Directed Activities - Friday 3rd April
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Friday 3rd April. Thank you for all the photos and videos sent so far, they are fantastic! These will be added as observations to your child’s learning journey.
- Have a look at the activities I put up earlier in the week have you had a go at any? If you are unable to print these off you could draw a picture of the Three Pigs instead.
- Write your child’s name in a light coloured felt tip (yellow, orange, light green) or similar – The first letter should be a capital and the rest should be lower case i.e. Arthur. Can they practise going over the letters of their name on top of your writing?
- Ask your child to tell me the best thing they have done this week, please either write it down or record a video and send it to me.
Directed Activities - Wednesday 1st April and Thursday 2nd April
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Wednesday 1st April and Thursday 2nd April. Thank you for the photos, videos and information you have sent from last week's learning. Please keep these coming. Remember these can either be as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.
1. English – Ask your child what story they read earlier in the week? How many pigs were there? Re-read the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ together. Can you draw, paint or make a picture of something that happened in the story?
2. Maths – Re-watch the number blocks episode “Series 1: One, Two, Three” Via the link below, If the link doesn’t work copy and paste it into your internet search bar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Mg4tP0huM
Have a go at playing the cup game together, hiding an object under 3 cups, moving them around and guessing which cup is underneath. You could number the cups or you could use a big, medium and small cup to represent 3, 2 and 1. Can the children recognise the numbers on the cups or talk about the size?
3. Other Areas of Learning – Make a house for the pigs to live in using whatever you have at home. You could collect some sticks, use cardboard boxes or something like Lego, let your imagination run wild. It would be great to see some pictures of your amazing creations!
Here is the Three Little Pigs Story powerpoint for this weeks directed activities. I have also included some other activities you may like to try.
Directed Activities - Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Monday 30th March & Tuesday 31st March.Thank you for the photos, videos and information you have sent from last week's learning. Please keep these coming. Remember these can either be as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.
- English – Can the children remember what they were learning about last week? (The Three Billy Goats Gruff). Tell the children this week at home they will learn about another story with three of something. The Three Little Pigs. Enjoy the story together; you could ask questions like - would you build a house out of sticks/straw/bricks? Why/Why not? What do you think the wolf wants to do? What should the pigs do next? At the end of the story you could ask questions such as: Can you tell me what happened in the story? What was your favourite part?
It would be great if you could send me a video or type what your child has said. This can be done through a normal email or an observation.
- Maths – Watch the number blocks episode “Series 1: One, Two, Three” Via the link below, If the link doesn’t work copy and paste it into your internet search bar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Mg4tP0huM.
Can the children look around your house for groups of things that there are 3 of and practise counting them? It is important for the children to remember when we are counting we count slowly, pointing, saying one number name for each object and the last number said is the amount of items there are.
- Other Areas of Learning – Play board game that helps with turn taking and counting skills. I have uploaded a three pigs one further down this page but any game will do.
Thank you for all your emails and obervations so far and for the amazing job lots of you are doing with home learning. I will continue to add directed activities to this page next week. Just a reminder to scroll down where you will find other activity suggestions and tips. Don't forget Joe Wicks PE lessons and Shonette Bason's dough disco and story sessions are fantastic lessons for the children to do and they're all done for you. Here are the links to their Youtube channels -
Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) PE Lessons @ 9am - https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Shonette Bason (Spread the Happiness TV) Dough Disco and Story sessions @ 9.30am and 1pm - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Friday 27th March. Thank you for all the photos and videos you have sent so far, please continue to send these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.
- English – Ask your child - What story did you read earlier in the week? How many Billy Goats were there? Re-read the story the Three Billy Goats Gruff together, can your child join in with any of the repeated phrases? Can you act out the story with your family? Who will be the troll? Who will be the Billy Goats?
- Maths – Practise writing the number 3 together using the number rhyme attached.
- Other Areas of Learning – Ask your child to tell me the best thing they have done this week, please either write it down or record a video and send it to me.
Here are the number formation rhymes we use at Nursery for the numbers we have learnt so far 1, 2 and 3.
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Wednesday 25th March & Thursday 26th March. Thank you for all the photos and videos you have sent so far, please continue to send these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.
- English – Ask your child what story they read earlier in the week? How many Billy Goats were there? What can you tell me about the size of the Billy Goats? Re-read the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ together. Can you draw or paint a picture of something that happened in the story?
- Maths – Re-watch the number blocks episode “Series 1: Three” - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bzgxx/numberblocks-series-1-three.
What story have you read this week with 3 in? What sizes were the Three Billy Goats (small, medium and big)? Have a collection of items that are small, medium and big from around the house. Can you sort them by size into piles ‘small, medium and big.’
- Other Areas of Learning - Go outside on a listening walk – Turn on your listening ears and either go for a walk in your garden or another safe outdoor space (considering social distancing). What can you hear? Tell your grown-up so they can make a list.
An online version of the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' for this weeks directed learning.
Directed Activities - Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Monday 23rd March & Tuesday 24th March. It would be lovely if you could send some photos or videos of these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.
- English – Can the children remember what number they were learning about in Nursery (three)? Can they remember learning about Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Tell the children at home they will learn about another story with three of something. The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Enjoy the story together (attached above) and then ask questions such as:
Can you tell me what happened in the story?
What was your favourite part?
It would be great if you could send me a video or type what your child has said. This can be done through a normal email or an observation.
- Maths – Watch the number blocks episode “Series 1: Three” - - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bzgxx/numberblocks-series-1-three.
Then ask questions such as - How was three made? Which numbers jumped together? Can you find 3 of different objects in the house? Can you jump or clap 3 times? Go on a number hunt, can you find the number 3 anywhere?
- Other Areas of Learning – Can you build a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff using materials in your house? This could be anything from Lego to cardboard boxes or kitchen utensils.
This is something the children are used to doing frequently at Nursery and is great for building up strength in little hands to prepare them for writing. There are lots of dough disco videos that you can follow on youtube, for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrBsNhwxzgc & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSBO8N4ctJg&list=PLtw-7Jf06an2kfRMTdYqf21GkM0YT2HaP
In addition to this Shonette (the creator of Dough Disco) is doing live dough disco sessions at 9.30am and 1pm on her YouTube channel. All you need is a small ball of play-dough or similar.
Don’t forget to send your photos to Mrs Beaumont so she can see how hard you have been working.
Shonnette-Bason is an early years expert who has been to school to do some training with the teachers in the past. She has released ‘100 things to do indoors’ and ‘100 things to do before you are 6’ which will give you some fantastic ideas for early learning (attached below). Shonette also has some fantastic ideas which she often shares on her social media pages – Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SpreadTheHappinessPage/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/ShonetteBason Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw
Tips for Home Schooling –
- Have a daily routine (there is a timetable resource posted below you may find helpful).
- Keep things playful – At Nursery the children do have lots of time to play. We keep focused sessions to around 10 minutes at a time so I would advise you do the same.
- Play simple board games and turn taking games if you have them at home, as well as other childhood games such as ‘hide and seek’ and ‘I-Spy’.
- Spend time outdoors when you can.
- Remember you can learn anywhere, for example going on a colour hunt around your house, drawing pictures on a steamed up mirror or even counting how many toilet rolls you have left!
- Don’t just focus on the typical ‘educational’ side of things. Having experiences such as gardening and baking (if you can get the ingredients!), as well as learning to get dressed, fasten zips and buttons, use a knife and fork and to share and take turns are all just as, if not more important.
- If you speak more than one language at home please continue to speak English with your child, alongside any other languages you use. Please also encourage your child to watch high-quality English TV i.e. Cbeebies as this will also help their English.
- Remember to have a break during the day and don’t forget the weekends!
- HAVE FUN and have no inhibitions! As you are probably aware in Nursery we are often required to dance around like Elsa, jump up and down like a monkey or slide across the floor like a ninja and why not!
- Remember we are here to help and will always reply to emails and provide support in any way possible.
Ideas of things to ‘work on’ for Nursery children –
- We do lots of singing in Nursery and enjoy lots of Nursery rhymes. Keep this up at home, it important part of early learning.
- Sharing and taking turns.
- Read stories – we have between 2 and 4 stories a day in Nursery and the children always love getting stuck into a good book!
- Counting – This involves not only saying the numbers out-loud and in order but also counting objects by pointing to one at a time and saying the number name, knowing that the last number said when counting tells you how many there are and counting things which cannot be seen i.e. jumps or claps.
- Recognising numbers to
- Drawing – Including drawing a person in detail i.e. not just a head with sticks coming out but a head, body, arms, legs and facial features, drawing other things and being able to say what they have drawn (even if it looks nothing like it!).
- Fine motor activities that help hand-eye coordination such as threading, practising using scissors and picking up small objects using the thumb and pointing finger.
- Practising writing their name.
Here are some website links which you may find useful over the coming weeks –
- Twinkl – www.twinkl.co.uk - Twinkl is a subscription service used by schools and is offering a free premium service for educators, parents and children to use whilst schools are closed, enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.
- Here you will find powerpoints, worksheets and interactive games for all areas of learning.
- Cbeebies – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/fun-activities-for-toddlers-and-preschoolers - As well as showing lots of educational programmes on TV, Cbeebies have some great games and activities on their website.
- Bee-Bot App - https://apps.apple.com/app/id500131639?fbclid=IwAR2qQIZl71g9EDuHvHlgWicpC2h18xWXaPeteC76CRprz4qMVIB28KgoghM - Available from all app stores for free! This app is great for building skills in technology and mathematical thinking.
- Top Marks – www.topmarks.co.uk – Top Marks have lots of interactive maths games which cover pattern, shape, counting and number recognition.
- Numberblocks - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks?page=2 - As many of you are aware we are using Numberblocks to give children an in-depth knowledge of number. We have watched Series 1: One, Series 1: Another 1, Series 1: Two and Series 1: Three. Please continue to watch these episodes on iPlayer and Youtube. Each week I will give a new focus number or for the children to learn about. The key to this approach to learning is to take it slowly and not rush ahead, please bear this in mind when using the videos. I had planned to stay on the numbers 1, 2 and 3 until Easter and then focus on 4 and 5 for the next half term.
- Letters and Sounds - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190537/Letters_and_Sounds_-_Phase_One.pdf - In Nursery we work on Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds, this prepares children to learn to read and write in Reception. There are 7 aspects of Phase 1 which we work on throughout the year (no particular order). Letters and Sounds has lots of fun activity ideas you and your child can enjoy together.
- Phonics Play - https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1 - In Nursery we work on Phase 1 Phonics Activities. Phonics Play has some enjoyable games in this area and is offering access to it’s website for free. Use the username: march20 and the password: home for access.
- Phonics Bloom - https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-1 - As above, Phonics Bloom has some enjoyable games and activities focusing on Phase 1 Phonics.
- Cbeebies Bedtime Stories - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories & https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=cbeebies+bedtime+story – Cbeebies bedtime stories are fantastic for children to be able to listen to and experience new books and stories.
- Twinkl - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/literacy/story-resources/story-books-ebooks - As well as general resources (mentioned above), Twinkl also have a range of ebooks you can access.
- Vooks - https://www.vooks.com/ - Offers a one month free membership to parents and is described as ‘A kid-safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks.’
Keeping Active –
- Just Dance Kids on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=just+dance+kids – The children love doing these to keep active at Nursery. They particularly enjoy – Gummy Bears, 5 Little Monkeys, A Pirate You Shall Be, I Like to Move It and The Freeze Game.
- Cosmic Yoga on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5uIZ2KOZZeQDQo_Gsi_qbQ
- GoNoodle - https://family.gonoodle.com/ & https://www.youtube.com/user/GoNoodleGames -
- Joe Wicks- https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/ - Joe Wicks aka 'The Body Coach' is becoming the Nation's P.E teacher from Monday morning with child friendly LIVE workouts. These will be daily, Monday to Friday from 9.00am. I'll be joining in too!
Please feel free to use this editable timetable which also comes with picture cards to add some routine and structure to your days at home. Don't forget to put in plenty of time to play, have a break and to have weekends off!
Here is the presentation used at the parent meeting about receiving and sending observations earlier in the year. I have also attached some examples of observations and a list of things you may like to 'observe.' If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ideas for Nursery Children during the suspended break from school!
It is with great sadness that the school closed it's doors to most of our children for an unknown amount of time. This is not an easy time for anybody but I intend to regularly update this page to make this as easy as possible for us all.
I intend to provide general ideas, tips and links to online resources during this period. I hope that this will be useful so that your child can continue learning at home.
There will also be challenges on this page for different areas of the curriculum uploaded twice a week (Monday’s and Wednesdays). It would be great if you could send these back as an observation (as discussed in the parent meeting on observations earlier in the year). I will upload the presentation used and the hand-outs from this meeting for you to refer to. If you have any difficulties doing this or with anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time. Most importantly of all take care of yourselves and each other.
Mrs Beaumont and the Nursery Team
We also have daily carpet times together where we sing songs, celebrate our 'star of the day' and work on different skills together and build on our knowledge. Children in nursery have acess to provision both indoors and outdoors.
This half term Nursery have been learning all about Chinese New Year, we heard about the Legend of Nian and enjoyed acting out the story with some Nian masks we made. We also learnt about how Chinese New Year is celebrated, we listened to some traditional Chinese Music, watched a dragon dance, tried some noodles and prawn crackers and even made our own spring rolls. They were yummy!
This half term Nursery have been learning all about Winter. We investigated ice, counted buttons onto snowmen, painted with ice, listened to lots of winter stories, and made melted snowman biscuits. One thing we didn’t get to do was play in the snow, maybe it will come soon!
Nursery were very lucky and had an exciting trip to Santa’s Grotto. We followed the Robin and Travelled around the North Pole until we got to Santa’s Grotto. When we got there we all had a turn sitting next to Santa in his big chair and having a chat with him. Santa said we had all been good so after we had spoken to him we all went to his toy shop to choose a present. Later we went to the Grass Hoppers Play-gym and had so much fun racing down the slides and climbing on all the different obstacles. What an exciting day! Thank you to the PTA for our treat, we really enjoyed it.