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Early Years Home Learning

13-17th July 2020


We are continuing to think about the seaside and sea creatures this week, what could you see when you go on a visit to the beach?


Challenge 1

Listen to this fantastic story, Billy asks for a bucket for his birthday!

Goodness me, who knew you could get all those creatures in one tiny bucket!


Challenge 2

Imagine you have got your own bucket.  Use the ‘what’s in my bucket’ PDF to help you.

What could you see in there? Write it down and draw us a picture. Remember to use all your sounds that you know.



RWI Challenge:

Reception: Can you practise reading and writing lots of the ‘tricky red words’? Focus on Set 1 first, if you find these easy, your next challenge will be to read and write Set two words!

And if that’s too easy try practising reading your Set 2 sounds too


Nursery: Can you practise reading and writing your letter formations for …

Challenge 3

Why not try our ‘Seaside treasure hunt’ There are cards to cut out and hide and tick sheets to count your treasure!

Use these PDF’s to print and cut out

PG/N: can count up to 10 pieces of treasure

R: can count up to 20 pieces of treasure

Seaside Treasure hunt (10) picture cards

Seaside Treasure Hunt (10) recording sheet

Seaside Treasure Hunt (20) picture cards

Seaside Treasure Hunt (20) recording sheet


Challenge 4

Try the Miner bird game on ‘Busy Things’ it helps you count to 30 from lots of different starting numbers!



Challenge 5

We are thinking lots about the end of term and moving into our new classes. Here is a funny story about a little girl called Lola, who does not think she is big enough for school at all

EYFS Music Challenge

Hello children,

Did you manage to make a jelly-fish or an octopus or a crab from last week’s home learning?

Think carefully about how your sea- creature might move. Does it swim gracefully or does it scuttle across the shore? Does it move slowly or quickly?

Does it splash in the water or jump or dive down to the bottom of the ocean?

Does it create ripples in the water or does it pinch it’s claws on the sand?

Your challenge this week is to create a sound-maker or instrument for your creature.

Will your instrument be shaken, tapped, or scraped or a combination of these?

Have fun and stay safe.

Mrs Russell

Home Learning for Early Years

6th-10th  July 2020

We are continuing our underwater adventures…let’s explore more!


  • Can you make your very own telescope? Watch this video to help!

What can you see through your telescope? Take them with you on a walk outside this week!

Can you draw or paint a shark? Now can you write some facts about them? You may want to use our ‘under the sea’ writing frame (please find this attached below).

Under the sea writing

Reception: Can you write two facts about the sharks? Can you include capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and some ‘tricky red words’?

Nursery: Can you draw or paint a shark, write your name and can you hear and say what sound ‘shark’ begins with?  See if you can find out how to write this sound?

  • Quiz Time: Find out more sensational facts about sharks by playing the shark quiz from National Geographic for kids.

What new facts did you find out? How many points did you score?

  • Feeling creative? Can you make this wonderful rocking shark!





  • Sit back and relax and watch ‘The Rainbow Fish’ .


  • Can you make your own wonderful rainbow fish?

What makes a good friend? Can you tell your family?


  • Play a listening game where one of your family is blindfolded in the middle of a circle. Your family take it in turns to say, ‘It’s me, the Little Blue Fish’ in a squeaky voice. The blindfolded family member guesses who was speaking.


RWI Challenge:

Reception: Can you practise reading and writing lots of the ‘tricky red words’? Focus on Set 1 first, if you find these easy, your next challenge will be to read and write Set two words!

Nursery: Can you practise reading and writing your letter formations for …

Marvellous Maths!

  • Look at the ‘Under the Sea’ addition PPT (Twinkl). Now, using your wonderful addition skills, can you complete the under the sea addition to 10 or 20 worksheets? Please find the PPT and worksheets below.


Addition- under the sea to 10

Addition- under the sea to 20

Can you practise your number formations?    


  • Can you practise counting to 30? Repeat this and start from different numbers.


  • Maths Quiz: Create your very own number line up to 10 or 20. Take it in turns to think of a number and then provide clues for your family to guess which number you have chosen. Clues can include…


  • It is bigger than…
  • It is smaller than…
  • It is one/two more than…
  • It is one/two less than…
  • It is double…
  • If you add these two numbers together…etc


  • Look at ‘Counting on addition to 20’ PPT (Twinkl). Can you complete the counting on sheet? This can be found attached below.

counting-on-addition-to-20 PPT

Counting on up to 20 worksheet

  • You may wish to explore addition by creating your own ocean and fish as shown below.


  • Play ‘Miner Birds’ from BusyThings (Upper reception- mathematics- calculating- in activity settings select level 1)
  • Would you like a challenge? This is a great activity to practise your addition skills and explore how many different ways you can add numbers together to equal the same total.

  • Look at this wonderful Maths jellyfish activity.  Can you use your great creative skills, superb number formation skills and your careful counting skills to draw the correct number of dots on each tentacle to match numeral and quantity?


Have a wonderful week exploring with us in the ocean!

There is a ‘Commotion in the Ocean’

Home Learning for Early Years

29th – 3rd July 2020

We are thinking about being under the sea this week, have a go at completing these activities during your learning time at home.


Challenge 1

Listen to this fantastic book to help you start your learning journey

Challenge 2

You have heard about all these fantastic creatures; can you remember any interesting facts? Make a poster or your own fact book. Draw a picture and have a go at writing a fact to go with it. Reception: Don’t forget your capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Nursery: which sounds can you hear when you write your labels?

Challenge 3

Mrs Russell has found this amazing under the sea rap. Have you noticed the words all rhyme? Can you feel the beat? Join in with the chorus, invent your own dance moves or can you come up with your own rap?

Challenge 4

Have a go at making your own sea creatures

Maths Challenges

We are thinking about sharing this week.

Try this game


We will be using this sheet to help us with our counting and sharing

Halving Mat (PDF) Halving mat

Try counting out some objects, use your careful counting! Then can you halve it? Are the two groups the same?


We are also using these sharing challenge cards, have a go at drawing or writing down your answers.


Sharing in the magical forest (PDF) Sharing in the magical forest cards


Have you been practising your number formations this week? Watch this video to help you. Can you write giant and tiny numbers too? watch?v=DzKqCmjVXLI

We hope you have enjoyed the Sunshine this week, we look forward to hearing about your under the sea learning too. Please share your photos or comments with us.





EYFS Music Challenge

Listen to the story ‘Under the sea’ on

Cat Sandion is exploring the sights and sounds under the sea and we hear a story about a little fish called Colin on his first day at school.

What sounds might you hear under the sea?

(Splashing sounds, water glugging, bubbling, swishing coral and seaweed, water rippling gently)

Can you create your own sound-maker for one of the sea sounds? You could use pebbles, sand, shells, pasta, rice to make your very own instrument? Experiment with playing your sound-maker in different ways.

Cat invites listeners to join us on our imaginary journey diving ‘Under the sea.’ Children are prompted to imagine diving down, down under the sea. Cat encourages them to close their eyes and imagine what they might see: jellyfish, octopus, coral, lots of fish and then listen to the song and join in with the words if known. Children may already know ‘A sailor went to sea, sea, sea’ from some previous home-learning.

Song – A sailor went to sea, sea, sea

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea

(move hands like a wave on the sea)

To see what he could see, see, see

(put hands up to your eyes as if looking into the distance)

But all that he could see, see, see

(keep looking…)

Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

(Move hand like a wave again)

Encourage the children to clap on ‘sea sea sea’ each time.

Repeat the song ‘A sailor went to sea, sea, sea’ this time with actions.

Story time: Under the sea

When you have listened to the story, there is another song for you to learn called ‘There’s a hole at the bottom of the Sea’. This is an easy, fun song with words added to each new verse.

Enjoy your listening.

If you would like to listen to and learn any other ‘Under the sea’ songs you can find some of my favourites here: ‘Jelly-fish, Smelly fish’ ‘Living under the sea’

’There’s a hole at the bottom of the sea’ ‘Under the sea’

A phonics song about sea creatures

Have fun,

Mrs Russell


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