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Literacy

Reading

  • I have allocated the book, 'Colourful Creatures' by Nicholas Brasch on you Bug Club accounts. This is a non-fiction books that talks about animal colours and patterns and how they use these to camouflage themselves.
  • Before reading, discuss the features of a non-fiction book with your adult i.e. photographer, contents page, headings, lay-out etc.
  • Read the book together and then discuss what information you have found out.
  • Choose other books from your Bug Club to read together. Talk about the story after reading, discussing the key events and the main characters.
  • Enjoy reading books from your selection at home. Daily reading will really improve your fluency, confidence and stamina in reading. Discussing stories and answering different questions will help to develop your comprehension skills.
  • Always talk about the meaning of words when reading. Developing your vocabulary and learning the meaning of new words that you come across is a key part of development. Reading lots of books enables you to learn lots of amazing new words.

Writing

  • After reading the non-fiction book listed above, can you choose 1 animal from the book to write about. Discuss the facts that you know and put these into your own sentence. Say the sentence out loud to your adult before you start to write.
  • Remember planning your writing and talking about it first is a key part of becoming a successful writer.
  • Try and use lots of ambitious vocabulary in your writing. This makes it interesting and enjoyable to read.
  • Once you have written your sentence, read it back to yourself to check that it makes sense.
  • Keep writing your daily sentence in your diary.
  • Remember to write for different purposes i.e. a shopping list, letters to family members or friends, postcards in you go on holiday, birthday cards etc.

Week Commencing 6th July

Reading

  • As our theme for this week is 'Pets', I have allocated a number of books on Bug Club on this theme. Please read the following books this week: 'Pippa's Pets' by Dee White, 'Jack Gets a Pet' by Emma Lynch, 'The Perfect Pet Problem' by Pip Jones and 'This is My Pet' by Helen Chapman.
  • 'This is My Pet' is a non-fiction book and tells us of some of the more unusual pets that people have. Discuss the differences between a fiction book and a non-fiction book i.e. contents page, photographs, headings etc.
  • Can you find some books around your house on the theme of pets? What is the title of the book? Can you find the names of the author and illustrator?
  • Continue to read a wide variety of books and keep enjoying your bedtime stories. 

Writing

  • Continue to keep writing your daily sentence in your diaries.
  • If you have a pet yourself, write several sentences about your pet i.e. what animal it is, it's name, how you care for your pet.
  • If you don't have a pet yourself, is there a family member with a pet or someone else that you know?

Week Commencing 29th June

Reading

  • We are going to focus on our non-fiction reading. Have a look on your Bug Club and see if you can find some non-fiction books. Discuss with your adult the differences between a fiction and a non-fiction book.
  • In our topic work we are going to be thinking about minibeasts. In order to help you find out some interesting facts about butterlfies, I have allocated the book - 'Butterflies' by Dee White on your Bug Club accounts.
  • Before reading tell your adult everything you know about butterflies. Then read the non-fiction book. Have you learnt some new facts? Can you tell your adult what these are?
  • In our phonics we have been reading words with consonant blends. In the book 'Butterflies' can you find these words and read them: bright, brown, bring, broom, brake, fly, flip, flat, floppy. Remember to apply your phonic skills when sounding out the words.
  • Read other books around your home. Can you find any other non-fiction books that you would like to read?
  • Look at the features and lay-out of a non-fiction book - photographs, contents page, index, headings etc.
  • Complete the home learning tasks sent home in your pack.

Writing

  • Can you write down some sentences to record the facts that you know about butterflies? Think of other minibeasts that you know - can you write down some interesting facts about these.
  • Write a daily sentence in your diary to record the things you are doing at home with your family.
  • Complete the home learning tasks sent home in your pack.
  • Remember to keep writing and spelling words from the tricky word list and the Reception high frequency words. It will really help you when you start Year 1 in you can read and spell these words confidently.

Week Commencing 22nd June

Reading

  • Complete the activity sheets sent home in your learning packs.
  • In order to support our focus on farm animals, I have allocated the book, 'Shaun the Sheep, You Are Mt Mum' by Monica Hughes. You will find this book by logging into your account on Bug Club.
  • This book practises blending and segmenting adjacent consonants. You can  apply your phonic skills by sounding out your won words when reading. 
  • Once you have read the story, use the pictures to re-tell the events in your own words.
  • Continue to choose other books on Bug Club to read.
  • Choose stories from your home collection.
  • Ask your adults to email me and let me know which stories you have enjoyed reading this week.

Writing

  • The story above focusses on using the 'ch' and 'sh' digraphs. Can you write some of the words from the story on a strip of paper i.e. Shaun, sheep, shed, chicks, cheep etc. ? Remember to sound out your own words when writing.
  • Continue to write a sentence each day in your home diary. Remember to start each sentence with a capital letter, leave a space in between each word and put a full stop at the end.
  • Try and spell correctly some of the tricky words from the list below. Remember to watch out for the tricky bit of each word!

Week Commencing 15th June

Reading

  • Complete the Literacy sheets sent home in your learning pack for Week 1. 
  • Read your collection of allocated books on Bug Club. As well as Bug Club remember you can also access free books on the Oxford Owl website. The link is on the previous page.
  • Keep reading your tricky words and your high frequency words. These lists are kept on our phonics page.
  • Read your selection of books at home and remember to always talk about the stories you have read with your adult.
  • Please read the non-fiction book on your Bug Club,'On the Farm' by Emma Lynch. This is a non-fiction book that will tell you about life on a farm and the animals that live there.
  • Talk about the features of a non-fiction book. Can you find anymore non-fiction books on your Bug Club or in your home?

Writing

  • We are working on our sentence construction. Remember to start each sentence with a capital letter, leave a space in between each word and put a full stop at the end. Before you start to write always think of your sentence and then hold it in your head until you have written it down. 
  • After you have written your sentence read it your adult to check that it makes sense.
  • Write sentences in your daily diary to record the things you are doing at home.
  • Choose an animal that lives on the farm - what do you know about this animal? Can an adult help you find out some facts? Record your information using sentences.

Week Commencing 8th June

Reading

  • Read together the booklet, 'Coming back to school in a Bubble'. After reading together, discuss how school will be a little different right now and the reasons for this.
  • Continue to log into you Bug Club accounts and enjoy reading lots of different stories.
  • Choose books to read from your own collections. Remember to look at the cover and the illustrations on the cover to predict what the story might be about. Look for the name of the author and illustrator. Can you see if there is any blurb? This will give you a little taster of the book and you can then decide if you want to read it.

Writing

  • Choose one of your favourite stories that you have read recently. Discuss the key events that happened in the story.
  • Talk about how the story began, the events that happened in the middle of the story and how it ended.
  • Write your own sentences to re-tell these events. Remember before writing try and say the sentence out loud ahead of writing it.
  • Planning your writing before writing is a key step to success. When writing keep saying each sentence in order to make sure all the words are in the right order.
  • After writing, read your sentence to an adult to check that it makes sense.

Week Commencing 1st June

Reading

  • Keep reading your allocated books on Bug Club. As well as Bug Club you can also access free books on the Oxford Owl website. The link is on the previous page.
  • Please continue reading lots of books from your own home. Remember to predict what you think the story will be about before reading. Then discuss the events and characters after reading. Always discuss your likes and dislikes about a story, explaining your reasons.
  • We are going to start thinking about animals this term. In order to develop your understanding try and read books about animals when choosing to read. We are going to be thinking about animals that live in the jungle, on the farm, in our gardens and animals that we have as pets.
  • Read the story, 'Rumble in the Jungle' by Giles Andreae. This book takes you into the jungle where you will meet lots of different animals. Click on the link below and enjoy the story.

Writing:

  • Choose one of the animals from the story, 'Rumble in the Jungle'. Can you discuss with your adult the things that you already know about that animal?
  • Once you have chosen your animal and discussed the animal facts, plan some sentences that you can write. Say each sentence out loud ahead of writing it. When writing remember to keep saying your sentence, to make sure you get the words down in the right order. It's always important to take time planning your writing before you start.
  • We are going to be developing our sentence skills this term. Remember to start each sentence with a capital letter, leave a space in between each word and put a full stop at the end.
  • I look forward to seeing your animal facts and your writing. Please ask your adult to send photographs of your work to my email address. I love to see all the things you have been doing at home.

Week Commencing 18th May

Reading:

  • Please complete the Literacy sheets sent to you for this week.
  • Remember to log in to your Bug Club and choose a book each day to read. If you have forgotten your passwords please email me and I can help you.
  • As well as using Bug Club, try the activities on Oxford Owl - clink on the link on the previous page.

Writing:

  • Write a list of all the things you really enjoy doing at home. Remember to sound out your own words when writing. You could also draw a picture of some of these things too. I look forward to hearing about all the things you really enjoy doing at home.
  • Maybe you could also write a list of all the things you are missing about being at school. Can you draw a picture of some of your friends and write their names? Remember to use a capital letter at the start of each name.
  • Please ask an adult to email me pictures of your work. I look forward to hearing about your favourite things at home and the things that you are missing about school. The thing I am missing most about school is seeing all of you. 
  • Keep working on your daily entry in your diary. Remember we are trying to write our sentences independently. Say the sentence first, ahead of writing it. Hold the sentence in your head whilst writing. Then read your writing to an adult, to check that it all makes sense.
  • Help to write the weekly shopping list - sound out your own words when writing, using the sounds that we have been learning in our Phonic lessons.

Week Commencing 11th May

Reading

  • Complete your literacy sheets sent out in your packs for this week. 
  • Try and read a book each day - either choose one from you online Bug Club collection or choose a book from your home.
  • Before you start to read, look at the picture on the cover and then read the title. Can you find the name of the author and illustrator? Is there any blurb? Try and predict what you think will happen in the story?
  • Try and sound out any words you are unsure of. Watch out for the tricky words though! Remember we can't sound out these words.
  • Once you've read a book, talk about it with your adult or sibling. Can you recall the key events in the story? Can you name the main characters and talk about some of the things that they said and did?

Writing

  • Continue to write a sentence each day in your diary. Remember to sound out your own words when writing.
  • Complete the home learning sheets sent out in your packs for this week.
  • Can you practise writing capital letters this week. Write each letter of the alphabet and then write the capital letter for each one. 
  • Write the names of your family members. Make sure you write each name with a capital letter.
  • Click on the link below to sing the alphabet song and you will be able to see each upper case letter as you sing along.

Week Commencing 4th May

Book Week:

  • I hope you all received your book and your learning packs. For your reading and writing this week, could you please focus on the tasks outlined on your 'Book Work' sheet, which was sent out in your learning pack. If anyone hasn't yet received their learning pack, please email me to let me know.
  • I hope you all enjoy your books and I always look forward to seeing the pictures that your adults send to my email. 
  • Keep on with your Bug Club reading and enjoy reading the other books around your home.
  • Remember to keep reading all the signs and labels you see when you are out with your family having your daily exercise.
  • Keep your diary going by writing a sentence each day about the things you have been doing.

Week Commencing 27th April

Reading:

  • Choose a book to read each day from your house or from Bug Club. After reading discuss the story with a family member. Try and give your own opinions about the story by discussing the characters / events that you liked. Also talk about anything that you disliked about the story, try and explain why. It's great to discuss your own opinions about a book / story.
  • Focus on the story, 'The Gingerbread Man'. What do you know about this story? What happens at the beginning? How does the story end? Who are the characters? What does the gingerbread man keep saying? Please clink on the story below to read to an adult.
  • Can you sequence the key events of the story in the right order? Discuss the beginning, middle and ending of the story.
  • Did you enjoy the story? Can you discuss your likes and any dislikes you may have with your adult?
  • Remember to keep reading all the signs and labels you see around you when you go out for your daily walk, run or cycle.
  • Remember to keep reading the high frequency words on the Reception list. 

Writing:

  • Keep your diary updated. Write a sentence each day to record the things you have done. Remember to sound out your own words when writing. Also try and use a capital letter, a full stop and a finger space in between each word when writing sentences.
  • Write a sentence to re-tell the key events from the story, 'The Gingerbread Man'. Once you have written these sentences, read them to an adult.
  • Try and write some messages to put up in your window i.e. 'Stay Safe', 'Thank-you NHS' etc. When I go out for my daily walk, I see lots of messages displayed in windows and lots of rainbows too.
  • Help your adults by writing the weekly shopping list. 

Week Commencing 20th April

Reading: 

  • Choose a book to read each day from Bug Club or a story from your house. Before reading remember to always read the title and look for the name of the author and the illustrator. Check to see if there is any blurb and talk about what you think might happen in the story.
  • When reading, point carefully to each word and use your phonic skills to sound out any words that you are unsure of. Remember to watch out for any tricky words!
  • Remember to read the signs and labels you see around you when you go out for a walk with your family. Try and use your phonic skills to sound out the words you see.
  • Focus on the traditional tale - 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. If you already know this story discuss it with an adult or older sibling. 
  • Read a version of the story, 'Jack and the Beanstalk' by Malachy Doyle - this has been allocated on your Bug Club.
  • Discuss the story with your family. How does the story begin? What happens in the middle of the story? How does it end?
  • Create your own story map to show the main events in the story. Try and add your own labels, captions and sentences. Read / share your work with a family member.

Writing

  • Write a sentence in your diary to record the things you have done at home.
  • Write a sentence about a key event from the story. Remember to try and sound out your own words when writing
  • Can you help your adult write your weekly shopping list?

 

Week commencing 30th March

Draw a picture of some animals

  • Can you use the correct colours for the animals?
  • Can you talk about where the animals live?
  • Can you think of some describing words for the animals and write these in sentences?
  • Can you think of some clues to describe the animals and get someone in your family to guess what animal you are thinking of?

Week Commencing 30th March

Reading:

  • Choose a story from your house to share with an adult or older sibling. Read the title together and predict what you think the story will be about. Point to the words when reading and use your phonic skills to decode any unfamiliar words. Remember to spot and read the tricky words.
  • After reading, can you talk about the key events in the story. What happened at the beginning? What happened in the middle of the story? How did the story end? Was it a happy ending?
  • Discuss which part of the story of the story you liked the best, giving reasons as to why. Were there any parts of the story that you didn't like? Can you explain why?
  • Remember to keep reading the books on Bug Club and to answer the questions about each book.

 

Writing:

  • Practise spelling words from the Reception word lists which have already been sent home.
  • Keep a diary of the things you are doing at home and write your own sentences. Remember to sound out your own words when writing and apply your phonic skills.

Week commencing 23rd March

 

  • Discuss your daily activities, encouraging the use of full sentences when speaking. Write sentences independently and then read own writing to others, using the red book (already sent home).
  • Use Bug Club to practise reading and comprehension skills
  • Practise spellings and high frequency word lists already sent home.
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