08 Feb Reception Remote Learning – w/c 08.02.21
Hello to all our Reception families.
We hope you all have a lovely break over the half term, here are some fun activities to keep you going!
Tessa, Pinar, Sheila and the Reception Team
Hello to all our Reception families.
Here are some more activities to try out at home. We hope to give you a range of different ideas for outdoor and indoor learning. If the weather is just a bit too cold for outdoor discovery and collecting, there is nothing better than creating a cosy den from a duvet and a couple of chairs, and reading or making up stories!
Please note: this week we are having ‘whole class’ Zoom meetings for each class in Reception, to give the children an opportunity to see all the friends in their class. Look out for the invite:
Wednesday: Canary Wharf (4.00pm)
Wednesday: Paddington (4.30pm)
Thursday: Elephant and Castle (4.30pm)
We hope to see as many of you as possible! Perhaps the children could bring something from the ‘Science Scavenger Hunt’ to show their friends?
Best wishes from the Reception team
Remote Learning – 08.02.21-12.02.21
Here is the Remote Learning Activity pack for this week:
We also have a great singing video from our Singing teacher at School, have a go at singing along and doing the actions!
The igh video.
This is a very complex sound for children to learn. Unless your child is really keen to write words, it is probably better to give them support in saying and then reading the igh words.
It is also fine to read a ‘silly question’ and just encourage them to use their ‘yes/no’ card. Perhaps they can suggest their own silly questions for you to write down for them? Playing with language and making up silly rhymes, sentences and jokes is very much part of the way children develop their talking skills. And if they have really good spoken language skills, the reading and writing skills will follow!
The Gruffalo recipe video.
Here is the Gruffalo creating something delicious to eat from the things he found in the woods.
Encourage the children to identify the numbers and read the names of things as they ‘go in the pan’
This is the kind of meal the children might make in the mud kitchen at school! They would probably add:
lots of mud
This is one way of linking children’s independent play to their phonic and reading skills.
Recipes are also a really good way of helping children reinforce their understanding of a process (the steps you need to take to make something, in sequence) If you are doing some cooking together you can describe what you are doing, using words like ‘first’ ‘next’ ‘then’ and ‘finally’. These are words we also use when we are sequencing a story, like ‘On the way home’.
Here is a new sound ‘ee’
Children might think of other words that have an ‘ee’ sound, like eat and cream and heat. Give them lots of praise for identifying the sound. If you are writing those words, show them the different spelling of the ‘ee’ sound. If they are writing independently they will probably use the ee spelling at the moment and that is fine. They will be learning many alternative spellings of sounds in the next phase of their phonics learning.
Sentence building: If you play the ‘sight word bingo’ game first, children will be ‘rehearsing’ the words before they see them in a sentence. It takes time to get to the stage of recognising them every time they see them, so do not worry if they do not seem to know them yet – it will happen gradually! You could also play ‘mixed up sentences’ with these – write them down, chop them up, mix them up and put them in the right order!
Here is a listening activity where your child can explore sounds and develop letter recognition. Choose a variety of objects to put in a bag, a drawstring bag is perfect! Alternatively, you can use a large box. Choose household or outdoor objects which make interesting sounds and encourage your child to spend time exploring the objects and carefully listening to the sounds they make. You can either name the objects for your child or ask your child to name them. Put all the objects in the bag and sing along: ‘Listening bag, what’s inside?, something’s in there trying to hide, put your hand in and see what you have found (pause) a…….let’s hear (or make) the sound.’ In this video you will also find a letter blending activity. Watch Pinar and join in!
The Gruffalo video.
Here is a short video linked to a favourite book character.
Children can have a go at reading the words next to all the things the Gruffalo has found in the woods. They can also develop their vocabulary by finding out the names of things, and relating those words to words they know. For example, is a twig the same as a stick? Children can be encouraged to expand their descriptive vocabulary. Are the twigs straight? Or twisty…..
Finally, collecting natural objects from outside is always a perfect opportunity to reinforce those important messages about safety:
- Always wash hands before and after touching things
- Never put anything in your mouth
- Berries and fungus can be very poisonous for humans. They are food for animals and Gruffalos – never children!
Have fun collecting natural objects when you can – children are naturally very inquisitive and love collecting things!
At Home Activities
Watch this video about Fireflies, then have a go at the activity in the video underneath:
On the way home
This week we are hoping that the children have memorised some or all of the story.
They can now keep the structure of the story, but change the characters and make a new story! Children are really good at this – it is what they often do in their role play, and they are very imaginative!
Using toys or action figures as characters helps children imagine what might happen if they met those characters. Telling the story helps them develop their language skills. Telling the story slowly so that you can write it down helps them structure their story!
The activities include some ideas for writing; however it is the story telling that is important. Writing a whole story is very challenging for most children at this stage, but if you write it down for them, you can read it to the whole family and keep it to be read again. You will also be ‘modelling’ the process of writing (left to right, spaces between words etc.) This is very supportive and helps children see that writing is purposeful and a permanent way of recording their ideas.
Good luck and have fun telling stories!
This weeks’ story is ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ by Julia Donaldson. If you would like to watch more videos by our lovely Reception staff please click on this link to see the regularly updated story telling blog: