As the school year draws to an end, I would like to thank you all so much for the tremendous efforts you have made throughout the year. It has been a very unusual year for us all and a steep learning curve. We all have had to overcome many challenges put in our paths during these times. The boys have been fantastic and a credit to you all! I hope they all enjoy the summer holidays and we look forward to welcoming them back to school in September. Hopefully, they will be refreshed and ready to learn, play, socialise and have lots of fun!
This week are going to focus on some fun activities, many of which can be done outdoors.
I wish you and your son the very best of luck next year in first class and I know they all have very bright futures ahead of them in Togher Boys School and beyond!
Thanks for all your continued support and a massive well done to all!
Ms. Collins & Ms. Hurley
- Continue daily reading and writing for 15 minutes daily (I would also highly recommend that this is continued to be carried out throughout the summer months).
- Listen to the story Little Red Riding Hood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W86K1jBJFI
- Retelling the story orally with a clear beginning, middle and end.
- Writing: Narrative. Write a short version of Little Red Riding Hood. Remember the following when writing a short story:
- Ensuring that the story has a clear beginning, middle and end to the story.
- Set the scene: who, what, where and when.
- Create a problem
- Solve the problem
- Use good descriptions
- Have a satisfying ending
- Repeat the above activity using a story of your son’s choice.
- Writing “My News” twice a week. Let the boys sounds out words to the best of their ability. Put focus on composing the full sentence orally before writing it onto paper. Encourage your child to use simple short sentences. Focus on full stops, capital letters and neat presentation.
- Number Hunt
- Number Hunt – Go on a walk (bring a pencil and notebook) and record how many of the following you see along your way
- Cyclist wearing helmets
- Blue cars
- Red flowers
- Shape Hunt
- Shape Hunt – Go on a walk (bring a pencil and notebook) and record 3 things that are the following shapes
- Continue number work – Counting Ideas
- Count forwards 0-20
- Count backwards 20-0
- Start at any number and get them to count on to 20
- Start at any number and count back to 0
- Pick a number between 0-20 and ask your child what number comes before,after, in between.
- Count forwards and backwards 0-20.
- Count in 2s
- Some examples of daily maths questions that you could practise regularly
- What day was yesterday?
- What day is today?
- What month are we in?
- What year are we in?
- When is your birthday?
- You had 5 cakes but your mum ate 2. How many do you have left?
- What number comes before 7?
- What number comes in between 9 and 11?
- 2+5= ___
- —- + 4 = 8
- I had 2 fish. My dad gave me 3 more. How many do I have altogether?
- What shape is this?
- How many ___ do you see?
Traffic Light Game
- Find a space in a large open outdoors area.
- On signal, children run around and respond to the following commands;
– Red: stop
Knock Down Pinball
- Line up empty cereal boxes or cans of beans in a little group.
- Child stands about 10 feet away and rolls a ball on the ground, trying to hit the targets.
Basket Laundry Ball
- Use a laundry ball as the basket.
- Use small balls to try and score a basket.
- If you don’t have many small balls, just scrunch up paper to form balls.
- Your child will need a partner for this game.
- Each partner stands on a spot facing their partner, about 6 meters away. Set up a little “gate or little goal” using two markers, about a meter apart.
- The partners pass the ball to one another, through the gate.
- Increase the distance to increase difficulty.
Walk The Line
- The pupil walks along a line on the floor (this could be a line drawn from chalk) and practise balancing without falling off line.
- The pupil tries to do this with eyes closed.
- The pupil tries to hold a balance pose on the line e.g. balance on your right leg, left leg, 1 hand and 1 leg on the line without falling over for 10 seconds.
- Jumping and Landing
- Set up different height objects around a green space to jump over e.g. buckets, laundry basket, ball etc…
- Encourage your son to concentrate on landing correctly, that is on 2 feet with knees bent and arms out straight in front of them.
- Draw a picture of you carrying out your favourite activity from the PE list.
- Use recycling material to build your very own robot. All you need is 2 empty boxes, toilet roll insert, kitchen roll inserts, egg cartons and tinfoil. Cover the boxes in tinfoil and stick them together. Decorate your arms and legs using different coloured paper or newspaper. Stick egg carton circles on for the eyes.
Other Suggested Activities
- Nature walks, collect different natural materials and make pictures from them.
- Lego Challenges – Build your favourite Mario Character/Build a space craft and fly it to the moon/Harry Potter needs a new broom, could you help him build one?
- Learn how to tie your laces.
- Learn how to cycle a bike.
- Enjoy some baking together (great activity for children, they learn all about weight and get to practise their gross and fine motor skills and of course the best part which is eating!)
- Puffy Paint – Glue, shaving foam, food colouring.
- Add equal amounts of glue and shaving foam in a bowl.
- Add food colouring and mix well
- Paint a picture using this puffy paint!