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The Nursery Team
Jolly Jelly Buttons
Guess the Animal
A New Gingerbread Man Story!
Listening for Rhymes
Gingerbread Men Escape!
Socks and Shakers
Sign Language with Miss Dix!
Deaf Awareness Week
We are continuing with The Gingerbread Man story this week - please keep practising the text map with your child to help them learn this story. Have a go at this week’s activities linked to The Gingerbread Man and join in with the VE Day celebrations on Friday! We are loving seeing all your fantastic home learning on Tapestry!
Build a House for the Gingerbread Man
Can you build a house for the gingerbread man to live in? You could make your house using Lego, building blocks, junk modelling materials (cardboard boxes etc.) or if you’re feeling very adventurous maybe even out of gingerbread?! Think carefully about what your house will need - maybe you could draw a plan of what it will look like before you begin building it?
Counting 'Jolly Jelly Buttons'
Draw a Gingerbread Man outline on a piece of paper and have some small objects that can be used for the ‘jolly jelly buttons’ (pebbles, buttons, bottle tops, counters etc. I used rolled up balls of tin foil!) Have number cards 1-5 or 1-10 written out and folded in a bowl. Ask your child to choose a number card from the bowl - can they recognise the number? Now count out that many ‘jolly jelly buttons’ onto the gingerbread man. Encourage your child to count slowly and to count out loud as they put each ‘button’ onto the gingerbread man. If your child needs more of a challenge you could have 2 gingerbread men - ask your child to pick out two numbers this time and add them together by counting out the correct number of buttons onto each gingerbread man!
Spotting Similarities and Differences
VE Day Celebrations!
This Friday (8th May) marks 75 years since the end of World War 2 - can you design and make some bunting to put up in your garden or at your windows to commemorate VE Day?
The following link from the BBC will take you to a template for your bunting: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4TrqYDyf4PMdLypxzyTwGDg/great-british-bunting
I was supposed to be going to a special ‘street party’ at Springhead Park to celebrate this year but instead we’re going to have our own picnic afternoon tea in the garden (if the weather is nice!) Maybe you could make your own afternoon tea to enjoy on VE Day as well! You could have sandwiches, scones, cake and lots of cups of tea! I can’t wait to see lots of pictures - enjoy!
This week we are going to be learning a new story, 'The Gingerbread Man'. Watch the videos of Mrs Abrams and see if you can have a go at learning our new story using the text map and actions! There are also a couple of activities to have a go at based on The Gingerbread Man!
Gingerbread Man Characters
The Gingerbread Man Story
What do you know about The Gingerbread Man story?
After your child has learnt the actions for the characters and listened to the story (I would suggest several times) have a discussion about the story to find out what they know and understand about it. Have a copy of the text map or put it on the screen and support them by referring to relevant parts if they struggle to answer the questions.
Some of the things you could say are:
Can you tell me who made the gingerbread man?
What happened to him at the beginning of the story?
I wonder how the Little Old Man and The Little Old Lady felt when he ran away?
Who does he meet? What do they want to do?
What happens to him at the end of the story?
Why did the fox want him to climb on his head?
Do you like this story? Which story do you prefer, The Gingerbread Man or The Three Bears? Why?
After listening to the story you could design your own gingerbread man. You could do this in lots of different ways e.g. draw him, paint him, make him from junk model material, make him out of playdough, salt dough or make a real gingerbread man to eat. How many 'jolly jelly buttons' will your gingerbread man have?!
Make a Boat
Make a boat that the gingerbread man can use to help him cross the river safely! This is a good opportunity to talk about and let children test different materials in the water to see if they float/sink and to see whether different materials are waterproof or not! Discuss whether materials would/wouldn’t make a good boat and why!
You could test your boat out in the bath, sink or in your paddling pool if you have one. Can you make your boat move across the water without touching it?
Some ideas to get you started could be: tin foil moulded into a boat shape, bottle tops, empty margarine tubs etc. You could also have a go with some fruit/veg tubs that have holes in the bottom. (‘What happens when we put this tub in the water? I wonder what we could do to help it float?’)
- 375g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 3tsps ground ginger
- 120g unsalted butter (cold and cubed)
- 175g light brown sugar
- 5tbsps golden syrup
- 1 large egg
1. Preheat your oven to 190C/180C fan and line trays with grease proof paper.
2. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger to a large bowl.
3. Add the butter and rub together with your fingers until it resembles bread crumbs.
4. Mix the sugar into the mix and combine.
5. Add the golden syrup and egg - beat with a spatula until it is a smooth dough.
5. Knead the biscuit dough and roll out to 1/2cm thickness onto a lightly floured work surface.
6. Cut out your shapes and place onto the lined baking trays.
7. Bake in the oven for 10-11 minutes, cool on a wire rack fully and then decorate how you please!
🌍 World Earth Day - 22nd April 2020 🌍
Today is World Earth Day! People all over the world will be doing all they can to protect our planet, combat climate change and look after wildlife. Click on the 24 hours action link and choose an activity to do with your family at home to help our planet on world Earth day!
You could for example plant some seeds, do an air quality check on a smartphone, make a piece of art about nature and looking after our planet, do a litter pick or make your next meal plant-based. Be creative and send some photos and videos to your class teacher. Thank you in advance for helping our lovely Earth!
Some ideas below:
We hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are ready to do lots more learning and playing at home! We will be putting up more ideas to support you each week so keep checking back on here. Everybody in Nursery is missing you all lots so please carry on sending us pictures of all the lovely things you're getting up to at home - you can do this through Tapestry or by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org to go up onto the Sharp Lane Facebook page!
Matching socks! Make a pile of socks in the middle of the room - make sure that each sock has a pair (I don't know about you but this would be hard to find in my house!) It would be good if you had a variety of different pairs of socks with various colours and patterns (some stripy/spotty, blue/orange etc.) Put a timer on your phone and see how many pairs your child can match before the timer runs out!
This type of sorting and matching activity is great for supporting early maths skills and is something we focus on during lots of our maths work in nursery. Can your child tell you about the similarities and differences between the different pairs of socks? (E.g. These are the same because they both have spots on them. They are different because these have pink spots and these have green spots.) You can help your child by giving them the sentence starter 'these are the same/different because...'
You could make this even more challenging by asking your child to peg the pairs of socks together - pegs are fantastic for developing your child's fine motor skills and the muscles they need in their hands for supporting writing!
Your child may have heard of the term "Key Worker". For this activity we would like the children to think about the people who help us. In the past we've typically talked about the emergency services but during Corona Virus it has highlighted many more occupations that "help us" not just emergency services. Please can you have a conversation about different types of key workers and what they are doing to help our families. It might help if you show them some images of Nurses, fire fighters, police, workers in a supermarket, bin men, post men, delivery drivers, care home workers etc. Having an image may help the children to engage in conversation. If your child could choose to be a key worker which would they like to be the most? Your child could draw a picture, make a model (out of junk/lego/duplo) or engage in role play as their chosen occupation.
Activity 13 - Where's the Bear?
For this activity we would like you to use some “special” words to describe where the bear is. Watch the video to remind you of the words you need to use. Look at the pictures and tell mummy or daddy where Miss Dix has put the bear. Try to speak in a full sentence starting with the words, “The bear is......” After you have done this use one of your own bears and get mummy or daddy to put him somewhere in your house. Can you use the special words again to say where he is. You can also get mummy or daddy to use the words in a sentence and you must then follow their instructions to place the bear in the right place. I wonder what places your bear will hide!
Activity 14 - Making a Projector
Have a go at making some projectors!
To make these you will need:
- an old toilet roll/kitchen roll tube
- an elastic band/hair bobble/sellotape
- some stickers (or cut out shapes)
- a torch (the torch on your phone will be great if you don’t have one)
Place clingfilm over one end of your toilet roll tube and secure in place using an elastic band. Stick your shapes/stickers on top of the clingfilm. Find a dark room in the house and put your torch at the other end of the tube - you should now have some fantastic shadows on your wall! Maybe you could use them just before bedtime to make up a story together on your bedroom wall or ceiling? Who will the characters in your story be?
Bedtime Story 🌙
Playdough is one of our most popular areas in Nursery so we thought we would give you a simple recipe to try and make some yourselves at home (if you have the ingredients available at the moment!) Playdough is a great resource for developing the muscles in your child's fingers to support mark making and is also fantastic for keeping them busy with lots of imaginative play!
You will need:
1 cup flour
Half a cup of salt
5 tablespoons of lemon juice
5 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 cup of boiling water
Mix the oil, lemon juice and water together then pour into the salt and flour. If the mixture is still sticky once you've mixed it all together, simply add more flour. You could add food colouring, glitter or spices to make it look and smell more interesting but children will still love to play with it even if you don't have these things!
Some things you might want to add for your children to use with the playdough: bun cases, candles, cut up straws, muffin tin, pan, googly eyes, pebbles, sticks.
The Hello Song
Easter Bonnet Parade
We are so sad that we won't be able to do our Easter bonnet parade as we had planned this week but we know that some of you had already begun to make your bonnets and we would love to see them! Maybe you could do your own bonnet parade around your garden or show your bonnet off on a walk down your street - I'm sure that it would make some of your neighbours smile from their windows! Can you remember any of the songs that we were going to perform for our families? (Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick Chicken, Peter Rabbit has a fly Upon his Nose, Sleeping Bunnies, Humpty Dumpty, This is the way the Bunny Hops).
Following on from learning all about the number 4 we would like you to collect sets of 4 objects from around your house. Then you must close you eyes whilst mummy or daddy take some away. Open your eyes how many have they hidden away?! If your child struggles with this make a number track like the one attached and place the items they can see on it then they should be able to work out how many are left! You may need to adjust the size of the track if your child has found large items or use 4 plates to place the items on instead.
Following on from looking at plants, how they grow and change and how to care for them we thought it would be nice to use yourselves to study this concept! Can you look at some photo graphs together of your child when they were babies to now? How have they changed? What can they do now that they couldn't do when they were a baby? What things did they need when they were a baby compared to now? Just spend time chatting and discussing - you do not need to answer all of these questions! If your child doesn't say much start by saying, "I remember when you were a baby you ......."
Paint or draw a rainbow and put it up in your window. If you go out for a walk then see how many you can spot! You can also chat about how real rainbows are made.
Retell the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ using your text map to help you remember the story. Can you either use some objects (teddy bears, bowls etc.) that you can find around the house to help you retell the story or make your own puppets?
Place 5 different objects from around the house onto the floor. Give children a minute to look at the items and memorise them. Cover them with a blanket and take one away without your child seeing. Which object is missing?
This quick game will help to develop and improve your child's memory - another skill which is really important for supporting early reading!
5 Little Monkeys 🐒
The whole Nursery team just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who has had a go at some of the activities this week. It has been fantastic to see so many of you joining in and sending us lots of photos and videos - we really are missing the children so much so it has been lovely to see what you're getting up to at home! There will be more activity ideas posted shortly for next week but for now enjoy your weekends safely!
Ask your child to choose their favourite nursery rhyme (Hickory Dickory Dock, Incy Wincy Spider, Miss Polly had a Dolly, Humpty Dumpty etc.) Can they draw a picture of this nursery rhyme and talk to you about what they have drawn? We would love to see a video of your child singing this nursery rhyme alongside their picture!
Focusing on the number 4! Go on a hunt around the house to find 4 things (4 socks, 4 books, 4 bananas, 4 spoons etc.) Encourage your child to take pictures of the things they have found. Can they draw their 4 objects? What would happen if we added one more/took one away?
Make an instrument! Use anything you can find in the house that will make a noise! Examples could be: rice/pasta/sugar/beads in an empty (dry) water bottle, elastic bands wrapped around a container, a pan and a wooden spoon, scraping the side of a tin can, different levels of water in a glass cup to make a ‘xylophone’ - be as creative as you like!
Once you have made/found an instrument there are lots of different ways to use it!
- Experiment with the different ways that you can play or change the sound of the instrument. Can you play it loudly/quietly/fast/slow etc.
- Put a piece of music on - can your child keep a steady beat with their instrument in time to the music?
- Can they tap out the syllables (beats) in their own name and their family members’ names using their instrument? E.g. A-dam, Jess-i-ca.
- If you find/make more than one instrument you can play a game where your child has to close their eyes while you play one of the instruments. Can they guess which one you were playing?
- Enjoy making lots of noise and dancing/singing together using your instruments!
Do some yoga together! This link will take you to a Cosmic Kids yoga video based around the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’.
As Spring is now upon us, there will be lots of noticeable changes in your garden and at the parks - flowers growing etc. Get out in the garden or for a walk in the park and see if you and your child can spot some signs of Spring, discussing what you see along the way! Encourage your child to take some photos of the things they find to share with us on Tapestry.
This week the children have been learning about what a plant needs to grow through planting Sunflower seeds. If your child came home with one this week please send us photographs of the different stages it goes through. Good luck whose will be the tallest?!
Ask your child if they can name the things that make a plant grow. This is the address for the song that we shared with the children at the beginning of the week that names The % things a plant needs to grow. Can your child draw/paint an observational picture of a flower and what might help it grow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUBIQ1fTRzI
In maths we have been using numbers to label amounts. The children have been sorting pictures and matching them to the correct numeral.
We also have been studying the number 3. The children learn what a number three looks like, how to count to three but most importantly how we can represent the number three in different ways. We do this through using objects, our fingers, marks on paper and by making up number stories. It is really important that children understand the "threeness" of three" and not just be able to count to three and recognise the numeral.
They are very good at this so it is time to progress to number 4!
Thank you so much to everybody who joined us for our Christmas themed stay and plays this week! It was lovely to see so many of you.
This week during guided time we have been continuing to practise the rules of clever counting which are:
- Line objects up
- Count everything once
- Say the numbers in the right order
- The last number is how may
(Please take a copy from the cloakroom and reinforce these counting rules when practising at home!)
Some of the children have also had a go at representing how many they have counting by making marks.
Nursery and Reception Outdoor renovations are finished!!
The children are very excited and can't wait to explore our new outdoor area renovations which look amazing. The staff can't wait too! We will be having a talk with the children next week about how they can explore the new equipment safely and enjoy new learning experiences. We will also be strongly encouraging the children to care for the new areas as part of their learning and journey in school.
This week we have celebrated Bonfire Night by visiting a campfire in the garden. The children followed the safety rules and were able to have toasted marsh mallows and edible sparkler sticks which we made at Nursery. We also made fireworks and firework pictures in the creative area and fine motor area, did some firework dancing and learned a new firework number rhyme.
This term we will be focusing on Nursery Rhymes. Each week the children will learn a new rhyme using a text map. This is a series of pictures, signs, words or symbols which will help the children memorise the rhyme. The children will learn both words and actions to match each part of the text map. Please take a copy of each rhyme as they are taught - copies will be available each week in the cloakroom. The children are keen to take them home and show you what they can do!
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Humpty Dumpty by Amber and Amalee
This term in maths we will be focusing on matching, sorting and classifying. There are lots of opportunities to do this in many areas of provision around Nursery. Lots of the children are very good at sorting things from a pile into groups but when we ask for them to explain why this can prove to be more challenging! Therefore we will be focusing on being able to speak in sentences to explain why a group has been sorted in a certain way. We will also be teaching the children to say one number name for each item they have sorted and then to know that the last number they say means how many there are.
Here are just a few pictures of the children during their settling in sessions. We had lots of children that did not want to leave, which is a good sign they had lots of fun! Please take the opportunity throughout these sessions to play with your child, talk to other parents and your child's keyworker and the other members of the team.