Home Learning packs - weeks 1 - 8
We are providing a ‘learning at home’ pack initially to help you continue your child’s education at home during this period of school closure.
Each week, we will be sending out a range of activities you can share with your child at home. These activities will support their literacy, mathematical, creative and fine motor development.
We would love to hear about how your child is getting on. Please post the things you have been doing together on your child’s Tapestry account. Tapestry is not public, it is viewed by yourself and the nursery staff as this will be a great way of keeping in touch.
If you need any assistance or have any questions or need more ideas, please ask us by e-mail. We are happy to answer any questions and we will get through this together.
Look out for regular updates and home learning ideas.
Rhythm and Rhyme
Bounce your child on your knee to the rhythm of songs and rhymes.
Sing lots of different Nursery Rhymes
Read rhyming stories including ‘Shark in the Park’, ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’, ‘Stomp’, ‘Chomp’, or ‘Pants’.
Alliteration (words that begin with the same sound)
Play around with names – daddy duck, mushy mummy, jumping josh
Identify the odd one out – cat cup boy car
Repeat your child’s vocalisations
Make up nonsense words
Say words in different voices
Share stories that encourage sound making including ‘Peace at Last’, ‘Go Wild with Noises’.
Hearing and saying letter sounds in words
This is really important when you are helping your child to learn the sounds. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent. For example ‘m’ is know as ‘mmm’ not ‘em’,’f’ is know as ‘fff’ not ‘ef’. We do also refer to these letter names alongside the sounds but emphasise the sounds to begin with, for example ‘mm’ is its sound and ‘em’ is its name.
The Oxford Owl website – www.oxfordowl.co.uk contains a check on how to say the sounds.
Cbeebies have games to play on their Alphablocks page www.bbc.co.uk
Link to ‘Big Pig Song’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOu-QKmInKe
Link to ‘Phonics Song’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=BELIZKpi1ZsLink to ‘Number Song’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk9Yt1PqQiw
- rhyming words
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Read the story of the ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.
- Look on Youtube for the story or the song or other Eric Carle stories to watch.
- Paint a caterpillar or draw one or make one out of empty boxes.
- Make a play dough caterpillar or butterfly.
- You could look for caterpillars and butterflies in your garden or out of your window or on your daily walk.
- Sing the song “there’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf”
- Order the pictures from the story
- Order the food according to size
- Taste and describe the different fruits/food from the story.
- Have look for butterflies outside your window/in your garden/whilst out on a walk
- Go for a bug hunt
- tiny caterpillar on a leaf
‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Ideas for activities – colour and write inside the card, play the pairs game, read or watch online the story of ‘The Gruffalo’, make a Gruffalo crumble, colour and make the mask and sing a long to ‘The Gruffalo’ song.
Have a look at the website – www.gruffalo.com/song
Bird Watching Week
Ideas of activities – sing songs and rhymes about different birds, make some binoculars from the cardboard tubes of toilet rolls, talk about different birds you can see looking out of your window at home including sizes and colours, make a tally chart of how many of each bird you see and make a bird feeder.
- Goosey Goosey Gander Nursery Rhyme
- 5 Little Ducks
- Bird Watching
- Sing a Song of Sixpence Nursery Rhyme
- toilet roll bird feeder
- Two Little Dickie Birds
- 10 Little Fingers
- 1,2,3,4,5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive
- counting objects to 10
- Open shut them
- playdough recipe
- Ten Green Bottles
- General Sound Discrimination Instrumental Sounds Home Learning Challenge Sheet
- I Spy
- Oral Blending and Segmenting EYFS Home Learning Challenge Sheet Nursery
Ideas for activities – match the baby animals to the adults, make an Spring/Easter card, decorate the egg outline, make a treat, sing some songs/rhymes, egg matching, read a story or find a story on line like ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’ or ‘Chicken Licken’.
- egg matching
- egg shape
- Easter Egg Addition
- Hop Little Bunnies
- Gruffalo Easter Treats
- Hot Cross Buns
- number formation & rhyme
- N2 maths cards
- match baby animals to adult cards
- Dice - template
- Letter Formation
- Modelling Handwriting
- recognising numbers 1to5
- What to do if your child is reluctant to write at home
- N2 maths cards.pdf
- Marvellous Maths
- Playdough; also visit; Dough Disco
- General Sound Discrimination
- Nursery Rhyme