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Lockdown Home Learning

Thursday 4th March is...

World Book Day!

Click on this link to find out more about what 'World Book Day' is and why we celebrate it!

https://www.worldbookday.com/about-us/

World Book Day 2021

Miss Myszkowski talks about World Book Day 2021

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear song

Miss Myszkowski sings the 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear' rhyme for World Book Day 2021

Mrs Steinman reads Otto the Book Bear

The Bear and the Piano

Miss Myszkowski found another bear in school - this one was playing the piano! It reminded her of the book 'The Bear and the Piano' - have you read that book?

Looks like Mrs Steinman was right... some books have jumped out of books at school!

Mr Bear climbs over a mountain

Mr Bear spotted 'a mountain' in the Nursery garden and wanted to climb it. Sing along at home to the rhyme 'The bear went over the mountain'.

Here are the words for the songs we sang above. There is also some World Book Day guidance for parents and ideas you can explore at home. Have fun reading and singing! Remember children become readers on the laps of their parents!

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

Today we are thinking about alliteration again, but also developing your child’s listening and attention skills.

 

Using the tray of objects collected yesterday ask your child to name all the items they found. Can they remember what was similar about the objects? That’s right they all begin with the same sound! Please do not worry at this stage about them recognising the letters – this is all about them listening and hearing the sounds!

 

Cover the tray with a towel and remove something without your child seeing. What is missing? Encourage them to name all the items and have a guess at what is the missing item! This game is called Kim’s Game. Have fun!

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

Today we are thinking about alliteration. Alliteration is repetition of the same letter or sound and the start of closely connected words. Teaching young children about alliteration helps children tune into sounds, which will help them when learning the individual sounds and letters in preparation for reading and writing later in the year.

 

Go on a hunt at home to find as many things as possible that start with the same sound – you will need to instigate this activity so think in advance about what sound you might like to choose based on what you have readily available e.g. ‘s’ – sock, soap, soup, spoon, sponge etc.

 

Once you have collected the objects, lay them out on a tray and ask your child to name the objects – you do the same really emphasising the initial sound. Keep the tray of treasures handy for tomorrow’s phonics activity! Have fun!

Monday 1st March 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

Today we are thinking about rhyming words as many of the focus texts for the week include rhymes. Words that rhyme have the same sound. Click on the link below to listen to Miss Myszkowski share an idea for a rhyming soup game you can play at home:

 

https://freemantleacademy.primarysite.media/media/silly-soup-rhyming-game-for-nursery

 

Have fun! Don’t forget to explore the weekly activities on the weekly PowerPoint further down the page!

Home Learning Week Commencing Monday 1st March 2021

Please open the PowerPoint document above to explore this weeks suggested home learning activities. Please don't forget to upload anything you are doing at home onto Tapestry, so we can see what you are doing and respond to it. 

 

Best wishes, Miss Myszkowski

Friday 26th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

Today the focus is on listening skills. Click on the link below to listen to a story all about worries.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST3WHJt4fZw 

 

In just over a week we will be returning to Nursery. Please share the book with your child and start to prepare them for this change. Talk together a little each day to remind your child about the fact they will soon be returning and talk about all the fun things they are planning to do. 

 

Don't forget to come back next week for our final week of home learning! Have a lovely, sunny weekend!

Thursday 25th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

This week we are tuning into the sounds instruments can make. 

 

Today Mrs Bevan-Mackie is back again with her guitar. Listen carefully to her singing and playing. When is she playing and singing quietly? When is she playing and singing loudly? Can you use your shaker to join in and play with her? Try and make loud and quiet sounds at the same time as Mrs Bevan-Mackie.

 

This activity will help your child to tune into sounds and listen carefully.

More of Mrs Bevan-Mackie and her guitar

Phonics phase 1

Don't forget to access this week's activities on the PowerPoint further down the page! 

Wednesday 24th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

This week we are tuning into the sounds instruments can make and listening carefully to identify when an instrument is playing or not.

 

I am hoping that you have had time to make a noise maker (shaker). Today I would like you to watch the video of Mrs Bevan-Mackie playing her guitar below and see if you can play your shaker along to the music. Can you stop playing when Mrs Bevan-Mackie says 'stop'?

 

This activity will help your child to tune into sounds and listen carefully.

Mrs Bevan-Mackie plays her guitar

Phonics phase 1

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

This week we are tuning into the sounds instruments can make.

 

I am hoping that you had time to make a noise maker (shaker) yesterday. If not please make one today, as we will be using this all week.

 

After you have made your shaker, sing 'Twinkle twinkle little star', using your shaker to make noises to accompany the song.

 

Next change the words to Twinkle Twinkle but use the same tune i.e. Shake your shaker and sing:

"Shake your shaker in the air,

shake them, shake them everywhere.

Shake them high, shake them low,

Shake them everywhere you go.

Shake your shaker in the air, shake them, shake them everywhere".

 

Can you sing the song in a quiet voice and play your shaker quietly? How about a loud voice? Can your shaker make a loud noise too? What do you prefer?

 

Come back tomorrow afternoon to listen to Miss Bevan-Mackie play her guitar - you will be able to play along at home with your shaker and listen carefully to the sounds you are making. Have fun!

Home Learning Week Commencing Monday 22nd February 2021

Please open the PowerPoint document above to explore this weeks suggested home learning activities. Please don't forget to upload anything you are doing at home onto Tapestry, so we can see what you are doing and respond to it. 

 

Best wishes, Miss Myszkowski

Monday 22nd February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

This week we are tuning into the sounds instruments can make.

 

Today we would like you to make a noise maker. You will need to find a container first. Here are some ideas:

Then find something to put inside your box, rice or pasta works well...

Put the rice or pasta inside your container. Don't forget to seal the ends using either paper and tape, or paper and an elastic band. Once you have finished making your shaker, check it works, and then you could add some stickers or drawings to make it look nice. 

 

Keep your shaker safe... you will need it for tomorrow's activity!

heartHappy Valentines Day for Sunday!heart

 

Perhaps you are planning on making a card for Valentines Day this Sunday? Watch the video below to see Cyril the Squirrel explore some creative work - maybe he will inspire you to do the same!

 

Have a lovely half term and please stay safe. Please check the website and ParentMail after half term for updates on possible return dates, and of course, please come back for more home learning on Monday 22nd February! Best wishes heart

Cyril the squirrel gets creative

Still image for this video

Friday 12th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

This week we have been thinking about body percussion.

 

Today we would like you to choose a favourite story and see if you can create some body percussion to accompany the story. If you don't have one, click on the link below to explore the story of 'The three billy goats gruff'. What sounds could you make in the story - maybe stomp your feet for the troll or tap fingers on the floor to mimic the goats clip-clopping along the bridge? There are no right or wrong sounds - it is completely up to you. Have fun!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QzT1sq6kCY

 

Don't forget to access this week's activities on the PowerPoint further down the page! 

Thursday 11th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

This week we have been thinking about body percussion. Did you have fun creating body percussion along to a favourite song yesterday?

 

Today see if you can make up a 'fun handshake' together. Maybe you can high 5 each other on both sides, stamp feet, jump and then clap? Be as creative as you like! 

 

Feel free to record your special body percussion handshake and upload it onto Tapestry! We would love to see it!

 

Don't forget to access this week's activities on the PowerPoint further down the page! 

Wednesday 10th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

This week we have been thinking about body percussion. Did you have a chance to watch the videos from Monday and Tuesday? Feel free to revisit the videos again.

 

Choose a favourite song and see if you can create some body percussion to accompany the song. You can clap, stomp, tap your head or click your fingers... it's up to you! This activity will help develop your child's awareness of sounds and rhythm.

 

Feel free to record your dance and upload it onto Tapestry! We would love to see and hear your body percussion!

 

Don't forget to access this week's activities on the PowerPoint further down the page! blush

Tuesday 9th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

Today we will continue to explore body percussion - sounds you can make with your body! Click on the link below to create some body percussion along to a bouncy beat. You will need to model the actions for your child to copy. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNjcdfZu3c0

 

This activity will help develop your child's awareness of sounds and rhythm.

Monday 8th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

Today we are thinking about body percussion - that is sounds you can make with your body! Click on the link below to watch a video about body percussion. Afterwards, replay the video and try and join in with the body percussion actions.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW2DY1OpgrI

 

This activity will help develop your child's awareness of sounds and rhythm.

Home Learning Week Commencing Monday 8th February 2021

Please open the PowerPoint document above to explore this weeks suggested home learning activities. Please don't forget to upload anything you are doing at home onto Tapestry, so we can see what you are doing and respond to it. 

 

Best wishes, Miss Myszkowski

Friday 5th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

Click on the link below to play a fun listening game: 

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1/sound-starters

 

In the game click on the buttons to listen to sounds and see if you can identify what the sound is and where it is from. it would be good to do this together so you can talk about the sounds. Have fun!

 

This activity will help your child discriminate between different sounds and develop active listening skills. Have fun!

Thursday 4th February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

Find a selection of noise makers from around your home e.g. a crisp packet, some keys, some coins in a pot, a squeaky toy or rattle, some foil, a sweet wrapper etc.

 

Explore making loud and quiet noises with the noise makers. Take it in turns to hide the noise makers behind the sofa and use one to make a sound - can the other person guess what is making the sound?

 

This activity will help your child discriminate between different sounds and develop active listening skills. Have fun!

 

Of course, don't forget to explore this weeks PowerPoint further down the page to explore lots of activities about the book 'Socks'. We love seeing your work on Tapestry, so please don't forget to share all of your home learning with us!

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

To follow on from the activity yesterday click on the link below to explore an interactive game using farm animals:

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1/welcome-to-the-zoo

 

First ask your child to listen carefully to the sounds the animals make and see if they can make the same sounds.

 

Next, play the 'Guess the animal' game together: guess which animal is hiding in the box by listening to the animal sound. Have fun!

 

This activity will help your child discriminate between different sounds and help them use their voices to make and replicate sounds they hear. Have fun!

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

Do you have any farm animals at home? If not can you search for some on the internet? ask your child to pick an animal and make the sound the animal makes e.g. pig = oink oink, cow = moooo. Have fun making the animal sounds loud or quiet, or experiment with long sounds e.g. moooooooooooooo or short sounds e.g. squeak. 

 

This activity will help your child discriminate between different sounds and help them use their voices to make and replicate sounds they hear. Have fun!

Collins Big Cat Books

 

Hopefully you will have received a ParentMail informing you that you now have access to a range of online books. We have extended this membership for our Nursery pupils to give parents the option to access and read new reading books at home with their children in the absence of libraries being open due to the national lockdown. 

 

We do not expect your child to be able to read these books - sharing these books will provide another way for you to explore books together and read for pleasure if you do not feel you have access to enough literature at home.

 

Please watch the video below for instructions about how to log in and access the selection of books we have assigned to your child. The ParentMail should have given information about your child's username and login details. Thank you

Collins e-reader

Watch this quick video to learn how to log in and access the Collins books we have assigned to your child.

Phonics Phase 1

 

A common question from nursery parents is 'When should I teach my child letters and letter sounds (phonics). At nursery level there is a great deal of early phonic learning that needs to happen before children learn their letters and sounds. We call this phase Letters and sounds Phase 1. Watch the video below to learn about the different phases we teach in our academy.

 

As we know we are going to be home for at least another month, from today, each day (in addition to the weekly PowerPoint below) we will post ideas for activities you can do with your child at home to strengthen their understanding of phase 1 phonics. 

Phonics Phases Explained | Phases 1-6

Most schools teach Phonics skills in a particular order, known as 'phases'. In this video, I explain what is involved in each phase, from 1 to 6.⭐ Phonics Pl...

Monday 1st February 2021

 

Phonics Phase 1 Daily focus:

It looks like it is not going to rain today so for today's focus take your child on a listening walk - when you are on your walk, take time to pause and listen - what can you hear? What can your child hear? Point out things for them and label what is making the sound - do this in full sentences and encourage your child to do the same e.g. I can hear a bird singing in the tree. I can hear people talking. Have fun on your walk!

 

This activity will help your child discriminate between different environmental sounds and develop effective listening skills.

Home Learning Week Commencing Monday 1st February 2021

Please open the PowerPoint document above to explore this weeks suggested home learning activities. Please don't forget to upload anything you are doing at home onto Tapestry, so we can see what you are doing and respond to it. 

 

Best wishes, Miss Myszkowski

Home Learning Week Commencing Monday 25th January 2021

Please open the PowerPoint document above to explore this weeks suggested home learning activities. Please don't forget to upload anything you are doing at home onto Tapestry, so we can see what you are doing and respond to it. 

 

Best wishes, Miss Myszkowski

Home Learning Week Commencing Monday 18th January 2021

Please open the PowerPoint document above to explore this weeks suggested home learning activities. Please don't forget to upload anything you are doing at home onto Tapestry, so we can see what you are doing and respond to it. 

 

Best wishes, Miss Myszkowski

Hello, thank you to those parents who have been sharing home learning onto Tapestry. One of our lovely children enjoyed making the penguin in his home learning pack. In my response to the child I told him I knew a story about a penguin. Here is a YouTube link for the story 'Geronimo' By David Walliams. We hope you enjoy listening to it. 

Geronimo by David Walliams.

This is the edited audio book Geronimo, narrated by Brendan Brumby. - The penguin who thought he could fly!

Home Learning Week Commencing Monday 11th January 2021

Please open the PowerPoint document above to explore this weeks suggested home learning activities. Please don't forget to upload anything you are doing at home onto Tapestry, so we can see what you are doing and respond to it. 

 

Best wishes, Miss Myszkowski

Spring Term 2021

 

We will begin this term by exploring the season of winter. Go on a local walk together and talk about the signs of winter you can see - this is a great activity for encouraging your child to listen and attend carefully, but also a perfect way of learning and extending new vocabulary in context. Take some pictures on your walk, and then explore the photos another time to see if your child can use words to describe what they can see in the pictures. Can they use lots of describing words to describe things too e.g. I can see some cold, crispy leaves. Have fun and remember to wrap up warm! Again... a perfect opportunity to develop your child's independence skills by supporting them to get their own coat, hat, scarf and gloves on!

Fine motor skills

Many parents worry about trying to teach their child how to write letters and numbers, but please don't worry about this! We have plenty of time in Reception to learn how to form letters correctly to write. The most important thing at Nursery is ensuring children spend lots of time developing their fine motor skills... i.e. strengthening their hand muscles!

You can of course spend time drawing and mark making too and of course developing that effective tripod pencil grasp! Have a look at the photo for some fine motor skill activities you could try at home. Perhaps you and your child could draw a picture of things that make you think of winter... don't forget to talk about the marks you make!

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