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Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you are all well.  We have set some Literacy work with a slightly different focus this week; if you have not yet finished your sealife booklets then please focus on finishing them and emailing them back to us instead.  As Mrs Ryder has already informed you, we will not be setting any work next week as it is half-term.  Please make sure you switch off and have a rest!


For those of you who might like a little advanced notice, after half-term we will be focusing on 'Tiddler' by Julia Donaldson for the first two weeks, followed by 'The Singing Mermaid', also by Julia Donaldson.  Mrs Ryder will be letting you know about arrangements for coming back to school as soon as she can - please bear with us!

Take care everyone,
The Foundation Stage Staff

Resources provided by Plymouth EYFS Service to support children during the pandemic 15.5.20

Book of the week:

'Shark Lady' by Jess Keating

•    Day 1 Watch 
•    Talk about how Eugenie persevered and worked hard to become what she wanted to be. What would you like to be when you grow up? You can stick with the idea of some sort of explorer/scientist etc. just like in the book or branch out into anything (Look at the Jobs PowerPoint if they’re stuck!).  What kind of training/equipment do you think you will need?  We would suggest that you then move on to looking at the EAD and UW tasks (see below) before attempting the writing – the more experience they have, the better quality of ideas!
•    Day 4/5 Talk about what you have played over the last few days, equipment that you ‘made’ together (may have been imaginary!).  Look at the word file and ask your child to write about what job they would like to do when they grow up. 

Counting in groups of 2s, 5s and 10s


  • Day 1/2 - Introduce counting in groups.  We have already practised counting in 10s at school but it was a long time ago and many of the children will have forgotten.  You will need to use your judgement this week – if your child has forgotten counting in 10s then stick to practising that all week.  If they can do it, move on to counting in 2s as well.  That will be enough for the majority.  Some children may pick up those two concepts up quickly and be ready to move onto counting in 5s.  Please don’t rush through this – it is better that they can just count in 10s confidently rather than doing all three and them not understanding it.
  • Begin by using a song (there are plenty online, we have listed some below) such as  It would be helpful to return to using some counting songs every day. 
  • Counting in 10s 

  • Counting in 2s

  • Counting in 5s

  • Demonstrate what happens when you are counting in 10s by using this number grid
  • Play games that involve counting in groups
  • Day 3/4 Move onto looking at how we can solve a problem using counting in groups (you will need to judge where your child is and stick to counting in groups with numbers that they feel confident using). Explain that rather than counting every counter or object, that you can count in groups. Look at some word problems on the magic maths PowerPoint involving counting in groups of 2 or 10. Demonstrate counting in 2s and 10s using some objects.


Activities you could try over the week:

  • Find pairs of socks, pairs of shoes, groups of 10 pencils/crayons, cheerios, etc… and count how many you have!
  • Count in 2s, 5s and 10s to find the missing numbers (PDF)
  • Make a counting in 2s worm (PDF)
  •  Look at the Counting in 10s PowerPoint and use some apparatus to solve the word problems.
  • Have a go at solving some word problems using the True or False Challenge Cards (PDF)
  • Look at the Noah’s Ark PowerPoint to try counting the animals in 2s.
  • Try to solve some of the word problem challenge cards using some objects. (word doc)

Expressive Arts and Design

Imaginative play – What did you choose as your job?  Can you play doing that job? Eg. doctor, scientist, explorer, train driver etc.  Can you make a costume/props?

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Understanding of the World

What would you like to be when you grow up?