This year we will be starting our learning journey through the school. We will be learning lots in all areas of the curriculum. In English and Maths we will be recognising phonemes or numbers, practising letter formation, developing our fine motor skills and blending to begin to read.
Here are some links to free resources that can help you to support your child's learning at home.
We will be learning what sound the letters of the alphabet make.
We're calling non-cursive letters reading letters and showing children each letter in cursive and non cursive forms.
We have introduced cursive writing from the beginning of Foundation Stage this year. Here are resources to support this.
Letter workbooks - On twinkl.co.uk if you search for 'My 'chosen letter' Workbook (cursive)' it has individual workbooks to download for free. The whole pack is in their pay subscription so I won't link to it. They do not have a workbook for our f formation. Here are the links for the first few letters we will be learning - c s a t p i n
Children very quickly learn how to rote count, saying numbers in order. We will be linking these numbers to their written form. We use a straight for our formation.
0 - 20 Flashcards
1-10 Playdough mats
11-20 Playdough mats
Number formation worksheet
Fine motor skill
To demonstrate fine motor skill we need strong muscles in our hands and to twist, turn and manoeuvre objects in different ways. We can strengthen the muscles in our hands using activities like playdough and threading. We can practise small movements like picking marbles up with tweezers or cutting with scissors.
Playdough recipe cards
Jungle playdough activty mats
Pencil Control worksheets
When we begin to reading we often use blending as a strategy, saying each sound in a word then pushing the sounds together to hear the word. Children can practise blending with these games.
Buried Treasure game (you need to write your own CVC words on the coins e.g. real words - pin, net, hot and nonsense words - nad, bek, nif)
Picture/Caption matching game
When we start moving from writing letters to words we often start with cvc words. These are words with a consonant, vowel, consonant like 'cat'. When children are ready to begin writing these words they can sound it out and write the sounds they hear. To begin with children may not hear middle sounds and may need help to sound out words again to hear the middle sound. If your child isn't ready to write words yet you can still help them to begin to learn this skill by verbally modelling it for them. "Oh look it's a cat, c - a - t, cat."
CVC word bingo (don't print the word pages and work together to write the words with cursive formation and make your own game)
e.g. It is a cat.
If your child can write the sentence make it harder by using tricky words from their word sheets
e.g. The cat is in the hat, The cat can go in the hat, The cat said I am in the hat, You went in the hat.
Pictures with captions (use this to get ideas of what sentences you could ask children to write.)
If you find any other resources that you find helpful with your child and think others might like to use them too just email a link to school with Foundation Stage in the subject line and it will be sent on to us and we can add it here.