Another story this week that sees a little teddy bear go on his own adventure. Please share the story Whatever Next by Jill Murphy with your child. Below there is a link to cbeebies bedtime stories where this story is read. Encourage your child to predict what is going to happen next. What do they think the moon will look like? Would they like to go in a rocket to space?
Encourage your child to draw their own rocket that they would use to travel into space. Think about the shapes of each part of their rocket and what colours it would be. Does it have any extra features? Can they write words that describe the rocket around the outside?
For example based on ability: Some children who are able to identify sounds in their writing might build a simple words using sounds that they know ‘red, big, hot’. If your child is confident hearing the sounds, them encourage them to write what they can hear- words will not always be spelt correctly but the important skill is hearing the sound and starting to build words. Some children will be able to use some sounds in their work to represent this, maybe the beginning letter. Some children may be able to use marks and lines to represent this sentence. Some children will be drawing a picture to represent their ideas.
Using this story discuss recent journeys into Space- Space X rocket. Maybe they saw the launch, if not they could watch it online. Have they seen the rocket since it landed at the space station? Encourage children to describe what they can see in the video. Would they like to go into space? There are some space themed interactive ICT games to play on the link below.
Remember it is important to keep singing nursery rhymes every day and to share stories with your child.
It is important to continue to develop your child’s fine motor skills. This can be done in a number of ways, the more practice they get the better they will become. Remember when using a pen or pencil encourage the tripod grip to help control their formation. There are lots of ideas below.
This week can the morning children can have a big focus on writing their name ready for reception, once they are confident move on to their surname. Remember it is important for children to explore creating these letters in lots of ways, rather than just using a pencil e.g. in paint, in sand etc. Corn flour and water is a fun way to make letters, also fill empty squeezy bottles with water and practice outside.
fternoon Nursery are exploring different ways to mark make. This can be done outside in a large scale way using paintbrushes and chalks or inside with crayons pencils and felt tips. Let the children lead the activity using their own imagination and interests.
Bug club has added some excellent resources on their website, and all children have been allocated books. Using these resources will really help your child ready for September.
Remember to continue reading a variety of stories with your child. It is important that children learn how to use books for example turning pages, holding the book the correct way, discussing the pictures in detail, predicting what might happen in the story and locating text on a page and knowing the direction of the print. This week can you practice the phase 2 flashcards on the phonics play website. Afternoon Nursery could practise recognising their name and finding the print in a reading book understanding that words can be written down as well as spoken.
As well as listening for sounds inside and outside the house afternoon children can start to learn about the sound 's'. They could go on a sound hunt finding objects beginning with this sound. Does their name begin with this sound? Get Squiggling on You Tube can help the children find out more about this sound.
Morning children should continue to recap the phase 2 sounds. Please use the phonicsplay website to practice and reinforce sounds. Maybe you could go on a sound hunt around the house and see what you can find that begins with that sound. Recap all of the sounds we have done so far: 's, a, t, p, I, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll and ss, using this order. Can you hear sounds in simple CVC words such as sat? Some children might be ready to explore phase 3. Remember these sounds are progressive and every child learns at their own pace so you will need to work at your child’s level.
This week I would like you to explore counting forwards and backwards. Encourage your child to make their own rocket out of old junk (use this time to recap on 3D shapes). Once complete practice take off, counting backwards from 10. Can they count backwards from 20? Cut out small squares with numbers to 10 on- can they put them in the correct order? Try forwards and backwards. Move on to 20 when confident. As an extension, have a go at counting in 2’s.
Please continue to sing number rhymes with your child such as 5 little ducks etc. Youtube have many versions of these.
The Body Coach is continuing to deliver a PE session style workout every morning at 9:00am via his youtube channel. Great fun for all of the family.