Nursery 2019 - 2020
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Monday 27th April 2020 - Good morning! I hope you are all well and managing to continue your learning whilst you are staying safe at home. This weeks sound is 'm'. We write this 'Maise, Mountain, Mountain' (check your Read, Write Inc Flashcards and practice recognising and wriitng this with your child). Some other activities include;
Get out a karaoke machine or just a microphone. Take turns to sing on the microphone. Or you can make a pretend microphone and all sing into it “mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm microphone”! (Theres are lots of Karaoke songs on YouTube, including lots of Disney songs!)
Eat meringues, melon, mango and marshmallows. Play with mud, magnets, mirrors and magnifying glasses.
Be mums, milkmen, mechanics, and magicians.
I have uploaded a Powerpoint of this weeks focus story - Treasures in the Garden - along with a list of questions you can ask your child about the story to test their understanding and a range of activities you could complete linked to this story. I have also uplaoded some Outdoor Maths Trail activities - lets make the most of the weather and spend as much time as possible outside.
Another great website with lots of outdoor activities and crafts is;
I hope this all helps - take care and have fun!
2nd April 2020 - I have uploaded a document called 'Fairy Fortnight' to choose some activities from for the next two weeks. This is filled with lots of amazing ideas and covers all of the Early Years Curriculum, based around the magic of fairies! Another fantastic website that I would recommend is;
This contains lots of ideas for scavenger hunts, outdoor learning and countless ideas linked to the beauty of the world around us - we use this websie lots in Nursery, especially as the seasons begin to change.
In St Austin’s Nursery, we follow a story based curriculum. We have a story of the week and all of our learning is based around and linked to this story. We like to choose stories that have rhyme, alliteration or repeated refrains as these allow the children to join in quickly.
Below is a list of suggested stories that you might like to share - Lots of these can be found on YouTube.
- The Hungry Caterpillar
- Owl Babies
- The Gruffalo
- The Gruffalo’s Child
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
- The Rainbow Fish
- Handa’s Surprise
- The Naughty Bus
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?
We also cover popular Fairytales, including;
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff
- The Three Little Pigs
If you search on Google/Pinterest for activities linked to these stories, there are lots of amazing ideas to plan story based learning. For example, during our Owl Babies week, we read the story then find out lots of facts about owls, make nests in our meadow, make bird feeders, paint portraits of the owls and mix the right colours, collage using natural resources and play instruments along with an animation of the story to show how the owls might be feeling at different parts of the story.
We have been looking at Spring in Nursery and lots of Spring stories. We had planned to explore the story ‘When Will it be Spring?’ during the week beginning 23/3/2020. I have uploaded an activity plan for this story below if you wish to follow this while your child is absent from school. This story can be found on YouTube 😊
I will upload a plan each week to help you plan your time and learning – next week will have an Easter focus.
This is a fantastic website with lots of super ideas of how to learn through play at home. It also provides lots of advice for how to deal with this tricky time.
This website also has lots of wonderful, creative ideas to keep you busy.
Please find an activity pack available to download below with a wide range of activities that will allow your child to practise skills and learning at home until Nursery is able to reopen. This lovely pack is bursting full of lots of creative and engaging activities that children can do with you at home. The pack contains a range of activities that focus on different areas of learning and will ensure that children continue to practise skills and reinforce learning whilst they are away from nursery. Included in this pack are simple craft ideas, Phase 1 phonics activities, cutting skills practise, activities for 2D shape, scavenger hunts, games and much more.
As well as using some of the lovely activities in this pack, there are many other fun and educational things you can do at home to keep your nursery child busy. Children of this age will enjoy things like baking, building a den, painting, singing, reading stories, puzzles, going on a minibeast/scavenger hunt and playing games.
To further continue your child's learning at home, here are some resources that we recommend.
We are looking at consolidating a secure knowledge of numbers to 10. To assist with this, we recommend using online games such as;
We have been using the Numberblocks and Numicon shapes to help us with our maths. Numicon is a multi-sensory approach using apparatus to focus on imagery, action and conversation and is designed to give children the understanding of number ideas and relationships that are essential for success in maths. We use the Numicon shapes in lots of activities in Nursery such as using them to print with in the playdough and painting areas, filling the holes with marbles/glass nuggets and creating rubbings with crayons and tin foil. The children have amazed us with their knowledge of numbers during a special challenge of cutting out each Numicon piece from 1 to 5 and ordering these. We then asked lots of questions such as ‘which is the biggest piece? Which is the smallest? What is 1 more than 2? What is one less than 3?’
Children’s experiences at home have a huge impact on their later achievement in maths. We have attached a copy of the shapes below and would love for you to work with your child to help them cut out the shapes and discuss them. You could then use them to create a ‘staircase’ by placing them in order from smallest to biggest and extend this by asking your child to cover their eyes and removing one piece – can they tell you which piece is missing? Other ideas include using 1p pieces to cover the holes of the Numicon pieces – how many pennies do you need to cover each piece? Can your child lay out the pennies in the different shapes of the Numicon pieces? You could also throw a dice and match the number thrown to the corresponding Numicon piece. These ideas will help in developing your child’s mathematical skills and conversation. There are also lots of ideas online or if you think of any new, creative ways to use your Numicon then please let us know!
'The Body Coach', Joe Wicks will be live on YouTube from 9am Monday-Friday to deliver half hour PE lessons! He says "I am holding LIVE PE lessons at 9am Monday to Friday on my YouTube channel for children of all ages. Parents are going to be under pressure next week and for 30 minutes a day I can take over and inspire and energise the kids to get active, bounce around and have fun. You can even join in with the kids. This is going to help millions of children and parents feel happier for 30 minutes and beyond every day."
Each afternoon, after lunch, I have put together a list of ideas to have a 'Happy Hour'. These activities are all based around Mental Health and Mindfulness which will help to keep children calm and happy during this time. The list is attached below - choose one or two each day and cross them off :)
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