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Nursery - Seahorses and Starfish

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

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

BETTER TOGETHER

For families who are struggling or who need help and support:
Essex Child and Family Well-being service covers 0-19 year olds.
They are still working Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 03002470015 

The above service are running on-line school readiness sessions for parents/carers. Please visit their website or phone the above number to book.

 

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 will be doing 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 them in person, this is especially important now.

 

If you have not yet activated your Tapestry account, please email me on

 

kerry.holmes@brightlingsea.essex.sch.uk and I will send you a re-activation email.

 

Many thanks,

Kerry Holmes

 

 

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse and Starfish children

Week Beginning: 13.07.20

This is our last week of planning before the summer holiday – wow, how did that happen?!

This week we are thinking about growing up and moving on with a lovely story called “When I Grow Up.” There is a video of the story on Tapestry for you.

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Initiate conversations

In the story, Zachery loves his mummy very much and never wants to be away from her. Have a chat to your family about who you love and who is special to you. Perhaps you could give them a call by telephone and tell them that you love them or perhaps arrange a Facetime or draw them a picture.

Communication and Language

Understand and answer questions

See if you can answer these questions about the story to show that you listened and understood it.

What things do Zachery and his mum like to do together?

Where does Zachery want to live when he grows up?

If Zachery becomes a farmer, what colour tractor would he like?

If Zachery grows up and has his own family, where will he live then?

What would you like to be when grow up?

Physical Development

Hold pencil near point between first two fingers and thumb and use it with good control

Use a pen or pencil to draw a picture of what you would like to be when you grow up – it might a job from the story like a helicopter pilot or a cowboy or it might be something entirely different.

Literacy

Sometimes give meaning to marks as they draw and paint

Try and write your name on your picture – write it independently if you can or ask an adult to write it with a highlighter pen and carefully trace over the lines.

Mathematics

Begin to talk about the shapes of everyday objects

 

If you look at the pictures in the book, you will see lots of different shaped objects – squares, triangles, rectangles, circles, ovals etc. See how shapes you can spot either in the pages of the story or around the house.

Understanding the World

Develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time

Think about some of the things you can do now that you couldn’t do when you were a baby. What can’t you do now that you might be able to do next year or when you are a grown up?

Expressive Arts and Design

Capture experiences and responses with a range of media

Zachery and his mum LOVE chocolate ice-cream! Can you use craft or malleable materials to make an ice-lolly or an ice-cream cone?

 

We’d love to see your hard work on Tapestry – please don’t forget to upload some of the things you are doing or send a short ‘Keeping in Touch’ message so that we know you are safe and well.

Thank you!

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse and Starfish children

Week Beginning: 06.07.20

This week we are continuing to learn about different ways to keep ourselves healthy.

We are focusing on the book “Oliver’s Fruit Salad.”

Watch the link here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzh8BCZssbE

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Show confidence in asking adults for help

Make your own fruit salad, putting in all of your favourite fruits. Ask an adult to help you cut the more challenging ones but you should be able to manage peeling and cutting things like bananas on your own.

Communication and Language

Begin to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions.

See if you can answer these questions about the story…

Why didn’t Oliver want tinned pears?

Why was Mum cross when Oliver didn’t want to eat the fruit she had bought?

How did the fruit look when it was all chopped up in a bowl?

Why didn’t mum give Oliver a bowl of fruit salad?

Physical Development

Sometimes give meaning to marks as they draw and paint

See if you can draw some of the fruits from the story. Think about the size, shape and colour before you start.

Literacy

Identify initial sounds in words

Younger children: See how many fruits you can remember from the story.

Older children: Can you identify the first sound in these words…

What is the first sound in ‘banana?’

What is the first sound in ‘apple?’

What is the first sound in ‘strawberry?’

What is the first sound in ‘peach?’

What is the first sound in ‘orange?’

Mathematics

Realise not only objects, but anything can be counted, including steps, claps or jumps

 

For this week’s fitness routine, can you do

10 jumps

6 hops

5 star jumps

2 high claps

7 bunny hops

1 twirl

Understanding the World

Develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time

 

Cut open an apple sideways (with adult help)

Do you realise you’re the first person to ever see inside that apple?!

What did you find?

How do you think you could grow your own apple tree?

Expressive Arts and Design

Capture experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words

There are some super fruity craft activities on line. See if there are any you like the look of, or, you could have a go at making play dough fruit for a fruit bowl or designing and building a box to carry fruit using Duplo, Lego etc.

 

We’d love to see your hard work on Tapestry – please don’t forget to upload some of the things you are doing or send a short ‘Keeping in Touch’ message so that we know you are safe and well.

Thank you!

Phonics

This week’s focus is the letter ‘k'

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 ‘k'

How many things can you think of that begin with k? Do any of your friends or family begin with k? Which of these words begins with ....?

butterfly    sandals     kangaroo       window     

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

kite     kettle    kangaroo     kitten

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word with the letter k in it....

k-i-t      k-i-d     k-i-ss

b-a-n-k    r-i-n-k

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.

kit

ken

keg

kiss

kid

pink

Challenge

Can you write the letter k?  You don't have to use a pen or pencil, I'd love to see you practising with water and paint brushes or with sticks in shallow sand!

 

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse and Starfish children

Week Beginning: 29.06.20

At this time of year we would usually be doing Sports Day. Over the next two weeks, we will be learning about different ways to keep ourselves healthy.

This week we are focusing on the book “Handa’s Surprise.”

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Show confidence in asking adults for help

Climbing and balancing is great for keeping your body strong and healthy. Ask an adult to help set up a mini-obstacle course with you. See if you can find things that you can travel on, under, over and through.

Communication and Language

Be able to follow directions

 

Exercise keeps our hearts healthy too. Ask an adult to read you these directions and see if you can follow them….

Can you do 8 star jumps, 10 toe touches, 6 bunny jumps, 3 pencil rolls (on the floor) and 3 twirls? Can you think of some of your own exercises?

Physical Development

Dress with increasing independence

 

If you are going to school in September you will need to be able to manage dressing and undressing ready for P.E. Have a practise at changing into T shirt and shorts on your own. Even if you’re not starting school soon, it’s a great time to practise doing some things for yourself such as putting on your socks and shoes and learning to do zips or buttons. It’s not easy but you’ll get better with daily practise!

Literacy

Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall

Listen to the story of Handa’s Surprise and see if you can answer some of these questions….

Where is Handa going?

How did she carry the fruit?

Who stole the banana?

Which animal had stripes?

How did the elephant pick up the mango?

How did the goat escape from the rope?

Why was Handa surprised when she arrived at Akeyo’s house?

Which country do you think Handa and Akeyo live in?

Mathematics

Realise not only objects, but anything can be counted, including steps, claps or jumps

See Communication and Language

 

 

Understanding the World

Know that information can be retrieved from computers

 

Where do you think fruit and vegetables come from? We can buy them in the shops but they’re not made there! Watch the clip to find out a bit more….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYCP8lP_kQo

Ask an adult to help you look at packaging and stickers on fruit that you have at home – you should be able to find out which country it has come from.

Expressive Arts and Design

Capture experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words

Cut different fruits (such as apples and oranges) in half and use them for printing. Try mixing colours to get different effects.

We’d love to see your hard work on Tapestry – please don’t forget to upload some of the things you are doing or send a short ‘Keeping in Touch’ message so that we know you are safe and well.

Thank you!

Phonics

This week’s focus is the letter ‘c'

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 ‘c' - what a short song that was!

How many things can you think of that begin with c? Do any of your friends or family begin with c? Which of these words begins with c....?

digger    caterpillar   bed    elephant

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

cot, caterpillar, cage, cardboard, catapult

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which begins with c?

c-o-t    c-a-b   c-o-d    c-u-t

c-l-u-b     c-r-a-b

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.

cat

cut

cot

cod

cab

cup

Challenge

Can you write the letter c? Start at the top and go round to the left and stop at the bottom. You don't have to use a pen or pencil, I'd love to see you practising with water and paint brushes or with sticks in shallow sand!

 

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse and Starfish children

Week Beginning: 22.06.20

Last week’s story was set on a farm. This week’s we will be learning about animals that live in the jungle! We are focusing on the book “Walking through the Jungle.”

Follow this link to watch the story on-line

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUEw7ZReZL8

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Talk about feelings

Have a think about how things are now. Who are you missing? Can you remember the names of your friends at nursery? How are you feeling? What is making you happy? What is making you sad or cross? What can you do to make yourself feel better? Who could help you?

Communication, Language

Build up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences

 

Can you think of

5 animals that can be pets?

5 animals that live in water?

5 animals that live in the jungle or zoo?

If you’re feeling clever, think of some words to describe them

E.g. enormous elephant, tall giraffe, smooth dog…

Physical Development

Move with confidence in different ways

 

The boy in the book moves in different ways. Can you walk, creep, run, leap, swing or slither like he did? Which other ways can you move?

Literacy

Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall

Watch the story and see if you can answer these questions once you’re familiar with it…

Which animal said “chitter chatter?”

Which animal had stripes?

Which animal do you think is the scariest? Why?

Which food do you think the monkey might eat? (There are clues in the pictures.)

Which animal had tusks?

Mathematics

Use vocabulary of size

Find a toy animal at home. What size is it? Can you find something that is longer? Taller? Shorter? Wider? The same size?

Understanding the World

Show care and concern for living things and the environment

Choose your favourite animal from the story. What do you think it needs to live? Think about the food it might eat, what it might drink and where it might shelter/sleep. You can ask a family member or perhaps have a look on line to find out some information.

Expressive Arts and Design

Capture experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words

 

There are some wonderful jungle craft activities on-line. See what resources you have at home and make one of the animals from the story (or another animal that lives in the jungle.)

You could make a snake using an old sock….

Or a paper plate elephant?

Or a hand-printed parrot?

There is a ‘Walking Through the Jungle’ Song – follow the link to listen and join in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o332s5Hl0c

 

We’d love to see your hard work on Tapestry – please don’t forget to upload some of the things you are doing or send a short ‘Keeping in Touch’ message so that we know you are safe and well.

Thank you!

Phonics

This week’s focus is the letter ‘O'

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 ‘o'

How many things can you think of that begin with o? Do any of your friends or family begin with o? Which of these words begins with o....?

seed    octopus    any    goat

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

on, off, octopus, orange, olive

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which has the ‘o’ sound in the middle?

d-o-t    m-o p   g-o-t   t-o-p   c-o-t   h-o-t

t-r-o-t      c-r-o-p

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.

log

not

pot

top

got

mop

Challenge

Can you write the letter o? Start at the top and go round to the left in a circle(all the way back to where you started!)

 

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse and Starfish children

Week Beginning: 15.06.20

Last week’s story was set on a farm. This week, we are continuing to learn about farm animals and are focusing on the book “The Pig in the Pond.”

Follow this link to watch the story on-line

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsB6t8E_Lao

 

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Show confidence in asking adults for help

See activity below

Communication, Language

Be able to follow directions

Can you make a farm animal? You could use Lego, wooden blocks, Duplo, Stickle Bricks etc. or you could use empty boxes and packages.

Physical Development

Use one-handed tools and equipment/Realise tools can be used for a purpose

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-1425-pig-in-the-pond-stick-puppets

Follow the link to print off these stick puppets. Choose your favourite animal and see if you can colour it in the right colours. Now use child scissors to cut it out and tape or glue it onto a twig or lolly stick to make your own puppet. If you make a few, you could use them to retell the story.

Literacy

Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall

Watch the story and see if you can answer these questions once you’re familiar with it…

Can you name 5 animals that live on the farm?

What was the weather like?

Why didn’t the pig want to go into the water?

Why did people come and look?

Mathematics

Realise not only objects, but anything can be counted/

sometimes match number and quantity correctly

Make some number cards using pens or paper or use magnetic numbers if you have them. Choose a number and say what it is. Then count out the right number of toy animals to match it. Did you get it right? Can you try another? (If you are already confident to 10, perhaps try numbers to 15 or 20!)

Understanding the World

Develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time

 

Baby animals often have different names to their parents. Can you name a baby

Cat?

Dog?

Cow?

Horse?

Duck?

Pig?

Chicken?

Expressive Arts and Design

Capture experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words

 

Listen to and sing “Old MacDonald had a Farm.”

Can you make up a verse of your own? Think about an animal that you could put into the song. What noise does it make?    

 

We’d love to see your hard work on Tapestry – please don’t forget to upload!

 

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Phonics

This week’s focus is the letter ‘g

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 ‘g

How many things can you think of that begin with g? Do any of your friends or family begin with g? Which of these words begins with g....?

dog      goat     mermaid     rainbow    

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

gate, goat, greenhouse, giggle, got, glove, gorilla

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which has the ‘g’ sound at the beginning or end?

g-o-t     g-u-m   d-o-g    d-u-g   

g-i-f-t    g-r-a-b

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.

got

wig

get

dig

gut

rug

Challenge

Can you write the letter g? Start at the top and go round, up, down and flick!

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Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse and Starfish children

Week Beginning: 08.06.20

This week we are looking at a Julia Donaldson story called “What the Ladybird Heard.”

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Demonstrate friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and form good relationships with peers and familiar adults

Play a farmyard game with your family. Here are some ideas…

·Make farm animal noises and see if you can guess the animal

·Play ‘Who am I?’ Describe an animal to each other and see if you can work out which one. it is.

Here’s an example –

I have four legs.

I am pink.

I say “oink oink.”

Who am I?

Communication, Language and Literacy

Build up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences

 

Julia Donaldson uses lots of describing words in the book (dainty, woolly, hairy, handsome etc.) Name as many animals as you can that live on a farm. Can you think of a good word to describe some of them?

Physical Development

Copy some letters

Can you write the names of some of the animals on the farm – pig, dog, cat, hen or rabbit? You could ask an adult to write them with a highlighter pen for you to trace over the top. Or, you can copy the letters underneath or (if you’re feeling really clever!) you can sound them out and write them on your own!

Literacy

Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall

Can you answer these questions about the story….

Where is the story set?

Which animal lived in the pond?

What did the robbers want to do with the prize cow?

How did the animals trick the robbers?

Mathematics

Sometimes match numeral and quantity correctly

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots

Play these ladybird counting games on the 'Topmarks' website (follow the link above.) You can do counting, matching and ordering. Remember to count slowly and carefully as this will make you more accurate.

Understanding the World

Know that information can be retrieved from computers

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl7KqpqoN9o

Follow this link to find out some information about ladybirds. Can you answer these questions…

How many legs does a ladybird have?

How many spots can they have?

Are ladybirds a type of beetle?

Which two ways can ladybirds move?

Expressive Arts and Design

Capture experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words

Can you paint a stone to make a ladybird? Find a nice round stone (lighter colours work best) and then use black and red paint, pencils or pens to make a ladybird.

 We are so looking forward to seeing your updates on Tapestry. Have a good week!

Phonics

This week’s focus is the letter ‘d’

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 ‘d’

How many things can you think of that begin with d? Do any of your friends or family begin with d? Which of these words begins with d....

cat    dog    bat    cow     pig

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

donkey, dog, doctor, daydream, dinosaur, dash

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which has the ‘d’ sound at the beginning?

d-i-g     d-o-t    d-e-n     d-i-p   

d-a-d     d-i-n    d-r-o-p

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.

dig

dog 

rod

dug

dim

bed

Challenge

Can you write the letter d? Start in the middle, go round, up, down and flick!

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Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse and Starfish children

Week Beginning: 01.06.20

This week we will be sharing the book “A Friend for Little Bear.” It’s a lovely story about a bear who learns that people are more important than things and I know that lots of you have been missing your friends and family at this time.

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

Stay safe everybody!

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Demonstrate friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and form good relationships with peers and familiar adults

Think about something nice you could do for a friend to make them smile. Could you draw them a picture and post it through their door? Or maybe write a postcard or letter and send it?

Communication, Language and Literacy

Begin to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions.

See if you are able to answer these questions about the story – they are designed to really make you think this week!

How do you think Bear got to the island in the first place?

Why did the island get too full up?

Why do we need our friends?

How do our friends make us feel?

Why mustn’t we really throw things into the sea?

Physical Development

Hold pencil near point between first two fingers and thumb and use it with good control

 

See PSE – make sure you try hard to hold your pens or pencils in a tripod grip as you mark-make, draw or write. See how neatly you can write your name so that the person receiving your lovely work will know who it’s from.

Literacy

Know that print carries meaning and, in English, is read from left to right and top to bottom

As you look at this week’s story and any other books that you are sharing at home, see if you can show your grown ups where on the page they need to start to read. Tell them every time they turn the page, this is a really good habit to get into as you will soon be reading your own books and you want them to make sense!

Mathematics

Realise not only objects, but anything can be counted, including steps, claps or jumps

 

For your exercise this week, can you do:

6 star jumps

9 low claps

4 hops

7 nose taps

1 leap

3 high claps

 

Try doing them quickly and slowly, making sure you count accurately each time.

Can you think of some new exercises of your own?

The World

Know some of the things that make them unique, and talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family

Think about the good things that you do for other people and what is special about you. Who do you think is missing you? How do you think they feel? Why do they miss you?

Expressive Arts and Design

Capture experiences and responses with a range of media

Can you make an island? You could try it in a sand tray, with dough or using paper and pens. You might have ideas of your own....

Phonics

This week’s focus is the letter ‘m’

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 ‘m’

How many things can you think of that begin with m? Do any of your friends or family begin with m?

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

Monday, moon, mop, map, mystery, monkey, mum

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which has the ‘m’ sound in?

m-a-p     m-i-x    m-a-n     m-o-p   

m-a-d     m-i-ss    m-i-n-t

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.

map

mid

mix

met

man

mop

Challenge

Can you write the letter m? Start at the top, go down, back up and over, back up and over again - and flick!

 

Seahorse Weekly Plans - Week Beginning: 18 May 2020

This is our last week of a Springtime focus. This week we are looking a story called “Wake Up, Bear” which is written by Lynley Dodd. There is a version on line (by Ms. Fierro) but I have also recorded the story for you on Tapestry.

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

Stay safe everybody!

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.

This is a strange time for everybody and lots of families are having good days and bad days. Don’t forget to talk to each other or about how you are feeling because sharing a problem usually makes it a bit more manageable. (This goes for parents/carers too!)

Communication, Language and Literacy

Begin to understand and answer questions

See if you can answer these questions about the story once you are familiar with it....

How did the elephant try to wake the bear up?

Which animal had a scary roar?

Which of the animals had feathers?

Which animal had no legs?

Why did the bear wake up when he heard the bee buzz?

Physical Development

Become more independent with dressing/undressing

Lots of you will be starting school soon and that means doing P.E lessons! It’s really important to practise managing your own clothes so, while you have more time in the mornings, make sure you are trying to get dressed on your own and only asking for help if you really need it.

Literacy

Ascribe meanings to marks that they see in different places

 

This week’s letter is the letter ‘n’

Your challenge is to look around your house on packaging, magazines, newspapers, books etc and see how many letter n’s you can find.

Mathematics

Sometimes match numeral and quantity correctly

 

Make some number flashcards of numbers that you are able to recognise and see if you can count out the right number of objects to match. You could use Lego pieces, spoons, cuddly toys, pens, crayons etc.

The World

Use computer hardware to interact with age-appropriate software

Access the Phonics Play website via Google and log in using the following

Username: march20 Password: home

Play “Welcome to the Zoo.” You can meet the animals first and then play the guessing game.

Expressive Arts and Design

Realise tools can be used for a purpose

 

The animals in the story made lots of noise to try and wake the bear up. Your task is to make a musical instrument. For example, you could make a shaker using yogurt pots and rice/pasta. Or you could come up with your ideas......Think about the resources you will need – you may well need tools such as scissors, glue sticks or tape dispensers so ask an adult to help if needed.

Phonics

This week’s focus is the letter ‘n’

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 ‘n’

How many things can you think of that begin with n? Do any of your friends or family begin with n?

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

necklace, newt, nice, no, napkin, nose, newspaper

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which has the ‘n’ sound in?

p-i-n     n-i-p    b-i-n     n-o-t   

f-i-n   n-e-t   n-u-t    n-e-s-t

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.

nib

pen

net

ten

not

bin

Challenge – can you write the letter n? Start at the top, go down, back up, over and flick.

 

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse children

Week Beginning: 11.05.20

It was wonderful to see some of your lovely VE Day celebrations last week, thank you to everyone who uploaded to Tapestry. This week we will be looking at a story called ‘Snail Trail’ which was written by Ruth Brown. There is an on-line version by the Phonics Fairy which you can watch (she’s a bit more glamorous than Mrs Holmes!!)

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

Stay safe everybody!

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.

Wow – you are all doing this already! The current situation has led to enormous changes in routine and you are all doing tremendously well. We miss you very much but are so happy to know that you are safe at home.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Use intonation, rhythm and phrasing to make meaning clear to others

 

See if you can retell the story once you are familiar with it – we’d love to see a video...

Physical Development

Copy some letters e.g. letters from their name

Keep practising writing your name. If it’s a bit challenging, start by practising just the first letter and building up from there. If you can write your name already, make sure you are forming your letters correctly (remember that no letters start at the bottom!)

Literacy

Ascribe meanings to marks that they see in different places

 

While you are out exercising or shopping, see how many letters, numbers or words you can see around the town – you’ll be surprised to see just how many things have writing or numbers on!

Mathematics

Use shapes appropriately for tasks

 

Find a circular shape to draw round (such as a tin can or a mug.) Can you add a snail’s body, tentacles and eyes? Did you know that the eye spots are on top of the tentacles and that the smaller parts are actually feelers?

 The World

Use computer hardware to interact with age-appropriate software

Snails have a lovely pattern on their shells. Follow the link to play a repeating pattern shape game....

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns

Expressive Arts and Design

Build stories around toys

You could make a snail using paper, card, plasticine or play dough or see if you can act out the story. There is lots of positional language for you to practise – on, up, through, into, over, down, past....

 

 

Phonics

 

This week’s focus is the letter ‘i’

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 ‘i’

How many things (or people) can you think of that begin with i? There are not many so score 3 points for each one you think of on your own!

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

 

insect, inside, India, igloo, iguana

 

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which has the ‘i’ sound in?

p-i-t     b-i-n    p-i-p     p-i-g   

d-i-d   h-i-m   f-i-sh    sh-i-p

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.

nip

sip

pin

tin

rip

win

Challenge – can you write the letter i? Start at the top, go down and flick, then add a dot (not a circle!) at the top.

 

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

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse children

Week Beginning: 04.05.20

There is a special celebration on Friday of this week. It is 75 years since the first VE day which marked the end of fighting in World War 2. We will be learning about VE day and thinking of different ways to join the celebration in our work this week.

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

Stay safe everybody!

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Be confident to communicate freely about own home and community

Find out if any of your distant relatives fought in the war. Do you know anyone who is a soldier now? What job would you like to do when you grow up?

Communication, Language and Literacy

Be able to follow directions

Ask an adult to help make something for the celebration – it could be a sandwich for a home picnic, some VE Day bunting or perhaps some cupcakes. Listen to their instructions and follow them carefully.

Physical Development

Understand the need for exercise

Captain Tom Moore has been doing 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS. Is there anything that you could do 75 times?  You could jump, hop, clap or even bounce on a trampoline to get super fit!

Literacy

Copy/write some letters e.g. letters from their name/Sometimes give meaning to marks as they draw and paint

Make a ‘Happy VE Day” card for a friend, family member or neighbour to really make them smile.

Mathematics

Show an interest in number problems

 

75 is a very big number! How far can you count by rote? Could you count further tomorrow than you can today?

Understanding the World

Know that information can be retrieved from computers

 

Ask an adult to help you find out something about WW2 – e.g.

What did the soldiers wear?

What did WW2 aeroplanes look like?

Which animals helped the soldiers during the war?

Expressive Arts and Design

Use available resources to create props to support role-play

 

Set up your own street party for your toys – what could you use or make?

 

 

Phonics

 

This week’s focus is the letter ‘p’

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 ‘p’

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

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

 

penguin, passport, pig, pony, potato, pot

 

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which has the ‘p’ sound in?

p-a-t     p-a-n    p-o-p     p-o-t   

p-a-d   p-o-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.

pig

pan

pat

pod

pop

pip

Challenge – can you write the letter p? Start at the top, go down, back up to the top and round.

 

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse children

Week Beginning: 27.04.20

During this half term we will be learning about spring time. This week we will be looking at the story of ‘Don’t Wake the Bear Hare!’ by Steve Smallman. Mrs Olley’s little boy loves this story and she introduced it to us last year. There are lots of on-line versions that a grown up should be able to find for you.

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.

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Demonstrate friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and form good relationships

The animals worked together to organise the party. Can you work together with your family to do a job? You could bake cakes, make play dough, do some gardening or maybe make a card for someone you haven’t seen in a while.....

Communication, Language and Literacy

Begin to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions

See if you can answer these questions about the story:

Why do you think the bear went to sleep for the winter?

Why were the animals scared of the bear?

How did the animals move the cups and saucers?

Who woke the bear up in the end? How did he do it? Challenge - The bear was asleep all winter and was just about to wake up. Can you think of any other animals that hibernate during the winter?

Physical Development

Hold pencil near point between first two fingers and thumb and use it with good control

See “Literacy” drawing activity below – make sure you hold your pencil properly and rest your hand on the page as you draw....

 

Literacy

Sometimes give meaning to marks as they draw and paint

 

Draw one of the animals from the story. Can a family member guess which one you have drawn? Perhaps they could draw one for you to guess too...

Mathematics

Show an interest in number problems

 

Play Teddy Numbers on the ‘Topmarks’ website. You need to give the teddy the right number of party cakes. You can select totals of 5, 10 or 15.

www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers

Understanding the World

Know some of the things that make them unique, and talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family

We are able to recognise the animals in the story because of how they look. How do you think your families or friends are able to recognise you? Think about your hair and eye colour, height etc. Do you wear glasses? Are you tall or short? What makes you special?

Expressive Arts and Design

Build stories around toys

 

Re-enact the story with toy animals that you have at home –you can change the characters depending on which toys you have! (You could video it and put it on Tapestry to really make me smile!)

 

Phonics - Letter 't'

 

This week’s focus is the letter ‘t’

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 ‘t’ – it’s quite a long way down!

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

Here are some words beginning with ‘t’ – ask an adult to read them for you and you clap out the syllables for them...

 

table, tent, toenail, teddy bear, toast, tap, top

 

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which has the ‘t’ sound at the start?

t-a-p     t-a-n    t-o-p     t-e-n    t-e-d   t-e-n-t 

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.

tan

ted

tag

tap

top

tip

 

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

Weekly Home Learning for Seahorse children - Week 3

Week Beginning: 20.04.20 

During this half term we will be looking at changes that happen during spring time. This week we will be looking at the story of ‘The Teeny Weeny Tadpole' by Sheridan Cain. There are lots of on-line versions that a grown up should be able to find for you.

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.

Area of learning

Learning Objective

Suggested Activities

Personal, Social and Emotional

Initiate conversations/

Seek challenge and show a ‘can-do’ attitude  

Have a chat to your family about the story. Think about something that you (and they) find hard to do. It might be riding a bike, counting to 20, hopping on one leg or catching a ball....  How about you practise it every day for a week? What do you think will happen if you keep practising?

Communication, Language and Literacy

Begin to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions.

See if you can answer these questions about the story:

Why did the tadpole feel sad?

Who did he meet?

What did his mother warn him about before he went off downstream?

Why wasn’t the tadpole able to jump?

How did the tadpole get away from the Big Bad Fish in the end?

 

Physical Development

Usually manage washing and drying hands

Do you still remember the hand washing song? Keep washing your hands through the day to keep yourselves safe and well. The tune is to “Happy Birthday to you” and the song goes:

Wash your hands clean each day

To keep germs at bay

Wash with soap and water

And be on your way.

Remember to sing it twice and see if you can teach it to your family too!

Literacy

Recognise familiar words and signs/ Ascribe meanings to marks that they see in different places

 

This week we will be looking at the letter a. Have a look through newspapers and magazines and see if you can spot the letter a. Perhaps you could use a highlighter pen to mark them or draw a circle around all those that you find.

Mathematics

Show an interest in number problems

 

Sing the “Five Little Speckled Frogs” song. Use five fingers to represent the frogs and take away one each time. How many do you have left? Say the number sentences if you are feeling really clever e.g. ‘5 take away 1 equals 4.’

(You might like to make five little frog puppets, one for each finger.)

Understanding the World

Develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time

Look carefully at the tadpole as you move through the story – can you see how he changes?

Expressive Arts and Design

Use various construction materials

 

Use construction toys or boxes and tubes to make one of the animals from the story. 

 

Phonics

 

This week’s focus is the letter ‘a’

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 ‘a’ – wow that was a short song wasn’t it?!  

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

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

 

ant, ambulance, arrow, apple, anchor, alligator

 

Which word has the most syllables? How many syllables did it have?

Ask an adult to say these sounds for you – can you blend them to make a word which has the ‘a’ sound in it?  

c-a-n      s-a-ck    m-a-t     s-a-t    d-a-d    b-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.

fan

hat

bag

sat

lad

pan

 

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

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!)

 

Literacy

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!

Mathematics

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.

Phonics

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.

sun

sock

sat

set

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 - https://www.kaligo-apps.com/

 

 

Phonics Hero: school age children ~ Includes 850 phonics games - https://www.phonicshero.com/

 

Teach Your Monster to Read ~ For the first two years of reading - https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

 

Fonetti: A 'listening bookshop'- https://www.fonetti.com/

 

Twinkl - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/

 

Phonics play - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

Phonics bloom – https://www.phonicsbloom.com/

 

Alphablocks – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

 

Numberblocks – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga- https://www.cosmickids.com/

 

Cbeebies – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

 

Numberjacks - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mhcr/episodes/guide

 

ABC Mouse - https://www.abcmouse.com/

 

Ebooks - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 

Phonics - https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvNvpjv6h6AIVAuDtCh3h1QuDEAAYASAAEgJRifD_BwE

 

2simple - https://2simple.com/

 

Interactive maths games - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

 

Maths is fun - https://www.mathsisfun.com/

 

Maths games and activities - https://nrich.maths.org/early-years

 

https://www.jumpstart.com/mobileapps/jumpstart-pet-rescue-preschool-learning

 

http://www.peepandthebigwideworld.com/en/kids/

https://www.funology.com/

https://www.switchzoo.com/

https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=wallpost&utm_campaign=TTSparentpackpost&utm_content=nowlive

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.

 

Literacy

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!

Mathematics

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?

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters

 

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.