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Home Learning - Kingfishers

This week's Home Learning:

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 8th December 2017

It’s that time of year when we are busy preparing for our Christmas assembly; I’m also aware that children have a lot going on outside of school and are getting quite tired, mainly down to excitement! Please try to keep home learning ’ticking over’ by working on key skills:

Spelling: Please look at the list of Year 1 and Year 2 ‘Common Exception words’ that I added last week (scroll down!) – can your child read all the words? Can they use some of them in their writing? Have a word hunt in a variety of books and texts for these key words and see which ones crop up most often.

Maths: Counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s are a key skill in Year 2; as well as counting up on these numbers, practise starting on a different number and counting up in 2s, 5s or 10s…..can you start counting in 2s from 8? How about in 5s from 15? What about starting on 12 and counting on in 10s? !00-squares (look online!) are a great resource to help with this! 

Topic: Thank you to everyone who has brought in their research about polar bears and penguins.  If you haven’t had a chance to do this please bring it in by MONDAY.

Reading: Please keep reading at home – aim for at least 4 times every week, more if possible.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 1st December 2017

 

Topic: Please don’t forget to bring in your research about polar bears and penguins (and a smattering of other polar animals if you wish!) on MONDAY.  A few pieces have come in already – thank you! We will be using this information in our writing next week.

Spelling:

Focus: Silent letter ‘w’ before ‘r’ to start words (wriggle, wrap, etc; ‘y’ to end words – this is a common ending!

I have put a link below to a list of Year 1 and Year 2 ‘Common Exception words’; these are high frequency words that tend not to follow a phonic pattern so often can’t be sounded out.  By the end of each year group children should be able to read and spell (independently in their own writing) these words. You may want to print out this document and use it when you’re reading and writing at home.

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Have a word hunt in a variety of books and texts for these words, how many of our spelling rule words can you find? Silent letters tend to appear on words that are quite old in our language!

Maths: Keep working hard on Mathletics, it’s great to see those certificates appearing each week and to hear how enthusiastic children are at home.  This week we’ve been continuing to work on time, in particular estimating and trying out how much we can do in a certain amount of time.  It’s also important to look for any opportunity to tell the time.

 

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 24th November 2017

Spelling:

Focus: The sound ‘n’ spelt ‘kn’ and (less frequently) ‘gn’ at the beginning of words

Have a word hunt in a variety of books and texts for these words, how many can you find (eg: gnat, gnome, knit).  ? Which can you find more of- ‘gn’ or ‘kn’? Can you add a suffix to any of these words, for example: changing ‘knit’ to ‘knitting’? We really enjoy looking at the atlases and attempting to read different country names; this has created some discussions about different languages.

Maths: Keep working hard on Mathletics, it’s great to see those certificates appearing each week and to hear how enthusiastic children are at home.  This week we’ve been continuing to work on time, in particular estimating and trying out how much we can do in a certain amount of time.  It’s also important to look for any opportunity to tell the time.

Topic: The week beginning 4th December we will be finding out about the North and South Poles; in preparation for this I am setting some research homework.  I would like you to find information about animals (specifically polar bears and all types of penguins!) in whatever form – books, photocopies, printouts, etc. I do not want this information to be presented in anyway – it really is a research mission – and we’ll be using the information for our own writing. If you would like anything returned (eg: books) please ensure that they are named. Homework should be brought to school towards the end of next week in preparation for Monday 4th. Thank you for your support!

Kingfishers Home Learning – 17th November 2017

Spelling:

Focus: The ‘s’ sound spelt as ‘c’ before e, i and y

At home, what words can you find that follow this rule (eg: race, cycle, city, icicle etc).  Look at a variety of texts – reading books, food packets, library books, recipes, signs etc.

We are not setting any written work; however if your child would like to record their findings then please feel free!

Maths: This week we’ve been working on telling the time; this is an area which children often find quite tricky! We’ve been focusing on o’clock, half, quarter past and quarter to although we have told the time in 5 minute intervals.  In class (not just Maths) we’ve been looking for any opportunity to tell the time – thinking about what time different things happen and how many minutes until a certain event.  It would be great if you could continue with this at home.  Digital clocks have been a discussion point but we don’t teach digital time in Year 2.

Reading: It’s lovely to see children coming in and enthusiastically changing their books – if they forget to change or bring home a school book, feel free to read and enjoy books or other reading material from home. Over the next week or so you will notice a wider variety of reading books coming home (ie: not just Oxford Reading Tree); in Year 2 we encourage children to become increasingly independent when choosing a book as it is important that they start to make their own choices and recognise their own preferences.  This is also a good skill for when we move on to AR a little later in the year. 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 10th November 2017

Reading: It’s lovely to see children coming in and enthusiastically changing their books – if they forget to change or bring home a school book, feel free to read and enjoy books or other reading material from home. Over the next week or so you will notice a wider variety of reading books coming home (ie: not just Oxford Reading Tree); in Year 2 we encourage children to become increasingly independent when choosing a book as it is important that they start to make their own choices and recognise their own preferences.  This is also a good skill for when we move on to AR a little later in the year.

Spelling:

Focus: The ‘j’ sound spelt as g elsewhere in words before e, i and y

At home, what words can you find that follow this rule (eg: gem, magic, giant, etc).  Look at a variety of texts – reading books, food packets, library books, recipes, signs etc.

We are not setting any written work; however if your child would like to record their findings then please feel free!

Maths: We’re now nearing the end of this term’s work on money; it would be great if you could continue to make amounts and use real money at home.  In these days of card and online payments children rarely see money being used but it is still part of our curriculum and a useful counting tool.

The coming week is National Anti-bullying week and we will be having discussions and activities about being kind, thoughtful and how to deal with tricky situations.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 3rd November 2017

Reading: Children are expected to read at home at least 4 times every week. If they would like to read more often or read different reading material then please encourage them to do so!

Spelling:Focus: The ‘j’ sound spelt as ge and dge at the end of words

At home, what words can you find that follow this rule (eg: badge, edge, etc).  Look at a variety of texts – reading books, food packets, library books, recipes, signs etc.We are not setting any written work; however if your child would like to record their findings then please feel free!

Maths: This week we have been learning about money and using coins to make different amounts.  We’ve looked at amounts up to 50p and £1. Some practise at home using ‘real money’ would be useful.

 

13th -  20th October 2017

Thank you for the lovely posters about Meerkats! The children have been so proud of their work. We will put them up on display and in a class book on Meerkats.

This week, please work with your child to create an A4 poster on the audio book that they have been listening to over the last week (see last week's homework). Help them to create a poster which includes drawings as well as some sentences about what they have enjoyed about it... perhaps about their favourite characters, events or settings. I can't wait to see what they have been listening to! Please hand in by Friday 20th October.

Please give your child the opportunity to use Mathletics this week. It is another opportunity to explore the site and to engage in some of the online games and activities. We will be setting specific Mathletics homework after half term.

Thank you for helping your child to have their reading book and reading diary in school every day. We are reading every day after lunch for 20 minutes and therefore it essential that the children have their books to hand. We will help the children to change their books at this time too. Please continue to read with your child at least 4 times a week at home. Even 10 minutes at a time will help. It has been lovely to see some children making great progress in their reading in school over the last fortnight thanks to the support they are getting at home. Every minute spent sharing a book makes a difference!

We continue to assess the children for spelling which is taking time as we are doing it individually. We will use this information to ensure that the children are given appropriate home learning for spelling after half term.

6th October - 13th October 2017

Work with your child to find out 5 or 6 facts about Meerkats and present them on a poster which they can bring to school and share with the group. We would like them to be able to talk about the facts on their poster. We will put their posters up on display or in a 'class book' for others to share and enjoy. Please bring into school on Friday 13th October

20 minutes reading at least 4 times during the week. This could include you reading your child's reading book aloud to them and them listening and following the text as well as them reading to you.

The children in Kingfishers Class love listening to stories. Alongside your child's reading book I ask that all children in Kingfishers listen to an audio book, preferably with the text in front of them so that they can read along with the book while listening to it. This enables them to access books that may be at a higher reading level, supporting their reading development without the worry of having to read out loud. There are lots of e-books available on YouTube. e.g. Roald Dahl audio books, Dick King Smith audio books, Horrid Henry books etc. Audio books can also be borrowed from public libraries in St Ives and Huntingdon.

For mathematics this week I'd like the children to be really confident in counting in 2,s 5's and 10's up to 100. There is a great resource on Youtube called 'Workout and Count - skip count 2's, 5's and 10's - count backwards' by Jack Hartman. It gets the children to count as well as exercise! It's just 4 minutes long and will get the children active and counting. If they can do it a few times during the week it will help them to get number fluent and confident. It would be great if you could do it with them! The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_yUC1NCFkE

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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