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Hello Amber Families!

We are using Tapestry for online learning. Please check the Memo's section daily to see the learning and challenges that are set for Amber Class. If you experience any problems do email me on the class email or via the school office and I will do my best to help you. 

There are lots of suggested activities further down this page that will also help to support your child.


Additional activities to support your child's learning at home:


Read and tell stories: lay on the sofa, in a den, curled up on a beanbag! Get someone to take photos of your 'extreme reading'.... on the trampoline, upside down, in your play tunnel…  Develop story telling, language, listening skills, understanding, imagination, predicting what might happen, look for sounds you know


Do a jigsaw puzzle to practise problem solving skills


Play a board game to encourage turn taking, counting, number recognition 


Build a den to develop teamwork skills, measuring, spatial awareness


Make some playdough:


2 cups plain flour (all purpose)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)

1/2 cup salt.

2 tablespoons cream of tartar.

1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)

gel food colouring (optional)



Cornflour and hair conditioner (Smells amazing!)


Use your playdough to practise fine motor skills: rolling, flattening, cutting with a knife and fork (great for table manners!) Make snakes by rolling and then use them to make letter shapes. Do the same with numerals. Can you roll that many ‘cakes’?


Do some baking: practise pouring, filling, measuring, counting, make observations, follow instructions


Draw pictures Practise fine motor control, use imagination


Do a painting Practise fine motor control, use imagination, colour recognition


Make a collage: use different things that you can find in the house or garden, e.g. rice, pasta, grass, leaves, develop creativity


Build a junk model Use toilet tubes, boxes, yoghurt pots etc. Plan what you might make. Use imagination, measuring, cutting fastening


Practise writing your name using the correct letter formation (Name cards coming home soon) What about your surname?


Build an amazing model using Lego or any other construction kit Great for imagination, balancing, fine motor skills, problem solving




Have a look at the letter sounds we have learnt so far (in your phonics folder) and practise writing them in a tray of flour/glitter/sand/paint...


Collect objects beginning with the different sounds we have learnt so far


Play a listening game (we play this in school) Sound out parts of different instructions for your child to do:

j-u-m-p into this hoop

s-i-ng me a s-o-ng

Can you pass me the b-o-x

This will help blending and segmenting in reading and writing


Practise counting at every opportunity. Count grapes, smarties, Lego bricks in your tower…


Give instructions to collect numbers of objects:

Can you get 4 knives, 4 forks and 4 spoons? Have we got enough for everyone in the family?

Count pairs of shoes. How many shoes, how many pairs? Count them in 2’s


Use a ten frame to count objects:

How many? How many empty spaces? Can you place 4 objects on the ten frame? Try placing them in different squares.

Other great websites that your children will love

Dough Disco

Spread the Happiness TV - check out our youtube channel for updated videos and more fun activities for children:

Under The Sea mindfulness colouring - Currently not uploaded onto Tapestry

Phonics in Amber Class

I had spent ages preparing video and audio to accompany the presentation on Phonics that I would normally give face to face at the beginning of the Reception year. Unfortunately the technology has beaten me and I have been unable to restore any of the audio that I created. As a consequence I am sharing a selection of useful documents that explain how phonics is taught which I hope you find useful.

These videos summarise what phonics is and are worth watching 

We use the Letters and Sounds scheme and have already made a start on teaching Phase 2 sounds. We are very impressed with the children's enthusiasm and readiness to learn them. We are also playing rhyming, listening, alliteration games from Phase 1 to consolidate those early sound discrimination skills.

You will have seen that the children have been adding the new sounds to their phonics folders every time we learn a new sound. Please can they bring these every day so that new ones can be added. The sheets are for reference so that you know what sounds we have been learning. We are not expecting the children to do them all as 'homework', certainly not as frequently as we are sending the sheets home however if they are keen to practise they are a starting point.

Do ask if you have any questions.

Do have a look at your child's online learning journal on Tapestry. If you are having trouble activating your account or would like to know how you can add photos and videos from home then please do ask and Mrs Pluck can help you.

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