Tuesday 12th January 2021
Todays home learning:
1. Watch Spot the dog on Youtube
Activity-Which animal had the best hiding place? Where were they? Where would you hide?
2. Can you create your own Spot the dog? How many spots will you give him? Can you write that number?
3. Can you follow the Go Noodle dance to ‘Banana Banana Meatball’?
14/12/2020 - Home Learning - Homes & Celebrations Week 7
This is it, the last of our home learning activities for Autumn term 2020. The Christmas holidays are almost upon us and it would be fair to say that the children (and all of the staff) are getting quite excited. This week is all about having lots of Christmas fun, so please take some time to enjoy these activities with the children at home. Making peppermint creams and playing some party games should make for a nice build up to Christmas itself. You can share the traditional poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and even have a go at making some repeated festive patterns. Other than the ingredients needed for the peppermint creams, all of the activities should be enjoyable with things found at home or using the resources provided below. As usual, if you require hard copies of any of the resources, please speak to a member of the Nursery team. We hope that you have enjoyed all of the home learning activities this term. We are always grateful for any feedback and would love to hear about what activities the children have enjoyed most. Alternatively, the children could always bring the results of some of their activities to Nursery to share with their key group. Have fun with this week's activities and thank you for your ongoing support.
07/12/2020 - Home Learning - Homes & Celebrations Week 6
Having talked about how they celebrate Christmas, the children will now begin to think about why some people celebrate Christmas. They will share the story of the Nativity and learn about why Christmas and the birth of Jesus is a special time for Christians. They will continue to think about the importance of kindness, as well as different ways that they can be kind to their friends and family. Having done a super job learning the songs for our Christmas performance (soon to be available to parents/carers), they will have the opportunity to learn another Christmas favourite, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Some of the activities introduce the games that they will play at the Christmas party, including Pass the Parcel and Musical Satues. Hopefully, this will give them plenty of time to practise before Friday 18th. Probably the most exciting (and appetising) of this week's home learning activities is the opportunity to make mince pies. A simple recipe (whether you choose to make your own pastry, or cheat with ready-made) is available with the other resources below. If you have trouble accessing the resources or require hard copies, please speak to a member of the Nursery staff. We hope that you enjoy all of the festive fun!
02/12/2020 - Home Learning - Homes & Celebrations Week 5
With less than three weeks to go until the end of term, we have gone completely Christmassy at Nursery. The tree is up and expertly decorated by the children (with decorations that they made themselves) and our practise for the Christmas performance has really stepped up a gear. This week the children will be thinking about if and how they celebrate Christmas at home. They will learn that everybody celebrates differently and that some people don't celebrate Christmas at all (enjoying lots of other fun celebrations instead). Our core book, Spot's Christmas, has been a good conversation starter, helping the children to identify the things that people might do to celebrate Christmas and think about how this compares with their own experiences. Even our Maths activities are Christmas-themed this week, with the children comparing different presents and using the language of size. Perhaps the most important learning of all is our focus on Christmas kindness, with the children encouraged to remember times that people were kind to them and how this made them feel. Not only that, the children will be asked to demonstrate kindness by thinking of kind things that they can do for their friends and family. All of the resources for this week's learning are available in PDF format below. If you require printed copies, please speak to a member of the Nursery staff. Have fun!
23/11/2020 - Home Learning - Homes & Celebrations Week 4
'Holidays are coming, holidays are coming...' Well, not quite yet, but they are only a few weeks away. In thinking about celebrations, we haven't quite got onto Christmas, but we have definitely been sowing the seeds of excitement and anticipation. However, before we can get onto Christmas, we need to learn about another important celebration. That is a birthday celebration. Something that the children are no doubt familiar with, but have they ever thought about what makes a birthday special and why they celebrate every year? This idea is something that we will be addressing in Nursery this week. The children will also consider a variety of ways that people celebrate and that, this is okay, because well...it is is good to be different. They will share the story of Spot's Birthday Party to kickstart the new theme and make comparisons between Spot's birthday and their own. Unfortunately, we weren't able to make salt dough decorations last week as planned, but will be making them this week instead. Maths will still focus on counting, with children practising pointing to objects and only saying one number each time that they point. Or as we like to call it, 'careful counting'. All of the resources and videos are provided below. If you require hard copies or have any questions, please speak to the nursery staff. We hope that you enjoy Week 4's activities!
16/11/2020 - Home Learning - Homes & Celebrations Week 3
Continuing the theme of 'homes' this week, the children will be thinking about the different parts of their home, e.g. dining room, lounge, kitchen, windows, chimneys, doors etc. They will also talk about the things that they might find in each room, e.g. a cooker, fridge and other appliances in the kitchen. With the Christmas holidays only five weeks away, the children will begin to learn the songs that they will sing for their traditional Nursery concert. The first of these is When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney, using Makaton signs to support their singing. We will spend a second week getting to know the traditional tale, The Three Little Pigs, with children encouraged to talk re-tell the story by filling in missing words or joining in with the repetitive language. Maths will focus on number once more, with children lining up objects to support careful counting. As you know, mark making in Nursery isn't just about putting pencil to paper (in fact, this can still be tricky for lots of children) and can be more about developing the strength in their backs, shoulders, arms and hands. This should help them to manipulate and control tools like pencils. To support this they need lots of gross and fine motor activities. This week they will be making and manipulating salt dough decorations, which is a great to build gross motor control and be a little bit creative! With the exception of the salt dough ingredients, all of the resources and videos to support the home learning activities are provided below. If you require hard copies or have any questions about the activities, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Nursery staff. Have fun!
09/11/2020 - Home Learning - Homes & Celebrations Week 2
Having explored their first celebration, Bonfire Night, children will start to think about where they so often celebrate, their home. Children will be encouraged to talk about what their home is like, as well as make comparisons with the homes of their friends. They will look at pictures of different types of homes, talking about features including roofs, windows, porches, chimneys etc. In addition, they will discuss the things that they find inside their homes, e.g. furniture and appliances, as well as what they can do to look after them. In sharing traditional tale, The Three Little Pigs, children will learn about why their home is important for keeping them safe, but also share the many other things that they like about their home. As with previous weeks, the resources and videos to support the home learning activities are provided below. If you require hard copies or have any questions about the activities, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Nursery staff. We hope that you enjoy Week 2's activities!
02/11/2020 - Home Learning - Homes & Celebrations Week 1
This week marks the beginning of our new learning enquiry, Homes & Celebrations. This topic is about gradually expanding children's understanding of the world around them. Having thought about themselves and their friends, they will now begin to consider their family home(s) and how these are special/unique. This includes what celebrations families enjoy at home and how this might be different for everybody. The first of these celebrations will be Bonfire Night, especially how the children can keep safe whilst still having fun. Some of the activities draw on previous learning, hopefully giving the children a chance to practise skills, as well as demonstrate what they have learnt. Maths will focus on sorting objects by their characteristics, as well as a little bit of counting. Literacy will give children the opportunity to start answering 'what' and 'who questions' about what they have read. Attached is everything that you should need, but if you require paper copies of any of the resources, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the nursery staff. Have fun and welcome back to Nursery!
12/10/20 - Home Learning - All About Us Week 5
This week, the children will be turning their attention to Autumn. The children have already been exploring some of the seasonal colours and changes in their weekly forest school activities, but will start to consider Autumn foods, as well as the weather and appropriate clothing. The driver for this week's learning will be the traditional tale, The Enormous Turnip. This is a great story to get children thinking about Autumn vegetables like Turnip, as well as to begin to re-tell stories using lots of repetitive language. Children will continue to practice their counting, but will also start to think about how they can sort/classify Autumn objects like sticks, stones and leaves. Putting on/taking off coats and jumpers by themselves is still a priority to support children in developing their independence. This is something that can easily be practised at home, as well as the other exciting activities in this week's home learning. Attached is everything that you should need, but if you require paper copies of any of the resources, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the nursery staff. Enjoy!
05/10/20 - Home Learning - All About Us Week 4
Having talked about their friends and families, the children will be thinking about themselves this week. They will explore the things that their body can do, as well what they need to look after it and keep it safe. We continue to develop the children's listening and attention, language, counting and physical development through nursery rhymes and will begin to think about the Autumn season using the five 'senses' of smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing. Best of all, the children will be mixing, baking and eating fresh bread on Friday. Below are the resources that you will need to explore these themes, including making bread, with the children at home. We'd love to see or hear about the results of your home learning activities. Please share your experiences on the school Facebook page or bring some pictures to Nursery for your children to share in their key group. Thank you for your continued support and have fun!
28/09/20 - Home Learning - All About Us Week 3
Having thought about themselves and their friends, we begin to expand the children's world this week as they contemplate how their family is different to others'. They will think about the different people that make up their family, as well as where they live, the things that they like to do together and what their family does to look after them. They will realise that this is probably not the same as their friends, but that this is what makes every family so special. The home learning activities are designed to support what the children are learning at Nursery and offer a chance for you to share in the learning as family. PDF resources are included for your use, but please speak to the school office or a member of the Nursery staff if you require a hard copy. We hope that you enjoy this week's activities!
21/09/2020 - Home Learning - All About Us Week 2
As they begin to settle into the routines of the Nursery this week, the children will be learning about their friends as well as talking about themselves. Attached is the home learning to be used in conjunction with the activities at school. This is also intended for use in the unfortunate event that a family has to self-isolate. As in Week 1, PDF resources are provided to support the learning, as well as links to useful videos/websites. If you are unable to print the resources, hard copies are available from the school office. Please contact 01252 541879. If you have any questions about the activities, please do not hesitate to ask the Nursery staff. We hope that you enjoy this week's learning!
14/09/20 - Home Learning - All About Us Week 1
We are delighted to provide home learning for the children's first full week at Nursery and the start of our learning enquiry, All About Us. The activities have been designed to support the children's learning and development in all seven areas of the Early Years curriculum. Also included are PDF resources to support the activities, including singing/counting ducks and talking about emotions/feelings. If you are unable to print the resources, please ask a member of the Nursery staff who will be happy to provide copies. All of the activities should be possible to enjoy with resources/items usually found at home or the links provided. We hope that your family has fun sharing them together!