Can you think of an animal for each letter of the alphabet from A-Z ?
A - Antelope
B - Bear
C - Cat
D - Donkey
I would like the children to write a recount about a day in the life of a polar bear. They could imagine they are a polar bear adult or cub, and write about their different experiences in the Arctic (e.g. hunting for food, digging/leaving their den, crossing water, the dangers they face, etc.). The children need to remember to use capital letters, full stops, adjectives and the connective 'and'. It would be really good for the children to have a go at sounding out words they want to spell, applying their phonics learning independently. Their spelling may not always be 100% correct, but as long as it is phonetically decodable it is okay.
e.g. In the morning, I leaped into the freezing cold ocean and swam with the friendly fish. It was amazing. Then I ...
The children could also draw a picture of a polar bear with annotations explaining how the animal is adapted to life in the Arctic, i.e. fur and body fat to keep warm, large, webbed paws for walking on the snow and swimming, sharp claws for hunting, etc.
The children will be adding with numbers 0-20. Begin by showing this physically, when we add does the number get bigger or smaller? Show the act of 'adding' using physical items.
Prompt the children to count on e.g. there is 8 in that group, we can then count on from 8 instead of counting the 8 again. 8, 9, 10, ten in total.
The children may also use a number line, leaping as many times as the number added - 10 + 5, leap forward 5 numbers.
Questions to ask:
What do we do when the bigger number is not first? Does it lead us to the same answer? How can we tell? Can we count on from the bigger number? Which is easier?