EYFS/ Year R - Autumn Term
Year R Home Learning
Approximate Directed Activity Time - approx 40 minutes per day.
During the Autumn Term, as your child is just beginning their time with us at St Peter's we would like you to do the following, ideally, every day.
Reading Together - 10 minutes
Name recognition & writing - 10 minutes
Phonics - 10 minutes
Maths - 10 minutes
You will find lots of guidance and ideas for activities that you can do with your child to support their development in these areas below.
Tapestry will be our main method of keeping in touch with children and families that are self-isolating so please ensure that you are able to access your child's Tapestry account. If you are experiencing any problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name and any email addresses you would like linked to their account.
What you can do with your child at home
Reading (10 minutes)
Share a story together. You can read any book that you have at home.
Here are some more tips to help you enjoy story time together:
- Ask your child to choose what they’d like to read. They’ll feel more interested in the story if they’ve picked it out themselves. (And don’t worry if they keep returning to the same story, either!)
- If you can, turn off the TV, radio and computer. It’s easier for both of you to enjoy the story without any other distractions.
- Sit close together. You could encourage your child to hold the book themselves and turn the pages, too.
- Take a look at the pictures. You don’t just have to read the words on the page. Maybe there’s something funny in the pictures that you can giggle about together, or perhaps your child enjoys guessing what will happen next.
- Ask questions and talk about the book. Picture books can be a great way to talk through your child’s fears and worries, or to help them deal with their emotions. Give them space to talk, and ask how they feel about the situations in the story.
- Have fun! There’s no right or wrong way to share a story – as long as you and your child are having fun. Don’t be afraid to act out situations or use funny voices… your little ones will love it!
(Taken from https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/)
You can also watch our Reception team reading their favourite stories on our Vimeo channel:
Practising their name (10 minutes)
Recognising their own name and beginning to write it, is a key skill for children in Reception.
As children in our Reception class are between 'only just' 4 years old and 5 years old, with a range of different nursery experiences, they will all be at different stages of recognising and writing their names. This is completely normal.
If your child is still learning to recognise their name when it is written down, these are some ways that you could help them:
- Use a post it note or scrap of paper to label your dinner places, plates, snack, pile of clean washing (anything!) .
- Tell your child "this says Mum/Mummy/ Daddy/ Nan etc" and this is "(your child's name)". Can they find the place to sit, their snack, their pile of washing etc.
Most children will still be learning to write either the first letter of their name, or their whole name at this point in Reception. If your child is just beginning to explore writing, just focus on the first letter of their name to begin with.
Some fun ways for children to practice writing the first letter of their name, or when they are ready, their whole name:
- Write on a blackboard, wall or paving slab using a brush dipped in water, or their finger.
- Use chalk to write on the patio, pavement or wall outside - getting children to wash it off after also helps develop the muscles needed for writing.
- If you have spare flour (or are brave enough to use shaving foam!) fill a small, flat tray and practice forming letters with their finger.
- Get out the paint and practice painting letters and their name.
- For the really brave, you could use dry erase markers/ whiteboard pens to write on the window (wet wipes will clean it off after!).
Please remember, only the first letter of their name is CAPITALS, with the rest in lowercase please.
Phonics (10 minutes)
Recap Phase 1 phonics
- At the start of the term, we would like you to recap the Phase 1 phonic activities that your child began at nursery/ pre-school.
- This can be done by sharing stories with rhymes, singing action songs, focus on initial sounds by playing games like I-Spy. There are also a number of interactive resources online that can be used to support Phase 1 learning. We recommend www.phonicsplay.co.uk.
Introducing Phase 2 sounds:
- We will also be gradually introducing some Phase 2 sounds to children. The first sounds that we teach are s a t p i n.
- Pease check Tapestry for the sound of the day and suggested activities.
- You can download an i-spy game based on these first sounds and some phonic activity mats below. These are optional but may help you and your child in revising phonic skills.
Maths (10-15 minutes)
- Sing counting songs together. E.g. Ten Green Bottles, 5 Little Speckled Frogs (lots of these can be found on youtube.)
- Each week we will be focusing on a number, we will let you know this number by uploading videos and suggested activities on Tapestry.
- You can use the Numberblocks videos and activities to help support your child practice their early number skills. We have shared the videos below and you can find more information https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/numberblocks-help-your-child-with-maths
- You can also download a number tracing sheet below and number activity mats which are optional but may help you and your child in practising early number skills.