Week 12 Walking Through the Jungle
Welcome back after half term! We begin a new topic called ' Walking Through the Jungle'. Please look at the newsletter and curriculum overview for more information.
Below is the topic grid for the next 2 weeks. The activities relate to a story called 'Walking Through the Jungle' by Julie Lacome. Read the story each day to help your child become familiar with it. Select the activities your child is interested in.
As usual, I will also add daily phonics and mathematics activities. Wednesday will be our Worship and PE day.
In addition, we will begin to include a PSED (or PSHE) focus each week.
If your child was in nursery now, we would begin to introduce guided reading sessions in preparation for them starting Reception. The books we use have no words in them. I will upload a powerpoint of a book each week along with questions and talking points you can ask your child before, during and after reading. Feel free to revisit the story throughout the week.
I miss you all very much.
Walking Through the Jungle topic grid
Guided Reading - The Elephant and the Mouse
Our picture story this week is called The Elephant and the Mouse. It is a traditional tale all about an elephant who helps a mouse. The mouse then has the opportunity to help the elephant, showing that no matter how small we are, we can always help - bigger isn't always better!
- Begin by looking at the front cover. Ask: what do you think the story is about? Who is in the story?
- Ask your child to look for words on the cover before you enjoy the story together. Read the title for them.
- Talk about the size of the characters - the elephant is very big and the mouse is very small. Do you think you can help someone big if you are only little?
- Ask your child to tell you what is happening in each picture.
- Talk about how the characters might be feeling.
- Talk about what might happen next, before you turn over each page.
- Did you like the story?
- Retell the story using the story map.
Let's get moving!
Over the next two weeks had we been in school we would have been taking part many in competitions with the School Sports Partnership. They have decided to hold a Virtual Mile where, over the next two weeks, as many children as possible can run or walk a mile (social distanced of course) and then input their score. Let's see if we can get as many participants as possible.
Virtual Mile documents
Friday 12th June 2020
Activity 1 - Follow the sound
Sit with your child and make a sound (either using your voice or your body) for them to copy. If there are a few of you at home, sit in a circle and 'pass' the sound around the circle - a bit like pass the parcel. For example, the person starting might stamp. This sound is then passed to the next person and then the next and so on until it gets back to the person who started it. Make it more tricky by creating patterns of sound such as stamp-stamp-stamp or clap-stamp-tap.
Activity 2 - Initial sounds (I Spy)
Use the animal pictures below and play I Spy to practise hearing the initial or first sound in a word.
.For example, "I spy with my little eye something beginning with 'p'."
Yesterday we explored repeated patterns. Today, we are going to make repeated pattern snakes.
Try carrying on the pattern on the snakes on the first sheet - you could use coloured crayons, finger paint or little stickers.
Then either draw out a snake or print out the one I have linked below and use paint to print a repeated pattern along the snake's body.
Thursday 11th June 2020
Guess the animal sound. Click on the picture to listen to the animal sounds.
Today we are going to begin sounding out words using the sounds we have learnt so far - s, a, t, p, i and n. Watch the clip below and encourage your child to join in as the sounds are blended together to make words. To follow up you could write the letter sounds on post-it notes or on separate pieces of paper and put them together to create simple CVC (3 letter words such as s-a-t) words.
Today we are going to look at patterns that repeat. We are going to talk about the pattern and then try to work out what will come next. Look at the repeated pattern below:
Can your child tell you about the pattern? It's a colour pattern which goes red, green, red, green. Can you child tell you what colour comes next? The next colour would be green.
Repeated patterns can also be numbers, shapes or even pictures. Look at and talk about the patterns below.
Patterns can also look like this:
Now try the activity on Topmarks by clicking on the picture below.
Wednesday 10th June 2020
I hope you have been enjoying our story 'Walking Through the Jungle'. Have you had chance to look at pictures of animals in the jungle? Aren't they amazing! God created our wonderful world and all of the animals we have met in our book. Today, as part of our worship time, I thought we would look at the story of creation from the Bible. Click on the picture to watch the story. Look at all the animals and plants God made!
Listen and learn the song 'Who's the King of the Jungle'.
Today as you pray, say thank you to God for your favourite animal. I love giraffes so my prayer today is:
Thank you God for making giraffes
Join in with these jungle exercises!
Don't forget our Virtual Mile challenge too!
PSED - Internet Safety (10/6/2020)
As your child is likely to be accessing the internet more often for distanced learning, I wanted to encourage you to spend some time reminding your child about the importance of staying safe online. When we have covered online safety in Nursery we have focused on the importance of the child telling an adult if they saw something they did not like or something happened that worried them. As you may remember,we used a story about Smartie the Penguin and we taught the children a rhyme. Please re-watch the story by clicking on the powerpoint, and remind your child of the rhyme (see below).
Before you click, click, click,
You have to think, think, think,
And TELL SOMEONE!
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Activity 1 - Match the sound
Can you guess which animal makes the sound? Click on the button to play the sound, then choose the animal that makes that sound. Click on the image to play the game.
Activity 2 - letter sounds
We have now explored the letters s, a, t, p, i and n. Help you child begin to learn the letter sound by sight. You could make flashcards with the letters on (use pieces of paper or post-it notes. Or simply point to the letters below.
Now try the activity below by downloading the following powerpoint.
Listen to and join in with the song 'Monkeys Count Bananas.'
Practise counting to 10 together.
Now click on the picture to play the game 'Count the Bananas'.
Monday 8th June 2020
Watch Geraldine Giraffe as she explores the letter 'n'.
Try the activity below. Can you spy anything beginning with /n/?
Now try to look for things beginning with the other sounds we have been exploring so far (s, a, t, p and i).
Look for things that begin with the /n/ sound around your home or while you are out for a walk.
Watch Numberblocks to begin to explore number 9.
Go on a number 9 hunt around your house or while you are on your daily walk.
Then make collections of 9 objects - 9 pegs, 9 cups, 9 biscuits, 9 sticks and so on. Count the objects carefully. Can you say how many you have?
Can you do 9 jumps, spins, claps or stamps?
Now practise representing 9 using your fingers, pictures or marks on paper. Have a go at writing the numeral using the rhyme below. You can write it in sand, flour, using chalk or water on the ground or on paper.