Welcome to the EYFS Home Learning Page!
This page is designed to help you support your child at home. It will be updated regularly with tips, games and advice as to how children learn and how you can support your child at home. We hope you enjoy completing some of the activities and ideas with your child at home!
Our Tip of the Week
Helping your child return to school after lockdown
Following the governments recent announcement of schools re opening on 8th March, we want to ensure that the children have the smoothest possible transition back to their school setting.
We know that this is going to be an exciting yet possibly anxious time for both the children and their families and with this in mind we would like to share some ideas of how we can work together to provide you all with the smoothest transition as possible.
Please explore the resources here together with some website links below detailing some useful information you may wish to access:
EYFS transition back to school
Bitesize and CBeebies have some activities and games linked to starting school;
Book Trust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Their website has lots of ideas for families. The following link has suggestions for using stories to help children to make sense of their world and support their wellbeing
Tom Hardy reads a bedtime story, Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. It’s all about a little crab overcoming his worries with a little help and encouragement
Book trust has information about supporting bedtime routines
CBeebies have a story time app that can be downloaded for free;
Music activities with young children support their physical and mental wellbeing by encouraging movement and providing a means of expression. The songs on CBeebies music time are varied and fun for everyone.
Try out some yoga and mindfulness to help your child to relax and sooth any anxieties
Characteristics of effective learning – information for parents
Talking to children about coronavirus
www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children- and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers- on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the- coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
If you have any questions regarding our return to school, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you for your continued support.
Best wishes to you all,
The EYFS Team.
Helping Your Child with Maths
In EYFS children are gaining confidence within numbers to 5, then 10 and then 20. They are also learning to use the language of size, weight, capacity, time, money, shape and pattern.
Please take a more detailed look below at what children are working on in Nursery and Reception.
Please read the document below to find out how we teach Maths and see how you can help your child with Maths at home.
EYFS Home Learning
Maths tips for parents age 3-4
Maths tips for parents age 4+
How to form numerals correctly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlfQhHQAUCY
Links to Maths games:
Subitising is a skill that we have been focusing on in school. When children can subitise, it means that they can look at a number of objects and know how many there are without having to count. It is a really important skill to have, as subitising is an essential part of developing number sense by helping children to relate numbers to groups of items. In Reception, children should be able to recognise the number of dots on a dice by subitising. Games involving dice and dominoes are a great way for children to practise and consolidate this skill. Please click here to go to the NRICH site to learn more about subitising and how you can help your child develop this essential skill.
Helping Your Child With Reading and Writing
In Nursery, children begin their phonics journey by looking at Phase 1 phonics. Nursery children then move onto Read Write Inc Phonics when they are ready to progress to learning letters and sounds. In Phase 1 phonics, children are taught about:
- Environmental sounds
- Instrumental sounds
- Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
- Rhythm and rhyme
- Voice sounds
- Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’)
In Reception, we use Read Write Inc. to teach phonics. We begin by teaching individual sounds, not letter names, and then we teach the children to blend these sounds together to read words e.g. d-o-g is dog. Children then learn to segment a word. This means they can break it down to spell the word. The way we teach this is through Fred Fingers. Children hold up the same number of fingers for the number of sounds in a word and pinch a finger for each sound e.g. hat would be three fingers, clap would be four fingers, shop would be three fingers as sh is one sound
Tricky words are words that children learn in Reception that can't be spelt using Fred Fingers. By the end of Reception, children should be able to read all the tricky words from Phase 2-4 and be able to write all tricky words from Phase 2-3. These words are sent home in your child's envelope, along with some other High Frequency Words. Please see below for a list of the tricky words:
EYFS Tricky Words
Please click here to see Mrs Moorcroft explain how we teach writing.
Please click here to see Mrs Moorcroft model how children write sentences in Reception.
Please take a more detailed look below at what children are working on in Nursery and Reception.
It is really important that children are forming their letters correctly. Please see the document below for the rhymes that accompany Read Write Inc. They will help your children to remember how each letter is formed. Please click here to watch a video that shows you how each letter is formed correctly, using the RWI rhymes.
EYFS Handwriting phrases
Online Learning Journey: Tapestry
All children in Early Years have a Learning Journey. At St. Clare's our Learning Journey's are online and are accessed via Tapestry. All parents should have login details to access their child's account. If you don't then please speak to a member of staff, so that we can set this up for you.
The Learning Journey provides photographs and observations detailing some of the learning that is taking place in school. It also contains your child's next steps. These are targets that your child's teacher will be working on with them in school. We love to see what learning your children have been doing at home, so please send us photographs of what your child has been getting up to at home and how you are helping them with their next steps.
In the event of your child's bubble closing or your child having to self-isolate, home learning will be provided via Tapestry. Further information can be found in this letter:
EYFS Covid Letter
Support With Using Tapestry
How to add observations to Tapestry:
How to use the activities feature on Tapestry:
Downloading your child's Learning Journey:
Setting up your notifications:
Previous Tips of the Week
We all know how important communication is, so please click on the link below for some tips on how to help your child develop their communication skills.
Tips for helping with reading at home
In the early years, there are many different reading skills that children are learning as they develop. In school we use a great range of strategies to help children to progress in this area.
Here is one tip that is very useful in helping to build speed and fluency as well as vocabulary, book handling and confidence.
Before even attempting to look at any words, look through the entire book with your child, asking them to turn the pages and point to the pictures. Ask them to say who they can see, where they are, what they are doing and how they might feel? Younger children might even tell the entire story using this method.
This will give children a good idea of the characters and events before they start reading the book and will give them a much better chance at tackling the words.
If you ever find that your child is resisting reading at home, it can be a good idea to add some fun. For example, allow them to change a certain repeated word to something silly or replace it by blowing a raspberry.
Sometimes these little twerks are all that is needed to help a resistant child to engage in their reading.
We hope you find this useful.
The EYFS team
Learning Through Play at Home
In early years, much of our day is structured around individual play in our continuous provision both in our indoor and outdoor areas. Play is important for the early stages of brain development and playing with your child can help build relationships for later life. But no matter what age we are, play helps to develop important skills for learning, life and work. Encouraging play is one of the best things you can do for your child, whatever their age, and it's free.
Free play is what happens when children follow their own ideas and interests in their own way, and for their own reasons. They can do this on their own or with others. It can happen inside or outside. Children should be given the choice of how and when they play.
Play is how young children make sense of the world. There is also evidence to show that play in early childhood can influence the way your child's brain develops, helping to co-ordinate their mental and physical capabilities. Through play, children and young people of all ages develop problem-solving skills, imagination and creativity, language and observation skills, and memory and concentration. Children and young people use play to test their theories about the world and their place in it.
There are lots of different things you can do to encourage your child to play:
- Get the environment right – turn off the TV!
- Encourage play, especially outdoors, remember to allow freedom and choice.
- Encourage your child to play outside in all kinds of weather.
- Give your child enough time to finish their play.
- Allow your child to take and manage risks in their play.
- If you have to stop your child playing, try to give them plenty of warning to allow them to bring their play to a close.
In our classroom, we have various areas to develop your child’s learning through play. Here are some of the areas and the types of toys/resources you may have at home which will support your child with these development areas:
Role play area – such as a play kitchen with utensils and food, telephones, dressing up clothes, shop tills etc to develop your child’s imagination by using their own experiences to help them. In this area so much speaking and listening takes places, developing children’s communication skills continuously.
Construction area – this includes such things as duplo, lego, wooden bricks, toy cars, trains etc. Here children will develop their fine motor skills by joining pieces together as well as developing their expressive arts skills by building with a purpose in mind/enclosing spaces etc.
Small world – this area has such things as dinosaurs, farm animals, figures such as dolls and action figures, puppets etc. Here children develop their communication and imagination skills. They will often retell known stories or sing songs using the toys as props.
Creative – here is where we paint, make collages, cut, stick, draw etc. Children develop fine and gross motor skills as well as creative skills.
Malleable – this includes play dough and messy play such as jelly/shaving foam/cooked spaghetti etc – things the children can manipulate with their hands. These skills are vital for the physical development of your child’s fingers and hands in order to help develop their pencil control skills for writing later on.
Funky fingers – types of activities here include threading e.g. beads/pasta onto string, using tweezers to pick up small objects such as pompoms, fastening buckles/laces/zips – anything using your fingers to develop a pincer grip to support pencil control.
Outdoor – this is where we develop our gross motor skills – our moving, balancing, jumping rung etc. We use things such as climbing equipment, large and small balls, hula hoops, bats, skittles, sand and water toys, bikes and scooters and mainly just the open space! So much learning can take place through play outdoors…the children are wonderful at leading the way with this!
We hope some of these tips can help you with your child’s play at home and support you in understanding the importance of play in the early years.
Please click on the link below for some useful tips around mathematics:
Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see previous tips we have posted.
A big hello and good morning to our wonderful EYFS families. This weeks top tip is all about name writing, letter formation, pencil grip and fine motor development. Please see below some ideas which could help your child with their name writing and mark making skills.
Create a name puzzle
Before your child learns to write their name, they will need to be able to identify each letter and arrange them in the correct order. This can be done using fridge magnets, alphabet blocks, alphabet stamps or even using a computer or tablet. You can also create your own name puzzle by writing each letter of their name on a separate piece of paper, and getting them to arrange the letters in the right order.
Early Name writing- Trace over dotted lines/faint coloured pencil or felt tip (we will often use the colour yellow in Nursery to do this)
Before your child learns to write their name, they need to have some basic motor skills to write letters. A great way to develop this is by helping them to trace over the dotted lines that form each of the letters in their name. This will help them to hone their motor skills while learning letter formation at the same time.
Remember: It’s important to encourage your child to follow the one basic rule for both reading and writing: start from the top working down to the bottom, always left to right. When your child begins forming letters, either using dotted lines or working independently, always encourage them to start at the top.
Have fun experimenting with letter formation
Most children love a multisensory and hands-on approach to learning. Learning to form the letters in their name doesn’t always have to be done with a pencil and paper. Experiment with different materials such as clay, paints and even pieces of candy or dried fruit to form letters. Take turns writing invisible letters in the air or on each other’s backs, tracing letters in the sand with a stick, or writing letters on the bathroom mirror when it gets fogged up!
Grip the pencil properly
Show your child how to grip their pencil properly so that they develop good handwriting skills early on. If they start off learning to write with poor grip, they may encounter a great deal of frustration when they start school and are forced to change their habit. The ideal way to hold a pencil is with the thumb, index and middle fingers. This is sometimes known as the ‘tripod grasp’. Holding a pencil this way ensures fluid movement and allows the hand to remain stable.
Remember: You are your child's best model and they will be watching how you write letters and words, and how you hold a pencil. We have attached the early years pencil grip development stages here together with a useful link to some fine motor activities for you to try at home to further develop those tiny little hand muscles!);
Provide verbal instructions
Learning to write letters takes time and patience. Before they try their hand at writing, show them how it’s done while slowly explaining as you go. For example you can say, ‘I start at the top. I go down to the bottom.’ Use words to describe the formation of different parts, such as ‘big’, ‘small’, ‘straight’ and ‘curvy’. For example, if you’re writing the letter G, explain, ‘I start at the top. I make a big curve. Now I make a small line.’ You may also want to use the Read, Write, Inc letter rhymes to support your child's letter formation even further (these can be found as an attachment here).
Praise early attempts at writing
Praise and encourage your child’s earliest attempts at writing by hanging up their scribbles on the wall. This will give them a great sense of pride in their abilities, and encourage them to improve!
Name writing practice video;
We would love to see some of your wonderful mark making on Tapestry. Please send us any photos and comments you would like to share with us.
Thank you for your continued support.
The EYFS Team x
EYFS Name Writing Top Tips
Children move through a range of different stages before they begin writing words. Follow this link to see how children's writing progresses through the different stages https://k12.thoughtfullearning.com/teachersguide/writing-spot-assessment/stages-emergent-writing