Week 1 - COMPLETE
You have been super busy again today! Thank you for all the emails and photographs this week. I am sure the children enjoy seeing what their friends have been up to on our class page. Keep them coming!
We will be back on Monday for more daily activities and challenges that mirror what we normally do during classroom time in Nursery.
From Monday, we will also be setting daily activities for our two year old's.
Please refer to the uploaded Home Learning document for more ideas on what to do at home. Please email Nursery.Homework@pussbank.cheshire.sch.uk with any questions about your child's individual learning.
There is not a set challenge for the weekend, however, I would just like to share a cookery show on Cbeebies - 'I can cook', if you wish to use it over the weekend. It is a favourite in my house hold. We enjoy following the simple recipes - plus, they do not require many ingredients!
Take care and enjoy your weekend!
Your photos from home - Friday 27th March 2020
Did anyone join the applause for the nhs, last night? It was incredible!! Our whole street was out cheering and clapping! It definitely brought a tear to my eye! (plus - it was nice to see other human beings and not just my husband and children - even if it was in the dark! ).
We've nearly survived our first week of 'home schooling'! Whoop whoop!!
I hope you have had fun with your little ones, enjoying the sun! (I've just seen next weeks weather forecast...) - Splash suits and wellies to the ready!
Thank you for your emails so far. You've been busy this week - completing the activities and much more!
At nursery, we have classroom 5 activities set over the week and we repeat these in the afternoons, on different days. We do this to enable the children a wide curriculum. For those children who are with us the most? Well, they get to repeat the activities. Repetition helps children to become secure in their learning. Therefore, feel free to repeat our activities throughout the week.
Thank you to those of you that have been in touch already! It really is great to see the fun you have all been having and it has also helped us (the nursery staff), to deal with this strange time. We miss you all!
Emails to - Nursery.Homework@pussbank.cheshire.sch.uk
Activity 5 - Story telling - Helicopter Stories (google 'Helicopter stories' for more information)
You will need a pen and paper (and your child's imagination)
We are looking for your child to be able to: show an understanding of the way stories are structured (e.g. Once upon a time, One stormy morning...They all lived happily ever after etc).
Key questions - Can you think of your own story? How will it start? Who are the characters? Where are they? What do they do/where do they go? How does your story end?
This is a great activity to get the whole family involved with!
At nursery, we set out a stage using masking tape - you could use a large rug, living room floor space or the garden.
Ask your child to tell a story (some of our newer children may need support with this). Adult to scribe – give some re-modelling where appropriate around past tense. You may wish to ask - what are they doing? - when the list of characters becomes too long. Who is in the story?
Re-read the story, emphasising the key points. Explain that you are now going to act out the story, like a play. would like to be the...?
Praise attempts to complete an action from a verb or to look like the character.
Give out each part and read their part of the story and praise their attempts at movement/speech or body language.
Re-read the story and praise the children/parents for acting it out!
CHALLENGE – Can you draw your story?
Your photos from home - Thursday 26th March 2020
Activity 4 - Problem solving
You will need pencils and paper (and scissors if you want to cut out the frogs)
We are looking for your child to be able to:
Show an interest in representing numbers. Know that quantities change when one is taken away.
Key Questions - Can you draw 5 frogs? Can you take one away?
Watch '5 Little Speckled Frogs' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYX1OaiVR94
Together, draw 5 frogs and a speckled log, cut them out and place the 5 frogs on to the log - you could even create a pool in front of the log for the frogs to jump in to!
Ask your child to draw 5 frogs on to a separate piece of paper (This could be simply represented with a circle). Sing 5 little speckled frogs - take it in turns to splash a frog into the pool each time. How many frogs do we have now? Do we have more/fewer than 5? How could we show we have 1 fewer frogs? Ask your child to cross out a frog on their paper. How could we check that we have 4?
Repeat for the next verse. How many will there be now? How many frogs have been crossed off? What will happen next? Is the number of frogs getting bigger or smaller? Do we have more or less now?
Repeat until all the frogs have jumped into the pool. How many frogs are there now on the speckled log?
EXTENSION (optional)- Extend the song up to 8 or 10 frogs.
Classroom challenge - Can you draw 5 other animals on a log?
Your photos from home - Wednesday 25th March 2020
Activity 3 - Number
You will need number mats (or on paper) and a dice.
We are looking for your children to be able to: Recite numbers in order to 10.
Understand that anything can be counted. Count objects that can not be moved.
Can you say numbers in order? Can you step on one number tile at a time? Can you stop on the last number?
Children to count to 10 on their fingers. Set out number track 0-6 (use number mats if you have them, if not, write numbers 0-6 on separate pieces of paper). You could ask them - which number is first? What comes next? Can they identify numerals 0-6?
Roll the dice – what number is the dice pattern? (can your child recognise numbers of things without counting? This is called subitising).Do they recognise they have rolled 4 without count the dots on the dice? etc
Ask your child to start on zero. They will roll the dice, recognise the pattern or count the dots and then step along that number of number tiles.
Before you roll the dice - ask your child to recap 'how we count?' - We say our numbers in order, give each number tile/step a number, stop at the last number/stop at x. Ask your child to count the number on the dice along the number track.
Once your child has counted the correct number of tiles/steps rolled on the dice,then start again - always start on zero.
You could play this game yourself or ask an older sibling to join in too!
Classroom time challenge - Can you roll a dice with a family member and say who has more/fewer?
I played this with my children in the garden today! I kept on rolling the smallest value number, so apparently I lost!
Your photos from home - Tuesday 24th March 2020
Hello to our wonderful Nursery family!
From Monday 23rd March we shall be communicating through this class page and the nursery e-mail address (Nursery.Homework@pussbank.cheshire.sch.uk).
This is a strange and challenging time for us all but we are in this together! We WILL get through this!
We shall be setting weekly challenges for you to do with your child at home. These will mirror the classroom time challenges set at school, as well as other activity ideas.
We would LOVE to hear about how you have tackled these challenges at home, you could even photograph and email your work to our nursery email which can be shared on our nursery class page (with your permission for it to be uploaded to the website). We would also enjoy to hear about your WOW moments and your general day to day news!
We would like to hear from each of you at least once a week by email. This will enable us to ensure we continue our duty of care to all pupils at Puss Bank School.
Mrs Evans, Mrs Nash, Mrs Brookes, Mrs Beresford
and Mrs Leah
Nursery Home School Letters
Nursery Home School Timetable
Activity 2 - Phonics
Can you make the sound (t)? Can you say the sound at the beginning of a word? Can you hear the sound (t) in words?
Recap letter sounds so far (s,a, p, n, c, k, i, g, h). Show the children the letter t, do they know anything about it? (the sound ((ensure it is the pure sound and not tuh)) words containing the letter, that it is a letter – not a number). Show the correct formation around the letter as saying the sound.Turn your head from side to side, as if you are watching tennis, and say t, t, t, t. Watch the you tube clip and sing along.
Classroom challenge - Can you find objects starting with (t)? Can you practise writing (t)?
Your photos from home - Monday 23rd March
Activity 1 - Communication and Language
Share a book
Can you turn the pages? Can you point to what we are going to read (words)? Can you talk about the pictures?
Choose a book to share (preferably an unfamiliar book). What can you see on the cover? E.g. picture, words. They are words, that is the title of the book. Let's read the words, we read each word and read left to right.
Let's open the book - oh look! It's the title again! This is a title page. Let's read the title again and point to each word.
Invite your child to be a 'teacher', ask them to turn the pages - on the first page 'what are we going to read? Yes, we are going to read the words. Can you point to the first letter? Can you point to the first word? Let's count the number of words.Discuss what you can see in the pictures. What is happening? Continue through the book this way.
Classroom challenge - How many things can you draw from the story?