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Ocker Hill Infant School

Gospel Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 0DS

01215561119

heidi.faulkner@ockerhill-inf.sandwell.sch.uk OR rebecca.strange@ockerhill-inf.sandwell.sch.uk

Blended Learning Policy - Parent Copy - Blended Learning Policy

Please find Net Aware information for Keeping children safe online - https://www.net-aware.org.uk/online-safety-lockdown/ 

Home Learning – Year N

Welcome to the home learning page for our Year Nursery  pupils.

 

You will find links to useful websites with interactive games and educational resources.

I  will also be providing weekly home learning that your child can access and complete.  You will also be able to use the pack of resources that is to be delivered this week to your doorstep to support you. 

Feel free to complete the work in any way you see appropriate and get in touch by using the email home.learning@ockerhill-inf.sandwell.sch.uk if you have any questions or would like any feedback.

Finally, the staff absolutely love seeing photos of you all being creative, demonstrating learning and enjoying yourselves at home. There have been some amazing yet peculiar things going on and we love to see and hear about them so please keep in touch, not just about the work.

Stay safe, keep in touch and enjoy learning!

Mrs Strange, Mrs Griffiths, Miss Bumford and Mrs Golding.

Lock down 2021- A message from your teachers

Good morning to our Nursery children, parents and carers! We are sadly entering into another lock down. We as staff send our best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time. We hope you find comfort in the fact that we are here to support you fully in your child's, and your well being, learning and development. We will be uploading regularly to the website so you are up to date with work that the children would have been completing in school. 

 

We are here to support you, as well as the children and please remember we are only an email or phone call away. Best wishes, The Nursery Team x

Week Beginning 18th January 2021

Hello all my lovely nursery children.  Mrs Strange here.  I hope you are all keeping well. I have planned lots of exciting activities for you this week, based upon your new text Elmer and the Wind. See the story and weekly over view below which describes all of your fun tasks this week! Don't forget to send us your wonderful work and messages to our home learning email, I would love to hear from you! Enjoy! 

 

Phonics

In Nursery your child will be learning all about voice sounds. These early listening skills are really important for your child’s reading development later on.  Twinkl have provided a child friendly live lesson on how to complete this activity with your child. Maddison and her puppet Felix show you how! The video is saved above. 

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Phonics task

Twinkl have provided some home learning challenges and a Voice Sounds powerpoint that you can enjoy with your child to explore voice sounds in a practical way!   Please click on the links below to open the documents and get using your voices.

Our Voice Sounds Song.ppt

Voice-Sounds-EYFS-Home-Learning-Challenge-Sheet-Nursery-FS1.pdf

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Exploring different types of weather, particularly Windy Weather linked to our story 'Elmer and the Wind'.

Click on the links below to find a powerpoint all about different types of weather.  Download our Weather word mat to use when talking all about different types of weather.  Download the Weekly weather recording form too.  I have also added a resource that you can download to make your own Pin Wheel.  See what fun you can have with it on a Windy day.  Come Outside have also made a brilliant video called the Windy Day from Youtube added below.  Have fun learning all about the weather.

Weather Video Powerpoint.ppt

Pinwheel Template.pdf

Weather word mat.pdf

 

 

Maths

This week we will be learning about 2d shapes and Weight - Heavy and Light in Maths.

Click on the link below for your 2d Shape powerpoint and click to watch the Shape Song from Youtube.

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Writing Activity

Please download the Writing document to have a go at naming the items and listening for the initial sound.  Can you have a go at writing that sound?.

Please see below the BBC Teach Primary Timetable for this week on CBBC

Week beginning 11th January 2021

Hello everyone! Mrs Strange here! Your Nursery teachers have planned lots of exciting activities for you this week, based upon your new text 'Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?'. See the story and weekly over view below which describes all of your fun tasks this week! Don't forget to send us your wonderful work and messages to our home learning email, your teachers would love to hear from you! Enjoy! 

Phonics

In Nursery your child will be learning all about instrumental sounds. These early listening skills are really important for your child’s reading development later on.  Twinkl have provided a child friendly live lesson on how to complete this activity with your child. Maddison and her puppet Felix show you how! The video is saved above. 

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Phonics task

Twinkl have provided some home learning challenges that you can enjoy with your child to explore instrumental sounds in a practical way! Also saved onto your home page is an instrumental sounds video power point where you can the sounds of some musical instruments with your child. Some home challenges are also saved at the end of that power point for your child to join in with! Hope you enjoy it! 

 

REMEMBER- games are only effective in short bursts. Continue for as long as your child is interested and engaged.

 

Home learning challenges-Instrumental sounds challenges.pdf

Instrument video ppt-Musical Instrument Video PowerPoint.pptx

 

Reading/Learning about the world

This week the children would have been exploring a new text with their teachers, called Polar bear, Polar bear, what do you hear? This is an exciting text that explores animal sounds! Saved on your homepage (above) the story is read to your child. Pause at intervals and see if your child can join in with the animal sounds prompted in the story, such as a hissing snake or trumpeting elephant!  Saved below is a Song version of the book that your child can join in with.

Encourage your child to talk about the animal on the page, do you think this animal lives in a hot or cold country? What do you think this animal eats? Where do they live?

 

 

 

This week your Nursery teachers invite you to explore facts about the Polar Bear and other Arctic animals! 

The ‘Kid Learning Video’ channel offer a video to share facts about Polar Bears  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17XRSY4Esx4, just follow the link. Talk about the facts shared. Can your child recall any of the information?

 

A ‘What can you see?’ game is saved here, to play with your child to learn about more Arctic animals! 

Writing- label the characters

This week your child has been invited to label characters from the Polar Bear, polar Bear text they are learning this week. Begin the activity by promoting your child to name the animals. Can your child recall the sound that animal makes?

Depending on your child’s age and stage, your child can ‘label’ the animals in two different ways. These options are explained in detail, in the overview above.

 

Formation poster-Letter formation rhymes.pdf

Poster of Polar Bear story animals-Polar Bear writing.pdf

 

Espresso offer videos to show your child how to write letters accurately, as we do in school. Please access this using the login below-

You can log in to our Espresso Education Software using this login. Follow these instructions- use the toolbar to select-

FOUNDATION- LITERACY-HANDWRITING

 

Espresso Education: http://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/index.html

Username: student30211                    Password: ockerhill

 

Mathematics 

This week in Nursery the children are continuing to explore counting sets and if able, recognizing the number that matches the amount (set). Use the winter themed playing cards to count the sets carefully, encouraging your child to touch count using their finger and orally saying the numbers slowly, out loud. Touch counting helps the child to learn how to say one number for each object. The cards also, when printed, can be written on, can your child trace over the number to practice formation? You child may like to practice writing numbers using chalk outside or water and a paintbrush on a dry wall!

 

Winter themed counting sets game-

Winter themed number writing, recognition and set counting.pdf

 

Some counting to ten songs (to aid your child’s rote oral counting) have also been saved on your homepage for you to enjoy with your child this week! Have fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85M1yxIcHpw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RfIKqkvHTY

Being Creative!

This the week the children are exploring the Arctic, concentrating on the Polar Bear, Polar Bear story. As part of this the children are learning about how humans live in these cold conditions. Some humans will live in an igloo. The story and TV programme Curious George explores what an igloo is, in a child friendly story! This is saved below. Share this with your child before completing the craft task.

 

Task- Your Nursery teachers invite you to make your own igloo! You can get creative with this task and decide how you would like to make one! Some photo idfeas are saved on your weekly overview above. You may want to use paper and decorate with coloured pens or cotton wool. You may want t use junk modelling and paint your creation! A fun, yummy way to present your igloo is by building an marshmallow igloo! You can cement the marshmallows together using cocktail sticks (with supervision) or using melted chocolate and cool. Have fun! Don’t forget to send us your creations to our home learning email!

Outdoor play- Winter counting and I spy for your lockdown winter walks! 

Twinkl have provided some outdoor winter challenges for you to enjoy on your daily walk during lockdown! These activities include-

·         Simple counting set challenges using natural resources, moving on from our touch counting lesson this week -Winter-maths-challenge-cards.pdf

·         Making shapes using natural resources

·         Winter hunt I spy game - Winter-hunt-checklist.pdf

 

Remember to share you fun using our home learning email! We would love to see you getting active and creative outdoors! Enjoy!

Help with sharing a story with your child using segmenting and blending.

Week beginning 5th January 2021 - Happy New Year! 

Hello everyone! Mrs Dutfield here! 

Some tasks have been provided below for you to enjoy with your child. We hope you enjoy them and keep checking our website for regular updates! 

 

Phonics

In school your child is working on pre-reading skills which supports your child's reading development. A key skill in this area is identifying environmental sounds through regular listening games and opportunities. 

Below a fun, short listening game has been provided where your child listens to the environmental sound in Teddy's house and selects the correct room and item using a visual poster. This may be a task you come back to during the week dependent on your child's concentration span. 

The BBC Teach website also provides many environmental sound videos that you can enjoy with your child. We hope you enjoy playing these games this week to support your child's listening and reading development! 

 

BBC Teach listening games- https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-listening-skills/zbc4y9q 

 

Teddy Bear game cut out- House Template and Teddy Cut-Out.pdf

 

Number 

Can the children take on a fun, pirate challenge? Captain Gold has sent the nursery children a letter, asking them to count his treasure! If your child is confident, they can also match the set to the number cards. Exposing your child to oral counting to ten and touch counting sets with their finger can be a regular, natural task that you enjoy with your child in everyday life. Counting fruit for snack at home or counting steps as your child walks or jumps down them is a natural way to support your child's development of mathematics. Enjoy lots of counting opportunities this week in your home and on walks. 

 

Topmarks also offers this ladybird counting game for you to enjoy during the week- have fun! 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots 

 

Treasure chest and coins for game-Treasure Chest and Coins.pdf

Number cards for pirate game- Number Cards.pdf

Week beginning 14th December 2020

Hello Nursery children, parents and families! This week Nursery are beginning to enjoy some Christmas celebrations! As part of this Santa has set you some challenges for his 'Keeping Santa Healthy' Project. Hope you enjoy the activities and and resources saved below today! The weekly overview is saved below which describes each activity in detail and offers helpful tips to support your child. 

Thank you for your ongoing support- Mrs Dutfield x

Phonics

In Nursery your child will be learning all about Voice Sounds. This is a very silly, funny lesson where your child experiments with many ways of making sounds! These early listening skills are really important for your child’s reading development later on.  

 

Twinkl have provided a child friendly live lesson on how to complete this activity with your child. Maddison and her puppet Felix show you how!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8u84XGhRgo .

Maddison offers many short tasks in the video for you to play with your child. Hope you enjoy it!

 

Task 1- Twinkl have provided some Phase 1 learning challenges to complete with your child. They include making sound effects for a story, beat boxing and putting on a sound show! Enjoy! - Voice sounds challenges for home.pdf

 

Task 2- Some voice sounds play dough mat have been saved on your homepage which invites your child to make objects using play dough and invites your child to make a corresponding sound. A quick and easy play dough recipe has also been saved for you to use. Have fun! -Phase 1 Phonics Voice Sounds Playdough Mats.pdf

Twinkls Best Quick Playdough Recipe.pdf

 

Reading

 

This week Nursery are starting to enjoy the Christmas celebrations in school! They are reading many Peppa Pig Christmas stories. The story of ‘Peppa’s Christmas Wish’ is one of them, and Ladybird Publishers have created a read along story video for your child to enjoy. The link is saved below. 

 

While you and your child listen to and share this story, invite your child to answer these questions:

·         What did Peppa wish for, for Christmas?

             What did George wish for, for Christmas?

·         Can you remember any other presents that the other characters asked Santa for?

·         Who did Peppa spend Christmas with?

·         What did Peppa and George decorate?

·         What happened to Peppa’s present?

 

Reading is an excellent Speech and language opportunity where you can build upon your child’s ability to speak in full sentences and develop their vocabulary

 

Writing and Craft- Christmas Card 

Today your child will be making a Christmas card, just like the children are enjoying at school this week! Twinkl have provided a Christmas card template which you can print or simply copy onto some paper or card you have at home. Instructions have been provided about how to add detail, let your child get messy and have fun! Some helpful tips to support your child's development through this activity is saved in your weekly overview. 

Snowman Card Template.pdf

Snowman Christmas Card Craft Instructions.pdf

Once made, your child will then be ready to add a message to their card. This will be completed through mark making or copying letters/listening for sounds depending on your child's age and stage. Detailed guidance on how you can complete this with your child is described in your weekly overview above. 

Any further support please do not hesitate to email Mrs Dutfield on our home learning email. 

 

Handwriting rhymes- Letter formation rhymes.pdf

 

Number

This week the Nursery teachers will be continuing with lots of counting games and rhymes with the children. Your child may want to try some online counting games to count small sets. Encourage your child to touch count with their finger and count slowly. Invite your child to count out loud, sometimes with your help and sometimes independently! The online games options are saved below. Your child can also enjoy a set counting Christmas jigsaw this week. Cut out the jigsaw pieces and see if your child can select the correct number- Maths Christmas-Themed-Counting-Puzzle.pdf

 

Espresso Education Software

You can log in to our Espresso Education Software which offers mathematic lessons, videos, games, sorting activities, stories and printable resources too.  Please use the login below and follow these instructions- use the toolbar to select-

 

FOUNDATION – MATHS (1-5 resources)

 

You can then select from many games and videos to share with your child.

 

http://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/index.html

Username: student30211                    Password: ockerhill

 

Topmarks counting games

 

Keeping Santa Healthy Project! 

 

Challenge One- Healthy Eating! 

Last week the children enjoyed a Keeping Santa Healthy Project where the children were able to teach Santa how to be healthy over the Christmas period. Discuss the term ‘healthy’ with your child. Have a search in your kitchen and discuss what foods are ‘good for you’ and ‘bad for you- if you eat too much!’. Explain to your child there are some foods we can only have a little of. There are some foods that keep us strong and healthy and we can eat a lot of!

 

You can also log in to our Espresso Education Software which offers Early Years videos, games, sorting activities, stories and printable resources, all about healthy eating and caring for our bodies!  Access Physical Development in the FOUNDATION tool bar. Login details below-

 

Espresso Education: http://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/index.html

Username: student30211                    Password: ockerhill

 Task- complete a healthy lunchbox for Santa for while he is delivering the presents, Encourage your child, if ready to cut some of the pictures out with support. Select healthy items and a few tasty treats as a desert for Santa too. Throughout invite your child to decide whether this food item is good for our bodies, or not.

 

Lunchbox activity-Healthy-Eating-Lunchbox cut and stick.pdf

 

Challenge Two- Physical Exercise 

Last week the children enjoyed a Keeping Santa Healthy Project where the children were able to teach Santa how to be healthy over the Christmas period. Part of staying healthy is keeping physically active. Santa has set Nursery a challenge to complete some Christmas Yoga. This is an excellent gross motor activity which can really strengthen your child’s core for balance and can also develop hand eye coordination.

 

Cosmic Kids have provided a fun, Christmas themed yoga. There are many sessions within the playlist, simply complete the challenge for as long as your child is able and interested!

 

Week beginning 7th December 2020

This week Nursery are continuing to explore the  Space themed text called ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. A PDF and video version of the story is saved onto your homepage for you to share with your child below. Nursery staff have planned lots of fun activities that the children will be enjoying at school. Your teachers hope you can enjoy these at home too! The weekly overview, links and resources are below! Don't forget to send your wonderful work to our home learning email! Best wishes, Mrs Dutfield x

Phonics

In Nursery your child will be learning all about Aliteration.

Aliteration means matching words that begin with the same letter, such as cat and carrot. They both begin with the letter ‘c’. These early listening skills are really important for your child’s reading development later on.  

 

Twinkl have provided a child friendly live lesson on how to complete this activity with your child. Maddison and her puppet Felix show you how!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDX7bYiiBPg  .

Maddison offers many short tasks in the video for you to play with your child. Hope you enjoy it!

Phonics task

Task 1- Twinkl have provided some Phase 1 learning challenges to complete with your child. They include making silly soup (role play game) and naming animals at a zoo! These apply the skills of alliteration. Have fun!

Task 1- Alliteration challenges.pdf

Task 2- One of the games saved on your homepage is I Spy. You and your child share an I Spy Mat and invite your child to find an item with a specific letter. Then your child can have a turn by finding another item with the same letter! Your child can tick off the items they have matched on the I Spy checklist.

Task 2- Phonics I Spy activity.pdf

Phonics Checklist for I spy.pdf

REMEMBER- games are only effective in short bursts. Continue for as long as your child is interested and engaged.

 

Reading

 

This week Nursery are continuing to explore the Space themed text called ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. A PDF and video version of the story is saved onto your homepage for you to share with your child. This week your child will be acting out the story of ‘Whatever Next’. Move through the text with your child to act out the scenes.

 

·         Begin by asking your child what they can remember about the story

·         Invite your child to dress as baby bear by collecting the items that he does in the story (a colander for a space helmet, a box for a rocket and wellies for space boots).

·         Use plastic food items to pack a bears picnic during the story!

·         Use the text to move through the story. Invite your child to add actions and speech by prompting them ‘What did Baby Bear say then? What did baby Bear do next? Show me’.

 

Task- In school, the children will be using their Boxing Clever frame to re tell the story, which uses the same sections on our boxing clever boards in our classrooms. The sections include; who, where, where next, why, what goes wrong, who helps, where last, feelings (of the characters at the end of the story). Poster versions of these sections are saved onto your home page to copy on to paper or print. Lay these out on the floor in front of you and match the pictures to the correct bags with your child, for example for ‘who’ add the baby Bear picture. Encourage your child throughout to re tell the story in full sentences. If your child isn’t quite ready, model this language to them.

 

To help you re tell the story, a boxing clever frame has been completed for you and your child to follow.

 

Boxing Clever Posters-Boxing Clever Posters to add pictures to.pdf

Story pictures to add to the posters-Pictures for boxing clever sorting.pdf

Completed Whatever Next Boxing Clever sections for you to look at-  Whatever next Boxing Clever completed as an example.pdf

 

Writing

This week your child is continuing to explore the Whatever Next! story in Nursery. In school, your teachers will be making shopping lists with the children to get ready for their moon picnic! Your teachers invite you to make a shopping list with too. The children also wrote shopping lists last week, but this week, we will encourage the children to complete the task in a different way!

 

Detailed guidance on how to complete this role play and writing task is in the over view above! Enjoy shopping! 

 

Shopping List template- Shopping lists template.pdf

Handwriting rhymes posters for formation- Letter formation rhymes.pdf

 

Number and Understanding of the World

 

Full and empty

This week your child is exploring the Whatever Next! story in Nursery. In school, your teachers will be exploring capacity with your child, in particular focusing on the vocabulary of ‘full and empty’. To make our learning fun your teachers have planned for the child to bath their own baby bear! You may want to do this activity outside in a bowl that children can easily ‘fill’. Invite your child to help you prepare the bath for Baby Bear.

·         Collect an empty bowl. Ask your child, why can’t we bath him with an empty bowl? What does empty mean?

·         Invite your child to ‘fill’ the bowl with you. You might encourage your child to ‘fill’ bottles or containers and pour them in. Encourage as you go, ‘make sure the container is full!’ and check your child’s measuring! Of course if it is half full, this is a perfect teaching opportunity where you add more water and model the difference! 

·         You may want to challenge your child to wash Baby Bear in the bath using other vocabulary of measure, such as ‘Can I have the small sponge to wash him with? Can you add a small blob of shampoo on my hand?’.

·         Your child may ‘fill’ some containers to pour on Baby Bear. Again, assess your child’s measuring skills as they go.

 

To explain the difference between full and empty for your child, this video may also help your child’s understanding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiprm4CzeSE

 

Floating and sinking

Another area you can explore with your child when playing with water is floating and sinking. Short games and discussions with your child while they are playing are key to developing scientific language and understanding. Therefore, you can extend your child’s learning during the baby Bear’s bath activity by exploring ‘floating and sinking’. Invite your child to select five toys for Bear to play with. Encourage your child to not only choose baths toys (as they will all float!). before your child dips them into the water select an item that will sink and model ‘Oh no, the toy has sunk to the bottom!’, ‘do you think this toy will sink or float on the top of the water?’. This is early prediction work and is essential to your child’s understanding of the world and speech and language development. You child can make a prediction before outing the toy into the water, were they correct? Discuss this with your child. Ask your child, what does floating mean?

 

This video may help your child to practice making predictions about sinking and floating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIYr10Nntbw

Have fun!

 

Being Creative! 

This week your child is beginning lots of Christmas Crafts at school! Exploring tools and materials supports so many areas of your child’s development.

 

**Guidance on how to support your child's development in many areas through this activity is detailed in the overview above. 

 

This week your teachers invite you to get messy with some handprint and footprint painting! Your child can choose from some of the Christmas characters below (and saved below as Christmas Craft Ideas) and get messy with some paint. You may want to complete this activity outdoors.

 

 

Get outdoors! 

There are many winter themed activities your child can enjoy this time of year. These are detailed below. Enjoy!

 

·         Make a birds nest outdoors by encouraging your child to collect twigs, leaves and grasses. You may want to share some simple stories about hibernation during winter with your child to support their understanding such as ‘Bear Snores On’ by Karma Wilson and jane Chapman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCkRtyXq-fg

·         Make a mud pie for the space picnic! Maybe aliens love mud pie?

·         Perform a teddy rescue! Pretend Teddy crashed into a tree on the way down from space. Provide your child with a variety of materials such as long sticks or nets and see if they can rescue the bear (without climbing the tree!)

·         Make an egg box home for a hibernating creature. Provide your child with an empty egg box and on your next walk your child can collect lots of warming items for the hibernating animals. What do you think your animal would like to eat? Could you add it to your egg box?

·         Get your space boots (wellies) on and go for a muddy puddle walk!

·          Make a space obstacle course using chalk outdoors! Draw different sized circles with chalk outside and see if your child (and teddy!) can jump from circle to circle. Perhaps they could hop too!

 

See the ‘Thimble and twig’ website to find more ideas! https://thimbleandtwig.com/outdoor-winter-nature-activities-for-kids/

Week beginning 30th November 2020

This week Nursery are exploring a new Space themed text called ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. A PDF and video version of the story is saved onto your homepage for you to share with your child below. Nursery have planned lots of fun activities that the children will be enjoying at school. Your teachers hope you can enjoy these at home too! The overview, links and resources are below!

Don't forget to send your child's lovely activities and hard work to our home learning email, noted at the top of your homepage! Just look for my message- best wishes, Mrs Dutfield. 

Phonics

In Nursery your child will be learning all about Rhythm and Rhyme. These early listening skills are really important for your child’s reading development later on.  

Twinkl have provided a child friendly live lesson on how to complete this activity with your child. Maddison and her puppet Felix show you how!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KHrgXrlyH8 .

Maddison offers many short tasks in the video for you to play with your child. Hope you enjoy it!

Your tasks are explained in detail in the overview above. Here are the resources you need to complete the activities-

Nursery Rhyme playlist-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IUFMYeFv6E 

Rhythm and Rhyme Challenges-Rhythm and Rhyme Home Learning Challenge Nursery.pdf

Rhyming match game-Rhyming matching game challenge.pdf

 

Reading 

This week Nursery are exploring a new Space themed text called ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. A video version of the story is saved onto your homepage (above) and a PPT version is saved below for you to share with your child.

Whilst sharing the story with your child, pause at intervals and ask your child to predict what might happen next. 

Ask the following questions to your child;

·         Where did Baby Bear want to visit?

·         What did Baby Bear use as a rocket?

·         Where did Baby Bear find his space boots?

·         What did Baby Bear see in the sky while flying in his rocket?

·         Look at the picnic picture in the text, what did Baby Bear eat at the picnic on the moon?

 

Encourage your child to speak in simple sentences by modelling this to them. For example, if your child points to the moon picture and says ‘moon’, you may say “Yes I can see the moon in the sky!”.

You may want to act the story out with your child and pretend to blast off in a rocket! Perhaps your child could make their own rocket using a box at home! 

 

PPT Story Version of Whatever Next- Whatever_Next! Story.ppt

 

Writing

This week your child is exploring the Whatever Next! story in Nursery. In school, your teachers will be making shopping lists with the children to get ready for their moon picnic! Your teachers invite you to make a shopping list with too.

Detailed guidance of the tasks and how to complete them are in the overview above.

Please see the resources below that you will need

Shopping List Speech and Language Game- Shopping list game.pdf

Shopping list Template-Shopping lists template.pdf

Holding a pencil guidance-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RclxBdiuvOM  . 

BBC Mark making guidance- https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/its-not-just-scribbling-its-mark-making.

Shopping List word mat to copy from-Shopping-List-Word-Mat.pdf

Letter Formation Rhyme Poster-Letter formation rhymes.pdf

 

Number and Shape 

 

This week your child is exploring the Whatever Next! story in Nursery. In school, your teachers will be counting sets of rockets with the children. BBC Offers parents practical guidance on how to support your child’s mathematical development in simple, consistent ways. Please read the guidance for some extra ideas and support to help your child in everyday ways!

BBC guidance-  https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths

 

Detailed guidance of the tasks and how to complete them are in the overview above.

Please see the resources below that you will need

 

Topmarks counting sets game-  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers

Rocket counting cards-count-the-rockets activity.pdf

Number line-Numberline Rockets.pdf

 

Being Creative!

This week your child is exploring the Whatever Next! story in Nursery, so your teachers have planned for you to collage your own alien from space!

Don’t forget to show us your alien collage pictures by sending some photos to our home learning email. Enjoy!

 

Detailed guidance of the task/s and how to complete them are in the overview above.

Please see the resource below that you will need-

 

Alien Template- Alien template to collage.pdf

 

Get Outdoors!

To begin, Cosmic Kids Yoga have prepared a Rocket Yoga session for your child to enjoy! The lesson offers simple yoga poses set to the Whatever Next story. This will stretch and warm up your child’s body before completing the physical outdoor space activities! 

Whatever Next Yoga-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d85dw-AcAaU

 

Outdoor play ideas

Try these outdoor play ideas that you can enjoy with your child, based upon the Whatever Next text.

 

·         Make a simple squeezy bottle launcher and compete to see who can fire their rocket the furthest! This can stimulate language about measure, such as ‘My rocket went furthest!’. When your rocket has landed use stones to mark its position and compare the distance! This link shows you how to make one-  https://rainydaymum.co.uk/rocket-craft-and-experiment/

·         Act out the story of Whatever Next outdoors! Encourage your child to dress as baby bear and make their own spaceship using an empty cardboard box. With a large box you can cut out the middle so your child can run around in it! On a small scale your child could select their favourite teddy to place in a shoe box to act out the text. Perhaps your child could pack their teddy a picnic too!

 

Science

 

In Science this week your teachers invite you to make and enjoy your own moon picnic with your child!

The picnic doesn’t need to be the same items as the story but it is an excellent Speech and Language opportunity for your child to explain and list the items they would like their picnic!

As your child prepares and eats the food, encourage them to describe the textures that they feel. This is early scientific vocabulary! For example, while feeling an orange peel model to your child the vocabulary of bumpy or tangy when eating the orange ‘Oooh that tastes tangy!’. Whilst making sandwiches, pose questions such as ‘is the bread hard or soft?’. Tease the language from your child. If your child does not know the appropriate describing words to explain the texture yet, model the vocabulary to them.

Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 23rd November 2020

Hi Nursery and Parents, Mrs Dutfield here! During this week of learning your child will be continuing exploring the story 'Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly'. You have many new, exciting activities to enjoy! These are explained in the overview document below. All of the resources and lesson links can be found under this overview. Have fun! 

Hi everyone, Mrs Strange here.  I miss you all so much but we have lots of lovely activities for you to do with your parents at home based upon our new story Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly.  Have fun and let me know if you need anything.  You can contact me on the home learning email address - see above.

Week beginning 23rd November Resources and Lessons 

Phonics 

In Nursery your child will be learning all about Body Percussion. These early listening skills are really important for your child’s reading development later on.  

 

Twinkl have provided a child friendly live lesson on how to complete this activity with your child. Maddison and her puppet Felix show you how!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqBHPT5uTP8. Maddison offers many short tasks in the video for your to play with your child. Hope you enjoy it!

 

Task 1- Make a body percussion rainstorm.pdf

Make a body percussion rainstorm! Twinkl have provided a short body percussion game where you make the sounds of a rainstorm using body percussion. Encourage your child to follow the actions and also create their own rainstorm using their own body percussion ideas!

 

Task 2 -Lesson with Mrs Dutfield-Body Percussion Lesson with Mrs Dutfield.ppt

I have provided a short lesson on ideas for body percussion. Listen and follow along with your child to my voice notes to complete the actions in the session. Pause and discuss the questions posed in the lesson. Enjoy!

 

REMEMBER- games are only effective in short bursts. Continue for as long as your child is interested and engaged.

 

Reading

 

Last week Nursery began lots of exciting activities about the book Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly! This story is on your homepage, if you would to share it again!

This story is still our theme for this week but your teachers would like you to dive into the theme of Space a little more! Below are some Non Fiction Texts which offer information about Space to share with your child! Encourage your child to talk about what they have heard by pausing at interesting facts in the books.

Roaring Rockets- This text gives your child lots of information about rockets in a child friendly way. You may want to pause at points of interest and discuss vocabulary such as ‘fuel tank’ and ‘astronaut’. Can your child draw their own rocket that they would like to fly into space with?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko306WcHRns

My Place in Space- This text tells your child about the planet they live on, the sun, and the other planets in a child friendly way. You may want to ask your child these questions as the book progresses; what does the sun do? How many different planets are there? What planet do we live on?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3J-HHD7ggQ

 

Can you imagine that? I want to be an Astronaut- This non-fiction video follows a little girl who would love to be an astronaut when she is older! It provides lots of facts about what astronauts need to consider when they are doing their job and also, what tasks astronauts do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbKixwY95pg

 

Free Reading-

If you would like to explore some more books during the day or at story time, Oxford owl offer a range of wonderful stories that you can share with your child. 

Follow this link -Oxford Owl: oxfordowl.co.uk/

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Writing/Fine Motor Activities

Last week your child completed tasks about the book ‘Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly’. This week we are continuing with that and focusing on Space. Twinkl have provided some fine motor activity ideas to complete with your child. These include;

·         Threading buttons a string

·         Threading dry spaghetti or pipe cleaners through a colander

·         Pushing Lego bricks together

·         Play dough meal making

·         Zipping up coats against a timer

Any many more! The ideas page is saved here - Fine Motor Warm up activities.pdf

 

If your child is ready to use a pencil, Twinkl have also provided some space themed pencil control activity sheets for your child to try! Pencil Control Activity- Pencil Control Space themed.pdf

You may want to begin by enjoying a fine motor warm up  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSTHl_YEpGY video. This exercises the hands and wrists to warm up and strengthen the muscles before writing.

 

Encourage your child to hold their pencil correctly. For further guidance on how to do this, follow this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RclxBdiuvOM  . This is a child friendly video on how to use a tripod grip.

 

Number and Shape 

This week your child is comparing sizes using the language of big/small. If your child is ready, the activities also encourage your child to use the language of comparing height – tall/ short.

Begin by sharing the songs below. Can your child name some objects in the song that are ‘big’.  Can your child name some objects in the song that are ‘small’. Your child may even want to draw some ‘big’ objects on one piece of paper, and small objects on another. The may also want to act out being some of these items or creatures, such as a big elephant or a small mouse. Can your child make their bodies bigger or smaller? 

Big/Small game Video-   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho0jqU6L88U

 

Outdoor Size Comparison Lesson-Holly hedgehog Outdoor Learning.pptx

If your child is ready, they can continue to Holly Hedgehog’s Nature Trail Lesson and activities! Holly compares outdoor items that are big/small/tall/short. There is a lesson for your to share with your child which poses questions for your child to answer to measure their understanding. Holly then asks you to find some items outside that match the size descriptions such as a small leaf, a tall tree. As you complete the trail outside encourage your child to use the correct vocabulary. You may have to model this, for example, your child may say “a leaf”, you can respond with, “is it a big or small leaf?”, “Yes, it is a small leaf”.

 

Task- rocket ordering -Shortest to Tallest Rocket task.pdf

In school, for the children that are ready your teachers have prepared a rocket ordering cut and stick activity. Your child needs to cut out the rockets (if able) and order the rockets from the shortest to the tallest. 

Remember to take this step by step. Place the rockets out in a mixed order and ask your child, “which rocket is the shortest?” and see if your child can select the correct rocket. Continue this method until your child has reached the tallest rocket, “Now, which rocket is the tallest?”. If your child is very able, they may not need this guidance.

 

Being Creative!

This week the children are continuing to explore the text Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly so your teachers have planned for you to print and collage your own space scene using household items! Twinkl have provided a step by step guide to making the picture, for your child to follow.

Instructions- Space Painting instructions.pdf

Encourage your child to use tools independently and model their careful use, such as printing slowly, cleaning their paintbrush, selecting the colour they want carefully. Your child may even want to mix some colours with you to create new colours! This is a key skill.

  Don’t forget to show us your space pictures by sending some photos to our home learning email. Enjoy!

 

Science

As your child is learning all about the story ‘Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly’, your nursery teachers invite you to make your own jelly at home! This is so your child can observe the changes that happen in the process of making jelly.

Whilst making a simple jelly, encourage your child to describe the texture such as ‘now it is runny’. Encourage your child to predict what might happen while the jelly is in the fridge? You may want to model words such as ‘setting’, ‘firm’ and ‘harder’. Check the jelly as it progresses as see if your child can explain what they can see! An excellent Speech and Language activity, with a yummy treat at the end!

 

If you are feeling more adventurous, you may want to follow this Rainbow jelly recipe https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/rainbow-jelly. Enjoy!

 

Get Outdoors!

To begin, Cosmic Kids Yoga have prepared a Rocket Yoga session for your child to enjoy! The lesson offers simple yoga poses set to a space story. This will stretch and warm up your child’s body before completing the physical outdoor Peppa game! This link is saved below. 

'Peppa says' Active Outdoor Game 

Save the Children have provided an outdoor Peppa Pig copying game. You place the cards into a container or hat and ask your child to select one, Read the card to your child and see if they can follow the instruction! The instructions include; do five jumps, jump in a muddy puddle, pretend to put your wellies on! Further instructions are saved below, with the game cards. Have fun!

 

Instructions for game-Peppa Says Copying Game Instructions.pdf

Game cards- Peppa Says Copying Game Cards.pdf

 

 

Week Beginning 16th November 2020

Hi everyone- Mrs Dutfield here! Something exciting is happening in Nursery this week! We are launching our new text 'Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly'. Hope you enjoy the activities below! All guidance is in the overview below- have fun!

Don't forget to send your fun activities to our home learning email, added to the top of your homepage. Just look for my message! 

Phonics 

In Nursery your child will be learning all about instrumental and animal sounds. These early listening skills are really important for your child’s reading development later on.  Twinkl have provided a child friendly live lesson on how to complete this activity with your child. Maddison and her puppet Felix show you how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXKlZCu6GmQ

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Phonics task-Your task this week is to enjoy an animal guessing game where your child guesses the animal. This is the video you will need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF74DU34q2Y.  You may even want to blindfold your child to make it even more exciting! Alternatively you can pause the video and encourage your child to find the animal on their animal picture mat, saved onto your homepage,

REMEMBER- games are only effective in short bursts. Continue for as long as your child is interested and engaged.

 

Animals picture mat for task- Phonics-farm-animals-word-mat.pdf

 

Reading

Something exciting is happening for Nursery this week. They are exploring a new book, called Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly. Your child’s work will be based upon this text for two weeks. First share the story with your child using the video above. 

Task- As each page is read, pause and consider the following questions to ask your child:

·         What is your favourite colour/food/animal/toy? Can you describe your toy? I.e. ‘My red car’

·         Do any words rhyme (sound the same) on this page? i.e. cats and hats

·         What is the little girl/ boy called in the story?

·         Can you remember something that Sue likes?

·         Can you remember something that Nick likes?

·         Can you tell me the colours you can see on this page?

 

Writing

Can your child select their favourite object from the Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly text? It may be a food item, the car, the dinosaur. Can your child describe the object? You may want to give them objects to stimulate discussion such as:

·         Is the dinosaur big or small?

·         What colour is the dinosaur?

·         What sound do you think the dinosaur would make?

·         Where do you think a dinosaur would live? What would they eat?

Books can stimulate lots of vocabulary and discussion and this is the perfect time to help your child progress with their knowledge of words. Extend their discussion if your child struggles to answer. For example, you child may point and say “dinosaur”, your reply may be “yes I can see the pink and orange dinosaur too. He has lots of spots!”.

Task- for your task today, your child will select their favourite object from the text and draw it. You may want to model how to draw the object, step by step i.e. first we start with the dinosaur’s head etc. Encourage your child to hold their pencil correctly and encourage them to sit in an upright, comfortable position to complete the activity. They may want to add colour with pencil crayons. If your child is able, they could write the initial sound of the object such as ‘d’ for dinosaur, or maybe copy the name of the object from your writing, if very able.

 

Shape 

This week the children are sharing the text Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly. In this session your child will be exploring 2D shapes to make a 2D shape rocket picture!

 Mrs Dutfield has created a short 2D shape naming lesson and this is saved onto your homepage. Please share this with your child and encourage your child to name as many 2D shapes as they can. Some videos and songs are included in lesson and my voice over is also added to the lesson for your child to listen to and interact with.

The songs and videos are below also-

·         Feed the Monster Game, this is a game where your child can feed the monster the correct 2D shape  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters

·         This is a 2D shape song which encourages your child to name the shape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEbRDtCAFdU

 

Task-Can your child cut and make a 2D shape rocket? As your child makes their rocket encourage them to name the shape that they are cutting or using. Can they name the colour of the shape. If able, perhaps you can further their learning by describing the shape such as a ‘round circle’ or find these shapes in your environment such as pointing to a circular clock.

 

Shape Rocket task- Task- 2d Shape Rocket to make.pdf

 

Being Creative!

This week the children are exploring the text Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly so your teachers have planned for you to make your own rocket! Twinkl have provided a step by step guide to making a rocket using household items!

Encourage your child to use tools independently and model their safe use such as scissors and glue. Can your child make up a story with their rocket? Where would they want their rocket to ‘blast off’ to? The instructions are saved below. Don’t forget to show us your rockets by sending some photos to our home learning email. Enjoy! 

 

Craft Instructions- Rocket instructions .pdf

 

Outdoor Play- Space themed 

Here are some play ideas for your child to enjoy which are Space themed. Throughout all of the activities encourage your child’s Speech and Language, encouraging them to describe their senses with the words they know i.e. my space buggy is big and has two wheels!

 

·         Enjoy the Twinkl Number treasure Hunt! Place the ‘Space’ cards around your back garden and complete the treasure hunt by counting the sets on the cards you find. A counting recording sheet is also saved below.

Treasure Hunt counting sheet- Treasure Hunt Activity Outdoor Maths.pdf

Treasure Hunt shape cards to hide- Picture Cards Treasure Hunt Outdoor Maths.pdf

 

·         Make a form of space transport that you could use to travel on the moon, it may be a space buggy, a spaceship. Allow your child to use their imaginations with large scale boxes and recycling items outdoors.

 

·         Go out doors at night time and look at the moon and stars. Ask your child to discuss what they see.

 

·         Using foil, can your child scrunch and make some moon rocks? You may want to play a target game with them outdoors or simply play throw and catch with them!  Photo ideas are in the overview above. 

 

Learning about the world - Space resources 

As in the text Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly, Sue and Nick travels to space to explore rockets and aliens. This is your opportunity to explore the theme of ‘Space’ with your child. While you share the stories and programmes with your child during the week encourage your child to talk about these key words: rockets, moon, stars, planets, astronaut. Can your child show their understanding in a simple way? Below are some Early Years friendly resources that may help your child’s understanding:

 

Story time- your child may want to listen to some more Space stories such as;

·         Eric and the Red Planet  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RtbO9WsRCs 

This story encourages your child’s counting to ten too! What does your child notice about the space station and Eric’s space suit?

·         If I were an astronaut  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wV8yw7iV8w   

This story is read by a real life astronaut in space! Can your child explain what an astronaut is?

·         Moon Man Dan  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plFYEU213eM

This is an animation story for your children to enjoy!

 

Video clips- Cebeebies offer many education programmes about space too!

The link to the Space themed videos, radio clips and games for Cebeebies is attatched here-  https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/space But, here are some ideas-

·         Star gazing – Miss Mouse goes to Space story  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QuEqRa9JFc  

·         Justin’s House Space  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01py4jj/justins-house-series-2-13-just-in-space

·         Baby Jake Space Adventure  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01n2vrt/baby-jake-series-2-11-baby-jake-loves-space-painting

Encourage your child to navigate the website using a laptop, tablet or Ipad with adult supervision. This will support your child’s development of ICT skills.

Week beginning 2.11.10

Hi Nursery children and parents! This week in Nursery the children are learning about the Hindu festival of Light called 'Diwali' and learning about fireworks as part of Bonfire Night. The overview above explains your child's learning that you can do at home for the week and the resources or guidance for these activities are saved below. Enjoy! 

 

Phonics

In Nursery your child will be learning all about environmental sounds. These early listening skills are really important for your child’s reading development later on. Your task this week is to enjoy an environmental sounds walk, this may be inside or outside. Encourage your child to close their eyes and listen to the sound you are making with a household item or outdoors such as cars passing, or rustling leaves. You may even want to blindfold your child to make it even more exciting! REMEMBER- games are only effective in short bursts. Continue for as long as your child is interested and engaged.

Twinkl have provided a child friendly video on how to complete this activity with your child. It is saved below. A sound tick list sheet has been saved onto your homepage for your child to cross off once they have heard that sound in the home. Hope you enjoy it!  

 

Phonics Twinkl video and guidance -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71HQW6TxRGw

Sound tick list- Sounds at home checklist.pdf

 

Number and Shape 

This week your child is learning to touch count sets to 10 and continue a repeated colour pattern. The guidance and resources are below, enjoy!

 

Twinkl Bonfire Night scarf repeated pattern activity- Repeating pattern bonfire night scarf colouring.pdf

Set counting Twinkl activity- Bonfire night counting sets sheet.pdf

 

Writing and outdoor mark making

To develop writing this week the children in nursery will be mark making fireworks outdoors. Some Twinkl firework mark making cards are saved on your homepage for your children to copy. They could use chalk or water and paintbrush on a dry day! You can also make marks in a tray of glitter, oats or paint. If your child is getting used to a pencil or pencil crayons, there is also some Twinkl pencil formation sheets saved onto your homepage too for your child to try!

 

Mark making cards- Mark making cards for outdoor or messy play.pdf

Pencil formation sheet-Fireworks pencil control task.pdf

 

Being creative!

This week the children are learning lots about the world, including fireworks, Bonfire Night and the all about the Festival of Light called ‘Diwali’. As part of this, in school, the children will be making chocolate sparklers and enjoying firework crafts! The website Activity Village which is saved below for you, provides step by step instructions on how to make many firework crafts, including a chocolate sparkler! 

Twinkl have provided a step by step guide upon how to make a firework painting using household items. This is added to your homepage too!

 

Activity Village for chocolate sparkler and Diwali crafts -https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/fireworks-crafts

Firework painting step by step guide - Step by step guide to firework painting.pdf

 

Learning about the world

In school this week we are learning about the Hindu Festival of Light called ‘Diwali’. Cebeebies offers some excellent, child friendly videos to show how people celebrate Diwali. The video is saved below. 

Share these with your child and ask them to recall some features of the videos. How do Hindu’s get ready for Diwali? What fun activities do they do to celebrate? I.e. eat food, watch fireworks. What yummy foods do they make with their families? In school the children will be celebrating by taste testing, enjoying Diwali crafts and re-creating Rangoli patterns! Please see the Diwali ideas and guidance powerpoint on the Nursery homepage. This will give you lots of activities that you can enjoy with your families to celebrate. This includes Rangoli Patterns, cooking and crafts. Have fun and enjoy! 

 

Cebeebies child friendly Diwali videos- https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/lets-celebrate-diwali

Diwali cookbook ideas- Diwali recipe book.pdf

Twinkl Rangoli patterns photo book to share with your child-Rangoli photobook.pdf

 

See guidance below!

 

Staying safe- Bonfire night safety

In school this week we are learning about Bonfire Night. Your teachers will be leading a circle time to talk about Bonfire Night safety. It is really important to stay safe around fire and fireworks. The Children’s Content Company have created a video which shares lots of ideas of how you and your family can celebrate Bonfire Night. Share the video with your child and pause at intervals. Discuss the safety rules discussed in the video as you pause. After the video, ask your child how the children celebrated Bonfire Night. Are there any details they can remember or any activities they would like to do with you this week?

 

Bonfire night safety video to share and discuss- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8bqr4pCWac 

 

Outdoor play

Here are some play ideas for your child to enjoy which are Autumn themed. Throughout all of the activities encourage your child’s Speech and Language, encouraging them to describe their senses with the words they know i.e. it’s a crunchy leaf, the leaf is red. When your child is active and engaged, it is the perfect time to scaffold their language for example, if your child points and labels “leaf” you may reply “yes, a crunchy, red leaf!”.

 

Here are a few outdoor learning ideas:

 

- Make an outdoor, natural obstacle course with objects such as sticks, conkers and leaves. Challenge your child by modelling a jump over a leaf and a hop over a stick!

-Make an animal den for hibernating animals using natural objects

-Make bird feeders for hibernating birds

- Have helicopter races with sycamore seeds

- Go on a leaf hunt- encourage your child to count sets of each colour leaf they have found i.e. 1,2,3 red leaves!

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