Happy Monday everyone! Hope you have enjoyed the sunshine this Bank Holiday weekend! If you haven’t already shared the V.E. Day video from all the staff – have a look! This week we’d also like you to share and learn this story together, Please read it everyday if you can. Next week, when you know the story better, we will be using it to develop your child’s storytelling and story writing. (Talk for Writing Approach -donation given to Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity) Pippety Skycap – A Tale of Mischief. Let’s read our story now … Follow it using this if you want to! https://soundcloud.com/talkforwriting/pippety Pippety Skycap – A tale of mischief! Once upon a time, there was a pixie called Pippety Skycap who lived in the corner cupboard in a room just like yours. Pippety loved to have fun and loved to giggle, but most of all he loved to play tricks. One cloudy morning, he woke up feeling full of mischief. So, he put on his best blue jacket, squeezed into his spotty boots and set off to find some fun – hoppity skip, hoppity skip, hoppity skip. Soon, he came to the old stone bridge where a grumpy troll was sleeping. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippety and he pulled a soft feather from his pocket. Nearer and nearer he crept to the troll until he could tickle his warty nose with the feather. “A-A-A-CHOO!” The poor old troll woke up with a huge sneeze and tried to grab the tricky pixie. Luckily, Pippety was a tiny pixie, a teeny pixie and he slipped through the troll’s fat fingers. Off he sped – hoppity skip, hoppity skip, hoppity skip. Next, he came to a prickly bush where a ginger cat was watching the birds. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippety and he snapped off a sharp thorn from the bush. Nearer and nearer he crept to the cat until he could prick her tail with the thorn. “OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!” The poor cat spun round with a yowl and a howl and swiped at the tricky pixie. Luckily, Pippety was a tiny pixie, a teeny pixie and he dodged the long, sharp claws. Off he sped, hoppity skip, hoppity skip, hoppity skip. Soon, he came to riverbank where an old toad was dozing on a shiny lily pad. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippety and he pulled a bright blue balloon from his pocket. Nearer and nearer he crept to the toad until he was right beside his ear. He blew and he blew and he blew until – BANG! “My poor ears!” croaked the toad and he wibbled and wobbled and finally fell into the river with a gigantic splash. Unfortunately, Pippety had not seen that on the next lily pad was the King Toad. It looked at him with mean, beady eyes, flicked out an enormous tongue and covered him in a thick, sticky goo! “YUCK!” cried Pippety and he ran off, squishing and squelching and squelching and squishing all the way home. That evening, Pippety Skycap had a long, hot bath, snuggled up with a mug of hot chocolate and thought about his day. He remembered the sticky, oozy goo that had covered him head to foot and frowned. “I’ll just have to be a careful tricky pixie tomorrow,” he mumbled and settled down to plan some more mischief! For English this week we are going to be concentrating on reading and spelling these Year 1 words. Maybe become familiar with which ones your child knows already so you are just concentrating on learning the ones that need to learn next… To make sure it’s more fun, we are going to be playing a new game each day to make learning these words more enjoyable and motivating… Everybody learns at different rates so if your child needs a challenge please look at the next list – but please only use them if they are really ready and still having fun! English Game 1 Kaboom Cut up strips of cardboard – you don’t need lollypop sticks – back of a cereal packet will do. Choose some words your child needs to learn and write one on each stick – please judge which ones and how many. Maths “Can you put the biscuits from this packet into the tin in twos?” “Can you count the chunks of this chocolate bar in twos?” “Can you put these sweets into groups of five and count how many sweets there are altogether?” Here’s some things which can be counted in 2s, 5’s and 10’s. Be mindful that some are in 3s and 4s! But use whatever you have at home! Can you get objects and put them in two’s? Be active – Some more mindful activities to help you feel calm and relaxed. Mindful Posing One way for children to dip their toes into mindfulness is through body poses. To get your children excited, tell them that doing fun poses can help them feel strong, brave, and happy. Let your child go somewhere quiet and familiar in the house. Next, tell them to try one of the following poses: The Superman: this pose is practiced by standing with the feet just wider than the hips, fists clenched, and arms reached out to the sky, stretching the body as tall as possible. The Wonder Woman: this pose is struck by standing tall with legs wider than hip-width apart and hands or fists placed on the hips. Ask your child how they feel after a few rounds of trying either of these poses. Project We are going to start thinking about the human body this week. Let’s start by thinking about Our Super Skeleton! Watch Sci Show Kids! Stop the clip and talk about what is being said. Where do you think your smallest bone might be? What would happen if we didn’t have a skeleton?! Do you have more of fewer bones than when you were a baby? Can you write down some of the facts you have learnt to create a super fact sheet?