Sing the alphabet every day and revise the sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, c, k, e, h / r. Remember to use Starfall and the Jolly Phonics links.
Clap out the syllables in your name and the names of the people in your family.
Before you start to write or draw this week use your playdough to carry out ‘Dough Disco’. Follow the link below. Remember to ask an adult to supervise / skip any ads etc. https://youtu.be/zJQ2CaA7E50
NEW LETTER / SOUND: ‘m’
Click on Useful Links to access 'Starfall' website to reinforce letter formation, letter sounds and words.
Use your finger to write this letter in the air.
Use your finger to write this letter on someones back.
If you have shaving foam at home, ask an adult to put it on the table and write lots of letter m’s in it - great fun!
When you go outside to play, try to gather some small twigs and sticks / then make the letter m and maybe a capital M too.
Practise writing the letter ‘m’. Say the letter name and the sound as you write plus ask your helper to check that you are forming the letter in the correct direction.
If you have chalk, go outside and write the letter ‘m’.
Use your picture dictionary to find pictures beginning with 'm'. Draw and label three pictures in your exercise book that you received on Friday, for example ‘monster’, ‘mouse’ / ‘mirror’.
Make the following words using paper squares: mum, mat / map. Remember you will need 3 paper squares for each word because each word is made up of 3 sounds., so write the following sounds on individual paper squares: m, m, m, m, u, a, a, t, / p. Stick onto the attached worksheet or draw each picture into your exercise book and stick your words beside them / or make the words with magnetic letters or you can use your laminated grid.
Parents and helpers, use these questions to help your child: What sound do you hear at the start/first? What sound do you here in the middle/second? What sound do you hear at the end/third? Point to the correct space on the grid if you need to ask: What sound goes in here? If your child doesn’t know the sound, tell them what sound it is and get them to repeat the sound back to you and then allow him/her to put it in the right place.
Read your word cards and word books. Focus particularly on the following words: This, mum, dad, and, is, my, Here. I’ve attached a new word sheet or maybe you could write your own. Remember that if you are writing your words to focus on correct letter formation and only put a capital letter at the start of the words This / Here. How many sentences can you make with these words for example, ‘This is my mum.’.
Ask an adult to read another one of your favourite story books. Continue to focus on recognising the difference between a letter, a word and a sentence plus recognising the difference between a line of writing and a sentence. Can you find any words in your story book that begins with our new sound ‘m’? Can you retell your story from start to finish in your own words?
Parents and helpers, asking your child questions about their stories is so important. Try to ask open questions that begin with ‘How’, 'What', 'Where', 'When' and ‘Why’. Ask them to go back to the pictures to tell you how they know the answer. Persuade them to ask you questions too. Talking about what is happening in a picture, joining in with repeated phrases, carrying out actions, talking about what the characters might be thinking, or what might happen next all help to develop early reading skills.