This week's learning: God's Wonderful World.
Use the CAFOD Global A-Z ppt showing the whole alphabet. Invite your child to click on a letter. You can revisit this each day choosing different letters until the whole alphabet has been explored.
SOME KEY QUESTIONS
What do you love about our world?
3. Tell me what you think is wonderful about our world? Record responses by drawing or writing on paper hearts.
Take time to look at the wonderful things around us that God has given to us. What can you see?
Can you draw a picture and write some sentences?
I can see the_____________________.
Could you use an adjective to describe in more detail what you can see?
I can see the ___________ ________________ .
An example of this might be
I can see the sun.
I can see the hot, yellow sun.
Understanding the World:
Go on a senses walk outside. What do they see, hear, smell, and touch? Record in pictures, photographs or video.
As you explore allow your child to discuss and think about what they find. Is it living? was it once? has it never been alive?
You could create a nature table of found treasures back at home. This an be added to over the week each time you go out to explore.
Choosing one object at a time can you think of amazing adjectives to describe it?
This can be developed into a version of Kim's Game.
- cover the found natural objects with a tea towel or piece of cloth.
- Invite your child to close their eyes while you choose and hide one of the objects.
- Uncover the table and your child can guess which item is missing. They can ask you questions about the item using the adjectives you collected earlier, or alternatively you could use this language to give your child clues to help them work out which natural object is missing.
Cut out a cardboard frame.
Peel sticky back plastic off of its backing and attach it onto the back of the frame, so that it now looks like you have a closed window with the cardboard being the window frame and the sticky back plastic being the glass.
Collect nature’s treasures (eg leaves, flowers, petals, twigs, small pieces of stone and shell) and stick onto the tacky sticky back to create a nature suncatcher.
To make a 3D version of this, use a cardboard box and cut a hole out of each side. Fill each hole in with the sticky back plastic so that the sticky side is facing the outside of the box. Again, decorate this box with natural resources.
Experiment with having light sources inside or outside when looking at your 3D suncatcher – which do you prefer?
A sound Scavenger Hunt
Take a listening walk outside – what natural sounds can they hear?
If possible, end this walk in a forest or park.
Give three minutes in which they should be silent, close their eyes and listen to ‘nature’s symphony’.
Discuss the sounds that made up nature’s symphony (eg rustling of leaves, singing of birds, whooshing of the wind). Help your child to think of an adjective or a drawn symbol to represent each sound they heard from nature during their walk or when listening to the symphony. Allow them to record these adjectives/symbols in an interesting way eg creating ‘symbol stones’ by painting the created symbols onto stones and pebbles, recording a symbol or adjective on a large piece of wallpaper/a small leaf/chalked onto the ground.
Take turns to count.
This is harder than you think!
One person says ‘one’.
The second person says ‘two’.
The first person says ‘three’’.
Continue like this, talking turns, until you reach 20.
Repeat but this time speed up!
Repeat but this time the other person starts – so you are saying different numbers.
Repeat but count backwards from 20 to blast-off!
Extension - Try this with three people – that’s really hard, especially if you go fast!
Sing a really good counting song – if you don’t know one try this version of ‘Over in the meadow'
Now create your own version – Over in the meadow, in the grass in the sun / lived a little baby rabbit and her little bunny one/ ‘Hop’ said the mother, I hop, said the one… ETC.
How many new verses can you create?
Maths Game - Target 10
For 2 players.
Reception: Target 10; spinner numbers of 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1
Maths Game - Your Numbers Up
For 2 players.
Reception play version 1.
Numbers to 20
This week we are focusing on numbers to 20. We are practising, recognising, ordering and writing them.
This link will take you to videos and activities which will help you explore and consolidate your understanding of these numbers on Discovery Espresso.
Watch the Discovery Espresso videos modelling how to write the numbers to 20 and complete the activities which go with it.
You can practise writing your numbers when you go out exploring the world too - why not write a list of how many trees you see? or how many birds you hear singing?