Summer Term Home Learning
Good morning. Welcome to week 8 of summer term. I’m sure you have heard the news that Welsh schools will start a phased return to school on June 29th. There is lots of planning and preparations taking place to ensure this is done as safely as possible. As soon as we have more information on how this will work, we will inform you. Watch this space!
Remember these activities are suggestions of what you could do and that Foundation Phase is all about the stage of development your child is at and not their age.
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 intervention 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 8
Last week in story time we did lots of Fred talk (sounding out simple words) and learned how to sign 1-10 using British Sign Language. Da iawn bawb! Gwaith fendigedig. The Reception staff continued to drop in to say hello. If you haven't joined in story time 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 holding a virtual Nursery Sports Day. Eight challenges have been set for you to participate in. Take part in as many as you like over the week. Let me know how many you complete and I will send you a certificate. Don’t forget to post photos on our Facebook page. I can’t wait to see what you get up to!
We will also be concentrating on the letter sound ‘w’ for winner in Literacy, Language and Communication, and ordinals, first, second, third and last, for Numeracy.
Focussed Task (FT)
Virtual Nursery Sports Day
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 and y..
This week we are concentrating on 'w.’ 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 ‘w’ for worm. Stretch your arm up high, then come down, up, down, up. 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 hunt to find real life items beginning with 'w.’ Why not have a go at making a winner’s medal for sports day.
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):
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! Have a look at the picture below for ideas on how to match amounts to numbers:
This week we will be focusing on ordinals, first, second, third and last.
Use these in your sports day challenges.
Try chalking 1st, 2nd and third on a garden path, pavement or driveway together.
Keep practicing your number formation. As with forming letters, try writing numbers in a variety of ways. Practise air writing and start from the top. Look carefully how to write number 5. It’s a tricky one!
Make 1st, 2nd and third badges, cups, rosettes. The more fun the better. High levels of engagement = high levels of progress.
Let the children use their imaginations.
Focussed Task (FT):
Father’s Day card (Creative/LLC/MD/Physical/PSD)
Make a winning #1 Father’s Day card:
Click on the link below for instructions/ideas on how to make:
Focussed Task (FT):
Father’s Day baking activity (Creative/Physical/PSD/LLC/MD)
Make a winning Father’s Day medal:
Use a rich tea biscuit and icing or follow the recipe below to make your own.
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.
is all about
stage not age!
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.