In our English learning at school, we work on developing skills in a wide range of areas such as developing our speaking and listening skills, developing our vocabulary knowledge, applying our phonic knowledge to writing phrases and sentences, learning about the features of different text types, creating different text types, developing our reading comprehension skills and exploring a wide range of different stories. Select one of the activities below to complete at home during the English slot of the timetable to help your child develop these different skills:
- Write a sentence about what you are good at. Remember to say the sentence first and listen carefully to the different sounds in the words. Can you remember to put a finger space between your words? Does you sentence have a capital letter and full stop? Are your letters formed correctly? Have you written your letters on the line? Can you draw a picture to match your sentence? Can you read your finished work to another person?
- Watch the video telling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXHScpo_Vv8 After watching the story, discuss the answers to the following questions: Why did the caterpillar eat all the food? How did the caterpillar feel after eating all the snacks on Saturday? What did the caterpillar do once he felt full? What happened when he ate his way out of the cocoon? Then look at the Very Hungry Caterpillar ordering pictures on the document on the bottom of the page and try putting the events in the correct order. Can you then use the cards to retell the story to someone else in your family?
- Look at the Nursery Rhymes playdough mats at the bottom of this page and complete the activities on each mat. There is also a no cook playdough recipe attached. Then discuss which nursery rhyme eat mat links to and try singing the different nursery rhymes.
- Use the 5 Little Monkey puppets or the 5 Little Men puppets attached below or create your own puppets to create the rhyme 5 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed or 5 Little Men In A Flying Saucer.
- Use the sentence writing prompts sheet to help you write sentences. How could you finish the sentences? What can you see in the picture? What sounds can you hear in the words? Can you form your letters clearly? Can you keep your writing on the line? Once you have finished your sentences, check you can read them back and then try reading your sentences to a member of your family.
- Listen to the story of the Three Little Pigs on the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXHScpo_Vv8 Create a story map based on the pictures either using the story map sheet attached below or by drawing your own.
- Look at the story of The Gingerbread Man on the PowerPoint at the bottom of the page. Can you discuss the key events that happened in the story? Design your own gingerbread man using the template or drawing it on paper. Can you think about some adjectives to describe what your gingerbread man is like? Is it different to the character in the story? Can you sound out and write down your adjectives?
- Select a story book that you have in your house. Have a look through the pictures in the story and see if you can you use these to retell the events within the story.
- Think about your favourite place to visit. Can you discuss why you like it there and what you do there. Think about some adjectives to describe your favourite place. Try sounding out the adjectives that you have thought about. You could even try to write a sentence about your favourite place containing an adjective.
- Draw a set of instructions for getting ready for school in the morning. Think about the order that you do the different events in. Once you have drawn the instructions, use the pictures to help you tell a member of your family the steps you take. Write words, phrases or a sentence to match each step in your instructions.
- Imagine you were opening your own cafe or restaurant and try writing a menu of what you would serve. Once you have finished, read your menu to someone in your family and see what they think they would order if they went.
- Write a letter to a family member or a friend. Can you tell them what you have been doing at home? Once you have finished, check you can read your work back.