In light of recent development with the Coronavirus outbreak and recommended school closure, it is important that while the children are not at school during this time, they continue their learning.
We appreciate that many of you will be working from home with your children in the house, so to try and make this manageable we have collated some useful resources (both online and printable).
However, we do stress that these are our Early Years children and by no means would their day at school be full of worksheets and sit-down activities, so please don’t feel the pressure to turn your home into a formal classroom. We highly value children’s time to be physical, to play and to enjoy a variety of fun, messy and unstructured activities, so we have also included lists for games and practical things you can do together. But please also enjoy the time to just snuggle up on the sofa and watch a movie having cuddles. This is an incredibly difficult and anxious time for everyone, and there is no expectation on how much of this content you cover with your child, they are simply there to help families who would like some ideas. Whatever works for you and your family is the most important thing, and if that is simply to enjoy being together, then that is wonderful.
Please feel free to continue to use Tapestry throughout your time at home – the teachers will continue to check in, and we would love to see what you are all getting up to – it will keep us smiling! Please also use it as a way to ask for any support – we will be happy to continue helping as much as we can. Each child has also been given a writing book if you wish to keep any record of work you do at home.
Throughout the rest of Reception we would have been continuing to focus on the following objectives for Reading, Writing and Maths. These are building towards the end of Reception Early Learning Goals which are clarified further in a document below. If you are choosing to lead activities with your child, anything linked to these objects will be very useful in ensuring your child continues to make progress and build skills ready for the end of Reception. Hopefully there are plenty of ideas and activities included in the resource folders for you to try.
- Read, enjoy and discuss a wide range of books – both fiction and non-fiction.
- Be able to talk about and discuss what happens in the stories and books they read.
- Be able to sequence the events from a story.
- Retell some of my favourite stories.
- Use our phonics to read words, sounding out and blending the sounds together.
- Recognise at least 20 High Frequency/Tricky Words by sight – that is, be able to read words from our Tricky word lists without sounding them out.
- Read sentences and captions with some fluency and expression.
- Hold our pencil in the correct grip.
- Form each letter of the alphabet correctly, starting and ending in the correct place.
- Write a sentence independently.
- Use our phonics to write words – sounding them out and writing each sound in the word.
- Keep our letters sitting on the line when we write.
- Begin sentences with a capital letter, and end them with a full stop.
- Leave spaces between the words we write.
- Practise reading our own writing back to a grown up.
- Know my numbers to 20.
- Count groups of objects up to 20 correctly.
- Place numbers to 20 in the correct order.
- Say what is one more and one less than numbers to 20.
- Solve simple addition and subtraction problems using practical equipment.
- Be able to explain the maths I am doing (for example answer maths mastery questions such as How do you know? Can you prove that? Is that true or false? Can you draw me a picture to show?)
- Begin to double my numbers to 10.
- Learn pairs of numbers that make 10 – eg, 1+9, 2+8, 3+7 etc
- Share our food/toys/equipment equally between a group of people, understanding that each person needs the same amount.
General help and information
Here is a list of resources and activities that we use in class to support your child’s learning and you may find useful to continue to use at home.
Phonics Play - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm
Phonics Play has a range of free games that can be used for practising sounds and reading words.
We use Jolly Phonics to support the Letters and Sounds government scheme. The Jolly Phonics website has some free resources and the songs are available on YouTube for reinforcement. Over the next few weeks, we will finish covering the rest of the phonics sounds focussing on igh, ow, ear, oi, ure. Some children still find these sounds tricky so it is worth revisiting these; th, oa, ar, ur, ai, air.
Seven Steps for Success
These are our ‘seven steps for success’ for writing successful sentences. We quite often give the children writing prompts from the following websites to inspire interesting sentences. The seven steps are;
- I can think of my own ideas.
- I can listen for the sounds in words to help me write them.
- I can form my letters correctly.
- I can leave a space between words.
- I can finish my sentence with a full stop.
- I can start a sentence with a capital letter.
- I can read my sentence back to another person.
Here are some helpful websites to give you a stimulus for writing;
Letter Formation – this is a perfect opportunity to practise accurate letter formation as you will often be working 1-1 with your child. Within the Reception resources folder there is a document called ‘Letter Formation’ which gives you guidance on where to start and finish each letter correctly. When you write sentences, please remind your child to sit letters on the line.
We use BBC Numberblocks to support the children in learning and understanding their numbers to 20. These are available on YouTube and BBC iPlayer.
There are also a range of number songs and raps by Jack Hartmann on Youtube for example, the children all love to count to 100 with Jack
The children are familiar with using the games on the Busy Things site. The company are currently offering a 1 month subscription for £1 if this is something that you would be interesting in using at home.
There are also a range of free games available on the Top Marks Maths website to support counting and number recognition.
Number Formation – this is a perfect opportunity to practise accurate number formation as you will often be working 1-1 with your child. Within the Reception resources folder there is a document called ‘Number Formation’ which gives you guidance on where to start and finish each number correctly.
We often use Cosmic Yoga with the children which they really love as a way of listening to a story while keeping fit and healthy. It is also a good way to relax and practise mindfulness. https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
The children also love to sketch and we often use tutorial videos to help us to do this. The Art For Kids channel provides challenge without being too difficult.
Twinkl is a fantastic site which has lots of downloadable resources including stories and worksheets. To support home learning over the next few weeks, Twinkl have kindly offered free access to their site for a month using the code UKTWINKLHELPS. (www.twinkl.co.uk/offer).