Good morning. Welcome to summer term week 5
Edit: Good morning everyone. I hope you're keeping well. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Check out our Google Classroom page throughout the week for lots of fun ideas to support your mental health. Why not have a go at The Daily Mile. Here’s a good link from The Daily Mile with some simple exercise ideas you may like to try together for Mental Health Awareness Week:
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 5
It was lovely to see your Rainforest activities last week. Most children/adults have logged on to their Google Classroom accounts. This is where you’ll find the link for story time, on Google Meet, if you wish to join me on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am.
This week we will be concentrating on the letter sound ‘j’ for Literacy, Language and Communication, and money (showing an awareness of the purpose of money through role play) for Numeracy. I'll be using the story Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter as a focus for this.
Focussed Task (FT)
Cosmic Kids Yoga with Jamie: Yoga Time! Lulu the Baby Lioness or Jungle Safari - Kids Yoga and Nursery Rhymes
Share some of your pictures on our Facebook page. I’d love to see them!
Don’t forget to join in with 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 your dancing shoes and something to do with the jungle again!
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
This week we are concentrating on 'j’. 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 ‘j’ for jack-in-a-box. Stretch your arm up high, then come down his body curl (to the right) and dot for his head. 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 'j’. Have a go at forming the letter in anything you can find, such as in shaving foam or a tray of flour. 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 will be focusing on money. Nursery age children should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the purpose of money through role play.
The most fun way to do this is to make some kind of shop such as a jungle animal toy shop or even a zoo. In Nursery we have a 1p shop where the children use pennies to pay for items. Our shop has been several things over the last term, from a chinese take away to a flower shop! Let the children use their imaginations. Don’t forget to post pictures on our Facebook page of your shops!
Keep practicing your number formation. You could write price tags for your toys. As with forming letters, try writing numbers in a variety of ways. Practice air writing and start from the top. Look carefully how to write number 5. It’s a tricky one!
Focussed Task (FT):
Knowledge and Understanding of the World/Creative/Physical/ –
STEM activity - jelly bean rainbows:
STEM activities engage children in using many skills from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to find solutions to inquiries through hands-on investigation.
The Jelly Bean STEM Rainbow activity is a simple exploration that involves children in critical thinking through discovery. Try making your own Jelly Bean Rainbow with simple household items for a FUN seasonal STEM challenge!
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. It would be lovely to see how your jelly bean rainbows turned out!
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, you are doing your best! 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.