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I hope everyone is well. Can you believe that we only have one week of term left! It has been a wonderful year in Foundation Stage One and I have had the most amazing time teaching you all and seeing you learn new things everyday. I know that Mrs Harvey, Mrs Faulkner and Mrs Fernando have also enjoyed working with you all as well. I know that we haven't had a full year together, but during our time in school, we did lots of exciting things. We tested some home-made rockets, went on our first school trip to Imagination Lane, went on an Autumn walk, made poppies for Remembrance Sunday, we performed our first Christmas Play and had a Christmas dinner at school, we learnt some Circus skills with BeeActive. We also improved our cooking skills when we made Valentine's Day biscuits and enjoyed trying pancakes. And just before we had to learn at home, we were able to look after some chicks and we dressed up and celebrated World Book Day. We have certainly had an exciting year and it is such a shame that we couldn't all finish the year together.

I hope you are all looking forward to coming back to school in September, where you will be in a brand new class - Foundation Stage Two and some of you will be going to new schools. You will also have a brand new teacher - Mrs Horton, who is looking forward to working with you next year. I know it may seem a little scary and a bit worrying to move to a new class and to have a new teacher but you will be moving classes with some of your friends and Mrs Horton has some fun and exciting lessons planned for you for next year. I am also a little worried for next September, as I will no longer be teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas, I will be teaching at a new school. But, even though I am a bit worried and sad to be leaving, I am also excited because I will going on a new adventure, just like you will be doing in Foundation Stage Two. It has been a pleasure to be your teacher this year and thank you so much for all our supportive parents. It has been so lovely to receive updates from you during this time, it never failed to cheer me up, so thank you 

Our new summer topic this term is Africa. Please scroll down to find ideas for activities, crafts and games you can do with your child to learn all about Africa.


Weekly Timetable:

Please find below weekly timetables that can be downloaded. The timetable has been designed to provide ideas for activities and suggests how long your child should be spending on activities, however, timetables can be adapted to meet the needs of your child.

Week 14: WB 13.07.2020

This week's story focus - The Hungry Caterpillar -

Transition Activity (linked to reading) - Giraffes Can't Dance -

Week 13: WB 06.07.2020

This week's story focus - Monkey Puzzle -

Monkey Puzzle Song performed by Julia Donaldson -

Week 12: WB 29.06.2020

This week's story focus - re-reading Handa's Hen -

Week 11: WB 22.06.2020

This week's story focus - Handa's Hen -

Week 10: WB 15.06.2020:

This week's story focus - Handa's Surprise -

Week 9: WB 08.06.2020:

Week 8: WB 01.06.2020:

Week 7: WB 18.05.2020:

Week 6: WB: 11.05.2020:

Week 5:  WB: 04.05.2020:

Week 4: WB: 27.04.2020:

Week 3: WB: 20.04.2020:

Week 2: WB: 30.03.2020:

Week 1: WB: 23.03.2020:

Our New Summer Topic - Africa.

Our new summer topic this term is Africa and although we are not at school, I would still love you to research Africa whilst at home and create some amazing crafts. I have provided some websites that suggest ideas for African crafts, activities and games. I have also included the Medium Plan to provide more ideas in relation to activities and suggestions for books that can be read. There are also many YouTube videos that can be searched that include African animals, music and nursery rhymes. Remember to have fun learning all about Africa.

Extra Activities


Encourage your child to practise counting for at least 15 minutes a day. Keep maths activities as practical as possible. Encourage children to count out a given amount (no more than 10). As well as counting objects, your child can also count claps, show a given number of fingers, tap their head a number of times, stamp their feet a number of times etc. Encourage children to count up to 10 objects. Children can also use their number fans to recognise numbers (number fans can be found in their home learning pack). Your child can also compare two groups of objects, for example can they tell you which group has 'more', 'fewer' and 'the same'.


You can also encourage your child to notice shapes and patterns in the environment, for example challenge them to find everyday objects that are squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. You can also encourage them to find objects that are spotty, stripey, has zig-zags etc. Encourage your children to play with jigsaws that involve shapes and encourage your children to talk about the shapes they can see. Encourage them to use words such as 'round' and 'tall'. Children also need to be able to use positional language. You can encourage your child to 'find the teddy' and once they have found it can they describe where it is? For example, is it 'on top', 'under' or 'beside'.


Daily Maths Lesson from the White Rose Hub: 


Numbertime videos are a great resource for your children to watch on YouTube, simply type in numbertime on YouTube for various videos. Children can watch videos relating to numbers 1-10, months and seasons, shapes, days of the week, and day and night.

Numberblocks is also another great resource for your children to watch.








Other Maths websites:



Daily story time with your child is a great way to teach children how to handle, look at and enjoy books. Try to read a range of books with your child and also re-read books so your child becomes familiar with the books they have read. Encourage your child to retell the main parts of the story, such as what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. You can also ask you child to tell you about the characters, the setting, and the main events in the story.



Julia Donaldson Stories


We're Going on a Bear Hunt


The Very Hungry Caterpillar



This gives your child the chance to express themselves using pen and paper. Children can also make marks with their fingers, paintbrushes, sticks etc. Encourage your child to draw pictures - they could draw pictures of their family, themselves, animals, their favourite book character, shapes, lines etc. Whilst your child are drawing, encourage them to tell you what they are drawing and different parts of their drawing are. As a challenge, you can also encourage your child to identify the initial sound for the things they are drawing, for example, if they drew a 'face', do you know that the initial sound is 'f'?,-factsheets-and-downloads/mark-making-tips-for-parents/



Dough Disco:

Dough Disco is a fun activity that your  child can do at home. All they need is some play dough and watch the dough disco video, which can be found at: 


Recognising and reading own name:

Encourage your children to use their name cards to identify their name and write their own name. When children are writing their name, encourage them to say the Read Write Phonics rhymes whilst they are writing the letters which can be found in your home school pack.


Read Write Phonics


Nursery Rhymes:



Julia Donaldson sings some fantastic songs for your child to join in with. Her songs can be found at:

Julia Donaldson Songs



During this time of Lent, you could encourage your child to think of the ways in which they can prepare for Easter.


Children in FS1, should be taking part in 3 hours of physical activity each day. This should be spread out throughout the day. Out of the 3 hours of physical activity, your child should take part in at least 1 hour of moderate to high intensity physical exercise. Moderate exercise should make your heart beat and breathing faster.


Skills to work on at home can include:

  • Moving in different ways - eg. slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
  • Running skilfully and negotiating space successfully. Can they adjust their speed or direction to avoid obstacles?
  • Balance on one foot when shown.
  • Catch a large ball.


**Every morning, between 9am and 9:30am Joe Wicks will be doing exercise videos, shown on YouTube, for your child to join in with.** 


Your child can also enjoy these exercise videos:




Go Noodle: 


Communication and Language:

Whilst at home, encourage your child to more complex sentences, for example, can they use 'and' and 'because' to extend their ideas. Encourage them to answer questions using sentences and to ask plenty of questions. You can also encourage them to use a range of tenses.


Small Talk is a great way to build your child's language skills. Website can be found at:


Understanding the World:

At home, you can encourage your child to talk about significant events in their life, for example, can they remember a special day out, Christmas, their birthday etc. You can also talk to them about different jobs that people have and talk to them about all the people who can help us. An important thing to teach them, is to discuss how we are similar and how we are different from one another.

When talking about the wider world, encourage your child to talk about the things they have seen and encourage them to ask questions. You can also talk to your child about how things work and why things change. Spring time offers a great chance for children to notice changes that are happening in the world.

Computing - It is important that your child can operate and use simple equipment such as remote controls. You can encourage them to show an interest in technical toys such as cameras. Your child also needs to know that information can be retrieved from computers.

Please use the links below to help your child to understand the world:

Chester Zoo games


Bee Bot is a free app that can also be downloaded and can help your child to build their computer literacy skills.