Monday 20th April 2020
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Easter at home with your families, it has been great to see some photographs of your Easter celebrations on Tapestry.
The topic this half-term is 'Growing and mini-beasts'. It is perfect for this time of year as the weather is changing, flowers and animals are growing and you will possibly notice that there are many more creepy crawlies around!
Literacy: This week, we will be focusing on the story, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar.' The children love this story and know it very well. You may have a copy you can read at home or you can watch it by following this link.
What did the caterpillar eat on Saturday? Please ask your child to write a list of the different foods in their blue book, they can also draw pictures on the same page. They can use sound mats to support them sounding out the words independently.
Attached is a powerpoint explaining the life cycle of a butterfly. Please read it to your child and discuss the changes that the caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly.
Did the caterpillar eat healthy or unhealthy food? What is the difference? Please have a discussion with your child regarding healthy eating and explain that although eating a small amount of unhealthy food is okay as a treat, it is better for our bodies to eat healthy food and get a lot of exercise! I have attached a recipe for a fruit smoothie if you would like to make a healthy snack at home. Please upload photos to Tapestry! Extension: If your child would like to complete more writing, they can write a list of healthy/unhealthy food in their blue book. I have also attached a weekly food diary that your child can complete as extra writing.
Maths: Learning about butterflies is a perfect way to teach the children about symmetry! I have attached a butterfly template or you can draw your own on plain paper. Please explain to your child that every butterfly is symmetrical, this means that you can draw a line down the middle and each side has the same pattern and colours.Teaching children about symmetry can be tricky without physically showing them and getting them to interact with an activity about it. Using paints, paint down one side of the butterfly and then carefully fold the paper and open. This is a very old activity that I can remember completing when I was at school but the children still enjoy it! Please see examples below.
Maths: Please ask your child to complete the missing number caterpillar worksheet and the repeating pattern worksheet that are attached. Extension: I have attached a doubles worksheet if your child would like to complete some extra maths work. You can draw the leaves and caterpillars if you would like to reduce printing.
EAD: Can your child make their own caterpillar or butterfly? Please see the images below for inspiration, they can use junk modelling, paper plates, play-doh or bits and pieces from around your house.
RE: The next major festival we celebrate in the Church is Pentecost. It is called Pentecost as it is always celebrated 50 days after Easter. This year Pentecost is on May 31st. Please read the attached Pentecost story to your child and complete the activity below.
1. Trace your hand onto the bottom of a page in your book. Trace the hands of the other people in your home as well.
2. Colour in the hands using the colours of Pentecost: reds, yellows, oranges…
3. Copy this prayer about the Holy Spirit above your hands in your book.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love