EYFS - Maple & Willow

Home Learning - week beginning 30th March

Hello everyone. This week we will be focusing on the theme of ‘Easter’. The activities and resources can be used to support the children’s learning at home.

Reading and phonics:
• Please continue to read with the children every day. This may include their school books, sharing story / information books and practising their Speedy Words.

• Watch the online daily phonics sessions from Read Write Inc. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

Sounds Set 1: 9.30am
Sounds Set 2: 10am
Sounds Set 3: 10.30 am (all sets available for 24 hours after original viewing times).
Please send a new message if you are unsure which set to access.

Writing:
Please continue to practise the children’s writing, focusing on…

• Planning a caption / sentence and holding it in their head (repeating it several times until they remember it).

• Using their Fred Fingers to sound out and spell each word at a time (please see 23rd March post for more details).

• Using finger spaces and a full stop.

• Forming letters correctly – starting all letters at the top, apart from ‘d’ and ‘e’. To support handwriting, we use the following terms…
Tall letters – e.g. b, d, h, k, l.
Short letters – e.g. a, c, e, i, m, n, o etc
Tail letters – part of these letters come under the line, e.g. g, j, p.

Click on 'Daily Sentence Writing' to get some pictures to stimulate children’s writing. We have changed the layout of the pages slightly to help anyone who is printing the sheets out. The pictures can be used to plan and write words, captions or sentences. For example, if there was a picture of a cat in a hat, they could write…
cat/hat
a cat in a hat
a cat in a red hat
The cat has got a red hat.
For children who are able to attempt longer words, e.g. strawberry, we would ask them to clap out the syllables and spell each one at a time (because they will be using their phonics, it may look something like this… strorbairee).

We would love to see the children’s writing on Tapestry. In addition, please encourage the children to write about anything they are interested in, such as animals, their families, Harry Potter, etc!


Maths:
This week, we are focusing on recognising and ordering numbers and adding single digit numbers. We will also look at shapes. The following activities will support the children with this…

• Use resources (anything will do, e.g. stones, pencils, sweets!) to support the children’s understanding of adding. For example, you have got 4 strawberries and 3 grapes. How many have you got altogether? The children don’t have to be able to write the matching number sentence, but could do if they wanted to, e.g. 4 + 3= 7. Talking about the Maths is more important though, so we would encourage the children to tell the matching number story, e.g. First, I had 3 strawberries. Then I got 3 grapes. Now I have 7 pieces of fruit altogether.

• Use the Easter themed addition sheets (or copy the questions down if you don’t have a printer). Start with adding numbers to 10 and then move onto number bonds to 10 and adding numbers to 20 if the children show good understanding. The children can use practical resources to support their working out. If they are confident to do this, they could use jottings (drawing the matching number of circles under each number they are adding and then count them to find the total). Some children might like to try putting the largest number in their head and then counting on, e.g. for 3 + 6, you would put 6 in your head and get 3 fingers ready. Say 6 whilst tapping your head and then count on from the next number…7, 8, 9.

• Watch Numberblocks to support understanding of Maths. Some episodes that would support addition are… ‘Fluffies’ which looks at counting and number bonds to 7, 'Blast Off!’ which looks at numberbonds to 10 and ‘Numberblock Castle’.

• Go on a shape hunt in your house or the garden. Can you find any flat (2D) shapes? Can you find any solid (3D shapes). The solid shapes we have started to look at are spheres (e.g. a ball), cubes, cuboids, cones, cylinders, pyramids. What faces can you see on the shapes?

• Please also continue to support basic number skills, e.g.counting groups of objects accurately and recognising / ordering numbers (to 10 and then to 20).

Topic:
• Look at ‘Easter Story’ PowerPoint and use it to introduce the theme of Easter. What is it all about? Why do some people celebrate it? How do they do this? You might want to look through the presentation on your own first.

• Read ‘My Easter Journal’ ebook (available on Tapestry and on Twinkl). How did they celebrate Easter? Why did they give up certain things for Lent? Did you give anything up for Lent?
• Write your own Easter journal. There is a template here or you could make your own.

• Use the the ‘Shape Chick’ sheet to cut out shapes and put them together to make your own shape chick. Or, you could create your own one using things you find around your house.

• Design your own Easter egg. You could use the this template or draw your own on paper. You could try using Purple Mash, 2 Paint a Picture, to design one on the computer.

• Mrs Jacques has set some 2Do learning tasks on Purple Mash. Follow the link and then add your personal username and password to access them. https://www.purplemash.com/sch/Bingham

Parents: Please remember, this is designed to cover a full week. We know some of you may not have access to a printer so they are just suggestions. Please feel free to contact a member of staff if you have any questions. If you reply to this thread, everyone will be able to see your comments but if you start a separate post, it will just be staff members. Also, please continue to share your learning, including your own ideas or things not suggested on this page. It really makes us smile when we see pictures of the children and their great work.

To all the children – we hope you are all well. We miss seeing you but hope you are enjoying extra time with your families! Have an amazing Easter and enjoy eating lots of chocolate.
From all the staff in Maple and Willow.

Update: Home Learning w.b. 23rd March

This week we are focusing on the theme of ‘firefighters’ as part of our topic ‘People Who Help Us’. The activities and resources can be used to support the children’s learning at home.

Reading:
Please continue to read with the children every day. This may include…

• Reading their school books or books you can find online, e.g. Oxford Owl website.

• Sharing stories and non-fiction (information) books.

• Practising their Speedy Words so that they build up a bank of words they can read by sight.

• Reading other materials, e.g. magazines, or anything that interests the children!

Writing:
Please continue to practise the children’s writing, focusing on…

• Planning a caption / sentence and holding it in their head (repeating it several times until they remember it).

• Using their Fred Fingers to sound out and spell each word at a time. If the word has some of the vowel special friends in it, e.g. ay, ee, igh… the children would be expected to use the one way they have been taught, unless they know for definite it has a different spelling. E.g. they may spell ‘tail’ as ‘tayl’ or ‘bike’ as ‘bighk’. We would recognise these as excellent spelling attempts. Attached, (Phonics sound mat Set 1 and set 2), is a document with the sounds and the ditties that go with them, e.g. ‘oo’ poo at the zoo (definitely a favourite with the children). These help because if a child can hear a sound, but not remember how to write it, they could say the ditty and find the matching picture to show how to write the sound. Please note: not all phonics groups have covered these sounds yet.

• Using finger spaces and a full stop.

• Forming letters correctly – starting all letters at the top, apart from ‘d’ and ‘e’. To support handwriting, we use the following terms…
Tall letters – e.g. b, d, h, k, l.
Short letters – e.g. a, c, e, i, m, n, o etc
Tail letters – part of these letters come under the line, e.g. g, j, p.

Follow this 'Daily Sentence Writing' link to see some pictures to stimulate children’s writing. They can use them to plan and write words, captions or sentences. For example, if there was a picture of a cat in a hat, they could write…
cat/hat
a cat in a hat
a cat in a red hat
The cat has got a red hat.

We would love to see the children’s writing on Tapestry. In addition, please encourage the children to write about anything they are interested in, such as animals, their families, Harry Potter, etc!

Maths:
This week, we are learning about odd and even numbers and taking away small amounts. The following activities will support the children with this…

• Watch Numberblocks, which introduces the idea of odd and evens. To help the children remember, we call them ‘Odd Bob’ and ‘Even Stevens’. Please follow this link or Google 'Numberblocks Odd and Evens'. The videos are approximately 5 minutes.

• Use counters (or anything, e.g. socks) to work out if a number is odd or even. Put the items into pairs. Do they all have a partner? If not, there must be an Odd Bob.

• Look at some shapes and see if they have an odd or even number of sides, e.g. triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon (5 sides), hexagon (6 sides), octagon (8 sides).

• Use resources (anything will do, e.g. stones, pencils, sweets!) to support the children’s understanding of taking away/subtraction. For example, You have got 6 pencils. How many will you have left if I take 2 away? The children don’t have to be able to write the matching number sentence, but could do if they wanted to, e.g. 6 – 2 = 4. Talking about the Maths is more important though, so we would encourage the children to tell the matching number story, e.g. First, I had 6 pencils. Then you took 2. Now I have 4 left.

Please also continue to support basic number skills, e.g.counting groups of objects accurately and recognising / ordering numbers (to 10 and then to 20).

Topic:
• Look at 'Fire Service' PowerPoint and use it to discuss the role of a firefighter. Would you like to be a firefighter? Link to other jobs in the emergency services.

• Look at some video clips linked to the fire service, e.g.follow these links... www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY1F_gj87VM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syWonYeJOQU (CBeebies short clip).

• Read ‘Charlie and the Firefighter’ ebook (available on the Tapestry link and on Twinkl). What special equipment did the fire fighter have? Why do they have these? What else would you like to know about firefighters and their jobs? Discuss possible question starters to support, e.g. how, why, where, what, who, when, does… and use these to form some questions. Use the internet to support answering some of the trickier ones!

• Label the parts of a fire engine. See attached document, or ask the children to draw their own and then label.

• Look at 'FireFighters Then and Now' PowerPoint to prompt discussion about how fire engines have changed over the years. Ask the children ‘Would you rather be a fire fighter ‘then’ or ‘now’. The children are used to these types of questions and can answer using the sentence starter… ‘I would rather be a firefighter ______ because….’

• Use this scissor control sheet to practise cutting skills. Can you cut along the lines to put the fire out?

Please remember, this is designed to cover a full week. We know some of you may not have access to a printer so they are just suggestions. Please feel free to contact a member of staff if you have any questions. If you reply to this thread, everyone will be able to see your comments but if you start a separate post, it will just be staff members.

To all the children – we hope you are all well. We miss seeing you but hope you are enjoying extra time with your families!
From all the staff in Maple and Willow

Update: 18/3/20 - What are we learning in Maple/Willow this week?

Literacy: The children are continuing with their phonics lessons, where they practise reading the sounds on their own and then in words and sentences. Everyday, the children write a simple sentence or caption. For example, if they were shown a picture of a frog on a log, they could write a linked word / caption / sentence, depending on their phonic knowledge.
e.g. log / frog
frog on a log
a green frog on a log
The green frog is sitting on the log.

The children would be taught to 'hold the caption/sentence' in their head (repeating it several times until they remember it) and then using their phonic knowledge to spell each word. They would be encouraged to use finger spaces and correct letter formation.

The children will read their books as usual and be given opportunities to apply their reading skills whenever possible, e.g. reading signs / labels, predicting what might happen next in a story.

Maths: This week, we are learning about doubling and halving and taking part in the following activities...
- doubling numbers to five using our hands, e.g. 2 fingers on one hand and 2 on the other makes 4.
- using counters or other resources to double small amounts.
- using a ladybird template to double numbers, e.g. draw 4 spots on each side. What is double 4?
- watching Numberblocks, Series 2 Episode 9 - Double Trouble, which you will be able to find through this link
- finding half of a small amount by sharing equally into 2 groups, e.g. sharing 6 strawberries between 2 people so that they have half each.

Topic:
Our weekly theme is 'Police' which is linked to our topic 'People Who Help Us'. We will be discussing the role of a police officer and how they can help us. There will be lots of resources to support this online, including Twinkl (where you can join for free access - details on the website).

General information regarding home learning in Reception...

Please find a list of suggested websites to access for home learning.

Free TWINKL membership for all our parents and carers

Twinkl are offering every parent and carer temporary access (one month) to their on-line learning resources. Setting this up is really easy. Go to www.twinkl. co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Reading

Please read a range of books regularly with your child and use the phonics support cards to practise specific words and sentence building. They can also use these words to write simple sentences. In addition, please use the resources below to support reading development...

Speedy Words - full list This has the full set of words that we would like the children to practise reading by sight.

Phonics Play website There is a section on this website which provides free access to phonics games. You can choose the level of difficulty using the menu on the left-hand side (Phases).

Writing

Please continue to support the children's writing development by practising their letter formation, reminding them to start at the top for all letters, apart from 'd' and 'e'. Please use the link to handwriting ditties to support.

Challenge children to write at least one sentence everyday. This could be to recount what they have done or linked to an area of interest. Some children really enjoy reading and writing 'Silly Questions', where the answer is very obviously Yes or No. Some examples...

Can a fish run? Is the moon green? Can a frog jump?

We would love to see some examples of the children's writing uploaded to Tapestry.

Maths

In addition to the websites listed above, please continue to practise basic number work with the children, focusing on:

  • recognising and ordering numbers to 10 and then 20.
  • finding 1 more / less than a given number.
  • adding and subtracting single digit numbers, using resources, e.g. stickers, and/or jottings. For example...

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