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Investigating Castles - The next two weeks all on one blog!

A change in direction for the next couple of weeks. Lots and lots of activities that we will be doing over a two week period so don't think you have to do all of these in the next few days!!! Lots of resource sheets for you to print off if you are learning at home .




We will be looking at lots of photo's and videos showing  different types of castles.

Learning how to draw a castle for ourselves, printing and painting castles.

Follow this step by step guide to have a go at home. Or have a go at adding texture and pattern onto a pre-drawn castle. Look carefully at the small boxes to show you what pattern to do.

Use some of the pencil control practice ideas to get used to controlling a pencil. Why not watch our school blog video about pencil grip.

Lots and lots of Number that can be practised using castles as inspiration. Practice matching the correct numbers to the correct number of dots or lego. Skip count along the castle ramparts.

Can you build a tower for the castle by putting the bricks in the right order?

Introduce shape into our maths activities this week. Practice your 2D shape recognition and your cutting skills at the same time. Or take inspiration from the artist Paul Klee and make castles out of coloured paper shapes.



F2 children need to start recognising written number words too........ so see if you can work out together which word would go with the number

Lots of speaking and listening going on for the next couple of weeks too about castles and the people who live in them. Understanding is important, so take some time to talk about new words and the vocabulary that is being used to describe castles. Think about the names given to all of the different people in the castle as well. What job would you like to do in the castle?

Using the story "The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight'  we will be introducing and reinforcing some of the sounds in our RWI lessons. Last week we some of the children were learning the 'igh' special friends. Here it is again in Knight and fight! We will also be talking about the special friends 'kn' that have a silent 'k'

Lots of the younger children were learning about the letter 't' for tower. We also teach them to try and hear the letter at the end of words not just at the beginning. so knight and fight are good examples of this too. We will look a bit more closely at the letter 'f' as well as this can sometimes be muddled up with the letter t for the similar way it looks. It is also very commonly muddled up with the special friends  sound 'th'.

Watch the author herself read the story of 'The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight!'