Hello Wren Class!
We have included some fun Easter learning activities this week, as this will be our last upload before the school holidays. We have included a few extra activities this week, in case you are looking for some ideas to keep you busy over the holidays.
Please do not feel overwhelmed by the home learning activities. Pick and choose which activities you complete when you are all (children and parents!) in the right place to do some learning. The priority activities are always phonics, reading, writing and maths. Anything extra is a bonus but there is no expectation for Wren children to complete all these activities!
Thank you for uploading all the amazing photos onto Tapestry. We will continue to comment when we can. It really is lovely for us to see what you have been up to and it makes us both smile lots!
We hope you have a wonderful Easter at home this year.
Take care and keep well.
From Mrs Nixon and Mrs Leaford 😊
A Message from Spencer Bear
Spencer is missing spending time with his friends. He thinks your friends and members of your family will be missing you lots too. He has given you a challenge to make someone you know smile ….
- Practise the sounds you have learnt so far, using the green Speed Sound book and the Set 2 speed sound booklet
- Watch a Read, Write, Inc. Speed Sound lesson through one of the following websites. I would recommend watching a Set 2 speed sound lesson.
- Have a go at the game below to help practise using the sounds you have learnt. Here are some ‘Easter’ related words which you could use: hop, dip, egg, sun, roll, crack, nest, sheep, Spring.
Alphabet Egg Hunt Word Game
This is a fun Easter scavenger hunt game. Use your detective skills to find the “eggs” and then, once the eggs are collected, find the hidden words. The winner is the person or team who can make the most words. Alternatively, for younger children give them a word they must spell such as ‘hop’ and they search for the letters they need. But first … you’ll need to create the eggs.
- Construction paper
- Draw lots of eggs on colourful construction paper. You can make them different sizes, anywhere from 2 to 6 inches long. Cut them out.
- Decorate one side of the eggs with interesting patterns. Write a letter on the other side.
- Make enough eggs to use all the letters of the alphabet, and then make at least three more eggs for each vowel (Example: three for A, three for I, etc.).
- Make some extra blank eggs. These will be used as “wild” eggs, which means players can decide which letter they want the egg to be.
- When you are done creating, ask someone to hide the eggs inside your house or garden.
- Try and beat your time to collect all the letters you need or to collect the whole alphabet.
- Run and place each letter in a set place before going to get a new one to increase your heart rate even further.
Recommended books for this week, accessed through Oxford Owl (details are in your child’s home learning book):
- A Dog’s Day
- Nog in the Fog
- Nip and Chip
Try to draw a picture of you on Easter Day and write a short sentence about it.
Parents: Please remember it is not about spelling every word correctly but a chance for the children to practise hearing different sounds in words. For example, ‘I like Easter’ may well be written as ‘I lik eestu’ and that is fine too! If your child realises the spelling is incorrect, please model the correct word explaining what is it you are writing e.g. sometimes the ‘ee’ sound in Easter can be written as an ‘ea’ and the ‘u’ sound in can be written as ‘er’. It is essential that their attempts receive nothing but praise to ensure they want to do it more and more at this stage!
Maths – 2D and 3D Shape
Easter is a great time to be talking about different shapes (both 2-D and 3-D) and creating different shape pictures. The children are expected to be able to talk about the shape names and some of their features. As eggs roll so nicely down a hill, it is a nice idea to talk about which 3-D shapes can roll and which can slide and why. Use some different objects around your home to demonstrate this together (egg, Easter egg boxes, chocolate bars to name a few!).
We have included some examples of shape pictures, which might be fun to create whilst talking about the shape names and their features.
There are lots of shape activities that you could explore on Espresso. Click
Foundation – Maths – Shape. You could either watch some videos or complete some activities (or both!).
Theme: Knowledge and Understanding of the World
It is sometimes more difficult to think of creative ideas which allow the children to talk about their knowledge of the world, changes and what you will call ‘science’.
We saw this online and thought it might provide some nice ideas for this period of time to dip into if you would like. Please do record any interesting comments the children make on Tapestry.
Purple Mash (a note for parents)
Thank you to all those children that have completed activities and handed it in. I have added comments to the children’s work. When you login, click on ‘alerts’ and you will see the comments I have made. Please do share my comments with the children, so that they can see all their hard work is being recognised.
A reminder of how to save and hand in work …
Once children have completed an activity, they must click the white arrow, in a red box, at the top right-hand corner.
Choose ‘save and exit’.
Go back to the ‘2Do’ section at the top of the page and find the piece of work completed. Children must then click ‘hand in’.
Following these instructions means that I will be able to see and comment on the children’s work from home.
- If you go to google and type in the name of an animal there is an option to see this animal in 3D.
If you click on this, then the animal can appear in your own home! You can even take a photo of the animal in your house.
If anyone takes some fun animal pictures, then you can add them to the Wren Padlet for all your friends and teachers to see. Click on the link below to find the Padlet and then add your funny photo. You will see that Mrs Leaford has already added one!
You might like to keep checking back to see some of your friends’ funny photos too!
- There is a design an Easter egg activity set as a 2Do on Purple Mash. Will you design your egg with a repeating pattern? Will you use some 2D shapes?
Other Optional Activities
- Below are some fun active, Easter themed games you might like to try …
Egg and Spoon Races
- Eggs (real or plastic)
- Area to run
- Determine the start and finish lines
- Give each child a spoon and egg.
- Have them place the egg on the spoon.
- Have a countdown, “On your mark, get set, GO!”
- The first one across the finish line wins.
Variations could include relays and obstacle courses.
Easter Bunny Tag
This a fun Easter activity. Easy to play and no materials needed. Played the same as a traditional game of ‘Tag’ or ‘It’ except that everyone must hop. If you do anything but hop, then you’re automatically it.
Cardboard Egg Hop
- Paint, markers, or crayons
- Draw and cut out two large cardboard eggs for each team.
- Decorate them with paint, markers, or crayons.
- Have each player choose a teammate and give each pair of players two eggs.
- For each pair, there is a hopper and a helper. Starting at one end of the room, the helper places an egg on the floor in front of the hopper, who hops onto it with both feet.
- The helper then places the other egg a little way ahead and the hopper jumps onto it.
- This continues until the pair gets to the end of the room. Now players change roles. The first pair back to the starting line wins.
This can be played as a relay. When one team returns, the next two people in line continue! Also, when young children play this—–just play and hop! This doesn’t need to be a competitive game!
This can be played in a circle game, a line, or as a “Bunny Says____” game. Give children a variety of “hopping” commands such as:
- Hop in one place
- Hop and turn in a circle at the same time
- Hop on left/right foot
- Hop backward, sideways, make a square or circle
- Hop over a line
- Hop with a partner
- Hop to different rhythms (clap hands, use drum, music, etc…)