Below are some suggested activities for reading, phonics, oral language, writing and spellings. All of these activities are only suggestions however we feel that your child's engagement with reading and writing activities during this time will be hugely beneficial to them in the long run.
Practice your best handwriting:
Write on the line, use tall and small letters and use finger spaces.
Remember to use capital letters at the start of your sentence, for the name of a person or place, and for the days and months.
Remember to put a full stop at the end of your sentences and a question mark if you’re asking a question.
Reading: The most important thing is that your child continues to read and that can be any book of your choice. If your child could read for at least 10/15 minutes every day that would be fantastic. Go to the class homepage to see some activities for before, during and after reading.
Ryan Tubridy reading a story at 5pm on Mondays for children. 'The Amazing Adventures of Jelly Baby' and 'Hilary the Sheep' are available @ instatubridy.
Hey boys and girls I heard that Ryan Tubridy is going to be on the School Hub TV programme soon and he is bringing Hilary the Sheep with him! You know.. HIlary the sheep from Ryans’s very own story on @instatubridy Reading Eggs is another great online resource for reading and offers a 2 week free trial. You might like to try this as an extra resource along with Oxford Owl Click here
Keeping a reading log: How is your book log coming along? Have you managed to record some of the titles of the great books you are reading at home? here is a link to some animal themed reading record sheets. See how many books you can read while you are at home. As an alternative to printing, you might like to look at the link below, choose one and then make your own of it. Here is a link to some animal themed reading record sheets.
Other activities and materials:
Story about food: Well boys and girls we’ve probably all read the story of The Gingerbread Man before so here’s a story about ….A Hungry Dragon. Click here to read the story.
Comprehension : Here is a link to some quick one page reading comprehension sheets about some of your favourite superheroes. If you would like to try some superheroes comprehension reading activities:
Click here to see some one page reading comprehension sheets about fairy tales, you might like to try some of these.
There are 6 stories in this online pack above : if you got a chance to read some of these last week and answer the accompanying comprehension questions orally that’s fantastic. If you are just starting to look at them now that’s great too and I hope you enjoy them. The 6 traditional tales in the link above are:
Billy Goats Gruff
Little Red Riding Hood
The Three Little Pigs
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Enormous Turnip
Jack and the Beanstalk
Retelling your favourite story If you have read all 6 of these already, please look back over the ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ Story in link above and re-tell it yourself using pictures or pictures and writing. Use the sequencing pictures and template from the link below to guide you on retelling the story with you drawing out the template for the pictures and writing in your own words. If you prefer you can print out the template. You might like to re-tell more of the stories in picture and writing. Here is another template for ‘The Billy Goats Gruff’ to use as guidance or print off if you prefer. You may prefer to retell the story/stories in a cartoon strip and if so here are two links to use as guidance below:
Comprehension: Here is a story called the Emperor’s New Clothes which ties in with the oral language topic of ‘Clothes’ which we started last week and are finishing this week. Please click here to see the story summarised on 2 pages and comprehension questions to complete orally. If your child would like to record the answers in writing of course this is another option.
Suggested reading for First Class Reading Zone books: Here is the suggested reading for our Reading Zone books, which is our formal reading scheme for First Class Carry on reading your Folens Reading Zone First Class Books as follows which can be accessed online on www.folensonline.ie with free access as outlined at the first class homepage on this website.
If your child is currently reading "Finn’s Dream": Finn’s Dream Group/ moving on to Four Friends: This group is the ‘Amigos’ group:
This group has finished Finn’s Dream and has started to read The Four Friends eBook on folensonline.ie Reading Zone First Class.
Try to read just 1 or 2 pages per day and try to read pages 9 – 14 . Read the pages a few times picking out individual words for your child to read and encouraging your child to read with expression. E.g watch out for speech marks …. Read the text inside the speech marks like you’re really saying them and mean them! Watch out for question marks and raise the tone of your voice when reading a question. Click here for this week's reading.
Pay special attention to the new or tricky words. Breaking the words into smaller parts and sounding them out if not sure.
If your child would like to do some more work on reading, read through and answer orallyand not in writing one page of questions per day in The Four Friends Activity eBook per day from pages 7-11 for this week. Finn’s Dream Activity eBook is also available on www.folens.online.ie
We are now focussing on learning the new words in The Four Friends: King Midas Story You might like to write out the new words for King Midas on card or paper as you go along. If you make two set s of these word cards you could play snap with them. Click here for a list of the new words in King Midas
King Midas Story : word activity game:
Mix all the word cards up
Shuffle the cards
Divide the cards between the two players
Each player take turns placing a card face up on the table in one pile.
When two of the same word cards are placed on top of each other shout snap and place your hand on the matching cards.
The player who calls snap and place hand on the pile of cards first wins all the cards in this pile.
The player with the most card wins.
Best of luck !!
If your child is currently reading "The Four Friends": The Four Friends Group/Moving on to Two Little Frogs: This group is going to be called Tadpoles from now on
Access The Two Little Frogs eBook on www.folensonline.ie . I hope you are enjoying the stories so far. We are now moving on to Unit 3 which is called ‘Long Hair Larry’ on page 12 and we are suggesting that you answer the accompanying questions orally on pages 13, 14 and 15
If your child is currently reading "Two Little Frogs" Two Little Frogs Group : called the ‘Frogs Group’ The group which has been reading ‘The Two Little Frogs’ since we began remote learning (access this book on www.folensonline ) is continuing on to read Unit 9: ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ Page 36 and answer the accompanying questions orally on pages 37-39. If your child has time and would like to write out the answers to the accompanying comprehension questions page 37-39 in a copy that would be a very beneficial activity. You will have found a new copy in the pack of resources you collected last Thursday. Click here for pages 32-35 of unit 8: A Day on the Farm.
This week we are starting to look at magic e with ‘u’, click here to watch the magic e with ‘u’ power point.
You might also like to watch what Geraldine Giraffe has to say about magic e with ‘u’. Remember, the long ‘u’ vowel sound is the same sound as when magic e makes a vowel say it’s own name. That’s what Geraldine Giraffe likes to talk about the ‘long sound’ as in cube, dune, fuse opposed to the ‘short sound’ for ‘u’ as in cub, tub. Click here to remind yourself of the magic e song
Sounds in Action A First class Real Book !! This book is in your bag of books which you collected last Thursday. Page 70
Look at each picture
Read the word
Write magic e
Look at the snake
Find the 12 words with magic e at the end of them hidden in this snake
Write out the 12 magic e words
Oral Language: We are starting the topic of Home Baking for Oral Language this week and will be continuing with it the following week too. Go to www.folensonline.ie search Oral Language Posters under English, Reading Zone and Oral Language Posters level First Class. Access Unit 10 : Home Baking look at the Poster which shows a child and an adult baking together at home.
Talk and Discussion: Revise discussion based on the poster from last week such as:
Who can you see in this picture? Explore possible relationships.
Where are they?
Is this preparation for a special occasion? What might that be?
Discuss your birthday celebrations/cake/games etc
Can anyone suggest what might be in the presses? E.g, plates, bowls, food, tins etc
What do we keep in the fridge/ freezer?
Can you see any utensils/ gadgets for preparing/cooking food in the picture?
What do we use for cleaning up the kitchen?
Discuss safety in the kitchen. What so we do if there is an accident, e.g. a dish gets broken, someone gets burned. Discuss needing adult supervision for using appliances such as kettle, oven, hob, microwave. Do you have a fire blanket in case of emergency ?
What do meals e.g breakfast/lunch/ dinner/ supper happen?
Who does the cooking at home? Talk about something they cooked. How did they do it? How could you have helped?
Game: Odd One Out Call out a list of fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat products etc including one which does not belong. Other person has to pick the Odd One out and explain why. Swap roles after a while and encourage your child to select the list and include the Odd One Out and pose the questions. If you like, you could write out the words or draw pictures for the items.
Story: Click here to watch and listen to the story of ‘Daddy and I Baking’ Art/cooking activity: If you have time and fancy baking chocolate cupcakes click here or you may have a favourite recipe of your own!
Writing: It would be very beneficial if your child could try and keep up their writing skills. We suggest writing news once or twice a week. We usually write it on a Monday when we are at school but anytime is good.
After that your child may like to choose any written activity from the Free Writing Suggestions list i.e. keeping a diary, writing a note/letter/card to someone or writing a report/story/instructions or a joke. The main thing is to encourage your child to write freely.
My News: This is a writing activity we would recommend doing once a week. Ask your child to think about something they have done, a game your child has played or something he/she made or a job he/she has done or a snack they have made etc. I have heard from many of the children that many of you have been enjoying lovely walks or cycles in the park and thank you for the lovely photos you sent by email. It was lovely to see so many of you enjoying the good weather and the parks. Perhaps, your child would like to write his/her news about a game they played, a walk he/she went on/something they made or exercises they did online with Joe Wicks or a yoga adventure they did on Cosmic Yoga.. Try to answer the 5 W questions : Who? Where? When? What? Why?
You could write this news on any page or in any copy. Alternatively, you can look at this template as a guide for writing news. Click here. If you had a walk in the park you may like look at this spring nature walk writing frame. Click here.
Instructional/Procedural Writing activity : Over the last two weeks we looked at the steps involved in making a sandwich and making a chocolate bird’s nest. We also looked at the power point below about instructional writing. To look over this powerpoint again clickhere.
This week because we are talking about baking in oral language you might like to have a go at writing out one of your favourite recipes. If you prefer you can write the instructions for washing your hands properly or planting a seed or playing one of your favourite games or explaining how to tie laces etc
Remember the tips below from last week. Here is a template you might like to follow when writing your own instructions, or this template that you might like to follow for writing a recipe.
list the materials/ingredients /equipment you need first
then write out the method step by step
don’t forget to put the steps in the right sequence and use lovely sequencing words such as first, then, after, finally
A few Ideas for Free writing Encourage your child to write freely for approximately 10/15 minutes a few times in the week about a topic of their choice:
Keeping a diary
Writing a list
Instructions on how to play a game or make something
Retelling an event a report about an animal, a famous person, place etc. DKFindout is a great resource for report writing.
Create your own story with characters, set in an interesting location and with a problem that has to be solved!
There is a sheet called My Diary of Activities in your worksheet pack which you might like to fill in as one of your free-writing activities this week. You would like to keep a weekly My Diary of Activities sheet. Don’t forget to practice your best handwriting boys and Girls! Capital letters to start a sentence and full stop at the end of every sentence. Remember to leave a finger space between your words. Keep up the good work!
Don't forget to always use your best handwriting, look at the top of this English page for some tips.
Week 28: Please see your pack of photocopied worksheets you picked up from school. There are 3 spelling sheets stapled together …. Yes only three left for the whole year!!
Remember ‘Look, say, cover, write’ when you’re learning your spellings an try to make and write a sentence for 3 of the 9 words like we always do.
Please go over the tricky words in this power point with your child. When your child knows all the tricky words increase the challenge by asking them to spell the tricky words and develop it further by making up or writing out a sentence for each word in a copy. I suggest you pick three or four words to spell and make a sentence with each day. The children regularly learn/revise the Tricky words.Tricky words are very important and help us with our reading. These are the words that don’t follow the rules we have learned about sounds… they’re just too tricky to sound out so we learn them as sight words. The more tricky words we know by sight the easier it is to read fluently.