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Nursery Home Learning

Nursery Home Learning 6.4.20 and 13.4.20

Hi Everyone,

We hope you are finding the home learning ideas useful. Please be aware that we understand some of you will not have the resources to complete every task as suggested, we just ask you to think about the main objective (what the children need to learn e.g. counting in order to ten) and do the best you can.

Nursery aged children can be reluctant to sit down and do a task at the table or desk and that is why most of the learning that takes place at this age is through play.   We ask that you remember this when trying to get your child involved in a task.  At school we like to give the children a reason to complete a task by hooking them in using a scenario like giving them a problem to solve.  E.g. When trying to get them to order the numbers to ten we would explain that we were having a little bit of trouble and needed their help.  We would show them our attempts and get them to correct the mistakes.  This would make them feel very important.  If they are struggling you could look for something that would help e.g. numbers on the calendar or on a clock face.

The amount of time to spend on each activity depends on your child too.  If they have lost interest in something it is no good trying to continue.  Children learn best when they are engaged with the task.  Try building on their interests, if they are not interested then they won’t want to learn.  If they like building with Lego why not stick stickers onto them with the numbers to ten or the letters of their name .  If they like making tea for their toys can they set up a tea party with the right amount of plates, food etc. and can they write invitations for them?  If they love being outdoors can they throw and catch a ball and count in order or go on a hunt finding objects to count or that match one of the phonic sounds?

It is difficult to think of ideas that will suite every child and the developmental stage they are at.  Our main concern during these times is that you and your family are managing to stay healthy and happy.   We will try our best to provide some fun activities that meet the objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage for Nursery children.  There are seven areas of learning and these have been broken down into 17 aspects.  As you can imagine this is a huge amount to plan for every week and therefore we have decided to mainly focus on the specific areas such as literacy and mathematics.  Hopefully you will be doing your daily exercise and encouraging your child to become independent as much as possible now that you have the time for example to let them dress themselves.

Looking ahead to the return to school (whenever that will be) we would like to think that the children starting in Reception in September can recite the set one phonic sounds (see the picture below for daily task 2), write their name and can count in order to ten.  For the children continuing in Nursery in September we would like them to be able to make marks they can talk about.  This can begin with using large paintbrushes, chalks, sticks in the sand  etc before moving on to smaller mark making with pencils and felt tips.  If they can recite numbers to 5 and sing songs using their fingers to represent these numbers that would be great.

There are lots of great websites to visit that have songs and activities for children to join in with.  We particularly enjoy the kids tv 123 songs which include the phonic song we would sing on a daily basis in Nursery.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffeZXPtTGC4

It has lots of songs that teach about shapes, colours, numbers and much more too.  Just search kids tv 123.

Another site we like is the Barefoot Books collection.  We were just beginning to learn a song called Up, Up, Up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrd0TiER_J0

It has lots of other songs and stories that you might like too.  Just search Barefoot Books.

We hope you all have a lovely Easter.

Here is the home learning for the next two weeks.  Remember the 3 daily tasks as always.

Activity 1 week beg 6.4.20

Look at the sound ‘z’ and talk about the sound it makes.  Can you think of any words that begin with the ‘z’ sound.

Watch Mr Thorne Does Phonics Episode ‘Z’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9dOmDQsXiw

Have a go at writing the letter saying the phrase below.


Try one of these activities

Make a zoo using whatever you have available. Perhaps make a list of all the things a zoo needs first. E.g. a ticket office, zoo keeper, visitors, different enclosures, animals. Make sure you have some z z zebras in the z z zoo.

Activity 2 week beg 6.4.20

Play a board game.  The idea here is for the children to recognise the number on the dice and then move their counter on the correct amount of spaces.  If you don’t have a board game you could simply draw a ladder shape on some paper and see who can reach the top first by rolling the biggest number.  You might also want more of a challenge by playing the game using Lego bricks and addition and subtraction.  Although we haven’t taught the children about addition and subtraction the children will soon work out how their tower gets bigger or smaller by adding or taking bricks away as they move along.  Just write in the spaces of the ladder  – add 2 bricks or take away 1 brick etc up to a maximum or 4.  Leave some spaces clear and have more addition than subtraction.

Here are the instructions

You will need:

  1. Building bricks
  2. At least 2 players
  3. One die

Each player starts with a tower of 5 bricks.  Each player takes turns to roll the die and move along the board.  If they land on a space with an instruction they must add or subtract that many bricks from their tower.  The game ends when the first player crosses the finish line and the winner is the player with the tallest tower.

Activity 3 week beg 6.4.20

Make Easter decorations like the ones below.

Activity 1 week beg 13.4.20

Go over all the phonic sounds learnt so far and introduce the sound ‘ch’.  Show the children the ‘c’ and the ‘h’ seperately and then put them together explaining that they are special friends and when they come together they make the sound ‘ch’.  Make the sound ‘ch, ch, ch, ch’ thrusting your lips out and pretend to sneeze.  Look at the story of ch explaining it is a bouncy sound.  Have a go at writing the digraph saying the phrase, ‘Curl around the caterpillar, then down the horses’s head to the hooves and over his back.’

  Say: ch-ch-ch-choo!
The horse sneezes when the caterpillar hairs tickle his nose.

Watch Mr Thorne Does Phonics Episode ‘ch’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEoednLrsMY

Print out the sorting game below.  Remind your child of the special friends ‘sh’.  Look at and name the pictures and then sort them according to the beginning sound ‘ch’ or ‘sh’.

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Activity 2 week beg 6.4.20

Easter Nests

Make chocolate nests with any excess chocolate you may have lying around.  There are loads of recipes online here is one we like: https://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipes/easter-nests

Remember to let the children do as much themselves as they can.


Nursery Home Learning 30.3.20

Hi Everyone,

We hope you are all keeping well and have managed to complete the home learning tasks from last week.  Please see below for this weeks activities but, please also remember the 3 daily tasks.

Activity 1 week beg 30.3.20

Look at the letter ‘x’ talk about the sound it makes.  Watch ‘Mr Thorne Does Phonics’ Episode ‘X’ on YouTube.  

Have a go at writing the letter saying the phrase below.

down the arm and leg and repeat the other side

Try one of these creative activities.


Activity 2 wk beg 30.3.20

Counting to 10 in order 

This week we would like you to encourage your child to count objects up to 10 around the home.  Before they begin to count ask them how many they think there are and ask them to record their estimation. Now let them count (watch how they do this,  are they saying one number for each item).  Did they find any groups with the same amount of objects?  Children to record the results (see below).  Remember we always start at the top when writing numbers.

There is a great fun game on Top Marks Maths in the 3-5 year section Just go to www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting.   Select the the game called Bug Catcher with Curious George.  There are loads of other games to play too.

Activity 3 wk beg 30.3.20

One of the learning objectives for nursery children is to be able to separate a group of objects in different ways and recognise that the total is still the same.  Ask your child to count a random arrangement of items, just start with a small number 3 or 4.  Once they have counted them correctly arrange them in a different order and ask them how many are there now?  Did they realise that the total would be the same or did they count them again?  Can they share the items out between 2, 3, 4 etc.  Can they problem solve if the objects cannot be shared equally?


Nursery Home Learning 23.3.20

We will be sending home learning ideas out each week but we would like you to complete the following 3 tasks everyday please.

  1. Name writing.  Can they name the letters in their name as they write them?  For children who struggle to write their full name just concentrate on one letter at a time.  For children who are not ready to write letters please just concentrate on making marks and ask them to tell you about them.                                                                                                                                                                                         Children starting Reception Class in September. Please look at how your child is holding their pencil.  We have been working on using the correct pencil grip.  Here is a method to use called, nip it, flip it, grip it.  It helps the children get the correct grip before they begin to write.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  2. For children starting in Reception class in September. Go over the set one sounds we have been learning.  Please be aware we have not yet learnt the sounds w, x and z or the digraphs nk, ng, th or ch.   If you would like to introduce these to your children then you might like to watch Mr Thorne and Geraldine on YouTube.  Just search Mr Thorne phonics and the sound you want to learn that week.  Only introduce one new sound a week beginning with Ww.                                                                                                                                                   







3. Have a focus story.  The idea here is to read it more than once over the week.  Ask your child questions about the story.  E.g. what do you think the book will be about, what do you think that word means, what do you think will happen next, why did the character do that, what was your favourite part, why?  After they have heard you read it a few times let them have a go at retelling it to you using their own words using the pictures (remember to show your interest as they do this).  Can they remember any of the story language?

Activity 1 wk beg 23.3.20

Sound Hunt

Look at the letter ‘w’ talk about the sound it makes at the beginning of words.  Go around the house hunting for objects that begin with the same sound.  Think of a way to record what you have found.  E.g. you could take photographs and then cut and stick them onto a w page to display, draw the objects or for older children have a go at writing the words sounding out with support from the adult.

E.g. ‘w’  wellies, watch, window, wardrobe, washing machine.  You could think of other words that start with that sound e.g. wind, water, walrus, wasp, wizard, witch, wand, waffle, wolf etc.

Activity 2 wk beg 23.3.20

Counting in order to 5.  Count the fingers on one hand.  Sing number songs using your fingers to 5.  E.g. 5 little speckled frogs, 5 little monkeys swinging in a tree, 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, 5 little ducks went swimming one day.  Can the children show you how many are left using their fingers?

Match the quantity to numeral. (begin with numbers to 5)

Why not see how many different ways you can make 5.

Older children could try and record this using simple methods. e.g.

50 Things to do Before You’re Five

Please see the letter below about an idea for home learning which is part of an initiative for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage to support their learning in fun practical ways.

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