Hi children! Hope you are enjoying your learning at home. You are doing brilliantly!
This week we will have a look at the life cycle of a caterpillar. You will read a book or more than one to find out about how this curious and magical creature is growing and developing to become a marvelous minibeast. Can you find out where is it living and what does it need to grow and change? There are lots of e-books on the internet to help you to read to your children and help them to understand the life cycle of a caterpillar. Later on, you might create an original plate to represent this cycle. Another great idea would be to get a real chrysalid and place it in an airy container such as a bottle or a box and your child could see in real-time how the caterpillar is changing. What an amazing experience, isn't it?
I'm attaching some activities as well for you if you wish to enhance your learning. Check the activity that suits you the best.
Children love the sunshine as much as sunflowers do.
This week, you will find out about the life cycle of a sunflower, using non-fiction books or the internet. These books will teach children facts about sunflowers, how it grows and how long it will grow. Children will be surprised to know that they can eat a part of this flower.
Can you draw a diagram, or make a wheel, showing the life cycle? Write down some sentences, explaining what a sunflower needs to grow. Have fun and enjoy the sun!
Children in Reception love listening to stories and descriptions of characters enhance their imagination. This week, children will describe a monster by choosing suitable words and phrases. Later on, ask your child to draw his or her own monster and colour it in. Which words are describing it the best? Encourage your child to write the words and blend them. As a challenge, they might write a sentence or write a story including its description. At the bottom, you will find a worksheet that you could use as an example even orally.
I'm impatient to get to know about your monsters, children!
Write a diary in any form: comic strip, booklet.... Draw a picture and write a sentence or two to show me what you have been doing at home today or during the week . Remember to listen carefully to the word sounds, put in finger spaces, and add those full stops!
In addition, remember to read, read, and ask questions to your child about the reading. You could use this worksheet to enhance your child's reading comprehension. read
I'm looking forward to seeing your lovely work!
See if you can find some stories at home about plants and read them with your family. Then write or draw your own story about a plant. It can be any plant you like! It might be a vegetable, a flower, or a tree! It might have superpowers, or be able to talk. You could take a photograph of your story, or record yourself telling it, and send it over. Here you will find some examples.
Enjoy your reading!
Read , read , read every day!
In adddition to the activities in this section it would be helpful if every day you could read with your child and encourage them to practise their hand writing. When you find a tricky word or a word with some of the diagrahs or triagraphs we have seen in Phase 2 and 3, you may stop and challenge your child to write that special word. Give your child points for every correct word or a good good try! Children love competitions and challenges!
This week I recommend you to read the story of The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. Then draw some pictures or write some sentences to describe to show what happens in this story.
This week in literacy we would like you to write an acrostic poem, focused on the theme of kindness and friendship. An acrostic poem is one where you use the letters of a word to describe that word for example for the word Reception.
Could you choose the name of someone you care for, it could be a friend, family member or a pet and make an acrostic poem to describe them-we will add them to the website. Can't wait to read them
Monday 11th May continued
To continue to develop your child's blending to read I have recommended 2 books from the Oxford owl e-books to read.
Follow the link at the bottom of this page, you need to set up a free subscription. Although I have recommended 2 books to read there are plenty of other books to access . When looking through the books, select the red book band, but for those more confident readers access the yellow book band e-books.
Before your child reads the book, discuss the front cover: What is the book about? How do you know? etc Continue to ask questions throughout to check your child's understanding.