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Whilst working from home, here are some activities you can do and websites you can use. Your child will also have been given their own home learning pack which will provide some ideas for activities that your children will enjoy.
I will also be providing timetables every week to give parents ideas for the kind of activities you can do with your children throughout the week and to suggest how long children should be spending on activities. Timetables will be uploaded onto this web-page on a Sunday (excluding Easter half-term) for you to download.
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 2: WB: 30.03.2020:
Week 1: WB: 23.03.2020:
In FS1 we focus on Phase 1 phonics. Phonics Play has a few games you can enjoy and learn from at home.
Encourage your child to practice 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.
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'?
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.
Julia Donaldson sings some fantastic songs for your child to join in with. Her songs can be found at:
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:
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:
Bee Bot is a free app that can also be downloaded and can help your child to build their computer literacy skills.