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Good news....... Good news...........Good news, we are opening for all year groups in September; we are so excited and looking forward to seeing all the children returning.........remember to keep an eye out for further information............... The last day of term for children including our key worker families, is Friday 10th July- The academy reopens 1st to 4th September..... and we say a very sad but fond farewell to all of our children, especially our year 6's. We wish you the very best of luck at your new schools and invite you back to see us at any time............ you will all be missed.
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Monday 13th July 2020

Home Learning Week 15

 

This is our last week of home learning before we finish for the summer holiday. This week I am going to draw your attention to some 'Top Talking Tips' and reading activities which would be beneficial to consider when playing and interacting with your children over the forthcoming weeks. Please remember to work on your child's independence skills and consider the advice shared during the recent parent meetings you had with our Nursery or Reception staff. Thank you for your ongoing support and for taking the time to explore our home learning activities. We hope you have a lovely summer holiday and continue to stay safe and take precautions during these strange and uncertain times. Best wishes from Freemantle Nursery

Choosing online apps for your child and supporting learning at home

 

There are lots of apps advertised as being 'educational', but how do you decide which ones are right for your child? The National Literacy Trust says a good way of deciding is by carrying out a FEED test:

 

Fun: Will your child enjoy the app and will it keep their attention?

Educational: Is there a clear educational aim? Do you know what your child will learn?

Engaging: Will it help your child if they get stuck and give them feedback?

Design: Is it attractive and easy to use? Is it inclusive and safe to use?

 

You can find more information and advice on the sites below:

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-apps-pilot-home-learning-environment/home-learning-environment-early-years-apps-parent-guidance

https://small-talk.org.uk/

https://ican.org.uk/

 

Developing Independence Skills

 

Now is a really good time to practise some independence skills, especially if your child is due to start school in September. Can your child get themselves dressed and undressed? If they can perhaps you could use a timer and see if they can challenge themselves to get quicker at doing this. Can they use cutlery independently? Perhaps they can also help with supervised cutting. Can they pour their own drink from a jug? Playing with jugs and cups in the bath tub would be a great way of practising this skill. Can they put their own shoes and socks on and manage the fastenings? Can they do up a zip or buttons on a coat? Can they manage their own hygiene when visiting the toilet? These are all really good things to practise and refine over the forthcoming weeks.

6th July 2020

Home Learning Week 14

 

Hello everyone. We hope you are all safe and well. Not long now until we finish for the summer holiday. Please feel free to revisit any of the suggested activities from previous weeks and continue to work on developing your children's independence skills ready for September. If your child is coming to our Reception class in school you should have had the opportunity to come in and meet your new teachers. If your child is remaining in Nursery you should have been into school for a meeting with Miss Myszkowski. If this is not the case please ring the school on 02380227925 and ask to speak to Miss Myszkowski who will be happy to help. Stay safe and best wishes.

Lets go on a listening walk

 

Click on the document below to print out a set of listening ears you can make with your child. Alternatively if you do not have a printer then feel free to make your own set of ears using paper and card. Once you have made the ears ask your child to wear them and go on a listening walk. Ask them to listen really carefully and tell you all about the sounds they can hear. Can they identify what is making the sound? This activity is really good for Phonics Phase 1 and the better they can tune into sounds and discriminate between sounds the easier they will find tuning into phonic sounds for reading and writing.

What else can I do?

 

Have a look at the website below (specifically the 3-5 year old section) for some more ideas of things you might like to try with your children at home. There are some ideas and also a selection of recommended websites and apps you may like to explore.

 

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you and your children are all safe and well.

 

As I know you’ll be aware, reading is one of the most fundamentally important parts of your child's education. Next year, I will be taking on the role of reading lead at Freemantle and I am very keen to hear your thoughts regarding your child's reading habits and education and reading in general.

 

Please could you take five minutes to respond to the survey linked below. Reading relies on a strong home-school partnership, so your views are really important to us.

 

As a thank you, everybody who completes the survey will be entered into a draw to win one of three Amazon vouchers.

 

Thank you for your support; your responses will help us to ensure we are doing everything we can to support your child's education.

 

Either of the two links below will take you to the survey. Everyone who completes the survey before Friday July 3rd will be entered into the draw for the Amazon vouchers.

 

bit.ly/3dz1smX

 

https://forms.gle/2pePnZ4Ffg8VPnTA7

  

Kind regards.

 

Mr Seymour

29.6.2020

Home Learning Week 13

 

I can't quite believe that I have just written 'week 13'! I want to say thank you to all of you who have accessed our home learning offer and a huge well done to all of you for getting through this challenging period. As we start to wind down for the summer I will post some suggestions for home learning, but also want you to take this time to enjoy some quality time together as a family. Many of you will have children starting school in September and will have had correspondence from school giving you tasks to explore together over the summer. If your child is not starting school in September, then time spent reading together and in the great outdoors is time well spent in preparation for another year at nursery. We are hoping that the Covid-19 threat continues to lessen and hopeful that 'normal' life will resume in time. Sending best wishes to all our families from the nursery team.

Bake some star biscuits with your 'star' children

Reading together

 

Please continue to spend time sharing books together. Don't forget you can explore some free books online using the links below:

 

https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/teacherlogin.aspx

 

parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Parents20!

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+9-11&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#

 

Username: Freemantle0r

Password: Freemantle0R

Information for parents

 

The University of Chichester have produced a really useful booklet for parents who are promoting and supporting early learning at home. It is full of lots of activities you can do at home to support your child's development and includes lots of information about supporting your child across all seven areas of learning. Please click on the link to access the document.

 

https://www.skipforeyeducators.co.uk/booklet/covid19_familybooklet.pdf

Limiting screen time and staying safe

 

Think U Know has launched some really useful videos and activity packs for parents to explore with their children at home to ensure children know how to stay safe online. There are activities suitable for children from 4 years old and up. Click on the link below to find out more.

 

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/early-years/

 

We know children have probably had more screen time than usual because of the lockdown situation, but moving forward it is important that we try and limit time spent on devices. Have a look at the top tip below for a guide on how much screen time is recommended.

What does summer mean to you?

 

Talk with your child about the season summer. What does summer mean to you? What does it make you think of? What smell does it have? What food do you think of? What colours do you think of? What places do you like to visit? Consider these questions while talking about the season and motivate your child to do the same. Perhaps you could make a picture or poster about summer. It could be a drawing or a collage of pictures out of magazines or found on the Internet, or even drawn using a drawing app on a computer. Have fun!

What else can I do?

 

Have a look at the website below (specifically the 3-5 year old section) for some more ideas of things you might like to try with your children at home. There are some ideas and also a selection of recommended websites and apps you may like to explore.

 

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3

22.6.2020

Home Learning Week 12

 

Hello everyone. We hope you are all staying safe and well. Here are some more activities you may like to explore this week. As always, please feel free to revisit any of the activities shared in previous weeks. Perhaps you can talk with your child about the activities they have enjoyed the most and ask them if there is anything they would like to do again. Most importantly do whatever you feel you can manage and enjoy spending time with your children. Have fun! 

 

Developing a strong core

 

It is important for children to have a strong core, i.e. strong back and tummy muscles, as this helps develop their gross motor skills which support their fine motor skills. Both of these help us with activities involving the use of our hands including writing. Watch the Cosmic Kids Yoga clip linked below to learn how to make a boat pose, which is great for developing a strong core. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=087jZDgANTM#:~:text=boat%20pose%20coming%20to%20sit,our%20back%20and%20tummy%20muscles.

Fine Motor Activities

 

Fine motor activities refine the small muscles which control our hands, fingers and thumbs. Little hands need to develop dexterity and strength before they are able to draw and write effectively. If your child finds mark making difficult, they should spend some time exploring activities which strengthen their fine motor skills first. Have a look at the document below for some fine motor skill ideas you can explore together at home. 

Name writing

 

When your child has well developed fine motor skills they are ready to refine their use of pens and pencils. We encourage the children to develop a dynamic tripod grip when holding and using pens and pencils as this will support them when writing for longer periods. Please fine some time to support your child to write their name, remembering a capital letter at the start and lowercase letters for their rest of their name. It is also good to spend some time learning what their name looks like so they can recognise it on their peg and personal items as well as be able to write their name on anything they make. If you child is struggling with using pens and pencils then there are other things you can do to explore name writing. Have a look at the list below for some ideas:

 

  • write names in chalk outside
  • spray shaving foam in a tray and trace name onto it
  • pour salt into a tray and trace their name in the salt
  • using finger paints to trace their name using their index fingers
  • write their name using a highlighter pen and ask your child to use a pencil to trace over their name
  • write their name on a blackboard and then use a cotton bud and water to trace over it and erase it

 

Cooking together

 

A lovely activity to do together at home is cooking. There are so many links to different curriculum areas such as maths (thinking about amounts, including more and less), language (learning new words), science (describing changes) and so on. Below are some suggested recipes for things you might like to try at home:

 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/iced-fairy-cakes

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chocolate-rice-krispie-cakes

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/smoothie

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/rainbow-fruit-skewers

https://www.myfussyeater.com/diy-pitta-naan-bread-pizza-kids-recipe/

Jack and the beanstalk

 

Follow the link below to listen to the story of Jack and the beanstalk. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5rxfLRgXRE

 

Stories play a vital role in the growth and development of young children and traditional tales are usually ones that are familiar to parents and therefore great for retelling and discussing together. After listening to the story help your child to identify the characters and talk about their qualities. Can they remember what happened in the story? What happened at the end?

Jack and the beanstalk physical challenge

 

Why not explore some body movements using the story as a stimulus:

 

Walk on the spot.

Pretend to climb up the beanstalk.

Tip toe into the castle and stretch up high to knock on the door.

Crouch down and hide.

Run on the spot.

Climb down the beanstalk.

Lunge to chop the beanstalk down.

Junk Model Giant

 

Why not explore some junk modelling together using some old packaging, newspapers or anything else you have spare at home. Perhaps you could make one of the characters from the Jack and the beanstalk story? For example, you could make a cow or a giant. Think about the body parts and facial features your character has. What could you use to recreate these? Compare the shapes and talk about what things work best and why. Think about whether you are making a large model or a smaller one. The choice us yours! Have fun!

15.6.2020

Home Learning Week 11

 

Hello everyone. We hope you are all safe and well. As mentioned previously, please feel free to revisit any of the previous weeks home learning ideas or talk with your child about the things they have enjoyed doing the most. Don't forget this Sunday is Father's Day and perhaps this is something you will celebrate in your family. We hope you enjoy the activities. Have fun and stay safe. Best wishes from the nursery team.

Fathers Day

 

Sunday 21st June is Fathers Day. It is a day to honour fathers and father figures such as grandads and uncles. If you celebrate this day in your family perhaps you could make a card or picture together. Have a look at the photos below for some ideas. Don't forget to try and write your name inside the card. 

Nature Frames

 

To follow on from the nature inspired artwork shared in previous weeks we have another idea you might like to try at home. Find a piece of cardboard and cut a shape out for your child (see photograph). Lay the frame on different backgrounds and talk about what you can see. Perhaps take pictures of what you can see so you can revisit the photos at another time and discuss the patterns, shapes and colours.

The Everywhere Bear

 

Listen to Julia Donaldson's story 'The Everywhere Bear' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crEznjM1BDk&feature=youtu.be

Do you have a favourite bear or doll at home? What adventures do you go on? Talk to your grown up about your adventures. Can you draw a picture of your bear or doll? Perhaps you could draw a picture showing one of your adventures. Talk to your grown up about your picture and the choices you have made. 

There is also an activity pack from Polka Theatre linked here: https://polkatheatre.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Family-Activity-Pack-v1.pdf which you may like to explore.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

 

Here is another episode of Cosmic Kids Yoga. We hope you enjoy your yoga session! Namaste!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhWDiQRrC1Y

 

Afterwards perhaps you would like to revisit the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXHScpo_Vv8

 

Have a look at the video below for a tutorial on how to make a moving caterpillar. You will need paper, scissors and a straw.

How to make a Moving paper caterpillar

Very easy fun moving paper caterpillar for kids. Easy paper toys for kids how to make superheroes corner bookmarks https://youtu.be/2eVKArhP4n8 how to make p...

Science Time

 

I know a few of our children enjoyed some of the rainbow experiments we shared in previous weeks. Here is a simple experiment you could try at home. Take a piece of kitchen roll and felt tip pens, then draw rainbow colours at either side of the kitchen roll. Place each coloured end of the paper into jars or glasses of water. Now wait and watch. As the paper absorbs the water the colour will travel up the paper and form a rainbow. 

Reading together

 

Please continue to spend time sharing books together. Miss Myszkowski will make some more story time videos this week. In the meantime don't forget you can explore some free books online using the links below:

 

Scroll down to find links for books you can read online:

 

https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/teacherlogin.aspx

 

parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Parents20!

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+9-11&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#

 

Username: Freemantle0r

Password: Freemantle0R

Developing Independence Skills

 

Now is a really good time to practise some independence skills, especially if your child is due to start school in September. Can your child get themselves dressed and undressed? If they can perhaps you could use a timer and see if they can challenge themselves to get quicker at doing this. Can they use cutlery independently? Perhaps they can also help with supervised cutting. Can they pour their own drink from a jug? Playing with jugs and cups in the bath tub would be a great way of practising this skill. Can they put their own shoes and socks on and manage the fastenings? Can they do up a zip or buttons on a coat? Can they manage their own hygiene when visiting the toilet? These are all really good things to practise and refine over the forthcoming weeks.

8.6.2020

Home Learning Week 10

 

Hello everyone. We hope you are all safe and well. Here are some more ideas for things you might like to explore together this week. Equally, please feel free to follow your children's interests and explore your own ideas. Have fun and stay safe!

 

Pretend Play

 

Use whatever props or costumes you have at home to support your child to dress up and act out different scenarios e.g. shop and shop keeper, hairdresser, police officer. Enjoy taking it in turns to play different roles. Where possible, model writing for a purpose with your child e.g. write a shopping list or write a bill, as this shows children that writing holds meaning and has a purpose. Talk to your child about what they enjoyed most and who they enjoyed being. Most importantly have fun. 

Number Rhymes

 

In nursery we love singing number rhymes; not only is it a fun activity, but it is also really helpful in developing number sense. When singing the rhymes and counting forwards or backwards we can ask our children how many they have and whether is it more or less than they previously had. Have a listen to the following rhymes and sing along at home.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mi79hRcSXI

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNNBHQTfb8k

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj3N5ihqYjI

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_1-TrP9jwA

 

You can also find lots of things in and around your home to count:

Count how many birds can you see out of your window or in your garden.

How many flowers can you see?

How many bugs can you find?

Challenge: Can you try and write the numbers you find? If you have access to a garden, perhaps use chalk to have a go a writing your numbers on a wall or floor. 

 

I spy...

 

Have a look at the picture and the checklist (see attached documents). Can you look at the picture and find all of the things in the checklist. Pick one object at a time, label it and then search for it. when you have found it, name it again and perhaps put that word into a sentence. Remember to use your 'good looking' skills to find as many things as you can. Good luck!

Curious eyes

 

If you enjoyed playing I spy, perhaps you could play it with a grown up by looking at things around your home or outside your window. Click on the link below for a template to make some 'Curious Eyes' coutesy of the Eden Project which you could look through when playing the game.

 

https://www.edenproject.com/sites/default/files/documents/curious_eyes_template.pdf

Rhyming Game

 

Click on the rhyming game PowerPoint for a fun rhyming game to explore together. See if your child can identify all the items in the pictures. Do they know which ones rhyme (sound the same)? Explore the game together to find all the items that rhyme. 

3D House model

 

Have a look at the picture below. If you have an old cardboard box, perhaps you can cut two house shapes with slits and assemble a 3D house model. Then support your child to use whatever resources you have at home to decorate the house and bring it to life. The beauty of this project is that every house will look different. Have fun!

Developing Independence Skills

 

Now is a really good time to practise some independence skills, especially if your child is due to start school in September. Can your child get themselves dressed and undressed? If they can perhaps you could use a timer and see if they can challenge themselves to get quicker at doing this. Can they use cutlery independently? Perhaps they can also help with supervised cutting. Can they pour their own drink from a jug? Playing with jugs and cups in the bath tub would be a great way of practising this skill. Can they put their own shoes and socks on and manage the fastenings? Can they do up a zip or buttons on a coat? Can they manage their own hygiene when visiting the toilet? These are all really good things to practise and refine over the forthcoming weeks.

Information for parents

 

The University of Chichester have produced a really useful booklet for parents who are promoting and supporting early learning at home. It is full of lots of activities you can do at home to support your child's development and includes lots of information about supporting your child across all seven areas of learning. Please click on the link to access the document.

 

https://www.skipforeyeducators.co.uk/booklet/covid19_familybooklet.pdf

What else can I do?

 

Have a look at the website below (specifically the 3-5 year old section) for some more ideas of things you might like to try with your children at home. There are some ideas and also a selection of recommended websites and apps you may like to explore.

 

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3

1.6.2020

Home Learning Week 9

 

Hello everyone. We hope you are all staying safe and well. Here are some more activities you may like to explore this week. As always, please feel free to revisit any of the activities shared in previous weeks. Perhaps you can talk with your child about the activities they have enjoyed the most and ask them if there is anything they would like to do again. The weather is going to be lovely again, so we hope you manage to enjoy some sunshine together. Have fun! 

Reading together

 

Please continue to spend time sharing books together. Miss Myszkowski will make some more story time videos this week. In the meantime don't forget you can explore some free books online using the links below:

 

Scroll down to find links for books you can read online:

 

https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/teacherlogin.aspx

 

parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Parents20!

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+9-11&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#

 

Username: Freemantle0r

Password: Freemantle0R

Scavenger Hunt!

 

Here is another scavenger hunt you might like to try. Have fun exploring! Afterwards perhaps you can draw some pictures of all the things you were able to find. Did you find everything on the list?

 

Colour hunt!

 

Or perhaps you might like to try going on a colour hunt. This time instead of searching for specific objects you will need to look for things that are specific colours. Good luck!

Rock fun

 

If you are lucky enough to have a garden or perhaps now able to go a little further for a walk, then perhaps you could find some stones that you could use to make some creations. Have a look at the pictures below. We found some stones that we were able to look at and compare sizes, we then carefully balanced the stones to make arrangements. How many stones can you stack in one tower? Which is the tallest/shortest?

Or perhaps you can study the stones you find and see if they remind you of something else. have a look at this stone Miss Myszkowski found at the beach... what do you think it looks like? Clue... Miss Myszkowski thinks it looks like the head of something that swims in the sea!
Or perhaps if you have some Sharpie marker pens or paints at home you could try painting the stones. Have a look at the photo below for some ideas. Maybe the rock has some marking or dents that give you ideas for things you could make? Maybe you could paint different patterns onto each stone such as spots, zigzags or stripes? There is no right or wrong way to do this, the most important thing is to have fun creating!

Frozen Creations

 

Last week we suggested you collect some things from your garden or on a walk and use these things to create a picture. Instead perhaps you could put some natural things into a mould or ice cube tray, fill it with water and then put in the freezer. After a few hours take your frozen creations out of the freezer and examine your frozen creations.

Soap Foam Sensory Play

 

Many children love the sensory experience of mixing materials. Here is a fun activity you could try... Mix a cup of water with a squirt of washing up liquid and add a little bit of food colouring. Use a food mixer to mix the materials and make a foam. Then put the mixture into a bowl and add some whisks and toys. Have fun exploring the soap foam!

Managing worries

 

During what is a very unusual and uncertain time, some children may be feeling anxious or wondering why they are not taking part in their usual routines. Have a look at the top tips on the slide below for some ways of approaching worries with young children.

Cutting fun

 

We have mentioned before about how useful it is to support your child to use scissors and practise often to refine their technique. If your child enjoys cutting out simple shapes, perhaps you could experiment doing this using different types of paper to provide different levels of challenge. Afterwards perhaps you could arrange the shapes to make pictures. Have a look at the photos below for some ideas.

Marvellous Mark Making and Giving Thanks

 

Talk to your grown ups about people who have helped you recently. Who can you think of? How did they help you? Did they help you once or do they often help you? Have you thanked this person for their help? It is always good to say thank you to people who help us. Giving thanks shows people we value and appreciate them, and it also helps them to feel good.

Perhaps you can choose one person and make them a special picture or card. Ask your grown up to help you write a special thank you message to this person. Don't forget to write your name so they know who it is from. Remember when writing your name you need to use a capital letter for the first letter.

Create your own obstacle course

 

Here is a fun ideas for you to try... perhaps you can create a mini obstacle course. Have a look at the slide below for some ideas of things you could try. If you have limited space, perhaps do one challenge at a time. Have fun!

Cosmic Kids Yoga

 

Here is another episode of Cosmic Kids Yoga. We hope you enjoy your yoga session! Namaste!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inyw6mM4xTU

25.5.2020

Home Learning Week 8

 

Hello everyone. This week would have been our half term week, so please do not feel as though you have to do any of the suggested activities. While we are lucky enough to have such gorgeous weather I hope you can take some time to get some fresh air, either by playing in your garden if you have one, or going for a walk with your family. Remember physical activity is really important for young children as it helps to build core muscle strength. This is so important for developing strength and control, which is important for other activities such as writing! Don't forget to apply lots of sun cream and wear a hat to protect your eyes and neck from the sun! Parents here is an article you can read about sun safety: https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/how-be-sun-safe

Why can't I hug my friends at the moment?

 

All the restrictions surrounding the lockdown and staying safe are a little daunting for young children. Some children may not understand why they cannot see their friends or why they need to keep a safe distance from others. Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar have released a lovely story, which helps children understand what other things they can still currently do. Click on the YouTube link below for the illustrations and words to read the story aloud to your children.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnFrPaRgY

Save the bees

 

Wednesday 20th May was 'World Bee Day'. It was a day to celebrate the lovely bees that are needed by 75% of the world's crop species... so in actual fact, bees really are superheroes! Did you know, there are almost 250 species of bees? To celebrate the wonderful little creatures we would like you to make your own bee. You can use anything you have at home, paper, junk, crayons or paints, and use the materials to make your own bee. Below are some photographs to give you some ideas. Afterwards perhaps you would like to look at this beautifully illustrated book by Britta Teckentrup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5rTs5TE0kc 

Continuing to create using natural materials...

 

Last week we suggested you use things found in your garden or on a walk to create a natural picture. It was so lovely to see E's creation. Remember you can always email any work to Mr Luxford on adam.luxford@freemantleschool.co.uk and he will share it on our Facebook page.

This week we thought you could create another picture. Can you use leaves and twigs and anything else you might find to recreate a character from a book or make an animal or creature? Here is something Miss Myszkowski and her daughter created at home using leaves, dead flower petals and grass... do you recognise who it is?

Here is another book character...
Or perhaps you could use natural materials to decorate an accessory, such as wings, a wand or a crown? If you have cardboard and double sided tape you can ask your grown up to cut a shape out and add the tape. You can then stick some things onto the tape and make your own creation! Please remember to ask your grown up before you pick anything up! Here is an idea you could try...
Or if you prefer to explore something more open ended, perhaps you could mix up your own creations by mixing materials. Ask your grown up for some resources you can mix together e.g. leaves, petals, flour, water, vinegar, bicarbonate of soda etc and some containers or tins. Have fun making your own natural potions!

Fine motor skills

 

Lots of our children will soon be preparing to move up to big school. 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.

Mark making on a large scale

 

Do you have any envelopes at home? If so, here is a lovely idea you might want to try. Open the flap of an envelope and look at the shape... what does it remind you of? I think it looks like a house,but where are the windows or the door? Oh no... they have disappeared! Can you draw them on? What shapes will you use? Will they be big or small? How many sides and corners does your chosen shape have? Why not make another house, but this time use different shapes or different numbers of shapes. Then, if you have some large paper or wallpaper, perhaps you could stick the houses to make a street. Can you add a road? What about adding numbers on the doors? What else can you add? Have fun making envelope houses and your own street! We would love to see your creations!

Talking tips

 

One of the most important ways you can support your child during lockdown is to engage in lots of conversation together. Children need to develop an understanding of the importance of two way conversation, taking it in turns to talk, and listening intently to the person talking. Have a look at the pictures below for some ideas for things you could talk about. Can you explain what you are doing as you are doing it, thus providing a running commentary? This is good to expose your child to new language, using the opportunity to explain any unknown words e.g. "I'm turning the taps on and the water is coming out. I'm putting bubble bath in. Wow, look at the bubbles!" Have a go. 

More cutting...

 

We have suggested you support your child to refine their use of scissors as part of your home learning. Sometimes children like to make a finished product, although this is not essential! Have a look at the photo below... if you have some card at home, cut some feather shapes out for your child and support them to use scissors to make snips all around the shape to bring the feather to life. Afterwards perhaps you could attach string to the feathers and hang them from a branch to make a mobile.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

 

Here is another episode of Cosmic Kids Yoga. This time the yoga session is based on the story 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen. We hope you enjoy your yoga session! Namaste!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAT5NiWHFIU 

18.5.2020

Home Learning Week 7

 

Hello dear children and parents! We hope you are staying safe and well at home. Please feel free to revisit any of the previous suggested activities, as repetition is very important for early learning. We have also got some more suggested activities below for you to explore this week. Have fun!

 

Warmest wishes from the Nursery Team

Reading together

 

We hope you are finding time to share books together. Don't forget you can explore some free books online using the links below:

 

Scroll down to find links for books you can read online:

 

https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/teacherlogin.aspx

 

parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Parents20!

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+9-11&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#

 

Username: Freemantle0r

Password: Freemantle0R

Nature pictures

 

Previously we shared an idea of using natural treasures to create artwork. Have a look at the leaf pictures below. Perhaps this time you can combine leaves with pens and other craft materials to create your own pictures. What do the shapes make you think of? What could you turn the leaves into? Have fun!

Are you being a 'good egg' at home?

 

Enjoy listening to this story together on You Tube: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6TjVmTOVGs

 

Are you being good at home? What are you doing to help your mummy or daddy? What other things can you do to be a 'good egg'? Have a chat together about how everyone is feeling and what you can do together to feel happy. Think of a nice activity you can do that will make everyone feel good.

Science experiments using eggs

 

If you enjoyed that story perhaps you might like to explore some fun science experiments using eggs? Click on the link below to find some ideas and choose an experiment to explore.

 

https://www.science-sparks.com/10-egg-science-experiments/

Things to look forward to jar

 

We realise this is a difficult time for everyone right now and you are not able to do the things you most enjoy. Click on the document below for instructions on how to make a 'Things to look forward to jar'. Help your child decorate a jar or cup and make it look really beautiful. Think of things you would really like to do when lockdown is over. Record these ideas on pieces of paper either by scribing for your child or asking them to draw pictures. If you are feeling sad, have a look at the things you are going to do and perhaps even add some more! Have faith. Stay safe.

Maths - The very busy spider

 

Open the document below and explore pattern through creating spider webs. This work was intended for Reception, so you may want to simplify it for your child by counting up to 5 when counting spiders onto their web. 

Active Maths

 

Choose a form of exercise e.g. star jumps... roll a dice, identify the number and do that many star jumps. Repeat for different numbers or different exercises e.g. hops, jumps etc. 

 

Make a target using a pot, chalk on the floor or bucket. Find things to throw towards the target e.g. balls, soft toys etc. How many things did you get in the target? How many did you miss? Repeat.

Bedtime Routine

 

Enjoy listening to the story 'Peace at last' by Jill Murphy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U9y35kWBvM

 

What is your bedtime routine? Do you have a bath? Brush your teeth? Have a bedtime story? Talk to your grown up about your bedtime routine and draw some pictures to show the things you do. Can you put the pictures in order to sequence your routine. What happens first, next, last?

Junk model instruments

 

Challenge your child to make a musical instrument loud enough to keep Mr Bear awake! Have a look at the site below for ideas on things you could make:

 

https://blog.kidadl.com/articles/eight-diy-musical-instruments-for-under-fives

Cosmic Kids Yoga: Tommy the Bedtime Turtle

 

Explore the Cosmic Kids Yoga episode: Tommy the Bedtime Turtle. Can you make the yoga moves together? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCLW77sABTc

 

Afterwards perhaps you could sing the song 'I am a tiny turtle'? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FedGgBn9giM

13 great YouTube videos for preschool children

 

Have a read of this article to explore some tried and tested online activities with your children:

 

https://blog.kidadl.com/articles/youtube-videos-toddlers

The Montessori Approach

 

Read this great article about the Montessori approach to early learning. At our nursery we cherry pick ideas from many different approaches to enrich our curriculum and planning. Scroll down to the part about home activities to do with children aged 2+. Here you will find lots of great suggestions for activities you can try at home to support your child's fine motor skills, creativity and problem solving.

 

https://blog.kidadl.com/articles/montessori-activities-try-home

Grow salad from vegetable scraps

 

Watch this great CBeebies video to learn how to grow produce from vegetable tops such as carrots or beetroot. Maybe this is something you could try at home!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/dotf-vegetable-scraps?collection=have-fun-at-home

11.5.2020

Home Learning Week 6

 

Hello to all our families. We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. Below are some more activities you may want to explore with your children over the next week. Please feel free to revisit any of the tasks shared in previous weeks, or adapt them to suit. Please find time to share books with your children... it is one of the best activities you can do to help them build solid foundations for future learning. Scroll down to find links for books you can read online:

 

https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/teacherlogin.aspx

 

parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Parents20!

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+9-11&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#

 

Username: Freemantle0r

Password: Freemantle0R

A picnic lunch

 

Why not try planning and preparing an indoor or garden picnic to have with your family. You could draw pictures of what you would like to eat and ask your grown up to help you write a list of food you need. Then you could have fun making some placemats by decorating sheets of paper for everyone coming to the picnic. Next ask your grown up if you can help them prepare the food to eat. Find a blanket and lay out the food and placemats. Enjoy your picnic together. Maybe you could take a picture and send it to us so we can see you enjoying your picnic! Have fun!

Making flowers using egg boxes

 

Do you have any spare egg boxes at home. Have a look at the photograph below for some inspiration of what you could make with them. Here the artist has cut up egg boxes and used paint and straws to make them look like flowers. Perhaps you could make something at home from junk... have a look through the recycling bin and see what you can find. Use glue, tape or any other resources you may have at home to come up with some junk model creations of your own.

 

Nursery Rhymes

 

Here are song song words for you to sing along to some of our favourite nursery rhymes:

 

Indoor or Outdoor Hunts...

 

Why not go on a special hunt to find things at home or outside. Have a look at the lists below for ideas...

Shadow drawing...

 

With all the lovely sunny weather we are having it is perfect to try some shadow drawing. Lay some toys out on paper and see if your child can draw around the shadows they make. Afterwards they could colour the outlines in to make beautiful artwork.

Exploring Ice

 

An activity we sometimes do at nursery is to freeze things into ice and then allow the children to explore the ice and use tools to see if they can discover what has been frozen. This is something you could try at home. Perhaps find some small toys you can freeze into ice cube trays or into small containers. When frozen, tip them into a large tray/bucket and talk about what might be hidden. As the ice melts talk about what they can see and whether their guesses were correct.

Supertato Veggies in the Valley of doom - Books Alive! Read Aloud kids book

Books Alive! Read aloud The latest instalment of the Supertato saga by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, think kitchen veg meets Indiana Jones, heart stopping acti...

Super veggies!

 

After reading the Supertato story above, perhaps you could make your own superhero vegetable? Ask your grown up if you can have a vegetable. Use pens, paper or any other craft materials you have at home to turn your vegetable into a superhero. Will you make a Brilliant Broccoli? Or perhaps a Crafty Carrot?

 

Talk to your grown up about your superhero vegetable... what super powers does it have? Is it good like Supertato or bad like the Evil Pea? 

 

Perhaps you could help your grown up prepare some vegetables for dinner... perhaps you could help wash the vegetables or peel them.

Create artwork in the style of Kandinsky

 

Wassily Kandinsky was an abstract artist. He created lots of beautiful bright paintings using lots of shapes. A couple of weeks ago we asked you to practise cutting. Have a look at the photograph below. Why not try cutting lots of circles using coloured paper (or colour in white paper) and then stick them together to make your own Kandinsky inspired artwork. You will need the circles to be different sizes so that you can see the colours when they are stuck down.

Toy Investigation

 

Open the document below to complete a mini investigation about the toys in your home. 

Cosmic Kids Yoga

 

Click the link below for another episode of Cosmic Kids Yoga. This episode is based on the book 'Giraffes can't dance' by Giles Andreae.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMqHy-KvDP0 

Printable Colouring Pages

 

If you have access to a printer then Activity Village are offering free access to lots of printable colouring pages during this closure period. Click on the link below to explore what they have to offer.

 

https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/school-closures 

 

 

4.5.2020

Home Learning Week 5

 

Hello children and parents! We hope you are all staying safe and well. It is time for us to share some more activities you might like to explore at home together this week. Of course, please feel free to repeat any of the activities shared in previous weeks. Repetition is very important for learning in early years and many of the activities can be explored in a range of different ways, such as the stage 1 phonics activities shared last week. We were delighted to see some work from one of our pupils this week. If you would like to share some of your fantastic home learning on our Facebook page, please email Mr Luxford on adam.luxford@freemantleschool.co.uk with the work and a disclaimer that you are happy for us to share it on our social media page. Thank you!

Science Fun

 

This week I thought it would be fun to explore some science education together. Science activities provide children with opportunities to develop and practice many different skills and attributes. These include communication skills, collaborative skills, team working and perseverance, as well as analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills. When exploring the activities encourage your child to talk about what they think might happen or happen next (prediction and observation). Help them understand what is happening in simple terms, then afterwards review what happened when changes were made. Most importantly... have fun!

Skittles 'Create a rainbow'

This is an experiment we have already explored at nursery but one the children really loved. Place Skittles around the edge of a plate. Pour water into the middle of the plate, ensuring all skittles are touching the water. Wait and watch what happens...

Skittles make a pattern...

The same as above but this time allow your child to experiment with creating their own patterns. What happens when water is added?

Germs experiment

This is a good experiment to show children the importance of washing hands. Sprinkle some pepper into a bowl of water. Explain that the pepper shows us germs that can be found on things we touch and usually can't be seen. Ask your child to place a finger in the pepper water. What happens? Hopefully nothing except perhaps they may get some pepper on their finger. Explain that germs can be picked up easily and then moved to other things we touch or in our mouths which can made us poorly. Then ask your child to dip the same finger into washing up liquid. Then put that finger into the pepper water. What happens? Why not try this and see!

Magic moving man!

My daughter and I loved this one, although a word of caution... it did take us several attempts before we got this experiment to work. You will need a whiteboard pen, a shallow bowl or dish and a jug of water. Ask your child to draw a man onto the bottom of the plate. Leave to dry for around 10 minutes. Gently pour water onto the bowl near the man and watch what happens!

Homemade playground chalk

Lots of people have been using chalk to draw rainbows on pavements and walls to share hope during difficult times. Maybe you have found some when going on your daily walk? If you haven't got any chalk, you may have some other ingredients to make your own chalk paints? You need cornflour, food colouring and water. For each colour mix 4 tbsp water with 2 tbsp of cornflour. Add and few drops of food colouring and mix again. Your paints are then ready to use!

Cooking fun!

 

While we are all staying safe at home, it would be really great if occasionally your little ones could help with preparing some simple meals at home. This does not have to be anything complicated. They could pour the cereal and milk for breakfast. Or perhaps they could have fun making animal toast (see photos below). Maybe you could come up with your own creations? All of these jobs are great for developing your child's fine motor skills. There are other ways they could help out too... perhaps they could lay the table for dinner, or perhaps they could help wash up the dishes? Working together is important during lockdown, otherwise some family members may end up doing all the work!

Phase one phonics - Rhyme

 

Click on the link below to watch a video showing a fun rhyming game you could play at home. Can you make some silly rhyming soup at home? What things can you find that rhyme?

 

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

Oi Cat!

 

If you enjoyed listening to Oi dog and Oi frog last week, perhaps this week you could listen to Oi cat!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7G2CNKhDbA

Talking!

 

One of the most important ways you can support your child during lockdown is to engage in lots of conversation together. Children need to develop an understanding of the importance of two way conversation, taking it in turns to talk, and listening intently to the person talking. Have a look at the picture below for some ideas for things you could talk about in the kitchen. Can you explain what you are doing as you are cooking, giving a running commentary? This is good to expose your child to new language, using the opportunity to explain any unknown words e.g. "I'm peeling the potatoes. The skin is quite tough." Have a go. Maybe try this in other rooms.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

 

Click on the link below for another episode of Cosmic Kids yoga. This time it is Trolls themed!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Q6FKF12Qs

Artwork using nature

 

Next time you go on a walk perhaps you could collect some natural materials to make a nature inspired creation, in the style of the famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy. Make sure you check with your grown up before picking anything up. Alternatively if you are lucky enough to have a garden, perhaps you could collect some things from there. Have a look at the photograph below for inspiration. Have fun creating!

CBeebies Fun!

 

Click on the link below to explore the CBeebies website. It has lots of fun games and activities for your children to explore, as well as lots of great programs which are really suitable for nursery children. Have fun exploring. We love some of the maths games and rhymes!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

 

Hey Duggee... be a stay at home hero!

 

Are you a Hey Duggee fan? Click on the link below to find out how you can get your 'Staying at home badge' by being a stay at home hero! There is a chart you can download and print, with activities you can tick off once completed. Lots of the activities relate to home learning ideas we have shared for you on this page, so you may already be able to tick off some tasks! Have fun squirrels!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/earn-your-stay-at-home-badge-hey-duggee

27.4.2020

Home Learning Week 4

 

Hello dear children and parents! We hope you are staying safe and well at home. Please feel free to revisit any of the previous suggested activities, as repetition is very important for early learning. We have also got some more suggested activities below for you to explore this week. Have fun!

 

Warmest wishes from the Nursery Team

Message for parents

A common question we get in nursery 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 phase 1 and also get some handy hints for activities you can do with your children at home to strengthen their understanding of phase 1.

Phonics for 2 & 3 Year Olds? 🤔 | Phonics Phase 1

⭐ Phonics Phases 1-6 Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j71e8D9v9Jo ⭐ Phonics Phase 1 Activities https://youtu.be/rcgKaQS5x1g ⭐ Phonics Playlist https...

Watch the video below and explore some of the Letters and Sounds Phase 1 activities with your children. Have fun!

Phonics Phase 1 Activities | Phonics for 2 & 3 Year Olds

⭐ Find out all about Phase 1 Phonics here: https://youtu.be/8KZeQoYB-gI ⭐ Phonics Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDFqXo8hEdBFJw2FGdO4c3nqXke...

Oi Dog!

Watch the video below to listen to a retelling of the story Oi Dog! Discuss the meaning of any unknown words. Can your children identify the rhyming words?

Oi Dog! - Books Alive! Read Aloud book for kids

Books Alive! Read aloud Oi Dog! the second book in the hilarious rhyming children's Oi book series by Kes Gray and Jim Field...it has to rhyme! More funny re...

If you enjoyed that story, why not try another book from the series... Oi Frog!

Oi Frog! - Books Alive! Read Aloud book for kids

Books Alive! Read aloud Oi Frog! The First in the hilarious rhyming children's "Oi" book series by Kes Gray and Jim Field. Who sits on what? Frog is in for a...

Creative Cutting

 

Using scissors is an important skill, and of course, practise makes perfect! It is important you give your child plenty of opportunities to refine their cutting skills. Building from making snips in paper, to cutting on a line (see guide below), to cutting around simple shapes.

 

Provide opportunities for your child to practise cutting using different paper, even newspaper. Different thicknesses of paper will provide different levels of challenge.

 

Of course you could always put the scraps of paper to good use afterwards... Perhaps try making a picture using the cut up paper, glue and any other art accessories you might have at home. Have fun cutting and creating!

Exercise

 

Click on the link for some fun yoga exercises for children. Cosmic Kids Yoga uses stories to teach children some basic yoga poses which are good for their well-being and mindfulness. Below is a link for some 'Three little pigs' yoga.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nac95KdNaZ0

Fun Science!

 

Click on the link below to learn how to conduct a fun and colourful science experiment using equipment you have at home.

 

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

 

20.4.2020

Home Learning Week 3

 

Hello children. We all really miss you and we hope you are all staying safe with your families. Are you remembering to read together? Look at the links shared previously if you do not have access to many books at home. Here are some more activities you might like to try at home this week. Remember, they are only suggestions and the best activity you can do right now is play together and do lots of talking... and of course keep reading!

 

With warmest wishes from the Nursery Team 

Story time

 

Click on the link below for a theatre production of one of our favourite stories by Jon Klassen, 'I want my hat back'. Enjoy watching the video together and talk about the story afterwards: what happened in the story? Did the bear find his hat? Who had it? What happened at the end?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBJmp1c3XI

Singing time...

 

Click on the documents to find song words for some of our favourite nursery rhymes and songs. Sing them together at home. Can you think of any funny actions to go with the songs?

Rhyming fun!

 

Being able to rhyme is an important pre-reading skill. Rhyming teaches children how language works. It helps them notice and work with the sounds within words. ... When children are familiar with a nursery rhyme or rhyming book, they learn to anticipate the rhyming word. This prepares them to make predictions when they read, another important reading skill. There are lots of great books which explore rhyme, such as ‘Oi frog’ by Kes Grey, but there are also other ways you can explore rhyme at home. Here are some rhyming games you can play at home.

 

Rhyme Sorting Game

Find a selection of things at home that rhyme; the list below gives examples:

  • sock, rock, clock.
  • pan, can, fan.
  • bag, tag, flag.
  • bell, shell.
  • duck, truck.
  • rice, dice.

Pick an item and say what it is. Ask your child if they can find something that rhymes with your object. Repeat for other items. Can they find other items in and around your home that rhyme too?

 

Scavenger Hunt

Play this like the game above, but this time hide rhyming objects for your children to find (you could provide your child with some drawings of things they need to find if this is too tricky). Can they sort the objects to find the rhyming pairs?

 

Story time

 

Click on the link below to listen to the story of 'The three little pigs'. Talk about the story afterwards. What happened in the story? What happened at the beginning? ...in the middle? ...at the end?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Die6creYS9s

Make pig and wolf puppets

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UOx-k2gZ-Q

 

Click on the link above for instructions on how to make pig and wolf puppets. When you have made them perhaps you could use them to retell the story of the three little pigs?

To hear Miss Myszkowski read this story go to the 'Children' tab. Then select 'School Videos'. Then find 'Messages from staff'. Enjoy!

Maths fun for our older nursery children

 

White Rose Maths Hub has some excellent maths activities for Reception children. Some of these activities are also appropriate for nursery aged children, particularly those who will be starting school soon. Have a look at the link below for some fun Early Years maths activities related to the Supertato books, by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet:

 

https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/homelearning/early-years/Day-1-Supertato.pdf

 

Exercise

 

I appreciate we do not all have gardens, so if this is the case we hope you will be able to continue going on a walk each day with your family to get some fresh air. Here are some other little active things you could try at home and some of them could even work indoors:

 

smileyUse a large, soft ball to practise catching, hitting, bouncing and kicking. Start with something small and easy to hold like a little bean bag or tennis ball. When spaces aren’t safe for balls, some rolled-up socks can be good for this.

 

smileyMake up games that involve different types of movement. For example, get your child to chase bubbles, walk along chalk lines, gather shells and jump over puddles or cracks in the ground.

 

smileyPlay different kinds of music, or make sounds with your voice or instruments. This can encourage dancing and a sense of rhythm.

 

smileyInvent some silly walks and runs with your child. You could try running like a monkey, jumping like a bunny and flapping like a bird.

We hope you enjoy exploring some of the home learning we have set you this week. Miss Myszkowski has also shared a story for you to listen to. Please visit the 'Children' tab, scroll down to 'Class Videos', then select the video of 'Sometimes' by Emma Dodd. Have fun children. We all miss you very much. Stay safe.

 

Best wishes from the nursery team 

3.4.2020

Easter Holiday Fun!

 

Hello children! We just want you to know how much we are all missing you! The next fortnight would have been our Easter Holiday, so instead of setting some home learning, we have given a list of fun things you might like to try with your families. Have a look at the pictures and descriptions below for lots of fun and exciting ideas to try.

Happy Easter! 

Warmest wishes from the Nursery Team

Put a bear in your window for passers by to see!
Bath time fun!
Make a shop at home
Missing family members?
Reading!
Indoor shape hunt
Try a fun game!
Late night?
Measuring fun
Film time!
Let's have a disco!
Paper plane making
Boat experiment

30.3.2020

Home Learning Ideas

 

Hello children. We hope you are okay? Here are some suggestions for things you might like to try this week. Of course, these are only suggestions and the best thing you can do at home is play with your grown ups and read lots of books together. If you do not have many books at home then perhaps you could have a look at some of the free books on this website: www.booktrust.org.uk

Best wishes from the Nursery Team

Signs of spring 

We were thinking all about spring during our last week at nursery. Have a look out of your window at home. What signs of spring can you see? I am looking out of my window at home and I can see beautiful blossom on the trees. It looks like fluffy popcorn hanging from the branches. I can see little buds on another tree. I wonder what you will see? Perhaps you could draw a picture of what you can see out of your window? 

To hear Miss Myszkowski read this story go to the 'Children' tab. Then select 'School Videos'. Then find 'Hooray for Hoppy'. Enjoy!

Mrs Haworth has created a lovely home sound walk. Why not click on the document and give it a go?

Home made playdough

At nursery we always make our own fresh playdough for the children to explore. Perhaps you could make some at home and then enjoy playing with it together afterwards. Follow this link for an easy recipe you can try at home:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe 

Music Time

Here are some musical challenges to try...

 

Super Shakers

Shakers are fun and easy to make. Perhaps after you have made one, sing your favourite song and try shaking your shaker along to the beat.

How to make a musical shaker

1. Wash out an empty bottle

2. Decorate it with paint, stickers, or cut up paper

3. Fill with some dried pasta, dried rice, lentils, crushed cornflakes (do this with tweezers for extra challenge)

4. Put the lid on

5. Shake, shake, shake!

 

Musical bodies

Challenge someone in your house to make a body band! Use parts of your bodies to make music, who can make the loudest sound? Here are some ideas: Clapping, stamping, clicking, tapping. Can you put these sounds together and play along to your favourite song? 

 

Rhyme Time
Can you share this rhyme with your grown up? Maybe you can choose one of your favourites to sing too?

 

5 little monkeys swinging in a tree,

teasing Mr crocodile... "You can’t catch me, na na nee na na!"

Well along came Mr crocodile as hungry as can be,

and snapped a monkey right out of the tree.

 

4 little monkeys……

March 2020

Home Learning

Hi children,

I hope you are all okay and staying safe at home with your families. I want you to know that all the nursery teachers really miss you and are thinking of you every day.

Every Monday we will update this page with some activities you can do at home. Not only are they fun to do, but they are also good to help you learn too. 

With love from Miss Myszkowski 

12.3.2020

H's competition entry!

Last week we launched a competition for British Science Week... to make a poster to show our diverse planet. This is H's entry... 'Our wonderful world'. We think it is amazing!

11.3.2020

British Science Week continued...

Today the children used a range of media and materials to explore what happened when they mixed colours. The children enjoyed talking about the changes they could see and the new colours they made as a result of their experiments.

10.3.2020

Bubble experiment...

Today we posed a question... Do different shaped bubble wands make different shaped bubbles?

 

The children gave some interesting responses...

"I think a star wand will make a star bubble" 

"This one (bear wand) will make bear bubbles!"

"I think the big wands will make big bubbles and the little ones little bubbles"

"This one hearts" (the heart bubble wand)

 

Most children thought the shaped wands would make shaped bubbles. 

They were so surprised to find out that all the bubbles were round! 

However... the bigger the shape... the bigger the bubble! What a fascinating discovery!

9.3.2020

British Science Week - 9th - 13th March 2020

 

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) your child will start to gain the science knowledge that they'll build on throughout their primary school years, such as developing their skills of observation, prediction, critical thinking and discussion. Exploring scientific activities are also a wonderful way of extending and developing children’s vocabulary and communication skills.

 

The theme for British Science Week 2020 is ‘Our diverse planet’. Please talk at home with your children about the wonderful world we live in; Perhaps take them on a walk and point out seasonal changes that are happening at the moment. Maybe you could explore science at home by baking and talking about the changes that happen when we mix/heat materials, or perhaps explore what toys float or sink in the bath tub. Science is all around us... we would love to see what you get up to on Tapestry!

 

We are also supporting a competition from the British Science Association (a letter went out about this last week).. please come a speak to a member of the nursery team and we will be happy to explain more.

5.3.2020

World Book Day 2020

 

Today all the children and teachers have come into nursery dressed as their favourite book character! The children are all very excited! Can you tell who they are? What book are they from? Perhaps you could go to the library at the weekend and find some of the books to share and read at home? Happy reading! Remember... "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents" Emilie Buchwald

World Book Day 2020 - Our favourite author

 

The nursery children and staff chose their favourite author to explore for World Book Day. Today we are thinking about the wonderful author Julia Donaldson! Have you read one of her books together? Which book is your favourite?

28.2.2020

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

In nursery we have been thinking about the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children have enjoyed exploring lots of creative activities about the characters and things in the story.

Today the children thought about the fruits that the hungry caterpillar ate. They made their own fruity friends to bring the fruit to life! Here are some of their fruity friends...

11.11.19

'Change starts with us!'

 

To launch our anti-bullying week in school, Tuesday 12th November is 'Odd socks day'! Please come to nursery wearing odd socks.

 

To put this week into context for our youngest children we have been talking to them about how we are all wonderfully different and how we all like different things, but reminding them we all need to work together to keep everyone happy. We have been talking about how we work together as a team in nursery to tidy up and look after our toys. We will continue to explore these ideas through our play this week.

 

Play games at home which involve turn taking to help your children learn about the importance of sharing. 

11.11.19

We remember...

 

Today we talked to the children about Remembrance Day. We talked about how the poppy flower helps us to remember brave heroes and helps us remember that it is better for us to get on with each other and be kind and helpful. The children enjoyed exploring some activities to make representations of the poppy.

8.11.19

Bonfire!

As it was bonfire night earlier this week, we asked our Forest Schools leader, Mrs Steinman, to take the children into the secret garden for a bonfire experience. She talked to the children about fire and firework safety, helping them to understand how they can stay safe. Afterwards the children toasted vegetarian marshmallows and were able to eat their toasted treat! What fun! 

Happy Birthday Cyril

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Cyril enjoyed going home with H for the weekend. H and his family had a birthday party for Cyril! What a lucky squirrel. After his party he spent some time with H's family doing his favourite thing... reading books! Thank you H's family for looking after Cyril so well and making sure he enjoyed lots of lovely picture books!

16.9.19

Some fantastic mark making from F. He was so proud to tell me he had drawn his family and a tent for them to go camping in. What a super effort! 

13.9.19

What a great first week we have had in Nursery. The children have been busy learning routines and getting to know each other. We have enjoyed exploring a range of activities together and developing our understanding of colour and shape.

September 2019 - Hello and welcome!

 

Welcome back to our existing Nursery children and a warm welcome to all our new starters! We are starting the new term with the topic "How many colours are in a rainbow?"

 

Home activities:

  • Try and spot a rainbow when out and about and talk about the colours. Encourage your child to notice colours, patterns and shapes in their environment.
  • Have a look around your home and see how many different shapes you can find.
  • If you are near a DIY shop, select some of the paint sample cards to take home. Using one of the cards, see if you can find objects in and around the home that match the colour swatches.
  • When sharing books, talk about the pictures and explore what colours and shapes you can see.

 

 

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