Make Learning Fun with Belmont Playcare

Topic: Getting Ready for P1

Week 4th May 2020

Area of Learning-Language Development

Awareness of phonics – Draw your child’s attention to the sound at the start of their name, eg ‘J’, ‘E’. Help them think of other words beginning with the same sound. Find objects around the house and garden beginning with this sound.Some children will find this easier than others – it takes time for awareness to develop.

Awareness of syllables – Say your child’s name slowly, clapping each syllable as you speak.Count the claps.Try names of other family members and favourite TV characters!

These help develop your child’s pre-reading skills and ability to sound out words later on.

Area of Learning-Mathematical Development

Positional Language – Hide and Seek – Play hide and seek. When talking to your child about where they/you hide, emphasise the positional language – under the bed, behind the sofa, between the chairs, beside the door.You can also play the game with small figures or animals.Can they place the items on top, behind, beside? Can they tell you correctly where the items are? Helps develop your child’s understanding and use of positional language.

Area of Learning-Personal, social and Emotional Development

As parents you will already have received a letter informing you of your child’s allocation of his or her primary school placement. This is an exciting time, share the information with your child. Tell them the name of the school and if possible, on your daily walk pass by the school to familiarise them with the location.

Prepare your child in a positive manner. Address their emotions, it is ok to feel nervous, sad, scared or even excited and happy. It is an opportunity to help them process this big life change.

Continue to set tasks and challenges to further develop their independence and in turn promote their confidence e.g. hanging up their own coat and tidying away their toys. In doing these tasks they learn management of their belongings.

Area of Learning-Physical Development

Fine Motor SkillsScissor Skills – ‘Clothesline’ - Some children find gaining control of scissors difficult – activity can be varied to their level of skill. Encourage your child to snip fringe along edge of piece of paper(easiest)/cut across sheet of paper/cut round a shape, or round pictures from a magazine.Peg these to a low string washing line.Helps develop your child’s hand coordination, strength and control.If scissors are very difficult, leave for a while and instead do lots of activities with tongs, clothes pegs etc to help build up muscles and coordination.

Gross Motor Skills *Daily spurts of vigorous exercise are great – run, jump, dance, skip etc!

Passing, throwing and catching - Encourage your child to catch a ball thrown to them, between both hands. Add challenge by using a smaller ball/moving further away/bouncing the ball to them to catch.Encourage them to pass the ball to you backwards, between their legs. Make your own ‘swing ball’ tennis game by tying a balloon on a long piece of string to a post or fence. Introduce a racquet to hit the ball back and forth, or make your own with a large paper or plastic plate and kitchen roll tube.You could keep a scoreboard and encourage them to mark a tally of points.

Area of Learning-Creative Development

Sensory play – Place (porridge oats, rice, lentils, soup mix- anything you have in the cupboard that is small) in a large basin. Add small containers/teaspoons/jars with lids and toilet roll tubes. Children can fill, pour, and place lids on and off the containers watching the items as it falls through the tube. This activity continues to allow your child to explore a variety of materials and their properties.

Make a birdfeeder

Cover toilet roll tube in either butter, lard or margarine. Roll the tube in birdseed until it is fully covered. Thread string, ribbon or wool through the tube and hang up outside and watch as the little birds come to feed.

(Bird food is available from all main supermarkets or you can roll the tube in porridge oats and raisins/sultanas).

Area of Learning-World Around Us

Explore and discuss new experiences e.g. transition to primary through imaginative role play. Set up a little table and chair/books/pencils/pens/paper/teddy bears and dolls. Allow your child to recreate the roles of teacher and pupils as they engage in play.

Don’t Eat The Teacher

Nursery Rhymes

Jack and Jill

We would love to see how you are getting on each week.If you have time to add a photo to Facebook and a comment.

PLEASE ENSURE PHOTOS DO NOT SHOW YOUR CHILDS FACE. TIP: Take picture from behind child, above child or just of the item made.