Foundation Stage

Home learning - Thursday 26th March


Today's task encourages sound discrimination which is an important skill for segmenting words into phonemes.

Play the game 'I Hear with My Little Ear'! Take it in turns to imitate the sound of an animal and guess what it is. You could include the lion, dog and duck from the Big Red Bath story.


This week we are learning that not just objects, but anything can be counted and today's tasks can be recorded on Tapestry or for an extra challenge, you could try recording them in your purple book - either writing numbers or drawing lines (like we do in our morning survey).

  1. Count how many jumps long your bedroom is. Start at one side and jump your way to the other, counting each time your feet touch the floor.
  2. Throw and catch a ball with a member of your family. Count how many times you can catch the ball. You could start a rally to see how many times you can throw and catch the ball without dropping it.
  3. Count how many steps there are in your house or flat. Count each time your feet touch a new step, as you walk up or down the stairs.

You can download and print tasks for Thursday 26th March



Home learning - Wednesday 25th March



For today's task we are returning to the Big Red Bath.

Ben and Bella want to name the animals that jump in the bath. They want the names to start with the same letter sound as the animal. So far they can only think of Danny Dog. Can you help them think of some names for the Lion, Turtle, Duck, Penguin and Kangaroo?

Hints for parents and carers

This is a very tricky challenge and you will probably need to think of the names for your child. However the point is to draw their attention to the initial sounds of the animal and name and encourage them to hear that they are the same.


This week we are learning that anything can be counted - not just objects. For today's task you can download and print some spot flashcards (or use the pictures on Tapestry). Unlike Numicon shapes or dice, the position of the spots on the page are less orderly which makes them harder to subitise (recognise without counting). After counting the number of spots, can you clap the same number?

Hints for parents and carers

  • Make a deliberate mistake when counting or clapping. Can they tell you what you did wrong?
  • With each collection of spots they count, ask them to tell you whether it is more or fewer than the one before.

You can download and print tasks for Wednesday 25th March.



Home learning - Tuesday 24th March


In Foundation 1 we have been making progress with learning new phonics sounds. You can download the sounds we have learned to date to make into flashcards, or show the pictures uploaded to Tapestry.

For advice on how to pronounce the pure sounds, you can view this Ruth Miskin video.


This week we are learning that almost anything can be counted - even things we can't touch. Today we are returning to our book 'Big Red Bath'. Look at the pictures of the book and count the animals on each page.

  • How many are in the bath?
  • How many animals want to get in now?
  • How did you make sure you counted all the animals?

Hints for parents and carers

Count the pictures too, making deliberate mistakes, such as:

  • Counting at a different speed to which you point;
  • Counting each object a second time;
  • Saying the counting words in the wrong order or missing some out.

Can your child spot these and check to find the correct amount?

You can download and print tasks for Tuesday 24th March.



Home Learning - Monday 23rd March 2020


Listen to this week's book, 'Big Red Bath', or ask someone to read it from Tapestry.

  • Before many of the animals enter the story, the reader is asked "Who's that (scratching; roaring; flapping etc.) at the door?" From the clue given, can you work out who is coming next?
  • Can you find all the animals from the story on the last page? Where are the flamingos?
  • See if you can join in with the phrase "Splash you, spalsh you, Splish! Splosh! Splash!".


This week we are learning that anything can be counted - even things we can't touch like sounds and actions. Today I am challenging you to play a game. All you have to do is roll a dice, choose an action (like hops; jumps; twirls; claps; star jumps; press-ups; toe-touches; stamps; nods; finger-clicks; even roly-polys if you have the room!) and complete the number of actions shown on the dice. You could do all the actions yourself, or you can take turns with other members of your family.

If you don't have a dice at home, here is an online version that you can use on a computer, tablet or phone.

You can download and print tasks for Monday 23rd March.