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Lockdown / isolation

FROM NOW ON, ALL HOME LEARNING (INCLUDING SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS AND VIDEOS) WILL NOW BE ON TEAMS. The home learning sheets are below as well as on TEAMS. Click on FILES in TEAMS and the relevant week of home learning.


Miss Cork will be contactable on Tapestry between normal school hours.

Please add all of your home learning onto Tapestry. You don't need to upload daily, just a weekly summary of what you've been doing. You may think of different activities to do instead, or as well as. We would love to see whatever you have been busy with.


Please click on the home learning sheets below. If you would prefer a printed copy, please let Miss Cork know.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, purposeful play is important.

We wouldn't sit your child down to a full day of formal learning, therefore we don't expect you to provide this either.


A 'normal' day in Chestnut class would look something like this...

Morning table top activities - could be cutting and sticking, construction, painting etc

20-30 min phonics lesson

Busy Bee time (Continuous provision PLAY with teachers extending learning)

Snack and story

Busy Bee time (Continuous provision PLAY with teachers extending learning)


Afternoon PE / Music 

Maths activities - in small groups - practical games and activities

Busy Bee time (Continuous provision PLAY with teachers extending learning)


The Early Years is made up of 7 areas of learning - it is important that we encourage the child's development in all areas.



As I said at the start, siting down working all day is not Early Years style. Please make sure that your child gets enough time to work, rest and play! Your child's mental health is what is important. We want them to be healthy and happy. smiley

In this area of learning, you can help your child to share and take turns; to talk about themselves and find out what they like / dislike and why; and to be able to cope with change and to help them through this. These are just a few examples.



Time spent talking with your child, encouraging use of language, allowing them to be independent in tasks, giving them time to follow instructions, and listening and responding to what they say will help in this area of development.


PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT (Fine and gross motor)

Try to limit your online activities and go for regular breaks. Exercise for at least 30 mins per day (walking, cycling, yoga etc.) If you need an online exercise class, then Joe Wicks is back on 11th Jan, providing free workouts on YouTube at 9am everyday (PE with Joe Wicks). They are recorded, so it could be something you could do in the afternoon. Or there is Cosmic Yoga which we have been enjoying at school.

Google 'fine motor activities' if you know that your child struggles to hold a pencil, or to maintain holding it for increased lengths of time. Using Lego or dressing and undressing dolls clothes helps massively with fine motor development! We shouldn't underestimate the simple things in life!


LITERACY (Reading & Writing)

Please continue to hear your child read (daily) and read stories to them. Record this in the reading record book.

Practise letter formation as shown in the green phonics book and on the class page (see magic finger power point). Please use the blue exercise book for the live lesson.

If your child makes a Lego model or draws a picture - why not challenge them to write a caption or a label for it? Write what it is / what it does / what it's name is etc.

Once we have grasped the writing of words, we will be going on to write a sentence - incorporating capital letters, correct letter formation, finger spaces and full stops.


Miss Cork and Miss Dye broadcasts live phonics lessons through TEAMS at 9.30am each day and the expectation is that everyone attends this. If your child cannot attend, please let Miss Cork know so she is not waiting for them to sign in.

Each lesson will be muted so that everyone is able to listen to what is being taught. Your child will need a pencil and paper for the letter formation part of the lesson. If you know that your child struggles to hold a pencil, it is perfectly acceptable for you to provide a tray of shaving foam, flour, paint, sand etc that they can use to form the letter shape in. This is what we would naturally do in the Early Years environment anyway. The choice is yours!


If you feel that you would like your child to do more phonics practise during the week, Phonics Play is offering FREE access to phonics games. Start with Phase 1 and 2. Login details are:

username: jan21

password: home

Follow this link...


Alpha blocks - we enjoy watching some of these at school. Click...


There are also free resources you can use from the Twinkl Go! website


Ruth Miskin (founder of Read, Write Inc.) has lots of videos on her YouTube channel, should you want more phonics practise.



I will be sending home a maths booklet to help you and your child discover Early Years maths mastery. I will also be recording some maths videos which your child can access and join in with (plus I will send some resources home for them to use). In the meantime, continue to practise counting to 20, counting on and back from any given number, writing numbers, adding, subtracting, plus using maths language wherever you are. Maths is all around us! 


If you would like some more ideas for things you can do at home, there are some practical activities on the Oxford Owl website,, plus other maths games on the links below.


Purple Mash - see below.

Topmarks - there are various games to play on this website. You can choose ages 3-5 or 5-7 depending on your child's current ability. Click here..

Number blocks - Sing along and learn about numbers. Click...




This term our topic is 'Wonderful Winter'. The home learning grids will be based around the theme of winter weather, nature and nocturnal animals.


Enjoy time with your family! Talk about what you like doing and think of new activities to do together. Think about festivals and traditions around the World. Chinese New Year festival happens on 12th February.


We have a big tick for using TEAMS! smiley

Purple Mash - This is used within school right up to year 6. Login details will be sent home this week (25th Jan). I will update the 'To Do' list, with fun activities added to each child's personal account. 



This term our topic is 'Wonderful Winter'. The home learning grids will be based around the theme of winter weather, nature and nocturnal animals and art and craft ideas will be listed. Feel free to send in any ideas you have had yourself!