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Summer Term

Week 2


Home Learning:

Good morning. Welcome to summer term week 2. I hope you had a restful weekend.


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 2

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.   Lots of you have logged on to your Google Classroom accounts now and joined me for story time on Friday.  Home Learning planning will now be shared on both the Learning Log and on Google Classroom every Monday morning. Story time will now be held using Google Meet.  If you need the code to join, please find a link on Google Classroom.



Focussed Task (FT)

PE: I loved seeing some of your sports day activities last week.  Another part of sports day is the obstacle race.  Just before we finished, the children took part in Sport Relief.  They  had great fun taking part in obstacle races.  Have a go in your garden, especially while we have dry weather today!  It’s a great way to practice using gross motor skills, an important part of early childhood development.  You can even add elements of number and letter recognition into it!

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



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 and l.  

This week we are concentrating on 'h’.  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 'h’.  Have a go at forming the letter in anything you can find.  Why not have a go at this secret letters activity:


Try writing ‘h’ with a paintbrush and water on your footpath, especially in this lovely sunny weather.  Or write it in shaving foam, sand, flour, chalks or pebbles/stones outside.  Make it fun!  Look at our FBook page/have a look at Pinterest for some amazing ideas!  Keep sharing.

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 go at Bud’s Number Garden:


This week we will be focusing on symmetry:


using a variety of media to develop the concept of symmetry. 


Use a compact mirror to look for symmetry in and around your home. Nature provides us with lots of symmetry!  You could also Have a go at this interactive game:



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



Focussed Task (FT): 

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

STEM activities (Science Technology Engineering and Maths):

Children love finding out how things work through fun, hands-on projects. The children had lots of fun finding ways of getting dinosaurs ?? out of frozen eggs ??in our last Stay and Play session. Why not have a go at this easy activity, growing carrots ?? from a carrot top.


There are lots of really fun STEM activities you could try together at home. Have a look at Pinterest!



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 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 continue to see what you have been up to.  

Mrs Somersall