Count, read and write numbers backwards in numerals and words.
Use the link above. Say a random number and ask your child to start counting backwards from that number. Repeat for a few different numbers. Ask your child What happens when we count down? Do the numbers get bigger or smaller? How many more do we take away each time we move down a square?
Ask your child to complete one set of the number tracks to practise counting backwards in numerals and words. You could choose either 1 star (numbers within 10), 2 star (numbers within 20) or 3 star (numbers within 50) for them to complete depending on their confidence.
To recognise and use adjectives.
Share a picture of a kitten. How many different things can you say about the kitten? (Try not to give any/many prompts, just see what they come up with! – e.g. “it is grey”…). Hopefully they will begin to use some adjectives such as cute/soft/small etc. Repeat with a picture of a witch.
Introduce the term adjectives and explain that adjectives are describing words to give more information about something or someone. Adjectives are used a lot by authors to help put a picture of what they are describing in your mind and help you to imagine what is in the story, especially if there are no pictures.
Quick activity – Explain that you are going to describe an animal without using adjectives and you would like children to draw what you are describing as best as they can. à “First draw a body. Next, draw a head attached to the body. Give the head a nose, eyes and ears. Draw a tail on the other end of the body.”
Ask your child if they found that tricky as you didn't give them much information about what they needed to draw. Highlight that there were no adjectives to add detail and tell you exactly how the different body parts looked.
Try again, explaining that you are using the same words as before but this time adding adjectives. à “Draw a large round body. Draw a medium sized head attached to the body. Give the head a very long nose, big round flappy ears and small eyes. Draw a long, thin tail with soft hair right at the end, on the other end of the body.”
Agree that the describing words made it easier to know exactly what to draw.
Ask your child to go and find one of their favourite story books at home. Ask them to choose their favourite character. Discuss the character's appearance (what they look like) and their personality. Ask your child to describe that character using adjectives and write the adjectives down in their home learning book.
New topic: Difference and Diversity
Ask your child the question - what does unique mean? It means that you’re one of a kind! Explain that everyone is unique, everyone is different. Because we are all different, it means that we are all special! The world would be very boring if everyone looked the same, everyone liked the same things, everyone liked the same food, everyone had the same hair colour everyone did the same jobs etc.
Ask your child to think of things that makes them unique. This could include things about their appearance (hair, eyes, skin, height, clothes etc),things about their personality, their likes/dislikes, hobbies etc. Ask your child to draw a picture of themselves in the middle of a page in their home learning book. Ask them to draw pictures and write key words showing all of the things that make them unique. Then ask them to end their work with the sentence: I am unique and it is great!