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Hi everybody! I hope you have had a wonderful half term and enjoyed all of the sunny weather we have been having
recently. As many of you will be aware, school is now not expected to reopen until June 15th and then it will only be for
Year 6 pupils initially. As such, work for F2 children will continue to be uploaded onto the website daily, just as it
has been over the past few weeks. I will continue to provide a Maths, Literacy, Phonics and Creative/Physical activity for you
to do at home with your child. I really am incredibly grateful to you for taking the time to upload the work that you do at
home to Tapestry and to everyone that has been keeping in touch by email, just letting us know that you are all
safe and well. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me on the form below, by Tapestry or by email.
Mrs Williams and Mrs Hopewell 😊
Thank you to those families that have sent me pictures of their postcard for The Jolly Postman, if you haven't finished yours yet then that is what I'd like you to do today. If you have finished your postcard, can you retell the story of The Jolly Postman to a grown up or sibling? Here is the video again to watch.
Thank you for continuing to access the Oxford Owl ebooks. When you have reached then end of the Sound Blending 1 books please begin to look at the Red Ditty Books, starting with book 1. these get progressively harder so pleased try not to skip any. If there are any sounds that your child is struggling to sound out, they could repeat watching the Set One Speed Sounds videos on the Read Write Inc YouTube channel again. As always, any problems please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Please continue to read the Sound Blending books on the Oxford Owl website.
Normally I would give you a link to a video over on the Cosmic Yoga page but today I thought I would let you choose. There are so many brilliant videos, from Star Wars to Frozen, why not have a browse and see which one you'd like to do. Here is the link to their YouTube page:
Today I'd like you to finish your story map of The Jolly Postman. If you managed to do the whole map yesterday then today you could edit it and retell the changed story to a grown up. There are lots of thing you could change in this story, it could be called The Jolly Postlady, you could change one of the characters or the postman could deliver presents instead of letters!
Please continue reading the next Sound Blending e-books and continuing to watch the Read Write Inc videos if your child is still finding recognising and saying the Set One Speed Sounds tricky. As always, let me know if you're unsure of anything,
Reading The Jolly Postman reminded me of one of my favourite breakfasts - porridge! Can you remember which of the characters that The Jolly Postman meets eats porridge? Here is a video about Goldilocks and then a recipe for you to make your own porridge - delicious!
Here is the next sheet following on from yesterday's number formation. This time we are looking at numbers 11-20.
By now, you should have an idea of how your child is finding the Sound Blending books. If they are able to sound out fluently then please keep going in the series. If they are finding sounding out the letters tricky then please go back to watching the Set One Speed Sounds videos over on the Read Write Inc YouTube channel. These are still running in the same format as before, available for 24 hours and a new sound uploaded every day at 9:30am.
I seem to have so many cardboard boxes at the moment and this looks like a fun way to reuse them! Your child could draw dinosaurs, superheroes, princess or even family members if they didnt want to draw monsters. Dont forget to send us pictures on Tapestry of how your monster tunnels turn out.
F2 children have been trying so hard over the past few weeks with all of their maths work, myself and Mrs Hopewell are so proud of you! This week I would like us to practise number formation - making sure that numbers are correctly formed and facing the right way.
Here is a sheet for you to print out and have a go at, look at the number and say it, trace over it and the cover it up and write it independently.
I love the format of this book and the characters that the postman meets on his travels. It is quite long story so the activities we do this week will take place over a couple of days. Today lets start by watching a video of the story and talking about all of the characters that we meet, you will recognise a lot of them!
Thank you to all of the parents that have tried to access Oxford Owl and to those that have contacted me for a new log in. For our phonics activity for the next couple of weeks I'd like you to continue reading one of the Sound Blending e-books on the Oxford Owl website. If you read book 1 on Friday and your child could sound out and blend the words fluently then please move on to book 2. If your child found it tricky then please have another try at book 1 and revisit the Set One Speed Sounds videos on the Read Write Inc YouTube channel. If you need any more help with this, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Today on the TopMarks website I'd like you to have a go at coconut ordering. This is a game that the children are very familiar with in Foundation, so they should be able to access this independently. From the main page, select Coconut Ordering > Numbers > 0-10 or 0-20.
Yesterday was the last sound in the Set 2 Speed Sounds. If your child would like to continue watching the videos on YouTube then that is absolutely great, they can choose from either repeating Set 2 again or rewatching Set 1. From now on, I would like to move our activities onto the Oxford Owl website and begin to develop your child's reading by giving them the opportunity to use and apply all of the sounds they have learnt whilst they were in school and during their home learning. As we can't individually assess each child I would like everyone to start by reading the Sound Blending 1 books. If your child finds this easy to read independently then please move on to the next book. At the start of the book there is a page that lists all of the sounds your child will need to know to read the book. Please try not to skip any books as the sounds follow on in order that the children have learnt. Revisiting sounds is great for building up fluency in your child's reading. Here is the website link, from where you will need to log in using your Oxford Owl details.
This is a picture of the Oxford Owl screen you should be able to access following the link above and a picture of the front cover of the first book. If you have any problems, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Do you remember a few weeks ago we made a number line out of leaves in the garden? Today I'd like you to do something similar but with 10's to 100. For example, you could find 10 leaves in the garden and number each one 10, 20, 30, 40 etc. Jumble them all up and see how quickly you can put them in the right order. If you dont have leaves you could stick numbers on teddies or dolls, use lollipop sticks or make number cards. Here is another counting in 10 video for you to watch as a quick reminder of the number order.
'oy, oy, toy to enjoy!' Today is the last of the Set 2 Speed Sounds videos so from tomorrow we will start to do some different activities for our Phonics job. For today though I would like you to have another go at the Buried Treasure game we played last week over on the Phonics Play website. Start with 'oy' and then have a go with some of the other sounds that we have looked at. You will need to choose Phase 5 to find the 'oy' sound. Here is the link you need to play:
I really enjoy doing these videos, although I wish I was as bendy as the lady that does them! I couldn't find a video about a snail but I did find one about a bee which I thought was close.....!! 🐝🐝🐝
Following on from counting in 2's we are now going to look at counting in 10's. Here is a video by the ever energetic Jack Hartmann to help you practise and there is a sheet underneath for your child to complete. At the top of the sheet is number line with some numbers missing. Cut out the squared numbers and stick them onto the number line in the right order.
Story map time again! I'm so pleased to see how amazingly good all the F2 children are getting at drawing story maps now, this skill will really help them as they move up through school. Story telling and understanding story structures are vital skills in Literacy. Becoming familiar with story language such as 'once upon a time', 'after that', 'next', and 'finally' makes becoming a writer so much easier for your child as they get older. Don't forget to upload pictures of your story maps to Tapestry! 🙂
Here is a picture of some great paper snails that look really simple to make. You could even find a real leaf to use instead of drawing one. Don't forget to take any pictures of your artwork and upload them to Tapestry!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Sue Hendra writes some fantastic children's stories and this is one of my absolute favourites. Today I would like you to watch the story (if you don't have a copy to read at home) and talk about the characters, especially Norman. Then I would like you to make a puppet of him. You could make him with his donut shell, as a slug or however you like. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I do! 🍩🍩🍩
My chair is .......
My hair is ......
The chair ......
I love Norman the slug in our story this week, so today I would like you to see if you can find any slugs or snails in your garden on on your walk. Can you take any photo's of them and send them to me on Tapestry? Here are some photos of some interesting snails I found on the internet. Aren't their shells amazing?
Home Learning Activities Weeks 3 + 4
I couldn't resist sharing these wonderful new images from Julia Donaldson. Over the
past few weeks we have read lots of her stories and have all enjoyed
looking at the wonderful characters in her books. Your children will know that
Room on the Broom is my favourite and so I was delighted to see it featured
in these new posters all about staying safe at home . I hope you will enjoy
sharing them with your children
In your Home Learning books you will find the following sheets to use as extra home learning activities for your child:
- Home Fun sheets - A range of activities that can be completed if you haven't
already done them.
- 30 Days Lego Challenge - Follow the instructions for each day. The only rule is to
have fun and use you imagination. Don't forget to post your photos of the
challenges on Tapestry!
- Busy Things Login - Visit the following website where you can access lots of
different educational games. - https://www.busythings.co.uk/
Please use this form to get in touch with Mrs Williams who will help with your questions.
We have had such a busy few weeks in Foundation 2. This half term we have been continuing to explore our Fantasy Settings topic and have really enjoyed looking at the settings Julia Donaldson uses in her brilliant stories. We all have our favourite book, mine is Room on the Broom and Mrs Hopewell really likes Tiddler! Why not ask your child if they can tell you their favourite Julia Donaldson story, they might even draw you a story map to retell it to you!
As part of our Fantasy Settings topic we have been exploring places such as the rainforest, space, underwater and the desert. We have made dragons, split pin giraffes, monkeys with bouncy arms and legs and even pirate hats. The Creative Station in F2 is never empty! Depending on what happens over the next few weeks you may find that some of the activities posted for you to do at home reflect some of these places that we have explored.
As part of Talk for Writing, the children have all been learning how to draw and edit story maps of the books we have shared together in Literacy. Below is an example of a story map for the book Handa's Surprise. Our story maps get us to think about four things that happen in a story:
We always start our story maps with what happened at the beginning of the story and finish with what happened at the end. What you draw in the rest of the story map is up to you but we always remind the children that the events must happen in the correct order. We then use our finished story map to retell the story in our own words. It would be amazing if you could record your child retelling a story and send me the video on Tapestry!
Now, more than ever, we need your support in showing us what your child does at home via Tapestry. This is such a valuable way for us to see your child doing things that they may not experience whilst in school. Any photo, video or comment that you can upload will help us to build a bigger picture of your child's development. We can then use this evidence when assessing the children in relation to the Early Learning Goals at the end of the school year. If you need any help in sending me anything via Tapestry please don't hesitate to use the 'Contact Mrs Williams' form on the F2 class web page. As a Foundation Unit we love seeing pictures and videos of the children at home and, please be reassured, you can never send in too many!
As always, the Foundation team are here if you need help with anything. Please don't hesitate to use the Contact form to send me any questions or queries you may have. I will do my very best to get back to you as quickly as I can.
Handa's Surprise story map example:
A few reminders ...
Our PE is on a Thursday. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in a drawstring bag on their peg on a Thursday. The PE kit should include navy or black jogging bottoms or leggings for girls, plain black or navy shorts, plain white t-shirt, navy sweatshirt or jumper and trainers for outdoors, plimsolls for indoors.
Our Forest School session is on a Friday. Please make sure your child brings their wellington boots and is dressed appropriately to keep warm, dry and have lots of fun in our school grounds.
Reading – It is our school’s new expectation that Foundation Children need to read 4 times every week to be rewarded with a treat. So please keep reading. Come on F2 wouldn’t it be great for everyone to be rewarded with the next treat? Can we do it? - Yes we can! Books are changed every week. Please write this in your child's school diary.
Home fun – Our school expectation is for you to complete one piece of home fun each week. If you can complete more that is brilliant. Certificates are awarded to children who complete one piece each week and prizes to those who do more. We collect the home fun books in on a Tuesday and send them out again on a Friday to give chance for the books to be marked.