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St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

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Week beginning 30 March

Monday 30th March 2020

Happy Monday! We hope that everyone is settling in to our change in lifestyle at the moment and remembering to be kind and patient with one another during this unusual time. Here is an idea to help your child focus their thoughts on how they can live like Jesus during this time of Lent. Here is a kindness bingo. Your child could cross off the acts they have done, they could even write about their acts of kindness and how they made themselves and others feel in their home learning books to share with everyone when they return to school. You could even make your own bingo board with things that apply to your family.

 

During this week at school the children would have started their Easter topic. We normally begin each day of Easter week by watching each part of the Easter story being performed on stage. Instead they could watch a video of the Easter story on YouTube, here is a link to the beginner’s bible version of the Easter story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PSgoPdKQFQ

We normally separate the story into 4 parts-

  1. Palm Sunday
  2. Last Supper
  3. The Garden of Gethsemane
  4. The crucifixion

Your child could act out these parts of the story with their toys or make puppets, this could be videoed. Another idea is your child could re-tell the story in their home learning books.

 

Each year, during our Easter, topic we explore the Paschal candle which is lit the Saturday before Easter Sunday. The Paschal candle is lit when the church is in complete darkness and the flame represents the light of Christ coming into the world and pushing away the darkness.

                                                                       

 

Can your child research what the symbols on the paschal candle represent? Can they design their own paschal candle using symbols of their own design and explain why they have chosen them?

 

Week beginning 30th March 2020 –Spelling ideas

Your child should have a list of words they should be practicing to both read and spell. Year 1 should have a key word grid and year 2 should have their Common exception word list. Try and focus on up to 5 words that they are unfamiliar with at a time.  Here is a spelling menu with fun ideas of how to practise their spellings. 

                               

Here is a website for fun ways to practise their spelling/reading words;

https://sightwords.com/sight-words/games/

 

Week beginning 30th March 2020 – Writing ideas

If you are looking for inspiration to get your child writing, here is an incredible website called The Literacy shed

https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html

There are lots of different videos and images on this website to inspire writing. Here is an example of what you can expect from the site:

https://www.literacyshed.com/pigeon-impossible.html

Each video has ideas underneath of what the children could write about in response to watching the video.  Some even have links with examples of writing that children have produced after watching the video.

In the past we have used this specific video to write a diary pretending to be the pigeon. Here is a very brief outline of some of the things your child needs to be including in their writing;

Year 1

-First your child needs to orally construct their sentence, which means they need to say their sentence aloud. If you have a recording device on your phone or tablet you could record them saying their sentence aloud. This will help them to remember what they are going to write and to check that their sentence makes sense.

-Capital letters; at the beginning of the sentence, for names, days of the week and for the personal pronoun ‘I’.

-Finger spaces between words. If your child needs help with this you can create your own finger spacer by drawing round your child’s hand with their index finger pointed and cutting it out.

-Full stops at the end of a sentence.

-Re-reading their sentences to check they make sense.

-Extending sentences using and

-Using –ing and –ed where no change to the root word is needed

Year 2

Same as the above but also to include;

  • Using; or, and, but, when, if, that because to extend their sentences.
  • Using commas to separate items in a list
  • Using adjectives (describing words) in their sentences
  • Spell words with suffixes (endings) –ly, -ness, -ful, -less and –ment

 

Although literacy shed is a fantastic resource there is lots of things your child could write about that you would not need to use a computer for. For example;

-A journal each day- Can they use feeling words to describe how they feel? Can they include questions that are going through their head? An objective for KS1 is to spell days of the week and months of the year correctly, so it would be great if they could practise these by writing them at the top of the page.

-A story about their toys coming to life?

-A story about their favourite character knocking on their door?

-Instructions on how to play their favourite game or a game they could make up.

-Instructions on how to build a reading den

-Instruction on how to stay safe at home.

 

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Just a quick one to remind you of this fantastic website full of reading books at the appropriate book band for your child.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+5-6&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=

You can choose your child's age and book band colour and the website will show you all the books it has to offer at that level. If you are unsure of your child's book band level there should be a sticker on the reading books they brought home that indicates which level they are on. Your child should have brought home two different colours. The lower colour they should be able to read independently and fluently, allowing them to answer questions about the book. The higher colour will be more challenging for your child and they will need to use strategies to decode some of the words in the book.

 

Remember to use the reading dog questions in the back of your child's reading log to ensure they are developing their comprehension and inference skills.

Your child can read anything! It does not have to be the school reading books. Whatever engages your child and inspires them to want to read is the best book for your child to read!

 

Musical challenges from Mrs Kingdon and Art/wellbeing ideas from Miss Griffin

If you look on the main KS1 Class Page you will find a child and parental music challenge sheet with a fantastic selection of musical ideas from Mrs Kingdon.  

Plus you will also find a lovely selection of art/well-being ideas from Miss Griffin. 

Have fun!!!

 

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