In Phonics we are now in Phase 5 in which the children will learn new digraphs (2 letters making 1 sound).
In school we use pictures with phrases and actions to help the children remember these digraphs.
Below is a copy of the Phase 5 sound mat (given out/sent home in the Autumn term) and the phrases and actions to go with them.
In English today we are looking at using our tool kit to write sentences which help describe the mood in the story. The worksheets compliment the shared writing activities that are described in the video.
The mild challenge asks children to substitute words within the sentences given (some are simplified) and then ask the children to talk about the thoughts and feelings of the character - orally rehearsing a sentence - there is no need for them to write the sentences they can be scribed by parents.
In the spicy challenge, children are asked to use the word bank to change the sentences given thus changing the mood of the sentence. Within the Spicy challenge is a Hot extension asking the children to independently write their own sentences for the thoughts and feelings of Ma Liang.
This week is Children's Mental Health Week and one of our School Learning Values is to 'Be Happy in Body and Mind'.
On Tuesday we introduced The Colour Monster story which explores key emotions in a gentle way, perfect for younger children. We have added some more suggested activities for this afternoon. Your child can have fun designing their own Colour Monster to show an emotion(s) of their choice. To finish the theme of emotions it would be good to focus on Happiness, encouraging your child to think about those things which bring them joy. As we said on Tuesday, please feel free to use the story and resources in any way that continues the discussion of different emotions, how we all feel them at some time and how we can all need help to handle them.