I hope you have all had a lovely week with your families! I have had a really happy week! It was Seb’s first birthday on Friday. He was such a lucky boy and had so much fun! We went to visit my nieces Katie and Isabella safely in their garden. They miss Seb very much and gave him lots of cuddles. He had some birthday ham and received a new crocodile toy!
Message from Mrs Walton…
“Hello everyone. I am missing you lots and lots. I hope you are all being good for your parents, and playing nice with your brothers and sisters. My girls are doing lots of school work, and big King Kong is enjoying lots of cuddles. Today we painted one of the girls old toy boxes. It has a new home in Mrs Walton’s bedroom. I miss painting with you all. I hope you are all still being creative at home! Drawing, building with boxes, painting sticks or rocks. I can see all of your wonderful photographs on Twitter so please keep posting. Miss you all, be good and stay safe.”
Lots of love Mrs Walton xx
I am so pleased that you enjoyed last week’s colour monster activity based on feelings! You have matched feelings to certain situations brilliantly! I would feel angry if I had a hole in my teddy too hehe! Having your hair washed is no fun at all, however seeing our Nana and Grandad’s, indeed makes us all happy and full of love.
This week, why don’t you try a nice maths activity called ‘I have a box.‘ You will enjoy counting, guessing and imagining.
Show the children a sealed box containing a range of objects which differ in size, weight and ability to rattle! Ask them what might be inside the box and following this up with questions to encourage them to think and apply their knowledge and past experiences. Try to build up the suspense so as to hook the children in!
Tell me (a bit more about) what you think is inside the box.
How big is it/are they?
How many of them are there, do you think?
Why do you think it is/they are inside?
Why do you think it is/they are that size?
Why do you think there are that many?
Can you find another box that could just hold a …?
How many … could you fit inside?
Here are some other different boxes. How many … could you fit into each of them?
Once the contents of the box have been revealed, you could challenge your child to put specific numbers of objects inside it. Listen out for reasoning that reflects the fact that smaller objects take up less space, therefore more of them can be fitted into the box compared with larger objects.
For Literacy this week, why not practice your rhyming and sounds! ‘Phonics Play’ currently has free access. Login using the password given and complete the phase 1 activities. You could also print out the rhyming cards below or draw your own.
Rather than using a pencil, why not practice making the letters ‘m’ ‘a’ ‘s’ ‘d’ and ‘t’ using playdough. Think of three things that begin with each letter. Here is a very easy playdough recipe.
You will need:
2 cups of flour, plus extra for dusting your board
1 cup of salt
2 cups of warm water
2 tbsps vegetable oil
2 mixing bowls
How to make playdough
Mix together the flour and salt in one bowl, and the water, oil and a few drops of food colouring in the other bowl
Pour the oil, water and food colouring mix into the bowl with the flour. Use a wooden spoon to mix together
Dust your wooden chopping board with flour. Place the dough mix on top and knead for a few minutes until smooth and pliable.
Leave to cool completely and then your homemade playdough is ready for little hands! Store in the fridge in an airtight container to keep fresh.
If you would like to print off some playdough letter mats, please find below.
You have lots to be getting on with there, but the main thing is that you are all still smiling and making your Mammies and Daddies proud! Here is a class gold star for you all! You make me and Mrs Walton proud every single day!
Lots of love Miss O’Connor xx