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In the Foundation Unit we encourage all the children to be independent learners.

 

The  children in Foundation One are supported by Mrs Baines, Miss Glossop,  and Miss Kettles.

Wednesday 10th March 2021

This week we have been thinking about words to describe size.  We started by reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three bears.  In the story the Papa Bear was large, the Mama bear was medium and the baby bear was small.  Look at these pictures from the story and practice using those words.

  

  

We have been playing a game where we have sorted objects using the words large, medium and small.  Can you find anything or anyone in your house who is large, medium or small?

 

 

Friday 5th March 2021

Today is the last day when all children will not be in school so I will not be posting on here everyday but I will keep putting on new learning so please keep checking so you can practice your skills at home.  Keep looking back at all we have done as doing something again helps it to stay in our brains. The most important skills are name writing, rhyming, blending, number recognition, and counting one to one. So lets get on with our last activity.

Yesterday we looked at numerals and I asked you to show me the correct number of fingers.  Today I would like you to look at these hands and write down how many fingers you can see.

 

 

 

Thursday 4th March 2021

  1. Write your name carefully making sure the letters are in a straight line.
  2. Listen to a story.

Today we are going to practice two skills. Firstly you will need to identify a numeral then you need to show the right number of fingers for that numeral.  Remember one is a stick. Two is curved at the top and straight at the bottom. Three is two curls.  Fours is three straight sticks.  Five has a hat, body and big tummy. Off we go.

  

   

 

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

  1. Can you write your name 3 times?
  2. Can you find things with a numeral?
  3. Can you count all the pairs of socks in your draw?

Look at these pictures with your grown up.  Ask your grown up to segment (chop up) the word, can you point to the right picture.

  

  

 

How many did you get right? 

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

  1. Can you write your name using a different colour for each letter.
  2. Collect things beginning with b.
  3. Can you count how many things you found? Can you write the numeral? 

Today we are going to be thinking about bears.  There are lots of different types of bear.  

 

This is a black bear.                                           This is a brown bear.

They both live in the United States of America.  They live in the forest and they eat berries and leaves.  They also dig for worms and insects.

This is a panda bear.  Panda's live in China.  They live in the mountains and sleep in trees.  They eat special branches called bamboo.

This is a polar bear.  They live in the arctic at the top of the world.  They are white so they can camouflage in the snow.  They eat fish and small animals. 

  

This is Sloth bear.                                              This is a spectacled bear.

The spectacled bear looks as if he is wearing spectacles (glasses).  They both live in South America and like to eat plants and small insects. 

These are real bears but lots of bears are in stories and we are going to share lots in school together. 

Monday 1st March 2021

  1. Write your name in your favourite colour and email it to me.
  2. Ask your grown up to segment these words.  Blend them together and find them in your house. c-u-p, b-e-d, p-a-n, t-i-n,

Today we are going to carry on thinking about patterns.  Look at this picture below.

These are what we call repeated patterns, because the colours happen over and over again.  Look at the top line. Say what you see; purple, yellow, red, purple, yellow, red, purple. What will come next? Yes that's right Yellow, because it comes after purple. 

Have a go at the next two. Can you work our what is missing? Now look at this picture.

If you look at the top line you will notice there are of each colour.  Orange, orange, red, red, orange, orange but there is only one red.  So what is missing? Yes that is right another red.

Have a go at the other patterns.

Can you draw or create your own repeated pattern.  You can use 2 shapes eg square, circle, square, circle or 2 colours red, blue, red, blue or 2 things book, teddy, book, teddy.  Why not photograph your pattern and email it to me.

 

Friday 26th February 2021

  1. To write your name.
  2. Ask your grown up to say these segmented words for you to blend together and complete the action. H-o-p, J-u-m-p, c-l-a-p, n-o-d, r-u-n, s-k-i-p.

Today we are going to be thinking about patterns.  Patterns are all around us.  Have a look at these pictures. What can you see?

  

You find this pattern on a zebra.                        You find this pattern on a leopard.

There are patterns everywhere.  Next time you go out take a look at a tree you will find patterns on its bark and its leaves.  Do you know the name of the patterns on these pictures?

   

This pattern is called spots or dots.                      This pattern is called stripes.

Have a look around your house for these patterns.  They may be on some clothes, a cup or plate.

Why not take a photograph of any patterns you find and email them to me,   

Thursday 25th February 2021

  1. Write your name 3 times. Take a photograph and send it to me.
  2. Look around your house for things with numerals on.  What numerals can you find?

Today we are going to think about blending.  That means we need to listen to the sounds. Squash/blend them together and make  word.  You can collect objects, place them in a group and ask your grown up to say the sounds for you to blend.  Then you can collect the right object.  Things you might have in your house are c-u-p, p-e-n, p-a-n, b-a-g, p-e-g, d-o-ll, b-i-n.

Alternatively you can play the game below. 

 

Wednesday 24th February 2021

Yesterday we were thinking about the different jobs that people do when they go out to work.  Today we are going to be thinking about some people who have very important jobs. Take a look at these pictures and decide what job these people are doing.

  

This person is a firefighter.  A firefighter can help someone if they are in a fire or if they are trapped.  A firefighter wears special clothes to protect their body.  Sometimes a firefighter will need to get to an emergency quickly and they will drive in their fire engine.  A fire engine is always red.  It has lights that flash on the top and can make a noise with its siren to tell cars to move out of the way so it can travel quickly.  A firefighter needs lots of equipment that is stored inside the fire engine. On the top of the fire engine is a ladder.

  

These people are police officers.  Police Officers help people who lost or in danger.  A police officer has a blue badge and sometime drives a car with  blue patterns.  A police officer carries a radio so they can speak to other police officers.  They do not carry guns as their job is to help people.  A police car has lights and a siren so cars can move to allow them to travel quickly.

  

These people are paramedics.  They drive an ambulance and can help people who are hurt or unwell.  They wear a green uniform.  Inside the ambulance is a special bed and lots of things to make people well.  The ambulance also travels quickly and warns people with their light and siren.

All of these people can help us.  If you ever need help you can telephone them on 999.

  1. To write your name.  
  2. Count how many things you can find in your house that are red, green, blue.
  3. Do you know the first sound in police, fire, ambulance, car, engine?

  

 

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about the world of work.  Take a look at these pictures. Do you know what job these people do?

 

A builder makes and mends things.                              A doctor helps people who are not well.

  

A hairdresser cuts and styles hair.                       A pilot flies an plane.

  

A postal worker delivers mail.                             A shop assistant helps people in a shop.

Do you know any other jobs? Ask the people in your family what jobs they do.  What job would you like when you grow up? 

  1. Write your name
  2. Count all the number of people in my photograph.

 

Monday 22nd February 2021

Today we are going to be practicing our blending skills.  This means we are going to be listening to sounds, squashing them together and saying the word.  Have a go at playing the game below.  Metal Mike would like you to listen to the sounds and feed him the object that he asks for.  If you can not get the game to work collect some objects and ask your grown up to say the sounds for you. 

  1. Practice your name.
  2. Find things to count using your rules for counting.

Friday 12th February 2021

Do you know the name of the country we live in? It is England.  Have a look at this world map, England is only a small country.  The fourth largest country in the world is called China.  It is yellow on this map.

People in China are having a celebration today.  Can you remember when we talked about celebrations in school?  We thought about birthday's, Christmas, Eid, Easter, Sukkot, and Diwali.  

In China they are celebrating New Year.  In China each year is named after an animal and now it is the year of the Ox. Look below at all the animals that have a year named after them.

To help them celebrate people wear huge dragon costumes and dance.

People hang lanterns in the street to invite good and light into their homes.

Chinese people give each other lucky red envelopes containing money.

 

  1. Practice your name.  
  2. Count how many red things you can find in your house. (May be you could photograph them for me)
  3. Practice saying your pure sounds.  Pick up an object and say the first sound.  

Thursday 11th February 2021

Firstly can I say thank you to everyone that joined me to play a phonics game this afternoon I hope you had as much fun as I did. Phonics is one of the most important things we learn at school so well done everyone!

  1. Practice your name. Make sure you are using lower case letters as you only need a capital at the beginning. 
  2. Find things that begin with t, p, s, p (these are the sounds we practiced this afternoon). Make sure you are saying the pure sounds. 

Today we are going to think about positional words. These are words that tell us where something or someone is. Look at these pictures and see if you can work out where things are.

The dog is on the chair.

The cat is under the chair.

The pig is in the mud.

The girl is next to the tree.

The man is behind the desk.

The horse is in front of the house.

How many did you get right? May be you put your teddy in different places and practice these words. I would love to see a photo. 

Wednesday 10th February 2021

  1. Practice your name. 
  2. Ask your grown up to say a number and hold up that many fingers (may be you could email me a photograph or a video.

Today we are going to play odd one out. Look at the pictures below. Say what you see. Think about the first sound you hear. 3 pictures should begin with the same sound. 1 will begin with a different sound and that will be the odd one out. Good Luck!

 

 

Did you get it right? Car, car, can all begin with c. Bench begins with b. Lets have another go.

 

 

Were you right this time? Fish, frog and flower all begin with f.  Shed begins with sh. Let's have one last go.

 

 

Did you manage this one? Hands, hat, helicopter all begin with h. Train is the odd one out because it begins with t.

Can you think of any more things that begin with today's sounds? May be you could email me a list, a drawing or a photograph. Don't forget to join me on teams for Phonics tomorrow. Check your app messages parents for details. 

 

 

Tuesday 9th February 2021

Today we are going to learn a new counting song.  You can find it on the bbc nursery rhyme web site. The song is called 5 little apples.

Don't forget to count the apples on the tree as you go along and show that right number of apples on your fingers. Ready, steady, count!

5 little apples so red and bright, were dancing about on a tree one night.  The wind came rustling through the town, 1 little apple came tumbling down. (How many apples are left?)

4 little apples so red and bright, were dancing about on a tree one night.  The wind came rustling through the town, 1 little apple came tumbling down. (How many apples are left?)

3 little apples so red and bright, were dancing about on a tree one night.  The wind came rustling through the town, 1 little apple came tumbling down. (How many apples are left?)

2 little apples so red and bright, were dancing about on a tree one night.  The wind came rustling through the town, 1 little apple came tumbling down. (How many apples are left?)

1 little apple so red and bright, were dancing about on a tree one night.  The wind came rustling through the town, 1 little apple came tumbling down. (How many apples are left?)

So how many apples were left? That's right none, or zero. Where did they go? Did the numbers get smaller or bigger? They got smaller because we were counting backwards.

  1. Practice your name (thank you to those people who have emailed me a picture of their writing).
  2. Think  about the word apple. It begins with the sound a.  Look around your house for things that begin with a. Photograph them and email me the picture. 

Monday 8th February 2021

Today we are going to be playing a game where we have to listen for the first sound in the words.

I can hear with my little ear something that starts with b. It isn't a bag, it isn't a box, So what do you think it could be? (Look at the picture below, can you work it out?)

  

Its a .....bear! bbbbb

I can hear with my little ear something that starts with c.  It isn't a comb, it isn't a cup, So what do you think it could be?   (Look at the picture below, can you work it out?)

  

It's a .....carrot! ccccc

I can hear with my little ear, Something that starts with g. It isn't a girl, it isn't a glass, so what do you think it could be? (Look at the picture below, can you work it out?)

  

It's a ..... glove! ggggg

So what sounds did you hear today? b, c, g.  Which thinks began with b? Which things began with c? Which things began with g? Can think of anymore things that begin with these sounds?

  1. Practice your name.
  2. Count all the things in my pictures today. 

Don't forget to email me any interesting work you do I would love to see it!

 

Friday 5th February 2021

Today we are going to play a game called cross the river. Take a look at this picture.

I have put some things on top of a blanket.  This is my river.  To play the game you sit on one side of the river and in order to cross the river you need to say the first sound of one of the objects in the river. You can then collect that thing on your way across.  So if you wanted to collect the book on the way across you would need to make a b sound.  If you wanted to collect the dice you would need to make a d sound.  If you wanted to collect the peg you would need to make a p sound.  If you wanted to collect the ruler you would need to make a r sound.  If you wanted to collect the clock you would need to make a c sound.  If you wanted to collect the sock you would need to make a s sound.  Why not have a go at making your own river and collecting some objects to go in it.  Please make sure you are making the pure sounds as demonstrated on the video earlier on this page. 

  1. Practice your name.
  2. Count how many jumps you can do. Then count how many hops you can do.  

Thursday 4th February 2021

Today we are going to be looking at some things I found outside when I went for a walk. 

Take a look at the picture below. What can you see? 

That's right, some sticks or twigs.  Do you know what they are made from? Wood. Do you know where they came from? Yes, a tree. How do you think they feel? Hard, bumpy, rough.

Now have a look at this picture. What can you see?

These are acorns. They grow on an oak tree.  They are seeds.  Lots of animals eat them.

Do you know what is on this next picture?

These are pine cones.  They grow on fir trees.  How do you think they feel? Some are bumpy and some are smooth.

So far we have looked at things that came from a tree. Now have a look at this last image.

These do not come from a tree. They come from the ground. They are stones.  They all feel different.  Some are smooth and some are rough. Can you see all the different colours, shapes and  patterns?

I hope you have enjoyed looking at all the things I found.  May be next time you go for a walk you could collect some things that are natural. Remember not to pick anything that is still growing. If you do manage to find anything please email me a photo.

  1. Count how many things you can find outside.
  2. Practice your name.
  3. What sounds do you these words begin with: cone, tree, leaf, stone.  Can you think of anything else that begins with these sounds?

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about the first sound in words. We are going to be singing a song which has the same tune as "here we go round the mulberry bush". Let's begin.

 

What do we have in our sound box today, sound box today, sound box today? What do we have our sound box today? Things that begin with d.

A dog and a dice, a dinosaur and a drink, Dog and a dice, a dinosaur and a drink, Dog and a dice, a dinosaur and a drink, Things that begin with d.

 

What do we have in our sound box today, sound box today, sound box today? What do we have our sound box today? Things that begin with 

A boat and a bus, a book and a ball, Boat and a bus, a book and a ball, Boat and a bus, a book and a ball,, Things that begin with b.

 

What do we have in our sound box today, sound box today, sound box today? What do we have our sound box today? Things that begin with 

A tiger and a train, a telephone , a tin, Tiger and a train, a telephone , a tin, Tiger and a train, a telephone , a tin, Things that begin with t.

 

  1. Practice your name.
  2. Count how many things are in my box.

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Its yet another snowy day.  The children in school today had fun building a snowman.

We also brought some snow into the classroom and watched as it melted and turned into water. May be you could do this experiment at home and email me a picture.

Today we are going to be thinking about forces. We move objects from one place to another using a force. Have a look at this picture. What is the boy doing to the car?

That's right he is pushing it. Push is a force. Hold your hands in front of your chest then push them out. That's it, push. Now have a look at this picture. What is this boy doing?

That's right hes pulling.  Pull is another force. Put your arm out straight then bring it back. Pull.

There is one more way we can make the cars move and we don't even have to touch them.

Have a look at this last picture. What do you think is happening?

The cars are at the top of the ramp (hill) and will come down without anyone pushing them or pulling them.  This is due to gravity. Gravity pulls everything to the ground and is the reason your ball doesn't stay in the air when you throw it up.  In space there is no gravity and everything floats around!

So now we have 3 forces; push, pull, and gravity.

Why don't you have a go experimenting?   If you do not have a toy car an empty box or a brick will do. Why not take a photo and email it to me.

  1. Practice your name.
  2. Count how many white things you can find in your house.

Monday 1st February 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about something new.  We are not just going to think about the first sound in words but we are going to think about all the sounds in a word. 

 Have a look at this picture of my new friend. 

As you can see he looks a bit different from you.  As he is new to our planet he is only just learning to talk and he can not do it properly yet.  He can only say sounds.  That means we need to listen carefully to the sounds and squash them together to make a word.  This skill is called blending.  Look at these pictures below.

  

  

Ask your grown up to say these sounds and choose which object the alien would like.

p - e- g (peg),  c - a -t (cat) ,  b - i - n (bin), d - o - g (dog).

  1. Can you remember the song 5 little men in a flying saucer? If not it is on the bbc nursery rhyme web site.  Practice this song and represent the number of aliens on your fingers.
  2. Write your name (don't forget to email me a photo of your name writing).

Friday 29th January 2021

  1. Practice your name.
  2. Count all the shoes you can find in your house.

Today I am going to see how good you are at listening for the first sound in words.

Look at the pictures below.  Say the word. Listen for the first sound.  Think about the shape your mouth is making.

Doll d d d.  Duck d d d.  Dog d d d. Zip z z z.  Can you spot the odd one out? That's right its zip because all the others begin with a d. Lets have another go.

Jar j j j j, box b b b b, bath b b b b, book b b b b. Can you spot the odd one out? That's right its the jar because all the others begin with b.

Cat c c c c, lock l l l l, cup c c c c, coat c c c c. Can you spot the odd one out? That's right its the lock because all the others begin with c.

Van, v v v v, sock s s s s, sack s s s s, sun s s s s. Can you spot the odd one out? That's right its the van because all the others begin with s.  

How many did you get right? May be you could think of somethings to add to our odd ones out. 

Can you think of anything beginning with z, j, l, v?

 

 

Thursday 28th January 2021

  1. Practice your name
  2. Find things in your house that begin with m.

Today we are going to be practicing our counting by learning a new song.  You can find the song on the bbc nursery rhyme website.  The song is called 5 little monkeys swinging on a tree. 

Have a look at these pictures.

  

 

 

How many monkey's can see? Can you show that many fingers? Can you write the numeral?

   

 

Wednesday 27th January 2021

Today we are going to continue thinking about the first sound in words. 

Look at the pictures below. What can you see? Say the word. Listen to the word. What sound does it begin with? What shape is your mouth making.

Goats and ghosts and Goldilocks, Goldilocks, Goldilocks. Goats and ghosts and Goldilocks. g g gg.

Hair and house and holidays, holidays, holidays. Hair and house and holidays. h h hh

Kites and kicks and kangaroos, kangaroos kangaroos. Kites and kicks and kangaroos. k k kk

Moon and mouse and marmalade, marmalade, marmalade. Moon and mouse and marmalade m m mm.

Pizza, plums and pineapple, pineapple, pineapple. Pizza, plums and pineapple p p pp.

 

Make sure you are saying the pure sounds don't forget to watch the video on this page if you you are not sure.

Can you find any objects in your home that begin with today's sounds?

 

  1. Write your name.
  2. Count the objects that you have found beginning with today's sounds.

 

 

Tuesday 26th January 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about the first sound in words. Look at the pictures below. Say the word.  Listen for the first sound. Think about what your mouth is doing.  

Sock, Squirrel, Squid, Stone s s s 

horse, house, hippo h h h h

dinosaur dice dog deer d d d d

frog fish fox f f f f

Can you find anything in your house to add to my collections?

  1. To write your name
  2. To count how many things you can find that begin with s, d, h, f.

 

Monday 25th January 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about numerals.  This means we are thinking about the symbols that represent numbers.  Have a look a the picture below.

Use your rules for counting to count the frogs in each box.  Look at the numeral above the frogs that is the way we write down how many we have.  Can you write the numerals? Next time you go for a walk look out for numerals they are all around us.  Ask your grown up to write some numerals for you. Can you draw the correct number of dots to represent the numeral? 

Friday 22nd January 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about 2D (flat) shapes.  Look at these shapes below.

   

circle                                                                    triangle

1 side and no corners                        3 corners and 3 sides

   

square                                                     rectangle

4 sides and 4 corners                             4 sides and 4 corners

All the sides are the same length           2 long sides and 2 short sides

Try to learn the shape names and their properties.

Have a look around your home, can you find anything that is a circle, triangle, square, rectangle?

  1. Keep practicing your name.
  2. Can you make all the sounds for the letters in your name.  Make sure you are saying the pure sounds as demonstrated on the video.
  3. Count how many circles, triangles, squares, rectangles you can find in your home.

Thursday 21st January 2021

  1. Write your name.  Check you are forming the letters correctly find the link on this page.
  2. Count the number of chairs in your house.  Count the number of beds.  Do you have more beds or chairs? 

Today we are going to carry on thinking about the first sound in words.  

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Socks and snakes and sausages, sausages, sausages. Socks, and snakes and sausages s s ss.

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Bats and bears and bandicoots, bandicoots, bandicoots. Bats and bears and bandicoots b b bb.

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Cats and cakes and crocodiles, crocodiles, crocodiles, Cats and cakes and crocodiles c c cc

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Ducks and Dads and dinosaurs, dinosaurs, dinosaurs. Ducks and Dads and dinosaurs d d dd.

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Fish and feet and friendly frogs, friendly frogs, friendly frogs. Fish and feet and friendly frogs f f ff.

Practice saying this rhyme and making the sounds.  Can you think of anything else that begins with today's sounds?

Wednesday 20th January 2021

  1. Write your name, don't forget to form the letters correctly.
  2. Think about the first sound of the vehicles in today's picture. Say the word. Listen to the word. Think about the first sound. Think about the shape your mouth is making.

 

Today we are going to be thinking about transport.  Do you know what that word means? It is something that takes people or things from one place to another.  Have a look at this picture.

Can you name the vehicles? Will they go on the land, in the water, or in the air? How do they work? Somethings have an engine but other's need a push.  

How many of each vehicle can you see? 

Next time you go out for a walk have a look for different types of transport. May be you could find a way of recording them using pictures, numbers or writing.

Vehicles have change a lot over the years. Why not see if you can find out what they were like in the past.

 

Tuesday 19th January 2021

 

Don't forget there are things you can practice every day. 

  1. Write your name.
  2. Collect some objects to count. (Don't forget to follow our rules for counting)
  3. Say the first sound for each object you can find.
  4. Have a go at some of the activities on our web page.

Today I would like you to think about the shape your mouth is making when you say different sounds. First find a mirror and make these different sounds: whee, boing, ssss (like a snake), sh (be quiet), ch (like a train).  Look in the mirror whilst you make these sounds.  What shapes do you make with your mouth? Can you see your teeth? Is your mouth open or closed? 

Monday 18th January 2021

Don't forget there are things you can practice every day. 

  1. Write your name.
  2. Collect some objects to count. (Don't forget to follow our rules for counting)
  3. Say the first sound for each object you can find.
  4. Have a go at some of the activities on our web page.

 

Today's activity is a counting activity. First listen to "one big hippo" on the bbc nursery thyme web site.  

Now we are ready to count the hippos.  Look at the photo below, how many hippo's can you see?

That's right there is 1 hippo. Can you make 1 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

1 big hippo balancing step by step on a slippery rock. He thought it was such tremendous fun, he called for another hippo to come. 

Now we need 1 more hippo.  How many hippo's do we have now? Look at the picture below to check.

  

That's right there are 2 hippos. Can you make 2 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

2 big hippos balancing step by step on a slippery rock. He thought it was such tremendous fun, he called for another hippo to come. 

Now we need 1 more hippo.  How many hippo's do we have now? Look at the picture below to check.

 

That's right there are 3 hippos. Can you make 3 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

3 big hippos balancing step by step on a slippery rock. He thought it was such tremendous fun, he called for another hippo to come. 

Now we need 1 more hippo.  How many hippo's do we have now? Look at the picture below to check.

That's right there are 4 hippos. Can you make 4 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

4 big hippos balancing step by step on a slippery rock. He thought it was such tremendous fun, he called for another hippo to come. 

Now we need 1 more hippo.  How many hippo's do we have now? Look at the picture below to check.

 

That's right there are 5 hippos. Can you make 5 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

5 big hippos balancing step by step on a slippery rock. All of a sudden they fell into the mud and down came the hippos with a great big thud.

 

Oh dear, poor hippos.  I wonder if any other animals could balance on the rock? 

 

A quick hello on a snowy day.

Still image for this video

Friday 15th January 2021

As it is such a cold and snowy day. I thought you might enjoy counting these snowmen (click the link below).  Don't forget to follow our rules for counting from yesterday.

 

After you have counted them you might want to go outside and build some of your own.  What does it feel like outside in winter? Do you think the snow will stay forever or will it melt? Maybe you could bring a bowlful of snow inside and watch it melt. Whatever you do have fun!

Something you can practice everyday is writing your name. It is important that you form the letters correctly so click on the link below to see the lower case letters. There should only be a capital letter at the beginning of your name.   

Let's continue thinking about the first sound in words.  Have a look at the image below.

All these animals live in the zoo.  What animals can you see? That's right, there is a tiger, sea lion, rhino, hippo, elephant, lion and panda.  Can you see Bertha the bus in the middle? Bertha the bus is going to visit all the animals and as she does so we are going to say the first sound of the animal. Don't forget to listen out for the sound, and to think about what shape your mouth is making. 

Off we go.....

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Tiger (ttttt)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Sea Lion(sssss)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Rhino (rrrrr)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Hippo (hhhhh)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Elephant(eeeee)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Lion (lllll)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Panda (ppppp)

Did you hear the sounds? I hope you said the sounds carefully.  If you are not sure how to say the sounds check out the video I posted earlier in the week.  

Can you think of any other animals that Bertha could visit? What sounds do they begin with?

Thursday 14th January 2021

Today we are going to practice our counting skills.  Can you remember our rules for counting?

  1. Put everything in a line.
  2. Touch everything and say the numbers in the right order.
  3. What ever number you say last is how many there are.

How many frogs are in this picture? 

That's right, there are 5 frogs.  Can you hold up 5 fingers? 

That reminds me of a song we know.  Shall we sing it? 

"5 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.

1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? Can you count the frogs on the log in the picture to check your answer? 

  

That's right, there are 4 frogs on the log and 1 in the pool.  Can you show 4 on your fingers?

Let's carry on with our song "4 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? Can you count the frogs on the log in the picture to check your answer? 

     

That's right, there are 3 frogs on the log and 2 in the pool.  Can you show 3 on your fingers?

Let's carry on with our song "3 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? Can you count the frogs on the log in the picture to check your answer? 

That's right, there are 2 frogs on the log and 3 in the pool.  Can you show 2 on your fingers?

Let's carry on with our song "3 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? Can you count the frogs on the log in the picture to check your answer?

That's right, there is 1 frog on the log and 4 in the pool.  Can you show 1 on your fingers?

Let's carry on with our song "1 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? 

That's right. Zero. Now there are no green speckled frogs! Check how many are in the pool, just in case 1 has swam away.

Don't forget to keep practicing your counting skills. I am sure you can find lots of things to count in your house.  You can even change the song so your toys can jump into the pool.

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about the first sounds in words.  Have a look at these pictures?

Say, what you can see.  Listen to the first sound.  Think about what shape your mouth is making when you make the sound.

 

Bug, ball, beetle, brush all start with a b sound.  Cat, cream, candle, cup, all star with a c sound.

 

Flies, flower, fork, feet all start with a f sound.  Peach, potato, pineapple, pear all start with a p sound.

 

Now we are going to use all these things to make a magic spell. Are you ready to repeat the words.

 

Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What's in the pot? Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What have we got? Bug, ball, beetle, brush. That's what we've got in the pot!

Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What's in the pot? Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What have we got? Cat,cream,candle, cup. That's what we've got in the pot!

Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What's in the pot? Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What have we got? Flies, flower, fork, feet. That's what we've got in the pot!

Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What's in the pot? Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What have we got? Peach, potato, pineapple, pear.  That's what we've got in the pot!

 

Can you find anything else to go in the pot? Remember it must begin with one of our sounds.

Tuesday 12th January 2020

Today we are are going to practice counting forwards.  First hold up one finger, then another, then another. Until you are holding up all your fingers.  Each time you put up another finger say the next number. 1,2,3,4,5.  Now we are going to sing a song using these numbers. 

Go to the bbc nursery rhyme website and sing along with the song "when I was one I sucked my thumb".  Don't forget to join in by holding up your fingers and by completing the actions.

 

Monday 11th January 2021

Now we are thinking about the first sounds in words it would be useful for you to watch the video below to make sure that you are saying the pure sounds. Watch this video and practice making the sounds. Think about the shape of your mouth.

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)

Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given.Perfec...

Now you have practiced making the sounds why not make some silly soup.  Have a look at these pictures. What can you see?

 

Crocodile, cup, car, cow, clock, all begin with c.  Log, leopard, lizard, ladybird, lego all begin with l.

Pan, pig, pen, peg, panda all begin with p.

 

Now you are ready to make silly soup.  You can use my things or choose some of your own.

Remember you can only put things in the pan that begin with the same sound. Put one thing in the pan. Stir it up and sing "we're making lots of silly soup, we're making soup that's silly, we're going to put it in the fridge and make it nice and chilly". Now choose something that begins with the same sound and add it to your pan.

Friday 8th January 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about the first sound in words. Take a look at these pictures and decide what sound the objects begin with.

  

Scissors, Spoon, Sock all begin with a sssss sound. You sound a bit like a snake.

Pan, Pen, Peg all begin with a  p sound.  Put your finger in front of your lips as you say the sound. Can you feel your breath?

Now have a look around your home.  Can you find anything to add to my collections?  Choose a sound of your own and see if you can find objects that begin with that sound.  

Thursday 7th January 2021

I hope you enjoyed your winter walk yesterday.  Another good way to keep warm is dancing. 

Today we are going to be thinking about the song “Here we go round the mulberry bush”, which you can find on the bbc nursery rhyme website.

  • Don’t forget to follow the instructions and dance along.
  • Can you think of anything else you could do?
  • Is it a cold and frosty morning, or a warm sunny afternoon?

Have fun experimenting with the words  

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Hello! Did you see the frost this morning? It was white everywhere due to the cold weather.  

It is so cold now because it is winter. 

Can you remember when we went for our Autumn walk? That's right all the leaves were falling off the trees.  Now lots of the trees are asleep, that's because there is not enough sun in the winter for them to grow leaves. 

Why don't you go for a winter walk, to see if you can find any bare trees? Don't forgot to wrap up warm, it is very cold out there.

Tuesday 5th January 2021

If you are looking for something to do why not practise you’re counting skills.

Can you find 5 toys in your house?  Are you sure you have 5? Let’s use our rules for counting to check.

Rules for counting:

  1. Put everything in a line.
  2. Touch them and say the numbers in the right order.
  3. Whatever number you say last is how many there are.

 

Can you take one away? How many do you have now? How do you know? Don’t forget to check by following the rules for counting. 

 

Can you find other things to count? 

Can you remember yesterday when we were thinking about rhyming words? We found the words blue/you, me/see, ground/round, air/hair, mars/stars.  How do we know these words rhyme?

That’s right: Rhyming words sound the same at the end.

Have ago at this rhyme, and see if you can find any rhyming words.

 

Dave the bat

I have a little bat and he lives in a cave,

He’s my furry friend and his name is Dave.

He hangs from the rafters all day long,

And as he hangs he sings this song:

Flip flap, blink blink, flip flap, blink, blink, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak!

Dave sleeps all day and he wakes at night,

He uses radar instead of sight.

Eating insects all night long

And as he flies he sings this song:

Flip flap, blink blink, flip flap, blink, blink, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak!

 

See if you can sing your favourite nursery and spot the rhyming words.

Friday 6th November 2020

This week we have been thinking about words that rhyme.  Words that rhyme sound the same at the end.  We have played games putting rhyming pictures together, we grouped tree, bee, knee, key, and hat, bat, cat, rat.  I wonder if you can think of any rhyming groups.

We have enjoyed thinking about the colours, shapes and sounds that can been seen on bonfire night. There are lots as you can see from our artwork.

Today we have shared bonfire poems where we were able to identify some more rhyming words, night and bright, red and head.  

Thursday 15th October 2020

This week we have been learning about the different types of home near to our school. We began by learning how to recognise the key features and then enjoyed a walk in the local area to see if we could identify the homes we saw.  On returning to school we have revisited the features and created homes in the construction and workshop areas as well as with paint.  

 

A detached house is one house on its own, but a semidetached house is two houses joined together.

 

A bungalow has no upstairs and the people sleep downstairs.

 

Flats are lots of homes on top of each other.  We have also talked about the materials used to build our homes to make them strong.  

Friday 9th October 2020

This week we have been learning about different celebrations including Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Weddings and Eid.  We found out that some celebrations are for everybody and some are for Christians or Muslims.  After we had talked about our own experiences we learnt about the Jewish celebration of Sukkot.  To celebrate Sukkot we build a Sukkah outside and enjoyed using it to eat our snack.  

 

Thursday 1st October 2020

Welcome to all new parents who may be interested in seeing what their children have been doing since they started at school in September.  

All the tears have now stopped and the children seem to be enjoying their time with us.  The children have adapted well to school routines and are now ready to become fabulous learners.  Over the past few weeks we have been developing listening skills which we help us to learn lots of new things.  We have been getting to know each other by talking about our families.  We have also explored the environment and talked about autumn and harvest.

I hope you enjoy looking at our photos and you can see for yourself how busy all the children have been. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 16th January 2020

Since returning to school we have been finding out about the world of work. The children have been thinking about the jobs they might like in the future and came today dressed for that role. 

 

 

 

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Santa flew into school today with the help of his Reindeer.  We enjoyed sitting in his sleigh before he gave us all a gift.

 

Thursday 14th November 2019

This week we have been sharing the Mr Men stories.  After reading the story of Mr Bump we decided that we need to keep on trying just like Mr Bump even when things are difficult.  We enjoyed finding and exploring in our school grounds just like Mr Nosey and we are going to keep applying this skill to help us choose new activities. 

Friday 18th October 2019

This week we have been learning about different celebrations. The children have enjoyed talking about the the celebrations they have shared with their families. We have learnt about the Jewish festival of Sukkot that is happening this week and ate our snack in the Sukkah we built outside. 

 

  

Friday 4th October 2019

This week we have been learning all about houses. The children were able to talk about the materials their own homes were made from.  In the forest we made shelters.

In shared reading we enjoyed the story of the three little pigs.  The children then worked in teams to build houses using straws,sticks, and bricks.

Friday 20th September

This week we have been thinking about harvest.  We learnt about the hard work the farmers were doing and even harvested some apples of our own.  The children were able to use knives safely to chop the apples and produce a delicious apple crumble for us all to share. 

 

Friday 13th September 2019

What a difference we are seeing in the children already! All the children are now coming to school with big smiley faces and are enjoying playing together. The children are responding well to our carpet sessions and we are looking forward to learning lots of new things together.  Take a look at some of the activities we have explored already. 

 

 

  

 

Friday 5th July 2019

Our topic this term has been Under the Sea.  The children have learnt the names of many creatures that live in the ocean.  They have enjoyed stories about pirates and used their new vocabulary in the role play areas.  This week we enjoyed a visit to Cleethorpes and learnt what it is like at the seaside.   

 

20th June 2019

This week we were able to harvest the potatoes that we planted a few weeks ago. We planted two different varieties and the children enjoyed learning how they looked and of course tasted different.  Hopefully our lettuce, peas, and turnips will be ready for us to enjoy soon.

 

 

24th May 2019

It has been a very short term but the children have made lots of progress.  Over the last two weeks we have learnt how chicks develop inside an egg and watched how quickly they change once they have hatched. 

 

 

3rd April 2019

Following our visit to the farm we used the flour to make some bread. We all worked together as a team unlike the Little Red Hen and her friends. 

  

  

27th & 28th March 2019

We had a wonderful time when we visited Whirlow Hall Farm. The children enjoyed meeting the animals especially the lambs and the piglets.  After Lunch we met the Little Red Hen and helped her plant some wheat. 

  

  

  

 

March 2019

This term we have been thinking about Traditional Tales.  We have enjoyed reading and retelling many stories including The Gingerbread Man, The Runaway Chapati, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.  Soon we will be learning all about the Little Red Hen and we will even be visiting her at Whirlow Farm.    

 

On world book day we came to school dressed as a character from one of our favorite books. Have a look below at what we got up to.  

 

 

February 2019

We have really enjoyed all our learning about magic and mysteries this term.  The children have developed their use of recall and their use of language by engaging with a lot of stories.  They have made magic wands in the forest and created spells to help them fasten their zips and to put on their shoes.  In the role play area they have become magicians and learnt how to perform tricks to the amazement of their audience. 

 

  

 

January 2019

During this term we have invited parents to join us at the start of our sessions on Monday to learn some songs and rhymes. Thank you to all the parents who have attended so far it has been lovely to share our learning with so many of you.  This half term we our learning number songs so we can practice our one to one counting. Please continue to support us on Monday's and by singing the songs with us at home making sure we are counting accurately. 

 

Our topic for this term is magic and mysteries and the children are really enjoying using their imaginations. We started by thinking about where we would like to go on a magic carpet and the children have continued to do this independently in the role play area. 

 

  

We have been reading lots of magical stories including; The magic porridge pot, Room on the Broom, and Winnie the witch.  We have used the ideas from these stories to make potions in the mud kitchen and in the forest. 

26th October 2018

Over the last two weeks we have been learning about the world of work. Last week we learnt about a variety of jobs and went to find people working in our local area. This week we have been thinking about what job we would like when we grow up. Today the children came dressed as if they were going to work and they all looked fabulous. Thank you parents for supporting us in our learning and helping us to dress up. 

 

 

 

 

 

10th October 2018

This week we have been talking about all the different fruits and vegetables that are harvested at this time of year. The children enjoyed making and eating an apple crumble using apples grown in the school grounds.

 

 

5th October 2018

This week the children have enjoyed listening to the MR MEN stories and thinking about the different characters.  We are encouraging the children to keep trying like Mr Bump and when they achieve their goal they can feel proud like Mr Happy. During our forest time this week the children enjoyed exploring in the long grass like Mr Nosey. 

 

 

20th September 2018

The children have made a good start to their school life and all seem happy to be here.  They are starting to form friendships and we have been talking about how we are similar and different to our new friends.  All the children have been busy exploring the areas of learning.   

 

  

Friday 6th July 2018.  The Herringthorpe Show

We had a wonderful time at the show. So many children had worked hard with their families at home to make these wonderful exhibits. Thank you!

  

  

Friday 28th May

What an exciting week we have had in school. On Monday 14 eggs arrived which we have successfully hatched and we are loving looking after the new born chicks.

 

Today we had lots of fun celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

  

 Summer Term 1

This term we have been learning about how things grow and where our food comes from. On our visit to Whirlow Hall Farm we found out about a variety of fruit and vegetables and how we can eat all the parts of a plant.  We helped the farmer by weeding part of the allotment and planted our own seeds to bring back to school.

 

 

Our bean and pea plants are growing very well and we look froward to tasting them when they are ready.  We have also planted some radishes and lettuces in our outside area.

 

We have been thinking about the fruits and vegetables that grow in Spring and enjoyed making rhubarb crumble.

 

 Spring Term

We have been extremely busy this term learning about the countries in the commonwealth.  We enjoyed finding out about the royal family and the Queen who is the head of the commonwealth.  The children learnt about England and the other countries in the United Kingdom before comparing them to Australia, Pakistan and Kenya.  The children discovered that the commonwealth games will be held shortly in Australia then they planned and participated in their own sports.  We found out how our bodies felt when we exercised.  Next term we will be thinking about healthy eating and have planted some potatoes in preparation.

  

 

World Book Day

We love looking at books at school.  We share stories with our friends and find out new information.  Mrs Baines reads us lots of stories and we like to retell them using the pictures.  We loved talking about our favourite books and dressing up as the characters. 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2

The children came back from the half term holiday pleased to see all their friends.  We have been thinking about the world of work and have been out and about in the local community finding people doing a variety of jobs.  Today we have been thinking about the job we would like when we grow up.  Lots of children came to school wearing the uniform they might need to wear for their job and they were all able to talk about the tasks they would need to perform.  

 

 

Autumn Term 1

Our topic this term is "Where we live".  

 

Week 6.  This week we have been thinking about the people who might live in the houses we have seen in our local area.  We have thought a lot about the different celebrations they might have and have learnt how their are similarities and differences between them.  Some of the children were familiar with Christmas, Easter and Eid but we learnt there are many more celebrations, including Diwali which happened this week.  

During our visit to the forest we made shelters to protect us from the falling leaves and rain.

  

 

Week 5. We have continued to think about houses this week and talked about the materials used to build the houses we saw on our walk.  Some children have enjoyed making houses at the Workshop table. 

 

 

We enjoyed reading the story of "The Three Little Pigs" together.  The children used different  voices for the wolf and the pigs.  We worked in teams to build houses and tested them by blowing them down, just like the wolf.  We discovered that brick houses are the strongest. 

 

  

 

Week 4. Today we went for a walk to look at the houses in our local area.  We saw detached houses, semi-detached houses, bungalows and flats. Please talk to your child about the different houses you see when you are out and about. What type of house do you live in?

 

Week 3.  This week we have thought about harvest and where our food comes from.  After reading the story of "The Little Red Hen" we made some bread.

 

    

 

Week 2.  We began the term by thinking about the environment outside.  We have talked about the things that happen during Autumn and enjoyed exploring the school grounds to look at the way the trees and flowers are changing.

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