Early Years

Last Updated:  12.06.20
Welcome to the EYFS page
On this page, you will find a range of activities that you can carry out with your child. There are some paper based activities that you complete and there are a range of 'continuous provision' based activities. There are Adult input plans and resources to go with each 'continuous provision' that you can use. I will also PING out a range of 'Home Learning Cards' with activities for you to carry out. As we are not able to carry out observations in school, it would be great if you could use the 'Evidence Me' app to carry out observations of your child taking part in the different activities. On our main class page, is a copy of the Development Matters Framework for your perusal to give you an idea of the different learning objectives that we cover in class and you can comment on (if you wish) in your observations.    
Updated - 12.06.20
Please take a look at this simple social story with your children to help them understand the current situation surrounding Coronavirus. 
How to talk to your children about Coronavirus
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English Topic
Over the next few weeks in school, we will be learning about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We will be reading the text 'Little Red' by Bethan Woolin as well as many other versions of the story. Check back here weekly for different writing activities that you can do at home based on the text.
Please find below the THIRD 'Talk for Writing' unit called Mouse's Adventure that you can use at home to support your child's learning
Writing Tasks
Encourage your child to write as much possible whilst at home, if they are unsure of the letter formation or sounds ask them to use the letter and sound mats (see below).
Tasks could include:
  • A sentence or short story about an adventure that Mouse had..
  • A sentence Rafa or Mouse.
  • A short description of Rafa or Mouse - He has short, red hair and fluffy fur. He has a long, strong tail.
  • Rewrite the story  - Change the character of Mouse to another animal.
Remind your child to use Capital letters, finger spaces between words and full stops.
Mavis the Magical Cat Resources
Please see below for resources for our previous Talk for Writing Unit.
Please can you continue to read with your child and listen to them read as often as possible. When reading with your child ask them the following questions:
  • Is it fiction or non-fiction? How do you know?
  • Who is the story about?
  • How does the story end?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Who is the hero in the story? Who is the baddie?
  • Depending on the text you might want to ask more specific retrieval based questions.
Free Access To Online Ebooks
You can now access at home a range of free reading books that can be accessed online. These are similar to the books that we use in school and are book banded. Please follow the link below to log in and access the ebooks.
The order of book bands that children read in Reception to Year 1 are: Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green
Reading Investigators:
Ask your child to become a reading investigator by getting them to search for the following words in a text and by keeping a tally of the number they find.
no, go, the, said, he, she, my, all, was, but, this, and & you.
Reading Games:
Write the Reception Tricky words on lolly sticks/pieces of paper and place in a cup. Then on 5 lolly sticks/pieces of paper write the word 'Bam'. Take it in turns to pick out a word and read it aloud. If you/your child reads the word correctly, they get to keep the word. If the word 'Bam' is picked out, then who ever pulled it out needs to put all of their words back in the cup. 
Alternative game idea: write a range of sounds or decodable words on the lolly sticks.
Flash Cards and Word List:
Please continue to practise reading the flash cards and reception tricky word list with your child. Once they are confident at reading them encourage them to write them.
Supporting Reading At Home
Below are ideas to help support your child with reading at home when reading aloud and during story time.
At home, you should have the Letter Formation booklet that was sent out as homework. You may want your child to continue working on this or use it as a guide to make the letter shapes using paint, water pistols, chalk and or drawing them in the sand. Model to your child how to correctly form the Lower Case and Upper Case letters. Below is a downloadable version if you need it.
Communication and Language Home Learning
Check your School PING as I have sent out a range of Communication and Language Home Learning cards that you can carry out with your child.
Work your way through the Phonics booklet that has been sent home. You can also watch Mr Thorne does Phonics (see clip below). In class we are working through the Phase 2 and 3 sounds. 
ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, oi, ear, air, ure, er
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Alpha-blocks are fantastic short video clips that model how to segment and blend words. Have a look at the video below with your child. You can find a range of Alphablock videos on YouTube and BBC iplayer.
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Free Access to Phonics Play
In light of the school closures, Phonics Play have given free access to parents. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 follow the Phonics play planning during their phonics lessons. The website has lots of different interactive games and worksheets that the children enjoy doing.
Please follow the link below using the following details to gain free access:
Username: march20
Password: home
Free Access to Teach Your Monster To Read
Teach Your Monster to Read is a fun and interactive game that helps your child to develop their phonics knowledge. You can play both on your computer or via an app. It is free to download on your computer and for most mobiles/tablets it is free. All the information you need is on the website below. 
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra are releasing weekly  music family challenges that you may want to enjoy with your children.
Below is the link to the website.
You can find also find the challenges on their Youtube page.
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RE - 
This half-term we will be learning about the Creation Story. Below are a range of resources included a PowerPoint with the story on that you can use to help your child learn about the story.
You may want to create a role play and make traditional costumes using an old pillow case with the bottom cut off and holes for arms cut into it. 
You can also access child friendly versions of the story on YouTube.
Fiddly Fingers
In class we try to develop muscle tone in the childrens hands whilst developing their fine motor skills. We do this by completing different finger gym activities and Dough Disco. If you google Dough Disco, a range of video clips will come up that your child can watch and follow, all they need is some soft playdough (recipes can easily be found online to make your own at home).
We also encourage the children to thread pasta/cotton reels on string, cut snips into paper and place pegs onto materials (which you can do at home if you wish) or you can download one of the tree 'Finger Gym' Activities to try at home.
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Understanding the World
Here you will find different STEM and Easter based activities that you can try at home.
Little Red Riding Hood Investigations
Why not try one one of the Science based activities with your child?
Fairy Tale Based Activities
This half-term our Topic is based on traditional tales including: Little Red Riding Hood. Below different LRRH themed resources that you may want to use to support your child's learning.
Below you will find a range of resources to help develop your child's mathematical understanding. In class, we have been learning:
  • How to recognise and write numbers to 20
  • Adding numbers with in 10 and beginning to add to 20
  • Subtracting numbers with 10
  • Doubling numbers to 10
  • Halving numbers within 10
  • Counting to 20 forwards and backwards
  • Recognising and naming simple 2D shapes
  • Recognising and name 3D shapes
  • Ordering objects by size - from smallest to biggest & biggest to smallest
  • Comparing objects that contain different liquids (capacity)
At home you can use a range of objects including coins, toys and counters to practise the above skills or if you wish you can download the different activities for your child to complete (they made need support with these).
Check your school ping for additional Home Learning Cards
Doubling and Halving
Number Formation
Addition & Subtraction
Number Blocks
You may wish to watch number blocks with your child. These clips can be accessed on YouTube and BBC iPlayer.
Counting Songs and Videos
There are also numerous counting forwards and backwards songs available on YouTube
The children really enjoy counting videos by Jack Hartman (see video below)
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Additional Resources