Good morning my Dragonflies! How are you? I hope you had a terrific Tuesday and you are ready for a Wonderful Wednesday.
Today is Wednesday 1st of April…April Fool’s Day! Did anyone do a funny joke to you? I am waiting for my one… Ask an adult why we celebrate this day. In Spain we celebrate this funny day the 28th of December! In France is Le Poisson of April, this video shows the tradition in France and what can you do to try it for children:
Today we are going to introduce the sound ew. Please follow Monday’s process when you present the Power point.
- This week our focus sounds are oo and ew.
- Here are some examples: food, tool, soon, loop, mood, hook, pool, foot, took, new, few, dew, pew, chew, flew (use these to make word cards).
- Challenge – Divide a piece of paper into 2 columns, write ‘oo’ on one side and ‘ew’ on the other. Now say a word with either the oo or ew sound- can you child write it in the correct column?
TOP TIP: oo is usually in the middle/ew is usually at the end
Today we are focusing on dictation.
The strategy of dictating sounds, words ad sentences to children helps give them a fundamental understanding of the system behind reading and writing. Your child will have to listen to the sounds within the spoken word recall the letter/s that correspond with the sounds and then record them. This strategy helps children to understand that individual letters/sounds make up words. It also helps them to understand that words (with spaces) go together to make meaningful sentences.
- Please model the first sentence to your child, highlighting the capital letter, finger spaces and full stops. Point to each word as you read it aloud.
- Explain that your child is now about to write a different sentence and then dictate (read aloud) the second sentence noted below.
- Ask the child to repeat the sentence back to you to ensure they have heard it correctly.
- Discuss how many words there are in the sentence, what the first word in the sentence is and remind them that the first word will have a capital letter.
- Ask your child to write the word, vocalising each sound as they write it.
- Remind them of finger spaces between the words.
Repeat this process for each remaining word
- Once they have written the whole sentence, ask them to read it back to you – pointing at each word as they read.
- Ask the child what happened in the sentence and remind them to use a full stop at the end.
- I put some soap in the bath.
Mum can rub my back with it.
- Joan might show us her pet.
We can feed it.
- One day the boat had a leak.
We all got wet.
- Some of us are in the red team.
We need to win the cup.
- Tricky words this week are: her and of. Please continue to practise spelling and reading these words.
- To practise recognising these words make tricky word flash cards and test each other on reading them!
- Punctuation Game: https://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games/full-stop-1.html
Reading: Please complete the reading activity for today – Discuss the story – what you did/did not like about the story and why.
Make sentences using only the words from the reading book. You could add tricky words too. Please find attached the words for each reading group.
Lions: The baby sitter. The baby sitter
Lizards: Tops and pans. Taps and pans
Dolphins: The dream. The dream
Cheetahs: A cat in the tree. The cat in the tree
I can read analogue and digital o’clock times (12 hour only) and represent this on a digital display or clock face.
Hints and tips for telling the time
- Draw attention to time. Mention the time at different points in the day. For example, you could say, ‘it’s 5 o’clock – time for tea,’ or ‘it’s 7 o’clock – time for a bath.’
- Do fun activities that include measuring time:
- use a timer for baking.
- play a board game with a sand timer.
- use a stop watch to time a race or challenge.
- Make sure your child is confident with numbers and counting from 1–60 as this will make telling the time easier.
- Start with analogue clocks rather than digital clocks. Focus on telling time to the hour and half hour.
- Put a clock in your child’s bedroom. Ideally it should have a clear hour hand and half hour hand as this will help them to understand that the short hand shows the hour and the long hand shows the minutes.
- Talk about what you regularly do at different times in the day. Compare and contrast weekdays and weekends, if there are differences. Use time vocabulary such as today, yesterday, now, afterwards.
- Let your child remind you that it’s time to do something.
(From OxfordOwl website)
Focus: half past
- Last week we were working on telling the time on an analogue clock. We focused on ‘o’clock’. Today we are going to start focusing on ‘half past’.
- When it is 30 minutes past the hour we say half past. See Power Point attached.T-N-4546-Telling-the-Time-Half-Past
Please discuss the attached PPT with your child.
When it is half past, the ‘minute/long hand’ points to the number 6 and the ‘hour hand’ is in between two numbers. For example: if it was half past 1, the hour hand would be in between the numbers 1 and 2 and the ‘minute/long hand’ would be pointing to the 6.
Draw a clock with all of the numbers around it. Draw a line down the middle from the 12 to the 6 to show that a clock can be halved.
- This is a good website to practice the time:
- This website is good to check your knowledge:
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Remember to wash your hands and stay safe. Looking forward to hearing all the jokes.
Mrs de Bonrostro