Week beginning 18th May

Please do not feel you need to complete everything on this page, these are just a selection of activities to help and guide learning should you wish. We are so excited to share some of the fab things you have been doing when we are all back together again. 
Letters and sounds ideas     Maths ideas                          Ideas linked to topic/curriculum 

Sound bag

Place objects with the same

initial sound in a bag and pull

them out one at a time, saying

the initial sound.


Sound story time

Read a familiar story book

(The Three Little Pigs) and

change voice for different

characters.  Use loud, quiet,

soft, hard intonation etc. 

Encourage your child to read

the story back to you.

Sort and count groups of

objects. Can the children say

the number in one group

and then add the numbers

together. Encourage language 

1 more,1 less,  add and equal.


Match the correct number of objects

to the chosen numeral.


Have a teddy bears picnic. Can

you lay the table/blanket. Try

counting the number of plates/

cups needed. Add too many and

model taking away 'we have too

many 5 take away 1 is 4. We

needed 1 less.' Perhaps add too few,

encourage the children to problem

solve, how can they correct the 


Try a science experiment. Perhaps 

look at what happens to fruit that is

cut and left out. This will help the 

children to learn about growth, decay

and changes over time.


Answer one of the questions linked

to the story.


Dress teddy for different weather






This weeks motivational checklists

Please use this if your child finds it helpful to have an additional guide to help them prepare for activities.

Fine motor activities

Story of the week

CBeebies Bedtime Stories - Goldilocks and Just the One Bear -Newest Cbeeb

In preschool we often use different versions of familiar stories to help children remember and begin creating their own ideas. Here is a story to share using lots of the repeated language we heard in last week's story of Goldilocks and the three bears, I wonder if you can guess the twist at the end?

Below are a few ideas of activities you could try linked to the story shared:

Can you remember and draw what one of the bears dreams might look like
Can you share or draw a dream of your own
Where else might the bear go exploring?
Can you find any similarities/differences in the stories?
Can you draw a map of your local area just like the map baby bear used to get back to the woods?

Song of the week

Ten In The Bed | Super Simple Songs

This weeks math's activities

This week we are thinking about problem solving and calculations. We will be looking at adding and taking away while exploring groups. It's important to remember that problem solving occurs in many different ways and using simple questions can extend children's thinking at a wide range of activities for example:

Have a go at brick play and use key questions such as:

  • What do you think made the blocks fall down?
  • If we build it again, how can we change the structure so that it won’t fall down next time?
  • Is there a different way we can do it? If you think of a different way, we can both try it and see what happens?
  • Did that work? The tower fell again so let’s try another solution

Sharing key questions when reading for example:

  • Why do you think the boy did that?
  • How do you think his friend is feeling? Why?
  • What would you do if you were the girl?
  • If the bear had been in the forest, how could the story have ended?

You can also practice problem solving using popular games and puzzles by encouraging the children to think carefully or by involving them in everyday tasks e.g. can you help sort the socks and make pairs?

Numberblocks - All the Sums | Learn to Add and Subtract

When exploring adding and subtracting or talking about more and less remember to demonstrate this using objects that the children can explore e.g. you could use coloured counters, spoons and forks, cars and boats or leaves and sticks. Children do not need to be writing numerals however linking marks to numbers can be beneficial if your children are ready. Linking marks does not mean that your child needs to write the number, a simple dot or dash on a whiteboard or piece of paper is still helping them to understand that numbers can be used in many ways. You can also practice this without the need to set up any activity for example when laying the table use language of more and less e.g. we have too many spoons, lets take one away or we need 1 more, 3 add one more is 4.

Learn Addition up to 10 | Addition 1 to 9 | Math for Kindergarten & 1st Grade | Kids Academy

Count to 20 and Workout | Fun Counting Song for Kids | Count by 1's to 20 | Jack Hartmann

Additional activities

Brain Break ♫ Exercise Song for Kids ♫ Fitness Songs Kids ♫ Move with Me ♫ The Learning Station

Peace Out Guided Relaxation for Kids | 9. Cosmic Counting

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