Welcome to Summer Term
Good morning. I hope you had a good Easter break. Welcome to summer term ...
A home learning session may look like this:
Time to talk/loosely plan your day/what would you like to do
Focused task (Choose 1 area):
Personal and Social Development/Literacy/ Numeracy/Welsh/ Knowledge and Understanding of the World/Creative/ Physical
Support your child when an opportunity arises to teach a next step. E.G. a child is drawing a picture but is finding it tricky to control a pencil because they are holding it too high, the next step to teach them would be to hold the pencil lower down to gain more control.
There will be lots of opportunities to support your child, but don’t feel the urge to interrupt their play constantly. Remember iIntervention when appropriate not interruption.
10 – 30 minutes
The children love to make and eat what they cook in Nursery. You could use this time to bake/make toast/milkshakes together. The children are becoming quite independent, spreading butter with knives, chopping their own fruit, pouring their own drinks, under close supervision.
Story time/singing nursery rhymes
The above timetable is very approximate and is just a suggestion.
Hopefully you will have found out what works and what doesn’t by now. Do what suits you and your child, especially if you are having to work at home too!
We are all trying our best during a tricky time.
Summer term - Week 1
Most of you are now on our closed Facebook page. It’s a great way of staying in touch by sharing some of the lovely things you have been up to as well as to share useful ideas/websites with each other. If you haven’t joined us yet, please find us on Undy Primary – Nursery Home Learning Group. We have already held several story time sessions via Zoom. We are currently reviewing how we can stay in contact. Please watch this space and our Facebook page for up to date information.
As promised, we are working hard to resolve issues regarding online safety and video calling.
Apologies for technical issues regarding consent for Google Classroom and HWB. To overcome this please could you email school:
With the following information:
Your child’s full name
Whether you give consent or not for your child to access HW’s additional services and Google Classroom
Parent/carers name and relationship to child
I will then collate the information from the emails.
Thank you for your patience
This has to be done before I can arrange the next video call.
I am aiming to set up the next video call for Friday morning, so if you and your child would like to participate, please reply ASAP.
We have been teaching a sound a week, since September. The children have learnt:
m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f and e.
This week we would have been concentrating on 'l’. See Ruth Miskin’s (Read Write Inc) website (see link on Facebook group) for ideas to teach sounds to your children. Here is a list of rhymes to help you with letter formation:
Oxford Owl has lots of really good resources too. The children are also getting very good at orally blending sounds together to make some words. E.G. m-a-t makes mat. The adult says the sounds (known as Fred talk) and your child will have a go at saying the sounds, then putting them together to make a word (if they are ready for this stage).
Another good free app is Duolingo which will help you to learn Welsh. Why not give it a go:
In Nursery we are learning the basics such as please and thank you, greetings, how to express needs and wants, as well as counting, recognising colours.
Focussed Task (FT)
PE: Well done to those of you who are still doing the Joe Wicks sessions!
This week in Nursery we would have started to prepare for Sports Day. We would have been practicing :
Egg and spoon
Bean bag balance (balance bean bag on head)
Have a go at recreating these races in your back gardens with things you have at home. Don’t forget to share some of your pictures on our Facebook page. I’d love to see them!
Focussed Task (FT):
Literacy (Reading/Writing) - This week's sound is 'l'. Say the sound with your child. Do my turn, your turn so they copy you. Go on a hunt to find real life items beginning with 'l'. Have a go at forming the letter in anything you can find. Try writing it with a paintbrush and water on your footpath. Or write it in shaving foam, sand, flour, chalks or pebbles/stones outside. Make it fun! Look at our FBook page/have a look at Pinterest for some amazing ideas! Keep sharing.
If you can, make a set of sounds that we have covered so far so that you can revise these. Try and blend some sounds together orally as described above. See Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc website for lots more support.
Focussed Task (FT):
Numeracy – warm up counting forwards and backwards up to 10. If your child can do this then extend to 20 forwards and backwards.
This week we will be focusing on number formation. Start with forming numbers 1-3, extend to 5 if possible, and more if your child is ready. Here is a helpful list of rhymes to aid formation:
Start with a few numbers and extend as appropriate for your child. As with forming letters, try writing numbers in a variety of ways, e.g. sand, flour, salt, paint etc.
Focussed Task (FT):
Creative/Physical/ICT – We usually begin each term with the children drawing a picture of themselves. Here’s a little digital project for you to do together:
One of the skills we would have been teaching throughout the curriculum this term is Digital Competence or DCF:
Create a simple picture which they share digitally with another person or location [supported] by an adult.
Save work by clicking an icon.
Add their name to digital work by using initial letter, e.g. type the first initial of their name on a keyboard
Have a go at drawing a picture of yourself digitally or on paper. If possible, your child could borrow a grown-ups laptop, smart phone or a tablet. They could have a go at writing the first letter of their name or full name if they are ready, on thir work, and share it with our Facebook group (with adult help). I’ll look forward to seeing your work!
Focussed Task (FT):
Literacy (Oracy)/Physical Skills - Chat about what happened over the week.
If your child would like to, they could draw a picture/mark make/take photos to make a weekly diary. The adult could then annotate the drawing.
Any activity which builds up and strengthens the muscles in your child’s hand would be good. For example cutting and sticking, playdough (see Shonette Bason-Wood on Youtube for Dough Disco, a great and fun way to strengthen those little fingers). Also, kneading dough to make bread, building blocks, picking up smaller loose parts using a pinching action. If your child isn’t interested in picking up a pencil yet, these activities are just as valuable.
Foundation Phase is all about the stage of learning
your child is at and not their age.
Remember just do what you can and stay safe. Enjoy the sun and have a good week everyone. Don't forget to say hello on our Facebook page. I'd love to continue to see what you have been up to.