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Look at phase 2 and phase 3 sounds:

s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss

j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng ai ee igh oa oo oo ar or ur ow oi ear air ure er


Introduce tricky words “little” and “one”. Remember tricky words are called tricky words because we can’t sound them out – we just have to learn them! When we look at tricky words we spell them using their letter names (alphabet names) and not their sounds! Have a go at putting the tricky words into sentences, e.g. “There is a little chick” or “My brother is one.”


Now choose whether your child needs more work on individual sounds (Phase 2/3) or whether they are ready to move onto words (Phase 3/4). During the writing sections, if your child is not ready to use cursive handwriting then just focus on standard letter formation and we can work on cursive later. Forming the letters correctly by not taking the pencil off of the paper and using lowercase letters instead of capitals is important.


Phase 2/3

Recap ‘j’, ‘v’ and ‘y’. Today focus on ‘x’.

Read the words ‘box’, ‘fox’ and ‘fix’. Ask your child to segment the words (chop up the sounds) and blend them together to read it. Practise writing ‘x’. Remember to only use cursive handwriting if they are ready!

Play Dragons Den or Picnic on Pluto or Buried Treasure on (username: jan21 password: home) Phase 3>Resources>and then choose the game. Choose +y when you pick the game.

Ask your child to write ‘box’, ‘fox’ and ‘fix’.


Phase 3/4

Read the sentence “Is the moon green?” together. Sound out the words apart from the tricky words. Ask your child if they can spot any digraphs or tricky words to underline. Ask if your child recognises the question mark/what it means. What would their answer to the question be?

Read some more yes/no questions with your child. Can they give a thumbs up if the answer is yes and a thumbs down if the answer is no:

Did a shark jump up a tree?

Can letters have stamps stuck on them?

Can frogs swim in ponds?

Do trains run on tracks?

Will a truck go up steep stairs?

Remember to look out for digraphs!

Shared read this sentence together: One little duck went swimming one day.


Dough Disco or Cosmic Yoga

Please note, the link below is to YouTube and Marston Green Infant Academy cannot be held responsible for any unwanted advertisements that may appear.

Choose any video that your child would like!


Adult directed activity - EAD

You could use today to create your Easter bonnet for the school competition next week! If you have already made yours then you could do some Easter arts and crafts – any paintings, drawings, creations using different resources!


Home reading - child to read (choose a book from Oxford owl linked to your child’s ability) or a book you have at home.


Lunch – today you could talk about rhyming words. Ask your child to say a word and you say a word that rhymes with it. Once they feel confident, see if you child can think of a rhyming word for a word that you say. Use objects from around you as inspiration if they are struggling.


Have another practise at writing numerals 0-9.

Look at the numicon pieces (document attached). Ask your child to identify the number 5 piece. How many of the 1 numicon pieces is it worth? (5). Explain that 5 numicon 1’s would balance a 5 numicon piece.

Repeat this with the number up to 10 – does it always have to be 1’s? E.g. could you balance 5 with different numicon, such as 4 and 1? 3 and 2? Create these into number sentences, e.g. 4+1=5 or 3+2=5. Keep the numbers low unless your child feels confident and then you could go up to 10, e.g. 8+2=10 or 5+5=10.

Discuss how the numbers on each side of the equals sign balance, they are the same as each other.


Physical Activity

Today you could play musical statues. Play some of your child’s favourite songs. Whilst the music is playing, your child can dance around. When you pause the song, they have to freeze like a statue! You could also change this to musical bumps, so when you pause the music they have to sit on the floor as quickly as they can!


Story time
Read The Rainbow Princess using the story map and actions.   Play a game called “Build a sentence”. Give your child a word from the story and work to build a sentence around that word, e.g. rainbow, frog, rain, grass. Can you add adjectives to make the sentence more interesting? Write your sentences down together.

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