Welcome to Nursery!
Our teacher is Mrs Hood.
We also have Mrs Coleman and Miss Cheadle to help us to learn.
We have Mrs Lees to oversee our learning too.
Click below for some additional home learning activities.
When a class or school is closed, your teacher will add daily activities alongside the packs that are available below.
5th March 2021 Happy Friday everyone, I hope you are all looking forward to coming back to school on Monday. We can’t wait to see you!!
Here is our last powerpoint, can you think of an animal to add to old Mcdonald’s jungle? Draw your favourite animal and sing the song with your new animal in. Nursery wk2 spr2 Friday
Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you for real on Monday!! Yippppeeeeeeeeeeee
4th March 2021 Happy world book day everyone! What is your favourite story? Can you find it and read it with your grown up? Why do you like the story? Tell your grown up your favourite part. Can you draw a picture from your favourite book?
Use today’s powerpoint to practise your phonics and have a go at guessing who is on Old Mcdonald’s farm.Nursery wk2 spr2 Thursday
When you have finished, have a go at our book bingo. Every time you complete a task, draw a smiley face. How many smiley faces will you collect? Book day challenge send me a picture of your completed chart, and I will send you a prize
3rd March 2021 Good morning everyone, I’m sorry I can’t see you on the computer today. Please find today’s powerpoint to practise your phonics and the calendar. Nursery wk2 spr2 Wednesday
Today is maths day and I have left you a little project to keep you busy. Listen to the story with your grown up and have a go at some of the tasks on this powerpoint. Here We Are – EYFS – updated
I will see you tomorrow to see what you have been up to! Have fun!
2nd March 2021. Good morning everyone. Well done for keeping Humpty safe yesterday.
Have a look at today’s powerpoint to think about all of the people who could help Humpty if he falls off the wall again. There are some other people that help us too, can you guess what they do? Nursery wk2 spr2 Tuesday
Keep looking at p sound in phonics, and help pirate Pete to sort all of his coins out.
Can you make a get well card for Humpty? Don’t forget to write your name and draw him a lovely picture to help him feel better.
1st March 2021 Happy Monday nursery! I hope you had a lovely weekend, it’s a cold one this morning!
Our rhyme for today is Humpty Dumpty, sing it with your grown up. How do you think poor Humpty felt when he fell off the wall, how could we make him safe? Use today’s powerpoint to carry out the experiment to make a protective jacket for Humpty. Nursery wk2 spr2 Monday
For phonics, we are learning p sound, can you find something in your house that begins with p?
Have a look and see if you can find something in your house that rhymes with egg.
26th February 2021 Happy Friday nursery! I loved seeing your amazing fishes yesterday, well done!
Today we are looking at counting how many altogether. Use today’s powerpoint to practise. Nursery wk1 spr2 Friday
For today’s phonics, use your sounds and words from yesterday to play splat! When your grown up shows you a word, splat it with your hand!
Have a fabulous weekend!
25th February 2021 Good morning everyone! Our new rhyme today is 12345, once I caught a fish alive. Can you sing this to your grown up?
Use today’s powerpoint to practise your counting skills, can you find the number without counting?
Your fish template is here, plus a cutting activity and the counting activity if you would like to do some more.
For today’s phonics, ask your grown up to write down 2 sets of all of your sounds and words that we have been learning so far. s, a, t, sat, at, as. Then play SNAP! When your grown up shows you a sound, hold up your sound to match.
24th February 2021 Happy Wednesday everyone. It’s PE day! Please find our powerpoint to look at today’s calendar and phonics.Nursery wk1 spr2 Wednesday
For PE, pretend to be a frog and use a rug or a spot in your house to be a pond. Can you find different ways to get into the pond? You could hop, skip, jump, roll, crawl, walk slowly, walk quickly, forward roll, walk backwards, star jump. How many ways can you think of?
If you would like to do more exercise, log onto you tube and look for the cosmic yoga video. (Really sorry, I can’t seem to upload the link today for some reason!)
Have lots of fun!!!
23rd February 2021 Good morning everyone. What a lovely sunny day we had yesterday! I hope you found lots of rhyming things in your house.
We are looking at the speckled frog rhyme again today, can you sing it? Here is today’s powerpoint where we are looking at more and less, can you look at the pictures and tell your grown up which is more and which is less?
In our phonics, we are looking at putting together the sounds we have learnt so far. Have a look at the words and see if you can use your sounds to sound them out.
Can you draw a picture of a frog? What do you think a frog looks like and feels like? Maybe you could draw five frogs sitting on a log, or jumping into a pool
22nd February 2021 Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had a restful, safe half term. This term we are looking at rhymes. Take a look at today’s powerpoint to find out the rhymes we are covering this week. Nursery wk1 spr2 Monday
You can sing along to today’s rhyme here.
In phonics we are recapping s, a and t. I hope you have been practicing 😉
12th February 2021 Happy Friday, and happy last day of term everyone! I hope you have enjoyed your learning about our favourite stories. Next term we are focusing on rhymes.
To finish off our week, have a look at this amazing video about chinese new year.
Now have a look at my powerpoint, can you help me to order the dragon’s body? Nursery wk6 Friday
If you want to play the dragon game yourself, click here.
Now I would like you to make a dragon mask all of your own and use it to do your own chinese dance!
Use the mask template if you need to, and then click here for a great dance to try.
Have a wonderful, safe week off, I will see you online , and then hopefully back in school really really soon.
11th February 2021 Good morning everyone. Your animals were amazing yesterday! Today we are going to be using our animals again to use our big grown up maths words. Look at the pictures on the powerpoint and see if you can tell your grown up which animal is first, second and third in the queue. You can then use your own toys to make a line, or have a race with your grown up. Who can be first to find a red toy, who can be first to tidy the toys away etc.
Have a great time!
10th February 2021 Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely week! It’s PE day today and I would like you to have a think about all of the animals in the Chinese calendar, you can re read the great race story from Monday if you need to. Have a think about how all of the animals move and what they sound like. Can you pretend that you are a horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox, rat, pig, dog, rooster, monkey or a sheep?
For our calendar, practise showing number 10 in different ways, show your grown up 10 fingers, 10 toes, 10 blocks, 10 pencils etc.
9th February 2021 Good morning nursery! Thank you for showing me your ox yesterday, they were great!
Here is today’s powerpoint for your calendar and phonics. Nursery wk6 Tuesday
Today we are going to look at some of the ways to get ready for Chinese New Year. Watch this video to see how two of our friends prepare for the special celebration. Video
You can then use this template to make your own chinese lantern to hang up in your house. Paper lantern
8th February 2021 Good morning everyone, it’s a snowy one today! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Our learning this week is all about a very special time in the celebration calendar. Chinese New Year!
Follow today’s powerpoint to see our phonics and calendar. Nursery wk6 Monday
Here is the story of the great race, to discover why the animals in the Chinese zodiac calendar have a year named after them. The Great Race
Use your computer to find out some facts about an ox, you could draw one and use your writing to label it. You could find out what animal is from the year you were born and draw that one instead.
5th February 2021 Happy Friday everyone! To finish of our Little Red Riding Hood week, we are going to look at the food and drink that keeps us healthy.
Follow the powerpoint to think about healthy food and drink, then make a healthy basket for grandma. Nursery wk5 Friday you could draw a healthy meal, use real food or plastic food from your kitchen.
Here is a story about a very hungry caterpillar for you to watch too.
For phonics we are practising writing our S (slither down the snake) and a (around the apple and down the leaf)
4th February 2021 Good morning everyone. Wow, what a busy day online it was yesterday! Thank you to you all for logging on, we had a brilliant time!
Today we are going to be looking at how the wolf keeps his teeth so bright and strong. Follow the powerpoint to see if you can recognise all of the different teeth. Then i would like you to design a new toothbrush for one of the animals you see on the pictures. Nursery wk5 Thursday
You could watch this video whilst you are brushing your teeth.
For phonics, look at the pictures on the powerpoint, can you tell your grown up if they begin with a or s?
3rd February 2021 Hello nursery, I hope you are ready for PE? Today, as part of children’s mental health week, I am going to show you our new friends the mood monsters! They are going to help us discuss and express our feelings, Use the powerpoint to meet the mood monsters, and then think about how they might move. If you login to teams, you will see the live lesson from this morning. Nursery wk5 Wednesday
When you have finished, choose your favourite mood monster and tell your grown up what makes you feel happy, sad, scared, excited or angry. Draw a picture of something that makes you feel that way too.
If you would like to do more PE, here is a yoga video for you. Calming yoga video
There are more wellbeing activities to try here. Wellbeing activities for you to try
2nd February 2021 Good morning everyone. Your maps were amazing yesterday, I was so proud of you! Little Red Riding Hood went on some fantastic walks. Today we are looking at why Little Red was going to visit her grandma. Maybe she wasn’t feeling very well? Follow today’s powerpoint to look at the different ways we could help her to feel better. Nursery wk5 Tuesday
You could make her a get well card, make or draw her a cake, or paint her a picture of some flowers. You could send them to your grandma, or a special person in your life to cheer them up.
I have added the Cbeebies timetable to the permanent links above, they show all of the pre-school tv learning provided by the BBC.
1st February 2021 Happy first day of the month nursery! February already!
Our story this week is Little Red Riding Hood. I hope you enjoy the activities. If you do not have the story at home, you can read it here. little red riding hood story
The live lesson powerpoint is here, Nursery wk5 Monday follow the pages to practise your maths, days of the week and map activities.
For phonics, we are recapping our sound from last week. Our sound was S, can you say the sound, find something beginning with S and have a go at writing it (slither down the snake)
29th January 2021 Happy Friday all. Thank you for a lovely week, I hope you have enjoyed exploring Jack and the beanstalk with me. Your last activity is to use your big boys and girls words to describe which items belong to the giant, and which items belong to Jack. Think of words to use instead of big and small (enormous, huge, tiny, little etc) Nursery wk4 Friday
28th January 2021 Hello everyone, I hope you had fun being a bean yesterday! Today we are looking at different shapes. Use the powerpoint to help Mrs Hood sort out her special hens, and find lots of different shapes. See how many different shapes you can find in your house. Nursery wk4 Thursday
27th January 2021 Good morning everyone, trainers on ready for PE! Play a game with your grown up. You are going to be a bean, just like Jack used in the story. Your grown up is going to shout different beans for you to be.
Try being a runner bean, jumping bean, tall bean, small bean, stretchy bean, hopping bean, balancing bean, frozen bean (stay as still as you can!) Nursery wk4 Wednesday
26th January 2021 Today we are looking at our counting. Can you help Jack to climb up and down the beanstalk counting as you go, can you try counting backwards? Have a look at the leaves and see if you can tell your grown up what numbers you can see. Can you find the numbers that are missing? Nursery wk4 Tuesday
25th January 2021 Wow what a snowy weekend we have had! Thank you for sending me your lovely pictures of the snowmen you have been building, they are amazing! I am so sorry that we can’t see each other today, but I have got some lovely activities for you.
Our activities this week are based around this story.
Have a look at the picture with your child (please don’t read the title yet), and ask them to think about these questions.
- Who might be in the story?
- What animals are in the story?
- Who is climbing down the beanstalk?
- Why is the cow for sale?
- What story could it be?
Yes it’s Jack and the beanstalk! Here is a link to listen to the story.
Here is today’s powerpoint, you will definitely need your counting skills to help Mrs Hood at the market.
Have fun, and hopefully we will see each other tomorrow
22nd January 2021 Thank you so much for your help yesterday, your posters worked! Our gingerbread men were returned safely….and we ate them! Today our powerpoint talks about the gingerbread man’s feelings in the story.
Talk through with your grown up, can you think how he might be feeling? Can you show these feelings in your face?
Then I would like you to help the gingerbread man cross the river safely. If he falls in the water he will go all soggy and break, and we certainly don’t want to ask the fox again! Can you make a boat or a bridge to help him?
You can use boxes, lego, blocks or you can draw. If you make one, test it out in your bath or sink. Try your best to keep the gingerbread man dry!
21st January 2021 Good morning nursery. Hope you are all ok. I am so sorry that we can’t be together online this morning, we should be back tomorrow. I also have some more bad news…I have an EMERGENCY! I really need your help! Yesterday I made some gingerbread men, and they have ran away! I checked the cameras and I have found these videos, I can’t believe it!
Please can you help me find them, I really want to eat them!
I need you to make a missing poster so that we can show people what the gingerbread men look like. When you have made it, please put it in your window or send a picture to me, so that we can track these cheeky gingerbread men. Use your writing to tell everyone where the gingerbread have been seen on the cameras.
You can use my template here, or you can draw your own gingerbread man on your own paper. missing1
I really hope they turn up!
Here is today’s powerpoint for you to practice your phonics, our calendar and those tricky position words. Nursery wk3 Thursday
Have a great day, hopefully see you tomorrow
20th January 2021 Hello, it’s PE Wednesday! With your grown up I want you to think about all of the ways the gingerbread man was moving in the story. From when he was lying in the oven, to when he was thinking about swimming across the water. Also think about all of the ways the different animals were moving. Have fun!
Here is today’s powerpoint. Nursery wk3 Wednesday
I am going to make some gingerbread men tonight, if you would like to make some to here is a simple recipe. Gingerbread recipe
There is also a video for the gingerbread man on you tube, if you would like to do more PE or just watch! Please click here.
19th January 2021 Good morning everyone, well done for your fantastic learning yesterday. We had some lovely new characters and parts to our gingerbread story. Today we are going to be playing a game so you will need a dice and the gingerbread dice game below.
Here is another game that you might like to play.
Use this morning’s powerpoint to look at numbers together before playing the game. I hope you have lots of fun! Nursery wk3 Tuesday
If you have playdough at home, you could make your own gingerbread man. If you would like to make your own playdough, here is a recipe. I look forward to seeing your creations! No cook playdough recipe
You can also use the gingerbread man template to design your own gingerbread man. Gingerbread template
18th January 2021 Happy Monday nursery! I hope you had a lovely rest over the weekend. This week we are learning all about the gingerbread man story. I have lots of lovely activities planned for you, and I am looking forward to sharing one of my favourite stories with you.
Please find a copy of today’s powerpoint. Nursery wk3 Monday
If you do not have the gingerbread story at home, please click on this link to listen to the story.
I would love to see all of your lovely work, you can send it to me via email.
15th January 2021 Happy Friday everyone, thank you for a wonderful week online and in school. We are finishing our Goldilocks theme by talking about the number 3! We are looking at the different ways you can see number 3. Follow the powerpoint to discuss how we subitise. Then ask your child to find 3 in different ways, ideally on recognition and without counting. Look at the 3 on a clock, make 3 marks on paper, write your name 3 times etc.
Next week our story is The Gingerbread Man, I can’t wait to share all of our learning.
14th January 2021 Hello everyone it’s Thursday! I hope you all had a lie down after yesterday’s session, I certainly needed one!
Today we are going to be talking about what the characters in the story would be saying. Follow the powerpoint and talk about the characters. What would Daddy bear say? (Who’s been eating my porridge etc), What would Mommy bear say? (Who’s been sitting in my chair etc), what would Baby bear say? (Someone’s broken my chair etc). Nursery wk2 Thursday
Then we need to think about all of the things that Goldilocks did, and what she would need to say to the three bears. Think about what we need to say to someone when we do something wrong. We need to say sorry.
Using this template, or one of your own, pretend you are Goldilocks and write a letter to the three bears to say sorry for something that you did. Allow the children to make marks on the paper to write, you can then ask the children what their marks say. letter template
13th January 2021 Happy Wednesday everyone. Thank you for showing me all of your lovely toys yesterday, they were all cars and fire engines! You could tell me which one Daddy bear, Mummy bear and Baby bear would drive FANTASTIC!!
Today is PE day so please find our yoga video to complete later. Click here
Here is today’s powerpoint. Nursery wk2 Wednesday
For today’s learning we are going to be acting out the story of Goldilocks. Talk about the story with a grown up and while you are talking act out what is happening in the story. Use your small movements to stir and taste the porridge, use your big movements when walking upstairs and running away from the bears.
12th January 2021 Good morning everyone. Well done for your brilliant learning yesterday, I was very impressed with your drawing
Today we are looking at using your special maths words big, bigger, biggest, small, smaller, smallest. Use the pictures on today’s powerpoint to find out which things belong to Mummy bear, Daddy bear and Baby bear.
Then, look around your house and find 3 toys of different sizes, tell your grown up which one is bigger, smaller, biggest, smallest. Can you put them in size order?
Goldilocks loved to eat Baby bear’s porridge, have you ever tried porridge? What’s your favourite breakfast? Ask all of the people in your house what their favourite breakfast cereal is. Draw a picture of someone eating their favourite breakfast.
11th January 2021 Happy Monday everyone. I am sorry for the short notice of the changes to online learning, but due to Nursery and Reception classes now merging during the afternoon, all Nursery online learning takes place during the morning. The sessions are at 9:20 for grouptime and 11:30 for storytime.
Our story focus this week is Goldilocks and the three bears, one of our favourite stories. Please click on this link to find a copy of the story, you can then have a go at the following activities.
Draw or paint your favourite character from the Goldilocks story.
Make a new chair for baby bear using your bricks, lego or junk modelling.
Please click the link to find our powerpoint slides from the live session this morning. Nursery wk2
8th January 2021 Good morning everyone. What a cold and frosty day! I hope you’re staying safe and warm. For your activity today you will need your boxes and letters from yesterday. With your child, let them help you to number them 1-10, writing the numbers on the boxes and envelopes. Show your child how you are writing the number and ask your child to copy, if they can. Practise counting and recognising the numbers. If your child is struggling, you can reduce to 5 or 3. Ask the children to help you put the numbers in order from 1-3, 1-5, 1-10. Once the numbers are ordered, look again at the numbers counting them together, ask your child to find number 1, number 4 etc. Once they are ordered, take one of the numbers away, and ask your child if they can see which one is missing. If they can’t recognise straight away, count together and stop at the missing one. Repeat this numerous times.
Help Postman Pat to sort the parcels in this game. Please click here for the game.
7th January 2021 Good morning everyone. Thank you to everyone for joining us online yesterday, it was lovely to see you. For today’s activity you will need 7 envelopes (folded pieces of paper are fine), 3 small boxes and 2 carrier bags. You will need to label the envelopes and boxes 1-10 for tomorrow’s session.
With your child, recap the job of a postman/lady, discussing how they deliver letters and parcels to our houses. Talk about how the postie has to sort out the letters and parcels and that we’re going to do the same. Sort the boxes and letters into 2 piles (1 pile of boxes and 1 pile of letters). Once they are sorted, ask your child how many boxes they think there are and how many letters, which one do they think has more? Which one has less? How could we check? Count the piles to determine which pile has the most etc. Now sort the piles into the 2 bags (1 bag of letters and 1 bag of parcels) count them as you are putting them into the bags. After adding each item, stop and discuss how there are more in the bag, if we add 1 more, how many will there be? Please keep the boxes and letters for tomorrow’s activity.
Discuss with your child how we need to have a name and address on an envelope so that the postie knows where to deliver to. Can they tell your what there full name is, can they tell you where they live? Talk about the number on the door of the house. Practise writing their name and door number onto an envelope.
Write a letter or draw a picture to send to us at school. Show your child how to write the address of our school, how to put on the stamp and then post it together. We will write one back to you
Colour in this picture to say thank you to your postie for delivering your letters and parcels. thank you postie have fun! See you tomorrow x
6th January 2021 Good morning everyone. Our topic this half term is traditional stories. We will be learning all about the characters in some of our favourite stories.
Our first story is The Jolly Postman. Do you know what a postman/postlady does? When did you last see a postman/lady? What were they doing? Have a look at this video to find out more about the job of a postman/lady and what happens when you send a letter.
Have a look at the picture of Postman Pat, can you tell your grown up all of the equipment he is using? Ask your grown up to read the words to you and then point to where they are in the picture. Can you use your pencil to copy the sounds in the words? Try sounding them out as you go. Postman Pat
Next, have a go at this sorting activity. Some of the items in the photographs are used by a postman/lady, and some are not. Tell your grown up what the objects are and why you think the postman uses them or not. If they’re not used by the postman, who might use them? post sort
Finally, have a listen to the story of The Jolly Postman by clicking on this link.
Have fun, and don’t forget to send me pictures of your learning so that I can send you stickers and certificates for your learning!
5th January 2021 Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely safe Christmas holidays. Unfortunately we are back to online learning for a while.
The following online sessions will be available for you to attend on a daily basis: 9:15-9:40 – Family group time, 11:30-11:45 – storytime, 12:40 – 1:10 – Family group time (this will be a repeat of the am session), 2:45-3:00 – storytime.
Please note: on Thursdays, there will be no online live sessions during the afternoon. If your child normally attends during the afternoon, you will find the activities on the class page, or you can attend the online session during the morning.
The activities set will also be available here on the class page for you to access at anytime, along with Phase 1 phonics activities.
If you have any questions/queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will answer your query as soon as possible. Please stay safe.
14th December 2020 1 more day to go until we are back in the classroom. Yippeeeee! Today we are looking at using our tricky maths words and recognising some numbers. Use your favourite teddy and toy and follow these instructions: Can you put your teddy/toy on top of your head, under the table, inside your jumper, over the chair, next to your leg, on your nose, behind your back, between your knees, through your legs and in front of your nose? Can you make your teddy/toy go up, down, around in a circle, forwards and backwards?
Now ask your grown up to show you a number 1-10, can you say what the number is and make your teddy jump that many times? Have lots of fun, and I will see you in the morning! I can’t wait!
11th December 2020 Hello everyone and happy Christmas jumper day! I hope you are all wearing your Christmas jumpers, pyjamas or fancy dress. Today we are going to be talking about the different patterns on our jumpers. Have a look at the power point, and see if you can finish the pattern by telling your grown up what colour or shape comes next in the pattern. Then you can have a go at creating your own Christmas jumper. Use 2 0r 3 colours, shapes or pictures to create a pattern on your jumper. Don’t forget to send them to me. Have fun!
10th December 2020 Good morning lovelies, I hope you are all keeping safe and warm. Today we are looking at the differences between Tipton and The North Pole. Go through the home or away pictures with your child and talk about whether you would find these in Tipton or The North Pole. Discuss why they think this. Afterwards, ask your child to draw something they have seen and then to tell you if their picture is from Tipton or The North Pole and how they know.
Send me a copy of their work, if you can, to my email. Have fun!
9th December 2020 Good morning, thank you for such a lovely day yesterday, and for your great feedback. I have posted your letters to Santa so keep an eye on your letterbox to see if he writes back!
Can you remember where we had to post the letters to? The North Pole! Have you ever wondered what it’s like at The North Pole? Here is a story about a little girl who went to visit The North Pole, have a listen to the story and have a look at what animals you can see, how they move around and what you would wear at The North Pole.
Have a go at dressing up your teddy for a day at the North Pole, what would they wear? Send me a picture of your bear ready for his trip!
Also, today would be our PE day at nursery so please click here for the link to our yoga with Cosmic Kids video. Have fun!
8th December 2020 Good morning everyone, I hope you were able to join me on our teams meeting. If you have any problems with logging on, or require your password, just drop me an email. Today we are writing our letter to Santa! I want you to have a really good think about what you would like Santa to bring you for Christmas. He might visit your house, or he might visit our nursery. Use your brilliant writing and drawing to show me your letters. Ask your grown ups to send me a picture of your letter so that I can post it tomorrow. Have fun!
I am online every day at the following times: 930 & 1230 for family group sessions (these will be very similar, so join in for either session) and 11 & 3 for stories, games and to show me your work. See you there!
7th December 2020 Well here we are again! It looks like we will be online for a while. Don’t worry, we will still have lots of fun, and hopefully we will be able to see each other! From tomorrow, there will be some live sessions available for your child to login and interact with. I will also be setting tasks here on our page just like last time. Please take a moment to read the Teams info PPT, this will help you to get setup online. If you need a reminder of your child’s email and password, please email me at email@example.com
I aim to be online at 930 for family group time and 11 for a story in the morning, and will repeat the sessions at 1230 and 3 in the afternoon. Each session lasts around 15-20 mins.
As always if you need help with anything, or have any questions, please email me and I will get back to you asap.
See you tomorrow!
10th November 2020 Good morning everyone, this will hopefully be our last online session for a while YIPPEE! I’m really looking forward to seeing your smiley faces tomorrow, we’ve got lots to catch up on. I can’t wait to hear what you have been getting up to.
Start by talking about what day it is, what the weather is like and the number 10. Put both hands up to show 10 fingers, then 10 toes. Ask your child to count all the way up to ten on their own, then do it again in a loud voice, quiet voice, silly voice, dinosaur voice etc. Write the number 10 so that your child can see what it looks like, or ask your child to write it if they are able to.
Activities We are going to carry on with Diwali today, looking at a story that is often told at Diwali time by people who follow the Hindu religion (Diwali is also celebrated by Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists)
The story of Rama and Sita. Watch the video of the story and ask them the following questions. What happened in the story, who did they see in the story, how did Rama feel when his princess had gone? How did the monkey army get to the castle? Video
Have a closer look at the characters in the story and ask the children to draw someone they met in the story. Can they draw the evil Ravana with 10 heads and 20 arms?
Using blocks, lego, junk modelling, build a castle and a bridge to help the monkey army cross the ocean to rescue Princess Sita.
Thread pasta or beads onto wool or string to make some beautiful jewellery for Princess Sita, you can paint it afterwards.
Talk with your child about bravery, can they think of a time when they have had to be really brave like Prince Rama?
9th November 2020 Good morning everyone, how was your weekend? Fun I hope! I heard so many fireworks, lots of colours, and bangs! This week at nursery we will be learning about Diwali, Remembrance day and Children in need. I’m so pleased that we will be back together on Wednesday, YIPPEE!!
Start the day by talking about the days of the week, go through the days of the week and talk about it being Monday. Discuss the weather, it’s quite foggy where I am! Talk about the number 9 and ask your child to clap, jump, hop 9 times. Write the number 9 and go on a number hunt around the house, how many number 9’s can they find. Make a mark on a piece of paper (like a tally) every time they spot one.
Diwali – show your child the following video and pictures about Diwali. If you celebrate Diwali as a family, please use your photos/videos as these will be familiar to your child. Talk about the similarities and differences between Diwali and bonfire night (fireworks, people together, special food eaten) Video
Activities – Clean the house! During Diwali people clean their houses and light them up with candles so that Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth and luck) will visit. Ask your child to help you with the cleaning tasks today, get them to tidy their toys away once they’ve finished playing, wash up their plate after lunch etc. The children love tidying up at nursery, and are getting very good at it!
Make a Rangoli pattern – these can be chalked on the floor outside, or on a tray/paper inside. Use paint, pens, collage, rice or lentils. Here are some examples.
Draw around your child’s hands and create Mehndi patterns. Encourage your child to decorate their hand outline with swirls and patterns. If you’re feeling very brave, let them draw on your hands.
Please also practise name writing and counting to 10, 20 or beyond.
6th November 2020 Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a lovely bonfire night, did you see or hear any lovely fireworks? Or did you have a party yourself? Whatever you did, I hope it was fun.
Start the day by discussing the weather, talk about how many cloudy days we have had this week, how many rainy days we have had etc. This helps the children put meaning to number. Discuss the day of the week, start from Monday and let your child say what day comes after Thursday, then talk about the number 6, count from 1 to 5 and let your child tell you what comes next, find the number 6 in the room where you are (on a clock, computer, phone, tv remote)
Talk to your child about how you kept safe last night such as, watching fireworks from indoors, staying back from the fire (if you had one) Talk about how bonfire night is a fun time but it can be dangerous. Today we are going to talk about who can help us if we have a fire that is not safe.
Activities – Show the children the 2 short videos below of the fire fighters and talk about how they are helping to put the fire out, what they are wearing, the fire engine, ladders, hoses, water. Talk about how firefighters have a very important job to keep everyone in Tipton safe. Avon-and-Somerset, UK Fire Department
Using handprints in paint, create a fire on a piece of paper, talk about the colours in the fire (can they remember from Tuesday?) Then use a sponge, spray bottle or bucket to pretend to put the fire out. We normally let them make a lot of pictures so that they can put the fire out again and again. Using a spray bottle or squeezing a sponge will get those finger muscles working!
Draw 4 ladders or hoses of different lengths on a piece of paper for your child, ask your child to find the longest, shortest, biggest, smallest ladder/hose. If they are able to, ask them to order the ladders/hoses by size from longest to shortest. Then ask them to draw a short/small ladder or hose and then a long/big ladder or hose.
Have a look at the firefighter photos, ask your child to draw a fire engine or a fire fighter. To extend the activity, ask your child to tell you the different parts of the fire engine (wheel, ladder, door etc) or fire fighter (boots, hat, hose etc) Ask your child to write the labels for the different parts (we are not looking for written words yet, just a line/mark is great – ask them what it says) If your child is not labelling with marks yet, let them see you write the words they say, and let them have a go at copying what you have written. Fire fighter photos
Using your toys, pretend that there is a fire. Pretend to be a firefighter and put the fire out. Rescue your teddies and keep them safe.
Please also practise name writing and counting to 10, 20 or beyond.
Have a lovely, warm and safe weekend
5th November 2020 Happy bonfire day/night everyone! I hope you are ready to see the bright colours and hear the noises from the fireworks tonight. Give your pets an extra big cuddle because sometimes fireworks are a bit scary for them.
Let’s start the day! Talk about the day of the week, emphasise that yesterday was Wednesday so today is…..
Look at the number 5 together, ask them to find the number 5 from a row of numbers, can they show you 5 fingers, 5 claps, 5 hops, give you 5 pieces of Lego etc? Often children can count in order to 5, but find it hard to put meaning to the number and will often clap beyond 5, getting your child to touch each object as they count helps too. If you feel your child is secure with this, ask them to sort coloured objects into groups of 5, you can also use two different colours/objects to look at the number bonds to 5. For example – 3 red pieces of Lego and 2 blue pieces of Lego makes 5 altogether, or 4 peas on the plate and 1 chip makes 5.
Please also practise name writing and counting to 10, 20 or beyond.
Activities – Here we have a story about fireworks, read this with your child and ask them the following questions; What happened in the story? Who did we meet in the story? What did Bo see from the window? What can Bo hear? What can we see from our window? What noises can we hear? Ask the children to draw a picture of something they can see or hear from their window. Ask your child about their picture and let them see you writing what they say. If your child is forming some letters, ask them to make marks and ‘write’ about their picture themselves. All we are looking for here are marks and some recognisable letters on the paper. Sparks in the sky
Have a go at making these marks. You can use pen and paper, your finger in flour/salt on a tray or plate, paint, or even on a steamed up window. Send me pictures of the marks you make! mark making
Using the middle of a loo or kitchen roll, have a go at this exciting craft activity to make your own firework display. Snip the end of the roll with scissors and fan them out to make the shape, then dip them in paint and off you go! Firework printing
4th November 2020 Good morning everyone, it’s a chilly one this morning! Can you see any frosty ice where you are? You might see that the roof on the house or the window on the car is white! Spend a few minutes discussing the weather before talking about what day it was yesterday, so today must be……? Hopefully they say Wednesday! Then sing the days of the week song. Write the numbers 1-10 on a piece of paper, explain that yesterday was number 3 (let them find number 3 then ask them what comes next) can they find number 4? Have a go at writing number 4 together. Thank you for sending in examples of how busy you were yesterday, with your permission I will be uploading these into our home learning gallery, your child will enjoy looking through the photos to spot their friends and themselves. Please don’t worry if you haven’t sent anything, we can talk to the children about their learning when we’re all back together……soon I hope! Mrs Coleman has enjoyed chatting with you and she has told me all of the fun things you’re getting up to, we can’t wait to see your smiley faces back in nursery!
Activities – Today would be our PE day so we are going to be doing activities to get those arms and legs moving! Play these 3 short videos (1 2 3) of fireworks to your child (without letting them see) Can they guess what the noises are? Now show your child the videos and talk about the colours of the fireworks, how they are moving, what sounds they are making. Can they copy the noise of the fireworks? What other noises can they hear (people) Why are the people making those noises? Now ask your child to pretend that they are a firework, can they crouch down low, make the noise of the firework before stretching/jumping up tall into the sky. Can they spin like some of the fireworks?
With musical instruments, or whatever you have at home (pots and pans, plastic bowls etc) ask the children to make the noises of the fireworks. Ask them to follow your instructions – slowly, quietly, loud, fast, 1 big bang, 3 big bangs etc. Now you have a go and ask your child to tell you what to do.
Using the following poem, pens and large paper, ask your child to make marks to the words (we call this squiggle while you wiggle) We would be looking for big arm movements when the poem says up and down, whiz could be a zig-zag motion, circular motions for round and round. Click this link for the poem firework
I have added a short yoga session that the children have enjoyed previously, join in if you can it’s fab! It’s on you tube – click here for the link
Quick note: for tomorrow’s session you will need some paint and the middle of a loo/kitchen roll.
Have fun everyone xx
3rd November 2020 Good morning everyone, the children always start the day by talking about what day it is, what number the day is and what the weather is like. Spend a few minutes talking about the day, and show them what a number 3 looks like, can they have a go at writing the number 3? They may want to sing the days of the week song to you (sang to the tune of ‘if you’re happy and you now it’) It’s Tuesday today clap your hands, it’s Tuesday today clap your hands, it’s Tuesday today, it’s Tuesday today, it’s Tuesday today clap your hands.
Our focus this week at nursery is bonfire night/fire safety. Show your child a short video of a bonfire celebration, there are lots to look through on you tube. Talk about the colours of the fire, can they hear the noise of the fireworks? Why are all of the people wrapped up in warm clothes? (Autumn is a colder season) Why is it dark? (bonfire celebrations mainly happen at night, we wouldn’t see fireworks in the day)
Activities – Get dressed for Bonfire night! Ask your child to pretend that they are going to a bonfire celebration. What would they wear? Have a selection of clothes available such as jumpers, coat, hat , gloves, (include a few that they wouldn’t wear such as shorts, a swimming costume, goggles, slippers etc) Ask your child to choose what they would wear and why they have chosen those clothes.
Look at the colours of the fire in the video, what colours can they see? Encourage the children to choose colours that they can see in the video to paint/draw their own bonfire. What words can they use to describe the fire? Write the words they are saying around their picture If your child is attempting to form letters, ask them to copy some simple words you have written such as red, hot – encourage your child to sound out while you or they write the letters.
Build a pretend bonfire using lego or wooden blocks, invite your teddies to the celebration.
Don’t forget to send me photos of your creations – firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd November 2020 Good morning all, Firstly I would like to say HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY to GS, we hope you have a brilliant day. We will celebrate your birthday as soon as we are back in school.
I hope you had a fun, safe half term. This half term we will be learning all about autumn, how the season changes and the animals that we may encounter. We will also be talking about the celebrations that happen during this half term such as Bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas. Celebrations are going to be a little different for us this year, but we will still have as much fun as we can. Pease find at the top of the page, a selection of activities that can be completed when we can’t be together and have to spend some time at home. I will also upload daily tasks for you to have a go at. Please email me with your photos, creations and any messages to keep us smiling email@example.com