Nursery

👩‍🎓 Hazlehead Nursery Graduation 🧑‍🎓

 

Happy graduation day! We hope you have all loved watching your graduation video this morning. Here are your graduation photos from the video for you to have a look at.

 

🩳👒🕶 Shorts and Shades Party 👗🧢☀️

Normally during our last week of term we would have had our Shorts and Shades Summer Party. However, this year is going to be different. This year we thought we would help you have your own Shorts and Shades party at home. Have a look at some of the ideas below to help you plan and have your party. Feel free to add any of your own ideas – we’re sure you will have some great ideas we haven’t thought of!

🩳 👗 Party Clothes 🧢 🕶 

For your Shorts and Shades Party we would like you to dress up ready for your summer holiday! Put on your favourite shorts or summer dress and your shades and sun hat to get ready for your party!

🎶 Music 🎶 

Choose your favourite songs to have on during your party and show off your best dance moves!

💃 Party Games

Here are some party games ideas you could try at home. Make sure you get your family involved too!

  • Musical Bumps – Put on your favourite music and dance. When the music stops, sit down as fast as you can!
  • Musical Statues – Put on your favourite music and dance. When the music stops, stand as still as you can (frozen like a statue).
  • Hokey Cokey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufndD8lq95E
  • Duck, Duck, Goose – Sit in a circle. One person goes around the circle, tapping people on the head and saying ‘Duck’. When they shout ‘Goose!’ that person jumps up and chases them around the circle until they are back in their space.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Race your family to find different items around your house.
  • Pin the tail on the donkey – https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey

🍦 🍕 🧃 Party Food 🧁 🍉 🥪 

You will need some food for your party. You could try making some of your own party food using the recipe ideas below or use some of your own favourite recipes.

There are lots of other party recipes ideas here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-party

We hope you enjoy your Shorts and Shades Party! Please send us photos and/or videos on the ILD – we would love to see how your party went!

 

 🏡🏡Learning at Home🏡🏡

Week 13 Monday 29th June 2020

 

Since this is the last week of term we thought we would do something a bit different. We thought you might like to go on some trips! Even though we can’t go altogether, we have planned some virtual trips you can take from home with your family. We have planned 4 different trips for you. Choose your favourite one to explore or visit more than one – it’s up to you! There are also some ideas of activities you can do linked to the trip. Have a look through the slides below to see them. You might need to click on the link to download the PDF to see them.

We hope you enjoy them!

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  🏡🏡Learning at Home🏡🏡

Week 12 Monday 22 June 2020

Hello everyone! We hope you all enjoyed last week’s learning suggestions and had lots of fun with the activities. This week we have a dinosaur themed story and rhyme for you. We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and videos on the ILD about all your fabulous work this week! Stay safe and thank you. 🙂 

📚📚📚 Story of the Week 📚📚📚

This week’s story is “Dinosaur Roar” by Paul and Henrietta Stickland.

Read along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MMiiXlFNZA

Makaton version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBa_rvNEqSw

Ideas for ‘Dinosaur Roar’ story:

  • Build a den to read or retell your story in.
  • Whilst reading the story encourage your child to join in. Can they look at the illustrations and suggest what might be seen next (make a prediction)? As you read the book aloud pause at the first page to talk about it. Predict what might happen? What might the dinosaur’s names be?    
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures. Ask your child to say what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Are there any words in the story you are unsure about? What do you think they mean? Find out what they mean? 
  • Look out for any words describing words in the story (adjectives) (e.g. fat, tiny, clean and smiley etc.). Can you think of any other describing words? 
  • Could you narrate the story and perform it to an audience, using expression, accents and sound effects? For example, like a dinosaur roaring.  
  • Look at all the opposites in the book – roar and squeak, fast and slow, above and below, etc. Can you think of any other opposites?
  • Listen out for or find all the rhyming words in the story (e.g. grumpy and lumpy, strong and long).
  • Listen to more Dinosaur stories. Keep checking the Storytime section on the Nursery website every day for a new story. 

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶

This week’s rhyme is 

‘Dinosaur Dinosaur 

Turn Around’.

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Turn around.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, Stomp the ground.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, Swing your tail.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, Let out a wail.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, Show your claws.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, Snap your jaws.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, Turn around.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, Sit back down.

 

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAyn_uqChBg

Sing along with Peppa Pig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNS2cmwCACU

Ideas for ‘Dinosaur Dinosaur Turn Around’:

  • Make a steady beat whilst saying the rhyme – tap your thighs, march on the spot, jump on the spot, clap your hands, etc.
  • When you think your child knows the rhyme, start saying the rhyme and then pause. Encourage your child to fill in the gaps. For example, “Dinosaur Dinosaur……?. 
  • When saying the rhyme, clap for each syllable in each word (e.g. tu-rn a-round).
  • Can you add some of your own verses to the rhymes? For example, Dinosaur Dinosaur bent right down. 
  • Or you could try making your own song about a different Dinosaur to the same tune? For example, Stegosaurus stands up tall etc.  
  • You could make your own musical instrument to join in with the sing along version: https://www.designsforeducation.co.uk/diy-musical-instruments/
  • Listen for the rhyming words in the song – around and ground, claws and jaws, etc.
  • Make up actions to add to the song.

Dinosaur activity ideas:

 

Data Handling (Numeracy)

Think of a question to ask your family and/or friends – for example, what is your favourite fruit? What is your favourite animal? Etc. You could get an adult to help you make a table to collect their answers and use tally marks to record and count how many (see below).

Fruit Tally Total
Apple II 2
Orange III 3
Banana I 1

 

Once you have collected your data, you can create a pictogram to show the information. Use pictures, blocks, pieces of fruit, etc. to show how many liked each fruit (e.g. 2 apples, 3 oranges and 1 banana or 2 red blocks, 3 orange blocks and 1 yellow block, etc.).

 

🐻  Teddy Bears Picnic 🧺 

Each year we have a trip to Hazlehead Park in the summer term. As we cannot do that this year we thought it would be lovely if you all planned and had a Teddy Bears Picnic one day this week. The whole school will be doing this on Wednesday but feel free to do this any day this week. You could have your picnic in your house or garden, you could go to the park or the beach, or you could even build a den to eat your picnic in – it is completely up to you! We would like you to get involved in planning and preparing for your picnic. Maybe you could help to make some sandwiches or bake some treats to eat on your picnic. Or maybe you could help to look out all the items you need to take on your picnic. Please post some photos or videos on to the ILD to show us how your picnic was. Have fun!

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Have fun trying the activities! We look forward to seeing all your fabulous photos and videos on the ILD. Thank you 🙂 

 

🌟Star of the Week🌟

We hope you have all had a nice week at home.

This week our Star of the week is………

Courage Cat

Finley- For making a guitar at home and practising to hold your pencil.

Well Done.

Thank you The Nursery Team xxx

👩‍🎓 Hazlehead Nursery Graduation 🧑‍🎓

 

This year sadly our graduation will be different from any we have ever celebrated before at Hazlehead Nursery. But of course we still need to mark this special occasion from home.

Our virtual Nursery Graduation will be available on the website on Tuesday 30th June. Please enjoy and mark the occasion with your family together at home. You could even enjoy some cake too to celebrate your child moving on to Primary one.

Something fun that we have done over the past few years is we have talked to the children about going to school and learning new things and what they would like to be when they leave school. This can be anything they aspire to be when they grow up. We have had fairies, bus drivers, princesses and teachers to name a few over the years. They can choose whatever they wish to be. We would kindly ask if you could take a photo of your child and share it with us. I have uploaded photos of two of our super cute boys from last years graduation to give you an idea. You can also make a graduation hat etc if you wish.

If you could please share this photo with us to LisHenderson@aberdeencity.gov.uk
For Thursday 25th June.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you again for your support.

Love The Nursery Team xxx

 

🏡  Learning at Home 🏡

Week 11 Monday 15 June 2020

Hello everyone! We hope you all enjoyed last week’s learning suggestions and had lots of fun with the activities. We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and videos on the ILD about all your fabulous work this week! Thank you to you all 🙂 

📚📚📚 Story of the Week 📚📚📚

This week’s story is “The Train Ride” by June Crebbin and illustrated by Stephen Lambert.

Read along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoEvHK_mP4Y

Song along version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHbE8kaBDKU

Ideas for ‘The Train Ride’ story:

  • Build a den to read or retell your story in.
  • Whilst reading the story encourage your child to join in. Can they look at the illustrations and suggest what might be seen next (make a prediction)? Encourage them to join in with some actions etc rolling or dancing.
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures. Ask your child to say what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Read aloud and talk about the book. As you read the book aloud pause at the first page to talk about it. Predict where the little girl might be going? What might she see on the train ride?     
  • Are there any words in the story you are unsure about? What do you think they mean? Find out what they mean? 
  • Look out for any words describing words in the story (adjectives) (e.g. red tractor, bumpety road, etc.). Can you think of any other words to describe these or other things she sees in the story?
  • Maybe you could try emphasizing the rhythm of the story like a train. 
  • Could you narrate the story and perform it to an audience, using expression, accents and sound effects. 
  • You could just make your own train using loose parts resources, construction materials, playdough, etc. How long is your train? Estimate and then measure it using a measuring tape, ruler, hands, bricks, etc.
  • Make a shopping list of items that you might need for the train ride. How many of each item might be needed? How much would it all cost?
  • Carry out a survey in your house to find out where you would all like to go on a train ride?
  • Make a video or poster about trains. How do they move? What do they need? 
  • You could make your own musical instrument to join in with the sing along version. 
  • Watch facts about trains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiIkeaX7BT8
  • You could take part in the sleep train mediation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BvddFyiLVI
  • You could take part in toys and truck Cosmic Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84YnYBAt8RI
  • Topmarks Train shape patterns: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns
  •          Learn 2D shapes with Choo-Choo Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uIjdI0qbi8
  • TopMarks train maths: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train
  • Learn about other modes of transport. For example, there is a hot air balloon in the story – how does that work? What makes it move? How fast does it go? Where does it travel (on a road, in the water, in the sky)?
  • Sort modes of transport into groups. For example, does the transport on the ground, in water or in the air? Does the transport move by using an engine (e.g. a car, train, helicopter), does a person make it move (e.g. a bike, scooter or rowing boat), or something else (a hot air balloon)?
  • Listen to more stories by June Crebbin. Keep checking our Storytime on the Nursery website every day for  a new story every day by June Crebbin. 

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶

This week’s rhyme is ‘Wheels on the Bus’.

The wheels on the bus go round and round

Round and round

Round and round

The wheels on the bus go round and round

All through the town

The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish

Swish, swish, swish

Swish, swish, swish

The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish

All through the town

The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep

Beep, beep, beep

Beep, beep, beep

The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep

All through the town

The doors on the bus go open and shut

Open and shut

Open and shut

The doors on the bus go open and shut

All through the town

The Driver on the bus says “Move on back

Move on back, move on back”

The Driver on the bus says “Move on back”

All through the town…

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IItHuMa_Uog

Watch singing hands with Makaton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0peZ5AN5vs8

Ideas for ‘Wheels on the Bus’:

 

 

Time (Numeracy)

Below are some ideas and activities to help you learn about time. 

  • A clock tells us the time. You get analogue clocks and digital clocks. Find examples of clocks around your house. For example, a clock on the wall, a watch, on a phone, on the oven, etc.
  • We can also measure the time using clocks, timers, sand timers, etc. Practise using these to time different things. For example, time how long it takes you to put your shoe on, use a timer to make sure you brush your teeth for two minutes, etc.
  • Continue to practise days of the week and months of the year. You could use these songs to help you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tx0rvuXIRg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKqAblcwFOA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe9bnYRzFvk. Learn how we say and/or write the date – for example, Monday 15th June 2020. What day is it today? What date is your birthday? You could also look at calendars (on the wall, on a phone, etc.). What do we use a calendar for? You could use these to help you find out today’s date. Ask questions such as, if it is the 15th today, what will it be tomorrow? (16th).
  • When talking about time use language such as morning, afternoon, evening, night time, tomorrow and yesterday. Ask your child to identify what time of day it is, what they did yesterday or this morning/afternoon, what they would like to do tomorrow, what do they do in the evening, etc. If you want to, you could start talking about o’clock and half past times and look at what an analogue and digital clock would look like at certain times.
  • Have a game of ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’
  • Listen to and sing along with the rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock (https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-hickory-dickory-dock/znpj47h)

Senses (Health and Wellbeing)

We have 5 senses – see, hear, smell, taste and touch. There are lots of activities you can do to investigate and explore your senses. We have suggested some below:

  • Start by identifying which parts of the body are used for the different senses.
  • When outside playing or when out for your walk talk about what you can see, hear, smell and touch.
  • Try tasting different foods. How do they taste? You could try sweet foods (e.g. fruit), sour foods (e.g. lemon), bitter foods (e.g. dark chocolate) and salty foods (e.g. a crisp).
  • Try finding things that feel different – find something rough, something smooth, something soft, something spikey, something hard, something fluffy, etc. You could create a texture collage using different materials (e.g. scraps of material, sticks, leaves, cotton wool, sandpaper, etc.).
  • Make different smelling playdough using food flavourings such as peppermint, vanilla, coffee, oranges, lemons, cocoa powder, herbs, spices, etc.
  • Create a feely box. Cut a hole in a box or use material to cover the top of a box. Ask your child to close their eyes or look away while you put an object in the box. Ask them to put their hand in and feel the object. Can they work out what the object is from touch only? Ask them to describe how the object feels (e.g. is it soft, spikey, fluffy, big, small, etc.).
  • Use junk to make musical instruments. What can you use to create your instruments and make different sounds? It could be filling a tube with rice to make a shaker, using a tub to make a drum, using elastic bands over a tissue box to make a guitar, etc.
  • Play a game of I Spy in your house, garden or when out on your walk.
  • Listen to different types of music – calming music, classical music, jazz music, rock music, etc. How does it sound (loud, quiet, fast, slow, etc.)? Do you like it? Why?
  • Make a dark den and explore different lights – torches, fairy lights, light up toys, etc. Can you use a torch to make shadows?
  • Make a sensory garden. Plant some different herbs or flowers. When they grow, talk about how they smell? 
  • Sensory exploration – fill up a bucket, basin or tray with different sensory things and then get your hands stuck in! For example, you could use cooked spaghetti, jelly, water beads, shaving foam, sand, mud, water, leaves, ice cubes, tissue/cotton wool, beads, tin foil, bubble wrap, paint, rice, etc. Or make some gloop by mixing cornflour and water together. 

Have fun trying the activities! We look forward to seeing all your fabulous photos and videos on the ILD. Thank you 🙂 

 

⭐️Star of the week⭐️

Well done to everyone who has been busy learning something new this week. We hope you have all had a nice week at home.

This week our star’s of the week are………….

Courage Cat

Anas – For learning to write your name.

Opportunity Octopus

Olly- For baking scones at home.
James.T – For making picnic food, using the vegetables from your own vegetable patch.
Roby- For listening well to the “Dear Zoo” story and making your own zoo with your animals.

Well done guys. You are all amazing!

A huge Thank you again to you all for working with us from home it is very much appreciated. We are making sure that every child will have received star of the week this term.

Love as always

The Nursery Team xxxx

🏃‍♀️🤸🧘‍♀️🚴 Healthy Me 🌲🌞🍎👨‍🍳

 

Well done to everyone who took part in their virtual Rainbow Sports Day. We loved seeing your photos and videos and it looked like you were having lots of fun. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and siblings who cheered you on and/or joined in too!

If you took part in your Rainbow Virtual Sports Day then you will be receiving a special prize sometime this week. When you get your prize we would like you to take a photo and post it on the ILD. We would like you to share with us what your favourite part of your Rainbow Sports Day was and why it was your favourite. Maybe it was your favourite part because you found it fun, or maybe it was because you raced someone in your family, or it might have been your favourite part because you have never tried it before. 

We are looking forward to hearing what you enjoyed most about your Rainbow Sports Day and seeing your photos with your special prize!

 

⭐️ Star of the week ⭐️

A huge well done to everyone who took part in our virtual sports day. We hope you all had fun. We have LOVED seeing your photos and videos. You have all been so creative with the flags you made too. We are so PROUD of you all. Well done.

Everyone who took part in virtual sports are our star’s of the week this week……………..

Darcie
Erin
Georgia
Roby
Olivia
Eliza
Theo.R
Miguel
Luca
Theo.B
Brodie
Skylar
Martha
Ben.B
Angus
Maisie
Emilie
Jax
Alexander.H
Cayden
Selma
Vivienne
Ana
Adrianna
Molly.F
Liannah
Lily
Cameron
Ben.M
Zara
Olly
Sanvi
Maya
Alexander.P
James.T                                                                                                                                                              Dami                                                                                                                                                                      Bella                                                                                                                                                                      Haroon

A huge well done. Keep a look out for a special prize being delivered to you this week.

Lots of love The Nursery Team xxxx

 

🏡  Learning at Home 🏡

Week 10 Monday 8 June 2020

Hello everyone! We hope you all enjoyed last week’s learning suggestions and had lots of fun with the activities. We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and videos on the ILD about all your fabulous work this week! Thank you to you all 🙂 

📚📚📚 Story of the Week 📚📚📚

This week’s story is “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.

Read along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UNRduYI_04

Animated version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZjsLK5vwNU

 

Ideas for ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ story:

  • Build a den to read or retell your story in.
  • Whilst reading the story encourage your child to join in. Can they look at the illustrations and suggest what might happen next (make a prediction)? Encourage them to join in with some actions etc rolling or dancing..
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures. Ask your child to say what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Are there any words in the story you are unsure about? What do you think they mean? Find out what they mean.
  • Look out for any words describing what Gerald is doing (verbs) (e.g. skip, prance, run,  etc.). Can you think of any other words to describe the pictures and what Gerald was doing?
  • Warthogs’ and ‘waltzing’ are examples of alliteration. Can you think of other alliterative phrases that feature an animal doing something unusual, e.g. ‘koalas doing karate, hopping hedgehogs).
  • When the cricket plays his violin, Gerald starts ‘shuffling’, ‘swaying’ and ‘swishing’. Can you think of other words that might describe how he moves?          
  • Maybe you could try making up your own dance moves and giving them names.
  • Could you narrate the story and perform it to an audience, using expression, accents and sound effects. Watch these examples for some ideas:
  • You could just make your own Giraffe using loose parts resources, construction materials, playdough, etc. 
  • Make a shopping list of items that might be needed for the Jungle Dance. How many of each item might be needed? How much would it all cost?
  • Carry out a survey in your house to find out which animal your family thinks would be the best dancers.
  • How tall are the different animals in the story (e.g. cricket, warthog, lion, giraffe). Find out, or make a sensible estimate of, their height and make a graph to show the results.
  • Make a video or poster about giraffes. Where do they live in the wild? What do they eat? 
  • You could make your own Giraffe or an animal of your choice using split pins to make the animals  with moving body parts.
  • Watch a pop up version of the story here: https://youtu.be/JemtnqRthbU 
  • You could take part in Cosmic Kids Yoga adventure Giraffes Can’t Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMqHy-KvDP0
  • You could learn yoga Giraffe  pose in the garden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5G16UxAgog
  •          Learn a Giraffe song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzfKqbvAPCI
  • Watch a video of some Giraffe facts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qw9FZ8ZlDk
  • Listen to more stories by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. Keep checking our Storytime on the Nursery website every day for  a new story every day by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. 

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶

This week’s rhyme is ‘Down In The Jungle’.

Down in the jungle where nobody goes

There’s a great big gorilla washing his clothes

With a rub-a-dub here and a rub-a-dub there

This is the way he washes his clothes

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie boo!

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie boo!

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie boo!

That’s the way he washes his clothes

Down in the jungle where nobody goes

There’s a slithery snake washing his clothes

With a rub-a-dub here and a rub-a-dub there

This is the way he washes his clothes

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie sss

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie sss

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie sss

That’s the way he washes his clothes

Down in the jungle where nobody goes

There’s a great big crocodile washing his clothes

A rub-a-dub here and a rub-a-dub there

This is the way he washes his clothes

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie snap

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie snap

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie snap

That’s the way he washes his clothes

Down in the jungle where nobody goes

There’s a great big elephant washing his clothes

A rub-a-dub here and a rub-a-dub there

This is the way he washes his clothes

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie bop

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie bop

Boom boodie, boom boodie, boogie woogie bop

That’s the way he washes his clothes

Boogie woogie woogie woogie woo!

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVgIZ_-akvw

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-down-in-the-jungle/zfqgscw

Watch video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3DMsc9HVQc

Ideas for ‘Down In The Jungle’:

 

Fractions (Numeracy)

Here are some activities that can be used as an introduction to fractions. Use vocabulary such as fraction, equal parts,equal groups, a whole, half and quarter when talking about fractions. As you do these activities highlight the importance of starting with a whole object or a whole group of objects. Then the parts or groups you split the object(s) into need to be equal (the same as each other).

  • Split a whole object into equal parts. For example, cut an apple into 2 equal pieces. You have cut the apple in half. Cut it into 4 equal pieces. You have cut the apple into quarters. Count how many pieces you have when the apple is cut in half (2) and how many pieces you have when the apple is cut into quarters (4). You could use objects such as a stick and break it in half and then quarters, a sandwich as you make lunch can be cut into halves and then quarters, or fold/cut a piece of paper into halves and quarters.
  • Split a group of objects into equal groups. For example, start with 8 stones and split them equally into 2 groups. How many are in each group? You have found half the number of stones. Now split the stones into 4 groups. How many are in each group? You have found a quarter of the stones. You could use sticks, Lego bricks, pasta, fruit, etc.
  • Draw some shapes on paper. Draw a line through the shapes – some lines should go straight through the middle and others squint. Ask your child to identify which shapes have been split equally and which are unequal.
  • Although using the vocabulary of fractions is most important at this stage, you could introduce your child to how a fraction is written – ½ or ¼ . When writing it, talk about it being 1 whole (apple, sandwich, pizza, etc.) chopped (the line) into 2 or 4 pieces.

Have fun trying the activities!  Thank you 🙂 

 

🏃‍♀️🤸🧘‍♀️🚴 Healthy Me 🌲🌞🍎👨‍🍳

 

This week it is time to take part in your virtual Rainbow Sports Day! You can take part in this any time during this week. Remember to wear at least one colour from the rainbow when taking part in your Rainbow Sports Day. Ask your family to wave the flag you made and cheer you on!

 

We have chosen 7 activities from all of your suggestions. We would like you to complete at least 3 of the activities. Have a look on the ILD to see videos of the nursery staff demonstrating each activity.

 

  • High jump – place a piece of string, a rope, a broom, etc. across 2 chairs or buckets. Can you jump or leap over it? Maybe start off with something low and then make it higher to challenge yourself!
  • Long jump – place something on the ground to mark your starting point. See how far you can jump from the mark. Try to keep both feet together when you jump and remember to land on your feet with your knees bent. Put something down to mark how far you jumped. Then try jumping again and see if you can jump even further! Maybe you could challenge your family and see who can jump the furthest?
  • Sack race – use something to mark a start and end point. Stand in a reusable shopping back and hold on to the handles. See if you can jump from the starting point to the end point. Maybe you could add some obstacles to jump around on your way to the end point.
  • Throwing – find something you can throw such as a ball or some rolled up socks. Place objects on the ground or on the wall/fence to try to throw the ball/socks in. It could be a bucket, a hoop, a net, a pot, etc. Start by standing close. If this is too easy, keep taking a step further back and challenge yourself!
  • Egg and spoon race – all you need is a spoon and something to balance on the spoon (a boiled egg, a potato, a satsuma, a golf ball, etc.). Mark a starting point and a finish. See if you can walk or run from the start to the finish without dropping the ‘egg’.
  • Shuttle runs – use something to mark two points on the ground (cones, cups, jumpers, buckets, etc.). Run as fast as you can from one mark to the other. How many times can you run back and forward in 30 seconds? 
  • Toilet roll jump – use something to mark two points on the ground (cones, cups, jumpers, buckets, etc.). Put a toilet roll between your legs and jump up to and around the marks. Try to do this two times.

 

Please post photos or videos on the ILD to let us see you taking part in your virtual Rainbow Sports Day. We have something special that will be delivered to your door for everyone who lets us know they have completed their Rainbow Sports Day.

 

Have fun!

🏡  Learning at Home 🏡

 

Week 9 Monday 1 June 2020

 

Hello everyone! We hope you all enjoyed last week’s learning suggestions and had lots of fun with the activities. We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and hearing about all your lovely work this week! 

 

 

📚📚📚 Story of the Week 📚📚📚

 

 

This week’s story is “Jasper’s Beanstalk” by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

 

Read along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da6lxY_8jmU

Animated version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4OIrJWXfjs

 

Ideas for ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ story:

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶

 

This week’s rhyme is ‘Days of the Week’.

 

Days of the week, (clap, clap)

Days of the week, (clap clap) 

Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week. (clap clap) 

There’s Sunday and there’s Monday there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday, there’s Thursday and there’s Fridays and there’s Saturday.

Days of the week, (clap, clap)

Days of the week, (clap clap) 

Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week. (clap clap) 

 

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKqAblcwFOA

Singing Hands with Makaton Days of the Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYIQWWpZm08

Ideas for ‘Days of the Week’:

 

 

Simple addition and subtraction (Numeracy)

Gather some small objects from around the house or outside (all the same object). For example, stones, pens, Lego bricks, sticks, pegs, etc. Count how many of the objects you have collected. You could write the numbers beside or on each object.

Start with one object. Then add a second object. Point to the object and count -”1,2”. Then turn it into a sum. For example, say “1 stone + 1 stone = 2 stones”. Use language such as add, plus, one more, equals. You could also show the subtraction sum. Start with the 2 objects and remove one (take one away). For example, say  “2 stones – 1 stone = 1 stone”. Use language such as take away, minus, subtract, one less and equals.

You can increase the number of objects used once you think your child has a good understanding of addition and subtraction.

You can also use the objects to encourage your child to count on or back. For example, put out 3 stones and ask your child to count them – 1, 2, 3. Then add 2 more stones and ask how many. Encourage them to start on 3 and count on – 4, 5. Encourage your child to point to each object whilst counting to develop 1:1 correspondence.

Have fun trying the activities!

 

 

 

⭐️Star of the week ⭐️

Hello everyone we hope you are all well and keeping busy at home.

Our star’s of the week this week are…………

Courage Cat

Zak – For learning to ride your bike.

Opportunity octopus

Sharai- For learning to recognise numbers 1-10.
Luca – For making and completing your own obstacle course.
Alexander.H – For learning the letters in your name and practising your cutting skills.
Alexander.V – For keeping active at home and enjoying lots of bike rides.

Responsible Rhino

Ben. M – For helping to wash the car.
Adrianna – For helping to do the laundry and pairing up the socks.
Liannah – For helping to do the dishes.

A big well done to you all.

🏃‍♀️🤸🧘‍♀️🚴 Healthy Me 🌲🌞🍎👨‍🍳

 

This week for our ‘Healthy Me’ challenge we would like you to design and create a flag for your family to wave during your Rainbow Sports Day. You can make your flag with paper, material, junk, etc. 

We would like you to include the following on your flag:

  • Your name
  • The words – Sports Day (you can get someone to help you write this if you need)
  • A rainbow

You might also like to decorate it with things you have been doing to keep yourself healthy and active during your time at home (e.g. playing outside, riding your bike, doing yoga, etc.).

Please take photos of your finished flag and post them on the ILD for us to see. We look forward to seeing your creations!

Please continue to share your ideas of activities for our virtual Rainbow Sports Day. We have had some great ideas so far. It’s great to see you being so creative!

 

🏡  Learning at Home 🏡

Week 8 Monday 25 May 2020

 

Hello everyone! We hope you all enjoyed last week’s learning suggestions and had lots of fun with the activities. We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and hearing about all your lovely work this week! 

 

📚📚📚 Story of the Week 📚📚📚

This week’s story is “Shark In The Park” by Nick Sharratt

 

Read along online with Author Nick Sharratt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2RwvAHUAdc

 

Listen to or try with the makaton signs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3upkO1tJSM

 

Ideas for ‘Shark In The Park’ story:

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶

This week’s rhyme is ‘Row Row Row your Boat ’.

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rafox-9P3r8

Singing Hands with Makaton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2lMJsfoEMw

 

Ideas for ‘Row Row Row your Boat’:

 

Colour Hunt

Give your child a piece of paper with lots of colours on it. You could colour colour splats on the paper using crayons, etc. or use different coloured pieces of paper. Ask your child to go on a colour hunt inside and/or outside, drawing and/or sticking things to the paper to match the colours. Ask them to draw or stick what they find in the matching coloured section or on the matching coloured piece of paper (e.g. stick a leaf in the green section, stick a feather in the white section, draw a table in the brown section, draw a pink flower in the pink section, etc.).

 

Afterwards you could look at and talk about the different shades of the same colour that they found. Do these different shades have a name? (E.g. turquoise). 

 

You could also look at colour mixing. Talk about red, blue and yellow being the primary colours. How would you make green? How would you make orange? How would you make purple? If you have paints, use them to investigate making these colours.

 

Have fun trying the activities!

 

 

 

 

🐛🦋 Butterfly Garden 🐛🦋

Some exciting news for you all today.

The parent council have kindly given us money to buy our own butterfly garden this year. It will be a bit different to what we normally do at Hazlehead Nursery but we are hoping it will still give the children the same experience to watch and learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. We will be able to watch the caterpillars change into Chrysalides and then emerge into beautiful painted lady butterflies. I will upload videos everyday for the children’s to watch.

The caterpillars will be arriving at some point on the week of June 1st and I will look after them at my house.

I thought it would be fun for the children to name them. If your child has any suggestions for names we could call our caterpillars please comment on the ILD and I will do a little video pulling names from a hat to name all our new little friends.

Stay safe and lots of love Miss Henderson and the Nursery Team x

 

⭐️Star of the week⭐️

Hello everyone we hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine this week. It looks like you have all been having fun at home which as always is lovely to see.

This week our star’s of the week are

Courage cat

Miguel – For learning to ride your bike.
Maja – For trying new foods to eat and helping to make fruit juice.

Opportunity Octopus

James.R – For being creative and building Dens at home.
Cara – For making a rocket using a recycled bottle and great letter writing.
Maya and Sanvi – For making bookmarks and baking chocolate cake mugs.
Cameron – For your brilliant zoo picture and your video of all the animal noises.
Vivienne – For adding more detail to your drawings.

Responsible Rhino

Oscar – For helping Mummy to do jobs around the house and practising your cutting skills.
Emilie- For helping your family to move house.

Respectful Rabbit

Bella – For dressing up as Elsa from Frozen to go outside and clap and show your appreciation for the NHS.

A big well done to you all.

Love as always The Nursery Team xxxxx

****************Look out for some exciting news we are going to share with you tomorrow.***************

🏃‍♀️🤸🧘‍♀️🚴 Healthy Me 🌲🌞🍎👨‍🍳

 

This week for our ‘Healthy Me’ challenge we want you to think about our virtual Sports Day which is going to take place during the week beginning 1st June

This year’s theme is RAINBOW. We would like you to dress up in any colour of the rainbow when taking part in your virtual Sports Day (you could even dress up in lots of rainbow colours if you want to).

Our Sports Day usually consists of around 6 obstacle course challenges followed by a running race. 

For this week’s challenge we would like you to think about some obstacle course challenges we could use for our virtual Sports Day. 

You will need to:

  • Think about obstacles where you have to run, jump, hop, skip, throw, balance, change direction, etc. You could have some fast options and some slower options where you have to focus and take your time.
  • Make sure any ideas you come up with will be suitable for all children to do. You will need to think of activities they can do even if they don’t have access to a garden, or if they don’t have certain resources (e.g. a ball).  You could give some options of resources to use. 
  • Maybe you could even make your obstacles linked to our rainbow theme.

For example, you could ask people to walk in and out some cones/pots/piles of clothing/toys balancing a ball/rolled up socks on a tennis racquet/baking tray.

Please send us your ideas on the ILD. These could be written suggestions, videos or photos of you demonstrating your ideas or photos of the resources you would use. We will have a look at everyone’s ideas and will choose the 6 activities we will be asking you to complete for your virtual Sports Day.

Good luck! We are excited to see all your ideas!

 

🏡  Learning at Home 🏡

Week 7 Monday 18th May 2020

Hello everyone! We hope you all enjoyed last week’s learning suggestions and had lots of fun with the activities. We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and hearing about all your lovely work this week!

📚📚📚 Story of the Week 📚📚📚

This week’s story is “Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell

Read along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av54lMqPLW0

Animated version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzl9IyeMWto

Listen to or try the makaton signs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoHn8rLj9pc

 

Ideas for ‘Dear Zoo’ story:

  • Build a den to read or retell your story in.
  • Whilst reading the story encourage your child to join in. Can they look at the illustrations and suggest what might happen next (make a prediction)?
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures. Ask your child to say what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Are there any words in the story you are unsure about? What do you think they mean? Find out what they mean.
  • Look out for any descriptive words in the story when describing the animals that they sent back  (e.g. big, tall, fierce, etc.). Can you think of any other words to describe the animals?
  • What is your favourite animal from the zoo? Do you have any toy animals from the story at home? Maybe you could try making your own zoo using loose parts resources, construction resources, playdough, etc. 
  • Create your own zoo animals using junk, construction resources, loose parts, playdough, art resources, etc. Or create your own animal masks. You could use these to retell the story, to make your own zoo, etc.
  • Learn more about some of the zoo animals. Edinburgh Zoo animals (https://learning.rzss.org.uk/course/view.php?id=128&_ga=2.7229050.930250404.1589376255-445325519.1589376255 or National Geographic for Kids (https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/animals/)
  • You could take part in Cosmic Kids Yoga Lulu the Lion Cub https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyvyO7bgNKg or Lulu the Baby Lioness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvJH8Kbzj54
  • Activity idea: http://www.dearzooandfriends.com/activities
  • Have a look in the park or on your walk and see if you can find any puppies, count how many you find. 
  • Listen to more stories by Rod Campbell. Keep checking Storytime on the Nursery website for a new story every day.

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶

 

This week’s rhyme is ‘The Animals Went in Two by Two’.

 

The animals went in two by two,Hoorah! Hoorah! 

The animals went in two by two, Hoorah! Hoorah! 

The animals went in two by two, the elephant and the kangaroo

And they all went into the ark for to get out of the rain. 

The animals went in three by three, Hoorah! Hoorah!

The animals went in three by three, Hoorah! Hoorah!

The animals went in three by three, the wasp, the ant and the bumblebee 

And they all went into the ark for to get out of the rain. 

The animals went in four by four, Hoorah! Hoorah!

The animals went in four by four, Hoorah! Hoorah! 

The animals went in four by four, the great hippopotamus stuck in the door 

And they all went into the ark for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in five by five, Hoorah! Hoorah!

The animals went in five by five, Hoorah! Hoorah! 

The animals went in five by five, by hunting each other they kept alive 

And they all went into the ark for to get out of the rain. 

The animals went in six by six, Hoorah! Hoorah!

The animals went in six by si, Hoorah! Hoorah!

The animals went in six by six, they turned out monkeys because of his tricks 

And they all went into the ark for to get out of the rain. 

The animals went in seven by seven, Hoorah! Hoorah! 

The animals went in seven by seven, Hoorah! Hoorah! 

The animals went in seven by seven, the little pig thought he was going to heaven 

And they all went into the ark for to get out of the rain. 

The animals went in eight by eight, Hoorah! Hoorah! 

The animals went in eight by eight, Hoorah! Hoorah!

The animals went in eight by eight, the tortoise thought he was going to be late 

And they all went into the ark for to get out of the rain. 

The animals went in nine by nine, Hoorah! Hoorah!

The animals went in nine by nine, Hoorah! Hoorah! 

The animals went in nine by nine, came marching up in a long straight line 

And they all went into the ark for to get out of the rain. 

The animals went in ten by ten, Hoorah! Hoorah!

The animals went in ten by ten, Hoorah! Hoorah! 

The animals went in ten by ten, the last one in was the little red hen 

And they all went into the ark for to get out of the rain.

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mrbhsusOGM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuQjR2lsYl0

Ideas for ‘The Animals went in Two by Two’:

 

Sorting (Numeracy & Science)

 

Find some objects from around your house and sort them into different categories. Here are some examples of ways you could sort the objects:

  • Colour
  • Shape
  • Size (big, medium, small)
  • Pattern (e.g. stripes, spots, zig zags, plain)
  • The material it is made of (e.g. wood, metal, plastic, fabric)
  • Texture (e.g. soft, fluffy, hard, bumpy)

I’m sure you can think of some different ways to sort them too.

After you have sorted them, count how many objects you have in each category. Ask questions such as: Which has the most? Which has the least? How many more does it have? How many fewer does it have? How many objects did you sort altogether?

Have fun trying the activities!

Painting Stones

A lot of you have been sending us photos of painted stones you have been finding on your walks. Some of you have even painted your own stones to hide for other people to find on their walk. It is such a lovely idea and I’m sure they are making lots of people smile. If you haven’t seen any, keep a look out for the stones on your walks. Maybe you would like to paint some yourself to leave for others to find. Please continue to share these with us on the ILD – we are loving seeing them!

🌟 Stars of the Week 🌟

 

We hope everyone has had a lovely week it’s been a cold one compared to the nice weather we have recently had but hopefully that changes next week. You have all been so busy again. Well done keep it up everyone.

This week Our star’s of the week are…………..

Courage Cat

Theo.B – completing the 5K challenge.
Olivier – Learning to ride your bike and learning the alphabet song.

Responsible Rhino

Zara – Helping Mummy do the washing.
Robbie – Helping to do the dishes.
Serena – Helping Mummy to paint the garden fence.
Alexander.P – Getting dressed by yourself.

Fairness Frog

Martha- Playing games at home and being so good at Jenga.

Opportunity Octopus

Georgia – For being creative and using your imagination to build a stick den in your garden.
Molly.F – Learning to write your name.

Respectful Rabbit

Olivia – For looking after your plants.

Well done everyone.

Stay safe.

Love The Nursery Team xxxx

🏡 Learning at Home 🏡

 

Week 6 Monday 11 May 2020

 

Hello! We hope you all enjoyed last week’s learning suggestions and had lots of fun on your 2 days off! We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and hearing about all your lovely work this week!

 

📚📚📚 Story of the Week 📚📚📚

 

This week’s story is “Monkey Puzzle” by Julia Donaldson

 

Read along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgeKHjLSQUM

Animated version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxpJnk3QO-8

Listen to or try the makaton signs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4br3vquG1Yc

Ideas for ‘Monkey Puzzle’ story:

  • Build a den to read or retell your story in.
  • Whilst reading the story encourage your child to join in. Can they look at the illustrations and suggest what might happen next (make a prediction)?
  • Ask your child to find all the rhyming pairs in the story (e.g. wrong & long, see & me, joke & croak). Talk about how the endings of these words sound the same.
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures. Ask your child to say what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Are there any words in the story you are unsure about? What do you think they mean? Find out what they mean.
  • Look out for any descriptive words in the story when the monkey is describing his mum and the other animals he meets along the way (e.g. big, curly trunk, black, etc.).
  • Use the story to practise counting and recognising numbers. Count along with the story. Count out how many different animals in the story and talk about, small, medium and big. Look out for any numbers on the illustrations of the story. 
  • Have a game in your house, do you have any toy animals from the story? Look out in the garden or when out for your daily exercise. Look out for animals and think of the letter it starts with or its colour, shape or size.
  • Sort the animals from the story into different categories – fur and no fur, legs and no legs, big and small, flies and doesn’t fly, etc.
  • You could take part in Cosmic Kids Yoga jungle safari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4CaR0syf1g or Space Monkey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZAaZDVqCiA
  • Activity idea: http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/hanging_monkeys_US.swf
  • Have a look in the park and see if you can find a Monkey Puzzle tree (https://www.edenproject.com/learn/for-everyone/plant-profiles/monkey-puzzle https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/a-z-of-british-trees/monkey-puzzle/)
  • Listen to more stories by Julia Donaldson. Keep checking Storytime on the Nursery website for a new story every day.

 

 

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶

 

This week’s rhyme is ‘Five Little Monkeys’.

 

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,

One fell down and bumped his head,

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed,

One fell down and bumped his head,

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed,

One fell down and bumped her head,

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed,

One fell down and bumped his head,

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

One little monkey jumping on the bed,

She fell down and bumped her head,

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,

Put those monkeys right to bed!

 

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0NHrFNZWh0

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-monkeys-jumping-on-the-bed/zm7rf4j 

 

Ideas for ‘Five Little Monkeys’:

 

  • Make a steady beat whilst saying the rhyme – tap your thighs, march on the spot, jump on the spot, etc.
  • When you think your child knows the rhyme, say the rhyme and pause before the rhyming words. Encourage your child to fill in the gaps. For example, “Five Little Monkeys ……?, one fell off and…….?.
  • When saying the rhyme, clap for each syllable in each word (e.g. mon-key).
  • Create puppets or use soft toys to use when saying the rhyme.
  • Make your own monkeys using art materials,  junk modelling, playdough, loose parts, etc.
  • Practise sequencing the events of the Rhyme, what happened first then second etc. 
  • You could try this Five Little Monkey activity; https://supersimple.com/article/five-little-monkeys-play-set-activities/
  • Practice making your own bed!

 

📏 Measuring (Numeracy) ⚖️

 

Measure objects using non-standard units. Non-standard units could be your hands, feet, pasta, blocks, pencils, etc. Remember to line them up carefully to measure accurately. 

 

Find objects in your house or garden to measure (e.g. How many hands tall is your teddy? How many Lego pieces long is your favourite book? How many pieces of pasta long is your shoe?). 

 

You could also measure distances around your house (e.g. how far from your bedroom to the kitchen?). You will probably need to use something bigger to measure this (e.g. your feet, books, etc.).

 

Talk to your child about using something appropriate to measure the different lengths or heights. For example, Lego blocks could be good to measure short distances or heights but may not be the best for measuring a longer distance or something tall.

 

Try making an estimate before measuring. Explain to your child that an estimate is a sensible guess. Estimate how long, tall, wide, etc. the object is and then measure it. How accurate was your estimate?

 

Use vocabulary such as tall, wide, high, etc. when talking about measuring. Which object was the shortest, longest, tallest, widest, most narrow, etc?

 

If you have access to a ruler or measuring tape you could also practice measuring using these. Make sure you start measuring at the end with 0 on it. Can you read the number on the ruler/measuring tape? Talk about cm when measuring using a ruler or measuring tape. 

 

You could also use scales to measure weights. Measure the ingredients when cooking, baking or making playdough. Talk about grams, cups, spoonfuls, etc. when measuring weights or quantities. 

 

If you have balance scales you could use these to talk about objects being heavier or lighter. You could make your own balance scales by tieing a bucket or cup to each end of a coat hanger. Can you make the weight equal on both sides so that the scales balance?

 

Topmarks measure games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/measures 

 

🏃‍♀️🤸🧘‍♀️🚴 Healthy Me 🌲🌞🍎👨‍🍳

 

Our new whole school IDL is called ‘Healthy Me’. As part of this IDL we are going to be posting a challenge for you each week.

 

This week we would like you to tell us:

 

‘What have you been doing to keep yourself healthy and happy during your time at home?’

 

You can write what you have been doing, show us some photos of what you have been doing or maybe even video yourself telling us what you have been doing. It could be things like learning to ride your bike, going for your daily walk, making up an obstacle course, talking to your friends on FaceTime, drawing pictures for your family, reading stories with your family, playing in your garden, cooking or baking with your family, etc. Please post any answers on your ILD for us to see.

 

Keep a lookout for next week’s challenge. We are going to be planning and running a virtual sports day but we need your help!

 

 🌟 Stars of the Week 🌟

 

A huge well done to everyone who is using their time so well in lockdown. Another week of lots of learning at home. We are so proud of you all.

This week the stars of the week are……….

Courage Cat

Cayden – For the beautiful clay rainbow that you made.

Ivans- For practicing writing your name.

Opportunity Octopus

Leah – For planting seeds at home.

Ana – For making beautiful art work using natural resources.

Angus – For completing the 5K challenge.

Erin – For learning to ride your bike.

Respectful Rabbit

Myla – For showing kindness and thinking of others. Making pictures for your great grandparents to cheer them up.

Eliza – For the beautiful art work you have made for other people.

Fairness Frog

Theo R – For making crafts at home with your brothers.

Responsible Rhino

Lily- Helping to do jobs around the house- helping paint the chairs.

 

Huge well done to you all. Keep an eye out for the postman bringing you all a special delivery.

Stay safe and lots of love from us all xxxxx

 

 🌟 A Message From All the Staff at Hazlehead 🌟

 

 

🏡 Learning at Home 🏡

 

Week 5 Monday 4 May 2020

 

Hello! We hope you all enjoyed last week’s learning suggestions and had lots of fun and adventures. We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and hearing about all your lovely work!

 

We have an in-service day this Thursday (7th) and are on holiday on Friday (8th). We will be back to posting ideas and stories, and replying to ILD posts on Monday (11th).

 

📚📚📚 Story of the Week 📚📚📚

 

This week’s story is “Each Peach Pear Plum” by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

Read along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyt50ZoM3G8

BSL version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2gJFXUlG_A

Ideas for ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ story:

  • Whilst reading the story encourage your child to join in. Can they look at the illustrations and remember the names of the characters?
  • Ask your child to find all the rhyming pairs in the story (e.g. plum and Thumb).
  • Ask your child about the characters and events of the story after reading. For example, Who are the characters in the story? Do you know the rhymes of the characters? Can you describe the illustrations? 
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures. Ask your child to say what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Use the story to practise counting and recognising numbers. Count along with the story. Count out how many different objects in the story and talk about, small, medium and big. Look out for any numbers on the illustrations of the story. 
  • Have a game of ‘I SPY’ in your house, garden or when out for your daily exercise. Look out for different objects and think of the letter it starts with or its colour, shape or size.
  • Listen to or read some of the rhymes and stories the characters in the book come from (Tom Thumb, Old Mother Hubbard, Cinderella, Jack & Jill, etc.). Mother Hubbard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JjWG-HU1qA Goldilocks and the Three Bears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR2M0QuLPZs Little Bo Peep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7-iPbfR-yQ
  • You could take part in Cosmic Kids Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKmRB2Z3g2s
  • You could try making your own fruit pie.
  • Activity idea: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/377739487495444125/
  • Have you ever tried a peach or a plum? If not, maybe you could get some and give them a try. They are delicious!

 

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶

This week’s rhyme is ‘Little Jack Corner’.

Little Jack Horner

Sat in the corner,

Eating a Christmas pie;

He put in his thumb,

And pulled out a plum,

And said ‘What a good boy am I.

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayGa42vVPLA

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

Ideas for ‘Little Jack Horner’:

 

  • Make a steady beat whilst saying the rhyme – tap your thighs, march on the spot, jump on the spot, etc.
  • When you think your child knows the rhyme, say the rhyme and pause before the rhyming words. Encourage your child to fill in the gaps. For example, “Little Jack Horner sat in the ……?”.
  • When saying the rhyme, clap for each syllable in each word (e.g. Jack, Hor-ner).
  • Create puppets or use soft toys to use when saying the rhyme.
  • Make your own characters and/or objects (Jack, a spider, a pie) using art materials,  junk modelling, playdough, loose parts, etc.
  • Practise sequencing the events of the Rhyme, what happened first then second etc. 
  • You could try Little Jack Horner activities; https://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/jackhorner/index.htm

 

Patterns (Numeracy) 

⭐️ ❤️ 🔵 ⭐️ ❤️ 🔵 ⭐️ ❤️ 🔵

Look for patterns around your house. Where do you see them? What shapes are used? What colours are used?

 

Create your own repeating patterns using materials in your house (e.g. Lego, cereal, playdough, crayons, materials you can find outside such as leaves, sticks, etc.).

 

Create a pattern using paint and stamps (using stampers, fruits/vegetables, plastic toys, etc.). Make sure the pattern repeats. Try using different colours and shapes to make your pattern.

 

 

✏️ Fine Motor Skills (Health and Wellbeing) ✏️

 

Fine motor skills are important to develop before it will be comfortable for children to hold and write with a pen or pencil and it develops their hand-eye coordination. Below are some ideas to help children develop their fine motor skills:

 

  • Popping bubble wrap using thumb and forefinger
  • Threading pipe cleaners through a colander
  • Threading beads, Cheerios, pasta, etc. onto spaghetti, straws or string
  • Using clothes pegs to help hang up the washing
  • Wrapping elastic bands around a tube
  • Cutting using scissors
  • Peeling off pieces of tape
  • Using playdough and doing dough disco activities (you can find videos on YouTube for dough discos)
  • Using wind up toys
  • Picking up small objects using the thumb and forefinger (buttons, cereal, etc.)
  • Doing up zips, buttons and poppers on clothing
  • Using tweezers or tongs to pick up and move objects
  • Scrunching up paper into balls and squeezing out a wet sponge
  • Using small blocks to build (e.g. Lego)
  • Threading ribbon, wool or string in and out of an object such as a drying rack for dishes, clothes dryer, the back of a chair, etc.
  • Using a spray bottle or water pistol filled to spray water or paint
  • Popping bubbles using index finger
  • Tear up paper
  • Play games such as Connect 4 that involve using thumb and forefinger to grip objects.

 

 

🤸‍♀️🚴 Whole School PE Challenge – The 2.6 ⛹️‍♀️🏃

 

Have a go at this week’s whole school PE challenge – The 2.6. It’s a challenge set out by athletes in honour of the cancelled London Marathon. You can choose how you want to do the 2.6 challenge. Some suggestions are:

  • A 2.6 mile walk, run, cycle or scoot
  • 26 sit ups, press ups, squats, jumps, hops, etc.
  • 26 minutes of exercise (a workout, run, scoot, walk, cycle, playing active games, yoga, dancing, etc.)

Remember to post photos or videos of yourself completing this challenge on the ILD for us to see!

 

🌟Star of the Week – 30th April 2020🌟

 

Well done everyone who has taken time to upload something onto the ILD this week. You have all been so busy. As always you are all stars.

This week’s Star’s of the Week are:

Courage Cat

Darcie – For practicing your counting skills, counting money using the Top Marks programme.

Dahlia – For trying your best taking part in the keepy up challenge.

Ben – For learning to ride your bike.

Opportunity Octopus

Maison – For making the most of your time at home and reading other Hairy Maclary books you had at home.

Maisie – For using resources you had at home to make your own pasta necklace.

Brodie – Making the most of your time at home developing your knowledge of money and practicing sorting coins from lowest to highest amounts.

Jax – For doing your Tae Kwon Do training online and passing your focus stripe.

Respectful Rabbit

Salma – Enjoying your time outdoors while respecting social distancing rules.

Fairness Frog

Stephanie – For painting stones and leaving them out for others to see.

Responsible Rhino

Selma – For learning how to make your bed.

 

Well Done everyone! Keep up the good work. We are all so proud of you all learning and trying out new things at home.

 

A Corona Virus story to help us understand

🌟 Star of the week 🌟

 

This week we will see the return of Star of the week. We are looking for people who are showing our school values at home.

Here are some ideas of things you could be doing that link to our school values:

Courage Cat – try something new or be brave

Opportunity Octopus – Making the most of your time spent at home.

Fairness Frog – Being fair and sharing with others.

Respectful Rabbit – Using good manners and showing respect to others and the environment

Responsible Rhino – Helping to do jobs around the house/being independent.

Remember to share your photos with us. We really do love seeing what you are all up to at home.

We will announce our Star’s of the week on Thursday.

Stay safe and as always have fun.

 

 

🏡 Learning at Home 🏡

Week 4  Monday 27 April 2020

Welcome everyone! We hope you all enjoyed last week’s learning suggestions and had lots of fun and adventures. We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and hearing about all your lovely work this week! Hope you enjoy this week’s home learning!

🐶📚 Story of the Week 📚🐶

This week’s story is “Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy” by Lynley Dodd.

Read along online: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/hairy-maclary/

Animated version: https://vimeo.com/130181070

BSL version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFTLsSGhuEY

 

Ideas for ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ story:

  • Whilst reading the story encourage your child to get involved with the rhyming words and descriptions of the characters – e.g. “Hercules Morse as big as a horse.”
  • Find or listen for all the rhyming pairs of words in the story (e.g. Maclary and dairy, down and town, howl and yowl, paws and claws, etc.)
  • Ask your child about the characters and events of the story after reading. For example, Who is the main character in the story? What are the names of the dogs? Can you describe the dogs how they look? 
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures. Ask your child to say what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Use the story to learn about different types of dogs and how to care for them. E.g. What do they like to eat? Where would they like to sleep? What breed of dog are they? Etc. Look out for different types of dog when out for your daily exercise. Learn here about different breeds of dogs here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKG89O05K5A
  • Use the story to practise numeracy skills. Count along with the story – how many different dogs are in the story? Talk about big, small, long legs and short legs. Look out for any numbers on the illustrations in the story. 
  • You could take part in Cosmic Kids Yoga with Mini the Puppy in the Kids Zen Den sessionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7FUbTac_ds or another adventure with Spartz 24 the dog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWSgNEs4IPg
  • Look out for more stories by the author Lynley Dodd on the Nursery Storytime page on the website.

🐶🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶🐶

This week’s rhyme is ‘How Much is that Doggie in the Window’.

How much is that doggie in the window?

The one with the waggly tail

How much is that doggie in the window?

I do hope that doggie’s for sale

I must take a trip to California

And leave my poor sweetheart alone

If he has a dog, he won’t be lonesome

And the doggie will have a good home

How much is that doggie in the window?

The one with the waggly tail

How much is that doggie in the window?

I do hope that doggie’s for sale

I read in the papers there are robbers

With flashlights that shine in the dark

My love needs a doggie to protect him

And scare them away with one bark

I don’t want a bunny or a kitty

I don’t want a parrot that talks

I don’t want a bowl of little fishies

He can’t take a goldfish for a walk

How much is that doggie in the window?

The one with the waggly tail

How much is that doggie in the window?

I do hope that doggie’s for sale

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iApAn0whVZE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRej4emyvC8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzOVPNgxg10

 

Ideas for ‘How much is that Doggy in the Window’:

  • Make a steady beat whilst saying the rhyme – tap your thighs, march on the spot, jump on the spot, etc.
  • When you think your child knows the rhyme, say the rhyme and pause before the rhyming words. Encourage your child to fill in the gaps. For example, “How much is that Doggie in the……? The one with the waggly ……? 
  • When saying the rhyme, clap for each syllable in each word (e.g. Do-ggie, Win-dow, wag-gly).
  • Create puppets or use soft toys to use when saying the rhyme.
  • Make your own Doggie using art materials,  junk modelling, playdough, loose parts, etc.
  • Build a kennel for your Doggie. How big is your kennel? How wide is your kennel? Measure it using a measuring tape, ruler, blocks, hands, etc.
  • Can you think of any other words that rhyme with tail and sale?
  • Practise sequencing the events of the rhyme, what happened first then second etc. 
  • Make a toy for the Doggie using tape, string or wool. You could use loose parts such as cereal boxes, cartons and packets. 
  • You could make your own Doggie sock puppet https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/waffle-sock-puppet
  • You could look at different animals and play Animal Snap http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/animal_snap_US.swf

 

💷 Money ideas (Numeracy)  💷

  • Have a look at different coins you might have in the house and learn about their values (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2). You could look at notes as well and learn about their value. Look for and try to read the numbers on the coin or note.
  • If you don’t have any real coins or notes (or play coins or notes), you could make your own using paper or cardboard. 
  • Set up a shop in your house. Find objects from around your house to set up a shop (food, toys, clothes, books, etc.). Give each object a price (you could write the price on a tag or piece of paper). Ask your family to come to your shop and buy some objects – tell them how much the object is and exchange money (remembering to say please and thank you!). You could even try writing them a receipt. 

* For an extra challenge, buy more than one item and add the prices together to get the total price.

  • You could also set up a cafe, restaurant, ice cream shop, etc. where money is exchanged. Write a menu with prices. Take orders, serve the food or drinks, give the bill at the end and exchange money. 
  • If you go to the shops with your family, you could try using the money to pay for any items you are buying.
  • Order the coins from the biggest to smallest value (starting with 1p up to £2).
  • Do you have any foreign money in your house? You could have a look at the different coins or notes they use in other countries. Where are these countries – have a look on a map and see if you can find them. 
  • Topmarks Money games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money and https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game 

🏃‍♀️Obstacle Courses (Health and Wellbeing) 🏃‍♂️

Plan and build an indoor or outdoor obstacle course for you and your family. Try to think of obstacles to jump over, crawl under, walk across, balance on, throw something in to. For example, walk with a cushion or pillow balanced on your head, throw balled up socks into bowls placed at different distances, balance as you walk across a plank of wood, crawl under a string that is tied between 2 chairs, etc. Be as creative as you like! Think of different ways to move between obstacles too (skipping, hopping, galloping, tiptoeing, etc.).

You could make stations or have one continuous loop of obstacles. You could time yourself moving around. Can you beat your time? Who is the fastest in your family?

You could also give directions to guide someone around the obstacle course using language such as forwards, backwards, left, right, under and over.

Whole School Challenge (Health and Wellbeing)

You could also try the school 5K walk, run or cycle and Keepy Up challenges that has been set by the school’s PE teacher Mrs Webster. See the school’s PE twitter feed for the challenge and some staff and children’s attempts. https://twitter.com/hazleheadschoo1 

 

🏡 Learning at Home 🏡

Week 3 – Tuesday 21st April 2020

Welcome back everyone! We hope you all managed to have a relaxing holiday and have had lots of fun and adventures. We look forward to seeing all your lovely photos and hearing about the Easter Holidays! We hope you enjoy this week’s home learning!

🐛📚 Story of the Week 📚🦋

 

This week’s story is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

Read along online: https://www.slideshare.net/samanthamorris211/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-7574597

Animated version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tUBBh4QzTU

 

Ideas for ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story:

  • Whilst reading the story encourage your child to get involved by trying to say what day of the week comes next, counting how many pieces of fruit/food the hungry caterpillar eats each day and by joining in with the repeated phrase – “but he was still hungry!”
  • Ask your child about the characters and events of the story after reading. For example, Who is the main character in the story? What foods does the caterpillar eat? How many strawberries did the caterpillar eat? What day did the caterpillar eat pears? What colours can you see on the butterfly’s wings? Etc.
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures. Ask your child to say what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Learn about a caterpillar life cycle (https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/insects/butterfly-life-cycle/ ). Look for caterpillars or butterflies in your garden or when you are out for your walk. You could even find out about different types of butterflies – What colours are they? How big are they? Which country can you find them? Where is that country on a map? Etc.
  • Make and design your own Very Hungry Caterpillar, butterfly and/or all the foods. Think about size and pattern. You could use playdough, junk modelling, construction resources, loose parts, paint, etc. How long is your caterpillar? How wide are the butterfly wings? Measure using your hands, pasta, a ruler, Lego bricks, etc.
  • What fruits did the Very Hungry Caterpillar eat? Have you tried these fruits? What is your favourite fruit? Maybe you could try a new fruit this week.
  • Look at other animal life cycles – What does a tadpole turn into? What does an egg turn into? Etc.
  • You could take part in Cosmic Kids ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar” children’s yoga session (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhWDiQRrC1Y).
  • Read or listen to more stories by the same author – Eric Carle. Talk to your child about who the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is and what an author does (writes the story). Keep checking the school website this week for Nursery Storytime where we will be reading some of Eric Carle’s stories for you and giving links to his stories online.

 

🕷🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶🕸

Please say or sing this rhyme with your child regularly throughout the week. We have included some activities that are linked to the rhyme.

 

This week’s rhyme is ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.

Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the water spout, 

Down came the rain and washed the spider out,

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain, 

So Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again. 

Sing along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6fwkxtp4bw

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-incy-wincy-spider/zr4yt39 

Ideas for ‘Incy Wincy Spider’:

  • Make a steady beat whilst saying the rhyme – tap your thighs, march on the spot, jump on the spot, etc.
  • When you think your child knows the rhyme, say the rhyme and pause before the rhyming words. Encourage your child to fill in the gaps. For example, “Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the water ….”
  • When saying the rhyme, clap for each syllable in each word (e.g. In-cy, Win-cy, spi-der, climbed, up, the, wat-er, spout).
  • Create puppets or use soft toys to use when saying the rhyme.
  • Make your own Incy Wincy Spider using art materials,  junk modelling, playdough, loose parts, etc. Practise counting by clipping clothes pegs on to a paper plate/cardboard circle to make the spider’s legs. Ask your child to add a specific number of legs.
  • Build a spout for Incy Wincy Spider to climb up. How tall is your spout? How wide is your spout? Measure it using a measuring tape, ruler, blocks, hands, etc.
  • Can you think of any other words that rhyme with spout and out?
  • Make a spider’s web using tape, string or wool. You could make a small web over a box or round chair legs, etc. and try to get your toys in and/or out. Or you could try making a giant web on your door frame, up your hall or in your garden that you could try to get through!
  • You could try the Magic Dancing Spider trick. You will need some tin foil, a whiteboard pen, a straw and some water. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMWQx_q7h1c)
  • Look at different types of weather. Keep a record of the weather each day (sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy, etc.). At the end of the week you could count up how many days it has been sunny, how many days it has been cloudy, etc. 
  • Learn all about spiders. Look for any spiders or spider webs in your garden or when you are out for a walk or bike ride.

💧💧Water Play (Numeracy and Science) ⛵️🧪

 

Fill up a bucket or basin of water in the garden, fill up the kitchen sink or put some water in the bath.

  • Use pots, pans, cups, bowls, plastic containers such as yoghurt pots, varying sizes of bottles, etc. to investigate capacity. Fill and empty the containers. Talk about the containers being full, half full and empty whilst doing this and ask questions such as which container holds the most water? Which one holds the least? How could we figure this out? How many bottles does it take to fill the pot? Etc.

  • Investigate floating and sinking by choosing some household objects and testing to see whether they float on top of the water or sink under the water. Before testing try to guess whether the object will float or sink. Test the objects and sort into objects that float and objects that sink. After testing see if you can figure out why some of the objects floated and some sank. Did they have anything in common? * Extra challenge – Try using tin foil or playdough to make a boat that can float on the water. Can your boat hold any objects and still float? *

  • Make a potion by adding some food colouring, mud, herbs, leaves, oats, etc. to the water. Mix and stir your potion. What will your potion do? Do you have to say a magic spell to make the potion work? If so, what is the spell? You could draw a picture of the ingredients used in your potion and/or ask an adult to write the recipe for you (maybe you could try to copy some of the letters/words). 

  • For more fun in the water add extra objects such as a sieve, tubes, a teapot, bowls, spoons, a ladle, a whisk, etc. Maybe you could give some of your toys a wash by adding a cloth or add some bubbles!

🎲 Health and Wellbeing 🎲

 

Play a game with your family. Focus on sharing and taking turns whilst you play. 

 

Our Nursery Message

We are missing all of you so we wanted to send you a message from all of us at home to all of you at home

 

Easter Holidays

 

We just wanted to write a little message to let you know that we are now on our Easter holidays for two weeks. Please feel free to continue using some of the suggested activities below during the holiday and keep posting photos for us to see. We will reply to any photos or comments after the holidays. We have added some Easter holiday scavenger hunt ideas you can try during the holidays. We have also added some ideas to practice number recognition and counting. Here are some links to stories online that you can listen to during the holidays too: https://www.storylineonline.net, https://stories.audible.com/discovery and https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories

We hope you all have a great holiday and keep yourself busy and safe!

The Nursery Team 🙂

 

Easter holiday scavenger hunts

 

Here are some ideas for scavenger hunts you can try during the holidays. We hope you enjoy them!

 

Sound scavenger hunt

Make a list of sounds you might hear outside. For example,

  • A bird singing
  • Wind blowing
  • Water flowing
  • A bee buzzing
  • A dog barking
  • Another animal noise
  • Leaves rustling
  • Something that whistles

Tick off any sounds you hear when outside from your list.

 

Garden scavenger hunt

A garden scavenger hunt is a fun way to engage children with nature and also gets them outside in the fresh air.

Here is a list of things you could look for and/or collect:

  • A seed
  • A blade of grass
  • A flower petal
  • A feather
  • A twig
  • A leaf
  • A cone
  • A stone

You could add an extra challenge by asking for a specific colour of flower, length of twig, size of stone, a number of leaves, etc.

Once you have collected some of these objects you could use them to make a nature picture.

 

Walk scavenger hunt

Family walks are a good way of getting some fresh air and exercise. Here are some suggestions of things you could look for whilst out on your walk. You can also make up your own ideas. 

  • A bench
  • A yellow flower
  • A slide
  • An animal
  • The letter ‘S’
  • A green door
  • A sign post
  • Water
  • A gate
  • A lamp post

Good luck! I wonder how many things you can find?

Please take some photos of you out on your scavenger hunt(s) and post on the ILD.

 

Numbers and Counting Ideas

 

Below are some ideas to help practice number recognition and counting. When counting it is important to point to each object, etc. as you count to help develop 1:1 correspondence. You can practise counting the forward and backward number sequences. You could even challenge yourself and try counting up in 2’s or 10’s! You can also add more challenge by asking questions such as: What number comes next? What number came before __? What is one more than __? What is one less than __?

  • Look for numbers when out for a walk or around your house. What numbers can you see? Where do you see numbers being used? What are they used for?
  • Write numbers on paper/card. Cut them up to make cards, stick them up on the wall, hide them around the room. Ask your child to point to or find a number when you say it.
  • Create a number line from 0-10 or beyond. Write using chalk on the ground outside, on paper, using paint, etc. or create using number cards. Ask your child to write or place the numbers in order. Ask them to stand on or point to a number when you say it.
  • Count as you build models, help with jobs, walk, make pictures, etc. How many blocks have you used to build your tower? How many steps is it from your bedroom to the kitchen? How many plates do we need for dinner? How many sticks have you collected? How many eyes does your monster have? Etc. You can also ask them to write or point to the number to practice number recognition and writing.
  • Ask your child to collect a specific number of an object. You could either say the number or write it down and show them when asking. For example, collect 7 pencils, collect 3 cars, collect 10 leaves, collect 12 sticks, etc.
  • Roll a dice and count the number of spots. Can you get to a stage where you don’t need to count? Use the dice to play a board game. Count using 1:1 correspondence as you move your counter. 
  • You could even try making your own game or draw a game with chalk outside (e.g. snakes and ladders or hopscotch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZzswQaICfM).
  • Playdough – make numbers with the playdough or make a specific number of balls with the playdough. Ask questions when your child creates models such as how many candles have you put on the cake? Give your child a challenge such as can you make a flower with 8 petals?
  • Building models – challenge your child to build a tower that is 10 blocks high, build a house with 4 windows, build a train with 6 carriages, etc.
  • Counting songs such as Five Currant Buns, Ten in the Bed and Five Little Speckled Frogs. There are lots of counting songs to listen to and join in with on this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-counting-songs/zn67kmn
  • Counting stories such as Ten Little Pirates (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiLySC_emj0 ) and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY&t=115s )
  • Topmarks have some counting and number recognition games that we use in Nursery – Ladybird Spots (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots), Teddy Numbers (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers), Underwater Counting (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting), Chinese Dragon Game (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/chinese-dragon-ordering) and Toy Shop Money Game (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money)

 

Week 2 – Easter

 

This week we have some Easter themed stories and rhymes for you to read, listen to and sing. Please continue to add photos, videos and comments onto your ILD. We have loved seeing how busy and creative you are being whilst at home.

 

📚 Story of the Week 📚

This week’s story is ‘Happy Easter Maisy’.

Read along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrCQRPUGlhM

 

Ideas for ‘Happy Easter Maisy’ story:

  • Ask your child about the characters and events of the story as you read and after reading. For example, Who was helping to paint the Easter Eggs? What are the characters’ names? What colours are the Easter Eggs? Etc.
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures.
  • Talk about the characters and what animals they are. You could talk about or find out where they live or eat.
  • Make and design your own Easter Eggs, talking about size, designs and patterns.
  • Have your own Easter Egg hunt. Use positional language to talk about where they could be hiding, such as behind, above, under, over, next to, etc.
  • Make an Easter card to give to your friends, family or neighbours. When out for a walk you could post them through people’s letter boxes or post them at the post box.
  • Share your creations on the ILD.

You can also listen to:

The Story of the Easter Bunny

Read along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP__j1Fviaw

 

Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt

Read along online:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-KIpi_Nc38

 

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🎶

This week’s story is ‘Hop Little Bunnies’.

 

See the little bunnies sleeping, (children lie down still)

Till it’s nearly noon,

Come and let us gently wake them

With a merry tune.

Oh, so still.

Are they ill?

Wake up little bunnies!

Hop little bunnies…hop, hop, hop (children jump up and hop on the spot)

Hop little bunnies…hop, hop, hop

Hop little bunnies…hop, hop, hop

Hop little bunnies, hop and stop!

Listen along online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjsyzbvqsc

Ideas for ‘Hop Little bunnies’:

  • Make a steady beat whilst saying the rhyme – tap your thighs, march on the spot, jump on the spot, etc.
  • When you think your child knows the rhyme, say the rhyme and pause before the rhyming words. Encourage your child to fill in the gaps. For example, “Hop little bunnies hop, hop, hop. Hop little bunnies, hop and….”
  • When saying the rhyme, clap for each syllable in each word (e.g. bun-nies).
  • Create puppets or use soft toys to use when saying the rhyme.
  • Make your own Little Bunny using art materials or junk modelling.
  • Teach your family the song and the actions. Get them to join in with the rhyme and actions. 
  • Find out about rabbits. Where do they live? What do they eat? What are their babies called? Etc.
  • Can you think of any other words that rhyme with hop and stop?

You can also listen to:

Little Peter Rabbit

Listen along online and try the makaton signs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iIRpmxkmGE

 

Little Peter Rabbit (make bunny ears)

Had a fly upon his nose, (pinch together the thumb and forefinger of one hand, circle it like a fly in flight and land it on your nose)

Little Peter Rabbit (make bunny ears)

Had a fly upon his nose, (repeat flying action with hand)

Little Peter Rabbit (make bunny ears)

Had a fly upon his nose (repeat flying action with hand)

And he swished it and he swashed it (bat at your nose with your open hand)

And the fly flew away.

Extra Challenge!

Repeat but do not sing the featured word, just do the action

Verse 2. Do not sing ‘rabbit’ but do action.

Verse 3. Do not sing ‘rabbit’ and ‘fly’ but do action.

Verse 4. Do not sing ‘rabbit’, ‘fly’ and ‘nose’ but do actions.

 

Active Games

Here are some games we regularly play in the gym or Messy Garden. Have a go at teaching your family these games and try to find a space to play them inside or in your garden to keep active!

Traffic Lights

Someone calls out the following instructions. Everyone does the corresponding action until the next instruction is called out.

Green – run, skip, jump around the space.

Amber – run on the spot

Red – stop and sit down

Roundabout – stop and spin around on the spot

Emergency! – run around shouting ‘nee-naw! nee-naw! Nee-naw!’

 

The Beans Game

Someone calls out the following instructions. Everyone does the corresponding action until the next instruction is called out.

Jumping bean – jump on the spot

Runner bean – run on the spot or around the space

Broad bean – stretch out as wide as you can

Baked bean – lie on the ground in a star shape

Jelly bean – stand of the spot and jiggle like wobbly jelly

French bean – stand and shout ‘ooo la la!’

Green bean – stand and stretch as tall as you can

Magic bean – wave your magic wand and shout ‘abracadabra!’

 

What’s the time Mr Wolf?

One person stands at the front with their back to everyone (Mr Wolf). Everyone else stands behind them, further back.

The group shouts ‘what’s the time Mr Wolf?’

Mr Wolf responds with a time (e.g. 4 o’clock).

Each person in the group takes 4 steps closer to Mr Wolf. Make sure you count your steps carefully as you move.

This continues as many times as it takes for the group to get close to Mr Wolf.

When asked what the time is, Mr Wolf will then respond with ‘it’s dinner time!’. When Mr Wolf shouts this they will turn and start chasing everyone in the group. The group needs to run back to the starting point. Whoever Mr Wolf catches first is now the new Mr Wolf.

Hide and Seek

The ‘seeker’ should cover their eyes and count to 10 or 20. Everyone else goes to hide. After counting to 10 or 20, the ‘seeker’ goes to find all the ‘hiders’. See how many good hiding places you can find in your house or garden!

 

Shape Hunt!

Have a look around your house and/or garden. What shapes can you find? Have a look at the links below as a reminder of 2D shape and 3D object names.

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-the-names-of-2d-and-3d-shapes

You can also create a free account to download these word mats: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-105-2d-shape-word-mat and https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-106-3d-shape-word-mat

2D shape song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTeqUejf3D0

3D object song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guNdJ5MtX1A

Sort the objects you have found into the different shapes (e.g. put all squares together, all cylinders together, etc.).

Talk about the properties of the shapes you have found. How many corners, sides, edges or faces do they have? Are the sides the same length or different lengths? How do you know if it’s a 2D shape or a 3D object? Are the sides or edges flat or curved? Does the shape roll? Can you stack one shape on top of each other?

Other 2D shape and 3D object activities:

 

 

We’re going on a Bear Hunt”

Hi Boys and Girls

We hope you are all well and have been keeping busy at home and enjoying your daily walk with your family. We are missing you all.

We know how much you all love the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We thought it would be fun for you to go on your own ‘Bear Hunt’ when you are out with your family but we need your help.

If everyone could put a teddy bear in the front window of your house so that when you are out you can look and count how many bears you can find along the way. We also need some help from the Mummy’s and Daddy’s too. Please can you could spread the word to your friends and family in Hazlehead to put a Teddy Bear in their front window too. The more bears, the more fun this will be.

So go grab your binoculars and have some fun. If you are feeling creative you could even make your own.

Remember to practice your counting skills along the way, counting how many bears you find. Remember to share your Bear Hunt with us – we would love to see you on your Bear Hunt.

Keep safe.

Loose Parts Materials

 

Below are some examples of everyday materials you can use instead of construction resources to build models or use for role play. Using loose parts encourages creativity and imagination as there are endless possibilities. Loose parts give opportunities for children to construct, test, explore, succeed, fail and experiment.

  • Bottle tops
  • Lids 
  • Corks
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Empty packaging boxes (e.g. cereal boxes)
  • Tins
  • Straws
  • Plastic cups
  • String/rope/wool/ribbon
  • Elastic bands
  • Pegs
  • Sticks, stones, cones, leaves, bark, flowers
  • Pieces of material
  • Buckets
  • Toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes
  • Cotton wool
  • Ice lolly sticks
  • Placemats
  • Gift bags
  • Trays
  • Bubble wrap
  • Buttons
  • Empty spice containers
  • Scarves
  • Bubble wrap
  • Empty CD/DVD boxes
  • Old newspapers/magazines
  • Any old pieces of tubing, pipes, wood, etc.

Online Activities

 

Please find some links below to live activities online that may be of interest to you and your child during your time at home.

Joe Wicks PE (workouts). Daily at 9am. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Jump Start Jonny (dance and workouts). Daily at 9am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8PDFwCV0HHcl08-1SzdiBw

Growing Smiles UK (dental/oral hygiene). Tuesday to Friday at 10am. Look up Growing Smiles on Facebook.

Number Fun Live. Weekdays at 10am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChw_M0-qiWfT0_SkrCU1-LA

Dazzle and Fizz (stories, games and songs). Daily at 11am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdZy71KK9uXJ4heGU0CDFEg

Glasgow Science Centre. Daily at 10am. Look up Glasgow Science Centre on Facebook.

Shaper/Caper (dance and movement). Weekdays at 10.30am. Look up Shaper/Caper on Facebook.

Hobbycraft Kids Craft Club. Daily at 11am. Look up Hobbycraft on Facebook.

Fischy Music. Every Monday at 11am. https://www.youtube.com/user/Fischymusic?fbclid=IwAR1ARJBX3CPTpYQqKFove9yt7_Ry_ndiOBYu5BPx4kowGMeEx-J8UsXXE3Q

Science with Maddie Moate. Weekdays at 11am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ0_JQL4wdQd-Xe5hC4PwTg

The Critter Keeper (animals). Daily at 1.30pm. Look for The Critter Keeper on Facebook.

Piper’s Passport (live story reading). Daily – check Facebook page for times.. Look for Piper’s Passport on Facebook.

Dantastic Productions (themed dance parties). Daily at 3pm. Look for Dantastic Productions on Facebook

 

You can also find many activity ideas on this website: https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/ 

You can access some stories to listen to on Audible stories: https://stories.audible.com/discovery

There are more stories to listen to on Storyline Online: https://www.storylineonline.net/

You can watch the animals at Edinburgh Zoo here: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/

You can try some Yoga here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

 

🏡 Learning at Home 🏡

 

Below are some suggested activities you can do with your child whilst at home. We will add some new ideas to the website each week along with a ‘Story of the Week’ and a ‘Rhyme of the Week’. We would encourage you to allow your child lots of time for free play where they can be creative and use their imagination. You can help by talking to your child as they play to help expand their vocabulary by introducing new words and using mathematical vocabulary (e.g. more, less, half, equal, fewer,  estimate, long, tall, highest, heavy, light, full, empty, straight, round, next to, beside, right, left, over, under, near, far, higher , lower, etc.). We would also encourage you to get your child involved in everyday activities such as sorting and folding washing, washing and putting away dishes, setting the table and helping to prepare meals.

Please let us know what your child has been up to during their time at home by posting photos, videos and comments on your child’s ILD. The nursery team will be looking at this regularly to see what everyone has been doing.

📚 Story of the Week 🐷🐷🐷

Each week we will have a ‘Story of the Week’. Please read or listen to this story with your child. We will include some activities that you can do which are linked to the story.

This week’s story is ‘The Three Little Pigs’.

 

Read online: http://threelittlepigsstory.com/the-three-little-pigs-story/

Animated version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLR2pLUsl-Y

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s7cz6p7jew

Ideas for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ story:

  • Whilst reading or listening to the story ask your child to join in with the repeated phrases: “Little pig, little pig, let me come in”, “Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin” and “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”
  • Ask your child about the characters and events of the story as you read and after reading. For example, Do you think the wolf will be able to blow down this house? Why? Who built the house of sticks? Which house could the wolf not blow down? Which house would you choose to live in? Why? Etc.
  • Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures. 
  • Build a house of ‘straw’, a house of ‘sticks’ and a house of ‘bricks’ for the Three Little Pigs. You could use construction materials, junk modelling or any other objects and materials found around your house.
  • Build a strong house for the pigs. What materials could you use to make it strong? You could even use a hairdryer to see if your house can stay standing strong.
  • Make your own masks of pigs and/or the wolf. Use these to retell the story.
  • Talk about the size and order of the pigs using the smallest, middle sized and biggest pig and the first, second and third pig.

🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🥚

Each week we will have a ‘Rhyme of the Week’. Please say or sing this rhyme with your child regularly throughout the week. We will include some activities that are linked to the rhyme.

This week’s rhyme is ‘Humpty Dumpty’.

 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrv495corBc

Ideas for ‘Humpty Dumpty’:

  • Make a steady beat whilst saying the rhyme – tap your thighs, march on the spot, jump on the spot, etc.
  • When you think your child knows the rhyme, say the rhyme and pause before the rhyming words. Encourage your child to fill in the gaps. For example, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great….”
  • When saying the rhyme, clap for each syllable in each word (e.g. Hump-ty).
  • Create puppets or use soft toys to use when saying the rhyme.
  • Make your own Humpty Dumpty using art materials or junk modelling.
  • Build a wall for Humpty Dumpty to sit on. How tall is your wall? How wide is your wall? Measure it using a measuring tape, ruler, blocks, hands, etc.
  • Can you create a soft landing for Humpty Dumpty to land on? Look at different materials and surfaces around your house.
  • Where did Humpty Dumpty fall? Use positional language – e.g. in front of the wall, behind the wall, next to the wall, etc.
  • Can you think of any other words that rhyme with wall and fall?
  • Create a large egg shape with paper. Cut into pieces. Ask your child to put the pieces back together to put ‘Humpty’ back together again?
  • Practise cracking eggs whilst baking or helping to prepare a meal.

🧑‍🍳 Playdough 👨‍🍳

Playdough recipe

 

Ingredients:

½ cup of salt

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup boiling water

Food colouring or paint for colour. 

Extras:

Herbs, spices or flavourings to make your playdough smell.  

 

  1. Add the food colouring or paint to the hot water and mix until food colouring/paint has dissolved into the water. Leave to one side.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the water to your dry mix and stir.
  4. You may need to add more flour or water depending on the consistency of your mixture. 

Simple playdough recipe

The children use this recipe to make their own playdough at nursery. This dough will not last as long as the dough made using the recipe above but requires less ingredients.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup warm water

 

Extras:

Food colouring

Herbs, spices, flavourings.

  1. Measure the flour and salt into a bowl.
  2. Measure the water and add to the bowl of dry ingredients.
  3. Stir your mixture.
  4. You may need to add more flour or water depending on the consistency of your mixture.

 

Playdough ideas:

  • Roll, pinch, push, squeeze, splat, poke, roll your playdough into a ball.
  • Do a ‘Dough Disco’ – you can find videos to follow on YouTube (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrBsNhwxzgc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocFu_ZFgQi4) or you can use your child’s favourite songs to practise your ‘actions’ (rolling, splating, pushing, pinching, poking, etc.).
  • Create patterns and shapes in the playdough (e.g. using toys, blocks, bubble wrap, etc.).
  • Use kitchen utensils such as forks, knives, plates, baking trays, cake cases, candles, rolling pin, cutters, garlic press, etc.
  • Practise your cutting skills using scissors.
  • Add art resources such as googly eyes, pipe cleaners, match sticks, beads, feathers, bottle tops, buttons, string, etc.
  • Use natural resources such as sticks, stones, leaves, cones (whatever you can find outside or in your garden).
  • Use the playdough to create characters, settings or objects to make up a story (e.g. a monster, a forest, cakes for a tea party, etc.).

📆 Days of the Week 📆

Listen to the Days of the Week song:

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

Read or watch ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

Every day ask your child:

  • What day is it today? 
  • What day was it yesterday? 
  • What day will it be tomorrow?

*Extra Challenge – Look at a calendar – What is today’s date?*

 

🎂 Whole School Challenge 🎈

Please find a link to the whole school birthday challenge if you would like to take part.

https://www.hazlehead-ps.aberdeen.sch.uk/2020/03/happy-birthday-hazlehead/

 

📚 World Book Day 📚

We have enjoyed celebrating World Book Day in Nursery. We went to the book swap where  we got to choose a new book to take home and some of the P4 and P7 children read stories to us. Some of us dressed up as our favourite character from a book and shared why they were our favourite. We have loved listening to, sharing and looking at lots of different stories throughout the day.

🔥 Fire 🔥

Thank you Miss Tipping for inviting the afternoon nursery to come and see your fire at the messy garden. We kept ourselves safe around the fire by staying behind the cones. We loved standing and watching the fire.

👩‍🎨 Self-portraits 👨‍🎨

We have been creating self-portraits by looking in mirrors. We chose which art materials we wanted to use to create our self-portrait. Have a look at our display in the peg area to see our creations.

School ceilidh

We have been practising our Scottish dancing and our Scottish songs for the last few weeks. This morning the morning nursery performed their dance and song (Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny aff a Bus) in front of the whole school at the ceilidh. The afternoon nursery performed their song and dance for the P1’s and P3’s this afternoon. Well done everyone for an amazing performance!

 

🌳 Litter picking 🌳

We noticed there was a lot of litter in the messy garden so we decided to tidy it up. We loved looking around the messy garden to find litter and using the litter pickers to collect it.

🎭 Lemon Tree trip 🚌

We loved our trip to watch the show Ice House at the Lemon Tree. Clip and Clop took us through their Christmas card for an adventure to the far far north.

🌳 Hazlehead Park trip 🍪☕️

The morning nursery loved spending the morning playing in Hazlehead Park before heading to the cafe for some hot chocolate and cookies. They were delicious!

🎄 Christmas tree trip 🎅

The afternoon nursery had a great trip to Tyrebagger Forest to choose our nursery Christmas tree. Santa and his elves guided us through the forest until we found the tree we liked. We then shouted on Mr Chopper-Upper to come and chop the tree down and wrap it up for us to bring back to nursery.

💧Waterproofs 💧

Our new waterproofs have arrived! Thank you to everyone who so generously made donations to help us buy them.

❄️ Ice! ❄️

We have loved finding all the ice around our nursery garden over the last few days. We have investigated different ways to melt the ice – using warm water, salt and warmth. We have also been using different words to describe the ice – smooth, slippy, shiny, freezing, cold, hard, clear, thick, thin, see through.

🌧 Getting muddy! 🌧

After the rain all weekend it was very muddy in the messy garden. We loved getting messy playing in the mud – digging, splashing, making mud balls, making mud angels and lots more!

🎃 Pumpkin Party 🎃

We had great fun at our Pumpkin Party. Some of us dressed up, we played party games in the hall, we had party food, made spider pictures, tried to eat a doughnut off of a string and some of us even decided to put on a spooky show.

🔨 Woodwork 🧰

This week we have started to use our woodwork table and resources. We have been learning how to use the different tools and learning how to keep ourselves and our friends safe whilst using the woodwork tools.

💡Our dark den 💡

We received funding to buy a dark den and lights which we have now received. We followed instructions to build our dark den tent and to fill up our bubble tube. We have loved going inside the tent and watching all the lights.

 

🪐 Curiosity Box 🧪

We have set up a curiosity box in nursery. This time our curiosity box contains science related objects. Our favourite objects have been space related – a telescope and some little astronauts. We have practised using the telescope, learnt that it is used to look at stars and planets, dressed as astronauts, built space rockets, created stories with the rockets small world toys, looked at books about the solar system and even made our own telescopes.

🥕 Vegetable soup 🥔

We made some delicious vegetable soup with some of the vegetables we collected from our garden.

🥔 Our vegetables 🥕

We dug up our vegetables that we have been growing in our garden. We found radishes, potatoes and carrots. Here are some of our suggestions of what we can do with our vegetables….

”cook them and eat them” – Lily

”we should make vegetable soup” – Angus

”cut them and eat them” – Aliyah

”make chips!” – Maison

☀️ First week at nursery 🌳

We have been enjoying being back at nursery and meeting our new friends.

Park trip

We loved our trip to the park with P6 this morning!

Sports Day

Well done to everyone for taking part in our Sports Day. Thank you to to all friends and family who came to watch and cheer us on!

Playing outside

We have loved playing outside in the warm weather this week. We have planted strawberry plants in our garden, continued to care for our seeds and potatoes, had picnic snacks in the messy garden, found ladybirds, made pies in the mud kitchen, built towers and climbed into tyres, played on the wooden play equipment, built dens and and lots more!

Gloop

We got very messy making and playing with gloop this week. While playing with the gloop we realised it could be rolled into a ball but when you stopped moving it, it began to melt!

Planting

This week we planted some wildflower seeds at the messy garden. We hope these attract wildlife such as  butterflies and bees to the messy garden. We also built two greenhouses and have planted some tomatoes and herbs to put in them. We planted potato seeds in our nursery garden and we are looking forward to planting some more fruit and vegetables for us to grow.

Our stage

We have been loving singing and dancing on our new stage in nursery.

Easter Egg Hunt

We followed footprints to the messy garden where we found clues from the Easter bunny. We worked together to follow the clues that led us to some Easter eggs!

Scoot-a-thon

Thank you to everyone who sponsored us for our Scoot-a-thon. We had a great time riding around the course that was set up in the playground. So far we have raised over £1200 for nursery resources – wow!! Thank you!

Spanish Songs and Stories

Thank you to Gabriela and Miguel’s mum for reading us a story and singing us some songs in Spanish during her Stay and Play. Click on the link to see Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star sung in English and then in Spanish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAHPEYo4udg&feature=youtu.be

 

Traditional Tales

We have been reading some traditional tales in nursery. So far we have read The Little Red Hen, Chicken Licken, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs. We have been using story stones, puppets, costumes, props, small world toys and drawing pictures to retell the story to our friends. Primary One have also been to read us stories using puppets and actions. Thank you P1!

 

Brazilian Songs

Thank you to Luca’s mum for singing some traditional Brazilian songs with us during her Stay and Play. It’s great to celebrate the different languages we have in our nursery.

World Book Day

We enjoyed celebrating World Book Day in nursery. Some of us dressed up as our favourite book character. We loved going to the Book Swap to chose a new book and even got to read stories with P4.

 

Our Chicks

We loved watching our chicks hatch from their eggs. After they hatched we moved them out of the incubator and made sure they had food and water to help them grow. We even got to hold the chicks! They felt so soft. Our chicks have now been collected and are off to live on a farm.

Our Chicks are Hatching…!!

Watch our video

Living Eggs

The nursery received a delivery of 10 Living Eggs on Monday. We have been watching them closely to see if there are any signs of the chicks hatching. We have been looking at the poster which tells us how to look after the eggs and chicks, and shows us what will happen to our eggs. We are all very excited to meet the chicks!

 

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