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Tuesday 21st April

Dear Class R parents and carers,

Thank you for all the amazing videos, photographs and work that you uploaded yesterday. I continue to be astounded by the level of engagement we are getting from so many of our Class R families.


It was great to be back in school yesterday and to see some of the children and other teachers, however it continues to feel very strange not having everyone in school.


I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Wyman, Mrs Trott and Miss Borlase for working on Tapestry throughout the day yesterday, responding to things that had been uploaded. It is very tricky for me to manage both, whilst in school, and it is such a huge help to have their support.


We will be moving onto our new work on number today, counting in 1's and 10's. However please do feel free to continue to use the online resources for looking at time. It is important to periodically look back over this and it will support the children's understanding of time.


Today I would like the children to work on the next pages of the phonics workbook - pages 16 through to 19.
'e' is often a tricky one to write out and can end up facing the wrong way. So even if your child is very confident at recognising this letter it is still worth practising their formation. Please note that on pages 18 and 19 it says to use 'robot-talk'. Please be aware that we call this 'Fred talk', which we use for blending. For segmenting we tell the children to use their 'Fred fingers'. Hopefully they will be able to tell you about this but if you have any questions please do contact me.


Alongside this I would like the children to come up with a list of words that includes the 'e' sound. This does not have to be at the start of words as I would ideally like them to think of words that have the 'e' in the middle e.g. 'tent', 'spent' etc. If they are feeling particularly adventurous they could try 'ee' ('tree, 'leek' etc.) For those children who have been working with Mrs Trott on their set three sounds they could try 'ea', for example 'peach', 'reach'.


For number work today I would like the children to visit the link  This will take them to an interactive number grid. If you can begin with the '1-30' grid and the children have a play on here and try to correctly count the numbers from 1 to 30 (they can colour the different numbers in if they want to). After this can they try the 1 to 100 grid. I would like them to look at the grid and see if they can correctly count from 1 to 100. Again they can colour this in any colours they would like to. I would then like them to count in 10's to 100, using the number grid. 


The children may also enjoy "Count Together by 10's | Counting Workout for Kids | Jack Hartmann", which can be found on youtube. The children are very used to listening to Jack Hartman when in Class R and his videos offer a very good wake and shake.


I would then like the children to create their own 'number line' counting in 10's to 100. They may choose to simply write out 10, 20, 30, 40 etc. However they may choose to come up with their own ways of representing the different amounts. This will involve some careful thinking and planning as it is unlikely they will have 100 LOL dolls or lego mini figures. Therefore they may need to think about the different things they use, for example they may decide to paint spots on paper, draw around their hands, use a selection of pennies from their piggy bank or even try something fiddly like counting out grains of rice or pasta. I am curious to see what they come up with and don't forget to label your different amounts. Please see attached photos for a brief example.


That is quite a bit to be getting on with for today, however if you do happen to get through all those things and are looking for something else to do I would like the children to continue to work on their Doodle Maths activities. If you are having trouble logging in please do let me know.


I would also like the children to spend a bit of time on Oxford Owl and for them to select a story to read to either yourselves, a sibling, their pet or their favourite teddy. To access this please visit -  'My Class Login' - 'My Class name- = mrbastyan 'My Class Password' = ClassR


Mrs Wyman will be adding a challenge around lunchtime today so please keep an eye out for this.


As always if you have any questions please do email or contact me via Tapestry.

Kindest regards

Mr B