Well, it was so hot and sunny last week, we had some chocolate in the cupboard and it was so warm in the classroom, it all melted. Last week we have loved watching the big baby geese keeping themselves cool in the pond, they looked like they were having lots of fun, ducking and diving in the water and splashing around. Did you have fun in the sunshine?
We are all really missing those of you that are at home, we are very proud of you for staying home and staying safe. Hopefully we will be able to see you this week as we are planning to come and say hello to you all at some point!
How did you get on with wake up sake up at home? last week we did lots of pizza dancing and this week we will be superheroes, why don't you have a go! This week's theme is all about space and there are links to some of our favourite stories! We would love to see any work you do, maybe your could try and make a spaceship!
Please do keep sending your messages and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will save all your pictures to stick in your Learning Journeys as a memory of your time at home.
Have you seen the scarecrows around the village? We thought it would be wonderful to make supertato, just a reminder of the fun we were having before we had to stay at home! See if you can find hie at school.
Take care, be safe!
Mrs Clark, Mrs Collins and Miss Senior
Weekly Maths Tasks
|Ask your child to make different rockets out of playdough or strips of paper. Can they make a long rocket? A short rocket? A thick rocket?|
|Your child can compare objects from around the house or outside. Ask them if the object is longer, the same length or shorter? Order the objects.|
|Work with your child to design a rocket using different 2D shapes. This could be done with 3D shapes if you have spare boxes and resources at home.|
|Ask your child to use Lego, blocks or cardboard boxes to build a tower that is the same height as them, taller than them and shorter than them.|
|Play the online game Let’s Compare. Following this, your child can sing the song Short or Tall.|
Weekly Reading Tasks
|Visit Storytime from Space and let your child listen to the Story Time video of A Moon of My Own.|
|Listen to a space themed online story, Aliens Love Underpants, Roaring Rockets and Whatever Next? Which is your favourite? Why?|
|Using the space stories as a starting point, ask your child to make up their own story about space. It could use the same characters or settings as one of the stories you have shared together.|
|Ask your child to draw a picture of one of the events from their made up space story. Can they explain what’s happening in the picture? Or, for more of a challenge, can they draw a book cover for their space story?|
|Visit Oxford Owl ebooks. Look at the picture book: ‘In the Sky’. Talk about the story together. What is happening on each page?|
Weekly Phonics Tasks
|Play the online game ‘Picnic on Pluto’. If your child is not at the stage of reading independently, you could sound the words out for them to blend together.|
|Play ‘I Spy in Space’. ‘I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with t’. CHALLENGE: You can include these sounds ch, sh, th.|
|Write different sounds on paper (maybe re-use the sounds from a previous project). Put the sounds together to make different words only changing the initial sound e.g. t-i-n (tin), b-i-n (bin), ch-i-n (chin).|
|Your child can list things they would see in space that begin with the letters S, P, A,C & E. Then your child can practice writing these letters in space (in the air) using their finger or a pencil.|
|Play, ‘Pick a Picture’. You can orally sound out the word for your child for them to blend together if they are not yet at the stage of reading independently.|
Weekly Writing Tasks
|Ask your child to draw their own alien and label it. CHALLENGE: Can they create a fact file for their alien using sentences? E.g. My alien lives on Mars.|
|Write an invitation to the alien to invite them to your very own space party.|
|Your child can draw out or write their own menu for an alien. What does an alien eat? Moon-burgers, star biscuits or fruit rockets.|
|Task your child with designing their own spaceship. Can they describe how the machine would move and label it using verbs?|
|Ask your child to look up to the sky and down to the ground. Ask them to draw what they can see and have a go at completing the sentence, I can see a..|
Learning Project - to be completed through the week
The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about space. Learning may focus on our Solar System, the Sun and the Moon. It could look at life in outer space from the view of an astronaut and travelling through space.
- Use junk modelling or craft items you have around your house to create your own rocket. Toilet roll tubes are a good starting point. You could have rocket races in the garden:
- Tie a string up at an angle or use the washing line.
- Blow up a balloon and sellotape it to your rocket. Hold the end of the balloon but do not tie it.
- Let the balloon go and watch your rocket fly!
Make a Textured Planet
- Work with your child to create a replica of a planet. You could papier mache a balloon, or colour, paint or stick bits of materials on to the card to create textured effects. This shaving foam paint technique (see picture) creates a great textured finish when dry. Simply spray shaving foam onto a plate and drop in food colouring or poster paint.
Explore Space Online
- Support your child in looking at the Earth from space using the Google Earth programme and identifying simple features such as water.
- Can you find your home? What does your child notice about the surrounding area?
- Create a space phone with your child using items from around the home. Get them to practise forming numerals correctly to create the buttons.
- Make a space phone book to support role play. Ask your child to draw a picture of a different alien on each page and write a phone number for them.
Have a Space Themed Party/Picnic
- Support your child to use tin foil to create shiny space suits for their teddies and dolls. They could have a space-themed teddy bear’s picnic afterwards where they share the biscuits in the next activity!
- Make yummy star biscuits to share at the picnic. Click here to find instructions on how to support your child in making simple star biscuits. They could share them at their space themed teddy bear’s picnic. Share photographs of your space themed picnic on Twitter at #TheLearningProjects.