Reception Class News

F1 Home Learning: Week 8

Posted on Friday 26 February 2021 by Mrs Wood

This week is one of our favourite times in Nursery as we get to read so many of our favourite stories! Don’t worry though, we’ll continue with our World Book Day celebrations in Nursery next week when we all return. There’ll be lots of fun activities to look forward to, all linked to some of the most popular stories in Nursery. There are often lots of live story telling sessions during the week, so have a look at the World Book Day website for more details and ideas.

Look out for a video tour of the Foundation classroom on the Class News Page next week. Next week, I’ll be busy preparing the Foundation classroom for everyone to return and I’ll post the video as soon as I can.  We hope that you enjoy watching the virtual tour to familiarise yourself with the classroom again, before we welcome you back next week.  We can’t wait!

In Nursery, we usually choose lots of stories to read, however for our home learning this week, we’ve probably chosen one of the MOST popular children’s books of all time… The Gruffalo.  If you don’t have a copy of the story at home, click on the link to watch and listen to the story.

Don’t forget to join the World Book Day Zoom session on Wednesday! For this week’s session, you can come dressed up as your favourite character. 

Reading
·        Before you read the book, talk about what the children can remember if they’ve heard the story before. Who does the mouse meet? Where does the story take place? Can you remember what happens when the mouse meets the Gruffalo?
·        If you have a copy of the book, look at the illustrations on each page and talk about what is happening in the story. Some children may be able to re-tell the story in their own words if they are familiar with it.
·        As you read the story together, pause at some parts and see if your child can finish the sentence, especially when there’s a word that rhymes with the previous one. E.g. Where are you meeting him? Here by this lake and his favourite food is scrambled _____? 
Phonics
Aspect 4 of our Phase One phonics learning is all about ‘Rhythm and Rhyme’. This week, you’ll need a drum or a pan and spoon to join in with Mrs Gosper as she plays some rhythm patterns on her drum. Use your listening ears to listen carefully to Mrs Gosper and then wait for your turn to copy her patterns.
Rhythm patterns with drums video
When you’ve finished, have a go at tapping some of your own patterns and take turns to copy each other. Remember to LISTEN first, and then LISTEN again, and then have a try to copy it yourself.
Mark-Making
·        What’s your favourite book? Draw a picture and talk about your favourite story. We’d love to hear about it – send us an email of your picture and write down a few of the comments that your child made.
·        Can you remember how Mouse describes the Gruffalo? What does he have on his nose? What about his back? In our group times in Nursery, we always enjoy drawing on an outline of a Gruffalo and then using different colours and lines to add in his features. Have a go at home – you might need to help your child by drawing a rough Gruffalo outline first but without any details. Here’s one to copy or print at home.  Can you add the following things to your Gruffalo outline?

orange eyes black tongue terrible tusks terrible teeth What else does the Gruffalo need?
poisonous wart purple prickles horns terrible claws

·        For those of you with a printer, here’s a Gruffalo colouring sheet available to download.

Mathematics
Playing ‘track games’ is a great way for children to practise lots of different maths skills such as recognising dice patterns and counting with one to one correspondence (as they move spaces).
This week, have a go at creating your own game together. Your child will need help with the general outline of the track, but they can then add in their own drawings for the houses and trees etc.
1)  Draw some circle stepping stones across the paper to create a ‘track’ through the woods.
2) Next, draw on the animal homes that the mouse found including an underground house, a log pile and a tree top house. You could add a river and some of your own ideas too.
3) Make or find 2 counters and borrow a dice from another game.
4) Roll the dice and move your counter forward the correct number of spaces.
5) The first mouse to make it through the forest to the end of the path wins!
Extension ideas
·        Make up some of your own rules. Perhaps you could draw some purple prickles in a few spaces and if you land on a prickle, you have to go back one space. You could also draw a nut in some other spaces and if you land on a nut, move forward a space.
·        If you don’t fancy making your own game, find a board game that involves a similar concept, such as snakes and ladders. They’re a really great way for children to practise counting skills whilst having fun.
Creative
·        Make some puppets or find some props to help you re-tell your favourite story. We’d love to see a video of your show!
·        Can you make a cave/den home for the Gruffalo? He might enjoy having a tea party in his cave…
·        We’ve explored printing with lots of items during lockdown such as cans, boxes and forks. This week, if you have some plastic animal/dinosaur toys, have a go at printing with them and talk about the prints that they make. Once you’ve finished dipping their feet in water, make sure you help to wash it off before the paint dries.
·        If your child loves to role play in their kitchen, play ‘cafes’ and order some special items from the menu including roasted fox, scrambled snake, owl ice-cream and Gruffalo crumble.
·        In Nursery, we sometimes enjoy trying ‘scrambled snake’ egg on toast. Ask your child to help you break the eggs and mix in some milk to make a ‘scrambled snake egg’ snack.  Make sure they help you to spread butter on the toast too.
·        Are you ready for a snack and some quiet time on the sofa? We love this animated version of the Gruffalo on the BBC iPlayer.
·        You’ll be singing this song about the Gruffalo all week once you hear it! Listen at home and join in.
·        Julia Donaldson’s website has lots of Gruffalo themed games to join in, as well activities for her other books too.
Understanding the World
·        Mouse met a few different creatures in the woods. Talk about other animals that you might find in the woods near your home. Where do they live?  If you enjoy spotting things whilst out and about in your local area, have a look at this ‘Twig Spotter’ activity from the Woodland Trust’s website. How many can you find?
·        Can you spot any animal tracks? Look carefully to see if you can see any footprints in the mud. Here’s a few ideas of footprints to look out for on this ‘Animal footprint hunt’ – it might be very tricky to find some of them!
Physical Development
Funky Fingers
To get your fingers moving this week, you’re going to need a pile of very small items such as 1p/5p coins, buttons, beads, Cheerios… Draw some wavy lines, zig-zags and spiral patterns on pieces of paper and then ask your child to pick up the small objects and place them along the lines. This is a good way to develop their pincer grip and control.
Movement
We’re going to have a go at balancing, jumping and crawling in this activity. Clear a space on the floor and ask your child to gather some cushions and pillows from around the house. Place them on the floor like stepping stones and ask your child to step from one to the other. This is good way for them to practise balancing, especially as the cushions will be soft and move under their feet a little. Repeat the activity, adapting the challenge by putting the cushions further away or not in a straight line.  If you have space and your floor isn’t too slippy, ask them to have a go at jumping from one to the other. Make sure you supervise your child and hold on to any cushions that may move as they jump!

Finally, create a space for your child to crawl under. You could use a blanket/sheet over two chairs, or line some dining chairs up. Ask your child to slither like a snake on their tummies under the blanket or between the chair legs. Crawling is a very important aspect of early years play, helping to provide sensory feedback and developing many different things including the vestibular system (balance).

Independence skills
As we begin to prepare to return to Nursery, we’d like you to focus on ‘toileting’ again with your child.
– Do they go to the toilet without reminders? Try and encourage them to recognise the signs that they need to go!
– When they get to the toilet, are they able to undress themselves? Practise pulling trousers/leggings/tights up and down and remember your child needs to wear clothes that allow children to do this independently.
– When they’ve finished, do they attempt to clean themselves and have a go at wiping?
– Practise handwashing skills again – this is going to be very important on our return to Nursery.
As always, we are there to help children if they need assistance, so please remind them to speak to their teachers if they need help next week.
Key Worker activity and videos
This week, we thought you’d like to be detectives! Listen carefully to each of your teacher’s clues about their favourite stories. Can you guess which book they love to read? Have a go at making some clues for one of your favourite stories and send us an email to see if we can guess!
Key Worker video – World Book Day
We’re so happy that we’re all going to be together again soon. It made us want to sing a song!
Key worker song – If you’re happy and you know it
Story time
I don’t want to wash my hands! Read by Miss Marsden
Click here to watch today’s story.
Soap Experiment – watch and see how soap can stop germs!
You will need:
– a plate
– ground pepper
– washing up liquid
– water
Instructions:
1. Pour the water onto the plate.
2. Sprinkle the ground pepper onto the water.
3. Rub some soap onto your hand.
4. Put your hand in the water and see what happens.  

Week Commencing 01.03.21: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Friday 26 February 2021 by Mrs Wood

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the week- Click here to watch the story Jasper’s Beanstalk or read the book if you have it at home.
Questions to discuss-
1. What do you think will be at the top of the beanstalk?
2. What different tools did Jasper use?
3. What plant have you got growing in your garden?
4. Do plants change during different seasons?
5. Do you know any other stories about beanstalks?
Phonics- ur
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Parents: For the final activity on the video, there are two possible sentences
‘See the cat lick his black fur.’ or ‘See the black cat lick his fur.’
Activity 1:  Look at the picture. What can you see?
Write a word or sentence about the picture. (Sentence – He hurt his leg. Word – hurt.)
Remember to use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.
Below are the steps we use to help us with our writing.
1. Say the sentence aloud.
2. Count the words.
3. Segment each word apart from the tricky words.
4. Read your sentence to check it makes sense!
Activity 2: Play on Phonicsplay.  Click this link. Choose phase 3, + ur
Handwriting Practise- l, t, i 
Click here to watch today’s video.
Click here to view the rhymes we use in school.
Maths- Building with 3D shapes
Click here to watch session 1.
Click here for today’s activity.
Tuesday Phonics- ow
Click here to watch today’s phonics video. Click here to hear the jolly phonics song for ow (at 10:38 in the video)
Activity 1: Write words containing the ow sound (examples – cow, brown, now, owl and howl)
Place them on the floor or around the room. Say a word for your child to find.
Activity 2: Click here for a Read and Roll – ow
Handwriting Practise- u, y, j 
Click here to watch today’s video.
Click here to view the rhymes we use in school.
Maths- Matching 3D Shapes
Click here to watch session 2.
Click here for today’s activity.
Wednesday Phonics- oi
Click here to watch today’s phonics video. Click here to hear the jolly phonics song for oi (at 10:52 in the video)
Activity 1: Write the words; coin, foil, oil, boing Parents: read aloud for your child to write.
***challenge*** write your own sentence, using one of the words you have written.
Activity 2: Click here to have a go at this oi word search. Either search on screen, or print it off (we recommend using page 1)
Handwriting Practise- e, f, z
Click here to watch today’s video.
Click here to view the rhymes we use in school.
Maths- Print with 3D Shapes
Click here to watch session 3.
Click here for today’s activity.
Thursday Phonics- Tricky word – her
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1: Tricky Word Lucky Dip
1. Write each tricky word on a piece of paper.
2. Fold the pieces of paper up so you can’t see the words.
3. Dip your hand in and read the tricky word. Can you say the letter names?
4. Repeat until you have used all of the tricky words.
Activity 2: Practise spelling the tricky words in flour or salt.
Click here to watch Miss Marsden.
Activity 3:  Play a game of phase 3 tricky word snakes and ladders. Click here to download and play.
If you do not have a printer, write down on a piece of paper each number you land on and follow on screen with your finger. You will need dice to play. Parents: If your child lands on a word we have not yet covered in class, you can support them by reading the word.
Handwriting Practise- v, w, x
Click here to watch today’s video.
Click here to view the rhymes we use in school.
Word Passport
Click here for this week’s word list.
Remember to use your phoneme fingers when blending!
Maths- Capacity
Click here to be taken to today’s video.
Today’s video is all about Capacity (the amount something can hold) and the language we use to describe capacity.
Activity: Take pictures of the different measurements, when exploring the capacity of a container. It could be the stages of running a bath, filling a bucket or drinking a drink for example. Which words did you use to describe each measurement?
Friday Understanding the World with Professor Myers; British Science Week 2021- Structures
Click here to watch this week’s video with Professor Myers.
-Can you make a structure strong enough to support a toy?
-Have a go at one of the experiments in the activity pack.
-Send photos to show what you did.
Activity Pack 1
Activity Pack 2
Activity Pack 3
Activity Pack 4
Story time-
I don’t want to wash my hands! Read by Miss Marsden
Click here to watch today’s story.
Soap Experiment – watch and see how soap can stop germs!
You will need:
– a plate
– ground pepper
– washing up liquid
– water
Instructions:
1. Pour the water onto the plate.
2. Sprinkle the ground pepper onto the water.
3. Rub some soap onto your hand.
4. Put your hand in the water and see what happens.  

Don’t forget to join the World Book Day Zoom session on Wednesday! For this week’s session, you can come dressed up as your favourite character. 

Story Link activities to select throughout the week
Literacy
Keep a diary for the week just like Jasper. This could be about anything. What did you eat for breakfast? What did you see out in the garden? What toys have you played with? You could use this diary format click here, or create your own!

Understanding the World
Take a walk outside or in your garden. What can you find growing? You could take a pen and paper to draw what you find.

Maths
1. How tall are the people or toys in your house?
Use boxes, bottles, tins or anything else around your house to measure them. Talk about size difference – who is the tallest? How tall are they?

2. Write numerals on pots or paper. Count the correct number of beans to match the numerals.
Expressive Arts and Design
1. Paint, draw or build your beanstalk. How tall can you make it? How many leaves did you add?
2. Draw a picture to show what you think might be at the top of Jasper’s Beanstalk.
3. Use beans, pulses or any dried food you may have at home to create a mosaic style picture.
 Physical Development
1. Sort beans, pulses or other small dry foods you have at home.
2. Collects some leaves and cut using scissors or other tools. You can also create you own leaves. Cut out of paper or card and fold to make the veins.

F2 Parents

Posted on Friday 26 February 2021 by Mrs Wood

Oooops!
Yesterday’s tricky word video link was the wrong link.
This has now been changed.
Click here to view the video.
I apologise for any inconvenience.

F1 Home Learning: Week 7

Posted on Friday 12 February 2021 by Mrs Wood

These activities are for the week commencing Monday 22 February, which is when we return to Nursery/Remote Learning, following the half term break. We hope that you have a good break over half term and find a new place to visit on one of your local walks!

We hope that you enjoyed a rest over the half term holidays.  A few weeks ago, we read ‘Dear Zoo’ and had to match some animals to the noises that they make in a listening game. This week, we’re going to think about some more sounds, but not just animal noises. In our story this week, poor Mr Bear just can’t get to sleep because there are so many noises keeping him awake! You may have a copy of this classic children’s book at home, but don’t worry if not, you can enjoy listening to it using this link. ‘Peace at Last’

Reading
·        What happened at the beginning of the story? Why couldn’t Mr Bear get to sleep next to Mrs Bear? Do you snore like Mrs Bear? Have a try!
·        What was Baby Bear pretending to be? See if you can make the same noise.
·        When Mr Bear went downstairs, what noise could he hear in the living room?
·        Can you remember which room Mr Bear was in when he heard ‘DRIP DRIP’ and ‘HMMMMMMMMMM’?
·        Outside, Mr Bear heard 3 different animal noises. Can you name them? They made these noises…TOO-WHIT-TOO-WHOO, SNUFFLE SNUFFLE and MIAAAAOW!
·        Talk about what happened at the end of the story. Did Mr Bear get to sleep? Did the ending make you laugh? Why?
Phonics
This week, Mrs Gosper is going to teach you about a selection of percussion instruments. Listen carefully to the sounds that they make and then see if you can work out which instrument it is.
Metal and Wood instruments video
There’s a phonics activity included in our Key Worker video this week. It’s linked to our story of the week and is all about listening for sounds around your home.  You could join in too; use a tablet/phone to record some sounds around the house and then play them back. Can you guess which sound it is?
Mark-Making
·        We all love to snuggle up under our favourite blanket or duvet at bedtime – we saw some really cosy blankets on our Zoom scavenger hunts. Grab a piece of paper and have a go at designing a new blanket. What colours, patterns, shapes or pictures would you use?
·        Mr Bear hears lots of animals outside in the garden at night. Can you draw a hedgehog with lots of prickles on its back? Join in with Squiglet and watch how she draws grass using zig-zags.
Maths
This week in maths, we’re going to think about some important mathematical language involving words associated with time. During everyday conversations, try to use words like ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’ and ‘yesterday’ and help your child to understand what they mean and use them in conversation.
It’s also important to begin to understand about our daily routines. ‘Peace at Last’ takes place at night time, just as Mr Bear is trying to get to sleep. It’s good to establish a good bedtime routine, but everybody might do things slightly differently! Talk to your child about their evening routine. What do they do first? What happens next? What things do you do together before they go to sleep?  Here’s Mr Tumble’s bedtime routine; is it similar to yours?
Have a look at these pictures  and choose ones that are appropriate for your family. Try to put them in the order that you do them. You might need to add in some different ones, such as taking off your glasses.
Extension ideas
–  Can you sequence your morning routine? What do you do first? What next? When do you have breakfast and brush your teeth?
– Don’t forget to keep practising your counting skills! You could count the number of spikes on your playdough hedgehog or roll a dice and draw that many spikes onto a hedgehog outline.
Creative
·        Paint/draw/collage a night time picture. What colours will you use for the sky? Would you see a sunshine at night? What animals might you include that are awake at night?
·        A few weeks ago, we experimented with printing using different objects to see what shape print they made. This week, try printing using a fork. What pattern does it make? Use the fork to add some spikes onto a hedgehog outline.
·        Use playdough to make a hedgehog. What could you use to make spikes? In Nursery, we sometimes use wooden craft sticks, pipe cleaners or dry penne pasta/spaghetti. There are lots of ideas if you do a Google search!   If you have some children’s plastic scissors, you could try rolling a ball and then snipping the top to make spikes.
·        We love being all snuggly in our favourite pyjamas and reading a book before bedtime. Why not start your bedtime routine a little bit earlier one night; enjoy a bubbly bath and then make some hot chocolate or warm milk to drink whilst reading your bedtime story. What happens when you add the chocolate powder to the milk?
·        In this episode of ‘Melody’, Melody can’t get to sleep so her mum tries a few things to help her feel sleepy. She listens to some music about the moon at night time. What does the music make you think of?
Understanding the World
Talk about animals that are awake at night and sleep during the day. These animals are called ‘nocturnal’ animals; follow the links below to watch some short clips all about animals that come out at night.
Nocturnal animals
Andy’s Secret Hideout – Hedgehogs
Andy’s Secret Hideout – Owls
Need a longer break? We love watching Aunty Mable and her adventures with Pippin, regardless of how old they are! Grab your fruit snack and learn about hedgehogs with Pippin.
Physical Development
Funky Fingers
We’re going to revisit our cutting skills this week and practise using scissors again. Make sure a grown up is around to supervise.  Fold a piece of paper in half and cut out a semi-circle shape (or use a paper plate folded in half if you have one). Cut the corner off to make a nose (as in picture) and draw on a face. Next, ask your child to make snips along the edge to create spikes.
Movement
We’ve had some very cold weather over the last few weeks, but it’s still really important that we get outside to enjoy running around. Whatever the weather, try to wrap up warm and enjoy some fresh air and exercise. If it’s not too icy, have you got a bike, trike or scooter that you could have a ride on? Make sure you wear your helmet. Here are a few ideas, there’s a different one for each day.
Independence skills
We’ve been talking about some of the things that we do as part of our daily routines. What do we do twice a day that is really important? That’s right! We brush our teeth. Whilst we don’t expect children to do this by themselves just yet, they still need adults to ensure it is done well, children could begin to have a go at brushing their teeth before and after their adult has helped.  Watch this video and then encourage your child to look in the mirror as they brush their teeth. Teaching children about basic personal hygiene is a really important; it’s included in the ‘health and self-care’ part of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Key Worker activity and videos
For this week’s Key Worker activity, you’ll need to have listened to this week’s story, ‘Peace at Last’. Mrs Gosper is going to play some sounds from the story and you need to use your listening ears to work out what you heard.
Key Worker video – Peace at last
After you’ve watched the video, you could play a game of ‘I can hear with my little ear’.  Take it in turns to imitate something and guess what makes that sound. You could imitate the sound of things from around your house like a clock or telephone, or of recognisable animals like a cat, dog or owl.
During group time, we often sing songs linked to our learning. This one is all about the things we might do at bedtime.  Key Worker song – The way we wash our hands
Don’t Call Me Sweet read by Mrs Rippon
Click here to watch this story.
Questions to discuss:
1. What didn’t Monster want to be called?
2. What did Monster chase?
3. Why did Monster say ‘EKK!’ ?
4. Can you draw your own Monster?
The World Made A Rainbow read by Miss Marsden
Click here to watch this story.
Now have a go at making your rainbow.
Click here to watch Miss Marsden make a rainbow with Skittles.
You will need:
– Skittles
– hot water
– a plate (preferably white)

Don’t forget to join this Wednesday’s Zoom session at 11am!
Please keep sending pictures of your home learning to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org. 

 

Week Commencing 22.02.21: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Friday 12 February 2021 by Mrs Wood

These activities are for the week commencing Monday 22 February, which is when we return to school/home learning, following the half term break. We hope that you have a good break over half term and find a new place to visit on one of your local walks!

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the week- Click here to watch the story What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson, or read the book if you have it at home.
To discuss-
·        Look at the adjectives that are used to describe each animal. How many other adjectives can you think of to describe them? Remember, adjectives are words we use to describe. For example, in ‘hairy hog’, hairy is the adjective.
·        Which pairs of rhyming words could you hear?
·        Which characters were the heroes in this story? Who were the villains?
Phonics- oo
Click here to watch today’s phonics video. Click here to hear the jolly phonics song for oo.
Activity 1:  Sorting oo-
Oo is super tricky. Not only do we have to identify the sound but we also have to decide whether the short or long version fits the word. Have a go at sorting these pictures onto the ‘short sound’ or ‘long sound’ grids. Click here for the card sorting activity. Parents: If unsure of the words the picture cards represent, click here for the answers.
If you do not have a printer at home, you could draw a simple table like this:

Short oo Long oo
 

 

 

 

 

and draw in pictures of objects that have the long/short oo in the correct column of the table.

Activity 2: In our phonics lessons, we like to play a game called Please Mr. Crocodile. Have a go at this at home using our new phase 3 sounds qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo
Here are the rules:
1.Write out the sounds on pieces of paper (or print them/ use flashcards if you have them) Lay them out on the floor.
2. Use a piece of blue material to represent ‘The River’
3. Child asks “Please Mr. Crocodile, can I cross your river?” Adult (crocodile) replies “Only if you give me the sound…” and asks the child to select the correct sound. Will they find the correct sounds and be allowed to cross the river?!
Don’t forget to send in pictures of you playing at home!

Handwriting Practise- c, o, a, d
Click here to watch today’s video.
Click here to view the rhymes we use in school.

Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6, 7, 8!- Week 3.
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 1- Comparing Height
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.
If you do not have building blocks or cubes, you can use other objects of the same shape and size. Perhaps you could use tins from the food cupboard, for example.
Tuesday Phonics- ar
Click here to watch today’s phonics video. Click here to hear the jolly phonics song for ar.
Activity 1:  Caption writing- Describe the object in the picture.
Write a word or sentence about the picture. (Sentence – The rock is hard and smooth. Words – hard, smooth.)
Remember to use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.
Below are the steps we use to help us with our writing.
1. Say the sentence aloud.
2. Count the words.
3. Segment each word apart from the tricky words.
4. Read your sentence to check it makes sense!
Activity 2: Challenge yourself with the phonics bloom flashcard time trial- how many can -you get correct in one minute? You will need an adult to click the tick or the cross. Click here
Please select phase 3 and deselect set 11 (the children have not covered some of these sounds yet) There is an option to play again using incorrect or missing sounds- great for recapping those sounds to work on!Handwriting Practise- g, q, s
Click here to watch today’s video.
Click here to view the rhymes we use in school.
Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6, 7, 8!- Week 3. Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 2- Comparing Length
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.
If you do not have playdough, you could measure string, toys or any other household objects.
Wednesday Phonics- or
Click here to watch today’s phonics video. Click here to hear the jolly phonics song for (ee)or.
Activity 1: Complete the video activity- writing a sentence/ silly sentence using the pictures.
Activity 2: Read and match the captions to the correct picture. You can print these or read them on screen. Click here
Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6, 7, 8!- Week 3.
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 4- Measuring Height
Activity: Click here for the activity. You will notice that this is a bit of a long term activity, involving planting a seed. If you are able to do this, please do, otherwise keep practising measuring the height of household items, using smaller items you have (remember, the measuring unit objects need to be the same shape and size)Handwriting Practise- r, n, m, h
Click here to watch today’s video.
Click here to view the rhymes we use in school.

Zoom
Don’t forget to join today’s Zoom session! See you at 11am!

Thursday Phonics- Tricky word – they
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1: Tricky word colouring sheets!- Click here
Click here for more colouring sheets.
Activity 2: Tricky word spotter story- click here
Click here to find a link to a website blog post, that has some fantastic tricky word activity ideas. Pick your favourite ideas and have a go! We particularly like the look of ‘Tricky word hang-man’ and sticking tricky words to pots and pans that you can hit when you hear the word! Musical words!

Handwriting Practise- b, p, k
Click here to watch today’s video.
Click here to view the rhymes we use in school.

Word Passport
Click here for this week’s word list.
Remember to use your phoneme fingers when blending!

Maths-  White Rose Maths: Growing 6, 7, 8!- Week 3. Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 5- Measuring Time
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.
Friday Understanding the World with Professor Myers; The importance of snot!
Click here to watch this week’s video with Professor Myers.
-Can you make your own snot experiment at home using the ingredients? Send us a photo!
-Make a snot superhero poster to tell everyone how snot helps to protect us from getting poorly.
Story time –
Don’t Call Me Sweet read by Mrs Rippon
Click here to watch this story.
Questions to discuss:
1. What didn’t Monster want to be called?
2. What adjectives (describing words) were used to describe Monster?
3. What did Monster chase?
4. Why did Monster say ‘EKK!’ ?
5. Can you draw your own Monster?
The World Made A Rainbow read by Miss Marsden
Click here to watch this story.
Now have a go at making your rainbow.
Click here to watch Miss Marsden make a rainbow with Skittles.
You will need:
– Skittles
– hot water
– a plate (preferably white)

Story Link activities to select throughout the week

Literacy
1. What the Ladybird Heard features a map of the farm. Can you create your own map of a farm and use your phonic skills to add words naming the different features and animals?
2. The Ladybird was very brave and smart to come up with a plan and use her voice to warn the other animals. Can you design a certificate of bravery to award to ladybird?
A writing reminder…
How did your child find the writing activity? Remember, it’s okay for things to be spelt phonetically. It is important that your child grows into an independent learner. Encouraging your child to write the words as they sound rather than always spelling them correctly. We encourage the children to use their own skills, rather than copying an adult.

 

Understanding the World
Spring Time; Animals and their babies-
Happy Days! Winter is over and it is now the season of SPRING. Do you know what happens in the season of Spring? Have a chat with your grown up…
In Spring, many baby animals are born. Do you know the name of baby animals? Let’s have a think about the animals in our story What the Ladybird Heard.
Cow, pig, horse, duck, dog, cat
1. First, you could have a go at this ‘What can you see’ video. Click here Which baby animals can you name?
2. Be super researchers- if you don’t know them already, find the names of the remaining baby animals from our story; pig, horse, dog, cat. We speak lots in class about where we can find information, so be sure to tell us where you found your animal facts!

 Expressive Arts and Design
1. This week’s story takes place on a farm. What animal noises would you hear on a farm? Listen to this song by this week’s author Julia Donaldson click here See if you can sing along. You might even want to add your own animal movements and dance along too!
2.We’d love to see farmyard animal or ladybird pictures and crafts- use any resources you have! Don’t forget to send us a photo. Here are some ideas:
Physical Development
1. One of our favourite activities! This week, have a go at ‘On the Farm’ Cosmic Yoga.
Yoga Time! | On The Farm | Cosmic Kids – YouTube
2. Draw some lines of different patterns on pieces of paper and follow the lines using small objects such as cereal hoops, paperclips or buttons.

I hope you all have a great week!
Please keep sending photos of your home learning.

Week Commencing 08.02.21: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Friday 05 February 2021 by Mrs Wood

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the week- Watch the story Mr Wolf’s Pancakes or read the book if you have it at home.
Questions to discuss-
1. What three ingredients do you need to make pancakes
2. Mr Wolf made a shopping list. Have you ever made a list? What did you make a list for?
3. Why do you think the neighbours didn’t help Mr Wolf?
4. How did you feel when no-one would help Mr Wolf?
5. What did you think about the ending of the book?
Phonics- ee
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1: Take turns with an adult to play ‘Roll and Read’ (ee focus) click here to either print the word mat, or view it on screen. You will need a die or to draw 1-6 dots on 6 pieces of paper and draw at random from a bag.
1. Roll the dice.
2. Match to the correct row.
3. Choose a word on the row and read it aloud.
Activity 2: Think of two different sentences for each word: queen, bee, teeth and sleep.
Maths- Number 8.
Click here to watch lesson 1.
Activity: Click here for today’s activities.
Zoom session
Don’t forget to bring some playdough to our Dough Disco at 11am.
Tuesday Phonics- igh This is a trigraph. Three letters that make one sound. All three letters go in one box on a phoneme frame.
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1:  Be an ‘igh’ detective! Can you find any words in your storybooks with the ‘igh’ trigraph?
Activity 2:  Click here to play Buried Treasure. It’s on Phonicsplay-Buried Treasure – Phase3 -Set 1-7 – +igh.
Maths- Number 8.
Click here to watch lesson 2.
Activity: Click here for today’s activities.
Wednesday Phonics- oa
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Click here to read the rest of the story, Toads in the Road. You can sign up on the website free and access the reading books from here.
Activity 1: Write a sentence using one of the ‘oa’ words.
You might use: croak, roast, toast or toad.
Steps to writing a successful sentence…
1.Think of a sentence.
2. Say the sentence out loud.
3. Count the words in your sentence.
4. Use your phoneme fingers to segment every word apart from the tricky words.
5. Check your sentence makes sense.
6. Have you remembered a capital letter at the start, finger spaces throughout and a full stop at the end?
Maths- Number 8.
Click here to watch lesson 3.
Activity: Click here for today’s activities.
Thursday Phonics- Tricky word-you
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1: Be a Tricky Word Detective.
Can you find any tricky words in the books you have at home?
Activity 2: Have a go at reading the Phase 2 ‘A Bug’ comic or the Phase 3 ‘Let’s Go’ comic. You can find lots more of these on Phonics Play
Parents: Please click the links below.
Click here to read the ‘Let’s Go’ comic.
Click here to read the ‘A Bug’ comic.
Activity 3: Play the Pick a Picture game on Phonics Play.
Parents: Login details are…
Username: Sphere
Password: Spher3
Search Phonics Play > Resources > Phase 3 > Pick a Picture > Start > Phase 2 (sets 1-5) or Phase 3 (sets 6&7)
Word Passport
Click here for this week’s word list.
Remember to use your phoneme fingers when blending!
Maths- Play number stacking pancakes.
For this activity you will need a spatula (or something similar) and a plate.
Make some pancakes: Draw around a circle template on a piece of paper or card. Cut the circles out and write the digits 0-10 on the pancakes.
Mix up the pancakes and spread them out on the carpet. Your child can scoop up the correct pancake with the spatula and put it on the plate. There are a few things that you can do with this game.
1. Order the pancakes from 0-10 in ascending order. Stacking them one at a time on the plate/in a pile.
2. Order the pancakes in descending order from 10-0.
3. Ask your child different numbers at random to select and put on the plate.
4. Play ‘run and splat’ the number when it is said.
5. Time yourself. How long does it take you to stack your pancakes in order? Can you beat your time? Can you beat your adult?
6. Put the pancakes in a random pile, face down. Decide on a fun action e.g. star jumps, jumping on the spot, running to the kitchen, turning around, hopping etc. Take it in turns to take the top pancake, whatever number you get that’s how many of the chosen action you must do.**Challenge** This activity can be extended by using numbers 11-20. You could also have a go at adding two numbers (1-10) together.
Friday Understanding the World with Professor Myers; Making a volcano
If you would like to join in this week’s video then you will need: washing up liquid, food colouring, bicarbonate of soda and some vinegar.
Click here to watch this week’s video with Professor Myers.
Click here to watch some children carrying out the investigation, as Professor Myers mentioned. It also might inspire you to make a more elaborate volcano, if you have the time and resources.
-Can you carry out the experiment in the video like Professor Myers?
-Can you draw and label a picture to show what happened?
Story time- Below are two story videos for you to watch. I hope you enjoy them.
My Pet Star read by Miss Marsden
Click here to watch the story.
Activities
1. Have a go at making your own pet star. You could use this template or, make your own!
2. Follow these instructions and bake some Cosmic Star Cookies.
3. Click here to see how you to make your very own star sun catcher and help brighten up your windows.
4. Don’t forget to go outside on a clear night and look at the stars in the sky. See if you can spot Pet Star. If you do, give him a wave!
Six Little Chicks read by Mrs Rippon
Click here to watch today’s story.
After you have listened to the story, have a go at Miss Marsden’s quiz to check your understanding.

Friday 12th February 2021 is the celebration of Chinese New Year!
1. Have a look online or in a book to see if you can find China on a world map!
2. Click here to watch the ‘Let’s Celebrate’ episode of the Chinese and Luna New Year celebration.
3. You might like to have a go at writing numbers using Chinese (Mandarin) characters:

Story Link activities to select throughout the week:

Literacy
1. Be a friend to Mr Wolf and make a shopping list for him. You could make a list of ingredients for him to make his pancakes. Or you might make a list for him to make something else delicious. (Pizza, fruit salad etc.)
2. Draw and label two characters from the book.

Understanding the World
Click here to watch a video about wolves.
1. What do you notice about the wolves?
2. How many babies does a mother wolf usually have?
3. What do wolves eat?
4. What helps wolves to keep warm?
5. How many teeth do wolves have?

Expressive Arts and Design
1. Make a stack of pancakes out of playdough. Can you serve them at you own café with different toppings? How much will each pancake cost? Can people buy drinks at your café too?
Click here for the no cook play dough recipe.
2. Make a wolf mask or picture!
3. Using construction toys, can you build Mr Wolf’s Village and the houses for all of the different characters?
4. Maybe an adult in your house will help you to make your own delicious pancakes. What topping might you choose?
Physical Development
Get Moving Outside!
Why not take your numbered pancakes, from the maths activity, outside. Hide them in the garden then find them. Take a number and match it with objects e.g. 3 leaves. Do laps of your garden to match a number.

Joe Wicks is hosting his live PE sessions, 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9am) You can subscribe to his channel here for alerts. A great way to keep fit at home!

Don’t forget to send pictures of your home learning to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org.
I hope you all have a happy and healthy half-term!

F1 Home Learning: Week 6

Posted on Friday 05 February 2021 by Mrs Wood

This week, we’re going to find out what happens when Mr Wolf decides to cook some delicious pancakes. Listen to the story ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ and look at the illustrations in the video carefully as you watch. You might spot some familiar characters!

Reading
·        Can you spot any other story characters that you recognise? Which story are they from? Have you read it?·        Why does Mr Wolf need some help at the beginning of the story?
·        Were Mr Wolf’s friends helpful and kind? Why do you think they didn’t want to help?
·        What happened when Mr Wolf started to cook his pancakes?
·         Can you remember what happened at the end of the story? Do you think Mr Wolf should have shared his pancakes?
Phonics
Being able to copy a rhythm is part of our Phase One phonics learning; we often play simple ‘copy me’ type games as we’re waiting to wash our hands. Today, you’ll need two sticks or wooden utensils, or anything else that is similar! Listen to Mrs Gosper and then have a go at tapping the rhythms too.
Phonics – Rhythm pattern sticks
Mark-Making
·        Mr Wolf said he wasn’t very good at writing. Can you help him write out a shopping list for going to the shops? What does he need to make his pancakes?
·        If Mr Wolf wanted to have a pancake party and invite some friends to his house, what would he need to send them? That’s right, an invitation. Perhaps you could plan a Pancake Day party for next week and make some invitations to send to people in your house.
·        Have a go at drawing or painting your favourite type of pancake. What toppings would you put on it?
·        Open up your own ‘Pancake parlour’ and take orders. You’ll need to write down and tick off what your customers would like on their pancakes.
·        Have you remembered it’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday 14 February? Why not make a card for someone in your family or see if you can post one to someone special that you might not be able to see at the moment?
Maths
This week, we’re going to practise our counting skills. In the story, Mr Wolf made lots of pancakes and we thought it’d be fun to make our own playdough pancakes. If you don’t have any dough, you could follow this simple recipe and have a go at making your own.  Whilst making pancakes and playing, you could introduce ‘counting’ in different ways.·        How many pancakes have you made?  Count each pancake, touching them as you say each number. Sometimes it helps to line objects up to ensure that you count each one only once and try to remember to stop at the last pancake. How many were there? Count again to make sure.
·        Have you got more pancakes than me? How do you know?
·        Who has the fewest pancakes? Children often understand the word ‘more’ or ‘most’ but struggle to understand the word ‘fewer’ or ‘fewest’.
·        The Little Pigs are going to Mr Wolf’s house for a pancake party, how many pancakes do we need to make? Think about your child’s ability and keep the numbers below 5 or 10 as appropriate.
Extension ideas
·        Introduce some real coins into your game. Children don’t need to be able to tell you what the denominations are in Nursery, they may just give you a handful of coins or some may count out 3 coins (of different values) and say “Here’s £3”. It’s all a great way to introduce and familiarise them with money.  You could look at the different coins and try to sort them. How could you sort them? Big/little? Circle/not circles? Copper/silver?
·        Do you remember playing ‘What time is it Mr Wolf’ at school? Children love to play this at Nursery still and it’s a good way of practising counting out the correct number of steps.
Creative
·        We couldn’t read Mr Wolf’s pancakes and then not suggest that you make some pancakes! It’s a great, simple recipe for children to join in with and whisking is great for building upper arm strength too.
·        What’s your favourite topping? Do you always have the same one? Use this as a time to try something new and talk about different flavours. Do you have sugar and lemon or golden syrup?  Is it bitter/sweet/sour?
·        With supervision, ask children to help you cut some soft fruit to put on their pancakes such as bananas or strawberries. Talk to them about using knives safely.
·        If you don’t mind a bit (or lot!) of mess, allow your child to enjoy ‘play baking’ pancakes with some flour, water and mixing bowls.
·        Join in a role play game and make your own ‘Pancake Parlour’, using some of the mark making and maths activities at the same time.
If you have a play kitchen, you could cut out some cardboard pancake shapes or you might want to use playdough instead. Take turns to order, cook and pay for your pancakes.  If you don’t have a play kitchen, have a go at making one. It doesn’t have to be fancy or take a long time; at Nursery, we sometimes make ovens/hobs using a cardboard box with some circles drawn on top. Children always love to use ‘real’ objects so grab a frying pan and spatula and let them pretend!
·        There are lots of songs about cooking pancakes! Here’s a Pancake rap from CBeebies.
Understanding the World
·        Part of the Early Years Foundation Stage is to begin to recognise some of our family traditions and celebrations and to begin to recognise how we are similar and different to others. In Nursery, teaching children in detail about Shrove Tuesday is too complicated, but we do talk to them about how Christian’s might celebrate this day and that it’s sometimes referred to as ‘Pancake Day’.   We discuss that some families will celebrate by making pancakes and that others might not. We talk about it being a time where Christians begin to prepare for another special day, known as Easter.
·        If you have a laptop or a device that supports the game, let your child practise some simple computer skills by playing this game. You need to help Curious George make some pancakes and add his toppings. How many eggs will you need and how many strawberries does George put on?
·        Talk to your child about the ingredients in pancakes and ask them to think about where they come from. One of the most common answers is usually “the supermarket”! Try to find out more and talk about the origins of milk and eggs by watching these videos. One is all about milk and the other is an episode of ‘Do You Know’ where Maddie finds out about eggs and bread.
How does milk get to the farm shop?
Do you know? Eggs and bread
Physical Development
Funky Fingers
In Nursery, we always get lemons to squeeze when joining in with pancake day celebrations. If you have a lemon squeezer and can add an extra lemon or two to your basket, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy squeezing lemons and talking about what’s inside the lemon. This is also a great activity for strengthening little fingers!
Another good activity for helping to build strength in children’s upper arms,  is ‘whisking’. You can do this whilst making pancakes but you could also let your child play with some soap and water and enjoy whisking it to see what happens. If you don’t want lots of mess around the sink, try it at bath time instead.
Also, remember that playing with playdough is a great way to develop finger and arm strength. So, using a rolling pin to flatten playdough to make pancakes is another good activity to do. Tip: If your child is struggling to put enough pressure onto the rolling pin to flatten the dough, try asking them to stand up and do it on a surface/table at their height. 
Movement
The weather is very unpredictable at the moment, so taking part in a pancake race may or may not be possible! If you have space inside/outside and a frying pan/tennis racket, make a play pancake or use a bean bag to see if you can move around an obstacle course without dropping it!Click here for another Cosmic Yoga session. This one is all about something you might enjoy eating on top of your pancakes – bananas!
Independence skills
During lunchtime at Nursery, children are encouraged to be as independent as possible. This might involve knowing how to feed themselves when they’re given a meal or snack, learning how to put a straw into a carton or being able to open a sandwich box. Children that have a hot meal at Nursery are also encouraged to be able to use a knife, fork and spoon to feed themselves. Whilst many family meal times may involve finger foods, being able to use a knife and fork is an important skill to learn for when your child starts in Reception.This week, depending on your child’s abilities, have a go at encouraging them to do the ‘next step’ themselves. This might mean taking the top off a yogurt pot by themselves or for other children; it could be learning to use a knife to cut something soft, like a fish finger, into smaller pieces.

If you wanted to practise using a knife and fork outside of meal times, have a go at chopping up your playdough pancakes!

Key Worker activity and videos
This week, we’re going to help Mr Wolf with his counting. He has lots of friends that would like to eat his pancakes but he needs some help to count how many he needs. To join in with the second part of the Key Worker session, you’ll need to sit at a table and have some playdough. (If you don’t have any playdough, cut out some paper pancakes and use those instead.)
Key Worker session part I – Mr Wolf’s Pancakes
Key Worker session part II – Mr Wolf’s Pancakes with playdough
Key Worker song –Pancake song
Friday Story time- Below are two story videos for you to watch. I hope you enjoy them.
My Pet Star read by Miss Marsden
Click here to watch the story.
Activities
1. Have a go at making your own pet star. You could use this template or, make your own!
2. Follow these instructions and bake some Cosmic Star Cookies.
3. Click here to see how you to make your very own star sun catcher and help brighten up your windows.
4. Don’t forget to go outside on a clear night and look at the stars in the sky. See if you can spot Pet Star. If you do, give him a wave!
Six Little Chicks read by Mrs Rippon
Click here to watch today’s story.
After you have listened to the story, have a go at Miss Marsden’s quiz to check your understanding.
Zoom session
This week, don’t forget to bring some playdough for our Dough Disco on Wednesday at 11am.

Don’t forget to send pictures of your home learning to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org.
I hope you all have a happy and healthy half-term!

 

 

Week Commencing 01.02.21: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Friday 29 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the week- Click here to watch the story Dear Zoo or read the book if you have it at home.
Questions to discuss-
Why was the elephant sent back?
Which animal was described as being too fierce?
Why do you think he kept the puppy and not any of the other animals?
Which animal would you like? Why?
Phonics- th
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1:  Look at the picture. What can you see?

Write this sentence about the picture. Parents: Read sentence aloud.
Remember to use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.
Below are the steps we use to help us with our writing.
1. Say the sentence aloud.
2. Count the words.
3. Segment each word apart from the tricky words.
4. Read your sentence to check it makes sense!
Activity 2: Have a go at blending the phase 3 ‘th’ real and nonsense words. Click here to either print it, or view on screen.
Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6, 7, 8!- Week 2.
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 1.
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.  If you do not have a printer, draw and make your own memory cards. This will work just as well for the activity!
Tuesday Phonics- ng
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1:  Play Musical Blending.
1. Choose a favourite song.
2. Dance away until an adult stops the music.
3. When the music stops, blend one of these words.
4. Repeat until you have read all of the words.
Activity 2: Read the sentence and have a go at writing your own sentence using one of these words.
Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6, 7, 8!- Week 2.
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 2.
Activity: Click here for today’s activity. Take photos of your pairs and send them to your class teacher(s).
Wednesday Phonics- ai
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Play the Picnic on Pluto game on Phonics Play.
Parents: Click here > Login in using Sphere (username) Spher3 (password) > Resources > Phase 3 > Picnic on Pluto > Start > Phase 3 > +ai
Activity 2: Look at the pictures on this document. Segment and write the words to match each picture. You could print these phoneme frames, or draw your own. Parents: If you are unsure, click here to view the words.
Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6, 7, 8!- Week 2.
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 3.
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.
  Zoom
Don’t forget today’s Movement Zoom at 11am! Get ready to move and groove to some of our favourite songs.
Thursday Phonics- Tricky word – my
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1:  Tricky Word Puzzles
1. Write each tricky word on a piece of paper. Click here to see if you have used all the tricky words.
2. Get an adult to tear each tricky word into separate letters.

3. Can you put the letters  in the correct order?
Activity 2:  Tricky Word Hunt
1. Write each tricky word on separate pieces of paper.
2. Get an adult to hide them around your house or garden.
3. Have fun hunting for tricky words.
Activity 3: Rainbow writing tricky words. Choose some bright coloured pens or pencils to practise spelling all of the phase 2 tricky words (the, to, I, no, go, into) and the phase 3 tricky words you know so far (he, she, we, me, be, my).
Below is an example of how to do rainbow writing.

Word Passport
Click here for this week’s word list.
Remember to use your phoneme fingers when blending!
Maths-  White Rose Maths: Growing 6, 7, 8!- Week 2.
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 4.
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.  If you do not have a printer, you could draw your own domino circuit. This will work just as well for the activity!
Friday Understanding the World with Professor Myers; Friction Experiment-
Click here to watch this week’s video with Professor Myers.
-Using a variety of toys, carry out your own friction experiment. Before you carry out your experiment, remember to predict which toys you think will travel fast or slow. You could sort them into two groups.
– After the experiment, draw and label your results.
Story time- Night Monkey, Day Monkey read by Miss Marsden
**Challenge**
When listening to the story, see if you can hear the rhyming words.
Click here to watch today’s story.
Questions to discuss:
1. What would life be like if it was dark all the time?
2. Which part of the day do you like best day or night?
3.  Can you think of any animals that come out at night?
These are called nocturnal animals. Nocturnal animals are awake and active at night and then sleep during the day. Some nocturnal animals can be seen during the day, but most of them spend their whole day resting.

Get ready for next week’s Dough Disco!
To make sure you are prepared and ready to get your fingers moving, use this simple recipe to make some dough at home. I look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday.

Story Link activities to select throughout the week

Literacy
1. In class, use Talk4Writing actions to help us retell and act out the stories we learn. After listening to the story, see if you can come up with some actions. You could get an adult to record you and send it to your class teacher!
To help you get started, click here to watch an example.
2. Dear Zoo is a ‘lift-the-flap’ book. Make your own ‘lift-the-flap’ book. You could choose your favourite animals to be underneath each of the flaps. Then, write a sentence underneath each flap. For each sentence try to write the name of the animal and a describing word.

Parents: A writing reminder…
How did your child find the writing activity? Remember, it’s okay for things to be spelt phonetically. It is important that your child grows into an independent learner. Encouraging your child to write the words as they sound rather than always spelling them correctly. We encourage the children to use their own skills, rather than copying an adult.

Understanding the World
Choose an animal from the book. With the help of an adult, research and find out information about that animal.
Where is its natural habitat? What does it eat? What does it like to do? When the animal lives in a zoo, what does a zookeeper need to do to look after it?
You could use this website or find one of your own.

Maths
1. Choose two or three animal toys. Go on a hunt around your house for different containers. Explore which containers your animals will fit in. Can you explain why they fit in some containers but not others?
2.Patterns are everywhere! Can you recognise any of these animal patterns? Draw your own animal pattern on a piece of paper.

Expressive Arts and Design
Make a lion mask.
Resources:

Paper plate
1 sheet of Yellow and orange paper
Scissors
Glue
Instructions:

1. Cut out the inside of a paper plate, leaving only the outside circle.
2. Cut strips of yellow and orange paper.
3. Glue the yellow and orange paper to the paper plate circle, creating a lion’s mane.
4. Make sure they give a loud ROAR!

Physical Development
1. Get moving and dance along to these songs!
Animal Boogie
Let’s go to the Zoo

2. Make a paper chain snake. This is a great funky fingers activity!
Resources:
Paper (any colours you’d like to use)
Scissors
Stapler
Glue
Googly eyes or draw your own!
Instructions:
1. First, decide on which colours you want to use. You could use two or three colours and try to make your snake a repeating pattern, for example, red, orange, red, orange.
2. Cut strips of each colour.
3. With an adult, use a stapler to connect the chains.
4. Add a head by cutting out a triangle and gluing it to the first chain. You could also add a tail!
5. Glue or draw some googly eyes on the head and add a red tongue, then you’re done!

I hope you all have a great week! Please remember to send photos to  stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org.  I love hearing about how you’ve been getting on with your home learning.

 

F1 Home Learning: Week 5

Posted on Friday 29 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

This week, our learning is going to be based on a book that lots of families will already be familiar with, ‘Dear Zoo’ written by Rod Campbell.
We’ve saved all of this week’s remote learning ideas to a pdf as we thought this might be an easier way for some people to view them.
Zoom
Don’t forget Wednesday’s Movement Zoom at 11am! Get ready to move and groove to some of our favourite songs.

Reading
·        Before you read the book, ask the children if they are familiar with it. Have they read it before? Can they remember what the story is about?
·        If you have a copy of the book, as you’re reading, pause each time for children to guess what animal is next.
·        Listen to the story a few times and encourage your child to join in with the words that are repeated. Once they’re familiar with the book, use the pictures to have a go at retelling the story using the repeated pattern of words. “So they sent me a_____. He was too ____. I sent him back.”
·        What do you think would be a good pet to have? Why? Can you think of any animals that wouldn’t make a good pet?
Phonics
Listening to rhymes and being able to keep a simple beat are all important elements of our Phase One phonics teaching in Nursery. Here’s a new rhyme to learn all about going to the Zoo. Watch this video and join in with drumming the beat at home. You’ll need something to bang like a drum so see what you can find at home, a pan/box and wooden spoon work well!
1,2 We’re going to the zoo.
3,4 crocodiles by the door.
5,6 Monkeys doing tricks!
7,8 Lions at the gate.
9,10 Elephant’s stomping in his pen.
Do you remember our ‘Guess the animal’ Key Worker game? Here’s another one for you to try; we need to keep practising our listening skills!
Mark-Making
·        Have a go at drawing your own pet or an animal that you would like to have as a pet.  Think carefully about what it looks like. Does it have big, floppy ears? Does it have legs?
·        In the Key Worker video this week, some of the teachers have drawn patterns on a snake. Draw a snake outline yourself, or ask a grown up to help, and have a go at adding your own patterns. Will it be a spotty or stripy snake?
·        You could have a go at making your own ‘Dear Zoo’ book. Draw some pictures of different animals (or print some pictures if you prefer and have a printer) and then cut out some flaps to stick over them. Have a go at telling your own version of the story! We’d love to see it – send us a photo or video of you reading your book.
Maths
Do you remember learning about shapes during our ‘Zog’ themed week? This week, we’re going to continue learning about shapes. First, watch this shape video to remind yourself of the names and properties (such as the number of sides and corners) of the basic 2D shapes (circle, square, rectangle and triangle).  Then, draw one of each of the shapes on a piece of paper and go on a shape hunt around your house.
·        Can you find each of the shapes? If you find more than one, you could put a tick or tally on your sheet. Which shape did you find the most of? We’d love to see some photographs of the shapes that you find.
·        Next time you go for a walk, try and spot some shapes along the way. What shape are the road signs?
Extension ideas
– Have a go at feeding the ‘shape monsters’ on this Topmarks game.
– Do you remember creating a repeating colour pattern? Ask a grown up to help cut out some different shapes. Have a go at creating a repeating shape pattern with just 2 shapes. Circle, square, circle, square, circle…. What would come next?
– In Nursery, we often use different objects to investigate what shape they make when we dip them in paint and print with them. Find some objects (eg. a tin, Duplo brick, a small cardboard box – like a toothpaste box) and pour a bit of paint onto a plate. Dip the object in and then print with it! What shape can you see?  (You could use these to print a repeating pattern, too.)   Are there any shapes that are tricky to find?
Creative
·        What is your favourite animal from the story? Have a go at making it using boxes and other recycling materials that you may have.
·        In the story, each of the animals was delivered in a different shaped box or container. Find your favourite animal toy and have a go at making it a home. What would it need to be comfortable? What size and shape would it need to be?
·          If you have some toy animals, you could make your own small world area. You might use Duplo bricks or you could go outside and collect some leaves, sticks and pebbles to add to a tray or an empty shoebox.
·        Here’s another of the songs that we enjoy listening to before lunch time – Walking through the jungle.
Understanding of the World
·        Have you ever been to a safari park or zoo? What did you see? Whilst it’s not possible to visit animals at the moment, you could watch some snippets from the virtual tours on Chester Zoo’s website and find out about meerkats and giraffes. (The information from the Keeper is quite tricky for Nursery children, but your child may enjoy just watching and talking to you about the animals they can see in the video).  In Nursery, we often talk to children about why some animals are looked after in wildlife parks and where the animals would normally live, in their natural habitats.
·        In the ‘Dear Zoo’ story, the boy wanted a pet. Do you have a pet? If you have a pet, talk about how you look after it and what it needs to be healthy. If you don’t have a pet, which animal would be a good pet for your family? Would you be able to look after a pet and give it everything that it needs?
·        Are you ready for some quiet time? Find out about different pets in an episode of My Pet and Me.
Physical Development
Fiddly Fingers
We’re going to make our own snakes in this activity, so you’ll need some small strips of paper and some glue.  Show your child the picture and talk about how to make the snake. Look carefully at how the body is made. They might remember making paper chain decorations in Nursery before Christmas.
Make a paper chain, linking each strip of paper together and then make a head to add on at the end. How long will your snake be?  Linking the paper strips is a great way to get your child moving their fingers and hands to increase dexterity.
Movement
We love to have a good boogie at Nursery and dancing is a great way to get us all moving in different ways! Join in with the Animal Boogie at home and have a go at some of the actions.
Movement play is really important in Early Years; it helps children to develop and strengthen connections between their body and brain. These connections lay important foundations for children’s future learning and development. We encourage all kinds of movement in Nursery, including crawling like animals and laying on the floor to slither like snakes – just as this song encourages children to do!
Independence skills
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been trying to encourage you to help your child to become more independent, ready for their return to Nursery. We’ve been practising getting our coats on and fastening zips, putting on our own gloves and how to blow our own nose.  This week, we’d like you to have a go at putting on and taking off your own shoes. This is where Velcro or elasticated fastenings make it much easier!
If your child is already confident at doing this, can they put their own socks on? Have a go and see!
Key Worker activity and videos
For this week’s Key Worker activity, you’ll need some paper to draw your own snake or a snake outline and some crayons or colouring pencils/pens.  Watch the video to see how each of the teachers draws a different pattern onto the snake’s body. When you’ve finished watching, have a go at your own.
Key Worker video – Snake patternsHere’s another activity for you to join in with – you’ll need two wooden spoons or utensils. It’s a song you might already know, all about ‘Going to the zoo’ and afterwards, you can learn some signs for some of the animals that you might see if you went on a trip to the zoo!
Key Worker song- Going to the zooVideo –  Zoo animal signs
Story time- Night Monkey, Day Monkey read by Miss Marsden
**Challenge**
When listening to the story, see if you can hear the rhyming words.
Click here to watch today’s story.
Questions to discuss:
1. What would life be like if it was dark all the time?
2. Which part of the day do you like best day or night?
3.  Can you think of any animals that come out at night?
These are called nocturnal animals. Nocturnal animals are awake and active at night and then sleep during the day. Some nocturnal animals can be seen during the day, but most of them spend their whole day resting.
Get ready for next week’s Dough Disco!
To make sure you are prepared and ready to get your fingers moving, use this simple recipe to make some dough at home. I look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday.

I hope you all have a great week! Please remember to send photos to  stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org.  I love hearing about how you’ve been getting on with your home learning.

 

Week Commencing 25.01.21: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Friday 22 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

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Book of the week- Watch the Gruffalo or read the book if you have it at home.
Questions to discuss-
1. How does the mouse feel when he sets of on his journey through the woods?
2. Do you think the mouse likes the other animals: owl, fox and snake?
3. Why do you think the mouse tells the other animals he is going to have tea with the Gruffalo?
4. Do you think the Gruffalo is afraid of the mouse?
Phonics- qu
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Have a go at reading this sentence. Did you spot today’s new phoneme?
Activity 2: Can you work out the missing phonemes for these ‘qu’ words? Write the words in a list.
Maths- Number 7
Click here to watch today’s maths video.
Click here to do today’s activities.
Tuesday Phonics- ch
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Write the words to match these pictures. You could print these phoneme frames, or draw your own. Parents: If you are unsure, click here to view the words.
Activity 2: Have a go at writing this sentence.  Parents: Read the sentence aloud.
Math – Number 7
Click here to watch today’s maths video.
Click here to do today’s activities.
Wednesday Phonics- sh
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1: Have a go at writing this sentence. Parents: Read the sentence aloud.
Activity 2: Play Phase 3 Sentences on Phonics Play. Have a go at reading the three ‘sh’ sentences.
Parents: Click here > Login in using Sphere (username) Spher3 (password) > Resources > Phase 3 > SENTENCES PHASE 3 > Start > Next > Click ‘sh’
Maths- Number 7
Click here to watch today’s maths video.
Click here to do today’s activities.
Thursday Phonics- Tricky words – was
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Practise writing all of the tricky words using the look, cover, write, check method. Click here to see if you have practised writing all of the tricky words.
Activity 2: Write a sentence which includes any of the tricky words.
Steps to writing a successful sentence…
1. Think of a sentence.
2. Say the sentence aloud.
3. Count the words in your sentence.
4. Use your phoneme fingers to segment every word.
5. Check your sentences makes sense.
6. Have you used a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop?
Activity 3: Have fun using different voices to spell the tricky words aloud.
Word Passport
Click here for this week’s word list.
Remember to use your phoneme fingers when blending!
Maths- Shape
Click here to watch today’s video.
Activity 1:  Play ‘Guess the Shape’ with an adult.
Describe a shape, remembering to say how many sides and corners it has and to be specific, e.g. “It has 4 sides. It has 4 corners. It has 4 equal sides.” See who can guess the most shapes correctly.
Activity 2:  Go on a 2d shape hunt around your house. What 2d shapes might you find? If you have access to electronic device, take photos of the shapes you find.
Friday Understanding the World with Professor Myers – RSPB Bird watching
Click here to watch this week’s video with Professor Myers.
Activity 1: Be a bird watcher. Can you spot any of these birds? Count and record the different types of bird you see in your garden.
Activity 2: Follow these instructions and make an apple bird feeder.
Activity 3: Can you draw a picture of the birds in your garden?
Story time- Veggies Assemble
Click here to watch today’s story read by Miss Marsden.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the story.
Questions to discuss:
1. Why was the lolly melting?
2. Why did Supertato blush at the end?
3. Who helped Supertato to get free?
4. How did Supertato call for help?
5. Why couldn’t we hear what the evil pea was saying when Supertato captured him?

Story Link activities to select throughout the week

Literacy
1. Can you write a recipe for Gruffalo Crumble?  Write a list of all of the ingredients you will need. Think about the things that the mouse might find in a deep dark wood.
2. Can you make a sign to warn people about the Gruffalo ? What would you write on your sign? Think of some interesting warning words.
3. Can you draw and label a map of the mouse’s journey through the deep dark wood? Who did he meet first in the story? Where did he find the owl?
Understanding the World

1. Find out about owls and some other birds of prey by watching Andy’s Secret Hideout. Can you find out some more interesting facts about owls?
2. Do you have any dried spaghetti at home? How does it feel, is it hard or soft?  Adults could you cook the pasta and watch it with your child. Talk about the changes. How does it feel once it has been cooked? Now you have your own bowl of scrambled snake to enjoy.
Expressive Arts and Design
Can you make a Gruffalo or a mouse headband? Use some paper and Sellotape then colour it in. You could then act out the story.
Are you going to be the mouse or the Gruffalo?
Physical Development
1. Using your fiddly fingers thread some tubes of pasta onto a piece of string, ribbon or an old shoelace. Can you add on eyes and make your snake slither around?
If you haven’t got any pasta you could make a paper chain snake or cut out a spiral snake from some paper.
2. Have a go at doing some Cosmic Yoga. It tells the story of Tallulah the owlet. We really enjoy cosmic yoga at school and we hope that you do at home too.
Online Gruffalo Activities
Click here and play some Gruffalo games.
1. Monster maker – make your own Gruffalo – choose your own face, body and legs. What would you call the new Gruffalo? If you have access to a printer, print it out and colour it in.

2. Hide and Seek – play the matching game with the Gruffalo cards.

3. Menu matcher – is a short quiz about the Gruffalo story.

I hope you all enjoyed the nursery rhyme themed Zoom. It was lovely to see all your smiling faces. Don’t forget next Wednesday’s Zoom is a Scavenger Hunt. You will be asked to go and find lots of different things.
Parents: be prepared to help your child look for things.
See you then!