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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com . 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 1.3.21
This week our challenges link to the story of 'The Runaway Pizza' by Brenda Parkes.
Have a look at the front cover together. What does your child think will happen in this story? Encourage them to answer in a full sentence. Ask your child if they like to eat pizza. Do they agree that the best pizza is cheese and pineapple?
Can they draw a picture of their favourite pizza or make a collage?
Listen to Mrs Brier read the beginning of the story on Tapestry. Can they remember the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'? Make some porridge together and encourage your child to try some different toppings. You could maybe use up some leftovers from your pancakes or try some different fruits. Does everyone in your family like the same topping? Could you make a tally chart to show which topping is the most popular?
Listen to Mrs Brier read the next part of the story. Do they know the nursery rhyme about Little Miss Muffet? If not, help them to learn the rhyme. Explain that cheese is made of curds. Have a go at making some curds and whey together. You will need milk and lemon juice. See https://www.allotment-garden.org/recipe/home-dairy/cheese-making/make-curd-cheese-home/ You can adjust the amounts. I used 185ml of semi-skimmed milk and one teaspoon of lemon juice.
Thursday 4th March is World Book Day! Spend the day sharing some stories together. Which is your child's favourite story? Please upload a picture to Tapestry for our display in nursery. Listen to Mrs Brier reading 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' which is one of our favourite stories at nursery. You can download some activity sheets from https://www.tigerwhocametotea.com/activities/
Talk about what shape a pancake is. Remind your child it is called a circle and it has one side. Have another go at 'Squiggle whilst you wiggle'. You will need two 'flipper flappers' again. We are dancing again to Tina Turner's Proud Mary today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOcY4nHd9gM Remember to try and draw the dance like I did afterwards.
Have you seen any signs of Spring whilst on your local walks? I've uploaded some photos of things I have spotted. Talk to your child about what they can see in the pictures. Can you child take some photos of any signs of spring too? Please upload them to Tapestry and we will add some to our 'Four Seasons' display.
Week beginning 22.2.21
We hope you all had a restful half term. Our theme for learning this half term is 'I Can Cook'.
This week are activities are linked to the story of 'The Runaway Pancake'.
Listen to Mrs Brier read the story of ‘The Runaway Pancake’. What ingredients do you need to make pancakes? Can you make a shopping list? Start it at the top of your paper and draw each item underneath. Can you now label your pictures? Children will be at different stages of writing. Lots of children will just make marks. Encourage your child to give meaning to those marks. Some children may use familiar letters, such as those from their name. Some children may be able to hear the sounds in words and either copy them or write them independently.
If possible, follow the recipe and make some pancakes together. Your child can help weigh out the ingredients and mix them together. Teach your child the 'Mix a pancake' rhyme. Talk about how the mixture changes once it is cooked. Encourage your child to try some different toppings on their pancakes. Can they use the sentence starter 'I have tasted...'?
Which do they like best? "I like...because...?"
Does everyone in the family like the same topping?
Listen to the story again. Which animals wanted to eat the pancake? Can you draw a story map together? You will need this for the next activity.
Listen as Mrs Brier retells the story. Can you retell it too using the 'Talk 4 Writing' words and actions? Use your story map to help you.
Look at the pictures. Can you say where the pancake is hiding? "The pancake is..." Remind your child to speak in full sentences.
Words to use: behind, in front, next to, on, in, in between
Make a pancake from a sheet of paper, paper plate or cardboard box. Ask your child to hide it in various places, such as behind the chair, in the toy box, under the book. Can they follow your instructions?
Set up a pop up pancake shop. You could write some signs for your shop with your grown up. What will you call it? Can you make an open/closed sign? Cut some pancakes out of paper or card. Can you cut some toppings out as well? Ask your grown up to help you make some order forms. List the toppings available, leaving room for you to add tally marks when taking the customers' orders. Your toys could be the customers too. How many customers want lemon and sugar on their pancakes? How many want strawberry sauce? Have you got enough?
Can you use some of your pancakes with a frying pan and set up a 'Pancake Obstacle Race'? You could do this either inside or outside. Maybe your child has to go around some cushions or plant pots, under a chair or table, along a piece of string etc.
Listen to the story, 'Mama Panya’s Pancakes'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH3LSZDcwYU
Talk about the story together. How is this shopping trip different from your expereinces of shopping? What ingredients are used to make these pancakes? Please upload any comments to Tapestry. Thank you.
Week beginning 8.2.21
We have loved seeing all your learning linked to the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. Please keep uploading any comments and photos/videos to Tapestry.
On Tuesday this week, it is 'Safer Internet Day'. You can find a virtual assembly at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/detective-digiduck-virtual-assembly-3-7s
There are some resources for parents/carers at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2021/i-am-parent-or-carer and at https://www.net-aware.org.uk/online-safety-lockdown/
In nursery, we also use 'Smartie the Penguin' when talking about about keeping safe online: You canb find the story at https://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin
This week our activities are related to one of Mrs Hudson's favourite stories.
Listen to the story of 'Aliens Love Underpants' read by Mrs Hudson. Listen out for the rhyming words. Can you tell your grown-up what happened in the story?
Can you design a new pair of underpants for an alien? You could draw, paint or stick things on.
If you wish, you can download a design sheet from https://readingagency.org.uk/resources/2103/
What patterns can you see on the underpants? How many are spotty? How many have stripes?
Do any of your socks at home have patterns on them? Ask your grown up to mix them up and then see if you can find the matching pairs. You could make a simple washing line between two chairs and peg the socks up together. This is great for strengthening the muscles in the fingers. Are some socks shorter than others? Are some longer? Can you put three pairs in order from shortest to longest?
Have a look at my bottle top patterns. What would come next?
Using two colours, can you make your own repeating (ABAB) pattern? You could use anything you have at home, such as, bottle tops, pegs, sticks, leaves or building blocks.
Your child also might like to play a shape pattern game online at https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns
Sing '5 little men in a flying saucer'. Use your fingers to show how many as you sing. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065rfng
The aliens are called 'Ping pang pat pop', 'Mig mog mully mo', 'Fo fi fandle fee', 'Hog Hun Hick Hay' and 'Sum See Say Sif'. Talk to your child about the names and help them to imagine what the strange alien creatures might look like. Ask your child to draw, or make, an alien. (You could use some things from your recycling bin.) Which alien have they drawn/made? Make the pattern clearer by emphasising the initial sound of an alien’s name. Draw your child’s attention to the way you start each word with the shape of your lips, teeth and tongue. Remember to use the pure letter sound, for example, ‘sss’ for Sam not ‘suh’ and 'mmm, for Molly not 'muh'. You can listen to the sounds at https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2016/05/05/20/22/32/561/20097_content/index.html?id=ae
This activity will help your child to develop an understanding of alliteration.
Friday 12th February is Chinese New Year. Watch how one family prepares and celebrates. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/chinese-new-year
You could have a go at making your own Chinese dragon. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/chinese-hand-dragon?collection=chinese-lunar-new-year or a Chinese rattle drum https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/chinese-rattle-drum-make?collection=chinese-lunar-new-year
Listen to Miss Taylor read her favourite story. Can you make your own 'Stickman'?
Week beginning 1.2.21
It is wonderful to see all the fantastic things you are doing at home. Please keep uploading any photos/videos and comments to Tapestry. Thank you.
Today we are going to think about the wolf's journey in the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. Watch Mrs Brier draw her story map. Can you have a go at drawing your own? Your grown-ups could help you to draw the pictures. You will need your story map for the next activity.
Can you retell the story of the wolf using for your story map? Remember to use the T4W words and actions.
What number can you see on the straw house, the stick house and the brick house? Can you show me these numbers using your fingers? Can you have a go at writing them? We use rhymes to help with our number formation at nursery. What is your house number? What numbers can you see around your house? You could go on a number hunt and record which numbers you find. You could make a list or take some photos. If you go out for a walk, can you see any numbers?
Have a look at the photo of the house? What shapes can you see? Can you see any squares or rectangles? How many sides do these shapes have? How many corners do they have? How is a rectangle different from a square? Can you sing the shape songs together at home? Can you go on a shape hunt and look for squares and rectangles? You could make a list together of what you find or take some photos.
Have a look at the picture of the house. What other shapes can you see? Can you see any circles and triangles? How many sides do these shapes have? How many corners do they have? Can you sing the shape songs together at home? Can you go on a shape hunt and look for circles and squares? You could make a list together of what you find or take some photos.
Can you make your own shape house with 2D shapes? (See examples.)
Your child might like to play the 'Shape monsters' game online https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters
Week beginning 25.1.21
This week our learning challenges are linked to the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'.
Listen as Mrs Brier reads 'The Three Little Pigs'. Can you join in with these repeated lines?
"Little pig, little pig, may I come in?"
"Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin!"
"Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!"
(If you can't get on Tapestry, you can listen to the same version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J7TOG7sg8Q)
Could you make some props to help you retell the story? You could make your own puppets or download some from https://childhood101.com/the-three-little-pigs-printable-story-retell-puppets/
Can you make the three houses? You could use some boxes from your recycling bin or any building blocks you might have at home.
Watch the Cbeebies ballet version of 'The Three Little Pigs'. Talk together about how this version is both similar and different to the version Mrs Brier read.
You could try to learn some of the dance moves by watching the videos.
Play 'What time is it, Mr Wolf?' together. Choose one member of the family to be Mr Wolf who stands at one end of the room or garden. The others stand at the opposite end. Mr Wolf turns his back. The players call out, "What time is it, Mr Wolf?" and Mr Wolf turns and answers with a time (either 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 o'clock). The players take that many steps forwards. Repeat until the players are close to Mr Wolf. Once they are, he can respond to the question with "It's dinner time!" at which point, he will chase the players back to the starting line with the aim to catch one of the them, who will then become Mr Wolf for the next round of the game.
You could make a simple board game version of this and use a dice to decide what time it is and your puppets as counters.
How many pigs are in each house? Can you show how many using your fingers? Can your child say how many without counting them? Don't worry if they can't but encourage your child to name each object/item they count and say how many altogether after counting them. "One pig, two pigs, three pigs. There are three pigs altogether." Are there the same number of pigs in the red house as the blue house? If not, are there more or fewer pigs?
Have a look at the pictures. Can you find the pairs of words which rhyme? Remember rhyming words sound the same.
Your child might then enjoy playing 'Cake Bake' on the PhonicsPlay website: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Click on 'Resources' and then 'Phase One'.
Our 'Nursery Rhyme of the Week' is 'Two Little Dickie Birds'. Can you remember this rhyme and perform it to your family?
It is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch from 29th-31st January. It would be fantastic if you could take part by uploading a photo of your child birdwatching and reporting back what you find. The idea is that you spend an hour counting the birds you see in your garden or from your window/balcony over the weekend. You could download the following sheet to record how many birds you saw or just use a piece of paper
You can find more details at https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/
You could make some binoculars from cardboard tubes to help you spot any birds outside.
You might like to make some bird feeders too.
Can you bake some buns and decorate them like pigs?
If you don't have the ingredients in to bake, could your child help make their lunch or tea instead?
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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