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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!

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Autumn leaves are falling down! 2

Nursery continue to enjoy their daily mile.

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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.

 

Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your Teacher know!

"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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