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: Well done on keeping up the reading everyone. It is so beneficial when your child keeps up their reading and this can be any book of your choice. If your child could read for at least 10/15 minutes every day that would be fantastic. Here are some great resources :
Reading Eggsis 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
@instatubridy Ryan Tubridy has read two stories for children on Instagram The Amazing Adventures of Jelly baby is available @ instatubridy and Hilary the Sheep.
Keeping a book 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 this link, choose one and then make your own of it.
Story: Click here to read these ebook stories which link in with our final SESE topic of the year The Zoo and Summer Time Click here to read the ebook ‘Exploring My World Sand and Ice Cream Click here to read the eBook ‘ Exploring My World Who’s at the Zoo’ Click here to read the ebook ‘The Zoo Vet’ Click here to read this eBook ‘Back to Earth’ and find out Hal gets on in space. Click here to watch this animated story about ‘The Girl who went to Space’
Comprehension : Click here for extra reading comprehension based on our new theme of the zoo. Click here for some extra reading comprehension based on our theme of summertime Click here for some reading comprehension sheets about beaches
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 All these Folens Reading Zone First Class Books mentioned below can be accessed online on www.folensonline.ie with free access as outlined at the very beginning of the First Class Page on the school website.
‘Amigos ‘Group/ recently started Four Friends: This group recently started to read The Four Friends eBook on folensonline.ie Reading Zone First Class. Try to read 1 or 2 pages per day and try to read pages 31 – 36. 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. 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 26 – 30 for this week. The Four Friends Activity eBook is also available on www.folens.online.ie
The Tadpoles Group : who have recently moved on to the ‘Two Little Frogs’ book 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 7 which is called ‘A Hungry wolf’ on page 28 and we are suggesting that you answer the accompanying questions orally on pages 29, 30 and 31
Click here for Unit 7: ‘A Hungry Wolf’ pages 28-31
‘Frogs Group’ : Two Little Frogs Book This group has been reading ‘The Two Little Frogs’ since we began remote learning (access this book on www.folensonline ) We are continuing on to read Unit 13: ‘The Fox and the Chicken’ Page 52 and answer the accompanying questions orally on pages 53-55. If your child has time and would like to write out the answers to the accompanying comprehension questions page 53-55 in a copy that would be a very beneficial activity. Click here for pages 53-55 of unit 13: ‘The Fox and the Chicken’
This week we are finishing off revising magic ‘e’ with i, a, o and u and are finished our Phonics programme for First Class.
Sounds in Action A First class Book. This book is in your bag of books which you collected from the school. Page 78
Look at all the initial letters/sounds in the box and sound them out
Then pick an initial letter to put in front of the word families in the cake picture to make lots of different magic e words.
Look at all the initial letters/sounds in the picture of the sun and sound them out.
Then pick an initial letter from the sun to put in front of the word families in the slide picture to make lots of different magic e words.
Colour in the pictures of magic e words
Write the magic e words on the lines at the bottom of the page
Read the magic e words in each purple box.
Then look at the picture and find the matching magic e word and tick the box beside it.
Colour in the picture
The last page …well done!!
General revision: Read the word in each box and find the stickers for this page 89 in the centre of your book and stick the matching picture for each word in every box. Alternatively, yu may like to draw your own matching picture in each box.
Synonyms are words that have the same meaning. So two different words can have the same meaning e.g. friend and buddy or laugh and giggle We’re going to look at examples of synonyms on the Synonym cards 1 and synonym Cards 2 e.g. fast and quick or present and gift or eat and gobble. These two sheets are in your photocopy pack you collected from school. Look at and read all the words on Synonym cards sheet 1 Talk about the words and orally match the pairs of words that have the same meaning.
Game 1 : Synonym Match
Print or write out the words yourself
Then shuffle the words and try and match the pairs.
If you would like to make this game more challenging do the same with the Synonym cards 2 sheet and add them all together.
You might like to time yourself matching the synonyms and check out your best time.
Game 2 : Synonym Challenge
If you fancy a further challenge you could play a game where you put the word cards into a pile and take turns turning over the card.
Each player reads the word and has to say a synonym for that word.
The player keeps the word card if they can give a matching synonym.
The player with the most cards wins.
Best of luck
We are have now completed all our ten themes for Oral Language this year.
Work away at your Handwriting workbook and see how many pages you can complete. You might even get the whole book finished. If you are finished, remember to go back over the picture on the top of the pages and check that you are finished and have completed the pattern in the border or frame around each picture. This pattern practice is very good for your handwriting.
This week our final week of summer term, we are going to look at a powerpoint about writing shape poems. Click here to watch the Summer shape poem powerpoint
Now have a go at writing your very own shape poem.
Click here for lots of fun template shapes to write your own poem. Or use these templates as guidance for making your own shape template.
My News: This is a writing activity we would recommend doing once a week. 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.
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, barbecues. You will find a Diary of your Activities sheet in your photocopied pack you collected from school. If you enjoyed filling out this sheet you might like to design and make your own version of a diary 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!
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, if you wish, you could click here and look at this news template as a guide for writing news: click hereto access a writing frame for summer nature walk link below:
A few suggestions /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 website resource for report writing
Create your own story with characters, set in an interesting location and with a problem that
Creative story writing/narrative writing: we are leaving up the story writing ideas and template and Roll a Story Game in case you might like to have another go! ‘My Own Planet’ story Create a story about inventing your very own planet. First take a look at this Invent a Planet Activity Sheet and write about your very own planet. Click here for activity sheet to help you imagine and write about inventing your very own planet and what it would look like.
My Space Story: Then you might like to create your very own story set in space: think about the following questions before you start.
Think about why you are travelling into space?
How are you getting there?
What you would see there?
What colours would you see?
Would there be anyone or anything living there?
What adventure might you have there?
What problem could there be?
How would you solve the problem?
Click here for a narrative or creative writing story template: Don’t forget to plan your characters, your setting is space.
Click here for ‘Roll a story’ game
Click here for ‘Roll a story’ game. You will need dice for this game. Roll one dice four times. Each time you roll, a different part of your new story to write is revealed! Circle the new parts of your story as you roll the dice.
Don't forget to always use your best handwriting, look at the top of this English page for some tips.
We have now completed our spellings programme for First Class.
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.