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It's the weekend! Well done on another week of learning from home. We are nearly at the end of January - it feels like it's been a long month! Even though it's a bit cold and gloomy outside, taking learning outdoors is a great way to support our well-being. This week for homework, choose an idea from the link below to take a bit of learning outside.

Other ways to support learning at the weekend.......

Read! Read! Read!

Share stories together as a family - listening to adults read good quality stories is just as important in learning to read as phonics is. There are also a few stories you can watch/listen to from this week's home learning.

 

Counting

This happens all the time! You can count whilst cooking, tidying away and through movement. How many star jumps can you do? How many bunny hops can you do?

 

Board Games

Any board game includes lots of really important skills that we learn in Early Years. They include subitising (knowing an amount e.g. on a dice without counting), turn taking and language skills.

 

Art & Drawing

Painting, using chalks, sticker books etc all help support your child's fine motor skills which they need to be able to write. They could also make art work using things they can find outdoors such as leaves.

 

Common Sequences 

Teach your child the days of the week and months of the year. There are plenty of children's songs on YouTube to support with this. Can they tell you which month/day comes before or after? Do they know when their birthday is? Can you teach them this?

 

Practical Skills

For example, tying shoe laces, buttons, cutting, threading, using a knife and fork. All of these things will help with their fine motor and handwriting skills.

 

Outdoors

If you have a garden, encourage them to be active. Can they help get the garden ready for spring? Can you plant anything? There is lots of research that suggests that simply being and playing outdoors can support children's mental health and language skills.

 

Films

If you are watching films – pause them and discuss them. Why are characters doing certain things? Would you do the same? There are also lots of educational programmes being shared on the BBC at the moment. Use the weekend to watch some of these!


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