Year R – Thursday 30th April

Good Morning Puffins, Parrots and Penguins!

Hello children. Well done for all of your fabulous ‘art in the garden’ yesterday.  We were very impressed that you were resilient enough to get out there in the rain! We loved looking at your creative ideas for a castle! 

              

 

Today our activities are linked to ‘Lucky Double 7’ AKA Numberblock 14, and our story ‘How to catch a dragon’ read by Mrs Rushton. We hope you have fun getting creative and drawing a dragon later! 

If you fancy trying to break a Guinness World Record then join in with England’s Biggest Assembly:  
Today Thursday 30th April at 10am, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a message of hope to school pupils across the country in the first assembly at Oak National Academy. The Archbishop’s address will be streamed through the Times Educational Supplement Website www.tes.com and will then remain available on the Oak National Academy website. https://www.thenational.academy Do try and watch it live as you may potentially be part of a Guinness World Record!

Have a great day!

Year R Team

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English – Phonics game

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Today’s activity is playing a dragon game to practise your phonics.  The game is called Dragon’s Den.  Click here to play.

 

How To Play and Tips from Phonics Play:

  • Choose phase 3 and then choose the specific sets of letters you want to practise.
  • Model sound-talking each sound in the word on the egg and then blending the sounds together and saying the final word. Ask your child to repeat this process.
  • Ask them to decide whether the word is real or fake. Drag the egg to either the green (real) or red (fake) dragon.
  • For subsequent words, ask your child to sound-talk and then say the blended word.
  • For every word (even words that they are familiar with) expect children to sound-talk the word and blend it to say the word. Don’t just let them read the words. Phonics sessions are all about learning to blend and segment so the children need to be practising these skills.

Maths – Meet Numberblock 14!

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First, watch today’s episode where we meet Numberblock 14!  click here to view

Now collect 14 objects/cubes around your house, group them into a group of 10 and a group of 4, then practise saying “10 and 4 more make 14”. Can you say it a loud voice, a quiet voice, a squeaky voice, what is the silliest voice you could use?

Numberblock 14 loves to play on his skateboard! I loved it when he was skating in between the numbers 1-14. I wonder if you could make your own number track and practise running/ /jumping/hopping or skipping through it like Numberblock 14? You could use chalks on the floor outside to write the numbers, or maybe you could use post its/paper on the carpet to write the numbers.

Numberblock 14 told us he was an even number – can you explain to your grown up what that means? If you have cubes you could make Numberblock 14, or you could draw him to show you grown up why he is even (each block has a partner, there are no blocks left out).  Can you make or draw any other even numbers?

If you fancy an extra challenge, can you find out what happens when you add 2 even numbers to 10 together – does it make an odd or an even number? What happens when you add 2 odd numbers together? Does it make an odd or an even number?

Draw a dragon

First, watch Mrs Rushton read today’s story ‘How to catch a dragon’.

Albie finds lots of dragons in Mrs Rushton’s story today! Look closely at what he saw.

Can you draw a dragon and either colour it in with colouring pencils or felt tips, or your could paint it.

What colours will you choose?

Will it be breathing out fire?

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This week’s optional activities…

Here are some videos you might like to share together.

Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on yearr@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password or need some help.

You can continue to use Tapestry to share your child’s work. Please only upload one post a day. You can either choose one activity or put all the activities you complete on one post.

We look forward to hearing from you. We may not reply the same day!

Independence

The children in Year R are very rarely asked to work independently, particularly when writing. It is expected that they will need adult support to get started on all of the tasks we set for them here, and continue to need it throughout their activity. 

However, we want to continue to build their independence, so encourage them to use resources which can help them be independent like sound cards, letter formation cards for handwriting etc. 

 

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities with you. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child.

There is absolutely no expectation that you get all, if any of these activities completed each day. 

Ongoing Activities

You can find lots of learning resources that we have collated on the Educating Home Page.  Click here to be redirected.

    • Reading
    • Handwriting – for a video please click here
    • Keywords
    • Phonics
    • Number and shape, space and measure activities – try Numberblocks games and Maths Factor (see Educating Home Page)
    • Dough Disco – click here for a simple playdough recipe if you need it

Video Resources

Today’s story is “How to catch a dragon” read by Mrs Rushton.

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Back tomorrow!

Year R – Wednesday 29th April

Good Morning Puffins, Parrots and Penguins!

How are you today?  

I was so surprised to come downstairs to find it was raining this morning!  We’ve had so many sunny days I was starting to get used to them.

Out of my window, I saw lots of puddles forming and also noticed that the rain has washed all the dust off my car – handy!

Instead of playing in the garden, my boys decided to make a den and then put all the cuddly toys inside.  There wasn’t any room for them!  Well, I hope you found some fun rainy day things to do.

I know you are big Julia Donaldson fans so you are bound to enjoy today’s story – Zog!

Have fun!
From the Year R Team 

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English – Zog

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Zog has lots to learn at Dragon School.  Look back through the story and make a list of the different things that a dragon like Zog had to learn to do.

Can you write a list of Dragon Skills?

When we write a list there are things we need to remember.  Start each new idea on a new line.  You might want to add numbers to each new item on your list. Remember to start with a capital letter and to finish with a full stop.

You can use any paper you like for your list or download our template below.  

Grown-ups: We have downloaded a guidance leaflet for adults who are working to support young children as they write and thought you might find it helpful to read before you try today’s writing activity. 

Guidance for helping your child to write – click here.

Read about the stages of pencil grip development – click here.

Don’t forget your sound mat – click here.

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Maths – Online games 

Today we just have a few games for you to play for fun.

Follow the link to see the Numberblocks games on BBC iplayer and choose any game to practise your fantastic Maths. Numberblocks games.

If you fancy playing another fun maths game, try this 2D shape patterns game

Artwork in the garden

Can you make a picture of a castle using resources from your garden?  

You can use sticks, leaves, stones, gravel, bark chippings or whatever you can find, and arrange them into a castle shapes on the grass or the patio.

Don’t forget to add some castle features: towers, crenels, drawbridge or a flag.

If you don’t have a garden, you could draw a lovely picture of a castle instead.

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This week’s optional activities…

Here are some videos you might like to share together.

Video Resources

In today’s video, Mrs Baird reads Zog by Julia Donaldson.

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Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on yearr@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password or need some help.

You can continue to use Tapestry to share your child’s work. Please only upload one post a day. You can either choose one activity or put all the activities you complete on one post.

We look forward to hearing from you. We may not reply the same day!

Independence

The children in Year R are very rarely asked to work independently, particularly when writing. It is expected that they will need adult support to get started on all of the tasks we set for them here, and continue to need it throughout their activity. 

However, we want to continue to build their independence, so encourage them to use resources which can help them be independent like sound cards, letter formation cards for handwriting etc. 

 

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities with you. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child.

There is absolutely no expectation that you get all, if any of these activities completed each day. 

Ongoing Activities

You can find lots of learning resources that we have collated on the Educating Home Page.  Click here to be redirected.

    • Reading
    • Handwriting – for a video please click here
    • Keywords
    • Phonics
    • Number and shape, space and measure activities – try Numberblocks games and Maths Factor (see Educating Home Page)
    • Dough Disco – click here for a simple playdough recipe if you need it

Back tomorrow!

Year R – Friday 1st May

Good Morning Parrots, Puffins and Penguins!

Happy Friday Everyone!
Today is our last day exploring castles.  I wonder, can you guess where we’ll end up next on our Hot Air Ballooning adventure?  You’ll have to wait until Monday to see if you were right.

There is a new home worship here to share with your families.

You’ve worked really hard again this week – well done!  We are blown away by the wonderful work and creations you are sending in each day and we are very proud of you all. 

Have a great weekend!

From The Year R Team 

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English – 

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Today’s activity is playing some games to practise your rhyming skills. Sign in to Phonics Play for free: Username: march20 Password: home. The game is called Cake Bake. Click here to play. Having trouble with the link? – Log in first then try again or log in and then paste this into your browser address bar: https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1/cake-bake

How To Play and Tips from Phonics Play:

  • Choose a starting word. A picture of this starting word will appear on a mixing bowl. Click on the picture to hear the word spoken. Encourage your child to say this word out loud and listen to the way it sounds.
  • Above the bowl are pictures of six other words. Again click on the pictures to hear the words spoken. Encourage them to say one of the words and then say the word on the bowl again. Ask them if they think the two words rhyme or not.
  • When they have found a word that they think rhymes, drag it into the bowl. If they are right, the ingredient will be added and stirred into the cake mix. If they are wrong, they will have to try again. There are three rhyming words to find. When they have all been found the cake will be baked.
  • Encourage your child to say the words out loud and keep repeating the word on the bowl. For some children it can help to say a list of words that all rhyme before saying the word they are checking. e.g. crown, down, town, frown or crown, down, town, moth
  • Some children may find it very difficult to identify rhyming words. They will need to hear lots of rhyming words before they will be able to identify them independently. Some children may just need to drag the pictures into the bowl on a trial and error basis to help them figure out which words are correct and which are not.
  • Read a lot of rhyming books. As children become more familiar with them, stop before the rhyming words and encourage children to add the word in themselves (or suggest possible alternatives).
  • Sing lots of rhyming songs and chants and encourage children to make up their own.

If you enjoyed that actvity or would like a go at some more rhyming games, you can find three different rhyming games here: 

Rhyming with –ug: https://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games/words-that-rhyme-with-ug.html

Matching activity sheet: https://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games-resources/pdf-A4/lesson-plan-rhyme-ug4.pdf

Maths – Numberblock 14

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Numberblock 14 was super excited that he was made up of lucky double 7. Can you use blocks/animals to explore number doubles?

What is double 2?

Double 3?

Double 4?

Double 6?

Double 7?

Remember that a double is the same number added together, so to find double 2 you have to do 2 +2.  Can you say the phrase when you find out “Double 2 is 4”. There is a PowerPoint below to help you with your learning.

If you have a board game with a dice (like snakes and ladders), maybe you could play it with your grown up? But when you roll the dice, you have to double the number, then you get to move that number of spaces. So it you roll a 3, you double it and get to move 6! I wonder who will win? Have fun. Click here to download a printable Snakes and Ladders game.

Build a castle

Read the poem ‘My Castle’ (see below)

Can you build or make a picture of a castle? You could:

  • Draw a chalk picture of a castle on the patio
  • Paint a picture of a castle
  • Make a model of a castle with junk and the decorate or paint it
  • Make a picture of a castle using cut out pieces of coloured paper (triangles, rectangles, squares)
  • Build a castle using a construction set e.g. Duplo, Lego, Mega Bloks etc 

It’s up to you! We look forward to looking at your creations on Tapestry.

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This week’s optional activities…

Here are some videos you might like to share together.

Video Resources

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Year R – Tuesday 28th April

Good Morning Puffins, Parrots and Penguins!

Hello children, are you feeling fantastic today? Thank you for sending us all the lovely photos of your crown designs yesterday, they were amazing and fit for any king or queen!

Don’t forget to try a little bit of reading everyday.  Use the Oxford Owl and Big Cat sites to find some fabulous reading books to try.

Today, we are going to learn a little more about castles using a book which Mrs Hearn is going to read to you. You’ll be an expert on castles by the end of the week!

Have a lovely day,

Year R Team 

NOTE TO PARENTS & CARERS:

Just to clarify after the Newsletter yesterday, as you are using Tapestry to regularly update us on your children’s home learning there is no need to use the Year R email address to send any work or updates.  The email address (yearr@stmarksce.org.uk) can, of course, still be used for sending in your queries or requests for help etc. 

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English – Castle questions

Listen to Mrs Hearn reading today’s book, ‘In the Castle’.

Now look at the pages below and work with your grown up to answer the questions. 

  • Why is the boy using a wooden horse and a wooden sword to practise with?
  • Can you remember some of the things a knight does?
  • What do you think a “heroic quest” is?
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Next, look closely at these castle non-fiction pages and ask your grown up to read the labels and captions. Now answer these questions.

  • What is a moat for?
  • What is the difference between a portcullis and a drawbridge?
  • Tell your grown up three things that a knight might do to attack a castle.
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Maths – Numberblock 13

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Yesterday you helped Numberblock 13 become ‘unstuck’. Today we are going to be investigating different ways to make number 13 using a part-part whole model.

First find 13 objects from around your house, pop them into a 20 frame to check that you have the correct amount.

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Now investigate how many different ways can you make number 13 by placing your 13 objects into a part-part whole. 

You could download a part part whole model here or you could make your own using plates at home.

Remember to use phrases like  “13 is the whole, 9 is the part and 4 is the part” to really impress your grown up!

If you would like an extra challenge, try writing a number sentence to match your part-part whole 9 + 4 = 13.

Let’s help Numberblock 13 be a little less unlucky!

 

Design a coat of arms

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Today we are going to design a coat of arms. We saw a knight with a coat of arms on his shield in Mrs Hearn’s book today.

Have a look at the information page below about coats of arms and look at the different colours, designs and symbols often used.

Now can you have a go at designing your own?

Here are some different shaped templates for you to choose from from, or you can ask your grown up to draw one of the shapes on a piece of paper for you click here.

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Video Resources

Today, Mrs Hearn is reading a book called “In the Castle”.

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Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on yearr@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password or need some help.

You can continue to use Tapestry to share your child’s work. Please only upload one post a day. You can either choose one activity or put all the activities you complete on one post.

We look forward to hearing from you. We may not reply the same day!

Independence

The children in Year R are very rarely asked to work independently, particularly when writing. It is expected that they will need adult support to get started on all of the tasks we set for them here, and continue to need it throughout their activity. 

However, we want to continue to build their independence, so encourage them to use resources which can help them be independent like sound cards, letter formation cards for handwriting etc. 

 

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities with you. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child.

There is absolutely no expectation that you get all, if any of these activities completed each day. 

Time Fillers…

You can find lots of learning resources that we have collated on the Educating Home Page.  Click here to be redirected.

Bye for now!

Year R – Monday 27th April

Good Morning Puffins, Parrots and Penguins!

Happy Monday children! We hope you had fun-packed weekend with your family.

We are starting our week’s learning about castles today. I wonder who has visited a castle before? There are lots of interesting facts to learn about what they are, who lived in them and what life was like in a castle. We hope you enjoy your learning at home!

We loved seeing your Wild Things on Friday and we wanted to share some more of your fantastic Wild Things today!
See below for a gallery of some of your wonderful work! 

Today Mrs Rushton’s story is ‘The princess and the wizard’ by Julia Donaldson. We hope you enjoy it!

Year R Team 

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Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on yearr@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password or need some help.

You can continue to use Tapestry to share your child’s work. Please only upload one post a day. You can either choose one activity or put all the activities you complete on one post.

We look forward to hearing from you. We may not reply the same day!

Independence

The children in Year R are very rarely asked to work independently, particularly when writing. It is expected that they will need adult support to get started on all of the tasks we set for them here, and continue to need it throughout their activity. 

However, we want to continue to build their independence, so encourage them to use resources which can help them be independent like sound cards, letter formation cards for handwriting etc. 

 

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities with you. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child.

There is absolutely no expectation that you get all, if any of these activities completed each day. 

Ongoing Activities

You can find lots of learning resources that we have collated on the Educating Home Page.  Click here to be redirected.

    • Reading
    • Handwriting – for a video please click here
    • Keywords
    • Phonics
    • Number and shape, space and measure activities – try Numberblocks games and Maths Factor (see Educating Home Page)
    • Dough Disco – click here for a simple playdough recipe if you need it

English – Castle non-fiction 

Do you remember last week we took off in a hot air balloon and you looked at what the Earth would look like from the sky? That’s called the bird’s eye view.  

Adults at home: visit Google Earth again and starting at your house, zoom out until you can see the UK, then type in Bodiam Castle (East Sussex) into the search, and zoom back in until you are looking at it from above.

Click above to open Google Earth 

Can you recognise what it is children?

Use the slides below to look at photos of the castle. You might  also want to look at the National Trust website here for details of the different castle features found at Bodiam.  Have you ever visited a castle? Which one? What did you see? Did it look like this one?

Read ‘Castles’ Big Cat book from Collins connect website (or listen to the narrator).

To access the book click here. (Enter the Teacher portal: Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk Password: Parents20!  and click Login).

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Maths – Meet Numberblock 13!

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Today we are going to meet the Numberblock 13! First watch the episode click here to view
 
 
Use these slides to help with your learning. Click here for Maths slides 
 
 
Can you collect 13 things from around your house or garden?  Now can you put them into a 20 frame?
 
 
You can use a template like this click to download or use the online frame and select the 20 Frame (click on the image below.)

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Poor number 13 falls apart whenever anyone says his name! Can you help to rebuild him in different ways like he did in the episode?

You could 10 of one colour and 3 of another? As you make 13 in different ways, practise saying “10 and 3 more makes 13”.

Can you practise writing number 13? I wonder if you could make it super colourful to cheer him up a bit? As you are writing, remember the rhymes for 1 and 3 (see picture on slides).    

Making a crown

Who lives in a castle? That’s right, important people like Lords and Ladies, and often members of the royal family.
 
 
Imagine that you are a prince or a princess. What would your crown look like? Which jewels would it have? What shape would it be?
 
 
Today’s activity is to make your own crown. There are two different options to choose from for this:
 
 
1. Create your own using this template Design a crown template
   
     or get a grown up to draw an outline for you. 
 
 
2. Make one to wear using pieces of paper stuck together into a long piece, or a paper plate. Here are some ideas of what you could do. 
 
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This week’s optional activities…

Here are some videos you might like to share together.

Video Resources

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Bye for now!

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