Welcome to Foundation 1 (Nursery)

“Children’s learning is so complex, so rich, so fascinating, so varied, so surprising and so full of enthusiasm that to see it taking place every day before one’s very eyes is one of the greatest privileges of any early childhood practitioner.” –  Cathy Nutbrown

 

Miss Hutchinson

Miss Hutchinson

FS1 Class Teacher, PSHE Lead, Emotional Literacy Lead, School Council, Paediatric First Aider.

Mrs Gray

Mrs Gray

Nursery Nurse, Paediatric First Aider

Miss Phillipson

Miss Phillipson

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sperke

Mrs Sperke

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant

At St Joseph’s, we are so grateful for the invaluable support that our parents and carers provide for our pupils. We know how well our families have been able to adapt to home learning so now that we can welcome all of our pupils back to school, we wanted to provide opportunities for our pupils to continue their learning at home, if they choose to. The homework given will prepare and support your child’s learning across the curriculum each half term. The homework tasks below are optional. If you would also like to read our homework policy, please follow the link below.

 

Homework Policy 2022-24

 

Spring Term 1

 

To help you with your learning this term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for your child to complete. We cannot wait to see your child’s learning!

 

 

FS1 Spring 1 Homework Grid

 

Activity 1

To find and order numerals 1-5, then place the correct amount of objects on top of each numeral. Your child could then do this with numerals 6-10. 

 

Numerals 1-10

 

Please print out the numerals above or create them yourself. Your child may want to cut them out. They can then be hidden around the room for your child to collect and place in the correct order. You could ask them to point to a number that is one more or one less than a particular number.

Using resources from around the home, such as buttons, pebbles or coins, could your child then place the correct amount of objects next to each numeral?

 

 

Here are some videos to support your child at home.

 

 

 

Activity 2

To read and write their name in pre-cursive text. 

 

Please write the letters from your child’s name across different pieces of paper and hide them around the room. Your child can then be encouraged to find them, order them and then copy their name. For support with pre-cursive letters, please see the links below.

 

Oxford Owl Phonics- How to pronounce pure sounds Letter Formation

 

Before completing the following activities with your child at home, please share The Three Little Pigs story if you have access to it or encourage your child to watch the video below.

 

 

Activity 3

To make some dough and then create three little pigs.

 

The images are from ahappyhippymom.com and rosieposieadventures.wordpress.com

 

Dough can be created with 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of water. A bit of food colouring or paint could be added to colour the dough.

Can your child then roll spheres to create their pigs, using buttons, sticks or other items from around the home to decorate them? How do they think they can make them even better?

 

Activity 4

To make the three little pigs a new home.

 

The images are from dltk-teach.com, science-sparks.com and mamasmiles.com.

 

Your child could use blocks, Duplo or junk box modelling to create their house, they may even want to use play dough, sticks or straw.

To challenge your child further, can they make something that is waterproof? Can they design it on paper first? Can they make multiple houses and then carry out some experiments to find out which one is the strongest?

 

Activity 5

To create puppets of the characters and then act out the story of the three little pigs.

 

The image is from 99worksheets.com.

 

Please feel free to use the template below or encourage your child to create their own puppets. Can your child remember the well know phrases from the story? Can they talk about the characters and the setting? Can they come up with a different ending?

 

Three Little Pigs Puppets

 

Activity 6

To make a den to hide from the wolf.

 

The image is from justfamilyfun.com.

 

The den could be created inside or outside, using things from around the home. Can your child work out how to attach items together? Can they create a structure for the roof? This could also become a reading den where you could share your child’s favourite books with them.

 

Spring Term 2

 

To help you with your learning this term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for your child to complete. We cannot wait to see your child’s learning!

 

 

 

FS1 Spring Term 2 Homework

 

Activity 1

To find 2D shapes in the local environment.

Please print one of the templates from the website below and encourage your child to go on a shape hunt. This could be inside or outside in the local environment. Once your child has found one of the shapes, they can colour it in on their sheet. Please discuss the properties of the shape with your child, such as how many vertices or sides the shape has. An example would be a brick that could be a rectangle with four vertices and four sides. As an extension activity, your child could create a tally chart of the shapes that they find.

 

2D Shape Hunt

 

Activity 2

To play ‘I spy…’ in the house or whilst out and about.

We suggest starting with a small selection of objects such as a pen, cup, book, spoon and glue. Can your child identify each object by the initial sound that you tell them? This could then be extended to a larger group of objects in front of them and then to simply looking around the environment that they are in. Can your child give you an initial sound too?

 

Activity 3

To make a boat that will float on water.

We would like your child to explore the properties of materials by floating them on water to see what happens. This could be done with any recycled cardboard boxes, plastic or foil trays for example. Can your child discuss what happens, for example does the plastic float or sink? What happens to the cardboard? Does its colour and texture change? Once they have discovered a waterproof material that also floats, they can use it as a base for a boat. They may also want to add some Duplo people or puppets that they have made.

 

 

Activity 4

To bake, weighing out the ingredients and discussing how the mixture changes.

We would like you to bake anything that your family enjoys, such as biscuits, cake or scones. Please discuss each ingredient with your child such as what it looks like or feels like. You can weigh out the ingredients, asking your child to read out the numbers and discuss what the mixture looks like before and after going into the oven. We would love to see photographs of your creations.

 

 

Activity 5

To draw a picture of their family.

Can your child draw a picture of their family? Have they added legs, arms and details to the faces? Can your child talk about some of their favourite memories with different members of their family? Can they write their own name and attempt to write the names of their family?

 

Activity 6

To make musical instruments to then play when singing.

There are some great ideas on instruments that can be made using resources from around the home in the link below. 

Musical Instruments

Once you child had made an instrument, can they explore making loud and quiet sounds, then slow and fast sounds? Can they sing their favourite song and play the instrument to the beat of it? Can they make up their own song? 

 

Summer Term 1

To help you with your learning this term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for your child to complete. We cannot wait to see your child’s learning!

 

 

FS1 Summer 1 Homework Grid

 

Activity 1

To cut out three shapes and to order them from the shortest to the tallest.

 

 

Can your child cut out another shape and add that to the correct place? Can they use language to describe the size of each shape once they are in order, such as short, shortest, medium, tall, taller? Can they name the 2D shapes and talk about their properties, such as the amount of vertices and sides each shape has? Can they create a different shape and add that to their work, ensuring that the shapes stay in order of size?

Please find below some shapes that can be printed for this task.

2D shapes to cut out and order

 

Activity 2

To identify the initial sound in a word and match it to the correct letter.

 

 

Please find objects from around the home that start with a ‘p’ or ‘s’. For example- pen, pencil, peg, pom-pom, pin, pig toy, scissors, sponge, string, spoon, spade. Place them all together and show your child a ‘p’ and ‘s’, these can be printed below. Encourage your child to say the first sound in each word and to then place the object next to the correct letter. Can your child think of any other words that start with those sounds? Can they identify every sound in the word? For example pig is p-i-g. Can they write any of the words? Can your child repeat this with objects that start with different sounds?

Letters to print

 

Activity 3

To plant some seeds and ensure that they have everything they need to grow.  

You could choose from a wide variety of seeds at the moment, including herbs and flowers or you may want to try growing some fruit and vegetables. Please encourage your child to discuss what the seeds need to grow. They may want to regularly measure the plants to see how quickly they are growing. They could also take photographs or draw the plants to record the changes over time.

 

Activity 4

To make an obstacle course that they can go under, over and through.

 

 

Your child could use objects and furniture from within the home or garden to create their obstacle course, such as tables or sheets to go under and boxes to go over. How quickly can they complete the course? Can they beat that time? How could they make it more challenging?

 

Activity 5

To create a self-portrait and write their name in pre-cursive text.  

 

 

Your child could use paint, felt-tips, colouring pencils, chalk or any other media or material to create their self-portrait. Please encourage them to look at their facial features in a mirror so that they can choose the correct colours for each feature. Have they remembered to include fingers and feet on their portrait? Can your child then write their name in pre-cursive text?

 

Activity 6

To make a puppet theatre and puppets, then use them to tell their favourite story.

 

 

A puppet theatre can be made by cutting out rectangles from a cardboard box that your child could then paint or decorate. They may want to create their own puppets of the characters in their favourite story or you could find them online to print. After reading their favourite story with them, please encourage your child to act out the story, saying well known phrases from the book. We would love to see a video of your child telling the story.