The activities for this week are themed around our topic for the half term – ‘Weather’, focusing on sun. For some activities there will be a breakdown of different ways to do the activity; try and select the activity most appropriate for your child’s learning.
Don’t worry if you don’t have access to the books suggested, plenty of readings can be found on YouTube. Any documents suggested can be found at the bottom of this set of home learning.
- Jolly Phonics song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qpn2839Kro
- Say each sound as the letters comes in the song.
- Complete the actions of the song, either by yourself or with help from a grown up.
- Sing all the words in the song.
- Initial sounds – use objects around your house that start with each letter of the alphabet
- Explore objects your adult finds. Adults – say each word and reinforce the initial sound.
- Choose the correct object from a selection your adult has found.
- Go for a hunt and find the objects yourself, show your adult.
- Initial sounds – words in books
- Engage while your adult tells points out different letters in words.
- Decide if a word starts with a specific letter when questioned by your adult.
- Find words in the book that start with specific letters.
- Play phonics games online if you have access to a PC or tablet (note not all games will work on a tablet). https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-2
- Phonics bloom has activities for Phases 1 – 6.
- Most children in Miss Bowen’s Class are working on Phase 2 or 3.
- Reading eggs – please contact Miss Bowen if you require your child’s Reading Eggs log in.
- Writing your name –
- Trace the letters of your name. Adults write your child’s name down in big letters so they can write over the top.
- Practise writing your name with correct capitals and lowercase letters.
- Practise the correct movement pattern for each letter of your name.
- Practise general letter formation – work on one letter at a time
- Practise mark making and letter writing in sensory materials such as shaving foam or crushed cereal.
- Form letters hand over hand in sensory material or using a pen/pencil.
- Trace letters written by your adult.
- Write the letters of the alphabet in the correct movement pattern.
- Write sentences/words about what you can see in one of our stories (listed below). Use the ALD to help.
- Select a key word about what you can see.
- Form a sentence about what you can see.
- Trace or write this sentence.
- Print and cut out the ALD and stick the symbols in the correct order.
- Adjectives – explore some sunny objects, such as ice lollies, sunglasses, sun hats and describe them, you could write down your adjectives. Focus on each sense and answer the questions:
- ‘What can you see?’
- ‘What can you hear?’
- ‘What can you smell?’
- ‘What can you taste?’
- ‘What can you feel?’
- Please remember: some children will be able to write sentences and words independently, some children will need you to write the sentence and they can copy it, some children will need you to write the sentence and they can trace it.
- Read or watch ‘Kipper’s Sunny Day’ by Mick Inkpen, discuss what you can see on each page. Use the ALD below to comment on the story, what objects can you see? What is happening on each page?
- Select key words.
- Form a sentence.
- Make a prediction about what’s next.
- Participate in a sensory story ‘A Sunny Day’, source the props for each story and use them as you read/watch the story. Sensory story attached.
- Read favourite books and discuss them.
- Speaking and Listening:
- Role play playing going to the beach, practising speaking and listening skills.
- Instructions – listening to and giving instructions.
- Number song about sun clouds (tune to 10 green bottles)
- 10 smiley sunshines floating in the sky,
10 smiley sunshines floating in the sky,
But if one smiley sunshine floated on by,
There’d by 9 smiley sunshines floating in the sky.
- Adults – draw and cut out 10 sun shapes, get children to remove one sunshine in each verse and count the remaining.
- It doesn’t have to be 10 sunshines – it can be any number you want, 5 or 30!
- 1 more/1 less
- Give children a certain number of suns/raindrops ask what 1 more/1 less would be, children can use the props to support their understanding.
- Days of the week/Time
- Listen to a days of the week song on Youtube
- Sing the days of the week song, taking turns to say the different days
- Order symbols of the days of the week (your own can be made simply by drawing on some paper)
- Identify days before and after, using the language today, tomorrow and yesterday
- Think about and write down what you do on each day of the week.
- Maths games online, topmarks has a wide selection. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
- Maths printables at the bottom of this home learning.
- Light and Dark:
- Sources of light (e.g. candles, torches, lights, sunshine through the window)
- Find sources of light by yourself.
- Select what is and isn’t a source of light from objects given to you by adults.
- Light vs dark
- Explore light and dark – show awareness of when an adult changes it from light to dark.
- Cause light and dark – use the sources of light in your house to make it light and dark
- Explain how you are causing the light and dark to change.
Personal, Social Development
This is a great time for children to practise their independent and personal skills.
- Dressing Skills:
- Practise different fastenings
- Work on choosing appropriate clothes for the weather
- Practise turning clothes the correct way around
- Cooking Skills:
- Practise making toast and a drink – this is an excellent breakfast or snack
- Social Skills:
- Practise taking turns with a simple game, e.g pop-up pirate, hungry hippos
- Chasing games
- Rollercoaster game – child sit on a large sheet and get pulled around, request different speeds (fast/slow), if you have siblings take turns pulling each other, if you’re feeling strong team up and pull your parents!
- Targets: work on EHCP, SaLT and physio targets. Contact Miss Bowen if you need a copy of these.
Bucket (Attention Autism)
Attention Autism is a fun, engaging session which aims to develop children’s shared attention. There are lots of videos on the Gina Davies Autism centre page.
- Print off the sunshine template.
- Use different materials around your house to create a collage.
- Practising ripping and cutting materials.
- Practise sticking materials.
- Find clothes the colour of the rainbow.
- Lay them out in the shape of a rainbow to make some 3D art.
- The world in sunshine:
- Consider keeping safe in the sun – what do you need to wear?
- Complete the sorting activity about what we wear in the sun.
- If you have a garden – get ready to play in the sun and go outside.
- Explore your garden, look at the clouds, explore shadows, feel the grass on your feet.
- Think about how we can look after the environment in sunny weather – you might need to water the plants.
- Look at pictures of the world in sunshine – think about what you can do in the sun.
- Complete the sorting activity about things we do in the sun and not in the sun.
- Independent cooking skills – see Independence and Personal above.
- Ice lollies – if you have ice lolly moulds choose your favourite flavour and make some lollies.
- Sandwich – make your own sandwich
- Take photos and videos of sunny days.
- Practise turning on your device by yourself
- If using an iPad or iPhone, find the camera app and explore the different modes
- Look back at your photos/videos and decide if you’ll keep them.
- Use the internet to search for videos and photos of sunny places.
- Please remember to monitor internet useage – ensuring websites are safe!
- Ball skills
- Practising sending a ball with your feet (kicking).
- Try scoring goals – a goal can be made easily by setting up two markers.
- Try knocking over skittles (bottles work well as skittles) by kicking the ball.