Year R week beginning 4th May

We hope you are all keeping well and safe. You will have seen Mr Palmer’s video about the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe. There are lots of activities that you could do as families to commemorate this occasion, including:

*Have your own VE Day celebration tea party
*Make bunting
*Learn ‘We’ll Meet Again’ for Mr Palmer’s karaoke challenge
*Share family stories from WWII
*Learn the National Anthem
*Make a poppy
*Make a Spitfire etc from Lego or junk modelling
*Learn how to march like a soldier
*Make a party hat

Of course, there is lots of learning to be had from all these activities. Maths activities: If you make cakes for the tea party, you will be weighing and measuring the ingredients. You could make sandwiches with your child and cut them in half, (ask your child where they should cut the sandwich if they are cutting it in half? How many pieces will you have? Will the pieces be the same size or different? If you don’t cut it in the middle will the pieces be the same size? etc). You could move on to cutting into quarters. You could share out an even amount of food between plates (division), noticing how many pieces you had to start with then how many each person had when they were shared out. You could ask them, “Is it fair?”, and discuss how, when we share things out equally, everyone should have the same amount. The Early Years objectives are added below so you can see what we are working towards.

Children love to write for a real-life purpose so you could ask for their help with planning the party. They could write a list of party games, songs or food. They could write party invitations to family members in your household.

For phonics this week, it would be great to continue to consolidate Phase 3 phonics. BBC Bitesize has some videos that you may like to watch:  It would be really helpful if you could continue to practice letter formation, making sure that your child is starting and finishing the letter in the correct place. This does not have to be using a pen and paper; you could use a baking tray with a layer of salt, sand, sugar or glitter for them to form the letter with their finger.

If your child is feeling worried or anxious about Coronavirus, there is an online book that has been created to read with young children to help them. Have a look to see if you think your child may benefit from reading and discussing it with you: 

The National Trust has an excellent list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’, many of which can be done in your garden, or on a local walk:–activity-list 

Keep safe! We are missing you all very much and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you