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We hope you are all still well and keeping safe as we near the end of the Summer Term.

We hope you are enjoying your time together, despite the change in the weather. Fingers crossed that the warm weather will return....learning and playing outside is much more fun!

I really enjoyed talking to you all on the phone and it was lovely to hear about all the exciting things that you have been doing at home! If you need to speak to me at any other time, please phone school and they will send a message for me to call you as soon as possible.......Mrs Lucas.


For the next four weeks there will be home learning activities on this class page for you to complete at home with your child. There will be four different whole school themes and we have decided to link these to ‘Animals’ in the Nursery as this is a topic that the children always enjoy at school!

These activities are from different curriculum areas and you can choose as many as you wish to complete at home. They will hopefully be fun and enjoyable to complete with your child!

We would also suggest that you continue to practice writing your name and surname and also to watch the ‘Jolly Phonics’ on YouTube regularly.




Home Learning Activities

Weeks 4/5 'Moving On'Theme



The activities for the next week and a half will be focusing on the story of the Rainbow Fish and Sea Creatures. We will also be talking to the children about moving on to a new class in September. Sadly the children are unable to visit their new class until September and we are so sorry that they have not been able to enjoy their final term in the nursery class....but please try to have a look at the new class page 'Welcome to Reception 2020' which will provide information for you and your child. The children are used to visiting the hall and the playdeck and have seen the Reception class staff in school, so hopefully they will settle in happily in September, meeting up with old friends and making new friends too!


Week 4/5 – Sea Creatures / Under the Sea


Communication/Language and Literacy:

  • Listen to the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ on YouTube (link below) and talk about how the rainbow fish must have been feeling at different points in the story. Talk about why it is important to share and to make others feel happy and special. Talk about friendships and how we can look after our friends....playing, sharing and taking turns.


  • Try to think of adjectives to describe different sea creatures. You could try to find words that begin with the same initial letter (alliteration) e.g. spiky starfish, flapping fish, little lobster, scary shark…….or just use other interesting words e.g. slippery fish, snappy crab, enormous whale.
  • Draw the outline of a fish and instead of scales..... write letters from your name to decorate the fish and create a pattern across the body and on the fins.
  • Practice writing your name and other letters of the alphabet.
  • Draw patterns such as crosses, circles, lines, zig zags.
  • Paint outside with water and paintbrushes on the flags or walls.




  • Cut out some small card ‘Fish’ and write the numbers 0-10 (0r 0-20 if your child is recognising teen numbers) on the fish……mix them up and then see if your child can order the numbers. Take away (catch!) a fish and see if they can work out which number fish is missing!
  • Using the same fish but turn over to the blank side……take turns to roll a dice and collect the correct number of fish. After three goes each count the total to see who has the most / fewer or if you both have the same number!

Physical Development / Expressive Arts and Design / Understanding the World


  • Draw or paint a fish and decorate it with shiny paper scales. Roll up some card or paper to make a ‘stick’ and add your fish to the stick to make a puppet.
  • Look online to find out about a sea creature. Sharks and whales are very interesting………so are jellyfish and seahorses!
  • Listen to songs and rhymes about different sea creatures.


  • Try some ‘Under the Sea’ yoga! Wear some comfy clothes!


  • Make a rainstick to create water sounds – use a kitchen roll tube and aluminium foil. Seal one end and then add the foil spirals (see the instructions below) Add rice, lentils or small dried peas or beans. Seal the other end and then create wave sounds by tipping the rainstick over and over. Decorate the rainstick if you wish!


We hope you enjoy these activities...................

Happy summer holidays everyone! Take care,keep safe and well and we will look forward to seeing you all very soon!


And finally!

Keep listening to the Jolly Phonics songs on YouTube. There is also a link to the Alphablocks which focuses on individual letter sounds. These will help your child when they continue with their letter sounds as part of the reading curriculum in Reception.


We hope you enjoy completing these activities at home……We miss you all !!





Please Note:

You can select as many activities as you wish. It really is up to individual families how much you decide to complete. There are lots to choose from so hopefully there will be something that you would like to try and do with your child at home!

There will be no activities set on Purple Mash for the next four weeks but you can still explore Mini Mash and save work in to your 'trays' if you wish.



We have added the Summer Term 'Home Activity Grid' to this page. You may find it useful if you are looking for additional activities to complete with your child at home.


Home Activity Grid – Summer Term


Communication, Language and Literacy


Find 5 items in your house that begin with the letter ‘S’ and draw them.


Choose a book that you haven’t read for a long time and share it with someone at home.


Play I Spy with my little eye……in the house and when you are on a walk.



Play a throwing and catching game in the garden. How many do you catch without dropping the ball?

Play ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ outside and count the footsteps very carefully!

Count how many giant strides it takes to go from one end of the hall/lounge/garden to the other. Repeat with tiny footsteps!



Understanding the World


Go on a bug hunt in the garden. Make a bug house with stones, wood, bricks and plant pots.


Go on a sound/listening walk and draw 5 things that you hear.


Talk about and find items to put in your recycling bin. Talk about the different materials that they are made from.





Use leaves and flowers to make a picture.


Draw a picture of your favourite animal.


Make up a dance to go with your favourite song! You could have a show for your family at home!



Making playdough is fun (if you can get flour!!) and there are recipes can then google 'Dough Disco' and there are lots of songs and opportunities to join in! We do Dough Disco in Nursery and the children absolutely love it!

Yogabugs (online) also have lovely themed yoga stories for the children to join in with too....there is one called 'Jungle Adventure' which you might like to start with!



Have you drawn or painted a rainbow of hope? Remember to put it in your window! They look beautiful when people walk past your house and are bringing smiles to faces!smileyheartsmiley


Within there is a section designated for Early Years children called 'Mini Mash'. This contains a wealth of activities, games and experiences that you can share with your child while the school is closed. It has lovely games and activities for the children to complete and is very appropriate for early years children.

 Some other website suggestions are;


www.teach your monster to - phonics games - phonics games (recommended by a parent! Thank you!)
(30 day free trial available) - maths games and activities

www.kidstv123 - phonics and maths songs - traditional stories/nursery rhymes - phase 1 and 2 - all curriculum areas - age 3-5 - literacy and maths games - numberblocks, alphablocks - phase 1 and 2 songs - phases 1 and 2 - activities to do at home
hungrylittleminds -Department for Education website - ideas for physical play - lots of indoor learning activities and suggestions - this has a home learning hub which requires a free access code (UKTWINKLHELPS) and has lots of lovely activities for each day.


We also use to source number songs, alphabet songs and nursery rhymes that you might find useful to continue with at home. The Jolly Phonics songs on youtube are also helpful to sing along to as we have recently started to learn these in class to support our phonics activities. 

One of our Parents asked about the structure of the nursery day as they wanted to try to replicate it at home as much as possible.

If it helps we split the session into 'times' and they are as follows:

Quiet Time - This is when we complete a number or phonics activity.
Busy Time - This might be painting/drawing/writing/reading /imaginative play/
dressing up/baking/gluing/cutting out/playdough/role play/construction/puzzles/ sand/ water/musical instruments/shape and number or phonics games....
Rainbow Time - sitting together and chatting whilst we have milk, fruit and snacks.
Outdoor Time - Physical play outside e.g. riding bikes, climbing, ball play, running etc.
Story Time - sharing books, singing rhymes and songs, making music.

The afternoon then follows a very similar structure.


Other fun things to do at home!


Have a go at ... writing your name (first name and surname) and other letters/numbers, sharing stories, singing rhymes, planting bulbs or flowers, keep a diary and draw a picture every day, make a card for a relative or friend, have a duplo/lego challenge, make a bug house, play board games, paint pictures, cut out pictures from a magazine or comic, make playdough and have a dough disco!, keep fit, dance to music and play musical statues or musical bumps, make a music band, have an indoor picnic, dress up and become a story teller, ride your bike or scooter, learn to skip with a skipping rope, make a den inside or outside, go on a bug hunt and enjoy being at home with your family making memories.





Sefton School Games Week (Starting 20th June)

Please share your celebrations, videos, photos from National School Sports at Home 2020 via twitter @NorthSeftonSG. @birkdaleprimary


It would be fantastic to see as many young people and their families from across North Sefton having fun and taking part #NSSWtogether


Please see the activity timetable below.

Are you looking for some inspiration for different

things to do at home?

Try some of these websites for ideas..... 

A list of useful resources from Sefton council. 

This website includes plans for rhyming multi-sensory stories with Makaton and links for music activities. There are also videos on how to learn how to juggle, play boccia and making sensory dough. 

Some nice English and Maths activities that you can print off at home. 

These are free learning packs.

This has some nice links and practical ideas for things to do. 

We know a lot of you have enjoyed your own projects at home- you could use this website to explore some more ideas for Science. 

Some nice little PE based activities. 

Mental health and wellbeing document from British Psychology Society. 



Make a Covid-19 time capsule to record this moment in history. You can also add your own personal belongings to it as well.

Spring into Spring - Fun activities to do at home.