Year R Home Learning
In the coming weeks the Year R team will be posting home learning ideas for your children. Our biggest hope would be that you continue to regularly read, listen to and enjoy books with your children and we would love to see videos of this on Tapestry. There are lots of activities and ideas online but we will be providing a range of ideas which we believe will help your child to learn. We know that children of this age learn best through short chunks of focused time so we recommend limiting intense learning time in the day and allowing children periods of play to process their learning. Remember spending time helping with everyday tasks and the discussions that come from this are also learning, e.g pairing the socks when hanging out the washing, digging out weeds, loading the dishwasher and cooking.
We don't want the children to feel disconnected from the adults in the class and will use Tapestry to send messages. We would love to see what you are all up to.
The Early Years Team
Make or use objects as fish. Count out 10 of them.
How many ways can you find to split the fish into 2 groups? e.g. 3 and 7, 4 and 6.
Can you record the ways you have found by drawing a picture or writing a number sentence (e.g. 3 + 7 = 10)?
Have you found all the ways? How do you know? Is there a pattern?
Can you use 20 fish?
Can you split the fish into 3 groups?
Understanding the world
We would like you to explore why some pieces of rubbish float and others sink.
Can you use a plastic container of water to explore floating and sinking?
Use different objects that an adult has helped you collect.
Ideas could include;
a scrap of paper
Make a chart to record what you find out?
What do you notice?
Can you describe the materials that each of the objects is made from?
Do all metal things sink? Do all plastic things float?
Are all the objects waterproof?
Week 15 - Underwater Adventures - w.b. 6/7/20
We are staying underwater this week and learning a little bit more about some aquatic creatures.
We would like you to watch the TV episode below and then pick 1 or more of the challenges below to complete.
In the document below you will find some maths problems with an under the sea theme. Use practical objects to help you solve the problems and remember to check whether they are adding or take away problems as both are included. See if you can make up some challenges of your own.
Listen to the 2 songs below
What instruments can you hear?
Which song do you prefer?
How do the songs make you feel?
Challenge - Can you make a musical instrument at home to make your own underwater music? Have a look at the pictures below for some ideas!
Week 14 - Week beginning 29th June 2020 - Tiddler
Design your own sea creature
Could you make a sea creature using boxes and pots from the recycling bin? Or maybe you could collage a creature with scraps of material, tin foil or colourful paper? We would love to see your designs so that we can share them on this page.
Week 13 - w.b.22nd June 2020
Hello Year R,
We have once again been amazed by all of your hard work. We are very proud of you all! This week we are carrying on with work about the book Handa's Surprise. You can choose some or all of these activities or even come up with some of your own ideas. Have fun!
Here is a link to a cbeebies dance routine for you to master. We would love to see your attempts!
The words above can all be read using your phonic knowledge. You can print them or if you dont have a printer write them down on paper instead. Here are some ideas that you could use them for;
1. Use a pen to underline any digraphs and trigraphs you can spot in each word and put a dot under other letters. We call this dots and dashes and we use it to help us read words.
2. Play beat the clock and see how many you can read in a minute.
3. Print or write them twice and play snap or matching pairs.
4. Hide them and as you find them read them out loud.
Write and sentence with one or two of the words in. Remember to sound talk the words and remember your capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
Week 12 - w.b. 15/6/19
Well done to everyone for their fantastic work on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It has been lovely to see all of your creative ideas. This week we are going to be doing some learning based on the book Handa's Surprise by Eileen Brown. It is one of the teachers' favourites at school, but if you haven't heard it before you can watch an animated version below.
Handa is taking her friend Akeyo some delicious fruit. Here are some learning ideas that you might like to choose from based around fruit.
1. Can you weigh all of the fruit in the fruit bowl and put it in order from lightest to heaviest? What about from largest to smallest? Is it the same order or a different order?
2. Have a look at any stickers or packaging you can find on fruit? Which country did it come from? Can you find the country on the map? Which fruit has come the furthest?
3. Ask your family and friends what their favourite fruit is. Can you make a pictogram like the one below? Which was the most popular fruit?
4. Fruit artist. Can you paint, draw or make a collage of a piece of fruit? Maybe you could make a picture using fruit itself? We would love to see them on Tapestry.
Here are some pictures from the story. You can print them out to make puppets or use them to inspire you to make your own versions. Can you use them to retell the story? Remember to use words such as next, after that, suddenly, finally to improve your retelling!
Week 11 Week beginning the 8th June 2020
Dear Owls, Rabbits and Squirrels
We hope you enjoy our second week of learning linked to the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.
Mrs Symmons, Miss Healy, Mrs Hawkes and Mrs McRoberts
Week 10 - w.b. 1/6/20 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Welcome back! We hope that you have had a lovely half term and are all ready for some fantastic learning. This week we will be thinking about the Hungry caterpillar by Eric carle. If you don't know this book you can watch a video of it being read below and then choose some of the learning activities.
Take away (subtraction) problems
Can you use the story of The Very Hungry caterpillar to solve some take away problems? You will need to use some counters these can be anything small that you have lots of eg pieces of pasta, building blocks, lego pieces , hair clips etc. You will need to ask your grown up to read the problems.
1. There were 6 pieces of apples in a bowl. The caterpillar ate 2 of them. How many were left?
Take 6 counters out, check you have the correct amount by counting them. Take 2 away from the pile and count how may you have left.
2. 10 cupcakes were in a box. The caterpillar ate 4 of them. How many were left?
3. 9 oranges were growing in a tree, as the caterpillar wiggled up 8 fell down. How many were in the tree?
4. 8 butterflies were in a bush. 4 flew away. How many were left?
If you are confident using the counters you could try problems with numbers up to 20 or have a go at doing a drawing to find the answer to the problems.
5. There were 7 sausages in the pan and the caterpillar ate 3. How many are still in the pan?
Draw 7 sausages and cross 3 out. Count how many are left.
6. There were 12 juicy pears in the bowl and the caterpillar ate 5. How many were left?
Could you think of your own problems for people in your family ( or your teachers via Tapestry) to solve?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Maps
Have a go at drawing a story map for The Very Hungry caterpillar. There is an example below. See if you can use your story map to tell somebody the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Remember to link the pictures together with arrows and add labels such as 'next', after that' and the days of the week to help you!
Writing Challenge - Can you write a fact or facts about a dinosaur?
Think carefully about the sounds you can hear and remember to use a capital letter at the start of each sentence and a full stop at the end. You can watch the video below to give you some ideas or just for fun!
What do you have to do to the number if two of the same item are bought? (HINT - remember your ladybirds!)
Can you be the customer and find the correct coins? Is there more than one way to make the total?
Can you pay in 2ps to practise counting in 2s?
At the end of the day your shop has a sale and everything is half price - can you make some new price labels?
Can you make up a dinosaur challenge in the garden or in your house?
Maybe it could be an assault course where you have to jump like a Velociraptor, balance like a dromaeosaur and stomp like a Gigantosaurus?
Or what about circuits with each station having a different challenge?
1. 10 T-rex star jumps
2. 5 Brontosaurus stretches
3. 10 Velociraptor sprints
Challenge - Could you make labels or signs to tell people what they have to do?
Just for Fun!
This is one of the teacher's favourite GoNoodle videos, can you join in too?
Week 8 11th May - 15th May 2020
Hello Owls, Squirrels and Rabbits,
We hope you enjoy the learning we have planned for you this week and we look forward to you sharing some of your learning with us by email or on Tapestry.
Mrs Symmons, Miss Healy, Mrs McRoberts and Mrs Hawkes
Have fun reading this poem about a dinosaur with your family.
Who’s that knocking
at my door?
Can it be
are huge and grand
on the land.
As big as anything
I hope he isn’t
I hope he isn’t
for juicy children
Or nosing round
to find a treat
of something extra
nice to eat.
I hope he hasn’t
come to stay.
Please go away!
By Jean Kenward
Can you put some actions with the poem and learn some of it by heart?
Can you find words that rhyme with each other in the poem and make a list of them?
Can you draw another dinosaur which you think leaves huge footprints on the land?
Hot and Cold Treasure Hunt Game
This game will help the children practise their positional language
You will need
2 or more players
A piece of 'treasure' e.g. a bead, button, lego man
The hider stays in a room and hides the treasure and all other players leave.
When they return the hider tells the players if they are hotter or colder ( nearer or further) from the treasure.
The finder then describes where the object was found using the correct positional language.
Some of the positional words that we can practise playing this game are;
between, under, over, in front of, behind, next to, beside, over, in, beneath
Draw a big ladybird on a piece of paper
Put some objects on the half of the ladybird to make its spots, eg buttons, lego, pasta, smarties
Ask your child to double the spots by putting the same number on the other side.
Questions you could ask your child
Can you find the total?
How many did we have before? How many do we have now?
Can you find me double 6?
You can also have lots of fun finding doubles in a mirror. What can you find out?
Maybe you could invent your own game to practise these and share it on Tapestry or by email?
Design a Dinosaur
Can you draw, paint, or model a dinosaur? There are some ideas on the sheet below. It can be a real dinosaur or one you have made up. Can you name your dinosaur and write a label?
Spring 2 Maths menu certificate
Thank you to all of the children who have been working hard on the Spring 2 maths menu tasks. Here is the certificate to print out if you would like to.
Phonics - Practising digraphs ( two letters that make one sound)
There are lots of brilliant phonics clips online to help the children practice recognising their phonemes (sounds) and segmenting and blending them in order to read. One that they regularly use in school is Mr Thorne and his friend Geraldine Giraffe. There is an example below but there are lots more to explore online together.
1. How Many?
This activity will help your child with estimating, accurate counting, recording numbers and talking about how they know something. This is a really important skill that young children can find quite tricky but with encouragement pick up quickly.
Choose someone in your families’ foot to draw around on paper.
Find some small objects such as beads, 1p coins or Lego pieces of the same size and estimate how many will fit inside the foot shape.
Fill the foot shape with your objects and count how many you used.
How close were you to your estimate?
Can you write the number?
Try objects which are larger? Do you think more or less will fit inside the foot shape?
Why do you think that? What did you discover?
2. How many feet?
During book week we read the story "One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab" by April and Jeff Sayre. If you would like to share it again there are lots of versions online.
We linked the book to addition and made our own class books, each picking 2 (or more) animals and finding the total number of feet.
So for example , "6 is a cow and a goose" ( 4 feet add 2 feet)
or " 9 is a spider and a slug" (8 feet add 1 foot)
Would your child like to make a page for a book with their own addition and illustrate it?
We would love to see their pages on Tapestry or by email and will make them into a book for everybody to read.
Please send by 4th May if you would like to join in.
Animal Pictures from natural objects
Look at these brilliant pictures of animals made from leaves. I wonder if you could use some leaves, twigs, flowers or even objects from around the house to have a go at making one too? Will it be a tiny insect or a huge dinosaur or maybe even a whole family? Maybe you could challenge yourself to make a frame? We can't wait to see what you come up with!
If we were at school our new topic would have been Footsteps. The children usually guide the direction of our learning but we were expecting to do some work around measuring, animals, dinosaurs and time.
Here are some ideas for your home learning this week around that theme. Please remember that you do not have to complete them all or you can come up with your own ideas. We would love to see what you have been up to on Tapestry or through the Year R email account.
Stay safe and have fun,
The Year R Team
To the tune of the Adams Family:
There's Monday and there's Tuesday,
There's Wednesday and there's Thursday,
There's Friday and there's Saturday
And then Sunday ends the week.
Days of the week (clap,clap)
Days of the week (clap,clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (clap,clap).
Can you find some toys and look at their footprints?
You could draw around their footprints or even print with them!
Can you order the footprints from shortest to longest?
Can you order the footprints from thinnest to widest?
How many footprints can you count?
Look at the foot prints below, can you guess which animals they belong to?
Could you write a fact about an animal you like? Remember to use all of the writing skills we have talked about at school and use your sound mat ( further down this page) to help you.
Maybe you could tell a story about an animal to a grown up or older sibling for them to write down?
We would love to see your facts or stories if you would like to share them!
Weeks 3 and 4 (6th April - 17th April)
We hope you enjoy completing some of these activities during the Easter Holidays and we would love to see photographs and video clips of them.
Thank you for sharing your child's learning via Tapestry and the Year R email address. We have really enjoyed discovering what they have been doing over the past two weeks.
From the Year R Team
Can you write someone in your house a surprise message? Listen carefully to the sounds you can hear and remember a finger space between each word.
Can you make your own sandwich. Think about what you will need and what to do first and next. Choose some yummy filings and when you have finished explain to somebody else exactly what you did. Have fun!
Can you sort some objects by their materials? How did you know they belonged to that group? What words can you use to describe the object, e.g. smooth, rough, flexible, transparent? What is the same about the objects? What is different? Why is each object made from that material?
These websites contain activities that can be completed without the use of a printer. We hope these will be helpful.