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Week 1 23.3.20

Foundation - Week 1 

Welcome to Week 1 of home learning! We have tried to make the website as easy to navigate as possible, however if you have any issues then Miss Matticks will be calling you once per week, or you can email the school office for support. All documents will be uploaded on a Tuesday, so if you visit the site early you may not find everything you need! 

Some of you have asked for a timetable, so i have attached a suggested one below. This is only if you would like to follow this! This is the timetable we usually follow at school with a few things removed to make this manageable at home. 




The 'Phonics at Home' document should contain all of the information you need to play phonics games at home with your child. I have also attached some additional games and documents which may be useful. 


Don't forget you can access a range of free resources online such as:



In EYFS for literacy, lots of the challenges are in our phonics sessions. However, we also write predictions on what we think will happen in the story, keep diaries of things we have experienced, write cards, write stories (with support), find rhyming words around the house/classroom, read fully decodable sentences (see separate document), or try writing our own sentences, lists, instructions, etc. 


This week, your key challenges are: 

* To keep a Forest School diary or everything you have done outside. 

* Write a fact file about a Bog Baby! This book is available online if you don't have a copy at home.

* Add thought bubbles to the characters in the bog baby story, and write about what they might be thinking. 

* Label the items from the bog baby story. 



For maths in EYFS, we are constantly re-visiting addition, subtraction, doubling and halving throughout the year, and the children are becoming increasingly comfortable with this. For this week, please focus on addition and doubling. There are some worksheets attached below to support you, however for EYFS we do lots of this practically. For example, we will read a number sentence together, and then use fruits or sweets to work out the answer. 


I have also attached a maths bingo card for some extra challenges!

Understanding The World

Our Understanding the World Learning is ALWAYS about Forest School, so please make sure you get outside and try some of the activities we have suggested - or try some of your own! Pinterest and Instagram have some great ideas for Forest School and outdoor craft/learning.


Alongside this, this week we would like you to focus on technology. Teach your child how to use the washing machine, remote control, iPad (I'm sure most of them already do!), and even better, teach them how to use a keyboard and mouse if you have access to one! 


The main challenge is for your child to programme YOU! You are the robot, and they must instruct you how many steps to take forwards, backwards, left, right, turning, etc. to get to somewhere in your house. This is what the children do with our 'Bee-Bots' at school, so you can be their 'Bee-Bot' at home! There is also a BeeBot app where children can programme the bot, however this is much more difficult (and less fun!).  

Physical Development

PE is going to be one of the most important things to work on at home while we are stuck inside for longer than usual. Joe Wicks has a live PE lesson every day on Youtube to help you stay active and healthy, without parents having to come up with inventive ideas! 


For an extra PE challenge, I have attached a 'movement mat' which can be great challenges to work through when you get fidgety or need a brain break!

Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive arts and design covers so many elements, with two key areas: 

1. Being Imaginative 

2. Exploring Media and Materials

I'm sure this is something lots of you do at home without realising it, whether it's singing and dancing in the kitchen, to making a face on your pancakes! The document attached gives you some great ideas for general EAD learning at home, however the world is your oyster with this one, and it completely depends which resources you have at home. Again, Pinterest has some great ideas for 'Bog Baby' art, where you can paint, make and model the creature or parts of the story out of some great items at home, but this depends on what you have to hand. Perhaps you could make some bog baby-looking foods?!


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