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Pre-School Summer 2020

Pre-school Home Learning

 

To all our lovely preschoolers - we are all missing playing with you and seeing you. We can't wait to see you all again and have lots of fun times together! You are absolutely wonderful and thank you for being so good at home, helping to keep yourselves and your families safe. I hope you enjoy the activities we have planned for you. From Mrs Luxton, Mrs O'Brien, Mrs Plaistow, Mrs Beeching, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Snoxall

 

Preschool Home Learning Activities Term 6

 

Here is a round-up of top resources for you to access during the coming weeks for your home learning. Please do continue to share your activities at home on our Facebook page and we will share the activities we are doing in our bubbles!

 

Reading:

https://www.booktrust.org.uk

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk  Password: Windwhistle! school code: pssw

https://www.vooks.com/parent-resources

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

Physical:

https://www.gonoodle.com/

https://www.jumpstartjonny.co.uk/home

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

https://www.schoolofspreadthehappiness.co.uk/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K-CQrjI0uY

 

Maths:

https://uk.ixl.com/

https://toytheater.com

https://www.topmarks.co.uk

 

Other great websites:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents

https://www.busythings.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

https://www.purplemash.com  Username wps Password: wps5

 

Cloud dough

2 cups (any size) of cornflour

1 cup of hair conditioner.

Mix and knead really well, leave for a bit, then knead and add more cornflour/ conditioner if required.

 

Play dough

8 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp table salt

60ml warm water

food colouring

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Mix water, oil and food colouring (if you have it). Pour liquid onto flour and salt mix. Stir with a wooden spoon. Turn out onto a floured surface and give a good knead! Keep in a plastic bag in the fridge to prolong life.

 

 

 

Home Learning Week 5 - Pre-School week beginning 18th May 2020

 

Hello Pre-School parents and carers,

This week we are going to carry on with our learning about the Little Red Hen and learn about animal lifecycles. We will also be finding out more about farms and farmyard animals. Let’s think about our School rule ‘We work hard’ and maybe you can use this to encourage your child to try activities at home! The activities cover a lot of different areas of learning in our Early Years Curriculum and very similar to activities we would teach at Preschool.  The most important thing you can do is to ensure your child has at least one story every day.

 

We really appreciate all the work you are doing at home to keep your child safe, well and occupied. Please do share your activities on our Facebook page – Windwhistle Preschool 2020 – or on Tapestry!

 

Monday

Making bread!

Making Sandwiches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story time: Can you remember The Little Red Hen story? Here’s a version to watch to help you recall the story: Little Red Hen

 

Activity:

 

Can you remember how the Little Red Hen grew wheat to make bread? Well, let’s have a go at making bread today! This recipe is really easy and we have made bread at preschool using it! Also it’s not messy, because you make it in a bag! You don’t have to use a mix of flours- you can use just one type.

 

Bread in a bag!

 

If you can’t get the ingredients, this link helps you bake without bread flour or yeast! Making bread with plain flour

 

When your bread is baked, use the following instructions to learn how to make a sandwich – can you make your own sandwich? Make your own sandwich! or this link with access to printables: Make your own sandwich - printables We have made sandwiches in Preschool and it’s a really useful skill, which the children loved to learn!

Tuesday

The story of an egg

 

 

 

 

Chickens

 

Watch the information video about chickens. 

 

After watching the video, can the children remember any information? Where do you find chickens? What are baby chickens called? How long does it take a n egg to hatch? Mummy chickens are called Hens and daddy chickens are called...’ What surprised you about chickens?

 

Activity: Can you make a picture to show the lifecycle of a chicken? This link will help:

 

Life cycle of a chicken – it’s a bit American and spells out words using alphabet letters so is just a guide!

 

Story time: My Life as a chicken’ Story - my life as a chicken

 

Wednesday

Finger Gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to the alphabet song: Finger gym can you join in saying the letter names?

 

Activity: Can you ask a grown-up to draw an outline of the first letter of your name? can you fill the outline using cereal hoops/ pasta shapes/ coins etc.? Now see if a grown up can write the letters of your name and see if you can place the objects to spell your name!

 

Activity: try to remember all the things you learnt about chickens on Monday. How many sentences can you say or complete: A hen can….. (run) A hen can (stand on one leg) A hen can (cluck)

 

Story time: ‘Hatch little egg!’ Story - Hatch Little Egg!

 

Thursday

Farm Animals

 

 

Watch the song all about sounds you hear on the farm

Sounds on the farm Can you make the animal sounds? Take it in turns with a grown-up to make an animal sound and see if you can guess the animal.

 

Activity: Join Topsy and Tim at the farm – there are lots of simple click and drag activities to do to help develop hand-eye co-ordination and early computing skills.

 

Topsy and Tim at the Farm

 

Activity: Ask a grown-up to hide a farm animal or animal toy in a bag – without you looking! Now have a feel inside the bag and see if you can guess which animal it is, Your grown-up may need to make the animal noise to help you guess! Take it in turns and see if your grown-up can guess too!

 

Story time:  This is a good story about self-care and young mental health

 

The Good Egg  Story - The Good Egg

Friday

Counting Fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Activity:

 

Counting on the Farm - Purple Mash 

 

Visit this link to access a number of activities around the farm including counting and number exploration activities.  You will need these log-in details – Username; wps Password: wps5

 

Click on the ? if you are not sure what to do with activity. The best one is the hay bales- matching numbers to objects, but also use every opportunity you can to count the animals in the line. There is also an activity where you can count animals and share them between 2 fields to start understanding addition.

 

Story time: ‘The Egg’ Story - The Egg

 

 

Home Learning Week 4- Pre-School week beginning 11th May 2020


Hello Pre-School parents and carers,
We have had the pleasure of speaking to many children and their parents and carers last week. It is so nice to know that you are safe and well.


This week we are beginning to think about things that grow other than caterpillars. We have learnt about how caterpillars grow into butterflies but plants grow too; and we use a lot of plants for our food. In Preschool we have a garden and lots of the children have enjoyed gardening – so this week, our learning is around planting and growing. This story also helps us think about our School rule ‘We are kind and helpful’ and maybe you can use this to encourage your child to be kind and helpful in the home! The activities cover a lot of different areas of learning in our Early Years Curriculum and very similar to activities we would teach at Preschool. The most important thing you can do is to ensure your child has at least one story every day.

 

Monday - Story time

 

 

The Little Red Hen


Watch the story of ‘the Little Red Hen’


After watching the story, can the children remember what happens? What did the Hen do first with the grain of wheat? Who did the Hen ask to help her? What did the animals say when the Hen asked them for their help?


Activity: The story is told using puppets. Can you make some puppets with your grown-up to re-tell the story? Maybe you could make a theatre too, from a cereal box or shoe box?


Extra story time:


Choose your favourite story about a farm or farmyard animal to read.


Tuesday - Songs and words

 


Little Red Hen song


Watch the song about Little Red Hen – can you watch it again and try to join in? Did you notice that lots of words appear during the song? Can you spot any letters from your name? Can you spot any letters you know?


Activity:


Write each one of these letters on a piece of card or paper: a c d e g h i n o p t (a grown-up may need to do this for you and please don’t use capitals). Write each of these words dog, cat, hen, pig on a piece of card or paper. Practise saying the sounds for the letters if you can! Can you match the letters to make the words dog, cat, pig, hen? Now you can use these words to help you sing the song Old Macdonald had a farm!


Sing along with Old Macdonald

 

Here’s a link to a letter spy activity printable


Letter Spy activity


Story time: ‘A Tale of Two Feathers A Tale of Two Feathers

 

Wednesday - On the farm

 

 

Watch a real farm!

 

Watch the video giving information about growing wheat on a real farm.


Activity:

Can you build a farm using bricks, duplo or cardboard boxes? You may have some toy farm animals to add and you can play ‘farms’. Perhaps you could even retell the story of the Little Red Hen using the farm you built and the puppets you made on Monday? Perhaps you have a toy tractor to drive around the farm. Can you make a barn for the tractor to park inside?


Story time: choose your own story to read or listen to.


Thursday - Counting

 

 

Count the animals


Watch the video and help count the animals and try your best to recognise the numbers you see.


Activity: Can you draw around your hand to make Little Red Hen? Or you can print your handprint if you have paint! Count your fingers – 1, 2,3,4,5. Can you write the numbers 1-5, one number for each finger? Can you now explore making a dog with 4 legs, a pig with 4 legs and 1 curly tail? The maybe adding numbers too?


Practise your counting with this activity:
Count to 10


Story time: ‘The Missing Kitten’ The Missing Kitten


Friday - Cluck-a-doodle-doo

 


Activity:
Can you make a rocking Little Red Hen? Draw a round a plate to make a circle and cut it out. Fold it in half and add a beak, a comb, a wattle and eyes. Make it rock – how far can you count until it stops? You may want to make a rocking pig, cat or dog too? Can you make a speech bubble and say aloud, then mark-make or write what each animal said?

 

Story Time: (Audio only) ‘The Little Red Hen’ Listen to the Little Red Hen

 

Week 3 Home Learning Week beginning 4th May 2020

 

Hello Pre-School parents and carers,

Thank you for your continued hard work, helping your children stay safe and well and keeping them engaged. It is so lovely to see what the children are doing at home and I am looking forward to seeing their activities posted on the Windwhistle Preschool Facebook page.You can also post your adventures onto the Tapestry app.

 

This week we are beginning to think about the story of ‘Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar’ and continue our learning around the theme of growing and changing. The activities cover a lot of different areas of learning in our Early Years Curriculum and very similar to activities we would teach at Preschool.  We will still post some additional activity ideas as well on the Preschool Facebook page and continue to post story reading sessions too.

 

New this week- we have added an additional story for each day, which could be shared at any time. Have fun and enjoy your learning!

 

Day

Activity

Monday

Story time

 

 

 

Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar

 

Watch the story of ‘Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar’ (this is two grandparents reading it for their granddaughter)

 

After watching the story, can the children remember what happens? Where did Arabella find the caterpillar? What did it look like? In the story there are lots of rhyming words for e.g. trees and sleeves, mother and brother (words which sound similar). Watch the story again and see if you can listen out for them. Can you hear anymore rhyming words?

 

Activity: In the story Arabella makes a home for her caterpillar, see if your child can make a home for a ‘caterpillar’ (you could make a pretend caterpillar out of paper). You could use leaves, a cardboard box or something like Lego.

 

There is also a rhyme about Arabella Miller - POEM which is slightly different but fun to watch.

 

Extra story time- a funny story about a Crocodile

 

Crocodile Story!

 

Tuesday

Get squiggling!

 

 

 

How to draw a caterpillar

 

Watch the clip about how to draw bumpy lines to draw a caterpillar. Have a go with crayons, felt tip or paints. If you have an outside space, you could try chalking some outside too. Remember to do big and small bumpy lines to make different size caterpillars- you could make a whole family of them and cut them out too!

 

For those of you wanting to practise some letter formation, here is a link to a video which shows you how to do the ‘curlycaterpillar’ letter shapes. You could then practise these but please remember that these letters always start from the top!  ( all of these letters start in the same place c  a  d q g  o)

 

Letter formation

 

Extra story time- an animate story about a caterpillar who wears shoes!

 

The Caterpillar Who Wears Shoes!

 

Wednesday

Colours and Matching

 

 

 

 

Colours and Butterfly activities

There are two activities to have a go at on this page.

The first one is called Colour Sequence where you have to use the correct colours to copy and finish the picture.

The second one is called Butterfly (quite a way down the page)where you look at the patterns on the butterfly and try and copy them. This is a great opportunity to talk about the patterns (for e.g red and blue spots) and count the number of the spots on the butterflies.

 

Look out for real butterflies when you are out for a walk and look at their beautiful colours and patterns.

 

Extra story time- a story about some magic wellies!

 

Magic wellies!

Thursday

Let’s get moving!

 

 

 

Let's Get Moving!

 

Little Blue Butterfly

 

Watch how to move like a butterfly and listen to some music which reminds you of a beautiful butterfly flapping her wings and flying high. See if your child can have a go at moving in a similar way. You could even have a go at making your own butterfly wings, using some scarves, material or even newspaper. We would love to see any videos of your child moving like a butterfly.

Have lots of fun!

Extra story time- a rhyming story (listen for all the words which rhyme)

Rhyming story

 

Friday

 

Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend!

 

Week 2 Home Learning Week beginning 27th April 2020

 

Hello Pre-School parents and carers,

Thank you for your continued hard work, helping your children stay safe and well and keeping them engaged. It is so lovely to see what the children are doing at home and I am looking forward to seeing their activities posted on the Windwhistle Preschool Facebook page. You can also post your adventures onto the Tapestry app.

 

This week we are beginning to think about the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and continue our learning around the theme of growing and changing. The activities cover a lot of different areas of learning in our Early Years Curriculum and very similar to activities we would teach at Preschool.  We will still post some additional activity ideas as well on the Preschool Facebook page and continue to post story reading sessions too. Have fun and enjoy your learning!

 

Day

Activity

Monday

Story time!

 

 

 

The Hungry Caterpillar

 

Watch the Hungry Caterpillar story using the link above or read the story if you have it. Talk about the story, can you remember: Where was the egg? What happened when the sun came up? What did the caterpillar eat on Monday? What do you think gave the caterpillar tummy ache? Let’s explore food: can you guess the mystery vegetable? Vegetable quiz!

 

Or ask your parent/carer to put a food item inside a pillow case or bag, then have a feel and see if you can guess what it is!

Tuesday

Finger gym!

 

 

 

Can you make a big caterpillar using an old cereal box or piece of card? You may need a grown-up to help you a little to draw and cut it out.  When you have made your caterpillar, can you feed it by pegging the pegs onto the caterpillar? Your grown-up may want to help by drawing pictures of the different foods the caterpillar ate in the story onto the pegs.  Then you can see if you can remember to feed the caterpillar in the same order as the story!  For those with access to a printer, here is a link to a printable:

 

Make a caterpillar                     

Wednesday

Symmetry Art!

 

 

Can you make a beautiful butterfly? Cut out a butterfly shape and fold it in half, then paint on just one side. Fold it together, open out and wow! You’ve created a beautiful symmetrical pattern! Full instructions on this link:

 

How to make a butterfly

 

with lots of other ideas here too! You can decorate your windows with the finished butterflies – and don’t forget to show us too!

Thursday

Shape fun!

 

 

Shape fun

 

Look at the shapes – which shapes do you know? Can you continue the pattern by choosing the right shape? How many levels can you complete? Have a hunt for patterns around your house, or make a pattern using bricks, lego or toys. Can you make a symmetrical butterfly pattern using shapes?

Friday

Sing a song!

 

 

 

Listen to the song ‘There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf’ Butterfly song – can you learn the song and the actions? There are more songs to listen and sing along to on More songs

 

We would love to see some videos of your singing!

 

Week 1 Home Learning Week beginning 20th April 2020

 

Hello Pre-School parents and carers,

We hope you are all well and keeping safe. We are enjoying seeing your posts on Facebook and on Tapestry; it is lovely to see what the children are doing. It would be fantastic to see how the children get on with these new activities, please remember you can post on Facebook and Tapestry.

 

This week we are beginning to think about the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and our learning is based around it and the theme of growing. The activities cover a lot of different areas of learning in our Early Years Curriculum.  We will still post some additional activity ideas on Facebook as some of our activities cannot be done on a computer! Remember to have fun and enjoy your learning.

 

Day

Activity

Monday

Jack and the Beanstalk   

 

Watch the Jack and the Beanstalk story (any similar one on You Tube or in a story book will be just as good)

 

Talk about the story, can you remember, what happened at the beginning? For example Jack had to sell the cow.

                                  What was the Giant like? For example cross and angry

                       Did you like the story? What was your favourite part?

 

Make Some Noise! (Sorry everyone!) 

The Giant made some loud bangs and crashes in the story.

 

Can you find a way of making some loud banging, stamping, crashing sounds for the story? This could be using your body, voice or something you find in your home. Record a little clip and post it for us to see!

 

There are some more ideas on this link to have fun exploring some musical sounds.

 

 

Interest your child in music!

Tuesday

 Faces and Feelings

Thinking back to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, ask your child how they think Jack might have been feeling in the story? (for example, scared of the Giant, happy about finding the Giant’s golden coins)

 

Have fun playing this game; Can they guess the feelings shown on the different faces?

 

 

Story games (The game is near the bottom of the page)                      

Wednesday

Counting fun!

 

There are three games you can try

  1. Subitizing seeds- drag the correct bag of seeds to the pot to match the number 
  2. Counting crops- count the fruit/vegetables and find the correct number. 
  3. How many? –count the seeds and watch them grow. 

 

See which numbers they can begin to recognise and remember to get them to point to each picture to help them count carefully.

 

Counting game                                                               

Thursday

Tree Foo Tom –Grow spell

 

Tree Foo Tom

 

 Can you join in with Tree Foo Tom to do his growing spell?

 

Make your own Beanstalk (there will be more ideas for this on Facebook)

 

Can you make your own beanstalk? Use anything you like! This could be tubes (kitchen roll tubes), rolled up newspaper, natural materials (e.g. leaves and twigs), and construction (Lego, Duplo, wooden bricks).

 

Let’s see who can make the tallest beanstalk! Photos please!

 

   

         

Friday

Mark-making fun!

 

 

Make your mark (this game is near the very bottom of the page/screen)

 

 You can explore this activity in different ways, you could write your name, you could try drawing wiggly lines, zig-zag lines and circles or even a beanstalk! Have lots of fun!

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