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Spring Term 2021 Remote Learning

Welcome back to our Spring term 2021. Please watch the video clips below with your child from Mrs Brown and Mrs White. 

A message from Mrs Brown

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A message from Mrs White

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During the School Closure, videos and activities will be uploaded to Tapestry with supporting documents and/or links to other resources to this section of the Nursery Year Group Page.

 

Expected activities will be (these may change depending on observations posted by parents/carers at home):

 

Monday 22nd February 

Introducing Jaspers Beanstalk

Sequencing Jaspers Beanstalk story

Tuesday 23rd February 

Size ordering of beanstalks

Growing activity

Wednesday 24th February 

Shape bingo

The Dot creative activity

Thursday 25th February

Pat the Cat rhyming activity

If you're happy and you know it!

Friday 26th February

Phonics - 'h'

PE - Cosmic Yoga

Monday 1st March

Music

Rainbow Fish Story with activity

Tuesday 2nd March

Number - Problem solving activity

Hungry Caterpillar Story with activity

Wednesday 3rd March

Phonics - 'b'

We're Going on a Bear Hunt with activity

Thursday 4th March World Book Day Activities
Friday 5th March

PE - Cosmic Kids Yoga

The Three Little Pigs with activity

 

 

Friday 5th March:

On Thursday this week it was World Book Day. At Millfield we love to share lots of stories. I have set myself a challenge this week to celebrate World Book Day. My challenge is to read and record a story everyday for you to listen to and join in with. Check back everyday to see what story I have chosen!

 

I've succeeded with my challenge and my last story of the week to share is 'Cows in the Kitchen'.

 

It has been lovely to see all your reading posts on Tapestry from World Book Day. The potato ideas were fantastic and some of you even created your own reading dens! Well done, everyone.

Story 5: Cows in the Kitchen

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Cosmic Kids Yoga: 

Today is the last day of the week, it is FRIDAY! Well done for all of your brilliant learning this week, you have all done so well. Mrs Brown, Mrs White, Mrs Mayo, Mrs Cook and Mrs Boston are very proud of you all.

 

If we were all at school today we would be doing PE. So for today's activity we have found a variety of comic kids yoga activities for you to try. These yoga videos are all based around some of the stories we have been looking at this week whilst celebrating World Book Day. 

 

Please see the links below for you to choose which yoga you would like to try. You may even like to dress up as your favourite book character whilst doing these. 

Mrs Boston explains the activities today

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Little Red Riding Hood Yoga

We're Going on a Bear Hunt | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Remember to upload some pictures and videos to tapestry for all of your teachers to see.

Have fun everyone! 

The Three Little Pigs Activity:

Please see the video of Mrs Boston reading the story 'The Three Little Pigs' retold by Brenda Parkes and Judith Smith.

Join Mrs Boston as she shares this activity

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Lots of you will already be very familiar with this story. We have attached a link below which will take you to a video of the story on YouTube.

Three Little Pigs ( 3 Little Pigs )

Activity: Can you build a strong house for the pigs?
Can you build a house for the three little pigs? You may want to use Lego bricks, Duplo bricks or cardboard boxes to build your house or you might have a different idea of how you would like to build your house.


Once you have built the house, can you test how strong your house is. In the story the wolf huffs and puffs and he blows the house down. Using a hairdryer can you test how strong your house is? (You may need your grown ups to help you with this). Will the hairdryer be able to blow the house down? Or will your house be very strong to protect the three little pigs from the big bad wolf?

Watch what happens to this house!

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Remember to upload pictures and videos to tapestry for your teachers to see and have lots of fun with this activity!

Thursday 4th March:

Today is World Book Day. At Millfield we love to share lots of stories. I have set myself a challenge this week to celebrate World Book Day. My challenge is to read and record a story everyday for you to listen to and join in with. Check back everyday to see what story I have chosen!

 

Can you challenge yourself to watch and join in with my story everyday?

 

My fourth story is 'A Book With Bite, Open Very Carefully!'

 

Enjoy!

Story 4: A Book With Bite

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As it is World Book Day Mrs Boston and Mrs Mayo have also recorded stories to share with you. We hope you enjoy them! Please scroll down to see:

  • Mrs Mayo reading 'Each Peach Pear Plum'.
  • Mrs Boston reading 'Alan's Big Scary Teeth'.
  • Mrs Boston reading 'Who's Been Eating My Porridge?'

 

Do you have a favourite story you would like to share with your teachers? We would love to see some pictures and videos on tapestry of you reading your favourite stories whilst at home. 

Mrs Mayo shares 'Each Peach Pear Plum'.

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Mrs Boston shares 'Alan's Big Scary Teeth'.

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Mrs Boston shares 'Who's Been Eating My Porridge?'

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World Book Day Activities:

As today is World Book Day! We have got a few different activities for you all based around your favourite book or favourite character.

 

Please click on the document below to download the printable World Book Day Voucher:

Mrs Boston talks about World Book Day

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Activity 1: Can you create a world book day character using a potato?
Joesph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers challenge children to create a book character using just a potato! Watch the video below, pick a book character and get arty with your potatoes.

World Book Day 2021: Author & Illustrator Academy: Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers

WORLD BOOK DAY CHECKLISTS AND UNICORN CRAFTS WITH JOSEPH COELHO & FIONA LUMBERS

Please see the pictures below of some potato inspiration for you or you may have a different character in mind which you would like to create.

 

 


Mrs Boston tried this activity with her little girl and she made one of the pigs from 'The Three Little Pigs'. Below is a photo for you to see:

Activity 2:

World Book Day special event: Thursday 4th March at 10:30am. Staring authors Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers, Tom Fletcher, Lydia Monks and Rob Biddulph. The event can be viewed via the following links: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQQAGnEAE784xIU2muBw4Jg  

World Book Day website: https://www.worldbookday.com/events/ 

 

Activity 3:

Can you share your favourite book with us?
Can you show us a picture or a video of you with your favourite book. The video could be of you reading your book with your grown ups/siblings, or you could add a video of you telling us why you like this book. You may even like to dress up as your favourite character from your book. Mrs Boston's favourite character is little red riding hood. Who is your favourite character?

 

Additional learning:

Activity 4: Can you create a picture of a character from your favourite book?
You might choose to draw and then label your picture of your book character, or you may want to paint a picture of your favourite character.

 

Have lots of fun with all of the exciting activities we have planned for you to celebrate World Book Day.

 

Remember to upload your pictures and videos to tapestry for us to see!

Wednesday 3rd March:

On Thursday this week it is World Book Day. At Millfield we love to share lots of stories. I have set myself a challenge this week to celebrate World Book Day. My challenge is to read and record a story everyday for you to listen to and join in with. Check back everyday to see what story I have chosen!

 

Can you challenge yourself to watch and join in with my story everyday?

 

My third story is 'Monkey Puzzle'.

 

Enjoy!
 

Story 3: Monkey Puzzle!

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Phonics - 'b':

Today we are going to learn all about the phoneme 'b’.

 

Please watch the video that introduces our new phoneme ‘b’:

Phonic sound 'b'

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After, please watch the Jolly Phonics song below. During the song encourage your child to join in with the action for ‘b’.

Please look through the PowerPoint below to support learning about the letter 'b'.

Below is a ‘b’ workbook for you to work through with your child. As an alternative activity you may wish to go on a hunt around your home for objects that start with 'b’ and/or give you child some objects that start with the sound 'b’ mixed in with some objects that start with different sounds and ask your child to find all the objects that start with 'b’. To support your child to form the letter 'b’ they can make big 'b’ movements in the air or make the letter shape in a tray of sugar or flour.

These activities will last approximately 10-15 minutes. A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds. 

 

Have fun, and remember to upload the activities you do to Tapestry.

Phonics Song - b

Learn to sing the phonics song for the letter B

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Activity:

Please see the video of Mrs Boston reading the story 'Were Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury.

Mrs Boston shares We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

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Lots of you will already be very familiar with this story, as this is a favourite in nursery. We have attached a link below which will take you to a video of the story on YouTube. 

'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Activity: Can you go on a walk and see if you can find some different animals or insects? 

In the story, the family go on a bear hunt. Can you go on a walk and have a look for some different animals or insects. How many different kinds of animals/insects will you find? 
You may have to walk through some long wavy grass to find the animals/insects or you may need to walk through some big puddles to find them or even turn over some stones.

 

Remember to upload photos and videos to tapestry for your teachers to see all the different things that you find! 

 

Have fun with today's activity everyone!

Tuesday 2nd March:

On Thursday this week it is World Book Day. At Millfield we love to share lots of stories. I have set myself a challenge this week to celebrate World Book Day. My challenge is to read and record a story everyday for you to listen to and join in with. Check back everyday to see what story I have chosen!

 

Can you challenge yourself to watch and join in with my story everyday?

 

My second story is 'A Squash and a Squeeze'.

 

Enjoy!

Story 2 from Mrs Brown

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Maths:

Today we have planned two maths activities for you. We are going to be looking at matching numerals to items and then some problem solving challenges.

 

First please watch the number PowerPoint below to revisit numbers 1-10. 

 

Please see the videos below to support today's activities.

 

Video 1

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Video 2

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Activity 1: Can you match the correct number to items? 
Look at the worksheet attached and see if you can count the items in each box and then match the correct number to the items?

Activity 2: Can you solve some maths problems? 
We have attached a link for a problem solving worksheet. Can you have a look at the different problems in each box and see if you can work out the answer.
Example: How many flowers are in box 1? Encourage your child to count the flowers independently and then have a go at writing down their answer for each challenge. 

Additional learning: 
If your child can complete activity 1 with ease, you could then try this additional learning to challenge them further. In activity 1 you will be matching numbers and items up to 6. Below we have attached a link which will take you to a worksheet for numbers 7-12. 

Remember to upload photos and videos to tapestry for your teachers to see.

Have fun with these activities Seedling and Sapling class.

Hungry Caterpillar Activity:

Today we are going to look at the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carl.

Before you listen to Mrs Brown read the story, can you look at the picture of the front cover of the book and tell your grown up what you think this story is going to be about and what you think might happen in the story.

Next, watch the first video where Mrs Brown reads the story; if you already know the story you can join in with her.

Video 1

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In the video Mrs Brown asks if you can remember what the caterpillar eats in the story. Can you tell your grown up what food the caterpillar eats? If you would like to you can draw pictures of the food the caterpillar eats.

 

Now, watch the second video from Mrs Brown.

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In it she uses fruit to make a fruit kebab. Can you make a fruit kebab? (don't worry if you don't have a kebab stick, you can just put your fruit on a plate.) Follow the link to the BBC for a recipe for Rainbow Fruit Skewers:

When making your fruit kebabs, can you answer the following questions:

  • What fruit do you have at home?
  • What colour is your fruit?
  • Can you help to cut your fruit? Be careful with a knife and only chop up fruit with an adult.
  • What does your fruit taste like?

 

Additional activities:
- Can you make puppets from the story and use them to help you retell the story? 
Below are templates for you to cut out or you can draw your own pictures or you can use items you have from around your home. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

- Can you learn the song about 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'?
Watch the video:

Song - There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf

Can you listen to and watch the actions to join in with the song.

We are all looking forward to seeing your fruit kebabs. Remember to upload a picture to Tapestry. 
Have fun!

Monday 1st March

On Thursday this week it is World Book Day. At Millfield we love to share lots of stories. Mrs Brown has set herself a challenge this week to celebrate World Book Day. Her challenge is to read and record a story everyday for you to listen to and join in with. 

 

Can you challenge yourself to watch and join in with her story everyday?

Story 1 from Mrs Brown

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Music - Keeping a beat:

Today we are going to practise keeping a beat. A beat can be slow and steady or it can be very fast. 

Mrs Boston explains the activity

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Activity 1: Can you feel your heartbeat? 
Can you put your hand on your heart and feel your heartbeat? Is your heart beating slow and steady or very fast?

 

Ask a grown up to set a timer for 10 seconds, can you jump up and down until the timer stops. Once you have finished jumping feel your heartbeat again. 
Has your heartbeat changed?
Is it faster than before?
Is it slower than before? 
Or has it stayed the same? 

 

Activity 2: Can you tap a beat? 
Can you tap a beat, you may want to use some musical instruments for this such as claves or a drum or you may want to use your hands to clap a beat. Whilst your tapping your beat have a think about the following questions: 
Can you clap a slow and steady beat? 
Can you clap a fast beat? 
Can you clap a fast beat high in the sky? 
Can you clap a beat slow and very low?
Cn you tap a loud beat?
Can you tap a beat quietly?

 

Additional learning: 
Below is a link below which will take you to YouTube. Listen to the music, can you tap a beat along to the music? Will you tap your beat fast or slow? Will you tap you beat quietly or very loud? 

Busy Feet 'It's Warm Up Time'

Remember to upload your photos and videos to tapestry for us to see. 

Have lots of fun tapping your beat.

Rainbow Fish Story with an Activity:

Please see the video of Mrs Boston reading the story 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister.

Mrs Boston reads the the story 'Rainbow Fish'

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Below you can watch the video at home:

The Rainbow Fish (HQ)

In the story 'The Rainbow Fish' didn't want to share their beautiful shiny scales at first. After a while the Rainbow Fish felt very sad and was given some advice from an octopus. The advice was to be kind and share the beautiful scales with all of the other fish. When the Rainbow Fish eventually did this they began to feel very happy and made lots of friends. 

 

Activity: Can you do something kind for your grown up or siblings?
Whilst at home can you do something kind to help your grown up/siblings? This could be helping to lay the table for lunch or dinner, it could be to help to tidy away your toys, it might be to help wash or dry the plates after lunch/dinner. You may have a different idea for what you would like to do to be kind. 

 

We look forward to seeing pictures and videos on tapestry of you being very kind at home! 

Have fun with today's activity everyone.

Friday 26th February:

Today is the last day of the week, it is FRIDAY! 

 

Well done for all your brilliant learning again this week, you have all done so well whilst working at home. 


Mrs Brown, Mrs White, Mrs Boston, Mrs Mayo and Mrs Cook are very  proud of you all.

Cosmic Yoga

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If we were at school today we would be doing PE. So for today's activity we have found a Cosmic kids yoga for you to try. This week Mrs Boston has chose a fun disco yoga for you to try.

 

Yesterday's activity was all about having fun and doing your favourite activities whilst at home with your family. 


We have attached the video below:

All Yoga Disco | Dance Fitness Yoga!

Remember to upload your photos and videos to tapestry. 

 

Have lots of fun and enjoy this activity.

The Three Little Pigs Activity:

Please see the video of Mrs Boston reading the story 'The Three Little Pigs' retold by Brenda Parkes and Judith Smith. 

Join Mrs Boston as she explains this activity

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Lots of you will already be very familiar with this story. We have attached a link below which is the story for you to watch.

Three Little Pigs ( 3 Little Pigs )

Activity: Can you build a strong house for the pigs?
Can you build a house for the three little pigs? You may want to use Lego bricks, Duplo bricks or cardboard boxes to build your house or you might have a different idea of how you would like to build your house.


Once you have built the house, can you test how strong your house is. In the story the wolf huffs and puffs and he blows the house down. Using a hairdryer can you test how strong your house is? (You may need your grown ups to help you with this). Will the hairdryer be able to blow the house down? Or will your house be very strong to protect the three little pigs from the big bad wolf?

Watch the video below to see if a strong house has been built!

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Remember to upload pictures and videos to tapestry for your teachers to see and have lots of fun with this activity!

Phonics - 'h' Activity:

Today we are going to learn all about the phoneme 'h’. Please watch the video below that introduces our new phoneme ‘h’.

Introducing the phoneme 'h'

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After, please watch the Jolly Phonics song. During the song encourage your child to join in with the action for ‘h’.

Jolly Phonics "h" Sounds

Below you will find a ‘h’ workbook for you to work through with your child. As an alternative activity you may wish to go on a hunt around your home for objects that start with 'h’ and/or give you child some objects that start with the sound 'h’ mixed in with some objects that start with different sounds and ask your child to find all the objects that start with 'h’. To support your child to form the letter 'h’ they can make big 'h’ movements in the air or make the letter shape in a tray of sugar or flour.

A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds.

 

Have fun, and remember to upload the activities you do to Tapestry.

Thursday 25th February:

Can you remember the rhyming activities we did before our half term break? Today we are going to be recapping rhyming words.

Pat the Cat

Remember rhyming words are words that sound the same. 
Red and Bed.
Tall and Ball.
Cat and Hat.

 

Activity: Can you think of some rhyming words?


Mrs Boston has put 5 words below. Can you think of some words which rhyme with them? You might be able to find objects at home that rhyme with these words:


1.Hat                       2.Ball     3.Cat


4.Red      5.Mat

 

We are looking forward to seeing all of the different rhyming words that you can think off. You can upload pictures of objects you find to Tapestry.

 

Have lots of fun with this activity! 

If you're happy and you know it activity:

Please follow the link below and listen to the song 'If your happy and you know it clap your hands'.

 

Today's activity is all about having fun at home and enjoying family time. 


You could play together with your grown ups or siblings, read a story together, sharing your favourite parts of the week, doing a dance together, going for a walk, watching a movie or baking some cakes.


A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play, so please engage with your child and have lots of fun together.

 

Remember to upload some pictures and videos of you having fun at home and joining in with some activities which you enjoy doing with your family. 

Have lots of fun today Seedling and Sapling class. 

Wednesday 24th February:

Have a look at the PowerPoint presentation below to recap the shapes we have been learning. 

Activity: Shape bingo. 
With your grownups/siblings at home can you play a game of shape bingo. We have attached a worksheet below to support you with this, or you could draw some shapes on a plain piece of paper. Ask your grown ups to describe a shape to you e.g. The shape I am thinking of has 3 sides and 3 corners, can you guess what it is? Use bricks, counters or draw a line through each shape that you are able to recognise. Who will be the first person to recognise all of the shapes on their boards. Remember to shout BINGO when you have finished! 
Who will be the winner in your house? 

Have lots of fun with this activity, we are looking forward to seeing all of your photos and video on tapestry.

The Dot Creative Activity:

Please watch the first video from Mrs Brown where she asks you to watch the story 'The Dot'.

Video 1

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After watching the video from Mrs Brown please watch and listen to the story below:

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds | Read aloud Book for kids

When you have watched the story, please watch the second and last video from Mrs Brown.

Video 2

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Video 3

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Can you create your own dot picture? You can use paint, pencils, wax crayons, felt tips or anything else you have at home to create your own dot picture.

 

 

Whilst creating your own dot picture you can listen to 'The Dot Song':

The Dot Song Motions Guide - Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds

Remember, it is very important that you sign your creation with your name!

 

Have fun and we look forward to seeing your dot pictures on Tapestry.

Tuesday 23rd February:

We hope you have been enjoying the story Jasper's Beanstalk. 

In the story Jasper plants a bean and then he waters it. Jasper then waits and waits and waits until his beanstalk finally begins to grow. At first it is very tiny but then it grows bigger and bigger until it is very tall.

 

Activity: Size ordering
Can you put some beanstalks into the correct size order starting with the smallest?
I have attached a link below which will take you to a beanstalk size ordering work sheet to support this activity.


If you are unable to access this you could ask your grown ups at home to draw some different sized beanstalks for you to put into size order.

Mrs Boston explains the activity

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Additional learning: Height ordering. 
1.Can you put the people in your household into size order? 
You could do this with your grown ups and siblings at home to see who is the shortest person in your house and who is the tallest.

2.Can you use some building blocks/lego bricks to build towers?
You could build some small towers and some big towers and line them up into height order?

3.Mrs Boston has found a fun height ordering interactive game for you to try: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tg-ga-75-beanstalk-height-ordering-game

Remember to upload photos and videos on tapestry for all of your teachers to see and have lots of fun with this activity everyone!

Growing activity:

This week are have been thinking about Jasper's Beanstalk. Jasper finds a bean and plants it in the ground. What can you find to plant in your home? Watch the video and see if you can find any seeds in your home that you can plant.

What is Mrs Brown growing?

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Remember your seed will need:
- a pot
- soil
- water
- sun

 

As an extra activity, if you would like to you could design a plant pot. What colours will you use on your design?

We hope you enjoy planting and we look forward to seeing what you grow through your Tapestry posts.

Monday 22nd February:

We hope you all had a lovely half term break.


Today is Monday which means it is the beginning of a brand new week! This week we have got a new story to share with you. The story is Jasper's Beanstalk.

 

In the video clip Mrs Boston reads 'Jasper's Beanstalk' for you to listen to. If you know the story already you can join in with her as she reads.

Jasper's Beanstalk

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You can also watch the story below:

Jasper's Beanstalk

By Nick Butterworth and Mick InkpenPublished by Hodder Children's Books

Do you have 'Jasper's Beanstalk' story at home? It would be lovely to see some pictures and videos of you sharing the story with your grownups or siblings at home!

 

We hope you all enjoy the story and we look forward to seeing all of your Tapestry posts.

Sequencing Jasper's Beanstalk:

Mrs Boston explains the activity

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Please watch the PowerPoint which is below from the story Jasper's Beanstalk:
 

Do you remember what happens in the story Jasper's Beanstalk? Can you answer the 5 questions below?

1.Where is the story set?
2.Who is the main character? 
3.What happens first?
4.What happens next?
5.What happens last?

 

Below is a worksheet if you would like to use to write down (adults to model writing for the children) or draw a picture (children to draw a picture) of the answers. If you are unable to access this you can write/draw your answers on some plain paper instead. 

Remember to upload your photos and videos to tapestry for your teachers to see. 

 

Have fun with this activity. 

Friday 11th February:

Activity 1:

Today we are going to learn all about the phoneme 'r’. Please watch the video below that introduces our new phoneme ‘r’.

Phonics 'r'

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After, please watch the Jolly Phonics song. During the song encourage your child to join in with the action for ‘r’. The actions is pretending to be a puppy, shaking your head from side to side saying rrrrrrrrrr. 

Jolly Phonics "r" Sounds

Below you will find a PowerPoint for you to work through with your child. As an alternative activity you may wish to go on a hunt around your home for objects that start with 'r’ and/or give you child some objects that start with the sound 'r’ mixed in with some objects that start with different sounds and ask your child to find all the objects that start with 'r’. To support your child to form the letter 'r’ they can make big 'r’ movements in the air or make the letter shape in a tray of sugar or flour.

Forming the letter 'r'

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These activities will last approximately 10-15 minutes. A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds. 

Have fun, and remember to upload the activities you do to Tapestry.

Activity 2:

Chinese New Year Video

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This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. During Chinese New Year there are lots of different foods that are traditionally eaten during celebrations. Some of the traditional foods which are eaten are rice, noodles and prawn crackers.

 

For our activity today we would like you to have a look at home to see if you have any of these traditional foods in your cupboards. If you do have these at home, you may want to try these foods and think about the following questions:

1. What does the food look like?
2. What kind of texture are they? Think about if they are soft or hard etc.
3. What does it taste like?

   

 

Some of you may have already tried these foods before and you may be able to remember what the different foods taste like.

 

Have fun everyone and remember to upload your photos and videos to tapestry for your teachers to see.

 

Mrs Brown, Mrs White, Mrs Mayo, Mrs cook & Mrs Boston are very proud of you all for doing such brilliant learning whilst at home. Well done to you all.

 

Stay safe and we hope you all have a lovely half term!

Thursday 11th February:

During Chinese new year celebrations, children are sometimes given envelops with money inside.

Coin Activity

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Activity: Exploring different coins

With an adult, look at some coins, can you have a look at the similarities and differences on the coins. Have a look at the questions below whilst exploring the different coins. Can you answer Mrs Boston's questions?

Can see any numbers on the coins?
What numbers can you see?
What shape are the coins?
What colours are the coins?
Are the coins different sizes?

 

Below is a link below which has a paper copy of some different coins for you to look at. (These coins do not have numbers on, but they are different colours, shapes and sizes.)

Remember to upload some pictures and videos to Tapestry for all of your teachers to see.

 

We are looking forward to hearing your answers to the questions. We hope you enjoy today's activity.

PE Dragon Dancing:

Today we thought we could try 3 physical activities.

Dragon Dancing Video

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Dragon Dance

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This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. During Chinese New Year there are usually lots of festivals and parties to celebrate. At the festivals there is a dragon dance which is performed. This is done because it brings good luck.

 

Activity 1: Create your own dragon mask.
Can you create your own dragon mask? You might choose to use pencils, crayons or felt tips. You may want to use paints, glue and glitter. Attached is a template of a dragon mask, if you would prefer to use this for your mask. You will be able to use your mask for activity 2!

Activity 2: Perform a dragon dance.
Listen to the traditional music in the video below.

 

Can you perform your own dragon dance? You may want to wear your dragon mask when doing your dragon dance.

Beautiful Chinese Music | Chinese New Year |

Activity 3: Cosmic kids yoga - Cracker the dragon of wonder.
Mrs Boston has found a cosmic kids yoga which is all about a dragon. It would be lovely to see you all having a go at joining in with this.

Cracker The Dragon Of Wonder | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

We hope you have lots of fun joining in with these physical activities today.

Remember to add your photos and videos to tapestry for your teachers to see.

Wednesday 10th February:

To start the day today before completing the number activity with Mrs White and the Dragon making activity with Mrs Boston please watch 'The Great Race' to remind you about the Chinese New Year story.

The Great Race Story

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Number ordering:

This week we have been reading and learning all about the Chinese New Year.

For our maths today we are ordering numbers from 1-12 using Chinese New Year animal number cards. You will find the number cards 1-12 below as well as the sequencing board.

 

If you do not have access to a printer you could write your own numbers 1-12 and ask your child to cut them out out, this will also give them cutting practice too.

 

Have a go at watching the video below and asking your child the following questions:

How many Chinese New Year animals can you name?
What is your favourite Chinese New Year animal?
In what ways is Chinese New Year celebrated?
Can you name the special dance that people dance on Chinese New Year?
What do people set off into the sky to celebrate Chinese New Year?

Maths video

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After watching the video please have a go at ordering the numbers 1 to 12 and stick them to the sequencing strip. (Remember if you don't have a printer have a go at making your own number cards, the children could have a go at writing the numbers on a piece of paper and cutting them out too.)

Learning in Nursery is play based and centred around active learning, if your child does not engage in the paper based activity have a go at counting different objects around your home, chalking numbers outside and singing number songs together.

 

Have fun and don’t forget to upload to Tapestry.

Make a Model Dragon:

For today's activity we thought you could create your own model dragon. You could use cardboard tubes and boxes, playdough, construction toys or natural materials like leaves and pebbles. Maybe you could draw a picture or take a photo of your dragon model. If you choose to draw your dragon you could have a go at writing your own labels too.

Dragon making video

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We have attached some links below of some ideas which you may want to use to create your dragon.

  

Have lots of fun being creative and imaginative. Remember to add some pictures or videos of your dragons!

Tuesday 9th February:

During Chinese new year celebrations many families like to decorate their homes. One of the decorations used frequently is lanterns. 

Lantern Making

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Activity: Can you make your own lantern?


Think about the colours you would like to use on your lantern, remember one of the colours which is often  seen during Chinese new year is red. You might want to use crayons, pencils, felt tips or glitter and glue to decorate your lantern. 

 

Please see the link below which have instructions on how to make your lantern.

Treasure Hunt

Today we have two activities for you to try.

Mrs Boston explains the activity

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Activity 1: Can you go on a treasure hunt around your house to find RED items?

 

During Chinese New Year one of the colours which is often seen is red
How many red items can you find around your house? Mrs Boston was able to find 4 red items.
Do you think you can find more than Mrs Boston? 

 

Activity 2: Can you remember a few weeks back we thought about rhyming words. Can you think of some rhyming words which rhyme with the word RED?


Remember rhyming words are words which sound the same as each other.
Mrs Boston can think of the word bed. RED rhymes with BED.

 

Can you make a list of some words which rhyme with red


You may want to try and write some of these words on a piece of paper yourself or you can draw pictures of the objects you find.

 

Attached is a link below for you to have a look at with your child to remind them about rhyming words. 

Have lots of fun with today's activities and remember to post pictures and videos to Tapestry for all of your teachers to see. 

Internet Safety Day:

 

 

Today is Internet Safety Day. With your child, please share the assembly PowerPoint below:

 

Within the assembly there is a link to a story 'Detective Digiduck'. Please watch this with your child: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/detective-digiduck-virtual-assembly-3-7s

Monday 8th February:

This week we are going to be celebrating Chinese New Year. 

 

Chinese New Year is a festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. 

 

We have lots of fun activities planned this week, so keep checking tapestry or the school website each day.

 

Please see the link below and watch the video with your child, this will explain more about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated.
 

CBeebies: Celebrating Chinese New Year - Let's Celebrate

Abbie takes to the street with her family for a parade and firecracker display.

CBeebies: Preparing For Chinese New Year - Let's Celebrate

Abbie and her brother clean the house in preparation for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

After watching the above videos, Mrs Boston has read you the Chinese New Year story. This explains why each new year is named after a different animal. There are 12 different animals in total.
 

Chinese New Year Story

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CBeebies | Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) | Zodiac Story

Learn how the Zodiac years were named by the Jade Emperor.

Creating Firework Pictures

During Chinese New Year celebrations, there are usually festivals which include performers, dancers and fireworks. 

 

Activity: Can you create your own firework picture? 
Think about the resources you would like to use on your picture. You may want to use crayons, pens, paints or glue and glitter. You may already have your own ideas of how you would like to create your own firework picture! 

 

Mrs Boston created a firework picture, she used a tube to create her own stamper. She used scissors very carefully to cut the ends of the tube. Mrs Boston chose red and yellow paints and used the tube to stamp onto the paper to make fireworks.

 

Once she had finished printing she added some pink rice decorations to finish her picture. She has taken a picture for you all to see.

 

 

We hope you enjoy our creative activity today everyone. Remember to upload photos and videos to tapestry for all of your teachers to see.

Mrs Boston explains the creative activity

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Friday 4th February:

Today we are going to learn all about the phoneme 'u’ . Please watch the video that introduces our new phoneme ‘u’.

Introducing the phoneme 'u'

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After, please watch the Jolly Phonics song on our school. During the song encourage your child to join in with the action for ‘u’. The action is pretending to put your umbrella up. 

Jolly Phonics "u" Sounds

Below you will find a PowerPoint for you to work through with your child.

'u' PowerPoint

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As an alternative activity you may wish to go on a hunt around your home for objects that start with 'u’ and/or give you child some objects that start with the sound 'u’ mixed in with some objects that start with different sounds and ask your child to find all the objects that start with 'u’.

 

To support your child to form the letter 'u’ they can make big 'u’ movements in the air or make the letter shape in a tray of sugar or flour.

 

These activities will last approximately 10-15 minutes. A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds. 

 

Have fun, and remember to upload the activities you do to Tapestry.

Gruffalo PE Activity

 

ITS FRIDAY!! Well done for completing another week of brilliant learning! Mrs Brown, Mrs White, Mrs Mayo, Mrs Cook & Mrs Boston are all very proud of you all for working so hard on your learning whilst at home!

 

When we are in school, Friday is PE day for us in nursery. Today, Mrs Boston thought we could have a go at some physical activities!

 

Activity 1: WARM UP - Before we can complete our physical activity we need to warm up our bodies and our muscles. Please see the link below and join in with the actions for our warm up activity.
 

Shake Your Sillies Out

Activity 2: Can you move around like some of the characters from the story 'The Gruffalo'?
1. Can you take some giant steps, stomping around like the Gruffalo?
2. Can you tiptoe quietly like the mouse? 
3. Can you fly really fast like the owl?
4. Can you run like the fox?
5. Can you slither and roll like the snake?

 

Activity 3: Cool down -  Now we have been very physical and active, we must do a cool down, for this we will do some mindfulness yoga. Please watch the video below:

Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids

We hope you all have enjoyed our physical activities today. Remember to upload photos and videos to tapestry for your teachers to see.

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone! 

Activity 5: Children’s Mental Health Week

Today we would like you to either do this activity standing outside or when you go for a walk. 

 

When outside look around. How many animals can you see? Do you see birds flying over your head or sitting on the roof of a house? Do you see a squirrel climbing up a tree? 

What colours are the animals? Are they big or small? 

 

Can you tell us which one is your favourite animal and why it is your favourite animal? We look forward to seeing your posts on Tapestry. 

Thursday 4th January:

Today we are going to be labelling our own picture of the Gruffalo.

 

Please see the link below to revisit the Gruffalo song to help your remember what the Gruffalo looks like.

The GRUFFALO (SONG)

Mrs Boston explains the activity today

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Activity: Can you label a picture of a Gruffalo? 
You may want to draw your own picture of the Gruffalo and then add the labels, or you can print of the template which I have added and label this instead. You might want to label the Gruffalo's eyes or his prickles? Or you might choose to write the colours instead, so you could write 'orange' instead of 'eyes' or 'purple' instead of prickles.

Young children do not always hear/write the correct sounds or they miss out sounds completely in words. Always praise your child for any attempt they make at writing. Encourage your child to listen to the sounds in words and then try to form them on the paper. At this stage children often need to see the letter to be able to write it. 

 

We hope you all enjoy this activity and look forward to seeing your Tapestry posts. 

 

Creative activity:

Task 1: Can you build your own Gruffalo cave? Have a think about the different items the Gruffalo might have inside his cave. Would he have blankets and teddies? Would he have some books inside his cave?

 

Task 2: Can you paint your favourite character from the story? Have a think about the colours you might use. If you choose the Gruffalo, have a think about what colour his eyes are? What colour are the prickles on his back?

 

 

Have lots of fun with these activities and I am looking forward to seeing the photos and videos of your creative ideas!

Activity 4: Mental Health Week

 

Today we would like you to HAVE FUN!

 

Go for a walk with your grown up. On your walk make sure you:
- run
- jump
- skip
- hop

 

Can you think of any other different ways you could move on your walk?

 

If it has been raining you could put on your wellies and find some puddles to jump in! Have a splashing time!

 

We look forward to seeing all your posts on Tapestry.

Wednesday 3rd February:

This week we have been reading the The Gruffalo story.

 

For our maths today we are counting items from The Gruffalo story. Look at the picture below and answer the questions:

  • How many terrible tusks does the Gruffalo have?
  • How many orange eyes does the Gruffalo have?
  • How many knobbly knees does the Gruffalo have?
  • How many purple prickles does the Gruffalo have?
  • How many poisonous warts does the Gruffalo have?
Now watch the video below from Mrs White:

Gruffalo counting activity

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After watching the video have a go at the Gruffalo counting sheet. What you need to do is have a go at counting the objects and write the answer in the circles at the end of each row. (If you don't have a printer please encourage your child to count different objects around your home, they could have a go at writing the numbers on a piece of paper.)

Learning in Nursery is play based and centred around active learning, if your child does not engage in the paper based activity have a go at counting different objects around your home, chalking numbers outside and singing number songs together.

 

Have fun and don’t forget to upload to Tapestry.

Gruffalo Story Sequencing:

Please follow the link below to revisit the story of the Gruffalo:

Gruffalo Story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pk64x/the-gruffalo

Gruffalo Story Review

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Now you have reminded yourself of what happens in the story, we have two activities for you to complete. 

 

Activity 1: Story review

Can you answer the following questions:

  • What is the setting? (Please explain to your child about the term setting, where the story is taking place.)
  • Who do you think is the main character in the story?
  • What happens first in the story?
  • What happens next in the story?
  • What happens last in the story?

 

Below is a sheet where you could scribe your child's answers or they could draw the answers to the questions themselves on a plain piece of paper. If you are unable to access the sheet, you can write your child's answers on a plain piece of paper. 

Activity 2: Retelling the story
Can you remember what happens in the story? We would love to here you retelling the story. We asked Mrs Boston how she would start if she was retelling the story and she said, "The mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood....".

 

Can you help Mrs Boston to remember the rest of the story? What happens next? If you would like to use any soft toys/puppets that can be characters from the story or you would like to make your own animal props to help you retell the story, that would be great.

 

Have lots of fun with this activity. Remember to upload photos and videos of you completing these challenges to tapestry for your nursery teachers to see. All of your nursery teachers are looking forward to seeing how well you do with these activities.

Activity 3: Children's Mental Health Week

 

Today we would like all children, whether they are accessing the provision at school or are at home accessing remote learning, staff and families to participate in ‘Inside Out Day’.

 

Today we are asking everyone to wear an item of clothing inside out as a reminder that how someone else looks on the outside does not necessarily reflect how they are truly feeling on the inside. (This is a non-school uniform day, however if your child is at home they may like to wear their school uniform at home!)

With your child today we would like you to go outside and look for signs of Spring. 

 

A couple of weeks ago Mrs Kershaw shared a video where she went looking for signs of Spring in her village. The video is below so that you can watch it again or for the first time. 

Looking for signs of spring with Mrs Kershaw

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How many signs of Spring can you find outside? If you went on a walk a few weeks ago, has anything changed? 

 

Remember to wrap up warm to go outside as it is very cold and also remember to post what you find on your walk to Tapestry.

Tuesday 2nd February:

Today we are going to recap our shape knowledge of triangles. Mrs Boston has recorded a video which you can watch below: Join Mrs Boston while she looks at some different triangle items she found around her house.

Triangles!

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Watch and join in the song below then work through the PowerPoint presentation from last week which is all about triangles. 

"Triangles," Songs About Shapes by StoryBots ("I'm A Triangle") | Netflix Jr

Can you complete the challenges below?

Challenge 1: Can you make some triangle sandwiches for your lunch?

Challenge 2: Can you paint or draw your own triangles?

Challenge 3: Can you find some triangles around your house? Once you have found a few different triangle items can you put them into size order from smallest to biggest?

 

Have fun recapping triangles and enjoy our little triangle challenges. Remember don't forget to upload your lovely learning!

Triangle Foxes:

Please watch the triangle video below and then have a look at today's challenge, see if you can have a go at making a Fox from triangles .

Video 1

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If your child can cut their triangles independently that is great, but if not please give them as much support as needed. If you cannot print the document please don't worry, you can draw the different triangles on a plain piece of paper and your child can colour/decorate their fox.

 

When your child is doing the activity please talk to them about:

How many corners does your triangle have ?

How many sides does your triangle have?

How many triangles can you see?

 

Below is a triangle video and the triangle fox template.

Triangle Song | The Shapes Song | Triangle Song For Kids | Nursery Rhymes

The triangles for the fox are on page 3 of the 'animal cut-out' document. There are other animals from the Gruffalo story if your child would like to complete these too.

Have fun with today's triangle challenge and don’t forget to upload your learning! We can’t wait to see all of your Foxes.

Activity 2: Children’s Mental Health Week

With your child today please can you stand in an outside space. Talk to your child about:

  • What is the weather like?
  • What does it feel like?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • What is your favourite type of weather? 
Have fun and please post an observation of your child carrying out this activity on Tapestry. 

Monday 1st February:

We hope you all had a lovely weekend. Can you believe we are already in the month of February! Can you talk to your child about today being the first day of the month.

 

Gruffalo's Child Story:

We are going to be continuing focusing on 'The Gruffalo' story this week! 

 

In the video clip, Mrs Boston reads 'The Gruffalo's Child' for you to listen to. If you know the story already you can join in with her telling the story.

 

Mrs Boston reads 'The Gruffalo's Child'

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You can also watch the story through the YouTube link below: 

The Gruffalo's Child - Read by Alan Mandel

Do you have the Gruffalo's child story at home? It would be lovely to see some pictures and videos of you having a look at the story with your grownups or siblings at home! 

Gruffalo Creative activity:

Can you see if you can design your very own woodland creature? It can be one from the story or your very own creature! 

 

Below is a worksheet which you could use to draw your creature on, or you can draw it on a plain piece of paper if you prefer. Can you label your design? (Later on in the week we will be labelling a Gruffalo so you may wish to encourage your child to choose a different creature.)

The picture below shows an example of drawing and labelling a mouse.

 

Mrs Brown had a little help to design and label her mouse! The child who labelled the mouse is much older than Nursery so we wouldn't expect Nursery children to write like this, however it shows you how the child uses their phonic knowledge to write the sounds they hear in words. Young children do not always hear/write the correct sounds or they miss out sounds completely in words. Always praise your child for any attempt they make at writing.

 

Encourage your child to listen to the sounds in words and then try to form them on the paper. At this stage children often need to see the letter to be able to write it. In the documents below are Phase 2 and 3 sound mats which you may find useful for this activity.

Activity 1: Children’s Mental Health Week. 

With your child today, please go outside and close your eyes. What can you hear? Can your child listen for a whole minute? You may want to set a timer as children will find it tricky to listen for 1 minute. 
 

When the time is up please talk to your child about all the different sounds they can hear. Which sounds do they like? Can they recreate the sounds themselves? How do the sounds make them feel?

 

Have fun and please post an observation of your child carrying out this activity on Tapestry. 

Friday 29th January:

Today we are going to learn all about the phoneme 'e'. Please watch the video below that introduces our new phoneme 'e'. 

Introducing the phoneme 'e'.

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After, please watch the Jolly Phonics song:  

Jolly Phonics "e" Sounds

During the song encourage your child to join in with the action for 'e'. The actions is pretending to crack eggs into the pan.

After singing the song, work through the PowerPoint below and learn all about the sound 'e':

Below you will find a workbook for todays sound 'e'. Please work through the book with your child. 

Please remember not all Nursery children will want to complete a paper based activity so please do not push them to complete this if they are not interested. As an alternative activity you may wish to go on a hunt around your home for objects that start with 'e' and/or give you child some objects that start with the sound 'e' mixed in with some objects that start with different sounds and ask your child to find all the objects that start with 'e'. To support your child to form the letter 'e' they can make big 'e' movements in the air or make the letter shape in a tray of sugar or flour.

 

These activities will last approximately 10-15 minutes. A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds. 

 

Have fun, and remember to upload the activities you do to Tapestry.

Cosmic Yoga!

Today is the last day of the week, it is FRIDAY! Well done for all your brilliant learning this week, you have all done so well. Mrs Brown, Mrs White, Mrs Boston, Mrs Mayo and Mrs Cook are all so proud of you all. 

 

Mrs Boston explains the activity:

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If we were all at school today we would be doing PE. So for today's activity we have found a comic kids yoga to have a go at. We have found a lovely woodland yoga as this week we have been focusing on the story the Gruffalo. In the story the mouse goes for a stroll through the deep dark wood. Mrs Boston thought we could go on a yoga journey through the woods like the mouse from the story.

 

Below is the video to take you through the activity. 

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids: Outside In The Woods | Cosmic Kids

Have lots of fun and enjoy this activity.

Thursday 28th January:

Today we are going to be recapping the phonemes which we have been learning and then we are going to play a fly swat game.

 

Task 1: Please watch the 'jolly phonics' video below.

Jolly Phonics A-Z

I've been using this song whenever I teach kids how to read .It helps your child to read very fast.

Next recap the phonemes with your child. You could write down the phonemes on a piece of paper and show them to your child one at a time and see how many they can recognise. The ones we have already covered are s, a, t, p, i, n, n, g, o, c, k.

Task 2: Lay the phonemes onto the floor. Using a fly swat, call out a phoneme one at a time and ask your child to hit each letter using the fly swat. If you do not have a fly swat at home you could use a spatula, wooden spoon or a stick etc. We would love to know how many different phonemes your child can identify.

 

Task 3: Below are some pictures of the animals from the story ‘The Gruffalo’. Show your child these, then say what each animal is e.g. snake, mouse, fox, Gruffalo. Show the phonemes for each animal and see if they are able to match them to the pictures.

Watch the video clips below to support this activity.

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Video clip 2

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Video clip 3

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We hope you enjoy this activity. Remember to upload some photos and videos so we can see how many different phonemes you can recognise.

Gruffalo Story:

Today please watch the animation of the Gruffalo through the BBC iPlayer. Follow the link below:

After watching the animation, please talk to your child about the animation. Ask:

- What did you like/dislike about the story?

- What happened in the story?

- How did the mouse feel in the story?

- Would you like to eat scrambled snake?

 

Please share your child's thoughts about the story on Tapestry. Please remember to record your child's speech; record exactly what they say.

Wednesday 27th January:

Please watch the triangle PowerPoints below and then watch Mrs Boston's video. 

Mrs Boston explains the shape activity!

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Task 1: Can you go on a hunt around your house and find some different objects which are in the shape of a triangle?
Remember how many sides does a triangle have? That's right it has 3 sides!

 

Task 2: Can you make a triangle using some lollipop sticks if you have them, if not you can use pencils, crayons, sticks etc. How many sticks/pencils do you think you might need to create a triangle? Well done you will need 3!


If your child is able to do this with ease, you could set a timer for 1 minute and see how may triangles they can make in the minute. You could challenge them to see if they could make big triangles and small ones, they could use different objects to do this.

 

Additional learning: 
Below is a triangle worksheet for your child to complete, if they would like to. If you are unable to access this, then you could challenge your child to see if they are able to draw some triangles themselves.

Have fun with today's triangle challenge! 

Shape hunt

This week we are learning all about shapes. Please watch the shape PowerPoint below and then have a go at today's activity.

Today we are going to be shape detectives and we are going to go on a shape hunt. You could do this around your house, in your garden or even on your daily walk! Watch the video from Mrs Boston.

Shape Hunt Video

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Attached below is a link for a shape hunt worksheet. You can take this with you when you go on your hunt! When out and about every time you see one of the shapes draw the shape in the box or make a tally mark. When you have finished your hunt count how many of each shape you saw.  If you are unable to print this, you can create your very own shape hunt tick sheet!

I wonder how many different shapes you can find around the environment?

 

Have lots of fun being shape detectives and remember to upload your photos and videos to tapestry so we can see how many different shapes you find!

Tuesday 26th January:

It has been lovely to see all of the pictures and videos of your wonderful learning which you have been doing whilst at home. Well done to all of you for working super hard.

We have seen lots of you practicing your letter and number formation. For today's activity we are going to have a practice of our pencil control.

 

Before we look at the sheets we need to warm up our fingers. Watch the video below and join in with the finger exercise.

Finger Aerobics

Try finger aerobic exercises to warm up the fingers before a writing task.

Now you have warmed up your muscles in your hands watch the video from Mrs Boston explaining the next task.

Pencil control with Mrs Boston

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Below are some Gruffalo pencil control worksheets for you to try. If you are unable to access these, your grownups could draw you some dotted lines in the shape of different letters or numbers for you to trace over.

 

Remember to hold your pencil in the correct grip! Look at the following pictures to help with correct pencil hold.

Additional learning: Can you write the letters within your name independently?

 

We are looking forward to seeing some pictures and videos of how you get on with this activity.

 

Have lots of fun! 

Piece of the Jigsaw:

We are excited to share a school community project that we would love your child to take part in.  The below attachment includes an outline of an individual jigsaw puzzle piece. At Millfield we frequently discuss the importance of individuals working together as a team. As COVID-19 has kept many of us apart this activity aims to visually join us back together like a jigsaw puzzle.

 

Please see further instructions in the attachment and we look forward to receiving your child's completed 'puzzle piece' as well as sharing the finished project.

 

Storytime with Mrs Mayo

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Monday 25th January:

We are very excited to be focusing on a new story this week! Our new story is 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson.

 

In the video below, Mrs Boston reads 'The Gruffalo' for you to listen to. If you know the story already you can join in as she reads it.

The Gruffalo!

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You can also watch the story below: 

The Gruffalo - Read by Alan Mandel

The Gruffalo is a modern classic written by the incomparable Julia Donaldson and beautifully illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It tells the story of a mouse who is threatened in turn by a fox, an owl and a snake, but scares them all off by claiming he is waiting for his monstrous friend the Gruffalo. Little does he know, the Gruffalo is real.

Do you have the Gruffalo story at home? It would be lovely to see some pictures and videos of you having a look at the story with your grownups or siblings at home!

Music activity:  

Can you learn the Gruffalo song? Watch the video below where you can learn the Gruffalo song and the actions. Can you help your family members learn the actions too?

 

You could use some musical instruments if you have some at home or you could make some instruments such as: shakers using bottles filled with different items, or a saucepan drum. You might be able to think of a different way to make an instrument. 


Can you make some music whilst the song is playing? 

'The Gruffalo Song' MAKATON signing with Rachel (MAKATON TUTOR)

The fantastic Rachel (MAKATON TUTOR) signs 'The Gruffalo Song' from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much loved children's classic. At Millfield we use lots of Makaton signing to support communication and language skills of all of our children within the EYFS.

A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds. Remember to encourage them to share, help with everyday routines e.g. sorting the washing and enjoy their time at home!

 

We hope you enjoy the activities from today and remember to post on Tapestry!

Join Mrs Kershaw on a walk around her village.

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This week Mrs Kershaw went on a nature walk in her village and looked for some early signs of spring. The idea is to be more mindful of our surroundings and find things that make us happy and that we can look forward to as we get closer to the spring.

Friday 22nd January:

Today we are going to learn all about circles and ovals . Please watch the video that introduces our new shapes; circles and ovals. 

Circles and Ovals

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Next have fun listening to and joining in with the 'Oval Song'.

The Oval Song

Children's song about Shapes.

Below is a worksheet for you to work through with your child. Please remember not all Nursery children will want to complete a paper based activity so please do not push them to complete this if they are not interested. 

As an alternative activity you may wish to using water and paint brushes outside and practise drawing circles and ovals on the floor and/or go on a circle and oval shape hunt.

 

These activities will last approximately 10-15 minutes. A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds. 

Have fun, and remember to upload the activities you do to Tapestry.

Ball skills - Sending and Receiving

Mrs Boston explains our PE activity

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Are you ready for a Physical activity? Today we are going to do a physical activity to continue to support and develop our gross motor skills.

 

For this activity all you will need is a ball. You might want to think carefully about the type of ball that you are going to use (especially if your child isn't motivated to play with a typical ball). You could use a ball with a bell in it, or one with flashing lights (especially great to play with in a darkened room!). 

 

Sit on the floor, facing your child, with your legs in a 'V' shape and try to encourage your child to do the same (might need physical prompt from another adult/sibling). Make a judgement on a realistic distance and roll the ball so that it lands in between the legs of your child. If they are motivated they will hopefully engage with receiving the ball, and may even pick it up to examine it. Encourage them to roll the ball back to you in the same fashion (again a physical prompt may be necessary initially). Take turns to exchange the ball, and when you are feeling more confident, reduce physical prompts and increase the distance between you. 

 

Additional activity: If your child has mastered sending and receiving you could start working on some catching skills, The easiest way to do this is to start with a large ball (a beach ball is perfect) that is light and easy to catch. Start with the thrower standing very close to the catcher. As your child gains confidence, move further away, and gradually decrease the size of the ball. Encourage them to keep their eyes on the ball (not their hands!)

 

Have lots of fun and we are looking forward to seeing photos and videos of you attempting this activity. 

Mindfulness with Mrs Kershaw

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Watch the video and encourage your child to join in with the mindfulness activity.

Thursday 21st January:

We have been watching all of your lovely videos from Mrs Cook's Playdough disco challenge last week. We can see you have been having lots of fun with your playdough, some of you even made your own amazing playdough!

 

For today's activity you will need some playdough. Do you have some playdough at home? If you don't please look at the learning from 8th January where we put two recipes to make playdough. A no-cook recipe and a cook recipe.  Don't worry if you don't have food colouring, you can just make plain playdough. 

 

Next please see the link below to revisit the story of 'The three little pigs'.

Three Little Pigs ( 3 Little Pigs )

Communication and Language: Three Little Tasks!

Firstly, please watch the video that explains the three different tasks for this activity.

Watch the video to learn about the 3 tasks!

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Task 1:
Can you find the picture of the scene from The Three Little Pigs (picture below). Look carefully at the picture. Can you find the following things in the picture?

  • Big Bad Wolf
  • straw
  • sticks
  • bricks
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • straw house
  • stick house
  • brick house with a chimney
  • cooking pot

 

After you have spotted all the items in the picture your grown up will ask you some questions. Remember to think carefully about your answers and to talk in full sentences.

  • Which house took the longest to build?
  • How did the Big Bad Wolf destroy the straw and stick houses? (Please talk to your child about the meaning of the word 'destroy'. If necessary build a tower with bricks or a lego construction and encourage them to destroy it to show your child the meaning of the word.)
  • How do the pigs beat the Big Bad Wolf in the end?

Task 2
Can you count the number of each item from The Three Little Pigs story? Follow the steps below:

  • Use the 'I Spy' sheets that can be found below.
  • Look at the checklist, choose what item you are going to look for first.
  • Look at the I Spy sheet and count the items carefully. 
  • When you think you have found them all write the number in the box on the checklist sheet. (Your child may need help with knowing what the numbers look like and how to form them correctly).

 

Remember to count the items carefully, if you print the I Spy sheet off you could mark the item when you count it. You do not need to print off the sheets for this activity, you can look at the I Spy sheet on the screen and record your answers on a plain sheet of paper.

Task 3
Have a look at the 'Spot the Difference' picture. There are 6 differences in the pictures. Can you find them? When you find a difference can you tell your grown up what it is? Remember to use full sentences when talking; you might say... I can see there is a hat on a pig missing (this isn't a real difference, I wouldn't give you one of the answers!).

Have fun everyone, and we all look forward to seeing your posts on Tapestry.

Mrs Boston explains our playdough activity:

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So now you will need your Playdough. Lets begin by warming up our hands.

  • Can you roll your Playdough into a big ball?
  • Can you now try and roll a tiny ball?
  • What about trying to splat the playdough in your hands?
  • Lastly can you play the piano on your playdough using your fingers one at a time?

Brilliant work everyone.

 

Now we have warmed up our hands we are going to make some items from the story.

  • Can you try and make a pig? You could try and make just a pig face or you could challenge yourself and try and make the face and the body too?
  • Can you splat your playdough and make some bricks for the brick house?
  • Can you try and roll your playdough into long pieces for the straw house?

 

If you would like to challenge yourself some more you could try and make a playdough house? 

 

Below there are some playdough mats if you would like to use these too.

 Have lots of fun and I look forward to seeing all of your lovely creations! 

Wednesday 20th January:

Phonics - K

Today we are going to learn all about the phoneme 'k’. Please watch the video that introduces our new phoneme ‘k’.

Phonics - K: Part 1

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Phonics - K: Part 2

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Below you will find a ‘k’ workbook for you to work through with your child. Please remember not all Nursery children will want to complete a paper based activity so please do not push them to complete this if they are not interested.

As an alternative activity you may wish to using water and paint brushes outside and practise forming the letter ‘k’ on the floor and/or watch the jolly phonics song for ‘k’:

Jolly Phonics 'k'

Retelling our story of the week:

Mrs White, Mrs Boston & Mrs Cook have been very busy at Nursery! They have been having lots of fun recreating the story of The Three Little Pigs! They have used teddies and puppets to retell the story. 

 

Watch the video below:

Retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs

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For your activity today we would like you to revisit the story of The Three Little Pigs. You could look at the video of Mrs Boston reading it or you could click the link below and watch the video on YouTube. 

Mrs Boston reads our story of the week

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Three Little Pigs ( 3 Little Pigs )

After listening to the story we would like to see if you could recreate the story yourself. You could use puppets or teddies or you could try and make your own masks.

Mrs Brown has made her own stick puppets this week (we think she may have had some help!). She made a wolf and three pigs; one pig has sunglasses, one pig has clear glasses and one pig doesn't have any glasses. Can you see which one is which in the picture below?
Below are some links to some recourses which you could use to make your own masks/finger puppets. 

Tuesday 19th January:

Good morning Nursery,

Today Mrs Boston has had three little visitors at her house, can you guess who they were?

What can you build?

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That's right, it was the three little pigs! They have been very busy making some houses out of lots of different items! One of the pigs made their house from lego bricks and added lots of different colours!

 

For today's activity first have a look at the PowerPoint below to revisit the story. Next we would like to see if you can create your very own house for a pig. You could use Lego bricks, wooden blocks, stickle brick, I am sure you have your very own ideas of how you would like to create your house. 

We look forward to seeing your wonderful houses.

 

Additional learning:
If you would like an additional activity to try at home, you could draw your own picture of a house for one of the pigs in the story. You could even try some junk modelling to make a house, you could use coloured paints or create a collage for your house.

Below is a link for some colouring sheets:

A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds. Remember to encourage them to share, help with everyday routines e.g. sorting the washing and enjoy their time at home!

Monday 18th January:

This week we are going to be looking at the story 'The Three Little Pigs'. We have got lots of fun activities for you all to have a go at based on the story.

Our first activity today is listening to the story of The Three Little Pigs. Before watching Mrs Boston read the story ask your child:

  • Do you know the story of The Three Little Pigs?
  • Who do you think the story is about?
  • What do you think will happen in the story?

The Three Little Pigs read by Mrs Boston

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After listening to Mrs Boston read, ask your child?

  • Did you enjoy the story?
  • Why did you enjoy/not enjoy the story?
  • Can you tell me what happened first in the story?
  • Can you tell me what happened next in the story?
  • Can you tell me what happened at the end of the story?
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After talking to your child about The Three Little Pig your child can join in with the song about the little pigs, that can be found below:

Three Little Pigs

Look out! Here comes the Big Bad Wolf! The three little pigs each hide in their houses made of hay, sticks, and bricks.

If you have you own Three Little Pig story at home, please encourage your child to share it with you or alternatively you can watch the below is a video. Please revisit the story everyday, encouraging your child to join in with the words and retell the story using their own words.

Three Little Pigs ( 3 Little Pigs )

Bedtime Stories for Kids presents: The Three Little Pigs ( 3 Little Pigs )

Enjoy, have lots of fun and keep looking out for the daily activities your teachers will be

Rhyming Words Activity:

Today we will be looking at rhyming words. Rhyming words are words which sound the same such as:
Cat & Hat
Ball, & Tall
Dog & Log
Boat & Coat.

This week we are focusing on the story 'The three little pigs', your activity is to have a little think about what words rhyme with pig. You could go on a little hunt around your house, in the garden or even on a daily walk to see if you can find any items which sound like pig. In the video from Mrs Boston she introduces rhyming words. 

Rhyming Words

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Can you think of any different rhyming words? If you can we would love to hear them! Especially words that rhyme with pig!

 

Have a look at the PowerPoint which is attached below and then you could have ago at the activity below. 

Have lots of fun with the activity, we are looking forward to hearing all of the words you can think of.

 

A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds. Remember to encourage them to share, help with everyday routines e.g. sorting the washing and enjoy their time at home!

Friday 15th January:

 

Activity 1:

For this maths activity we would like your child to work out how many are missing from a group.

 

First watch the video and then follow the instructions to play the game with your child.

 

When playing the game let your child have a go at controlling the monster while you work out the answer (you don't always have to get the answer correct!) and also let your child work out the answer while you control the monster.

How many counters does my monster eat?

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What to do:
-    Start with 5 counters on a surface. Count them together. Explain that the cup is going to catch some counters and the only way to free them is to say how many are under the cup. 
-    Make a game of the cup hovering over and then ‘catching’ some counters. Can your child work out how many have been caught underneath using the number of counters remaining? 
-       Let your child check under the cup to see if they worked out the correct answer.
-    Repeat the game. Your child may become more strategic in their working out as they play, or you can reduce the number of counters to help them. 
-    You can repeat this game, changing the number of counters in play.

 

Questions to ask:
-    How many counters are there?
-    What if the cup trapped one? How many would still be free? 
-    There are 5 counters. Munch, munch, munch. Now there are two left. How many has the cup eaten? 
-    If there are 4 still free then how many are under the cup?

 

If your child finds this activity easy using 5 counters increase the amount of counters being used.

 

Extension:
Perform the trick together in front of an audience but tell them you are using ‘magic’. You could cover the counters with a magic hat (paper rolled in a cone with stars drawn on it) instead of the cup and see if you and your child can hoodwink the audience using magical maths. Use this principle with small animals or people and a box for a building. How many people are in the house/animals in the barn? Reverse roles and get your child to test you. 
 

Activity 2:

Cutting skills with Mrs Boston

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Today I thought we could have a practice of our cutting skills. Sometimes cutting can be a little bit challenging but it is a good skill to practice as it helps support the use of our fine motor skills.

 

On my paper I have drawn some different patterned lines, I have a straight line, a zig zag line also a squiggly line. I cut along each line from one end to the other. You could try doing this activity the same as me or you could have a look at the cutting worksheet which I have added the link for below.

If you would like to challenge yourself even further you could ask your grown ups to draw you some shapes to cut around such as a circle, a square or maybe even a triangle? Or follow the link below which will take you to some shape cutting worksheets.

We are looking forward to seeing how you all get on with this activity. 

Thursday 14th January:

Well done everyone for sharing getting dressed yesterday. We were very impressed!

 

To continue with our independence skills, we would like you to have a go at doing buttons on a shirt and making a bird feeder today.

 

Activity 1:

Before watching the video from Mrs Brown, warm up your fingers and hands by watching and joining in with the YouTube video:

One From The Left (A Finger Play)

After you have warmed up your fingers and hands, watch the video clip where Mrs Brown shows you how to do up buttons on a shirt. Can you do up buttons on a shirt? 

 

When you've managed to do them up can you undo the buttons? 

 

This skill is very good for your hand-eye coordination and for your fine motor control. 

 

Get those fingers moving and remember to post on Tapestry!

Can you do up and undo buttons on a shirt?

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Activity 2:

Can you make some bird feeders?

 

We thought this would be a nice activity to try because it links nicely with our theme this week, which is Owl Babies. You can make 2 or 3 bird feeders with different amounts of hoops on them. If you haven't got hoops, you could make a pretend bird feeder by using beads or buttons for threading.

 

When your child has made their bird feeder talk to your child about:

  • How many hoops they have you used on their bird feeders? 
  • Where would be the best place to put their bird feeders?
  • What types of birds they think might eat their bird feeders?
  • What might the birds look like?

 

It would also be lovely to see some pictures of birds or wildlife you have living near your home. Can you be very quiet and see if you can take any picture of the birds (maybe eating your bird feeders) or any wildlife living near you?

 

Watch the video clip below for more instructions for making the bird feeder and view the photograph to see the bird feeder Mrs Boston made.

Bird Feeders

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Wednesday 13th January:

 

Activity 1:

 

Time to wake up and get dressed! This is something your child will be doing every day and it is the perfect moment to help them develop some coordination (Physical Development: Moving and Handling) and independence (Physical Development: Health and Self Care) as well as lots of talking about what they are doing (Communication and Language: Speaking, and Understanding). 

 

You will need:
Your child!
Their clothes!

 

1.    You and your child can decide together what they are going to wear today using lots of talk. Is it hot or cold? Socks or bare feet? Green or blue? Stripes or dinosaurs? What to wear can sometimes be a moment of conflict – you could try offering your child two T shirts (that you have suggested) and give them the choice (so they feel in control) 
2.    Now it’s time to put those clothes on. Be there to support your child, but also allow them to have a go themselves. Every child is different, and you know your child best, so pick up on their signals for when they need a bit of help. 
> Balancing – trousers are good for this! 
> Finger pincers – buttons and zips are tricky, but good for this.
> Big arm movements – T shirts and jumpers are good for this.
> Bending and stretching – socks are good for this.

 

Hopefully you now have a child who is more or less dressed! 

 

Extension ideas:
Challenge your child to get dressed as quickly as they can. You could set a timer on your phone, or time them with a clock. Start with a longer time and make it a little bit less every day. Use simple time vocabulary – ‘Can you get dressed in 5 minutes today?’ or ‘Yesterday you did it in 5 minutes, can you get dressed in 4 minutes today?’. Can they help a younger sibling to get dressed or dress a soft toy?

Below are some cards that can be used to support your child with the correct order of getting dressed in the morning. Please choose the set that suits your family.

Activity 2:

Please listen to the story of Owl Babies again. Rereading stories with young children is important. It helps them learn language patterns.

Owl Babies Picture Book Animation

After listening to the story, please watch the video from Mrs Mayo?

Mrs Mayo sits on her branch!

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Mrs Mayo enjoyed listening to the story 'Owl Babies' and decided to make her own branch and sit on it like Sarah, Percy and Bill. Can you sit on your branch? Can you try moving and balancing on your branch?

 

After completing Mrs Mayo's activity can you join in with the Cosmic yoga below. This is a long session so you might only want to join in part of the cosmic session.

Tallulah the Owlet | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

A Cosmic Kids yoga adventure with Tallulah the Owlet about learning the meaning of wisdom.⭐

Have fun and show us how you sit on your branches!

Tuesday 12th January 2021:

With your child, please watch the first video that introduces the phoneme 'c'.

Introducing the initial phoneme ‘C’.

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After watching the video clip. Use the initial sounds I spy sheet and see if your child can find objects that start with the sound 'c'.

Then use the 'c' sorting PowerPoint to play a game where your can sort 'c' objects by listening to the sound at the beginning of the words? You may need to say the object for your child emphasising the 'c' at the beginning. (To sort the object please remember to click slide show to enable the PowerPoint to work correctly.) There are also sheets within the PowerPoint for sorting 'm' and 'o' sounds that your child may like to do as well.

After completing the above activities watch the last video with your child. Can they find objects at home that start with the sound 'c'? How many objects can they find? Can they find an object before Mrs Brown finds an object?

Can you find objects that start with the letter ‘c’?

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Lastly there is a phonic booklet for the phoneme 'c'. When completing the booklet please encourage your child to hold their pencil correctly. Remind them we pinch at the bottom with our thumb and finger and rest our hand on the table. If you do not have a printer, please encourage your child to form 'c' in the air, on backs of family members or in flour (only if you don't mind a bit of mess!).

Other resources you may find useful when learning all about the phoneme 'c' can be found below:

C Jolly Phonic

The above activity will last approximately 10-15 minutes. A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds.

 

Remember to encourage them to share, help with everyday routines e.g. sorting the washing and enjoy their time at home!

 

Have fun, and remember to upload the activities you do to Tapestry.

Owl Babies Activity:

Today's activity is going to be lots of fun and very creative.

 

We would like to see if you can design and make your very own owl baby from the story. You could use lots of different resources to make your owl baby, we want to see how creative you can be!

Owl Babies Creative Activity

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You could use feathers, sticks, leaves and natural items or you could even try and draw an owl baby yourself and decorate it using a variety of pens or pencils. You could paint a beautiful owl onto a large stone or rock which you could search for on your daily walk or you could use different shapes and tissue paper to collage your owl baby. You may even already have your own idea of how you would like to make your owl?

 

Have a look at some of the examples we have uploaded.

We are looking forward to seeing all of your lovely, creative ideas.

 

If you would like to challenge yourself further I have added a link below which will take you to a fun maths activity. You can see how many different shapes and colours you are able to recognise and see if you can match the correct shapes to the owls tummy's.

Have lots of fun and remember to upload a picture to Tapestry!

Monday 11th January 2021:

With your child, please watch the video clips on Tapestry and then have a go at the challenge that Mrs White has set.

 

For Mrs White’s activity encourage your child to see if they can recognise and say each number.

 

Please do not worry if you do not have a printer at home, as seen in Mrs White’s video it is very easy to make your own. 

 

Below are links to a number video and Bingo mats for the game:

10 Little Numbers

The above activity will last approximately 15 minutes altogether, a big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play, so please engage with your child and have lots of fun together. 

 

Have fun, and remember to upload the activities you do to Tapestry.

Storytime:

Hello everyone.

 

I hope you all enjoy Mrs Boston's story, it is one of our favourites! This week we are going to be dong lots of wonderful learning all about the owl babies story! All of your nursery teachers are looking forward to seeing all of your lovely learning!

Mrs Boston shares the story Owl Babies

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If you have this story at home it would be lovely to see you all having a read of it with your grown ups or watch the story on YouTube video below:

Owl Babies Picture Book Animation

Check back tomorrow to see an Owl Baby activity.

Have fun Seedling and Sapling class.

Friday 8th January 2021:

Today we are going to get our hands moving.

 

Do you have some play dough at home? Any colour will be fine.

 

If you don't please look on the school website where we have put two a no-cook and cook recipe to make play dough at home. Can you make your own play dough? Don't worry if you don't have food colouring, you can just make plain playdough. If you have a peppermint or lemon flavouring you might like to add a drop or two to your play dough to make it smell nice!

Once you have your play dough watch the video clips on Tapestry from Mrs Cook. Can you roll, splat, and mould your play dough? Can you make an animal or shape?

Below is a YouTube playdough song for your children to join in with while rolling and splatting. You may like to search YouTube for other playdough disco songs to move to!

Dough dance/finger gym routine | Down in the Jungle

Get up on your feet and bust a move on the dance floor with your playdough!

Below are some activity cards which provide ideas of what you can do with the play dough with your child. 

We can't wait to see what you create! Please upload pictures and your own video clips to Tapestry.

 

Have fun!

Thursday 7th January 2021:

With your child, please watch the video clips on Tapestry and then have a go at the activity that Mrs Boston has set. 

 

Below is a PowerPoint to help support with learning the number 10, as well as the link to our favourite number 10 songs.

The Number 10

When having a go at the activities encourage your child to have a go at counting as they go along. 

 

If you would like to continue with number learning, your child might like to complete the worksheet below. If you do not have a printer at home, please don't worry as your child can practice writing number 10 on paper or a whiteboard and counting 10 objects that you find around the home.

A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play, so please engage with your child and have lots of fun together.

 

Have fun, and we can't wait to see how you get on.

Wednesday 6th January 2021:

Today we are going to recap all of the the phoneme’s that we have learnt so far.

 

Please watch the video on Tapestry and have a go at carrying out the activity with your child, please give your child as much support as they need. 

 

Mrs White's children couldn’t find any objects beginning with the ‘i’ or ‘n’ phonemes, can you ask your child is they can find any around their home? 

 

After searching for objects please watch the YouTube video below with your child:

 

Jolly Phonics Songs

If your child would like, and you are able to print the following tracing activity, please encourage your child to trace over the shapes within the phonemes. Encourage your child to hold their pencil correctly and to rest their hand on the table as they trace over the shapes.

 

If you are unable to print the following document, please don't worry, you can draw patterns on a piece of paper/whiteboard using dots and your child can join the dots.

Please remember not all Nursery children will want to complete a paper based activity so please do not push them to complete an activity if they are not interested. Another alternative activity you may wish to do is to use water and paint brushes outside and practise forming the letters on the ground or use chalks if you have them. While doing this please also remember to use letters from your child's name.

 

These activities will last approximately 10-15 minutes. A big part of our Nursery sessions is learning through play. During your time at home with your child please remember to engage with them during their play, talking about what they are doing and developing their creative minds. 

 

Have fun, and remember to upload the activities you do to Tapestry.

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