Week beginning 15th June

Letters and sounds

This week we are looking at the skills of rhyme and alliteration. We often explore these throughout the day when speaking to the children, sharing songs, rhymes and stories. Why not:

  • choose your favourite book and look for rhyming words together
  • explore your favourite character and create an alliterative or rhyming sentence to describe them for, example, the terrifyingly tall troll, Silly Billy or the the brilliant, beautiful ballerina.
  • draw your own character or alien and give them an alliterative or rhyming name, for example, willow the wiggly wasp or Wiggle Piggle.
  • Use the rhyming flashcards to make a rhyming sentence.
This weeks maths

There are lots of practical ideas below to recap and explore 2D shapes. If your child is confident naming the  shapes encourage them to develop their mathematical language to describe similarities and differences using the sentence stems:

I know this is a _________ because and I know this is not a _________ because.


Encourage the children to think about size, edges, corners and faces. Here are a few examples:

  • I know this is a square because it has four sides that are the same.
  • I know this is not a square because the sides are not the same length.
  • I know this is a circle because it has one curved edge. 
  • I know this is not a triangle because it has 4 corners.


2D Shapes Are Everywhere | Shape Song for Kids | Learn Shapes | Jack Hartmann

Learn Shapes and their Properties!! Fun Educational Video For Kids!

3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus

Practice your counting skills by matching groups of objects to the correct numeral. Use the number raps below to help your child learn each numeral if they are unsure. 
Can you use picture cards or magnetic numbers to fill the gap and complete the sequence?
Story of the week

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings | Read Aloud Story for Kids

Song of the week

If You're Happy and You Know It!

Activities to support this weeks theme

This weekend is Fathers day. We know all families are different and may want to celebrate many members of the family as well as some amazing Dads, with this in mind we have included lots of card ideas that can be made for all the loved ones children cherish so deeply.

Identifying and labeling feelings (your own and others’) is a valuable life skill that takes lots of practice.  This week we are exploring emotions, below are some activities to consider when thinking about emotions and feelings. Through open conversation we can begin to support children to recognise and manage their own feelings and behaviour.

"Emotions" - StoryBots Super Songs Episode 8 | Netflix Jr

Use these monster cards to play snap or pairs. Encourage children to notice and comment on emotion.
Create a calm down bottle to support your child when they are feeling sad or cross.

Paint a Feeling

Materials Needed: Paint, brushes and paper!

This is a completely free art choice. Just let them paint! No expectations, no "adult decided" outcome! When they are done, ask them to name their picture with a feeling.

"Let's name our pictures with a feeling. When you were painting today, how were you feeling, happy, sad, angry, scared, etc. and why"

Hang paintings with their descriptions.

Painting to the Emotional Beat


In advance, choose a selection of music that has different tempos: classical, reggae, hard rock, jazz, big band

The children paint or draw to the beat. During this time, ask them how this music makes them feel--happy, sad, excited, angry, etc.

Celebrating diversity

The world is currently reflecting on diversity and equality. Children may see or pick up on many things within the media that cause them to question or reflect and it is important that we are ready to answer some of the questions they may have. It is as important as ever for children to recognise similarities and differences in themselves and others and for them to learn to value the rich and diverse world we live in, where every individual is valued, respected and treated fairly. Within preschool we do this through:

  • exploring different festivals and celebrations
  • trying foods from other cultures
  • looking at images and stories of people from different cultural backgrounds, abilities, gender,  interests etc
  • sharing songs and music from different cultures and communities
  • sharing stories that introduce different types of home
  • learning about British values

We have also been exploring the concept of fair within our math activities. 


You can explore diversity at home by:

Introducing schools around the world as you begin your own discussion about starting school

Children are interested in learning more about kids their own age, including what school looks like in other countries. Set up a “school” interest center. Explore photos, books, videos and other activities that feature children at school in another culture.

Encourage discussions about school in other countries by asking questions such as, “How do the children get to school?” and “What do they eat for lunch?”

Try to include healthy dishes from a variety of countries that may be different from what children have experienced at fast-food restaurants: fresh guacamole, homemade hummus with pita chips or naan with mild curry.

Try a new language

Explore different ways to say hello and practice greeting each other in different ways

Encourage positive role models, displayed through toys, imaginary play, books and posters that promote non- stereotyped images i.e. dressing up, role play, dolls, etc.

Hello To All The Children Of The World

We Are All Different | Twinkl Originals Children's Book Reading

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