Winter Weather Land
This week our theme is all about winter time. We will learn that:
- The weather affects our world and us.
- Weather is different all around the world on the same day.
- Wind is moving air and can feel warm or cold.
- Sometimes the weather is rainy and the rain is part of the water cycle.
- Snow is a sign of winter in some countries.
- Animals change their behaviour in winter and sometimes hibernate.
- People have to wear different clothes in winter to keep warm.
- Water changes its state due to temperature.
- Plants change over the winter season, some plants stay green and these are called evergreen.
- Talk to your grown-up about winter. What activities do we do in the summer? What activities do we do in the winter? Make comparisons.
- Talk to your grown-up about what clothes we wear in the winter.
- Explore the winter book, video and activity on espresso:
Sorting clothes activity: https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/standalone/activity_html/item375507/index.html?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fcentral.espresso.co.uk%2Fespresso%2Fmodules%2Fsearch%2Findex.html%3Fsource%3Despresso-home-mixed-topnav-search&bgcolor=ffffff
- Make a winter picture. It could be you dressed in your winter clothes, it could be a snowy picture or it could be a windy, rainy picture!
This week's stories are...
One Winter's Day
- What was Hedgehog building at the beginning of the story?
- What was the weather like in the story?
- What clothes did Hedgehog wear to keep warm?
- What animals did Hedgehog see on the way to Badger's house?
- Who did Hedgehog give his wooly hat to and why?
- What words would you use to describe Hedgehog?
Little Robin Red Vest
- Retell the story to a grown-up.
- How many vests did Little Robin have?
- What animals did Little Robin meet?
- Why did he give his vests away?
- Who rescued Little Robin?
- What words would you use to describe what Little Robin is like?
When you have listened to the story 'Little Robin Red Vest', draw a picture of something that happened in the story and then write a sentence for your picture. e.g. Little Robin gave his pink vest to mole.
- Say the word that you are going to write.
- Listen for the sounds in order.
- Write down the sounds that you can hear.
- Put a finger space between each word.
- Put a full stop at the end of your sentence.
Grown-ups: Your child might only hear 1 or 2 sounds in each word. That is fine. Encourage your child to listen for the sounds and just write down the sounds that they can hear.
- Practise writing your name every day.
The home learning letter we sent out before the holidays will tell you what group your child is in for phonics. Please let us know if you need a new letter.
We are learning to read and write a different letter each day:
Watch the video on espresso about the letter.
Now tell your grown-up some words that start with today's sound. Finally have a go at writing the letter a few times.
Grown-ups: Every day, revisit the previous sounds that they have learnt.
Counting Activities (Please do at least one counting activity every day)
- I can count to 20 song with actions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VLxWIHRD4E
- Rally Robin counting to 20. (Adult and child face each other. Adult says 1, child says 2, adult says 3, child says 4 and so on until you get to 20)
- Every time you go upstairs, count the steps. Remember to say 1 number name for each step.
- Counting actions. Jump 10 times and count as you do it.
When you have listened to the story 'Little Robin Red Vest', draw 7 coloured vests and label them with the numbers 1-7.
Practise ordering numbers on the online game 'Bud's Number Garden'. https://www.bbc.co.uk/games/embed/education-ivor-starting-school?exitGameUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fbbc.co.uk%2Fbitesize%2Farticles%2Fzd4b382
This week we are learning to add 2 sets of objects.
How many red sticks are there?
How many green sticks are there?
How many sticks are there altogether?
3 + 2 = 5
Now trying adding 2 sets of objects that you have.
Grown-ups: You could use any objects for this (counters, coins, teddies, stones). Ask your child to count both sets and say how many there is in each. Then ask them to put both sets together and ask how many are there altogether?