The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to gain a better understanding of their own family. Learning may focus on what different makeup of families, what traditions your family has, stories linked to your family etc. There will be different tasks to complete every day.
*Don't forget to share any of the work you have been doing on our school twitter page on https://twitter.com/ and tag @StMariesKirkby so I can see*
Friday 27th March
- What your family looks like- Look at our faces. Are some things on them the same? Are some things different? What do they all have? Look at the colour of your eyes/ hair. Discuss how people are different and have different coloured eyes, hair etc. Can your child use a mirror to draw a self-portrait? Can they draw other people in their family?
- Birthdays- Talk about when it is your family members birthdays. Write down the months of the year and make a record of your family’s birthdays. Does anybody have a birthday in the same month? What season is your birthday in? Whose birthday is it next? How old will you be on your next birthday? Who is the oldest/ youngest? You could call members of your family or friends and add their birthdays too!
- Who is bigger?- Use some chalk to measure how tall the members of your family are, you could draw around each other or measure yourselves against a wall. If you do not have chalk you could draw around your hands or feet. Talk about who is smaller and who is bigger. Encourage your child to order from smallest to biggest.
Thursday 26th March
- Lay the table for your family for dinner- How many people are there? How many knives, forks, cups do you need? Support your child in writing their own name card and adult (or child if able) could write out name cards for everyone in the family to show them where to sit. Write a menu to let them know what is for dinner that night. Role play as a waiter/ waitress. What would everyone like in their sandwiches for lunch? What drinks would everyone like to have with their dinner?
- Find out everyone’s favourite song in your family- Listen to each person’s favourite song and make up a dance to match. Do you like the same music? What is your favourite song?
- Use play dough to make your family members- Use ready made play dough or make your own using this recipe:
- 2 cups of plain flour, one cup of salt, a tablespoon of oil, a cup of water (add gradually), a couple of drops of food colouring (optional), a teaspoon of cream of tartar (optional, but will make it last longer)
Wednesday 25th March
- Draw a family tree- How does your family link together? Can your child draw out their family members and link them together using lines? Can children hear the initial letter sound in each persons name (e.g, 'S' for Sarah). Adult to model writing these letters in pre-cursive handwriting for children to copy (see RWI pre-cursive handwriting guide below).
- Sort out the clean clothes. Who do they belong to? Can they deliver them to the right place in the house? Pair up socks. Can they match the patterns/ colours? Can they count in twos to work out how many there are all together? Peg clothes on the airer or washing line (this will support children to develop hand strength which will impact on their writing).
Tuesday 24th March
- What jobs do the people in your family do? Talk to your child about jobs family or friends may have and what they do in this job and why. Talk about other jobs e.g nurse, teacher, builder, hairdresser etc. What would your child like to be when they grow up? Can they draw a picture of themselves in the job they would like to do?
- Have a family picnic. Lay out a blanket in the living room or garden. Can children make sure everyone has a plate, fork, spoon, cup? How many do we need all together? Give your child a selection of food and ask them to share it fairly between everyone? If there is one left over what could we do?
Monday 23rd March
- Look at a selection of family photographs and discuss the changes over time.
- Show your child a photograph of them as a baby, a 1 year old, a 2 year old. What could they do at that age? What can they do now that they couldn’t do then?
- Look at a picture of a family member as a baby (this could be parents, siblings). Discuss how everyone was a baby once.
- Are there any black and white photographs? Why are these photographs black and white? Do they show older family members when they were younger? Talk about how life was different then.
- Do a picture survey of the people in your house. How many family members have blonde/ brown/ black/ red hair? Can you record this with pictures? How many people have blue/ brown/ green eyes?