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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

 

We have two reception classes in the EYFS:

 

 Class 1 are taught by Miss Patrick and Mrs Hinchey

Class 2 are taught by Mrs Goodall and Mrs Fox.

 

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Hinchey, Mrs Wilson, Mrs Yorke and Mrs Cropper.

Home Learning for the Week Beginning 13th July 2020

 

Maths

 

This week we would like your child to login to Active Learn and have a look at the third, and final topic on The Maths Factor – Subtracting.

 

Don’t forget there are also printable resources and online games that the children can play to reinforce their learning.

 

 

Literacy

 

This week we are thinking about our plans for the summer. Obviously, these might not be quite as expected but I’m sure that the children will be looking forward to doing lots of things – even if it’s just a picnic in the park with a few friends or plying in the paddling pool at home. Please encourage your child to write about what they are looking forward to doing during the summer holiday. They could even send a postcard to school if you manage to get away somewhere.

 

A few parents have been asking about Active Learn and how long we will have it for. Luckily our subscription lasts until 31st August so you can keep using it over the summer.

 

 

Exploring Media and Materials

 

It’s a seaside theme this week as it’s nearly the summer holidays. Why not start by listening to this fabulous story by Tracey Corderoy:

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE! By: Tracey Corderoy

Have a look at the lovely activities below and pick one or two to try at home:

As always, don't forget to share your work with us. We love to see what you've been doing!

 

 

 

 

Home learning Activities for Week Beginning 6th July

 

Maths

 

It was fantastic to see so many children completing the activities on The Maths Factor last week. Well done!

 

This week we would like your child to login to Active Learn and have a look at the second topic on The Maths Factor – Adding Up.

 

Don’t forget there are also printable resources and online games that the children can play to reinforce their learning.

 

 

Literacy

 

As part of the transition process we would like to ask the children to do some writing for their new teacher this week. Please ask your child to draw a picture and write a few sentences about themselves. This could include information about their family and pets, things that they like doing or favourite things. Please upload to Tapestry and we will make sure that the year one staff are able to see it.

Here is an optional writing template:

 

 

Physical Development

It’s time to get sporty this week and join in with our Virtual Sports Week! Please follow the instructions provided in the Virtual Sports Week link on Class Pages. We’re looking forward to seeing what the children can do!

 

 

 

 

Home Learning for the Week Beginning 29th June 2020

 

Maths

 

This week we would like your child to login to Active Learn and have a look at the first topic on The Maths Factor – Counting and Number Lines.

 

Your login details for Active Learn were sent via Tapestry but please do contact us if you are having a problem accessing it.

 

You will need to click on the ‘My Stuff’ tab at the top of your child’s homepage. Then click on the Maths Factor icon and follow the instructions to get started. There are video lessons and then practice activities to check your child’s understanding.

Please just complete the modules that are relevant to your child – we do not expect all children to complete every module. If your child isn’t secure yet with numbers up to 20 then please spend time consolidating this rather than moving on to the more challenging modules that look at numbers to 100.

 

 

All of the The Maths Factor activities are iPad compatible and there are videos for parents to help you understand the methods your child will be using.

 

There is also a Games and Fun tab at the top of the Maths Factor homepage. Here you can find The Maths Factor Games Centre which has fun, arcade-style maths games which are a great post-practice-session reward. You will also find the Maths Factor 30-Day Challenge here - a great way to motivate children to practise key maths skills at home every day.

 

In the Print and Play section there are printable resources that your child might like to complete.

 

Please let us know what you think – The Maths Factor is new to us and we are interested in your feedback.

Literacy

 

With only a few weeks left until the end of term it’s time to start thinking about moving on so what we’d like the children to do this week is write about what they’ve liked best this year about being in reception. Obviously it’s been a while since we were actually in school but we’re hoping they’ll still be able to remember! It’s always very interesting to see what they say! Below is a writing template that the children are familiar with from school:

Letter Formation

 

If there are any letters that your child is not forming in the correct way then please spend some time on this over the next few weeks. It is really important for them to learn how to form letters correctly as this makes the transition from single letter formation to joined letter handwriting much easier. This will enable them to develop a speedy, fluid and legible handwriting style as they progress through school.

 

Please find a handwriting activity book below:

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

 

Spirals and snails this week! Start by looking at this beautiful book: Swirl by Swirl, Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman.

Swirl by Swirl

Now pick an activity from the ideas below:

We’ve been very impressed by the children’s creativity and obvious enjoyment for these outdoor art activities over the last couple of weeks so please keep sharing. smiley

Home Learning for the Week beginning 22nd June 2020

 

Maths

 

This week we are revising and revisiting the work that we have done earlier in the year on length and measuring. Your child should be able to understand and use the following vocabulary: length, tallest, shortest, longest, taller, shorter, longer and measure. Here are some practical activities that you can do with your child at home:

Have a go at measuring with Connor the caterpillar:

Try this home learning challenge:

This PowerPoint about measuring height might be useful to look at with your child:

Literacy

 

At school we would have been learning about how to write our own stories during this half term. Some of you enjoy doing this already and we love reading them on Tapestry. This week, we would like everybody to have a go!

These are the things that we’d like you talk to your child about before they start writing:

 

  • Who is the main character? (this could be an animal or a person)
  • Where is the story set? (e.g. a forest, a park, in a castle, at the seaside)
  • What exciting/terrible event is going to happen? (e.g. something gets lost, they go to a party, they go to the park, a magic spell is cast)

 

Remember – it doesn’t need to be long. A story can be just three sentences! The most important thing is that the children are allowed to write independently – spelling words with the phonic knowledge that they have. Please DO NOT write words for your child to copy – we want them to be confident writers who are willing to have a go by themselves! 

If your child is ready then they could also try to include some of the following words (time connectives) in their story:

 

  • One day
  • Then
  • After that
  • Suddenly
  • Finally

 

Here is a template that the children are familiar with from school:

Don’t forget to post your stories on Tapestry - we can’t wait to read them!

Phonics

Just a reminder that you can keep your child’s phonics learning on track with the daily lessons from the Department for Education. They upload a new lesson every day at 10am and you can also catch up with any previous lessons that you might have missed. We highly recommend this as it will cover the phonics that we would have been learning in school this term. If you haven’t already, why not take a look:

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw

Reading

Please have a look at Active Learn if you haven’t already. The children that have been using this at home are making good progress with their reading and are enjoying collecting the rewards. Your child's login details were sent to you via Tapestry. It’s a fantastic online resource that you can use with your child to develop their reading skills and to ensure that they are continuing to read appropriate books whilst they are not at school. Your child’s teacher can monitor their progress and move them onto the next book band whenever they are ready. 

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

 

This week we are trying out some different activities with sticks!

 

Begin by looking at this fabulous book ‘Not a Stick’ by Antoinette Portis with your child:

Hey Duggee also has a very catchy song about a stick that I’m sure you’ll all love!

CBeebies Songs | Hey Duggee | Stick Song

Join the Squirrel Club and sing along to the Stick song - you wont get it out of your head! For more Hey Duggee: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/hey-dug...

Now try some of these activities:

Home Learning for the Week Beginning 15th June 2020

 

Maths

 

This week we are revisiting and revising the work we have done on addition so here are some practical activities that you could try at home:

 

Use two sets of objects and ask your child to count how many there are altogether. They should be able to tell you their number sentence using the following vocabulary, “Seven add three equals ten.” If your child can do this easily then the next step is learning to ‘count on’ to work out the total. Use two groups of objects again but instead of counting all of them encourage your child to start from the larger number and count on (pointing to the objects) to find the total e.g. “We know there are 7 in this group so we don’t need to count them, so 7… 8, 9, 10.”  If your child is ready they may be able to record their number sentence on paper in the following way, ‘7 + 3 = 10’. Try to repeat this activity throughout the week so that your child has time to gain confidence and secure their understanding.

 

Below are a couple of addition (counting on) PowerPoint presentations that may be useful to look at with your child:

Here is a fun addition game you can play with your child:

Please also find some optional worksheets below:

Understanding the World

 

This week we would have been heading outside during our forest schools session to continue our learning about the four seasons and the weather. Encourage your child to look for the signs of Summer and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather improves!

 

Below is some information about the signs of Summer in nature from the Woodland Trust:

 

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/06/signs-of-summer/

 

Literacy

 

Look at the book about the four seasons with your child and talk to them about which season they enjoy the most and why. Can they draw a picture and write a few sentences about the things they like to do during that season?

A Book Of Seasons

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

 

Look at all the amazing things you can do with a leaf! Pick one activity or have a go at them all – it’s up to you!

Below is a printable version of the 'Take One Leaf' activities:

Home Learning for the Week Beginning 8th June 2020

 

Maths

 

This week we will continue with learning about different 3D shapes and their mathematical properties. Here are a couple of songs that will help with learning the 3D shape names. It does help if you have the actual shapes for your child to handle whilst they are listening to the songs.

3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus

The Singing Walrus presents "3D Shapes Song" - an upbeat, funky music video that shows various three dimensional shapes.

3D Shapes I Know (solid shapes song- including sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid)

Try this shape description game:

These 3D shape challenges are good fun:

You can also explore 3D shapes by printing, pushing them into play dough or building models with them.

Health and Self-Care

We are continuing to learn about keeping fit and healthy and this week’s focus is on exercise. Talk to your child about why exercise is important for them.

This link has information about how much exercise and what type of exercise young children should be doing:

 

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/physical-activity-guidelines-children-and-young-people/

 

Encourage your child to keep a diary for a week to see if they are getting enough exercise. You can print this one out or make your own:

Literacy

This week’s writing challenge is linked to our learning about keeping fit and healthy. Can you draw a picture and write a sentence or two about your favourite type of exercise? Why do you like it? How does it make you feel? Below is a writing template that the children are familiar with:

Exploring and using Media and Materials

 

This week we are continuing with the portrait theme and the challenge is for the children to create a self-portrait using media and materials that you have at home. This could be a collage made from fabric and wool, play dough, clay, natural materials, household objects – anything you like. We want to see how creative the children can be and what their ideas are!

Home Learning Activities for the Week Beginning 1st June

 

Maths

This week we are learning about 3D shapes. The children need to be able to identify and name the following shapes: cylinder, sphere, cube, cuboid and cone. If your child is already familiar with these then you can introduce them to a square-based pyramid. They also need to be able to describe the shapes using the following mathematical vocabulary: straight, curved, flat, faces, edges and corners.

 

Try these home learning challenges:

Try this 3D shape challenge:

Have fun making 3D shapes from coloured marshmallows. Head over to Early Years Matters to find out more:

https://eyfsmatters.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/maths-3d-shape-challenge/

Literacy:

 

Our writing challenge this week is to write a letter to a friend, family member or teacher. You can tell them anything you like or ask them some questions. Remember to post it and hopefully you might get a reply!

Health and Self-Care

 

This half term we are learning about how to keep fit and healthy. Start by reading the story Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French:

Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett story time with Laura's Story Corner

Talk to your child about eating five different kinds of fruit or vegetables a day to stay healthy. Look at this PowerPoint together to find out what counts:

This chart allows children to track the fruit and veg they eat over a week to see whether they get their '5 a day'. If you don’t have a printer then have a go at making your own.

 

Try making vegtastic smoothie or rainbow skewered fruit:

Exploring Media and Materials

Look at some paintings by the artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo – he painted pictures of different fruits, vegetables, meat and fish together to make portraits of people!

Look at this PowerPoint to find out more:

Make your own Giuseppe Arcimboldo art! You could:

  • Draw and colour your own fruit and vegetable portrait.
  • Draw and paint your own fruit and vegetable portrait.
  • Cut out and stick fruit and vegetable pictures to make a face.
  • Use real fruit and vegetables to create a picture.

We can’t wait to see your creations!

Home Learning Activities for the Week Beginning 18th May

 

Maths

 

This week we are working on numbers to 20. Use a set of 0-20 number cards and try the following activities:

 

  • Muddle them up and ask your child to lay them out in order from 0-20.
  • Ask them to say the number one more or one less than a given number.
  • Shuffle the cards and show them one at a time. Can they tell you the number?

 

If you don’t have a set of numbers you can print some here:

You could also try this cut and stick activity:

The children in EYFS are not required to record their maths work or write any numbers but we do usually work on this during the summer term if they are ready in order to prepare them for year one. If you think your child is ready to do this then please find some number formation sheets below:

Why not give this ‘one more/one less’ worksheet a try:

Writing

 

This week we would like the children to write about something they have enjoyed doing during their time at home. It might be about doing some baking, going for a bike ride or playing a game. Please encourage them to write as independently as possible and let them spell words phonetically – we do not expect them to be spelling all words correctly at this stage but what we do want is for them to be confident writers who are happy to ‘have a go’ and are not reliant on an adult to provide them with words that they can copy. We would love to see their writing so please share it on Tapestry if you can.

 

Below is a template that the children are familiar with from school and also the Jolly Phonics word mat that they would use whilst writing:

Reading

Please have a look at Active Learn if you haven’t already. Your child's login details were sent to you via Tapestry. It’s a fantastic online resource that you can use with your child to develop their reading skills and to ensure that they are continuing to read appropriate books whilst they are not at school. Your child’s teacher can monitor their progress and move them onto the next book band whenever they are ready. The children can also earn rewards when they complete the fun activities!

Understanding the World

 

We are continuing to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly this week. Below you can find a video and a PowerPoint that you can look at with your child to help them learn more about the fascinating process:

Lifecycle of a butterfly in real life ( 3 min)

Metamorphosis of a butterfly from egg to adult.

Below is a Butterfly Life Cycle cut and stick activity that you might like to try:

How many of these Butterfly Life Cycle learning challenges can you do?

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

 

Get creative and make a butterfly or a caterpillar. Here are some ideas:

Don’t forget to share your fabulous creations with us via Tapestry!

 

 

 

 

Home Learning Activities for the Week Beginning 11th May 2020

 

Maths

 

We are continuing to learn about 2D shapes this week. Now that your child has spent some time exploring different shapes and their properties it’s time to try some problem solving activities.

How many corresponding shapes can you fit into each shape suitcase? Give one of them a try or do them all!

If you have some spare straws or lolly sticks then you could try the square challenge:

There are also a couple of videos and 2D shape activities on the BBC Bitesize website:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjv39j6/articles/ztpwdmn

Writing

 

This week we are continuing with our work on Jack and the Beanstalk. Talk to your child about speech bubbles and explain that the text inside them is what the character in the story is saying. Ask them to draw a character from the story and write something that they might say inside the speech bubble.

 

Below is a speech bubble template that you might like to use:

You could extend this by encouraging your child to draw characters from different stories and asking them to write some speech bubbles for them. They may even want to make a book, write a short story and add some illustrations with speech bubbles.

Here is the template that we use at school for book making and story writing:

Reading

 

Remember to keep practising the high-frequency words sent home. If you haven’t got a copy of them or your child is ready to move on to the next set then please find copies of them below:

Understanding the World

 

Our focus this week is on life cycles. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great story that teaches young children about the life cycle of a caterpillar and how it changes into a butterfly. If you don’t have the story at home you can find a link to an animated film version here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

 

If you would like your child to watch the fascinating process of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly you could order a Butterfly Garden from Amazon:

 

 

How many of these Very Hungry Caterpillar Home Learning Challenges can you do?

Home Learning Activities for the Week Beginning 4th May 2020

 

Maths

This week at school we would have been learning about 2D shapes. The children need to be able to identify and name the following shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle and hexagon. If your child is already familiar with these then you can introduce them to pentagon and octagon. They also need to be able to describe the shapes using the following mathematical vocabulary: straight, curved, side, corner.

 

You could try the following practical activities:

 

  • Go on a shape hunt around the house or garden. How many 2D shapes can you find? Put all the circles in one set, all the squares in another etc.
  • Draw round household objects to make 2D shape pictures.
  • Use household objects to print 2D shape patterns.
  • Use play dough and lolly sticks to make 2D shapes.

The following Powerpoint about 2D shapes may be useful and the Powerpoint game is good fun:

These cutting activities are great for developing scissor skills and also for learning about 2D shapes. Alternatively you could make your own animal:

Literacy

Our topic and literacy work over the next few weeks will be based on the traditional story - Jack and the Beanstalk. Please find the story below to read and enjoy with your child:

Ask your child to draw their favourite character from the story. Can they write some sentences to describe what that character is like?

 

Active Learn (Bug Club)

 

Please login to Active Learn this week if you haven’t already. Your child can read online books that are matched to their ability and collect rewards for answering the comprehension questions. Miss Patrick and I will monitor the children’s progress, issue new books and move them up a book band when they are ready. This is a fantastic resource and we are lucky to have free access to it whilst schools are closed.

Phonics

 

Don’t forget that you can join in daily letters and Sounds phonics lessons from The Department of Education on You Tube. Reception lessons are at 10am Monday-Friday. Here is the link if you want to give it a try:

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw

Understanding the World

 

Our focus this week is still about plants and growing. Cress grows very quickly so is great for young children. Why not pick up some cress seeds and try making a cress head.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/mr-blooms-nursery-cressheads

Exploring and using Media and Materials

 

Why not try some transient art this week. No glue needed! Go outside and collect leaves, twigs, flower petals, stones, seeds and feathers. Encourage your child to arrange them carefully to make a picture and then take a photograph. Don't forget to share your artwork with us via Tapestry.

 

Andy Goldsworthy is a well-known British artist known for using natural materials in this way. Take a look at his work and get some inspiration!

Thank you to everyone using Tapestry to keep us up to date with their child’s learning at home. We really do love seeing what they’ve been doing and keeping in touch with you all.


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Home Learning Activities for the Week beginning 27th April 2020

 

Maths

 

This week we are learning about sharing objects into equal groups. Here are some practical activities you can try at home:

 

Gather some objects together and ask your child to count how many there are. Tell your child that he/she needs to share them out equally between a given number of people (you could use teddies or dolls for this). If your child is unsure what to do, demonstrate taking one object at a time, placing it in front of a teddy saying ‘one for you’ and repeat until all the objects have gone. Ask your child to count how many objects each teddy has making sure that they all have an equal number.

 

Below is an interactive Power Point to use with your child to help them understand more about sharing:

More practical ideas below:

Literacy

 

Print out the Jasper’s beanstalk stick puppets (or make your own) and use them to retell the story. Encourage your child to use story language such as ‘once upon a time’, ‘first’, ‘after that, ‘next’, ‘suddenly’ and ‘finally’. Can they continue the story? Ask them to imagine that Jasper climbs up the beanstalk. What does he see? Does he meet anyone up there? What does he do? We can’t wait to hear about Jasper’s adventures!

 

Encourage your child to write and illustrate a short story about Jasper’s adventure.

Understanding The World

 

Hopefully your seeds have started to grow! Over the next few weeks encourage your child to look carefully and talk about the changes that are taking place. Can they identify the differing parts of a plant? (stem, flower, leaf and roots) Can your child draw a picture of a plant and label the different parts?

 

Below is a simple Power Point that you can look at to find out more about the different parts of a plant:

Being Imaginative

 

It would have been our school trip this week. We were going to visit The Woodland Adventure Company to take part in some fabulous forest schools activities. Miss Patrick and I were really looking forward to it!  Click on the link below for some brilliant forest schools activities that you can try at home in your garden instead:

Home Learning Activities for Week Beginning 20th April 2020

 

Maths

 

We would have been revisiting subtraction this week at school so here are some practical activities that you could try at home:

 

Use objects (e.g. Duplo blocks, pencils, beads) and count how many there are. Tell your child to take away a given number and then ask them to count how many are left. They should be able to tell you their number sentence using the following vocabulary, “Ten take away three equals/is seven.” If your child is ready they may be able to record their number sentence on paper in the following way, ’10 – 3 = 7’. Try to repeat this activity throughout the week so that your child has time to gain confidence and secure their understanding.

 

Below is a subtraction PowerPoint that may be useful to look at with your child:

Please also find some optional worksheets below:

Literacy

 

Our topic and literacy work over the next few weeks will be based on the story Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth. Please find a link to the story below so that you can read it with your child:

Here are some home challenges based on the story. Do them all or pick the ones that your child finds the most engaging. It’s up to you!

Understanding the World

 

We would have been planting some seeds at school this week so if you have any seeds at home perhaps you could plant some with your child. Encourage them to look at how different seeds vary in shape, size and colour. Talk about what they will need to do to make sure their seeds grow.

 

 

Exploring and using Media and Materials

 

Craft and art activities are just as important – here is an idea for making a hand print sunflower. If this doesn’t inspire your child then get creative and do your own thing!

As always, please share your child’s home learning with us via Tapestry and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or questions.

 

Fun Activities for the Easter Break

 

Below is a lovely booklet from TTS, full of practical ideas for learning through play at home. There is a recipe for making play dough, some great ideas for science activities and lots of super creative projects that you might want to try. 

Home Activities for Week Beginning 30th March 2020

 

Maths

We would have been learning about money this week at school so perhaps you could try the following activities at home.

 

Set up a pretend shop, writing price tags (up to 10p) for the items that are for sale. Give your child some real money (1ps, 2ps, 5ps and 10ps) and ask them to come to the shop and select an item to buy. Help them to pay for the item using the correct coin or count out the correct amount with 1p coins.

 

Please find some optional worksheets below:

Literacy

Please continue to work on reading and writing sentences containing words with two/three letter sounds. The following picture/caption matching cards are a great way for children to practise reading in a fun way. You could also read out the captions and ask your child to write them.

Below is a link to some Geraldine the Giraffe videos. We have watched a few at school in phonics and the children love them!

 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=geraldine+the+giraffe+phase+3

Creative Activities

Please find some Easter themed activities below:

Home Activities for Pupils in EYFS

 

If your child is at home due to self-isolation or in the event that school closes please find some suggested activities below that you can complete with your child at home. You could also revisit activities from weekly planner inserts and continue with helping your child to read and spell the high-frequency words sent home recently.

Most importantly - keep reading! Oxford Owl have books that you can access for free and they also have some great online maths activities. Please see the link below:

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

 

EYFS Writing Challenge:

 

It is really important that all the EYFS children keep writing during their time away from school. The following sentences are typical of what we would be asking the children to write in their phonics session on a daily basis. Please encourage and support your child to write each sentence – you could do one a day for the next couple of weeks. Remember to write neatly and if there are any letters that your child is not forming correctly then spend a little time practising those letters with the correct formation. The children might also enjoy writing for a purpose e.g lists, cards, letters, messages or stories. Any writing is good! 

Please share your child's learning at home with us via Tapestry so that we can stay up to date with the progress they are making. 

 

Stay safe everyone, with best wishes from Mrs Goodall and Miss Patrick

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