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EYFS Days 1-2 activities

If your child is isolating, here are a range of activities to do with your child. Please upload responses onto Tapestry each day. This could be a video clip engaged in a play activity, a photograph of them playful learning or it could be a screen shot of a piece of writing they have completed that day for example.

Alongside the ideas below, the EYFS team will post specific activities relevant to the time that your child is off school because they are self-isolating.

Each morning, encourage your child to send a few words either by audio or a quick video clip to say good morning and how they are feeling to their class teacher. This is to be uploaded on to Tapestry and will act as their daily registration. 

Ongoing activities:


Daily reading:  Share a story with a family member.  Discuss what you can see in the pictures and make predications about what you think is going to happen next. If the story is a familiar story ask your child to change the ending of the story or ask them what they think would happen if for example, Cinderella did not loose her shoe? If reading a book above their current reading level ask them to spot sounds and digraphs that they know and read familiar words. In their own reading books encourage them to take their time to sound out new and unfamiliar words and discuss their understanding of these words. Also practice the sounds and words that they bring home in their word box. These are also great for making up real and silly sentences and for spotting in books that you read from together. 


Developing gross motor skills: Challenge yourself to do a physical activity for a minute (star jumps, laps of the garden, throwing and catching a ball).  Count how many you can do.  Do it for another minute and see if you can beat the first score. 

You might want to do a cosmic yoga adventure or practice your balls skills with some throwing and catching. Skittles is a great game that you could use empty bottles and a rolled up pair of socks, to practise precision in throwing but also some maths in the point scoring. 


Phonic knowledge: This term we are consolidating our knowledge of our sounds.  Practise these digraphs and trigraphs - ck, ng, sh, ch, th, ee, ai, ow, er, ar, oi, qu, igh, air and oo.  Pick one or two of the sounds and have a go at making a list of words that have those sounds in them.  Then try turning one of the words into a sentence.


Developing fine motor skills:  As we approach year 1 it is important that we use our fine motor skills to work on our letter formation.  Pick one of the groups of letters to practise.  Group 1 - c, a, o, d, g, s, q   Group 2 - r, n, m, p    Group 3 - i, l, j, b, k, t, h, u, y    Group 4 - e, f, v, w, x, z


Artistic development: Have a go at drawing a self portrait.  You will need a mirror for this activity.  Take a really close look at all of your details, do you have freckles?  Maybe you have a fringe?  Start by drawing the shape of your head and then think about where your eyes would go.  Are you eyes at the very top of your head or are they nearer the middle?  Remember to look and draw what you see, not just guess and draw what you imagine is there.


Mathematical development: Find three different things to count every day.  Practise writing the numerals 11-20 and then try to order numbers 0-20.  Using real life objects practise your number bonds to 10.  Can you find all the different ways to make all of the numbers e.g. number bonds for 4 are 4 + 0, 3 +1 and 2+2.


Explore the world around you by going on a shape hunt. We have been looking at both 2D and 3D shapes. Practise the names of the shapes and their properties. Encourage your child to explain how they know it is a square- 'it has 4 corners and 4 equal sides.' 'It is a rectangle because it has 4 corners and 4 sides but two of the sides are longer see!' 


Understanding the World:  This term we are doing a lot of work on maps and thinking about the past.  Try to draw a map of your house.  You might like to hide some treasure in your house and then draw a map for a family member to follow so that they can find the treasure.

Our best way to learn about the past is to talk to our family.  Interview a grandparent or your mum or dad and find out what school was like when they were a child, what was their favourite game, what things have changed as they grew up?  Maybe ask if they have interactive whiteboards in their classrooms, or where they able to facetime their grandparents?