Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope you are all well and have been adapting well to your time spent at home. We are all missing seeing the children's happy and smiley faces each day and hope we will get to see you all again very soon.
We know that spending so much time away from Nursery can be a challenge, so with this in mind, we will be sharing some challenges for you and your child to complete at home, should you wish to do so.
The challenges set are simply ideas for you to do at home with your child and do not have to be completed. The last thing we want is for anyone to feel stressed or pressured to get something done. The most important thing right now, is that you are all staying safe and well and enjoying your time at home together. Building relationships and learning how to manage our feelings and emotions is just as important, if not more so, than the academic pressures you may feel. Please only do these challenges if you and your child want to. We want it to be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.
A lot of the challenges set, will be simple and will limit the need for resources that you may not necessarily have around your home. If you don't have something in particular, please feel free to adapt or change the challenge, or create a completely new one of your own.
Please feel free to share anything you do together through the class e-mail -
We would love to see your creations and hear your stories. We are here if you need us.
We hope you enjoy the challenges, but most of all, we hope you have fun doing them!
W.B. 15th April 2020
It's story week!
This week, we would be reading lots of stories, to promote the love of books and the love of reading. Through this, we would be developing and improving our listening, attention and communication and language skills.
Your challenges this week are:
* To read a different book each day. This could be your favourite books from home, or books that you may find on the internet, such as YouTube or cBeebies. Maybe even read your book in unusual places, such as in a box or on the stairs, or even dress as your favourite dressing up character whilst reading!
* Can you talk about the story as you read it. Discuss the characters, the setting, the plot. Talk about your favourite character and why you like them. Talk about how the story makes you feel, as well as how individual characters and their actions make you feel. Promote talking in full sentences, rather than just one or two words. Focus on the key vocabulary of the book, particularly if there are repeated sentences, like in The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man.
* You might like to extend the story once you have finished reading it. Maybe think of questions you can ask each other about the story and of what you think may happen next should the story continue.
The important thing is to enjoy stories and books and enjoy sharing them with whoever you can, whenever you can!
Questions that may help to prompt thinking...
Where are the characters?
What do the characters look like?
What happened next?
How do the characters differ from each other?
How might the characters be the same?
Where do the characters go?
What might happen if the characters.........?
What might the characters do if......?
How do the characters behave?
Who is your favourite character and who do you like the least?
Have fun and enjoy reading lots of books!
W.B. 20th April 2020
Our topic this term, would have been 'growing', with our focus book being 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.
If you do not have the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, please use the link below to share the story with your son or daughter.
* After becoming familiar with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, can you talk about the characters and of the settings in which they live, using lots of lovely vocabulary and describing words?
> Who are the characters?
> What do they look like? Are they short, are they tall, tiny or ginormous?
> Are they happy or are they sad?
> Where do the characters live and what are the differences between them?
> How did the beanstalk grow to be so big?
> What do you think happened to the beans to make them so magical?
* Once your child becomes more familiar with the story, try leaving out some of the key vocabulary from the story, for your child to fill in for themselves. For example; when it comes to the giant shouting his words, you could read up to "Fe......." and let your child fill in the rest. They will enjoying saying the same lines over and over and will wait for those moments in the story so they can shout them out!
* Can you make your own finger or stick puppets of the characters from the story of Jack and the Beanstalk? Maybe you could create some sort of backdrop from some of the recycling you may have in your home?
* Or try to make your own castle using bricks. Are you able to make your castle as magnificent by using other materials and objects from around your home, other than bricks? How tall could you build your castle or could you build or make a beanstalk to lead up to it. Maybe you could build a house and a castle and compare their sizes?
> If you have some 2D shapes, or if not, could you make some, so you can create a picture of a castle using them?
> Or using cotton wool you may have at home, could you create beanstalk picture, using the cotton wool as the clouds?
(Please do not feel as though you have to complete these challenges if you do not have the resources at home to do so. We appreciate that this is a difficult time for a lot of us, and that you may not have some or any of resources mentioned above, These are only ideas, should you wish to do them. They can be adapted or done completely differently! The choice is yours and we would still love to see your child's creations, should you chose to make any.)
* Looking around your home, can your child find up to 6 things that are bigger than them and up to 6 things that are smaller than them?
> Can these be documented by taking photos. or being written as a list?
> Can your child count them out carefully and tell you how many they have found?
> Can they stop at the given number of 6? If not, can they solve the problem of getting to the correct number?
* If your child enjoys this activity, then why not give them another number to work to? Maybe even push their skills to higher numbers....? Or can they find one more than or one less than the given number?
*** Don't forget, we would love to see any of your creations or hear of anything wonderful that you have seen or done. You might like to send us a video of your son or daughter retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk or of any pictures they may draw.
Share all that you would like to via the class e-mail - email@example.com ***
W.B. 27th April 2020
Linking our learning to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and of the giant beanstalk that grows outside Jack's window overnight, this week we would be planting our own beans and learning all about the different things the bean seeds need to grow big and strong.
Take a look at this time lapse video of a bean growing, with your child and discuss what you can see as you watch it together.
Did you notice how it grew? What happened first? Can you identify the root, the stem, the leaves? Did it grow any flowers or have and petals?
Perhaps, if you have a bean seed or any other seeds or bulbs around your house, you might like to grow them and see what happens. You could even plant an apple or orange pip to see what happens. Will it grow?
If you have a spare glass or jar, along with some cotton wool balls or tissue, you could grow the beans/seeds/bulbs in there. By doing this you would have the opportunity to see the roots and the stem as they grow. Place the cotton wool balls or tissue into the jar, add the bean/seed/bulb into the jar/glass, keep it well watered and see what happens.
Don't worry of you don't have the resources at home to grow something. Please don't go out to get anything. You could take a look at the bean seeds we grew at Nursery last year.
Follow the link and scroll down to Term 5. - https://www.northdown-tkat.org/celebrating-success-the-exciting-things-we-do/
Can you make or draw your own bean plant or flower picture? We would love to see any colourful and amazing drawings or creations of yours. We could even share them on here if you send them to our class e-mail address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Week Four / Five
W.B. 4th and 11th May 2020
We hope you are all keeping safe and well throughout our continued time at home and hope you are enjoying making enjoyable memories together.
Your challenge for Weeks Four and Five, should you choose to accept it, is to create your very own fabulous beanstalk, to take you to a land of your wildest imaginations!
Follow the instructions below and share your wonderful creations with us on the class e-mail address - email@example.com
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Ongoing Maths Activities
You can practice maths on a daily basis. Number and counting opportunities are everywhere.
Some number based activities could include ;
* Making some number cards ; you could practice number recognition. Play snap or a matching game. Go on a number hunt around the home to see how many of a particular number you can all find. If you go on a walk for exercise, see if your child can find any numbers on the streets around them.
* Colour by number pictures are lots of fun and will help your child with colour recognition also.
* Activities where children learn the value of a number. For example, you could show your child or write down a number for them to go and collect that given number of objects from around the house. To further this, your child could place the items down and carefully touch count them to see if they have the correct number of objects. Problem solving would be a key feature in this activity also, as they may need to work out if they have too many objects or not enough, and would need to use these skills to get to the desired number of objects.
As an addition to this type of activity, you could ask your child to look out of the window and see if they can spot a given number of things outside. For example, "Can you look out of the window and spot three cars..... two trees.... five birds?"
There are so many different ways in which you can help your child with their number recognition and counting. Count as you walk up the stairs, see if your child can count out the correct number of dinner plates or cups in preparation for dinner time, and so on.
Please do share any other ideas you have done with your children on the class e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some Colour by Number worksheets that your children may find fun to complete. One set is an extra challenge for those who are more confident with their number up to and beyond ten. Your child may wish to use their "magic fingers" to add the number together.
Letter Sounds and Phonics
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With our letter sounds, we have a focus on alliteration and rhyming. Choose a letter sound and ask your child to find something around them, or to think of something that they know begins with that letter. You could go on to rhyme that word.
For example; the letter sound a ... you or your child thinks of an apple.... then you could rhyme it with apple.... bapple..... wapple..... OR the letter sound t .... tap....then rhyme it.... tap....map...cap...lap. This doesn't have to be done with just the above letter sounds, it can be done with all letters. Prehaps the letters of your child's name or the names of other people in your household/family.
If you write down and cut out the above letter sounds, you could also build simple CVC words. For example; s a t / p i n / t a p, etc. See how many you and your child can make together. Can they remember more with each time you play the game?
We also focus on orally blending words for children to work out what we are sounding out. Again, for example; ask your child to s..i..t (sound it out) and see if they can blend the sounds together to follow the instruction to sit down. You could ask them to c..l..a..p and see if they clap, and so on. We have also been doing this with animal sounds. "Can you make the sound of a d..o..g..?" and see if they bark.
Repeating these kinds of activities daily will really help your child to tune into the sounds they are hearing and help them with their next stage of their phonic development.
Not all children will be able to hear the desired sounds within words, as all children develop and understand at different rates. Also, with half of our Nursery children, they have been attending the Nursery for a longer time than the others, thus being exposed to the sounds we are working on for a longer period of time.
Please do not worry if your child is not able to do any of the above. Concentrate on phase one of our phonics programme, where the main focus would be tuning in to the every day sounds that we all hear. For example, when in the kitchen, ask your child what they can hear. Can they hear the kettle boiling or something simmering in a pan on the hob? When outside, can they hear any birds, the noise of a car, bus or motorbike? Can they hear any animal sounds around them too?
A good link to use could be on the BBC website - their Listening Skills clips. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-listening-skills/zbc4y9q)
The children have enjoyed working through the lessons on this site and it is a good source to use to discriminate between the everyday sounds that we hear all the time.
This is also a good source for all of the children in our Nursery, so why not challenge your little one to see how many of the sounds they can pick out when listening each time. Can they hear more environmental sounds the more times you complete the lessons?
Let us know how you are getting on and to share any other ideas you may have had.
Creative Challenge Ideas
Our topic this term was Dear Zoo. Have a look at the image above.
* Can you draw or make your own animal and turn it into your very own stick puppet?
If you wish to extend your creativity further, maybe you could create a backdrop of a zoo for your animal stick puppets to live in?
* Can you create a mask of your favourite zoo animal? Make sure you have some cut out eye holes so you can see where you are going!
We would love to see your creations, so please do send anything you create to the class e-mail - email@example.com.
Communication, Language and Literacy Challenges
Over the course of the term, we read the story of Dear Zoo a number of times.
* Can your little one retell the story of Dear Zoo from recall. There is a link below for you to use the pictures, to help your child to remember the story. If you are able to, maybe you could print them off, cut them out and order them according to the story?
* Thinking of a time when you may have been to a Zoo, or even a farm, can you and your child talk about your day there? Maybe you could create a simple book together to remember your time there? This could be where your child draws a picture from memory and you add their words to describe the pictures.
* One fun activity could be, talking with your child about what if, to really get their creative minds going. For example; what if the lion escapes out of it's cage? What might happen to it? Where would it go? Who might it go with? Who could the lion meet along the way? How would your child feel if the lion escaped? This could be done for all of the animals in the story. How would this be different if it was the puppy that escaped instead?
Again, we would love to hear about or see any of your creations, so please do share them via the class e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal Pictures ;
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