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.
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: Practise the letter sounds that you have been learning at school. We have covered the black cat sounds s,a,t,p,i,n,m,g,o,c,k,l,b,e,d,f,r,w,h,j,p,u,v,x,y,z and don't forget about the digraphs ck, ff, ss, ll, zz, ng, soft th and hard th, qu, sh and ch. Don't forget to look on Youtube to join in with the jolly phonics songs for each sound. The children have now looked at diagraphs such as oo (u), ee, oa, ai, and ow. The Monster Phonic website has more information and explanation of the Monsters in Phonics Land. The Monsters are Angry Red A, Green Froggy, Yellow I, Miss Oh No, U-hoo, Brown Owl, Cool Blue, Silent Ghosts, Tricky Witch and the Black Cats. Here is a short clip telling you about Monster Phonics
Developing fine motor skills: Time to work out those fingers! Try threading buttons or cheerios onto raw spaghetti. Have a race to see how many pegs you can peg on a surface in 30 seconds. Make an animal out of playdough, really work on your rolling, squeezing and twisting of the playdough.
Artistic development: Draw a Springtime picture. Go on a walk in your neighbourhood to spot for signs of Spring to help inspire your picture. You could use any materials that you like e.g. pens, pencil, chalks or crayons. Think about the shapes you are using, how big the objects are and the different colours you could use. Remember to take your time and it is ok if you need to make changes as you go along.
Mathematical development: Find three different things to count every day. Go on a number hunt around your house and see which different numbers you can find. Practise forming your numbers 1-10. Using items from around your home such as bricks or pasta shapes, practice adding and subtracting different amounts. You can also use your fingers to help you count on from a number in addition sums. Hold the big number in your head and count on using your fingers to support you.
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!'