Early Years Home Learning

Here are some useful ideas for supporting your children if they are in Nursery...

During school closure, we have put together some resources to support your child in learning from home.

 As you are also aware, reading and talking about books is very important and something we have been focussing on in Nursery class. Please continue to use your reading bookmarks sent home from our parent SALT sessions to focus on talk and questioning around stories.

You could also have a go at playing some listening games with your child at home…

I SPY: “What can you see starting with the sound ssssssss?”

           “Something that is green”

          “Something we wear”

What sounds can you hear?:  Encourage your child to listen to sounds around the home, are they loud or quiet?

Can you hear some sounds from your open window?

 Sound shakers: Can you fill empty containers- like bottles- with household items?

You could put a little sugar in one, perhaps some small toys in another, a tissue in another.

Do they sound different?

Can you order them from loudest to the quietest?

Can you hide the bottle so another family member can guess what is inside? 

On the left are some links to pages you can use at home:

  • Twinkl (a school activities website) are offering a FREE month membership. To sign up go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

There are lots of nice talking and listening activities to print out and also some great activities linked to early phonics. Search: ‘Phase 1 Phonics’ in the twinkl search bar or ‘Home learning challenge’ in the twinkl search bar.

  • Phonics Play: (Click on Phase 1 phonics, have a go at Phase 2 phonics once your child is comfortable with Phase 1.)
  •  Number Blocks: Have a look at the videos at the bottom of the page (‘The 1 song’ , ‘The 2 song’ etc)

Other useful resources that will support your child are linked on the left hand side of this page

If you have access to Facebook, there is currently a page set up by an Early Years teacher with some lovely home activities. Search ‘Mundane Madness’ in your Facebook search bar.

I will be keeping an eye out for any Tapestry observations you upload while your child is off school – I would love to see the games and activities you are doing at home!

NEW: Nursery activity book to help with speech:
Rebecca, our Speech and Language Therapist, has given us some activities you may like to try at home.

In this book you will find some ideas of activities you could do at home to support your child's speech. Don't worry if you don't have a printer, some of the activities can be done by looking at the pictures on the screen. 

For other activities you may like to work with your child to draw the pictures and talk about hem first (don't worry if they don't look quite the same, talking about the activity is more important!). 

For some activities you don't need pencils or paper at all, just things you will find around your house or a quiet place to have a chat.

Miss Abbott

Here are some useful ideas for supporting your children if they are in Reception...

I have put together some useful websites and activities that you will able to complete with your children at home. These can be done using items that you will have in the household.

Please remember reading is one of the most important things your child can do, so keep up the reading and talking about books at home, even if it is on the tablet.

As a family you can play games together to help with sharing, number recognition, turn taking and counting. Ask them to help them read the rules and explain what they mean.

Letting them use coins to create different amounts of money up to £1. Let them add and subtract the coins to see how we can make amounts in different ways. Jigsaws are another family favourite and great for the children’s problem solving skills. They can use their toys to count, add, subtract and share between people in the house.

The children can practise their spellings from their homework book for all the weeks they have completed so far, alongside the tricky words/high frequency words that were sent home. Children could go around the house and find objects beginning with different sounds. How many objects with each sound can they find? They could write about their favourite toy and what they like to play with. They could use their adjectives and write what they can see out of the window. We have been a lot on stories in class, so they could write their own stories with different characters, settings, problems and endings.

Twinkl (an activities website) is offering one month free membership just enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.

Phonics Play 

The Reading Bear 

Teach Your Monster To Read

Click on the Number Blocks link on the left or search on BBC Iplayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/b08bzfnh -  we are using in class to help with our number work- we are working with numbers to 20.

Click on the Alpha Blocks link on the left or search on BBC Iplayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b01cz0p1/alphablocks both have the episodes of, ‘Alphablocks,’ which the children enjoy using in class- we are looking at all phases.

Jack Hartmann has many educational songs which the children enjoy taking part in, including both Literacy and Maths. Click on the link on the left hand side.

I will be sending messages on tapestry and setting challenges. Please take a look and any other activities you complete, take photos or videos to upload, as I would love to see what you have been doing at home. I am hoping to read some stories and upload the videos on to tapestry for you to watch, so keep your eyes peeled.

Stay safe and keep washing your hands!

Miss Davis

A message from ReadWrite Inc: 

RWI Phonics lessons at home from Monday 23rd March We’re scheduling free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. Films will only be available at the times below:

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm

Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm

Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Note: films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.

New Links:

White Rose Home Learning has daily activities suitable for both Nursery and Reception pupils.  It is updated every week.  Please visit the site each day as part of your home learning activities.

BBC Tiny Happy People includes a wide variety of activities to do at home, all of which are particularly good for developing Nursery and Reception communication skills.