Home Learning Links

Reading

Please try to read daily with your children. Nursery children need to be able to experience books; they should be encouraged to recognise the story being read to them, they can help with telling the story and anticipating the end of the story. They should be encouraged to join in with rhymes and to begin to recognise words that start with the same sound such as ‘big boat’.

CBeebies Bedtime Stories https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories

Julia Donaldson’s animated stories https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=julia%20donaldson&page=1

Phonics – Learning Sounds

In nursery, we would be teaching the children their sounds (not the alphabet or letter names as this may confuse the children). Please start to introduce the sounds to your children so they become familiar with them. Please focus on single sounds e.g. m, s, a, t, p

Parent advice Read, write, Inc. Phonics

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Monster Sound Songs

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/teachers-area/classroom-toolkit/phonics-songs

Alphablocks – practise listening and saying the sounds

You can also download the ‘Alphablocks’ app for free on iPads/ Iphones.

Sound Games – Phase 1

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase1Menu.htm

Jolly Phonics Songs –

Writing

Developing ‘fine motor’ skills helps build the foundation for writing. For example, using playdough, pegging up the washing and threading string through pasta.

Mark-making with different materials (felt tips, pencils, crayons, etc.) is a good way to develop children’s writing skills.

Please ensure the children are holding the writing tool correctly.

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To support drawing, colouring and name writing you can download an App on tablets/iPhones/iPads called ‘Doodle Buddy‘ for free, it’s great fun!

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Can they write their name on their work?

To  support name writing and letter formation you can use this: https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/writingRepeater/

Please encourage the children to write their names on a regular basis.

Maths

Numberblocks is a great way to develop your children’s number knowledge and counting skills…

Number block series

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/b08bzfnh

We have been working on our numbers up to 10 – counting, ordering and making simple patterns. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting

Talk about shapes in the house or garden and find different 2D shapes at home:https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters

Use a tablet, computer or phone to complete a game. Can you use Top Marks to complete a challenge with your numbers to 10?https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering

Understanding the world

‘I Can Cook!’ online episodes are a lovely way to get children inspired and helping with the cooking. The children can get involved in following the recipes adding the ingredients, mixing and weighing with guidance. https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b00w1ddl/episodes

Link to maths – Use language such as full, half-full and empty when filling up containers and pots with pasta, water, rice etc.

Look at old family photos. Can you find out about what it was like for your grandparents when they went to school in the past? Was it the same or different? What do you want to be when you grow up… talk about your hopes for the future!

Show the children maps! Support them to help you look for your house on google maps. https://www.google.com/maps

Look at simple facts about different types of animals in jungle.

Talk about the way jungle animals move!- In the Animal boogie!

Physical Development

Encourage the children to help with the cleaning and washing! Can they help you put the clothes in the washing machine, wash the tables or the dishes?

Yoga is also a great way to keep active – See Cosmic yoga:https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Have fun and play games: Play ball games, ride a bike/scooter, play hide and seek, stuck in the mud or go on an egg hunt around the house!

Expressive Arts and Design

Encourage the children to be creative, design and make cupcakes, paint some flowers, make an Easter card or do some junk modelling!

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We wish you all the best and hope these home links will support you to continue learning with your children at home. Do try to keep it as normal and as fun for them as possible.

Miss Harding & Miss Johns x

This week’s learning…

We had some exciting visitors to the class this week – two of Reception’s newly hatched chicks! Before they arrived, we all washed our hands well and talked about how we needed to try and be still and quiet. The children learned to spot the boy (bright yellow) and the girl (browny-yellow) and looked at their pointy beaks for pecking, and their feathers, wings and scratchy feet. The chicks cheeped noisily and we took them out of the box so they could move around. They flapped their wings and had a run in our classroom! The children each had the opportunity to very gently stroke one of the chicks and have a closer look. We all washed our hands again after meeting them.

The children enjoyed joining in with the rhyme ‘We’re going on a Tiger Hunt,’ making binoculars and pretending to be explorers looking for different animals in the Jungle!

World Book Day was great fun! We scattered cushions around the classroom and read some of the children’s favourite stories! Reading is important to develop children’s language and creativity and it’s a great way to have fun with your children at home. Thank you to all the parents for the hard work you put into the children’s outfits. They looked amazing! 🙂

Well done to Izaarn and Darcie for receiving the proud clouds this week!

Messages for parents…

  • INSET day on Friday 13th March – Nursery will be closed
  • Sign up sheet for Parent Consultation Day at the Nursery entrance – please book an appointment if you haven’t already

Next week’s learning…

Next week we will be reading Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. We will be enjoying making noises and predictions while reading, and will be looking at different wild animals from the book and beyond and matching them to their young. In our sound groups we will be singing a special song and making a sound box with things starting with the sound /s/.

Don’t forget Friday 13th March school is closed for INSET!

This week’s learning…

The children have enjoyed reading about cheeky Elmer’s adventures, exploring the different patterns and loved making their own little Elmer covering the milk bottles, with different colour patches!

They have had lots of fun making our own patterns in different ways – painting and printing, bead threading and using construction materials and chalks outside.

This week we introduced the children to non-fiction books. Due to the Spring showers, we introduced the book ‘Let’s Look at a Puddle!‘. The children got to go outside in the rain in small groups to look for puddles to explore! They had a great time dropping pebbles, leaves, and twigs into the puddle to see if they made a splash or floated. They were very sensible!

We also explored our shadows using the whiteboard projector light and matched the correct shadows to different types of jungle animals. The children were brilliant at this!

Well done to Jackson and Cattina for receiving the proud clouds this week!

Well done Nursery!