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Home Learning Tasks
Hazel, Maple, Oak and Cherry
Week beginning 1st June 2020
Below are some suggestions for home learning activities. Where possible the resources have been provided. We fully understand that you may not have all the resources at home to carry out every task.
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ENGLISH - READING
Watch this Superhero story – Ten Rules to being a Super hero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyzHDKa0a3M
Can your child remember any of the 10 rules after hearing the story a few times?
Can they describe the 2 main characters? (Captain Magma and Lava Boy)
Watch the Stay at home Heroes story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaXYos5T7x4 Talk about what you have been doing to keep yourselves and others safe during the Lockdown.
The following are good texts to read with your child this week relating to our new topic: Superheroes
Oxford Owl has a range of super hero stories which can be read together or you can ask it to read it aloud:
Zoom Food Hero Academy is Phase 3 Letters and Sounds level. (Easy)
Turnip is Missing is Phase 3 Letters and Sounds level (Your child will need to be able to read words with most common letter sounds and blends)
The Nosy Cook is Phase 5 Letters and Sounds level. (Your child will need to know all sounds and be able to blend sounds to read unknown words)
What is the weather like today? (Phase 3 Level)
Remember, Oxford Owl website eBooks to see which ORT level your child can access. They/you should know which level they usually read at school.
ENGLISH – SPEAKING AND LISTENING AND WRITING
We are learning to describe in a variety of ways
This term we are looking at the topic Superheroes we would like you to look at different superheroes and try and describe them.
Think of all of the words you could use to describe what they look like (colours, size, type of clothes) Also are they big, small, huge. Try to describe the type of people they are
(because superheroes are good people so have good personalities)
Please encourage your child to say three sentences about each picture.
Adult to write the words and sentences down for the children to help them when they write their sentences. Try and encourage your child to write a full sentence using the words they said out loud to you.
They may need help with a sentence starter such as:
Batman had a ______ _____ cape. Child to write black and shiny in the spaces. Encourage your child to use their phonics to help them sound the words out.
Beginner – have three pictures of superheroes that they can stick colours in communication in print next to them.
Easy- as above but your child to say the describing words or sentences out loud to an adult. You scribe for them – then they use these words to write a short sentence possibly with a sentence starter – see above
Harder-have 3 pictures of superheroes that they write a sentence beneath each one independently.
With support children can edit and re-write their sentences after feedback has been given from you. How could we make it better? Capital letters in the right place, add another descriptive word, make sure you have a full stop at the end of the sentence.
They could even draw their own superhero pictures afterwards to describe.
Once finished, please help your child to keep their work safe and please send your wonderful work into school for your teacher to read and share with the pupils in school once we are back.
We are learning how to hear sounds in words
Please continue working on letter sounds at home, some new links are included below:
Phase 1 – more listening to sounds in the environment
Phase 2 phonics – animations to help learn phase 2 sounds
Phase 3 Phonics – work your way through the phase 3 sounds and don’t forget the ‘tricky words’. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvq9bdm
Beginner- collect or make some noisy items (e.g. rattle, shaker made of dry rice/pasta in a cup covered with cling film, two spoons with a rubber band to hold them together, pet’s squeaky toy etc) and demonstrate the sounds they make. Hide them under a cloth and select one to make a noise with. Pull the cloth off, can your child pick up the correct item for the sound they heard?
Can you clap a rhythm that they copy? Can they make a clap rhythm that you try to copy?
Medium-harder: letter sound what’s in the bag/bucket – write down 2 lists of the same sounds at your child’s current level and cut them up into individual sounds and put one set in the bag or bucket and one set face up on the table. Sing the song they know from school “What’s in the bucket can we see , are you ready 1,2,3?” Then pull out a sound and see what one it matches to. Make sure you are saying the sound correctly and your child tries to say it correctly- Example “ch” as in chips.
Make it even more motivating by saying to your child “ you win ! ” ( turn it into a game)
We are learning to form letters correctly
Keep encouraging your child to hold the pencil in a pincer grip, using a short ‘chubby’ pencil or marker is a good way to encourage this. Don’t forget that it’s much easier to use a marker than a pencil and easiest of all is a whiteboard and marker as not much pressure is required.
Don’t forget that mark-making can be encouraged in all sorts of exciting ways – fingers in shaving foam, brushes in trays of sand, chunky chalk on the driveway, large paintbrush and bucket of water outside on the concrete on a sunny day, paint pens on the window… get creative!
We are focusing on horizontal and vertical mark making for some, all lower case letters a-z and numbers 1-20. Some new handwriting activities have been added to the Home Learning. Please encourage your child to complete the sheets. (See Term 5 week 5 handwriting folder)
Beginner – mark making horizontal and vertical lines, start big and decrease size once ready.
Easier- practice writing all letters a-z. Remember to make sure your hand is resting on the table when writing the letters
Harder – practice writing all letters a-z and numbers 1-20- make sure you are starting in the right place. Remember to make sure your hand is resting on the table when writing the letters too.
Challenge- cursive writing introduction
We are learning to add two sets or numbers and find the total
Using any small objects you have around the house such as coins, leaves from the garden, small toys, lego pieces, grapes/raisins place items onto two plates. Count the items on each plate separately and then count how many altogether. Repeat a number of times gradually increasing the amount you put on each side. On a small piece of paper write the symbol + and = and create number sentences with your plates e.g. 4+5=9
Easy level- use numbers totalling no more than 10. When counting the total amount of objects take them off the plate and line them up so counting can be more accurate.
Middle level- Use numbers totalling up to 20. When counting totals ask children to leave the items on each plate. Use the symbols to introduce children to the formal method of recording additions.
Higher level- Use numbers up to 20 again but this time write a number on a piece of paper on one plate and place some objects on the other plate. This time ask your child to count on from the first number until they reach the total.
Easy level- Using pennies make a little shop with small toys or tins from your food cupboard. Put prices on each item up to 5p. Choose two items to buy from the shop and total the cost.
Middle level- Using pennies make a little shop with small toys or tins from your food cupboard. Put prices on each item up to 10p each. Choose two items from the shop and total the cost.
Higher level- Using pennies make a little shop with small toys or tins from your food cupboard. Price each item up to 10p. Give your child up to 20 1p coins to spend in the shop. How many items can they buys? Do they have any money left?
Other fun ideas:
If your child is reluctant to access a formal maths session with you how about you give your child an appropriate number of pennies/tokens. Make a price list on a piece of paper for things that they might want to eat as extras throughout the day. (Snacks) Your child can decide what to spend their money on throughout the day. They need to recognise the numbers on the price list, count their coins and start to think about budgeting.
Superhero Maths ideas:
Join in with Spiderman on You tube and count to 100 or join in with Jack Hartmann Zero the Hero and count to 100 in 10’s.
Why not try the superhero addition to 10 worksheets or the missing numbers super hero sheets.
For a selection of maths challenges related to Superheroes try the Challenge cards in the maths folder.
There are some other superhero themed maths activities in the maths folders too.
We are learning about the weather.
Watch the daily weather forecast together, draw your child’s attention to the weather symbols. Talk about what the different symbols mean. Discuss how the weather forecaster stands to the side of the map and talks about different aspects of weather. E.g. temperature, type of weather and wind.
Talk about what type of clothing your child would need for different types of weather. E.g. wellington boots and a coat if it is raining. A coat if it is cold outside even if the sun is shining. Shorts and t-shirt if it is hot outside.
You can challenge your child to find different outfits for different weather conditions or you can sort the clothing pictures according to the weather symbols. (science folder term 6, week 1 home learning).
We are learning about a historically important person – Florence Nightingale
Watch the following videos to learn about the amazing lady who is famous for improving hygiene to save peoples’ lives:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jONlz7vaMnU BBC Teach This video tells the life story of Florence Nightingale.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frow559jWSE Animated short stories
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkoaMawiZ-o (Magic Grandad) This video takes some children from today back in time to see for themselves what life in hospital was like.
Using the sorting cards and sorting boards saved in the History section, sort the pictures according to whether they show before Florence Nightingale made changes to hospitals or after.
Next, use the Lamp template to make a paper lamp like the one Florence Nightingale would have used. You might feel a little creative and make your own lamp out of junk boxes.
Florence Nightingale was a Heroine of her time. Nurses continue to be Heroes and Heroines especially during the Corona Virus Pandemic. Talk to your child about how hard the nurses and doctors are working at the moment and encourage them to Clap for Carers at 8.00pm on Thursday evening.
Print off a Thank you card template for the NHS and deliver it to your Doctors surgery or display it in your window. If you don’t have access to a printer you could make a rainbow with coloured toys and take a photo on your phone. We would love to see some of these at school. They can be emailed to the school office.
There are a large number of printable resources on Twinkl related to Nursing, Florence Nightingale and the NHS.
We are learning how to be safe online
Watch the BBC bitesize video https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfcvhbk/articles/zkcj92p then share the e-safety story Buddy the Dog. Afterwards talk about what did the girl do that was not safe, and what did Ben do to stay safe online? Now share the rules of e-safety (they are saved under PHSE.)
With the help of Mum or Dad, make a poster showing the rules of e-safety to display where there are computers or wherever people usually use the internet around the home.
We are learning about superfoods and which food groups they are in
Identify the main food groups including fruit and vegetables.
Show the children the food wheel (Eat well plate) on the NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/
Go through the different groups - carbohydrates, proteins, dairy, fruit and vegetables and discuss with them which do they think are healthy and unhealthy and do the think the size of the segment means anything? Explain the bigger the segment the better the food group is for you.
Look at Eatwell plate food groups PowerPoint – Twinkl (home learning T6 week 1)
Watch the video on super foods- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpjti28vUzA
Healthy ‘superfoods’ are foods that a superhero would need to eat to grow strong and stay fit and well.
Describe how particular foods smell and taste, referring to laminated key words such as crisp, crunchy, juicy, sweet and sour. Sample distinctive flavours like mint, orange, lemon, banana, pepper, pineapple and ginger and try and describe them using the words for help.
Try following simple recipes to prepare some superfood dishes!
1. Cut up and make some superfood dishes to try.
2. Make a recipe using superfoods- blueberry smoothie
Place blueberries, banana, apple juice, Greek yoghurt into a blender or smoothie maker - blend it all together and drink.
We are learning to use lines to represent a shape or outline.
This week our Art is linked to our topic ‘Superheroes’.
Look at some of the superheroes in the home learning folder – your child is going to draw or put together their own superhero- thinking about colours, clothes, size, hair, masks etc
Encourage your child to talk to you about why they chose to draw it in a certain way or design a new superhero. Display the works and hold an exhibition in your house. Encourage other members of the house to join in too.
Can they teach someone else how to draw a superhero? What bit should you start with first etc
We are learning to use the toilet hygienically
This week at school we will be focussing on improving our toilet hygiene, but if your child is still toilet training some additional resources are available under Life Skills to help you out.
Try the Wiggles toilet challenge using to sit on the toilet for a whole song using the following YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z5G7OXG6MY
Another fun toilet song is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr0K7niFDXk A lot of children feel anxious about using the toilet, do your best to make it a fun time with lots of praise and rewards for successes, no matter how small! and dis
Share the toilet hygiene PowerPoint and discuss the key points with your child, simplifying the language if necessary. Recap the things we can do to be hygienic when using the toilet. How many can you remember?
Sequence the steps of using the toilet together and do a roleplay using a teddy or doll. Practice washing your hands correctly referring to handwashing posters.
We are learning about Hinduism
Watch video of two young British Hindus at home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-yJM5jjhiI
After watching it think about how Simran and Vraj, how are they the same as you and how are they different?
Discuss the key points on Hinduism raised in the video: Hinduism (their religion), being vegetarian (not eating meat because god exists in everything so we should respect all living things), believing life is a cycle (birth, death and rebirth) and karma (everything we do will have an effect and will have an impact on our next life on Earth). Hindus believe in one god, but god has many different forms and is given different names in those forms)
Have a look at the Hindu god fact cards to learn more about some of the different expressions of the one god Brahman.
Watch a video of two different Hindu children in the UK explaining they are praying at a shrine in their home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyw5EJRKEXU Which gods were the children’s’ favourites? Can you remember how the shrine looked and what it included? Have another peek at the video if you can’t remember and get ready to make your own shrine.
Create a shrine to your god or if you are not religious, based on a theme that you think is important eg being kind, staying healthy, being helpful etc.
Collect objects you think are meaningful and place them in your shrine. Arrange them to look nice and if you can, include vases of flowers and a bell to ring (or metal object and striker). Think about your god or the thing that is important to you.
Higher ability pupils can study the Hindu gods using the fact file cards and then complete the matching activity remembering which god is responsible for which things.
Which Hindu god do you admire the most and why?
Print off or view Superhero challenge cards and see how many you can do this week to stay active and fit.
Fine Motor pencil control super hero sheets (Found in resource folder)
Fine motor scissor skills Superhero sheets (Found in resource folder)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py4fhsx3Ct4 Superhero dance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYi1kyMeFHQ Avenger exercises
Remember Joe Wicks does a daily workout session at 9.00am everyday available on his You Tube channel.
We are exploring food through smell and taste
Explore food through smell and taste. Collect samples of various items and put them into smelling pots (small containers with paper with holes poked in it covering the top). Can you guess which food is in the pot? If possible match it to a symbol for the food (see foods to smell symbol sheet) without peeking inside the pots. Say if you like or don’t like the smell (non-verbal children may show thumb up or down) or sort them into piles of smells good and smells bad. Now be brave and taste the foods! Which do you like the taste of and are the foods you like the taste of the same as the ones you like the smell of? Does anything smell good but taste bad and visa versa.
Exotic fruits/new foods taste test: next time you are at the supermarket try buying some new foods that your child hasn’t tasted before but you think they may like. Encourage them to try something new, even if it means they just touch it on their tongue. To encourage picky eaters, offer just a tiny bit with a favourite food for afterwards as a reward and remember that exploring (touching and smelling or even feeding to mum or dad) is still a good way to build food tolerance.
High ability pupils could try categorising the foods they taste – are they sweet, sour, salty or tangy (umami)?
Useful Websites (May 2020)
Currently Busy Things are charging £1.00 per month for subscription during the school closures. This website has learning activities and games for the age range 3-10 and can be found here: https://www.busythings.co.uk/
Oxford Owls has a range of ebooks that are levelled to read, some of which have activities linked to them for comprehension.
Phonics Play is free to use at the moment and has a range of games. To access for free, use the following details. User name: march20 Password: home
Remember that Twinkl has a range of printable resources and PowerPoint teaching aids to access free at the moment and ICT games.com is great for literacy and maths-based activities/games.