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This week in nursery we will be looking at the book, 'Supertato.' We hope you enjoy the story.

Supertato Story

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To develop listening skills and an awareness of sounds in the environment. 


Before children can start learning phonics, they need to develop their listening skills and understanding of sounds first. Over the next few weeks we will be concentrating on developing their listening skills. 


  • Listening walk - First, using the link below, help your child to make a listening ears headband. Remind children of the good fundamentals, 'good listening' and 'good looking.' Talk with your child first about why it is important to listen. The walk can take place indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. What sounds can they hear? Encourage your child to try and make the sounds they can hear. 
  • Outside drum - Make drumsticks, use a beater or collect sticks. Explore how different sounds can be made by tapping, stroking... Tap the sticks on different objects outside. Which sound do you like best? Can you make the sounds louder or quieter? 
  • Sound lotto - Encourage your child to match the sound to the correct object or picture. You might have a game like this already at home or you could make your own using different objects from around your house. Twinkl also have some interactive games like this on their website. If you type in, 'level 1 phonics environmental sounds' in the search bar a range of different sound games will come up. 
  • Use the home learning link below for more listening activities. 




To begin to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper and pictures. (Not necessarily accurate at this stage.)  


  • Pretend your fingers are something yummy like lollipops or ice creams. Say, “Show me 2 lollipops.” Support them to show the correct number using their fingers. Then quickly gobble them up and repeat with different numbers to 5.
  • Use one of the tally charts below to encourage your child to ask people in their family about their favourite colour or fruit. Even better, make your own tally chart based on your child's interests. For example, they could ask people about their favourite dinosaur or characters from their favourite film/ book or TV programme. They could call other family members and friends to ask them too. Children to mark responses using a line, dot, tick or picture. Can they count how many in total for each option?
  • If you didn't manage to complete the ice cream activity from last week, you could try it this week or recap it if your child found it challenging. This activity shows how numbers can be represented in lots of different ways. Only complete for numbers 1-5. 
  • Try the roll it, write it and count it activity. Roll a dice and encourage your child to count the dots to work out the number. Support your child to write the number (they could do this by tracing over a number you have written in yellow felt tip pen, copying a number from a model or by representing the number as lines or dots). Then use some of their smaller toys or objects to touch count that amount. Complete for all the numbers on the dice. 



Please look at the document, 'Additional activities to support your child's learning in 30-50 months' and the new document 'Summer 2 parent support activities 30-50 months' for more ideas how to support your child in the different areas of learning. Any links in bold in the new document can be found in the rainbow dated 1.06.20. 

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