Foundation Stage

Home learning - Thursday 2nd April


Today we are returning to our story of the week to look more closely at the rhyming words it contains.

  • As you share the story together, try pausing at the end of the line to see if they can guess the word that will rhyme.
  • How many words can your child think of that rhymes with 'sheep'? (Don't worry if the words aren't real, as long as they contain 'eep' they have done a good job)
  • In each set of three words below, two words rhyme and one doesn't. Can your child find the odd word out? (This is VERY tricky as it relies entirely on your child hearing the words and not looking at pictures).
    a) Squeeze, Nose, Knees
    b) Bull, Spain, Plane
    c) Mummies, Tummies, Picnic
    d) Yetti, Spaghetti, Tibet
    e) Log, Swamp, Chomp



To continue this week's theme of comparing numbers and quantities, please ask your child to help you to set the table at lunch time (or any time if you're playing with a tea set).

Tell your child that today they are going to help with an important job. Explain that they need to make sure all members of the family (or toys) need to have a cup, plate, fork and spoon.

Focus on two different items at a time so that the children are only comparing two groups of objects. To begin with, use the same amount of cups and plates. Ask your child to help you to line up the cups. Then ask them if they can line up all of the plates in a row in front of the row of cups.

Questions to ask

  • Do you think I have the same amount of cups and plates like I am meant to? Why do you think that?
  • Instead of just looking at the cups and plates, what could I do to make sure I definitely have the same amount? Can you show me?
  • If the your child doesn’t suggest counting, explain that you could carefully count the cups and then carefully count the plates to make sure you have the same amount. Model doing this. Emphasise that it is the same amount and there is the same number of both types of utensil.

Next, ask your child to help you to line up the spoons and forks. This time, make sure that there is a different number of each type of cutlery. For example, five spoons and two forks.

Questions to ask

  • I think it looks like there is a different number of spoons and forks! Do you agree?
  • Which thing do I have more of? How can you tell?
  • Which thing are there fewer of? Can you explain what fewer means?

You can download and print tasks for Thursday 2nd April.



Home learning - Wednesday 1st April


For the rest of this week we will be focusing on rhyming. Rhyming is an important phonic awareness skill but it is easy for children to get confused between rhyming (the ending sounds) and alliteration (the beginning sounds) in words.

rhyme1A fun way to learn about rhyming is to play a game. Click on the picture to see a large version, or even better, collect the actual objects from around the house and try these suggestions:

  1. Discuss what 'rhyme' means. How do we know when words rhyme? Remind your child that words sound the same at the end, like 'shop' and 'pop'.
  2. Take it in turns to pick an object and find the matching rhyme. This can be made into a more active game by spreading the objects around the room and asking your child to hop or jump to the object that rhymes with the one you pick.
  3. Make 'Silly Soup' by placing the objects in a washing-up bowl (your child might remember this from the Autumn term). The rhyme is: I'm making lots of silly soup, I'm making soup that's silly, I'm going to cook it in the fridge, To make it nice and chilly. In goes...
  4. Play 'hunt the rhyme' by hiding the objects around the home or outside.

Another rhyming game that is available free online can be found at: 


This morning we are returning to the story of the week, Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine. There are two pictures that will help your child to answer the questions. Click on them to open a larger version. Encourage your child to count the number of planes and sheep in the pictures.


  • How many planes are there?
  • If the sheep accidentally fly one away, there will be one less plane. How could you work out what is one less than 8?
  • Mrs Doolan thinks one less than 8 is 6. Is she right?
  • Will one less than 8 always be the same number?





  • How many sheep are there?
  • If Old Uncle Ramsbottom wants to come along too there will be one more sheep. How many sheep will there be?
  • How did you work out what is one more than 7?
  • What could you use to help you work out the answer?


You can download and print tasks for Wednesday 1st April.



Home learning - Tuesday 31st March


We have been learning the Jolly Phonics songs that accompany the set 1 sounds. Here is a link to a video of the whole alphabet on YouTube (though we have only learned m,a,s,d,t,i,n,p to date!)


This week we are learning how to compare two groups of objects and noticing when they have the same number in each. For today's challenge, ask I would like you to find as many of your shoes as you can and put them in a pile. Next, find another family member's shoes and add them to the pile.

  • Can you sort your shoes into one group and the other person’s shoes into another?
  • Who has the most shoes? How do you know?
  • Who has the fewest? How did you find out?
  • Are there the same number in each? How do you know?
  • What helped you to compare the groups of shoes?
  • Did you find a way to check how many were in each group?

You can download and print tasks for Tuesday 31st March.

Home learning - Monday 30th March


Please share the story 'Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine' on Tapestry.

  • What do you think 'glee' means? (picture 3)
  • Why did the man with the moustache think the thieves were wearing white sweaters? (picture 5)
  • Who were the mummies in Egypt? (picture 8)
  • Why did the sheep run away when the maharajah told them he wanted to eat mutton curry? (picture 10)
  • What was wrong with the log in the swamp? (picture 10)


This week we are comparing numbers and quantities. It is time for the sheep to go flying! Look at the sheep and the planes in the pictures.


  • Can you describe the amounts using the words ‘more’ and ‘fewer’?
  • Are there enough planes for the sheep to go flying in each picture?
  • How can we check?
  • If not, how many more planes are needed?
  • In which picture are there just enough planes?

You can download and print tasks for Monday 30th March.



Home learning - Friday 27th March


Today's challenge will encourage you to use your imagination, as well as practise your mark-making skills.

  • There are lots of animals already in the Big Red Bath, but can you think of another animal to join them?
  • Make a drawing of your animal and explain it to someone in your family.
  • Why did you choose this animal? What do you like about it?

Well done to Wren, Summer, Ellie-Lara and Dion for drawing such lovely pictures. I am delighted to add two tigers, a rainbow cat and even a dinosaur to the bath!



Well it's the end of the first week. I hope the counting is going well and that you remember that anything can be counted - not just objects. Today's tasks are all about listening to sounds and counting them.

  1. Find a money box or a jar. Count out ten 1p coins and place these next to the money box or jar. Ask someone to slowly drop a number of the coins into the money box while you close your eyes. Can you count how many coins dropped in?
  2. Play a game with someone in your family. Close your eyes while they clap a number of times. Can you count how many claps there were? Swap over so you both have a turn. Make it harder by clapping faster; they'll have to listen carefully!

Hints for parents and carers

Ask your child:

  • How many coins did I put in the money box/claps did I make?
  • How do you know?
  • What did you do to help you to count the coins/claps?

You can download and print tasks for Friday 27th March