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Campbell Class

Hello Everyone! We understand that it is a tricky time but we have put together a selection of activities to support your child which link to our current learning and topic term 4 within Nursery. Across the page, there will be a daily update with links to learning which we would be exploring in class for you to focus on at home during this time. All of the activities will support your child's development in the areas highlighted in the Medium Term Plan below. You will be able to explore all these activities easily at home by using common household items or technology to support. During this challenging time, it is important that the activities are fun, interactive and enjoyable! We would love to see any photographs or pieces of learning from their time at home. We hope you are all keeping well and we hope to see you soon! 

Miss Cutajar, Mrs Cresswell & Mr Traum

Learning Activities

Please supervise your child using all links/clips to support their online safety.  Thank you.

Hello Everyone! I wonder if you have seen our incredibly special rainbow at Blaise? I know some of you already have! We are still with you!

Hello Nursery,

We hope that you and your lovely families are keeping well.

Please find below lots of really exciting and engaging activities for you to try during the Easter Holidays and please do send any photographs to the School so that your teachers can see all the brilliant learning you are doing at home!  Our email address is - 

school@blaiseprimayandnursery.co.uk

Use 'Nursery' as the subject so that it can be forwarded onto the Nursery team easily! Thank you.

We have spoken about Easter in lots of detail at School;

  1. Easter is considered the most important festival by Christians in the Christian calendar.
  2. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after he died on the cross.
  3. We also use this time to celebrate new life as it is Spring - daffodils, tulips and other special spring flowers growing as well as baby chicks and lambs being born.

We hope you have a very special time.

Enjoy!

*EASTER BIRD FEEDER - (Understanding of the World, Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development & Physical Development)

Don't forget about the birds!  This is just a metal coat hanger bent to create an Easter egg shape, filled with cheerios.  You can hang them in the trees and bushes as a treat for your little visitors.  The RSPB - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - advise having a little drinking water nearby if offering them dry cereal. 

I wonder which birds will visit and enjoy pecking at your Easter bird feeder?  Why not use your bird spotter sheet (also added below) to help you to identify the birds?

*MAIL A HUG - (Expressive Arts & Design, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language, Physical Development, Understanding of the World)

Why not 'mail a hug' to a loved one to show them how much they are missed?  You will need somebody to help you.

  1. Lie down on the ground and stretch out your arms.
  2. Ask your helper to draw around your hands, arms, shoulder and head.
  3. Decorate your outline using pens, crayons and maybe even a little bit of glitter!
  4. Ask a grown-up to help you cut out your outline.
  5. Attach a message thinking about what you like about your loved one - kind, caring, friendly, etc...  (I have added an example below.)
  6. Fold and then place it inside an envelope, before posting.

The message you could include as an example is:

'I miss you when you're far away.

I'd love to see you everyday.

But since I can't come over to play,

I'm mailing you a hug today!

So although it may be quite a sight,

Wrap my arms around you tight!

Repeat daily to keep your smile bright.

Until we get to reunite!'

*EASTER NATURE CARD - (Expressive Arts & Design, Physical Development & Literacy)

(Idea courtesy of Alfresco Learning)

*EASTER CARDS - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Literacy, Understanding of the World, Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language, Physical Development)

There are many creative ideas to explore when making an Easter card. It is also has many learning opportunities across the curriculum! Here are some more ideas below. Some are can even use other materials such as our hands or feet!!  

Think about who you would like to make it for? Why would you like to make it for them?  

Perhaps you could even brighten up neighbours day and share some Easter spirit with someone who may need a little pick me up in this difficult time. 

 

Easter Handprint Ideas - Messy Little Monster                                                            Mothers Day Hand print Foot print Flowers | Handprint crafts ...        

 

 

 

Recycled Toilet Roll Easter Bunny Stamp - Mum In The Madhouse                                                                                chick crafts for kids Archives - Page 2 of 4 - Easy Peasy and Fun

 

All of these different cards use different methods to make them! 

 

Encourage your child to write their own name.. 

A perfect opportunity to support your child in writing for a purpose. Write their name out on a separate piece of paper and encourage them to imitate it onto their card. Talk through the letter sounds with them and how to form the letters! 

*MATCHING SHAPES - (Mathematics, Communication & Language & Physical Development)

If you have lolly sticks or long pieces of paper, attempt to draw half a familiar 2D shape on one lolly stick or piece of paper, and then the other half of the 2D shape on another lolly stick or piece of paper.

Can you match them up to create 2D shapes you recognise?  Consider the following:

  1. How many corners does the circle have?
  2. What do you notice about the number of corners and sides a triangle has?
  3. How many corners does a rectangle have?  Is that more or less than a triangle?
  4. Can you draw a star which has 7 corners?  

EASTER SCAVENGER HUNTS - (Physical Development, Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development & Understanding of the World)

Please find below two scavenger hunts for you to complete; they are both linked to being outside - Spring & Nature.

Can you find all the items listed?  Maybe you could even race against a family member.  Who will find the items the quickest?

Which hunt was your favourite?  Why?

*EASTER BONNETS - (Expressive Arts & Design, Physical Development, Communication & Language, Understanding of the World)

It's the Easter tradition that is as well known as chocolate eggs and hot cross buns.

Around the world each year, people wear fancy homemade hats to celebrate the religious Christian holiday - Easter.

WHY DO WE MAKE EASTER BONNETS?

Have you ever wondered where the practice for wearing an Easter bonnet originated?

According to Christian tradition, the fashion for new bonnets came thanks to Easter being known as a time for renewal.

With the fasting of Lent over and people keen to mark the religious occasion, female churchgoers were eager to make and show off their new clothes, including hats.

So this started the tradition of wearing Easter bonnets.

WHY ARE THEY CALLED EASTER BONNETS AND WHY DO WE HAVE PARADES?

The word "bonnet" is used rather than "hat", as it refers to the type of headgear that was popular at the time.

But it wasn't until the 1870s that the custom of Easter bonnets really took off thanks to the New York City Easter Parade.

This would see women dressed up to the nines parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to flaunt their new hats.

The parade then grew in popularity and in the 1940s up to one million took part.  This was also partly due to the popularity of the 1948 film Easter Parade starring Fred Astaire and Julie Garland.

Can you create your own Easter bonnet/hat using recycled materials within your home?  Please do send us your photos.  We would love to see your creations!

I wonder what you will use?  How will you join your chosen items together?

*PAINTS

Here are also some alternatives for your crafts you could use with ingredients from around your house. A great idea if perhaps you do not own any paint or have even ran out!

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*SALT DOUGH CREATIONS - (Physical Development, Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language, Understanding of the World)

Salt dough is another creative way to make different ornaments and decorations! It simple to playdough but you can bake it and the shapes you make become hard, which you can then decorate whatever way you like!! 

Here is a simple recipe to make the salt dough and how to cook it: 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-make-salt-dough-recipe 
What is a recipe for?  What is the writing for? Look at the numbers in the recipe.. Can you see any you recognise? What do they tell us?  

 

What could you make with the salt dough that represents Easter?

Here are some ideas you could use..

How to make Easter Egg Charms | DIY Easy Salt Dough Easter Crafts ...

How are you could you decorate your Easter Egg Charms? What patterns could you create on them?

Now this is an interesting way to create a bunny out of salt dough!

Easter Salt Dough Craft! – Rockland NY Mom

What do you think you need to do to create one of these bunnies? 

Or perhaps you could even make a salt dough rainbow to keep spreading positivity in this time!

How to make Salt Dough? | Learning 4 Kids                                            Make Your Own Salt Dough Rainbow | Learning 4 Kids

*EASTER BAKING-  (Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development,  Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Expressive Arts & Design)

I wonder if you tried making the Easter cakes? Would you like some more ideas of what you could make? 

(Please supervise children at all times just baking & cooking sessions)

What about some EASTER BISCUITS..

Here is a recipe you could use or you may even have your own special family recipe to follow! Look at the numbers on the recipes, look at the steps you need to take to make the biscuits.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/easiest-ever-biscuits

 

Easter Biscuits - One Handed Cooks Easter Biscuits Easter is a great time to get cooking in the kitchen with kids and we’ve now got a nice little list of Easter treats for you to choose from. Easter Cookie Recipes, Easter Snacks, Easter Cookies, Easter Treats, Easter Food, Egg Recipes, Easter Bun, Easter Biscuits, Crack Crackers


*What do you need to do first before you start baking? (Don't forget to wash those hands!)
*Why do we need to wash our hands?
*I wonder what ingredients do you need?
*How much do you need to weigh out on the scales?
*What numbers can you see? 
* I wonder what do we need to do first? I wonder what do you need to do next?
*What do you think we need to do to keep ourselves safe when using the cooker/oven? I wonder why?
*I wonder how are you going to decorate them?

WELSH CAKES..

tried out some making some welsh cakes. I wonder if you know what these are? They are a cross between a scone, cake and pancake. They are a speciality in my home place, Wales. I thought I'd share a little piece of home with you all! 

 

All you need is: 

225g of Self-Raising Flour 
110g of spreadable butter 
75g of Caster Sugar  
1 Beaten egg 
A little bit of milk 
 *These are for plain Welsh cakes. You can always add currants or sultanas to the mix* 

 

1. Weigh out the flour, sugar and butter and place it all into a large mixing bowl. Then lightly rub the ingredients together until it starts to go into a crumble like mix. Add the beaten egg and mix. Then add a little bit of milk to make a firm dough.  

2. Roll out the dough on the counter.. Don't forget to sprinkle some flour on the counter so the dough doesn’t get stuck!! (If you don’t have a rolling pin you can always use an alternative like a bottle or glass to roll the dough out). Once you have rolled out the dough, cut the dough using a cutter (or even the open top of a glass/cup) into small shapes dependent on what you would like to use. 

3. Now you can cook them on something called a griddle or even a lightly greased frying pan. Place the dough shapes on the griddle or in the frying pan. Cook them approximately 3 minutes each side or until they are golden brown. Try not to cook them too fast otherwise the middle will still be doughy! Once they are cooked, lightly sprinkle them with some sugar each side. Then...  

YOU CAN EAT THEM! 

Here is also just a few more options you could enjoy our your Easter Holidays.. 

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Please take time to relax and enjoy all these activities with you child, that's what learning is all about!

How to make the office more festive this Easter - Quills UK

You may have also received information about the learning on the webpages changing to weekly activities. For Nursery we will be keeping them as daily activities for you all, so keep checking the page for updates. But remember they do not have to be all squeezed into one day, take your time and explore these activities to the interest of your child!

We can't wait to hear about what you have explored over the holidays!

Hello Campbell Class!

Have you all been busy trying some more of our suggested activities? We are coming to the end of TERM 4. What has been your best activity out of all of them so far? We would love to hear about your favourite one and any pictures you may have of them too! I wonder what activities TERM 5 will bring...

Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting Easter activities to explore with your families over the Easter Holidays. 

Here are the final activities linked to our TERM 4 learning, enjoy! FRIDAY 3RD APRIL, 2020.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development- (PSED) & Physical Development- (PD) 

In Nursery we love to explore Yoga and we mentioned it previously in the week. In this unsettling time, it is a great way to keep calm and explore our physical skills. Take a look at this Yoga session, all about farm animals! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKmRB2Z3g2s 

*Can you copy the yoga poses?  
*What's your favourite pose?
*Can you think of any other poses you could do?

Yoga For Kids: More Than Asanas | Basmati

 

Always remember.. continue to talk to your child about how they are feeling during this time of uncertainty. It is all still unknown and checking in everyday on how someone is feeling can make the world of difference!

 

Communication and Language – (CL) 
Here’s another one of our core songs that we have been learning and I bet the family knows it too! 

BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP 

Baa, baa, black sheep 
Have you any wool? 
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. 
One for the master, 
And one for the dame, 
And one for the little boy 
Who lives down the lane. 

We have been learning Makaton sign language for different parts of the song such as: 

*Black 

Venturers' Academy on Twitter: "This week's Academy #Makaton Sign ...
 

 

*Sheep

 

Sign of the Week

 

 

 
*Yes 

Basic Signs | Acorns Primary School


*Thank you 

Basic Signs | Acorns Primary School

Get your child to teach the family the signs!  
We even do a second verse.. 

Thank you said the master, 
Thank you said the dame, 
And thank you said the little boy who lived down the lane. 

 

Collection Of Free Atoned Baby Boy Download - Baa Baa Black Sheep ...

 

Literacy 

I hope you haven’t forgot about our sound of the week! Can you remember it?  

I’ll give you a clue this animal begins with the sound:  

Free Kangaroo Clipart - Clip Art Pictures - Graphics - Illustrations

It is a tricky one because it sounds very similar to our sound of the week last week, the sound ‘c’ 

Now do you think you could make the letter out of different things from around your house? 
See how many different things you can use to make the letter k. The challenge is try it with as many a possible. It could be anything from pieces of cereal to cutlery! 

 

Yellow Cornflakes Letter K Isolated On White Background. Alphabet ...

 

We would LOVE to see your most craziest creations of our sound of the week 'k'!

Mathematics -(MD) 

We are continually exploring different ways to learn about mathematics through our play! Over the past weeks we have been mainly focusing on our numbers, especially counting. And we have begun this week exploring shapes. And even using both together! 

 Now let’s see if we can still remember and put all those good counting rules to practice.  

Adult: Find an array of objects that the children can sort into groups for example, some dinosaurs, balls, action figures, whatever you can find in your house. SHAPES could even be one of your categories! Make sure you have at least 3 or 4 types of objects they can categorise. Now mix them all up! 

Encourage your child to sort the objects out into their groups. Now give them a challenge.. 
*Can you find out how many you have of each group? 
*I wonder what do we need to do to make sure we count each one?  
(I wonder if they can remember our ‘good counting rules’? Get them to tell you!) 

Once they have finished finding out the numbers, modelling writing down some numbers on a piece of paper, say the number names as you write them (To make it even more tricky, write the numbers in a random order!)  
Now can the children find the number to match the amount of each group they sorted and counted?

Happy children counting numbers illustration | Free Vector

 

 

 

Understanding of the World- (UOW) & Expressive Arts and Design (EAD) 

Although recently we have been focusing on healthy eating and how we need to keep our bodies healthy, we need to model to the children eating a balance diet. We need to model to children that although treats like chocolate and crisps are not intentionally good for us, we can enjoy these snacks in moderation!  

Here are the simple ingredients for some delicious Easter Nests. Again, starting the celebrations for Easter over the coming weeks! Give the children the independence to think about how much they may need for the recipe? Adapt it to your own way! Could you make a recipe of the ingredients you have used? Write your recipe down! 

Ingredients, all you need: 

*Chocolate 
*Cereal 
*Maybe some eggs (or other toppings) to make them more egg-citing!

Chocolate Rice Krispie Cakes - Fun Kids - the UK's children's ...

Utensils:  
*Large Mixing Bowl 
*Spoon 
*Cake tin 
*Cake cases (They can even be optional!)

Baking is to be fun and exciting with many learning opportunities across the curriculum. Allow your children to explore their own ideas of how to make them. MAKE YOUR OWN METHOD  

..see where it will take you. There is no right or wrong way to make them! 

 

Good Morning Campbell Class!

April Month Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | Shutterstock

Thank you to everyone who has sent pictures of the children learning at home. We really appreciate you taking the time to send these through to us! It has really brightened our days to see all the amazing learning that it is happening at home in this difficult time. It is great to see that you are enjoying the learning activities. 

 

Again, a massive thank you to all you Campbell class parents! You are all doing an amazing job!

Here are even more activities for you to explore.. 

THURSDAY 2ND APRIL, 2020.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED) & Communication and Language- (CL) 

Talking about our emotions, especially in this time really helps when we are young and not sure what is happening in the world around us. It supports us to validate our feelings and to accept them!

Activity:  

Ask your child to label some different emotions. What emotions do they know? I.e happy, sad, cross, tired. Do they know more complex emotions like worried, frustrated, excited? 
Model drawing some of the emotions on some paper, encouraging the children to do it. Remember to talk through how you are drawing to support their mark makings skills.  

Talk through the emotions with your child: 

*Why do you think we sometimes might feel this way?  
*How do you think we could make some feel happy? 

Remember to give examples I.e ‘Sometimes I feel sad because I miss my friends’. It also reminds us to validate our own feelings to the children and develop their empathy and compassion for others.  

Printable Emotions Chart | ... free feelings chart to help your ...

Remind children it is okay to be sad/cross/frustrated, they are all emotions and we should accept them and think of ways to work through them! 

 

Here is also a quick game to explore emotions and naming them:

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/faces-and-feelings/ 

Literacy & Physical Development - (PD) 
Handa’s Surprise is still our focus book this term: 

Handa's Surprise: Amazon.co.uk: Eileen Browne: Books 

We have explored many aspects of this book over the term. Now recap that learning with your child as Term 4 is coming to an end (There even may be a new focus book coming your way. How exciting!!)  

*Can they talk about what happens in the story? The key events? The characters? The order of the fruits and the animals? 
*What did you like about the story? What was your favourite part? 

Activity: Can you draw a picture of your favourite part of the story? Can you give an explanation of why it was your favourite part? 

Mark making supports their literacy but also their physical development, especially with their early mark making skills before writing!  Which we have been focusing greatly on ways to develop our fine motor skills and mark making skills. Don't forget there are many other activities to develop our fine motor skills than just mark making!

Mathematics -(MD) 

Are you singing all the time? 

Here are some number rhymes to explore. Look to see how you could represent the numbers using your fingers in the songs! 

1 Little Finger 

1 little finger,  
1 little finger, 
1 little finger, 
Tap, Tap, Tap, 
Point to the ceiling, point to the floor, 
And put them in your lap lap lap. 

Five Little Ducks 
Five little ducks went swimming one day (hold up five fingers) 
Over the hills and far away, 
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”  
But only four little ducks came back  

..continue until all the little ducks have swam away.  
Don’t forget some actions! 

 

Don’t forget to still be searching for those shapes around your house, in your garden or while on your daily exercise!  

*Can you name the shape?  
*Can you talk about the properties of the shapes?  
*How many corners does it have? How many sides does it have? 
...Those good counting rules will help you here!

Expressive Arts and Design - (EAD) & Understanding of the World (UOW) 

It’s nearly Easter, the perfect time to begin to learn about the meaning of Easter and to be creative! As always there are many great ideas online, especially a website (or app) Pinterest!  

Some of my favourite creations which are a simple but effective creation for Easter, which can be adapted in different ways using things that may be lying around your home! You can always swap the paint for pencils or the card for plain paper with your child’s marks on.. 

   

 Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft | Arty Crafty KidsPin on EasterEasy Paper Easter Wreath | Easter crafts, Easter wreaths, Easter ...

^The Easter Card is only using your fingerprints.. a great way to get messy with your learning!!

While doing these activities encourage your child to talk through their thought processes: 

*Why are you using that colour? I wonder why? 
*I wonder how do you think you could make the..? 
*What do you think we need to make the..? 

 

Continue to talk to your child about the meaning to Easter. Here is also a little clip about the story of Easter and the reasoning to why we celebrate it: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks1-the-christian-story-of-easter/zhgv47h 

Again, talk to your child about they noticed. What happened in the story? Can they tell you about the key events? 

Questioning is vital to support of children learning in the Early Years. It gets them to think for themselves and learn about processes to why they are doing things! 

Hello Everyone,

Have you had a super Tuesday?  What did you choose to do?  I did cosmic yoga with Jaime after having breakfast and then I went for a walk.  I saw lots of different birds; blue tits and also a group of starlings.  My bird spotter sheet really did help me identify them more easily.  Which birds did you see?  I then made my very own bird feeder after lunch and added a lollipop stick (or you could you a stick or twig I suppose) to the edge for the little birds to rest on.  I hid some nuts, seeds and pieces of cut up grape inside my used but clean baked bean tin and look, I had a visitor to my garden!

What do you notice about the today's date?

Please find below lots of activities for you to try for Wednesday 1st APRIL, 2020.  

Personal, Social & Emotional Development - (PSED)

We miss you all very much Nursery children but just remember, everyday, we are one step closer to seeing each other again! Parents & Carers, we hope that you are keeping well too...

What makes you feel happy?  I really like warm sunny days, spending time building sandcastles on the beach, reading funny stories and eating yummy pancakes!

Can you draw three things that make you feel happy and share them with a grown up or your brother or sister?

I wonder if you like making and eating pancakes too, like me?

Please click on the link below to make your own banana pancakes using only 2 INGREDIENTS! 

Please ask an adult to help you make them as pans can become very hot and dangerous if not used safely! Thank you.

https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/2-ingredient-pancake-recipe/q1j4ui17?r=collection/2ingredientrecipes&c=85lc9hnt/2%20ingredient%20recipes

Literacy 

You are doing super well with your blending.  Well done!  I'm really impressed that you know so many new sounds already.  Can you remember which sound this is?

Today, I am going to introduce you to a tricky word:

Can we all say it in a really LOUD voice?

Can we all say it in a quiet voice?

Can we all say it in a squeaky voice?

Can we all say it as many times we can using a fast voice?

We can use I in a sentence like this;

I went to the park and had a huge hotdog.  I ate it all up.

I like jumping in muddy puddles.

Can I play with you please?

I really like the different coloured leaves on the trees.

Please look inside a magazine, a newspaper or your grown ups book.  Can you see the tricky word I?  Every time you find it, shout I really loud!

Physical Development - (PD)

Gross Motor Development:

'Join Maurice for a 15 minute workout.  He will help teach your child how to get in shape with exercises.  Maurice takes you through a beginning workout for kids of all ages, even teens and adults. It's fun and healthy workout. Join in!' 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_A_HjHZxfI

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Fine Motor Development:

Here are some more ideas to support the development of your child's fine motor skills:

Let's make PLAYDOUGH!

The video link below shows how to make a simple batch of easy, no cook playdough, using:

  1. 1 cup of flour
  2. Half a cup of salt
  3. Half a cup of water
  4. Mix, mix, mix with a spoon or your hands!  The messier the better!
  5. If the mixture becomes too dry, add a small amount of water and continue to mix.
  6. If the mixture is too wet, add a small amount of water and continue to mix.
  7. If you want to change the colour, you can add a few drops of food colouring or paint.  Mix well.
  8. Keep your home made playdough in an airtight container to stop it from drying out. It should last for upto 4 weeks.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=9RCDXp6UDcGblwSOsZaABw&q=easy+playdough+recipe&oq=easy+paly&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQAxgAMgQIABAKMgQIABAKMgQIABAKMgQIABAKMgQIABAKMgQIABAKMgQIABAKMgQIABAKMgQIABAKMgQIABAKOgUIABCDAToCCAA6BAgAEA1QfVjPEGDAGGgBcAB4AIABPIgBlQSSAQIxMJgBAKABAaoBB2d3cy13aXo&sclient=psy-ab#kpvalbx=_-BCDXsqgLZeGhbIP1JaVaA25

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Mathematics - (MD)

I wonder which 2D shapes you can make using your playdough?  Please send any photographs to the School so that your teachers can see all the brilliant learning you are doing at home!  Our email address is - 

school@blaiseprimayandnursery.co.uk

Use 'Nursery' as the subject so that it can be forwarded onto the Nursery team easily! Thank you.

Communication & Language - (CL)

Can you make up your own story using the characters and props below?  I wonder what will happen at the beginning, the middle and end of your story?  Will your story be scary or funny?  Which characters will you choose to use?  According to literacyterms.net this is their definition of a character;

'A character is a person, animal, being, creature, or thing in a story.  Writers use characters to perform the actions and speak dialogue (words), moving the story along a plot line (beginning, middle and end).  A story can have only one character (protagonist) and still be a complete story.'

house

cooking pot

little old woman/witch

eggs

magic frog

jewels

princess

mouse

I'll begin the story...

Once upon a time there was a little old woman who lived in a small wooden house on the moon.  One day, she looked out of her window and saw a GIGANTIC red bag dangling from the oak tree in her garden.  Her pet birds were pecking at it.  She was too short to reach it so..

*What happens next?

*Will you use all the characters and objects in your story?

*How will the little old woman reach the bag dangling from her tree?  What could she use?

*What will be inside?

*Tell your grown up your story.  I cant wait to hear them!

Literacy - Reading

Reading is super important so please make sure you read everyday!  You can read to another person, be read to by another person, make up your own story using pictures to help you or even create a story just using your great thinking brain!  Reading will help you create the most fantastic stories by giving you lots of special ideas! 

Click on the link below to be taken to a land filled with lots of wonderful books and games:

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyay7kLzE6AIVibPtCh2YAwJhEAAYASAAEgJ6QfD_BwE

Free Storybooks

Here you can find lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing.

There are classic children's stories that we think you and your family will love, including Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd to Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson, along with new favourites such as Chris Haughton's Oh No, George! and Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall.

You can also watch Storytime videos from the likes of Ore Oduba, Adam Buxton, Fearne Cotton and many more.

Enjoy.  Have a great Wednesday!

Hello Everyone,

How has your Monday been?  I hope you've had a chance to try some of the activities I recommended. 

Please find below lots of new and exciting learning activities for TUESDAY 31st MARCH, 2020.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development - (PSED)

When I went for my daily walk this morning, I noticed lots of rainbows displayed in windows; some were painted, others were drawn with different coloured pens.  One rainbow had even been made out of lego bricks!  Do you know why these rainbows were made?  Maybe you have one displayed in your home.  I just want you all to know that even though it must be really difficult not seeing your friends and family daily, you and your Parents/Carers are *amazing*

Physical Development - (PD)

Gross motor skills = large physical movements usually using whole body.

Why not try some gentle yoga exercises with Jaime on her Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure?  Yoga promotes mindfulness, relaxation and calm for children and adults alike!

Click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obzFP6eEGAg

Please supervise your child whilst using the internet to access the recommended links to ensure the trailers/content are suitable.  Thank you.

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Don't forget, Joe Wicks will be continuing his daily exercise session Tuesday morning at 9:00am.  I really enjoyed carrying our the pikachu moves last week!  What do you notice happening to your heart when you carry out lots of exercise?

Fine motor skills = small physical movements usually using fingers, thumb, whole hand and wrist.

Can you make you own jigsaw using an old cereal box and a scissors?  Please ask a grown up to help you use a pair of scissors safely.

  1. Choose your cereal box which can be any size.
  2. Cut out the front of the box.
  3. Cut the front of the box into several smaller pieces
  4. Gather the piece and attempt to put them back together again in order to make the original picture.

Communication & Language (CL)

When you go outside today for your one form of exercise, do you think you'll be able to find all the items on my Outdoor Adventure Hunt List?  Talk to your grown-up about what you need to find, where you found it and what you notice about the item you have found.  On your marks, get set, go...! Please remember to listen to your grown ups when outside and to be extra careful near busy roads.

Literacy 

At the beginning of every week in Nursery, a new letter sound is introduced to the children.  This week, the sound is 'k'.

 

You can practice writing the sound in shaving foam, with water and a paintbrush outside or with a stick in the mud!

I can only think of three things which begin with the k sound.  Can you help by writing a list of things which begin with the k sound?  

karate

kitkat

kite

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Now that you know many letter sounds, can you sound out the following words by saying each sound and then blending them together to make the word?

p i n 

c a

n a p 

k i n 

t a p 

Mathematics - (MD)

Yesterday, I explored 2D shapes by printing with toilet roll inserts which were moulded to create a selection of familiar 2D shapes.  Here is the pattern I created.  I allowed the paper to dry and I will now use it as wrapping paper when it is a friend or family members birthday.  Ta - da!  Which shapes have I used?

I would like you to put on your good looking eyes and go on a 'Shape Hunt' around you home or outside to find as many different 2D shapes as you can and record them on a piece of paper, large cardboard, a box, or on the ground.  Good luck!

Understanding of the World - (UOW) & Expressive Arts & Design (EAD)

As I went for my walk this morning, Spring was definitely in the air!  I saw rabbits hopping about in the open field, beautiful flowers showing off their brightly coloured petals and lots of bees flying around and resting on these flowers.  I wonder what the bees were doing and why?

I took a few photographs to share with you.  Do you know the names of these flowers?

I also noticed and heard lots of birds, pigeons, seagulls, crows, blackbirds and even a little robin red breast.  What a great way to recycle old tins you may have at home by turning them into bird feeders.  Why not have a try.  You can decorate it however you like but please make sure your adult checks the tin you are going to use first in case it has any sharp serrated edges.   I am going to make mine tomorrow!

I have also attached below a bird spotter sheet to help you identify some of the birds that fly and live near you.

Hello Everyone,

We hope you've had a wonderful weekend spending time with your families. ❤♥

Please find below lots of fabulous new activities for you to explore with your grown-ups, linked to our learning in Term 4 for Monday 30th March, 2020.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development - (PSED)

Continue to talk to your child about how they are feeling during this time of uncertainty.  This is due to your child potentially experiencing a variety of emotions and so expressing how they are feeling to familiar adults and friends will support them greatly.  

**Parents & Carers, we would like you to know that you're doing an AMAZING job with your child/ren! **

Nursery children, can you draw a picture of your whole family, including your pets and label it too?

 

Literacy - Reading

Continue to use this time to read and fully immerse yourself in a brilliant selection of books.  Read new books, re-read old books, read to your family and listen well as they read to you!  Create your own stories, change the characters and even the ending of a story.  

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Physical Development - (PD)

Fine motor skills - small physical movements

Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb.  With the development of these skills, your child is able to complete important tasks such as feeding oneself, buttoning, making marks, zipping up their coats, writing and many more.  

On a large surface, create a variety of spirals, zig-zags and up and down movements using pens, chalks or tape.  Can your child use a selection of objects to trace over these patterns?  This activity is perfect to support your child in developing dexterity and strength in their little fingers.  You could provide your child with a selection of bottle lids, conkers, marbles, sticks, glass stones, lego pieces, cars, etc... to use.  Please ensure your child is supervised whilst using small objects.

 

Another activity to support your child's fine motor skills is cooking!  As well as being super fun and a great way to support your child's communication and language, cooking supports children in developing their fine motor skills by using a variety of cooking apparatus, such as small knives to cut ingredients into small pieces.  Please supervise your child using a knife and please remember to cut grapes length ways to prevent them from becoming choking hazards.

 *Fruit kebabs - https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbcgoodfoodme.com/recipes/rainbow-fruit-skewers/%3famp

Which fruit will/have you used?  Which is your favourite and why?  Are any of the fruits you have chosen to use the same as the fruits which Handa collected for her basket?  Which fruit is your least favourite?

 

*Tortilla pizzas - https://pintsizedtreasures.com/15-minute-tortilla-pizza/

Which toppings will you add to your pizza?  I like pineapple, mushrooms and spicy salami!

 

REMEMBER JOE WICKS RETURNS MONDAY MORNING AT 9:00AM FOR SOME MORE EXERCISE FUN!

Mathematics - (MD)

This week, we're going to be focusing on shapes!

Look around you.  Which shapes can you see in your home?  

I have rectangle shaped windows, a circle shaped sink in my bathroom, a square door mat as you enter my house, 5 triangle pieces of cheese in my fridge and a star shaped candle holder in my living room. 

Do you know how many sides a triangle has?  What about the number of corners?

There are two different activities for you to try below to support you in exploring the wonderful world of shapes using items in your home.

1.  We all have loo inserts just waiting to be recycled.  Why not mould the edges to create different 2D-shapes and print with them?  If you print onto paper, maybe you could allow it to dry and keep it to wrap a special present in, like a piece of wrapping paper!  I will upload my creation on Tuesday for you to see!  I can't wait to see yours.

2. You don't need to use a tray, but can you collect a variety of items from your home, place them on the ground and sort them depending upon which shape they are?  I wonder if you will have more items that are circle shaped than squared?

Communication & Language - (CL) & Literacy

Sometimes I have so many ideas and jobs whizzing around in my mind, writing them down or drawing them helps me know what I am going to do now and next.  If I have more than two things to do, I record them all and I can then see what I have left to do.  I find it really helpful so I thought I'd share it in case you find it helpful too.

Below is a link to make your own squishy bag.

Squishy bags are perfect for sensory play without the mess.  They are cheap and easy to make and your child will enjoy manipulating and playing with them.  The squishy bag is perfect for practising letters, numbers, name writing, drawing pictures, shapes and words.  Your child can practice hand and finger movements for pre-writing development on the squishy bag too!  There are so many different ways to make squishy bags, I have seen others use glue, paint, hair gel, baby oil and shaving cream. Today I am sharing with you how to make our own squishy sensory bags using only 3 ingredients; flour, water and food colouring. 

https://www.learning4kids.net/2015/06/30/how-to-make-squishy-sensory-bags/

You can help your child practice writing their name.  If you do not have zip bags, try practising your name in salt, flour or even shaving foam!

Squishy Sensory Bags for pre-writing activities

*You can access phonicsplay.com free by entering the following details:

username - March20

password - home

Click on any phase 1 activity - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/Phase1Menu.htm  

I wonder if you can match the sound to the correct animal?  Here's the link for this game - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/AnimalBingo.html

Understanding of the World - (UOW)

Due to the beautiful weather we have had recently, I've noticed shadows EVERYWHERE! Do you know what a shadow is?  Can you tell a grown-up?  How are they made? 

 According to 'NAEYC.COM' 'A shadow is made when an object blocks the light.  Children make shadows with their bodies and other objects.  Children can change a shadow's shape by moving/turning their body or the object, or by moving the light source.'

I have noticed my shadow on the wall when I have been in the garden and I have also noticed the shadow that my lamp casts on my living room wall when it is dark outside.

Below are two activities you can try outside or indoors.  

1. You just need some sheets of paper, a pen, some animals/objects and of course sunlight! ☀ Then you can trace around the shadow of your chosen items.

2. Can you retell the story of Handa's Surprise by using your hands, fingers and arms to create the animal shadows  below?  Which other animal shadows can you make?  The elephant is rather tricky but definitely my favourite!

Here are some more great learning opportunities to explore at home, linked to our learning in Term 4 for FRIDAY 27TH MARCH, 2020.

 

Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED)

Continue to talk to your child about how they are feeling during this time of uncertainty.  This is due to your child potentially experiencing a variety of emotions and so expressing how they are feeling to familiar adults and friends will support them greatly. 

Now they have spent a longer period of time at home and discussed the ongoing situation that is happening around them. Can they draw a picture of how they are feeling? Can they explain the marks they have done? 



Physical Development -(PD)

Although it is a difficult time at the moment, the children have had a great interest in cooking and exploring foods. It is a great way to continue in learning about healthy foods but also for children to be independent in their lives! 

Here is a great online resource to support some ideas on cooking/baking. Check your cupboards and see if there are any ingredients you could use. Or even use it as inspiration, adapt and make them your own! 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/category/family-kids 

 

Don’t forgetEveryday At 9.00-9.30am Joe Wicks, the Body Coach is doing a daily P.E lesson. It is important to stay active! 

 

 Communication and Language- (C&L) & Literacy  

Reading a variety of books is super important to support a child’s learning. However, children also love listening to the same stories over and over again. This repetition supports their story telling skills where they can recite stories and the language they use: another great benefit of supporting your child’s communication and language skills. 

Our focus book this term is Handa’s surprise: a link to the story below.  

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=handa%27s+surprise+story+telling&view=detail&mid=634F6CDF07AF8A18D048634F6CDF07AF8A18D048&FORM=VIRE&adlt=strict 

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Previously we talked about story maps and getting the children to discuss the sequence of events and drawing pictures to show them. Recapping learning is a great way to see what the children have learned from us adults modelling to them and how we can support them further! Try the story maps again..

*Can the children independently re-tell the story with little prompting?  
*Can the children now do their own story maps independently? 

Don’t forget the arrows! Encourage them to make marks to show the events of the story in order and encourage them to explain their marks to you. Write down what they say on the paper to show their ideas have been validated!  

 

However, there is a massive range of stories to explore online on the previously used site: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/  

 

Mathematics -(MD) & Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Another one of our core songs, with a mathematical approach! 

Get the children to teach you the rhyme and the actions: 

 *Bunnies on a hill* 

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There were six little bunnies a-sitting on a hill, (hold up six fingers) 
Six little bunnies were oh, so still, (sit or stand really still and stiff) 
They sniffed the air, and one hopped away, (sniff in air and then take one finger away) 
How many bunnies were left to play?  

….repeat this for five, four, three, two, one and zero. 

 

*Write the numbers largely on some paper. Can the children imitate writing the numbers underneath? Talk through how to form them. 

*Support the children to put them out in order starting with zero. 

*Ask the children were do they need to stand to start the song? (Remember we are counting backwards. I wonder which is the number 6?)

*Say the rhyme to a rhythm. And don’t forget some actions! 

*Get your child to move to the next number in the sequence. Remember to take one of your fingers away. I wonder what is one fewer than 6?  

*Point to the number to link the number name and numeral together. 

*Continue until all the bunnies have hopped away!  

 

There are many songs with mathematics in, making it fun and enjoyable! 

 

 

Understanding of the World- (UOW)

There are many great ways for children to explore technology safely! Remember to talk to your child about how to use the internet safely and why. Remember you can always access: Purple Mash- Mini Mash for nursery children were there are lots of online activities to explore! 

*I understand some children were not in to receive their log in’s to purple mash- Please contact us to receive their log in details. Purple Mash link below* 

 

https://www.purplemash.com/login/ 

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Hello! We just wanted to say although we are currently not all in school, we are still thinking of you all here at Blaise!

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Remember we would love to see any home learning that you do! You can email
the school office on school@blaiseprimaryandnursery.co.uk. Remember to put the subject as Nursery!  

 

Here are some more great learning opportunities to explore at home, linked to our learning in Term 4 for THURSDAY 26TH MARCH, 2020.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED)

Continue to talk to your child about how they are feeling during this time of uncertainty. This is due to your child potentially experiencing a variety of emotions and so expressing how they are feeling to familiar adults and friends will support them greatly. 

 

 

Communication and Language - (CL) & Understanding of the World - (UOW)

Ask your child about the core songs we have been singing in Nursery: Our favourite has definitely been ‘I’m a little chicken’. Can your child teach you the song and the actions?

(Tune: I’m a little teapot) 

I’m a little chicken, (crouch down) 
Ready to hatch, 
Pecking at my shell, (make a pecking motion) 
Scratch, scratch, scratch (make a scratching motion) 
When I crack it open, 
Out I’ll jump, (jump up) 
Fluff my feathers, chirp, chirp, chirp. (pretend to ruffle feathers)

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Singing songs every day is a great way to enjoy many learning opportunities across all areas of the curriculum! 

To extend: Linking to Spring and Easter, talk to your child about chickens. Have they seen a chicken before? What do they look like? Think about where chickens come from? What do chickens do?  How can we care for chickens? Can they make the sound/movement of a chicken?  

 

 

Physical Development - (PD) & Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Recently in Nursery, we have been exploring healthy foods and how to keep out bodies healthy. At meal times, talk to the children about the foods you are eating.

*Are they healthy for us? I wonder why? 

We have also been exploring how to use tool safely, such as knives. At snack times/meal prep times, give the children a job to chop up some of the foods. This will also support their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination with the added enjoyment of helping! They are all really good at being safe using the tools! Another perfect opportunity to talk about healthy food and our bodies! 

 

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Literacy

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Another great story to read, especially fitting with Easter around the corner, 'Everybunny Dance'!

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/everybunny-dance/ 

To extend: Can you imitate the moves described in the story? Maybe try them to some music! 

Don’t forget: Our sound of the week is ‘c’, remember to practice the sound!

 

 

Mathematics -(MD)

I have heard recently that a lot of children have been exploring tea parties at home or imitating adults in their imaginary play. This is a great way to explore maths through children’s play. Mathematics can be in everything!  

For example, a tea party with the teddies:  

Set up teddies around in a circle..

*Can you count how many teddies you have at your tea party?  
*I wonder how many cups would you need for each teddy to have one? I wonder how many plates? 
*What if another teddy joined the party, how many teddies would we have then?  
*What if someone had to leave? How many teddies would you have then? 

These types of questions support children to think of mathematics in a different way. It is not always a session that you need to sit down and count. It can be in everyday activities and questioning children to support extending their learning through play!  

 

 

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Good Morning

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We hope you have been enjoying the daily learning activities at home.
Remember we would love to see any home learning that you do! You can email
the school office on school@blaiseprimaryandnursery.co.uk. Remember to put the subject as Nursery!  

Here are some more great learning opportunities to explore at home linked to our learning in Term 4 for WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH, 2020.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED)

Continue to talk to your child about how they are feeling during this time of uncertainty. This is due to your child potentially experiencing a variety of emotions and so expressing how they are feeling to familiar adults and friends will support them greatly. 

Also remember to validate your own feelings with your child to show that we all have emotions, and everyone feels differently to support learning about how others feel as well as their own.

 

Communication and Language - (CL) & Understanding of the World - (UOW)

With the wonderful weather this week, simply take a look out the window. What do the children notice in their environmental surroundings? Talk to your child about what they see to support their language and conversational skills.  

*I wonder what do you notice?  
* I wonder what the weather is like?  
*I wonder why it is like this?  
* I wonder what do the plants need to grow and survive?

Over the past few weeks in nursery we have been exploring the season: Spring. We have been talking about how there is new life such as plants blossoming, and animals being born. A great opportunity to discuss Easter, which is upon us in the coming weeks! 

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Talking is a great way to build relationships and develop our language! 

Physical Development - (PD) & Expressive Arts and Design - (EAD)

There are many online resources to stay active that we have posted over the past few days. However, it does not always have to be online. There are many activities which you can do from the comfort of your own home.  Think about how to make a short obstacle course using household items.  

*Can you jump over the teddies?  
*Can you move around the chairs?  
*Or even just a little boogie to some music. Can you think of how to move your bodies to the rhythm of the music? 


Literacy: 

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Another great book from the Book Trust website: Hairy Maclary. This book supports learning about rhyming words: 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/hairy-maclary/ 

 

Challenge: Can you think of any more words that rhyme with the other rhyming words in the story? 

 

REMEMBER: Don’t forget our sound of the week the ‘c’ sound. Write the letter down; what other words can you think of? To challenge: begin to segment simple words c-a-t, c-a-n.


Mathematics -(MD)

Now to challenge yourself! Following from the previous activities, can you count things other than objects?  

*How many claps can you count? Give your child a number, can they clap that many times? 
*Take a walk up and down the stairs. How many steps did you count? Did you make sure you counted one number for each step? 
*How many jumps can you do? Can you count the jumps as you go?  

There are many ways you count, just remember to say only one number name for each action. Like we did with our counting objects!

See there are always ways to stay active from the comfort of your home while linking in learning from across the curriculum! 

Hello Everyone,

We hope you've had a marvellous Monday and have tried some of the activities suggested below.  I especially liked the Joe Wicks 9:00am P.E. session.  Did you join in too?

Please find below suggested activities linked to our learning in Term 4 for TUESDAY 24TH MARCH, 2020.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development - (PSED) & Expressive Arts & Designs - (EAD)

Continue to talk to your child about how they are feeling during this time of uncertainty.  This is due to your child potentially experiencing a variety of emotions and so expressing how they are feeling to familiar adults and friends will support them greatly. 

Can you create a card for somebody you love and care for?  It could be your Granny, Mum, Brother or Dad.  What will you use to make your card? Glue? Glitter? Paint?  We would love to see photos of your creations!

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'If you're happy and you know it' is one of my favourite songs.  It instantly makes me feel happier and brighter.  Why not click on the link below and join in with the singing and actions!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71hqRT9U0wg

Physical Development - (PD)

It is SUPER important to remember to wash our hands to stop any germs from being passed onto our family and friends.  Below is a rhyme by wundamom.com which you can sing twice to help make sure your hands - which include your palms, the tops of your hands, in between your fingers and your thumbs are fully covered with soap and washed thoroughly with warm water.  Don't forget to dry them well too!

 

Did you have a chance to join in with Joe Wick's P.E. lesson this morning?  If so, what was your favourite exercise?  I liked doing the star jumps the most.  Joe said that in America, star jumps are known as Jumping Jacks!  Each weekday morning at 9:00am, Joe will be encouraging EVERYONE to stay fit sand helathy.  Click on the link below to be taking directly to his page.

www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv

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Can you make a sensory hand and foot activity?

What you need to do is...

  1. Trace one hand print and one footprint.
  2. Use them as templates to make several pairs of hand prints and footprints.
  3. Tape onto coloured paper or card.
  4. Well done! You've made a super game to develop your gross motor skills (large movements) on paper.

 

Literacy - Reading

We all recognise the importance of reading everyday.  The following website gives you instant access to an unlimited library of children's books.  Which one will you choose to read first?  

 

http://www.getepic.com/

Why not make a cosy reading den or fort to snuggle up inside with your chosen book... 

 

Communication & Language - (CL)

Following on from our story Handa's Surprise, can you create a story map using the characters and different fruits to help you?

Here is mine...

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Can you share with a grown-up or a friend the story of Handa's Surprise using my story map?  

Was it easy to follow?

If so, why?

Is there anything you would add?

Hello Everyone,

We hope you've had a lovely weekend. 

Please find below suggested activities linked to our learning in Term 4 for MONDAY 23RD MARCH, 2020.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development - (PSED)

Continue to talk to your child about how they are feeling during this time of uncertainty.  This is due to your child potentially experiencing a variety of emotions and so expressing how they are feeling to familiar adults and friends will support them greatly. 

I found this poem online and thought I would share it with you as I think it is a beautiful way to explain our current world to our children.

 

The Time We Spring Cleaned The World

The world it got so busy,

There were people all around.

They left their germs behind them;

In the air and on the ground.

These germs grew bigger and stronger.

They wanted to come and stay.

They didn't want to hurt anyone - 

They just really wanted to play.

Sometimes they tried to hold your hand,

Or tickled your throat or your nose.

They could make you cough and sneeze

And make your face red as a rose.

And so these germs took over.

They started to make people ill,

And with every cough we coughed,

More and more germs would spill.

All the Queens and Kings had a meeting.

"It's time to clean the world up!" they said.

And so they had to close lots of fun stuff,

Just so these germs couldn't spread.

We couldn't go to cinemas

Or restaurants for our tea.

There was no football or parties,

The world got as quiet as could be.

The kids stopped going to school,

The Mums and Dads went to work less.

Then a great big giant scrubbing brush

Cleaned the sky and the sea and the mess!

Dads started teaching the sums,

Big brothers played with us more,

Mums were in charge of homework

And we read and played jigsaws galore!

The whole world was washing their hands

And building super toilet roll forts!

Outside was quiet and peaceful,

Now home was the place for all sports.

So we played in the world that was home

And our days filled up with fun and love,

And the germs they grew smaller and smaller

And the sun watched from above.

Then one morning the sun woke up early,

She smiled and stretched her beams wide.

The world had been fully spring cleaned,

It was time to go back outside!

We opened our doors oh so slowly

And breathed in the clean and fresh air.

We promised that forever and always

Of this beautiful world we'd take care!

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Physical Development - (PD)

It is SUPER important to remember to wash our hands to stop any germs from being passed onto our family and friends.  Below is a rhyme by wundamom.com which you can sing twice to help make sure your hands - which include your palms, the tops of your hands, in between your fingers and your thumbs are fully covered with soap and washed thoroughly with warm water.  Don't forget to dry them well too!

 

It is also really important to keep our bodies as active as possible everyday so Joe Wicks the Body Coach will be streaming daily P.E. lessons from 9:00-9:30am every weekday morning on his YouTube channel.  What do your notice happening to your heart when you are exercising and why? ❤

Click on the link here: www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv

 

Communication & Language - (CL)

Can you complete a Scavenger Hunt for the following items in your home?  Collect all of the following items in a bag or basket and share what you have found with a familiar grown-up or friend.  When you have finished, can you write down a list of items for a grown-up or your brother/sister to find?

 

Literacy - Reading 

Your child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language skills.  In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.  PLEASE read with your child EVERY DAY!

 

Book Trust have a fantastic range of free books which you can read and/or listen to with your child.  There's also an option for a read along session with a tips option!)  Which one will you choose first?  The link is: www.booktrust.org.uk

I particularly like 'Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andrear & David Wojtowycz.  The link for the book is: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/rumble-in-the-jungle/

Rumble in the Jungle (Paperback)

Literacy - Writing

At the beginning of every week in Nursery, a new letter sound is introduced to the children.  This week, the sound is 'c'.

Can you write a list of things which begin with the 'c' sound?  You can practice writing the 'c' sound in water, with chalk or with a stick in mud!

Mathematics - (MD)

Please continue to practice the 'good counting' rules with your child as they will support your child in developing the skills to count accurately.  Help me count the oranges:

1. Line up the objects in a row (so we don't miss any!)

2. Use our finger to point and touch each object.

3. Say a number name for each object.

4. Count the objects slowly.

5. At end say the final number name, which indicates how many there are all together.

CHALLENGE:

* How many toothbrushes are in your bathroom?  How can you find out?  Use our 'good counting' rules to help you.

*How many remote controls do you have in your home?  How can you find out?  Show me that amount on paper.

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Understanding of the World - (UOW)

 

Edinburgh Zoo are offering free streaming and live access to different animal enclosures at their zoo.  The link below will take you directly to the penguin enclosure.  What are the penguins doing?  Are there any similarities between you and the penguins?  Similarities mean things that are the same?

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/penguin-cam/

**PLEASE ENSURE YOU SUPERVISE YOUR CHILD WHILST USING THE RECOMMENDED ONLINE LINKS/ADDITIONAL LINKS TO ENSURE THE CONTENT IS APPROPRIATE AT ALL TIMES. THANKYOU**

Friday 20th March 2020

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

Continue to talk to talk to your child about how they are feeling. During this uncertain time your child will experience a variety of emotions so it is important that they have the opportunity to express these emotions to familiar adults.

Communication & Language/Literacy:

Here is a link to our focus book this term. Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=handa%27s+surprise+story+telling&view=detail&mid=634F6CDF07AF8A18D048634F6CDF07AF8A18D048&FORM=VIRE&adlt=strict

Activity:

Recently we have been exploring Story Maps  in Nursery. This is where for the main events of the story we draw a picture. We then use an arrow to show the direction of the pictures to tell the story.  Encourage your child to re-tell the story to you, where you model drawing the pictures to represent the story.

This will support your child's story-telling skills.

 

Mathematics:

Following yesterday's activity recap the learning you explored with your child

        Explore these rules with your child on how to count accurately:

  1. Line up the objects (so we don't miss any!).
  2. Use our finger to point and touch each object.
  3. Say a number name for each object.
  4. Count the objects slowly.
  5. At end say the final number name, which indicates how many there are all together.

You can do this with any items in your home from teddies, forks to food items!

Try this again, but this time write the number on some paper and put it with the item you are counting. This supports the children to begin learning to recognise the numbers and link them to the number names.

 

Physical Development: 

Another great video to explore online to support your child staying active!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w&safe=active

 

Thursday 18th March 2020

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

Continue to talk to talk to your child about how they are feeling. During this uncertain time your child will experience a variety of emotions so it is important that they have the opportunity to express these emotions to familiar adults. 

 

Communication & Language/ Literacy:

 Here is a link to our focus book this term. Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=handa%27s+surprise+story+telling&view=detail&mid=634F6CDF07AF8A18D048634F6CDF07AF8A18D048&FORM=VIRE&adlt=strict

 

3 suggested activities:

  1. Listen to the story.
  2. Talk about the animals and the fruits in the story.
  3. Discuss their favourite part of the story and why.

 

Mathematics:

Explore these rules with your child on how to count accurately:

  1. Line up the objects (so we don't miss any!).
  2. Use our finger to point and touch each object.
  3. Say a number name for each object.
  4. Count the objects slowly.
  5. At end say the final number name, which indicates how many there are all together.

You can do this with any items in your home from teddies, forks to food items!

 

Physical Development:

It is important that we keep moving and using our bodies to burn energy and be active!

Here is a link to a well-known fitness activity which we use in class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLMGJ9S0seE&safe=active

 

Medium Term Plan 4