We will also now be adding the home challenges to tapestry on a weekly basis so that they meet the needs of the different attendance patterns we have in nursery. We understand that homeschooling can be very difficult and you know what is best for your families at this time. Experience has shown us that every effort that you make with homeschooling really makes a difference to your child, so although it may be difficult, rest assured that the effort you are putting in will really help your child to not fall behind.
Please upload any comments or observations of home learning to the Tapestry or to the class email address email@example.com. We would love to see what the children are getting up to at home and will continue to award our 'Star of the Week' certificate for excellent home learning.
From the week beginning 11.1.21, we will be holding 2 google meets per week. These will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am. Children will be able to see friends from their class and their teachers, listen to a story and discuss the home learning. This will be accessed by logging onto google classroom using their log on details that were emailed to you. If your child is unable to log onto their google account, please contact us on the Nursery email address.
If you have any questions or would like a phone call from the Nursery staff please contact us on the Nursery email address: firstname.lastname@example.org . We will be checking this every school day, along with Tapestry. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The Nursery Team
Please upload any comments, photos and/or videos to Tapestry. Thank you.
Week beginning 18.1.21
Thank you to everyone who uploaded comments, photos and videos last week, despite the technical problems! All the nursery staff are enjoying seeing how you are getting on with these challenges at home. It is also lovely to see what else you are doing so please continue to share any other 'wow moments' from home with us. We are going to continue with activities based on 'The Gruffalo' this week.
Watch Mrs Brier retell the first half of the story using our 'Talk 4 Writing' words and actions. Can you retell the story using these? Useyour story map from last week to help you. Your grown up could upload a video to Tapestry.
Our song of the week is ‘The Gruffalo Song’ by Julia Donaldson. She is also the author of the book. Can you remember what an author does? Watch her perform the song at https://www.gruffalo.com/songs
Can you learn the words and the Makaton actions?
Look at the picture cards. Do the words rhyme? If not, can you think of the word which rhymes? If your child is confident with hearing rhyming words, can they create a rhyming string? For example, nose, toes, bows, froze. They can use nonsense words too.
Listen as Mrs Brier describes one of the characters from the story. Can you guess which one it is? Pick a different character (fox, snake or owl). Can you describe what it looks like and where it lives. Remember to speak in full sentences. Can we guess who you are describing?
Squiggle whilst you wiggle.
You will need two 'flipper flappers' again. We use scarves in nursery but at home you could use anything you have got. You could even use socks! We are dancing to Tina Turner's Proud Mary today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOcY4nHd9gM
Have fun! We look forward to seeing your videos. Afterwards, try and draw the dance like I did. You could upload a photo of these to show us too.
Have a go a making a spiral snake. You can find instructions and the template at https://www.firstpalette.com/printable/spiral-snake.html
If you are unable to print it out, your grown up should be able to draw it for you.
This will help your child practice their cutting skills. Don't worry if your child finds this tricky. They could try snipping the edge of a piece of paper. We sing 'Open, shut them. Open, shut them," as we cut at nursery.
Week beginning 11.1.21
Activity 1: Listen to Mrs Brier reading the first half of 'The Gruffalo'. Listen out for the rhyming words and try to join in with the repeated lines, for example, "A gruffalo? What's a gruffalo?", "A gruffalo! Why didn't you know?"
If you can't get on Tapestry, you can listen to the story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_EM-iZNguo (Stop the video at 4.42).
You could make some simple finger puppets of the characters and use them to retell the story as you play.
There are some available to print at https://www.gruffalo.com/activities/activities/new-the-gruffalo-finger-puppets! and there is also a mask of the gruffalo at
https://www.gruffalo.com/activities/activities/the-gruffalo-mask There are lots of other lovely activities to explore too.
Have a look at the story map together. What happened at the beginning of the story? Who did the mouse meet first? Who did he meet next? Who did he meet after that? Who did he meet finally? Can you draw or paint your own story map? We will use these again next week.
Listen to Mrs Brier reading the first half of the story again. Can you remember where the fox, owl and snake live? Can you make an underground house for fox, a treetop house for owl and a logpile house for snake? You can use anything you have at home, for example, building blocks, things from your recycling bin or even your sofa cushions! You could use the puppets you made to play and retell the story.
Think about how the mouse, fox, owl, snake and the gruffalo would move. You might like to watch the animated film version of the story https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pk64x/the-gruffalo
Explore moving like the different characters.
Look at the first picture of the characters. How many mice? How many owls? Can your child recognise how many animals without counting? If not, encourage them to touch each one whilst counting them. Encourage them to say how many there are altogether after counting. Encourage them to compare how many using the words 'same', 'not the same', 'more' and 'fewer'. You could also write the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 on small pieces of paper and encourage your child to match numeral to quantity. Your child could also find out how many animals altogether by counting each group. Repeat for the other pictures.
It was great to see so many of the children 'Squiggle whilst you wiggle' at home. Repeat the dance moves. 'I'm Your Man' by Wham is recommended for these moves https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W0d9xMhZbo but your child could move to their favourite music. Then have a go at drawing the dance again.
For 'Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle', you will need two 'flipper flappers'. We use scarves in nursery but at home you could use anything you have got. You could even use socks! We are dancing to Jackson 5's ABC today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho7796-au8U
Please see the videos on Tapestry for the dance moves! Have fun! We look forward to seeing your videos. Afterwards, try and draw the dance like I did. You could upload a photo of these to show us too.
Look at the first image. How many spots on each dice? Can your child recognise how many spots without counting? If not, encourage them to touch each spot whilst counting them. Encourage them to say how many there are altogether after counting. Do both dice have the same number of spots? Does one dice have more spots? Does one have fewer? Repeat with the other images.
If you have a dice at home, you could play this game together. (If not, cut out 12 small pieces of paper and draw the spots on. Mix them up and turn the cards over.) Take turns to roll the dice (or turn over a card) and say how many spots. If you have more spots, you score one point. You don't get a point if you have fewer spots. If you have both the same number of spots, you both score a point. Your child could keep a record of how many points they have by keeping a simple tally, drawing one line for each point they earn. At the end of the game, compare how many points you have using the words 'same', 'more' or 'fewer'.
Maybe you could play any games which you have at home which use a dice.
6.1.20 Wednesday's Challenge
Today, listen to Mrs Brier reading her favourite story on Tapestry. Can you hear some words that rhyme? Words that rhyme have the same sound like cat and hat. Does banana and piranha rhyme? Does peas and knees rhyme? Does plums and toes rhyme?
You could also read or say some other poems, songs, nursery songs or rhyming stories, emphasising the rhythm of the piece and the rhyming words. As you read, occasionally point out words that rhyme. (“Oh, goat and boat rhyme! They sound the same at the end. Goat, boat.”) Try out some rhythmic rhyming chants such as ‘Two, four, six, eight, hurry up or we’ll be late’.
Don't worry if your child finds it tricky to identify rhyming words. They need to hear lots of rhyme before they can they can identify rhyming words. If they find it easy, challenge them to think of other words which rhyme. Play a game of ‘Rhyming I spy’. “I spy with my little eye. Something that rhymes with hat….” (cat, bat - you could use some pictures to help with this).
5.1.20 Tuesday's Challenge
We would have started our week by sharing our holiday news. Could you draw us a picture or ask your grown up to upload a short video to Tapestry instead? We look forward to seeing them.
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