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Week Beginning 1/11/21

Our topic this half term is 'Traditional Tales' with a focus on story telling. 


This week our focus story is 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. 


If you have the story at home, can you read the story with a grown up? Can you join in with some of the repetitive parts of the story? If you do not have the story at home, there is an online version on YouTube. 


Afterwards, can you have a go at drawing and cutting out your own Goldilocks and the Three Bears puppets to retell the story? Or you can use a doll and some teddy bears if you have those at home. 


Explain to your child that adjectives are used to describe something (describing words). Can you have a go at describing something in your house e.g., a cuddly toy may be soft or fluffy. Now, can you have a go at drawing one of the three bears in the story and think of some adjectives to describe them.


Can you hear the initial sound in each of the words such as 'f' in 'furry'. You could have a go at writing the initial sound you can hear for each word next to your picture and your grown up can scribe the word underneath. If you can hear the other sounds in the word, have a go at writing those too! Remember to use the RWInc handwriting phrase to help you remember how to write the sound! (You can find a list of these on the 'Phonics' section on the 'Early Years' part of the website).


Challenge: Each day can you practise writing your name? Remember to use the RWInc handwriting phrase to help you remember how to write each sound in your name! (You can find a list of these on the 'Phonics' section on the 'Early Years' part of the website).



We have now learnt all our singular set 1 sounds. This week we will be assessing the sounds the children know. Throughout the week, revisit the sounds using your RWInc set 1 green book. You can also use the sounds sent home to practise blending the different suggested words. 


**PARENTS** Below is a video that shows how to say the 'pure' sounds of each of the sounds we learn in RWInc. It is important your child learns how to say these sounds correctly.


There are also some free phonic blending games you can play with your child on PhonicsPlay.



This week in Maths, we are focusing on numbers '1, 2, and 3'.


In this song about Goldilocks and the Three Bears it focuses on the numbers 1, 2, and 3. Can you count the items as you listen to the song? 


Can you have a teddy bears picnic using 3 cuddly bears/toys? Can you count how many bears are there? Can you give the bears one item each e.g., bowl, spoon, cup, plate, piece of fruit, piece of cake etc? Reinforce that each bear has one each. Can you count how many of each thing altogether? 3! What happens if you only have two of something? There is not enough/there is one less! 


You can also think about the language of size during your teddy bears picnic, for example, Baby Bear has a small bowl. 


If you have a TV license, you could watch this Numberblocks episode on numbers '1, 2, and 3'. 

BBC iPlayer - Numberblocks - Series 1: One, Two, Three! 



This week is Bonfire Night. How might we usually celebrate Bonfire Night? There is a short PowerPoint attached at the bottom of the page that you may wish to use to guide your conversations. Maybe you could celebrate by having a nice warm hot chocolate and watching some fireworks? 


Here are some YouTube links if you would like to watch some firework displays. 

                                Fireworks (music synced) -


You may like to have a go at some firework art or make some firework biscuits! 




This week are are thinking about a sense of belonging in our community. What different things are in your local community? You may like to use Google Maps or photos to look at some of these things. Communities can get together at special times to share and support in something that is important to them all.


Many people belong to a Christian Church (or other faith community). Can you watch this short video where children talk about prayer and worship?