Week 16 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This week we continue to focus on 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.
Instead of adding a link to the book this week, I have added a link to the animated story. Click on the picture to watch it.
Below are the learning ideas which were put on last week. If you focused on the story and caterpillar or butterfly crafts last week, why don't you focus on the life cycle this week? We have a new guided reading book to look at too - 'Getting Up'. Look out for our PSED lesson on Wednesday which will be something a bit different - we will be showing you how to make a graduation hat so you will need thick black paper or card if possible.
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Life cycle of a Butterfly
Our guided reading picture book this week is another story about Biff, Chip and Kipper and is called 'Getting Up'. In the story, Kipper is getting up and ready - but can you guess what for?
Share the book together, looking at and talking about the pictures. Use the questions and prompts on each of the pages.
Friday 10th July 2020
Activity 1 - Nursery Rhymes
Sing some of your favourite nursery rhymes together. Can you clap to the beat? Can you sing the rhymes in different ways - loudly, quietly, quickly, slowly, in a squeaky voice, like the Queen?
Activity 2 - Blending to read
Use the Phonics Play game below to practise blending the sounds in words together to read words. If your child can identify the sounds, let them say each sound and then blend them together to make the word. If your child does not recognise the letters, read each letter sound out and see if they can blend the sounds to make the word.
Phonics Play username: march20
Activity 1 - Say the number that is one more than a given number
Today we are going to practise finding the number that is one more than a given number. Say a number between 1 and 9 and invite your child to say the number that is one more. Initially you might need to support or prompt your child. You may need to use your fingers to help, for example, holding up 3 fingers and then saying "one more than 3 is 4" and putting up a fourth finger. The number track below may also help.
If your child is able to do this confidently. you could work with numbers up to 20. Or you could begin to consider 'one less than'. Make sure your child understands what less means first.
Activity 2 - Finding the total
On Monday we used caterpillars on leaves to compare different quantities. Today we are going to use the caterpillars and leaves to start to learn how to find the total number of items in two groups by counting them all.
So, look at each of the pictures. For each one, talk to your child about how many caterpillars there are on each leaf, then model how to count them to find out how many there are altogether. For example, for the first picture, there are 5 caterpillars on this leaf and 2 on this leaf. There are 7 caterpillars altogether.
You can do this practically using toys or items of food if you would prefer. For example, I have 3 cars and you have 2 cars. How many cars do we have altogether?
Thursday 9th July 2020
Activity 1 - Letter recognition
Practise letter (grapheme) recognition using the game Phonics Pop. You can choose Set 1 or Set 2. We have done 2 of the graphemes in Set 3 so if you wanted to look at this, briefly show your child /c/ and /k/.
Activity 2 - Oral segmenting an blending
Play I Spy using the pictures below. Segment the word and invite your child to blend the sounds together to identify the picture.
Activity 1 - Days of the week
Sing our days of the week song (for the link see Monday and Tuesday).
What day is it today? What day will it be tomorrow?
Activity 2 - Caterpillar Sequencing and Ordering (ordering numbers)
On Tuesday we started to order numbers. Play this game from Topmarks to continue to rehearse your learning. Select the 'Sequencing' game and then counting in 1s 1-10. This activity is more challenging because the starting number is not always 1.
For further learning, go to 'Menu' and then 'Home' and select the 'Ordering' game. Then select 1-10 under the 'Forwards' heading. In this activity, the numbers do not go up in steps of 1 which adds an extra challenge.
Wednesday 8th July 2020
If we were in Nursery together, our older children would be getting ready to leave our class and start Reception. We would have had a 'graduation' celebration together. We would have learnt songs, talked about our favourite memories and made a special graduation hat. Next week, Mrs Hands, Mrs Llewellyn and Miss Leeming hope to come and visit our older children. We will not be able to come inside your house but we can see you on your doorstep. We would like to give you your graduation certificate and say goodbye. Below is a video to watch about how to make a graduation hat. You don't have to make the hat, but if you do, you can wear it when we visit you.
Please note - we do not use a hot glue gun, we simply use sellotape. You also do not need to add a tassel if you do not have wool. You can simplify this tutorial. Here are the basic instructions:
- Cut out a strip of card and measure it to fit around your child's head. Staple or sellotape it.
- Cut out a square of card or strong paper.
- Sellotape or attach the square to the strip of card.
- Add a tassel if you wish.
Here is one of the songs we would have learnt as part of our graduation celebration and we love it in Nursery! Can you try to learn it?
Today we join Andy again on another wild workout. This time he is in the mountains!
Today's Bible story is called 'The Lost Sheep'. It reminds us that God loves us very much and wants to look after us. It is one of my favourite Bible stories.
Let's pray together. Make the sign of the cross first:
From my head, to my heart,
From my shoulder to my shoulder,
I belong to you, oh God.
Thank you God for loving me and for looking after me.
Tuesday 7th July 2020
Activity 1 - Rhyming story
Enjoy the rhyming story 'A Squash and a Squeeze' by Julia Donaldson. We have read this together in Nursery, it's one of our favourites!
Activity 2 - Cake Bake
Continue to explore rhyme through the game 'Cake Bake' on Phonics Play.
Activity 1 - Days of the Week
Sing our new days of the week song.
What day is it today? What day was it yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow?
Activity 2 - Number ordering
We have been practising counting to 10 and back again, and we have been practising recognising numbers to 10. Now we are going to think about ordering numbers. Have a go at the activity below. Draw a simple caterpillar and then cut out circles with numbers on. Encourage your child to place the numbers in order. You could extend this activity and use numbers up to 10.
Monday 6th July 2020
Join Geraldine as she explores our new letter - 'o'.
When we make the /o/ sound we make an action using our finger as if we are turning a light on and then off, with our finger moving up and down.
Try the activity below. Can you spy anything beginning with /o/? Can you spy anything beginning with /m/, /d/ or /g/?
Activity 1 - Days of the week
In our story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', the caterpillar eats different things on different days. This week we are going to begin to learn the days of the week. Every day I will add the song below for your child to become familiar with. Each day, talk about what day it is, what the day was yesterday and what the day will be tomorrow.
Activity 2 - Comparing quantities
Today we are going to compare amounts of caterpillars on leaves. Encourage your child to point to the leave that has more on. Encourage them to use words such as more, less and fewer than. Can they tell when the leaves have the same or equal numbers of caterpillars?
You could carry on this activity practically during the day using toys, biscuits, crisps etc. You could use teddies and ask the child which teddy has more biscuits or cars.