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04/03/21

Good morning nursery

 

We have a very exciting event taking place today. All the staff have come together, in disguise to read the story We're Going on a Beat Hunt' laugh

It is a quiz and you can guess which staff members are reading the different parts of the book.

There are 21 staff to guess in total and it is great fun. 

The video can be found on the school videos page and the answer sheet is attached here.  Have fun! 

Are you dressed up as your favourite book character today? If you are, can you send a photo of yourself to my email and then all your friends can see your costumes! 

Your first challenge today is to make a potato book character.  

You will need 

a couple of potatoes

paint

pens

paper

to add detail

any other materials to decorate your favourite character.  Below is photo of my grandson's potato character Nuddy Ned, just to give you an idea of what you can do with a potato. 

It would be brilliant if you could send some photos to school of your Potato Characters.

Next, I would like you to spend some time sharing your favourite books with your grown-up. 

You could make yourself a cosy reading den and add some blankets and cushions so that you are really comfy whilst you look at books. 

I like you have a nice cup of hot chocolate when I am spending time having a cosy read.

Good afternoon nursery.

Your challenge for this afternoon is a Literacy activity. 

I would like you to choose your favourite book and find your favourite character. 

Can you draw a picture of your character? 

Think about what your character looks like and what they are wearing. 

Try to use the correct colours in your picture.   

Next I would like you to describe your character. 

Your grown-up could either write down your description or record it.

Thank you  

Your final activity for today is to make a book mark. 

Think carefully about your design. 

It could feature your favourite book character or story setting. 

You can use what ever you like to decorate it. 

Try using it in your books.

Have a lovely day,

Mrs Jones

03/03/21

Good morning nursery.

This morning, I would like you to start your day by practicing writing your name using your name card and pen from your pack.

 

When you have done that, I would like you to say the days of the week with your grown-up. 

What day is it today?

Have a look outside. 

What is the weather like today? 

 

Your first activity for today is a literacy activity.  First I would like you to read the story of 'The Fidgety Fish' which is split between the 2 PowerPoints below.

Yesterday, you used the pictures to tell the story yourself.

How did your story compare to the story that you have just read?

 

Although you didn't have all the pictures to work with, I bet that your story was amazing. 

Did you manage to tell the story of how Fidgety Fish was always wriggling? 

Did your story tell of how he swam into the mouth of a big fish instead of a cave?

Did you story tell of how his wriggling saved him because it made the fish burp?

 

Can you describe the way the big fish felt when tiddler was wriggling inside his tummy?

Can you remember any of the words the author used in the story? 

 

Finally I would like you to draw a picture of your favourite part of the story. 

Ask your grown-up to write down some of the things you have remembered about the story.

Thank you

Like yesterday, today we will be doing our phonics session on zoom.  Instead of a phonics activity now, I would like you to complete the reading card activity below.

If you look at the 2nd picture, you will notice that in puzzle time, you are asked to think about what you would write in a letter to The Three Bears? 

As we have been thinking about The Three Bears in maths this week, maybe you could write a letter to them. 

Thank you

 

Good afternoon nursery.

Your challenge for this afternoon is a maths (size) activity.

This afternoon, I would like you to think about The Three Bears. 

Daddy Bear was Big

 

Mummy bear was Middle Sized

 

Baby Bear was Small

 

I would like you to look around your house for the following items
 

A big, middle sized and small teddy

A big, middle sized and small piece of fruit

A big, middle sized and small shoe

A big, middle sized and small brick

A big, middle sized and small Sock

A big, middle sized and small book

A big, middle sized and small spoon

A big, middle sized and small brick

A big, middle sized and small box

A big, middle sized and small toy

Once you have got your items together, I would like you to sort them into piles

Ask your grown-up to help you to make labels saying big, middle sized and small.  This will help you sort your items.

Don't forget to take a photo so that I can see how clever you are.

 

 

Your final challenge for today is a physical activity.

Spend a few minutes playing each game. 

You could have a rest and a drink in between the games. 

 

Game 1

Running on the Spot

Start by running on the spot. A grown-up will shout out different commands e.g. ‘faster’ or ‘slower’.

Listen to the command and change your speed.

 

Game 2

Up and Down Running

Run around and listen to the instructions from your grown-up.

When you hear them shout ‘up’, jump up high.

When you hear them shout ‘down’, bend down and try to touch the floor.

Have fun

Mrs Jones

02/03/21

Good morning nursery

This morning, I would like you to start your day by practicing writing your name using your name card and pen from your pack.

 

When you have done that, I would like you to say the days of the week with your grown-up. 

What day is it today?

Have a look outside. 

What is the weather like today? 

Your first challenge this morning is a Literacy and Communication and Language activity.

 

This is an activity that you did last week with a different story.  The story is by the same Author - Ruth Galloway.  

 

Below is a PowerPoint of the story 'Fidgety Fish'. 

 

The PowerPoint only shows the pictures.  As I have photographed the pages of a book, you can still see a little bit of the text but I don't want you to read the text that you can see. 

 

I would like you to first talk about each of the pictures and then try to retell the story all by yourself in your own words.

 

On each slide I have put a couple of questions that you can use for your discussions.

 

Once you have done this, I would then like you to flick through the slides telling the story.

 

It would be lovely if your grown up could record you retelling the story and send it to me via email.

 

Thank you

Today we will be doing our phonics session on zoom  Instead of a phonics activity now, I would like you to complete the reading card activity below.  It's all about weather.  This fits in beautifully with the warm and pleasant  weather have all experienced over the last few days and so you should all be able to answer the questions and complete the activities.

Thank you

Good afternoon nursery.

Your challenge for this afternoon is a maths activity (size)

First, I would like you to look at the song below.  It's called 'Changing My Size'.

It is sung to the tune of 'if your happy and you know it' and the audio track is below.

 

 

Can you stretch your body higher, reach up tall?

Can you stretch your body higher, reach up tall?

Can you stretch up really high?

Can you reach up to the sky?

Can you stretch your body higher, reach up tall?


Can you make your body lower, lay down flat?

Can you make your body lower, lay down flat?

Can you lie down really low?

Just how flat can you go?

Can you make your body lower, lay down flat?


Can you stretch your body longer, reach out wide?

Can you stretch your body longer, reach out wide?

Can you stretch out really wide?

Can you reach out to the side?

Can you stretch your body longer, reach out wide?


Can you make your body narrow, arms in tight?

Can you make your body narrow, arms in tight?

Can you pull your arms in tight?

Can you keep them out of sight?

Can you make your body narrow, arms in tight?

Changing My Size.mp3

Next I would like you to make a collection of the following - 

Something small and something smaller.

Something big and something bigger.

Can you put them in size order smallest to biggest.

Practice by modelling the language to your child. 

Try to encourage the use of the language - smallest, small, bigger, biggest.

 

Something short and something shorter.

Something long and something longer.

Can you put them in order of length, shortest to longest.

Practice by modelling the language to your child 

Again try to encourage the use of the language - shortest, short, longer, longest. 

You could take a photo of your collections and send them to me via email.

Thank you

 

 

Your final challenge for today is an understanding of the world activity. 

Yesterday we read the Goldilocks story. 

Today, you are going to find out what makes a bed comfy?

 

You will need - 

A selection of materials for building beds e.g.

blankets

sheets

a yoga mat or quilt

pillows

 

A selection of materials which would not make a good bed e.g.

a wooden plank

tinfoil

building blocks

stones

 

Arrange all the resources on the floor.

 

Discussion points

Why did Goldilocks like Baby Bear's bed?

What makes a good bed?

How do you know if a bed is good or not?

 

Words to describe a good bed 

comfy

soft

warm

 

Words to describe a bad bed 

uncomfortable

hard

lumpy

 

Make some beds and test them out.

What have you found out?

 

Have fun

Mrs Jones

 

 

 

01/03/21 

Good morning nursery.

This is our last week of home learning and I can't wait to see you all together, in class, full time.

Miss Taylor will text this weeks zoom code to you shortly.

It is also a new Month and Season.  It is March and more excitingly it is Spring!!! I love Spring heart It is my favourite season.  Spring makes me feel happy as lots of lovely things happen outdoors at this time of year. 

 

Our sessions for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will be at 1.20pm. 

Our session on Thursday will be at 1pm.

 

This morning, I would like you to start your day by practicing writing your name using your name card and pen from your pack.

 

When you have done that, I would like you to say the days of the week with your grown-up. 

What day is it today?

Have a look outside. 

What is the weather like today? 

 

Your challenge for this morning is a literacy/communication and language activity.

 

I would like you to chat with your grown-up about the things you have done during the weekend.

When you have done that, I would like you to choose your favourite part of the weekend and draw a picture to represent it.  You can have a go at your own writing, telling your grown-up what you have written so that they can give meaning to the marks that you have made.

Our zoom lessons for the beginning of the week are going to be linked to phonics this week.

 

Monday - Handwriting m

Tuesday - Re-visiting rhyming

Wednesday - Continuing with alliteration

 

Today I would like you to remind yourself all about rhyming. Your fist activity is to listen to a rhyming story 

I would like you to visit the school videos page,

which you can access by clicking on -

Children's information -

School videos -

Once there, scroll down to Nursery and watch the video - 01/03/21 The Wonky Donkey

When you have done that, I would like you to click on the link below.

When you reach the website, you can log in using -

username - jan21

Password - home

Click on resources - phase 1 Bake a Cake

Have fun exploring this resource.

Good afternoon nursery.

Your activity this afternoon is a Maths challenge (size).

First I would like you to learn the size rhyme in the PowerPoint below.  It is an action rhyme, therefore the actions should help you to remember it.

 

Next I would like you to read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears which is in the PowerPoint below. 

As you share the story with your grown up, you could use your arms and bodies to represent the sizes mentioned in the story, as you did in the rhyme above.

Next I would like you to ask your grown-up if you can use some different-sized plates and bowls.

Can you find big and small plates?

Can you find big and small bowls?

Like Goldilocks in the story can you find a middle sized bowl and plate?

 

What can fit in the different-sized bowls and on the different-sized plates?

Test using some of your toys, some food or collecting other objects and seeing how many fit.

 

You could take some photos of your work and send them to me via email, so that I can put them on our class page.

Finally today, I would like you to go outdoors and enjoy the lovely weather. 

Have a look around you and see if you can spot any early signs of spring.  

Have a look on the ground for flowers. 

Have a look at the trees for tiny buds. 

Have a look for tiny new shoots on bushes. 

Have a look at the length of the grass (my grass looked like it could do with a cut this weekend). 

Listen to the birds.

Enjoy the changes that are just beginning to take place.

Mrs Jones 

26/02/21

Good morning nursery. It's Friday which means it's only one more week until we are all back together in class again Yayyyy!!!

This week we have been looking at the story of The Tickly Octopus.  In class we have been looking at video clips of Octopuses squeezing through tiny gaps.  They are amazing! I thought you might want to watch our favourite video clip so I have put it below.

Big Octopus VS Small Holes - Incredible Squeezing Abilities.mp4

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This morning your Challenge is a Physical Literacy activity.  I would like you to click on the link below.  It will take you to Cosmic Kids Yoga - Nibs the Octopus.

Have fun!

For your phonics activity this morning, I would like you to look at the pictures below. 

Which pictures begin with the m sound?

 

Once you have finished, I would like you to have a look at the video clip below. 

When you have finished, I would like you to look around your house and see if you can find things that begin with the m sound. 

Can you take a photo or draw of some of the things that you find? 

Geraldine the Giraffe learns _m_.mp4

Still image for this video

Good afternoon nursery.

This week in Literacy we have been working on the story 'The Tickly Octopus'.  Today for your maths challenge I would like you to learn about a very important number for Octopuses.  The number is 8.  Octopuses are sea creatures. Can you find out why the number 8 is special for an octopus?

Draw a picture of an octopus to show what you find out.

 

Spiders also have 8 legs. Make a model spider using playdough, paper or empty packaging. You could use an empty yoghurt pot or section of egg box, or playdough and pipe cleaners. Count the legs carefully as you add them to your model. We would love to see your model spiders!

 

Next I would like you to practice writing the dotty numbers on the sheet in your home learning pack.

Thank you,

Have a lovely weekend.

25/02/21

Good morning nursery.

This morning, I would like you to start your day by practicing writing your name using your name card and pen from your pack.

 

When you have done that, I would like you to say the days of the week with your grown-up. 

What day is it today?

Have a look outside. 

What is the weather like today? 

 

This morning your challenge is a Literacy (reading) activity.  Below are images of the characters from the Oxford Reading Tree book which your child will be getting to know over the next few months.  Although when the children go into reception, they will use a range of books as they begin to learn to read, reading begins with wordless books. 

The Oxford Reading Tree wordless books are brilliant for learning early reading skills.  The pictures in the wordless books are fantastic for developing spoken language skills.  They are detailed and easily relatable to things that children experience in the their lives. 

During the 2nd half of the nursery year we begin to look at the wordless books as a class, in Literacy sessions and the first book we look at is 'At School'. 

The characters in this first book are a little boy called Kipper and his mum.

Below is a PowerPoint of the book and under that I have included some discussion points and questions to go with each slide.

Discussion points - 

 

Slide 1, front cover look carefully at the picture, The little boy is called Kipper.

What is Kipper doing in the picture?

Where do you think Kipper is?

Look at the pictures on the wall and the water tray.

Can you think of somewhere you go that has pictures on the wall and a water tray?

Point to the title and read it, then point and read the title together.  

 

Slide 2 

Where do you think Kipper is going?

Who is taking him?

How do you think Kipper is feeling?

Who is the lady at the door?

What do you think she is saying?

Who is peering through the windows?

 

Slide 3

What is happening in the picture?

How is Kipper feeling?

What do you think that the teacher and children are saying to Kipper?

 

Slide 4

What are the children doing?

What do you think the teacher is saying to Kipper?

How is kipper feeling now?

 

Slide 5

What  is Kipper doing?

Why is the little girl looking a bit sad at the front of the picture?

What are each of the other children doing?

 

Slide 6

What is happening in this picture?

What is the matter with Kipper?

What do you think that mum is saying to Kipper?

 

 

Your phonics activity today is a game of 'I Spy'.  Below are 3 sets of pictures beginning with the sound s, a, t, p, i, n.

Can you spot one object in each set beginning with each sound?

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with -

s

a

t

p

i

n

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with -

s

a

t

p

i

n

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with -

s

a

t

p

i

n

Can you find one object from around your house beginning with each of these sounds?

s, a, t, p, i n

I would like you to draw the objects you find in your book.

Thank you

Good afternoon nursery.

Your challenge for this afternoon is a scavenger hunt.  

I would like you to find - 

Something tiny

Something big

Something shiny

Something old

Something that flies

Something with texture

Something wet

Something above you

A sign

A shadow

Something cute

Something below you

Something round

Something cold

Something soft

Have fun 

Mrs Jones

For your final activity today, I would like you to have fun learning a new dance.

Dance along to the Funky Monkey!

Have fun,

Mrs Jones

Get Funky ♫ Funky Monkey Dance ♫ Dance Songs for Children ♫ Kids Songs by The Learning Station.mp4

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24/02/21

Good morning nursery.

This morning, I would like you to start your day by practicing writing your name using your name card and pen from your pack.

 

When you have done that, I would like you to say the days of the week with your grown-up. 

What day is it today?

Have a look outside. 

What is the weather like today? 

 

Your first activity for today is a literacy activity.  First I would like you to read the story of 'The Tickly Octopus' on the PowerPoint below.

 

Yesterday, you used the pictures to tell the story yourself.

How did your story compare to the story that you have just read?

 

Although you didn't have all the pictures to work with, I bet that your story was amazing. 

Did you manage to tell the story of how the Oyster lost his pearl because the Octopus tickled him? 

Did your story tell of how the Octopus saved the day by getting the pearl back?

 

Can you think of some of the things that the Tickly Octopus discovered that he was good at?

I would like you to talk about some of the things that the Octopus was good at.

 

Finally I would like you to draw a picture of your favourite part of the story. 

Ask your grown-up to write down some of the things you have remembered about the story.

Thank you

For your phonics today, I would like you to click on the link below. 

When you reach the website, you can log in using -

username - jan21

Password - home

Click on resources - phase 1 super smoothie

Have fun exploring this resource.

Good afternoon nursery.

Your challenge for this afternoon is a maths activity.

 

First I would like you to start by counting to 10 as quickly as you can.

Then count to 10 and back using your fingers to mark the units.

Finally count 10 jumps and 20 stamps. 

 

Next you are going to play a number bubble game.

Start by drawing lots of chalk circles on the ground outside, with a number inside each (1 to 5 or 1 to 10, depending on how much space you have). 

Distribute them evenly so that you end up with several 1s in circles, several 2s in circles, and so on.

Ask your grown-up to call out a number and then you have to find a circle (bubble) with that number and stand in it.

Repeat until you have found all the bubbles. 

Finally I would like you to finish your maths activities by singing along to the song below.

The ants go marching one by one song _ Ants at war.mp4

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Your final challenge for today is a physical development activity.

 

I would like you to keep yourself fit and healthy by setting up a circuit of three different exercises. Include a jumping station, a running station and a stretching station.

 

Can you do 20 star jumps?

Can you run on the spot for 1 minute?

How many different stretches can you do in 2 minutes?

 

Complete 3 circuits and finish of by having a drink of water and a piece of fruit to help restore your energy.

Have fun

Mrs Jones

23/02/21

Good morning nursery.

During our zoom session this afternoon, we will be handwriting therefore you will need a pen/pencil and a piece of paper.  Paper Packs are in the office and available for collection.

As always, I would like you to start your morning by practicing your name using the name card and pen from your original pack. 

 

When you have done that, I would like you to say the days of the week with your grown-up. 

What day is it today?

Have a look outside. 

What is the weather like today? 

 

Your first challenge this morning is a Literacy and Communication and Language activity.

 

Below is a PowerPoint of the story 'The Tickly Octopus'. 

 

The PowerPoint only shows the pictures.  As I have photographed the pages of a book, you can still see a little bit of the text but I don't want you to read the text that you can see. 

 

I would like you to first talk about each of the pictures and then try to retell the story all by yourself in your own words.

 

At the bottom of each slide, I have put a couple of questions that you can use for your discussions.

 

Once you have done this, I would then like you to flick through the slides telling the story.

 

It would be lovely if your grown up could record you retelling the story and send it to me via email.

 

Thank you

Your phonics activity today is an activity you did just before the holiday using 4 sounds s, a, t, p.  Since than, you have learned 2 more sounds.   I would like you to play a game of musical corners using the 6 sounds we have been learning.

s, a, t, p, i, n

 

For this activity you will need

6 pieces of paper, each with one of the following sounds written on it.

s, a, t, p, i, n

Some sort of music player, either a musical instrument or music played on a phone

Space to run of dance, either indoors or outdoors.

 

Spread the pieces of paper with the sounds written on them somewhere in your space.

 

As your grown-up plays music you can dance or run about.

When the music stops your grown-up will shout out the name of one of the sounds.

You need to run to that sound.

Repeat shouting a different sound.

 

Once you have played your game, I would like you to watch the Alphablocks video below. 

Can you hear the words?

Alphablocks Series 3 - Little Red N.mp4

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Good afternoon nursery.

Your first challenge this afternoon is a maths activity.

 

I would like you to begin by counting to up from 0 - 10 using your fingers to mark the units. 

Then count back from 10 - 0, again marking the units with your fingers. 

I would then like to to count 20 claps and 20 stamps.

  

For your next activity, you are going to need numbers 1-10 written on individual pieces of paper (they only need to be small because you can play this game on a table top).

If numbers 1-10 are tricky, use numbers 1-5 or less.

 

You are going to play a Number Kim's Game.

Start by placing numbers 1-5, on a table top, in a random arrangement. 

Look at the numbers very carefully so that you begin to remember where they are.

Close your eyes and don't peep.

Your grown up will remove one of the numbers.

Open your eyes

Which number is missing?

Were you able remember where the numbers were or did you look at the numbers carefully and work out which is missing?

 

When you are confident using numbers 1-5, try numbers 1-6 then 1-7 etc

If 1-5 is tricky, just practice using those numbers or reduce the numbers used.

 

When you have finished your game, you can work out and count to 20 with Jack Hartman.

Thank you

Count to 20 and Workout _ Fun Counting Song for Kids _ Count by 1's to 20 _ Jack Hartmann.mp4

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For your final activity today, I would like you to make a dragon puppet using the the materials provided in your home learning pack. 

 

In your pack you have 2 pieces of card, one with a double dragons head and tail printed on it and a strip of card.  You also have lolly sticks.

 

First you need to cut out the double head and tail carefully.  Take care not to separate the 2 sides of the head and tail as you need to fold them down the middle.  You can have as much help as you need. 

 

Decorate the head and tail with whatever you have available - colours, paint, glitter, sequins etc.  Fold them and leave them to one side.

 

Next take your strip of card and fold it like a fan.

 

Glue or tape the head to one end and the tail to the other end of your concertinaed card. 

 

Glue or tape your sticks, one to the head and the other to the tail. 

 

Use the sticks to make your dragon dance.

Thank you wink

22/02/21

Good morning nursery.

I hope you have had a lovely half term break.  Hopefully this is going to be the last 2 weeks of our home learning before our return to class. smiley 

You each have a new paper pack with additional activities for you to do during the next 2 weeks.  These are available from today and can be picked up from the office. 

Our zoom times have also changed slightly. 

Our sessions for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will be at 1.20pm. 

Our session on Thursday will be at 1pm.

You will receive our new zoom code via text this morning. 

 

This morning, I would like you to start your day by practicing writing your name using your name card and pen from your pack.

 

When you have done that, I would like you to say the days of the week with your grown-up. 

What day is it today?

Have a look outside. 

What is the weather like today? 

 

Your challenge for this morning is a literacy/communication and language activity.

 

I would like you to chat with your grown-up about the things you have done during the half term break.

When you have done that, I would like you to choose your favourite part of the week and draw a picture to represent it.  You can have a go at your own writing, telling your grown-up what you have written so that they can give meaning to the marks that you have made.

For your phonics activity this morning, I would like you to look at the pictures below. 

Which pictures begin with the n sound?

Once you have finished, I would like you to have a look at the video clip below. 

When you have finished, I would like you to look around your house and see if you can find things that begin with the n sound. 

Can you take a photo or draw of some of the things that you find? 

Geraldine the Giraffe learns _n_ sound.mp4

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Good afternoon nursery.

Your challenge for this afternoon is a maths activity. 

 

I would like you to begin by counting to up from 0 - 10 using your fingers to mark the units. 

Then count back from 10 - 0, again marking the units with your fingers. 

I would then like to to count 20 claps and 20 stamps.

 

For your next activity you will need 10 pieces of paper with numbers 1-10 written on them. 

Can you make a number track with them on the floor? 

Count along the number track, pointing to each number as you count. 

Close your eyes ( no peeping). 

Your grown-up will remove one of the numbers. 

Which number is missing? 

Replace the number and repeat until you have done this with all of the numbers. 

 

Finally I would like you to sing and dance along with Jack Hartman to The Chicken Count

 

 

Chicken Count by Mary Jo Huff _ Counting Song _ Count to 10 _ Jack Hartmann.mp4

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Your last activity for today is an expressive art and design activity.

I would like you to make a dragon blower.

For this activity you will need a cardboard tube (a toilet roll tube would be perfect)

You will need to colour or paint you tube either green or red.

Some glue or tape.

Either 2 pom poms or 2 segments from an egg box (painted or coloured to match your tube)

2 googly eyes or home made paper eyes.

6 strips of light paper (tissue, toilet paper or kitchen paper will be fine) You can colour this if you wish.

See picture below

 

 

 

Once you have created your dragon try blowing down the tube. 

What happens to the streamers?

Why?

Have a lovely afternoon,

Mrs Jones


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