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Monday 22.06.20

EYFS Facebook Challenges

Mini Beasts, Plants and Summer Colours


Good Morning Everyone in RCF and RHG.  I hope that you have enjoyed the weekend and are ready to start learning lots!


1.  Communication and Language.  Can you learn and make up actions for this poem and then perform it?  All videos posted will receive a Certificate, go on, don't be shy.


Creepy Crawly

Creepy crawly up my arm,

A spotty little bug!

When it crawls up to my neck,

I just give a little shrug.

BUT when it climbs a little more and

settles on my nose, (gasp)

That's when I give a mighty SNORE

And it scuttles to my toes! PHEW.


2. Phonics  In Phonics this week we shall be focusing on the alphabet.  The 26 letter names, the corresponding sounds, the graphemes for each one and how they are formed.  There are links to other sites and tasks in this week's Phonics Folder on the Home Learning Page.  The Learning Task this week is to make an alphabet which can only contain Mini Beasts, Plants and Summer Colours.  Can you Challenge yourself, to finish this task within the week, so that they can be displayed on Friday, on the Group Face Book Page? Everyone would love to see them.  A Star Certificate will be awarded to anyone displaying their work on Friday.

Today, please watch first and then join in with "Boom shake the alphabet" on You Tube.  (Please bypass any adverts).  The style is Rap, so grab a hat and sunglasses!


3 Maths.  This week we are focusing on pattern and counting.  Today we will count on in 2's, beginning at 2.  (This is sometimes referred to as "skip" counting, as some numbers are "skipped" over.  Please enter

The 'Skip' Counting by 2 Song Silly School Songs, into You Tube.  Watch first, then join in on the second time around.  Please let me know, if your child is confident.  Next, write the numbers from 0 to 10, or 0 to 20 on a piece of paper, or in their Home Learning book.  Challenge the children to take a coloured crayon and to put a circle around every other number, starting with 2.

Encourage the children to touch tap the circled numbers, whilst they count forwards and backwards.  Talk about the pattern, introduce the concept of "even numbers".  A number which "shares" equally between 2 children.  Let the children check that for themselves with crayons, coins or small toys.

Numbers that do not share equally between 2 children are called "odd". Please browse this week's Maths Folder for more things pattern related activities.  Included in the folder is the Lego Six Brick Challenge Booklet for this week, and future learning.


4.  Watch and listen to the wonderfully descriptive story, "Mad About Mini Beasts".

Select the Childrens' read-aloud audio book.

Have you made up your mind yet, which Mini Beast you would like to find out more about?

In case you are still deciding, there are some excellent close up photographs and other resources in the Literacy folder on the Home Learning Page.  Take a look.  (There is a warning before you open the photographs, but they are worth feeling brave for).  


5.  Almost time to go out into the garden or park now, to carry out a bug hunt,  but just before you do, please play this childrens' song, called "The Bug Parade" by Sue Straw, on You Tube.  Remember, that we are not picking up the Mini Beasts, today we are using our ICT skills, and taking some great close up photographs, to post on the group Face Book page.  I wonder how many different kinds, you will find. All wild life photographers, will be awarded a certificate.   

Wednesday, 24.06.20

Mini Beasts, Plants and Summer Colours

1.  Phonics - please continue to practice the letter names and sounds of the alphabet, using "Boom shake the alphabet", in the rap style, to be found on You Tube; bypassing   any adverts.  Please make 2 sets of alphabet cards, one upper case, (capitals) and one lower case.  For the matching game, refer to this week's Phonics Folder, on the Home Learning Page.  Perhaps also complete a few more entries on your Mini Beasts, Plants and Summer Colours, alphabet.


2.  Maths - Symmetrical patterns.  The beautiful patterns on a butterfly are called symmetrical, because if you look carefully, you will see that the patterns on one wing, are exactly the same, on the other.   Every marking on one wing, is exactly the same shape, size and in exactly the same place, on the other wing.  Can you create a symmetrical pattern on a butterfly?  There is a suggestion using paint blots in Maths Folder, or you may have your own ideas.  When you have created your original butterfly, please attach a piece of thread , move your arm up and down, and watch it flutter.  Please post all pictures.


3.  Make a butterfly feeder.  

You will need:

A bottle cap





Coloured paper or crayons and white paper

Cotton wool

A long twig.

1.  Draw a flower shape with six petals,

 on a piece of card and cut it out.

2. Decorate your flower shape.

3.  Take the bottle cap and stick it to the centre of your flower.  (This will hold the feed).

4.  Attach the long twig to the back of your flower.

5.  Make a mixture that is one part sugar and 10 parts water.  Dip the cotton wool in it and place in the bottle cap.  Push the twig into the ground or in a plant pot, and wait for the butterflies to come and visit!

Please share pictures of your beautiful, butterfly feeders. 


4  In the Creative Folder there is a very exciting link to the Tate Modern Art Gallery, in London.  There is a very famous painting in there called "The Snail", by Henri Matisse.  The Art Gallery have made a lesson available for you to create a picture of a snail, in the style of Matisse.  Please share your works of Art with us.  All who try this lesson, will receive a Certificate, for being a "True Tryatops".


There is also a link to a very enjoyable story in the Literacy Folder, called "Matisse The Snail".  The authors have taken the painting as their starting point and imagined if the snail in the painting, had an adventure.  I hope you enjoy it.  You may wish to make up a story about the snail that you create.  You could make a picture book and record the story.


5.  Well-Being Wednesday.  Today's Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure is called "All About Bugs".  (In the You Tube browser type Cosmic Kids Yoga All About Bugs). You could always listen to the story and perform the poses in the garden in the Sunshine.  Have fun and check back Friday.

Friday 26.06.20 EYFS Challenges

Mini-Beasts, Plants and Summer Colours

Good Morning Everyone in RCF and RHG

We hope you are ready for your final challenges of the week.


1. Phonics - Tricky Word Quiz.

Please watch and sing along to the Tricky Words Songs videos, Phases 2 and 3.  The link is on You Tube so please skip the adverts adverts.  Remember that Tricky Words are so called, because some of their sound buttons do not work and so you have to learn how to spell them by looking at them first.  In year 1, you will learn more about the learning to spell strategy Look, Say, Cover, Write then CHECK.  If you already have made sets of Tricky Word Cards, please get them.  If not, please make a set or sets, and play the memory game.  (A good memory is a key component in learning).  Next, ask your grown up to ask you to spell the tricky words out loud, using the letter names.

Super Challenge now ask your grown up to ask you the words and you write them down, just like you will do in Year 1.  Go on challenge yourself. Anyone who gives writing them down a try, will earn a "True Tryatops" Certificate.


2.  Red, yellow, orange, red, yellow, orange,

     What comes next?  How do you know?

     What is it a pattern of?  Can you play a repeating patterns game with your grown up?  It could be of Mini Beasts, or Plants, or Mini Beasts and Plants.  What is the highest repeat pattern you can manage?  I can manage 5 - Dragon Fly, Dandelion, Fire Fly, Foxglove, Grasshopper ... what will come next?  A mini beast or a flower?  Which letter must it begin with?  10 Mrs Bottery stars if you can work it out.


3.  Water Challenge

You will need either a paint brush and water or an empty washing up bottle filled with water, or a water pistol.  Can you write your full name before it disappears?  How many numbers can you write, beginning with 0, before the 0 completely disappears.  Can you explain to your grown up, where your name and the numbers went to?  Can you explain it to me on a video that you take yourself and post it to me?  Super Scientist Award for all children that post.


4.  With a piece of chalk, write 100 on a wall.  Put a circle, not too big, around it.  This is going to be the highest number and the smallest circle.  Next draw a slightly bigger circle around the smallest circle and write the number 90 at the top and the bottom of the circle. There are 10 circles altogether, each one getting a little bigger. Can you complete my pattern? What number have you written in the biggest circle? First one to solve the problem will receive 10 Mrs Bottery Stars.

We will be looking at Problem Solving, or Reasoning as it is called,  in Maths next week.  You could always now play a squirting game.  In this game, you name a number on the target that you have drawn and then have 3 squirts at it.  It is then someone else's turn, to see if they can squirt that number. When the number is squirted, that becomes your score and another number is chosen.  The first person to squirt 3 numbers is the winner.


5. A Message to your Friends

Think of all your friends in EYFS, some of whom you might not have seen for over 12 weeks.  What would you say to them if you were all sitting around in the fruit circle?

Have a good think and then make a short video and post it, of what you would like to say to them.  


Have a great weekend everyone and be proud of yourselves for all that you have learned this week.  Next week our learning lens turns to Pirates, Mermaids and the Beach.  Please feel free to carry out the learning tasks next week in costume, should you have one and if you have a favourite story or information book, song, video, toy, related to the theme, that you would like to share  next week, please do so.