The first part of the phonics learning today is to practise naming the letters of the alphabet in order.
Remember that every letter has its own name and its own sound.
Watch and join in with the song in this video. The letters appear in lower case and upper case (capitals) form. When you've watched the video and sung the song a couple of times, you could ask mums and dads to pause it as it's playing so that you have to carry on singing the letters in the right order by yourself! Or, play a game where you and your parents take it in turns to say the letters in order. One of you starts with 'a', the next person says 'b' and so on until you get to 'z'. Whatever you choose to do, have fun!
Now it's time to play a game. Do you remember Phonics Frog and Al the Alien. As the Robins aren't at school to help them to read and write, they would like you to help them now. In this game you will have to use your blending skills to read each word. Some of these are real words, the kind that Phonics Frog likes. The other words are silly words, the kind that Al the Alien likes. In these words you will see the digraphs and trigraph that you have been practising at home;
ai ee igh oa oo (long and short sounds) ar
Note for parents: children have to learn to blend so that they can read any word, even if its a 'nonsense' word. This is to show that they know which sounds are made by single letters or groups of letters. At the end of Year One, all children take a phonics test, in which are included some 'nonsense' words. We try to teach this in a fun way for the children. You will need to load up the Powerpoint presentation for this and then go to 'Play Slide Show from Beginning' at the top of the screen.
It's story time today! Go onto the Oxford Owl website and read a story called 'An Odd Bug'. Read it two or three times then tell somebody in your house: the names of the characters, where the story is set, what happens at the beginning of the story, what happens in the middle of the story and how the story ends. Then there will be some questions to think about and answer.
Hopefully you enjoyed the story. Now here are a few questions to see if you were really paying attention! You can go back and check the book if you need to.
1. What is the girl character's name?
2. What is the boy on the front cover of the book called?
3. Who stands in the mud on page 3?
4. How do the children get into the log?
5. Who do the children find inside the log?
6. What is the bug called?
7. How do the children feel when they FIRST see the bug?
8. How do they feel once they have met the bug?
9. Can you think of a bug of your own and give it a name?
10. Can you draw a picture of your bug and write a speech bubble with a silly word inside it?
Hopefully you enjoyed solving the Very Hungry Caterpillar addition problems yesterday. Today you're going to solve some more problems for the caterpillar. These problems involve doubling and halving. You may need to use some real objects to help you with this. It doesn't matter what you use - pieces of pasta, sticks, pebbles, counters, small toys, anything to represent the pieces of fruit.
First of all remember how many pieces of fruit the caterpillar ate on each day from Monday to Friday and which fruit it was.
Now you're ready to solve the problems.
1. The caterpillar shared his strawberries with his friend. They both got the same number of strawberries. How many did they each get?
2. The caterpillar ate two pears on Tuesday morning. He then had two more pears at tea time. How many pears did he eat altogether that day?
3. The caterpillar shared his plums with his two friends so they could all have one. How many plums did each of them eat?
4. Another caterpillar stole the caterpillar's apple. How many apples did the caterpillar end up with?
5. A kind person gave the caterpillar five more oranges on Friday. How many oranges did the caterpillar have altogether?
You can write down your answers as well as any calculations or pictures to show how you worked the answers out.
Have fun everybody!