Some ideas to keep you busy and practising fundamental skills over the summer:
Read! Read! Read!
Please ensure that children are both read to heard read frequently. This can be reading anything ie, magazines, comics, newsround, recipes. The more children read (or are read to) the more words they know and the easier they learn. Whilst children reading independently can be beneficial, it is really important that an adult listens to them read to check errors. Please take the time to discuss the story/book, explain unknown words and then try and use them later in the week.
See the link below for the Rising Stars Reading Planet which will have additional books uploaded for the summer.
Practise number bonds
Numbers that add together to make 10 and 20 and any numbers in between.
Cbeebies/Numberblocks episodes are great for this. If you search number bonds online, there will be lots of activities online for this.
Please take every opportunity to count. Not just in ones (twos, fives, tens – any number)! You can do this in fun ways e.g through movement, cooking, tidying away.
Practise counting in groups of 2, 5 and 10 - there are lots of songs on YouTube to help you remember how these go!
Playboard games and card games
Talk to them about strategy and logic. Any games that promote discussion, counting or other skills.
Cooking or any food preparation
Helps particularly with measuring and weighing. This is also a good opportunity to promote new words.
Drawing and writing
Take the opportunity for children to draw and/or write notes for others. They could write a story or a book for a younger sibling or relation. They could help you with a shopping list and/or write their own recipe. They could do some research on the internet and make a non-fiction book or presentation on something they are interested in.
Reinforce common sequences
e.g days of the week, months of the year. Can they tell you which moth/day comes before/after? Do they know when their birthday is? Can you teach them this?
Tying shoe laces, buttons, cutting, threading, using a knife and fork. All of these things will help with their handwriting skills.
If you have a garden, encourage them to be active. Can they help get the garden ready for spring? Can you plant anything?
Keep them active with challenges
– e.g how many star jumps in a minute, how long can they balance on one foot for, can they plank? Go Noodle is a good source for videos for children to keep active. Cosmic Yoga videos are available on YouTube.
Wider general knowledge: countries of the world, flags, capital cities, rivers, languages, historical events, knowledge of the local area.
Can they make a family tree? How was life different for ancestors?
If you are watching films – pause them and discuss them. Why are characters doing certain things? Would you do the same?