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Tuesday 17th


Today I would like you to read The Gruffalo (if you haven't got a copy of the book to read at home, please find a YouTube link to it below). Last week we used key pictures from the story to sequence them (put them in the correct order). I wonder if you can have a go at drawing your very own Gruffalo story map. You can draw key pictures from the story in the right order and then have a go at labelling your pictures. You might like to write the initial sounds that you can hear, e.g. 'm' for mouse, or maybe you could have a go at writing some words. There is also a Gruffalo word mat and a phonics sound mat below. You can use these to help label your story map. 

Please see some examples of story maps below.

The Gruffalo - Read by Alan Mandel

Gruffalo word mat and phonics sound mat (click the pictures to enlarge)

The Gruffalo story maps (click on the pictures to enlarge)


We will practise our new sound 'ng' over two days

In phonics, we do the following things:

1. Sing the alphabet song (the video below is slightly different to the one we sing at school, but the children know it).

2. Practise all of the sounds that we have learned so far.

3. Practise reading words with the previous sound in.

4. Watch a video of our new sound.

5. Practise reading words with our new sound in. We segment the sounds and blend them together to say/read the word, e.g. the word -  cat - segment ---> c-a-t - blend ---> cat!

6. Practise writing the new sound (pre-cursive letter formation).

7. Practise writing words with the new sound in.

1. Alphabet Phonics Song

2. Previous sounds to practise saying...(click on the images to enlarge)

3. Practise reading these 'th' words...(click on the picture to enlarge)

4. Watch a video about our new sound - 'ng'

5. Practise reading these words with 'ng' in...(click on the picture to enlarge)

6. Practise writing the new sound - ng

6. Practise writing 'n' - letter formation video

6. Practise writing 'g' - letter formation video

7. Practise writing these words with 'ng' in them...(click on the picture to enlarge)

Understanding the World

Today we are continuing to learn all about the North and the South Poles. Below you'll find some information to help you learn all about the North and South Poles.

Understanding the world activities

Please don't feel that you need to complete them all. Just do what you can. smiley

1. Water ----> Ice experiment

If you're able to, I wonder if you can do a little experiment and see what happens when you put water in the freezer? Perhaps you have got a plastic tub that you could fill with water and you could put some small objects in it. Put the tub in the freezer and leave it overnight.

When you take the tub out of the freezer, can you see what has changed? What has happened to the water? What has happened to the objects? What is happening now that it is out of the freezer? We did this experiment last week, but we didn't have a chance to take the tubs out of the freezer on Monday (yesterday) and explore what had happened.

2. North and South Pole animals...

After looking at the information about the North and South Poles, I wonder if you can have a go at sorting the polar animals into the correct group (activity below). Where do you find the animals? In the North or South Pole. If you have time, maybe you could research and find out about other animals that you might find in the North or South Pole? Or find out some more information about your favourite polar animal. I wonder which is your favourite? My favourite is a penguin. smiley

Polar animal sorting...(click on the pictures to enlarge). There is also a document of this activity below.

Polar animals sorting document