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Week beginning 1st March 2021


Hello everyone and welcome to our new week of home learning.  Yes, it really is 1st March!  Happy St David's Day too.  What a beautiful week and weekend we have had!  The weather has been delightful and has definitely put us all in a lovely positive mood here at Woodlands.  In addition, we were thrilled to hear the news on Monday and can’t wait to open up Nursery to more of you next week.  Let’s hope you enjoy your last week at home with the activities we have planned if you need them.   Take care and see you all soon.  Any photos or messages you wish to share please continue to send emails to


We miss you all very much and hopefully will get you all back in to Nursery where you belong soon.  Take care, stay safe and enjoy some fresh air outdoors too.


Mrs Jones, Mrs Simpson, Mr Anderson and Miss Roberts





Here is a video version of The Princess and the Pea that we use in Nursery for you to read aloud.

Please try to read, listen or watch a version of the story each day.  This repetition really helps young minds to become immersed in a story and supports language development.  Encourage the children to join in with any of the parts they remember too.


Can you retell the story yourself?  Here are some pictures for you to print, cut out and mix up to help you if you need them.  These pictures are for the story used in the phonics session last week.  As mentioned last week there are a variety of versions out there!

Creative Development: Drama


Now you know the story really well I wonder if you would like to pretend to be in the story yourself.  You could act out the story using your teddies, figures or dolls to represent the different characters.  Can you remember what happens in the right order?



Understanding the World


There definitely seems to be a sense of Spring in the air which is really cheering us all up here at Woodlands.  It is nearly March and the snowdrops and crocus are growing in the copse at school which is lovely to see. I have got some daffodils in my garden at home and I have blue tits in my bird box coming and going!


I would like you to enjoy your daily walk and have a look for some signs of Spring that you can see.  Lots of changes are taking place right now, e.g. the weather, the signs of growth.  What can you spot? Talk about these together with your grown up.   Describe what you have seen and talk about what you think they might be. You could find out more online when you get back.  If you are unable to go out or are unlucky enough to not see anything this handy guide from the National Trust may help you.

Mark Making and Creative


If there are any signs of Spring in your garden at home I would love to see a picture.   You can use whatever medium you would like, e.g. crayons, paints, felts, chalk etc. I would love to make a gallery of your pictures online so please send us a photo!


I have a link below for a blank Princess dress if anyone fancies being a fashion designer!

Understanding the World


As mentioned before, lots of changes are taking place right now.  It is Spring time which is the beginning of new life.  I would love you to buy a packet of sweet pea seeds and have a go at growing something for you to look after yourself.  It is still pretty chilly outside at night time so you will need to keep your seeds inside on a sunny windowsill for a good while yet and give them a little drink of water every few days.  Here is a handy guide for your grown ups.

Maths: Number and counting


Sing or say together the rhyme below “5 little peas in a pea pod pressed”.  Encourage children to use their fingers each time a pea is added.

Explore verbal number sentences focusing initially on “one more”, e.g. “There were three peas growing in the ground and then one more began to grow.  How many are there now?  Again, encourage the children to use their fingers to show how many.  You can continue to develop this in any way you like, simply using opportunities around the home.  Use physical objects for your children to explore adding one more each time, e.g. building blocks.  “I’m going to make a tower using four blocks.  Can you help me?  I think I need one more.  Let’s count how many we have now.  Oh yes, One more than four is five.  Talking through your thought process really helps children to understand and they will begin to do this naturally themselves.



At another time you could have a go at focusing on “one less”.   Food is always really good thing to use for this! E.g. “Can you help me to put some grapes on our plates for snack?  Great, shall we have five each? Oh that one was yummy.  I had five grapes and I have eaten one so I have one less.  Now  I have four.”


Here is a one less than rhyme to share together.

Physical development: Gross motor skills


Now its time to get physical with your (pretend) peas.  A little imagination may be needed here!  I would like you to have a go at developing your ball (pea) skills outdoors.  


1. Investigate rolling your ball to a partner and back again.  Start with a large ball.  Make it harder by moving further away from each other or making your ball smaller.  You can also practise on your own by using a target or goal to aim for. 


2.    Investigate throwing and catching a ball in the air and catching it yourself.  Begin with a larger ball and choose a smaller ball to make it harder or throw it higher in the air.


3.    Investigate throwing and catching a ball to a partner.  A larger ball will be easier to begin with.  Change to a smaller ball to make it harder or move further away.


I hope you have lots of fun developing these skills.



Maths: Shape and Space


Have a go at making a 2d shape picture of a castle.  You can print these and cut them out if you wish or just use the ideas as inspiration for your own castle.   Talk about the shapes that you choose together.

Here is a fun matching pairs game for you to have a go at.  Remembering where the pictures are in a great way to develop memory skills.



Fun with Names

Choose the sound your name begins with.  What other names or things can you think of that start with the same sound?  Get all your family to join in too! Write a list while your child watches.  Say the names as you write them, really over emphasising the first sound.  When you can’t think of any more read the list pointing to each name as you say it.



Story time


Here are a selection of castle and Princess related stories for you to enjoy together.

Week beginning 22nd February 2021


Hello everyone and welcome back to home learning after a lovely week off for half term break.  We hope you have enjoyed spending some time together, going for (blustery!) walks and generally having a bit of a chill out and relax.


Our focus book for the next two weeks is The Princes and the Pea which is a very old fairytale.  It was originally written by Hans Christian Anderson, but over the years there have been many variations to the story.   We hope you enjoy the story and have fun taking part in the related activities we have planned for you.  As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any support on:


We miss you all very much and hopefully will get you all back in to Nursery where you belong soon.  Take care, stay safe and enjoy some fresh air outdoors too.


Mrs Jones, Mrs Simpson, Mr Anderson and Miss Roberts





Here is a version I have found of the Princess and the Pea story from Give us a Story on You Tube for you to enjoy and start off your week.

Please feel free to look for other versions too and read a couple throughout the week or keep re-reading this one in different ways to really allow the children the chance to absorb and get to know the story.


Communication and Language


This story is perfect for encouraging children to look deeper into characters in a story.  Why do you think the Princess turns up at the castle?  Where has she been?  Where is she going?  Why doesn’t the Royal Family believe that she is a Princess?  You could give her a name and make up a story of your own all about the Princess and why she is there.


Maths: Shape and Space and Finding out about our World


The Prince and his family live in a castle.  Lots of Royal families really live in castles.  We have looked at homes before when we were learning about the Three Little Pigs, but none of them built a castle, and I bet you didn’t see any castles on your walks around Formby!  Here is some information about castles for you to find out about.

Discuss the shapes and patterns that can see be seen in castles together, e.g. cuboids (bricks), cones (towers), up down pattern (ramparts) etc.


Why not use your building and constructing toys at home to build your own castle. Can the children describe what they have made using shape language?


Finding out about our World


We don’t know what country the Prince lived in our story but here is a powerpoint for you to share to give you some basic information about the British Royal family.  You might have heard some members of the Royal family have been in the news lately.   One of the Royal Princesses has just had a new baby.  Isn't that exciting?

Here is a family tree which has some photographs of the Royal family.  It shows you how the people are related to each other.  Your grown ups could help you find more photographs using the internet safely if you wanted to see more.

You could have a go at making your own family tree if you would like to using photographs of your own family.


Physical Development (Gross Motor)


Here is a lovely version of the story from Melody on Cbeebies for you to watch.

We really enjoy dancing and we know you all do too!


The video below shows the type of dancing from long, long ago which might have taken place at a ball in a castle.  I think the people in the video look like they are actually dancing in an old, derelict castle and their clothes are based on clothes that people wore a long time ago too.  The dances were very repetitive and pretty simple.  Can you copy the movements?  Or make up your own?

Maths: Number and Counting


Everyone loves a happy ending like the one in our story.  It is so delightful that the Prince and the Princess get married at the end.  Imagine what the wedding would be like with all the guests, a lovely service, delicious food, music, dancing and lots of presents? (Post-lockdown obviously!)


Here is a game for you to play to practise your super counting skills.  Remember to touch each one as you say the number and go nice and slow and steady so you don’t go too fast.  You could even extend your game with help from your grown up at home.  They could write the numbers 1 to 10 on a piece of paper and you could point to the one which matches on each slide on the powerpoint.  Have fun!



There was a Princess Long Ago is a wonderful song about a Princess who lived in a tower.  It is easy to learn and you can make up actions to go with each verse to help you to remember it.  I have added a few different versions for you to listen to and join in with, along with the tune only for you to sing on your own when you know it really well!

We would love to hear some of your gorgeous singing and see your actions if your grown ups want to send us anything on the email.



Here is a version of The Princess and the Pea for you to join in with.  Using our voices to make different sounds is an early part of learning about how different sounds are made.


Continue to play i spy when out and about to help you to hear the first sounds in words. 


Make a Sound Box

Hunt for a variety of small objects around your house that begin with different letter sounds. Small world type toys or animals are always good to use.  Don’t worry if you don’t have every single letter.  This is a great activity to do together and can be used for a variety of future games so if you can, keep them somewhere safe to use in the future.

Examples: bee, cat, car, dog, elephant, fox, number 4, goat, hat, jelly, lemon, mouse, pig, number 2, tin, van, number 1.

Alternatively you could use pictures to represent the sounds but I do think children relate better to real objects if possible.  You can print the example below if you need to, use the ideas, or draw your own!

Creative Development and Fine Motor Development


We asked a couple of weeks ago if you could keep some shiny wrappers aside for you to make something with this week.  Hopefully you have kept some and you have a strip of cardboard somewhere.  A strip of a cereal box will be fine.  


We would love you to design and make a your own crown.  Before you begin you could ask your grown up to type “royal crowns” into your search engine of choice.  You should be able to find lots of photographs for you to look at for inspiration.  Look at how they all have different shapes and colours and textures.


You will need to decide what shape your crown will be.  Will you use scissors to add some interest by snipping or cutting zigzags using straight line cuts?  Will you use glue to add shiny jewels of different colours using your saved shiny paper?   Will you choose to be a Prince, a Princess, a King, a Queen, a Duchess or a Duke?  Maybe you could make one as a surprise for someone in your family?  We would love to see some photographs!

Mark Making


Please continue to explore mark making equipment, e.g. pens and pencils, paintbrushes and water outside, chalk on the floor etc.  Using a variety of media makes things a little more interesting. 


Maybe you could have a go at writing your name?  Making patterns?  Drawing castles?  The opportunities are endless with your amazing imaginations.  


Have fun!

Week beginning 8th February 2021


Hello everyone!  We hope you're all well and keeping safe. We hope you are enjoying the activities we have put up. If you have any questions or want to get in touch, please contact us on the email below.

We will get back to you as soon as we can.  We are missing you all very much!  Have fun and take care of each other.  This week we are continuing the book Owl babies for the last week. Enjoy!


Mrs Jones, Mrs Simpson, Mr Anderson and Miss Roberts 



Here are some copies of the story Owl babies. Please read and reread the story. Can you help you with some of the repetitive phrases? Here are some examples if you need them. 

Communication and Language


Can you retell the story? Or maybe you could act it out? Here are some pictures to help you sequence the story.

Here is a picture of the owl babies, what do you think they are saying? There is a speech bubble for you to write your child’s answers. You can decorate and colour in the owls.



Below are some links for some maths games.


Shape Monsters - 2D Shapes Matching Game (


Learning to Count up to 15 with Teddy Numbers Interactive Maths Game (


Using your Peter pointer (index finger) can you finger paint the correct number of finger prints to the number in the circle?



This week it is Chinese New Year, here is a link for the story.


Chinese New Year Story - CBeebies - BBC


What animal is your year named after? Here is how you can make your own dragon. I folded paper like a fan instead of using tissue paper.


Chinese New Year - Dragon - CBeebies - BBC

Finding out about our world


An owl is a nocturnal animal. A nocturnal animal means that the animal only comes out at night. Can you spot any other nocturnal animals? Can you draw your favourite animal?


Melody and The Owl - CBeebies - BBC



Using the link above for Melody and the owl, can you copy some of the moves the owl makes? Can you twirl? How does the music make you feel?



Please find a link below to a rhyming phonics game. You have to sign up, but the game is completely free. I only needed to put in an email address and password.


Rhyme Time Matching Game | Game |


In Nursery, we started looking at the jolly phonics alphabet. Hopefully, the children will remember some of the rhymes! See if you can spot any letters in your name.


Jolly Phonics A-Z - YouTube


‘I spy with my little eye’ is a great game to start children thinking about what letters, words begin with and looking at initial sounds. To start them off you could put two toys in front of them for example a teddy and a car and ask them which toy begins with a c.

Mark making


Please try to continue to encourage your children to write their own name whenever possible. We have seen some brilliant writing and are very impressed!

Below I have attached a sheet with wiggles on it. Can you follow the lines? You could use your finger, pencils or paint.

Hello there!  We hope you have lots of fun completing these activities and enjoy your well earned half term break. 


I would just like to prepare you ready for after half term.  Would you be able to collect some shiny paper, e.g. wrappers for the next few weeks and keep them somewhere safe please?  We will also be needing some card so perhaps keep a cereal box out of the recycling bin too please!  You will be needing these for a crafty activity after the holidays.  


Our next story will be The Princess and the Pea and I know it is not particularly a popular traditional tale so I thought I should let you know in case anyone wanted to hunt a copy down.  There is, as always, no need to buy a copy, as I will give lots of links and will probably make a powerpoint of the one in Nursery too.


Thank you for all the lovely emails and well done to you all for coping so well.

Week beginning 1st February 2021


Hello everyone!  We hope you're all well and keeping safe. This week it is Children's Mental Health Week. This years theme is Epress yourselfExpressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good! If you have any questions or want to get in touch, please contact us on the email below.

We will get back to you as soon as we can.  We are missing you all very much!  Have fun and take care of each other.  This week we are continuing the book Owl babies Enjoy!


Mrs Jones, Mrs Simpson, Mr Anderson and Miss Roberts 



Here are some copies of the story Owl babies. Please read and reread the story. Can you help you with some of the repetitive phrases? Here are some examples if you need them. 

Communication and Language


Reread the story. Who are the characters in the story? How does the Mother owl take care of her owl babies? Is the story set during the day or at night time? Explain why you think so.



If you have any lego, duplo or mega blocks at home, you could try and build a tower that is bigger than you! How tall can you make it? Could you use your number skills to count every block? How many have you got?


Here are some number games


Learn to Count up to 10 with Underwater Counting Maths Game (



Here is a recipe for salt dough. Can you make an owl out of salt dough?



  • 1 cup (250 ml) plain flour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) table salt
  • 1 cup (250 ml) boiled water
  • a small drop of cooking oil


  • Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
  • Make a hole in the center and pour in boiled water little by little.
  • Mix the flour, salt and water, add water as necessary until it's not crumbly.
  • Knead the dough about 5 minutes until it's smooth.
  • Add the cooking oil to make the dough soft, pliable and smoother.
  • Put some of the dough on the baking paper, use your rolling pin and use your cookie cutter to make various shapes for  hanging decorations or napkin rings. You can also mold the dough to make figurines or sculptures.
  • Turn on the oven to 325 degree Fahrenheit or about 160 degree Celsius, bake the object you made as above for about 1 hour (or less depends on the size & quantity) or until it's hard. 

Finding out about our world


Go outside and see what materials you can find, twigs, leaves, moss. Can you make a nest for the owls?


Our nursery rhyme this week is One little Owl. Can you come up with your own actions to the rhyme?

One little Owl


One little owl up where the wind blew

Wished for a friend and that made two


Two little owls snuggled high in a tree

Wished for another friend and that made three


Three little owls looking down at the forest floor

Wished for another friend and that made four


Four little owls sitting side by side

Wished for another friend and that made five


Five little owls doing lots of tricks

Wished for another friend and that made six


Six little owls hooted,

“ Whoo, whoo, whoo,”

Then they all flapped their wings

and away they flew!


Can you spot any rhyming words?



Please find below some phonics games. Match the sounds to the pictures.


Here is an episode of Alphablocks which goes through the alphabet. Can your child recognise the letters in their name?


BBC iPlayer - Alphablocks - Series 1: 1. Alphablocks A-Z

Mark making


Can you write your own name? Write your childs name on a scrap piece of paper and see if your child can trace over the letters. Try to encourage children to start from the top at each letter and letters a, c, d, g and o to be formed anti clockwise. If your child can trace over their name can they copy it underneath? Here’s an example.

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Personal, social and emotional development


This week is Childrens Mental Health week and this year's theme is ‘Express yourself’ and we're encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.

Draw around your own hand and try to encourage your child to draw around theirs. Talk about all the things that make you happy. This could be people that you see, activities you do, or clothes that you wear. On each of the fingers write your thoughts and then decorate your hand.


There is also a video that walks you through drawing your feelings.


Draw Your Feelings - Children's Mental Health Week 2021 - YouTube

Week beginning 25th January 2021


Hello everyone!  Thank you so much to those who have sent emails and photographs.  It has been lovely to hear from you.  We are so glad you are enjoying the activities set on the website but please don’t feel you have to.  These are here to keep you and your little ones busy and actively learning throughout this difficult time.  If you need help or support with anything, don’t hesitate to get in touch on

We will get back to you as soon as we can.  We are missing you all very much!  Have fun and take care of each other.  This week we are going to start the book Owl babies Enjoy!


Mrs Jones, Mrs Simpson, Mr Anderson and Miss Roberts 



Here are some copies of the story Owl babies. Please read and reread the story. Can you help you with some of the repetitive phrases? Here are some examples if you need them. 

Speaking and listening


Discuss who is in the story. What are the owls called? How do you think the owls felt at the different stages in the story? What makes you happy? What makes you sad?



During the story it discusses different sizes. Can you find something big for Sarah? Can you find something small for Percy? Can you find objects that are bigger and smaller than you? We would love to see any photographs!

Finding out about our world


This week is the Big Garden Birdwatch! You can sign up to this on


Everything you need is free, after you’ve signed up it will take you to the page, as shown below, and click here that is underlined and highlighted in blue.



There are lots of different games to play and also a way of identifying birds you spot. How many different birds can you spot?



Can you make your own bird feeder or bird cakes?


Do any other animals come to visit your garden to eat your bird cakes or from your bird feeder?

Mark making


Can you draw circles anticlockwise? A big circle for the body, a smaller circle for the face, and two smaller circles for the owl’s eyes.



Our poem this week is The Owl

The Owl


There’s a wide – eyed owl

With a pointed nose

He has pointed ears

And claws for toes


He sits in a tree

And looks at you

Then he flaps his wings

And says, “Tu-whit, tu-whoo!”


Can you spot the rhyming words in our song? Can you think of any other rhyming words?

Week beginning 18th January 2021


Hello everyone!  Thank you so much to those who have sent emails and photographs.  It has been lovely to hear from you.  We are so glad you are enjoying the activities set on the website.  Please don’t feel you have to though.  These are here to keep you and your little ones busy and actively learning throughout this difficult time.  If you need help or support with anything, don’t hesitate to get in touch on

We will get back to you as soon as we can.  We are missing you all very much!  Have fun and take care of each other.  Here are some more Three Pigs activities for this week  Enjoy!


Mrs Jones, Mrs Simpson, Mr Anderson and Miss Roberts 



Please continue to read and reread, tell and listen to The Three Pigs story.  Here are some more examples if you need them: 

Here is a link to a version of the story in picture form.  You could look at them on the screen or print them out.  Can your child tell you what is happening in each of the pictures?  You could mix up the pictures and invite your child to put them in the correct order.  Are they able to sequence the story correctly?

Speaking and Listening
As it is a very old traditional tale there are many stories out there, often with subtle differences.  Use this as a talking point with your child.  Which version do they like best?  Which ending do they like the best?  Which illustrations do they like the best? Can they tell you why?   

Being Creative: Drama
We bet you know the story inside out and back to front by now and you can probably retell it yourself!   Why don’t you have a go?  We would love you to send us a video or audio file of you retelling the story. You could use the illustrations link above or there are more ideas below.


Physical Development: Cutting skills
Here is a link to some illustrations you could use to make some lolly pop stick puppets. Of course you can always draw your own too!  You could use these to help you retell the story together.
Encourage the children to help you to cut them out.  In Nursery we have been snipping at paper and cutting long lines so far.  The children could cut along a line you have drawn separating the illustrations first, then you could cut around them.  Keep reminding the children to keep their thumb at the top when cutting. 

Physical Development: Dance 
We all need a little time to relax (grown ups-I’m talking to you here too!)
Here is a delightful ballet version of the story for you to enjoy for something a little bit different. 

I bet we have some budding ballerinas who would love to have a go at some "freestyle pig dancing" (I never thought that would be a phrase I would write!).  Once the children have had the chance to watch the ballet, why don’t you encourage them to have a go at dancing to the music.  Below is a link to a short video showing some excerpts from The Northern ballet with the fabulous music.

Some children might prefer to be taught a dance move rather than move in their own ways so after enjoying watching The Three Pigs Ballet on cbeebies maybe you would like to have a go at being one of the dancers with these handy guides!


Please continue to play with rhyming words, sing nursery rhymes and become awesome at rhyming.  This is a very important pre-reading skill.  Here is game for you to play this week:

Communication and Language and Mark Making

While you are on your daily walks continue to have a look at the different types of houses in your local area or street.  There are even some building sites in Formby where new houses are being built you could go and look at.  This could lead to discussions about the types of construction vehicles used on building sites.  Talk about how buildings can be made with particular reference to the types of materials which have been used to build them.  You are so lucky in Formby to be able to show your children some homes with thatched roofs.  Introduce new vocabulary to children by describing the houses you see.  Talk about which ones would you like to live in and why?


I would love to see a drawing of your favourite house from on your walk.  Or even your own house!

Music and Ring Games
Our rhyme for this week is the Higgy Piggy instead of the Hokey Cokey!  Enjoy having a sing and a dance to this new rhyme each day.



The Higgy Piggy (Tune Hokey Cokey)


You put your right trotter in, 

Your right trotter out,

In, out, in ,out, you shake it all about ,

You do the higgy piggy and you turn around, that’s what its all about!



Oink, the higgy piggy,

Oink, the higgy piggy,

Oink, the higgy piggy,

Hocks bend, trotters stretch oink! oink!oink!


You put your left trotter in, 

Your left trotter out,

In, out, in ,out, you shake it all about ,

You do the higgy piggy and you turn around, that’s what its all about!




You put your big snout in, 

Your big snout out,

In, out, in ,out, you shake it all about ,

You do the higgy piggy and you turn around, that’s what its all about!




You put your curly tail in, 

Your curly tail out,

In, out, in ,out, you shake it all about ,

You do the higgy piggy and you turn around, that’s what its all about!

Maths: Counting

Watch this very clever episode of Numberblocks!

If you have any lego, duplo or construction type kits you could explore how different amounts are made using different amounts of ones.  You could even progress into splitting a certain amount, e.g. two blocks and three blocks make 5 blocks.

Please continue to practise touch counting and counting out amounts, e.g. through playing games together and natural situations that come up each day.  I always used to ask my boys to help me sort the clean socks when they were little.  An easy matching patterns game while I was sorting the washing!  Can you count how many pairs of socks Mummy/Daddy/ etc. have each?  Who has the most?  

Physical Development: Pencil control
We have been focusing on anti-clockwise circles for a while so we are going to change to a different pre-writing pattern this week.  Each of the houses built by the three pigs was built with a material that is straight.  Straw, sticks and bricks are all straight lines so we are going to have a go at drawing straight lines in different ways.  Use any paper you have and any writing implement that is comfortable for your child to hold.  Draw three small simple outlines of houses for your child to fill in with lines.


It might help if you modelled it first or showed the children the short videos below.

Straw: encourage your child to draw controlled straight lines across from left to right.

House of

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Sticks: encourage your child to draw controlled straight lines from top to bottom. 

House of

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Bricks: encourage your child to draw a few controlled lines across with space in between each one from left to right.  Then in between each horizontal line draw a short line from top to bottom making a wall of bricks.

House of

Still image for this video
Next week we will be beginning a new focused book:  Owl Babies.  We had already planned for Nursery to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  Maybe you could register yourselves to join in? Check out or google big garden birdwatch for more details.

Week beginning 11th January 2021


We hope everyone is managing with lockdown 3.0 as best they can, however we know this is a really tricky time.  We hope these activities help to keep spirits up and children busy. This week we are beginning our focus traditional tale “The Three Pigs”.  This is a brilliant story with lots of repetition and lovely learning ideas to go with it.  We hope the activities are useful starting points and you manage to have lots of fun taking part in the activities.  As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch using

We will get back to you as soon as we can.  We are missing you all very much!


Mrs Jones, Mrs Simpson, Mr Anderson and Miss Roberts 


There are many variations of this fabulous tale out there and you may have one or a few at home.  Please read together, tell your own version or listen to a Three Pig story each day.  This will help the children to remember and become familiar with the story.  Encourage them to join in and take part saying the repeated refrains, e.g. “little pig, little pig, let me come in!” etc.



Here are some lovely examples for you to try if you need them:




Maths: Shape and Space and Creative
The Three Pigs story is wonderful for giving children opportunities to build and construct with a purpose.  I am sure many of you will have construction toys at home, e.g. wooden blocks, duplo, megablocks, lego, stickle bricks etc.  If not, cardboard food cartons and shoe boxes are just as good!
We would love you to have a go at building either a house for one of the three pigs, a house for the wolf, or even a house for your family.  We don’t mind, just get building!  Just remember a house has to have walls and a roof to keep us safe from the Big Bad Wolf and the cold weather at the moment, and of course a door to let us get in and out.  
One of the brilliant things about building structures is that you can talk together about what you are doing while you are building together or ask the children to tell you about their building afterwards.  Talk about the different shapes the children are using and why by using descriptive language, rather than just naming shapes, e.g. “yes, that shape is good for your roof as it has a point like our roof”, “those walls need straight pieces so do you think these long flat blocks look good?”, “I wonder how many more cubes we will need until we have the front wall the same height as the back” etc.

We would love to see photographs of your brilliant buildings!


Creative: exploring different media
We can experiment with colour mixing by creating our own huff and puff paintings.  You will need paint, paper and normal drinking straws.
Use disposable pipettes (or drop watery paint from a brush) to drip runny paint onto paper.  The children can and huff and puff the drips (like the wolf) on the paper using a straw to make the paint blobs move around.  Watch as the colours mix together.  Explore with different colours and admire your beautiful art work!  Talk about what happens when different colours are used.  What changes take place?

Please send us some photographs of your lovely art work!


Finding out about our world/Personal Development 
Find out about how to look after real pigs with the help of Rory and Ferne from cbeebies “My Pet and Me” on cbeebies radio.

Looking after pets helps children to develop a caring attitude and supports them to think about the needs and feelings of others.  Even if you don’t have pets at home you can think about the wildlife in your garden and our local environment, e.g. birds, squirrels, ducks etc.

Maybe we should ask Mr Williams if we can have some pet pigs to support our Personal, Social and Emotional Development?!  Maybe not right now though, I think he has enough to be getting on with at the moment!

Pretend you are one of the little pigs and you can see the Big Bad Wolf heading towards your house.  Experiment with lots of different ways of travelling to get away from him.  E.g. crawling, hopping, running, jumping, skipping, rolling, galloping, tip toeing etc.  Which way did you enjoy most?  Which way would get you further away from him?
Continue to enjoy your daily exercise by getting out into the fresh air and getting your heart rates up.  

If you do need to stay inside here is a great game from the changeforlife website.  We can pretend there has been more snow!

There are plenty more brilliant ideas on this website if you need them to keep little ones active. 


Maths: Counting
Enjoy using fingers, counters or animals to sing or say this number rhyme together.  This helps the children to realise that if objects are taken away the number of objects changes.  It is also a lovely way of introducing learning how to count backwards instead of forwards.



Ten Little Pigs (Tune: Five little Ducks)


Ten little pigs rolled in the mud-

Squishy, squashy, felt so good.

The farmer took one piggy out.

“Oink, Oink, oink” the pig did shout!


Continue with nine, eight, seven etc… until…


No little pigs rolled in the mud-pigs 

They all looked so clean and good.

The farmer turned his back and then

Those pigs rolled in the mud again.


Play “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?” It is a fun way of getting children to use number names in play and realising that things that cannot be seen or moved can be counted, i.e. their steps.  Young children usually find this extremely tricky so keep encouraging them to only step the right amount!  Good luck!


Our focus rhyme for the week would be This little piggy went to market.
Can you learn it off by heart by singing it each day?   You can use your fingers or even your toes for this one!  I realise the baby on the video is a lot younger than your children but I thought your children might like to take the part of the adult too and say the rhyme and take part in the actions with brothers or sisters or even yourselves.

This week have fun with names.

What words can you think of that rhyme with your name?  Real words or made up words are fine. Get all your family to join in too! Write your silly sentences or names down while your child watches, e.g.  “Mrs Jones, cones, loans, moans, phones.”  “Harris, Paris, Daris, Zaris”.  “Mrs Jones has lots of bones”.  Say the words as you write them, really over emphasising the rhyming words.  Read your list together pointing to each word as you say it.



Communication and Language
Have a discussion about the different types of houses in your local area while on your daily exercise.  Talk about the similarities and differences that exist between different types of homes using lots of descriptive and specific language. You might compare your own house with Grandma’s or your best friends.  How are they the same or different?


Mark Making
Something has happened to the pigs!  Their tails have disappeared!  Can you help them by adding curly pig tails to pictures of the pigs?

How to draw a curly pig tail

Still image for this video

Thank you much so for participating.  We hope you find these activity ideas useful.


Take care everyone!

Please note I have amended the email address below! Sorry I don't know how I got it the wrong way round!


Week beginning 5th January 2021


Welcome to the Nursery Home Learning page


We hope you have all managed to have a pleasant and enjoyable Christmas break together and are well rested, ready to begin our new term, albeit a little different to how we expected to be welcoming you all back.

In Nursery this first week of Spring Term we would have been catching up, talking about what we have been doing over the holidays and settling back in with a “Winter“ theme to our learning.  Therefore for the rest of this week we have posted up activities below that are suitable for you to do at home to continue the children's learning in the current situation. 


If you need to get in touch use


email if you to make contact and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.


In addition if you would like to send us any photographs of the children having a go at their activities they will be happily received. 


Please take care of yourselves, good luck and we can’t wait to see what you get up to!


Mrs Jones, Mrs Simpson, Miss Roberts and Mr Anderson



Being in Nursery is all about learning while having fun.  These activities will help your child to develop skills and knowledge in various areas of the Early Years Curriculum: 

  • personal development
  • speaking and listening
  • physical development
  • early phonics
  • early reading
  • maths
  • mark making/early writing
  • finding out about our world
  • creative development.



Winter Week 


Rhyme Time and being Physical

Our nursery rhyme for the week is “Here we go round the Mulberry Bush”.  Have a go at learning this song together.  Can you think of any other ways you could keep warm on a cold and frosty day outside?  Why don’t you go outside and have a go?

Here is an alternative version to help us get ourselves ready for nice winter walks in the chilly weather. You could spend some time trying hard to learn how to put on your own coats, gloves and hats so that you are superstars for when you get back to Nursery!


Here is a fun game to help keep practising accurate touch counting and learning what the numbers look like.

Finding out about our world

Explore the effects of the cold weather outside by investigating how water changes.  Put a small container, e.g. a yoghurt pot outside with some water in it before you go to bed and see what has happened when you wake up in the morning. 


Being Creative

Can you paint an icy picture?  Fill small containers or ice cube trays with some paint and water and put them in the freezer.  When they are frozen you can use them to paint with outside on the floor or try some large pieces of wallpaper.


Maths and Pencil Control

Play this game to help you begin to recognise die patterns.  Have fun drawing your snowmen!

Early Phonics

We would have been focusing on rhyming words this week in Nursery.  Can you go on a hunt to find some objects in your house that rhyme? Can you find some rhyming pairs, e.g. cat and bat, or rug and jug?  Talk and play about with words that rhyme.

Being creative and Mark Making

Enjoy designing you own winter warming hat, gloves and scarf set.  Think carefully about the colours to use.  Will you have a pattern?  You could design a spotty, stripy or zig zag set to cheer you up in this winter weather.

Story Time (Early reading, speaking and listening)

Here are some winter themed stories you might like to read together if you have them.  There are links to online versions if you don't have access to the physical books. 

Stick Man  (Available to watch on BBC iplayer)

The Gruffalo’s Child (Available to watch on BBC iplayer)

Jolly Snow

Talk about the settings, characters, what happens in the stories.  Discuss your favourite parts and why.

Reading any stories at all is one of the best activities to do with your children in order to stimulate their imagination, increase their attention span and develop listening and speaking skills.  Please continue to enjoy reading plenty of stories together.