Friday 15th January

What a brilliant end to a fantastic week! Well done for all your hard work and enthusiasm. There are lots of pictures showing what you got up to yesterday and I’ve even managed to post some of your videos! Have a look and then today we have some tricky word phonics for FS2 and some more funny name phonics for FS1. No new maths today, just a chance to recap what you have done this week, story time and then Fun Friday!

Phonics

FS2 Today practise your tricky words.

Follow the link to the tricky words trucks. How quickly can you read them? Click start and then phase 3. Let me know how you do.

Did you find some difficult? Follow the link to Train your Brain to help you learn them.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/train-your-brain-ph3

Now have a go at reading sentences. Again click on the link and click start. Click next in the bottom right and go to week 5. Click on the Tricky words to practise sentences including tricky words.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/sentences-3

Below are the Phase 3 Tricky Words. Can you write a sentence using tricky words and some of the phase 3 words you have been using?

You might want to have a go at a wordsearch.

FS1

Today I want you to name your vehicles! Collect up a selection of toy vehicles from around the house – car, train, van, bike and give each one a new silly name! Again, the name must start with the same sound. For example Cally Car, Tomy Train, Bertie Bike. You could even do this with the names of members of your family!

Maths

FS2 There is no video today. I want you to think about what you have done this week. What was quite tricky? What didn’t you manage to have a go at? I would like you to back and have another go at something that was tricky, something you enjoyed or try something different, perhaps play a game you didn’t play. I would also like you to have a go at practising writing numbers today. Have a look at the ideas on the blog yesterday for fun ways to practise. Don’t forget to let me see what you have done.

FS1 Watch the Numberblocks video again. Have another go at an activity you enjoyed in maths this week.

Fun Friday

Storytime

Below is a story to finish the week. I had a little friend join me, I wonder if you can spot her! She loves to snuggle on my knee whenever I sit down but today I think she quite enjoyed listening to the story.

You’ve worked hard this week so have a fun afternoon. Play a game with your family. This could be cards or a board game or make up a game together. Bake a cake, some buns, pizza or whatever is your favourite. Read your favourite book together or watch your favourite film. Go for a walk. Whatever you choose to do, put your phones and devices away and enjoy being together. Let me know what you did and how it made you feel. Enjoy!

Well done everyone for your super work this week. You are all superstars!

Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you back here on Monday.

Mrs Atkinson

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Thursday 14th January

Happy Thursday everyone. Well, I posted this video yesterday tea time after looking at lots of your work. When I went to update the photographs later, I couldn’t believe how many more had come through. What a lot of amazing things you did yesterday! Well done to you all and a huge thank you to Mums, Dads, Grannys, Grandads and whoever else has helped you with your activities!

Phonics

FS2 your new sound today is ‘ee’.

Today choose the game you want to play to practise blending. You can play Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto or Dragons Den or you could even play all 3! Can you beat your score? Click on the link and choose your game. Click start and then choose Phase 3, then click on today’s new sound +ee.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvq9bdm/articles/zn9q92p

Now practise reading your new sound ‘ee’ in sentences. Again click on the link and click start. Click next in the bottom right and click on today’s sound ‘ee’.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/sentences-3

Below are lists of words using this weeks new sounds. Ask an adult (or big brother or sister) to read some words to you and have a go at writing them. Remember to listen carefully for the sounds. It may help if they say the word like a robot to begin with b-a-ng, f-ai-l. Try counting the sounds that you hear in the words. n-ai-l = 3 sounds(phonemes). Try adding sound buttons and sound sausages.

It is really important to talk about words and sounds as shown above. Also talk about where in the word digraphs are found. Some will have patterns eg at the beginning or end of words usually.

Now pick a word. Can you write a sentence with this word in it? Don’t worry about getting sounds correct if you haven’t learnt them yet, just listen and have a go. Try to remember how to write the sounds you have learnt.

FS1 Make your own alien or monster. You could draw it, make it from playdough, paint it, use junk modelling – anything! Now the fun part is to think of it’s name! It can be made up and again, very silly but it must start with the same sounds. For example; Ziggy Zoggy Zoo or Timmy Tommy Tee!

Maths

FS2 Today in maths we will be placing numbers within 10 in order. Try to pay particular attention to the language used in these videos and encourage your child to use the correct vocabulary when talking about their maths.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/placing-numbers-within-ten-in-order-chgk8d

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers

Fill in the missing numbers.

Here are some reminders of the key concepts within counting, ordering and comparing.

Some of you may complete this activity quickly and want something more challenging. Often the challenge in FS2 comes through talking and explaining rather than bigger numbers. If you are ready for this, have a look at the following activity.

Below is further information to support developing your child’s mathematical thinking.

FS1 maths. Remember the number of the week: 1. Practise writing the number 1. Use pencils, pens, chalk or paint or even make it out of playdough! You could try some of the following ideas to make your mark making more fun.

FS2 You could try some of these different ways when you are doing your phonics and writing to make it extra fun!

Knowledge and Understanding of the World: The World

We have been thinking about Winter and over the last week it has been very cold and we have had quite a bit of frost and seen quite a bit of ice outdoors. The following video thinks about Winter and explores hot and cold. It finishes with an experiment using ice cubes.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-understand-the-difference-between-hot-and-cold-6cukcr

You might want to have a go at another experiment.

Or make an ice picture.

Wednesday 13th January

Another busy day yesterday. Well done everyone!

Phonics

FS2 Begin today by practising the sounds you have learnt so far.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/grab-a-giggling-grapheme

Today our new sound is ‘ai’

Why not try Buried Treasure today? Follow the link. Click start and then choose Phase 3, then click on today’s new sound +ai.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/buried-treasure

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvq9bdm/articles/z4xsxyc

Now have a go at reading some sentences. Again click on the link and click start. Click next in the bottom right and click on today’s sound ‘ai’.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/sentences-3

FS1 Watch this video

Can you make your own silly soup? Choose any sound you like, maybe the sound your name begins with. What will you put in? Remember, it can be as silly as you like!

Maths

FS2 today in maths we are exploring one less within 10.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/exploring-one-less-within-10-cgtk0c

Have another go at the games I posted yesterday. This time try one less. Using digit cards 1-20 or 1-10, whichever is appropriate for your child, have a go at the following game.

Or try one of the following activities thinking about one less.

FS1 Remember the number of the week this week is number 1. Watch the video.

Go on a number hunt around your house looking for the number 1. Then have another go at the counting game.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Well Being Wednesday

It’s the middle of the week and you have all worked really hard so far this week. It is important to take some time to look after ourselves and we will be having Wellbeing Wednesday each week to help you do this. This week I would like you to take a rest from activities on the blog and have some relaxation time. Have a go at Cosmic Yoga.

Or try some mindfulness activities.

Remember to keep sending in those photos and videos.

Enjoy your day and have fun.

Mrs Atkinson

Tuesday 12th January

What a great start to the week! Well done everyone. You worked so hard completing maths, phonics, thinking about keeping clean, making binoculars and lots more!

Phonics

FS2 Today our new sound is ‘ng’

I hope you enjoyed the Picnic on Pluto game on Phonics Play. Have another go today. Follow the link. Click start and then choose Phase 3, then click on today’s new sound +ng.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/picnic-on-pluto

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvq9bdm/articles/z6bkbdm

Now have a go at reading some sentences. Again click on the link and click start. Click next in the bottom right and click on today’s sound ‘ng’.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/sentences-3

Remember there is no need to print this, you can simply point out the correct picture to match a word. Ask an adult (or big brother or sister) to check. Then have a go at writing labels for the other pictures. Remember to listen carefully to the sounds in the words.

FS1 Watch this video

Can you sing along?! It’s tricky isn’t it? What do you notice about the sounds in the words you are saying? Can you think of any other words that start with ‘p’? Have a look around your house and garden to see what you can find. Perhaps you could even put on your favourite song and make your own song and dance with lots of ‘p’ sounds!

Have a go at Super Smoothie on Phonics Play. Phonics play is free to access throughout Lockdown. Log in using jan21 and home.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1/super-smoothie

Maths

FS2 today in maths we are exploring one more within 10.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/exploring-one-more-within-10-74v3cc

Using digit cards 1-20 or 1-10, whichever is appropriate for your child, have a go at the following game.

Or try one of the following activities.

FS1 Remember the number of the week this week is number 1. Why not watch the video again.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bzzns/numberblocks-series-1-one

Have a toy picnic. Give each toy 1 plate, 1 cup, 1 spoon maybe even 1 bun!

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting

Expressive Arts: Music

Watch the video and join in with the songs. Let me know if you enjoy this and what your favourite part is.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/out-in-my-neighbourhood-c8up6e?step=1&activity=video

Physical Development

Why not have a go at one of the activities posted yesterday. You could try a different one today.

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Remember to keep sending in those photos and videos.

Enjoy your day and have fun.

Mrs Atkinson

Monday 11th January

Welcome to week 2. I hope you all had a great weekend and a good rest. You did lots of amazing work on Friday. Well done!

The children in school had a great time completing their activities.

Lots of great phonics work. I am so impressed!

Fantastic winter trees. I think you like getting messy!

And lots of other activities too: reading, phonics soup, winter walks and making bird feeders.

Week 2

For Foundation Stage 2, this week I will be adding a phonics activity, a maths activity, and another activity and next week I will add an English activity too. This follows what would be a typical day of learning in school for your child in addition to opportunities they would have to learn in the on going provision. Each session should last no more than 20 – 30 minutes. Please remember there is a selection of activities and there is no expectation that you complete them all. Whatever you choose to do, please spread the activities out giving your child a break and time to play in between.

For Foundation Stage 1, I will add a phonics activity and a maths activity each day. There will also be additional activities you can have a go at which will help with specific areas of learning. Again, there is no expectation to complete everything but please have a go at something every day if you can to help your child continue their learning experience.

Phonics

Our first activity today is phonics and we have a new sound, ‘th’.

Have a go at Picnic on Pluto on Phonics Play. Phonics play is free to access throughout Lockdown. Log in using March 20 and Home.

The children are familiar with this game and love it when the alien makes ‘rude’ noises! Follow the link. Click start and then choose Phase 3, then click on today’s new sound +th. The game will then use a mix of sounds the children have learnt so far. Some of the words will be ‘fake’ words. It is really important that the children can blend both real and fake words and don’t try to make them ‘real’. The purpose is to blend the sounds together.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/picnic-on-pluto

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvq9bdm/articles/zk6f6v4

Now have a go at reading some sentences. Again click on the link and click start. Click next in the bottom right and click on today’s sound ‘th’. The sentences use the sounds and tricky words so far. It is important that the children can read sentences and understand that a sentence is a group of words. Talk about the capital letter at the beginning and the full stop at the end. Also talk about the finger spaces between the words. They also need to understand what a words is, it is made up of sounds. We also count the number of words in a sentence. This helps when they are writing as well.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/sentences-3

Phonics play has lots of games to help practise phonics so feel free to explore.

Foundation Stage 1 have a look at the video below.

Why not make your own binoculars like Maddison and Felix then go for a hunt around the house looking for objects which have the same initial sound.

FS2 you could make binoculars and hunt for objects which have the ‘th’ sound. Happy hunting!

Mathematics

FS2 This week for maths we are going to look at videos from the Oak Academy, followed by some suggested activities. Please don’t feel you need to do everything but if you and your child feel you want to continue to practise the learning for the day the have a go at one or more.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/counting-up-to-10-objects-reliably-ccw32e

FS1 Each week we will focus on a number.

Number of the week : 1 This week we will be learning all about the number 1. Watch this video to get started.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bzzns/numberblocks-series-1-one

Why not play board games that need a dice (snakes and ladders, Ludo etc). Practise your careful counting each time it is your turn or play a counting game.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/gingerbread-man-game

Health and Self Care

For our next activity, we are going to be thinking about how we keep ourselves clean. FS1, you can have a look at this too and talk about what you need to do. If you want to complete the activity, that’s great and don’t forget to share it with me. FS2, you could have a go at completing the activity and adding labels using your phonics.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/squeaky-clean-68r3ct

Physical Development

It is really important for both FS1 and FS2 to develop their fine motor skills. Why not have a go at some fun activities to help.

I really do love to see what you have been doing so don’t forget to share it with me on either Evidence Me or the class email fsbrandesburton@gmail.com

Have a great day and remember to have fun!

Mrs Atkinson

Friday 8th January

Good morning Foundation Stage. What another amazing day of home learning yesterday!

In school we had a very wintery walk, did some great maths, english and phonics work and made a cosy den.

Foundation Stage, you did some amazing things! There was some great phonics work, identifying zero, finding numbers and lots of other things. Oh, and I absolutely love your dens!

FS2 today we are learning a new sound, ‘sh’. Mr Mc is here again to help you practise the sounds you already know and learn the new sound. Get your singing voices ready……

Now have a go at some activities. Play I spy, how many words can you find with the ‘sh’ sound in it? Is the ‘sh’ at the beginning, middle or end? Can you have a go at writing the word?

Below is a list of ‘sh’and ‘ch words. Say the word to your child, sound it out and ask them to have a go at writing it.

For the next activity, rather than drawing a line, just find the picture which matches the word. Then have a go at writing the label for the other pictures.

This last challenge is quite a tricky one! You might want to do it with or without the time challenge.

FS1 have a go at one or both of the phonics activities.

Remember to draw a picture of your soup and objects or take a photograph so I can see what you did.

When you were out on your winter walk I am sure you saw lots of winter trees. Today for your second challenge, I would like you to create a picture of a winter tree. There are some examples below. You could have a go at creating one of these or making your own. The pictures show lots of different ways to create pictures including hand and finger prints, twigs and cotton bud prints, cotton wool and twisted paper. I wonder how you will create yours? I can’t wait to see!

Thursday 7th January

Wow! What an amazing start to our Home Learning. I am incredibly proud of the effort you have put in at home. Below are some of the things you got up to. Please keep scrolling as today’s challenges are after all the pictures.

Well done for some great phonics work, winter walks and practising writing your names.

I was in school yesterday with children from Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. I was so impressed with how the children worked and played together! We had a great time. Look at some of the things we got up to, recreating Christopher Corr artwork, having a go at the Year 2 Lego Challenge, exploring the classroom and playing games, in addition to phonics, English and maths! Phew!

Today’s Challenges

Today our first task is maths. FS2, this week we are going to be thinking about counting, comparing numbers and introducing zero. Follow the link below to the White Rose Maths website and watch the video for session 1.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-week-1/

Then have a go at one or more of the following activities:

Watch Numberblocks: Zero

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0blsx34/numberblocks-series-3-zero

Below are some activity cards. Discuss the with your child. Where is zero? Count the other objects. How many are there? How do you know? Which are there less objects of? Which are there more of? How may less/more? How do you know? It’s really important that your child can talk about numbers, explain their thinking and compare numbers. Can they find a given number of objects around the house? Can they draw a picture of that number and then draw zero? Don’t forget to let me see what you have done.

FS1 When you are in the house or out for a walk, how many numbers can you find? Where are they? Can you take a photograph and send it to us? At home, have a look at packaging or in magazines. Can you find numbers, cut them out and make a number collage?

Don’t forget to send me some pictures of what you have done.

It is such a cold time of year that if we had been in school, you would have had some winter dens to explore. Mrs Laughton and I started to create some dens for you to explore and add to. Your additional challenge today is to build a winter den. This could be outdoors or indoors, you choose. Can you make it snug and cosy? Can you make it dark? What could you use to add to your den to create light or reflect light?

Who will you invite in? What will you do? You might just snuggle up with your teddies, you might take your favourite books to read or you might take some paper to draw or write messages.

Perhaps you could make some snowflakes to peg up in your den.

I think I might have a go at making my own cosy den and I can’t wait to see yours! Have fun making it.

FS2 why not have another look at Mr Mc introducing ‘ch’ and practise your letter sounds and names. Remember….. Reach for the Stars……

Mrs Atkinson

Wednesday 6th January

Welcome to our first day of home learning. Today we begin with phonics. FS2 we have a new sound today, ‘ch’. This is a digraph, which means two letters (graphemes) which together make one sound (phoneme). Watch the video from Mr Mc to practise the sounds you already know and learn the new sound. I think you will enjoy joining in with the songs!

Have a go at writing the digraph ‘ch’ in different ways. You could write it in salt or flour. You could write it in mud using a stick. How many different ways can you find? You could write it using paint, felt tips or chalk. You could make ‘ch’ from playdough or create a big ‘ch’ and collage it. Play I spy. How many different things can you find beginning with ‘ch’. Can you write some of the words? You could write them in salt as Mr Mc did or choose one of the other ways mentioned above. Don’t forget to take a picture and send it to me so I can see your fantastic work and share it with the rest of the class.

Foundation Stage 1 can you help Zoe the Zookeeper? Perhaps you could send me a video of you naming the animals. I would love to see it and share it with your friends!

Our topic to begin this term is Winter. have a look at the video below to see what we might find in Winter.

I would like you to go for a Winter walk. Think about the clothes you need to wear. Talk about what you can see. Play I Spy. What can you see beginning with different sounds….. h, t, f……. ch? What can you see when you are out and about that tells us it is Winter? Could you take a photograph? When you get home choose a photograph you have taken or draw a picture of something you have seen.

Foundation Stage 2 children, can you add a label to your picture eg tree? Some of you may be able to write a caption eg bare tree or cold fence. Some of you will be able to write a sentence eg I can see frosty grass. Have a go at listening to the sounds in the words and write what you hear. Below I have added sound mats which may help you. Don’t forget to write your name on your work!

Foundation Stage 1, can you draw a picture of something you saw on your walk? Perhaps you can tell an adult what you have drawn so they can write a label or caption for you. Or you may want to send a picture of yourself on your Winter Walk. Can you have a go at writing some or all of your name on your picture?

Don’t forget to send what ever you do to me via the class email or Evidence Me. I can’t wait to see them and share what you have done with your friends!

Happy New Year!

I do hope you had a lovely Christmas, albeit a very different one. This is definitely not the way I wanted to start the new term! All of the Foundation Stage Team were really looking forward to welcoming you back and hearing about your Christmas and what you got up to.

For the next few weeks, this blog will be our link to learning. Each day I will post activities for you complete. For FS2 I will alternate with a phonics activity one day and a maths the next. There will be plenty for you do over two days for each if you would like to. I will also post an additional activity daily, which might be creative, physical or investigative for both FS2 and FS1 to have a go at. For FS1 I will also include activities based around phase 1 phonics.

Please take pictures of anything you do and send it to me either via the class email fsbrandesburton@gmail.com or Evidence Me. I will then share these on the blog the following day so that you can see what everyone has been busy with. If you have problems accessing any of these or sending images, please contact me through the school email and if you have any queries, however small, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Parents, please check out the links on the main website to support keeping your child safe on line. We did some work in the Autumn Term on internet safety so hopefully the children will know to always check with you if something goes wrong. There are some lovely age appropriate resources which can be accessed by following the link:

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-3-11s

We are beginning this term with all things Winter including winter walks, cosy dens, cooking and winter art work. There are lots of lovely things to do in Winter and lots of opportunities to get outdoors and I can’t wait to see what you get up to! Take care, stay safe and look after each other.

Mrs Atkinson