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Week 2 30.3.20

Foundation Stage - Week 2 

Welcome to Week 2 of home learning! All documents will be uploaded on a Tuesday, so if you visit the site early you may not find everything you need! 

Remember, the timetable is only suggested 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: 

* Read the story of 'The Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle - this is available on Youtube if you don't have a copy of the book. 

* Create a 'life cycle of a butterfly' poster, display or booklet. Write the key parts and draw pictures to go with each part of their life cycle! 

* Think about what the hungry caterpillar might be saying, can you fill in the speech bubble with what you think he would say?

* Word Matching - match the words to the pictures on the first document, use the initial sounds to help you figure out what they might say (e.g. this word begins with 'b-u-t' - which picture begins with 'but'? Butterfly! 

* ONLY after completing the reading version, there is a writing version where you can label the pictures yourself. PLEASE do not ask your child to spell these correctly - I cannot stress this enough! Your child should be using their phonics, so caterpillar is likely to be something like 'caturpilu' or 'catupilar', and leaf will be 'leef' - this is PERFECT! :) 

* There is also a story sequencing activity if you have some spare time. This is where the children re-create the story using the pictures. If you don't have access to a printer with lots of ink (it's a lot of pictures!), you could do this with fruits and sequence the story that way. If you're feeling super creative, you could also make a caterpillar and cocoon out of play dough! 


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 subtraction and halving. 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. 


For the worksheets with pictures and then half a number sentence, the children are used to crossing off the number they are subtracting or 'taking-away', to find out how many are left to find the answer. Another great way of practicing subtraction is with play dough. For example, for 6 - 2, you would make 6 mini play dough balls, and squash 2 of them to find out how many are left. Great play dough recipes can be found at


For halving, you can also do this at dinner time - e.g. cut your pizza in half, or cucumber, etc. to make sure you cut them evenly (both halves must be the same size!).


I have also attached another 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 'People and Communities'. I'm sure you have been talking about what is going on in the world lots, and this is so important right now. Talk to your children about how this is affecting our whole world. Show them what the world looks like, talk about where we live on our planet, where have you been on holiday, can you spot Holbrook on the world map or do you need to go in closer? Talk about the amazing world that we live in and how people may differ in different places on our world. 


This can be a tricky concept for young children, as when we first started our space topic, lots of us thought we lived on planet 'Holbrook' or 'Ipswich'! This is the wonderful world of a 4/5 year old who loves their home, which is so important right now. However, explore these ideas focussing on places you have been or are likely to go in the future if you can. Together, create a fact file on some of the places you have been researching. What have you found out?

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 'The Hungry Caterpillar' art, where you can paint, make and model the caterpillar or parts of the story out of some great items at home, but this depends on what you have to hand. Maybe you could do some caterpillar yoga in the garden?! 



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