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Tuesday 31st March

Good morning from Miss Chapman, Evie and our new boxer puppy Martha! We hope you are all well and keeping busy. 


Here are today's Daily Five:

1. The Daily Five - Maths

Over the next couple of weeks, every Tuesday I would like the children to concentrate on developing their mental maths skills. This will involve the use of the whiteboards and pens provided, the hundred square, the number line and their Numbots account. 


Today, can the children please spend 20 minutes on their Numbots accounts. Their logins can be found in their blue home school diaries on the very first page. After this can they practice adding 10 to any given number, something we have really been working on in our mental maths sessions in school. This will require you to give them a number in between 1-40. They will write the number you have given them on the whiteboard and then write their answer underneath. If they are struggling they can use the hundred square which they are all confident with. 


2. The Daily Five - Literacy

Today I would like the children to focus on their handwriting in their work books. For handwriting at this stage in their development we focus on letter formation Please see the letter formation guidance on the home learning page under 'resources you may need everyday'. The document is called 'handwriting.pdf'.


Today I would like the children to practice half of the letters in the curly caterpilar family c o a d g, completing a line of every letter e.g. a whole line of c then a whole line of o etc. 


3. The Daily Five - Outside Time/Be active

Go on a bug hunt around the garden/any outside area you may have or on a walk around your local area. Lift up stones, look on tree trunks, search in the grass and record the bugs you have found using the tick sheet below. 


4. The Daily Five - Project

(Plants and the seasons)

In science this half term we have been studying two science units, seasonal changes and plants (in forest school). As part of the seasonal changes unit we spend some time looking at the weather in different seasons. This week I would like the children to complete a weather diary. Everyday the children should go outside and complete the diary. Please find the diary sheet at the bottom of this page under 'todays resources'. If you have no access to a computer the children can use the sheet as a guide to record in work books. At the end of the week please complete a written summary in work book. This could be a sentence or longer. E.g. it has been mostly sunny this week. 


5. The Daily Five - Phonics

Todays sound: /ir/

Below is the structure in which we teach phonics through the letter and sounds scheme. I will guide you through each step daily to keep it as consistant as possible for the children. We begin each session with a review of previous sounds learnt usually using sound cards. You could make your own sound cards by cutting up large squares of cards, and as you learn a new sound write the digraph onto it and keep for the revisit stages. We then teach our new sound, practice it in the context of words containing that sound and then apply it to dictating sentences.   


Revisit: All sounds learnt so far using flashcards or parents to show written sounds.


Teach: ir as in 'girl' (using Mr Thorne Phonics video, this will give you a clear pronunciation of the sound - see resources below for link)


Practice: together discuss words that contain the sound and write on w/b thirteen, first, birthday, shirt. Play buried treasure, phase 5 (ir). Click on the link Login using the details given (found in the home resource pack). The click on 'resources' and then buried treasure should be the first option. Wave your mouse over the picture and it should let you click on a phase, select phase 5 and follow the steps through until you can choose your souns (ir). 


Apply: Parent read out this sentences: Is your birthday the first or the third? (You may need to repeat this a couple of times so they have time to listen to each word) 

Today's Resources: