Welcome to Nursery
Staff In Nursery
Mrs Elisabeth Jeyasingh - Early Years Specialist Teacher
I've just added the last few 'rhymes of the week' for the year, and another Thrive activity page. It was good to see most people at the parent consultations the other week. Don't forget, you can keep in touch on Tapestry or through the class email address - email@example.com.
Hope everyone is keeping well.
Last few rhymes of the week - 6th July 2020
This week's rhyme of the week - 1st June 2020
This week's rhyme of the week - 18th May 2020
Hello 11th May 2020
I hope you and all your families are keeping safe and well and were able to join in a little with the VE Day celebrations at the weekend.
I have just added a new 'rhyme of the week'and a new set of Thrive activities further down the page.
I hope you are enjoying the zoo activities in your home learning pack which went out last week. I enjoyed looking at the animals on the zoo live cams even though it isn't as good as really being there. Closer to home, I believe Colchester zoo are on Instagram (I don't have Instagram myself) so you might want to look there as well.
It's been lovely to see so many of you posting on Tapestry so keep adding pictures and if you are in touch with any of the other families from nursery please encourage them to post pictures as well. I will respond to all of your posts and you can ask me questions as well.
Don't forget that if you have any questions you can also email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please try not to worry about the children missing out on school but try to take advantage of the extra time they are at home with you. Spend time playing with them and chatting about what you are doing together; read lots of stories; draw lots of pictures; count anything and everything; make play-dough; and go on lots of walks talking about the things you find on the way. When the time comes for school to re-open we will work with you to settle your child back in and continue their learning.
As the song goes...'We'll meet again...'
This week's rhyme of the week - 11th May 2020
This week's rhyme of the week - 4th May 2020
More 'rhymes of the week' - 29th April 2020
22nd April 2020
I hope you are all keeping well and busy. Hopefully you will be able to get out in the garden or go for a walk and complete some of the mini-beast activities in your new home-learning packs which are available from school this week.
I have seen some lovely photos on Tapestry of some of the things you have been doing at home - if you haven't yet worked out how to add your own observations the instructions are in the message I sent before Easter (see below). If you have any questions or queries don't forget you can email me on email@example.com.
Some people have asked about the rhymes we sing at nursery. Over the school year we teach the children 30 'rhymes of the week'. This supports their speech and language development and their literacy development as well as just being good fun. The rhymes we had done before school closed, and which the children should know are:
- Baa Baa Black Sheep -
- Pat-a-cake pat-a-cake Baker’s Man
- Incy Wincy Spider
- Humpty Dumpty
- Two Little Dicky Birds
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Wind the Bobbin up
- The Elephant Goes Like This and That
- Pop Goes the Weasel
- Three Blind Mice
- Five Currant Buns in a Baker’s Shop
- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive
- The Farmer’s in his Den
- Polly put the Kettle on
- I’m a Little Teapot
- Hickory Dickory Dock
- Miss Polly had a Dolly who was Sick Sick Sick
- Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Trees
The words are below:
Ideas to support children's well-being and mental health
Easter activities 9th April 2020
Why not watch these video clips and try some of these activities? You could draw and colour an Easter Egg or make some Easter nest cakes and put a picture on Tapestry for us to see.
Weekly Thrive activities
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org - 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
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