Year R – Tuesday 7th April

Good Morning Penguins, Puffins and Parrots!

Hello Children,

We hope you are all well and still enjoying the lovely weather.  I was a bit unsure what would happen yesterday morning when I saw it had been raining but the sun soon had his hat on again!   

We hope you enjoyed getting started on the Easter activities we suggested for you yesterday, we would love to see some of your wonderful creations on Tapestry.

The holidays are a wonderful time to have a bit of a rest, but remember to keep being Heart Smart and helping your grown ups at home whenever you can.

Have a lovely day!

From the Year R Teachers

Holiday Activities – 

  • Set up a garden obstacle course and record yourself completing it.
  • Create a photo storybook.  For example – The adventures of your favourite Teddy – take photos of your cuddly toy and then get an adult to video you telling your story or perform it to an audience.
  • Draw a picture and send it to someone to make them smile.
  • Make some animals out of playdough.
  • Video call a member of your famliy and read them a story.
  • Try a Numberblocks make and play activity. Click to open.
  • Take the Lego Play challenge. See here for details.

Easter Themed Activities –

  • An Easter egg hunt.
  • A “Busy Bodies” Easter hunt in the garden. Click to download ideas and resources.
  • A “Keyword” Easter hunt in the garden.  Click on the sheet below to download and print (alternatively make your own or make your own keyword hunt: write out pairs of keywords – keep one set, hide one set and when you find a word match it to the word in your set.)   

 

  • A “Number” Easter hunt in the garden – Download and print the sheet below, cut each egg in half and hide all the parts. Once the children have found the egg parts they have to combine the correct ones to make a total of 10 e.g. 8 and 2, 7 and 3 etc  

  • Make an Easter cross from sticks.

Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on yearr@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password or need some help.

You can continue to use Tapestry to share your child’s work. Please only upload one post a day. You can either choose one activity or put all the activities you complete on one post.

We look forward to hearing from you. We may not reply the same day!

Independence

The children in Year R are very rarely asked to work independently, particularly when writing. It is expected that they will need adult support to get started on all of the tasks we set for them here, and continue to need it throughout their activity. 

However, we want to continue to build their independence, so encourage them to use resources which can help them be independent like sound cards, letter formation cards for handwriting etc. 

 

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities with you. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child.

There is absolutely no expectation that you get all, if any of these activities completed each day. 

Bye for now!

Year R – Monday 6th April – Easter Holiday

Good Morning Penguins, Puffins and Parrots!

As the next two weeks are officially the Easter Holidays we wanted to relax the learning a little.  We are going to send a selection of different activities today (Monday 6th) and then again next Tuesday (14th) after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. We’ll also pop a post up each day just to say hello.

You are then free to choose when and how to try the activities out; you might want to do one a day or perhaps just pick one or two that you like the look of.  Please remember these are only suggestions and you might have other wonderful ideas or just need a little downtime.  There are so many wonderful resources out there that you might not have got round to trying if you have been following our activity schedule closely, so please take the time to try something new.  Remember to check here for the useful resources from our own website.

We would like to take this opportunity to say how much we appreciate your patience and kind thoughts and also the time and hard work you have been putting in to continuing our work in our absence. We wish you and your families our very best wishes for a safe and Happy Easter together. 

Best wishes,

From the Year R Teachers

Holiday Activities – 

  • Set up a garden obstacle course and record yourself completing it.
  • Create a photo storybook.  For example – The adventures of your favourite Teddy – take photos of your cuddly toy and then get an adult to video you telling your story or perform it to an audience.
  • Draw a picture and send it to someone to make them smile.
  • Make some animals out of playdough.
  • Video call a member of your famliy and read them a story.
  • Try a Numberblocks make and play activity Click to open.
  • Take the Lego Play challenge. See here for details.

Easter Themed Activities –

  • An Easter egg hunt.
  • A “Busy Bodies” Easter hunt in the garden. Click to download ideas and resources.
  • A “Keyword” Easter hunt in the garden.  Click on the sheet below to download and print (alternatively make your own on paper)    

  • A “Number” Easter hunt in the garden – Download and print the sheet below, cut each egg in half and hide all the parts. Once the children have found the egg parts they have to combine the correct ones to make a total of 10 e.g. 8 and 2, 7 and 3 etc  

Learning Activities – (if you would like to keep these ticking over)

  • Counting and sorting objects – count accurately and sort by colour/size/shape
  • Reading on Oxford Owl– you’ll need to create a parents account for this.
  • Handwriting – tracing over your alphabet card and name.
  • Keywords – practise these everyday. Found in the Educating Home page: click here to be redirected.
  • Phonics Play -sign in for free – Username: march20 Password: home.
  • Teach Your Monster To Read– the computer version is free.
  • Numberblocks Games on cBeebies.
  • Practise your Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds with Mrs Baird. Click here.

Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on yearr@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password or need some help.

You can continue to use Tapestry to share your child’s work. Please only upload one post a day. You can either choose one activity or put all the activities you complete on one post.

We look forward to hearing from you. We may not reply the same day!

Independence

The children in Year R are very rarely asked to work independently, particularly when writing. It is expected that they will need adult support to get started on all of the tasks we set for them here, and continue to need it throughout their activity. 

However, we want to continue to build their independence, so encourage them to use resources which can help them be independent like sound cards, letter formation cards for handwriting etc. 

 

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities with you. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child.

There is absolutely no expectation that you get all, if any of these activities completed each day. 

Bye for now!

Year R – Friday 3rd April

Good Morning Parrots, Puffins and Penguins!

Good morning all our little friends!  :) 

Mrs Mitchell has been out on walks and has spotted so many rainbows – each of them made her smile and have hope for the future. Thank you! 

 

Did you know you have inspired each of the teachers?  – we have all added rainbows to our windows too – Together we are making the world smile one rainbow at a time. :)

 

Today we have a story with Mrs Rushton to look forward to as well as a really exciting Maths games Mrs Hearn has made! 

Also, Boris is back with another Worship. This can be found in the ‘Educating Home’ link on the main page. Click on section ‘10. Worship’. 

Have a lovely day Year R and a wonderful weekend – it’s going to be warm and sunny apparently! 

Year R Team 

Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on yearr@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password or need some help.

You can continue to use Tapestry to share your child’s work. Please only upload one post a day. You can either choose one activity or put all the activities you complete on one post.

We look forward to hearing from you. We may not reply the same day!

Independence

The children in Year R are very rarely asked to work independently, particularly when writing. It is expected that they will need adult support to get started on all of the tasks we set for them here, and continue to need it throughout their activity. 

However, we want to continue to build their independence, so encourage them to use resources which can help them be independent like sound cards, letter formation cards for handwriting etc. 

 

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities with you. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child.

There is absolutely no expectation that you get all, if any of these activities completed each day. 

Ongoing Daily Activities

  • Counting and sorting objects – count accurately and sort by colour/size/shape
  • Reading on Oxford Owl– you’ll need to create a parents account for this.
  • Handwriting – tracing over your alphabet card and name.
  • Keywords – practise these everyday. These are at the bottom of the ‘Educating Home’ section on the Home page of the website, under the ‘Our Classroom Resources’ section. Click here to be redirected.
  • Phonics Play -sign in for free – Username: march20 Password: home.
  • Teach Your Monster To Read– the computer version is free.
  • Numberblocks Games on cBeebies.
  • Practise your Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds with Mrs Baird. Click here.
  • *NEW* 300+ Big Cat reading book free to read! Click here and go to the reading section.
  • *NEW* Practise your Dough Disco Moves – Click here to see the Dough Disco moves. Click here for a simple playdough recipe if you need it.
  • *NEW* Several parents have made contact about how to do the formation of our cursive school letters. For a handwriting session about ‘curly caterpillar letters’ please click here.

English – 

Click on the story book below to look at the pictures of Fergus throughout the story. Talk to your grown up about what is happening in the pictures then think about how Fergus may have been feeling and what he might have been thinking in each picture. 

 

 

If you want to share your ideas with us, you could write down what Fergus is feeling in a thought bubble and post it onto Tapestry.

Click here for a flipchart of pictures

Click here for thought bubbles for writing

Maths – 

Activity 1 –

To get those little brains working, we are going to start with a really fun game!

In the game you are going to have to subitise how many yetis pop out of their holes, then quickly shoot a snowball at the correct number at the top of the screen. The more you get right the more points you will win! 

There are three levels to play Bronze, Silver and Gold – the groups of yeti gets bigger on each level so you will have more to subitise. Can you hit the right number before the timer runs out?

Click on the image below to start playing .. good luck! 

 

 

Activity 2 –

Click on the Numberlocks below for information on how to play the Numberblock spinner game: 

 

Here is the link for the Numberblocks spinner so you can play the game: 

 


There are some downloadable part-part-whole models and tens frames for today’s activity in the ‘Year R’ section of the Educating Home page of our school website ( click here).

Creative Activity 

In the story of Fergus’ upside down day, Fergus found all the animals on the farm doing ‘upside-down’ things! The ducks were watching TV, the pigs were eating spaghetti and baked beans and the cow was having a bubble bath! What a silly day – those funny farm animals! 

What other things do you think the farm animals might get up to on their upside down day?

Can you draw a picture to show a farm animal having an upside down day?

The sillier the better! You could use felt pens, pencils, chalks, paint or you could pretend to be one of the animals having an upside down day – we can’t wait to see your pictures or videos on Tapestry!  

Video Resources

Use the password that was sent out to watch this video.

Ask an adult if you are not sure what the password is!

Bye for now!

Year R – Thursday 2nd April

Good Morning Penguins, Puffins and Parrots!

We hope you are all OK and have been enjoying all the learning we have been posting online for you this week. It is wonderful to see so many photos of you all working hard and having fun on Tapestry!

Today our learning is based around the story, ‘How Many Legs?’

  Make sure you watch Mrs Baird reading the story before you start any of today’s learning. (At the videos section at the bottom of this page)

Each day at School we have lots of fun doing Dough Disco, working on strengthening our finger muscles and getting them ready for writing. We thought that you might like to impress your grown ups with your Dough Disco moves!

You will find the Dough Disco moves in the ‘Ongoing Daily Activities’ section of each post. All your need is some playdough and your favourite music. Have fun!

Year R Team 

Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on yearr@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password or need some help.

You can continue to use Tapestry to share your child’s work. Please only upload one post a day. You can either choose one activity or put all the activities you complete on one post.

We look forward to hearing from you. We may not reply the same day!

Independence

The children in Year R are very rarely asked to work independently, particularly when writing. It is expected that they will need adult support to get started on all of the tasks we set for them here, and continue to need it throughout their activity. 

However, we want to continue to build their independence, so encourage them to use resources which can help them be independent like sound cards, letter formation cards for handwriting etc. 

 

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities with you. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child.

There is absolutely no expectation that you get all, if any of these activities completed each day. 

Ongoing Daily Activities

  • Practising counting forwards an backwards to 10.
  • Counting and sorting objects – count accurately and sort by colour/size/shape.
  • Reading on Oxford Owl– you’ll need to create a parents account for this.
  • Handwriting – tracing over your alphabet card and name.
  • Keywords – practise these everyday. These are at the bottom of the ‘Educating Home’ section on the Home page of the website, under the ‘Our Classroom Resources’ section. Click here to be redirected.
  • Phonics Play -sign in for free – Username: march20 Password: home.
  • Teach Your Monster To Read– the computer version is free.
  • Numberblocks Games on cBeebies.
  • Practise your Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds with Mrs Baird. Click here.
  • *NEW* 300+ Big Cat reading book free to read! Click here and go to the reading section.
  • *NEW* Practise your Dough Disco Moves – Click here to see the Dough Disco moves. Click here for a simple playdough recipe if you need it.
  • *NEW* Several parents have made contact about how to do the formation of our cursive school letters. For a handwriting session about ‘curly caterpillar letters’ please click here.

English 

Oh no, the birthday party list from the story has got lost and now no one knows who’s arrived!

Can you help by writing a list of guests? Remember that when we write a list we start on a new line each time.

If you fancy a challenge, can you describe each party guest e.g. enormous hippo, bouncy kangaroo, cheeky chimpanzee?

Remember to use your phonics to sound out each word. You can use your ‘Fred Fingers’ to make sure you have a beginning, middle and end sounds.

No cheating and copying the names out of the book or from your grown up please!

You can use this sound mat to help you: Click here for sound mat .

Maths 

Today’s activity is to investigate how many legs there would be if you add 2 or 3 different animals together. (You can use other figures, dinosaurs etc if you don’t have animals at home.) Remember to watch the story video again if you need a little reminder, Mrs Baird explains our investigation at the end of the video.

Can you represent the numbers of legs using counting objects (counters, bricks, pieces of pasta, beads, buttons) in a part part whole and practise saying what you found? E.g. “ 4 legs and 2 legs makes 6 legs.”

There are some downloadable part-part-whole models for in the Year R section of the Educating Home page of our school website (link below) or you could make your own using plates. 

Link to part-part-whole model

If you are adding 3 animals together, ask your grown up to draw a part part part whole for you on a piece of paper like this: 

        Happy Investigating Superstars!

Easter Bunny Egg and Spoon Race!

The Easter Bunny loves to have egg and spoon races with his friends. Why don’t you challenge your grown up to an egg and spoon race in the garden?  (you don’t have to use an egg! A small ball, potato, of anything round will do!

I wonder who will win? Perhaps you could make it into an obstacle course? Time yourselves doing the course to see who will complete it in the fastest time.

Video Resources

Use the password that was sent out to watch this video.

Ask an adult if you are not sure what the password is!

Bye for now!

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