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Here you will find a record of the previous daily learning updates in case you miss any!

Friday

Literacy

Today’s challenge is to share a story that you love with someone that you love. You could make a den in the garden, act it out with puppets or masks or make your own version of the story. I know you are all very creative and I’m excited to see what you do.

 

Maths

This week’s maths activities are based on the book – The dinosaur that pooped a planet. You can find the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXrluj5yoas

 

The daily maths activities can be found here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

 

Phonics - revision

Friday is our time to review and revise the sounds we know. So far these will include some, if not all, of these sounds. s, a, t, p,i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r. Please don’t panic if your child does not know all of these sounds. All children learn at their own pace and that is absolutely fine. Every sound they know before going into Reception is a bonus!

 

Here are some ways you can revise the sounds:

  • Collect items with the same initial sound. E.g. toy, tin, toilet roll.
  • Write the sounds on plastic bottle tops and see how many words you can create.
  • Write sounds or words in a tray of sand, flour, rice or shaving foam with your finger.
  • Create picture cards to match to initial sounds or simple words.
  • Don’t forget to practise your letter formation. You could also practise writing simple words using the sounds we have learnt.
  • Use the bitesize phonics videos to revisit the sounds.
  • Play some phonics games here: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2-games.html

Understanding the world

Today, I would like you to take a trip down memory lane! I’d like you to use a photograph to prompt a discussion about a special time for your child or family. It might be a photo from a birthday party, a holiday, Christmas or their first day of school. You can talk about who was there, what happened & how each person felt.

Thursday

Literacy

Today’s challenge is to add the first sounds to these words from the story. See the powerpoint on the class page to do this.

 

Maths

This week’s maths activities are based on the book – The dinosaur that pooped a planet. You can find the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXrluj5yoas

 

The daily maths activities can be found here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

 

Phonics - /r/

Today’s sound is the /r/ sound. The following videos will support your child to learn to recognise, blend and write the sound.

  • Phonics with Mr Thorne – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xFKC8tNdEo 

 

 

 

 

These are some words your child could read with the new and previously learnt sounds: rip, ram, rat, rag, rug, rot, rocket, carrot

 

There are lots of other "screen free" ways to practise your phonics in the home learning area.

Science

Float or sink experiment. This is a really simple experiment. All you need is a bowl of water and some objects you don’t mind getting wet. Before placing the object in the water discuss with your child whether it will sink (go to the bottom of the water) or float (stay on top of the water). Then test your prediction. 

Wednesday

Literacy

Today’s challenge is to create a story map of The Blue Balloon. You could use this to retell the story to your family.

 

Maths

This week’s maths activities are based on the book – The dinosaur that pooped a planet. You can find the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXrluj5yoas

 

The daily maths activities can be found here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

 

Phonics - /u/

Today’s sound is the /u/ sound. The following videos will support your child to learn to recognise, blend and write the sound.

 

 

 

These are some words your child could read with the new and previously learnt sounds: up, mum, run, mug, cup, sun, tuck, mud, sunset

RE

This week’s bible story is The feeding of the 5000. You can watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uupg0V-17NU or read it in Matthew 13:14-21. Your challenge is to create your own loaves and fish to act out the story. You could make them from paper, cardboard or even get baking!

 

Tuesday

Literacy

This week’s literacy activities are based on “The Blue Balloon”. You can watch it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsqHgGeBkVk

 

Today’s activity is to discuss the different words used to describe the balloon. For example, stretched or squashed and to draw a picture to illustrate this.

Maths

 

Phonics - /e/

Today’s sound is the /e/ sound. The following videos will support your child to learn to recognise, blend and write the sound.

 

 

 

 

These are some words your child could read with the new and previously learnt sounds: get, pet, ten, net, pen, peg, met, men, neck

 

You can find lots of phonics ideas to support your home learning on the phonics page within the home learning resources.

 

Art


Monday

Literacy

  • This week’s literacy activities are based on “The Blue Balloon”. You can watch it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsqHgGeBkVk
  • Today’s activity is to create a puppet, mask or drawing of the characters in the story.

 

Maths

 

Phonics

Today’s sound is the ck sound. This is a digraph. That means two letters make one sound. The following videos will support your child to learn to recognise, blend and write the sound.

 

 

 

 

 

These are some words your child could read with the new and previously learnt sounds: kick, sock, sack, dock, pick, sick, pack, ticket, pocket

Understanding the world

This week we will be focusing on how to care for our planet. See the challenges below to give you some ideas. Here, https://youtu.be/ZgLa7bPB6DA you can find a lovely film that shows the importance of keeping our oceans clean and of recycling.

 

See the ideas below for inspiration


Home learning tasks – Week beginning 29.06.20

Literacy

This week’s book focus is Supertato by Gill Murphy. You can find a video of the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_xmKF3tBFs

 

 

You might like to:

  • Decorate your own Supertato
  • Make a story map of the story
  • Write your own shopping list. Draw what you would like and write the initial sound
  • Retell the story using your story map
  • Keep practising your name writing

 

Maths

 

This week’s maths challenges are all about the book Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French. You can find an online version of the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yvllKqyVUc

 

 

The related maths challenges can be found here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

 

Phonics

The sounds we have covered so far are: s/a/t/p/i/n/m/d/g/o/c/k

 

What you choose to do in phonics this week should be based on how your child is finding learning the sounds, segmenting and blending them. If they are struggling to learn the sounds themselves, I would recommend that they continue with the flashcards, the bitesize phonics videos and the phonics with Mr Thorne series on Youtube. Begin with the first three sounds and then build it up.You could also put magnetic letters or bottle top letters in water or sand and then find them to make the sound.

 

If your child is starting to remember and blend the sounds, I would recommend carrying on with the activities set last week to continue to support them. Remember to mix them up and practise in short bursts to keep them occupied. See the suggestions below.

 

  • Collect items with the same initial sound. E.g. toy, tin, toilet roll.
  • Write the sounds on plastic bottle tops and see how many words you can create.
  • Write sounds or words in a tray of sand, flour, rice or shaving foam with your finger.
  • Create picture cards to match to initial sounds or simple words.
  • Don’t forget to practise your letter formation. You could also practise writing simple words using the sounds we have learnt.
  • Use the bitesize phonics videos to revist the sounds.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2yf4j/articles/z4ycrj6

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2yf4j/articles/zk3947h

 

 

If your child has really started to grasp the sounds, segmenting and blending, I would move on to helping them write cvc words or initial sounds. You could use Oliver’s vegetables as a focus point. Can you write the initial sound in tomato, apple, cabbage etc. You could also start practising the following sight words: I, no, the, too, go.

 

 

 

Understanding the world

As this week is the start of Children’s Art Week 2020 (which actually runs for three weeks), I’d love you to get arty with some fruit or vegetables like the ones in our stories this week. You could do vegetable prints, draw a still life of some fruit or vegetables or make a collage of different fruit and vegetables. You could also do some healthy cooking. You could make a fruit salad, a smoothie or one of these healthy savoury recipes:

 

 

There is also a fun walking rainbow activity that you might like to try here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/videos/kids-kitchen-walking-rainbow

 

 

Don’t forget our 30 days wild challenges too. You can find them in the pictures below.

 

RE

This week’s bible story focus is The Wise Man and The Foolish Man.. There is a great lesson on this parable here https://ministry-to-children.com/lesson-the-wise-and-the-foolish-builder/

Home learning  tasks - Week beginning 22nd June

 

Literacy

 

This week’s book focus is Whatever Next by Gill Murphy. You can find a video of the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c5cb0u0rPM

 

You might like to:

  • Make a story map of the story
  • Create puppets and act it out
  • Paint your own story stones to retell the story
  • Discuss what you would pack for a journey to the moon and explain why you would need those items
  • Write a packing list of what you would take to the moon
  • Keep practising your name writing

 

Maths

 

This week’s maths challenges are all about the book Zog by Julia Donaldson. You can find an online version of the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frA8PS8rfh8

 

The related maths challenges can be found here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

 

Phonics

As the children have now been introduced to s/a/t/p/i/n/m/d/g/o/c/k it’s time to keep reviewing and revisiting these sounds. Flashcards are a great place to start. If your child is struggling begin with the first three sound and then build it up.

 

Some phonics ideas:

  • Collect items with the same initial sound. E.g. toy, tin, toilet roll.
  • Write the sounds on plastic bottle tops and see how many words you can create.
  • Write sounds or words in a tray of sand, flour, rice or shaving foam with your finger.
  • Create picture cards to match to initial sounds or simple words.
  • Don’t forget to practise your letter formation. You could also practise writing simple words using the sounds we have learnt.
  • Use the bitesize phonics videos to revist the sounds.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2yf4j/articles/z4ycrj6

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2yf4j/articles/zk3947h

 

 

Understanding the world

In school we will be decorating and making our own bottle rockets to link in with our work on Whatever Next. There is a how to video here: https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental/fizzy-bottle-rockets#:~:text=About%20this%20activity&text=By%20putting%20fizzy%20headache%2Fvitamin,ground%2C%20pushing%20the%20bottle%20upwards.

 

Alternatively, you might like to research space, rockets and the planets. You could make your own junk model rocket or a planet or even try some star gazing.

 

We will also be making our own bird feeders. You can find instructions here: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-feed-birds-your-garden

 

Don’t forget our 30 days wild challenges too. You can find them in the pictures below.

 

RE

This week’s bible story focus is Noah’s Ark. You can watch the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onnEaINBaGg

 

In school we will be making this Noah’s Ark rainbow to remind us that God keeps his promises to us. https://www.fun365.orientaltrading.com/project/noahs-ark-rainbow-craft

 

You might like to do this craft or make your own ark with a pair of every animal you can think of.

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today's challenge is another maths challenge based on The snail and the whale.  On this page https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ you will find a video that introduces the content and here https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Day-2-The-Snail-and-the-Whale.pdf are a range of activities that build on the teaching. Today's work introduces addition through talk activities and uses pictures to illustrate this.

 

As it's a gloomy, rainy day, it's a perfect opportunity to snuggle up with someone you love and read a story or two. You could even read to a teddy or a brother or sister.

 

Finally, don't forget today's Random acts of wildness challenge - to create a nature table.

 

 

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update – 05.06.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today’s challenge is to practise all of our phonics sounds so far and particularly focus on writing them. Just to remind you these are the /s/a/t/p/i/n/m/d/g/o/. You could use flashcards and then use these to build words and then try and write them and I’ve also put a PowerPoint onto the webpage you could use too.

 

The 30 days wild challenge for today is to thread a daisy chain.

 

Love from,
Miss Arnold

Daily update – 03.06.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Well done to those of you who took part in a challenge yesterday. Today’s maths challenge can be found at https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Day-1-The-Snail-and-the-Whale.pdf and it is all based on The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. (However all of the activities can be done with or without the book). Although these challenges have a Reception logo at the top I think they are very suitable for Nursery children too!)

 

The 30 days wild challenge for today is to find a creepy crawly and observe how it moves. You could draw or take a photo of the creepy crawly you find or do some research on them using books or the internet. You could make a bug mask or even write a story about a bug!

 

The Birmingham School Games Challenge portal is now up and running. It's a virtual portal where a new challenge will be set each week and the children can upload their personal bests. There will be prizes for individuals who finish in the top 5 for each challenge. Once a challenge has been completed, and if you they are in the top 5 you will receive a virtual School Games Value Badge that was assigned for that challenge. Once school has resumed, and it is safe to do so, they can receive a real badge.

 

The portal can be found here: https://www.sgochallenge.com/

Our school area code is: shenley

 

All of this information and more is now under the Home Physical Activity/Physical Education for the children of St Rose tab of the website as well as a parent letter. Unfortunately, the portal is only open to children 4 and above so if you are one of our younger Nursery children you can’t sign up just yet but please don’t let this stop you challenging yourself and uploading it to the blog!

 

Love from,
Miss Arnold

Daily update – 02.06.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Hopefully you managed to get back into the swing of home learning yesterday. Today I have a few challenges for you.

 

Firstly, I’d like you to become familiar with the /o/ sound. The following videos are a great place to start.

 

Mr Thorne does phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCwoLDKvee0

 

Jolly phonics sing-a-long - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBzaueX80_8

 

Forming the precursive o - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUg1p-pk_CE

 

Here you can find lots of printable resources such as flashcards –  http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2.html

 

This episode of Alphablocks features the o sound - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-dog

 

You can use any of the activities we have used to practise the previous letter sounds to learn the o sound such as hunting for the letter o in books, writing in different ways and segmenting and blending cvc words featuring the o sound. You could also make a /o/ collage or create your own /o/ flashcards.

 

Your second challenge is to take part in today’s 30 days wild challenge which is to look up at the clouds and see which shapes you can see.

 

Your final challenge is to take part in one of Miss Lay’s new PE challenges.

 

I can’t wait to see what you do,

 

Love from,
Miss Arnold

Daily update – 01.06.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today is the first day of our last half term. I can’t believe that the time has gone so quickly. Today is the start of The Wildlife Trust’s 30 days wild campaign. The campaign encourages us all to take part in a “random act of wildness each day’ and I’m going to be putting these on the blog and website. The challenge today is to squelch your toes in the grass, sand or mud.

 

Hopefully you’ve been taking a well-earned break over the half term so today’s challenges are just to get you back into the home learning routine. Today I would like you to work on writing your name and recognising numbers 0 – 10 or 0 – 20.

 

You can practise name writing by painting with water on paving slabs or walls, using chalk outside, writing in foam, writing in rice, writing in flour or writing with crayons, pens or pencils.

 

You could practise recognising numbers with flashcards, making a tower with the correct number of blocks as the numeral, putting out the given number of teddies or toys or pegging cards onto a number line.

 

Finally, it’s Mrs Deocades' birthday today. I know she’s been missing you lots and it would be lovely if you made her a birthday card!

 

Love from,
Miss Arnold

Daily update -22.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today’s challenge is a shape challenge. The shapes we focus on in Nursery are circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. The children have learnt about these shapes at Nursery so hopefully it will just be revision.

 

This is a good game for introducing the shapes - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters

 

You could;

  • Cut out shapes from paper to create your own pictures.

 

  • Use tape to create shapes on the floor and then go over these with lego or bottle tops.

 

  • Create shape finders using cardboard and lollypop sticks and then go on a shape hunt around your home.

 

  • Go on a shape hunt outside and take photographs of the shapes you can see.

 

I won’t be setting challenges for the next week as it is half term but I would strongly encourage you to keep practise name writing, phonics sounds and counting to 20 and of course having lots of fun! There are also lots of links to different home learning resources on the class page and you’re more than welcome to keep updating the blog.

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 21.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today we are going to be learning the /g/ sound. I've put some links below to help you learn the sound and then some game ideas to help you practise them. 

 

Phonics with Mr Thorne to introduce the sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzXDzhDI4Q0

 

Jolly phonics to help remember the grapheme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJlqibssexg

 

Letter formation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPIywbNhias

 

Phonics games

Soak a sound - Draw the sounds out with chalk and use a water pistol, watering can or water balloon to soak the sound they are told to.

 

Feed the frog - Make some little boxes with frogs on and a sound. Frogs can only "eat" objects that start with their sound.

 

Jumping phonics - write sounds in chalk and ask your child to jump on the sound. You could also use write out simple words for your child to jump along to blend. 

 

Driving phonics - Write out a simple word for your child to sound out as they roll a toy car underneath making the sound as the car passes the letter.

 

Phonics snap - Make some pairs of cards with the phonics sounds on. Play a normal game of snap but say the sound as you put your card down. 

Daily update -20.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

 

I hope you managed to get out in the sunshine yesterday. Today your challenge is all about finding one more and one less. The children were introduced to the idea of more/less at Nursery but not one more/less specifically so it might take a little time for them to understand. However, I’ve found lots of practical ideas to help. At school we always start with physical objects that the children can feel and see before moving to pictures and diagrams and eventually numbers and symbols because this gives children a chance to develop a deep understanding of the maths they are learning.

 

Some of the ideas I would suggest include;

Making lego or cube towers and then making a tower one cube smaller and one cube greater. You can discuss how you can see the difference. How could we describe this? Which tower has more? Which has less? How many more? How do you know?

 

Rolling a dice and then placing this in between two piles of objects. One with one more than the quantity and one with one less. Again, lots of questioning and discussion will help support your child.

 

You could put a number in the centre and create one more/less with seeds, cotton wool balls or pasta.

 

I’ve put pictures below for some inspiration and I can’t wait to see what you do!

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 19.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

 

I hope you're all well. I've loved seeing your blog posts and especially to hear from some children for the first time. I miss seeing you all and your blogs always put a smile on my face. Today's challenge is all about the /d/ sound. Mr Thorne does phonics is a great introduction and the jolly phonics song is  great way to remember how the sound links to the grapheme (letter shape).

 

Mr Thorne does phonics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnyZD45yne0

 

Jolly phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boXUMOlw5Ow

 

Letter formation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyueHN6iP4Y

 

All of these Alphablocks clips use the sounds we have learnt so far. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-taps

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-in

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-man

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-din

 

As well as learning the sounds it's important to practise segmenting and blending - I have uploaded a powerpoint to support segmenting and blending that may be useful. I'd love it if you would comment if this helps so I know whether to continue making them.

 

The Little Angel Theatre have put on a beautiful production of What does an anteater eat? There's also a guide to creating your own anteater puppet which might interest some of you after you put on such super puppet shows a few weeks ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1b5hwVpvcg

 

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 18.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

I hope you've all had a  lovely weekend. Today I have some maths challenges for you. Due to copyright restrictions they're over on the blog. I can't wait to see how you get on!

 

Love from, 

Miss Arnold

Daily update -14.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today’s challenge is an art challenge.  I would like you to create a self-portrait. You can do this in any style you want and using any materials. It would be a good idea to have a mirror in front of you or a picture of your face. Think and talk about what you can see. Where are your eyes? What colour are they? How could you create your hair? What sort of background would you like to have? You could even do more than one using different materials or create your face out of things you find around the house or outside. I know you’re all very creative so I’m sure you will come up with some fantastic self-portraits.

 

It might also be a good idea to quickly re-cap the /s/a/t/p/i/n/ sounds before we move on to our next sound tomorrow.

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 13.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today you will need to go to the blog to see your maths challenges as I can only share it directly with you due to copyright. However, please take a look at the new exciting PE challenges from Miss Lay.

 

Love from, 

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 12.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

Today we are going to be learning the sound /n/. This is the last sound in set 1 - so well done!

To learn the sound I would recommend:

 

Phonics with Mr Thorne - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ-7M1B07uU

 

Jolly phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShOLkFMTU4s

 

Precursive letter formation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF5RnWZHf3w

 

Remember you can write the n sound in lots of ways. You could use chalk, sand, shaving foam, rice, play dough and then practise with a pen or pencil. You could also write the letter with a highlighter for your child to practise writing inside.

You can make your own n picture cards, go on a n hunt in your house or outside, search for as many of the /n/ sound as you can find in a story or make a "silly soup" for the sound /n/. To make a silly soup all you need is a saucepan or bowl and to place in any objects or picture cards for the /n/ sound! The children love this when we do it in school.

 

I'd also just like to say thank you to all of the adults. You've taken up the challenge of teaching their children at home with such enthusiasm. I know that the phonics especially can be lots to get your head around but you are doing a brilliant job and it's so lovely to see what the children are doing.

Good luck! Love from, Miss Arnold

Daily update - 11.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

For your challenge today I’d like you to pick one of your favourite stories, read it with someone you love and then chose one or more of the following activities;

  • Create a story map
  • Retell the story using puppets, costumes or props. (I’d love to see a video)
  • Make your own version of the story. (A grown up could write the words and you could draw the pictures and maybe add initial sounds where you know them)
  • Create a small world version of your story in a shoe box

 

I've also added a new pack to the home learning resource area.

 

Enjoy the bank holiday sunshine!

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 07.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

 

For today's challenge, please head over to the blog!

 

Thanks,

Miss Arnold

Good morning Nursery,

Today’s challenge is all about the sound /i/ whose name is I.

Mr.Thorne does phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyiT8CP1M5A

Jolly Phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUODVQZfUK0

Forming the precursive i - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPJYN-mx9OA

There are lots of ways to practise this. I’ve put together a range of pictures to illustrate these.

 

You can also now start trying to segment or blend simple words such as sat, tap, pit, sit and sip. In school we sound out the words with “robot arms” and then blend them together. Remember, there is a blog post explaining segmenting and blending on the class page to support you.

 

I know lots of you enjoyed the puppet performance of “I want my hat back” and will be excited to know that The Little Angel Puppet Theatre have uploaded a performance of, “That’s not my hat” for you to enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF7q37SfF4w

 

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update – 04.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

I know you’ve all been working really hard on your reading and writing so today’s challenge is a little bit different. You could:

 

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update – 01.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

I can’t believe it’s the first day of May. A whole new month!

 

Today’s challenge is another phonics challenge. We’re moving on to the sound /p/

 

Start by watching Mr Thorne does phonics to introduce the sound.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_NmgZWvWG4

 

Then, explore the sound by creating /p/ picture cards, finding the letter in your home, finding objects that begin with that sound.

 

After this, you could practise writing the precursive /p/ just like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeVjcMYcETQ

 

To review the sounds we have learnt so far you could make letter flashcards, match objects to the different sounds or try and blend some words containing the satp sounds such as tap, as, pat, sat, at.

 

Finally, you could watch this episode of alphablocks to help you remember the sounds. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-taps

 

 

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update – 30.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

I was so impressed with your phonics work from yesterday. It looks like you enjoyed phonics with Mr Thorne!

 

Today I’d like you to watch this beautiful shadow puppet show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqUSYHw5OyM as a starting point for one of these challenges:

 

  • Make and perform your own shadow puppet show. How do you make a shadow? What do you need? Could you act out a story we have learnt in school?
  • Learn all about the ocean. You could find information in books, websites and in videos. (Make sure a grown up supervises you)
  • Play some whale music and with crayons and paper make draw in response to the sound.
  • Build a junk model boat. Does it float? Why? If not why not?Can it carry a coin? How many can it carry?

 

I'd also recommend this lovely compilation of home learning challenges https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/  

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update – 29.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Well done to all of you who uploaded evidence of your challenges from yesterday. I loved seeing your still life pictures. Today’s challenge is all about the /t/ sound. As always there are lots of different ways to do this.

 

 

 

  • You could make a collage of things beginning with the /t/ sound.

 

 

  • Search for all the t’s you can see around your house.

 

  • Look for anything beginning with a /t/ when you go out for your daily exercise.

 

The Thinktank museum have also got some brilliant videos that show you how to do lots of fun science experiments here; https://www.youtube.com/user/thinktankmuseum/videos

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 28.04.20

Good morning Nursery,

It's very rainy outside my window today but don't worry you don't need to go outside to complete today's challenge. If we were at school, we would have been about to start an art unit on still life paintings. Still life art works are normally drawings or painting of inanimate objects. Your challenge today is to create your own still life artwork and/or research still life artworks. You could use anything from toys to your fruit bowl for inspiration.

It would also be a good idea to recap the /s/ and /a/ sounds before we move on to another phonics sound tomorrow.

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 28.04.20

Good morning Nursery! Today it's looking a little grey outside my window but that's a good excuse to find time to snuggle up with a book. Today's challenge is all about the sound "a". There are lots of ways of familiarising your child with this sound.

  • You can hear what it sounds like here

https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2016/05/05/20/22/32/561/20097_content/index.html?id=ae

  • You can practise making the sound with this action song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdG4_FB0A0A

  • You can see how to form the sound here and you can practise this in so many ways. Chalk outside, tracing the letter with your finger, making a tactile version of the letter from rice or sand, writing on someone's back with your finger.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdG4_FB0A0A

  • You can see how many "a" sounds you can spot in any stories you read today.
  • You could find as many objects as possible that start with an "a" sound in your home.
  • Could you make some picture cards that all have objects that start with the a sound on them?

As always, please post your challenges on the blog and remember you get 5 house points for each challenge completed!

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 27.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

Hope you are all well and that you have a chance to get out in the sunshine today. Today's challenge is to put objects in order by height. There are so many ways to do this!

You could:

  • Order sticks you find in your park or garden.
  • Put toy animals in height order.
  • Measure your family with wool and compare or line your family up in height order and take a photograph.
  • Make lego towers and put them in order.

*Remember I'm awarding 5 house points per blog post*

Daily update - 23.04.20

Good morning Nursery,

Building on from our phonics games earlier in the week. Today's challenge is to learn the letter sound "s". We did learn this at Nursery so hopefully it is revision.

 

You could:

  • Sing the "s" sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrIC8M38DNE
  • Write the "s" sound. This could be writing in the air with your finger, write on someones back with your finger, write in sand, shaving foam or flour or go over letters written in dots or highlighter. Here is a video tutorial of the pre-cursive letter shapes.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z88An0KpuYo
  • Go around your house finding objects beginning with the "s" sound and collecting them.
  • Search for the "s" sound in any stories you read today.

 

Good luck! Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 22.04.20

Today's challenge is to count two groups to find the total amount. This can be done in a variety of ways. You could use natural objects to do this. For example collecting two types of leaves and counting the total. You could sort two types of fruit e.g. bananas and apples count each group and then count them together or you could use toys. E.g. "We have 2 red cars and 1 blue car. How many do we have altogether?" As always please upload your work to the blog.

 

I'd also like to say thank you for all the work you are doing with your children. I appreciate that children of this age need a lot of support to complete most educational activities and that many of you have more than one child to care for at home in difficult circumstances.

Daily update – 21.04.20

Good morning Nursery! It looks like it’s going to be another beautiful sunny day today. As I know phonics can be a little confusing for those who have not encountered it before, I thought it would be helpful to put together a series of posts to explain how it works and particularly how it works in Nursery. Today’s challenge is to attempt at least one of the activities in the post below. Incorporating one of these activities each day would be an excellent way to support your child’s early reading skills.  Love from, Miss Arnold

 

An introduction to phonics

I thought it might be useful to put together a series of blog posts to assist you in helping your children with phonics. If you haven’t encountered this before it can be a little confusing and it’s important to get it right. Firstly, learning phonics does not start with learning letter sounds. We start by developing a range of skills with what is known as Phase One phonics.

 

Phase One phonics is made up of several elements. These include; environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and then oral blending and segmenting. These skills will help children to use the sounds they learn. It isn’t very useful for children to be able to tell you the sounds various letters make if they can’t hear the difference between different sounds. In tomorrow’s post I’m going to focus on oral blending and segmenting in more detail but for now I’m going to discuss some of the activities that you could use to develop the other skills.

 

Environmental sounds are just the sounds we hear around us on a daily basis. The noise the radio or television makes, traffic noise, the noise of a tap running. You might want to go around the house listening out for as many different sounds as possible or if you are going outside for your daily exercise you may want to see which sounds you can hear outdoors and compare them. (When doing this in school we made rabbit ears on a headband to help us!) 

 

Instrumental sounds are the sounds instruments make. Children could add sound effects to a story, play games where they guess which instrument was played, create loud and quiet sounds or make and play your own instrument.

 

Rhythm and rhyme can be practised by singing Nursery rhymes, reading rhyming stories and picking out the words that rhyme (Julia Donalson books are very good for this!), picking out pictures that rhyme (e.g. fox, box and dog, frog) and copying rhythms that someone else has clapped.

 

Alliteration is when words start with the same sound – this doesn’t always mean they start with the same letter. For example, phone, fish, frog. To practise alliteration, you could make a “silly soup” by drawing pictures of things that begin with a certain sound, putting them into a saucepan and stirring them together or you could look around your house and find objects that begin with a particular sound. E.g. a book, a box, a bag. You could even use a camera to take photos of these on a sound hunt. You can repeat these activities with different sounds.

 

Voice sounds – just that, the sounds you can make with your voice. You can practise making different animal noises and ask someone to guess which animal you are, you could sing Old MacDonald to try and make a variety of noises or try and sing songs in quiet, loud, robot or whisper voices.

 

It’s important to master these basic skills to support learning new sounds. It’s very tricky to learn sounds if you can’t tell the difference between the words “bat” and “pat” or “fox” and “box”. It can be tempting to want to jump ahead but spending some time focusing on these elements gives children the most chance of succeeding as they learn the sounds.

Daily update - 20.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery!

I hope you had a great weekend. Today's challenge is to create a number line. You could do this however you like. You might want to represent the numbers using numerals, objects, toys or finger prints. You might want to use a computer or tablet to make your number line. Please share your number line on the blog.

 

The BBC have also created a website to help children transition into Reception. Hopefully, having been at a school Nursery for a year will mean your child has a much smoother transition into Reception but this website is still worth taking a look at as there are lots of great articles. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/starting-primary-school/1

 


 

Daily update - 17.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

Today's challenge is to create a repeating pattern. You can do this in any way you like. You could use paint, toys, shapes, socks or fruit! I can't wait to see what you do.

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 16.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery! What a lovely, sunny day it is. Today I would like you to find a way of practising writing your name. It might be with a pencil or you might like to spell it out using pebbles, writing with your finger in a tray of rice or using a squishy bag https://www.learning4kids.net/2015/06/30/how-to-make-squishy-sensory-bags/. Remember to use pinchy crocodile to help you hold your pencil with three fingers and to use your precursive letter shapes. I’ve added some photos below to give you some inspiration.

 

Also if you have, or can make, some play dough then you make want to warm up your hands for name writing with a dough disco session. Dough disco encourages children to manipulate  a piece of play dough to build up strength in their writing muscles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-IfzeG1aC4

As always, please upload what you have been doing to the blog.

Love from,

Miss Arnold

15.004.20 - Daily challenges and recommendations

 

 

Good morning Nursery,

I hope you had fun watching the puppet show yesterday and maybe making a puppet of your own. Today’s challenge is to go on a number hunt in your house and write down all of the numbers you can see. Good luck!

Love from, Miss Arnold

14.04.20 - Daily challenges and recommendations

Good morning Nursery, I hope you have had a fun Easter weekend. Today's recommendation is to watch a performance of "I want my hat back". The story is told through the use of puppets and if you feel inspired you could create characters from your favourite story and act it out for your family. I would love to hear what you thought of the performance and see pictures of any puppets you make on the blog. Please see the link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBJmp1c3XIQ

 

 

 

As I know how much you all love to listen to a story, here is a link to a fabulous story called "Chicken in the kitchen". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHGWK2N-Paw

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