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Summer (week beginning July 6th)

This week we are talking about the season of summer.  We will use the pictures in non-fiction books to develop vocabulary associated with summer.  If you are able to access Twinkl, there are lots of summer powerpoints in the EYFS section that could be used to stimulate discussion.

LITERACY ACTIVITIES

Phonics

Sound-Talking (blending and segmenting)

Look at a picture of the seaside or a summer picnic scene.  Ask your child to find the ‘sh-ell’ or the ‘r-u-g.’ They should be able to blend the sounds to hear and say the word.  You may like to challenge your child to segment (break down the words into sounds) for you to blend.

Draw ‘sound buttons’ for your child to read simple, cvc words such as ‘s-u-n’ and ‘h-a-t.’  Other summer related cvc words you could use are hot, rug, van and bag.  You may like to challenge your child to say or write the letter sounds for each sound button.

I Spy

Give clues to describe summer objects.  You could use a summer picture or collect real items that you may have at home, such as sunglasses, suncream, picnic basket, bucket and spade, etc.

Flags

If you have a sand pit at home you could make flags for your sandcastle. (card or paper, fastened to a plastic straw) Encourage your child to make marks or label their flag with their name.

MATHS ACTIVITIES

Numerals

If you have sand at home you could put some into a tray and encourage your child to write numbers in the sand.  We do this a lot at Nursery.

Problem Solving

Use a toy picnic set to share food between your teddies.  How many plates will you need?  If you give each teddy one more strawberry, how many will they have?

Pattern

Make a fruit kebab.  Arrange the fruit in a repeating pattern such as banana, strawberry, banana, strawberry.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Ice Lollies

Make an ice lolly/cube, using squash.  Talk about the water changing to ice.  How does it feel? 

Investigate how long it takes to melt – put ice cubes in different places such as the fridge or in the garden.  Why did it melt quicker outside?

Water Bottles

Fill an empty washing up bottle with water.  You could add washing up liquid or food colouring.  Let your child draw pictures on the patio.  How long will it take to disappear?  Why does it disappear?

 

 

 

Tapestry – learning through play ideas

Each week there are additional ideas for learning through play, from Tapestry.   These ideas are practical and use resources that you have readily available at home.  The weekly documents are uploaded into the Nursery class page but you can also find them on the Tapestry website – infographics page.

This week’s favourite ideas –

  1. Finger Workout – exercises to develop control and strength in finger muscles, vital for fine motor skills such as writing and drawing.
  2. Likes and Dislikes – making choices about their preferences.  Extend this activity by asking ‘why?’
  3. Musical Statues – a favourite game that children like to play with their friends in our music area at Nursery.  Take turns to give instructions.

Tapestry - additional ideas for learning through play, week beginning July 6th

Noah’s Ark (June 29th – July 3rd)

This week we are using the story of Noah’s Ark to link to the new worship song, ‘Looking to the rainbow,’ and will also continue to talk about different animals (from last week’s story of Handa’s Surprise.’) Many of the activities below have a rainbow theme, which children will enjoy.

LITERACY ACTIVITIES

Watch the ‘Noah’s Ark’ story on youtube.  Find the story in the Bible.

 

Collect a set of the rainbow coloured objects. 

1. Describe the texture of each object.

2. “I spy….”  Give a clue to describe one of the objects. E.g. “I spy something that you have to peel before you can eat it.”

Write your ‘rainbow name.’ (each letter a different colour of the rainbow)

MATHS ACTIVITIES

Find ‘5’ red objects.  (the number and colour can be changed)

Sort a packet of skittles or smarties into colours.  Record how many of each colour.  Compare ‘how many red?’ and ‘how many orange?’  How many more to make them the same?

Write a rainbow number line (each number written in a different colour)

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Worship Song – Looking to the rainbow, to remember God’s promise of hope.

Prayer – say thank you to God for your favourite animal.

 

Floating and sinking, using appropriate objects.  Encourage prediction and reasoning.

Use food colouring to dye pasta/spaghetti or rice.  Make coloured play dough.

Learn songs about the story of Noah’s Ark - Who built the ark?  and ‘The animals came in two by two,’ can be found on youtube.  Practise holding up 2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 fingers when singing the song.

 

 

 

 

Tapestry – learning through play ideas

Each week there are additional ideas for learning through play, from Tapestry.   These ideas are practical and use resources that you have readily available at home.  The weekly documents are uploaded into the Nursery class page but you can also find them on the Tapestry website – infographics page.

This week’s favourite ideas –

  1. Sing it out!  Make your own microphone with a cardboard tube and perform favourite rhymes and songs to your family.  What other sounds can you make with your microphone?
  2. Silly pens and pencils.  Personalise your writing tools by sticking collage materials or tiny toy figures onto the end of your pen or pencil with tape.  Now you could do ‘princess’ writing or ‘Spiderman’ writing.

Tapestry - additional ideas for learning through play, week beginning June 29th

The Fruit Shop (June 22nd – 26th)

This week we are talking about different fruits, based on our familiar story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’  We are also introducing a new story called ‘Handa’s Surprise’ which contains exotic fruits.  The key vocabulary to be using with your child is in bold print.  Please upload photographs onto Tapestry to share your learning at home.

LITERACY ACTIVITIES

Watch the ‘Handa’s Surprise’ story on youtube.  Identify the exotic fruits – pineapple, mango, passion fruit, avocado, guava, etc. 

If you have any toy jungle animals you could make up your own story about animals that secretly steal fruits!

Phonics (rhythm) – choose a fruit or animal from the story and take turns to clap the syllables of the word.  For example, pineapple would have 3 claps, mango would have 2 claps. 

Phonics (initial sounds) – play ‘I spy,’ using the initial sounds of the fruits and animals from the story.

Make a pretend Fruit Shop.  Write labels for the fruits.  Write a shopping list.  Make an open/closed sign for the shop.

MATHS ACTIVITIES

Look at a bowl of grapes, strawberries or other fruit that is available. Have a quick look and then estimate how many there are.  Explain that an estimate doesn’t have to be correct. By practising this skills it helps your child know what ‘4’ looks like. 

Count a set of available fruits. Make up number stories. If you take one away, how many will be left?  If you add one more, how many will there be?

Make play dough fruits, such as apples or oranges.  Who has got more?  Who has got fewer?  How many more do you need to make them the same?

Practise writing numbers by making price labels for the fruits in your role play shop.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Use raisins or satsuma segments to make a picture of something.  Can you make a face?  What shapes can you make?

Use a knife to cut a banana or strawberries to make a fruit salad.  Talk about the importance of using a knife safely.

Pretend to be one of the jungle animals from the Handa’s Surprise story.  Can your mummy or daddy guess what animal you are?

Can you make a model of an animal using junk and collage materials, or a construction set?  If you are making an elephant, what could you use to be the trunk? (talk about body part that make animals unique)

Worship Songs – Creator God, to remember that God created the animals.  Unique, to remember that God made us all to be unique.

Prayer – say thank you to God for your favourite animal.

 

 

Tapestry – learning through play ideas

Each week there are additional ideas for learning through play, from Tapestry.   These ideas are practical and use resources that you have readily available at home.  The weekly documents are uploaded into the Nursery class page but you can also find them on the Tapestry website – infographics page.

This week’s favourite ideas –

  1. Balancing (we have been doing lots of yoga balances in Nursery)
  2. Role Play – choose a favourite DVD, make tickets and signs for your own cinema!
  3. Creating Stories – lots of suggestions for story starters to spark your imagination.

Tapestry - additional ideas for learning through play, week beginning June 22nd

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (June 15th – 19th)

This week we will continue to base our learning activities around the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ and begin to talk about other minibeasts that live in the garden.  The key vocabulary to be using with your child is in bold print.  Please upload photographs onto Tapestry to share your learning at home.

LITERACY ACTIVITIES

Play hide and seek with a play dough caterpillar.  Where is it?  Can you hide the caterpillar on, under, behind, above or between things in your garden?

Rhyming – choose a word from the story and take turns to think of a rhyming word.  For example, munch, crunch, lunch.

Draw or cut out a picture of one of the fruits from the story.  Add eyes, nose and a mouth and then think of a name for it. What sound does your fruit begin with?  Can you think of a name that begins with the same sound?

Look at the creation story in the Bible.  God made the caterpillars and butterflies.  Sing our worship song, Creator God (youtube Nick and Beck Drake).

It is Father’s day on Sunday – you may choose to write ‘I love you’ or ‘Thank You.’

MATHS ACTIVITIES

Make play dough caterpillars by rolling balls and joining them together.

Count them.  If you take one away, how many will be left?  If you make one more, how many will be left?

Make a caterpillar family and ask an adult or a sibling to also make a caterpillar family.  Who has got more?  Who has got fewer?  How many more do you need to make them the same?

Can you make a caterpillar that is longer or shorter

How long is your caterpillar?  Use a non standard measure such as lego bricks.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Use collage materials to decorate a piece of fruit, to make it into a person.  Choose a name for your fruit model.

Make a boat with a piece of orange peel.  Does it float or does it sink?  What other fruits could you test?

Find a leaf in the garden.  Pretend that your play dough caterpillar is munching the leaf. 

Use scissors to cut part of the leaf, pretending that a caterpillar has munched it.

Look for minibeasts in the garden.  Can you hear a bee?  What other sounds can you hear in the garden?  What sounds are loud?  What sounds are quiet?

It is Father’s Day on Sunday.  You may choose to make a card.

 

Tapestry  - learning through play ideas

Each week there are additional ideas for learning through play, from Tapestry.  These ideas are practical and use resources that you have readily available at home.  The weekly documents are uploaded onto the Nursery class page but you can also find them on the Tapestry website - Infographics page.

This week's favourite ideas - 

1. Number spotting - take photos of numbers that you see when you are out on your daily walk.

2. Mark Making - use a large roll of paper on the floor, or under a table!

3. Story Bag - put a few interesting objects into a bag and use them to create an imaginative story.

Tapestry - additional ideas for learning through play, week beginning June 15th

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This week in Nursery we are reading the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’ You may choose to watch this story online.  The story has a repetitive structure and the children will very quickly begin to join in with the text.

Literacy Activities

Make up alliterative names for the caterpillar and butterfly in the story.  For example, ‘Colin Caterpillar.’  You could also draw fruit people (giving them a face) and make up names such as ‘Annie Apple.’  Emphasise the initial sounds.

Number Activities

Sort and count the fruits that you have at home.

Make a shopping list of fruits that you need, encouraging children to draw pictures or write numerals.

Make a repeating pattern with fruits, such as orange, apple, orange, apple.

Use orange segments or grapes to solve number problems such as, “how many grapes will be left if you eat one of them?” or “how many more grapes to we need to make 5?”

Creative Activities

Cut an apple or pear in half and make a print with paint.

Make a pretend fruit shop with price labels and an open/closed sign.

Look for butterflies in the garden.

Fingerprint with green paint to make a caterpillar.  Draw legs and a face with felt tip pens.

Thread green pasta tubes onto string to make a caterpillar. 

 

Tapestry - additional ideas for learning through play, week beginning June 8th

Week beginning June 1st

Please continue to refer to the learning objectives for the Nursery curriculum that are detailed on the class page.  

There are lots of ideas for play activities on the weekly Tapestry document.

This week you may also like to use the following ideas - 

 

Numeral Hunt - search for numbers around the house (clocks, books, house number, car registration plate, oven, washing machine, etc).  Can they record the numerals on paper?

My House - draw, or make a model of your house.  What shape are the windows?  What shape is the door?  Write your house number on the door.

Recycling/Exploring Materials - provide your child with a selection of packaging to sort into groups.  Can they identify plastic, paper, card, metal?  Let them choose some packages to create a junk model.  You could use yoghurt pots to make a musical shaker.  Pour in some rice or lentils and then secure the two pots with sellotape.  Decorate with stickers, glitter and sequins if you have them.  Use your instrument to accompany favourite rhymes and songs.

Number Line - use a teddy and count forwards or backwards, making deliberate mistakes.  Can your child spot the mistakes?  Mistakes can include omitted numbers, repeated numbers or a number in the wrong place.  Challenge - ask your child to spot the mistake when the numbers are written down.

Tapestry - ideas for learning through play, week beginning June 1st

Tapestry

Thank you to all those families who have been uploading photographs and videos onto Tapestry.  It has been wonderful to see so many learning experiences and wow moments.  Please continue to refer to the Nursery learning objectives and ideas for learning through play.  

Tapestry - ideas for learning through play, week beginning May 25th

Tapestry - additional ideas for learning through play, week beginning May 18th

Additional learning activities – week beginning May 18th

 

Below are some practical activities to support learning through play.  Any practical activity promotes language through discussion, questioning and reasoning.  It will also develop the understanding and use of new vocabulary.  Please remember to upload photographs of your child’s learning experiences onto Tapestry.

Royal Institution (www.rigb.org/families/experimental) The section for under fives has ‘spaghetti towers, made with dried spaghetti and marshmallows, musical coat hangers and fizzy balloons!

Water Play – fill tubs, boxes and buckets with different sized utensils (spades, spoons, etc). How many ‘spoonfuls’ does it take to fill the container?   Compare sizes and use different spoons and utensils for filling.  This activity provides opportunity for exploration of capacity, and encourages the use of vocabulary such as ‘full, empty, half-full and overflowing.’

 

Please continue to refer to the Nursery learning objectives that are outlined on the Class Page. 

Collective Worship – The ‘Worship for Everyone’ website has all our worship songs, and information about the weekly family worship online programme.

 

Oak National Academy (http://www.thenational.academy)

You may have seen in the press the new government-backed online school that opened recently.  This provides a series of video lessons for children from Reception upwards.  You may find some of the Reception lessons helpful in supporting some of the Nursery objectives.  This week there is a ‘Transport’ theme with suitable activities, including a story, song and construction task.   The Literacy unit for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday focuses on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  There is also some phonics practise of initial sounds and word building simple cvc words.

 

 

Additional learning activities – week beginning May 11th

 

Oak National Academy (http://www.thenational.academy)

You may have seen in the press the new government-backed online school that opened recently.  This provides a series of video lessons for children from Reception upwards.  You may find some of the Reception lessons helpful in supporting some of the Nursery objectives.  This week there is a ‘Rainforest Animals’ and ‘Minibeasts’ theme. Within the maths lessons, there is a focus in numbers up to 20 if you feel that is appropriate for your child.

Please continue to refer to the Nursery learning objectives that are outlined on the Class Page. 

There is a weekly document from Tapestry that details ideas for learning through play across all areas of the curriculum. 

Below are some ideas for activities that you may use to help children practise writing their name.

Trace over their name that has been written with a highlighter.  This makes it easy to see and follow the letter shape.

Practise letter shapes in a tray of salt, or even flour.  In the winter we used shaving foam, pretending that they were writing in snow.

Paint letters onto a sheet of tin foil.  This gives an added sensory experience.

Trace over letter shapes on sandpaper with their finger.

Write letters with paint brushes, dipped in a bowl of soapy water.  This could be done on the ground or on a chalk board.

Make letter shapes with masking tape.  Drive the toy car around the letter shape, in the correct direction!

Make collage crowns, flags or wrist bands for children to write their names on, and then decorate.  They may like to write names of other family members.

Visit the RSPCA website where there are some lovely ideas for activities in the garden

education.rspca.org.uk/home-resources

  1. Egg box Animals, a craft activity
  2. Minibeast Adventure, creating a ‘minibeast city’ with an old recycled bottle
  3. Animal Art, using natural things to create a collage
  4. Build a bird feeder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tapestry, additional ideas for learning through play - week beginning May 11th

BRAND NEW WORSHIP SONG, WRITTEN FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN IN LOCKDOWN

Worship for Everyone - Looking to the rainbow (youtube)

A positive, joyful song of hope - enjoy!

 

Additional learning activities – week beginning May 4th

 

Oak National Academy (http://www.thenational.academy)

You may have seen in the press the new government-backed online school that opened recently.  This provides a series of video lessons for children from Reception upwards.  You may find some of the Reception lessons helpful in supporting some of the Nursery objectives.  This week there is a ‘Birthdays’ theme with suitable activities. You can still access Weeks 1 & 2 for the Maths - Counting actions & objects up to 10, finding one more than a given number and finding one less than a given number.

Please continue to refer to the Nursery learning objectives that are outlined on the Class Page. 

There is a weekly document from Tapestry that details ideas for learning through play across all areas of the curriculum. 

Below are some additional activities that you may use for Literacy and Numeracy this week.

 

Maths activities

Make repeating patterns with lego or duplo. (2 colours, then challenge to 3 colours)

Use plastic drinking straws to make 2D shapes.  Talk about the number and length of the sides for a square, rectangle, triangle and hexagon.  Why can’t you make a circle with a straw?

Collect daisies and dandelions whilst out on your daily walk.  Sort and count them. 

Thread cheerios (or something similar) onto string or wool.  Use a 1 minute timer.  How many did you manage to thread?

 

Writing activities

Children love writing for a purpose and this works really well when they see an adult modelling it first.  There are opportunities at home for children to create their own writing.  It is important to celebrate whatever marks they produce and they should be encouraged to tell you what their writing means.  Some children may be ready to use their phonics skills and include some recognisable letter shapes in their writing. 

Suggested writing opportunities –

  1. The weekly shopping list
  2. Door sign for their bedroom
  3. Menu for a picnic in the garden
  4. Write names on the  paper plates for the picnic
  5. Post a letter/card to a friend/family member

 

Tapestry - additonal ideas for learning through play, week beginning 4.5.20

Additional learning activities – week beginning April 27th

 

Oak National Academy (http://www.thenational.academy)

You may have seen in the press the new government-backed online school that opened last week.  This provides a series of video lessons for children from Reception upwards.  You may find some of the Reception lessons helpful in supporting some of the Nursery objectives.

Week 2 –

Maths - Counting actions & objects up to 10

Foundation - Rainbow song and dance

Please continue to refer to the Nursery learning objectives that are outlined on the Class Page.  Below are some ‘rainbow themed’ activities that could be used to support the objectives.

 

Number related activities

Find ‘5’ red objects.  (the number and colour can be changed)

Sort a packet of skittles or smarties into colours.  Record how many of each colour.  Compare ‘how many red?’ and ‘how many orange?’  How many more to make them the same?

Write a rainbow number line (each number written in a different colour)

Language related activities

Collect a set of the same coloured objects.

Describe the texture of each object.

“I spy….”  Give a clue to describe one of the objects. E.g. “I spy something that you have to peel before you can eat it.”

Write your ‘rainbow name.’ (each letter a different colour of the rainbow)

Investigative activities

Floating and sinking, using appropriate objects.  Encourage prediction and reasoning.

Use food colouring to dye pasta/spaghetti or rice.  Make coloured play dough.

 

Additional ideas from Tapestry, for learning through play at home

Additional ideas from Tapestry, for learning through play at home

WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 20TH 2020

Please continue to practise the Literacy and Numeracy skills that were documented on this webpage at the beginning of lockdown.  There are additional acitivities added each week to give you fresh ideas for practical learning ideas at home.

Thank you to all those who are using Tapestry to record your child's interests and achievements.

Additional ideas for activities from Tapestry, week beginning 20.4.20

Additional activities – week beginning April 20th

 

Number Rhymes (5 Little Ducks, 10 in the bed etc.)

Hold up fingers to correspond to each number as you sing the song

Predict how many will be left when a frog/duck/teddy is removed

Use props to act out the rhyme

Practise writing the numbers, 1,2,3,4,5.

Child closes their eyes whilst the adult removes one, or more, of the toys. 

Can the child then identify ‘how many more’ to make 5?

 

Rhyming Games

Find objects at home that rhyme, e.g. sock/clock, tree/key

Play catch.  Take turns, when you catch the ball continue the rhyming string, e.g. cat, hat, bat

Choose a familiar rhyme.  Change the rhyming word, e.g. Humpty Dumpty played with a ball, Humpty Dumpty threw it over the …. (wall) Let the child add the rhyming word.

 

Scissor Skills

Children love to cut pictures of their favourite characters or you could use wrapping paper.

Use objects to draw around and cut out the shape. e.g. a tin of beans makes a circle shape to draw around. 

Cut cooked spaghetti, play dough, plastic straws….

 

 

Talking Time/Talking Table

Have a theme each day, e.g. animals, story characters, fruits

Take turns to say ‘3’ things about your chosen animal/story character

Ask questions that begin, “How….?” and “Why….?”

Make a choice – do you prefer ‘oranges or apples.’  Why?

 

 

 

HAPPY EASTER! - fun things to do at home

 

Please find below some suggestions of fun things to do during the Easter holiday (April 6th - 17th).

Miss Walker would love to see what you have been doing, via Tapestry.  Thank you to all those parents who have been using this facility during this time of home-school learning.

EASTER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

 

Eggs

Decorate a hard-boiled egg with collage materials.

Sort foil wrapped chocolate eggs.  How many do you have of each colour?

Share '5' eggs between two bowls.  How many are in each bowl?  Can you share them in a different way?

Look quickly at a bowl of mini eggs.  Guess how many there are, then put them in a line to count them.  Remember that when you guess, without being able to count them, it is okay not to be right.

Treasure Hunt - give positional language clues such as "look under the plant pot" or "look behind the shed."

 

The Easter Bunny

Make a sign to put in your garden.

Sing 'Five Little Bunnies.' (youtube Five Little Bunnies Song for Kids/Easter Bunny Song/Nursery Rhymes/The Kiboomers)  Pause each time a bunny hops away and predict how many will be left.

Join in with the Easter Bunny Dance on youtube - Easter Bunny Dance and Freeze/Springtime song for kids/Fun Dance for children/Jack Hartman

 

Hot Cross Buns

Make play dough hot cross buns.  Add some sultanas or raisins and draw a cross shape on the top.

Use your play dough hot cross bun to sing '5 hot cross buns in a baker's shop.'

Eat real hot cross buns.  When you cut them use the vocabulary 'half' and 'quarter.'

 

The Easter Story

Watch, 'What is Easter?' on BBC Bitesize.

Watch CBeebies/Celebrating Easter/Let's Celebrate.

Draw your own picture of the Easter story.

Look for things that you can use to make a cross.

Make an Easter card for a neighbour.  You could draw, or cut out, an egg shape to symbolise new life.  Draw a cross to remember Jesus.

Sing, 'Sign your cross.' (youtube Nick and Becky Drake)

FAMILY WORSHIP

I would encourage you to watch the Family Worship programme on youtube - Worship for Everyone Family at 4 Episode 4 (streamed 28.3.20)  

It includes familiar worship songs - Big Family of God, Creator God and Sign your cross.

There is also a bible story and prayers.

Additional ideas for week beginning 30.3.20

 

Physical Development

Use the animal picture prompts for exercises that have been uploaded onto the memo section of Tapestry.  The children are familiar with these exercises.

Outdoor Learning

Look for natural things such as twigs, leaves and pebbles.  Use them to make pictures.  Can you arrange the twigs to make a square shape?  Can you make the initial letter of your name with pebbles?

Practise scissor skills with things in the garden.  Cut dandelions or daisies, trying to find the longest stem.

Find things to hang (peg) on the washing line. Ask mummy or daddy to make a washing line that you can reach.

How many different sounds can you hear in the garden?  Can you hear more than somebody else in your family?

Roll or throw the ball to each other, taking turns to say the next number.

Phonics - oral blending and segmenting

What would you like in your sandwich, "ch-eese" or "h-am?"

Can you see a "c-a-t" or a "d-o-g" out of the window?

Number

The children love to record their number work on a whiteboard or a clipboard.  They are learning to write recognisable numbers and also draw dots to match the numeral.  Suitable prompts could be -

Roll the dice and record the number.

Sort your toy cars or hair slides into colours.  How many do you have of each colour?

Copy the numbers that you see around the house.

Copy the numbers that you see on cars (on your drive or a neighbour's drive - safely!)

 

 

Learning through play, week beginning 30.3.20 (Additional ideas from Tapestry)

NURSERY – LEARNING THROUGH PLAY, AT HOME

 

Young children are learning all the time, and any everyday activity you can share will support their learning and development, whatever stage they are at.

 

Please make use of Tapestry to upload photographs and notes that demonstrate your child’s interests and achievements.  Miss Walker will then be able to comment on your child’s achievements and suggest possible next steps for their learning.  There is a new ‘Memo’ feature on Tapestry that enables communication to individuals and groups of children.  Miss Walker uses this facility to regularly upload new ideas and resources.  Please use Tapestry regularly as this is going to be a vital way for us to work together to ensure your child continues to learn and develop.

 

There is information on the class page that details the curriculum content for Communication and Language/Literacy and Mathematics.

There is a weekly learning map uploaded from Tapestry for you to build up a bank of short, focussed games that teach skills across all areas of learning.  https://www.robinhoodmat.co.uk/learning-projects also has weekly learning projects for EYFS that you may find helpful – choose a project that interests your child.

 

The children are used to a structured day with a visual timetable, and you may find it helpful to make one to use at home. Twinkl (www.twinkl.co.uk) has the images that the children are familiar with in Nursery.

 

Below is an overview of activities to be included within each day, within a suggested timetable.  This can be adapted to suit you and/or follow the interests of your child.  The sessions provide a balance of child initiated and adult led learning, to ensure that there is some time for focussed teaching.  I would encourage you to spend as much learning time as possible outside (safely, in your garden) as children are used to this opportunity at Nursery.

 

The suggested activities will be updated with fresh ideas each week to keep you going!  Miss Walker can provide individual ideas for learning through your Tapestry account which can tailor the learning to your child’s specific interests and development.

 

 

Area of Learning

Suggested Activities

9.00 – 9.30

Physical Development

(Exercise)

PE with Joe

The Body Coach TV

9.30 – 10.30

Communication & Language/

Literacy

Free Play with a language focus. (Questioning, vocabulary, phonics)

10.30 – 11.00

Physical Development

(Mark Making)

Drawing and writing, following their interests. Writing for a purpose, e.g. cards, letters.

11.00 – 11.30

Communication & Language/

Literacy

Stories and rhymes

11.30 – 12.00

Mathematics

Number focus, using their chosen play resources

12.00 – 12.30 Lunch

 

 

12.30 – 1.30

Arts & Design

(Cosmic Kids Yoga)

www.cosmickids.com

Includes stories, mindfulness, yoga, relaxation and dance.

1.30 – 2.00

Mathematics

Number/shape focus, using their chosen play resources.

2.00 – 2.30

Communication & Language/

Literacy

Stories and rhymes

2.30 – 3.00

Worship/Reflection

www.worshipforeveryone

Song list is on the class page/Tapestry memo

www.worshipforeveryone:family at 4pm (live stream on Wednesday/Saturday) but can be viewed on youtube.

 

 

 

Communication and Language/Literacy

 

Stories

Oxford Owl is a free website to access books that are suitable for Nursery children.  Ask ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions and encourage children to make predictions, using clues from the pictures. Draw a simple story map of familiar stories, encouraging children to sequence the events of a story.  We have recently enjoyed The Gingerbread Man and The Little Red Hen in the Nursery.

 

Rhymes

Sing/say Nursery Rhymes.  Emphasise the rhyming words.  Make rhyming strings, e.g. cat, hat, bat.  This can include nonsense words!

 

Phonics

Play ‘I spy...’ with a collection of objects that have the same initial sound. 

Sound out cvc words (consonant,vowel,consonant), such as c-a-t.  The children blend the sounds and say the word.

Ask the children to segment the sounds for cvc words.  We use sound buttons at Nursery (black dots) for the adult to write the letter sounds to build the word.

 

Mark Making

Use pencils, crayons, paint, chalk for mark making.  Children enjoy mark making outside.  Use an empty washing up bottle filled with soapy water to make patterns on the ground. 

Children enjoy writing for a purpose.  Allow them to help you to write the shopping list or a birthday card for a family member.  Make a door sign for their bedroom or name badges for their friends.

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

Rote counting.  This can include taking turns to say each number. How far can you count? 

Counting objects.  Make sets of objects, and count given sets of objects.

Compare sets of objects.  Which set has more?  Which has fewer?  How many more to make them the same?

The number line.  Notice numbers in the environment to practise number recognition.  Make numbers with play dough, sticks, pebbles…etc

Play dice games.  Orchard Toys make lots of brilliant maths games for young children.

Play, “I’m thinking of a number…”  Give clues such as, “it comes before/after/between,” or “it is 1 more/1 less than.”

 

Look for shapes in the environment.  We have been learning to recognise a hexagon, pentagon and semi-circle in addition to more common shapes such as square and circle.  Talk about the corners and sides.  Play, ‘I spy’ giving clues such as, “a shape that has got two long sides and two short sides.” 

The children enjoy making pictures and models.  Let them cut pictures of different shapes from magazines and use them to decorate junk.  This also gives valuable scissor skills practice. 

We have started to learn the names of some solid shapes – cube, cuboid and cylinder.  Notice these shapes in your kitchen cupboard (e.g. a tin of beans is a cylinder).  Children enjoy using technology and could take photographs of shapes that they find.

 

Daily Worship

Why not begin the day with worship?  You will be able to find all the worship songs that the children know on YouTube.

Nick and Becky Drake - Big family of God

                                    - Unique

                                    - The Singing Song

                                    - God is love

                                    - God is here

                                    - Faith

                                    - Creator God

                                    - City on a hill

You should be able to find both the lyrics version of each song, and also a shortened version with actions.   Enjoy!

Autumn leaves are falling down!

Autumn leaves are falling down! 1
Autumn leaves are falling down! 2

Nursery continue to enjoy their daily mile.

Nursery continue to enjoy their daily mile.   1
Nursery continue to enjoy their daily mile.   2

Welcome to Nursery Class!

 

Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.

 

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"We had fun in the rain in our first week at Nursery!"

"We had fun in the rain in our first week at Nursery!" 1

Our first story time at Nursery

Our first story time at Nursery 1

Outdoor fun in Nursery using our active equipment.

Outdoor fun in Nursery using our active equipment. 1
Outdoor fun in Nursery using our active equipment. 2

Collecting leaves on our autumn walk.

Collecting leaves on our autumn walk. 1
Collecting leaves on our autumn walk. 2
Collecting leaves on our autumn walk. 3
Collecting leaves on our autumn walk. 4

Nursery enjoyed visiting our new library this morning.

Nursery enjoyed visiting our new library this morning. 1

Spring has sprung in the Nursery garden!

Spring has sprung in the Nursery garden! 1
Spring has sprung in the Nursery garden! 2
Spring has sprung in the Nursery garden! 3
Spring has sprung in the Nursery garden! 4
Spring has sprung in the Nursery garden! 5

We have been learning our letter sounds which help us to read.

We have been learning our letter sounds which help us to read. 1
We have been learning our letter sounds which help us to read. 2
We have been learning our letter sounds which help us to read. 3
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