This a post that will have some elements updated at the beginning of each week. Please note that this post is ‘pinned’ to the top of the blog. Please scroll to below this post each weekday for your child’s remote learning activities.
The Early Years Curriculum is broad and full of opportunities for fun, play and adventure. In addition to the videos that are blogged each weekday to support your child’s home learning we really recommend that the children get busy playing to learn. A significant proportion of their time with us at school would be playing to learn both indoors and outside. We are sure that the children have lots of different things to play with and explore at home, but here are some suggestions:
Get some fresh air – encouraging the children to walk, run, and get out and about on their bike or scooter is great for their physical development and gross motor development too. It is also a great way of exploring the world around us, seeing the seasons change and what the weather is doing on any particular day.
Encouraging your child to get undressed and dressed themselves, talk about how we can stay healthy – including staying in their beds all night to help them to grow, how important it is to brush our teeth twice a day and that having a healthy, balanced diet is important too, maybe your child could help you to prepare a meal and use this as an opportunity for talk – this is something that will support their health and self care.
Fine motor control is a really important in Early Years and building up strength in your child’s wrists, hands and fingers helps them to then be able to hold a pen or pencil and write. Ideas for supporting this include: lego, duplo, threading, anything fine like ‘hama beads’, tap and hammer or even kneading bread dough or helping to make breadcrumbs when baking using flour and butter/marg. We don’t want anyone to go and buy anything extra, just work with whatever you have at home. Playdough is also a favourite, if you have some playdough at home then you could get your child involved in ‘Dough Disco’ which is lots of fun, please find a link for this below:
Playdough doesn’t have to be bought, it can be made too, here is a basic dough recipe to try out if you fancy it.
Here is a link to a series of duplo challenges too, the same could be achieved with lego bricks if you have those.
Playing a game that you have at home is really good for attention and listening and also encouraging your child to take turns and share, this could be anything from snap, to snakes and ladders or any game that you currently have at home.
We will add two suggestions of ebooks that can be accessed via http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk everyone should have log in details as we used this site during isolation and in blog posts after that point too. If for any reason you have misplaced it then please email your child’s class teacher and they will be able to help. You are more than welcome to explore titles that are different to our suggestions, our recommendations simply match up with the phonemes that your child will have been working on during home learning activities during a particular week.
Suggestions for this week are:
Blue Stars: Phase 2: Set 4 – Get Ant
Red Stars: Phase 3: Set 8 – Moths!
The words of the week this week are: went, like, on. In school we practise them using “my turn, your turn” in the same way we practise recognising phonemes. When we learn the words of the week we are just practising to read them by sight, not to write them…unless your child is really seeking a challenge!
There is also free access to http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk during this lockdown period, the children really enjoy the games and activities on this site. Activities and games can also be tailored to the point in phonics that your child is working at. If you refer to the phonics session on the daily home learning videos that will tell you which point your child is up to.
http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com is also a lovely interactive game that encourages your child to read. This is free to access via a computer/laptop. During the last lock down this was offered temporarily as a free App, they have not declared this again during this lockdown but we will keep our eyes peeled and let you know if this does become the case.
Other useful Apps and links
Cbeebies have a selection of free Apps including a story time, get creative, and playtime island which includes a ‘Maddies Do You Know?’ game which is really interesting and supports the children’s development of Understanding the World which is part of the Early Years Curriculum.
We will update you with other apps and links if more become available, do let us know if you come across something great as we would love to be able to share them with everyone.
It is really important that you and your child are happy. Each day is different and comes with its own highs and lows. Try to enjoy learning together but also please make sure that you do something that makes you all happy each day if you can. We can get through this challenging time together. With this is mind, please do get in touch with your child’s class teacher via the class email addresses if you would like help, support or to share the home learning journey with us.
Take care and stay safe,
The Foundation Stage Team