Good morning. Welcome back after half-term. I hope you had a restful break together and enjoyed the lovely weather. Welcome to week 6 of home learning. Just a reminder to do what you can. It’s not easy trying to balance everything. Can you believe it’s our eighth week of home learning!
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 6
We had lots of fun learning sign language in story time before half term. 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 Meet if you wish to join me on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am. Please could I ask you only use your child’s account to join Meet so our meetings are as secure as possible.
This week we will be concentrating on the letter sound ‘v’ for Literacy, Language and Communication, and recognising numbers/counting objects (recognise numbers 0 to 5 and relate a number 0 to 5 to its respective quantity) for Numeracy. I'll be using the story Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae as a focus this week. Bring something to do with under the sea for story time!
Focussed Task (FT)
There is still lots of fun to be had with sport’s day activities such as the egg and spoon race and sack race etc. Why not use an old pillow case for the sack race.
There is also a lovely Cosmic Kids Yoga session with Jamie for Under the Sea:
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 11am on Google Meet if you can. Follow the link on Google Classroom for the code to join in. Bring something to do with under the sea!
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 and j
This week we are concentrating on 'v.’ 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 ‘v’ for vulture. Stretch your arm up high, then come down a wing, up a wing. 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 'v.’ Have a go at forming the letter in anything you can find, such as sugar or sand. You could even have a go at using a paint brush and water and paint ‘v’ outside on your garden path.
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 recognising numbers/counting objects. In Nursery children are aiming to recognise numbers 0 to 5 and relate a number 0 to 5 to its respective quantity. You may need to simplify or extend this depending on where your child is (remember stage not age!).
The more fun the better. High levels of engagement = high levels of progress. Let the children use their imaginations. Count everything! Maybe you would like to have a go at baking, planting seeds, etc. Here’s a game the children love to play in Nursery:
Don’t forget to post pictures on our Facebook!
Keep practicing your number formation. 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 - floating and sinking
STEM activities engage children in using many skills from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths to find solutions to inquiries through hands-on investigation.
Have a go at investigating lots of different household items to test if they will float or sink. If you’re lucky enough to have your paddling pool out, you could test some of your toys to see if they float or sink in your pool!
You could also have a go at making recycled boats:
There are lots more ideas on this link. Have a go and don’t forget to take a photo and post what you did!
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 floating and sinking investigation 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.
is all about stage not age!
Finally, we are continuing to make 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 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.