Learning at home -Robins Year R

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~ Ocean Week ~


14th June 2020



This week we celebrated Ocean Week.

In Phonics we read Under the Sea Sentences and revised all of our sounds by playing a Sea Shell game.
(See the download links below)
In Maths we learnt about Capacity by using sand and water to measure the capacity of each container. This should be done practically, focusing on vocabulary "full", " nearly full", "half full", "nearly empty", and "empty". In reception, children learn these concepts and are encouraged to order their containers by capacity. It is also important to address any misconceptions eg. the tallest container doesn't necessarily hold the most. Test this out by counting how many scoops/cups it takes to fill each container.
We also worked on our problem solving skills by solving these addition and subtraction problems.
(see download link below)
For reading at home: Parents are encouraged to make use of the Oxford Owl Website which gives access to free books. Children in Reception should ideally be reading Yellow band books by the end of the school year.
Writing this week: We used an Under the Sea image to write about what we could see eg. A great white shark, a fish that can swim etc.
(see download link below)
General Resources
Espresso has a wide range of resources on all areas, including the coding lessons we use in school.  The login details will be sent out in a separate parent mail.  Click on the text to go to the website Espresso
Twinkl is offering free unlimited access to its resources for 1 month.  Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS (you can also find a ready-made EYFS pack HERE to support your child's home learning)
CBeebies also offers a wide variety of educational games, puzzles, and programmes that support learning.
Reading to your child
There are two aspects of reading: reading to your child and your child reading to you.
When reading books to your child, these can be books that are above their own reading level, exposing them to a wide range of interesting plots, characters and vocabulary.  As you read you can discuss what is happening in the story, what they think will happen next and why they think different things are happening.  It might spark ideas for activities they want to do after reading: making models of the characters, drawing pictures of their favourite part of the story, acting out the story, re-writing the story.  Read a range of books: stories, information books and poems.
If you feel you have exhausted all your books at home, try some of these:
Lots of authors have their own youtube channels:
Lots of children's stories have been animated or dramatised versions:
Phonics and your Child's Reading
In Reception the children are mainly working on Phase 3 phonics, following the government's Letters and Sounds programme.  Letters_and_Sounds.
Please find links below to both phase 2 and phase 3 phoneme flashcards as well as phase 2 and phase 3 word cards. There are many links below to electronic resources, but this is also for those who prefer something physical. The sound cards can be used to make words by locating the correct sounds and blending them together.
Alongside the sounds (phonemes), the children also learn to read the tricky words, see attachment below (phases 2-3).
They then put this into practise when reading.  If you run out of reading books at home there are lots of free books online.  Oxford Owl has a free account for parents and has free ebooks for all reading levels.  Information can be found on the site as to how their levels match up with the colour bands. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Alphablocks is a great Cbeebies programme that supports phonics learning.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks?page=2
Most of all we want children to enjoy reading!


Phonics Play is offering free access to all of their games at the moment. username: march20 password: home
Phonics Bloom has lots of free Phonics games divided into the phases (Reception should be practicing phases 2 and 3, as well as the associated Tricky Words)
Epic Phonics also offers many free sound games to support phonics learning.
Teach Your Monster To Read covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences as your child goes on an interactive adventure teaching their chosen monster to read.
These are the main objectives for maths in Reception that we have covered so far:
- Accurately counts objects to 10, and begins to count beyond 10
- Selects the correct numeral to represent 1-10
- Estimates how many objects they can see and checks by counting them.
- Uses the language of 'more' and 'fewer' to compare sets of objects.
- Finds the total of two groups by counting.
- Says the number that is one more, or one less than a given number.
- Begins to add and subtract numbers.
- Begins to identify their own mathematical problems
Shape, Space & Measure
- Begins to describe 2D shapes (naming and counting number of corners/sides)
- Uses positional language (over, under, next to, through etc)
- Orders 2-3 items by length of height
- Uses familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.
- Orders and sequences familiar events eg. days of the week, routines of the day.
The children could revise these in any practical activites around the home.  Topmarks is a good site for maths games.  www.topmarks.co.uk
Numberblocks is a great Cbeebies programme that support maths learning. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks
P.E. and Mindfulness

- If you can, then go outside and practice throwing, catching and hitting balls. Can you create an obstacle course (inside or out) and ask your child to use positional language (over, under, around, through, next to, on) to guide you around?
Go Noodle has many physical games and activities to do outdoors and indoors.
Cosmic Kids is a YouTube Yoga channel for kids using story telling to keep children active and moving, but also allowing to bring in that element of calm.