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Summer 2 Under The Sea

We hope you enjoy the activities below to go with our theme of Under The Sea!

 

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Maths

Nursery Rhyme

Phonics

  • Make a collection of 6 objects (pasta, lego, teddies etc) and look at different ways you can share. If I had 6 biscuits to give to 6 teddies, how can we share them fairly? 1 for you, 1 for you etc.  

 

 

Can we share 6 equally? What happens if you add 1 more object?

 

  • Can your child make two 2 Lego towers? Which one is the tallest/highest? Can they make the towers the same height? Ask them what would they need to do?
  • Using your number cards get a grown up to take one of the numerals away. Can you work out which one it is? Can they take more than one away and can you still order the numbers? 
  • Sort out the clean clothes. Who do they belong to? Can they deliver them to the right place in the house? Pair up socks. Can they match the patterns/ colours? Can they count in twos to work out how many there are all together? Peg clothes on the airer (this will support children to develop hand strength which will impact on their writing). 
  • Watch a Numberblocks clip each day at: BBC or CBeebies. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/numberblocks-help-your-child-with-maths  

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Ask your child what their favourite nursery rhyme is. Could they sing it to you using hand or body actions? If it is a counting rhyme, could they use their counting fingers? Ensure to help them by demonstrating how to count with fingers.

 

Here are a collection of learning nursery rhymes to enjoy!

 

https://supersimple.com/super-simple-songs/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gather some objects from around the house that start with either ‘m’ or ‘a’ and have a game of I-spy. Sit on the floor together with the objects in front of you. Exaggerate the first sound as you say the object. “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with a-a-a-a-!”

 

  • Starting with really big gross motor movements, ask your child to move their arm in an anti clockwise movements. Have you got any light scarfs or streamers you could twirl anticlockwise? They could ‘draw’ circles on a family members back with their finger using an anticlockwise direction.

 

  • Can you say a rhyming string of words? Some words can be made up! (rat, cat, lat) Now can you write these words down. What do you notice about the endings of the words? 

Story

Open ended questions

Understanding the world

Enjoy this story together, Starting School by Janet and Allen Ahlberg.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zQivaCXu-Q

 

Encourage your child to talk about their emotions. How do they feel about starting school again? E.g. happy, sad, nervous, scared, excited, worried. Can they show these emotions?

  • Read the story, ‘Dear Zoo’ or watch the online video - Visit the book’s website and play the interactive games . Add your own animal into the story and label it e.g. So they sent me a...hedgehog, but he was too prickly....so I sent him back. Choose a soft toy animal or small animal figure and create a junk modelled container for it.  

 

 

 

Compare the classroom in the story to their nursery classroom. What is their favourite area to play in? what do they like to do with their friends? Which part of learning with their teacher is their favourite?

 

  • Have a look at some baby photos with your grown up and talk about how you changed. Has your grown up got any pictures of them as a grown up? Do they look like you? 

Can you make, draw, paint or design an emergency vehicle?

 

 

 

When it’s finished, label it with the number 999. This may prompt a discussion about what we may need to do in an emergency.

  • Talk to a grown-up about something that happened when you were younger, perhaps a birthday, Christmas or other celebration. What can you remember? Can your grown-up remember any other parts? 
  • Help your grown ups to make one of your meals. 

Expressive art and design

Physical activity

Fine motor

  • Watch one of the magic episodes of Let’s Go Live with Maddie 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lets+go+livech  

Try to do the photo challenge. 

  • Take a toy and a piece of paper outside. Can you make a shadow of the toy on your paper? Now draw around the shadow. 
  • Make up a new creature. Draw them and then write or  describe them. What are they called? How many eyes, legs, mouths, arms, noses, ears do they have? 
  • Have a go at creating something out of the recycling – like in the sticking area at school. 
  • If you were a superhero what would your cape look like? Can you design it on a piece of paper and label it? 

 

  • Play catch with someone. Count how many times the ball is caught. Can you beat this number? Which is the highest number you get? 
  • Learn a new skill such as getting dressed by yourself, tying your shoe laces, buttoning a shirt or zipping up your coat. Be patient and keep trying! 
  • Help a grown-up do a job such as changing the bed sheets, cleaning the windows, gardening or dusting.  
  • Play a game of hot and cold. Choose an item or items to hide in your house or garden. Then get someone else to find it. When they are getting closer then say “getting warm”, when they are really close say “hot” and if they are far away say cold. 
  • Go out in your wellies and find a puddle to splash in! Can you move the water from the puddle?  
  • Can you throw a ball/bean bag/ scrunched up ball of paper in to a tub? If you can do it easily then move further away from the tub. Write down how many times you got it into the tub. Can you do it more times next time? 
  • Keep your child’s fingers active as well as their bodies and brains! Give your fingers a workout at the dough disco! Our favourite at Nursery is this one to the tune of ‘If you’re Happy and you know it’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrBsNhwxzgc 

 

Alternatively, search for dough disco on You tube and see what you fancy. There’s a playdough recipe on the nursery class page.

 

  • Get a bucket of water and some old paint brushes. Paint the floor, walls etc. Can you cover a wall with water before it dries in the sun? Can you write your name with the water? 

 

 

 

Maths

Nursery Rhyme

Phonics

Snails are very slow at moving around. I wonder if you could time yourself doing different things and see which you are the quickest at? You could use a timer on a mobile phone, or an egg timer or a stopwatch.

  

Ask your child to choose their favourite nursery rhyme (Hickory Dickory Dock, Incy Wincy Spider, Miss Polly Had a Dolly etc.) Can they sing the rhyme to you? If possible record your child singing their performance!

Can they draw a picture of this nursery rhyme and talk about what they have drawn?

 

 

Use a kitchen roll and clothes hanger to easily create rhyming words (e.g., cat, pat, mat, sat). This exercise also helps your little one learn how to break down words and identify word families. The simple setup is easy to transport and provides a kinetic twist to a basic phonics activity.

Story

Open ended questions

Understanding the world

This week our learning is focused around The Snail and the Whale. If you don’t own the story you can enjoy it online by clicking here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x887mPO9X9c

 

 

 

 

  • At the end of the story, the snail tells his friends all about his adventure. Can your child talk about what he might have said to them?

 

  • Can your child retell the main event of the story to a family member? When your child is retelling the story, encourage them to use common story phases, such as Once upon a time, happily ever after, suddenly, next, so, early one morning.

 

Ask your child to draw/plan and tell you how the whale was saved? You could video record your child and tell them they are making a report just like news reporters!

 

Expressive art and design

Physical activity

Fine motor

Can you create your very own snail, ready to retell the story?

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy some Cosmic Yoga together! Here is a lovely one using the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhWDiQRrC1Y

 

Take a football out to your local park/field!

 

Play what’s the time Mr Wolf!

 

Draw a hopscotch using large chalk, can your child recognise the numbers as they jump onto them?

 

Have a running/jumping/hopping race!

The snail’s handwriting is beautiful and neat. Your child can practise writing their name or anything that interests them from the story. Remember we teach writing using small letters, not capitals. Please see a letter formation activity sheet below.

 

 

 

Maths

Nursery Rhyme

Phonics

Enjoy the Underwater Counting Interactive game together! This involves counting a number of objects up to either 5 or 10. The game involves a treasure hunt! This game reinforces the concept of counting, and also helps to learn number recognition.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting

If you cannot access the internet or you would like an additional challenge…

Choose up to 10 objects around the house and sit with your child on the floor or at a table. Ask your child to count how many objects there are. Now place a cushion or blanket over the objects. How many are there now? Enforce the idea that you didn’t add or remove any items, so there is still the same amount. Repeat a few times with different amounts of objects.

Sing together: Row Row Row Your Boat. Your child may really enjoy this as an action song! Sit facing each other holding hands. If you would like the song on in the background here is a great version!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhvjNd9kZjA

Play eye spy on our next walk or in the house. E.g eye spy with my little eye, something beginning with b. If your child struggles with this, try sounding out the word and describing what you can see e.g. it begins with b, it is round and yellow.

Story

Open ended questions

Understanding the world

Cuddle up with a grown-up and watch some of the Commotion in the Ocean poems here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pRhgZ8Jffs

Perhaps you could learn one of the shorter poems off by heart. I love the Angel Fish one! Try to use different voices to make it more interesting. You can pause the video to read the poems yourself too.

Ask the question: If you could be any sea animal what would you be? Why? Can you move like one? Can you describe what they look like?  

Do a floating and sinking activity together. You will need any type of bowl that holds water and a few items from around your house. Try and choose different weights such as a metal folk, and a plastic bath toy. You might want to record your findings. Your child could draw the items and then tick next to each one if it floats or sinks. Can they predict what might happen before testing it?

Expressive art and design

Physical activity

Fine motor

Folk painting sea animals. All you need is paper, a folk and some paint. If you do not have paint, you could use colouring pens/pencils instead.

 

Design your own obstacle course! Set out some challenges either indoors or outdoors such as: 5 Starfish Jumps, 3 Leapfrogs, 7 Hops, 10 Crocodile snaps. To enhance learning, you can write these challenges on different pieces of paper, with a number on the back 1 -5. First your child identifies the number and then does this amount of the challenge.

 

Using two containers (these can be cups, plant pots, empty bottles or anything else that you have in your house) you are going to fill one and pour it in to the other. You can fill them with whatever you like; water, rice, sand or anything else that will fit. Try to do it without spilling any (you might want to try it in the bath or a paddling pool). Can you stop and half fill your container? Make it nearly empty? Three-quarters full? Explore and have fun!

 

 

 

Maths

Nursery Rhyme

Phonics

Go on a number hunt around your house or when on a walk. What is the largest numeral you can find? Where is the strangest place you have found a number? Are there numbers in every room in your house?

Write out the numerals 1-5, 1-10 or 1-20 and see if you can find all the numbers. Cross them off when you find them.

Sing the song 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive together. Can you use your fingers to count whilst singing?

Talk about which hand is your right hand and which finger is the little finger.

Re-read some of the Commotion in the Ocean poems but leave out the final word. Can your child say which word is should be? Talk about rhyming words and look at the words that rhyme together. In Lobster the words are ‘do’ and ‘two’. Can you think of any other words that rhyme with this? It could be made up as well as real words.

Story

Open ended questions

Understanding the world

Cuddle up with a grown-up and watch some of the Commotion in the Ocean poems here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pRhgZ8Jffs

Perhaps you could learn one of the shorter poems off by heart. I love the Angel Fish one! Try to use different voices to make it more interesting. You can pause the video to read the poems yourself too.

Ask the question: If you went to the bottom of the sea what would it be like down there? Which creatures might you see? Go on an imaginary dive to the bottom of the ocean together!

This is a half hour programme by Maddie Moat (from CBeebies Do You Know?) It is all about coral reefs and kelp forests. You will find out lots about both and your grown-ups will learn too! The art activity is from this as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRfScwDk7ko

Expressive art and design

Physical activity

Fine motor

If you have watched the Maddie episode then you will have seen their coral reef diorama. You will need a cardboard box and some different materials to make the coral. You could also put some fish and other sea creatures in too.

https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/marine-biology/create-a-coral-reef2/activity-instructions

Think aboyt different sea creatures that you know or are in the Commotion in the Ocean book. Can your child move in different ways to show the creatures? How could you be a starfish/shark/jelly fish? Ask them to make up a movement and then you have to guess which creature they are. Look at which parts of the body they are using to become the creature. Encourage them to use their whole body.

 

 

Make an octopus by either printing off the template or drawing one on paper with lines for your child to cut. Colour the octopus in first and then use scissors to cut up each leg. Remind your child that their thumb nail needs to point up to the ceiling when cutting. Use a little glue on the tab and roll the octopus to make a cylinder shape. Then gently press out each leg a little to separate them. You can add string to hang it up.

 

Here are some online stories to enjoy!

 

 

The Rainbow Fish

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