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EYFS closure support

School Closure EYFS

In case of school closure, please see the information and activities below for Early Years. 

Stay safe and wash your hands 😊

 

Twinkl

Twinkl are offering free home learning resources at the link here: 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=school+closure 

They have many brilliant resources for maths, writing activities and phonics work. 

 

Use the Phonics Play website (https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm) for a variety of free phonics games to play on a computer or tablet. Some of our Early Year’s favourites include ‘Picnic on Pluto’, ‘Dragons Den’ and ‘Buried Treasure’. In school, we are currently working on learning our Phase 3 sounds. 

 

Phase 3 Sound Mat

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Reading 

All children should have 2/3 school reading books in their folder. Please read these and other books you have at home. 

 

Although many libraries are closed, the library service offers free online membership and access to e-books and audio books which your child might also enjoy. 

 

Literacy 

At school we have been reading traditional tales including Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Enormous Turnip and Jack and the Beanstalk. It would be great if you could read these stories at home, if you have copies of them (there are also versions on YouTube to watch or listen to). 

Could you then draw your favourite character, retell the story, describe the setting, act out the story or write your own version? 

 

Top Marks Maths Games 

Use the Top Marks website to play interactive maths games

(https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting) on your computer or tablet. Our Early Year’s favourites include ‘Teddy Numbers’ and ‘Ladybird Spots’. In school we have learned about numbers up to 20 and are currently using numbers up to 10 to practice number bonds, ordering and comparing. 

 

Number Blocks 

Click the link to watch an episode of Number Blocks (https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks). 

Occasionally, we use these short clips in our lessons. The children are familiar with the Number Blocks characters as what each character block represents. 

 

Number Work

In school we have explored numbers up to 20 and practised counting, comparing and ordering. 

Here are some ideas for enhancing this learning at home: 

  • Go on a number hunt. Where can you spot numbers around your home? 
  • Painting. Use either water or paint to practise number formation. 
  • Chalks. Draw a hop scotch grid on your patio and count the numbers as you play. 
  • Sing a counting song. Our current class favourites are ‘Ten Green Bottles’ and ‘Ten in the Bed’ to practise counting backwards from 10. 
  • Counting objects. Give your child different numbers and let them count out the correct amount using pieces of pasta, beads or blocks. 

 

Shape Work 

Recently at school, the children learned the names and properties of 2d and 3D shapes. They explored the shapes using paint, peg boards, play dough, natural resources and more! 

Here are some ideas for enhancing this learning at home: 

  • Go on a shape Hunt. Which shapes can you find in your home? 
  • Arts & crafts. Can you use collage materials, paints or crayons to make different shapes? 
  • Junk modelling. Can you make something using your clean recycling? Perhaps a rocket, house or car. Can you  name the 3D shapes you are using? 
  • Could you draw a picture using 2d shapes? Perhaps a robot, building or animal. Can you name the 2d shapes you’re using? 
  • Can you count the corners & sides of 2d shapes and the corners, edges and faces of 3d shapes? 

 

Topic

This term’s topic is ‘Outdoor Adventures’ and the children have been exploring their local environment and looking closely at nature. Here are a few ideas for at home: 

  • Go on a bug hunt. What mini beasts can you find? Can you describe them? Draw them? Compare them? 
  • Talk about the weather each day. What do you think the weather will be like tomorrow? 
  • Can you plant a seed, bulb or plant and look after it? What does the plant need to grow? 
  • Go for walks or spend time in your garden. What can you hear? See? Smell? Look closely, are you sharing the space with any other living creatures? Birds, bugs, animals etc. 
  • Can you draw a map of your local area or of your walk to school? What are your key landmarks on your journey? 

 

Home Activities Bingo! 

Keep boredom at bay with this fun bingo of activities to do around your home! Can you work as a team to complete the tasks? 

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EYFS Closure Support Pack for Maths and Phonics (www.classroomsecrets.co.uk)

Cosmic Kids Yoga

 

We use Cosmic Kids Yoga at school so the children are familiar with Jamie who takes us in yoga story adventures. Click the link to check it out! 

https://m.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga/featured

Fine and gross motor skills

 

Fine and gross motor skills are hugely important to help your child improve muscle control and overall coordination. We would encourage daily practising of both skills, so here are some ideas for your child to carry out at home.

Below are some more activities to try at home:

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