Support Home Learning

As part of our ongoing working with parents to support the home learning environment, we would like to regularly send home activity suggestions you can do at home to support your child’s learning.  
Your child is learning everyday with every experience you offer.  Bath times, story time, meal times etc are all times where your child has fun and learns with you. J 

Porridge Oats!
Ingredients – Porridge oats, warm water
Allow your child to explore with their fingers, moulding, squeezing, patting, rolling and dripping! Talk about the texture and smells. You may wish to add knives, spoons and tubs! Playing with this activity will encourage finger muscles, (which need to be strong for when learning to write) encourage descriptive language and communication skills. Maths skills are promoted through counting scoops, dividing and quantities. Social and emotional skills are supported through sharing and describing how it feels. Go on! Give it a go! It’s more fun than you think J
You may wish to take photos and share them in your child’s learning journey. J 
 
Caterpillars use the letters and sounds phase one document to help teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling. Phase one activities concentrate on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting. This term we are focusing on aspect 1: Environmental sounds. We have a spare Letter and Sounds DVD which demonstrates activities should you wish to borrow it. The document can also be found on the internet.

To support your child at home you may wish to regularly read books as part of your daily book sharing. Read to them with plenty of intonation and expression. Encourage your child to join in with the repetitive phases. Sing nursery rhymes and move to different beats. Pots and pans are great instruments! Ask your child to use his/her listening ears and play/move in  time to the beat – fast, slow, skipping, marching etc. 

Teddy is lost in the jungle

Main purpose – To develop children’s listening skills and awareness of sounds in the environment
 
Hide a teddy bear somewhere in a room/garden. Tell your child they are the rescuer and they have to listen to you singing louder as he/she gets closer to finding teddy, quieter if he/she moves further away. Alternatively sing a familiar song, rhyme or jingle, speeding up and slowing down as they get close/further away.