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Summer Term Home Learning

Week 9



Home Learning:

Good morning. Welcome to week 9 of summer term.  

Plans for a safe, phased return to school are now being finalised.  I hope you have had a chance to view Miss Edmunds’ video message (posted on our Facebook page).  We will contact you shortly to confirm return to school/home learning arrangements.


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 9

The Reception staff are now a familiar part of our story time.  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).

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 wellbeing and returning to school/continuing home learning.


We will also be concentrating on the letter sound ‘z’ for zzzzzip in Literacy, Language and Communication, and                     2D and 3D shape for Numeracy. 



Focussed Task (FT)

Wellbeing:  Have a look at the link below for Cosmic Kids ZZZZZen Den.  Thought Bubbles is a  lovely way to deal with anxious thoughts and how we can deal with these overwhelming feelings.  It’s a great coping strategy to learn, especially during these strange times.


There are lots of other Zen Den clips on YouTube you may like to try. 

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.  


Perhaps you’d like to complete a wellbeing diary together this week.  Use the template to draw pictures,/smiley or sad faces.  The adults could leven scribe  your child’s thoughts on how they are feeling: 




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 and w.  


This week we are concentrating on 'z.’  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 ‘z’ for zip.  Stretch your arm up high, then (from left to right) air write zig-zag-zig.  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 zig-zag hunt to find real life items beginning with 'z.’   Why not have a go at making a zig-zag pattern to follow in your garden to walk, run or scooter over.  The weather is supposed to be a lot better this week.  Perhaps you could use a large paint brush and water to paint zig zags on walls, footpaths, etc

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):

Numeracy – 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!  


In keeping with our bubble theme this week,  we will be focusing on 3D shapes:

Use and build with 2D and 3D shapes within play-based activities 

The best way to learn about shapes is to use them and talk about their properties whilst playing with them. Why not make a 2D shape pizza?  Perhaps you could use items from around your house to make a 3D shape zebra. See Friday’s lesson for an excellent way to learn about spheres by making bubbles. Let the children use their imaginations. 


Have a look at:, for great 3D shape sorting game, including the Dino Crunch 3D Shapes game.

You will also find other shape games on the Topmarks website.


Keep practising recognising and writing those numbers ...



Focussed Task (FT):

Back to School/continuing with home learning 

(Personal & Social Development/Wellbeing and Cultural Diversity)

Over the past few weeks I have posted a variety of resources related to wellbeing.  

Click on the links for ideas to try and help support your little ones understand the big feelings and emotions they may be experiencing during these times:


Dealing with Emotions:


Social Distancing:

As we venture together into a new way of teaching and learning, here are some resources to share with your little ones to help them understand how things are changing in school, and the wider community relating to Coronavirus.


NB we do not have bubbles in Wales but groups



Focussed Task (FT):


(PSD/WBCD /Knowledge and Understanding of the World/Creative)

We started the week with bubbles and we’ll end the week with bubbles. Why not have a go at making your own! ??


Bubble Recipes:


Finally, we are continuing to make 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.

Here is a poster about getting ready to start school, that you may find useful. Just remember that every child will not have mastered all of these areas by September. Stage not age!

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