Class Dojo is updated daily with challenges for you to do with your child. If you have not got access to Class Dojo please contact Miss Kinsella via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a link to a 5 page guide made by Disney Learning with some simple games and activities to support home learning.
Julia Donaldson is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children and you can access animated films based on Julia Donaldson’s picture books on BBC iPlayer for free.
Here are home learning activity packs based on some of Julia Donaldson’s magical storybooks. These are perfect for helping your child to learn new skills in a fun and engaging way.
Summer Term in the Early Years Foundation School is all about getting the children ready for the next big step of their school life as many of your children will be joining Reception in September. I believe you should all now know what school your child has been placed in. It is an exciting time and I will be supporting you as much as I can during this unprecedented time. If you have any questions or queries you can message on class dojo or email Miss Maloney on the school email, email@example.com
Please continue to draw everyday with your child and practise getting those fingers ready to write by building up the muscle. An internet search of ‘Funky Fingers/Finger Gym’ with provide a range of different activities for your child to build up their upper body strength (gross motor skills) and finger/hand strength and control (fine motor skills). There are lots of websites you can visit to give you some ideas of how to develop different skills, for example;
Therapy Street for Kids
Pre-writing activities to get you started:
– Complete activities whilst lying on their tummy, taking the weight through their elbows. E.g. watching TV, reading a book, puzzles.
– Climbing, seesaw, tug of war and swing activities with the child holding onto ropes.
– Using a bat and ball. High balls from a washing line at different heights and aim to hit the ball with the bat.
– Craft activities – cutting, scrunching, gluing and ripping paper and bending pipe cleaners.
– Games involving flicking small objects e.g. flicking balls of paper of a table into a ‘goal’. (Playdough football is great for this)
– Place a firm elastic band around tips of fingers and thumb. Open and close it 10 times with each hand.
– Dough gym – pinching, pressing, rolling, squeezing. Youtube has lots of videos for this.
– Holding a handful of items in hand and posting them into a jar one by one (buttons, coins), using thumb and forefinger Picking up items with pegs, tongs, tweezers.
– Ribbon dancing (use old clothing or sheets to dance around and twirl the fabric to your favourite songs)
– Threading beads, straws etc.
– Walking fingers e.g. along tape placed on the table. Ring and little finger curled out of the way.
– Pop bubble wrap
– Turn keys in padlocks
– Tying knots into string and linking paper clips
– Posting items into the ‘hungry monster’. Use a tennis ball with slit as a mouth and squeeze to collect (munch) them. Add googly eyes and other features to make your monster unique.
Early writing activities:
– Tracing and stencil activities
– Colouring in activities, staying inside the lines.
– Dot to dots
– Drawing letter shapes in the air to music
– Copying over letter shapes
– Drawing letters in sand, flour, sugar or shaving foam spread thinly on a table.
– Write with chalk, crayons, finger paints, pencils, pens etc.
– Write letters in the air with eyes shut.
– Recognition of letters through touch (stick letters, magnetic letters, fuzzy felt, sand paper letters).
– Drawing or writing on vertical surfaces (chalkboard, whiteboard, tiles at bath time with bath pens or bubbles).
– Drawing or writing with chalks on the ground or pavement Water painting on outdoor walls with paintbrush.
Playdough is a fantastic resources that can be used for thousands of activities and will keep your child entertained. If you can, I recommend you make your own Playdough.
I find the microwave recipe is the most efficient way to make the Playdough. Remember to store the Playdough in a container with a lid (biscuit tin or lunchbox) and it will last for weeks!
Early Years Pencil Grip Development
As with all areas of development, each child will develop the skills needed to hold a pencil at a different time, however they will work through a number of stages. This includes strengthening their hand, shoulder and arm muscles, and mobility. Below is a guide to the different pencil grip stages. Doing the different activities above will support your child to strengthen their gross motor skills and fine motor skills.
From Monday 6th April until Friday 17th April is the scheduled Easter Holiday. Due to current circumstances, school will remain open for those who need the emergency care. All staff are currently on a rota and will be receiving their 2 week holiday break over the next few weeks. We are all rotating to ensure we have enough staff available to remain open as much as possible. My 2 week holiday break begins 6/4 until 17/4 (same as scheduled school term time). This means I will not be uploading school work/advice for home schooling on Class Dojo.
I have put together a few activities you might want to do to keep your children entertained over the break.
I want to thank you for all the efforts you are going to, to continue your child’s learning journey. The pictures/videos on tapestry have been a joy to see and hopefully we will be past this crazy time before we know it.
School is still contactable via email during this time- firstname.lastname@example.org and information is regularly updated via the website and the school class dojo page.
Stay home, stay safe.
Useful websites and resources to help you teach your child at home;
Easypeasy is free to sign up and has lots of early years playful activities to help develop you child develop skills for school and life.
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Children can use this site at home without subscription. This is great for early years children to learn phonics through play/games.
Great website suitable for iPads and computers with a range of educational games for all ages.
Joe Wicks YouTube
Search Joe Wicks on YouTube for a range of different exercise activities. Fun for all the family!
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation with Jaime on the Cosmic Kids YouTube Channel is a great resource for a brain break or just to relax.
Classroom Secrets Summer Term Home Learning