Monday 23rd March - Friday 3rd April
Read books and share stories. Discuss pictures (e.g. Where is the __?; What is ___doing?) and the story (use questions such as who?, what happened?, why?, where did?). Read magazines, cereal boxes, leaflets, etc. together.
Identify and sound out letters and short words. Find different letters or words in text. Use magnetic letters or letters cards to copy or make words.
Share stories that are on You Tube – our favourites are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY
Mark making in cornflour, sand, flour, paint or other sensory materials or with different pens, pencils, crayons and chalks on a variety of paper.
Use pens and pencils to colour pictures trying to keep inside lines.
Trace lines and simple shapes. Trace letters forming them correctly. Trace name.
Order letters to spell name or other familiar words.
Write patterns and letters independently. Free writing – can they tell you what it ‘says’?
Speaking and Listening:
Work on current targets from Speech and Language Therapist (if relevant).
Name or sign objects in different categories: e.g. animals, clothing, fruit and veg.
Play together and talk about / describe what you are doing.
Work on understanding concepts such as colours, big and little, hot and cold, full and empty.
Encourage requesting, commenting and following instructions.
Look for numbers around the house, in books, on packets, etc.
Counting rhymes and songs – e.g. 5 Little Ducks; 10 Fat Sausages.
Count out objects needed – e.g. 4 spoons for breakfast.
Count how many bricks are in a tower. Make a tower of x number of bricks.
Use magnetic numbers or number cards to recognise and order numbers.
Play counting games online - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=counting
Talk about the days of the week – link these to activities you do on certain days and expose pupils to language related to time e.g. today, tomorrow, yesterday, names of the days of the week.
Prepositional language – ‘where is the pen?’ ‘the pen is on the table.’ Ask pupils to put the pen ‘on’ the table. Focus on; in, on, under.
Look at coins. Sort coins from other objects. Match coins. Recognise some coins. Play shops and practice exchanging money for items.
Read/watch the Easter story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnbo2AmS3OI
Question pupils about who is in the story and what happens. Show pupils on the calendar when Good Friday, Palm Saturday and Easter Sunday is.
Talk about belonging as being part of a group. Talk about what groups pupils might belong to e.g. school, family, class group, after school clubs etc…
Practise knife skills and slicing; fruit, bread, vegetables on a chopping board. Talk about safety when using a knife and which part to hold.
Encourage washing up and wiping tables after cooking.
Making a collage using different materials; fabric, paper, tissue paper etc… Encourage tearing and scrunching.
Painting - mixing the Primary colours (red, yellow, blue) Experiment what colours can be made when two primary colours are mixed together.
PE – Dance
Listen to different pieces of music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L993HNAa8M that resemble animals and think about how you could move to them; fast or slow, make your body big or small, or heavy or light.
Encourage pupils to communicate if they like or dislike the music.
Try and sequence two or three movements to the music.
Use https://www.gonoodle.com/ for fun activities to get you moving!
Look at pictures of African animals – name / sign the animals. Talk about their colour, size and features such as tail, paws, trunk, horn, etc. Do they have scales, fur or feathers?
Look at videos of the animals moving and talk about which are fast and which are slower. How do they move? How many legs do they have? What is it like where they live? Why does a giraffe have a long neck? etc.
Draw / paint pictures of the animals; Make models of different animals.
Sort pictures of animals – e.g. farm animals / wild African animals.
Identify different icons on a computer / tablet – e.g. internet, camera, favourite apps or games.
Take photos or video using a tablet or digital camera. Look through photos / videos with an adult.
Practice using fingers to tap or drag on a tablet.
Make pictures using Paint or similar programmes.
Use apps or website such as CBeebies or Help Kidz Learn to play games.
Use a physical or on screen keyboard to find letters and numbers or to type name.
Listen to different types of music and move to the rhythm. Which music do you like / not like?
Sing songs together. Use household items to play sounds.
Practice playing / singing loudly, quietly, quickly or slowly.
Clap along to music and songs keeping a steady pulse. Copy someone else’s clapping pattern.
Listen to the sounds of different instruments – can you identify a drum, piano, bells, etc.
Independence and Personal Skills
Work on current targets from Occupational Therapist and Physio (if relevant).
Develop fine motor skills through activities such as building with Duplo or Lego; picking up small items such as raisins using thumb and forefinger; helping to peg out washing; opening packets, tubs or bottles; helping to prepare food by chopping, spreading, mixing, etc; making a drink.
Work on independent dressing or undressing. Practice fastenings such as buttons, Velcro, poppers and zips.
Work on personal hygiene tasks such as washing hands and face or brushing teeth or hair.
Help around the house and garden by tidying up, putting washing in the machine, laying the table, sorting recycling, pairing socks, sweeping, vacuuming, etc.