Last week, in one of the FS2 bubbles, some of the children lifted up one of the heavy logs in the FS2 yard to find lots and lots of worms. We loved watching them wriggle and dance and some of us even made up our own worm dance. Then we watched a sneaky bird, fly down from the fence, pick up a worm and fly away with it in it’s beak. We were a bit shocked and so tried to protect the worms that were left. As we loved seeing the worms so much last week, I thought that we would base this week’s learning on our wiggly, wriggly friends. If you are at home, maybe you could go and explore and try and find some worm friends of your own!!!
Let start by listening to the story of ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson:
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).
For a more fact based book, take a look at this story called ‘Wiggling worms at work’:
Try reading the following sentences;
Take another listen to the superworm story and whilst you listen, think about all of the activities he can do (eg. A skipping rope, a hoola-hoop). Choose the one that you think is best and write down why you think it is his best activity. This only needs to be one sentence, but it will be an extended sentence as you need to use the word ‘because’.
Eg. I liked it when he was a slide because the beetles had lots of fun.
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 continuing with our topic which is called ‘Our World’.
This week we are going to think about how lucky we are in this country to have water. We can just turn on a tap and know that we have fresh water to drink, to play with and to keep things clean. But we also need to know that in some countries, not everyone has access to fresh, clean water, which is even more of a problem at the moment whilst we have coronavirus (just think of the amount of times you need to wash your hands a day at the moment and how difficult this would be if you could not get water easily).
We will start by listening to the story of ‘The water princess’ which tells the story of a little girl who lives in Burkina Faso in Africa and has to walk a long way every day to collect water:
It is important that the children start to understand that this is not just a story but a real problem in parts of the world. This next photograph is provided by CAFOD. It shows a little girl called Azmera who is just four years old. Every day, she has to go with her mother to collect water in a village called Biera in North Ethiopia.
Explain that water is a precious gift from God and it is one of the things that we praise God for. We need to use water well – discuss how and why it is important not to waste water.
Choice of Activities:
As 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 worm maths practise, you could do some practising of comparing lengths. You could make some worms of different lengths and place them in order from the longest to the shortest. You could use this link to print out some different worm lengths, but you will probably find that your child will enjoy drawing, colouring and cutting some worms for themselves:
The important part is to use the correct sentence structures:
You could extend this activity by showing your child how to measure using a ruler – making sure that they position one and of the worm on the ‘zero’ marking and not the end of the ruler. They could then record their measurements in cm.
It would also be fun to make your own playdough and make some worms of different lengths to compare. Try this resource:
Have a go at drawing and cutting out a worm outline on card. Then try to make a repeating a pattern on your worm using any kind of collage materials. You could use coloured pens/ pencils, coloured tissue paper, different fabrics or even wool like in the picture below. Remember to describe your pattern using the example sentence:
‘The pattern is red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue….’
Have a go at making some sock worms like in this link:
For a really simple activity, cut up some different lengths of wool (different colours if possible) and explain that these are woolly worms. Hide the worms around the house (or even outside too).
Get your child to find as many worms as they can. They could then sort the worms by colour, talk about how many worms of each colour there are, talk about which is the longest and shortest worms, why some worms were difficult to find (maybe talk about what the word camouflage means).
Now more than ever, music is important to keep you and your children powering on, so here are some activities to help!
New activities will be released every Wednesday at 4pm on the Sheffield Music Hub website, Facebook and Twitter.
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 a 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!
Enjoy your wiggly, wriggly week!
Mrs Swift xx