The Nursery/Foundation bubble is currently closed - You should isolate for ten days, returning to normal daily activities on Sunday 9th May.
We look forward to seeing you back in Nursery on Monday 10th May!
Please check ParentMail for Zoom links to our two daily story sessions.
While you are home we have some daily tasks for you!
Spend a little time every day to practice skills like mark making, name writing, counting and number recognition, as well as independence tasks such as dressing (including fastening zips and larger buttons), toileting (including wiping bottoms) and eating using cutlery. Reading together is important too. We will be holding story times via Zoom twice a day where you will be able to see the grown-ups from Nursery and hear a story from us, but reading with your grown-up at home is important too.
Mark making is basically making marks on surfaces.
You could use traditional pens/pencils/crayons onto paper, or mix things up a bit by making marks into shaving foam with your fingers (just make sure your grown-up is okay with that!)
Making marks is fun, and doesn't have to be anything at all! But if you can give a meaning to your marks, even better! (Grown-ups, remember - it doesn't actually have to look like the thing your child says it is, just allow them to use their imagination and represent it in their own way!)
If you struggle to write your name, don’t worry! Ask your grown-up to write your name on some paper so you can copy the letters of your name! Keep practicing until you can do this without needing to copy!
If copying is still a little tricky, you could ask your grown up to write your name with a highlighter or another light pen, you can then trace the letters until you become familiar with the shapes.
If you are already writing your name pretty confidently, practice writing your surname too!
Please keep hold of your child’s attempts at name writing and bring them into Nursery – we will document this in their Learning Journal.
Counting, Number and Shape Tasks
Practice counting to ten (and beyond if you can!) Lots of nursery rhymes count, so you could sing these to help you, showing the number on your fingers as you go! You could even count the stairs as you walk up or down them1
Can you recognise numbers up to 5 (and beyond if you can!) if you see a number, can you tell your grown-up what it is?
Shape hunts. Can you name the shapes you see around your house? How many circles, squares, rectangles and triangles can you spot? How many sides or corners does each shape have? Can you make a picture using these shapes?
Can you dress yourself? Making sure your clothes are the right way around, putting your arms and legs into the right places in your clothes, getting your head through the correct hole in your top. What about putting on your own coat, and fastening it up?
Can you use the toilet on your own? Wiping your own bottom is often the last thing you need to learn to be fully independent when using the toilet. Practice this, and you’ll soon be master!
Most of us are able to us a fork and spoon fairly well, but can you cut your own food with a knife? It can be a little tricky, but we know you can do it, with a bit of practice!
Choose a story book you have at home. Can you tell a story just using the pictures in the book? Read with your grown-up – can you predict what might happen next, or explain how you think the characters might be feeling? When you have finished reading the story, can you retell it, or draw some pictures to help retell the story?
As always, keep taking lots of photos of what you get up to, and show us on the Class Blog! You can also bring any drawings, number work, or name writing into Nursery so we can see your amazing work (if your grown-ups would like to keep a copy too, we can photocopy it and send it back home – we know how precious these bits can be!)
Tasks are also being updated in the tabs below, for you to do at home.
We will see you all again very soon! :)
As you may know, Nursery is open for all children. If you need to stay home to isolate, or your grown-ups decide to keep you at home to learn, don't worry! The grown-ups in Nursery will be ready to welcome you back when you are ready!
The daily Zoom sessions will no longer be taking place, as Nursery is open - but while you're at home, we will still be posting some ideas for you to get up to!
Hopefully, it can bring a little bit of Nursery into your home, until we are ready to welcome you back!
In Nursery, we only have a few, short focus sessions during the day - we spend most of our time playing and exploring the environment around us.
Playing with toys, making marks on paper, cutting paper and other materials with scissors (supervised, of course!) and spending time outside (if possible) will all help to replicate Nursery life at home.
Asking questions while we play can also help to develop a greater understanding. This could be anything, from, "How many blocks are in your tower?", "What colours did you use to create your picture?" or "How did you join these pieces together to make the model?".
Listening to the answers children give, as well as answering any of the thousands of questions asked daily(!) will really help to develop inquisitive little minds, as well as their communication skills.
Don't forget - it's okay not to know the answer too! Saying "Oh, I don't know what this dinosaur is called. Let's find out together." will encourage a lust for learning!
As before, we will be updating the Home Learning section of the website weekly, with some focus ideas to keep you occupied (and having fun!) while you are at home, as well as lots of general ideas for activities for each of the strands of the Early Years Curriculum.
There are seven areas of learning and development within the Early Years Curriculum, split into 'Prime' and 'Specific' areas.
The three prime areas reflect the key skills that all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ready for school. These three areas are crucial for encouraging children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their ability to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas, are:
- Communication and Language (CAL);
- Personal, Social and Emotional (PSE); and
- Personal Development (PD)
These prime areas are the building blocks for successful learning in the other four specific areas. As children grow in confidence and ability within the prime areas, the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all prime and specific areas of learning:
Literacy (Lit) - including reading and writing;
Maths - including number and shape, space and measure;
- Understanding the world (UW); and
- Expressive Art and Design (EAD)
Lots of activities children chose to do will fall into one or more of the areas above
We recommend keeping screen time to a minimum, but of course we know this isn't always possible!
Cbeebies have put together a selection of shows to help through Lockdown - they can all be found on iPlayer, or by clicking the image below.
If you are stuck for ideas, we have included some for each of these areas of the Early Years Curriculum in the links below!
There are lots of things you could do every day to help with your learning. These are some of the things we usually do in Nursery to help you grow in confidence, and become more independent!
Grown-ups, this might help you:
What you can say instead of
You can help your child to understand and become aware of their surrounding by saying things like:
- "Do you notice how.." the rocks are slippery?, the stick is strong?.
- "Do you see...
" the nettles in the grass? how high up you are?
- "Try moving..." your feet quickly/slowly.
- "Try to use your..." hands/feet/arms/legs to help you.
- "Can you hear..." the cars in the street? the birds? the rushing water?
- "Do you feel..." steady on that rock? the heat from the fire?
- "Are you feeling..." scared?, tired?, excited?, safe?
This will help to make your child aware of possible dangers around them, but will allow them to discover them safely and independently.
To help your child learn to problem solve, try saying things like:
- "What is your plan..." to climb down form there? cross the log?
- "What can you use..." for your adventure? to get across?
- "Where will you..." dig the hole? put that rock?
- "How will you..." go up? get down? get across?
- "Who will... " be with you? help if you need it?
Questions like these will help your child to think about their actions, and work out ways to solve any problems they might have while they play.