Monday 4th May
Good morning Reception
Welcome to this weeks learning
This week’s focus – This week we will be looking at our learning through the story The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle – just to keep on with a mini Eric Carle theme as so many of you loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar from last week.
The Eric Carle website has a whole collection of resources if you need any extras.
Personal Social and Emotional Development - Relationships
I have recorded another story for you about life not being fair – this time it is just about Nina. She is having a very sad time at school. There are 3 parts today as it was quite a long story – You might want to have an interval break!
Have a listen and then have a think about how Nina must be feeling.
There will be a task to go with the story tomorrow - so make sure you listen carefully!
You are all doing so well with your gross motor skills, being very active and learning lots of new things .
I have got a few ideas for developing your fine motor control skills.
I have attached a website that we use in school to help with the development right back to the first marks on the page and then it progresses through the letters. Have a look – the children can draw them on the screen by tracing over with their finger. In class we have it on the big white board and the children have a small board and a white board pen whilst sitting on the carpet – they copy what is going on in front of them.
Physical Development - Get active
Don't forget your daily exercise!
Communication Language and Literacy
Listen to the story of The Tiny Seed- by Eric Carle - This book was written in 1970!
This version I really could not top!! It is a really beautiful version. You can also turn the sound off as the days go on to have a go at reading it together.
Just for information - if you are interested in finding out about the pronunciation of the sounds and you have a spare 6 minutes then have a look at this short film – you may find it useful.
This week we are introducing the sound ‘ea’ from the set 3 sounds – this is where we now start to get sounds that are the same but they have different letters – so the pictures on the cards are vital to help this. Please check out Mr English’s resources. ‘ea’ cup of tea.
I have attached the ’ea’ sheet from Read Write Inc to help you get started today. PDF
Writing with Reception and today's task
The writing tasks this week are spread across a few of the learning areas so the focused writing task is a short one each day – to write a sentence about the caterpillars and their next update. Let the children use their skills to sound out the words –
Children in reception all work at different stages – especially in writing – Lots of children are not fans of writing because there are so many elements to it – Pencil grip, making a mark on the page, formation of the letters, remember what they are writing about, pressure to make it look like a published page that they have seen in a book – there are so many things that can worry them…
To help you out I have put some point to look at that may help you gage where they are at so you can support them –
‘T C a big’ = The caterpillars are big. They may be able to find the sounds for ‘big’ as it is a phonetically plausible word.
‘th catpllars r big’ = The caterpillars are big
Cat_ _ p _ ll _ _ s.
It is such a delicate area for children – some are natural writers and have the confidence to just have a go and are not worried about it being different (in a grown-ups eyes – spelt incorrectly)
Some children really don’t want to commit to make the mark on the page as they worry and lack confidence because they know it does not look like - mummy’s/daddy’s/ Mrs Hodge’s…
And then some children sit somewhere in between these two stages where they are happy to have a go but don’t really want to!
Since September our job in reception has been to encourage all of the children to be writers and to develop their confidence to have a go! It is all amazing and then we pick one thing to give them a gentle nudge in to try differently next time.
When you are writing they need to see you cross things out and get them wrong – it is ok!
So with all of this in mind can you have a go at writing about the caterpillars today!
Can you update your caterpillar diary today – Day 12
Maths - Number
This we are going to continue with our work on counting forwards and back extending to 20 if able to.
Today we are going to use a story to help with our maths. The following address is a lovely audio telling of the story.
This web address is a Makaton signed version of the story – I thought the children might like to learn some of the signs for the story.
Thinking about Mr Gumpy’s outing today …. Can you find something to use as a boat to put somethings in.
Some ideas – a empty box
Build one from blocks
Build it from Lego / Duplo