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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 recognise and write the letter ‘o’.

To read and write the sounds i n p g o.

To read simple words using the sounds m a s d t and i n p g o.


To say the letter sound

  • Watch the YouTube clip to say the sound correctly.

o – is a bouncy sound.


Rhyme to help your child remember how to write the letters correctly

  • Use the letter sound mat below

o – all around the orange.


Activities to help recognise the letters

  • Hide the letters in the garden and go on a letter sound hunt. Your child could move in different ways e.g. hop to the letter ‘o.’
  • Hunt for miniature letters hidden in the garden/ around the lounge. They could use a magnifying glass if you have one.
  • Spot letters in the story books you share together.
  • Spot letters around the house on food packets, tv programmes, word art.
  • Spot letters when you are out walking.
  • Watch the alphablocks ‘o’ episode.
  • Make the alphablocks ‘o’ character using the printable sheet to colour and stick onto a tube.


Activities to support sound skills

  • Give your child a collection of items and sort them into objects that begin with ‘o’ and other letters your child has previously learnt but may need more practise.
  • Collect items from around the house that start with the letter sound ‘o’.
  • Play games such as ‘I spy’ to practise hearing the initial sounds in words.


Activities to help write the letters

  • Practise mark making the letters using cars dipped in paint. Move the cars to write the letter, forming it correctly.
  • Mark make in sand/ porridge oats/ flour/ salt/ sugar etc writing the letters using their finger.
  • Mark make with magic water – water and glitter.
  • Write the letters with chalk or with a paintbrush and water.
  • Write the letters in playdough using a pencil.
  • Write the letters using finger paints.
  • Make dens using any large boxes you have and practise writing the letters in the boxes.
  • Write on different surfaces e.g. in the mud, on foil, roll of old wallpaper, whiteboard, playdough etc.
  • Sellotape pens to cars and move the cars to form the letters.

RWI Sound Mat

Parent Video: How to say the sounds

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Activities to support reading simple words

If your child can hear initial, middle and final sounds in words then they are ready to start reading simple words.

The video below about sound blending will remind you how we teach reading simple words.  

  • Use alphablocks you have made using tubes. Arrange the letters p, i, n next to each other. Say the sounds. Repeat and say the sounds quicker then say the word ‘pin.’ Repeat this with other words you can make using the sounds i n p g o. e.g. pig, nip… Make words using the letter sounds previously learnt as well (m a s d t). For example, pat, map…
  • Write simple words such as ‘dig’ in chalk on the patio. Jump on each sound, say the sound and then at the end say the word.


You can use the free e-books available on oxford owl for your child to read to you. Remember to encourage your child to use the pictures so they can tell you the story.

Parent Video: Sound Blending

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To count an irregular arrangement of up to 10 objects. 

  • Using your child's favourite toys put them in different arrangements and encourage them to count them without moving them. To avoid making mistakes encourage your child to point to each object as they count it. Model how your child can also start counting at the top and work their way down to the bottom. 
  • Each day try out a different activity linked in the document titled, 'Activities - Counting an irregular arrangement of up to 10 objects.' 
  • Then on Friday you could use the superhero or unicorn sheets below to see if they can complete the activity using pictures. If your child is finding this challenging they could put a line through each picture, as they count, to avoid counting it twice or missing one. 



Please look at the document 'Additional activities to support your child's learning in 40-60 months' and the new document 'parent support activities 40-60 months Summer 2' for more ideas how to support your child in the different areas of learning.

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