During this unprecedented time it is important that we are all looking after our physical and mental wellbeing. This week is mental Health awareness week, the theme is kindness, which is extremely important specifically at the moment, to highlight the importance of mental wellbeing I have collated a range of activties that you may find useful to complete with the children at home.
Share this powerpoint to introduce the children to identifying how others feel and how they can express how they feel.
Make paper plate emotion masks to show how you are feeling.
Here are some wellbeing challenges that you could try........
Click on the link to access some yoga sessions for children. Yoga is beneficial for children Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.
Create a Kindness tree.
You will need:
- a lot of coloured card
- large roll of brown paper or cardboard
- black marker
- large envelope
It is the important to demonstrate the importance of doing kind things for others.
Tell your child that you will be watching them and everytime you see them doing something kind you will give them a card heart to attach to the kindness tree. When you spot an act of kindness write the act on the card heart and present it to your child.
Send a Kindness postcard
Make a postcard for a neighbour or somebody you know would benefit from a Kind message.
Cut a piece of A4 paper or card and cut it in half. On one side decorate with a picture or a collage and on the other side write a simple message e.g. 'Have a lovely day' don't forget to write who it is from. Then send your message to brighten somebody's day.
Make a kindness potion.
Fill a range of jars with coloured glitter mixed with water. Label the jars using the key provided,
This is what each colour represents:
Red = Kindness
Orange = Joy
Yellow = Love
Green = Patience
Blue = Peace
Purple = Gentleness
Pink = Compassion
Once the bottles are created the children can write a kindness potion e.g. 2 drops of joy, 3 drops of patience etc. The children can then follow their recipe to make their potion.
Make some positivity stones to leave in your local area for people to find.
Collect a range of stones and decorate them with positive messages such as 'smile', 'be kind', 'be brave', 'hope' etc to spread kindness and positivity to the people who find them.
Dear Robin Class,
I hope you have all been participating the tasks set, these are some of the activities we would have been completing in class and are linked to the objectives for your year group.
Remember it is really important to keep practising the skills we have been taught in class and learning new skills through activities that are being set. It also important to enjoy participating in activities with your families e.g. playing board games, going on a daily walk and talking about what you can see, sharing a bedtime story and playing games such as eye spy. Along with the activities set below I will continue to set a daily task through 'Evidence Me', you can record your task through photographs, video's or written feedback and send it back to me. I can then add these tasks to your learning journeys.
The topic for the last half term of the year is 'Superheroes'. The text we will be this week is 'Traction Man'.
Listen to the story by clicking on the link below.
Introducing the text:
Share the text with your family highlighting the main aspects. How is the style of this book different?
Using the text answer the following questions.
Can you make a prediction using the front cover?
Who is Traction man?
Who is being held captive by Evil Pillows?
How does Traction man know they need help ?
Who helps with the washing up? How does he help?
Who saves Traction Man? How does he save him?
How does Traction Man rescue Scrubbing Brush? Why do you think he chooses to do this?
What is the 'People Mover'?
Why is Scrubbing brush excited when they arrive at Grandma's?
How does Traction Man feel about his gift from Grandma?
Mark Making/Writing task:
To begin create a story map of the text to retell the story and demonstrate an understanding of the text.
Retelling the story and capturing it on film
'Traction Man' includes a range of everyday objects e.g. dishcloth, scrubbing brush, pillows etc. Can you find the objects from the story in your house and use them to retell the story?
Why not create a mini film of your retelling?
Watch the link below to magpie ideas.
Your retelling will provide you with an insight into Traction Man's character. Now create a Character Profile:
Can you choose a range of adjectives to describe 'Traction Man'?
Throughout the text Traction Man wears a range of different clothing dependent on what he is doing and who he is rescuing. Can you revisit the text and identify your favourite Traction Man costume? Can you add this outfit to the template of Traction Man attached below? Can you talk about why it is your favourite costume?
Download available below
Part of the story is set in the sink where Traction man encounters a range of objects from the kitchen. Revisit this part of the text and describe what you can see.
Can you create a representation of the setting? This may be in your kitchen sink using objects from your kitchen, it may be a collage or a detailed drawing.
You could also complete the setting activity attached below.
In this part of the text Traction man receives a gift from Granny. Do you think he like it? How do you know?
What do you think he is thinking? Discuss with somebody at home what Traction man is thinking abut when he puts on his new gift from Granny.
Now can you create some speech bubbles for Traction Man?
Phase 1 Listening and attention
Listening skills can be difficult to master for many children. Help children develop their listening skills.
Tricky Captions and Tricky Words
This is a video to support the children with understanding how to read captions containing the tricky words to and the, as taught using the Letters and Sounds Phase 3 Phonics programme. Teaching phonics can help some children improve their reading as they learn to blend the phonemes for reading.
Captions With Tricky Words
This is a video to support the children with understanding how to read caption containing tricky word no and go, as taught using the Letters and Sounds Phase 2 Phonics programme. Teaching phonics can help some children improve their reading as they learn to blend the phonemes for reading.
Write an array of Reception High frequency words on folded pieces of paper. As the children read the word accurately smash the superhero on top of the word.
Download the pdf below and match the pictures from the story to the correct initial sound.
Chunking Longer Words | Letters and Sounds
This is a video to support the children with understanding chunking, as taught towards the end of the Letters and Sounds Phase 3 programme. Teaching phonics can help some children improve their reading as they learn to blend the phonemes for reading.
Superhero Digraph Game
Simply Phonics: Phase 4 High Frequency Words (HFWs) Practise blending these Phase 4 high frequency words. Read the word before it flashes with a glow. The tricky words are coloured red.
Vowel Digraphs ay ou ie ea | Learn to Blend
Learn to Read and Spell | Simply Phonics: Phase 5 | Vowel Digraphs ay ou ie ea. Learn to read and spell using the blended phonics approach or 'synthetic phonics'. This is a short Phase 5 Phonics video to help teach or revise the /ay/ou/ie/ea vowel digraphs.
Position and Direction
This week we are going to focus on position and direction.
To begin we will revisit position. Can you identify any positional vocabulary?
Using the positional language provided can you set up a scene from the story (see example from a different story below) and describe where characters or objects from the story are e.g. Traction Man is in front of Scrubbing brush. Dishcloth is on top f the spoon etc.
Create a large grid on the floor using masking tape or a similar alternative and place objects from the story on the grid. Can the children describe the position of the objects e.g. the scrubbing brush is above the dishcloth, Traction man is next to the evil pillow etc.
Further challenge add letters and numbers to the grid and provide co-ordinates for the objects.
Remember along the bottom and up the side.
To introduce this area of learning download and watch the powerpoint below.
Using the large grid created for position place objects from the story in squares spaced around the grid. Choose a start square and find a doll/action figure to represent Traction Man. Place Traction Man on the start space and provide oral directions to a member of your household to move Traction Man to a specific object e.g. directions to scrubbing brush: move forward 2 squares, turn right, move forward 3 squares etc.
Now have a member of your household give directions for you to follow using the grid.
Traction man directions
Traction man is lost in Granny's house and needs you to provide directions to help him find his way out.
Create a simple maze using lego. Place a doll/action figure (to represent Traction Man) at the beginning of the maze. Provide oral instructions to direct Traction Man through the maze e.g. forward 3, turn left, forward 3, turn left etc.
Now try this
Superworm Track game
Download this game to play at home
Counting in steps of 2:
Counting in steps of 10:
Can you create a representation of Traction Man using 2D shapes?
Cut a range of 2D shapes from coloured paper and arrange the shapes to create your representation of Traction Man. Which shapes have you used?
Can you talk about their properties?
2D shape art
Why not create some 2D shape art work in the style of Kandinsky?
Can you create a representation of Traction man using 3D shapes?
Create your own 3D shapes from paper, card or use 3D shapes you find around the house e.g. boxes, cans, tin etc. Then use these shapes to create a model for Traction Man.
Can you design a new costume for Traction Man?
Design a new costume for Traction Man using the template. What materials will you use? What pattern will you include? Will he have any special gadgets?
Can you design a box for Traction Man?
Traction Man is an action Toy and is a gift. He arrives in a box. Can you design a new box for Traction Man?
You could use an old cereal box and adapt it to create a box fit for a Superhero. Think about the design, will it match the colours and patterns of Traction Man's costume? Will it include any pictures etc to highlight the gadgets and special powers he has?
Traction Man needs a new waterproof diving outfit. Can you help him find the right material?
Which materials could you test?
Choose a variety of materials to test e.g. fabric, plastic, card, paper, wool etc. Explore the materials and make predictions about each one.
How will you test them?
Think of a way you can test whether the materials are waterproof. e.g. Place the materials over a cup or a bowl and dopr water on to the material.
What will you need?
Make a list of all the materials and equipment you will need to test the materials.
How can you make it a fair test?
Think about how you can test the materials fairly. what will you need to keep the same to ensure it is a fair test.
Now carry out your experiment and record your results.
Please remember it is really important to share a book each day. This could be a book from home, a text on rising stars or your school reading book.
I hope to see you all soon,I am missing you all, stay safe