Nursery and Reception Home Learning – Friday 1st May

April 30, 2020 at 5:27 pm

Tapestry Challenge

For today’s Tapestry Challenge we would like you to act out your favourite story! There are lots of different ways you could do this and we are sure that you will have some very creative ideas.

You might decide to use shadow puppets. Some people did this earlier in the week so take a look at Wednesday’s blog post for some ideas.

Alternatively, you could work with your family to act out the story together. Can you put on different voices and experiment with facial expressions? We think you’ll have lots of fun with this task and we’re excited to see what you get up to!

Song of the Day

Jokes of the Day

Reception only – Phonics

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Nursery and Reception Home Learning – Thursday 30th April

April 29, 2020 at 3:38 pm

Tapestry Challenge

At the moment lots of us are missing each other! We thought it would be nice for today’s Tapestry Challenge if we use our super writing and drawing skills to let someone special know that we are missing them. You might like to write to a friend, a family member or a grown-up from school?

We know it’s tricky to post things at the moment so you might like to send your picture and letter via email or post it on Tapestry for us to share with your friends and grown-ups from school.

Next week your teachers might send you another video over Tapestry so in your letter you could a question for them to answer in your next video?

We’re looking for super cursive handwriting. Remember to start every letter on the line and really concentrate on your letter formation.

Song of the Day

Jokes of the Day

Reception only – Phonics

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Nursery and Reception Home Learning Wednesday 29th April

April 28, 2020 at 4:23 pm

Tapestry Challenge

Today’s Tapestry Challenge focuses on money. We’d specifically like the children to think about coins and their value. Get those penny jars emptied and see what different coins you can find. Can you spot the numbers on each coin?

Introduce the coins to the children and discuss the fact that for some totals we have to combine coins to make a given amount. Try to stick to totals below 10 until your child becomes more confident with coins and addition. When you feel your child is ready you might like to include higher numbers and use some simple addition e.g. How could we make 30p?

You might like to set up an activity similar to this one to introduce coins. Maybe start with 1p and 2p and move onto a wider selection of coins as your child becomes more confident. Discuss the pictures, patterns and numbers on each coin as well as the colour and size. Lots of opportunities to use mathematical language today!

Try to look for opportunities to use money throughout the day. We loved Bella’s post on Tapestry recently showing her snack bar!

Maybe you could set up a shop to play in with your siblings? Could you make price tags to label each item? Try to squeeze some writing opportunities into this activity. Every shop needs a sign!

You could even set up a shoe shop. You probably have lots of shoes around your house so you can add price tags and sort them by size- again lots of opportunities to discuss and compare sizes!

Joke of the Day

Why did the kid cross the playground?

To get to the other slide.

Song of the Day

Reception only – Phonics

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Nursery & Reception Home Learning 28/4/20

April 27, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Following feedback from the parent survey, we are going to change how we are sharing the information on the blog. Please let us know if this works or if you have any other suggestions.

We are going to aim to send out the next day’s learning by 6pm to give parents an idea of the plans for the following day. The only problem that we will face is that many parents are understandably posting on Tapestry into the evenings so we wouldn’t be able to get all photographs on the blogs by 6pm. We are reluctant to give a ‘daily deadline’ for Tapestry posts as we understand that you are already under a lot of pressure- the last thing we want to do it add to this! Instead, we plan on posting the activities by 6pm each day and then updating the blog with the gallery of Tapestry photographs by 9am the following morning ready for you to share with the children.

Tapestry Challenge of the Day

Today’s Tapestry Challenge is to investigate shadows. There are lots of really interesting ways that you could do this. We will share a few suggestions below but we’re sure you’ll also come up with your own ideas. We can’t wait to see them!

If we are lucky enough to enjoy some more sunny weather you could explore shadows outside. If not, you might have to use a light or a torch inside.

Could you combine toys to make some interesting shadow shapes? You could use paper and pens or even chalk on the floor to draw around the shadows.

Shadows do not need to be as details like the ones in these pictures as you may not have foam shapes but maybe you could make some using basic paper shapes. Can your child remember the shape names?

Children will need a lot of support with this activity to make sure that the writing goes in the right direction but this is a fab way to work on those tricky words, sounds or even numbers!

Song of the Day

Joke of the Day

Why are fish so smart? Because they live in schools!

Reception only- Phonics

Today it’s time to focus on the other sound our /oo/ digraph makes!

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Nursery & Reception Home Learning 27/04/20

April 26, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Everyone was super busy on Friday. We saw lots of show and tell! We hope you enjoyed sharing your favourite items with your family. You were also super busy outside! We are pleased to see that you were able to enjoy some of the beautiful sunshine we have been experiencing. It may not last the whole of this week though…..Make the most of it!

Relaxation and Well-being

We understand that parents are putting a lot of effort into home learning which must be tricky when you have other children and your own work commitments. Obviously, we are all aware of the importance of continuing learning but ensuring that you take time to think about the mental health and well being of both your child and yourselves is also vital. Mrs Swindlehurst has put together some videos and sound clips focussing on relaxation and well being that may help keep children calm and happy during these confusing times. If you would like any other support in terms of well-being or mental health please do let us know.

Tapestry Challenge

You all appear to be fantastic builders. We have seen lots of amazing creations on Tapestry. Today’s challenge is to see who can build the tallest tower! Remember to include the following vocabulary; tallest, shortest, highest, smallest etc. You may wish to count how many bricks/objects you have used to make your tower. Then you can discuss how many there would be if you added 1 more or if you took 1 away.

Attached are additional challenges if you wish to test yourself!

Song of the Day

There are lots of different towers from around the world in today’s song that might inspire your Tapestry Challenge work. Do you recognise the tune?

Joke of the Day

Thank you, Dhruv for sending in today’s joke!

Reception only – Phonics

Today’s sound of the day is the short /oo/ sound. Remember this digraph makes two sounds. We will practise one today and the other tomorrow so listen to Geraldine very carefully to make sure you focus on the correct sound.


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Nursery & Reception Home Learning 24/4/20

April 23, 2020 at 9:45 pm

This weekend lots of Farfield families will begin Ramadan. They will mark the end of Ramadan with a celebration called Eid. We would like to learn about Ramadan and Eid as part of a Tapestry Challenge next month. If any children would like to send in videos explaining Ramadan and Eid to their friends we would love to hear from you and your families and share them on a future blog. Ramadan Mubarak!

Everyone created fantastic maps yesterday. It’s lovely to see lots of you continuing with your weather study and using your addition machines still too. Remember all of these tasks are here to give you ideas and inspiration- just because we’ve moved onto a new task does not mean you have to stop the last task if you’re really enjoying it!

Tapestry Challenge

At school, we often like to do ‘Show and Tell’. This gives us a chance to practise both our listening and our speaking skills. For today’s challenge, we would like you to do Show and Tell with your families. You could all pick a special item to talk about together. Remember after we have talked about our special items we always ask each other kind and respectful questions.

We sometimes use a special teddy to pass around the circle and we only speak when we are holding the teddy. This helps if we are finding listening to others a little bit tricky as we often do when we are excited to share!

Song of the Day

Joke of the Day

Thank you to Nala for today’s joke!

Reception Only- Phonics

It’s a very exciting sound today! We’ve practised lots of digraphs (two letters, one sound) but today’s sound has three letters. Can you remember what a sound with three letters is called? That’s right! It’s a digraph!

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Nursery & Reception Home Learning 23/4/20

April 22, 2020 at 8:30 pm

Everyone had a fantastic day yesterday working on their addition skills. You all got really creative and shared some wonderful ideas!

Tapestry Challenge of the Day

Today’s Challenge is a creative one! Something that all of the children like to do at school is make maps so we thought today we could all make our very own treasure maps!

Will your map have an island? What shape will the island be? How will you know which part is land and which part is water?

Could you add and label a legend or key to help someone else use your map?

Barefoot Island Mapping skills could have students add longitude and latitude lines

Maybe you could use different lines show the user how to move when following your map?

Pirate Activities for Kids

Will your map have compass like this map? What does N S E W mean?

Song of the Day

Today’s Song of the Day is more of a collection of songs. It’s rather long so you may just like to pick and choose your favourite parts or have it on in the background as you play. Can you spot your favourite characters?

Joke of the Day

We couldn’t ‘leaf’ Fraser’s joke out!

Reception Only: Phonics

Over the next few weeks, we will start to share some of the Letters and Sounds videos created by The Department for Education. For now, grown-ups might find it helpful to have a look at the introduction video-

Today’s sound of the day is ‘ee’. If your treasure map has any trees on you could use this sound when you add labels! Can you think of any other ee words that you can add to your treasure map?

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Nursery & Reception Home Learning- 22/4/20

April 22, 2020 at 7:46 am

Wow! What an independent bunch you are! What jobs or tasks can you see your friends doing at home? Could you give them a try too?

We’ve all been updating our weather charts. Some of you are predicting snow at the weekend! It’s not looking too likely!

Tapestry Challenge of the Day

Today’s Challenge is to work on your addition skills. Start with two groups of objects. Can you count them all together to find the total?

There are hundreds of ways you could do this! Take a look back on the blog tomorrow to look at how your friends did it. Maybe you could try it their way next time?

You could make an adding machine. Count your two groups of objects then post them into your machine. How many in total?

Playing cards could be a fun way to practise your addition skills since they have handy pictures there to help you.

Pegs are a great way to represent numbers as well as helping those fine motor skills.

Add numbers to a beachball or balloon for a quickfire addition/catch game?

If you’d like to extend this learning try writing out the number sentence. Could you write number sentences outside with chalk? Could you write rainbow number sentences?

Some more addition worksheets-

Song of the Day

Joke of the Day

Finley’s cow joke is sure to make you laugh!

Reception Only: Phonics

The sound for today is ‘ai’. Remember we usually find this digraph in the middle of a word. If you hear the ‘ai’ sound (ay) at the end of a word it’s usually an alternative sound that we haven’t covered yet! So for now, try to focus on words with the ai sound in the middle.

Sorry if we’ve confused anyone. The picture on today’s sheet is not of an ‘ai’ word. It shows the action that we use in school for the ‘ai’ sound. Ask your child to show you the ‘ai’ action and they should be able to show you.

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Nursery & Reception Home Learning 21/4/20

April 21, 2020 at 7:46 am

It looks like you all enjoyed the sunshine yesterday when learning about the weather! You’ve made some super weather charts. We look forward to seeing them completed at the end of the week.

Tapestry Challenge of the Day

Today’s challenge of the day focuses on being independent. You could start by ensuring your child can get dressed by themselves. This is something that all children (throughout the school!) find tricky before and after PE lessons so lots of practice is always helpful. You may like to extend this task and introduce some little jobs that may help you around the house.

Can you get undressed by yourself?

Can you get dressed by yourself?

Can you fasten buttons and zips?

Can you put on and take off your shoes and coat?

If you’d like a real challenge you could have a go at fastening shoelaces?

Every child is different so have a think about jobs or tasks that you could introduce. For example cleaning teeth, washing, taking plates to the sink after meals or putting toys away. This is a great opportunity to make your own lives easier!

We know that often these things are easier said than done and may become a bit of a battle. Foundation Stage staff are all happy to help so if a phone call from a member of school staff might help just let us know and we’d be happy to give you a call or send you a video message.

Song of the Day

The children should all remember this song. It’s one of our favourites!

Joke of the Day

A fantastic train joke today from Lewis! Who knew we had so many comedians in Nursery and Reception?

Reception Only: Phonics

The sound of the day today is ‘ng’. Remember this sound has two letters so it’s a digraph!

Once you have practised today’s sound you might like to watch this episode of Alphablocks. It includes the sound were covered today and yesterday’s th!

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Reception & Nursery Home Learning 20/4/20

April 19, 2020 at 9:24 pm

We’re back! Hopefully, you have all had a pleasant few weeks enjoying family time together. We will be continuing with daily blogs as we did before the holiday. Again, please do not feel that we are giving you hours worth of work to complete each day. The blogs are simply there to give you ideas and inspiration. We will start today’s blog with a video from the Farfield staff-

Older siblings may start to take part in video ‘classes’ this week using Google Meet. We are in the process of deciding how/if this might work in Foundation Stage. Do you think that video calls could be useful? If you have any thoughts please do let us know.

Tapestry Challenge of the Day

Today we would like you to think about the weather. You might like to start by singing the weather song together-

Could you make a chart to record the weather each day this week? (A nice opportunity to check how many of the days of the week we remember!). At the end of the week, you could extend this learning by discussing which type of weather was the most or least common.

Have a think about any changes that are dependant on the weather. What might you wear on a sunny day? What could you wear on a snowy day?

You might like to look online or watch the weather forecast on the news. Can you figure out what each symbol means? Maybe you could look out of the window and make your own predictions!

Song of the Day

Hopefully, we won’t be singing in the rain this week but it’s still a fun song!

Joke of the Day

We think you’ll really enjoy today’s joke from Neave and Ben!

Reception Only: Phonics

The sound of the day is ‘th’. Remember we have practised both the soft th (teeth, thin, thumb) and the hard th (they, with, then). Watch the Mr Thorne video below to give yourself a reminder-

The phonics sheet today gives space for children to write the word ‘moth’ and a sentence about a ‘feather’. You will probably find that the children spell feather as ‘fetha’, we would be focusing on the th sound so this is fine. Feel free to discuss the ‘er’ sound at the end of the word but do not worry about the ‘ea’ alternative sound just yet.

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