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Week 1 - 20.4.20

Welcome to the Summer Term. Below is this week's home learning challenges. It is all based on the story Puzzle Monkey. I hope you have lots of fun and can't wait to hear all about your learning when I phone during the week. Remember, you can upload photos onto Tapestry of learning you are super proud of so that I can see it too.     Mrs Clubb


Revision of Phase 3 – 3 days

Phonemes: ch, th, sh, ng    Tricky Words: we, me, be, he, she

Look at the graphemes above. Talk about how they are the same or different. What sounds do they make? Work together to think of words that use these sounds at the beginning, middle or end of the word.

chick, chip, chop, thing, thin them, then, with, ship, shop, cash, fish, ring, sing, king, song.

Make up sentences using the words, practise saying it and then have a go at writing it down. Try to use the tricky words too. Find all of your sh, th, ch and ng. Parents: Remember to encourage children to use their phonics, not all spelling will be accurate at this stage.

The fish had a singing ring.

We went in a shop to buy chicken and chips.

The king came to see me.

Try to go through the flash cards everyday. This will allow you to see which phonemes/graphemes the children are not yet secure on.

Play splat – lay out all the flash cards. Say a sound or word using the sound and ask your child to ‘splat’ as quickly as they can. If you have a clean fly swot or spatula, this adds to the fun!  I have also seen Nurf guns and remote control cars being used!

Phonics play – online games. Select phase 3 or the phonemes above

New Learning – Phase 4  - consonant blends – 2 days

Look at the blend, talk about the graphemes used to make these - bl, br, cr, cl – practise blending and writing these. Go on a hunt for items in the house/garden that use these sounds. Try and write down the object – only worry about the blends and phonemes known being correct.

Blackberry, blue, blind, brush, brown, Bradley, broom, bread, brio, crab, crop, cream, crow, crown, crisps, cross, crumbs, cleaner, clown, clover, Clayton, clock, claw, cloth, clothes.

Gather some items using the blends. –Sort them into groups with the same initial blend. Have a go at writing the objects, create a list for each blend.  

Reading and Writing

This week’s story is Monkey Puzzle, by Julia Donaldson

The video below is of the story being read by me. (Although I always say the title wrong, which my children find hilarious –Sorry.)

I hope that you enjoyed the story. Please see the list of questions below to discuss and support comprehension skills.

Day 1:

Did you hear any rhyming words?

Go on a rhyming word hunt in your house – how quickly can you find and return with the item.

Can you find something that rhymes with:

cat, den, cot, man, far, pug, hair.    Can you try and write the rhyming pairs?

Day 2:

Can you describe an animal for your grown up to guess? Try to use some fancy pants describing words. Ask your grown up to describe some for you to guess too.

This animal has bright pink feathers, a long beak and often stands on one skinny leg, what is it?

Day 3:

Recap the story. Can you use the pictures to tell the story to an adult or a sibling. Remember to describe the animals that are not his mum. My mum isn’t….

Day 4:

Draw an animal that the Butterfly might think is his Mum. A new animal or one in the book. Can you describe it. Use your phonics to try and write the words.

My mum is not_______________ and _____________________ .

She is not______________________________________________ .

She does not like_______________________________________.

Day 5:

How would you describe your Mum or someone special if you lost them?

Write some sentences using the tricky word - She.

She is…..  (see format)


Monkey Puzzle Video

Still image for this video


This week I would like you to explore ‘sharing.’

Use plates, bowls or hoops and a range of smaller objects.

You could use the monkey mats below and cut out fruits or make playdough fruits or use toy fruits.

Practise sharing the items evenly between the plates/bowls/hoops/Monkeys. Talk about how some numbers can not be equally shared out.  Why might this be?

Put this into real life situations during the week. E.g sharing a bag of sweets with a sibling, sharing the slices of pizza or fish fingers at dinner time, sharing the cards evenly during a snap/dominoes game.

Vocab – sharing, divide, equally, total, even, odd, how many?

Understanding the World

Think about where Monkey lives. What would it be like? Do you think he is in England? Why/Why not? How is it different to Holbrook? What other animals may live there? Why is it a good place for those animals?

Talk about the different animals that you may find in the jungle or rainforest. Sort them into the animal categories. (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects) Do you have any toy animals that you could group? There is also a cut and stick activity below or you could draw them!

Expressive Arts and Design

Can you create a jungle or rainforest or an animal from that habitat. You may like to paint, collage, draw, make a model using junk, lego or playdough etc.

Do you know any animal songs or action rhymes. e.g.

- Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo.

- Down in the jungle

PinkFong have lots of fun songs on Utube/or amazon music (Alexia) that you may enjoy listening and dancing to.

(e.g. Monkey banana, Jungle adventure, Jungle boogie, shapes in the jungle, whose tails?)

Physical Development

Look at the movement mat.

Try some Cosmic kids yoga – Stezzi the parrot.

Fine motor: Use scissors carefully to cut out the photos of the animals. Pencil control: Colour in one of the animal pictures.

Talk about what you think Monkeys eat. Do they eat healthy or unhealthy food? How many delicious fruits can you think of? Which fruits are your favourite? Design a delicious fruit salad or fruit kabab for Monkey?. Can you make one for pudding or a snack this week? Use the tools carefully.

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