Good morning. Welcome to week 7 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 7
We have continued to learn some more sign language during story time and had a great game of bingo last Wednesday. It was lots of fun. Some of the Reception staff for September have dropped in too. We are busy making plans to support those children moving to Reception in September. 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).
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 concentrating on the letter sound ‘y’ for Literacy, Language and Communication, sequencing/matching colours or objects for Numeracy. I'll be using the story Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson as a focus this week. Bring something to do with under the sea again for story time!
Focussed Task (FT)
Keep practicing your sport’s day activities such as the running race, bear crawl, 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 Mimi the Mermaid:
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 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
r, j and v..
This week we are concentrating on 'y.’ 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 ‘y’ for yak. Stretch your arm up high, then come down a horn, up a horn and under 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 'y.’ Why not have a go at finding items that are y-y-yellow! Draw them or photograph them. Have a go at forming the letter in anything you can find, such as playdough.
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 Sorting: Sort and match sets of objects by recognising similarities. This can be done in a variety of ways. Sort and match the animals from the story Sharing a Shell, pairs of socks, shapes, colours, toys, sweets, pictures. Sort and match anything and everything!
Here’s a song by Ernie and the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street about sorting/matching:
You may also like to have a go at a colour sorting/matching game too:
The more fun the better. High levels of engagement = high levels of progress. Let the children use their imaginations.
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):
Welsh colours: here is a poster to help you with the colours in Welsh:
Have a go at colouring this picture. Use the word mat above to help you:
Here’s a couple of songs to help with pronunciation:
Focussed Task (FT):
Literacy (Oracy)/Physical Skills/KUW - Investigate animal homes shelters. Go out into the garden and look under rocks, logs to see what creatures you can find. Take care to treat them kindly and leave them where you found them. Compare their homes/habitats to the animals in the story this week Sharing a Shell. Do they carry their home around with them? Are their bodies hard or soft? Look carefully.
If you would like to, you could draw a picture/mark make/take photos of what you found. 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.
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.