Dalton School Junior Infant And Nursery

From little acorns, mighty oaks will grow

Mayfield Avenue, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD5 9HN
Contact: Mrs H Valentine (Office Manager)

01484 538729

office.dalton@kirkleeseducation.uk

A message for the children who are returning to Nursery in September...You will return to Nursery on THURSDAY 10th September (this does include new starters)...usual times...usual place!  We cannot wait to welcome you back as we have missed you so much...A message for the children who are returning to Nursery in September...You will return to Nursery on THURSDAY 10th September (this does not include new starters)...usual times...usual place!  We cannot wait to welcome you back as we have missed you so much...A message for the children who are returning to Nursery in September...You will return to Nursery on THURSDAY 10th September (this does not include new starters)...usual times...usual place!  We cannot wait to welcome you back as we have missed you so much...

Hello everybody,

I cannot believe that for some of you, your Nursery journey is coming to an end this week.

It certainly isn't the end that I thought, or hoped, it would be, which makes me feel incredibly sad.

It is lovely to look back at all the memories we have shared and to know that I am still going to be spending time with you when you move into your new Reception class in September.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank, on behalf of myself, Mrs Sturgeon, Becky, Miss Moxon and Mrs Beaumont, each and every

family for their love, support and kindness over the last 12 months (and for some 18 months!)

It really has been wonderful getting to know you all.

I cannot wait to welcome our younger children back to Nursery in September, who will then become our older children!

And I cannot wait to see how much you all have grown!

Continue to stay safe and have fun over the Summer break.

Love and hugs,

Mrs Cole X

 For those children who will be moving into one of our Reception classes in September, I have prepared a webpage under the 'PARENTS' tab to provide you with all the information you need.  Scroll down to 'Reception New Starters 2020-2021'. 

I have no doubt forgotten something, so if there are any questions, please email them to me, and I will then update the webpage accordingly. 

Your question might help others. 

nursery.dalton@kirkleeseducation.uk 

Weekly Challenges For Week Beginning 13th July

Theme:  Sports Day

1.  Decide when you are going to hold your 'Family Sports Day' and who is going to be involved.  Begin by making everyone who is going to take part a medal or a rosette.  You can do this however you would like.  There are some templates on the download button if you would like to print these out to use.  Alternatively, you could cut circles out of card, decorate and attach to fancy ribbon.

2.  Remember warm up before your Sports Day.  Have a look at the 'Warm Up Cards' on the download button and try out some of the activities.  Have a go at things like, throwing and catching a ball to your grown up, doing some star jumps, hopping, bouncing a ball to your grown up, etc.  Do not worry if you do not have the resources suggested, you could use something different.

3.  Now take a look at the 6 races that you are going to be doing on your Sports Day.  It is always a good idea to practise the different skills before your actual event.  Spend a few days getting ready for it, so maybe practise one race every day.

5.  Things to think about when the big day arrives:

Have you got the refreshments ready.  You could organise a drinks station in the garden for when you get thirsty! 

Are you dressed in your sporty clothes?  Are your grown ups dressed in their sporty clothes?

Have you got out all the resources ready for your race?

Who is going to be the judge for the races?

Have you decided where the start and finish line is going to be?

Have you got a signal to start each race?  For example, a whistle? a tambourine?

Have you got a phone ready to capture some of the hilarious moments?...  Mrs Cole cannot wait for some photographic evidence!!

  

6. After you have held your Family Sports Day, why not hold an Awards Ceremony.  You could award everyone who has taken part with a certificate.  There is a template that can be printed out on the download button or you could make your own for everyone. 

Don't forget to hand out the medals or rosettes that you made earlier in the week.

7.  If you enjoyed your Sports Day, there are some further ideas for physical activities on the download button, titled 'Posters'.

HAVE FUN!

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Our Learning In Action

Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Chloe, who is 4 tomorrow (9th)  We hope you have a brilliant day.  We miss you...Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Chloe, who is 4 tomorrow (9th)  We hope you have a brilliant day.  We miss you...Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Chloe, who is 4 tomorrow (9th)  We hope you have a brilliant day.  We miss you...Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Chloe, who is 4 tomorrow (9th)  We hope you have a brilliant day.  We miss you...

Weekly Challenges For Week Beginning 6th July

Theme:  Transition

This week we are preparing for moving from Nursery into Reception. 

If you are one of our younger children who will be remaining in Nursery, please continue to learn our 10 Nursery Rhymes or have a go at some of the challenges on the Nursery home learning page that you may not have had a chance to complete yet.

 

1.  Google 'Topsy and Tim Starting School' episode and watch it.  Talk to your grown up about what is happening throughout the episode.  How are Topsy and Tim feeling about starting school?  How are you feeling about starting in your new Reception class?  

2.  On the Cbeebies website, watch Topsy and Tim's 'Top Tips' for starting school.

3.  Can you remember the names of your new teachers?  Have a look at their photographs on the 'Reception New Starter' webpage.  Talk about the friends that you are looking forward to seeing in September.  How many of them can you remember

Remember if you are currently in Morning Nursery, all of your morning friends will be in your class and if you are currently in Afternoon Nursery, all of your afternoon friends will be in your class.

4.  Every day this week, practise writing your name like we do in Nursery.  Remember to use your entry and exit flicks if you can.  When you are happy that your name writing is your very best, send me a photo of you holding up your writing, so that I can email it to your new teacher.

5.  Create a fantastic self portrait.  First look closely at your face in a mirror.  Talk to your grown up about what you can see on your face.  Look carefully at the colour of your hair, the colour of your eyes, the length of your hair, the colour of your skin, etc. 

Then have a go at drawing what you can see.  Think about the size, the colours and the shapes of your different features. 

Send me a photograph of your amazing drawing and again I will email it to Mrs Metcalfe or Miss Stoker.

6. Complete the 'All About Me' booklet on the download button.  If you have a printer, print it out, or if not, your grown up could recreate the different sections on A4 paper.  

Pop this in your book bag on your first day in your new class, then your new teacher can find out more about you.

Try and draw your responses and then your grown up could write some more details (family, pets, likes at home, friends, likes at Nursery, summer plans, looking forward to..)

7.  Impress your new teachers by ensuring that you can sing all the words to our '10 Nursery Rhymes' that we need to know off by heart. The list is on the download button.

 

8.  Impress your new teachers by ensuring you are doing lots of reading from the Oxford Owls website.

Google 'Oxford Owl' and click on the website.

Click the 3 stripes menu button in the top right hand corner.

Select 'My Class Login'

My class name - NurseryCole

My class password - Dalton123

Click on the eBooks on the Bookshelf.

Here you will find many different fiction and non fiction eBooks categorised by age groups.

A lot of the age 3-4 books are great for discussion, as you can generate lots of talk about what is happening in the pictures.

On inside the front cover and inside the back cover of the books, there are lots of Parental tips and guidance of what you can do with the book and questions that you might ask before and after you have looked at the book.

The age 4-5 books have words in them.  These are really good for children who are beginning to recognise phonemes (sounds) in words. The words are read aloud and children can navigate their way through the book using the arrows. 

HAPPY READING!

9.  Take a look at the Transition Checklist on the download button.  Tick off the things that you can do already and work on the things that you need further help with.

10.  Coming soon....watch Samuel read a story about starting school.

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Our Learning In Action

Weekly Challenges For Week Beginning 29th June
Theme: Space

1. We will begin this week by watching Samuel reading us a story titled 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy.

2. Now pretend you are going to the moon like Baby Bear.  What are you going to use for your rocket?  Are you going to take any friends along for the ride?  What are you going to pack for your picnic?  What might you see on your journey?

 

3.  Create a picture of what you think Space looks like.  You could do this on black paper, you could use chalk, paint, collage materials.  Think carefully about what you might see in Space - stars, planets, rockets, aliens, etc.

4.  At Nursery, we like to sing 'Five Little Men In A Flying Saucer'.  You can watch this on BBC Rhymes.  Sing along and use your fingers to show how many spacemen there are left each time.  Practise counting backwards from 5 to 0.

5.  Talk to your grown up about what you would take with you in a rocket if you went into Space. Draw the things that you would take.  Talk to your grown up about the phoneme (initial sound) that the items begin with.  For example, 't' for 'teddy bear', 'p' for picnic, etc. There is a writing frame titled '10 things I would take to the moon' on the download button, if you would like to have a go at writing down your ideas.

 

6.  Look at the 'Space I Spy' on the download button.  Look carefully at the pictures and listen as your grown up asks you to point to the different objects.  This is a really good way of introducing new vocabulary such as, astronaut, space shuttle, oxygen tank.  Once all items have been identified, why not have a game of 'I spy' where your grown up says the initial phoneme and you have to say what they are spying.  For example, 's' for sun, 'm' for moon.  

7.  Have a go at making your own rocket out of recyclable materials - a kitchen roll tube always comes in handy!  There is a step by step guide on the download button titled 'Cardboard Tube Rocket' 

8.  Why not try 'Hand and Foot Print Aliens' using paint and collage materials?  The step by step guide is on the download button.

 

9.  Make a 'Split Pin Astronaut'. There is a template on the download button which you can print out and then cut out each of the pieces of the Astronaut, before joining them together with split pins. Alternatively, you could use paperclips to join the pieces together or cellotape/ glue.

 

10.  Finish your week by baking some delicious 'Star Biscuits'.  There is a recipe to follow on the download button.  Enjoy!

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Our Learning In Action

A BIG Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Phebe, who is 4 tomorrow, Saturday 27th.  We hope you have a fantastic day full of surprises...A BIG Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Phebe, who is 4 tomorrow, Saturday 27th.  We hope you have a fantastic day full of surprises...A BIG Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Phebe, who is 4 tomorrow, Saturday 27th.  We hope you have a fantastic day full of surprises...A BIG Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Phebe, who is 4 tomorrow, Saturday 27th.  We hope you have a fantastic day full of surprises...

Today we are wishing our morning friend, Archie, a very Happy Birthday.  We hope you have a lovely, sunny day.  Love all your teachers and friends at Nursery...Today we are wishing our morning friend, Archie, a very Happy Birthday.  We hope you have a lovely, sunny day.  Love all your teachers and friends at Nursery...Today we are wishing our morning friend, Archie, a very Happy Birthday.  We hope you have a lovely, sunny day.  Love all your teachers and friends at Nursery...Today we are wishing our morning friend, Archie, a very Happy Birthday.  We hope you have a lovely, sunny day.  Love all your teachers and friends at Nursery...

Weekly Challenges For Week Beginning 22nd June

Theme:  Vehicles

1.  Have a look in your toy boxes/bedrooms and find as many different types of vehicle that you can.  See if you can find...

a car/a train/an aeroplane/a boat/a bike/an emergency vehicle/etc. 

When you have a collection of vehicles, see if you can sort them into which ones travel on the land, which ones travel in the air and which ones travel on the water.

 

2. Sing aloud 'The Wheels On The Bus'.  Think about what could be on your bus like we do in Nursery.  Maybe you could sing it again but this time change your vehicle, for example, 'The Wheels On The Train/Bike/Scooter'

Now have a go at singing 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'. Don't forget to watch out for that cheeky crocodile!

On the download button, there are two new songs for you to have a go at learning - Riding My Bike Song and The Vehicles Song

 

3.  It is very important that we stay safe when we are out and about as there are lots of different vehicles moving around us.  We must always listen to our grown-ups when we are near to the road and follow their instructions. 

With your grown-up, watch the Road Safety Powerpoint which is on the download button.  Talk about why it is so important to look and listen.  Can you remember some of the different places which make it a safe place to cross? 

At Nursery this week, we are going to be acting out safely crossing the road, maybe you could act it out with your grown-up?

 

4.  With your grown-up, go out for a walk.  Find a safe place to stand and watch the traffic go by.  What different types of vehicle do you spot?  Remember to look up in the air as well.  You could download my Traffic Survey and take it with you.  Put a line in the box every time you see a particular vehicle (lorry, motorbike, car, etc)  Which vehicle did you see the most of?  I bet it was the car!

 

5)  Why not take your bike or scooter to your very own car wash?  In your garden, set up a little 'car' washing area (buckets full of soapy water, watering cans, jugs, cloths, sponges, etc)  Wash your bike or scooter.  If you are allowed, you could even help wash the car!

 

6)  Play a memory game with your family.... I travelled in the car and I saw.... Everyone playing has to remember all the things on the list and then add their own idea.  You could change the vehicle to a bus or an aeroplane.

 

7)  Download the I Spy Transport Scene Activity (or view on the screen)  There is a checklist of lots of different types of transport for you to find, police car, tractor, bus, etc.  There are lots of new words for you to learn as well.  Let me know if you find the Zeppelin!

 

8)  Create a large scale road for your vehicles to travel on.  You could do this outdoors using coloured chalks or on a large piece of paper.  You could include things like, junctions, crossings, roundabouts, road signs, traffic lights, etc.  Alternatively, you could draw out a train track and include things that you might spot out of your carriage window like fields, farm animals, houses, trees, etc

 

9)  Decide on a vehicle and see if you can create it out of recyclable materials/collage materials.  Maybe you could make a fire engine complete with a ladder or a helicopter with a rotating propeller!  Don't forget to send me a photograph of you and your finished vehicle.

 

10)  It is counting time again.  Download the Counting worksheet and have a try at counting the sets to 10.  Remember to point to each object in turn and say the number names slowly.  Do not count too fast or make your finger move too quickly!  Show your adult the correct number of fingers to match the total number in the set.  Then have a go at writing the number in the circle.  If you are feeling really clever, have a go at the Counting To 20 worksheet.

 

 

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A BIG Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Maddison, who was 4 on Friday (19th)  We hope you had a wonderful day.  Sending our love...A BIG Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Maddison, who was 4 on Friday (19th)  We hope you had a wonderful day.  Sending our love...A BIG Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Maddison, who was 4 on Friday (19th)  We hope you had a wonderful day.  Sending our love...A BIG Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Maddison, who was 4 on Friday (19th)  We hope you had a wonderful day.  Sending our love...

Happy Father's Day to all our wonderful Dads, Step Dads, Carers and Father Figures...Happy Father's Day to all our wonderful Dads, Step Dads, Carers and Father Figures...Happy Father's Day to all our wonderful Dads, Step Dads, Carers and Father Figures...Happy Father's Day to all our wonderful Dads, Step Dads, Carers and Father Figures...

Our Learning In Action

Samuel's Weather Story Session

Sorry it is a little rushed, but we were trying to keep to a time so that it would upload!

Weekly Challenges for week beginning 15th June

Theme:  Weather

1)  Look at the Weather Powerpoint on the download button below and talk with your grown up about the different types of weather.  Which is your favourite type of weather?  Which types of weather do you not like?  Can you say why?

"  I like it when it is sunny because we can visit the seaside", " I do not like it when it is  windy as it messes up my hair!"

 

2)  Every day this week, be a 'weather watcher' and keep a track of the weather.  You could make your own weather chart or you could make a little book which shows the weather for every day on each page.  At the end of the week, how many different types of weather did you have?There are some ideas below on the download button - Ideas for a Weather chart.

3)  We know lots of songs and rhymes about the weather - Doctor Foster, Rain,rain go away, I hear Thunder, It's Raining, it's pouring, I can sing a rainbow.  Have a go at singing them with your grown up.  Maybe you could add some actions/instruments/props to your rhyme.  Remember to use the BBC rhymes website for some of these.  Can you think of any more rhymes about the weather?

 

4) Flying a kite is a great activity to do when it is windy.  Have a go at making your own colourful kite with the resources that you have at home.  Talk about the shape that a kite could be, How can you make your kite strong?  What are you going to use for your kite tail?

5)  I am sure we will see the rain again this week, even though we have been singing 'Rain, rain, go away!'  Make a rain gauge to collect the rainwater and find out how much has fallen in your garden. Put a tall plastic container or the bottom half of a plastic bottle outside. How much rain have you collected after a few days? How could you measure the amount of rain you have collected?

 

6)  If it is raining today, go out puddle jumping with your grown up, like Peppa Pig. Put on your wellies and jump in the puddles. Think of words to describe the puddles? What sounds can you hear when you jump in them? 

7)  Choose a type of weather and think about the clothes that you would wear.  Draw a picture of yourself dressed for that weather.

For example, if it is sunny, we might wear shorts, t-shirt, flip-flops, a sun hat, sunglasses, etc.

If you have a printer, there is a cut and stick sorting activity on the download button called 'Clothing', where you have to sort the clothes to the correct weather sheet - note, scroll down for the clothing items.

 

8) Create a 'Walking Rainbow'
Fold a piece of kitchen roll into quarters so it is long and thin.  Place each end of the kitchen roll in a glass filled with water and food colouring (a different colour in each glass)
What starts to happen to the water?  What happens to the jar that has both pieces of kitchen roll in?  What colour is made when you use red and yellow water? red and blue water? blue and yellow water? blue, red and yellow water?

See further instructions on the download button - Science Experiment

9)  Have a go at the 'Weather' counting sheet on the download button.  If you do not have a printer, just count each row on the screen.  Remember to point to each weather symbol as you say the number names out loud in order and slowly.  Show your adult the correct number of fingers to represent the answer, then have a go at writing the numeral with the correct formation.

 

10)  Listen and watch our resident story teller, Samuel Cole, aged 11,  read a weather related story for you.

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Our afternoon friend, Jacob will be 4 on Sunday (14th) We hope you have a superhero kind of a day.  Happy Birthday and sending lots of love your way...Our afternoon friend, Jacob will be 4 on Sunday (14th) We hope you have a superhero kind of a day.  Happy Birthday and sending lots of love your way...Our afternoon friend, Jacob will be 4 on Sunday (14th) We hope you have a superhero kind of a day.  Happy Birthday and sending lots of love your way...Our afternoon friend, Jacob will be 4 on Sunday (14th) We hope you have a superhero kind of a day.  Happy Birthday and sending lots of love your way...

Our Learning In Action

Look at what we have been doing in Nursery this week

Weekly Challenges for week beginning the 8th of June

Theme: Toys

1)  Look at the Powerpoint on the download button below titled 'Guess The Toy'.  Talk about what you think the toys might be. 

Do you have any of these toys at home?  Do we have them at Nursery?  Which of these toys do you like to play with?

2)  Choose your favourite toy.  Paint or draw a picture of it.  Look carefully at the shapes on your toy and the colours on your toy.  Add any details carefully, such as letters or numbers, patterns, etc.

3)  Go on a toy treasure hunt around your house. 

Can you find...?

A toy that can move

A toy that makes a sound

A toy that lights up

A toy that works when you push a button

A toy with batteries

A toy that winds up

A toy with wheels

A toy with numbers on it

A toy that speaks

A toy that has writing on it

4)  Play 'Guess the Toy'.  Ask your grown up to place a secret toy in a box/bag.  No peeking!  Your grown up gives you one clue at a time and you have to try and guess what is hidden in the box.  Now you have a turn.

 

5)  Have a game of musical toys with your family.  Dance around and when the music stops, your grown up shouts out a toy and you have to move like that toy.  Try moving like a toy soldier, a robot, a fast car, a toy rabbit, a princess, a horse, etc.

 

6)  Choose 10 of your toys.  Think about how you could sort them into 2 groups.  When you have sorted them one way, try sorting the same toys a different way.

For example, batteries and no batteries/wheels and not wheels/plastic and not plastic/wood and not wood/etc.

7)  Choose a selection of appropriate toys that can go in water (ask a grown up to check your items first)  Explore and find out which of your toys float and which of your toys sink.  You can do this in your outdoor water tray, a washing up bowl or even in the bath! 

Use the words 'floating' and 'sinking'.  How do you know that something is floating?  Explain what 'sinking' means.

8)  Ask the people in your house what toys they like playing with the best.  Do you all like the same things or do you like different things? 

Ask the grown ups what they liked playing with when they were little.  Maybe phone your Grandparents and ask them what they liked to play with when they were little, or even ask your Great Grandparents.

When Samuel was little, his favourite thing to play with was his playmobil sets.  Now Samuel likes to play with his football and his snooker table best of all. 

When I was a little girl, my favourite thing to play with was my Sindy doll and Sindy house - (you might need to google a picture of one of these!)

9)  Have a go at the 'ISpy' counting sheet on the download button.  There is also a 'checklist' to print out for you to write your numbers on.

If you do not have a printer, just point to the toys on the screen as you count the different sets.  How many soldiers can you count?  How many trains are there? 

 

10)  Movie Time - Settle down and watch 'Toy Story'.  Which character is your favourite?  Can you say why?  Which part of the film did you like the best?

Draw a picture of your favourite Toy Story character.  Remember to use the correct colours and add the details to your picture.

I like Mr Potato Head the best!

 

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Another birthday this weekend...Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Jaycee, who is 4 on the 6th June.  Jaycee, we hope you have a great day...Another birthday this weekend...Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Jaycee, who is 4 on the 6th June.  Jaycee, we hope you have a great day...Another birthday this weekend...Happy Birthday to our afternoon friend, Jaycee, who is 4 on the 6th June.  Jaycee, we hope you have a great day...

Our Learning In Action

Look at what we have been doing in Nursery this week

Join me in singing Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Harrison, who is 4 today.  We hope you have an amazing day.  Lots of Love X Join me in singing Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Harrison, who is 4 today.  We hope you have an amazing day.  Lots of Love X 

Weekly challenges for week beginning the 1st of June

Theme:  Animals

1)  Play a game of 'Guess the Animal'.  Your grown up gives you a series of clues which describe an animal and you have to guess which one they are thinking of.  Try and include where the animal might live (on a farm, the zoo, in a jungle, etc), the noise that the animal makes, the initial phoneme that the animal begins with, main features of the animal, etc.  This works well if you have a selection of animals to look at whilst you are playing - a set of plastic animals or animal picture cards)  On the download button, there is a set of clues that can be used/printed off called 'Animal Guess Who'

2)  What is your favourite animal?  Find a picture of it in one of your books or on the internet.  Talk about your favourite animal and say why you like it the best.  Now draw a detailed picture of your favourite animal.  Remember to look at the image that you are copying off carefully so that you do not miss off any important features. Maybe add some colour to your picture.

 

3)  Take a quiet moment to share a book about animals with your grown up.  I bet you will be surprised how many stories you have about animals!  Some of the books I like reading are:  The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Handa's Surprise, What The Ladybird Heard, Farmer Duck and, of course, Dear Zoo.

4)  Create an animal print painting.  This works brilliantly if you stick a piece of animal print fabric or patterned paper in the middle of a large piece of white paper.  Using the correct colours of paint, extend the lines out from the centre piece, following the pattern carefully.  On the download button, there are some animal patterns that can be printed out to use for this activity.

5)  Listen to, watch and join in with fun Nursery rhymes and songs about animals on the BBC Rhymes website A to Z. We know lots of these already as we sing them at school.  Try and learn a new one today.  I enjoy The Animal Fair, Hickety Pickety and Down In The Jungle.  You could make it even more fun by adding instruments to accompany the song or making up your own actions/dance.

 

6)  Create an animal mask of your choice.  This can be done using whatever materials you have at home.  There are several ideas on the download button, titled Animal Masks.

7)  If you have a set of small world plastic animals at home, why not try to make them their own habitat.  This is fun to do outdoors.  You could use things such as sand, soil, plants, stones, twigs, wood, etc, to give them an exciting place to live and play.

8)  Your animals may need a wash now, so why not give them a bath in your water tray outside, your washing up bowl or even take them in the bath with you!

9)  On the Cannon Hall Website, there is a 'Videos' section, where you can watch short videos about the different farm animals.  The videos are really informative and show just what daily farm life is like for the farmers and their animals.  Chester Zoo also do brilliant Virtual Tours of the zoo on their website, usually on a Friday, why not see what is going on at the zoo this week?

10) If you have access to a printer, then have a go at the counting sheets on the download button below. 

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Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Sienna, who was 4 on Friday (29th)  We hope you had a sunny birthday full of fun...Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Sienna, who was 4 on Friday (29th)  We hope you had a sunny birthday full of fun...Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Sienna, who was 4 on Friday (29th)  We hope you had a sunny birthday full of fun...

Fun In The Sun

Jawayria wishes all her friends a very Happy Eid.

Friday 22nd May

This weekend some of our families will be celebrating Eid.  Today we are going to find out more about this celebration.

Challenge 1

Google 'Cbeebies Eid-al-Fitr' and you can watch Amirah and her family preparing for the celebration of Eid.

There are 3 short videos to watch- Preparing for Eid, Celebrating Eid and an Eid Performance.

Challenge 2

Amirah has a mehndi pattern painted on her hand.  Draw around your hands on paper and then draw fancy patterns on them.

There are some beautiful examples on the download button below.

Challenge 3

Why not make an Eid card to send to one of your friends to wish them 'Eid Mubarak'?

There are a few examples that you might want to have a look at below.

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Thursday 21st May

Keeping yourself clean is a very important part of being healthy.

Challenge 1

Have a look at the images on the 'Keeping Clean Prompts' sheet (click the download button)

Talk to your grown up about all the things that you do during the day to keep yourself clean.

Question examples: When do you need to wash your hands?  When you have a bath, what do you use to keep yourself clean? Where do you go to keep yourself healthy, clean and tidy (hairdressers, dentist, doctor, etc)

Challenge 2

Now you are going to get creative and use your own ideas to make a 'Keeping Healthy' board game.

Use a large piece of paper/card and draw out a track for your game.  This can be whatever shape you want it to be.

You need about 20 steps on your track.  You can number your track if you would like to or leave the spaces blank.

Now you have to think of ideas for your grown up to write on some of your spaces.  Talk to your grown up about the things you have learnt about keeping healthy this week as you could use some of these ideas.

Good/Healthy things send you forward a few spaces.

Bad/Unhealthy things send you backwards a few spaces.

For example, You clean your teeth twice every day, move forward 2 spaces.

You eat 3 bars of chocolate, move backwards three spaces.

You could add little pictures to your board game.

There is an example below.

Challenge 3

Now find a dice and play your fantastic game with your family.  Who gets to the end of the track first?

Send me a photograph of you playing your game.

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Wednesday 20th May

We are continuing to think about ways to keep healthy today by exercising.

Challenge 1

Every week at Nursery we all take part in 'Tumble Tot's Time' to keep fit and healthy.  After each session we talk about how our bodies are feeling.

Sing 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' accompanied by all the actions.  Can you do it really fast?

How do you feel after that little warm up?  What happens to our bodies after we have exercised?  Tell your grown up.

Eg, we feel hot and sweaty, out heart beats faster, our cheeks go red, we get out of breath, etc.

Challenge 2

Hit the download below and have a look at the physical challenge cards (you do not need to print them off) 

Pick a few of the ideas to have a go at.  Some can be done indoors, but some can be done in the sunshine outdoors.

Please stay safe during this challenge.  I do not want to hear of any hospital trips!

Maybe you could invent your own physical challenge using resources you have at home? (bats, balls, stilts, hoops, cones, planks of wood, basketball hoop, etc) 

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A BIG Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Delaney, who is 4 today (Tues)  We hope you have a wonderful day filled with unicorns and rainbows.  Sending lots of love x  A BIG Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Delaney, who is 4 today (Tues)  We hope you have a wonderful day filled with unicorns and rainbows.  Sending lots of love x

Tuesday 19th May

We are going to continue thinking about keeping healthy.

Challenge 1

Google the video 'Oliver's Fruit Salad' and watch the story of Oliver, who after staying with his Grandpa, does not seem to like the fruit that his Mummy buys (I apologise for the use of 'Mom' in this video!)

Challenge 2

Yesterday, we put lots of different fruits in our lunchboxes, as we know how good it is for us.

We should eat 5 portions of fruits or vegetables everyday.  Can you name 5 different fruits?  Can you name 10?

Draw your top 5 favourite fruits.  Make sure you think about the correct colours and shapes. 

Knowing which fruits you like best, will help you with the next challenge.

Challenge 3

Today (or this week) make a Fruit Salad with your grown up. Try and include your top 5 fruits.

Think about words to describe the fruits that you are putting in your fruit salad (Eg, juicy, spikey, crunchy, hard, soft, red, yellow, squashy, etc)

Think about the actions that you and your grown up are using (Eg, chop, slice, core, cut, peel, etc)

Enjoy your healthy snack!  Don't forget to send me a photo!

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Monday 18th May

Today we are going to think about healthy foods.

Challenge 1

With your grown up, look in your fridge or your food cupboard and find 5 things that you can eat lots of because it is good for you and 5 things that you should only eat now and again.

Challenge 2

Hit the download button to find a healthy lunchbox activity. 

If you have a printer, decide which colour lunchbox you would like and print it out, along with the different foods.

Cut around the foods which are healthy and stick them into your lunchbox to make a healthy packed lunch.  Talk about why you have chosen the different items with your grown up.

If you do not have a printer, use a piece of A4 paper for your lunchbox and draw healthy foods inside it, using the foods on the worksheet to refer to.

Challenge 3

Sing the song "If you're healthy and you know it, eat ..." (To the tune of 'If you're happy and you know it')

From what you have found out so far about which foods are good for you, make up your own verses to the song. 

You could include ideas such as, "eat juicy pears", "eat green apples", "eat baked beans", "eat yucky sprouts!"

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Friday 15th May

At the Cole house, we like to play a game called 'Name 5'. The rules are simple, you take turns to name 5 things according to a particular category. 

Challenge 1

Rounding off our phonics for this week, start by naming 5 things beginning with s, naming 5 things beginning with a and naming 5 things beginning with t.

Challenge 2

Click on the download below and look at the 'Name 5' ideas and continue the game.

Challenge 3

Why not add a timer to the game and try and name your 5 things within a time?

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Watch our morning friend, Haniya, showing us how to form a 't'.

And yes Haniya, it certainly is good.

Thursday 14th May

Today is a revisit of the 3 phonemes that we have looked at this week.

Challenge 1

Begin by singing the 3 jolly phonics songs that we have learnt, along with the actions.

"The snake is in the grass, the snake is in the grass, ss,ss, the snake is in the grass."
"A a, ants on my arm, a a, ants on my arm, a a, ants on my arm are causing me alarm!"
"When I watch the tennis game, ttt, ttt, when I watch the tennis game, my head goes back and forth."

Challenge 2

Grown ups, please prepare a collection of fun objects (5 objects that begin with s and 5 objects that do not)  You will also need a pan and a spoon.

Explain that today you are making 'Silly Soup' and only things beginning with 's' can go into the pan.

The children know a song about Silly Soup which they may remember from Nursery. It is sung to the tune of 'Pop goes the Weasel'

"We're making lots of silly soup, we're making soup that's silly,

We're going to put it in the fridge, to make it nice and chilly"

Every time, you have sung the song together, your child chooses an item which begins with 's' and places it in the pan and gives it a stir.  The children love pretending to sample the soup and making 'yucky' noises!  

Don't forget to send me a photo of you eating your silly 's' soup.

Challenge 3

Using the collection of objects, have a game of 'I spy'

This will begin to get your child thinking about the different phonemes that words can begin with.

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Wednesday 13th May

More phonics learning today.

We are learning about 't'

Challenge 1

Join in with Samuel's phonics session by watching the video below.

Challenge 2

Go on a hunt around your house and find lots of things beginning with 't'.

Put your objects in a box/bag and then play Samuel's game with your grown up.  Ask your grown up to give you a clue and see if you can guess the 't' item.  Then swap over and you have a go at giving the clues.

Challenge 3

Why not go and have a game of tennis with your grown up in the garden? 

Challenge 4

Sing the 3 phonics songs that Samuel has taught us this week.

"The snake is in the grass, the snake is in the grass, ss,ss, the snake is in the grass."

"A a, ants on my arm, a a, ants on my arm, a a, ants on my arm are causing me alarm!"

"When I watch the tennis game, ttt, ttt, when I watch the tennis game, my head goes back and forth."

 

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Tuesday 12th May

Another phonics activity today.

We are learning about 'a'

Challenge 1

Join in with Samuel's phonics session by watching the video below.

Challenge 2

Samuel talked about things beginning with 'a' in his video.

ambulance, anorak, arm, ankle, avocado, apricot, ant

Talk about what these things are.  You could look at pictures of the trickier items on the internet to find out what they look like.

Challenge 3

Practise your letter 'a'.  Can you do it really big?  Can you do it really small?  Can you write it in different colours?  Can you form it in sand, glitter or flour?  Can you chalk it or paint it?

Challenge 4

Choose a packet or tin from your cupboard, can you spot any 'a's on it?

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Monday 11th May

This week we are working on our phonics (our sounds)

Today we are learning about 's'

Challenge 1

Join in with Samuel's phonics session by watching the video below.

Challenge 2

 Go on a 's' hunt around your house and find different objects beginning with the phoneme 's'. 

Samuel found 5 items.  Can you find more than him?

Challenge 3

Practise writing your letter 's'.  Can you do it really big?  Can you do it really small?  Can you write it in different colours?  Can you form it in sand, glitter or flour?  Can you chalk it or paint it?

Challenge 4

Look at a page in one of your favourite books and see how many 's' you can spy.

The Great Nursery Bake Off
Thank you to all of the children who entered the competition.  Everyone has won a little prize for entering.
The overall winner, chosen by Samuel and Mr Cole, was...
Joshua who wins £5.
Well done to Joshua and his family for a super entry.

Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Louie, who is 4 today (8th)  Have a superhero kind of day!  Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Louie, who is 4 today (8th)  Have a superhero kind of day!

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We are learning so much at home...

Thursday 7th May

Another number activity to end the week (I will not be setting a challenge tomorrow due to it being a Bank holiday)

Challenge 1

The sun is shining, so another outdoor activity.  Go outside and collect some natural resources (pebbles, leaves, flower petals, sticks, etc)

Use these to create different numerals 0 to 9.  Have a look at the images on the download for some ideas.

Challenge 2

Now using your collection of natural objects, have a go at using them to form the letters in your name.  You could do the first letter of your name or you could have a go at all the letters in your name.  How many letters are in your name?  'Mrs Cole' has 7 letters altogether. 

Thank you Leos for the idea for this challenge (see his photograph below)

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Wednesday 6th May

Numbers are all around us.  In our homes and when we are out and about.

Challenge 1

Look at the images on the powerpoint (click on download)  You will see lots of different things with numbers on them, such as a watch, a tape measure, a bus, etc.

Talk to your grown up about each picture and try and spot the numbers.

Challenge 2

Now it is time to go on your own number hunt.  You can do this around your house or go for your daily walk and look for numbers.

You could take photos of some of the things that you find with numbers on, or you could draw some of the things you find.

Try and find something really interesting with numbers on it.

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A big Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Safiyah, who is 4 today.  We send you a big hug on your special day.A big Happy Birthday to our morning friend, Safiyah, who is 4 today.  We send you a big hug on your special day.

We have another new arrival to introduce.....Our afternoon friend, Lyle, is proud to introduce his gorgeous baby sister who was born yesterday.

Sending a big hug and congratulations to the family.

Tuesday 5th May

Today we are continuing our work on number.

Challenge 1

Have a go at creating your own number line. There are some examples below if you click on the download button.

The idea is to match the corresponding number of objects to the numeral (eg, 3 leaves to the numeral 3, 9 pebbles to the numeral 9, etc)

You can chalk the numerals on the ground outdoors or make your own fancy number cards.

You can use any objects that you have in your house or from your garden or collected on your daily walk.

You can choose which numeral you go up to on your number line (beyond 10 if you think that you can)

Challenge 2

Using your fantastic number line, practise counting forwards. Remember to point to each number as you say the number names in order.  Can you now do it backwards?

Choose a number from your number line and see if you can clap that number of times.

Can you hop that number of times? jump? touch your toes? bunny hop?

Now think of your own fun ideas.

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A special 'thank you' to Chayse and Luke for their amazing videos. Your singing and counting is fantastic.

Monday 4th May

Today is a number day.

Challenge 1

Start the day by singing some of our number rhymes that we learn in Nursery. Head to BBC Rhymes where you will find a large selection under 'counting songs'. 

There are songs which count forwards and songs which count backwards.  As you join in, use your fingers to show the numbers.

Challenge 2

Choose one of the number rhymes that you enjoyed the most.  Have a go at making props/puppets to accompany the rhyme. 

For example, you could draw and cut out 5 monkeys, 5 ducks, 5 currant buns/pennies, etc.

Do you need anything else for your rhyme?  For example, if you are the baker in the baker's shop, do you need an apron and a till?  Do you need a spaceship for your spacemen?  Do you need a doctor's outfit and a telephone for the 5 little monkey rhyme?

Challenge 3

Practice your number rhyme and then why not have fun acting it out to your family.  Maybe you could add musical instruments to your performance?

Our afternoon friend, Tylen, is excited to introduce his new beautiful baby sister, Teagan, to all of his Nursery friends. 

Sending our love and congratulations to all of the family.

Our morning friend Charlie has been taking special care of his caterpillars at home.  Yesterday, he was able to set his beautiful butterflies free. 

It reminds me of a story!  Look at the amazing colours, patterns and shapes on the wings.

Friday 1st May

Today is 'Pyjama rama Time'

Click the link and it will take you to the Books Trust website (bookstrust.org.uk/pyjamarama-festival)

Just stay in your pjs and enjoy the festival line up from 9.30am.

You can dance and sing with PJ Masks, learn to draw PJ Masks, listen to several stories by professional story tellers (Floella Benjamin for those of you old enough to remember Playschool!) 

Have a fun filled Friday.

Elvy is Pyjama Rama Ready!

Our afternoon friend Joshua, recommends reading 'The Rocket', 'The Dragon Balloon' and 'Diggers'... Which ones do you like reading?  Our afternoon friend Joshua, recommends reading 'The Rocket', 'The Dragon Balloon' and 'Diggers'... Which ones do you like reading?

Thursday 30th April

Today is a day to explore an online reading library.

Challenge 1

Google 'Oxford Owl' and click on the website.

Click the 3 stripes menu button in the top right hand corner.

Select 'My Class Login'

My class name - NurseryCole

My class password - Dalton123

 

Click on the eBooks on the Bookshelf.

Here you will find many different fiction and non fiction eBooks categorised by age groups.

A lot of the age 3-4 books are great for discussion, as you can generate lots of talk about what is happening in the pictures.

On inside the front cover and inside the back cover of the books, there are lots of Parental tips and guidance of what you can do with the book and questions that you might ask before and after you have looked at the book.

The age 4-5 books have words in them.  These are really good for children who are beginning to recognise phonemes (sounds) in words. The words are read aloud and children can navigate their way through the book using the arrows. 

HAPPY READING!

Challenge 2

Why not send me an email telling me which of the books you have enjoyed today?

I enjoyed looking at the book called 'The Haircut'.  I liked looking at Kipper's face on each page and it reminded me that I need a haircut!

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More ways that we have been spending our time

Wednesday 29th April

Challenge 1

Play a game of 'Shape I Spy' with your grown up,  Take turns to choose an object that you can see and use the phrase "I spy with my little eye, something that is a circle shape/square shape/rectangle shape/etc"

Challenge 2

Create a picture using 2D shapes.  You could make a picture of a house, a train, a rocket, a castle, a flower, etc. There are some ideas on the download button below.

This could be done in a variety of ways:-

  • You could cut small shapes out of coloured paper and then arrange them to make a picture.
  • You could draw round shapes and make a picture with them.
  • You might have collage shapes that you can glue with or shape stickers that you could use to make a picture.
  • You could use household objects found on your shape hunt and arrange them to make a picture.
  • You could do a large scale picture outdoors using shapes from around your garden.

Challenge 3

If you have a printer, you could have a go at some of the 2D colouring sheets (click to download)

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Tuesday 28th April

We are going to think about shapes again today.

Challenge 1

Begin by singing our shape songs from yesterday and the new one below.

The Rectangle Song (to the tune of London Bridge is falling down) 

"A rectangle has got 4 sides, got 4 sides, got 4 sides

Two long sides and two short sides and 4 corners"

Challenge 2

Now 'We're going on a shape hunt'

Make a collection of 5 household objects that are circles.

Make a collection of 4 household objects that are rectangles.

Make a collection of 3 household objects that are squares.

Make a collection of 2 household objects that are triangles.

Can you find 1 trickier shape, such as a semi circle or a hexagon?

Challenge 3

Draw a picture that shows me 5 of the objects that you found on your shape hunt (For example, a clock, a picture frame, a TV remote control, etc)

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Monday 27th April

Today we are thinking about shapes and their properties.

Challenge 1

Begin by singing some of our shape songs...

The Circle Song (to the tune of I'm a little teapot)

"I'm a little circle, nice and round, There are no corners to be found.

You can make me roll easily, Because I'm as round as can be!"

The Triangle Song (to the tune of Farmer's in his den)

"It's a triangle, It's a triangle, It has got 3 sides, It's a triangle.

It's a triangle, It's a triangle, It has 3 corners, It's a triangle"

Challenge 2

Go outdoors and collect some sticks, pebbles and leaves (alternatively you could use pencils, coins, counters or buttons)

See what 2D shapes you can make by arranging them (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, semi circle, etc) 

Talk about the shapes you have created. As well as the shape namesuse words to describe the shapes and what they look like (sides, corners, straight, curved)

Questions you might ask your child-

What shape can you make using the sticks? What could we use to make a circle? 

How is my triangle similar to your triangle? How is it different?

Can you make a shape with four corners? How many sticks did you use?

Does this shape have any corners? How many?

Are there any shapes you can’t make using the sticks? Why not?
Challenge 3

Hit the download button below to see the Fun Fair picture.

Talk about what is happening on the picture.

Talk about the different 2D shapes that you can spot

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Friday 24th April

Challenge 1

Our final story of a week full of stories is 'Peace At Last' by Jill Murphy.

On You Tube there are several retellings of the story for you to enjoy.

Try and join in with the sounds that are keeping Mr Bear awake.

Think about which sounds might be loud and which ones might be quiet.

Challenge 2

Pretend to be Mr Bear sleeping.

Ask your grown up to make a sound with their voice to wake you up (it doesn't have to be a sound from the story) Can you identify the sound?

Now it is your turn to make sounds for your grown up.

Challenge 3

Go on a listening walk around the different rooms in your house, around your garden or around the local area on your daily walk.

Use your good listening ears and identify the different sounds that you can hear.

 

You will be very tired from your listening walk, so why not have a little nap like Mr Bear and give your grown ups some

PEACE AT LAST!!

It's Thursday, so don't forget to join Elvy and Drew in 'Clapping for our Carers',

who are doing an amazing job.

Today (23rd) we have another birthday.  Join me in wishing our morning friend Lyall a very happy 4th birthday.  Sending you our love XXX  Today (23rd) we have another birthday.  Join me in wishing our morning friend Lyall a very happy 4th birthday.  Sending you our love XXX

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Thursday 23rd April

Challenge 1

Today we are thinking about the story 'Guess How Much I Love You' by Sam McBratney.

Google 'Guess How Much I Love You World Book Day' and you will see a lovely short animation of the story.

Compare your stretched out arms to someone who is bigger than you. 

Compare how high you can reach with someone who is taller than you.

How high can you hop?  How high can your grown up hop?

Challenge 2

Talk about all the people in your life that you love.  At the moment, you may not be able to see some of the people that you love.

Send them a message to tell them how much you love them.  This could be a video message or you could make them a card/picture and post it.

Today (22nd), we need to sing 'Happy Birthday' to our morning friend Lucas.  We hope you have a wonderful sunny fourth birthday.  Lots of Love...Today (22nd), we need to sing 'Happy Birthday' to our morning friend Lucas.  We hope you have a wonderful sunny fourth birthday.  Lots of Love...

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And "what a beautiful day" it has been...

Wednesday 22nd April

Challenge 1

Today has to be the BEST of our five stories that we need to know really well, according to the Nursery children. 

It is 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. 

Google 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen' and you will see the author reading aloud the story, along with actions and noises.

Join in with his retelling. You are all brilliant at reciting the words so amaze your grown ups!

Talk about the meanings of some of the trickier words such as wavy, deep, oozy, stumble, swirling, whirling, narrow and gloomy.

Challenge 2

Go outdoors into the sunshine and pretend that you and your grown up are going on your own bear hunt.  Think carefully about your outdoor space.

Which part of the space are you going to use for the grass? river? mud? forest? snowstorm? cave?

Can you remember all the sounds that we have to make as we go on our journey?

swishy swashy, splash splosh, squelch squerch, stumble trip, hoooo woooo and tiptoe tiptoe

Do you find a bear? What does he look like?

Send me a picture of you and your bear (if he is a friendly one!)

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Tuesday 21st April

Challenge 1

 Another one of our five stories that we need to know really well is 'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell.

Google 'Dear Zoo World Book Day'.  Here you will find the author, Rod Campbell, reading aloud the story.

Talk about what job an author does.

See if you can predict each animal that is sent from the zoo, before you see the picture.  You are really good at this!

Talk about the meanings of the words 'heavy', 'fierce', 'grumpy', 'naughty' and 'perfect' 

 Can you think of a different word to describe each animal?

 Challenge 2

Make your own book based on Dear Zoo, called Dear Farm.

How many different farm animals can you think of?  Do you know what their babies are called?

Include different farm animals in your story and think of a reason why they might not make good pets.

Your grown up could be the author and write the words based on your ideas.  Talk about the phonemes/sounds that the animal names begin with (c for cow, p for pig, d for duck)  I know some of you will be able to write some of the words you need using your excellent phoneme knowledge.

You can become the illustrator and draw the pictures.

For example, "I wrote to the farm to send me a pet.  They sent me a pig.  He was too smelly. I sent him back."

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Take a moment to watch a wonderful story teller...

Monday 20th April

Challenge 1

One of the five stories that we need to know really well before we leave Nursery is 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.  We have read the story several times in Nursery already.

If you have a copy of the book at home, share it with your grown up.  Maybe you could be in charge of reading the story in your own words (I know you know it really well!)

If you have not got the book, then google 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar read by Eric Carle'.  There is a You Tube video of the author, Eric Carle, reading it aloud to the children.

Challenge 2

Create a pictorial story map on a large piece of paper or make your own little book, which shows the key parts of the story. 

For example: Draw the moon and a leaf with a little egg on it, then draw a little caterpillar, draw the different fruits that the caterpillar eats (making sure you draw the correct number and use the correct colours!), draw my favourite page with all the delicious foods on!, draw the fat caterpillar, draw the cocoon and finally draw a beautiful butterfly.

Challenge 3

Make your own 'Very Hungry Caterpillar', however you would like. There are a few ideas if you hit the 'download' button below.

Challenge 4

Use your caterpillar and your story map/book to retell the story to someone in your family or why not send me a video of you retelling the story?

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Easter Competition Winners...

The judges have made their decision... and it has taken them over an hour!

Archie, Lewis and Orlaith have won £5 each.

All the children who entered have won a chocolatey treat.

Judge Samuel loved your amazing creations and Mr Cole just kept saying 'WOW'!

We have a few birthdays coming up during the Easter Break.  A big Happy 4th Birthday to Primrose, Lewis and Haniya.  We hope your days are filled with fun and love.  We have a few birthdays coming up during the Easter Break.  A big Happy 4th Birthday to Primrose, Lewis and Haniya.  We hope your days are filled with fun and love.

Hospital Rainbow Pictures

Charlotte, one of our Morning Nursery friends, would really like your help...

Her Uncle works in a hospital and would really like it if the Nursery children could do some pictures of rainbows to cheer up the patients.

I think he must know how fantastic you all are at drawing, colouring and painting rainbows!

Please drop any pictures off at the Main Office of school, Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm.  Thank you.

Friday 3rd April

Challenge 1

Click on the little images below to discover some lovely Easter rhymes for you to learn.

Maybe when you sing the 'Five Easter Eggs' song, you could use props like we do at Nursery when we sing 'Five Currant Buns' (pennies, something to represent eggs)

Thursday 2nd April

Take a look at our fantastic Easter Eggs. We all came up with different ways of doing the challenge.

They really are EGG-cellent!

  Our Learning Never Stops

Our afternoon friend, Daniel has been super brave when having his vaccinations at the doctors. Look at that big smile!

Thursday 2nd April

Challenge 1

Today I would like you to design and make a colourful, fancy Easter egg.   It can be big,middle sized or small.

You could draw an outline and then decorate it with fancy shapes using coloured pens, you could draw an outline and then stick collage materials on to make it fancy, you could paint a hard boiled egg, it could have chick hatching out of it, it could even look like Humpty Dumpty!

How you do it is entirely up to you, just make sure it is egg-cellent!

Wednesday 1st April

I am keeping the Easter hat competition entries under wraps for now...thank you for the entries so far...judging will take place on Friday.

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Wednesday 1st April

It's time to start thinking about Easter.

Challenge 1

Watch the Easter clips on the cbeebies website:- 'Preparing for Easter' and 'Celebrating Easter' (Let's Celebrate)

The link below should take you to the site (fingers crossed!)

Easter Cbeebies

Talk about what some people might do to celebrate Easter (decorate eggs, egg rolling, going to Church, sending Easter cards to family, eat Easter eggs, etc)

Challenge 2

Mrs Cole's Easter Hat Competition

Let your imagination go wild and design and make an amazing Easter crown/hat/bonnet. 

Email me a photograph of you wearing your 'hat' by Friday 3rd April, ready for the judges to look at (Samuel Cole and Mr Cole!!)

There will be a prize for everyone who enters, with special prizes for the top 3 designers.

Good luck and get creating!

Tuesday 31st March

Our Learning in Action

What else have we been learning at home today?

Tuesday 31st March

Today is a counting day.

Challenge 1

Take a look at the Spring Time counting picture. Choose something on the picture to count, such as the umbrellas, the lambs, the butterflies, etc. 

Remember to use your pointing finger and touch each item as you say the number names.  Remember not to count too quickly.

Now find sets of objects to count around your home.  For example, spoons, plates, chairs, cushions, photograph frames, packets of crisps, toilet rolls!!

Have a go at writing your numerals to 10 in an interesting way.  For example, on paper with felt pens, with paint, with glue and glitter, with chalk on the paving flags outdoors or with water and a paintbrush outdoors/

Challenge 2

There are some lovely little games linked to mathematics on the following educational website -

Topmarks (https//www.topmarks.co.uk)

On the right hand side it says 'Popular Subjects', select EYFS.

It then brings up a list of 'tablet friendly' games.

I especially enjoyed playing Teddy Numbers, Underwater Counting, Ladybird Spots and the Gingerbread man Game!

Monday 30th March

Our Learning in Action

We never stop learning when we are at home...

Monday 30th March

Today is all about developing your memory skills.

Challenge 1

Take a look at the photograph below.  It is 5 of my favourite things!  Look carefully and ask a grown up to count to 10 slowly. 

When 10 seconds are up, close your eyes and see if you can remember all of my favourite things.

Now it is your turn to choose 5 of your favourite things and play the game with your grown up.  See if your grown up can remember your objects.  Then it is your grown ups turn to choose the objects.

If you get really good, you could try with 10 objects, or you could ask your grown up to remove one of the items and see if you can say which object is missing.

Challenge 2

Play the 'I went shopping' game.  Your grown up starts by saying "I went shopping and I bought bananas".  Then it is your turn.  You have to repeat what your grown up has said, as well as adding on an item yourself, "I went shopping and I bought bananas and sweets"

See how many things you can add to your list before you start forgetting things!

You could play 'I went camping and I took...', 'I went to the zoo and I saw...', 'I went to Nursery and saw my friend...'

 Challenge 3

I am sure you will have a memory pairs game at home, like the PJ Mask and the Frozen games that we have in Nursery.  If you have, then have a game.

You may have a game like the 'Shopping List' or 'Crazy Chefs', where you have to remember where an item on your board is.  Have a game.

  Week One of Home Learning In Action

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Friday 27th March
Reading our favourite books and enjoying story time with Samuel.

Samuel says thank you for sending him your favourite book photographs and your kind emails.
I wonder who will be reading us a story next?

Friday 27th March

Challenge 1

Today is a day to enjoy a story. Listen to Samuel Cole, aged 11, reading one of his favourite stories from when he was in Nursery.

Challenge 2

Choose one of your favourite stories and read it with your grown up or maybe read it to your teddies.

Send Samuel a picture of you reading your book. 

Thursday 26th March 

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I know which shops to visit when I am getting low on supplies! Or maybe you offer a home delivery service!

Thursday 26th March

Today you are going shopping!

Challenge 1

With the help of your grown up, set up your own little shop.  It can sell whatever you would like...food (tins and packets from the cupboards), fruit and vegetables, teddy bears, toys, Mummy's make up!... the choice is yours.

It can be an indoor or an outdoor shop.

Plan together what you will need - For example, items to sell, a till, coins, bags for the shopping, a telephone, a notepad and pencil, etc.

  • Talk about what your shop is going to be called.  You could make a sign to display at the front of your shop.
  • You could make some price tags to go on the items. 

Once your shop is all set up, it is time to wait for your first customer!  Who is it going to be?

Pretend you are the shop keeper and then swap roles and pretend you are the customer.

If I run out of anything, I need to know where to come, so don't forget to email me a photograph of your shop!

Wednesday 25th March

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Wednesday 25th March

Today is all about Nursery Rhymes.

Challenge 1

When we are at Nursery, we love going on the BBC rhymes website.  You can google 'BBC rhymes' or type in the following: https://www.bbc.co.uk

You will find an A-Z page of different Nursery rhymes and songs.

Let your child choose the rhymes that they would like to watch and sing along to.  My favourite is Humpty Dumpty!

Challenge 2

Give your child a series of 'Who Am I?' clues to guess a particular Nursery rhyme character.  Make it fun and maybe offer a reward for getting so many right.

For example, "I fell off a wall and I am an egg.  Who am I?"

"I have a dolly who was sick. Who am I?"

You get the idea!

Challenge 3

Make your own musical instrument so that you can play along with your favourite rhymes.

Why not make a shaker using a yoghurt pot filled with rice/pasta/cereal/etc?

Try a guitar using a cardboard box and some elastic bands.

Or maybe a drum using a spoon and a pan!

Enjoy making music today and of course, lots of NOISE!!

Tuesday 24th March

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Tuesday 24th March

Today is Teddy Bear Picnic Time!

Challenge 1
Count the number of Teddy Bears that you can find around your house.
Pick the Teddy Bear that you like best. Email me a smiley picture of you and your favourite bear.

Challenge 2
Learn the song about the Teddy Bears picnic with your grown up.
You can find some lovely versions on You Tube.

"If you go down to the woods today

You're sure of a big surprise.

If you go down to the woods today

You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was

Was gathered there for certain because,

Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic."

Challenge 3

Now it is time to plan your picnic menu with your grown up. Talk about which foods you would like and which foods you would dislike. 

Your grown up could write the menu and you could help identify some of the phonemes/sounds in the words.  For example, what sound can you hear at the beginning of 'sandwiches'?  You could draw some pictures to accompany the menu.

Challenge 4

Your grown ups may let you help to prepare the food for the picnic, especially with making the jam sandwiches! Messy!

Go outdoors in the sunshine and enjoy your picnic with your favourite Teddy Bear.

Monday 23rd March

Challenge 1

Today you are going on a treasure hunt around your house.

Mrs Cole’s Treasure Hunt

You could try it indoors or outdoors
1) Something that is a circle shape.
2) Something that has numbers on it.
3) Something that is taller than you.
4) Something that begins with a ‘s’.
5) Something that is made out of plastic.
6) Something that is shiny.
7) Something that has wheels.
8) Something that smells!
9) Something that is cold.
10) Something that is made out of chocolate!

 

Challenge 2

I love this idea that I have seen on social media....

Create a rainbow picture.  You can use paints, crayons, felt pens, chalks, etc.

Display the finished work in one of your windows,so that it can be seen by people who are out on a walk.

The idea is for you to then go out on a walk  with your grown up and see how many rainbows you can spot in other people's windows. 

The rainbows you see may belong to one of your Nursery friends, so don't forget to give them a wave!

 

Challenge 3

With your grown up, practise throwing and catching a large ball.
Remember to look at the ball and hold your hands out ready to catch it.
How many times can you catch it before it drops to the ground?

Choose something smaller to throw and catch, such as a tennis ball or a beanbag.
How many times can you catch it before it drops to the ground?

Monday 23rd March
Our Learning in Action

 What else have we been learning at home?

phonics, number, writing, creating, outdoor learning..