Foundation Blog – Home Learning – 30.11.20

November 30, 2020 at 8:06 am

Good morning! We hope you are all well. Have a go at these activities.

Challenge of the day

Your challenge today is to have a picnic with your family!

How many people will come to your picnic? How many plates will you need? How many cups? If you bring too many or not enough plates/cups can you add or take away one?

What food will you serve at your picnic? Could you write a menu? Could you write down what each person would like to drink?

Maybe you will help your grown-up to prepare the food? You might need to count out or weigh the ingredients!

Reception only – Phonics

Today we will be focusing on the phoneme ‘n’. Can you thing of any words that begin with the letter sound ‘n’?

Here are some for you to read and write.

Please continue to practise your name writing.

Here are some useful video links to watch.

Reading at home

There are some super, free eBooks available on: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk You will need to create an account but it is completely free.

Reception only – Maths

Today we are looking at circles and triangles. Can you find circles and triangles in these photos? How many can you see?

Go on a hunt around your house looking for circles and triangles. What do you notice? What happens if you turn the shape around?

Nursery Phonics

A fun activity…

Pretend to be a postman.

Your child can write, draw, paint or stick to create a masterpiece picture, letter or postcard. Send it to someone special or even to school. Put it in an envelope and post it if you can.

Stories to enjoy

Extra sheets to print

Have a lovely day.

The Foundation team

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A quiet week in Nursery

November 27, 2020 at 11:51 am

What a very strange week! Most of our children have been at home and lots of you have joined in our Google Meet sessions. We have really enjoyed them and hope you have too. We are aiming to do some more at the beginning of next week.

EExAT

We are really getting to grips with using this new system and hope you are enjoying all the observations we are posting out. Don’t forget you can add observations of your child’s achievements as well and can add comments to our observations. You will have to set up your own alerts on the system to inform you when an observation has been posted.

A few children in Nursery

We have had a few children in Nursery at the end of the week as they have definitely not been in contact with the child who had the positive test. Have a look at some of the things they have been doing…

Finally here is a story we have been listening to this week. It is a funny story and you can share it at home with your child…
Have a safe weekend, from the Nursery team
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Foundation Blog – Home Learning – 27.11.20

November 27, 2020 at 8:48 am

It’s Friday! Well done everyone for your hard work this week. We have missed you all and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Challenge of the day

Today’s Challenge is to think about the days of the week and maybe even the months of the year.

Do you know the days of the week? What day is it today? What day was yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow?

Maybe you could make a display in your house to help you keep track of the days?

Take a look on Youtube. There are lots of days of the week songs. Which is your favourite?

You might also like to think about the months of the year. Do you know the months? Do you know when your birthday is?

Reception only – Phonics

Today we will be looking at the letter ‘i’. Can you think of any words that begin with the letter sound ‘i’. It’s quite tricky!

Here are some words for you to read and write.

Please continue to practise your name writing skills.

Here are some useful video links to watch.

Reading at home

There are some super, free eBooks available on: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk You will need to create an account but it is completely free.

Reception only – Maths

Keep going Reception. You are doing amazingly well. Have a go at this challenge.

There are 6 frogs on a log. One jumps into the pond. How many frogs are left on the log? Can you draw a picture to show the number of frogs? Can you create a 10 frame and place 6 objects on it. How many left when you take one object away?

Nursery Phonics

Body percussion

A fun activity…

Making a den.

Have you got a clothes horse? Or use a small table and cover it with a cloth to make a den.

Children love to create a special cosy place where they can feel safe and secure but also where they can use their imagination to play a game or just get cosy and read a book.

Stories and songs for everyone to enjoy

Extra sheets to print

Have a lovely weekend.

The Foundation Stage team

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Foundation Blog – Home Learning – 26.11.20

November 26, 2020 at 8:14 am

Challenge of the day

Today’s challenge is to sort objects. Can you sort by colour, shape and size? What else could you sort by?

If you’re feeling fancy you could extend this by sorting numbers e.g. Numbers that are more than 3 and numbers that are less than 3.

Which one doesn’t belong has lots of pictures that you could use to spark discussion about sorting into groups. The shapes ones will probably be most interesting for Nursery & Foundation stage- maybe leave graphs and equations for now!

Reception only – Phonics

We would like you to continue with your letter formation practise. Todays letter sound is ‘p’. Can you think of any objects that begin with the letter ‘p’?

Have a go at reading these words and maybe try to write them too.

Please keep practising your name writing. We can’t wait to see how well you have improved when you come back to school.

Here are some useful video links to watch can you remember all the actions? Can you write any of the tricky words?

Reading at home

There are some super, free eBooks available on: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk You will need to create an account but it is completely free.

Reception only – Maths

Lets see what you can remember about 1 more and 1 less. Can you have a go at this maths challenge?

Park 5 toy cars in pretend car park. If one car drives away, will there be more or fewer cars? Drive one away and check by counting. Park a different number of cars in the car park and do this again.

If you are feeling confident, can you try moving 2 cars to see what 2 less is?

Nursery Phonics

A fun activity…

Make a collection of treasure. Your child can make a collection of anything that excites them and will love to store them in a special box or basket that belongs just to them.

Stories and songs to enjoy

Extra sheets to print

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Foundation Blog – Home Learning – 25.11.20

November 25, 2020 at 7:46 am

Challenge of the day

Today’s challenge is to talk about what makes a good friend. We recently discussed this during circle time at school so it will be interesting to see how much the children can remember.

How are you a good friend at school? How are you a good friend at home?

We are all missing our friends at the moment. What could you do to show everyone from school that you are still a good friend? You may write a letter or draw a picture. You could do this for one friend or all of your friends at school. If you do not have contact with your school friends keep it safe and you can pass it on once we return to school.

Reception only – Phonics

Please continue to practise your letter formation. Maybe focus on todays letter sound. Can you think of any words that start with the letter sound ‘t’. Can you write any?

Here are some words to practise. Can you read them? Can you write them?

Here are some useful video links to watch.

Reading at home

There are some super, free eBooks available on: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk You will need to create an account but it is completely free.

Reception only – Maths

Again we are looking at 1 more and 1 less. Can you complete this challenge?

Ask a grown-up to draw a spotty snake. How many spots does it have? Can you count them? Can you draw a snake that has one less spot?

There are also lots of songs that can help us practise one less.

How many ways can you make 3? Can you rearrange objects to see other numbers that make up 3? I can see 1 and 2 make 3.

Using 5 frames to build fluency | SMathSmarts

Nursery Phonics

A fun activity to do…

Dancing is fun as well as being a great way to encourage your child to be active and healthy.

Your child will enjoy moving their bodies to the rhythm and beat of different types of music and will enjoy copying your fabulous dance moves.

Stories and songs for everyone to enjoy

Extra sheets to print

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Foundation Blog – Home Learning – 24.11.20

November 24, 2020 at 8:06 am

Challenge of the day

Your challenge today is to explore repeating patterns. Can you look at the pictures below and explain the patterns? What should come next?

Can your child create their own pattern using objects found around the house?

If you create a pattern for your child featuring a deliberate mistake can the spot and fix the mistake?

What does your child notice about this pattern? Can they create a pattern like this?

Reception only – Phonics

Please continue to practise cursive letter formation. Some of the letters are very tricky so we have added the PowerPoint slides again to help you.

The letter we are focusing on today is ‘a’. Can you read these words? Can you write them?

We would encourage all children to have a go at writing their name, each day, using cursive letters. If you have managed to learn and write your first name then please have a go at writing your surname also. We included a practise template in your home learning pack.

Here are some useful video links to watch.

Reading at home

There are some super, free eBooks available on: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk You will need to create an account but it is completely free.

Reception only – Maths

We are continuing with 1 more/1 less. Have a go at this activity.

Build a tower with 7 bricks/objects. Can you build two more towers of bricks, one that uses one less than 7 bricks and one that uses one more than 7? Can you put these in an order? What do you notice?

Nursery phonics

A musical activity

Develop your child’s confidence with rhythm and movement by making music with household items

Help them to create a kitchen band, banging on pots and pans, making rattles and shakers from plastic bottles, twanging elastic wrapped around plastic bowls. Encourage them to play softly, loudly, quickly and slowly.

Stories and songs for all to enjoy

Extra sheets to print

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Foundation Blog – Home Learning – 23.11.20

November 23, 2020 at 8:38 am

Daily Challenge

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!

Reception only – Phonics

Alongside your daily phonics sessions, we would like you to practise you letter formation. We have include some PowerPoint slides to help you practise.

Today we are focusing on the letter sound ‘s’. We would like you to think about words that begin with this sound. Here are some words for you to read. If you can, write them too.

We would encourage all children to have a go at writing their name using cursive letters. If you have managed to learn and write your first name then please have a go at writing your surname also. We included a practise template in your home learning pack.

Parents if you can upload any progress onto EExAT that would be great.

Here are some useful video links to watch.

Reading at home

There are some super, free eBooks available on: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk You will need to create an account but it is completely free.

Reception only – Maths

This week we are thinking about 1 more and 1 less. Have a go at this activity to help you understand.

Ask your grown-up to tell you a number. Place this number of raisins or cereal pieces on your plate. If your grown-up says ‘one more’, can you add one more and say the number you have? If your grown-up says ‘one less’, can you eat one then count the number you have left?

As an extra challenge… can you represent 10 in different ways? You might draw 10 people, count out 10 pieces of fruit or draw the number blocks 10.

Nursery Phonics

Over the next couple of weeks the blog will include some phonic activities specifically for Nursery children. These activities cover Phase 1 of ‘Letters and Sounds’. There are seven aspects of Phase 1 –

General sound discrimination – environmental sounds

General sounds – instrumental sounds

General sounds – body percussion

Rhythm and rhyme

Alliteration

Voice sounds

Oral blending and segmenting

A rhyming story

A fun activity to do…

Capture your child’s imagination with everyday ‘dress up’ play

Use clothes and objects you have at home to pretend to be someone or something else and inspire them to make up their own pretend play.

Stories and songs to enjoy

Extra sheets to print

Well done everyone! We will blog again tomorrow.

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Nursery Rhymes in Nursery

November 20, 2020 at 2:31 pm

This week is National Nursery Rhyme Week and we have had lots of fun joining in with Nursery Rhymes. Some have been familiar to us and some are new. We have also been learning some Makaton signs for some of our favourites. Here is one of our favourites for you to have a go at home…

This is another one we like singing and we are good at doing the actions too…

Hickory Dickory Dock
[Hold your arm up like a clock]
The mouse ran up the clock
[Run your fingers up from the bottom to the top]
The clock struck one
[Clap your hands together once]
The mouse ran down
[Run your fingers back down to the bottom]
Hickory Dickory Dock

Other verses:

The clock struck two
[Clap your hands together twice]
The mouse went “boo!”
[Hide your eyes with your hands then pull them away on the word “boo!”]

The clock struck three
[Clap your hands together three times]
The mouse went “weeee!”
[Move your hands down a slide on the word “weeee!”]

The clock struck four
[Clap your hands together four times]
The mouse went “no more!”
[Shake your finger on the words “no more!”]

The children have been doing lots of Literacy and Maths in their independent play this week. Have a look at some of the amazing things they have done…
Lots of you will have received home learning packs. We hope you enjoy the activities we have put together for your child to support their learning. Enjoy sharing the books with your child and encourage them to tell you about the pictures and the story. They might be able to predict what will happen at the end of the story. Other things to talk about include the characters, the setting or where the story takes place and whether your child enjoyed the story or not.
Just a reminder that you can now apply for your child’s school place. The closing date is 15th January 2021 and you need to list five schools.
Look out for the extra blog posts next week under the heading of ‘Foundation Blog’. We will see most of you the week after next.

Take care, from the Nursery team.

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Reception home learning – Friday 20th November

November 19, 2020 at 6:40 pm

Phonics

This week we have practised reading and writing the letter shapes for f and ff. Today we are going to practise our blending skills.

Can you join in with the jolly phonics song? Can you can spot ‘f’?

Practise writing ‘f.’ You could write it in the air, in glitter or some sand.

Can you read these words? Look for the digraph ‘ff’ first.

Practise reading the words and writing the diagraph ‘ff’. Use the phoneme frame to write ‘puff’. If you would like an additional challenge try to write a sentence which includes the word ‘puff’.

Parents: A phoneme frame is used to breakdown the letter sounds in each word. Therefore, for puff you will need to add ‘p’ to the first box, ‘u’ to the second box and ‘ff’ to the final box.

Maths

We have been looking at one more and one less this week. Can you find groups of objects and add one more or take one away to find the total? Find 10 objects and join in with the 10 green bottles song below. Every time a bottle falls you can take one object away and count how many you have left.

We have also been looking at number 8 and 9 this week.

Can you count out 8 or 9 objects? Can you represent 8 or 9 in different ways? You might draw 8 cars, or 9 pieces of fruit.

PE

On Friday we usually have P.E. Today you could have a go at joining in with these exercises!

Other activities

Write down these tricky words and hide them around the house. Go on a hunt for them using positional language. Is it under the chair? On top of the table? Next to the toy box?

I, go, was, to, the

Collect bottles, boxes and other materials to create a model. We can show your friends all of your creations! Please just email us your photos.

Search for numbers in your house and write them down.

Watch number blocks 8 and 9.

Story time

Curl up in your favourite space and listen to this story.

There are also lots of ideas in your home learning pack too. Miss Pinnock’s class will receive theirs in the post soon. We will blog again on Monday.

Here are some photos from this week

Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

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Diwali, Children in Need, word hunts and lots more!

November 13, 2020 at 3:49 pm

Phonics

This week the children have been looking at the tricky word ‘go’. We have also focused on the phonemes: r, h and b. The children have been reading CVC words for class bingo sessions and forming letter shapes on their own.

Maths

The children have been comparing amounts. We have looked at different groups of objects and explained why one set contained more or fewer objects. We have also looked at number 6 and number 7. We counted out 6 and 7 objects, represented the numbers in different ways and drew the amount on a 10 frame too.

Diwali

Some of our children are getting ready to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light. We talked about different celebrations as well as different religions. We have made some Diva lamps using clay and decorated them with paint and glitter.

Tricky Word hunt!

After the success of last weeks ‘treasure hunt’ we decided to try a different type of hunt. We placed ‘go’ stickers around the playground area and asked the children to find them. Each time they found a sticker they had to write it on their sheet. The children enjoyed the hunt and they managed to practise some letter formation/tricky word writing too!

Children in Need

Everything else!

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