Welcome to the Nursery Class page.....
NURSERY LOCKDOWN CLOSURE INFORMATION
We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.....that is the most important thing! Our aim is also to support you in helping your child with their 'Remote Learning' so this Nursery class page will hopefully provide you with some ideas, resources and inspiration!
Parents - Each week we will be putting a set of activities on this class page which you may like to complete with your child at home. If they complete one Communication/Language/Literacy activity and one Mathematics activity each day plus one other activity from the 'Other Curriculum Areas' and completed 3 activities in total per day that would be ideal. You can of course increase this amount if you wish by choosing more than one activity from the 'Other Curriculum Areas' section.
Please remember that the above is only a recommendation. We know that it may not be possible to complete 3 activities per day so please just do as much as you can.
There will also be activities put on 'Purple Mash' for your child and these can be accessed by logging in to 'Purple Mash' and then checking the 2Do's by clicking on the tab at the top of the page. Purple Mash (Mini Mash section) is very suitable for your child to explore at home as a fun, educational website.
If you have mislaid your log in details for Purple Mash please telephone the school and I will contact you with the log in details for your child.
At any point please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions, concerns or worries about the online remote learning or your child. I am more than happy to speak to you on the telephone and I will contact you as soon as I can if you leave a message with the school office.
(Week beginning January 25th)
Nursery Remote Learning - Week Four
This week we will be thinking about snowmen and other things that we see in the Winter time! I hope we do get some snow so you can go outside, make footprints, throw snowballs and build a snowman in your garden too!
Communication, Language and Literacy:
- Listen to the story below called ‘A Dot in the Snow’
After you have listened to the story see if you can remember what happened to the little girl and how did the little polar bear help her?
- Draw a picture of the little girl outside in the snow. If you draw a circle around the girl it will look like a snow globe. Can you add some small dots to your picture to make it look like it is snowing!
- Snow begins with a ‘S’ sound. Follow the link below and have a look at the picture on the screen. Can you find all the objects that begin with the letter ‘S’?
(You may have to copy and paste in to your browser if the link does not open immediately)
Maybe go on a ‘S’ hunt in your house too! I can see a settee, socks, scissors and slippers when I walk around my house!
- Watch the short video below and talk about the 4 sounds that are featured in the video. Talk about the sound of each letter and each word as it appears.
Have a go at writing each of the letters. You can write over, under or independently!
- There are letter sounds in words and other kinds of sounds all around us too! Watch this episode of ‘Phonics with Madison and Felix’ and this helps the children to ‘tune in’ to environmental sounds.
You could have a go at making a paper plate sound shaker too! (See Other Curriculum Areas for further details)
- We sing a lot of number rhymes in Nursery as they help us to count, recognise numbers and understand early additon and subrtraction........Watch Mrs Lucas in the video below which focuses on the number rhyme ‘5 little monkeys’ and see if you can join in with the singing and counting! Act out the rhyme using your fingers and a soft toy! You could draw 5 little circle faces on paper, cut them out and stick them on to a woolly glove to make finger puppets!
- Sing along to the number song ‘5 little Snowmen’
- Draw 5 snowmen in a line and give each one a hat, eyes, nose and mouth. Then write the numbers 1-5 for your child under each of the snowmen and your child can draw the correct number of buttons on each one. You can put cheerios or raisins on first to make sets of buttons! Listen to the rhyme again and cover each snowman up with a piece of paper as each snowman melts. Talk about taking one away each time.
- Using playdough or plasticine make 3 balls of dough……small, medium and large and talk about the different sizes. Create a snowman using the dough. Add features to your snowman if you can using beads, small sticks, googly eyes etc.
- Play the numberblocks games on Ceebeebies:
After you have played the games create towers of bricks (duplo, lego or wooden bricks if you have any of these) starting with 1-5 and then moving on to 6-10. Talk about how the towers are getting taller if you count forwards and the towers are getting shorter if you count backwards.
- Try this tricky maths challenge! Make sets of Cheerios from 1 to 5 to begin with counting carefully. Then stand a long piece of dried spaghetti in a small piece of playdough, plasticine or blu tack…..then the challenge is to carefully thread the cheerios on to the spaghetti strand! If you complete 1-5 then count out 6 cheerios to thread and so on! Good luck! It can also be a family challenge too!
Other Curriculum Areas:
- Watch the video with Madison and Felix (See Communication. Language and Literacy section above). Have a go at making a sound shaker using a paper plate that you can decorate first. Fill it with small pasta shapes, rice or lentils and shake and sing along to your favourite songs!
- Have a go at making some fruit ice lollies! Plastic cups will work as well if you don’t have lolly moulds. Fill the cup/mould with some fresh fruit and top up with fruit juice or diluted cordial. Freeze until set and enjoy a tasty treat! A plastic spoon can be inserted to act as the lolly stick if you don’t have any at home. Just insert into the mould before it goes too hard.
- Make a winter picture using lots of different materials. Use colours such as shades of blue, silver and white. Paper, card, tinfoil, sweet wrappers, tissue paper, cotton wool, cellophane and wool are some suggestions. You can tear, scrunch, twist and fold the paper before gluing it down. If you have any glitter this could be sprinkled on to create a magical effect!
- Practice writing your name as often as you can! ........on pictures/paintings/cards for your family.
- Draw an outline of a bobble hat and scarf on a piece of paper and then draw around your child’s hands to make ‘Gloves’. Your child can then decorate these winter accessories using felt tip pens. Try to encourage different patterns e.g. spots, stripes, zig zags, crosses, circles, wiggly lines etc. as this is an important part of early writing development.
- Join in with the ‘Snowman Freeze!’ song and do the actions! This is a good activity to do if it is wet and cold outside! Keep moving everybody!
(Week Beginning January 18th)
Nursery Remote Learning – Week Three
I hope you all enjoyed finding out about Penguins last week!
I have really enjoyed seeing all your work on Purple Mash too and I hope you have all been able to read the messages that I have sent on Purple Mash next to your work.
This week it is time to think about Winter weather such as Ice and Snow and to explore melting!
We will also be sharing stories about animals in Winter time, including a little hedgehog who is wrapped up in a warm hat, scarf and mittens! I hope you have those at home too for when you go out on your walks or for when you play in the garden!
I am reading another 'Winter' story on the video below, all about a little fox cub who asks lots of questions to his Mummy to find out all about Wintertime. I hope you enjoy it!
- Listen to the story ‘One Winter’s Day’.
- The little hedgehog was trying to make a nest to hibernate in for the Winter. Can you draw a picture of the hedgehog with all his prickles? Don’t forget to draw his hat, scarf and mittens.
Add a tree, leaves, clouds and some snow to your picture too!
- Listen to the Jolly Phonics songs and try to write the letters ‘s’ and ‘t’ on some paper. We say “Slither down the snake” when we write the letter ‘s’ and “Down the tower and across the tower” when we write the letter ‘t’.
Draw a snake and a tower on your piece of paper.
- Listen to the 4 sounds represented in this short video………s/a/t/p as this will help your child to ‘tune in’ to sounds. Then play the game below.
Collect 5 objects or toys in your house that begin with ‘s’ and 5 that begin with t. Mix them up and then sort them by their initial sound asking your child what sound they can hear at the start of each word. You can write the letter sound on paper to put next to each set of objects.
- Make a card for someone in your family or a friend. You may be able to deliver it to them on your daily walk!
This is an ideal way to practice writing your name. You can write over, under or independently!
- Sing the number song and join in with all of the actions!
- Choose 5 of your favourite toys and some counters/pasta shapes/buttons or other small items. Give each toy 2 counters each. This is called making sets of 2. Count how many 2 toys have if you add their counters together? E.g. How many counters do teddy and rabbit have altogether? Then count how many 3 toys have and so on. (Adding sets is the start of addition).
- Hide 5 toys or objects for your child when they have left the room. When they return you have to give directions for them to find each toy e.g. under the table, next to the couch, behind the toybox, in front of the curtain.
They can then try to give the instructions to you using the same language (this is called positional language). Young children find this tricky as they usually just point at the object and say ‘There’ or ‘Here’ !!
- Make 2 sets of number cards from 0-10.
Place one set around the house and your child can find them and pair them up with the other set. If they are recognising the numbers see if they can put them in the correct order, or just start with 0-5 if they are still unsure of some numbers.
- Make a shape picture by cutting out 2D shapes for your child which they can then glue on to a larger piece of paper. Talk about the names of the shapes and the number of sides and corners. There are ideas on the image below but trains, robots, houses and castles are always popular!
Other Curriculum Areas:
- Make some ice cubes and put them in different places inside and outside your house in a little dish or on a plastic plate……doorstep, freezer, fridge, kitchen table, by the radiator etc. Look at them after 5 minute intervals and talk about what has changed and why!
- Make some chocolate crispy cakes and talk about the chocolate. Look at it before it goes in to the pan and feel how hard it is when it is cold. Ask your child what do you think might happen to the chocolate when it is heated/warmed up? Look at the change from solid to liquid. After the cakes have been made and cooled in the fridge see if they can notice what has now happened to the chocolate!
Science is fun!.......and they are very tasty for tea too!
- Join in with the actions with Andy as he goes on an Arctic animal adventure in the snow! Talk about how exercise is really important to keep our bodies strong and healthy.
- Build a nest for a hedgehog in the corner of your garden using twigs and leaves (remember that hedgehogs hibernate) or put some food out for the birds.
- Join in with this lovely Cosmic Yoga Session all about ‘Pedro the Penguin!’ We have been doing yoga in Nursery so you might remember some of the shapes and movements. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSZvMHlw9vs
- Paint a winter picture using ‘cool’ colours such as blue and white. You could try mixing blue with a little bit of white to make light blue and then add black to create dark blue. You might like to paint stripes of each colour across the paper as you mix each one………like a paint colour chart effect!
- Make some playdough (or you may have some already) and have a dough disco at home! Put on your favourite music and squeeze, pat, press, squash, squish and roll the dough! Wonderful for strengthening our fingers ready for writing and fine motor activities! Here is a song that you might enjoy joining in with at home!
Recipe for playdough:
2 cups of self-raising flour (a mug or plastic cup is fine)
1 cup of salt
2 cups of cold water
4 teaspoons of cream of tartar (Tub available in Aldi quite cheaply)
1 tablespoon of oil
food colouring if wished (or ready mixed paint if you have that)
Mix all the ingredients together in a pan and heat gently mixing all the time. Keep stirring until all the ingredients come together and the dough forms a ball. This makes quite a lot of dough and can be kept in the fridge in a plastic bag……it lasts for ages too! You could halve the ingredients if required.
- Finally………..A huge ‘Thank You’ to one of our children’s Aunties who is happy for us to share her online video with the class. She is a speech therapist who is reading a story and has some activities for the children too. A lovely opportunity to sit down and listen together!
Nursery Remote Learning – Week Two – Winter
We hope you all enjoyed doing the activities about ‘Presents’ last week!
This week we will be putting some activities on ‘Purple Mash’ for you to try at home too and we are sure that you will enjoy those as well!
(Parents: Please contact the school if you have mislaid your child’s Purple Mash login)
When you log in you will see a tab at the top which is labelled ‘2Do’s’ and this will contain your child’s 3 activities for the week. When you finish and save them I will be able to see the completed activity and comment upon them. You can also use this to send a message to me as well)
WINTER THEME - WEEK 2 - 11th January 2021
Parents: Please aim to choose one activity from CLL and Maths per day, however you may wish to choose additional activities from the ‘other curriculum areas’ section if required.
(Please remember that the above is only a recommendation. We know that it may not be possible to complete 3 activities per day so please just do as much as you can)
This week we are going to start thinking about ‘Winter’ as it certainly is getting very chilly outside now with a lot of ice around!
So this week we will be having fun finding out about Winter time and Penguins!
If you would like to listen to a story all about a penguin....click on the link below.
Mrs Lucas is reading a story and there is also some additional information at the end for parents....maybe sit down with some milk and a biscuit and have storytime!
CLL - Communication/Language and Literacy:
- Watch the Powerpoint all about ‘Winter’ and talk about each slide as it appears. Ask your child questions about the pictures and encourage discussion. Just click 'Download now' on the link when it is opened.
- Draw a picture of yourself wearing Winter clothes. Don’t forget to add your bobble hat, scarf, gloves and warm coat! (Parents: You may find it useful to draw a picture of yourself at the same time and talk about different features which will encourage your child to add the same to their picture).
- Share one of your favourite story books. Talk about the front cover, title, author and illustrator. Look at the illustrations and talk about what is happening on each page. Can you predict what will happen next and can you recall the story at the end!
- Practice writing your name – over, under and independently!
- Watch the Jolly Phonics songs on YouTube and try to write the letter ‘S’ saying the rhyme ‘Slither down the snake’ – Write the letter for your child to trace over if required.
- Watch the counting song ‘5 Little Penguins’ and sing along!
- Can you find number 5 around your house? On the remote control? In books? On your toys? Can you do 5 actions……..5 jumps/5 stamps/5 knee bends/5 claps/5 hops/5 blinks etc!
- Cut out some small cardboard ‘fish’ – Choose 5 toys and give each toy the correct number of ‘fish’ from 1-5. You can repeat this and increase the numbers to be given to each toy if your child copes well from 1-5. This is called ‘making sets’ and is important for mathematical understanding.
- Watch the shape song video and talk about the name of each shape. Can you find any of these shapes in your house?
- Can you draw some shapes? Start with a circle!
Parents – If you can draw some shapes for your child to trace over that would be very helpful as squares, rectangles, ovals and triangles are tricky!!
Add faces to each shape just like they have in the video!
- Play the underwater counting game!
Other Curriculum Areas:
- Watch the ‘Penguin song video’ and join in with each of the actions!
- Watch the Youtube video which helps us to learn and find out about penguins. Can you remember anything about a penguin after you have watched it? Make a list of penguin facts with Mummy or Daddy!
- Have a go at some penguin crafts! The two links have ideas for creating a penguin in different ways……one with cotton wool and one using handprints!
- Go on a winter walk and look at the changes outside……wrap up in your warm coat, hat and gloves.
- Ride your bike or scooter and enjoy lots of exercise and fresh air!
Have fun learning together!
We would like to welcome all our new children and their families to the Nursery Class here at Birkdale Primary School.
We hope that this is the start of a very happy and successful partnership between home and school.
P.E day for some of the Nursery children will be Wednesday.
The children who attend at the beginning of the week (Blue group) or full time ( Red group) will have a P.E session with Mr Murphy on a Wednesday morning.
The children who attend at the end of the week (Yellow Group) will have an outdoor P.E session weather permitting.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR CHILD IS WEARING TRAINERS/JOGGERS/LEGGINGS IN NURSERY ON A WEDNESDAY......THANK YOU!
We will be adding to this class page as the term develops so please keep checking this page from time to time.
Please look at the Nursery Newsletters as this covers more of the activities that we will be doing in the Nursery this half-term.
It is a very difficult time at the moment for everyone, however we would like to thank you for your continued support. Please remember that you are welcome to speak to a member of staff if you have any questions or alternatively you can send in a note, phone or email the school and Mrs Lucas will contact you as soon as possible.
Some website suggestions are;
www.teach your monster to read.com - phonics games
www.readingeggs.com - phonics games
(30 day free trial available)
www.mathseeds.com - maths games and activities
www.kidstv123 - phonics and maths songs
www.oxbridgebaby.com - traditional stories/nursery rhymes
www.phonicsplay.co.uk - phase 1 and 2
www.busythings.co.uk - all curriculum areas
www.topmarks.co.uk - age 3-5 - literacy and maths games
www.cbeebies.co.uk - numberblocks, alphablocks
www.phonicsbloom.com - phases 1 and 2
www.famly.com - activities to do at home
hungrylittleminds -Department for Education website
www.activeforlife.com - ideas for physical play
www.pinterest.com - lots of indoor learning activities and suggestions
www.twinkl.co.uk - this has a section for parents with some fabulous activities and resources
We also use www.youtube.co.uk to source number songs, alphabet songs and nursery rhymes.
The Jolly Phonics songs on youtube are also helpful to sing along to as we learn these in class to support our phonics activities.