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Mrs Pynigar’s Class

Working from Home

Monday 6th April - Friday 17th April

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Encourage your child’s skills and independence with dressing, putting their toys away, and carrying out family routines, such as bedtime, with increasing independence.

Communication and Language Engage in play activities with your child, narrating their play. If your child uses a PECs book, please continue to use it at home. Watch episodes of ‘Something Special’ (Mr Tumble) and encourage your child to sign along. Follow the link below for Mr Tumble’s Spring Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRr_XxIFdOg

Moving and Handling – Here are some ideas for sensory play in a tray, which will help to develop your child’s fine motor and mark-making skills:

Shaving foam

Icing sugar

Flour

Gloop (A mixture of cornflour and water)

Jelly

Add tools to the tray such as spoons, paintbrushes, sticks, brushes and sponges to make different marks

An easy playdough recipe:

1 cup of flour

½ cup of salt

½ cup of water

Mix together in a bowl. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour, if it’s too dry, add more water. Once you have made the dough, you can add food colouring or paint for colour, or spices, such as cinnamon, to add smell. This is a no cook recipe, so you could make the dough together.

Easter fun – have an egg and spoon race together! This will help with hand-eye co-ordination and encourage movement and exercise. You could hard boil the eggs to make it less messy, or use chocolate eggs, or even a ball to balance. Everyone in the family can join in – who will win?

Literacy – We are learning about the letters l, b, j, qu, v, w, x, y and z. Watch together episodes of: Alphablocks; Jolly Phonics Alphabet Song (You Tube); Bounce Patrol Alphabet Songs. Read to your child every day, encouraging them to join in with turning the pages, holding the book carefully and choosing favourite stories to share. Use your child’s Reading Eggs password to access Reading Eggs.

One of our favourite stories to listen to is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Follow the link below to watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

Maths – We love singing number rhymes in school. Some of our favourites are Five Little Ducks, Five Little Monkeys, Five Little Speckled Frogs and Ten in the Bed. Here is a link to ‘Simple Songs’ on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrAtBtQnvCE

Understanding the World (Science, Geography, History, Technology) – Encourage your child to use technology for a purpose – accessing and using age appropriate apps, using cameras, operating toys with switches.  If possible, go for a walk in the garden or locally together and look for signs of spring.

Expressive Arts and Design – Lots of people are drawing, painting and colouring pictures of rainbows to put up in their windows. Can you make one too to put in your window?

Easter fun – Have an Easter Egg hunt – you can do this indoors or in the garden, with chocolate eggs, or pictures of eggs – how many can you collect? Can you count how many eggs you have?

 

Monday 23rd March - Friday 3rd April

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Encourage your child’s skills and independence with dressing and putting their toys away.

Communication and Language Engage in play activities with your child, narrating their play. If your child uses a PECs book, please continue to use it at home. Watch episodes of ‘Something Special’ (Mr Tumble) and encourage your child to sign along.

Moving and Handling – Practise fine motor skills – anything that requires using fingers to pick up or manipulate small objects – using scissors, hole punches, tweezers. Using playdough to roll, pat, pinch, prod, stretch and squeeze. Cook/bake together, encouraging your child to mix, stir, scoop, spoon and spread food, for example helping to make their own sandwiches. Complete puzzles together. Use pens, pencils, paintbrushes to mark make. Encourage good hygiene routines, encouraging your child to help and gain independence in toileting, hand washing, tooth brushing etc.

Literacy – We are learning about the letters l, b, j, qu, v, w, x, y and z. Watch together episodes of: Alphablocks; Jolly Phonics Alphabet Song (You Tube); Bounce Patrol Alphabet Songs. Read to your child every day, encouraging them to join in with turning the pages, holding the book carefully and choosing favourite stories to share. Use your child’s Reading Eggs password to access Reading Eggs.

Maths – We are learning about the numbers 0-20. Encourage your child to look for, name, match and order numbers in the environment, and count objects together. Look online for number rhymes to sing together, such as ‘Five Little Ducks’ and ‘Ten in the Bed’. Look at and explore 2D shapes at home (circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons). Use building blocks to explore shapes through sorting and building.

Understanding the World (Science, Geography, History, Technology) – Encourage your child to use technology for a purpose – accessing and using age appropriate apps, using cameras, operating toys with switches.  If possible, grow some seeds together – cress is good to grow on wet cotton wool. We have been learning about ‘Growing’ this half term – look together at different plants, using language about height – tall, small, little, big. Share stories about growing, for example ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘The Enormous Turnip’, Jasper’s Beanstalk’.

Expressive Arts and Design – Encourage your child to use any materials you have at home to create pictures, patterns and marks, for example using colours to paint or colour, glue to stick to make collages. Make and play musical instruments to play together, for example tins and saucepans to make drums, empty cartons with different objects inside to make shakers. Play with small world activities, such as cars, dolls houses, train sets, together, commenting on what your child is doing, naming objects or making up stories.

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