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Week 4


Home Learning:

Good morning. Welcome to summer term week 4 


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 iIntervention 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 4

It’s lovely to see what you're getting up to on our closed Facebook page and it is a nice way to share good ideas.   Most people have logged on to Google Classroom accounts.  This is where you’ll find the link for story time, on Google Meet, if you wish to join me. 


This week we will be concentrating on the letter sound ‘r’ for Literacy, Language and Communication, and one more/one less for Numeracy. I'll be using the story Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andrae & David Wojtowycz as a focus.



Focussed Task (FT)


Cosmic Kids Yoga with Jamie: Yoga Time!  Jungle Safari - Kids Yoga and Nursery Rhymes


Don’t forget to share some of your pictures on our Facebook page.  I’d love to see them!

I also have a special guest joining us in our story time on Monday.  Join us at 11 on Google Meet if you can.  Follow the link on Google Classroom for the code to join in.  Bring something to do with the jungle!



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 and h.  

This week we are concentrating on 'r’.  See Ruth Miskin’s (Read Write Inc) website for tutorials on how to teach sounds to your children.  Here is a list of rhymes to help you with letter formation:

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 'rainbow’.  There are lots around at the moment.  Have a go at forming the letter in anything you can find, such as in a tray of salt or sugar.  You could even have a go at some rainbow writing:


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!  


This week we’re concentrating on one more and one less.  This can be done in lots of practical fun ways.  It is explained well in Bud’s Number Garden.  Have a go:


Keep practicing your number formation.  As with forming letters, try writing numbers in a variety of ways, e.g. rainbow writing, sand, flour, salt, paint etc.


Focussed Task (FT): 

Knowledge and Understanding of the World/Creative/Physical/ –

Can you go for a rumble in your own jungles/gardens?  You’ll need to go very quietly so that you can discover all of the creatures hiding in your garden.  Gently pick up small rocks/logs and see what’s hidden beneath.  Did you find anything beginning with ‘r’?  Could you find one more and one less?  Can you draw them?


Perhaps you can recreate a rumble in your jungle in the garden with your toys.  Post some pictures!




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.



Finally, we are making provisional plans for transition for those children who are going up to Reception in September.  We have no further information from the Welsh Assembly Government as yet but will update you as soon as we know more.


BBC Bitesize have posted some useful information on planning for transition when schools are closed:


Remember, 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