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Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for all the work that you have sent to us this week – it looks like a lot of the children have had a great time exploring capacity and we have seen some lovely writing.  For those of you who have had questions about expected standards of writing, we would like to point you to this webpage, which gives you examples of what independent writing would look like by the end of Foundation Stage for children who achieve their Early Learning Goal.  Please don’t worry about this – we are not expecting you to get them there, this is just for parents who have been asking us questions! 


Please continue sending us work so we can put in on our blog and making sure that you are hearing your child read  and working on phonics as often as you can.

Take care everyone,
The Foundation Stage


Mrs Ryder's Assembly: 

Non-fiction clips about the ocean
Online books: This block of work will be carried out over two weeks so that the children are gradually able to add pages to their book. 
We had been planning to take the children on a trip to the National Marine Aquarium as part of this topic – the websites below may help you to recreate that experience over the next few weeks! (will need adult supervision) 

•    Day 1: We are going to be looking at non-fiction books this week and creating our own non-fiction books about sea creatures.  Start off by using our pdf ‘Literacy – non-fiction 1’ to introduce this.  Ask your child what we mean by non-fiction - if they are unsure it would be worth explaining the differences between fiction (story) and non-fiction (information). If you have any examples in your home, take a look together. 
•    There are a variety of resources you could use for this.  We would recommend you have a look at this book together online as a starting point (it can take a little while to load). This film clip is also great at capturing their interest – be prepared to be bombarded by questions! 
•    Ask your child if they can remember any facts from what you have shared together and if there are any questions they would like to find the answer to or any other sea creatures they would like to find out more about. Use this session as a fact-finding exercise. You may like to ask your child to have a go at writing their own question(s). Remind them that a question will need a ‘?’ at the end and remember super sentence skills (capital letter, finger spaces, listening for sounds). This is an activity to really encourage their writing skills, we are only looking for phonetically plausible spellings so don’t be tempted to tell them how to write it or let them copy! Let them know that they are going to be creating their own fact book.
•    Day 2/3: Play PowerPoint game ‘what can you see?’ Talk about the facts that you see and ask if there are any facts your child can recall. Take a look at some of the useful websites listed and ask your child if there are any facts they remember from yesterday. Take a look at the PDF ‘Literacy non-fiction 2’ and work through it – there are two pages that are examples of the type of page they will need to produce today and the last slide is are reminder that they are used to using at school (start at the bottom of the ladder and work up!)  Let them choose a sea creature and begin to write their facts out. We have provided writing frames and a cover that you can use and staple together or you might like to make a zigzag book (see pictures). Please remember we are looking out for independent sounding out of words, capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Pictures to go alongside the writing would be fantastic (drawings or printouts are fine)! Encourage your child to say their sentence out loud before writing it.  



Doubling and Halving


•    Day 1 – Recap on doubling what does this word mean? (we covered this in the week beginning 23.4.20) Demonstrate holding up one finger on each hand side by side. What is happening? Repeat up to 5 +5. These are called doubles. Look at the Magic Maths PowerPoint – can you find double using your fingers? Or counters? 
•    Day 2 - Introduce the concept of halving – show the children some shapes and explain that in order for it to be half, both sides need to be the same- it must be fair. Some of the following activities introduce halving shapes to begin with. Once comfortable with halving shapes, introduce splitting groups of objects in half. Reiterate that in order for it to be half, both sides must be the same – it must be fair.  Look at the Magic Maths PowerPoint – can you find half? Is it fair?

Activities you could try over the week:
•    If you missed the doubling activities from April, please go back and look in 23.4.20.
•    Using the outlines of some shapes, can you colour in half of the shape? (see sheet)
•    Using the shapes, can you cut the shape on half? (see sheet)
•    Using a set of dominos – can you find double the number and match them up? Can you find half of the number and match them?
•    Using hoops and counters, can you find double of a number? Can you find half of a number?
•    Roll some dice and find double or half of the number shown.
•    Play the doubling and halving board game (see PDF)
•    Treasure chest of treasure – find half of the pirate’s treasure (see PDF)
•    Give children cars – ask to drive half the cars into one garage/corner etc… half in the other.
•    Using a mirror –put some objects in front of mirror and then count the objects in the mirror to find double.
•    Folding paper in half – paint dots onto one side then fold and count to find double. 
Extra challenge:
•    Doubling and halving challenge cards – solve word problems involving doubling and halving.

Understanding of the World


Salt water density experiment. Can you make predictions about what might happen? Why do you think that? What do you notice about seawater? (see activity sheets)

Expressive Art and Design

Expressive Art and Design 1
Expressive Art and Design 2