Welcome to Nursery
Staff In Nursery
Mrs Elisabeth Jeyasingh - Early Years Specialist Teacher
Hello 3rd April 2020
I hope that you are all keeping safe and well in these very strange and difficult times.
If you have any questions or would like any support with ideas of things to do at home, or just to keep in touch, there is an email address – email@example.com - which will be monitored from 9.00am to 3.30pm on Monday to Friday.
Please add photos of the children to Tapestry so the children can show me what they are doing. This clip talks you through the process of adding observations and photos on Tapestry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=espJ96TJHV8
I will be adding activities to this page for you to try out at home and of course if you have older children the nursery children may want to join in with their older brothers and sisters, particularly with Joe Wicks’ PE sessions! This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl
Here are just a few ideas of things you can do to keep busy at home:
One of the most important things you can do is to read lots of stories to your children and it is also a good opportunity for a cuddle to reassure them at this time even if they are too young to understand what is happening and why they can’t play with their friends.
When reading with your children take time to talk about the story, the characters, where the story takes place, and the meaning of any new words. Children love to hear the same story again and again and it is important as it helps to foster a love of stories and helps them to understand the plot and any new words.
For a change you could listen to a story being read by the author – if you search for an author you will probably find a link, for example Michael Rosen reading ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’:
There are also lots of great ideas on the National Literacy Trust website:
Audible also have books to listen to for free:
Your child could draw a picture of a favourite story, or anything else they are interested in, and then ask them to write their name for themselves. Praise even a little squiggle (the written equivalent of a baby babbling) and add your ‘grown up writing’ underneath. As children get more confident help them to write their name using the correct letters and encourage them to start with a capital and then use lower-case letters, for example John or Sally rather than JOHN or SALLY. If you write their name using a yellow, or other light coloured, felt pen children can trace over the top of your letters.
Counting and maths activities
Help children to practise their counting skills throughout the day, perhaps whilst helping you around the house – how many potatoes on their plate; how many cups are on the table; how many birds in the garden and so on. Talk about the colours and shapes you can see – can you find a red sock? What shapes can you see? Make a repeating pattern – spoon, fork, spoon, fork, spoon…
Make some dough and have fun singing and dancing along at the Dough Disco:
Here is my playdough recipe again:
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar (white powder sold alongside bicarbonate of soda, baking powder etc. It does work without the cream of tartar but won’t last as long)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Food colouring
- 2 cups boiling water
What to do:
- Put the flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil and food colouring in a bowl - you can do this with children
- Add the boiling water and mix quickly – do this yourself as the children can’t mix it quickly enough and the water is too hot!
- It will quite soon come together into playdough. Sometimes it is lumpy at first but after being played with for a while the lumps disappear
- Once it has cooled a little the children can play with it as they like to talk about it feeling warm
- Let the children play with rolling pins, cookie cutters, their tea-sets, spoons, blunt knives, and anything else you have handy at home – maybe you can have a tea party or a dough disco!
- Keeps for ages in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag
- Go for a walk and look for signs of spring – flowers, new leaves, birds…
- Junk modelling – use up all your cereal boxes and yoghurt pots
- Magazine collage – cut out pictures from old magazines and stick to paper to make a collage
- Practice throwing and catching in the garden – if a ball is too difficult try a small cuddly toy as they are easy to grab hold of
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Make up stories and adventures involving the dolls, teddies, robots and other toys you have at home
- Duplo, Lego etc.
- Sing the nursery rhymes we have been learning at school
- Post photos of what you do or make on Tapestry
- Keep safe and well
- We will all see each other again soon
P.S. I’ll put different activities on here from time to time so please keep checking
To enrol your child, print out and fill in the Application form below and hand it in to the school office (forms also available at the school)