I genuinely cannot believe that this is the last week of Home Learning! What fun we have had in all those weeks! Thank you so much for all the emails and photographs. It has been lovely keeping in touch with those of you who have messaged. You have shown such motivation and it has been a joy to see how well you have all coped in such difficult circumstances. You are all amazing superstars!
Grown ups-give yourselves three huge pats on the back ..."1, 2, 3!" (as we would in Nursery!) As a working Mom of two very lively boys myself I totally understand how tricky this situation has been for everyone. Well done. Take care of each other, be kind to yourselves, have a little relax if you are able to and enjoy your summer holidays. We can have a wave over the fence in September!
Mrs Jones and the Nursery Team
If you have a dog, or know someone else who has a dog you will know how much they love to play fetch. There is a lovely story on the Oxford Owl website about the family dog. The book is called "Fetch". Talk about the pictures together and see if you can tell the story to someone before having a listen yourself. Click on the arrow next to audio to play the story.
As the sun seems to have begun to creep back out there will be changes ahead outside. Now is the season for minibeast hunting. Take a trip to the park, beach, the pinewoods or stay in your own garden- the choice is yours! Or you could repeat the activity in different environments and see if you find different types of mini beasts! There is a handy checklist below if you would like to print it out before you go. Alternatively you could ask a grown up to take photographs of the mini beasts you find and then use an information book or the internet to find out what you saw. Always stay close to your grown up when out and about and be look where you are going. We don't want anyone stinging themselves on nettles or falling down rabbit holes! Be safe and have fun!
There are so many different ways to use the outdoors for learning. During Forest School sessions in Nursery we love being arty. We always say to the children that they should only the use natural materials that have already fallen off the plant onto the floor, rather than picking leaves or flowers off trees or plants. This is so they can be enjoyed by everyone. Why not have a go at making your own natural art? You don't have to have any equipment at all. No glue or scissors, you just place the natural materials anywhere you like to make a picture. You might decide to make something specific, like a face, a person or an animal. Or you could use natural materials to make patterns. The opportunities are endless. Again, you can use your garden, the park, the beach, the woods... let your imaginations run wild. I have posted a couple of photographs below to give you some ideas, or you can use the internet to find natural art examples.
I must apologise for deciding to make our last theme for our Nursery home learning “Summer”. It seems that once this was decided the weather took a turn for the worst and it would have been more fitting to have gone for an Autumn theme! Never mind, hopefully this next week will be a little bit more summery. I hope you enjoyed making your ice lollies last week. Perhaps you could use a different recipe this week?
Please send any photos videos or hello messages as always to:
We can't wait to hear from you.
You need to be super lucky and have a sandpit in your garden or will need to get to the beach for this huge task … design and build your own sandcastle village.
Just like in a real village there will be lots of thinking and planning to do before you get down to the actual task of building it. Diagrams and pictures showing your ideas will be useful so you know what you want it to look like. Asking for helpers would be handy too as it is really hard to plan and build on your own.
You will have to think and talk about lots of things with your helpers. Will your village have a moat around it? Will it have streets with building next to each other or will it be more random? What facilities will your village have, e.g. a nursery, a shop, a park, a library, a doctors? What is important to you? Think about the places you and your family use where you live.
I would love to see your drawings and then your finished village so please send in some photographs.
All villages need a name so the next task is to decide what your village will be called. Design and make a sign or a flag for your village. Will it just be the name or will your sign or flag have pictures on it? You can use whatever medium you like.
Hopefully places like the library will open up again soon. We love going to the library to choose some books to read. Do you? Until then, enjoy a story about Kipper going to the library. Log in to the Oxford Owl website to read “The Library”. You can tell the story yourself first to someone in your house and then afterwards listen to the man tell the story by clicking on the play triangle next to “Audio”.
Last week in Nursery we decided we needed to make a bit of sunshine ourselves as it was so miserable outside. We decided to make our own sunshines to stick on the window. Why don’t you have a go at home?
All you need is:
Draw around the larger item first then place the smaller item in the centre of this circle and draw around this too.
Encourage your child to cut around the biggest circle. Quite often at this age children are still cutting in straight lines and can find curved lines tricky. Show them how to keep their scissors facing forward and thumb at the top and encourage them to keep moving the paper around rather than moving their scissors at an angle.
Once the larger circle is cut out show them how to snip triangles into as far as the smaller circle to make the sunshine points.
Hang it up or stick it in your window so you can enjoy the sun, whatever the weather!
I thought you might like to explore ice in a different way to cool you down when it is hot. Choose some petals or leaves or any small natural objects from your garden. Ask a grown up for some plastic tubs. Put the small petals/leaves in the tub and then fill it with water and add it to the freezer. When it has frozen ask a grown up to carefully loosen it out of the tub (with a little warm water it should come out easily). Explore your beautiful art work and watch it change as you touch it. What happens?
We have loved having some of the girls and boys back in Nursery to learn through the Bear Hunt book, but alas, it is time to begin something new. We hope you have enjoyed it at home as much as we have in our little pods in Nursery.
Mr Anderson and I have decided that the last section of home learning before the summer holidays will be around a theme for a change, rather than a book. We are going to cross our fingers and be very positive … SUMMER. As some of the activities do depend on a certain type of weather I thought it best to leave off the days and do them whenever you get the chance to. Enjoy!
Please send any photos videos or hello messages as always to:
We can't wait to hear from you.
Enjoy this summer classic together. Do you have any other Kipper books to look at?
It is nice to keep cool in the hot summer weather and cool drinks and ice lollies help us to do this. Can you help your grown up to make some ice cubes and ice lollies? Here are some ideas for recipes. I bet they will taste yummy!
Talk together about how the changes that take place, both before they go into the freezer and then afterwards too! What makes the changes happen? Discuss the freezer being extremely cold and then the warmth in the air melting the ice.
Look at this picture together and use the prompt sheet to further develop oral language skills. Ask your child to think of some questions to ask you about summer too!
We get lots of shadows in the summer because the sun travels higher in the sky and is up for longer. When you are outside look at your shadow. Is it as big as you, or smaller? Does it follow behind you or does it sometimes go in front of you? Find out as much about shadows as you can and tell us about it!
Do you remember when you made an observational drawing of your garden when we were learning about the enormous turnip? If you can find your picture take a look at it. Is your garden still the same? I bet it has changed. What has happened? Why not draw it again? Or maybe you could use a different medium to last time. If you used felt tips last time, you might choose to paint it this time, or use pencil crayons. Please let us see how much your beautiful summer gardens have grown!
You are so lucky to be living so close to a beautiful beach. Go on a scavenger hunt at the beach and see what you can find! If you would like a more structured hunt, here is one you can print out, or there are plenty more on the internet. Be safe!
We all love a yummy creamy ice cream in the summer, don't we? Why don't you make your own?
You can use pom poms or balls, marbles pebbles or let your imagination run wild! Make some mathematical ice creams together. Using tweezers or tongs add finger strengthening. Use whichever numbers you think are relevant for your child.
If you want to make it harder you can encourage addition or subtraction in a fun, practical way. “I’m so hungry I would like to eat the number 3 ice cream and the number 2 ice cream. How many scoops of ice cream have I eaten?” Move the scoops physically together and count them all.
“I only want to eat one of the scoops from my number 5 ice cream because I am going to save the rest for later”. How many are left?”
Last week I sent you a link for the Oxford Owl website. It is really easy to access. Another one of the books in the 3-4 age range is called The Haircut. I think we could all do with one of those, I know I could! Share this book together and think of times gone by ...
If you haven't yet got an account, have a look at last weeks home learning and the link is there. Have fun!
Well hello there! It has been lovely seeing some of you back at Nursery this week. We have had a wonderful time together, although it has been a little bit different. I hope the rest of you enjoyed the activities. Here is the last week of Bear Hunt learning. Please remember the activities can be done in any order on any day. I have given a structure in case people like one. Please send any photos videos or hello messages as always to:
We can't wait to hear from you.
Hmmmmm.... what book to do next for home learning is the question Mr Anderson, Mrs Stark and myself have been wondering. Any ideas that you have let us know and we might choose yours! Have a great week!
To get you in the mood for the last week of the Bear Hunt story here is an alternative version (Powerpoint) for you to watch and join in with to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus.
Can you add your own verses to the Powerpoint story rhyme? Have a think about where else you could go on a bear hunt. Could you go to Formby Beach possibly? What sound could the family make if they walked along Formby beach? What sound could they make if they walked in the sand dunes? Sing your new verses together. I would love to hear them so you could send me a video!
This term in Nursery we would have been sharing short stories together in small groups to get us ready for when we go up to Reception class in September. Unfortunately, we are unable to do this this year, however luckily the brilliant Oxford Reading Tree have a wonderful website where some of the books we would have been reading can be shared at home. We are going to direct you to a specific book for the next few weeks from here.
You do need to sign up but it is free to do so. Go to the link below and sign up as a parent.
Go to the ebook library tab, then click on age 3-4
Each of the books feature a family who are in lots of stories we see and read in our school. This week I would like you to share together The Lost Teddy. Look at the front cover. Encourage your child to predict what they think the book might be about using the pictures. Read the title, pointing at each word as you read. Ask your child to talk about what is happening in each picture throughout the book. You can model reading the story in your own words using story language too after they have had their turn, e.g. “Once upon a time there was a boy called Kipper who went on a big green bus with his Mum. When they got off the bus Kipper accidentally left his teddy behind”. Etc.
Why don’t you listen to someone else read the story later in the day and see which bits are the same and which bits were different to your story. The great thing about stories with no words written or typed on the page is that you get to be the storyteller and use all your imagination! Watch this version here:
Learning all about bears wouldn’t be the same without having a teddy bears picnic! Have a listen to this classic song before you get ready.
Have a think about which of your teddies you are going to invite to the picnic. First of all you need to write them an invitation. That is what we do when we ask someone to come to a party, or somewhere with us. Make sure you remember to tell them where the picnic will be and write your name at the bottom so they know who the invitation is from. Will it be in your garden? Inside your house? Maybe you might walk to the Pinewoods for your picnic? Make sure you count carefully how many of each food you will need to bring with you. Help your grown to make the picnic too. If it is a sunny day, don’t forget to wear your suncream and hat and take water with you to keep yourself safe. Have a wonderful time! Here are a selection of bear rhymes from Twinkl for you to sing together on your picnic.
Send me a photograph please! We all wish we could come with you.
I bet your teddy bears had a brilliant time at your picnic yesterday. You could play hide and seek with your teddy bears today. Teddy Bears love to play hide and seek. Ask a grown up or a big brother or sister to help you play. You could take it in turns to hunt and hide the bears.
This is a brilliant game for developing positional language vocabulary. You can model using the language and encourage your child to do so too. E.g. “well done you found/hid the bear under/on top of/next to/behind/in front of the table” etc.
How about recreating the Bear Hunt story in your garden or making ups your own? You could make an obstacle course or a sensory walk to represent the different environments the family had to go through on their walk or you could even make your own version! E.g. “uh oh! A long gravel drive. We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we’ve got to go through it, crunch crunch crunch …”
Hello everyone! I hope this strange weather hasn't mucked up all your fun outdoor time too much this week. Lyndon and I went on a bike ride today and got absolutely soaking wet. Never mind, it was an adventure! We have just been given a couple of large raised beds on an allotment belonging to our friends so I do hope the weather stays nice and sunny so we can get it all prepared ready to begin growing some yummy crops. Did any of you see the amazing lightning storm last weekend? Goodness me, we had hailstones as big as marbles in Crosby!
Anyway, I hope you are all safe and well and that you enjoyed the focus story last week. Here are some more fun activities for you to try this week. Remember they can be done in any order on any day. I have given a structure incase people like one. Please send any photos videos or hello messages as always to:
Here is a lovely version of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” to listen to on Cbeebies Radio to get you back in the mood for our focus story after a lovely weekend.
Here is a musical version of the story for you to enjoy reading and singing together.
Watch this episode of Mr Tumble going on a bear hunt.
Now your turn! Grab your binoculars and see how many different animals you can find in your house. How many are there? Count carefully!
(If you haven't got any binoculars you can make your own using kitchen roll or toilet roll tubes and a bit of sticky tape!)
I would love to meet your favourite teddy bear. Could you make an observational drawing for me? Look at him or her closely and draw what you can see. Try to use the colours that are the same. Don’t forget to tell me his or her name and have a go at writing it.
Here are a selection of bear pictures for you to choose from. Have a think about their sizes. Which ones are big/small, biggest/smallest, bigger/smaller? First you have to cut out the pictures carefully on the sheet of your choice. When cutting remember to keep your thumb at the top where you can see it. Once you have cut them out put them in the correct order of size. You can choose smallest to biggest or biggest to smallest. Please send a photograph of your lovely bears.
We love reading in Nursery and I know you do at home too. I bet the bear from the bear hunt story likes reading in his cave. It must be very peaceful. Sometimes all you want to do is curl up with a good book.
Why don’t you make yourselves your very own reading den to do just that! Reading dens can be made inside or outside. If the weather is nice and sunny outside a reading cave can keep you sheltered and safe from the sunshine, and if it is dull and dismal outdoors then a cosy reading cave can cheer you up inside. All you need are chairs or tables, clothes maidens, blankets or tarpaluline and maybe a bit of tape or string and it's done.
Please remember to send some photographs! Here are photograph of two dens that Harris has made in our garden this summer. He has also made ones inside too in his bedroom.
Hello all my lovely little Nursery people. I hope everybody is continuing to keep themselves and their families safe and follow the ever changing lockdown rules. I love the Three Little Pigs story and the activities but it is time to say goodbye to them for now as we are going to start a new focused story this week. We have an all time classic story to keep you busy with for the next few weeks. Please continue to get involved and show me all your exciting adventures by emailing me at:
I can't wait to see what you get up to! Enjoy!
Take care everyone and stay safe.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has become an absolute classic children’s book that actually began life as a poem by one of our greatest children’s poets Michael Rosen. I am sure many of you will have a copy of this book already. Even if you have, this version is well worth a watch! Enjoy and join in!
This week our maths game involves teddy bears! Play this game to help you count out correct amounts accurately.
The last couple of weeks we have been finding out about different homes linked to the Three Little Pigs story. Let’s think and talk about the bear in this story. Where do you think the bear might live? Have you ever been in a cave? Perhaps while on holiday? Can you remember what is was like? Try to describe what a cave might be like using your senses to help you: how does it look? Sound? Smell? Feel? Ask your grown up to write a list of the words you came up with.
Here is some information about caves:
Once lockdown is less restricted maybe you could try out a cave adventure!
Andy from Cbeebies went on one of his sound adventures to Vancouver Island to record the growl of a grizzly bear. He is always very brave. Would you be terrified if you heard that sound? Have a listen and be brave!
We are going to continue drawing our anti-clockwise circles like last week. It is important to get into the habit of drawing circles in this way as when more formal handwriting begins to be taught this is the way the letters like c, a o, d, are written. It will make it much easier if the habit already exists.
Lyndon is going to teach you how to draw a bear out of circles this week!
The bear in the story looks like a brown bear to me. Why not find out and learn some facts about brown bears? You might have information books at home that you could look at to help you. You might need to look in the index at the back to find the word bear which will tell you what pages to go to. Brown and bear both begin with a b sound!
Here are a couple of internet links to start you off if you need them.
Re-read your book, listen to, or watch a different version of the story. There are so many to choose from on You Tube.
Have a think together about:
How do you think he feels when the family tiptoe into his cave? How do you think the children feel? Why do think he follows the family?
Look closely at the picture of the bear at the end of the story. Picture below.
How do think he is feeling? Look at his body shape to help you. What do you think might happen next?
Enjoy a cosmic adventure with Cosmic Kids Yoga. Jaime will take you on a spacial Bear Hunt where you can copy her exercises to tell the story.
As we are now getting really good at listening for first sounds and have been learning about how to blend sounds together we can now use these skills to play a super game called Cross the River.
You can pretend to cross the river like the family in the story!
Cross the river is a fun game you can play to develop the skills of blending three sounds together.
This game allows children to practise blending three sounds of a CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) word, e.g. “c-a-t”.
How to play
Print and cut out the pictures below or use the ideas to find real objects (cvc words only) to play the game.
Use something to pretend to be the river, e.g. a blanket or a sheet. Lay it on the floor for your child to jump across.
Give your child a basket with a couple of the items or pictures in.
The adult can pretend to be a troll or a Queen, or anyone else you like who is in charge of allowing people to cross the river.
The children need to ask you permission to cross the river. In Nursery we say a little chant that goes like this:
“Master, master can I cross your flowing river?”
The “Master” then replies:
“Only if you’ve got a (insert segmented cvc word e.g. f/…/o/…/x/ )”
The child then has to show you the correct picture or object before you let them cross the river safely to go and find the bear! Good luck!
Well hello everyone! I do hope you enjoyed the first week of one of my all time favourite traditional tales, The Three Little Pigs. There is so much potential for learning with this story. I hope these activities will spark your own imaginations too. Don't forget to drop me an email showing me all the exciting things you gave been getting up to:
I have spent a couple of days in Nursery this week getting our room ready for the start of our phased return. It doesn't look quite the same as we have had to change a few things, however it will still be full of fun, smiles and friendship.
Take care everyone and stay safe.
I bet you have enjoyed listening to the story of the Three Pigs last week and probably know it very well now. Here is a lovely version to listen to to get you in the mood this week.
If you were going on an adventure like the Three Pigs what would you pack in your bag? Ask your grown up to make a list with you or draw a picture.
Here is a beautifully illustrated poster, based around the theme of the Three Little Pigs. Can the children find the images in the circles at the bottom, within the picture itself?
I have also provided a prompt card to help promote discussion.
Here is different version of the story focusing on the mathematical concepts of simple addition and subtraction.
Could you make some number stories up together? You could use your toys to help you.
I thought this week we would do some pencil control activities after the finger strengthening activities last week.
Firstly, to get those fingers controlling those pencils correctly have a go at helping the Three Pigs and other characters from the story. These pencil control worksheets are specially designed to help your children improve their fine motor skills. Try and keep in between the lines to complete the fun themed images!
Now your fingers are all ready for action lets get drawing! Can you draw a picture of a pig only using anti clockwise circles? Lyndon will show you how! You could draw the three pigs from the story. I can’t wait to see your pictures!
It is your turn to build a house today instead of the Three Pigs! Use construction kits, e.g. lego, duplo, empty boxes, straw, sticks or even bricks if you like! Be as creative as you wish! While you are building think and talk about the shapes you are making and use the language of length, size and describing words. Talk about what you do as you are doing it with your grown up.
I would certainly love to see a photograph of your finished houses.
Now is the time for a challenge. Could you pretend to be the Big, Bad Wolf? Use a hairdryer or a mini fan or have a go at blowing yourself and see if you can blow your house down with a huff and a puff!
Wheelbarrows are very useful on building sites and in gardens. They help by carrying heavy equipment that people (or pigs!) cannot carry by themselves.
When I was a little girl we used to have wheelbarrow races. A wheelbarrow race is a competitive game conducted in pairs, in which one plays the role of the driver, and the other the role of the wheelbarrow. You might like to have a turn with a grown up or a brother or sister. Taking on the role of the wheelbarrow is very good for strengthening arms and shoulders and improves your core muscles. Have a go but make sure you are careful. Have fun!
I have always loved pigs and think they are fascinating creatures. What facts do you and your family know already about pigs? Find out even more together using this piggy fact sheet. Are there any things that surprise you?
What a week for a half term break! The hot and sunny weather certainly disappoint us this time. I do hope you have all had the chance to enjoy some time together relaxing, having fun, playing games and enjoying your gardens this week, oh! and remembering to water the plants you planted during The Enormous Turnip learning. It would be great if you could send me a photo of how they are getting on at
I bet they have all grown lots and lots with all this lovely warm weather and so much sunshine!
Are you ready for some more active learning this week? I hope so. We are beginning a new book this week. We would have been starting "The Three Little Pigs" if were back at Nursery so here goes! Any queries, photographs or even a quick hello will be gratefully received at the email address above. I hope you enjoy the activities and remember they can be done on any days. I hope they inspire you and gives you more of your own ideas too. I would love to see them.
Take care everyone and stay safe.
Today we are going to start our new focused book “The Three Little Pigs”. This is a traditional tale with lots of repetition which helps young children begin to understand how stories are structured.
There are lots of different versions of this story and I am sure lots of you have got a copy at home. Here is a video of a lady reading the version that we have in nursery. Make sure you listen to your story every day if you can. By the end of the week you will be able to tell it yourself!
Say or sing “This Little Piggy went to market” rhyme. 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.
While you are on your daily walks have a look at the different types of houses in your local area or street. Talk about how they are the same or different and what types of materials have been used to build them. Introduce new vocabulary to children by describing the houses you see. 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.
Let’s get those fingers moving and make the three pigs. Mummy Pig and even Mr Wolf!
Here is a recipe for home made dough if you do not have plasticine or play dough at home.
Roll your play dough into a ball to make the body, head and snout. Pipe cleaners are always good for legs and curly pig tails! If you haven't got any you could try cocktail/kebab sticks. Let's get creative! I would love to see your characters from the story.
Once you have made the characters you could play with your pigs and use them to tell the story. You could even make up your own piggy story.
Please send a photo or video. I can’t wait to see your efforts!
Watch this very clever episode of Numberblocks!
If you have any lego, duplo or construction type kits you can explore how different amounts are made using different amounts of ones. You can even progress into splitting a specific amount, e.g. 5 blocks. You can move the blocks to show that two blocks and three blocks make five blocks as well as five lots of one blocks on their own make five.
I bet you have some empty egg boxes hanging around? Ask your grown up to cut out each little section of an egg box and add some string or elastic to either side to make a snout. You could paint them pink or black depending on who in your house would like to be which character from the story.
Now you have got the props sorted you could watch this wonderful ballet version of The Three Pigs together and join in with your own dancing and acting! I bet you will all be amazing! Have fun!
I am sure you will have lots of fun taking part in these activities. Please drop me an email to show me how well you are getting on. If you draw any pictures for me don't forget to write your name on the front so I can see how well your name writing is going too! Take care everyone!
The weeks are certainly flying by! It was lovely to speak to some of you on the phone this week. I'm glad you are all safe and well. I can't believe this week is the last one before the May half term. You will be able to have a nice break from me next week!
I hope you have had a successful week and are ready for some more turnip related activities this week. Please remember the activities devised are only a starting point for you if you are needing some inspiration or find comfort in having a routine, however they can be done on any and many days! I have used the focus books we would have been covering in Nursery and tried to plan some interesting home friendly activities. We would have been doing lots of these activities in Nursery this term. Any queries, photographs or even a quick hello will be gratefully received at:
Thank you for sending photographs and videos. I do love seeing how much you have grown (especially your haircuts). I will upload them to home learning photographs area so you can see all your friends too.
Take care everyone and stay safe.
Here is a well known children's song "Mary, Mary" for you to join in with and learn. Mary likes to grow flowers in her garden instead of turnips! Maybe you could find some things to use as percussion instruments in your home and join in with the steady beat? Examples could be: tap a biscuit tin with your fingers, tap two wooden utensils together ... I'm sure you could think of some more to show me!
Five Little Peas Action rhyme
It can sometimes be tricky to move fingers individually and children need to practise this skill. I still find moving my ring finger on it’s own tricky! This rhyme is a great way to practise.
The Enormous Turnip is a very good story for using to help children understand and use ordinal numbers, e.g. “first”, “second”, “third” etc. You could act out the story with your family and use toys to be the helpers pulling up the turnip. Talk about which toy is first etc. and encourage the use of the vocabulary.
This video might help introduce the idea.
This activity is to encourage the children to use vocabulary of weights such as “heavy”, “light”, “heavier”, “lighter”. They will do this naturally if they hear adults using the language in everyday situations, e.g.“this bag of potatoes is so heavy!”
Explore the weights of various fruit and vegetables in your home. Begin by comparing two items by holding one in each hand and feeling the relative weight. You might say, “the cabbage is much heavier than the lettuce”, or “three strawberries are much lighter than one apple”. Invite the children to have a go.
You can then move on to investigating, e.g. “Can you find something heavier than the mango?” “How many grapes feel the same weight as one plum?”
If you have any balance type scales they are brilliant to use to explore as it is a very visual way of exploring weight.
As you have been listening to the story each day for over a week now, and you have acted out the story using your toys you must know it very well. It is your turn to be a storyteller! Invite your child to retell the story of The Enormous Turnip in their own words. Why don’t you video them or audio record them? If you would like to send it to me via email that would be wonderful! I would love to hear their stories!
With pens and pencils, chalk or gloop you can practise drawing anti-clockwise circles. These can look (a bit!) like turnips growing under the ground (if you use your imagination!). This is a really good habit to get into as when it comes to handwriting later on it will be much easier if you have developed this skill.
There is a video of Lyndon below showing you how.
Why not have a go at a bit of vegetable printing using paint? I will suggest to use veg that are going off a bit rather than the freshest of produce as I wouldn’t want to be encouraging people to be wasteful. I have found in the past that potatoes, swede, turnip, carrots, parsnips and other hard veg work a treat. You can explore by cutting them into different shapes and make some very interesting and creative pictures. Have fun and send me a picture!
We are going to be finding about how fruit and vegetables grow and doing some planting of our own!
When you are cooking or preparing fresh fruit and vegetables have a look and see if you can find any seeds. Explore with your child. Look at how they are similar and different, e.g. pepper, tomato, cucumber, apple, citrus seeds are inside, whereas strawberry seeds are on the outside.
Why don’t you try planting some of the seeds that you find and see what happens? Don’t forget to water them and put them in the sunshine too.
There are plenty of ideas on the Cbeebies website, especially the Down on the Farm and Mr Bloom sections if you want to explore some more.
If you bought some seeds in your shopping last week you could have a go at planting these too. Maybe you might make yourself a cress head like the video below.
Keep on watering and let me know how well you get on!
Rhyming Activity: Rhyming Odd One Out
Say three simple words and encourage your child to listen for the word that doesn’t sound the same.
Example: “Cat, boy, hat”. Mix it up so the words are in different orders.
Initial sound Activity: Fun with Names
Choose the sound your name begins with. What other names 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.
Oral Blending Activity: Introduce blending sounds
Once children are able to:
The ability to blend and segment sounds in words is a prerequisite skill for any child beginning to read and write. Blending involves pulling together the individual sounds within words. We begin with three sound words, e.g “c-a-t”.
This week in your daily activities, where possible try to blend sounds and play with sounds in words so your child gets used to hearing this. E.g. “I'm going to make a cup of tea now. C-u-p, c-u-p, cup.” “Look at that beautiful sun today, s-u-n, s-u-n, sun”.
Digging is an excellent activity for strengthening shoulders, arm and hand muscles ready for writing at a later date. You could help dig in the garden, looking for stones and pebbles, dig in a sand pit if you have one and make some sandcastles. You might go the beach (keeping socially distant at all times) and dig a big hole to bury your (or someone else’s) feet in! Have fun digging!
I really hope you have enjoyed the activities I have been planning for you so far. Don't forget to keep listening to stories together as this is so important. Try to have a great half term break and take care of each other.
Hello there everyone! What a busy week! I was in school last Monday and then again on the glorious Bank Holiday Friday. We certainly had a wonderfully special time commemorating VE Day with a delightful afternoon tea. I hope you had a great time too.
Top Tip: If you are out shopping this week please could you pick up a packet of seeds, ready for next weeks activity. Easy seeds to grow include cress, sweet peas, tomatoes, but you can choose anything that takes your fancy!
I hope you have had a fantastic long weekend and are ready for some different themed activities this week. Please remember the activities devised are a starting point for you if you are needing some inspiration or find comfort in having a routine, however they can be done on any and many days! I have used the focus books we would have been covering in Nursery and tried to plan some interesting home friendly activities. We would have been doing lots of these activities in Nursery this term. Any queries, photographs or a hello will be gratefully received at:
It really is lovely to see the photographs and videos you send. I will upload them to home learning photographs area so you can see all your friends too.
Take care everyone and stay safe.
The You Tube clip below uses the same book that we would have been using to read to the children in class each day. There are many alternative versions available but we tend to read the same one on a daily basis initially so the children learn the repetition and the pattern of the story and become familiar with it. Next week I shall post some alternative versions.
We are going to be exploring the vocabulary of size as this is a huge (sorry for the pun!) theme in the story.
Here are some words in the story used to describe the turnip: “bigger”, “huge”, “enormous”. Can you investigate other size words using objects in your home? Try and use the vocabulary of size throughout your daily lives. Here are some ideas:
Turnips are a type of root vegetable. Eating vegetables helps us to keep healthy. Here is a little song to get you all thinking and talking about the fruit and vegetables that you have in your home.
Here is a game that you can play with your family. Watch the clip first then it is your turn.
Have a look in your fridge, pantry or vegetable rack. Use words to describe one of the vegetables you find and see if your family can guess what it is without them seeing it!
Why not find out what is growing in your garden? Have a look in your garden or in the park if you don’t have one. What types of plants are growing? Are there any fruit or vegetable plants growing? Do you have plants with flowers or just ones with greenery? How are they the same? How are they different? Use your senses to investigate what they look, feel, smell, like. DO NOT taste anything! You do not know if they are safe to eat.
I would love to see an observational drawing or painting of a plant, tree, bush, weed or anything growing in your garden that you like. Look carefully at the shape, colour and draw only what you see.
Peter Rabbit lives in Mr McGregors garden where lots of things grow. He especially likes eating carrots doesn’t he? Play this game and have some counting fun.
I love making soup at home and often make spicy carrot and lentil or leek and potato soup to have for my lunch in school. Would you like to make some vegetable soup for your lunch or dinner? Here is a short video you can watch to help you.
You can use any vegetables you have in your home. If you don’t have any at the moment you can help your grown up write a shopping list for vegetables you might need next time it is time to go to the shops. You are already very good at listening for the first sounds in words so tell you grown up what the first sound is in the vegetables you need, e.g.
“b-b-b broccoli, c-c-c carrot, l-l-l-leek”
Growing vegetables can be very physical work, especially when it come to pulling them up! Watch this clip of Mr Bloom and the Veggies. It is a bit like our story this week!
You could get physical in your garden with a rope too. This type of activity strengthens your shoulder muscles and works your core muscles too. There are lots of things you can do with a rope even if you haven’t got a turnip to pull up!
I’m sure you ave many more ideas of how you can use a rope to get physical. Take some photographs and send me some pictures!
Here is a rhyming game to play.
Ronald the Rhino
Enjoy this rhyming powerpoint together. Can you find the rhyming words?
Here is an initial sound game to play.
We’re Going on a Sound Hunt!
Pick a picture or object out of your sound box and hunt for things in your house or garden that begin with that same letter sound. Write a list as you find them while your child watches. Say the words as you write them, really over emphasising the first sound. When you have finished hunting, read the list pointing to each word as you say it.
This game can be varied in lots of different ways over the coming weeks, e.g. hunt together, separately, give yourselves a certain amount of time e.g. 3 minutes.
How many did you find? Encourage your child to count how many words in the list and show them how to write down the number. You could keep score and over the coming weeks work out which letter sound was the winner.
Hello there everyone! Wow! How did that happen? It is May already. I was in school on Friday looking after Key Worker children and it is so strange without all your lovely faces there.
I hope you have had a fabulous weekend and are ready for some more exciting activities this week. Please feel free to send me any pictures, videos or even just a message to say hi. I love receiving them as I miss you all very much. I do hope everyone is safe and well and getting on the best they can during this strange time. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to drop me an email:
It really is lovely to see the photographs and videos you send. I will upload them to home learning photographs area so you can see all your friends too.
Take care everyone and stay safe.
I have found something absolutely marvellous for you to watch to begin your final week on learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.
I do hope you enjoyed watching the caterpillar change, like it does in the story. There are lots more of this type of video on you tube you can watch. They are fascinating aren’t they?
We, as humans change too. Explore this with your grown up. Talk about how you have changed since you were born. Ask them to show you some photographs of you when you were a baby, a toddler and now you are big. Think about all the different ways you have changed already. What will happen next? How else will you change in the future?
This is where the top tip from last week will come in handy! (cardboard tubes, egg boxes)
I would love to see you create a model of either a butterfly or a caterpillar. You could use egg boxes, toilet rolls, card, paper, crayons, paint… The choice is up to you. Be as creative as you want and if you would like to make both then please go ahead! I would love to see them, so please send me some photographs.
Here is a fun, interactive maths game for you to play on a tablet, phone or computer. It will help children to learn about number order and sequences along with numeral recognition.
I would suggest the order below to play the game. It is better for the children to be secure in one section before going on to the next. It might be a nice idea to have a little 5 minute go each day, rather than just play on one day and the children can challenge themselves to get to the next game.
Ordering Numbers: Forwards
Sequencing Numbers: Counting in Ones
Ordering Numbers: Forwards
Ordering Numbers: Backwards
Type into a trusted search engine “close up images of butterfly wings”
Look at all the different images. Spend some time describing what you can see. “Say what you see”. Comment on the colours, shapes, similarities, differences. Ask a grown up to describe what they can see to you. Did you hear any new words? If you don’t know what something means, ask a grown up to explain.
Type into a well known search engine “butterfly images”.
What do you notice about the two butterfly wings?
There is lots of information, photographs, colouring found on the butterfly site, although lots of adverts too to navigate around.
You may have noticed that the two butterfly wings are the same. Symmetrical means that something is the same on both sides. Butterfly wings are symmetrical. They have the same pattern on both wings in exactly the same place. One wing is the mirror image of the other.
It is time to use those fingers in some paint to make a symmetrical butterfly finger painting!
Wow! Look at your beautiful butterfly. I would love to see a photograph. Hang it up in your garden, or stick it on your window to bring joy to Formby.
Here is a different story by the same author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle “The Secret Birthday Message”.
This story will help to begin a discussion on shapes. When young children are beginning to learn about shapes it is easy to focus on encouraging the children to name the shapes using mathematical vocabulary, e.g. circle, square, rectangle, triangle, star etc. We also need to encourage the skill of describing the properties of shapes, which is more difficult. Encourage the use of the words straight, curved, spiky, pointed, round etc. by using this language yourself.
We are going to think and talk about shapes today, like in the story from yesterday. We call flat shapes 2d or 2 dimensional shapes. Shapes are all around us! Watch this powerpoint to see how shapes are everywhere.
Can you go on a shape hunt around your house? What shapes can you find?
There are sheets to fill in below that you can print out if you would like to. Make a tally mark next to each shape that you can see. How many of each shape did you find? Count them. Talk about which shape you found most of? Were there any shapes that were hard to find?
Make your own superb symmetrical butterfly using 2d shapes on this interactive game.
Warning: It does get trickier each time “next” is pressed so an adult might be needed to move the shapes initially. You can talk about the properties of the shapes that you are using together, e.g. “I’m going to put the round yellow circle there…” “The point on the blue triangle is pointing towards the top of the wing…”, “the long side of the rectangle is at the top not the side…”
Who is ready to get physical? Let’s get physical making an obstacle course in your home or garden! You need to design and follow a route like in the story “The Secret Birthday Message”. You might want to think about the following prepositional words to help you:
I would love to see your imaginative obstacle courses. Can you get your whole family involved?
Make a Rhyming Box
Hunt for a variety of small objects around your house that rhyme with each other. Small world type toys or animals are always good to use. 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: cat and hat, car and (chocolate) bar, dog, and frog, fox and box, goat and boat, mouse and house, pig and twig, number 2 and shoe, van and man.
Alternatively you could use pictures but I do think children relate better to real objects if possible. You can print some pictures from the example below, use the ideas, or draw your own!
If your child is already confident at rhyming you may want to play some initial sound games also as this would be the next step if we were in Nursery. Lots of the children were already hearing the first sounds in words, e.g. the “c” sound that starts the word cat.
I have found an informative video on You Tube which is just for adults, not to show to the children. It is a simple guide to correctly saying the pure sounds which is needed for teaching accurate phonic awareness. This will be useful to watch before trying any of the initial sound activities.
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 examples below, use the ideas, or draw your own!
I am sure you are all reading books and listening to lots of stories while you are at home. This is just so important. If you are unable to have a go at any activities due to work commitments we totally understand. However, please try to make some time to read to or with your children at some point each day. This will really help them in their future. Singing songs and rhymes is also an excellent activity along with playing together and everyday activities. I am sure you will have lots of fun together. Enjoy and stay safe.
I hope everyone has had a lovely first week of term and a nice chilled out weekend in the delightful Spring weather.
I would like to think you have enjoyed taking part in the range of activities and had lots of fun while doing them. I have added a couple of photos and videos that have been sent to the email address on to the Home Learning Photograph page. Thank you so much Mia, you have been a very busy caterpillar indeed! Please continue to send photographs, videos or messages if you have the chance, to:
It really is lovely to see the children enjoying themselves, albeit from afar. I can't wait to hear from you!
Take care everyone and stay safe.
Top Tip: Would you be able to save the inside cylinders from toilet rolls or kitchen rolls and egg boxes this week please? You might be needing them for a crafty activity next week.
Act out the story of The Very Hungry caterpillar by using different movements for each stage the caterpillar goes through until it becomes a butterfly. You could this while listening to a version on you tube or a grown up could read the story while you show the movements. I would love to see a video of this if anyone wants to send me one, that would be great! Here are some ideas:
Egg: curl up into a little ball, then pop!
Caterpillar: wriggle on tummy while munching, occasionally stopping for a rest!
Cocoon: roll on the floor then curl into a ball pretending to be asleep.
Crouch down and slowly get bigger, spreading out arms as wings.
Butterfly: Flap around in different directions, enjoying being free!
Watch the programme Melody “Little Blue Butterfly on Cbeebies and listen to the music.
Ask your grown up to play the programme again, but this time just listen to the music and dance like the butterfly from the story.
I would like you to talk about keeping healthy and how eating healthy food is really important to give us energy.
Watch this episode of Get Well Soon to start your conversation.
Have a look at the pictures in the book (or on the sheet in the download below) of all the different foods the Hungry Caterpillar ate. Talk about these foods with your grown up, for example about which ones you do like or not like, which ones you have tried or not tried, talk about what they taste like, and different flavours and textures.
It is very important to keep ourselves healthy and eating food that is good for you is one way we can do this. Use the pictures and sheets below to sort out the different types of food the Hungry Caterpillar eats. You could print them and cut them out or just talk about them.
Count how many of each type of food he eats.
This week we are going to use mark making tools to make the up and over caterpillar shape.
Why not have some fun with rhyming and names? Maybe you could name your caterpillar?
What words can you think of that rhyme with your name? Real words or made up words are fine. Get all your family (and your caterpillar!) to join in too!
Ask your grown up to write your silly sentences or names down while you watch, e.g. “Mrs Jones, cones, loans, toans, phones.” “Harris, Paris, Daris, Zaris”. “Mrs Jones has lots of bones”.
Say the words as theyy are written, really over emphasising the rhyming words. Read your list together pointing to each word as you say it.
We are going to continue to think about patterns this week. I hope you enjoyed hunting for and making patterns around your house last week. This week we are going to use what we learned about repeating patterns to make caterpillar pictures using a repeating pattern. There are lots of different ways you can make your patterned caterpillar. Here are some ideas to try:
I’m sure you will have even more imaginative ideas. As you are making your patterns it is helpful to repeat the pattern by saying it out loud. e.g. “red, blue, red blue”. You could stick your caterpillars in your window to show your neighbours. Please send me photographs of your fabulous creations!
It is time to get outside and go for a caterpillar hunt! Hunt in your garden, on your daily walk and see which ones you can find. We have already learned that caterpillars really like eating leaves so take a look at the leaves in your garden first.
I was doing some gardening last week and I found a very tiny green caterpillar, but it was so small I can’t even tell which one it is on the identification sheet! As they are very small at the moment you will need to have your super sharp hunting eyes ready! Happy hunting!
Count how many of each type you find by keeping a tally mark next to each picture. Ask a grown up to show you the correct number you find. Can you draw the correct number of caterpillars?
Don’t forget to keep sharing stories together every day and singing lots of songs. There are lots of different versions of The Very Hungry Caterpillar on You Tube for you to watch and listen to. Cbeebies radio has a lovely story about a caterpillar:
One of our own Nursery parents has her own business called Music in Unison and she has kindly allowed me to signpost you all to her You Tube channel. She has been delivering short music sessions which are absolutely brilliant for our children. Rhythm and rhyme and keeping a steady beat all help promote early reading and writing skills.
Phew! You will be another bunch of busy caterpillars this week! I do hope you enjoy completing these tasks.
Look after each other and don't forget to use the email@example.com email to share what you have been up to. I can't wait to see your creations!
Thank you for taking part.
Teachers have been asked to give parents and carers a bit more support and structure with regard to activities you can do with your children while the school closures continue. Therefore each week I am going to give some fun activity ideas to promote learning in the different areas of the early years curriculum:
The nature of early years learning means that the activities will often provide opportunities for many types of development in one go, so there will not necessarily be one for each area each week.
I have arranged the activities in days, however obviously you are completely free to be flexible. The activities have been designed to be sequential so although it doesn't matter what day you complete them it would be beneficial to do them in the order given.
I do hope you enjoy learning with these tasks and would love you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with photos or videos of you completing the learning. I can't wait to hear from you!
Enjoy reading this fabulous story together. Talk about the illustrations. If you do not have a physical copy of the book do not worry. Here is a link to Eric Carl reading his story. There are also many more versions on You Tube for you to explore on subsequent days.
Learn a new song with actions called A Tiny Caterpillar on a leaf".
Think about the very hungry caterpillar and try to remember all the different types of food he eats through the book. How many can you remember? I wonder what was his favourite food was? What do you think he liked best? What are your favourite foods and why? Ask your family what their favourite foods are.
Draw a picture of your favourite meal, for example on a paper plate if you have any.
Lyndon has drawn his favourite meal. can you guess what he likes best?
Can you use your fingertip to make marks like a wiggly caterpillar pattern that goes up and over, up and over?
You could use paint, sand, salt, flour on a tray or make gloop made out of cornflour and water.
Why not find out all you can about caterpillars? We can find out about new things in different ways.
We are going to be thinking about patterns. We went on a pattern hunt in our home.
Lyndon wanted to show you a pattern he made.
You will have found out earlier in the week that caterpillars love munching through leaves. Go on a leaf hunt in your garden or on your social distancing exercise walk and hunt for leaves on the leaf hunt sheet.
How many of each tree did you find?
If you see any leaves on the floor pick them up, but please don't pull leaves off the trees as they don't like it very much and it might damage them. Count how many of each leaf you find. Keep them safe somewhere and watch to see what happens to them. Do they stay the same? Do they change? In what ways do they change?
Look closely at the variety of shades of greens the leaves are made of. Can you use your coloured pencils, felt tips or wax crayons to draw and colour using the different shades of green? You could draw the leaves themselves or just experiment with the different colours to make a spring green picture.
Phew! You will be a bunch of busy caterpillars this week! I do hope you enjoy completing these tasks. Don't forget to keep reading and listening to stories, singing songs, playing taking turn games and having fun.
Look after each other and don't forget to use the email@example.com email to share what you have been up to.
Thank you for taking part.
I thought I should just catch up with you all and hope everyone is keeping safe and well. I have been on key worker duty this week in school and it was very strange without you all being there. I am missing all you lovely little ones dreadfully, however I am thoroughly enjoying reading your emails and looking at your photographs. Some of you have been so busy! Keep them coming please! I put them in the Home Learning Star folder under the Nursery class tab for you to look at.
I do hope you have been taking part in some of the activities I shared on the home learning ideas page. There are lots of ideas for you to try. Here are a few special ideas for you to have a go at during the next week of Easter holidays.
Make some tasty Easter egg nests.
Take part in an Easter egg hunt
Paper mâché Giant Eggs
I hope you have lots of fun together over Easter.
As I have mentioned to some parents already I am continuing to add fun learning ideas to this page as I get the chance. Please keep checking the website every few days or so to see if I have posted anything new.
I understand this is a difficult time but I know you will at least be having some fun while learning in a new way. Take care of each other, and try to stay healthy and well.
Mrs Jones and Mr Anderson
Keeping active and getting fresh air during this (hopefully!) lovely spring weather is a wonderful way to break up your day.
Go for a walk to parks, woodlands or the beach and use some of the free scavenger hunt ideas. Can you spy something beginning with the letters that are in your name? Collect different shades of green.
Look for signs of spring in the garden. Paint a picture of what you can see. Use crayons, chalks and other media.
If the weather does get a bit yucky there are some super ideas on you tube:
Cutting using scissors is a brilliant skill to learn in Nursery ready for Reception. Start by just snipping the paper around the edges. Once the children are able to snip try to encourage them to cut in a straight line. A good way to do this is by getting a strip of paper, e.g. half an a4 long ways. Draw a straight line with a ruler for the children to follow. Sellotape one end to a table so it doesn't move! This is much easier to handle! Make it a little bit harder by drawing a wiggly line.
We are aware that some of you are unable to attend Nursery at the moment so we thought we would try to help by giving you some terrific ideas of activities you can do at home with your child. There are plenty of home learning ideas on the internet too, along with ideas of how to keep a little bit of routine to your day.
Read, read, read!
Share stories with your children. Read aloud to them and ask them to read aloud to you. Make up stories together. Take it in turns. Look at the pictures and tell the story in your own words. Invite the children to do the same. Write down stories that they tell you, and keep them somewhere safe. it will be wonderful to read them all when they are older! Draw a picture of your favourite character in a book. Draw the story together.
Play, play, play!
Play games together. I spy, hide and seek. Snakes and ladders, ludo, draughts, board games.