Fish story above, the rainbow fish learned how to make his friends feel special.
Think about some of the things you could do to make your friends feel special too.
Hedgehogs/ Owls group:
Write two ideas about how you could make a friend feel special. Make sure that they are full sentences and start your sentence with a capital letter and finish each sentence with a full stop.
Write one full sentence of how you can make a friend feel special. Finish your sentence with a full stop.
How to help your child to be an independent writer: Remind your child to keep saying their sentence over and over again so that they can remember it well. Do not tell your child the sounds in each word, instead encourage them to use their ‘fred fingers’ to think about the sounds in words. Remind them to use finger spaces and finish their sentences with a full stop.
This week we are completing our ‘friends’ topic which is a time when we reflect on the learning that we have done throughout the past three weeks in RE.
Ask your child:
At this stage, some children will begin to talk about their experiences and feelings about what a friend is. Some children will begin to talk about making friends and when friendships go wrong. Some children will begin to wonder about what makes people friends.
Some children will begin to recognise that Christians show love for one another because Jesus asked them to do so.
Some children will begin to recognise Jesus’ rule for friends and his words ‘love one another’.
Choice of Activities:
As mentioned in last week’s blog post, we have now completed all of the maths needed for starting year 1. Please use the remaining weeks to go over all of the learning of these aspects:
If your child requires practise at any of the above, just have a check back on some of the previous weeks on the blog.
If your child can do all of the above, let them have a go at the following problem solving questions – This week, the problem solving focus on word problems around addition and subtraction (allow your child objects to help them to solve the problems!
First, make a rainbow fish and use glitter, foil and/ or sequins to make it shiny. You could use this template:
Then, in daylight show how the glitter sparkles and shines. Explain how at the bottom of the ocean, there is no daylight and it is very dark. Ask your child if they think that their fish would sparkle at the bottom of the ocean. Investigate: get your child to take the fish somewhere dark (eg. a cupboard). Let them experiment with a torch shining on the fish too. Conclude: to make the fish sparkle, we need a source of light!
Saltdough recipe: combine 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour and ½ cup of water. Mix the ingredients together. Knead together for 10 minutes (you may need some flour to stop it sticking to the surface). Make your sea creatures! Once finished, place the creatures on a baking tray and put in a low oven (150°c / Gas Mark 2) for approximately 3 hours.
Remember to keep taking photographs of your child and emailing them to the 2simple/ 2buildaprofile program. Include what your child is doing and saying and I will link it to the curriculum so that their educational profile continues to build.
Enjoy your learning!
Mrs Swift xx