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Home Learning

Welcome to Foundation's Home Learning Hub, created especially to provide creative learning activities for you to do at home while the Covid-19 pandemic does not allow us to come to school.

Here you will find access to all the learning materials for Acorns in Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery), and for Saplings and Seedlings classes in Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)

Foundation Home Learning Timetable

Acorns (F1)

Dear Families,

We hope you are keeping well and having fun together.

Below are our newsletters and topic grids to enable you to do some home learning. We miss the children terribly and are looking at ways of being more interactive...look out for more information on this soon!

Home Learning Ideas and Information

Twinkl: activities and resources covering the whole curriculum.
Read this Twinkl guide for parents here


Phonics

Sing lots of songs, make up stories, write stories your child tells you, draw stories.

Letters and sounds is a useful free resource 

Also look on YouTube for songs and rhymes.  There are lots of lovely songs and stories!


Maths

All the children have been working on recognising numbers

This is a good resource for Maths activities:

 

Reading

Oxford Owls
This has Oxford Reading Tree books to read as well as games to go with them.

Please continue reading to your child every day.  We all love story time.  Chatterboxes are still available for you to borrow from school should you wish to, just contact us via office@winchcombe.w-berks.sch.uk to request one.

 

Keeping Active and Mindfulness

It will be more important than ever to keep our bodies moving and practise mindfulness. Make time to play outside, explore, make obstacle courses, run and play games. There are also lots of useful websites with online sessions for the children to do.

Cosmic Kids 

Go Noodle  

Something I always try to do at this time of the year at school is to practise cutting with scissors. Maybe this is something you could try with your child at home.  Start with straight lines and then progress to curved ones.


If you have anything you would like to share with us, please email it to the office and they will pass it on – artwork, videos etc. We’ll check our emails and email back when we can.

Saplings & Seedlings (F2)

Dear Families,

We hope you are keeping well and that you stay that way xx

Any little bit you can do to keep the children busy and learning will be appreciated. These are uncertain times and our children may well be worried and confused by this change in routine. On the timetable, use ‘Playtime’ to do some of the following. There will be other ideas to follow.

We’re not sure where this quote came from but it resonated with us…

“Arguing with your kids to do work is not what everyone needs right now. Instead cuddle up together and read, read, read. Take turns reading. Read them your favourite book. Do a puzzle. Build a fort. Bake. Watch TV together. Paint. Get out the Lego and read together. Set up a tent in your living room and camp out. Garden. Play in the sunshine. Look at photos of when you were a child, in other words don’t stress about them forgetting. Don’t put pressure on yourself to home school like a teacher. Your children won’t learn if they are feeling anxious. Though this is a scary time, it could well be a time they remember as the best time in their life.”

Stay safe and see you all soon, with lots of love from The Foundation Team xxx

Home Learning Ideas and Information

Twinkl: activities and resources covering the whole curriculum.
Read this Twinkl guide for parents here

Phonics 

We’ve sent home all the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds that the children have been learning in with their reading books. We normally do this for 20 minutes in the morning. The format is:

  • Practise some of the sounds each session
  • Read and write some words (cvc words: e.g. sun, map, fit)
  • Play a language game

You can find phonics games and activities, currently for free, on these sites:

Letters and sounds 

Phonics Play  

Sound pronunciation video 

 

Maths  
The children have been working on recognising numbers, matching the correct numeral to a set of objects and putting numbers in the right order. If you have number magnets on your fridge – you can use these for recognition and ordering. You can ask your children to count a number of objects in your house then find the right number to match it.

This half term we have been working on adding numbers together and number bonds to 10 – the different ways we can add 2 numbers to make 10.

Topmarks - see this site for online interactive games

As a school, we follow White Rose maths, they will be releasing free resources for parents.

Make maths fun and practical, for example:

  • How many different coloured cars go past?
  • Weigh out ingredients for a cooking session
  • Set out the table with the correct number of knives, forks and glasses for everyone
  • When there’s a sunny day, put some water and containers out to measure liquids

The children enjoy watching….

Numberblocks  www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks
Numberjacks www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberjacks

 

Reading

We recommend you spend 10 minutes every day with your child to read with them. Most children enjoy re-reading books as they like to be able to read them “off by heart”. Just make sure they follow the words with their fingers.

Other things you can do to make it fun:

  • Play I-spy to look for words beginning with a certain sound
  • Write a sentence to go with one of the pictures
  • Let your child tell you a sentence you could write

There are lots of sites that have e-Books that have stories you can either listen to for pleasure or read along with. Take a look at Oxford Owls. This has Oxford Reading Tree books to read as well as games to go with them. We use ORT at The Winchcombe School.


Have you discovered ‘BorrowBox’ from Newbury Library? It’s an app that you can download to enable you to borrow books online. You’ll need your library PIN code to enable this.
 

Writing

There are lots of ways to encourage writing:

  • Do you need some signs around your house to remind you to wash your hands?
  • What about a shopping list?
  • Write a letter or a card to a friend? 
  • Write a story for your friends or teachers?

Parents - you could write down their stories and help them act them out – time to get the dressing-up out!
 

Keeping Active and Mindfulness

It will be more important than ever to keep our bodies moving and practise mindfulness. Make time to play outside in the garden, explore, make obstacle courses, run and play games. There are also lots of useful websites with online sessions for the children to do.

Look at some of the ones suggested below:

Cosmic Kids 

Go Noodle  

Also look out for…..

PE with Joe Wicks

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