Home Learning wb 15th June

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:

Story time!

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.

Get creative!

Can you use the bits and bobs you have around the house and garden to make a minibeast? Here are some ideas:

Mini beasts - hand painted stones. Kids love it. (With images ...
Paint a ladybird
Marvellous Minibeast Crafts | Crafts, Arts and crafts for kids ...
Or take your pick from one of these…

Why not try and make some ladybird biscuits! Click on the link to access the recipe! https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/love-bug-biscuits

Love bug biscuits

Counting spots

Try this Topmarks game to practise counting out spots: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots . If using a device is too tricky, then you could use buttons, bottle lids or just bits of paper on a plate to count out ladybird spots.

You can also use playdough! Click on the link to find the ladybird playdough recipe https://www.theartkitblog.com/ladybug-themed-playdough-activity-playdough-recipe-included/

Ladybird Play Dough Activity


How many creepy crawlies are in this song? Which is your favourite?

Useful links

Don’t forget the Kingsley Stories collection: https://sites.google.com/kingsley.education/kingsley-stories/home

Remember the Jolly Phonics songs if you’d like to learn them: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2wpdvv

Home Learning wb 8th June

We hope you and your families are all staying safe and well. We are really missing you all at Nursery and hope that we will see some of you very soon. Miss Johns and Miss Harding are back updating this blog each week from now on and if you have any photos or news you want to share, please email them to office@kingsley.croydon.sch.uk. Mark your email ‘For the Nursery Team’.

We hope you have been getting outside as much as possible – cycling or walking in the park, or bug hunting in your garden if you have one. For days when you are stuck in, there are lots of resources online to try:

For more workouts you can look on Joe’s YouTube Channel Body Coach TV
Search Just Dance Kids for your favourites
Go Noodle have both energising and calming routines

Reading together every day – at bedtime or whenever suits your routine – is one of the most important things you can do to support your child’s development. Reading familiar stories again and again is great, but if you are looking for some new material while libraries are shut, then:

Here is a story to read together and discuss this week.

You could follow up by:

  • painting your own rainbows and happy pictures
  • video calling a family member or friend
  • writing a postcard (parents can scribe) or drawing a picture for someone, then going for a walk to post it
  • sending a video message or picture to us here at Kingsley

Singing together is a great way to improve vocabulary and skills like counting. Here’s one of our favourites from the BBC Teach collection:


For an extra challenge, you could try to learn a new nursery rhyme each day. Can you think of some actions to go with it?

You can try learning some letter sounds with the Jolly Phonics Songs:

Can you make the sounds?

Have a lovely week!

Hello Everyone

I hope you are all well and happy 😊

Here are a few fun things to do

Can you count the steps in your home as you climb up and down them …..

Can you find something in your home for each colour in the rainbow ?

What shape is your TV ? What shape is your table ? What shape is your bed ? What shape is your plate ? Can you draw them ?

Ask if you can have a washing up bowl full of water …. and using plastic containers/ cups can you carefully pour and fill them full and empty them ?

If you can go to the park …. run …. jump and skip …. you could have races !! Look for minibeasts ….

Can you remember how to sing …12345 once I caught a fish alive …. if you are happy and you know it clap your hands …. 3 blind mice …. you could fill a plastic bottle with rice or pasta to make a musical shaker to use when you sing !!!

Can you draw your family ? Or maybe what you have enjoyed doing at home .

Perhaps you could make some cupcakes …. and have a picnic in the park .and take a story to have read to you .

Whatever you do have fun but take care.

Home Learning Links


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


Monster Sound Songs


Alphablocks – practise listening and saying the sounds

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

Sound Games – Phase 1


Jolly Phonics Songs –


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.

Image result for correct pencil grip

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!

Image result for doodle buddy app

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.


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

Number block series


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!

See the source image

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