I’ve noticed in my garden at home that there are many, many minibeasts around at the moment. Just some of the things that I’ve spied are ladybirds, spiders, woodlice, worms and so much more. Every year the FS2 children love exploring minibeasts so I am sure that you will love the learning this week. I have based quite a bit of the learning around ladybirds but we will explore other minibeasts along the way too.
Let start by listening to the story of ‘What the ladybird heard next’ by Julia Donaldson (read by me):https://youtu.be/IDMoU-wHyKg
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 ladybird story…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFMaEVfntnM
or maybe even this one….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adyr1MpwXSg
Try reading the following sentences;
I think that the ladybird was extremely clever in the story above (What the ladybird heard next). In fact, wouldn’t it be great to send a letter to the ladybird and tell it how we liked it’s plan and that it did really well to frighten away the two robbers. We could even tell the ladybird how proud we are of it for saving the fat red hen.
Write your letter to the ladybird and at the bottom of your page, draw a picture of the ladybird or maybe some of his farmyard friends. You can either send this to me on 2simple by email or upload your work on purple mash!
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 starting our new and final RE topic which is called ‘Our World’.
Most of our learning in FS2 is about the world that we see directly around us, but in the final RE topic, we explore further afield and see what life is like in different parts of our world.
Let’s start by watching this story:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jabC9z1I108&t=199s
Use ‘google earth’ to explore different places around the world and talk about how places are different. Compare hot places to cold places – what grows in different places? What animals would you see in different places? Where might you see a lion, a volcano, a rainforest, a polar bear, the northern lights, the Great Barrier Reef, a humpback whale? Can you find these places on google earth?
Discuss the things that you really love about our world and what you love about these things!
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.
For some ladybird maths practise, print/ make some ladybirds like on the following link:
Encourage your child to record the equation for number practise!
You could even turn this into more problem solving where you select one wing and give the answer and ask your child to find the wing that is missing
Ladybird doubles game:
This is quite a tricky game because you need to be good at doubling numbers and remember where the numbers are. Have a go if you are confident with your doubling!
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.
You can also upload any work (most easily by attaching as photo) to your child’s work folder on the Purple Mash website. I will keep checking throughout each week to see what you have been up to!
Happy minibeast hunting!
Mrs Swift xx