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Nursery - Seahorses

Welcome to the website. Here is your home-learning for this week. 


Have fun, stay safe and please remember that we are always




A general note on home-learning


These are very uncertain and challenging times for all. The weekly plans are here to help support home learning, but please do as much or as little as you feel is right for your child and your family.


Children are used to learning in fun and practical ways. They are going to miss their friends and may find that the change in routine takes a while to get used to. Home learning does not have to take place at a table with a pen and paper. Many of the things you already do at home (e.g. reading to your child, playing board games) are the types of activities that we would be doing here at nursery too.


Whatever you do, make it fun. Choose a time that suits your child and praise them for their efforts. If you can upload the home learning to Tapestry, you will be able to share our comments with the children and they will understand that we are still here and that we still care about them.


You can, of course, continue to upload any experiences and achievements unrelated to the home learning set for the week. We always love to see what the children have been up to and, bearing in mind that we won’t be seeing most of them in person, this is especially important now.


If you have not yet activated your Tapestry account, please email me on and I will send you a re-activation email.


Many thanks,

Kerry Holmes



Week 2 Home Learning

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse children

Week Beginning: 30.03.20

This week we will be looking at the story ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?’ It is very similar to the Brown Bear story that we read at nursery recently. If you don’t have this book at home, there are lots of on-line versions that a grown up should be able to find for you. As you share the book, see if you can name each animal and listen out for some new words that you might not have heard before (e.g. snorting, fluting, braying, trumpeting, snarling, yelping, bellowing)

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Keep play going by responding to what others are saying or doing

Act out some of the animals from the story – can your family guess who you are? (Now make it more challenging by not using sound – just actions!)

Communication, Language and Literacy

Question why things happen

See ‘Understanding of the World’ – making ice.

Physical Development

Hold pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using whole-hand grasp

Practise holding your pencil in a tripod grip – point it towards you, pinch it with thumb and forefinger, pick it up and flick it over to rest on your hand. Now have a practise at tracing or copying some of the letters from your name. If you can already write your name, you can learn your surname or write the names of other family members.


Top tip – to help with tracing, ask an adult to write the letters with a highlighter pen and you can trace over the top with a pen or pencil (it’s much quicker than drawing dots!)



Describe main story settings, events and principal characters

Once you have listened to the story of couple of times, see how many of the characters you can name. Score 1 point for each one that you remember!


Show interest in shapes in the environment


Go on a hunt around your home or garden and see how many different shapes you can spot – they are everywhere! Look for circles, squares, triangles and rectangles in mirrors, picture frames, packages etc. Can you spot any other shapes (hearts, stars, ovals, hexagons....?)

Understanding the World

Talk about why things happen and how things work


Polar Bears live in cold countries and love ice and snow. Think about how you could make some ice at home. What do you need? Where should you put it to freeze? If you manage to make some ice-cubes, you could use them to build a tower or an igloo! (A little bit of salt between each cube will melt the ice just enough to stick....)

Expressive Arts and Design

Begin to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces


Use construction bricks, wooden blocks or cardboard boxes to build a home for one of the animals in the story. If you are feeling clever, maybe you could build a whole zoo!


See below for Phonics.

Don’t forget to add your home learning to Tapestry. We can continue to update your Learning Journey and build up a great picture of how well you are doing.

Have fun and stay safe everyone.


Many of you are making such excellent progress with phonics that it would be a shame not to carry on practising those skills. The format below is a brief summary of a typical lesson. We usually do this on the interactive whiteboard but I have adapted some parts so that you can do it at home.

This week’s focus is the letter ‘s

What is the letter called when it appears in the alphabet? (it’s name) What sound does it make?

Sing the ‘Alphabet song’ and see if you can stop at the letter ‘s’ – it’s quite a long way down!

How many things (or people) can you think of that begin with s? Score a point for each one you think of on your own.

Here are some words beginning with ‘s’ – ask an adult to read them for you and you clap out the syllables for them...

sun, song, sailor, sock, saxophone, sandwich

Which word has the most syllables?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word beginning with s?

s-u-n     s-o-ck    s-e-t     s-i-t    s-a-n-d

Several children are able to read cvc words independently now. If this is you, have a go at reading the words below by saying the sounds and blending them together.





Don’t forget to give yourselves a pat on the back for your excellent phonics today!

The wonderful Reception teachers have put together a list of useful websites. Many of these are appropriate for our nursery children too. We are not advocating hours of screen time but it will be important to have a good range of activities to keep the children busy over the coming weeks......


Useful websites


Kaligo: 3-5 years ~ A digital handwriting app -



Phonics Hero: school age children ~ Includes 850 phonics games -


Teach Your Monster to Read ~ For the first two years of reading -


Fonetti: A 'listening bookshop'-


Twinkl -


Phonics play -


Phonics bloom –


Alphablocks –


Numberblocks –


Cosmic Kids Yoga-


Cbeebies –


Numberjacks -


ABC Mouse -


Ebooks -


Phonics -


2simple -


Interactive maths games -


Maths is fun -


Maths games and activities -

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse children

Week Beginning: 23.03.20

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Begin to accept the needs of others and take turns/share

Find a board game that you can play with your family. Talk about who goes first and practise taking turns. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you don’t win – next time you might!


Communication, Language and Literacy

Respond to simple instructions

We have been working on using and understanding prepositions such as in front, behind, on top, under, over, next to. Ask a family member to give instructions and follow them using small world toys (e.g. can you put the teddy under the mat/can you put the Lego brick on the windowsill)

Then test your grown-ups by giving them instructions too!


Physical Development

Develop self-help/independence skills

Before asking for help with buttons, zip etc – always try on your own first. The more you practise, the quicker you will be able to do these things for yourself.



Know that print carries meaning

Last week we went on a Bear Hunt, this week try going on a word hunt! You will be surprised to see just how much print is in the environment. Perhaps you could count the letters and see which is the longest word you can find!


Begin to talk about the shapes of everyday objects

If you can, follow this link to play the Shape Monsters game. Before feeding each shape to the correct monster, see if you can remember three things about it e.g.

Is it a flat shape?

How many sides/corners does it have?

Does it have straight sides or curved edges?


Understanding the World

Develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time


Look outside and see what is happening. Spring is just starting to arrive and there are lots of changes going on. See how many you can spot (blossom, baby birds, lighter evenings etc) Remember to keep a safe distance if you are out in a public space)


Expressive Arts and Design

Realise tools can be used for a purpose


Why not see if you can make a rainbow for your window? Many areas are doing this to cheer people up when they are walking outside. Be creative – you could use pens, paper, collage materials, dough or even Lego!



We are looking forwards to seeing your updates on Tapestry. Have a good week. Look after yourself and each other, just like we do at nursery.