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Summer Term Home Learning

Week 10


Home Learning

Good morning. Welcome to week 10 of summer term.  Final plans for a safe, phased return to school have now been completed, and emails sent out to the parents who requested a Check in, Catch up and Prepare session, as part of Nursery transition to Reception.  We will contact our Rising 3s parents regarding transition to Nursery in September and new Nursery intake shortly.

A home learning session may look like this:



10 minutes

Time to talk/loosely plan your day/what would you like to do

15 minutes

Focused task (Choose 1 area):

Personal and Social Development/Literacy/ Numeracy/Welsh/ Knowledge and Understanding of the World/Creative/ Physical

1 hour

Free play

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 intervention when appropriate not interruption.

10 – 30 minutes

Snack time

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.

10 minutes

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 10

The Reception staff are now a familiar part of our story time.  Last week we welcomed Miss Charlotte Winstone to our story time too.  Miss Winstone has recently completed her PGCE in Primary Education.  She will be volunteering in school until the end of term and will become a familiar place around Nursery and Reception.  If you haven't joined in recently, why not drop in to say hello and meet Miss Skinner (one of the Reception teachers), Miss Denley and Mrs Ware (Reception teaching assistants from September) and Miss Winstone.

Home Learning will be continuing for the foreseeable future.  Most children/adults have logged on to their Google Classroom accounts now.  If you haven’t done so yet, have a go.  Any problems just ask for help.  You can contact me on:


You’ll find the link for story time on Google Classroom if you wish to join me on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am.  Please could I ask you only to use your child’s account to join Meet so our meetings are as secure as possible.


This week we will be focussing on the letter sound ‘x’ for x-x-x-exercise in Literacy, Language and Communication, and following given directions for Numeracy. 



Focussed Task (FT)


As part of our x-x-x-exercise why not have a go at Popcorn and the Pirates adventure with Jamie in Cosmic Kids Yoga:


Don’t forget to join in with our story time on Monday.  Join us at 11am on Google Meet if you can.  Follow the link on Google Classroom for the code to join in.  



Focussed Task (FT)

Literacy (Reading/Writing):

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, e, l, h 

r, j, v, y, w and z.  


This week we are concentrating on 'x.’  See Ruth Miskin’s (Read Write Inc) website for tutorials on how to teach sounds to your children.  

Say the sound with your child.  Do my turn, your turn so they copy you.  Please find a list of rhymes to help you with letter formation below.  Most letters start from the top except for ‘d’ and ‘e’.  

Encourage your child to air write first, with their arm stretched high in the air to emphasise where the letter begins.  Use the rhymes to help you with correct formation.  So for example, this week’s letter ‘x’ for zip.  Stretch your arm up high, then (from left to right) air write down the arm and leg and repeat the other side.  This will help to prevent your child starting in the incorrect position, when writing/forming letters, which is difficult to undo once established.  If your child is ready to have a go with a pencil and paper, again encourage letter formation from the top, except for ‘d’ and ‘e’.  



Go on a treasure hunt around the garden or in the house (see Maths planning). Use ‘x’ to mark the spot where the treasure is buried!’   Why not have a go at making a criss cross pattern in your garden.  However, the weather is supposed to be a bit wet this week.  Perhaps you could use a tray of salt and practice writing ‘x’ in it.  

Oxford Owl has lots of really good resources too.  Keep practising blending sounds together orally 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):


You could even start to put some letter sounds together to make and read simple words.  See the Ruth Miskin website for lots of advice on how to do this:



Focussed Task (FT)


Warm up counting forwards and backwards up to 10.  If your child can do this then extend to 20 forwards and backwards. Sing lots of number rhymes!  


Treasure hunt

There are lots of Maths skills you could use for this, including shapes and ordinals which we have covered over the last few weeks.  As it’s coming towards the end of term it’s good to consolidate what we have learnt. This week we will focus on a couple of skills:


Demonstrate an understanding of one-to one correspondence by matching pairs of objects or pictures.


Follow two-step instructions for simple movements within games and play activities. 


Here’s some pictures you could use to play matching pairs:

Use anything you have in the house to match. Matching pairs of socks is a good one, plus you get a helping hand with the laundry!


Follow two step instructions can be done orally or pictorially. Why not make a pirates treasure map together.  Or you may like to have a go at some simple coding on HWB.  Have a go. It’s lots of fun!


Keep practising recognising and writing those numbers ...



Focussed Task (FT)

(Knowledge and Understanding of the World/Language, Literacy and Communication/Maths):

Here are several STEM activities you could have a go at:



Focussed Task (FT)

Literacy (Oracy)/Physical Skills :

Chat about what happened over the week. What was your favourite thing you did?

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. 


Finally, we are continuing to make final plans for transition for those children who are going up to Reception in September.  As mentioned earlier, join us if you can in story time where the Reception staff for September have been dropping in to say hello. Lots of work is going on in the background and will be shared with you as soon as we can.

We are also making plans for our Rising 3s (children who started in January) to be involved with the new intake activities for our new starters in September.  More information will follow shortly.


Remember, you are doing a great job! Just do what you can and stay safe.  Have a good week everyone.  

Don't forget to say hello on our Facebook page. 

I'd love to see what you have been up to.  

Mrs Somersall