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Foundation Stage 1

Welcome to the Foundation Stage 1 Class Page. 

This is where we will keep you up to date with the activities you are expected to complete while school is closed.

 

Remember - we will communicate with parents via Tapestry and Dojo. The most important thing is that your child feels safe and happy. The following activities are to enable your child to keep up with their learning. 

 

Please post all evidence of activities completed on Tapestry. Dojo points will be awarded.

 

Week Beginning 1.3.21

Scroll down to below these creative activities to find the daily class activities.

Wb 1.3.21

Here are some activities that you can choose from for this week, you can complete them whenever you like and you can use whatever you have at home to enjoy them.

 

ACTIVITY 1

Make a bug house. Practice rolling paper for the bugs to live in. This will help your fine motor skills.

Keep your eyes open to see if any ‘guests’ stay at your new bug home.

                            

 

ACTIVITY 2

Make this cornflour dough, it is so lovely to touch, feel, snap and squeeze! The shampoo makes it feel gorgeous as well!

Talk about what it feels like, how you can use it and how it is different to dough made with ordinary flour.

                                  

 

ACTIVITY 3

                              

 

See if you can write your name, write the numbers from 0-10, make some patterns, shapes or faces. Photograph what you did.

 

Quote for the week…

                                 

 

Week Beginning 1.3.21

 

Friday 5.3.21

WOW! Today is pour last day of home learning, we have almost made it!

 

Today is a ‘catch up’ day. Have a look back over all this week’s activities and ‘catch up’ on any that you have missed.

Thank you for supporting your child to keep up with their learning – if you would like an extra activity today, here you go!

 

                                 

 

CHALLENGE

When you have made your picture, see if you can remember where you made each different rubbing!

Post how you did today on Tapestry.

Let’s end the week as we started with this week’s quote…

                                                                    

 

Thursday 4.3.21

 

                                              

 

Today we are celebrating World Book Day. At Mendell, we see reading as one of the most important skills and the gateway to everything else! We want children to love books and reading and to have really positive experiences of books, stories, information and words.

To achieve this, today we want you to have fun, read and share as many different stories as possible.

 

I have recorded a story for you to listen to also, it follows on from our rhyming activities yesterday and can be found on the Video Resource Centre on the school website under F1 Covid Remote Learning, or you can access it here.

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-world-book-day-story

 

Here are some ideas that we would like you to get involved in.

                                                                           

 

                                                  

 

This is from the World Book Day website. Have a look. There are many, many free stories that you can share together on this website. Most of them have free fun activities linked to them that you can download and enjoy together.

https://www.worldbookday.com/share-a-story-corner/

https://www.worldbookday.com/

 

If you have dressed up as a book character or to illustrate a word, please share with us on Tapestry

Here’s some ideas.

                                                                     

 

Have a go at this scavenger hunt at home.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/world-book-day-scavenger-hunt-activity-t-e-2552095

 

Look through your books and see if you can find as many of the characters on the sheet.

Tick them off when you find them.

 

Please post photos of what and where you are sharing reading today on Tapestry.

 

Maths

Look at my Maths session that I have recorded for you. It is on the Video Resource Centre or you can watch it here.

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-maths-session-4321

 

Listen and see if you can play a game as the follow up activity afterwards.

                               

 

 

Wednesday 3.3.21

 

Today is an exciting morning as we have a special storytelling session from the children’s author Natalie Pritchard.

She will be reading one of her stories to us live. This is part of our activities to celebrate World Book Day next week.

 Here is the private link to gain access to the YouTube session at 10.30am today.:

https://youtu.be/RyT7eoS8g6M

Please ensure your LIVE CHAT is enabled on Youtube before the session starts (live chat won't work on embedded players).

You can buy a copy of Monty the Manatee, Sully the Seahorse or Daisy the Dolphin, signed by the author with your child’s name written in it, for the discounted price of £8 per book including postage (or £14 for two, or £20 for all three in the series) if you email Natalie at natalie@seaschoolstories.co.uk with your order, quoting MENDELL in the subject of the email. Natalie will reply with instructions of how to pay. All the book orders will be posted out to the school together (we will contact you when your book is available for collection from the school office).

You can access her sea shanty song here so that you can join in and sing it with her. www.seaschoolstories.co.uk/videos

and there are some other resources here -  www.seaschoolstories.co.uk

 

Today I want us to revisit rhyming words. Lots of families have reported that this is tricky and the more we revisit rhyming words in different contexts the easier the children will find it.

Listen to the story of Oi Frog by Kes Gray and Jim Field. You can watch it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2da5yu6rpdg

 

                                                                             

 

Once you have watched it right through, you can go back and watch bits of it again, taking about the words that rhyme with the animals in the story.

                          

 

                  

 

Maths

 

                                    

 

Today’s rhyme is one that your child can turn into a game with 10 teddies.

Enjoy singing Ten in the Bed.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-ten-in-the-bed/z7bnmfr

 

Fiddly Fingers.

Get out your tweezers today and an egg box if you have one and make a game for your child to fill the egg box spaces with anything that they can pick up with tweezers. You could ask them to put 5 items in each space or a lower or higher number depending on your child’s ability.

    

                         

     

Post on Tapestry.

 

 

 

Tuesday 2.3.21                                                                                                                         

Phonics

 

So far we have learned the phonemes ‘s’,  ‘a’,  ‘t’,  ‘p’, ‘i’ and their graphemes. This week we are moving on to ‘n’.

After watching the video we will be able to continue to blend our first simple words. You could work on blending ‘s –a – t’ , or ‘p-a-t’ and ‘n-a-p’ and ‘s-i-t’, ‘p-i-t’, ‘t-i-n’ etc with your child. Blending and segmenting are really tricky so don’t worry if your child doesn’t quite get it yet, they will with lots of practise over time. If they can hear the difference between the sounds that we have learned - that is a great start.

Watch the video with your child and have a go at the letter formation. Remember the most important part is being able to distinguish between sounds and hear the initial sounds in words at this point so don’t worry if the formation is too tricky. It will be appropriate for some children but not for others. If you are writing the letter ’i’, please show your child the correct formation as this is really important.

 

Here is the video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb7bXJRkLBE

                                                      

 

Where Do Eggs Come From?

Watch today’s video as a stimulus for our fiddly fingers activity below. If you are feeling brave, you could let your child crack an egg and investigate it!

Watch it here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtvPftWV78M&list=PLGFMoBqLZ9hXTofGTN_ek6N5J1Crn90WU&index=2&t=4s

 

Fiddly Fingers After watching the video to show us where eggs come from, I would like you to make an egg collage. Please draw out a large egg shape for your child and then find any type of paper, magazine pages, newspaper, catalogues. We are going to tear the paper with our fingers and stick it inside the egg shape. The tears can be small or large and you can lay them on top of each other. Here’s some examples, but you can use anything you have at home. Remember, this is a fiddly finger exercise so your child needs to do the tearing!

 

              

 

Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

 

Monday 1.3.21

Today as part of our new theme for this half term of ‘Are Eggs Alive’ I would like you to watch this video about what happens in Spring. You can watch it here. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ovzNyxbZjo&list=PLGFMoBqLZ9hXTofGTN_ek6N5J1Crn90WU&index=5

                    

 

 

For our follow up activity today I would like you to go outdoors and collect some natural objects that you could make into a nest in your garden or any outdoor space. If it’s bad weather today, don’t worry, you can wrap up with wellies etc or leave it until a better day. Sometimes being out in the rain is really nice!

                   

 

Maths

Whilst you are outside, see if you can collect some green leaves.

Write numbers from 0-10 on the leaves and use them for an ordering of numbers game.

You could also challenge your child by laying them out and removing every other number – can they put them back in the correct order? There are lots of ways you can use them, even pegging the correct number of pegs on according to the numeral.              

                                          

 

Fiddly Fingers

Today I would like you to have fun with the tweezers that are in your home pack.

                                                             

Can you pick up some pieces of pasta using just your tweezers. We often play this at school so have a go at home. You can use whatever you have at home, perhaps place a piece in each section of an egg box or ice tray. Maybe you could fill up a truck or different toy with your pasta pieces. Remember to just use one hand with your tweezers.

 

 

 

Week Beginning 22.2.21

Scroll down to below these creative activities to find the daily class activities.

 

Here are three activities that you can choose from for this week, you can complete them whenever you like and you can use whatever you have at home to enjoy them. 

 

ACTIVITY 1 - Forest School

Spring time will soon be here, bringing warmer weather and longer days. Can you spot any signs of spring in your garden or while you are out for your daily walk? You might spot flowers such as snow drops or bluebells beginning to bloom (snowdrops are one of the first signs of spring). You might hear birds singing or if you are near a pond, see frogs or tadpoles. We would love to see some photographs on Tapestry of the signs of spring you have found. You might even like to draw some pictures too.

                       

 

Activity 2 – Treasure hunt

Using the sheet below for ideas (or you can make your own) go on a treasure hunt around your house. Don’t forget to post a picture of your treasure. Happy hunting!

 

  

 

Activity 3 – Making music

This activity will give your child chance to express themselves, enjoy some music, develop rhythm and just generally have fun!

Using any containers you have at home (e.g. empty bottles, milk bottles or food containers) can you make your own shaker? You could fill your shaker with dry pasta, lentils, rice or anything else you have at home. You can decorate your shaker however you would like.

 

Can you make a loud sound? A quiet sound?

Can you shake slowly? Quickly?

You could sing one of your favourite nursery rhymes and play your shaker at the same time. We would love to see some photographs and videos on Tapestry.

 

Here are some ideas:

     

         

 

              

 

Quote for this week…  

 

Week Beginning 22.2.21

 

Friday 26.2.20

Today is a ‘catch up’ day. Have a look back over all this week’s activities and ‘catch up’ on any that you have missed.

Thank you for supporting your child to keep up with their learning – if you would like an extra activity today, here you go!

                                    

                                       

 

 

CHALLENGE

Give each monster hole a number between 1 and 5 and see if you can add up how many points each person gets as they play the game.

 Post how you did today on Tapestry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 25.2.21

In our Story of the Week which is Nine Ducks Nine by Sarah Hayes, there are some rhyming words. Can you help your child hear them as you re read or re watch my video from Monday?

Nine – line,     eight – gate,  six – tricks,   five – dive,   four – shore,   three – tree,   two – do, 

Choose a number above and see if you can think of a few rhyming words for it.

For example, for ‘three’ you could have ‘tree’, ‘bee’, ‘see’

Have a look in your home learning pack for the rhyming strips and play some games with a couple of the strips. Can your child suggest which words rhyme from the strip. Stick to just a couple each time you use them. Don’t worry if this is still really tricky, it takes a lot of experience for this concept to ‘click’.

 

Maths

Have a look at this number activity. You can use it any way that you want.

https://nrich.maths.org/content/id/9888/dice%202020.pdf

                                   

 

You can start by talking about the dice. What does it show? What does it mean?

Roll the dice, count the spots, some children will recognise now without counting. Collect the correct number of toys to join your picnic or game.

Fiddly Fingers

Use your tweezers to serve your toys at your picnic with some cereal pieces. Give them each a bowl and count out the pieces of cereal as you serve them with your tweezers.

 

Don’t forget to post on Tapestry for Dojo points.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 24.2.21

Let’s remind ourselves of our Story of the Week. It is Nine Ducks Nine by Sarah Hayes. Watch this version of the story. It includes British Sign Language and the actions are really engaging. Can you pick up any signing, perhaps for ‘Mr Fox’?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUm5qVipG_4

To follow up, have a go at making some ducks. Here are some examples. You can make one or a set of nine, like in our story.

                           

 

Maths

Let’s investigate the number 9 today.

Watch Numberblocks, meet number 9.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QdwB7ZCyMA   

                     

 

 

To follow up, find 9 items from around your house.

Lay them out in rows of 3, count again. Is there still 9?

Move them around again and lay them out differently. Perhaps in a line, vertically or horizontally. Is there still 9?

Do you need to count them or do you just know?

Dough Disco

You might need to make some new dough if you have been making your own dough. Have a look at the recipe in your first home learning pack.

Follow the excitement here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovgPLvue164

Post on Tapestry.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 22.2.21          

                                                                                                               

Phonics

 

So far we have learned the phonemes ‘s’,  ‘a’,  ‘t’,  and ‘p’ their graphemes. This week we are moving on to ‘i’.

After watching the video we will be able to continue to blend our first simple words. You could work on blending ‘s –a – t’ , or ‘p-a-t’ and ‘t-a-p’ and ‘s-i-t’, ‘p-i-t’, ‘t-i-p’ etc with your child. Blending and segmenting are really tricky so don’t worry if your child doesn’t quite get it yet, they will with lots of practise over time. If they can hear the difference between the sounds that we have learned - that is a great start.

Watch the video with your child and have a go at the letter formation. Remember the most important part is being able to distinguish between sounds and hear the initial sounds in words at this point so don’t worry if the formation is too tricky. It will be appropriate for some children but not for others. If you are writing the letter ’i’, please show your child the correct formation as this is really important.

 

Here is the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTf2tLeX5A8&feature=youtu.be

                                                                                          

 

Maths

Make 9. This follows on from our story Nine Ducks Nine by Sarah Hayes.

Collect 9 objects that you can stick onto a collage. These could be leaves, feathers, pom poms, or whatever you have at home. Make a collage showing your 9 objects. Count them as you stick them down from 1-9.

 

Fiddly Fingers


                     

 

Use some clothes pegs and make a pattern around a plate. This could be a paper plate or a real plate. Give your child a number and ask them to peg the corresponding number of pegs around the plate. Perhaps you could work up to 9 pegs as in our story of Nine Ducks Nine.

 

Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 22.2.20

Welcome to the start of a new half term. Our theme for this half term running up to Easter is ‘Are Eggs Alive?’ This will encompass lots of Spring activities (let’s hope for better weather) as well as looking into answering the question!

This week our Literacy text of the week will be Nine Ducks Nine by Sarah Hayes.

                                       

 

I have recorded a video for you to start our week. It is in the Video Resource Centre on the school website. You can watch it here.

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-nine-ducks-nine-22221

 

After enjoying the story, talk with your child about what happened in the story.

Can they explain what happened to Mr Fox and why?

Talk it through with them. The ducks were really clever weren’t they? They worked together to save each other.

Can you think of another way that the ducks could have avoided Mr Fox?

Draw a picture showing your favourite bit of this story. An adult could label it for you.

Maths

Here is a counting song about 9 little ducks, similar to the story. Listen and join in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JXjuk6zKvo

                  

 

 

Can you find something in your house to make the quacking sound during the rhyme? Can you keep in rhythm when the ducks quack?

How about a bell, whistle, or just tapping a pan? Here’s some ideas.

             

 

Fiddly Fingers

Today I would like you to have fun with the tweezers that are in your home pack.

                                                     

Can you pick up some pieces of pasta using just your tweezers?

We often play this at school so have a go at home.

You can use whatever you have at home, perhaps place a piece in each section of an egg box or ice tray.

Maybe you could fill up a truck or different toy with your pasta pieces.

Remember to just use one hand with your tweezers..

 

Post your learning on Tapestry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Beginning 8.2.21

Scroll down to below these creative activities to find the daily class activities.

 

Here are three creative activities that you can choose from for this week, you can complete them whenever you like and you can use whatever you have at home to enjoy them.

 

ACTIVITY 1

It will be Valentine’s Day at the weekend so here is a simple recipe for you to make some Valentine’s jam tarts to share with those people in your family that you love. If you would prefer to make biscuits there is a link below to a different recipe.

       Easy Jam Tarts   -   Even easier with ready made pastry!      

Ingredients

  •        250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  •        125g butter, chilled and diced, plus extra for the tin
  •        1 medium egg
  •        I tsp of vanilla essence
  •       100g jam, fruit curd or marmalade of your choice

Method

 1. Put the flour, butter and a pinch of salt in a bowl and rub them together with your fingertips (or you can pulse these ingredients together in a food processor if you have one). When the mixture looks and feels like fresh breadcrumbs, stir in the egg and vanilla. Add 1 tbsp cold water, then start to bring the dough together in one lump with your hands – try not to knead it too much. Add 1 more tbsp of water if it’s not coming together, but try not to add more than that. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 mins.

 

 2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Butter a 12-hole tart tin, then dust your work surface with flour. Unwrap and roll out the chilled pastry so it’s about the thickness of a £1 coin, then use a straight or fluted round cutter to cut out 12 circles, big enough to line the holes in the tin. Dollop 1-2 tsp of your chosen filling into each one and, if you like, cut out little pastry hearts (perfect for Valentine's Day) and pop them on top.

 

 3. Bake for 15-18 mins or until golden and the filling is starting to bubble a little. Leave to cool in the tin for a few mins then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

If you would prefer to make biscuits, you can find a recipe here.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/love-bug-biscuits

 

Who will you share them with? Share with us on Tapestry!

 

ACTIVITY 2

Can you make a Valentines picture or card for someone that you love? You could use your handprints to make a heart shape or you could just decorate a heart shape. Perhaps you could write on your card who your card or picture is for, it might be for Mummy, Daddy, or someone else that you love.

Decorate it as wildly as you like and show us on Tapestry. There are a few examples below but use whatever you have at home.

          

 

ACTIVITY 3

Following on from Children's Mental Health Week, can you make a calm jar?

 

                                    

 

Quote for this week…   

                                             

 

We hope that you enjoy and can take part in these activities, remember to post on Tapestry. 

 

Daily Activities

 

Friday 12.2.20

Phonics

Our phonics today is a review session and I would really like you to cover this with your child before half term break. You could even watch it again during the break to make sure we are ready to move on after half term.

Please watch it here.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkJwyc_S0pQ

 

 

 

Today is a ‘catch up’ day. Have a look back over all this week’s activities and ‘catch up’ on any that you have missed.

Thank you for supporting your child to keep up with their learning – if you would like an extra activity today, here you go!

                                    

                                                 

 

See if you can use colours from Chinese New Year celebrations to make your patterns.

CHALLENGE

To finish off our half term can you complete this challenge linked to Chinese New Year?

Which year were you born in? Can you find out?

Was it the year of the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig?

Let me know which you are!

 

 Post how you did today on Tapestry.

Let’s end the week as we started with this week’s quote….

                                    

 

 

 

Thursday 11.2.20

Have a look at these photos of Chinese dragons. They are a big part of Chinese New Year celebrations.

Watch these two videos that I have filmed for you. Click here to watch.

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-chinese-new-year-1-11221

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-chinese-new-year-2-11221

     

 

Make a model dragon - you could use cardboard tubes and boxes, playdough, construction toys or natural materials like leaves and pebbles. Maybe you could draw a picture or take a photo of your dragon model!

                   

 

Cosmic Yoga

Following on from making your own Chinese dragon, stretch and relax to a dragon story on Cosmic Yoga.

You can watch it here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NWzS2xziI4

Did you breathe any fire?

 

Don’t forget to post on Tapestry for Dojo points!

 

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Wednesday 10.2.21

Following along our theme of Chinese New Year, today we are going to have a go at making the animal for this year in the Chinese calendar. This year it is the Year of the Ox.

Can you make an ox using your handprint.

 Here are some examples for inspiration. Keep them as simple as possible and have fun.

       

Maths

During Chinese New Year celebrations, children are sometimes given envelopes with money inside!

With an adult, look at some coins and see if you can see any numbers on them.

What numbers can you see?

What shape are the coins?

What colours are they?

                                 

          

Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

 

Tuesday 9.2.21   

Today we are going to listen to the story that decides how the years were named after an animal in the Chinese calendar.  This year it will be the Year of the Ox.

                                                  

 

 

Watch the story here. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR4IBuahJ_I

Which animal won the race?

Do you think it was fair?

Our follow up activity today is to make a paper lantern. Again, yours can be as simple as you would like, try to encourage your child to do some cutting themselves as this will help their fine motor skills.

Here are some simple instructions.

 

                      

 

                                    

 

Maths

Today I would like you to think about the number 7.

Watch my video for a number session.

Find 7 items at home and see if you can lay them out in different ways.  You could lay them out in a line, horizontally or vertically, in a pile of 7 or perhaps laid out differently. Take a photo of the different ways that you found.

Are there still 7?

 You could finish off by watching the Numberblocks episode for 7 if you would like.

                     Watch it here.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI0bd8Tw8rE                                                           

Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

 

Monday 8.2.20

Chinese New Year

In this week before half term, we are going to learn a little bit about the festival of Chinese New Year as it will fall on Friday Feb 12th (during half term) this year.

Each day we will look at a different part of the celebrations and then follow up with an activity. This week our activities will cover lots of skills in each activity, for example, today’s paper dragon uses fine motor skills as well as being creative.

At school, we would enjoy tasting some Chinese food and if you are able to do this at home, this would be brilliant, do post a photo for your child’s Tapestry. Perhaps you might do this over half term.

 

                                                                     

 

Today we are going to watch a short video about a family who celebrate Chinese New Year, live in Liverpool and are telling us about some of their preparations.

Watch it here.      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8ssHXZ9_qU

                           

 

Did you notice how important the colour red is to their celebrations. It is thought of as a lucky colour.

                                                   

 

Dragons are very important also and today we are going to make a simple Chinese dragon puppet.

                                                                

 

These are just examples and have fancy heads and tails. Make yours as simple as you like but try to include some folding to practise fine motor skills.

 

These are just examples and have fancy heads and tails. Make yours as simple as you like but try to include some folding to practise fine motor skills.

                       

 

Maths

Listen to this counting rhyme. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-the-goats-come-marching/zjqgscw

Did you notice any rhyming words in the rhyme?

Can you say what they are?

Can you think of any other words that rhymes with ‘sun’, ‘view’, ‘tree’?

Make a list or draw some pictures if you can.

 

Post on Tapestry.

 

 

Week Beginning 1.2.21

 

Here are some activities that you can choose from for this week, you can complete them whenever you like and you can use whatever you have at home to enjoy them. Our daily activities can be found below those creative activities.

 

ACTIVITY 1  Can you build a bridge strong enough to hold a toy?

You can use anything you like to make your bridge. Choose a toy first so that you know how big your bridge needs to be and decide what you are going to use. You could use any blocks, lego, or any other construction toys you have at home. You could also use boxes, or recycled materials to make your bridge.

Here are a few ideas for inspiration, however, make your bridge in any way that you like.

Can your toy sit safely on your bridge?

Perhaps you will grow up to be an engineer!

        

 

ACTIVITY 2  Can you blow bubbles?

What you need

50ml washing-up liquid (one part) and 300ml water (six parts),

Bubble blowing equipment: pastry cutters, bubble wands, pipe cleaners, a drinks bottle with the base cut out, plastic cup with hole in the base for blowing, plastic funnel,

You can experiment with lots of different things from home.

A shallow tray to hold the bubble mix whilst playing and a container to store the mix.

                                                      

 

What to do 

If you are making your own mixture - make up the bubble mix in a container, adding the water to the soap slowly. Stir gently.

Make the day before for the best results.

 Pour the mix into a shallow tray (keeping the rest in the container – this will reduce spillages) and place outside if possible.

Provide a range of bubble blowing equipment and allow your child to experiment with them, trying different blowing techniques and bubble blowing tools.

                                                     

 

 

Questions to ask                                                 

Can you blow some bubbles?

What happens when you blow?

Where do the bubbles go?

Can you make lots of small bubbles?

How can you make a really big bubble?

What shape are they?

 

ACTIVITY 3  Can you make a pyramid?

You can use paper cups, plastic cups, tin cans or anything else that you think will work!

        

 

How many can you use in your pyramid?

What do you notice about your pyramid?

Can you see a number pattern in your pyramid?

 

Quote for this week…     

 

We hope that you enjoy and can take part in these activities, remember to post on Tapestry.

 

Friday 5.2.20

Today is a ‘catch up’ day. Have a look back over all this week’s activities and ‘catch up’ on any that you have missed.

Thank you for supporting your child to keep up with their learning – if you would like an extra activity today, here's one for you.

                       

                      

 

Noughts and Crosses is a really tricky game for our children. See if you can use two different sets of objects to make it easier to understand.

 

                                                                  Post how you did today on Tapestry.

 

Let’s end the week as we started with this week’s quote.

                                                 

 

 

 

Thursday 4.2.20

Story of the Week

Today, look at this page from our Story of the Week. If you haven't listened to the video of me reading the story, please watch it first. It is on Monday’s activities below.

This is the page all about choices of food.

 

                                   

 

Have a look at the different food choices, ask family members hat they would choose. Use the sentence starter from yesterday – “What would you choose?”

If you have any newspapers or magazines at home, support your child to cut out some pictures of food and stick them on a collage to show foods that they would like and foods that they would not choose.

Photograph what they have done for Tapestry.

 

Number

Join in with this number rhyme today.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-speckled-frogs/zjjbnrd

If there are 5 people in your home you could all join in, jumping into the pool as you count backwards from 5!

                                                      

 

 

Post all activities on Tapestry. 

 

Wednesday 3.2.21

 Literacy

Following on from our Story of the Week, listen to it again. You can watch it here.

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-literacy-session-mon-1221

                                                             

 

Stop at any page that you like (except the food page as that will be part of tomorrow's activity) and talk about your child’s choices and your own choices.

Talk about the different choices that they could make, use open questions such as –

                                                  Why would you make that choice?

                                                   Do you think it is a good choice? Why?

                                                    Do you think others would make the same choices?

Encourage your child to ask others in your house for their opinions. Try to use the sentence starter ‘What would you choose?’ as they ask others for their opinion.

 

Outdoor activity

Make a happy face and a sad face from ‘loose parts’. These can be anything from stones, pieces of grass, pieces of wood, kitchen tools or anything that you can find at home.

Here you can watch

my video of me making my sad and happy face. 

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-sad-and-happy-face-loose-parts

 

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You can enjoy this activity outside but equally could be done inside if the weather is bad. We spend a lot of time outside at school and the bad weather doesn’t seem to affect our young children!

 

Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 2.2.21                                                                                                                         

Phonics

 

                     

 

So far we have learned the phonemes ‘s’ and  ‘a’ and ‘t’ their graphemes This week we are moving on to ‘p’.

After watching the video we will be able to continue to blend our first simple words. You could work on blending ‘s –a – t’ , or ‘p-a-t’ and ‘t-a-p’ with your child. Blending and segmenting are really tricky so don’t worry if your child doesn’t quite get it yet, they will with lots of practise over time. If they can hear the difference between ‘s’, ‘a’, and ‘t’ and ‘p’ - that is a great start.

Watch the video (the format will be the same as last week) with your child and have a go at the letter formation. Remember the most important part is being able to distinguish between sounds and hear the initial sounds in words at this point so don’t worry if the formation is too tricky. It will be appropriate for some children but not for others. If you are writing the letter ’p’, please show your child the correct formation as this is really important.

                                                    

 

Watch the phonics video here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBIZBegHqsE&list=PLuGr6z2H2KNGLy2Tckcy8Kk8u10mXgcmi&index=81

 

Maths

Today I would like you to watch this episode of Numberblocks. It is all about the number 6.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCAHMYgFU5E

                          

 

Can you go around the house and collect sets of 6 things.  Lay a set of 6 items out in different ways to show that 6 is always 6.

 

Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 1.2.20

Book of the Week

This week our book of the week is from our collection of stories linked to our No Outsiders theme. In EYFS we are encouraging our children to become aware that everyone has opinions and ideas that everyone will respect. In this story, You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart, we want to encourage our children to understand that they can make choices that are valued and that they can make up their minds about things that they like and that they can ask others what they think.

                                                 

 

Please listen to the video of the book which I will post on Tapestry and the website (Menu, Children, Video Resource Centre, F1 Covid Remote Learning) today.

When you have listened to the story, look at this page from the book all about “If you could go anywhere where would you go?” and talk about where your child would like to go, using the suggestions on the page as ideas. You could perhaps then talk about where you would like to go and how it might be different from your child’s choice.

                                              

                                   

 

Finish the activity by drawing a picture together, perhaps with where your child would like to go on one side of the paper and where you would like to go on the other.

Do post these on Tapestry or even just a snapshot video of your child expressing their choices.

 

Maths

Listen to this counting rhyme. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-monkeys-swinging-from-a-tree/z6x9382

Act out the song, you could use an empty egg box as a crocodile so that you can count backwards from 5.

 

Funky Fingers

Today, use your dough that you made last week to join in with a dough disco session. It is based on our rhyme about our fingers. You can follow the link here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4Y_dw023G8

If you didn’t make any dough last week there is a recipe in your pack that we delivered to you.

                                                 

 

 

Week Beginning 25.1.21

 

Here are some activities that you can choose from this week in addition to our daily activities which will be below.

  • Play a game or do a jigsaw with someone at home. You could play a game of snap or pairs.  If you don’t have any cards, you could make your own by drawing pictures or cutting out pictures from a newspaper or magazine.

                                        

 

 

 

  • We really enjoy our forest school sessions in school so this week we thought you might enjoy this activity at home:

                            

 

Make some binoculars out of card or any junk modelling materials you have at home.  Look out for different birds or any other animals in your garden or when you are out for a walk. Can you find out about what they are using the internet or a book?

 

  • Can you make your own lunch or healthy snack? Maybe you could make a delicious sandwich, a fruit salad or spread some soft cheese on crackers or rice cakes. We look forward to seeing some photographs or a video on Tapestry.

 

                 

 

 

 

Quote for this week…

                               

 

Friday 29.1.20

Story of the Week

Today’s activity linked to our information or no fiction text of Winter is something that everyone can get involved with.  This activity is called Winter Warmers.

     

 

Label a washing basket with the caption ‘Keeping Warm in Winter’ and put a range of items for outdoors in Winter inside the basket.

You could include items such as fleecy boots, gloves, a woolly hat, mittens, a scarf, a padded coat, woolly socks and a waterproof jacket or whatever you have at home. Cover the basket until you read the label out for them.

Ask your child to suggest what might be inside when you tell them what the basket label says. Take the items out one at a time and ask your child to describe what they can see and how it feels. Encourage them to use words such as warm, cosy, soft and fleecy. Invite the children to show you how to wear each of the items by putting them on.

 

Creative

Can you make a snowflake? You can use some tape to make a snowflake shape using strips and then using anything that you have at home – paint, crayons collage materials, to colour around the tape. Once completed, remove the tape to see your snowflake shape.

                           

                                                  

Funky Fingers

Can you make marks in a sensory tray? You can make one easily with a tray or plate and some rice, lentils, macaroni, or anything else you have at home.

Suggest some patterns for your child to copy in the rice, perhaps making the letters that we have covered as well as writing letters from their name.

                             

 

Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

Thursday 28.1.20

 

Are you missing your friends?

I am certainly missing you and I have sent a few videos for you to watch so that you can see me. Today I would like you to make a video for your friends. If you post your video on Tapestry, I will share them with everyone else who has made a video in our class.

Think about what you would like to tell your friends. Maybe you could tell them what you have been doing for your home learning, or perhaps you could show them some of your favourite things in your bedroom. Could you sing a song?

Your video can just be quite short and you might want to have a little practise first.

I look forward to seeing you and sharing your video with your friends!

 

Creative

As part of our information book of the week about Winter, can you make a snow den?

You can make a simple cave by spreading a sheet across a table or chairs. Here are some examples but your snow cave can be as simple or elaborate as you like.  If it is cold in your snow cave you might need to wear your hat and       

 

Perhaps you could talk about some of the things that you learned from our information book of the week inside your snow cave.

Send me some photos of the fun that you are having.

 

Funky Fingers

Can you find a muffin tin or something similar in your kitchen and a few elastic bands.

Exercise your funky fingers by stretching the elastic bands around the upside down muffin tins.

How many elastic bands can you add?

 

                 

             

 

  

             Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

 

 

Wednesday 27.1.20

                                                                                                                               

Phonics

 

                         

 

So far we have learned the phonemes ‘s’ and  ‘a’ and their graphemes. This week we are moving on to ‘t’.

After watching the video we will be able to blend our first simple words. You could work on blending ‘s –a – t’ with your child. Blending and segmenting are really tricky so don’t worry if your child doesn’t quite get it yet, they will with lots of practise over time. If they can hear the difference between ‘s’, ‘a’, and ‘t’ that is a great start.

Watch the video (the format will be the same as last week) with your child and have a go at the letter formation. Remember the most important part is being able to distinguish between sounds and hear the initial sounds in words at this point so don’t worry if the formation is too tricky. It will be appropriate for some children but not for others. If you are writing the letter ’t’, please show your child the correct formation as this is really important.

                                                               

 

Here is the video for today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-2SNtGeodQ&t=5s

 

Maths

As part of our Book of the Week today we are going to compare different lengths of winter scarves. If you haven’t watched my video of our book please do so before continuing. You can find it on Mondays activities.

I have filmed this Maths session as an example, please watch it here.

 

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-maths-session-wed-27121

 

Find three or more scarves at home (preferably different lengths, thicknesses etc). Lay them down on the floor and compare them against each other. Remember to start them all at the same point so that the comparison is true.

Questions to discuss with your child could be…

  • Which scarf is the longest? How do you know?
  • Which scarf is the shortest? How do you know?
  • Can you lay the scarves on the floor in order of length from short to long?
  • Can you think of a way to measure them?
  • Are the scarves different? In what way?

Try to ask open questions that make your child think rather than a question that has a yes or no answer.

Use the opportunity to develop some new mathematical language, short, shorter, shortest, long, longer, longest.

 

                                                        

 

Funky Fingers

Make a flicking snowball game.

You can do this any way that you like. The idea is to practise fine motor skills by flicking pieces of scrunched up paper into a pot. You could use 5 or 10 balls and work on counting also, or you could score for each snowball that you get into your pot. Use a flicking action and encourage the use of both hands. Have fun!

                       

 

Don't forget to post all photos on Tapestry.

 

 

Tuesday 26.1.20

Book of the Week

This week our book of the week is an information or non fiction book. It tells us all about Winter. At school we would be using a wide range of books and this would be an example of a learning opportunity about information texts.

                                                  

 

Please listen to the video of the book which you can access here.

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-literacy-tuesday-26121

I will also hope to post ton Tapestry today.

 

At school we would look at and talk about, the Contents page, page numbers, illustrations, labels, use of different size print, the Glossary and Index. Perhaps you could use an information book that you have at home to look at some of those different features of an information book.

 

Our follow up activity today will be to use any boxes, recycled material etc to make a sledge for a toy.

 

      

 

 

Funky Fingers

Today, use your dough that you made last week to join in with a dough disco session. It is based on our rhyme about our fingers. You can follow the link here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K-CQrjI0uY

If you didn’t make any dough last week there is a recipe in your pack that we delivered to you.

 

 

Monday 25.1.20  - Wellbeing Day

Today is going to be a day where we all enjoy activities related to our mental health and wellbeing.

Our whole school will be getting involved and having lots of fun!

In Foundation 1 and 2 we are giving you three activities that you can use to have an enjoyable, calm and uplifting day for all.

Which one of these thought bubbles are you?

 

          

 

 

 

Wellbeing Activity 1

Can you make some stress balloons?

 

  

 

These will be great for all the family, you can fill them with whatever you like or have at home. They can be as big or small as you like. Perhaps you could use rice, pasta, liquid soap, cornflour, playdough; these are just a few suggestions

Here is a video to show how to have a go if you’re not sure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EUasLkVLJA

Have fun squeezing and squishing!

 

Wellbeing Activity 2

Have a go at a Cosmic Yoga today. This will relax your mind and body and relieve any stress that you feel. Join in with your child and you will see the benefits!

 

     

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT-s1-phgxs&list=PL8snGkhBF7nhEquR7wXbzIXjFrlXsze_H&index=18

 

Follow the story of Coco the butterfly – Namaste.

 

Wellbeing Activity 3

Play a game, do a jigsaw, share a story as a family. Forget about things going on outside your family, enjoy each other’s company and just play and have fun!

This is so important and in Early Years, we are always emphasising the importance of playing with your child and sharing activities together.

Here are some ideas for inspiration!

 

       

 

 

Week beginning 18.1.21

 

This week there will be three fun and creative activities for you to complete during the week whenever suits you. These are in addition to a couple of activities that will be set for each day.

Have a look at the creative activities below and you can complete them on any day. This will allow for a bit more flexibility within your week.

 

Fun and creative activities for this week beginning 18.1.21

 

Here are a few activities that you can choose from for this week. Have fun!


 

  • Can you put on a show for your teddies or toys? You could read them your favourite story or sing and dance your favourite songs for them. They will love it!

 

                                                   

 

  • How about doing some Colour Mixing? If you’ve got any paints, chalk or wax crayons at home, give it a try. Mix two colours together and see what happens.

 

                             

 

 

You can look on YouTube for the stories on this picture for inspiration if you would like, they are both lovely and well worth a watch.

 

  • Make playdough from the recipe in your pack – it will keep for ages in an airtight container. Maybe you could make the characters from our Story of the Week, or maybe……something else! Looking forward to see what you make.

 

Don’t forget to post what you have been up to each day on Tapestry.

                                 

             Quote for this week........   

 

 

 

Friday 22.1.20

Today is a ‘catch up’ day. Have a look back over all this week’s activities and ‘catch up’ on any that you have missed.

Thank you for supporting your child to keep up with their learning – if you would like an extra activity today, here you go!

 

                                            

 

You can make this game more challenging by counting up the score for each person playing. Who is the winne

 

                                                                  Post how you did today on Tapestry.

Let’s end the week as we started with this week’s quote.

                                                      

Have a good weekend!

 

 

Thursday 21.1.20

Story of the Week

Wouldn’t it be great to make a snow angel like Kipper and Charlie and Lola! I don’t think its going to snow today but lets have a try at making one on paper. If you have any large paper at home that’s ideal, but you could stick pieces together or even use newspaper. Lay down on the big paper and ask a grownup to draw around you whilst you make the snow angel pattern. Maybe you could cut it out and put it up somewhere for your family to see.

 

                              

 

Number

Do you know the rhyme Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed?  Listen to it here.

 

                                                  

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-monkeys-jumping-on-the-bed/zm7rf4j

Go into your bedroom (with an adult) and play this game with five of your toys. They will love bouncing on your bed!

 

 

Funky Fingers

Today you can help with the washing!

Collect some socks and some pegs and peg them together in pairs. If you can string a washing line between two chairs you can peg them up on there.

       

                                           

 

 

These socks are not in pairs. Can you sort your pile of socks into pairs before you peg them up?

How many socks are in a pair?

 

Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 20.1.21

Story of the Week

Can you freeze a toy in a cup/bowl/container of ice?  Pop a toy in some water and freeze. Then, just like the tiny snowman from the freezer in the story, get it out when frozen and see what happens!

 

                                      

 

Questions to ask…

What is happening?  Why?

Is it happening quickly or slowly?  Why?

What words can we use to describe this?

 

 

Number – Today we are going to think about the number 5.

Listen and watch this episode of numberblocks.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08d630h/numberblocks-series-1-five

                                              

 

Do you have any sets of five on your body?  What about your fingers and toes! Can you draw around one hand or one foot and decorate the fingers and toes?

 

Phonics

Following up yesterday’s introductory lesson on ‘a’, can you find a set of things starting with the sound ‘a’.

                                          

How many things did you find? Can you show me?

 

Post your photos on Tapestry.

 

 

 

Tuesday 19.1.20

Remember there are three creative activities also for you to use whenever you like this week. They are above.

 

Story of the Week

As part of our activities around our story of the week, today we are going to make a snowman from a bottle. Here are a few examples, please just make yours using whatever you have at home.

If you haven't watched the video of our story of the week you can watch it here. 

 

https://mendell-wirral.primarysite.media/media/f1-monday-18121-literacy-session

 

              

 

Whilst making this together, you could talk about the settings used in the story – for example in the garden, at the Antarctic and at a party.  It is a great opportunity to develop new vocabulary and knowledge around this. Some questions to ask your child might be:

Where is the Antarctic?

How do the characters of Charlie and Lola feel?

 Would you like it to be snowy every day and why?  

 

 Number – Listen to and join in with this number rhyme.

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-men-in-a-flying-saucer/z6qgscw

  

                                                  

 

Draw a flying saucer and 5 aliens. Cross them off as the rhyme progresses. Stop the rhyme and ask your child how many are left. Can they count backwards and forwards from 0-5?

 

Phonics

Last week we learned the phoneme ‘s’. This week we are moving on to ‘a’.

Watch the video (the format will be the same as last week) with your child and have a go at the letter formation. Remember the most important part is being able to distinguish between sounds and hear the initial sounds in words at this point so don’t worry if the formation is too tricky. It will be appropriate for some children but not for others. If you are writing the letter’a’, please show your child the correct formation as this is really important.

 

                                                             

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-2SNtGeodQ&t=5s

 

Post all activities on Tapestry.

 

 

 

Monday 18.1.20

 

Story of the Week

This week some of our activities will be based on our literacy text of Snow is my Favourite and my Best by Lauren Child. I will be reading it for our children on a video as a start to our activities. have posted this on Tapestry.  Listen for the follow up activity for today.

 

                                                             

 

Maths – Today follow this link to a counting song.

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-ducks-went-swimming-one-day/z43xwty

If you have any ducks in your bath toys, you could use them to sing the song next time you are in the bath!

 

Funky Fingers – Do you have an oven rack or cooling rack in your kitchen?  Can you thread some string, wool, ribbon or material through it? Here’s an example.

 

                        

 

  Post on Tapestry please. 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 11.1.21

 

Friday 15.1.20

Today is a chance to catch up with any activities that you want to catch up on from this week.

Our phonics focussed on the phoneme ‘s’, our number activities covered numerals 3 and 4 and we completed a range of fine motor activities in addition to some creative activities also.

 

If you have completed all of this week’s activities, you and your child have done brilliantly!

                              Here is an extra activity if you would like one for today.

 

                                                  

 

                                

Please post any evidence on Tapestry.

Thank you for all your engagement and hard work this week.

 

Thursday 14.1.20

 

Phonics –      

Following on from yesterday’s phonics session (if you didn’t watch it please watch before moving onto this activity), make a stuffed sock snake.

             

Whilst making it, talk about ‘s’, practise writing it with a finger on the carpet, talk about other things that start with ‘s’.

Your snake can be as simple as you would like, this is just an example.

 

Maths –  Watch Number blocks; all about 4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXXKQdUw-q0

Watch up to 2.05 minutes.                                                

 

If you have any blocks at home, use them in the same way as on the Numberblocks to show how 4 is made up. Today you could do some printing with paint with the blocks to show what 4 blocks look like in different combinations. 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 13.1.20

Phonics –      

Following on from yesterday’s phonics session (if you didn’t watch it please watch before moving onto this activity), today I would like you to hunt around your home or maybe outdoors to find as many objects that start with the phoneme ‘s’.

How many could you find? Can you make the sound ‘s’ as you say the name for each item that you have found.

Post what you found on Tapestry.

                                

 

Maths – Today I would like you to have a go at a numbers game. Click here for the game. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers

 

Fine Motor Skills – Following on from our story Kipper’s Snowy Day, today I would like you to make a pair of wooly gloves or/and a scarf. You can use any resources that you have at home. Draw around your hands and decorate with glue etc. Here is an example however just enjoy using whatever you like.

                                                                      

 

Post on Tapestry.

  

Tuesday 12.1.20

 

Phonics –    Today we are going to start learning some Phase 2 phonemes. We will be watching a video to introduce the phoneme and we will be covering one phoneme each week. This will be alongside continuing Phase 1 phonic activities as well as working on blending and segmenting.

It is really important to say the phonemes correctly and this is shown on the video. Part of the session will involve writing the grapheme for ‘s’ but if your child is not ready for this, don’t worry you can work on it another time. Again though it is vital to form the letters correctly when writing – we always try to write on lines and letters generally sit on lines. At school we use whiteboards because they can be rubbed out easily and you can practise many times over, but if you don’t have one, again, don’t worry, just use some paper that you have drawn a line on and a felt tip pen. These are easier to form letters with than pencils as they flow better and take less pressure to make a clear mark.   

  If there is anything that you are not sure of regarding this, please message me on Dojo and I will be happy to help. 

Please follow the link for the phonics video and watch it with your child.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlqMDXWEtXs&t=7s     

 

 

Maths – Have a look at today’s Numberblocks episode and stop the video on 4.08 mins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkufsme9qiA&t=248s

                                                                  

 

To follow up make 3 snowballs. They could be paper, cotton wool, playdough or whatever you have at home. Count them and then divide them up in different ways. Try 2 and 1,  1 and 1 and 1, 1 and 2, 0 and 3, 3 and 0. The idea is that there will always be 3 even if separated in different ways.

Also snowballs start with the initial sound ‘s’ so use this when talking with your child about the snowballs.

 

Fine Motor Skills – Tying and untying knots. This can be a tricky activity but a challenge for some. Prepare a few pieces of ribbon or strips of cloth. Have some tied in a loose knot and leave some for your child to tie. Practise tying and untying knots! Here is an example but feel free to do the activity as you feel suits you and your child.

                                                   

 

Post on Tapestry.

 

                                   

 

                                                                                           

 

 

Monday 11.1.20

Literacy – We were just starting our literacy text of Kipper’s Snowy Day by Mick Inkpen as school closed. This week we will be linking activities to this story so I have recorded a video of myself reading the story.  You can find it on Tapestry. Please listen to the story and there will be a follow up activity at the end of the video. The follow up activity is to draw a picture from the story, tell an adult what you have drawn by using this sentence starter – ‘My picture is about…’ and then for an adult to write the sentence on your picture. Please post it on Tapestry.

 

                                                                               

 

Creative/Wellbeing Cosmic Yoga. Follow the link and find your inner peace through a story!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7FUbTac_ds&list=PL8snGkhBF7nhTxJt1M7d6A7mmD3kK6wE1&index=1

                                    

 

Maths – Today follow this link to a counting song.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-apples/zvt8gwx     Perhaps you could use some real apples to sing it again. Practise counting forwards and backwards to 5.

 

Fine motor control – Have a go at Dough Disco today. This is a staple activity in F1 and we enjoy it as often as we can. Here is a link to an example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-IfzeG1aC4

 

Please post photos on Tapestry.

 

 

Week beginning 4.1.21

 

Friday 8.1.21

 

Maths – Look at the next episode of Numberblocks. These are great for repetition and consolidation. Please watch this episode today, it is all about the number two.  Today as a follow up have a go at writing the numerals 1 and 2. Remember to start at the top when you are forming numbers and letters and write on a line, your numerals should be sitting on the line.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyRFdFSGsgQ

                                                                                                   

Phonics – Have a look on the Memo’s section of Tapestry for the

phonics home learning challenge.

 

Fine motor control– Using children’s scissors, try out this activity. It is really important for the children to be able to use scissors confidently and safely. This is something we would practise every day at school.

                                                                                            

                                                      

 

 

Thursday 7.1.21

Maths – We will be following some episodes of Numberblocks. These are great for repetition and consolidation. Please watch this episode today, it is all about the number one.  When you have finished go around your home or garden and find lots of things that there are one of. For example, one chair, one baked bean, one slice of bread, one car. Follow the link for the episode here.          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7APNVVdrx5M&t=614s

 

Phonics – have a treasure hunt at home and find some pairs of objects that rhyme, for example  teddy BEAR and a CHAIR, BED and RED, etc.  On a piece of paper, draw and label three sets of rhyming words and post on Tapestry. Here are some other examples to talk about.                                                                                  

 

Game – Play Kim’s Game with someone in your family. Start with about three items and see how many you can build up to and still remember what is missing!

                                                                

 

  Please post all evidence and photos on Tapestry.

 

 

 

Wednesday 6.1.21

Today is our first day of home and school learning. It is a great opportunity for you to enable your child to continue their learning by engaging with the daily activities.  These will be the same activities that any F1 children in school will complete, therefore it is important that your child keeps up with their peers.

Start your day with some Cosmic Yoga, follow the link for today’s story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40SZl84Lr7A&list=PL8snGkhBF7nhEquR7wXbzIXjFrlXsze_H&index=2&t=2s

Our creative task today is to make a bubble blower. Have a look at the instructions and see if you can make one.

Talk together about how the bubbles are made and see if you can change the way they appear by changing the way that you blow.

                                                                             

Listen to and join in with this counting rhyme.                                                                                        

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-currant-buns/zm4nmfr

Can you use five cakes, biscuits or other resource and five pennies to repeat the song with your family?

Please post photos on Tapestry.

 

 

 

Week beginning 13.7.20

For the last few days of our school year, we would like you to enjoy some fun, creative, learning activities which the whole family can get involved in.

 

Thursday 16th July 2020

As today is our final day of home schooling, we would like your child to make their very own school. They can be the teacher and invite their favourite toys to join in with their lessons. They could share what they have learnt and collect resources that they would need. See below for more ideas…

 

                                   

 

Wednesday 15th July.

Today’s activity is to follow the instructions below is to freeze nature. If you add  piece of string before freezing you would be able to hang it up outside and watch what happens over time. Share your Nature Freeze on Tapestry.

                                             

 

Tuesday 14th July

Today we would like you to create pictures using Lego pieces and paint or ink. Discuss the shapes and the properties your child is using.

 

 

Monday 13th July.

Have a look at this fun activity.

                                               

 

                                                  Take a photo and post on Tapestry.

 

 

Week beginning: 06.07.19

This is our final week of learning about ‘Amazing Animals’. This week we have a focus on under the sea and the animals you would find there.

 

Friday 10th July 2020

Watch David Attenborough’s clip about crabs and their shells: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1dnocPQXDQ

Today’s activity is to make a treasure chest using an old egg box to collect signs of sea animals at the beach over the next few days. Collect sea animal homes, food animals might eat and observe crabs.

How many different types of shells have you collected? Why do crabs need a shell? Can you order your shells by size just like the crabs in the video?

 

                                          

 

 

Thursday 9th July 2020

Today’s activity is an outdoor activity, so fingers crossed you can get outdoors and dodge any showers!

       

Take a paintbrush and pot of water, find a place to do your painting outside and paint an Under the Sea scene. You could use paintbrushes of different thicknesses, decorating rollers or whatever you have at home. Include as many sea creatures as you can. Write the names of them as you go. Here is a reminder of what you could include.

                                             

Take a photo and post on Tapestry.

 

Wednesday 8th July 2020

The sea water that surrounds the UK has 8000 different species of plant and animals but unfortunately the environment is being ruined by pollution. Today we would like you to teach your child about pollution and what they could do about it. The following website gives step by step instructions on how to make a polluted water jar and compare with a clear water jar: https://www.science-sparks.com/sea-pollution/

 

                                     

 

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Following our activity from yesterday, today’s activity is to make some Starfish Biscuits. 

 Most starfish have 5 arms and this will be an opportunity to use real experiences to count. Some children will be counting to 5, some to 10 and then this lends itself to counting in 5’s. You could use this experience to consolidate your counting skills.

Here is a simple recipe for Starfish Biscuits below but you can use any recipe that you may prefer for biscuits. When your dough is ready, cut out your starfish shapes; it might be helpful to make a card template for your child to cut around the rolled out dough, but please make sure this is safely done and with adult support.

When your cookies are cool, decorate in any way that you like.

Count your starfish arms in ones or fives.

       

 

Starfish Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Lightly grease 3 baking trays. Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together until light and fluffy.
  2. Separate the egg yolk from the white and set the white aside. Beat in the egg yolk. Sift in the flour and mix well with enough milk to give a fairly soft dough.
  3.  Knead the mixture gently on a lightly floured surface and roll out to 5mm thick. Cut into your chosen cookie shapes, place on the prepared baking trays and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. When cool, decorate in any way that you like.

Post your biscuits on Tapestry.

 

Monday 6th July

Read or watch Commotion in the Ocean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pRhgZ8Jffs

 

Afterwards make a 3D sea creature using materials from around your house. Here are some ideas:

 

 

Week beginning 29.6.20

 

Friday 3rd July 2020

To finish our week on farm animals, today we are going to enjoy watching some farm animals playing a hide and seek game. We are going to draw a picture of the main characters, add a speech bubble for each and write inside the speech bubble something that you think each animal would say at the end of the story.

The story is about a piglet called Petal, a goat called Gobo, a donkey called Dash and Digger the dog.

       

Watch them here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aui7RSBXnGw

 Show me your picture and what you have asked your adult to write in the speech bubbles.

 

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Can you find out an interesting fact about a farm animal? It can be any farm animal and you can use any or a range of research techniques such as google, a non-fiction book or an encyclopaedia.

Afterwards make a junk model farm animal with recycling materials. Write a name label for your model so everyone knows it is yours.

 

                                  

 

Wednesday 1st July 2020

We have been working on lots of activities involving animals and today we are going to learn all about where milk comes from.

Watch this episode of Balamory and learn along with them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8uUTts_9e0

Afterwards see if you can have a go at ‘milking’.

Here is a fun way of having a try.


                                

Use a glove, fill it with water to represent the milk from the cow’s udder and squeeze. Have fun!

You could then play pin the tail on a cow (or any farm animal) with your family just as they did on Balamory.

Post on Tapestry.

 

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Yarn wrapped crafts are wonderful for combining media, learning about textures, practising fine motor skills and creating unique works of art. It is quite a skill to keep the yarn tight and to hold on with two hands, so a great fine motor skill activity.

Today we would like your child to make a yarn wrapped farm animal. This could be a cardboard cut-out or they could use toy farm animals. Please share your child’s learning with us on Tapestry and they will be rewarded with dojo points.

 

                                               

 

Monday 29th June 2020

Today we are going to start our week with the story of The Little Red Hen.

You can us the book if you have it but if not you can watch a version here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLqGLE5zTIk

Listen to the story and have a chat about the moral of the story.

Have you ever baked bread before? What did you need to bake it? Perhaps you have baked cakes, or cookies? How did you know how much of each ingredient to use?

For today’s activity we are going to explore balancing scales.

Make some balance scales using a coat hanger and see if you can find things that balance. Here are some ideas for inspiration!

     

Which items are light and which are heavy?

Use everyday objects and see if you can make both sides of the balance scales the same. How do you know they are the same? Use the language of weight whilst playing; heavy, light, balance, equal, heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest.

Show how you made your scales balance on Tapestry.

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 21.06.20

This week we are returning to our 'Amazing Animals' theme with a focus on farm animals. Please add any type of learning your child does this week for dojo points.

Friday 26th June 2020

We have learnt about lots of different types of farm animals this week. Which one was your favourite? Make a large picture of this animal, make some tails (one for each person in your household) and find something you can use as a blind fold. Play ‘Pin the Tail on the Farm Animal’. Who do you think will be closest? Who will be the furthest?

 

                 

 

Thursday 25th June 2020

Today we are going to think about how many legs different animals have.

Make a chart that showing that you have sorted the animals into sets of how many legs they have. Sort them into sets of 4 legs, 2 legs and 0 legs. You could draw or cut out pictures of animals to make your chart. Here is an example below but you can make your chart in any way that you like.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-8770-animal-leg-sorting-activity

 

                                       

 

When you have completed your chart, count the total number of legs in each set, perhaps you can count in two’s or even 4’s (very tricky!).

Questions to answer…

How many animals in each set?

Which set has the most animals in?

How many legs in total in each set?

Which set has the most legs in ?

Share your chart on Tapestry.

 

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Watch or read The Pig in the Pond https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLsNWcqOO5Y

Ask questions: Did you like the book? Why was this? Who was the main character? What was he/she like?

                                                   

Afterwards can you make a hand print farm animal?

                                                        

 

 

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Today we are going to think about different animals that might be found on a farm.

Our story is called The Great Goat Chase by Tony Bonning and Sally Hobson.

You can listen to the story or use the book if you have it. It is part of a CBeebies episode so if you want to access just the story watch it from 0.25-9.16 seconds. Click the link to access.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbrY2eUqBPg

 

Talk about the different animals in the story and why the bee was the best creature for the job!

Discuss any other ideas your child might have for saving the turnips, what else might be successful?

Our follow up activity today involves vegetables because the goats were trying to eat all of the farmer’s turnips.

Have a go at making a printed picture using vegetables that you might have at home. An adult could cut them into different shapes for you to print with. Perhaps you could make a picture or a pattern with them?

Post your picture on Tapestry.

 

Monday 22nd June 2020

Watch or read the story A Squash and a Squeeze https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkdX73Onf04

As a follow up activity make a farmyard picture. Challenge: say and write the first sound for each animal name.

                                                            

 

Week beginning 15.6.20

This week we are going to get involved with some creative, stand alone activities and will be taking a break from our topic and returning to it refreshed next week.

 

Friday  19th June 2020

To finish off our week today we are going to make a game that you can play outdoors or indoors if the weather is not great.

                                              

                    

 

As the instructions describe you can make this activity suitable for the number ability of your child. You can use adding, subtracting, recognising numbers, counting in two’s, keeping a tally for the score and much more.

Post on Tapestry for me to see!

 

Thursday 18th June 2020

‘Elephants never forget’ so they say. Today’s task is to listen to a story about our favourite elephant Elmer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFrD18XLmlM&list=PLE5MZB5pedUPM7JqhJpnr0UTLRGnYnBAG&index=22&t=0s. Afterwards, see if your child can improve their memory by playing Kim’s game.

 

How to play:

Place a five or more objects on a tray. Ask your child to look carefully at them for about thirty seconds. Cover the things, take one thing away and ask the child to spot what is missing. You can put more things on the tray as they get better.

 

                                               

 

Wednesday  17th June 2020

Today we are going to practise our scissor skills. This is something that we would do just about every day at school and a really important milestone in physical development. We learn how to hold scissors safely when carrying them (ask your child if they can remember the correct way) and then how to cut effectively.

Our activity starts with a story and it is a story you will have listened to recently because it is one of Miss Ward’s bedtime stories. Follow the link for a different version but perhaps you could listen to Miss Ward reading it at bedtime tonight as well. Click here for the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_MyH_h4t1s

After watching the story, practise your cutting skills using the activity below.

 

                                      

Perhaps after this you could have a go at making some simple paper dolls like in the story, an adult might help you. When you are listening to Miss Ward’s version at bedtime, you can use the paper dolls that you made together as a prop.

Post what you have achieved on Tapestry.

 

 

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Today’s theme activity is all about bubbles. Firstly, listen to the story called The Magic Bubbles read by the author Isabel Otter on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l5_Ca1wwx8. If your child really enjoyed this new story they could win a copy by entering a competition with the Book Trust https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/competitions/the-magic-bubbles-get-your-hands-on-this-beautiful-book/.

Afterwards, we would like your child to make a bubble blower.

You will need:

A plastic bottle

 A sock/soft fabric

Elastic band

Washing up liquid

Water

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut the bottom off the bottle
  2. Put the sock or fabric over the end and secure with the elastic band
  3. Dip it into the washing up liquid and water in a container
  4. Blow to make bubbles.

 

                      

 

Monday  15th June 2020

Can you make a home for minibeasts?

Follow the simple instructions and you could find some minibeasts living in your minibeast home.

You could decorate it with pictures of minibeasts.

 

                        

 

Post your minibeast home on Tapestry.

 

Week Beginning 8.6.20

We will be continuing our theme 'Amazing Animals'.

Our activities will reflect activities that we might have been involved in at school, adjusted to make them accessible for all at home.

Please continue to have a look both on here and on our Class Dojo story page every day.

 

Friday 12th June 2020

Over the past two weeks we have looked at and read about different Jungle animals. Which one was your child’s favourite? Today we would like your child to find out what their family’s favourite Jungle animal is. They can choose up to five animals and ask everyone in their family which one they like the best. Using this information, make a bar chart using toys or pictures of animals.

 

Example questions: How many people’s favourite animal is a bat? Which animal is liked the most/least? How many votes altogether?    

                         

 

 

Thursday  11th June 2020

Today’s activity is to make a jungle jigsaw for your family.

To make your jigsaw, you can draw a jungle scene on an A4 piece of paper. Make sure the whole of your page has part of your picture on it so that there is hardly any white paper to see. This will make your jigsaw easier to put together for your family.

 

 Here is an example – but yours will be a jungle picture!

 

                                      

 

Once your picture is finished you can cut it up into 6 or 8 or 10 pieces depending on who you were making it for. You can use any shape cuts you like, straight will be the easiest but if you want to give your family a challenge, you could make your cuts curved or zig zag. You might want to draw your cuts onto your picture before cutting.

Ask a member of your family to complete your jigsaw.

Post on Tapestry to show me your jigsaw.

 

Wednesday 10th June 2020

We would like you to read Rumble in the Jungle with your child. If you do not have this book at home it is available on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBi2tsD2iUQ.

 

Questions: What colours can you see in the illustration or on the page? Do we have jungles in this country? Why not? What lives in the jungle? What would it be like living in a jungle? Have you ever been to the jungle? Would you like to go? Why/why not? Would we ever see a jaguar/toucan in this country? Where? Have you ever been to the zoo? What animals did you see?

 

As a follow up activity we would like your child to make an animal mask. They can retell the story using their mask or pretend to move like the animals.

 

                                      

 

Tues 9th June 2020

Today’s activity is all about a creature that we saw in the ‘What’s Through the Binoculars’ powerpoint yesterday.

We are going to find out some interesting information about the Fruit Bat.

Lots of you will have seen these in the Bat House at Chester Zoo.

      

 

Find out 4 interesting facts about a Fruit bat. You can use Google/Youtube or books.

Next, draw a picture of a fruit bat and ask an adult to record your 4 facts.

Our follow up activity is to make something that you (and a fruit bat) would like to eat. You could make a fruit kebab or a fruit salad or an idea of your own.

As with all our activities, if you don’t have the exact items at home, you can improvise. Have a go and post on Tapestry – dojo points will be awarded!

 

Monday 8th June 2020

To continue with a focus on Jungle animals, we would like you to look at the PowerPoint presentation from Twinkl that looks at real life photographs of jungle animals https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-tp-972-jungle-animals-whats-through-the-binoculars-powerpoint-game. If you do not have access to this you could look at non-fiction books of jungle animals. Afterwards make some binoculars for a jungle adventure at home.

Ask your child: What binoculars are used for? Look closely at the animals - what do you notice about their fur? Can you include any of the skin patterns on your binoculars? 

 

               

 

Week Beginning 1.6.20

Welcome back after the half term beak, hope you were able to enjoy the gorgeous weather!

For our final half term of the school year, our theme for F1 and F2 is Amazing Animals.

Our activities will reflect activities that we might have been involved in at school, adjusted to make them accessible for all at home.

Please have a look both on here and on our Class Dojo story page every day.

 

Fri 5th June 2020

Today we are going to do a science experiment based around another character from our story of Monkey Puzzle. It is all about the frog!

                                                       

 

Have a go at this experiment and see if your child can talk with you about what they are doing and what happens.

As with all our activities, if you don’t have the exact items at home, you can improvise. Have a go and post on Tapestry – dojo points will be awarded!

 

Here is the link for the experiment. Download and open the 'activity pdf'

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27704-eyfs-jumping-frog-science-experiment-and-prompt-card-pack

 

If you are up for a challenge have a look at how to make an origami jumping frog. This will definitely need lots of adult support but will give your child a jumping frog to play with afterwards.

Click here for instructions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kZjq8f8Mpo

Top tip, use a larger piece of paper than on the video because the folding is quite intricate!

Extra Dojo’s for any jumping origami frogs!

 

Thursday 3rd June 2020

In our story Monkey Puzzle, we have met a range of different animals this week.

Today we are going to base our activity around spiders.

Have a look at these photos of real spiders on their webs.

 

                     

 

We would like you to make your own web using sticks and string. You could ask your child these questions: Where do spiders live? Why do spiders spin webs? How can you create more lines? How can we create the edge of the web? What shapes can you see?

You could hang your web outside and see what happens when it rains.

 

                                                                 

 

Wed 3rd  June 2020

In our story Monkey Puzzle, we have met a range of different animals this week.

Today we are going to base our activity around snakes.

Have a look at these photos of real snakes.

  

                      

                                      

 

 

Can you see their different markings?

These snakes have repeating patterns on them.

Can you google any other snakes with different types of patterns?

 

Our follow up task is for you to make some snakes with repeating patterns.

You can use your playdough from yesterday to make not only snakes with repeating patterns on them but also different lengths. Order your snakes by length from shortest to longest.

If you did not make playdough you can draw snakes of differing lengths, cut them out for ordering and add repeating patterns to them with crayons or natural objects.

Have a go and post on Tapestry – Dojo points will be awarded!

 

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

After reading the story Monkey Puzzle yesterday we would like you to make playdough models of the characters from the story. You could retell the story using your models.

 

For playdough you need:

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right

This playdough will last all week. Keep it wrapped up in cling film overnight in the fridge.

 

                                   

 

Monday 1st June 2020

Our theme and daily activity today starts with a story.

 

                                                      

 

Please watch Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. If you have the story at home please use the actual book. If not, you can watch it here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do93X-agQDo

Here are some follow up points for discussion with your child.

Talk about the characters and their identifying features.

How did Monkey feel when he had lost his Mum?

What would you do if you were ever lost?

 

Our daily follow up activity is to draw a picture to represent the story of Monkey Puzzle.

An adult can write a sentence underneath to describe the story.

Please post on Tapestry.

 

 

Week beginning 18.05.20

As it is the last week before half term we thought your child might enjoy some creative and fun ways of learning at home. The following activities will be things that you could do any time at home using things from around the house:

 

Friday 22nd May 2020

It has been such unusual times for our children and sometimes this can give them bad dreams. Today’s activity is to make a ‘worry doll’. A worry doll is a tiny doll that children can tell their worries to before placing them under their pillow at night. The worry dolls take the children’s worries away while they sleep. This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about their feelings.

 

                                                          

 

Thursday 21st May 2020

Today’s activity uses things that you might have at home.

Have a look at the information below and see what you can create!

Show me on Tapestry what you made.

Talk about what happened and why.

Can your child explain how this happened?

                         

 

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Can you make a set of family ‘mini me’ characters? You could use photographs or drawings of your family. Afterwards attach the pictures to something sturdy like a yoghurt pot or lollipop stick. Tell a story using your characters. Parents can write down the story as your child says it.

 

                                                   

 

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Today you will be getting creative!

 

Go around your outdoor space as well as your indoor space and make some rubbings on paper of different textures. When you have made quite a few, see if you can cut them into shapes and make a picture. The example is a town scene, but you could make anything with your shapes. Decide what you are going to make before you start to cut so that you know what shapes you will need. Stick the shapes onto another piece of paper to complete your picture.

 

                                                 

 

Talk about the names and properties of the shapes that you have used.

Please post a photo on Tapestry.

 

Monday 18th May

Today we would like you to make a Monster Tunnel using a card board box or shoe boxes. Decorate your box so it looks like a monsters and cut holes in it for the monster's mouth. You then take it in turns to roll a ball into the mouth. Can you use your counting skills to count 5 turns each and then swap with a family member? Have fun!

 

Week beginning 11.5.20

This will be our final week linked to the theme of Emergency! and this week we are going to think about the Police and the amazing service that they give us.

In addition to this there are some Phonics games to play and look out for on our Dojo story to find out which activity we will be using:

 

Friday 15th May 2020

For the last day of this week, we would like to play with numbers.

Have a look at this example of counting using natural objects.

 

                                                   

 

You can adapt this to the ability level of your child. You might just use 1-5 as on the example, but you could use numbers to 10, 20, or even by writing simple addition sentences for your child to work out and then represent.

An adult could write the numbers or number sentences for your child to work on.

If weather appropriate, go outside and complete the activity using natural objects but equally you can complete this activity inside with a range of different everyday objects.

Encourage your child to lay out the objects ready for counting in a line, this helps them to start from the left and count in an organised not random way.

 When counting with your child it is really important to work on 1:1 correspondence – touching each object slowly and saying the corresponding number as well as making sure that your child understands how many they have counted in total.

 Please post a photo on Tapestry.

 

Thursday 14th May 2020

Every Thursday we clap for our carers. There are so many key workers that have been helping us and will continue to do so. We are all so thankful for their help. Think about ‘people that help us’ in emergencies or tough times such as the COVID 19 lock down. This can be anyone from nurses, doctors, shop assistants, fire fighters, cleaners, delivery drivers etc. What sort of things do they do? Why are we thankful? Make a poster to thank them and you could display it in your window.

 

 

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Today we would like you to watch…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-fOWq1-w4E

 

Think about the jobs that police officers do to help us?

Talk with a grownup about these, using and reinforcing any new vocabulary from the clip.

 

Make a picture of yourself as a police officer. Make sure you include your badge and handcuffs that you made the other day.

If you have enough paper, you could draw around yourself to make your picture!

 

Can you make up a story around your picture, tell an adult and they could write it for you.

Post on Tapestry – Dojo’s will be awarded.

 

 

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Today we would like your child to make a string telephone. Please follow the link for ideas on how to make a telephone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LhaPavMNqI&t=353s This clip also shows other 'people who help us' such as train drivers. Your child can then use their telephone to act out police role play scenarios such as some one being lost. They could also use their telephone to practise their phonics learning for the day.

 

Monday 11th May 2020

Our daily activity today starts with some information. Please watch Gecko and the Police. You can watch it here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azL7mF84H94

 

 Here are some follow up points for discussion with your child.

Did you notice what the police officer was wearing?

Why do you think the uniform is that colour?

What is the siren for on a police car?

How would you feel if you were lost?

Can you remember your address?

 

Our daily follow up activity is to make a police badge with your name and number on it and a pair of handcuffs! There are some pictures to help you but you can make them in any way that you choose. Remember the idea behind all our activities is learning through play and lots of talk.

               

 

 

 

Daily Project Activity: Week beginning 4.5.20

We are continuing our theme of Emergency. Please check here every day for each day's new activity.

 

Thursday 6th May 2020

After reading The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch we would like you to design and bake some sea biscuits. These could be any time of biscuits you would like. If you do not have the ingredients to make biscuits, you could just decorate a biscuit from your cupboard. Draw your design first. Think about what designs you would have on a sea biscuit: What different animals did you see in the story? What colours would you need to use for a lighthouse design? What else would you see on the sea?

   

 

In addition to this we have put together some suggestions of what you could do with your child to prepare to celebrate for VE Day on Friday...

 

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Today’s activity starts with a story. Please listen to The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage.

You can click here to watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46wCRq50Wwg

Whilst listening with your child, you could talk about the speech bubbles and why they are used. You could talk about what a lighthouse is and its purpose and why Mr Grinling needs to be in the lighthouse.

 We have three lighthouses not too far from where we live, there are photo’s below.

They are Point of Ayr lighthouse, New Brighton lighthouse and Leasowe lighthouse. You could discuss why we needed them on the Wirral and what they were for. Some of you will have visited one or more so can link It to your child’s personal experiences.

Leasowe  lighthouse         New Brighton lighthouse    Point of Ayr lighthouse

Today’s follow up activity is to make a lighthouse. You could use a kitchen roll tube, cardboard box, or from anything that you have at home. Here are some examples.

Remember, our activities are all linked through play so if you haven’t got the same materials, it doesn’t matter.

Post your lighthouses on Tapestry.

 

Tuesday 5th May 2020

As we have been learning about lifeboats this week we would like you to make a raft to carry a small toy. You can use any material you would like. How will you make your raft float? You could add a photo or video of you testing out your raft on Tapestry.

 

 

Monday 4th May 2020

This week our focus is going to be on Lifeboats and safety around our coasts.

We are lucky on Wirral because we have water all around our shores. We can’t visit those places currently but can still learn about the emergency services that would help us if we were in difficulties.

To start our week please watch Gecko at the Lifeboat Station. This is our local lifeboat station at Hoylake and many of you will have seen the lifeboat there. Click here to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO1uRoqXxd4

 

 

Talk with your child about what they saw, try to ask open questions to encourage them to think, for example:

 ‘How do you think the lifeboat crew felt as they were rescuing someone from the water?’

                                                                              or

‘Which job would you do if you were part of a lifeboat crew, and why?’

Encourage your child to use new vocabulary that was in the YouTube video.

Follow up this by drawing a picture related to the story and completing the sentence starter:

                                                ‘ If I was on a lifeboat I would…’

This would be done verbally with your child and then written by an adult.

 

Friday 1st May 2020

Have a look at the Mendell Primary School  Story on Class Dojo’s for Friday’s activity.

 This is a special treat for all year groups to thank you for all your hard work!

Enjoy Friday and the weekend, join us again for next week’s activities on Monday.

 

Thursday 30th April 2020

Today we would like your child to watch Gecko’s Real vehicles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UClBcKfQVIs to look at ambulance’s and learn about the paramedic team. Afterwards, plan and make an ambulance using construction materials for example wooden blocks, stickle bricks, Duplo or Lego. If you don’t have any of these construction materials be creative with natural materials.

  

 

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Today we would like you to have fun with your teddies. Make a hospital or doctors surgery area to play with your teddies in.

Perhaps you could bandage them if they are hurt, take their temperature, give them some (pretend) medicine and generally have fun looking after them.

You could make separate areas for your hospital or doctors, perhaps a waiting area, reception desk, surgery or hospital bed area.

Make up a story for them and you could also use your emergency vehicle that you made last week in your play.

Have fun!

As it is Wednesday Video Day please make a short video as a record for all your friends to see on Tapestry.

 

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Can you make a set of hospital characters using each finger of your hand? This could be a painted hand print, a cut out of a hand, an old glove or a drawing of your hand - be creative. I have found an example of a fireman hand print (see below). Have a think about which characters you will need and what things they need to do their job. Remember doctors and nurses can be male or female.

 

Monday 27th April 2020

Welcome to our next week of home learning activities. This week our Emergency! topic will be linking to hospitals.

Today we would like you to listen to an episode from the  Topsy and Tim series as an introduction.

 You can use this link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjIybqARpwU&t=566s

After watching – Talk about what happened in the story?

                              Which health professionals did you see?

                               Discuss how the characters felt at different times throughout the story.

                               Have you ever been into a hospital, either as a patient or perhaps to visit someone?

Today’s follow up activity is to draw a picture showing either when you were in a hospital or if you haven’t been, draw a picture of your favourite part of the story and label it. Post your picture on Tapestry.

 

Friday 24th April 2020

Today’s activity is for your child to learn their address. It is important for your child to learn their address so they can stay safe. You could make it fun by making a song or a rhyme to remember it. 

 

Thursday  23rd  April 2020

Today we would like you to have a go at making something healthy to eat. If we are eating a healthy diet we hopefully won’t need the Emergency Services!

You could make a sandwich for your lunch, some soup, or bake something healthy, for example flapjacks. If you don’t have ingredients at home, don’t worry, you could draw a healthy plate of food and label it.

 

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

To celebrate World Earth Day we would like you to make a video for a friend or your class to show and talk about the emergency vehicle you made on Tuesday. Just type who you would like us to send it to and it will put a smile on your friend's face. 

 

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Following on from yesterday’s activity and as a link with World Earth Day which is Wed 22nd, today we would like you to use recycled resources to make an emergency vehicle. You could use boxes, lids, cartons or anything that you are recycling. Perhaps you could make a fire engine, ambulance, police car, tow truck, lifeboat etc. When you have made it post a photo on Tapestry and keep your vehicle safe because you will need it for Wednesday’s activity.

 

Monday 20th April 2020

Please read Charlie the Firefighter ebook on the following web address: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-or-271-charlie-the-firefighter-ebook and discuss the story together afterwards. Here are some suggested questions for you to ask your child: What was Mr Clark’s special news? What does a firefighter do? How do you think the children felt when they tried on the firefighter uniform? Why? Afterwards ask your child to draw a picture of the characters. 

 

5th April 2020

Spring Break Project:

We would like you to take a look at this list of suggested things to do during the Easter break.

4th April 2020

Spring Break

Now we have reached the Spring Break, we think everyone needs a well deserved rest (teachers, pupils and parents !!), therefore we will not be setting daily tasks on the website. However, we will set a project to complete over the two week holiday as we normally do. As with any holiday period we still expect children to access online learning at home (for help with logins etc check the info page by clicking here). Teachers will not be checking who is going on this daily but will check at the end of the two week holiday.


Please feel free to still add photographs and videos to Tapestry/Dojos as the staff would love to see what the children are getting up to and we know the home school link is now more important than ever. Staff won't be responding to these but will add them to the children's online portfolio.


Daily tasks will resume on the website on 20th April.


Mrs O'Neil Edwards will also be adding a headteacher's challenge to the website for children to work on over the two week holiday.


Have a wonderful Easter, be kind and stay safe. 🐣🌈💖

 Daily Project Activity: Week beginning 30.03.20

This week at school we would have been working on Easter activities. So there will be an Easter activity each day for you to enjoy at home.

Earn some Dojo points!

Suggested weekly outdoor activity: Make shapes with natural resources. Can you make a square, rectangle, triangle and rectangle. How many sides and how many corners do they have?

Friday 3rd April 2020

Thank you for all your hard work over the last two weeks, you have all been amazing!

This is our last daily activity for this term, we will start up again after the Easter break.

So for today, see if you can do a science experiment with an egg.

Can you make a bouncy egg?

Follow the instructions here https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2545545-eyfs-bouncy-egg-science-experiment-and-prompt-card-pack   and post your results on Tapestry.

Top Tip – The activity says use ‘white’ vinegar, if you don’t have that use brown vinegar.

To finish off our term check out the latest messages on Tapestry and Class Dojo’s.

 Thursday 2nd April 2020

Can your child sing some nursery rhymes or poems about eggs? There are some examples on the following website: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-26571-easter-songs-and-rhymes-resource-packYou can either post a video or a photo of your child on Tapestry.

We have had a recommendation from a fellow parent from Mendell about Sing Along Nursery Rhymes videos on the following link: https://b-e.church/Click on the 'tots online' square. Darren sings songs and tells Easter stories. There is also Easter craft and colouring to download. Dojo points will be rewarded! 

Wednesday 1st April 2020 April Fools Day!

Last Wednesday lots of you posted a video for your friends and we all loved seeing them. It helped us to feel connected and its brilliant to actually see each other. This Wednesday I would like you to make another short video and I will share them with the whole class. If you didnt make one last week, please make one today so that the children who did make one can receive one this week.

You could show us your egg creations, or your baking or just tell us what you have been doing.

Be brave!

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Today's activity is to bake or cook using an egg or eggs. What changes can you see? Can you weigh the ingredients? Can you count how many scoops? How long does it take to cook? Have fun and enjoy your snack or meal. 

Monday 30 March 2020

Can you decorate an egg? What could you make it into?

You could hardboil it first (adults only!) and then either draw or stick collage materials or natural objects onto the egg. 

If you don't have any eggs, don't worry, perhaps a grownup could draw one for you to decorate in any way you choose.

Upload onto Tapestry and earn Dojo's.

Daily Project Activity: Week beginning 23.03.20

This week's project will be based around The Gingerbread Man. There will be a daily activity linked to this.

Suggested weekly outdoor activity: Go outside to look for signs of Spring. 

Friday 27th March 2020

Today's activity is to create a gingerbread man or woman, outside, using natural objects. Take a photo of it and post it on Tapestry to get more Dojo points. Have fun creating! 

Thursday 26th March 2020

I hope you enjoyed listening to Mrs O Neill Edwards reading The Gingerbread Man to you last night. Today's activity is to bake a gingerbread person with an adult. If you need a recipe perhaps you can Google one (you may all have different ingredients available). Please post a picture on Tapestry; Dojo's are being rewarded for any Tapestry, Bug Club, etc engagement as staff are notified when you engage. Have fun!

Wednesday 25th March 2020

We know how much you will be missing your friends at school so today's task is to make a short video message for a friend in our class. Post this on Tapestry.

You can tell them what you have been doing and what you are looking forward to. Write in the observation box who you would like us to send your video message to and we will post it on their Tapestry for them to receive.

Have you listened to Mrs O Neill Edwards bedtime story. It is on the Headteachers page.

Tuesday 24th March 2020

In the story of The Gingerbread Man there are lots of rhyming words. see if you can make some sets of word that rhyme. Your grown up can write them down for you, or you can just talk about them. For example - can/man/van etc

Don't forget Mrs O' Neill Edwards weekly challenge!

Monday 23rd March 2020

Read or watch the story of The Gingerbread Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoQyyB5xvLk

Please talk about the story afterwards with your child.

Tuesday 24th March

Maths Update:

White Rose Hub are a team of teachers and mathematicians who have for a number of years been supporting schools with planning, lesson ideas and resources of a very high standard.

 

They have just released a website to support all those children who are affected by the school closures with a daily lesson which includes:

  • A short 'teaching' video to watch first which explains the daily topic.
  • A number of activities to practice this skill and a few to challenge you further.
  • The answers for these activities which also shows how they worked out these answers.

These lessons are released every Monday and are organised by Year group (from Foundation Stage through to Year 6)

 

If you don't have printer at home, just use whatever paper you have and write the question out yourself.  Remember, it's all about having a go and doing your best, don't worry if you get stuck and don't give up because as each day goes by they will be going over the same topic / skill and you will get there 👍🏻.

 

You do not need a login or password, just click here or visit (https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/)

 

They did struggle yesterday due to the number of visitors to their site and have been working through the night to increase their capacity but if it isn't working just leave it for a while and try later.

21st March 2020

Audible:

With schools closed and us all having stay apart to keep each other safe, Audible have created an  amazing resource to help make things a little easier.  They have made hundreds of audiobooks completely free (no accounts or passwords needed!) Just click here to stream and listen (or visit stories.audible.com).  All their stories will stream on desktop computers, laptops, phones or tablets.

 

The books are sorted by age group with sections just for primary school children.  This is a great way to break up your day, take a break from a screen, just sit back and enjoy having a book read to you.

20th March 2020

Suggested FREE websites:

The Literacy Company http://www.theliteracycompany.co.uk/product/home-learning-eyfs/

http://www.theliteracycompany.co.uk/product/home-learning-eyfs-spelling-and-phonics/

Disco Dough https://twitter.com/ShonetteBason

Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ 

Play Hooray https://playhooray.co.uk/

ABC does https://abcdoes.com/

Story time from Space https://storytimefromspace.com/library/

Parent Zone https://parentzone.org.uk/home 

Joe Wicks PE https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html

Live Science https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-activities.html

 

Reading:

  • Please read/share at least one story with your child every day. This could be at bedtime or during the day but it is crucial that they continue to read with an adult daily. You can read any stories, information books, poems etc that you have at home.

        Bug Club:

  • To access Bug Club you can google 'Bug Club' or click the link here.
  • Everyone's password is mendell.  You should know your username but if you are struggling to log in then please contact your teacher using Tapestry or email support@mendell.wirral.sch.uk
  • The school code you will need is gpbe.
  • For those parents whose children have been absent from school prior to any closure I will message your child's personal log in details on Tapestry.
  • The books that the children have access to are mostly without words and it is important that an adult talks with your child about what is happening in the story. Talk about characters, setting, plot as well as feelings. I can access this to see where your child is up to.
  • Please use books from home to supplement this and just read stories together.

 

Phonics Play:

  • Please access Phonics Play games daily for approximately 5 -10 minutes.
  • Please access Phase 1 and 2 activities.
  • Your child can play on reading and spelling games.
  • Phonics Play is free for some games and activities. just google Phonics Play.

 

Writing:

  • Name writing (first name)
  • Following the name writing sheet (previously given out for homework, another copy has just been sent out also) and using correct letter formation and correct pencil grip.
  • This should be practised daily.
  • It is really important that your child uses mark making tools at least every day, keeping up with their fine motor physical development. 

 

Maths:

 

Weekly Projects:

  • EYFS children will be given weekly projects to complete. These will appear at the top of this page.
  • Please celebrate your child's learning on Tapestry.
  • This will be updated regularly and will be activities that you can share at home, similar to ones that we might have been working on in school.

 

Physical Development:

  • Please ensure that your child spends some time outdoors each day.
  • This is really important for their physical development as well as there mental well being.
  • Share what they are doing outside on Tapestry.

 

EXPECTATIONS

  • Please upload at least one piece of evidence of your child's learning on Tapestry each day.

 

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