Friday 22nd May
This week is ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’. The focus this year is kindness. This week we have been focusing on being kind to our planet but today we are going to focus on being kind to ourselves and each other.
For our topic activity today we are going to focus on being kind to ourselves. To do this follow the cosmic kids ‘Zen Den’ video. This is some yoga and mindfulness to help your mind feel calm and happy. It is really important to be kind to yourself! See if a grown up would like to do it with you.
Watch the story of the Snail and the Whale on BBC iPlayer. This should help you to think about both our topic this week and also about being kind and helping others even when it feels hard.
Grownups – talk to your child about how small the snail feels. Discuss if they ever feel small and like they can’t do things because of it. Talk about how the whale and the snail are kind to each other and become friends even though they are so different.
The Snail and the Whale are very kind friends. Can you think of something a friend has done for you that is kind? It might be a friend from school or someone in your family. How did it make you feel? Why is it important be kind? Ho do you feel when you are kind to other people?
Write a thank you card to your friend for being kind to you. You can make and decorate it however you like but try and write a sentence to say why you are thinking about them. For example ‘Thank you for sharing your toys with me’.
To be kind to our friends it is important to share. For your maths activity today practise sharing with someone at home. You could share your toys with your brother or sister or share some yummy food with your grown up. If we are sharing equally this means both people have the same amount. You could share between 2 (half) or between 4 (quarters).
Grown ups – it is often easiest to do this with small toys or food like grapes, raisins or sweets (if you’re feeling kind!). You could also show them how we cut a pizza in half or into quarters.
Thursday 21st May
Todays story is ‘The Earth Book’ by Todd Parr. Listen to the story together.
Grown ups – Ask the children questions while they are watching the story. Here are some examples.
What is the title of the book?
Who is the author?
What can you see on the front cover?
What is the picture showing us on this page?
Can you sound out this word?
You can also highlight some of the things in the story that you do to help the planet.
In our book ‘The Earth Book’ the author uses the word ‘because’ to explain why they do each thing to help the planet. Choose one of the things you have seen on your walk that you do to help the planet. Write a sentence about it using the word ‘because’.
Speak your sentence to your grown up.
Use a capital letter to start your sentence.
Sound out each word.
Use a full stop at the end.
To follow on from finding more and less, today we are going to think about counting on and back. Here are some nice songs to start.
We are going to make our own number line. You can simply write a number line in your writing book, use chalk to write your number line outside on the floor, or you can write the numbers on pieces of paper and order them on the floor inside. However you want to do it is fine! Now see if you can count up and down your number line. Ask a grown up to give you a number. Stand on or point to the number and jump up to find 1 more and down to find 1 less. Do this a few times to practise.
Grown ups – Help your child to make the number line in whichever way you like. Do encourage them to write the numbers themselves and put them into the correct order themselves. Also write the number line up to a number you know your child is comfortable with. It does not have to go up to 20.
Wednesday 20th May
Yesterday we watched the video on Espresso about the rainforest. Today see if you can use what you learnt to play this habitat game. Think carefully about where each animal would live and why they choose to make that their home. What would happen if we didn’t look after their home?
Grown-ups – if you feel comfortable doing so you could discuss us cutting the rainforest down and the affect this can have on the animals that live there.
Play some of Scrap’s phonics videos and games.
Grown ups – Check which of the sounds your child already knows and for the ones that they struggle with click on and watch scraps videos. Then click on the ‘Activity’ section on the left hand side and carry out some of the activities for some of the sounds that they need to practice.
Make a sound mind map. Choose a sound you have been practising on Espresso. Try to chose one that you still find a little bit tricky. Write the sound in the middle of the page. Write words with that sound in around it. So if ‘ch’ was in the middle it might have ‘chick, chat, much, lunch and chess’ written around it.
Challenge – Use some of the words to write a sound sentence. For example - ‘The chicks had a chat at lunch.’
Practise ‘1 more’ and ‘1 less’ on this Top Marks game:
Tuesday 19th May
Watch the video on Espresso about the rainforest.
Its time to teach your grown ups to ‘Rally Robin’. List the animals that live in the rainforest by taking it in turns to say one at a time.
Chose your favorite animal from the rainforest. Draw a picture and write a sentence about it.
- Speak your sentence to your grown up
- Use a capital letter to start your sentence
- Sound out each word
- Finish your sentence with a full stop
Challenge - Can you make your sentence even better by adding a connective (and, but, because or so)
Read ‘Our Incredible Planet’ on the Oxford Read Owl website. It may be too tricky for you to read alone but try to sound out some words and look for sounds and tricky words you know. Read the rest together with your grown up.
Grown-ups - This is a good example of a non-fiction book that gives us lots of information about how we need to look after planet Earth. Discuss what a ‘non-fiction’ book is with your child. As you read the book, ask the your child questions about what information the book is giving us. There are examples of questions you can ask at the back of the book.
Yesterday we looked at 1 more. Today we will look at 1 less. Sing the songs ‘5 little speckled frogs’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSC-gHBU_d0 and ‘10 green bottles’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0ooQv7oHvw together.
Now get some of bottles from your recycling or from around your house and sing ’10 Green Bottles’ again (or start from the number of bottles you can find). Each time taking one away.
Remember ‘1 less’ is the same as ‘subtract’ or ‘take away’ 1.
Grown-ups – Talk to your child about how each time there is 1 less. Try and use the word ‘less’ or ‘fewer’ through the day. The children often find this concept harder than ‘1 more’ as we don’t use this language as much. As you did yesterday, do one less through the day whilst carrying out activities in your house.
Monday 18th May
Topic and Reading
Our new topic is ‘Earth Day is Everyday’ Last week we learnt about caring for our seas. This week we are going to think about caring for our whole planet Earth. Watch this Charlie and Lola story - ‘Look After Your Planet’ by Lauren Child
Grown Ups, ask your child these questions about the story and discuss the answers.
What does recycle mean?
What does Lola find out that paper and card are made out of?
What items do Charlie and Lola collect to recycle?
What did the children win in the recycling competition?
Have a look at your recycling. You might need a grown up to help you. Write a list of all the things that you recycle in your house and draw a picture.
Challenge – write a sentence about why we recycle.
Today we are going to talk about 1 more. Let’s play a game! If you can, find a dice or number cards. If you don’t have any ask your grown up to write the numbers 1-10 on pieces of paper. Roll the dice or pick out a number. Count out that many using small objects – counters, blocks or small toys. Now add 1 more and count how many you have now.
Remember ‘1 more’ is the same as ‘add 1’
Grown ups – practise this in lots of different ways throughout the day. It could be when they are going up the stairs, it could be outside using chalk, you could go on a walk and count how many flowers/birds/sticks you can see. Each time ask your child ‘what would 1 more be?’.
Challenge – now write it as a number sentence - ___ + 1 = ____