This week would normally be our last week in Nursery before you all go home for your summer holidays and prepare for moving up to Reception in September.
For those of you moving to new schools – good luck and best wishes from all of us as you continue to learn and grow. For those of you remaining at Kingsley, you should soon receive the names of your new teachers, and will no doubt be excited to find out more about them. Please keep an eye on Mr McCrae’s Headteacher Blog as he will be publishing videos for you of your new teachers.
We are making board games in school. If you have a dice and some paper you can make one too. Choose whatever theme interests you – cars, dinosaurs, lego people. Draw a snake shape and divide it into sections. Or a loop like this:
Make sure you have a START and a FINISH. Decide what you are each using as a counter (car, small toy, coin) and take it in turns to roll the dice, count the spots and move your counter forward to race to the end. If this is too tricky, try covering the faces of the dice with stickers and just using numbers 1-3 for example. Board games like this are a great way to learn turn taking skills as well as practising counting. When you move forward remember not to count the square you are on!
We hope you have been having fun in the sun, keeping safe in a hat and suncream.
This week we are reading the story, Kitchen Disco!
There is also a song to sing, inspired by the book!
We are painting pictures of fruit and vegetables this week but also printing WITH them! Use whatever you have leftover – apples, pears, peppers, onions, carrots – dip them in paint and press onto paper.
Which of these foods do you eat? What ‘always’ foods do you eat in your house? What ‘sometimes’ foods do you get to have as a treat? Can you help Mum and Dad plan a dinner so it has something from each of the sections?
Can you count how many apples or bananas are in your fruit bowl? How many tins are in your cupboard?
Can you match the numbers to the numerals? Practise by playing this game. Count the hearts and find the fruit with the same number – eg three hearts so find number 3. Position the little red circle over the fruit and click to splat!
This week at school we are looking at a non-fiction book, The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer. This is a trailer for the book – can you spot any minibeasts you know?
Can you go on a mini beast hunt in your garden or in the park? Be very gentle and try not to touch any you find, but use your eyes to look closely! If you want to look under logs or stones remember to move them very slowly, and to roll them back into place after you’ve had a look. After a rain shower is a good time to spot slugs and snails – usually eating Miss Johns’ courgettes! There are some great hints and tips, and a downloadable tick sheet, on the Woodland Trust website https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/04/minibeast-hunt/
You could also read any non-fiction (information) books you have about mini beasts to find out more.
Can you draw your favourite mini beast? Does it have legs or wings or antennae? How many of each? What colour is it? Can you find out a fun fact about your mini beast and get a grown up to help you write it next to your picture? Perhaps you could send us a picture of your drawing and your fact via email!
This week we are continuing to think about minibeasts and at Miss Johns’ house we have spotted lots of ladybirds in the garden. Have you seen any? What colour are they? How many spots can you count? How many legs do they have?
Find out a bit more about ladybirds (and some of the answers to my questions) in this video:
If you have a copy of The Very Hungry Ladybird by Eric Carle, you can enjoy reading the real book. If not, there are many versions online:
Another ladybird favourite is What The Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson.
Can you use the bits and bobs you have around the house and garden to make a minibeast? Here are some ideas: