23 March 2020, Comments: 0


Hello everyone,

I hope your first day learning at home went well for both children and adults. It will inevitably take time to adjust. I hope the activities suggested below support this period of adaptation.

Sharing books together is another super way to connect physically, emotionally and mentally with your child. It will also support the continued development of their reading skills. These include tricky word recognition, the application of phonics and understanding meaning.

Oxford Owl – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+5-6&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=# – has free ebooks which you can share with your child if you want to try something new.

Phonics play – https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/ – is now offering free login. It has some excellent games to support phonics learning. Try Picnic on Pluto.

Please also look at Airedale see saw learning activities.


Be Active

Play Fast-Slow Tens – eg. ten star jumps fast then slow, ten touch the stars fast then slow, ten feet together jumps fast then slow.

Make up some of your own Fast-Slow tens.


Play Guess the Mood. Put a few objects in a bag eg. hair brush, toothbrush, pencil, book, swimwear. Take turns to pull an object from the bag. Show them a ‘mood word’ to read or whisper it in their ear. Mood words could be angry, joyful, worried, excited etc. Use the object to act according to the mood word. Who Can guess the mood? What clues help? If you and your child are playing alone praise their acting pointing out the facial expressions and body language that indicate the mood. Give them plenty of turns to guess your mood.

Take Notice

Stop whatever you are doing to look at the Skyscape at different times of the day.
Does it change or stay the same? In

what ways does it change? Are the changes quick or slow? Are they small changes or big changes? Capture the changes in drawings, paintings, photos and/or words. A favourite skyscape could inspire a song, poem or dance. Could your child choose a piece of music to match the skyscape…..?

Keep Learning

Learn a new song (tune – The farmers in his den)


The farmer plants the seeds, the farmer plants the seeds,

Hey ho and cheery O, the farmer plants the seeds.

The rain begins to fall….

The sun begins to shine….

The plants begin to grow….

The buds all open up….

The flowers smile at me…..

(You may be able to plant a seed or look for plants. Can you see any buds or flowers?)

Play Funky Mummy – number bonds of ten. This game is on Topmarks –


You can also practise number bonds within ten by playing ‘ping-pong’ with your child. You say what the whole number/total is eg. 8. Then you ‘ping’ out a part of the whole number eg. 3 and ask your child to ‘pong’ back the other part eg. 5. Your child may enjoy singing our special song with you – 5 and 3 make 8 you know X 3 you’re such a clever thing ding a ling!


Give yourself a Mind Hug and give this gift to someone else by teaching them how to do it.

Lay on your back in a comfortable place. Balance a small teddy on your chest.

With your eyes closed notice your breaths and the sensation of the teddy rising with the in breath and falling with the out breath. Notice how high it rises and how low it falls. Notice when the rise becomes a fall as the in breath becomes and outcome. Notice any feelings in your body as your breaths give the teddy a ride. No need to change anything. Just notice. After the mind hug you may like to share what you noticed.



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