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Pre Easter Work

Dear Parents,

While the school is closed, I am giving you a few activities to do in the next few weeks.

I will be praying for this situation that we are facing and for your children. You will be in my heart and prayers.

Miss Noemi Luna Rami

WEEK 1:

Maths:

· Circle counting. You will need cards 1 to 9 (if it’s too easy, 1 to 20). Place the number cards in the middle of the circle. Encourage the child to talk about the numbers. Use prompts such as: Who can find a number that is made up only of curved lines? What number is that? Ask the child to select a number they recognise and say what number they have chosen. As the child chooses, ask question such as “what number comes after the one you chose? Ask the child to put the cards in the right order, and the child can count them, forwards and backwards

· Coin drop. You will need 1-10 number tracks, counters, a tin, 1p coins. Say that you are going to start by practising counting aloud. Ask the child to practise, with you, as you count to different numbers. Move a counter along the number track in time with a count from 1-10 (if it’s too easy, 1 to 20). Moder your thinking aloud, for example: “Let’s count up to eight. We are going to start on one, so I need to get the counter ready to place on the one as we start the count. Ready? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. What number did we count up to?” Now ask the child to listen very carefully as you drop some coins into the tin. When you stop dropping coins into the tin, ask for suggestions about how many coins there are in the tin now. Prompt child to suggest how you could check whether they are right.

· Make different patterns using lego

· Make puzzles together

· Maths games on the computer:
Counting: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting Ordering and sequencing: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/ordering-and-sequencing Measures: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/measures Shape, position and movement: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/shape-position-and-movement

Science:

· How to make your own playdough

You will need: 2 cups plain flour (all purpose), 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, ½ cup salt, up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding bit by bit until it feels just right), food colouring (optional – this really can get messy!).

You might also want to use some household items like child-friendly cookie cutters and rolling pins to make shapes with the playdough.

What to do:

1. Mix the flour, salt and oil in a large bowl. If you’re using food colouring, add it to the boiling water then pour into the flour mixture.
2. Stir until it forms a sticky dough.
3. Allow it to cool down then take out of the bowl and knead it for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone.
4. Keep kneading until it’s the perfect consistency! If it’s still sticky add a little more flour until just right. If the children want to keep the figures that you make, simply bake in a 250-degree oven for approximately one hour and hey presto, your play dough will harden!

• Dress up
Let the child use some of your clothes. He/She can practice how to wear dresses/skirts/trousers/... independently. I’m sure he/she will enjoy it!

• Ask the children to help you with housework every day: help you with the washing up, hanging the clothes, set the table ready for lunch/dinner, …

Literacy:

• Read a book with the child and let them explain you the pictures. After reading the book, ask them to draw a picture about the main character
• Making trumpets: make amplifiers (trumpets shapes) from simple cones of paper or lightweight card and experiment by making different noises through the cones. Model sounds for the child: the up and down wail of a siren, the honk of a foghorn, a peep, peep, peep of a bird. Contrast loud and soft sounds. Invite the child to share their favorite sound for the rest of the group to copy. Use the trumpets to sound out phonemes that begin each child’s name
• Sound story time: discuss with the children how they can use their voices to add sounds to stories such as Bear hunt, chicken licken or The three Billy goats gruff. Repeat favorite rhymes and poems in different voices together (e. g whispering, growling, shouting, squeaking) and discuss the differences
• Encourage your child to write his/her name every day. Make sure the child writes all the letters properly
• Encourage the child to make up a song using some words given by you. If you have any instruments at home, it would make the activity even more fun.
• Teach your family one of the school’s songs

R.E:

• Sing these songs: Jesus is my best friend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tER4Jx6LyZk

We wanna see Jesus lifted high: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLJmRPvhgdo

Jesus knows my name: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ckSNNc5XrE 1, 2, 3,

Jesus is alive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIf9jv4pVTM

Who is the king of the jungle?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZbfiZB9_VE

Praise Him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RV8KerchW4

• Draw a big cross and decorate it using different materials. Give thanks to Jesus for what he has done for us.
• Read the story of Easter and draw a picture about his/her favourite part
• Teach your family the prayer we do in school before we have lunch and pray for your family and friends every day

WEEK 2: 

Maths:

• Up my street. You will need: cardboard boxes, art materials, number cards 1 to 9, small people. Find different boxes with the child (they could be different in terms of sizes), to make a street. After that, count the boxes and tell the child that each house should have its own number, starting at number 1. encourage the child to decorate each house, according to its number, for example, house number 3 might have three windows, three chimneys, three doors,… when all the houses are ready, ask the child to put them in order along a road. Make the “street” available for the child to play with inside and out.

• Missing number: You will need: number cards 1 to 9 or plastic bottles numbered 1 to 9, pegs and washing line. Show the child the shuffled number cards of bottles. Encourage the child to explore the numbers. Use prompts such as: choose a number you recognise. How do you recognise it? Which numbers are made of a curved and a straight line? Explain to the child that you want them to work together to put the cards or bottles in order on the washing line. Observe hos the child does this, noting the number language they use. when they have finished, ask them to count along the line, forwards and backwards, to check that the numbers are in the right order. Explain that you are going to play a game. You will remove one of the numbers and the child have to work out which number you have taken. Ask her/him to close their eyes, then remove a number. When they open their eyes, ask: which number is missing?
• Count how many spoons, forks and knifes are in the whole house. We can start writing the numbers too.
• Count how many windows are in the house, and encourage the child to draw them too.
• Maths games in the computer:

Counting: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
Ordering and sequencing: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/orderingand-sequencing
Measures: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/measures
Shape, position and movement: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5- years/shape-position-and-movement

Science:

• Decorate Easter Eggs
• Show them how to cook simple recipes: cookies, pizza, …
• Ask the children to help you with housework every day: help you with the washing up, hanging the clothes, set the table ready for lunch/dinner, …

Literacy:

• Read a book with the child and let them explain you the pictures. After reading the book, ask them to draw a picture about the main character
• Singing songs: provide a wide selection of rhymes and songs, so that the child can choose to listen to and join in whit their favourites, and can extender their repertoire.
• Toy talk: introduce to the children a soft toy that can only speak in “sound-talk”. The children see the toy whispering in the adult’s ear. To add to the activity, as the toy whispers the adult repeats the sounds, looks puzzled and the says the word straight afterwards. For example “ what would Charlie like for tea today?” The toy speaks silently in the adult’s ear and the adult repeats “ch-eese" looking puzzled and then, says with relief “cheese”!. Now invite the children to see if they can speak like the toy: “do you think you could try to toy talk? Say ch-ee-se". Ask the toy again What else would you like? Be careful to think of items with names of only single syllables (fish, cake, pie, soup). Use different scenarios: what does the toy like to do in the playground? (hop, skip, jump, run,...) As the children become more confident, make some errors – blend “skim” for “skip”, for example, and ask them to catch you out by giving the correct blend. Encourage the children to ask the toy questions with yes/no answers (e.g can you sing? Yes/No) or ask the toy the colour of his bike, his bed, room walls, his jumper, etc. And the toy will answer r-e-d, b-l-ue, g-r-ee-n,
• Clapping sounds: think of words using the letters “s,a,t,p,i,n” (e.g sat, pin, nip, pat, tap, pit, pip) and sound them out, clapping each phoneme with the children in unison, then blend the phonemes to make the whole word orally.
• Which one? Lay out a selection of familiar objects with names that contain three phonemes (e.g bus, car, leaf, sock). Bring out the sound talking toy and ask the child to listen carefully while it says the names of one of the objects in sound-talk so they can help it to put the sounds together and say the word.

R.E:

• Sing these songs:
Jesus is my best friend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tER4Jx6LyZk
We wanna see Jesus lifted high: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLJmRPvhgdo
Jesus knows my name: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ckSNNc5XrE 1, 2, 3,
Jesus is alive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIf9jv4pVTM
Who is the king of the jungle?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZbfiZB9_VE
Praise Him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RV8KerchW4

• Read the story of Easter and draw a picture about his/her favourite part.