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Campbell Class

Hello Everyone and a HUGE *welcome* to Term 6!

How are you?  Nursery team really do hope that you're still continuing to keep safe and well.  We miss you very much but recognise that everyday, we are one step closer to 'normality' returning and seeing each other again!

Thank you for all the wonderful learning you have been sending through recently - your efforts really have put huge smiles on your teachers' faces.

Please continue to send through photographs showing us what you have been doing at home to

school@blaiseprimaryandnursery.co.uk 

putting the subject as Nursery so they can be sent directly to us, the Nursery team.

We have put together a selection of  activities to support the learning linked to our 'What's Outside?' topic.  We have also added our Medium Term Plan for Term 5 which is an overview of the learning and key skills we will be covering.  We will continue to update this page daily to support your child's development, but please remember that these activities are meant to be fun, interactive and can include many members of your family too. 

Take care,

The Nursery Team 

The Gruffalo – Yoto

Medium Term Plan 6

Learning Activities:

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

Thank you in advance.

Wednesday 3rd June, 2020

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Good Morning.

I hope you have been enjoying the lovely sunshine! It has been beautiful weather!

The skeleton dance song from yesterday also got me moving, learning about different parts of the body. I wonder if you can name the parts of your body? Can you remember what happened to your body when you were dancing? My heart started to get faster and faster. That was to pump the blood around our bodies to help us move! 

*Fine Motor Skills- (Physical Development) 

We need to make sure we are continually finding ways to develop our fine motor skills. These are the small grips we develop to help us with things like, holding our pencil. Here are some ideas for you to try at home.. 

Pegs help us develop those littles grips.. 

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Cereal and Pasta even can help us! 

Stringing Cheerios on Spaghetti – Juggling With Kids        Rainbow Pasta Threading - Play and Learn Every Day

Try out some of these at home. They can always link with other areas of the curriculum too such as, Mathematics by using numbers to match the amount of pegs or thread a certain number or pieces.

*Bug Houses- (Understanding of the World, Personal, Social & Emotional Development) 

Building a simple ‘bug house’ can provide a habitat for lots of wildlife from the outdoors. It also gives children to learn about learning care and concern for the wildlife in the environment around them. 

It can be as simple as using recycled materials.. 

Making Bug Houses | Business for kids, Forest school activities

 

Simple Bug Hotel for Kids | Insect hotel, Bug hotel, Bug hotel kids

Let’s think of these questions while we are making our bug houses.. 

*Why do animals need a place to live? 
*I wonder how do you think the bugs will feel by making them a house? 
*I wonder how do you think we should treat animals and wildlife? 
* I wonder why? 

*Gruffalo Baking- (Communication & Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding of the World) 

Let’s recap our focus book:  

The Gruffalo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8sUPpPc8Ws 

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler | Waterstones

 

Now let’s get baking. Here is an easy recipe to make some Gruffalo Crumble!

*Don’t worry. No Gruffalo’s were hurt in the making of the Gruffalo Crumble* 

Ingredients: 

  • Rice Crispies Cereal 
  • Milk Chocolate 
  • Dried Apricots (Orange eyes)
  • Raisins (Black tongues) 
  • Purple Jelly Tots (Purple prickles) 
  • Green Smarties (Poisonous warts) 

Method:  

  • Melt the chocolate into a bowl.  
  • Mix the Cereal into the chocolate in the bowl. Make sure all the cereal is covered!
  • Add the ingredients for THE GRUFFALO (As above). 
  • Place evenly out into a cooking dish/pan. 
  • Put in the fridge to set. 
  • Once it is set. Cut it up into square and eat away! 

 

Find ways to make measurements up for your child to add the ingredients. For example: 

*Can you add 2 cups of Cereal?  
*Can you break up 4 squares of chocolate?  
*Can you add 1 handful of green smarties? 

You could also adapt the ingredients you use to represent the different parts of the Gruffalo. There is no right or wrong way. It is fun to make up your own ideas or adapt it! 

Tuesday 2nd June, 2020

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Hello. How are you today? Happy Tuesday! We have got some more learning activities linked to our Term 6 skills. I have been loving our new focus 'The Gruffalo'. I like how there is lots of rhyming in the story. They are me FAVOURITE types of stories!!

Let's take a look at the activities we have today for you Campbell Class..

*Skeleton Dance- (Physical Development, Personal, Social & Emotional Development) 

Before we start our learning it is a good time to get ourselves ready for the day. Dancing is a great way to keep active and get the blood pumping around our bodies so we feel energised for our learning. 

This is song we have explored in Nursery before and we can also use it as a way to explore our bodies.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbl4BNkAq_U 

Let’s observe the effects that dancing had on our body! 

*What do you think dancing does to our bodies? 
*I wonder if you notice what has happened to your body after you have danced? 
*Put your hand on your chest. I wonder can you feel? 
*I wonder why?

*The Gruffalo- (Literacy, Communication & Language, Physical Development and Expressive Arts & Design) 

Exploring books everyday is a fantastic way to learn new vocabulary and language. Let’s take a look at our focus book again ‘The Gruffalo’(Repeated reading of the same book helps children to become familiar with a text and learn language through repetition) 

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler | Waterstones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8sUPpPc8Ws 

 

*Story Telling Props* 

Using a props is a fantastic way to make a story visual and engaging. They are also give to children to re-tell the story independently using their imaginations.  

Below are props simply made from cardboard rolls and a card box! Encourage the children to make their own marks for the different animals. Then they can use this to tell the story themselves using all the wonderful language!  

Gruffalo story props from Recyclables - from Teach Me Mommy (",)

*Toy Shop Money Game- (Mathematics, Understanding of The World) 

Recently we have been exploring money in our Role Play. Here’s a game to develop our mathematical skills. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

*Click on the ‘One Coin’ and then 1p (Up to 10p). 

This is the game we will be exploring..  

Toy Shop Money – learning game | The Topmarks Blog

What you have to do: 
* A toy will come up on the side with a price tag. 

*Take a look to see what number you notice. 

*You have to count how many 1p coins you will need to pay for your toy by clicking on the 1p coin that many times. 
*Remember to count out load every time you click! 

Ask for help from an adult or sibling if you need it! Remember, always seek an adults help if something pops up on your screen or you game disappears!

Monday 1st June, 2020

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Good Morning Campbell Class!
Have you enjoyed your half term?
I wonder what have you been exploring? 
We have now started our final term of the school year, Term 6. We have lots more new learning to explore with some exciting activities to help us linked to our Term 6 skills.  We also have a new focus book: 'The Gruffalo'. I wonder if you have read this story before?

If you like being active there is an online sporting event being explored across the school called, Wesport Virtual Summer Games. Take a look if you are interested.

The Virtual Summer Games start this week. Entry is via Google Forms. Go to http://www.wesport.org.uk/active-education/school-games/ for more information.

*Gratitude Scavenger Hunt- (Personal, Social & Emotional Development) 

Can you find things like this around your house?
Go on a scavenger hunt and see what you can find!

Try it with your family or your siblings. Especially in this time we need to take time to remind ourselves what we are thankful for and why.

*Sound of the Week- (Literacy, Mathematics, Physical Development) 

Here’s a new sound for you to learn about!  

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*Can you say it LOUD? 
*Can you say it quiet? *Shhhh* 
*Can you say it in a funny voice? 

Keep practicing. Keep an eye out to see you can find our sound of the week everywhere 

To challenge yourself.. see how many sounds of the week you can find in your house! 

How do you think we could remember how many we have found? I wonder what about if we use a tally chart? 

A tally chart is where we use lines to represent something and then we can count how many lines to find out how many we have. 

All you need is a pen and paper. Mark a line every time you see an 'n' in your house! 

This is what a tally looks like below..

Tally charts explained for primary-school parents | Reading a ...

 

*The Gruffalo- (Literacy, Communication & Language, Expressive Arts & Design, Physical Development) 

This term we have a new focus book: The Gruffalo! I wonder if you have explore the story of The Gruffalo’ before? Let’s take a look at our new focus book for Term 6.  

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler | Waterstones

Here is a link to the story of the The Gruffalo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8sUPpPc8Ws 

There is also a longer animated episode of The Gruffalo on BBC iPlayer. Here is a link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pk64x/the-gruffalo 

Have a think about these questions when listening to the story. Can you answer them after the story? 
*What animals did the mouse see through the woods? 
*I wonder why the mouse was trying to scare the animals?  
*What things did the Gruffalo have 
*I wonder what the Gruffalo scary?

*Making your own Gruffalo* 

Here are some ideas of how you could make your own Gruffalo to explore the story with. 

The Gruffalo - Preschool Activities and Crafts | KidsSoup

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Think about: 
*What does the Gruffalo have? 
*What colours do I need? 
*How am I going to make it’s face/nose/mouth? 
*What will I need to make my Gruffalo? 

These will then be great to use to help you begin to re-tell the story! 

Friday 22nd May, 2020

We are now coming to the end of our Term 5 learning. The nursery team hope you have enjoyed all the engaging activities linked with our theme 'What's Outside?'

Next week is Half Term. We will be taking a short break from uploading learning activities over the week. Take this time to relax, spend even more family time together and recharge! You can always use this page as some inspiration over the week, exploring any activities you haven't tried yet but would like too. We will return on June 1st with some more fun activities linked with our Term 6 learning.

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Here are some activities for the final day of Term 5. Have fun!

*Face Food- (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication & Language, Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding of the World) 

Here’s an activity to do as family! You could do one each. 

I wonder if you can make your face out of food?!  

*Think about what you might need to make your face. 
  Eyes, nose, mouth..  
*I wonder what food could you use for these? (Perfect opportunity to talk about healthy foods) 
*I wonder how do you use the knives safely to cut? 
*I wonder why? 
*What do you think we could do next? 
*I wonder how are you feeling today? I wonder if you could make that face? 

 

 

*You can do this on wraps/rolls/bread. An exciting way to have lunch!*

*Story Maps- (Literacy, Physical Development, Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language) 

We have focused on these lots before, Story Maps! They are great to help us with our story telling skills. Story maps are drawing pictures of the events that happen in a story. Now we are coming to the end of Term 5. Let’s see if you can recite the story our focus book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’!  

You can always take a look at the story first before you start.. 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: 1 CBH Children / Picture Books: Amazon ...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds

 

*I wonder what happens first? 
*I wonder what happens next? 
*I wonder what do they go through first? 
Don’t forget to put your arrows between the pictures to show what is going to happen next! 

Here are some examples..

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Please send them into us. We would love to see them! Send them to: blaiseschool@blaiseprimaryandnursery.co.uk and put the subject as: Nursery. 

*Number Rhymes- (Mathematics, Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language) 

Here’s a song most of us know in Nursery! It helps us to learn about counting backwards and beginning the language of ‘one less than’.  

Five little men in a flying saucer - BBC Teach

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-men-in-a-flying-saucer/z6qgscw 

I wonder if you could challenge yourself?  

*Use your fingers to help you.  
*Hold 5 fingers up.  
*Now when one little man flies away you need to take one finger away.  
*Now can you say ‘one less than 5 is..’ Count the fingers you have left to help you! 
*Try this until all the little men have gone! 

Here’s some more songs you could try it with.. We have definitely explored these before! 

 

Five little Speckled Frogs

Five little speckled frogs - BBC Teach

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-speckled-frogs/zjjbnrd 

Five little ducks

Five little ducks went swimming one day - BBC Teach

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-ducks-went-swimming-one-day/z43xwty 

*Why do we wash our hands?- (Physical Development, Understanding of the World, Communication & Language) 

Let’s try an EXPERIMENT! 

You will need: 

  • Milk
  • A shallow dish 
  • Fine glitter 
  • Toothpicks/Sticks
  • Soap 

What you need to do:  
*Place milk in a shallow dish, a few centimetres deep.  
*Add a few splotches of fine glitter – you can use many colours or just one or two.  
*Using a toothpick with soap on it, place the soap in the middle of the glitter and, like magic, the “germs” (the glitter) will disperse! 

This demonstrates the soap’s ability to pick up both oil and dirt from our skin, while scaring away germs when we wash our hands. 

The Explanation: This experiment can demonstrate the cleaning power of soap and help you to explain why it’s so important. This supports children to understand why we use soap to get rid of the germs, that can not be seen, on our hands. The children get to chase away the bad germs in their own little mixing bowl. 

Some questions to ask while you are experimenting: 

*I wonder how do we wash our hands? 
*I wonder why do we wash our hands? 
*I wonder what do you think is going to happen? 
*I wonder why do you think that happened?

Thursday 21st May, 2020

It has been lovely speaking to you all on the phone. It is lovely to hear you are all well and keeping safe! It has been great listening to all the fantastic learning you have been doing at home. We hope you enjoyed the phone calls as much as we did!! Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.

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Here are some more activities to explore..

*Yoga- (Personal Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development) 

We have explored Yoga before and we LOVED to do it in Nursery. Yoga helps us to become calm and relaxed and can help us into a positive mood. See if you can try some of these Yoga poses to stretch your bodies first.. 

 

 

*Why do you think we need to stretch our bodies?
*Yoga is a form of exercise. What does it mean by exercise? I wonder why do we exercise?

Now we are stretched let’s try some more Yoga poses! This Yoga video explores the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ exploring all about how caterpillars turn into butterflies! It even uses some of the Yoga poses we explored to stretch our bodies! 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhWDiQRrC1Y&list=PL8snGkhBF7ngqv160qM0Uf9IDaBkGzpo5&index=16&t=0s 

*Name Writing- (Physical Development, Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design) 

Before we start, we need to find out what letters and sounds we have in our names! 

*I wonder if you know what sound is at the beginning of your name? Say your name and have a think!  
*I wonder if you know any other sounds in your name?  
*Write it out and have a look! Try doing this yourself or imitating an adult or sibling. 

Now we have found out, lets get creative! Can you make your name out different materials you have? 

Here’s an idea to help you..

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Make sure you sure use both a capital letter and lowercase letters. And keep exploring the letters you have in your name! 

*Rhyming- (Literacy, Communication & Language, Understanding of the World) 

Did you try our silly soup activity? Here’s a game, Cake Bake, to apply your learning about rhyming. All you need to do it choose one of the pictures and find the other pictures that rhyme with the one you have chosen. 

You need to use your LISTENING EARS to hear out for the sounds that sound the same at the end of the word to make them rhyme. Let me give you an example: CAT & BAT. Let’s see if you can challenge yourself to listen out for those sounds. 

If you need some help, ask an adult or a sibling to help you.  

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/CakeBake.html 

Phase 1 phonics games and teaching ideas

Phonics Play: 
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Password: home 
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*Matching quantities- (Mathematics) 

Something simple to explore matching a quantity of a number to the numeral! 

All you need is some paper, a pen and some cups (it could even be bottle tops, yoghurt pots, something that you can write the numbers on the top of). 

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To challenge, try to mix up where the number dots are on the paper so the children can use their thinking brains to link the numeral. 

*I wonder how many dots does this circle have? 
*I wonder if you know where the number.. is to match? 
*I wonder if you can write the number? 

To challenge.. You could try this with number beyond 10, up to 20! 

Wednesday 20th May, 2020

Hello Nursery Children,

How are you today? 

The sun is shining brightly where I live and the birds are singing away!

Please find below lots of different activities for you to try out today either on your on or with your family members.

Continue to keep safe and well.

Hug Me - (Literacy, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Communication & Language)

Do you feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That's how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn't the touchy-feely kind. Cactuses can be quite prickly sometimes you know . . . and so can Felipe. But he'll be darned if this one pointy issue will hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and just maybe, that long awaited hug. 

What Tom Hardy on CBeebies has chosen to read and share this beautiful story called' Hug Me' by Simona Ciraolo.  She is the Author.   The job of the Author is to write all the words in the book.

Although Tom reads the book at bedtime, I thought I would share this book this morning so that you can enjoy it all day. 

I wonder if you can answer the three questions below after you've watched the video?

Click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amEgf16yXkE

  1. What did Felipe want more than anything else?
  2. What was the first friend Felipe make?  What happened to him?
  3. How did the story end?  How did it make you feel?

Literacy - 

This week, a new letter sound was introduced to you.

Can you remember the sound it makes?

You're absolutely right.  It's the 'i-i-i' sound.

Did you have a chance to make your own ink using frozen fruits?  I did!  It was especially messy but lots of fun.  I found using blueberries gave a deeper colour. 

 I saw this wonderful activity online that a Mummy I don't know posted.  She had made this with her little boy and so I though I would share it.

 

t-t-t train

d-d-d dinosaur

d-d-d dog

Can you go on a sounds hunt using your homemade camera for objects which begin with the following sounds?

Remember to send your findings to your teachers.  We would love to see what you have discovered both indoors and outside.

 

Can you sound out the following words?

i s

i t 

a t 

s i t

p a t

Sprouting - (Understanding of the World, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language and Mathematics)

Last weekend, I chose to empty a cupboard in my kitchen and noticed I had an open pack of lentils, a tin of unused chickpeas, some white beans and some black and yellow mustard seeds which has spilled on the shelf.  I don't think I've ever used the black mustard seeds, so i thought I would experiment with them.  I used some cotton wool pads, added them to a bowl of water and then sprinkled the mustard seeds, chickpeas, beans and lentils on top!

Woooowwwwww!

Look at what's happened in such a short space of time?

This is a great way to discuss with your child what they can see, how this has happened, what plants need to survive and grow strong (sunlight, water and energy/love) and also introduce them to lots of lovely, new and rich words.

This photo shows the food related items on day 5 but everyday, even from day 1, I noticed changes.

Why not dig out some food items from the back of your cupboard and place them in a bowl of water?

I wonder what you will notice!

Makaton Sign of the Week - (Communication & Language, Understanding of the World & Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

With the weather improving daily, it is important you are keeping yourself hydrated, which means you are drinking lots of water to give your body lots of energy.  Here is the Makaton sign for water...

Counting Natural Objects - (Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication & Language)

Which is the biggest number you can recognise?

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.

Feeling Stones - (Personal ,Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language, Physical Development and Expressive Arts & Design)

This is a great and funny away to explore emotions and feelings using a range of different facial features!

You just need:

  • rocks/large stones
  • magazines or newspapers - if you don't have these, then you can draw a range of facial features
  • scissors
  • PVA glue or a glue stick

*Please remember to supervise your child when using scissors*

Cutting patterns - (Physical Development, Expressive Arts & Design, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication & Language)

French bread pizzas - (Physical Development, Understanding of the World, Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Expressive Arts and Design)

The Pioneer Woman Makes website has lots of really easy but delicious recipes: French bread pizzas.

Click on the link below to be taken to the recipe.

https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/french-bread-pizzas/

Guess what I am having for my lunch today?

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Tuesday 19th May, 2020

Good Morning Everyone,

How are you feeling today?

I hope you're continuing to keep yourself safe and well.

What are your plans for today?

I have included lots of different activities for you to try.  I wonder which one will be your favourite?

Enjoy!

Pick Up Sticks - (Physical Development and )

This is lots of fun to play and a great way to strengthen and develop your fine motor skills.

Nature Names - (Literacy, Understanding f the World, Physical Development, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Communication & Language)

Using a piece of cardboard and double sided sticky tape, create your child's name - they can help you too!  Anything you find on your daily walk, stick onto the tape to create your nature inspired name.  This is a simple yet engaging activity which will support your child's fine motor skills.  The activity will also encourage your child to talk about all the different items they find, identify different types of leaves and/or wildflowers and also use adjectives, such as 'crunchy', 'crispy' and 'pointy' to describe the items they have found.

Please find below a leaf identification sheet courtesy of the Woodland Trust - Nature Detective:

How many of theses leaves were you able to find and add to your Nature name?

Family photographs - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, understanding of the World, Communication & Language and Expressive Arts & Design)

I'm sure that we all feel the same - we miss our families regardless of where they live; nearby or far away!

I saw this great idea on 'learnasyouplay.net'  - using the plastic surrounds on pack of baby wipes, they can be used as mini photo frames.  All you need is a piece of strong card, wood or and old book.  Collect some photographs of our family or you could even draw your special family members, stick them onto your strong card, piece of wood or an old book and place the plastic surround on top of the photo.  Now when you open the plastic flap, you will reveal your wonderful family members.  Remember to write labels, i.e. Mummy, Daddy, Grandpa, etc... next to the photos.  Think of the sounds you will need.  I have added a sound mat below to help you.

IKEA to the Rescue - (Understanding of the World, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication & Language, Mathematics, Literacy and Expressive Arts & Design)

WOOOOWWWWWWW!

This activity and encourages each of the different seven areas of our Early Years curriculum!  How *INCREDIBLE*

IKEA will also let you know on the instructions how many of each item is required!

Please send us photographs of your creations but please remember, the instructions below are just guides, you can free style and make your castle cave or house as elaborate as you would like!

This cave reminds me of the bears cave in the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Micahel Rosen.

Symmetry - (Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Communication & Language)

Yesterday, I introduced you to the word 'symmetry'.  Shout out as loud as you can what the word symmetry means!

I also set you a challenge to identify whether the following items were symmetrical - the same on each side of the axis or asymetrical - different on each side of the axis.  These are the answers.  Do you agree?

Can you tell a grown-up if the following pictures are symmetrical or not?

This peacock feather is asymmetrical because the amount of feathers sticking out on each side are not the same. 

This heart is symmetrical because if I cut it in half, each side would be the same.

This glass of water with a straw is asymmetrical because the straw is only on one side of the axis which makes it uneven.

This tree is asymmetrical because it does not have same amount of branches and leaves on each side of the axis.

This bee is symmetrical because it is the same on each side of the axis.

What a *GREAT* effort you have made - well done!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - (Communication & Language, Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding the World, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development and Literacy)

Our story, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen has been our themed book across this term.

I saw this activity advertised online and I cannot wait to try it out myself!

Maybe you could even listen and join in with the story as you create your very own version of the story?

Click on the link below for the retelling of the story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds

Cleaning up - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Physical Development)

All the above activities involve using resources and whether you are indoors or outside, it is important that we take responsibility and help with any tidying away after the activities have been completed.  Sweeping, brushing, using a dust pan and brush, wiping down a surface, using a mop or washing up are all part of the learning process and children are never too young to help!

This works well for any resources you have been using - it allows the children to aim for a space where all the resources can be easily and clearly swept up.

Monday 18th May, 2020

Hello Campbell Class,

**HAPPY MONDAY**

Please remember...

How are you all today?  Did you have an enjoyable weekend?

I most certainly did, it was my Birthday!  I went foraging for garlic in the nearby woods with my Husband and Son so that we were then able to make garlic butter at home, we then went for a walk where we discovered a field filled with lots of horses, cows with their calves and a very noisy cockerel and then we had a delicious BBQ, followed by a yummy chocolate birthday cake!

Please find below lots of exciting activities for you to discover.

Enjoy!

"I Am With You" - Expressive Arts & Design, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Communication & Language)

If I'm running, travelling in the car, hoovering at home or cooking in the kitchen, music is always playing.

Wherever you may be, here's a special message from Olaf's home to yours.  Walt Disney Animation Studios present "I Am With You" music and lyrics written at home by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.  Performed at home Josh Gad.  Directed at home by Dan Abraham.

I hope you like the song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evfOzPrzIu0

Who would you write a letter, an email or send a picture to?  I'm sure whoever you chose, they would love to hear from you! 

Storytelling - (Literacy, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Understanding of the World and Communication & Language)

Please put your hands up if you read a book everyday!

Please put your hands up if you enjoy reading!

Please put your hands up if you can tell a grown up right now what your favourite story is!

Reading is incredibly powerful so ensuring you read everyday to yourself, to your brother or sister, to a grown-up or to be read to by somebody special is very, very important!  I even like making up my very own stories using lots of different items I have in my home and garden!

Sound roll and say - (Literacy, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Communication & Language)

*To play this game, which supports identifying letter sounds and objects which begin with these sounds, you will need:

  1. A dice - (if you don't have a dice, please see the link below showing you how to make a quick and simple dice)
  2. A selection of objects which begin with the s, a, t, p, i sounds 
  3. A basket or box

*To play the game, your child will need to:

  1. Roll the dice.
  2. Read the sound the on the top face of the dice.
  3. Look for an object which begins with that specific sound from the pile you have collected.
  4. Place the matching object in the box or basket provided.

How to make a paper dice link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o4IuLVXoTs

Please ensure you are supervising your child when watching any online links to ensure all content is safe and suitable.  Many thanks.

Introducing a new letter sound - (Literacy and Communication & Language)

You may already know the new sound I am going to introduce you to today.

It's the 'i' sound.  i-i-i insect.  Move your index finger up and down like an insect jumping.

Can you read the following words which have the new sound 'i' in them?

i  n

p i n 

i s

i t

t i n

Can you have a try of writing the 'i' sound

*in a bowl of water or in a puddle?

*in mud?

*with chalk or paint?

*in the air as big as you can?

*with ink?

Do you know what 'ink' is?  Ink begins with the letter sound 'i'.

*To make your own ink, this is what you need to do:

Use 1/2 cup fresh berries or thawed frozen berries; push them through a strainer so that you get pulp-free juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar (to hold color) and 1/2 teaspoon salt (as a preservative) and mix well.

Symmetry in Nature - (Mathematics, Communication & Language and Understanding of the World)

What is symmetry?

A good way to demonstrate symmetry is to go on a leaf hunt and cut each one in half.  Can you find the matching half an look for the line of symmetry?  Is there anything else you can find at home or at School that is symmetrical - the same on both sides?

This butterfly is symmetrical because it is the same on both sides of its axis.

This butterfly is not symmetrical - also known as asymmetrical - because it is not the same on either side of the axis.  Can you see the difference?

Can you tell a grown-up if the following pictures are symmetrical or not?

I will reveal the answers on Tuesday!

Stick ball - (Physical Development, Personal, Communication & Language and Social & Emotional Development)

This activity involves, concentration, stamina, precision and patience.

Link a long piece of sticky tape from one wall to the other and encourage your child to attach a selection of balls until the strip of tape is completed covered.  

*Challenge: Can you number the balls and arrange them in order from 1-10 or 10-1?

Friday 15th May, 2020

Good Morning Campbell Class!
Here are some more activities for you to explore.

Have you been going on your bear hunt? You could even recite the story on your exercise out the house exploring your own bear hunt! 

Keep positive thinking, motivational quotes posters, inspirational ...

*How are you today? - (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication & Language) 

Simply ask.. 

How are you today? 

Hello, how are you today ? | Hello quotes, Funny quotes, Short ...

Checking in with each other regularly shows our care and concern for others. It can be as simple as that. 

 

*Phonics- (Physical Development, Literacy, Communication & Language) 

Sound of the week: Keep practicing!

RWI Handwriting

Here’s an interesting activity to explore in the sunshine and all you need is some chalk. However, adapt it with what works for you 

*Write down the our Phase 2 sounds we have been exploring on the ground (the chalk will wash away). 

*Now sound out of a letter and see if you can jump or run to the letter to match that sound. See how many you remember! 

To challenge.. Can you make any words out of the letters and jump on them in order.  Here are some to get you started..

c a t 

s a t 

p i n 

*Writing Letter Sounds and Numbers- (Literacy, Physical Development, Mathematics) 

There are lots of interesting ways to practice writing. It doesn’t have to be on a piece of paper.  

*Cloud Writing this is simply shaving foam and using your finger or other mark making tools.

(Always be mindful of any products and that they will not irritate your child’s skin) 

 

*Sensory Bags- this one has sprinkles! You could put hair gel or rice in the bags (make sure you seal them properly). This fun, colorful sensory bag gives preschoolers a great surface for practicing their letter writing. Keep learning fresh and exciting with this awesome collection of letter activities for preschool! #howweelearn #abc #alphabet #alphabetactivities #letters #lettersounds #preschool

 

*Can you write our sounds of the week?  

*Can you write the different numbers? 

*Can you write the letters or your name?

*Can you write any words using our sounds of the week?

*Model to the child or talk through how to form the letters and numbers if they are unsure* 

*Potions- (Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language, Understanding of the World) 

Explore your imagination.. 

Garden Theme Learning Activities and Learning Shelf - Happy Tot Shelf

*See what flowers and plants you can collect from your walk or your garden (Make sure they are flowers and plants you know) 

*What do you need for your potion? 

*I wonder what else do you think you could add to your potion? 

*What is your potion going to be for? 

*I wonder why did you choose ..?  

Encourage your child to talk through what they are doing and why. They all have vivid imaginations and it is amazing to see and hear all about their learning while developing their language skills.  

*Fingerprint Graph- (Mathematics, Expressive Arts & Design) 

This is simple to make. All you need is some paper, a pen and paint.. 

Can you put the number of fingerprints and match to the number at the bottom? 

Try it with numbers 1 to 10 first. Then to challenge try it with numbers beyond 20! 
 

(Don’t forget you can make paint from simple household items if you don’t have paint)  

Rainbow Flour Paint Recipe ~ Learn Play Imagine

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Food colouring

Blend 1/2 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of salt. Add 1/2 cup of water..

(The more you want to make increase the measurements of the ingredients)

Thursday 14th May, 2020

Hello Campbell Class. How has your week been so far?


Remember we would always love to hear from you. Please don't forget to send in any home learning to us. We love to see it!
As previously mentioned, we will be ringing to have a chat and check-in on how everyone in Campbell Class is. If you have not had a phone call yet, please do not worry you will receive one over the next coming weeks!

Take a look at the activities we have for you to explore.
But never forget..

You are amazing - remember that | Picture Quotes

*I’m Special because..- (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication & Language) 

In Nursery we have explore something called ‘Special Cushion’. This is where the children sit on the cushion and talk about why they are special and gives the opportunities to others to talk about why that particular child 

Now let’s share why we think we are special with our families. Encourage your child to talk about why they think they are special, talk about why you think they are special and also talk about why you are special. Write them down, share the positivity, decorate them how you wish. 

Here are a ones from the nursery team to you.. 

 

 

*We’re going on a bear hunt- (Literacy, Physical Development, Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language) 

Have you still been exploring our focus book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt?!’ 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: 1 CBH Children / Picture Books: Amazon ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIpcahxNSU4 

I wonder if you could create your favourite part of the story? 

*It could be a drawing. 
*It could be a painting. 
*It could be a cave made out of a cardboard box.
 
 
As we always say be as creative as you wish! Let your imaginations run free.. 

Encourage your child to talk through their processes and talk about why they are creating certain things

    

We're Going on a 'Teddy' Bear Hunt | Learning 4 Kids                              We are going on a bear hunt role play display in the pre-school ...

*Number games- (Mathematics, Understanding of the World) 

Can you help our scuba diver count the number of underwater animals and find the number to match? 

Make sure you remember our counting rules!  

*Use our finger to point and touch each object. 

*Say a number name for each object. 

*Count the objects slowly. 

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

Try counting up to 5 first. Then challenge yourself to counting up to 10. 

Topmarks on Twitter: "Inspired by #BluePlanet2? We are! Try our ...

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting 

*Always remember to think and talk through with your child about how we stay safe when using the internet and games* 

*Silly Soup- (Literacy, Communication & Language, Expressive Arts & Design) 

An aspect of Phonics is Rhyming. Can you think of any rhyming words? I can! 

Cat  

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Bat 

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Sat  

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Mat 

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They all have the same sound at the end! That is what it means by RHYME. 

Let’s try find some more rhyming words and their objects (the ones above might not fit) or some pictures and make it a little more fun. You can either do actions or you could use a BIG BOWL and a SPOON to help you with this song. This song is called “SILLY SOUP” and as you sing the song you need to find different objects that rhyme (putting them in one at a time and saying their name) to put into the silly soup!  

Silly Soup song, a fun way to introduce children to different ...


See how many different things you can find that rhyme around your house and sing the song over and over again! Make sure your stir that silly soup up good! 

Wednesday 13th May, 2020

Good Morning!!
How are you today?
What activities have been you been exploring this week? What's has been your favourite?
Let's see what activities we have to explore today!

This is what I live by. Put out what you want to take in. Good ...

*Thinking Positive- (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication & Language, Physical Development) 

Please remember to keep talking to your child everyday about how they are feeling. Their lives  and yours are continually changing day to day and a little chat can support them in great ways!  

An Ayurvedic Guide to Stress Management | Positive quotes, Happy ...

Together, now make a list of all the things you have enjoyed doing in your time at home. Think about all the positive times you have shared! You could even decorate your list and put it up where everyone can see. You could even continue adding to it as you explore new times together.. 

We would love to see them!  

To the nursery children and families, you are all doing an AMAZING job. Please don’t forget that! 

*Sound of the week- (Literacy, Communication & Language) 
 
Here is a new sound for you this week..

RWI Handwriting 

p for pig.
p for pirate.
p for pink.
I wonder if you can think of any more words that begin with the sound 'p'?

 

Do you remember the numberblocks? Well they some friends, the ALPHABLOCKS. They like to help us learn our sounds. Here they are exploring all the letter sounds of the alphabet.. 

alphablocks.tv

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-watch 

I wonder if you can imitate them? 

But you may have noticedthe phonics sounds we learn every week don’t go in the same order as the alphabet! But it is interesting to explore other letter sounds! 

(Phase 2 Letter sounds pronunciation video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIpcahxNSU4 

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

Role play opens up so many learning opportunities for children across the curriculum. Why not try your own role play at home? It doesn’t have to be a ‘corner’ or a dedicated space. It can be anywhere and everywhere! 

Why not try a Shop or Café? What resources could we make to support our Role Play? 

*You could make a MENU, looking at letters and using our physical skills to write. 
Keep a look out for our sounds of the week! We will also be exploring our mathematical skills with recognising and writing numbers for prices. You could even illustrate them with pictures of the food on them. 

Role Play Cafe Menu for Early Years (EYFS) - Printable Teaching ... FREE Gaeilge (Irish) Roleplay Teaching Resources - SparkleBox

*What about things to BUY in our shops? Have a look in your recycling, you will have lots of packaging in there to use.  

Have a look at what is on the front, any letters you notice?
What else does it have on the front? I wonder why does it have pictures/ writing on the outside? 

Now you could make your own price labels for them. It can be as simple as writing the numbers and signs on the packaging or you can be as creative as you wish to make some. This will again explore our mathematical skills. 

 

1 20p on Price Tags (teacher made)

Food Waste & Recycling | broxbourne.gov.uk

*What else do you need if you are in a Café or Shop? MONEY!  

Using real props such as money provides real life experiences for children in their play. Have a look to see what coins you have. Do you know any of them?  
Remember those other resources you made before.. You could use the money to pay for them in your play. 

 Range Of British Pound Coins (UK Currency) Stock Photo, Picture ...

(1p’s are a great way to also explore counting. For example, if you have a price tag of 9p. I wonder how many 1p’s would you need to count out? Encourage youchild you count them out one by one, matching the quantity to the number given)  

 

NOW TIME TO GET IMMERSED IN THE ROLE PLAY!  

You can also make your own money or perhaps a till out of cardboard boxes! The possibilities are endless and so many learning experiences across the curriculum. 

*Life Cyles- (Understanding of the World, Communication & Language) 

I wonder if you have been on a mini-beast hunt recently? We explored this previously. Let’s have a look again..  

Let’s take a look at some other animals. I wonder if you know how they grow? 

A BUTTERFLY: 

Do you know what animal a butterfly starts off as? A CATERPILLAR.  

*I wonder if you have seen one of those on your hunt?  
*Do you know what happens when the caterpillar turns from a caterpillar to a butterfly? Shall we take a look!? Here’s a short video  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kZD6rlSLUw 

*Can you remember the stages?  

Some of the stages did have unusual names. Here is another one, METAMORPHOSIS. This is what the life cycle of a butterfly is called. 

Tuesday 12th May, 2020

Good Morning Everyone!

Welcome to Tuesday!

How are you all? 

It has been really special catching up with lots of lovely Mum's and Dad's on the phone yesterday and hearing that you are all keeping safe and well and accessing lots of our daily activities!

How fabulous!

I hope you had a chance to make something special with your cardboard box at home.  I did! I made...

...target golf.

I cut out 5 rectangles at the bottom of he box and added numbers above. 

The smaller the space, the more points it is worth as it will be more challenging to hit a ball through the space.

I used old wrapping paper tubes as golf clubs!

 

I cannot wait to see your creations!

I hope you like the activities I have added below.

Enjoy!

*Match the initial sound - (Literacy, Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

You are becoming experts with your sounds Nursery children!

If you click on the link below, it will take you to a game all about beginning sounds.  Can you click on the sound which matches the picture?  You will need level 1.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

*Raffle ticket matching - (Mathematics and Communication & Language)

This is such a simple activity to set up but it's great fun to play!

All you need is a large piece of paper and some raffle tickets. 

If you don't have raffle tickets, you can write some numbers on smaller pieces of paper instead.

You may need a grown up to help you or an older brother or sister.

Can you match the tickets to the spots?

How will you know where each ticket goes?

Ah yes, of course.  We need to use our good counting rules:

1. Line up the objects in a row (so we don't miss any!) - We can't do this because we cannot move the sport on the paper.

2. Use our finger to point and touch each object. - We can do this!

3. Say a number name for each object. - We can do this too!

4. Count the objects slowly. - Yes, we can count the spots slowly.

5. At end say the final number name, which indicates how many there are all together. - You will hopefully be able to match the raffle ticket to the correct space.

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*Lego matching - (Mathematics, Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Physical Development)

Using your big or small Lego bricks at home or any other coloured construction pieces, can you match the patterns created?

A grown up or your older brother or sister will need to draw and partially colour and create a pattern.

Look closely, where will your brick/block need to go so that it is the same in the empty box?

With your child, talk about which colour is above, next to and below.  This is a great way to practice prepositions. 

CHALLENGE

 - Can you complete a pattern which is bigger than a 2x2 square grid?

*Nature bracelet - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development, Understanding of the World and Communication & Language)

You only need three items in order to create your very own nature bracelet.

  1. A piece of A4 paper
  2. A pair of scissors - please ensure you monitor your child using scissors
  3. Sticky tape

First, cut a strip of paper using the scissors.

Next, wrap it around your wrist, securing the ends with sticky tape.

Then, attach a long piece of sticky tape upside down on your bracelet.  Secure the ends by attaching them together.

Finally, go on a nature hunt!

What will you find?

Attach to your bracelet by simply pressing firmly down onto the sticky tape.

Voila!

*Challenge*

Can you use your sounds to write down three things you have attached to your nature bracelet?

Here is a sound mat to help you.

*Bug House - (Communication & Language, Understanding of the World, Physical Development, Expressive Arts & Design and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

Whenever I spend time in my garden, I always notice lots of tiny creatures... spiders, ants, woodlice, worms and even spotty ladybirds.  

When I walk through the woods on my daily walk near my home, I notice lots of beautiful butterflies resting on flower heads and bees buzzing around the bluebells and dandelions.

I wonder what the bees are doing.

Would you like to attract insects too?

This is what you need to do:

*Joe Wicks - (Physical Development, Communication & Language and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

Remember, Joe Wicks is on YouTube every weekday morning at 9:00am.

You exercise all the time without even thinking about it.  When you run around outside or play football in the garden, you are exercising.  What else counts as exercise?  Playing sports, dancing and doing push-ups.  Even reaching down to touch your toes!

What happens to your body when you exercise?

When you exercise, you make your body stronger, so be active every day.  Your body is incredibly important so you must look after it.

How do you look after your body?  Tell a grown-up.

*Story rocks or story stones - (Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Understanding of the world and Expressive Arts & Design)

If you collect lots of rocks or large stones, you can turn them into fabulous storytelling rocks or large stones.

How I hear you ask?

To begin, I think of a story.  I have chosen 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen.

I then draw some characters from the story onto small pieces of paper.

What are characters?

A character is a person in a story, film or play according to the dictionary of Cambridge.

I then colour in my characters and cut them out.

Using glue, I stick them onto the flat surface of a rock or stone ad spread more glue on top.

Ta-da!

You have made your very own story rocks/stones.

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Using your story rocks/stones, can you act out the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt?'

The link is below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds

Reading - 

Reading is incredibly powerful!

When I read books or listen to stories, I feel excited and I always want to join in as much as I possibly can.

This is one of my favourite stories and one of the characters is also a bear.

Can you remember the Makaton sign for bear?

That's right, that's great remembering!

This Makaton signed story is called 'This is the bear' by Singing Hands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfiYIxJ2FhA

The story is about a little teddy bear who goes on an usual adventure to the dump!

Do you know what the 'dump' is?

*Would you rather...? - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Communication & Language)

Nursery children, would you rather...

...have very small hands or extra large feet?  Why?

Monday 11th May, 2020

A huge 'Hello' to our wonderful Nursery children, Parents and Carers!

We really do hope that you are continuing to keep safe and well.

We miss you all very much indeed!

How was your extended weekend?  Did you have a chance to join in with any VE day celebrations?  If so, we would love to see how you celebrated - please send us any photographs you may have taken.

I decorated my log planter in my front garden with mini British flags, I had a go at dancing to Lindy Hop music which was lots of fun and I also made a really delicious Victoria sponge decorated with lots of fresh cream and strawberries.  We only have a small amount left!

I have uploaded lots of different activities for you to try today; lots of them encourage you to 'have a go' , 'keep trying' and 'to think of your own ideas' which are incredibly important key skills to have.

Enjoy!

*The Gruffalo - (Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Understanding of the World)

During the weekend, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - the Author and Illustrator of 'The Gruffalo' created a posted as a reminder to keep ourselves safe during this time. 

It's about maintaining a two metre distance using two of the main characters, The Gruffalo and the little mouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a special treat, I have also been able to find the animated story of The Gruffalo on BBC1 iplayer.  I hope you like watching it. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pk64x

Can you answer the following questions:

*What was the little mouse trying to find?

*Which three animals wanted to eat the little mouse?

*Where did the little mouse meet the Gruffalo?

*Why didn't the Gruffalo eat the little mouse?

*What happened at the end of the story?

*Worry dolls - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language and Physical Development)

During these uncertain times, it is important that children have plenty of opportunities to talk about how they are feeling.  A worry doll is used to help a person get rid of his or her worries and anxieties so s/he can sleep peacefully.  Worry dolls are popular with children of all ages.  A child feeling any kind of worry or anxiety holds a doll and tells the doll about his or her specific worry.  His or her worry is then transferred to the doll as the child has said their worry out loud.

*Phase 1 - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development  & Communication & Language)

At School, we use The Letters & Sounds document when planning some activities to support and develop your child's speaking and listening skills and it also lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

Here is a simple activity for you to try at home:

Some of these activities may require adaption as they are designed to use in School with multiple children.

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

I always have a few spare cardboard boxes either in my wardrobe or garage.  Do you have any?  What could we do with them?

I am going to spend time today making something really special with my box.  I wonder what I will use?

Shall we share our creations tomorrow?

I will take a photograph and upload what I have made for you to see.

I can't wait!

This activity is a great way to help your child develop the following key skills; 'thinking of their own ideas', 'maintaining focus' and 'showing high levels of energy and fascination'.

*Car parking names - (Literacy, Communication & Language, Expressive Arts & Design and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

What a GREAT way to use a cardboard box!

Why not make your very own garage or car park using a selection of vehicles.

Can you match the sounds in your name to the sounds printed in the car parking spaces?

By adding some wooden blocks or a cardboard tunnel, you have a set up a wonderful scene for imaginative play!

*Makaton Signs of the Week - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language and Understanding of the World)

This week, two signs will be introduced to you and they go perfectly well together.

Manners are SUPER important, so I have chosen 'please' and 'thank you' as our two new signs.

Remember, we always say the word when we carry out the action.

Can you teach your family members these two signs?

*Pass the ball through the hole - (Physical Development, Mathematics, Personal, Social Development & Communication & Language)

This is a great game to develop your child's balance and hand eye co-ordination using only a few items.

You will need:

  1. A paper plate
  2. A scissors - (please supervise your child whilst using scissors)
  3. Balls
  4. A lollipop stick/wooden spoon
  5. Sticky tape 
  6. A box - a cardboard box would work brilliantly well for this activity!

Firstly attach a wooden spoon or a lollipop stick to a paper plate using sticky tape.

Next cut a hole out of the paper plate which is big enough to allow balls to fall through.

Then place a box underneath to catch the balls which pass through the hole.

Finally count the number of balls there are in total and record the number.

If you are playing against another person, try using two different coloured ball sets or add your initials to the balls so you know which balls are yours.

Can you record how many of your balls passed through the hole?

How will you do that?

Will you...

1. use mathematical graphics to show the number of balls which have passed through the hole, i.e. drawing 3 apples to show 3 balls?

2. use tally marks to represent the number of balls which have passed through the hole, i.e. 3 tally lines to show 3 balls?

 

or

3. write the actual number to show how many balls have passed though the hole, i.e. 3?

 

 

You can choose!

*Make your own bubble wand - (Understanding of the World, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Mathematics and Communication & Language)

*Scavenger Hunt - (Communication & Language and & Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

Parents & Carers - 

During these uncertain times, I just wanted to say to all the Parents & Carers of our Nursery children...

Friday 8th May, 2020

Happy VE day!

Today marks 75 years since it was declared the end of World War 2 in Europe. 

Buy Union Jack Bunting | British Flag Bunting | UK Flag Bunting ...

Today is VE Day, Victory in Europe day. We explored the history behind what VE day is previously in the week. 

I wonder if you have explored any of the activities? How are you celebrating today? 

I have some flag bunting to put up outside my home to show we will be celebrating. Perhaps you could make your own out of the flags we explored? 

I will be celebrating with a lovely scone, with cream and jam! Yummy!

Scones are a food that is linked with British Traditions.

I wonder if you had chance to explore some of the activities from Wednesday to celebrate VE day? Are you going to be using them as decorations for you own celebrations?

You could make your own afternoon tea to celebrate! What could you have in your afternoon tea?

Here are some ideas..
*Finger Sandwiches
*Cakes
*Pastries
*Scones
*Cucumber sticks/ Carrot Sticks
*Fruit
*Biscuits
You could even use the food you cooked to celebrate VE day (check out Wednesday's activities if you haven't had chance yet)!

Kid's Afternoon Tea London | OXO Tower Restaurant

VE Day Activities for Kids | Mrs Mactivity

 

Please share any celebrations you have!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other activities you may like to explore..

*We’re going a bear hunt- (Literacy, Communication & Lanaguage) 

I hope you are still enjoying our focus book, We’re going on a bear hunt! 

Here is a story telling clip from the cbeebies radio. Perhaps you can have it on in the background when you are having a snack or eating your dinner.  

I wonder if you can recite some parts of the story or guess what is going to happen next? 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: 1 CBH Children / Picture Books: Amazon ...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio/story-time-were-going-on-a-bear-hunt  

*Goldilocks and Three bears- (Literacy, Mathematics, Communication & Language) 

As we have continually mentioned, read and share books/stories as much as possible. It is vital to support children’s language in the Early Years. It can also be a special time to spend with a loved one.  

Here is a story we have explored in Nursery. One of the favourites of the children. You may even have your own book at home to read. This story has a lot a repetition and mathematical elements. It also links with our focus book, “We’re going on a bear hunt’, another story all about bears! 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Oxbridge Baby - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oUP2PFeOi8

 

*Letter Pebbles- (Physical Development, Literacy, Communication & Language) 

Here’s another way we can explore the sounds we have been learning, with sound stones!  

You could find some on a walk or you might have some outside in your garden. 

Now can you write the sounds we have explored on the pebbles/stones.  

What words can you make? Remember to sound out each letter to see if it makes sense!  

 

*Use the letter sounds we have explored over the weeks*

 

Here is some examples of the words you could make.. 

DIY Alphabet Pebbles for Literacy Play - The Imagination Tree

Alphabet Rocks Construction Site Activity - The Imagination Tree

 

 

 

See how many words you can make with our sound of the week in. What was our sound of the week again? 

YOU’RE RIGHT.. 

It is t for tower! 

Read Write Inc. Phonics: A4 Speed Sounds Cards Set 1 (Pack of 5 ...

*Face Collages- (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication & Language, Expressive Arts & Design, Mathematics) 

A great way to explore being creative about ourselves and our families.  

I wonder if you can make a self-portrait of you using different materials?  

BUT FIRST.. 

You need to find out what you need to do to create your face. You may need a mirror to help you with this part! 

I wonder what do you have on your face? Eyes, nose, mouth.. What else can you see? 
I wonder how many do you have of each? I wonder what shapes are they? I wonder what shape is your face? 

NOW.. 

You need to think about what materials you are going to use for the different parts of your face? 

Explore Texture With These Fun Mixed Media Collage Portraits for Kids

These are just examples. Always be as creative as you wish! 
 

I wonder if you can make a self-portrait of your whole family? 

 

As always the Nursery team would love to see them!! 

*Puzzles- (Mathematics, Understanding of the World) 

We had a very big interest in puzzles in Nursery! I found some fun ones that you can do online, if you don't happen to have any at home!

But remember:  
*Who do we need to ask before we go on our technology? 
*I wonder why?  
*If something pops up on the screen, I wonder what do you need to do? 

By asking these simple questions it enables our children to become more aware of how to stay safe in an ever changing technological world. 

These puzzles may even be a little more tricky because we have to use our fingers to drag the pieces into the right places! 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/puzzles/numberblocks-jigsaw  

Thursday 7th May, 2020

I wonder if you are still exploring making some VE day decorations and preparing for a celebration?
There's still time!

Flag of the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

Don't forget.. Over the coming weeks we will be calling all the nursery children and families to check-in. We are excited to hear from you all!

Here are some more learning activities linked to our Term 5 learning:

*Don’t Worry, Little Bear!(Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Literacy, Communication & Language) 

This story is about a worried little bear learning about the uncertainties around coronavirus.

Although nursery children are at a young age, they still hear and tune into everything that is happening around them.

Some children may have more of an understanding about the situation we are in now than others. However, every child’s life has drastically changed in a matter of weeks which can cause a range of emotions.  This book explores those changes.

Corona - Early Years Story Box

 

This story is a way to support all children with some understanding to what is happening in the world around them! 

https://subscriptions.earlyyearsstorybox.com/dont-worry-little-bear-book/ 

*Sound Matching (Phonics)- (Literacy, Communication & Language)  

 Sound of the Week..

Make sure you are practicing as much as possible. 

Read Write Inc. Phonics: A4 Speed Sounds Cards Set 1 (Single Pack ...

Every time you see a letter we have explored always try and sound it out 

The more you say it, the more you remember it! 

 

This is an activity where you can try out how many sounds you remember from our sounds of the week. Here’s a reminder: 

s      a       t       p      i       n         m        d         g         o           c           k 

 

Outdoor Phonics Activity – Learn How to Teach Your Child How to ...

 

 

*Get some milk bottles and cut a rectangle out from the front  (Adults please assist)  
*Write the letters we have explored on the bottles (children could be encouraged to write these). 
* You will need some items that begin with the sounds we have explored. 
*Now can you sort out the objects with their sounds they begin with?!  I wonder what sound can you hear at the beginning of..?

 

However, some objects may start with LETTER but not actually make the SOUNDS are exploring. So make sure those objects don’t trick you out!! (For example: S- Ssss for snake, not Sssss for scissors)  

*You can adapt this activity. You don’t need to use milk bottles. It could be baskets with the letters on or even just a piece of paper with the letter sound on* 

*How do plants grow?- (Understanding of the World, Communication & Language) 

The sun has been shining again!

I wonder if anyone tried out any of our growing activities?

Sprouting seeds

Here is a video of what happens when we plant our seeds in the soil. When the seeds begin to grow, the seeds GERMINATEWhat an interesting name!  

https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/en/activities/whats-going-on/shooting-sprouts/classroom?view-type=public 

Shooting sprouts shows seeds germinating. Encourage your children to talk about what they see happening. The root appears first from each seed, followed by a shoot and the first leaves.   

*What do you think they did before with the seeds so they could grow? 
*I wonder what do you notice coming out of the seeds?   
*Why do you think that is happening? 
*I wonder what do plants/seeds need to grow? 

If you haven’t had the chance yet, why not try to germinate some seeds from fruit or vegetables. 

You could collect a few seeds from some fruit such as a tomato or a melon and make a plant pot by recycling a carton, yoghurt pot or just some rolled-up paper.  

Make sure you keep any compost moist and that each pot is able to drain water away easily.  

Now observe them and see how long it takes for them to grow. Do you notice if they are germinating like they did in the video? 

*Shape Animals- (Mathematics, Expressive Arts & Design, Physical Development) 

Let’s get creative with our shapes! Look at these animals made out of different shapes.. 

Geometric Shape Animals - EYFS, KS1 or KS2 | Teaching Resources           Geometric Shape Animals - EYFS, KS1 or KS2 | Teaching Resources

 

Geometric Shape Animals - EYFS, KS1 or KS2 | Teaching Resources           Geometric Shape Animals - EYFS, KS1 or KS2 | Teaching Resources

I wonder if you could make one of these shape animals? Or you could even make one up on your own! 

First, you will need to cut out the shapes to make your animal using some card/paper or any materials you can find! 

Encourage your child to try and cut the shapes out, using scissors supports their fine motor skills and how to use them safely.

 
*What shapes do you need to make the animal? Can you name them? 
*How many shapes do you need to make it? 
*I wonder how many sides does each shape have? 
Some of the animals do have some tricky shapes in to challenge you. I wonder if you can find them? 

Now, can you put the shapes together to make a shape animal! 

Wednesday 6th May, 2020

*We are really pleased to inform you that over the coming days and weeks, we will be making telephone calls to check-in about home learning with you.  These calls will not be about how much learning your child has been doing, but rather just checking how everyone is and if we can help with home learning in anyway.*

We look forward to speaking with you all.

Hello Everyone,

Wow!

Everywhere I look, I can see flags, flags and more flags!

Look at this home!

I wonder if you know why people are displaying flags and poppies everywhere.

Shall we take a look at some of the special activities I have for you to explore today?

*VE Day Celebrations - (Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Understanding of the World, Mathematics, Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design and Physical Development)

What is VE day?

This Friday 8th May is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

VE Day is also known as Victory in Europe Day and marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.  To help remember the soldiers who fought and to celebrate this milestone, many people will be having stay at home street parties and decorating themselves and their homes in red, white and blue to represent the Union Jack flag.

In 1945, people gathered, danced and sung together to celebrate.  It was an incredibly special time but a very emotional time too!

How do you think the people felt?  

How do you know this?

At 9:00am on Friday 8th May, The Queen will address the nation and there will be a live stream on BBC – which is the exact same time that her father, King George VI, spoke to the UK 75 years ago, on the actual VE Day.

Can you see King George VI and a young Elizabeth?  King George VI was Elizabeth's father.

She wasn't Queen at the end of World War II.

Elizabeth was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, in Westminster Abbey, at the age of 27, 7 years later.

Below are some activity ideas and resources linked to VE Day.

If you like drawing, designing and creating, you may choose to design your own medal!

 https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/backwellfederation/UploadedDocument/91bc0cde6fc44d1b81f541388d1037d5/design-a-ve-day-medal.pdf

If you like some quiet time, here is a VE Day colouring in page.

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/backwellfederation/UploadedDocument/8ca0b43a2e4a43c1b8fc1c60c167c424/ve-day-colouring-page.pdf

Maybe you could print out the flag example (or draw your own) and design and make your own bunting.

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/backwellfederation/UploadedDocument/0c6dc91c47344bbb9e98de127c4d1cef/union-jack-bunting.pdf

Can you design your very own VE Day party hat and have a competition for the best design?

What pieces of equipment will you need?

How will you ensure your hat fits?

How will you join the pieces of equipment together?

Make, do and mend.

During WW2, there was a shortage of materials to make clothes. People were urged to "Make, do and mend". Do you have any clothes or accessories that you could ‘upcycle’ into new clothing or something completely different to give it another purpose and a new lease of life?

Let's dance.

*Please supervise your child when clicking on any links to ensure the content/adverts/pop ups are appropriate.  Thank you.*

Why not learn a new skill and practice some dance moves from during the war? 

Lindy Hop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmvKrPUo97E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu6Y9cAQqIs

Charleston

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2IiIenn7qo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRsan_COiD0

 

Lambeth Walk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdSvLV-EgSA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHPbdkMMnZ4

 Party Organiser.

Can you arrange a party for you and your toys?  

Write a simple invitation and give it to someone in your home so that they can join you and your toys.

What food will you have? 

Write a list using some of the sounds you know.

Cooking

Below are a selection of wartime recipes which you may like to make with a grown up.

Which recipe is your favourite?

Wartime eggless chocolate cake

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/bournemouth-park-academy/UploadedDocument/e0ab3e22ecdc4f5dbb11bfae8ab15d57/maths-wartime-eggless-chocolate-cake-recipe.pdf

or 

Cottage pie

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/bournemouth-park-academy/UploadedDocument/9c809f5c9a4243e7a49e3a4e0e3d74b1/maths-measuring-cottage-pie.png

or

Cheese and potato dumplings

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/bournemouth-park-academy/UploadedDocument/00932137543e451c95aa977d042daf9f/maths-measuring-potato-dumplins.png

Please do send any photographs of your celebrations to us. We would love to see them!

Tuesday 5th May, 2020

Hello Everyone,

How are you feeling today?  Really, really well I hope!

I saw this quote online and after I read it, it brought a HUGE smile to my face!

I wonder how it will make you feel.

Is there anything you wouldn't change about your life at the moment?

I like the fact that I can take a slow walk everyday with my Husband and Son and usually, I may not always have time to do so, apart from on the weekends.  This will be something I must try and do when our days return to 'normal'.

I hope you have a wonderful day and that you also have a chance to try out some of the suggested activities below.

Enjoy!

*Bear facts(Communication & Language, Understanding of the World and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

Yesterday, I posted a link to the a video called 'Bedtime for Bears'. 

https://watchandlearn.scholastic.com/videos/animals-and-plants/behaviors-and-adaptations/bedtime-for-bears.html

Did you have a chance to watch it?  If so, you should now know what the long word 'hibernation' means.  Can you think of any other animals which hibernate?

The answers to yesterday's quiz are highlighted below.  How many did you get right?

Q1: Bears eat and eat to build up __________

a. a layer of fat

b. a layer of fur

c. their appetite

 

Q2: Where does a bear make its bed for the winter?

a. In an open field

b. In a cave, den or shallow hole in the ground.

c. Up a tree

Q3: A bear wakes up from its deep sleep when it is __________

a. Summer

b. Winter

c. Spring

 

Well done if you got them all right!

*Literacy 

Can you remember the sound I introduced you to yesterday?

Yes, you're absolutely right.  It's the 't-t-t' sound.

What items did you find inside or outdoors which started with the 't' sound?

I found some extra things.  I wonder if we have thought of any which are the same.

tiger

tongue

tomato

Today's CHALLENGE

This activity is a great way to support your child's recognition of the sounds we have already covered and are learning.  All you need are pieces of paper, masking tape and a pen.  Write the sounds upon the pieces of paper and attach them to each step (please see the picture below) using masking tape.  As your child climbs the stairs to bed, to their flat or to use the bathroom, encourage your child to read the sounds they see, whilst ensuring they are still remaining safe on the stairs/steps.

- To extend this activity, can your child select a soft toy and throw it onto a step?  Which sound step has it landed on?  Can your child shout out the sound really loud?

*Cutting numbers - (Physical Development, Communication & Language and Mathematics)

Which numbers do you know?

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Can you just say the numbers in green?

2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Can you read all of these jumbled up numbers?

4  6  8  7  10  1  5  3  2  9

For this activity, you needs lots of paper and a pen.  Write a different number on each of the pieces of paper.  Then using a scissors, cut the same amount of slits, remembering to count as you cut, 5 = 5 slits.

*Remember to use the scissors safely and to hold it correctly.*

*The Kindness Book - (Communication & Language, Literacy and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

What does the word 'kind' mean to you? 

Have you ever been kind?  Have you ever seen kindness?

How did it make you feel?

Todd Parr is a New York Times bestselling Author and he has written a wonderful story called 'The Kindness Book' which explores the value and joy in being kind to others.

Click on the link below to hear Todd Parr read and very kindly share his much loved book.

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

Now that you have listened to the story, what does the word 'kind' mean?

Today, I would like you to create a poster called 'In our family, kindness is...'

Please draw and write down your suggestions and please share your poster with us!

*We're Going on a Bear Hunt - (Communication & Language, Literacy and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

I just love reading this story over and over and over again because every time I read it, I feel lots of different emotions.  I also like to think about what the characters would say if I was writing the story.

Do you know what this is?

It is a speech bubble and you will find them in lots of books and magazines.

Speech bubbles are used to show who is speaking and the long thin bit at the bottom, called the 'tail' is usually pointing t the person that is speaking. 

What do you think the bear might say?

There is no right or wrong answer?

Maybe you could even try using some of your sounds?

What about some of the other characters in the story?

What will they say?

Use the sound mat below to help you:

*Simon Says - (Communication & Language and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

'Simon Says...' is a simple yet super way to support your child's thinking and listening skills.

To play:

(an example)

Simon says touch your toes.  (Child touches his/her toes)

Simon says shake your hips.  (Child shakes his/her hips)

Tickle your armpits.  (If child tickles their armpits, they are 'out' as Simon didn't say.  If child remained still, then the game continues)

Here are a few ideas for your own game of 'Simon Says...'

*Lids, lids, lids - (Physical Development, Mathematics and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

Stick a selection of cut up plastic bottles to a hard piece of cardboard using sticky tape or a glue gun.  

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT GLUE GUNS NEED TO BE USED AWAY FROM CHILDREN AS THEY CAN BECOME HOT AND THAT CUT PLASTIC CAN HAVE SHARP EDGES WHEN CUT.

Encourage your child to sort and attempt to identify which lids match the correct bottle necks.  They will be using lots of different muscles within their fingers and hands in order to twist, turn, screw and hopefully find the matching bottle and lid combinations.

*Create a person - (Communication & Language, Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding of the World, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

What will you use?

Can you label your person? i.e.

l e g

*Would you rather...? -  (Communication & Language and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

This activity is very silly!  It is all about choices.

Using your good thinking brain,

Would you rather have a green nose or purple ears?  Why?

Monday 4th May, 2020

Hello Everyone,

How are you?

I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family.

What did you do?

I went for a nice long walk with my Husband and Son looking for the bear from our story, 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt', but we couldn't find him.  As he looked really sad at the end of our story, we were hoping to invite him to dinner as I had also made a chicken curry using lots of vegetables for dinner and it was delicious!

Please find below lots of new activities for you to carry out with your family today. 

Enjoy! 

*Makaton Signs of the Week - (Communication & Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development)

Here are a few feelings and emotions signs you may choose to use at home.  They can help you express how you feel.

I feel happy...

I feel sad...

During this time, it is not unusual to experience lots of different emotions, however if you do every feel sad, please let a grown up know straight away because they will be able to help you feel better.

*World Laughter Day - (Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development)

Yesterday (Sunday), it was World Laughter Day. 

What makes you laugh?  How does it make your body feel?

I told my Husband these three jokes and he found them really funny. 

I hope they make you laugh too!

Q: Why are Pirates called Pirates?

A: Because they arrrrrrrrr!

Q: Who granted the fish a wish?

A: The fairy Codmother.

Q: What does a toad like to drink?

A: Croack-a-cola.

If you know any jokes, please share them with your family and with us.  The funnier the better!  I'm always looking for new ones to add to my collection!

*Literacy

You are all doing *amazingly* well with your letters and sounds.  

Can you remember what these sounds are?

You're absolutely right.  They are the 's' and the 'a' sound.

Today, I am going to introduce you to a new sound.  You may already know it.  You may even have this sound in your name!

This is the 't' sound...

t-t-t tower. 

The action is: Put both arms up like a tall tower.

- Can you write the 't' sound 

  1. on your window?
  2. on your fridge door?
  3. with your finger, dipped in toothpaste on your tooth?

- Can you be a letter 't' sound detective and look around your home and outside for some things which begin with the 't' sound?

These are my ideas:

teddy

toes

toilet 

tornado

I wonder if you know what a tornado is?

Click on the link below to be taken to a fascinating fact finder page!

https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/tornado/399626

Can you tell me 2 interesting facts you have learnt about tornadoes?

 

- I think you're ready for my challenge!

Remember to sound out the words by pointing to each letter sound.

Here's a Phase 2 sound mat to help you too.

s i t

s a m

t o p

s a t

t e n

*Hibernation - (Communication & Language and Understanding of the World)

Do you know what the word 'hibernation' means?

I didn't until I visited Scholastic Watch and Learn Library.

The link below will take you to a video called 'Bedtime for Bears'.

Doesn't this bear look super comfortable?

https://watchandlearn.scholastic.com/videos/animals-and-plants/behaviors-and-adaptations/bedtime-for-bears.html

Do you know what the word 'hibernation' means now that you have watched the video?

Can you answer the following questions about bears using your great thinking brain?

Q1: Bears eat and eat to build up __________

a. a layer of fat

b. a layer of fur

c. their appetite

 

Q2: Where does a bear make its bed for the winter?

a. In an open field

b. In a cave, den or shallow hole in the ground.

c. Up a tree

Q3: A bear wakes up from its deep sleep when it is __________

a. Summer

b. Winter

c. Spring

I will reveal the answers on Tuesday.  I really do hope you have discovered lots of new fun facts about bears.  I certainly have!

*Matching numbers and quantities - (Mathematics, Physical Development, Communication & Language and Expressive Arts & Design)

This is a really fun activity. 

All you need are:

*toilet roll tubes

*a washing up liquid bottle

*lots of lids

*a pen

  • You need to draw a different amount of circles onto the toilet roll tubes and cut out a hole at the bottom on the tube (please see the picture below)
  • Write a different number on each of the lids.
  • Match the number on the lid to the number of circles on the toilet roll tube.

This activity will support your child's:

*number recognition

*1-1 correspondence

*fine motor skills when squeezing the bottle to support the movement of the lids

*Understanding of the World - how could they make the lid travel further?  What would you need to do?

*We're going on a wildflower hunt - (Communication & Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Understanding of the World)

When I go on my daily walks, I am always amazed by all the beautiful spring flowers growing around me, however, I don't actually know the names of all the flowers I see, even though I may pass them everyday!

When you go outside next, try and find as many of the flowers on my list as you possibly can.

I still haven't found Herb Robert.  Have you been successful?  I will try again today!  Please take photos of any flowers you find.  Please leave the flowers to grow strong and tall for everyone to enjoy, rather than picking them.

*Painted pebble frogs - (Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Communication & Language)

During my walk on Saturday, I found these - painted pebble frogs.  The looked so realistic!  What do you think?  They were hidden among the long grass and crispy leaves.  They were camouflaged.  Do you know what that word means?

Do you think you could collect some rocks or large stones and make your own counting frogs?  I am going to have a try!

You can then use them to join in with the song '5 little speckled frogs'.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p038jj3m

Friday 1st May, 2020

HAPPY FRIDAY CAMPBELL CLASS!

I wonder if you notice something different about the date today?
We have gone into a new month, May.
Today is the first day. I wonder what learning the month of May will bring us?

hello-may-7

 

Have a look below at some more exciting learning opportunities for you to explore..

*Together as a family- (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication & Language, Expressive Arts & Desgin) 
 

We have been using rainbows as a show of support and positivity for our carers, our community and our families. 

Now I wonder if you could do a special rainbow? 

You can be a creative as you wish your rainbow. Have a think about how you would like to make your rainbow.

With your family.. Can you talk about what you are grateful for in this strange time?  

But what does it mean to be grateful? Being grateful could be something that is a kind thing to do like, a person helping you or an act like spending time with your family or even something that makes you happy.  

Now write this reason on your rainbow. We would love you to send in your creations to us! The whole family could do one and you can even display them all in your window to spread the positivity to the community. 

 

Rainbow | LearnEnglish Kids | British Council

*Sound of the Week- (Literacy) 

Keep remembering to practice your sound of the week! A for apple.

  Let's see if we can remember any of the others we have explored. Here is a phase a Phase 2 phonics mat. I wonder if you can sound out any of the other sounds? However, we haven't explored all of them yet so try the ones we already have at home and in nursery. These are: 

s      a       t       p      i       n         m        d         g         o           c           k

 

 But that doesn't mean you might not know some others. We need to make sure that we sound them out right too so here is a little clip to help you if you are finding that a little tricky!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIpcahxNSU4

(This video does have a different sound mat to the one we use at Nursery. But it will help you on how to pronounce the correct sounds for each letter)

 

 

*Acting out stories- (Literacy, Communication & Language, Physical Development, Expressive Arts & Design) 

I hope you still have those stories from our activity yesterday? If you haven’t tried making up your own story.. Try now, there’s plenty of time. 

Now get one of your adults or siblings to help you read out the story..  

 

Walker Books on Twitter: "Hooray! We're Going on a #BearHunt is ...

Can you act out your own story? Get your whole family involved.

Can they be the different characters in your story? Think about how you can move your bodies to the different parts of the story? 

We would love you to  film your story and send in your videos to us!! 

 

*Shape Game- (Mathematics, Understanding of the World) 

We have been exploring shapes lots over that past weeks. Here is a game for you to explore. Can you match the shapes up to the shape monsters?! BUT.. Let's try and challenge ourselves first.. 

*Can you name the shape before you feed the shape monster?  
*I wonder how many sides/corners do it have, can you count them first? 

https://blog.topmarks.co.uk/2018/04/shape-monsters-new-learning-game/  

(Please remember to supervise your child on all websites that are uploaded on the website. There is always a chance for pop-ups or your child to navigate their way off these games and stories) 

Thursday 30th April, 2020

Thank you for some of your beautiful comments about the video and our Campbell Class Newsletter.
We are glad you enjoyed them! 
If you haven't had chance to look yet, they are in the links at the top of the page.
We are still here for you!

Did you learn that new song about the bear? I did! It is very catchy and I have been singing it all day!
Let's have a look at what other activities we have for you to explore today..


*Clap for Carers- (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Expressive Arts & Design) 

I wonder if you have been taking part in the clap for carers?  Why do we clap for the carers?

 

Clap for our Carers every Thursday at 8pm #clapforourcarers

What a lovely way to show our appreciation together in this time.

I have noticed some children have been using pots and pans to make some noise for our carers! I wonder if any of you have been using some pots and pans? I wonder if anyone has been using other instruments to make some noise? 

Now I wonder if you could try these when you are making some noise with you pots/pans or insturments..  

*Can you do long sounds for our carers? 
*I wonder if you can do quiet sounds for the carers? 
* I wonder if you can you make the sounds long? 
*I wonder if you can do a short sound? 
* Do you think you tap a beat? 
*Can you make up a rhythm with some beats?
 
 

Make sure your adults join you to show you! 

This is a great opportunity to explore making different sounds with instruments (or improvised instruments) while spreading some positivity. 

As always we would LOVE to see any pictures of you joining in for the Clap for Carers.

*Healthy Ice Lollies- (Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Physical Development, Understanding of the World) 

 Some more cooking for you to enjoy, with a twist..

Look at these delicious healthy lollies. Here’s how you make them.. 

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles with Granola

You’ll need some moulds and sticks for these. But you could use empty yoghurt pots or containers you have in the recycling.. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups Greek vanilla yogurt, or regular yogurt, divided 
  • ¾ cup strawberries, sliced 
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced. 
  • ½ cup granola. 

 Method:

  • In a blender, puree ¾ cup sliced strawberries and ¾ cup vanilla yogurt together until a smooth, consistent texture is reached, about 1 minute. 
  • Layer the popsicles as follows: 1 teaspoon cubed strawberries, 1 tablespoon vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon blended strawberry yogurt, 1 teaspoon granola. Repeat layers once more or until the mould is filled to the top. 
  • Place cover over the mould and insert the popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight. 

(If the popsicles remain in the mould, run them under warm water for a few more seconds, ensuring not to melt the pops) 

What a fantastic way to make being healthy fun!

*Sound of the week- (Literacy) 

REMEMBER... WHAT IS OUR SOUND OF THE WEEK? 

Read Write Inc.: Set 1. Speed Sound Cards (READ WRITE INC PHONICS ...

 

I wonder if you remembered in before looking at the phonics card?

Keep practicing sounding out the letter as much as you can.

You could say it in different voices, loud, quiet, long or short.. As much as you can!

*Making up Stories- (Communication & Language, Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design) 

We have explored making up our own stories previously. But do you think you could make up one with the characters from ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’? You could make up your own Bear Hunt story.. 

 

Who is in the story? Let's take a look..

 We're Going on a Bear Hunt – The PumpHouse Theatre

*You can decide who each character is from this picture. Use your imagination to think about who they could be? (Just remember there is no right or wrong way this is your story!)
*You may even want to add some more of your own characters in.


Who else?

We cannot forget the bear!

We're going on a bear hunt | El cajón de Cati

 

Now let's see if you can make up a story about your own bear hunt.

Make sure you write down word for word your story.. You'll need it for an activity tomorrow! 

*Gross Motor Skills- (Physical Development, Expressive Arts & Design) 

Although we have been focusing lots on our fine motor skills, we cannot forget our gross motor skills. These are big movements we use with our bodies. These skills need to develop to them support our fine motor skills. 

Here are some different activities you can try.. 

**DANCING- simply dancing to your favourite music can support your gross motor skills.
Just think when you are dancing, how could you move your body? Can you make movements to the rhythm of the music? 
 

Now put on your favourite songs and have a wiggle..

Library of teen girls dance practice royalty free stock png files ...

I have already seen some of those great moves at Nursery. You could even get your families to join you as well. 

 

**BIG MARK MAKING- This could be done many many ways.

If you have some big paper you can sellotape it to the floor and make big drawings across the paper.
You could even use paints instead of pencils.
Perhaps even use things like cars/trucks etc instead of brushes!! 
Even using chalks on the patios or brick walls (this washes with water). 

 

 

 

 

Gross motor mark making activities

 

Gross Motor Activities for Preschoolers: The Top 35!

 

Big mark making is a great first step to encourage your child into the early stages of writing..

Wednesday 29th April, 2020

Good Morning Campbell Class!

I wonder if you have seen our Class Newsletter and Blaise Video?
We wanted you to know that are all still here for you and missing you greatly! 
I am sure that most of you have great learning at home with your families, take this time to spend as much of it with your loved ones. 
We are ALWAYS here!
Here are some more great learning activities for you to enjoy..

Oldham – Saddleworth Independent

*Pack a lunch for your bear hunt- (Physical Development, Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Expressive Arts & Design) 

 
If you’re going on a bear hunt, maybe it’s a good idea you pack some food to take with you! 

What could you have in your packed lunch? I like to make sure I definitely have a sandwich! Could you make your own sandwich for your packed lunch? 
 

 

An 'unashamedly wonky picnic' coming to London highlight food ...


*I wonder how do we make a sandwich? 
*I wonder what ingredients we need? 
*What are you going to put in the middle of your sandwich? 
*What do you think we need to do first? 
*I wonder how are we going to spread the butter? 
*I wonder how do we use a knife safely? I wonder why? 

 

Can you think of any other healthy snacks to put in your packed lunch? 

Hatherley Manor Hotel and Spa | Teddy bears' picnic

*Finding letters in your name- (Literacy) 

What was that sound of the week again.... OH YES it was the sound a. Like a for apple. Can you say it?

 

Read Write Inc.: Set 1. Speed Sound Cards (READ WRITE INC PHONICS ...

 

 I know some of you have been really interested in looking at the letters in your name. I wonder if you can find them around your house? 

Write you name down on a piece of paper, some of you may need an adult to help you (don’t forget to sound out those letters too!). You could even then try imitating your name underneath to have a go! 

Now have a look to see if you can find any around your house that match the letters from your name.

They could be on your cereal box, or on the television, they could even be on objects find in the bathroom. Take some pictures of where you can see them. Letters are everywhere! 

I wonder if you have the sound of the week in your name too?!

*10 Green BottlesCounting to and back from 10- (Mathematics, Expressive Arts & Design) 

We need to make sure we know how to count to 10 before we begin to count out quantities to match!  

 

10-green-bottles-prev - St Cyprian's Greek Orthodox Primary Academy

The numberblocks are here to help us!  


*Do you think you could sing along to them song? I wonder if you already know it? 
*I wonder if you know how to count to 10 already? I know that most of you can already! 
*Now challenge yourself.. Can you do it backwards like the song? 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08r41qb/numberblocks-series-2-ten-green-bottles 

*Singing Songs- (Communication & Language, Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design) 

Here’s a new song for you.. This one is about a bear. Perhaps this bear was own it’s on bear hunt?! 

I wonder if you could learn the song?  

Here’s the words for you and there’s even a video to help you: 

Oh the bear went over the mountain, 
The bear went over the mountain, 
The bear went over the mountain, 
To see what he could see. 

But all that he could see, 
But all that he could see, 
Was the other side of the mountain, 
The other side of the mountain, 
The other side of the mountain, 
Was all that he could see. 

So he went back over the mountain, 
He went back over the mountain, 
He went back over the mountain, 
To see what he could see. 

But all that he could see, 
But all that he could see, 
Was the other side of the mountain, 
The other side of the mountain, 
The other side of the mountain, 
Was all that he could see. 
All that he could see! 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-the-bear-went-over-the-mountain/zmssmfr 

*Try and use your Makaton sign for when you sing the word BEAR* 

 

Image result for bear makaton symbol | Makaton signs, Makaton ...

*Natural Weaving- (Physical Development, Understanding of the World) 

Here is an activity that can support our fine motor skills. We need to make sure we have lots of opportunities to explore our fine motor skills as they help us with our writing! 

Simple Nature Weave for kids | Weaving for kids, Preschool art ...

All you really need is some strong card or other stong material and wool/string. Now let’s see what you can find to weave in and out.. 

Tuesday 28th April, 2020

Hello Everyone,

How are you all today? 

Did you have a chance to try some of the activities I put together for you yesterday?  Which activity was your favourite?

I really liked taking part in my very own bear hunt using my home made binoculars too.  I found lots of very exciting things.

I have shared them below.

I hope you have a terrific Tuesday and will also try some or even ALL of the new activities I have added.

Enjoy!

*Positive Comments - (Communication & Language and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

Parents and Carers, you are doing an **amazing** job in case nobody told you recently!

I saw the following article online and thought I would share it with you as there are lots of different examples of positively encouraging your child using words.  I will definitely be adding a few of these to my own collection.

*Literacy - 

Can you remember what this sound is?

You're absolutely right, it's the 'a' sound, a-a-a apple.

Can you SHOUT out the sound really LOUD?

Can you say the sound really quietly?

Can you write the 'a' sound in the air, on the palm of your hand and on the heel of your foot?

Awesome!

Today, I would like you make the game below with a grown up using the lower case 's' sound and the 'a' sound.

1. Find some objects in your home that begin with these sounds and place them in a bag.

2. On a piece of paper or card, write lots of 'a' and 's' sound on it.

3. Take it in turns to take out an object from the bag and decide whether or not it begins with the 's' or the 'a' sound.

4. Then simply find the sound on your piece of paper or card and place your object on top.

5. Have lots of fun!

CHALLENGE!

Are there any other sounds you know?  You could add these to your playing board too.  

*Matching Shapes - (Mathematics and Communication & Language)

Using large paper and pens or the outdoor space with chalk, draw around a selection of shapes you may have at home and encourage your child to match the shape to its outline.  Discuss with your child the following:

  1. How do they know that shape matches?
  2. How many sides does the shape have?
  3. What is the name of the shape?
  4. What are corners?
  5. If your shape does have corners, how many are there altogether?

CHALLENGE!

Can you group all the shapes together which have:

*4 sides?

*3 corners

*2 long sides and 2 short sides?

*Making Beautiful Music - (Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding of the World, Physical Development, Personal, Social & Emotional Development & Communication & Language)

I have so many used tins and containers in my recycling box.  Here is an idea to use them to create something particularly special!

*Making Bear Inspired Pizzas - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Understanding of the World, Mathematics, Literacy and Communication & Language)

Let's make some delicious bear inspired pizzas today.  Mmmmmm!

Ingredients - the things we need

  • 1 pizza dough or tortilla wrap
  • Several tablespoon of tomato sauce
  • Sliced mozzarella
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • Black olives

Steps also known as the 'Method'

  • Cut out the dough in the shape of teddy bears; spread with tomato sauce.
  • Add a slice of mozzarella and a slice of potato on top of that. Then add the black olives for the nose and eyes.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes at 390°F (roughly 190oC)

Click on the link below for a short video demonstration:

https://www.tastemade.com/videos/bear-cub-pizza

PLEASE SUPERVISE YOUR CHILD WHILST USING A HOT  OVEN.  THANK YOU.

*We're Going on a Bear Hunt - (Communication & Language, Literacy, Understanding of the World and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

How did your bear hunt with your very own homemade binoculars go yesterday?

What did you find?

Wow!  Your list sounds incredible and look at all the marks and sounds you have used!  I am very impressed. 

This is my list below.  Can you sound out the words? Are there any items on my list which match what you saw?

Using your binoculars today, can you create a map showing the path the family in our story took in order to find the cave?

I have attached an example below.

Remember to label your bear map, i.e. what sound can we hear at the start of 'swirly snowstorm' and remember to use lots of arrows to show the direction of your map too.

Please send a photo of your maps to us.  We would love to see them and share and publish them on here!

The link to the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' told and performed by Michael Rosen is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds to help you plan your map.

*Yoga Bear - (Physical Development, Personal, Social & Emotional Development & Communication & Language)

The Guardian newspaper has printed some incredibly brilliant photos.

Meta Penca, a visitor to Ahtari Zoo in Finland, took these shots of a female brown bear doing her morning stretches.

They made me smile and laugh out loud.

Can you replicate, which means copy them?

The links below will take you to two different stories with lots of yoga moves with Jaime in Cosmic Kids.

Squish the Fish - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhYtcadR9nw

or

'We're Going on a Bear Hunt - https://www.google.com/search?q=the+bear+hunt+cosmic&rlz=1C1GCEA_enGB894GB894&oq=the+bear+hunt+cosmic&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l7.3410j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Monday 27th April, 2020

Happy Monday Nursery children, Parents & Carers.

We hope you've had the most wonderful weekend.  The weather has most certainly been beautiful.

Please find below a selection of activities for you to take part in today.

Enjoy!

*Makaton Sign of the Week - (Communication & Language, Understanding of the World and Personal & Social Development)

According to www.makaton.org:

Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.

Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.

With Makaton, signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order. This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign.

For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help. Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them. This opens up all kinds of possibilities.

At Nursery, we introduce a different Makaton Sign at the beginning of every week to the children.

This weeks Makaton sign is bear

You simply cross your arms over your chest.

Why do you think we have chosen this as our sign of the week?

When we make the Makaton sign, we always say the word too.

*Rock Decorations - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language and Understanding of the World)

On Saturday, I went on my daily walk and I discovered some beautiful rocks which had been painted and hidden for people to find and to either take home or to leave for someone else to find.  They really did make me smile!  Unfortunately, as I hadn't taken my camera with me, I was unable to take a photo but I saw these examples online and so I thought I would share them with you.

Do you think you could find a stone or rock and decorate it using pens or paint?  When your stone or rock has dried, you can then hide it somewhere for someone to find on their daily walk.  his is a great way to spread happiness!

*Gratitude Scavenger Hunt - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Communication & Language)

What does the word 'gratitude' mean to you?

Can you work out what it means by using the 'gratitude scavenger hunt' below?

 

*We're Going on a Bear Hunt - (Communication & Language, Understanding of the World & Literacy)

Last week, I shared the link to the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds

Consider the following:

  1. What happened at the beginning of the story?
  2. Which section of the story would you have liked to be part of?  Why? (I really liked the swirling whirling snowstorm because I would have built giant snowmen and had a snowball fight with my family.) 
  3. What do you think the bear wanted in the story?
  4. Did you think the bear was scary or friendly?  Why do you think this?
  5. What would you do or say if you saw a bear right now?

Can you go on your own bear hunt today?  What will you need to help you see things far away?

Yes, you're absolutely right!

Binoculars will be extremely useful to you as you go on your bear hunt!

What do you think you will need in order to make them?

Look at the examples below to help you or you could completely use your own resources and ideas.  I'm sure you have many!

Using your great good looking eyes and your binoculars, can you write down all the different things you see in your very own 'bear booklet'?

Please share your **amazing** writing with us!

I will share with you on Tuesday what I found on my bear hunt.  I wonder if we will see or find the same things.

Good luck!

*Developing our Cutting Skills - (Physical Development & Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

PLEASE SUPERVISE YOUR CHILD WHEN USING CHILD SIZED SCISSORS!

One way to further support your child's fine motor skills is to allow them to use scissors.

There are many safe ways to practice using scissors as I know the prospect can be rather daunting!

  1. Ensure your child is sitting down and is not distracted.
  2. Allow your child to swap the scissors between both hands, until they feel comfortable.
  3. Draw a smiley face on your child's thumb so they remember to keep their 'thumb up' when cutting.

Below are some examples of what your child can practice cutting:

playdough

tissue paper

marshmallows

paper or card to release 'trapped' animals

cooked spaghetti

string faces

*2D Shapes - (Mathematics and Communication & Language)

Shapes are just EVERYWHERE!

Look around you.  Which shapes can you seen?

  1. What is the shape of your window? 
  2. What shape is your front door?
  3. What shape is your plug hole?

Paul Klee is a Swiss Artist and his famous paintings were created using a range of shapes.  Which shapes can you see in the three paintings I have chosen and added below?

Click on the link below to be taken to a page linked to Paul Klee's paintings.

PLEASE SUPERVISE YOUR CHILD WHILST USING ANY LINKS RECOMMENDED TO ENSURE THE CONTENT IS APPROPRIATE.

https://www.google.com/search?q=paul+klee&client=ms-android-samsung&prmd=isvn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj0n6_r4YDpAhWEYMAKHYJrBl8Q_AUoAXoECBsQAQ&biw=360&bih=520&dpr=2

CHALLENGE:

Can you make a picture using a selection of shapes, like Paul Klee?  Share your learning with your family.  Can they identify the different shapes you have used?

*Den Building - (Communication & Language, Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Mathematics)

*Literacy - (Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Literacy)

We recognise the importance of reading everyday.

Click on the link below which will take you directly to the story '1, 2, 3, To The Zoo' by Eric Carle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvXXpxBklMo&app=desktop

Can you join in with the Makaton signed story performed by Singing Hands?  You will also have the chance to use our new Makaton sign - bear!

bear

Friday 24th April, 2020

It's Friday Campbell Class! I hope you all have had a wonderful week. Here are some more learning activities for you to explore!

Weekend Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | Shutterstock

I wonder what you are doing over the weekend? ENJOY!

*Ice Play- (Expressive, Arts & Design, Understanding of the World)  

Frozen Flowers Sensory Ice Play | Summer activities for kids ...

While the sun is shining let’s see what we can find outside! Spring is definitely here and there are lots of flowers blooming around us. Let’s try some fun sensory learning! 

See what flowers or plants you can collect on your daily exercise, from around your block or in the garden. Take then home put them in a container with water and freeze it! 

*But please remember to not take beautiful flowers from people’s gardens without asking!* We prefer you use wild flowers and one's you know what they are to be safe. 

Once they are frozen, how do you think you could the flowers out? What do you think you could use? 

I’ll give you one.. Salt is an interesting way to melt the ice. Watch and see what happens! 

You could even continue to explore talking about what plants and flowers need to grow and survive. 

*Exploring fruits- (Physical Development, Understanding of the World, Mathematics, Communication & Language) 

Eating fresh fruits daily may reduce your risk of cardiovascular death


Previously we have explore cutting up and preparing our own snacks. However, this is still a great opportunity to explore children’s independence but this time it can have a different focus.  Last time we looked at healthy eating and being safe. 

This time let’s look at some Mathematics and Understanding of the World.. 

Still remember to think about to be safe when using the knives! We hold the fruit and use the sharp edge to cut the fruit.  Also if you are cutting grapes, make sure you cut them the appropriate way.

Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won't What is a list of fruits with many seeds? - Quora High-Performance Blending: Nutrition |

 

*I wonder what shape is the fruit? 
*I wonder how many pieces you are going to cut your fruit into? 
*I wonder if you know where this fruit comes from? 
* I wonder what do you notice in the middle of this fruit? *Looking at the seeds in fruits* 
*What do you think we could do with the seeds? 
*I wonder what do they need to grow? 

 

You could even extend the process and try and go the seeds, another way to think about what they need to grow and survive.

*Family Tree: Finding out about our families- (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Literacy, Physical Development, Communication & Language, Understanding of the World) 

While we are spending much time with our families in our homes, this is a great chance for our children to get to know their families even more.  

*I wonder who lives in your house with you? 
*I wonder who else in your family? Who doesn’t live with you? Who are they in your family? 

How to trace your family tree | Financial Times

 

Can you make your own family tree? Remember to use some arrows to show what way your family tree goes. 
Could you draw a picture of each of the people in your family? You could even practice writing some letters.
You could even add your pets into it!
 

*Phase 1 Phonics- Letters & Sounds (Communication & Language, Literacy) 

Over the weeks we have been exploring both Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Sound of the week) Phonics. However, we need to make sure we are continually developing our Phase 1 skills to really support us with our Phase 2 sounds. 

In Blaise Nursery, we use a document called ‘Letters & Sounds’ which has many games that we can explore to develop our Phase 1 skills. There is a link below to the document if you are interested:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190599/Letters_and_Sounds_-_DFES-00281-2007.pdf 

We really need to make sure we are confident with these skills to support our later development, especially our listening skills. We have been exploring lots of the games in Nursery. Now it’s time to try one at home! 

iVow: Listening Ears

A Listening Moment: 

For this, perhaps sit next to an open window or in the garden.. 

*Explain to your child about how you have to be super quiet and use their ‘listening ears’ to see what they can hear in the environment around them.  
*Give your child a good period of time to concentrate and listen to those sounds. 
*When the time is up, use a signal to show that the quiet time is over. 
*Now, What could you hear and why?  
*Can you make a list? 

You can even extend this to a *Listening Walk*: 

On your daily exercise or walk around the block or the garden. Encourage your child to listen out for the different sounds they can hear in the environment around them? Get them vocalise what they can hear.

Thursday 23rd April, 2020

Hello Campbell Class!

Have you been enjoying the lovely sunshine? I have! It has been making me feel happy especially in this strange time.

Hello Sunshine Poster

Here are some activities for you to explore!

*Empowering our children- (Personal, Social & Emotional Development) 

Do ask your child ‘I wonder what would you like to learn today?’  

Dunamis Empower: News

We want to empower our children to be independent in their learning and have the confidence to take control of it. You can use the suggested activities below or perhaps ones you may not have tried yet as a prompt

*We’re going a Bear Hunt- (Literacy, Communication & Language, Physical Development) 
 

In Nursery we like to explore our focus book everyday! And many other books too! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds&feature=youtu.be  

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: 1 CBH Children / Picture Books: Amazon ...

This story has lots of opportunity to use actions. Using actions is an active way to re-tell the story and helps us remember what happens plus it is fun!  

Michael Rosen uses some actions to help re-tell the story of the bear hunt in this video..

I wonder if you could copy his actions and tell the story? I wonder if you could maybe make up some actions of your own? 

 

You could even film yourself doing the actions and re-teling the story. We would all LOVE to see them! 

*Sound of the week- (Literacy, Understanding of the World) 

*I wonder if you managed to find lots of things around your house beginning with the letter S?  
*I wonder if you can remember how to pronounce it properly? *Sssss like a snake* 
*Can you write the letter S? You can try it in the air, on a piece of paper or perhaps even in the mud outside! 

 To challenge.. 

Phonics Play have a great game to explore our Phase 2 sounds that we have been exploring over the terms.

*Click on Phase 2.. Make a match. 

(There are two games called make a match.. Make sure it is the one with green letters on the picture, beginning with s-a-t... )

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ 

Username: march20 
Password: home 

I wonder if you can match the words with the letter sound that is at the beginning? 

*Number Blocks- How to count- (Mathematics) 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08cr24d/numberblocks-series-1-how-to-count

BBC iPlayer - Numberblocks

Let’s recap some of learning from Term 4 before we build up on our learning! How do we count? The number blocks have been thinking about the rules we need to use when we count to help us. But number 3 is finding it a little tricky.  


*Can you think about what number 3 needs is not doing the right way to count the objects? 
*I wonder if you can help number 3? 
*What do you think number 3 needs to do to count the objects properly? 

*Five little ducks- (Mathematics, Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language) 

 I hope you are still singing as much as you can. Singing has so many learning opportunities to explore in the songs. Here’s another one for you.. I think you will also know this one! A great song to also help with out numbers and counting..

Five Little Ducks: 

Five little ducks went swimming one day 
Over the hill and far away 
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack 
And only four little ducks came back! 

Four little ducks went swimming one day 
Over the hill and far away 
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack 
And only three little ducks came back! 

Three little ducks went swimming one day 
Over the hill and far away 
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack 
And only two little ducks came back! 

Two little ducks went swimming one day 
Over the hill and far away. 
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack 
And only one little duck came back! 

One little duck went swimming one day 
Over the hill and far away 
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack 
And all her five little ducks came back! 

 

Five Ducks Clipart

*What actions can you think of for the different parts of the song? 
*Can you use your fingers to show the number of ducks?

Wednesday 22nd April, 2020

Hello Everyone.  

We hope you are keeping safe and well.

Please find below a selection of activities for you to try at home linked to our learning for Term 5.

Thank you for all the wonderfully positive messages and photographs you have been sending through to the Nursery team.  We will hopefully be in touch next week to ask your permission to upload and share some of the special pieces of learning and photographs to this page!

Take care.

*Give a hug - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Communication & Language)

Today's activity is quite simple.

Give your family members a cuddle, a high five or a fist pump and tell them one thing that you like about them!

Your grown ups will love to hear your special words!

*Reading - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Literacy, Communication & Language and Understanding of the World)

Reading is just a wonderful way to lose yourself in a good book and meet new characters and visit new places!

Which books have you been reading and sharing lately?

I read a lovely book about a bear yesterday called, 'Bear Snores On' by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

By clicking on the link below, you can listen to the story and read along too (by clicking the tab below the video):

https://bookflix.digital.scholastic.com/pair/detail/bk0001pr/story?authCtx=U.794217314

*What was your favourite part of the story?

*Why did the bear sleep all day and night?

*What weather did the bear sleep through?

*What does the word 'hibernate' mean?

Can you order the story below, thinking about what happened at the beginning, the middle and the end of the story?  Click on the link below:

https://bookflix.digital.scholastic.com/pair/detail/bk0001pr/whichcamefirst?authCtx=U.794217314

*Building with recycled materials - (Physical Development, Communication & Language, Understanding of the World, Expressive Arts & Design & Mathematics)

You must have lots of recyclable materials in your homes - maybe some toilet roll tubes, egg cartons, empty cereal boxes ad even colourful sweet wrappers!

What can you create with them?

Maybe you could build the world's tallest castle which keeps out dinosaurs and fire-breathing spotty orange dragons or an incredibly long wobbly bridge or even your own home with members of your family too.  Please send us your creations!  You could even write labels straight onto your models!

*The colour of nature - (Communication & Language, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts & Design)

Look around you.  What do you see?  In my garden and outside in the open space, I can see the trees blowing gently in the wind, the different types of vibrant flowers dancing and leaves changing colour and floating to the ground.  Mr. Traum recently sent through a photograph of an apple tree which is flourishing in his garden.  Look at the flowers.  What do you think the purple parts of the photograph are?

An activity linked to nature and colour is as follows.  All you need are some coloured pens, a large piece of cardboard (maybe you can cut a panel side from an old box with the help of an adult) and some pegs or sticky tape.

Use your different coloured pens/pencils to colour a small part of the box.  Then use some glue to attach the pegs or quite simply, attach sticky tape to the cardboard.  By using your good looking eyes, find as many items around you which are the same colour as the marks you have made on your piece of cardboard.  Attach them to the pegs or sticky tape!  Look at all these really special colours.  How *AMAZING *  is our wonderful world? 

*Letter sounds - (Literacy and Communication & Language)

Yesterday, we looked at the letter sound 'a'.  SHOUT OUT really loud the items you found beginning with the 'a' sound.

WOW!

Those are just great examples.  You really did use your good thinking brain!

Did you also find the 'a' sound in the title of my book? 

I did trick you, there were actually two 'a' sounds hidden.

Here they are:

Returning to Monday's sound, can you make the 's' sound using some items in your home?

Here are some of my ideas using buttons, sparkly jewels and also yellow dandelion heads.

Cut up a piece of paper (with the help of a grown up) and write the 's' sound on each piece.  Hide them around your home and ask a family member to find as many as they can within 1 minute.  Swap so that you can search for the 's' sound too.  Every time you find the 's' sounds, SHOUT 's' as loud as you can!  Remember, the sound 's' is pronounced as the 's' in sweets and 's' in sand.

*Exercising daily - (Physical Development, Communication & Language and Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

How does exercise make you feel?

Many children and grown ups have been joining Joe Wicks every weekday morning at 9:00am to take part in his exercise programme.  As a result, we have contributed to him raising a staggering £91,256.38 which he is kindly donating to the NHS - which is the National Health Service.  Well done everyone!  They will be able to spend the money on much needed resources to continue helping people who are poorly.

Let's increase this amount...

*We're Going on a Bear Hunt - (Communication & Language, Literacy, Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

Following on from yesterday, did you have the chance to create your own story path of the story, 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'? We would love to see them.  Can you recall what happened at the beginning of the story?  What did the family travel through first?  How did the story end?

Below is a link to the animated version of 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' for you to watch.  Remember to use your words when joining in and the actions Michael Rosen has taught us!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Waoa3iG3bZ4

I have also made these discovery bottles below to support the re-telling of the story.  They are GREAT!  What to include in each of the bottles is stated below, but you can use your imagination and be as creative as you like.  I did add real grass to my bottle rather than using shredded paper however and also labels too!

At the end of the story, the bear is seen returning to his cave.  How do you think he is feeling? 

Would you have run away from the bear like the family in the story or would you have tried something different? 

If you saw the bear, what would you say to him?

*Making bear biscuits - (Mathematics, Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Literacy)

Cooking is such as special way to develop so many key skills.

Let's make some delicious 'bear biscuits'.

The only ingredients you need are:

- 150g butter (softened)
- 75g caster sugar
- 200g self raising flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- googly eyes

The link below will take you directly to the method page.  Please take lots of photographs of your delicious biscuits.  How did they taste?

https://www.cookingwithmykids.co.uk/everywhere-bear-biscuits/

Enjoy!

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Tuesday 21st April, 2020

Happy Tuesday Everyone 

Please find below a selection of activities for you to try at home linked to our learning for Term 5.

*A memory gam- (Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development and Mathematics)

This memory game - also known as Kim's game provides lots of fun when playing with another person in your family.  It also helps to develop your great thinking brain as you have to remember the objects and then work out which object is missing.

Are you ready for a CHALLENGE?

*Choose objects that are the same colour (red, yellow or purpleor begin with the same sound (sausage, sandwich, sweets, sand) to make the game more difficult.

*Hide more than 1 object at a time to make the game even harder.

*We're Going On a Bear Hunt - (Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Understanding of the World, Mathematics and Expressive Arts and Design)

Yesterday, the story, 'We're going on a bear hunt' was revealed as our book for this term.  Please continue to share the Michael Rosen video daily to support your child in the re-telling of this wonderful book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds

The repeated refrains and actions will support your child immensely with remembering the words and also the sequencing of the story.

Another way to support the retelling of the story is to draw and label it.

Below are examples of 'story paths' which can quite easily be drawn on large paper (or smaller pieces sticky taped together) or using chalk outside on paving slabs for example so your child can retrace the story on a large scale.

Can you remember what happened first in the story?  You may even choose to add extra details, such as real grass or a bowl of water to the different parts of your story path!  Please take lots of photographs to share with us.

*An example of a story path using objects and words - words are really important as your child may be able to recognise and say some of the sounds which make up the key words of the story.

*An example of a story path using real objects to imitate the different conditions the family encountered in the story and the key words also, such as 'splish splash', 'squelch, squerch!' and 'swishy swashy'.

*An example of a story path which has been drawn by the child and grown-up - a real team effort! The different parts of the story have been drawn and labels have also been added to support the child in recalling each part of the story, in sequence.

*An example of a story path with hand drawn cards positioned in the order of the story sequence - words as labels have also been added.

Nursery Rhyme time - (Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development & Expressive Arts and Design)

Click on the link below to watch, listen, join in and say the words to the song 'Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around.'  Do you know it? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gE2Kz1DQGQ

*Literacy

Yesterday, we looked at the letter sound 's'.  What objects did you find at home which started with the 's' sound?  SHOUT them out as loud as you can!

These things also begin with the 's' sound.  Can you write the 's'  sound:

*really big in the air?

*really small in the palm of your hand?

*in mud with your finger?

*on the bark of an incredibly tall tree?

Today, we are going to be re-capping the 'a' sound.  We say the sound, which is 'a' as in ant and 'a' as in after.

I can think of the following items which begin with the 'a' sound:

anchor

apple

alligator

I was reading one of my books at home when I saw the letter sound 'a' in the title. 

Can you be a Sound Detective and find the 'a' sound? 

I will reveal where the 'a' sounds are tomorrow!  I wonder if you will find them all.  Point to them when you find them.

*Making my name - (Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development & Literacy)

Can you arrange the pegs in the right order to sound out your name?  Pegs are a great way to develop your child's fine motor skills! 

If you do not have pegs, stones with the sounds written or painted on them will work well or even pieces of folded cardboard to overlap.

(This idea is by The Curiosity Approach)

Physical balloon fun - (Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Mathematics)

In order to play this game, you need:

  1. Space
  2. 1 balloon
  3. 2 paper plates and 2 lollipop sticks or 2 twigs/sticks and 2 circle cardboard pieces (ask a grow-up to help you cut them out) or your brilliant hands!
  4. Sticky tape to attach if using the items suggested above
  5. A component, which means another person
  6. Big smiles...

How will you record you scores?  Maybe you will use a tally system or write the number of points you score?

*The Beautiful Outside - (Physical Development, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Understanding of the World, Literacy & Communication & Language)

I adore this incredibly simple yet effective and special activity.  All you need is a piece of paper with a hole cut out - ask a grown up to help you when using scissors - and go outside!  What can you see?  Wow!  Please write down 5 things you can see.  I will do the same and share my findings here tomorrow.  Hhhhmmmm, I wonder if we will see the same things? 

*Literacy

Continue to read daily - magazines, newspapers, online stories, books borrowed from your brother or sisters or even create your own!

I have added an extra few story characters below.  Can you make a story using all or some of them?

I wonder what will happen at the beginning, the middle and at the end of your story?

Monday 20th April, 2020

*We're Going on a Bear Hunt Story - (Communication  & Language & Personal Social & Emotional Development)

This term, our book of focus is 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury.

This wonderfully repetitive story will support your child's early reading skills which are absolute key.  The text will also support with making predictions, joining in with repeated refrains whilst engaging and immersing them in this rich text.   

I particularly love the key message in this book: You can’t go over it, you can’t go under it, you have to go through it!   ...and we all most certainly are at this moment in time!

The link below takes you to a YouTube page where the Author, Michael Rosen retells the story using lots of expression, with his voice, hands and body.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds&feature=youtu.be

*Which part was your favourite?

*What happened at the beginning of the story?

*Which type of weathers did the family encounter?

*What does the word 'encounter' mean?

*How did the story end?

*How did it make you feel?  Why?

*How do you think bear felt?

*We're Going on a Bear Hunt Yoga session - (Communication  & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development & Physical Development)

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 to go on a Cosmic Kids yoga adventure based on the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen.  Join Jaime as she tries to catch a big one.  We can't go over it, we cant go under it!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAT5NiWHFIU

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

 

*Don't forget P.E. with Joe Wicks takes place every weekday morning at 9:00 am!

*Rhyming Scavenger Hunt - (Literacy)

Can you find items which rhyme with the following words?  3, 2, 1... Off you go...!

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?

Can you be a letter sound 's' detective?

How many items can you find in your home or outside that begin with the 's' sound?

I thought of the following items:

sandwich

snowflake

sun

sweets

Using the sound mat below to help, can you blend the following sounds together to create real words?

s i t

s a m

s i d

*Bears - fiction and non-fiction texts - (Literacy) 

This fantastic website allows you to access so many wonderful fiction and non fiction books and the link below takes you directly to a non-fiction text called, 'A bear cub grows up' by Pam Zollman.

https://bookflix.digital.scholastic.com/pair/detail/bk0001pr/book?authCtx=U.794217314

*Can you tell someone in your home 3 facts you have learnt about bears?

*School Art Competition - (Expressive Arts & Design)

Just before the Easter Holidays, a School Art Competition was set up linked to the theme of 'My True Nature'.  The competition closes this

Friday 24th April.  The details for entering are below.  I wonder what you will choose to do.  Good Luck!

*My Positively Happy Jar - (Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Literacy & Communication & Language)

It is important to continue talking to each other during this time of uncertainty about the things that worry, unnerve or upset us.  It is equally important to discuss the things that are going well too, the positives and happy moments we are all part of.

Can you think of some activities you have carried out with members of your family, write them down and then share them with everyone?  Making a happy jar is an excellent way to store all these happy moments and memories too so that you can look back on these good times with a big smile! These may be sharing a cuddle or a story together, having a home cinema evening experience or even a splash in the pool to make the most of the lovely weather we are currently having!

*Where's the bear? - (Mathematics, Physical Development & Communication & Language)

The story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' uses lots of prepositions, such as through, over and under. 

Can you place a chosen toy in the following places?

*under a chair

*on top of your head

*next to a table

*behind your back

*over your door

*in front of you

*through your legs

*above the lamp

*Growing your own vegetables(Understanding of the World, Physical Development, Communication & Language & Personal, Social & Emotional Development)

I saw this post advertised online recently and I just had to share!  I think it's just a brilliantly creative idea to avoid waste too!  You don't even need to have your own garden/outdoor space in order to grow your own vegetables.  Why not give it a try?

*PLEASE continue to read and share stories daily.  Reading is just the most wonderful way to connect and develop your child's passion and love for books. 

You can:

*Read with a family member - be read to or read to them

*Make up your own stories with weird, wild and crazy beginnings, middles and ends!

*Takes it in turns to say part of a made up story.

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 

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*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. 

 

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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! 

 

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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!

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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!

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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.  

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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

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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

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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!

Author unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

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