Early Years Homework Programme During Absence From School

Whilst our pupils are at home, the Early Years Team will be posting here each week, with ideas about how you can keep your children busy and how to keep their routine similar to that in school.  Here is latest post.  Please scroll down to read earlier posts: 

27 April 2020 - message from the Early Years Team:

We hope you are all continuing to be safe and well. Firstly, a big thank you to all the parents and carers for all the learning you are doing with the children at home during this time. Well done! Hopefully, you are all working through the work packs and the activities on this blog. Remember to keep an eye out for the upcoming YouTube video activities. If there is anything else that we can do to support you at home right now, don’t hesitate to get in touch at earlyyears@marjorykinnon.hounslow.sch.uk

This half term our topic is ‘People Who Help Us’ and what better way to start the topic than by making a rainbow to celebrate and thank our wonderful NHS staff and key workers.

Rainbows have become a national symbol of hope and of gratitude; working with your child on creating a rainbow to say thank you to the people who help us such as nurses and doctors is a fantastic opportunity to talk about the people who help us, to explore the concepts of being kind and saying thank you. Get creative and encourage your child to make choices in which materials they wish to use in creating their own rainbow. When you’ve competed this why not send a picture of your rainbow to us at earlyyears@marjorykinnon.hounslow.sch.uk we would all love to see what you and your child have achieved. Write down any words which your child uses when creating their rainbow beside or onto the rainbow. Don’t forget the ‘What I did at home’ sheets!



30 March 2020 - message from the Early Years Team: 

Hi everyone,

We hope the good morning song and routine have been helping with some consistency – If you haven’t tried yet why not have a go?

Today, we would like to show you how to make some playdough and then share some ideas on how to use it. We have found a recipe that uses simple ingredients that you may already have in the cupboard (don’t worry about the food colouring if you don’t have any).  Please follow the link below to the playdough recipe – have fun mixing the ingredients and making the dough together – this is a great opportunity to get some more maths in by counting out the ingredients together and thinking about ‘big and ‘small’ quantities.


Playdough is a great tool for developing children’s fine motor skills and is also lots of fun! Manipulating dough will support the children’s pre writing skills, building their strength to hold a pencil effectively.

When you have finished making the dough you can allow the children to roll, squeeze and manipulate the dough with their hands, or simple tools you may have in the house –plastic cutlery and rolling pins etc. Encourage them to make birthday cakes with candles, or mini beasts from the garden. (Please take some pictures to share your wonderful creations with us!)

Funky Fingers

If you would like to add another familiar routine into your activities at home then you could try ‘funky fingers’. In these sessions, the children use a small ball of dough to work their fingers in different ways.

Before giving out the dough, the children join in with an action song to warm up their hands. We usually use the song below but you can make up your own if you like.

 “Open shut them, open shut them, give a little clap, clap clap.

Open shut them, open shut them, put them on your…. Nose/toes/ears.”

This is a nice warm up song which also encourages good listening and attention skills

(See the first 20 seconds of this video for the tune https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocFu_ZFgQi4 )

Next, we give the children a small ball of dough and encourage them to join in with the actions of a ‘dough gym song’ I have added some links to suitable songs below – you only need to do one song per session:

Enjoy your playdough making and the many hours of fun learning that it will provide.

The Early Years Team


23 March 2020 - message from the Early Years Team: 

Hi all,

We hope you are keeping safe and well.

Consistency and routine are very important to our children and as such you may want to include a small routine from school into your day to help at this time. Today we will look at our morning circle time routine.  We normally start our day by saying, “good morning,” to each other. We do this by singing this good morning song and offering the children the opportunity to verbalise/sign good morning using Makaton. Please see the sign for ‘Good morning’ below and have a go!

Remember to verbalise the words as you use the Makaton signs!

After good morning we usually work on some maths skills. We count how many people are in class today. This is consolidated by counting the same number of claps, stamps of our feet, drums on the table etc. and then having a look at what that number looks like. You can also try writing or tracing the number with your child.

Next, we look at our timetable for the morning. You could do this by scheduling the key events in your morning so that your child is prepared for what will be happening. e.g. 

  • Breakfast
  • Learning time
  • Play in the garden
  • Activity time
  • Lunch

Looking for an extra activity to do?

As you know, we have been learning about ‘Growing’ this half term. Why not have some fun measuring the height of your family members. You could have lots of mathematical discussion involving language such as big, bigger, biggest etc. and you can keep track of how much you are all growing over the coming weeks.

Scroll on down this page for lots of ideas of websites which offer online educational and fun ideas.

Stay safe,  The Early Years Team


CBeebies This colourful website has everything - games, craft ideas, recipes and music.  Many of the activities link to popular TV shows and we love the video singalongs!
TTS Group Provides lots of resources to schools to help teachers teach and learners learn.  TTS want to ensure that pupils don't miss out due to coronavirus and so they have made some of their resources free for parents, including an Early Years Activity Book.  Scroll down their website to download a copy.
Twinkl: Offers learning resources to teachers and parents who pay to become members.  However, due to coronavirus, Twinkl are offering one month of free membership to support continued learning from home.  Sign in on the Twinkl website to access the free resources.
Activity Village Offers lots of fun activities for teachers and parents who pay to become members.  However, to provide support to busy parents during the coronavirus school closures, Activitiy Village has pulled together some of their favourite activities into bundles which are currently free for everyone to download. 
Topmarks Provides a range of fun and educational activities, including resources designed specifically for parents to work with their children.
Something Special Using a sign language called Makaton, Justin and Mr Tumble help children learn how to communicate and develop language skills in a fun and exciting way.
Early Learning HQ High quality early years teaching resources designed to help engage, inspire and educate children.
Nursery World Offers lots of activities for children in Early Years, many are free to download.
Big Eyed Owl A site dedicated to providing ideas, resources and information for parents, carers and teachers of preschool, nursery and Key Stage 1 children.
  Crickweb A range of free online Early Years educational games.
Education City Provides engaging, educational resources and games for pupils aged 3-12 years, with a range of activities which are free to download.