This week, we are thinking about Easter – both the religious story of Easter as well as how we celebrate Easter with our families.
Please click on the link below to access the story of ‘Happy Easter’.
It is best 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).
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All groups: Have a go at making an Easter basket to hold some Easter egg treats. You could use a small box or tub or material. You could also decorate it using paints and Easter pictures. Don’t forget that your basket will need a handle.
Hedgehog/ Owls group: Once you have completed your Easter basket, talk to a grown up about the different steps you took to put it together.
Now try writing a list of instructions of how to make a similar basket. Make sure that you number your instructions (just like in a food recipe). Challenge: Try starting each instruction with an adverb such as first, then, next, finally….
Remind your child to keep saying their sentence over and over again so that they can remember it well. Encourage 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.
Rabbit group: Once you have completed your basket, you could ‘review’ it: think about if you were to make your basket again, what you would do differently? Would you use a different material? Would you attach the handle in a different way to make it stronger? Would you decorate it using something different?
Write at least one sentence about what you would do differently. Start your sentence with ‘Next time…’. Remind your child to keep saying their sentence over and over again so that they can remember it well. Encourage 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.
This week, we are focused upon the Easter story. The following YouTube clip tells the story in a child friendly way:
You could also look at the following reading and ask questions about it:
Choice of RE activities:
Subtraction by counting back
Parents have access to the ‘twinkl’ website which has lots of teaching resources to support the children’s learning.
Teach the children that when we subtract or ‘take away’, we can do this by counting back on a numberline. If we have the equation 6-2, we find 6 on the numberline and count back 2 jumps to solve the equation.
We would then say the sentence:
‘Six take away two is equal to four’
Have a go at practising subtraction by counting back using the following equations through the twinkl website, which is free for parents to access whilst schools are partially closed.
Try playing the online subtraction game:
Each time you solve an equation, encourage your child to say the sentence structure (eg ‘nine take away two is equal to seven’)
Remember to keep practising your number recognition with all numbers to twenty.
Thank you for all of your observations so far – it is good to see how you are following the teaching in the blog as well as completing your own tasks. 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.
If you have any comments to share or any questions about the learning tasks, please leave comments on the blog and I will get back to you!
Have a safe and wonderful Easter everyone…
I’ll be back with some more learning ideas after the Easter break!
Mrs Swift xx