1. The Daily Five - Maths
We are returning to patterns this week. For me, pattern work is so simple but making connections in maths - and in the world - is the backbone of learning. Helping children to puzzle out a complex pattern fires up those neurons! Researchers have found that understanding and being able to identify recurring patterns allow us to make educated guesses, assumptions, and hypothesis; it helps us develop important skills of critical thinking and logic.
Most of the children can make a simple ABAB pattern. Today's next step is to make an ABCABC pattern. Ask the children to find three very different natural objects in the garden (so not three different leaves) and place in an ABCABC pattern e.g. leaf, stick, flower, leaf, stick, flower.
You could extend the game by asking them to close their eyes, remove one item and guess which item you removed.
2. The Daily Five - Literacy
Monday weekend news day! In school, the whole team have been working on extending the children's emotional literacy as part of our whole school PSHE programme. This is going to be extremely important this year. Repeating what we did last week:
Foxes Group - write your three sentences starting with 'first', 'next' and 'finally', continuing to think about full stops and capital letters. How did you feel? (adult - offer an extension of their language e.g. "I was sad" - offer 'angry', 'scared', 'frustrated instead.
Rabbits Group - draw a picture with three labels, remembering careful colouring and thinking about the pictures. Have a go finishing off a sentence independently today - so the adult will write, "First I..." and your child will finish the sentence e.g. "...on my bike". This will look different for different children. It could be:
"on mI bighc" (used the sounds they could hear with the knowledge they have)
"o m bc" (just wrote initial sounds)
Then discuss the feelings section, as per Foxes Group.
3. The Daily Five - Outside Time
This week, I am going to set some challenges around the theme of resilience! Again, another whole school theme within our PSHE and Learning Powers programme. Today's challenge is to climb a tree to the highest point that they feel safe! Harder to do for mummies and daddies who are watching but the children often surprise us by judging their own limitations:-)
4. The Daily Five - Project
Looking at the photograph in the resources section below, can you design your own necklace? Perhaps using a pattern with paint? Threading buttons? Painting pasta tubes?
5. The Daily Five - Reading / phonics
We are going to spend the week thinking about the 'er' digraph. It's an important one in writing! First remind the children of the three different 'er' spellings: ir, ur and er. Watch this video to demonstrate.
Play this game, listening for the 'er' sounds in words (apologies - the sound of her voice iis very dull!).