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Nursery Home Learning

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This page has been created to try and ease any worries you may have about your Nursery child/children missing out on their learning time during this unique and somewhat unknown circumstance. We appreciate that keeping children engaged in their learning whilst at home is not going to be easy and so we have prepared a breakdown of the sessions we teach. These have links and ideas that can be completed with adult support.

During the rest of the Nursery session, children are learning through play. They practise sharing with their peers, enjoying conversations with both friends and teachers about all kinds of things that interest them. Individuals are learning to take turns, to listen and to be an active part of the class in activities such as tidy up time. Finally, the children are becoming more independent, getting changed into pumps and putting on coats etc. This is extremely important as it supports self-esteem and strong community values.

So while at home, by continuing to practise the sessions below, and to play games that involve turn taking, tidying up and promoting independence, you will really support and help minimize the impact of being off school and away from our routine.

Most of all if you have this extra time together, please take advantage of spending quality time together that we don’t always get an opportunity to have in our busy lives. Laugh, giggle, play, sing and dance and remember the Easter holidays is the ‘holidays’ and this work does not need to be done during this time. Please do not worry or put pressure on yourselves or your children. At this age the most important thing is that they feel safe.

Below is a lovely video that you can share with your child that explains really nicely, that although we can not be that close, it doesn't mean that we can't still be with our friends and still have fun.

     While we Can't Hug

   Summer Term Weeks 11 and 12 (6th July – 17th July)

We continue to follow our theme ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Every two weeks we look at a different book based on creatures/animals in various settings, the fifth being pets. We use the book ‘The Greatest Pet Sale’ by Mick Inkpen.  Click here to listen to the story.

Literacy Activities

Can you draw your pet? If you don’t have a pet, draw your favourite animal from the book. Try sounding out the word and label your drawing.

Here are my pets! Their names are Tammy, Jack and Loco.

                                                  

Trace the words on the sheet below. Think about where to start each letter and make sure you stay on the lines.

   Trace the Words

We will be thinking about people that help us. Why not create a vets surgery at home and look after all your toy animals. Talk about what your pets need to make them healthy and happy?

Think about other people that help us and, in particular, the emergency services. Look at the powerpoint below to see why their jobs are so important.

    People That Help Us Powerpoint

Keep working on segmenting and blending CVC, consonant-vowel-consonant, words. Remember, they do not have to be real words.    

There are some useful worksheets and games below that use CVC words.

   CVC Words and Picture Matching


   CVC Cut and Paste Worksheet     CVC Booklet

Reading Activities

At this stage of the summer term, we send home an Oxford Reading Tree book each week to replace the library books. This is one of our main reading schemes that run all the way through to year 6. The scheme begins with wordless books, which allow children to look at the illustrations and create their own stories. This lets them meet the characters while developing their vocabulary and a sense of story structure. As we cannot send home books, I have found a version on U Tube! You will need to mute the sound and stop on each page so that your child can tell you what is happening in each of the illustrations.

   Oxford Owl Website Stage 1 Lilac: The Hedgehog and Fetch.

       Wordless ORT Book ‘The Hedgehog’

       Wordless ORT Book ‘Fetch’ 

We send out a word pack to accompany the books. It contains the main characters that will appear in the Oxford Reading Tree stories. The children can begin to learn them and use the names as they tell you what is happening in the story. We usually cut them into individual cards so the children are not initially overwhelmed with too many words.

   Word Pack

Here is a booklet that introduces the characters so that you know who is who. We only look at the first six pages. There is also a slideshow that gives extra information.

   ORT Character Booklet  

   ORT Character Slideshow  

Extra Reading Activities

Now that you have been learning your words for a number of weeks, can you write each of the words in your pack? You can copy the word, but sound out each letter as you write it.

Can you read a phrase based on the words in your pack? For example: Biff and Chip. The mum and dad.

 

Phonics Activities

Our next two sounds are x and y. The children will not have sheets in their Home Learning folders for these sounds, so I have added them below. As always, you can find the Jolly Phonic songs that match the actions on You Tube. In Nursery, we also watch Geraldine the Giraffe. The children love her and she gives us suggestions for items that can be added to our sound boxes. You can find the links here:

   Geraldine ‘x’ sound  

   Geraldine ‘y’ sound  

Writing sheets and actions:

   Writing Booklet for the ‘x’ and 'y' sound  (This also includes all other sounds)

Here are the actions for x and y:

          

Look at phase 1 games and resources as a recap

   Letters and Sounds Website

Maths Activities

   Money Reveal Game

Talk through the different coins in the game above. Discuss the digit on each and the shape and size. Show real examples so the children can feel the texture and see how heavy they are.

Can you count the pennies and match the correct price?   Penny Matching Cards

Can you imagine that you are buying the pets in the book. Can you add the prices together on this worksheet?          Pet Shop Addition

Add the correct amount of whiskers on the cat!    Cat Whiskers Worksheet

How many pets are in each line?      Pet Count 

Practise number formation - in flour, salt, chalk, good old pencil and paper, white boards we have added a formation sheet, a booklet and a good PPT that helps explain the importance of starting numbers in the correct place, if you would like some guidance. 

   Number formation sheet        Number formation booklet 

   Number Formation ppt

Other activities

It is important to keep exercising your muscles and developing both fine and gross motor skills. Here are some playdough mats and cutting sheets that are linked to this week’s topic. I've also added the Dough Gym and Funky Finger powerpoint to remind you of some of the exercises we use.  

   Dough Gym and Funky Fingers        Playdough Mats          Playdough Recipe

   Cutting skills   

Why not try drawing pets in their homes!    Cat Basket     Dog Kennel     Bird Cage     Fish Bowl

Make some cone people based on people that help us.     Cone People

Other activities

We will be completing some end of year craft in Nursery. If you would like to complete an activity, I have added the templates below.

   Handprint certificate

   My favourite nursery memory

Why not try some summer craft…

                                  

   Summer Term Weeks 9 and 10 (22nd June – 3rd July)

We continue to follow our theme ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Every two weeks we look at a different book based on creatures/animals in various settings. Our fifth book is ‘Noah’s Ark’.    Click here to read the story.

Literacy Activities

After reading Noah's Ark, see if you can put these pictures into the correct order. Discuss what happens at the beginning and the end of the story using the pictures for clues. What might the characters be saying to each other? What other animals could be included on the ark?

  Sequencing the Noah’s Ark Story

There are lots of animals on the ark that have only three letters in their name. For example: cow, pig, ant, rat, bat and fox, to name a few. Practise sounding out the three individual sounds in each word and then blend them back together again. Try writing each of the sounds as you say them and place them together to create the whole word.

Try segmenting and blending other CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. Here are some different ways that you could create simple words. Remember, they do not have to be real words.

                                   

                                                 

There are some useful worksheets and games below that use CVC words.

   CVC Words and Picture Matching       

   CVC Cut and Paste Worksheet              CVC Booklet

Here is an episode of Alphablocks that demonstrates blending sounds.

   Blending CVC words with the Alphablocks

Why not recap initial sounds by playing a game of Eye Spy!      Eye Spy Game

You could also play 'Super Smoothie' on Phonics Play. The children should recognise this game. 

  Phonics Play - Initial Sounds

 

Reading Activities

At this stage of the summer term, we send home an Oxford Reading Tree book each week to replace the library books. This is one of our main reading schemes that run all the way through to year 6. The scheme begins with wordless books, which allow children to look at the illustrations and create their own stories. This lets them meet the characters while developing their vocabulary and a sense of story structure. As we cannot send home books, I have found a version on U Tube! You will need to mute the sound and stop on each page so that your child can tell you what is happening in each of the illustrations.  

            Wordless ORT Book ‘The Haircut’   

Alternatively, you can find the story on the Oxford Owl website which is free to join. You are looking for Stage 1 Lilac: The Haircut.

   Oxford Owl Website - Stage 1 Lilac: The Haircut

We send out a word pack to accompany the books. It contains the main characters that will appear in the Oxford Reading Tree stories. The children can begin to learn them and use the names as they tell you what is happening in the story. We usually cut them into individual cards so the children are not initially overwhelmed with too many words.

   Word Pack

Here is a booklet that introduces the characters so that you know who is who. We only look at the first six pages. There is also a slideshow that gives extra information.

   ORT Character Booklet  

   ORT Character Slideshow  

 

 Phonics Activities

Our next two sounds are v and w. The children will not have sheets in their Home Learning folders for these sounds, so I have added them below. As always, you can find the Jolly Phonic songs that match the actions on You Tube. In Nursery, we also watch Geraldine the Giraffe. The children love her and she gives us suggestions for items that can be added to our sound boxes. You can find the links here:

   Geraldine ‘v’ sound  

   Geraldine ‘w’ sound  

Writing sheets and actions:

   Writing Booklet for the ‘v’ and 'w' sound  (This also includes all other sounds)

             

 You could recap all the sounds that we have covered so far using the 'Speed Trial' game below:

   Phonics Play - Speed Trials

There are also phase 1 games and resources to recap.      Letters and Sounds

 

Maths Activities

Keep practising your counting, finding the total by adding the animals.   Top Marks - Adding Animals

How about remembering these 2D shapes:

Can you mold some playdough into different 2D shapes?

     Playdough Mats for 2D Shapes       Playdough Recipe

You could go on a shape hunt! Look around your garden for objects that are 2D shapes. For example: a tyre on the car is a circle, bricks are rectangles etc. Can you find anything that is a pentagon or a hexagon shape?

Keep practising number formation - in flour, salt, chalk, good old pencil and paper, white boards. We have added a formation sheet, a booklet and a good PPT that helps explain the importance of starting numbers in the correct place, if you would like some guidance. 

   Number formation sheet or    Number formation booklet 

   Number Formation ppt.

Other activities

Why don’t you learn this Noah’s Ark song; it’s great fun!

   Who Built the Ark?

How about some rainbow craft?

                      

    Summer Term Weeks 7 and 8 (8th June – 19th June)

We continue to follow our theme ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Every two weeks we look at a different book based on creatures/animals in various settings, the fourth being minibeasts. We use the book ‘Mad About Minibeasts’ by Giles Andreas.   Click here to listen to the story.

Maths Activities

                                    ladybird template  

Using the ladybird template above and some buttons or black dots, ask your child which side has more than, less than or the same amount of spots. You can also get them to count all of the spots on both sides and use the words 'total' and 'altogether'. This can then move the children into adding the two sides together.

To fit with our minibeast story, you can use this game to order and sequence digits to five and ten.

    Caterpillar Counting and Ordering Game

To practise matching quantity to the relevant digit, you can use the worksheet below.

                              Fingerprint number and digit correspondence                                      

The children could try and complete the caterpillar patterns creating a sequence of colour.

                             Fingerprint Pattern Sheet

  You could also complete the patterns in this fun minibeast game:    Complete the Patterns

Remember to keep practising your number formation in: flour, salt, chalk, mud, good old pencil and paper, white boards etc. We have added a formation sheet, a booklet and a good powerpoint that helps explain the importance of starting numbers in the correct place, if you would like some guidance. 

   Number formation sheet or     Number formation booklet 

   Number Formation Powerpoint

Writing Activities

Can you go on a minibeast hunt in your garden? The children can look carefully under stones and behind leaves and draw what they see. Help them to label their drawing, thinking about its initial sound and listening for other sounds that they can hear in the word.

Think about how the minibeasts move. Do they travel in straight or wavy lines? Look at the patterns on the creatures. Do they have spirals like snails or stripes like wasps? Let the children copy the different lines in various media such as sand, paint etc.

                                               

Reading Activities

At this stage of the summer term, we send home an Oxford Reading Tree book each week to replace the library books. This is one of our main reading schemes that run all the way through to year 6. The scheme begins with wordless books, which allow children to look at the illustrations and create their own stories. This lets them meet the characters while developing their vocabulary and a sense of story structure. As we cannot send home books, I have found a version on U Tube! You will need to mute the sound and stop on each page so that your child can tell you what is happening in each of the illustrations.

  Wordless ORT Book ‘The Library’

Alternatively, you can find the story on the Oxford Owl website which is free to join. You are looking for Stage 1 Lilac: The Library.

  Oxford Owl Website    

We send out a word pack to accompany the books. It contains the main characters that will appear in the Oxford Reading Tree stories. The children can begin to learn them and use the names as they tell you what is happening in the story. We usually cut them into individual cards so the children are not initially overwhelmed with too many words.

   Word Pack

Here is a booklet that introduces the characters so that you know who is who. We only look at the first six pages. There is also a slideshow that gives extra information.

   ORT Character Booklet  

   ORT Character Slideshow  

Phonics Activities

Our next two sounds are l and j. The children will not have sheets in their Home Learning folders for these sounds, so I have added them below. As always, you can find the Jolly Phonic songs that match the actions on You Tube. In Nursery, we also watch Geraldine the Giraffe. The children love her and she gives us suggestions for items that can be added to our sound boxes. You can find the links here:

   Geraldine ‘l’ sound  

   Geraldine ‘j’ sound

Writing sheets and actions:

   Writing Booklet for the ‘l’ and 'j' sound  (This also includes all other sounds)

    Action for 'l' sound

    Action for 'j' sound

Look at the phase 1 games and resources on the website below as a recap.

   Letters and Sounds Website

Other activities

Can you spot and guess the minibeasts?     Minibeast Hunt

Listen, sing and play games containing lots of fun minibeasts.    Listen and Sing with Minibeasts

You can find out lots of information about minibeasts by watching this clip    BBC Bitesize

Why not go on your own minibeast search in your garden or while out walking. 

You could create a bug hotel in your garden!

                                         

   Summer Term Week 5 (18th May-22nd May) and Week 6 (1st June - 5th June)

 

We continue to follow our theme ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Every two weeks we look at a different book based on creatures/animals in various settings, the third being animals living in the sea. We use the book ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson.    Click here to listen to the story.

Literacy Activities

Again, this is a rhyming story and so children can guess the rhyming word at the end of each line. They could also think of a different rhyming word that could fit the story or, to make it more fun, change the meaning. You could create a rhyming string using one of the rhyming words. For example: happy, chappy, clappy, nappy. The words can be nonsense words too.

While reading the story, you could get the children to join in with the refrains: "Oh, no, he didn't." "OH, YES, HE DID."

Imagine that you could go diving underwater. What might you see? What words could you use to describe things? You could use this video for some ideas.   Under Water Video

Can they spot the 'Gruffalo' fish in the illustrations? Can the children design their own fish based on a character from a popular story?

Create a story about Tiddler riding somewhere on a seahorse. Where does he go to? What happens there?

After reading the text, establish the initial sounds of each character. For example: 't' for Tiddler, 's' for seahorse.

Reading Activities

At this stage of the summer term, we send home an Oxford Reading Tree book each week to replace the library books. This is one of our main reading schemes that run all the way through to year 6. The scheme begins with wordless books, which allow children to look at the illustrations and create their own stories. This lets them meet the characters while developing their vocabulary and a sense of story structure. As we cannot send home books, I have found a version on U Tube! You will need to mute the sound and stop on each page so that your child can tell you what is happening in each of the illustrations.

   Wordless ORT Book ‘Look Out’

We send out a word pack to accompany the books. It contains the main characters that will appear in the Oxford Reading Tree stories. The children can begin to learn them and use the names as they tell you what is happening in the story. We usually cut them into individual cards so the children are not initially overwhelmed with too many words.

   Word Pack

Here is a booklet that introduces the characters so that you know who is who. We only look at the first six pages. There is also a slideshow that gives extra information.

   ORT Character Booklet  

   ORT Character Slideshow  

Phonics Activities

Our next two sounds are c and k. The children will not have sheets in their Home Learning folders for these sounds, so I have added them below. As always, you can find the Jolly Phonic songs that match the actions on You Tube. In Nursery, we also watch Geraldine the Giraffe. The children love her and she gives us suggestions for items that can be added to our sound boxes. You can find the links here:

   Geraldine ‘c’ sound  

   Geraldine ‘k’ sound

Writing sheets and actions:

   Writing Booklet for the ‘c’ and 'k' sound  (This also includes all other sounds)

   Action for 'c' sound

   Action for 'k' sound

The two letters have the same sound and it is hard for children to distinguish between the two. As long as they can identify the sound, you can write out the word to help them recognise which letter it is. This is also the same sound as the digraph ‘ck’ in words such as ‘duck’.

Maths Activities

Using this game on Topmarks     Under Water Counting, can the children find the treasure by counting the underwater creatures and matching the digits?

EYFS Maths Apps

If you wanted some App ideas here are a few good one's (please note not all are free):

Aliens and NUMBERS Enjoy discovering numbers with funny aliens, a fun way to practice sums and counting, Easy to use: your kids will have fun for hours as they learn and explore, with audio, perfect for all ages.

Endless Numbers! Kids will have a blast learning number recognition, sequences, quantity, numerical patterns, and simple addition with the adorable Endless monsters. Each number features interactive sequences and equation puzzles with numbers that come alive, and a short animation that provides context and meaning to each number.

Other Activities

There are lots of other books written by Julia Donaldson and they all follow the same rhyming pattern. You can also see them dramatised on the BBC IPlayer.   Click here

   Summer Term Weeks 3 and 4 (4th May – 15th May)

We continue to follow our theme ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Every two weeks we look at a different book based on creatures/animals in various settings, the second being animals living in the jungle. We use the book ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ by Giles Andreae.  Click here to listen to the story.

Literacy Activities

This is a rhyming story and so children can guess the rhyming word at the end of each line. They could also think of a different rhyming word that could fit the story or, to make it more fun, change the meaning.

You could create a rhyming string using one of the rhyming words. For example: happy, chappy, clappy, nappy. The words can be nonsense words too.

After reading the text, establish the initial sounds of each animal. For example: 'c' for crocodile, 's' for snake.

See if you can create an alliterative phrase by finding words to describe your animal using the same initial sound. For example: slimy, slithering snake. Another being: crazy, cranky crocodile!

Keep practising your writing by copying the letters of jungle animals. This doesn’t have to be on paper, you could mark make outside in the soil, in chalk, in flour or use a paintbrush with water on the floor.

Remember to keep practising name writing on your laminated card and other letters of the alphabet too. Just like last week, you could begin to blend some of these letters together to create small words.

Other activities to try:

 Rhyming Game - Odd One Out

  Rhyming Words Powerpoint

Phonics Activities

Our next two sounds are b and f. The children will not have sheets in their Home Learning folders for these sounds, so I have added them below. As always, you can find the Jolly Phonic songs that match the actions on You Tube. In Nursery, we also watch Geraldine the Giraffe. The children love her and she gives us suggestions for items that can be added to our sound boxes. You can find the links here:

   Geraldine ‘b’ sound

   Geraldine ‘f’ sound

Writing sheets and actions:

   Writing Booklet for the ‘b’ and 'f' sound  (This also includes all other sounds)

    Action for 'b' sound

    Action for 'f' sound

Maths Activities

You can practise counting jungle animals and matching the digit to the quantity.

Investigate how many legs the animals have? How many animals have four legs in the book? Two legs?

Use the language 'more than'. Place two piles of pasta on the table and ask which pile has more. Encourage them to find piles that have 'the same' amount too.

If the children are confident, you can move onto 'one more'. Can the children add one more to a pile? Can they identify which pile has 'one more'?

  Animal Counting Game

   Jungle Matching Game

Other activities:

You could go on a jungle hunt with this game! How many animals will you spot?

  Jungle Hunt

Have some fun with some nursery rhymes!

   Nursery Rhyme Booklet

   Summer Term Weeks 1 and 2 (20th April – 1st May)

During the summer term, we follow the theme ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Every two weeks we look at a different book based on creatures/animals in various settings, the first being animals living on the farm. We use the book Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins.  Click here to listen to the story.

With every story, I ask the children WHO are the characters and WHERE is it set, giving them options such as: in the sea, in the jungle, in a castle, on a farmyard. You can also discuss what might happen next and look for letters that they can identify.

Literacy Activities

Can you say the initial (first) sound of fox and hen? Can you copy or write those letters?

Can you hear the other sounds in the word? F - o – x. Can you try and write the words?

What other animals would you find on the farm? (use three letter words such as pig, cow, cat, dog). Can you sound out (segment) the words and write them or copy the words carefully?

You could make a map of Rosie’s route around the farmyard.

Think about what else could happen to the fox, for example, Rosie could walk through a small hole in the hedge and the fox could get stuck! Can you draw a picture of what could happen?

Remember to keep practising name writing on your laminated card and other letters of the alphabet too.

Phonics Activities

Our next two sounds are h and r. As in previous weeks, the children have sheets in their Home Learning folders and you can find the Jolly Phonic songs that match the actions on You Tube. In Nursery, we also watch Geraldine the Giraffe. The children love her and she gives us suggestions for items that can be added to our sound boxes. You can find the links here:

  Geraldine ‘h’ sound

  Geraldine ‘r’ sound

There are also some fun phonic challenges that you could try below:

   Alliteration Challenge

   Rhyme Activity      

   Blending and Segmenting Challenge

Maths Activities

Discuss the positional language being used in the story: around the pond, over the haystack, under the beehive etc. Use your hands to demonstrate the movements while your child says each word.

Can you create an obstacle course that uses these words, and others, such as: over, under, in between, behind, in front, next to. Can your child guide you through the obstacle course while you are blindfolded? Make sure they are using the positional language to direct you!

You could count the farm animals and choose the matching digit from the selection.   Matching Digits

Practising writing digits is always useful. This sheet uses our farmyard theme.  Writing Digits

There are lots of nice maths interactive games for nursery children on the Topmarks website. Click here

If you click on the EYFS section on the right hand side, it will lead you to various counting and shape games.

Dough Gym and Funky Fingers

To keep your child’s fingers, wrists and arms strong and ready for writing, why not try some of the exercises below. If you have some playdough at home you can try the Dough Gym activities. You can even make your own playdough if you are feeling brave (and have some flour)!

   Recipe for Playdough

   Dough Gym Exercises

   Funky Finger Exercises

General

There are lots of other stories based on a farm   see list  and of course songs such as: Old MacDonald, Farmer in the Dell, Five Little Ducks to name a few!

You can also find a Twinkl Home Learning pack for Nursery children   here. 

 

 

 

 

Following the success of last weeks virtual classes, we have scheduled a class for every day at 3:05pm!


Monday  - YogaBugs 
Class
Tuesday  - 
FootieBugs  
Class
Wednesday
 DanceBugs 
Class
Thursday  - FootieBugs 
Class
Friday  -
 YogaBugs Class

PLUS! Check out their Mindfulness activities page for some fun mindful, activities to do with your child.

 real PE 

Feel the benefits of being active, not only for our physical wellbeing but for our emotional and mental health, especially in such challenging times. We hope the ideas help to support your family to stay fit and healthy in the coming months. Please see email to parents (March 24th) with log in details.

 Easter ActivitiesImage result for easter egg images clip art

Here are some fun, easy Easter crafts that you could try over the holidays. We have chosen crafts that you can create using recycled materials that you would find around the house. Enjoy!

Egg box Easter crafts

Toilet roll Easter craft

Paper plate Easter craft

Plastic cup Easter craft

Finger print Easter craft

Please look at the sessions below and take the ideas and suggestions for each session and use them as and when you can.

Session 1

As soon as the children come in, we have a 10 minute 'welcome' session. This includes singing basic number songs and nursery rhymes, talking about the day and the date as well as discussing the weather. The time is also used to discuss any exciting things that they may have done or are looking forward to. While the children are at home, this would be a great way to begin your day.

Session 2 and 3

These are around fifteen minutes each and are usually based on either phonics, literacy or numeracy.

At home you could…

Phonics

 

 

  • Practise the sounds learnt to date: s, a, t, p, I, n, m, d, o, g .

    You can find the pronunciation of each sound in this link to YouTube  click here.

    Our next few sounds will be: e and u. We cover one sound each week. In your Home Learning folder, you will find for each sound, a formation sheet, a Jolly Phonics sound card that you could display at home and a diagram of the action associated with each sound.

  • If you search You Tube for Jolly Phonics Phase 2, you can find the songs for each sound and sing along!

  • We spend a lot of time teaching rhyme and initial sounds in Nursery. You can sign up to Phonics Play for free:  https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/. This will allow you to access some of the games for Phase 1 which are based on rhyming (Cake Bake) and initial sounds (Smoothie Maker). I have copied the Phase 1 Phonics booklet that was handed out at the previous Parent Meetings for more games and ideas.

Reading


Your children have chosen three library books for you to read with them. As you read, you could discuss some of ideas below:

  • lllustrations – what are the characters saying to each other? What do they think is inside the box? Behind the tree?

  • Ask – what might happen on the next page? At the end of the book? WHO is in the story? WHERE is the story taking place – in the sea? in a castle?

Language – Can they spot sounds that we have learnt in the text? WHO is in the story? WHERE is the story taking place?

We would be reading ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ to complete our term of Traditional Tales. We usually discuss the book and read through the story together, allowing the children to join in with the refrains such as “what big eyes you’ve got…” and always tell the story using different voices and expression. We use the story as stimuli for cross curriculum links – drawing items for granny’s basket, painting the characters, building cottages, counting flowers in the forest etc. There are lots of resources on  Twinkl which is free of charge to parents at the moment.

If you would like to extend these topics e.g. baking cakes for Red Riding Hood’s grandma at home etc, then you could take some pictures and send them in to us. You can do this through '2build a Profile' by replying to your child’s monthly observation email.

Writing

 

 

All children will have either a yellow or green 'Home Learning' folder. inside we have provided a laminated name card for the children to practise their name writing; the children are very familiar with this card. It also has the other letters of the alphabet for them to try. A white board pen has been provided so the children can use the card again and again. There are also letter formation worksheets that are linked to the sound of the week.

Maths

 

 

  • The children love singing along to number songs such as Ten Green Bottles, Ten in the Bed, Five Little Ducks etc. Many songs can be found on You Tube.

  • Look at recipes together and how numbers are used in measurements: on scales, oven dials etc. Revise language of full, half full and empty.

  • Play games with dice and counting squares e.g. snakes and ladders.

  • Practise counting objects, saying the number as you count. Move the objects into a circle, are there still the same amount? Arrange the objects in a line, are there still the same amount? Discuss more or less.

  •  Topmarks website have some good links and games for all ages and abilities.

  • White Rose Maths Home Learning

There is a lot of information above. Please take time to read through it all first and decide how best this will work for you and your family. We have provided more than enough information and ideas for a couple weeks and we will be updating it as and when needed. We hope you find all this information and guidance useful and not too overwhelming. We will updating activities every two weeks.

 Chatterpack Huge list of activities for parents, scroll to the bottom of the site for EYFS activities.

 

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