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We have been very busy embracing the snow and rain outside. Inside, we have been busy making binoculars (and other exploration props) to go on Bear Hunts and making puppets to retell the story. We have also enjoyed dressing up as familiar characters and dancing to some of our favourite music!

As well as reading 'Not A Stick' in classroom time, we shall be reading 'Stickman' each day at home times. 

Read and watch it here


Could you make your own stickman?


Remote learning activities Week beginning 18th January


Activity 1 - To anticipate what is going to happen

This week we are basing our learning around the book 'Not a Stick'. 

Watch and read the book here -


Can you point to the words? Can you guess what the stick is?

Encourage your child to look at the front cover and say what they see. Can they point to the picture/words? What colour are the words? Highlight that there are three words 'Not - A -  Stick'.  Model reading the words and pointing to each word as you read it, from left to right.

Ask your child to predict what the stick could be by looking at how the pig is holding it. 

Challenge - Can you make 'Not a stick'? What is it?


Further challenge - Try this 'Not a Stick' art lesson -



Activity 2 - To say numbers in order to 10. To begin to match quantity and numeral. To begin to know the number one more than. To begin to count two groups of objects altogether.


Can you say numbers in order? Can you count spots on houses? Can you match the quantity to the number?

(you will need...0-6 on paper or mats, paper to draw 6 house...1 has a door and 1 window, 2 has a door and 2 windows etc)

Count to 10, on fingers, claps and jumps.

Make a number track (write 0-6 on separate pieces of paper or use number mats), Start from zero, ask your child 'which number comes next? (throw in some deliberate mistakes...upside down numbers/wrong numbers to challenge your child's reasoning skills).

Match Numberland houses 1-6 to their place on number lane (number track), children counting windows on the houses to check the quantity matches. 

Can you find more objects to put in Number Lane? a pair of socks for Number 2, a toy car (4 wheels) for number 4, a glove (5 fingers) for number 5 etc. 

Challenge - Can you order numbers?



Activity 3 - Plays with sounds, songs and rhymes. 

Watch - 

Can you make the sound t? Can you bounce the sound? (t, t, t, t) Can you say the sound at the beginning of a word? 

Revise –revise previous taught sounds (s, a)

Teach -Show the children the letter t, do they know anything about it? (the sound (t)– t not t-uh, it is a letter – not a number). Show the correct formation around the letter as saying the sound.

Practise - Practise the action (turn your head from side to side, as if you are watching tennis and say, t, t, t, t. Use mirrors to let the chn check – Can you see your mouth is open and your tongue hidden inside? Can you bounce the sound t, t, t, t?  

Apply –Hunt for objects around the house that contain the sound (t). 

Challenge - Can you practise writing (t)?


Activity 4 - To use positional language

Can you use 'shorter', 'longer' to compare sticks?

Go outside and collect 2 sticks (or simply a ruler/pencil/brush etc)

Compare your objects? Which is shorter? Which is the longest? 

Can you compare it with something else? Is it longer or shorter than your chair/TV/toy train? etc

Challenge - Can you find to objects? Which is shorter/longer?

Extension - can you find 3 objects and order them from shortest to longest?



Our new topic is called 'Off we go'. The pre-schoolers (Mrs Evans' and Mrs Nash's groups) will be basing the topic around the books 'We're going on a Bear Hunt', 'Not a stick' and 'Not a box'. 

The two year old's (Mrs Brookes and Mrs Beresford's groups) will be basing their topic around the books 'We're going on a Bear Hunt', 'Walking in the Jungle' and 'The very busy spider'.


Staff in Nursery

Mrs Evans (Nursery teacher and 3/4 year old's key worker)

Mrs Nash (3/4 year old's key worker)

Mrs Beresford (2/3 year old's key worker)

Mrs Brookes (Leads 2 year old's provision and key worker)

Miss Webb 

Miss Bell (Cover teacher - Wednesday AM)

Applying for a September 2021 school place

If your child is due to start Reception in September 2021 then please follow the link for more information

(Children who were born between 01/09/16 - 31/08/17)

Deadline for applications - 15th January 2021


If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Nursery staff or email 




What to bring to nursery?

  • Named coat
  • Named wellies (which can be left at nursery)
  • Named bag with spare clothes
  • If your child is still in nappies then please bring a pack of nappies and wipes to be left at nursery. Alternatively, bring enough nappies and wipes in a named bag for that session. 
  • If your child is bringing in a packed lunch - named packed lunch box and named water bottle. (those having a school lunch do not need a water bottle.


If you have any questions then please email them to


Take care!

The nursery Team

Mrs Evans, Mrs Nash, Mrs Brookes, Mrs Beresford and Mrs Leah