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Free RWI Phonics lessons at home during school closures

From Tuesday 5th January 2021, we will restart our free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on YouTube for children to watch at home.

One lesson at each level will show at 9.30 am each day and be available for 24 hours

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds, Word Time and Spelling: for children in Reception and children who are new to English
  • Search Ruth Miskin speed sounds on Youtube

Home learning timetable 13.7.20

Home Learning Timetable 6.7.20

Home learning timetable 22.6.20

Home learning timetable 15.6.20

Home learning timetable 8.6.20

Dear Foundation Stage parents,

Firstly, we just want to thank you for your patience and understanding during a very difficult time. We understand that you will be feeling uncertain and that some of your children will be feeling this too. Some of your children may be feeling reluctant to work from home as this isn't the norm. Some children may be feeling anxious about things they may have heard on the news and are therefore having a few wobbles. Others may be throwing themselves in to school work to keep themselves busy. We also understand that some parents are trying to juggle working from home and the pressures from work, with managing home learning activities and keeping children on different ages safe, happy and busy. So, we would like to say well done-you are all doing a fantastic job!

We will be continuing to set work for the children to complete and will be responding to any emails we receive showing us your wonderful home learning. Please feel reassured though parents that there is no pressure. The children will not learn if they feel stressed and anxious so please don't push an activity if completing it becomes a battle. The most important thing for you all is to keep safe and stay happy during these challenging and uncertain times.

If you are finding getting home learning completed tricky, a great idea would be to set up a timetable and have your child be involved in this process. Then try to stick to this. Timetable in a few short learning tasks as well as plenty of opportunities for playing, time out in the garden, time with family, exercise, craft, baking etc. 

We have been so impressed with all the learning at home from this week and can't wait to see more next week.

Many thanks,

Keep safe,

The Foundation Team

Foundation home learning 11.5.20

*Can you watch and listen to the story 'Rumble in the Jungle' on youtube and answer the following DERIC questions?

D (Decipher)  Can you tell what animals the story might be about from looking at the front cover?

E (Explain) Can you explain what you notice about the story?

R (Retrieve)  Once you have listened to the book can you list the animals that were in the story? Can you write a list of them?

I (Interpret)  Can you explain why the author (story writer) describes the chimpanzees as chattering?

C (Choice)  Can you explain how the illustrator (person who has drawn the pictures) has made the illustrations (pictures) look like a jungle?


Can you paint a picture of a jungle or make a collage using leaves and twigs from your garden?


Can you collect 10 leaves from your garden? How many different ways can you sort them into 2 groups? 2+8 etc

Home learning 11.5.20 continued

Foundation home learning activities 4.5.20

Can you write a story about you and your family going on an adventure?

Where do you go?

What do you see?

What do you hear?

What do you eat?


Useful websites


and please remember the 'Oak National Academy' website we shared last week. It has some excellent learning activities for children. Just search 'Reception' on their website.


Most importantly stay safe, stay well, stay happy! We hope to see you soon

Foundation home learning activity ideas: 27.4.20

*Can you complete some of the Reception learning activities on the Oak National Academy website? There are lots of fun ones to try!


*Can you guess how far 2 metres is? We are supposed to stay 2 metres apart from others when we go out but how far is this? Mark out some guesses and then check!


*It is ‘International Space Day’ on 1st May. Can you make a rocket or a planet?

Can you name the different planets?


*Can you watch Geraldine Giraffe on Youtube? She is very good at reinforcing phonics and is very funny too!


*Can you share a book every day?

*Can you listen to an audio book every day?


*For fun please could you take a video clip of your child catching a roll of toilet paper and send it to Miss Vincent at

They could be jumping on a trampoline and catch it

They could be watching TV and catch it

They could be baking and catch it

They could be doing anything they like!


We are going to use the video clips to make a class video of us all so it would be lovely if everyone could participate with this activity.  


If you would like some flashcard words to help with reading, there are lots of good ones on Please only look at the ones containing set 1 and 2 sounds as the children in Foundation have not yet learned the set 3 sounds.


Please remember that so many daily fun activities are full of learning opportunities for your child. These are all valid, important things to do and hold just as much learning merit as counting or writing. All the activities you do together naturally are fab! You are doing a great job!

Foundation home learning week 5:20.4.20

*Can you write a letter to Mrs Evel or Miss Vincent? If you choose to, write it in pencil and ask your mum or dad to email it to us and we will write a message back to you. Remember to sound out the words and write them the way they sound. If you need help with some of the tricky red words remember that you can use your humpty word mats to help you.


*Can you help your mum or dad do some cooking? Can you weigh the ingredients? Mix with a spoon? Help to dish out?

*Can you have a go at spelling out your name and doing the matching exercises? Can you do the exercises for all the names in your family?


Alphabet exercises

* Can you make a birthday card for Captain Tom Moore?

If your mum or dad are able to post it the address to send it to is

Captain Tom Moore

C/o Post office Limited

67 Bedford Road

Marston Moretaine




He is a very special gentleman who has raised lots of money to help people who work in hospitals keeping everyone well.

*Can you practise writing numbers to 20? Practise writing them with your finger on your mum or dads back. Can they guess what the number is?


*Can you find 10 different objects in your home and sort them in order from shortest to tallest?

Can you sort them in order from lightest to heaviest? How did you check the weight?


*Can you investigate capacity? use water, pots/ cups and different sized spoons


*Can you paint a picture using paint you have made at home? Here are some ideas for making the colours. I am sure you and your mum and dad can think of lots more!

-mixed coffee granules in water

-used teabags in water

-dandelions left in water


-orange juice


*Can you listen to the ‘Harry and the bucketful of dinosaur’ stories on youtube and try making your own dinosaur bones. You can then use these to make your own dinosaur skeletons.

Dinosaur bones

Mix 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water and stir until almost fully mixed. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. 

We filled one large cookie tray with bones and another small one. We then baked the pieces in a 250 degree fahrenheit oven for about 3 hours. 


Foundation home learning week 4: 13.4.20

*What can you make from your Easter Egg boxes?

*Make something out of something that you have recycled. There are lots of ideas online for you to try.


*Make a collage with materials found in your garden eg leaves, twigs, stones etc.


*Play games on

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*Subscribe for free to ‘Spread The Happiness’ TV channel on YouTube

-1pm daily ‘Play based Story Challenge’


*Ruth Miskin Training online is showing daily phonics lessons

-Speed sounds set 1 at 9.30am

-Speed sounds set 2 at 10.00am


*There are lots of lovely audio stories for your child to be listening to at home


They are all free!


*If you happen to have Netflix there is a wonderful Bear Grylls documentary aimed at young children called ‘you V wild’. It is interactive and the children will really enjoy it!



*Complete our Outdoor Scavenger hunt

Can you find…

-5 leaves that look different

-a stick that is longer than your hand

-a flower

-10 blades of grass

-something you love to play with

-something that is brown

-something that is heavy

-something that is light

-an item smaller than your thumb

-something that starts with ‘m’


*Can you write a list of words where you only change one sound?

Eg bat, bag, big, fig, dig, dog


*Can you write a food diary for the week?

-What did you have to eat for each meal?

-What ingredients were used to make the meal?


*Parents, if your child is asking lots of questions about the Coronavirus there is a free downloadable book called ‘Coronavirus, A book for children’. It is written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts. It is illustrated by Axel Scheffler.


Best wishes,

Mrs Evel and Miss Vincent




Foundation home learning activities week 3: 6.4.20

*Share a story book every day with an adult


* Listen to our daily story times on Facebook


*Cosmic Kids yoga (available on Youtube)


*Log on to

There are lots of excellent EYFS games for Maths and Literacy


*Bake some cupcakes with an adult. Can you help read the recipe, weigh the ingredients, mix the ingredients together, spoon out the mixture and help decorate the cakes?


*Can you sort all the coins in your house into different values?

-What different ways can you make 10p?

-What different ways can you make 20p

-Can you make some coin rubbings with a wax crayon or a pencil?

*Can you draw or paint a family portrait? How many people are in it? Do they all have the same colour hair? Are they all the same height?

*Make an Easter egg picture using a potato printer

See image at the bottom of this post

*Can you play a board game with your family?

*Play the clue game

-Pick an object and give your child clues to that object by using directional language, such as up, down, over, under, between, through, beside, behind, in front of. Make the game more challenging by giving two part directions eg. It’s on top of the table and to the left of the TV.

After sharing a story book play roll and retell

See image at the bottom of this post

*Join and try out the different science activities

*If you have any older children interested in Harry Potter then have a look at Lots of quizzes and interactive games on here.


Keep safe and happy

Love and best wishes,

The Foundation team



Foundation home learning week 2 (30.3.20):

*Listen to Mrs Evel or Miss Vincents daily storytime on Facebook (Pennycross Primary School facebook page).


*Joe Wicks PE with Joe sessions on youtube 9.00am daily


*Make a paper aeroplane


*Share a story book with an adult everyday


*Go on a bug hunt in your garden


*Face time or phone a relative and have a conversation


*Do some junk modelling from cardboard boxes/ tubes/ yoghurt pots


*Dance daily to your favourite song


*Make a den


*Make a sock puppet


*Log on to and play some blending games

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*Go on a ‘live’ tour of a zoo. Lots of zoo websites have this facility including Dartmoor zoo)

Can you write a list of the animals you saw? What were they doing?


*Log on to Global Space Education Foundation and listen to a ‘Story Time in Space’


*Have a picnic in your garden or yard


*Log on to world book

They have just made over 3000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home


*Go on a 3d shape hunt around your house.

-can you find a cylinder?

-can you find a cube?

-can you find a cuboid?

-can you find a sphere?


*Can you make your own number bond hands?

(see image below)

Dear Foundation Stage children,

Whilst you are having to spend a little time away from school Miss Vincent and I have set you some learning challenges to complete. We would love to see photos of you working on your tasks so please ask your mummy and daddy to send them to our email addresses


Home learning tasks week 1:

*Read your home school book every day

*Share a favourite storybook with an adult each day

*Learn the number bonds to 10 and play making them on your fingers with an adult

10 + 0                                          0 + 10

9 + 1                                            1 + 9

8 + 2                                           2 + 8

7 + 3                                           3 + 7

6 + 4                                           4 + 6

5 + 5

So if you show 9 fingers your partner shows 1


*Log on to

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The code means that you will be able to access this website for free.

On this website there are lots of fun activities linked to spring, linked to Jack and the beanstalk and linked to the very hungry caterpillar. These are all topics that we will be learning about once you return to school so it would be great if you complete some of these.


*Gross motor challenges:

Large painting and drawing

Using equipment such as rakes, brooms and shovels

Bouncing and throwing a ball

Climbing – anything that uses upper body strength

Using a spray bottle to water plants/paint

Playdoh, rolling the playdoh, using cutter etc.

Pouring activities, moving water from one object to another


*Fine motor skill challenges:

Sorting small objects such as beads, dried beans or buttons – Easy to set up, choose objects that can be sorted by shape, size or colour and place in a bowl and then provide a tray or smaller bowls to sort them into.


*Can you follow a recipe and make something with your mummy or daddy?


*Can you complete a puzzle or jigsaw each day?


*Continue practising your numbernaughts challenge of counting to 20 and back to 0. If you have completed this challenge your next challenges are to be able to count in 2’s to 20 and in 5’s to 50.


*Telling the time

Can you draw pictures of activities you do at different times of the day. Can you label them with the help of your mummy or daddy? What do you do at 10           o clock? What do you do at 2 o clock?


*Play I spy


*Play musical statues


*Make a band from kitchen pots and pans


We hope you have lots of fun with these activities J

The Foundation team