This week, we are continuing to look at the life cycle of a butterfly which we started last week.
If you have the story of ‘the very hungry caterpillar’ at home, read the story to your child and talk about what happens in a butterfly lifecycle. We have been using the word ‘chrysalis’ rather than cocoon.
If you do not have the story at home, you can watch this link:
It is best to repeat this story every day (either through the book or clip or a combination of both) to enable the children to use the vocabulary in their play.
There are a range of reading books for parents to select from the oxford owl website:
Click on the pink button called ‘my class login’
Enter the username: sacredheartfs2
Enter password: swift
Then click on ‘my bookshelf’
Change the age range to 4-5 and then select a book for your child to read.
Read the same book for three days to increase fluency and then select a new book.
Word practise: Keep going through the sounds and words in your red phonics books. Try doing ‘fred in your head’ and speed reading for fluency.
Read bedtime stories to your child – see the tips on reading to your child that were sent home last week!
Hedgehog/ Owls group: After reading/ listening to the very hungry caterpillar story, get your child to imagine that they are the author of the book. Get them to think about what foods they would have chosen for the caterpillar to eat on the Saturday. Ask them to write a full sentence starting with ‘On Saturday, he ate through…’. This is where they can put their own food ideas down on paper. Remind your child to use their ‘fred fingers’ to think about the sounds in words. Remind them to use finger spaces and finish their sentence with a full stop. They could write their sentence in their green home challenge book which was sent home last week.
Rabbit group: After reading/ listening to the very hungry caterpillar story, get your child to imagine that they are the author of the book. See if your child can remember what the caterpillar ate on the Friday – check. Get your child to draw the five oranges and then write ‘but he was still hungry’. Keep saying the caption over and over again until they remember it. Remind your child to use their ‘fred fingers’ to think about the sounds in words. Remind them to use finger spaces and finish their sentence with a full stop. They could write their sentence in their green home challenge book which was sent home last week.
Recognising numbers to twenty.
Parents have access to the ‘twinkl’ website which has lots of teaching resources to support the children’s learning.
Print off numbers to twenty (or make some of your own).
Help your child to practice recognising the numbers when shown them out of order.
See if your child can confidently place all of the numbers in order from 0-20
Teach them any numbers that they struggle with.
For those children who are confident with the above, get the children to say one more and one less than any number between 0 and 20 (using a full sentence). Get them to show you this in different ways such as on a numberline (see twinkl resources) and by using objects (any objects will do).
Play fun board games but make sure that you pay special attention to the numbers on the board (snakes and ladders is a fantastic start).
Try playing the balloon pop online game https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/earlymath/BalloonCount20.htm
Encourage your child to talk whilst playing and have as much interaction with them and conversations as possible to enhance their speaking skills. Encourage lots of ‘turn taking’ and ‘sharing’ with you and any siblings.
I hope that the above is clear. Feel free to ask any questions over the blog – I will check every morning and respond as soon as possible.
Take care everyone
Mrs Swift xx