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Recap yesterday's learning about letters - what features can they remember that letters must have? Repeat the learning slides if necessary to recap.


Next, look at the PowerPoint resourced together, introducing formal and informal letters. What is different on a formal letter compared to the informal ones yesterday? (Mainly highlight that there are two addresses at the top and the formal greeting and 'yours sincerely'). 


Finally, provide your child with the documents resourced. Can they sort them into letters and 'other documents' by looking carefully for the features they know? (Do not worry if you do not have a printer, just go through each one on the screen and ask your child if they think it is a letter or otherwise). 

Once completed, can they sort the letters into formal and informal?


Ask you child to show you what an add sign looks like. You could ask them to make the sign using their arms. Discuss what this means. Agree that adding means I have one amount and I would like to add some more.

Can your child think of any other words that mean the same as add? Use words such as add/addition/plus/ together.


I have 5 red cubes and Miss Hardaker has 7 blue cubes. How can I work out how many we have altogether? Explain that I could put these into one group and count the new total.


Use large addition and equal symbols to show how to write a number sentence. Repeat for other numbers.

Ask your child to collect some small toys from around the house e.g. lego or marbles. Show your child the questions on the document. Choose either green, red or orange depending on your child's confidence with number.

Ask them to show the addition calculation using the toys.

e.g. 4 + 6 =

4 toys add 6 toys - ask your child to add them together to find the total.

Then ask your child to draw it e.g. 4 squares and 6 squares. Add them together to find the total.
Then ask your child to write the calculation e.g. 4+6=10.

Repeat for a few examples.