Miss K McIntosh – Nursery Class Teacher
Mrs P Hodgson – Nursery Teaching Assistant
Hello Parents and Carers,
A very warm welcome to the nursery class page.
We’re thrilled that you have chosen Westvale Nursery to start your child’s exciting learning adventure! We are looking forward to getting to know your child and having lots of fun together this year.
The children have settled in beautifully and we would never believe that some of them are only three years old! You should be very proud of them as we are.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for arriving promptly and following all of our guidelines which have been put in place to keep everyone in the community safe.
In addition to children learning the importance of regular handwashing and the new class rules and routines, they will be learning about what makes them unique and how to stay healthy and happy. Please see the Autumn 1 overview for more detailed information about what your child will be learning this half term.
Linking any learning your child does in school with conversations or experiences at home is the best way to ensure your child embeds new ideas and concepts. We recommend that you talk to your child each day about their learning and continue to check out the nursery class page on the school website for updates and information.
A friendly reminder that as all drinks and snacks will be provided for your child, we ask for a snack contribution of £1 per week.
We look forward to watching your child develop a love of learning in our nursery.
Miss McIntosh & Mrs Hodgson
Can you and your children find out about VE Day and why we are celebrating it this week?
Maybe you could write about how a child would have felt on VE DAY, or maybe you could draw a picture? Why don’t you try making some Union Jack Bunting together?
Nursery Summer Learning. Topic – Perfect Pets
You should now all have access to the EasyPeasey app and I can see many of you have been playing lots of games with your children. Please keep this up as it helps tremendously with your child’s communication and language skills.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is split into seven areas of learning. Below you will find activities to complete with your child over the next six weeks.
Communication and Language
Watch the following video with your child and encourage your child to identify each animal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Q-jlHBcXM
- Pause the video after each animal and discuss where the animal lives, remind them of times when they have seen these animals in real life. Allow your child to choose the direction of the conversation and encourage the use of more complex sentences using the words ‘and’, ‘because’ and ‘but.’
- Ask your child to close their eyes and focus on listening to the sounds. Can your child remember which animal makes which sound? This game can be repeated until your child can identify and remember each animal.
- Hide a soft toy animal around the house for your child to find and describe where the soft toy animal is hiding. Encourage the use of the prepositions: on, inside, under, on top, next to, behind, in front.
- Read a story to your child and when you’ve finished, close the book and ask your child to retell the story in his / her own words.
- Encourage your child to help around the house to develop fine and gross motor skills. While the weather is nice, encourage your child to use clothes pegs to hang washing out. This will help make their hands strong and more ready to hold a pencil for writing. Give your child a paint brush and ask them to ‘paint’ the floor, wall or fence with water. This is a really fun activity which the children will love and builds strength in their arm and shoulder muscles.
- Listen to some tracks from the ‘Carnival of the Animals’ by Camille Saint-Saëns. Encourage your child to listen to the music and create movements to match the music and the animals.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Talk about pets that your child has or what pets they would like. Discuss how important it is to look after animals and how they can help to look after pets they have at home.
- If you have a pet encourage your child to become involved with looking after your pet. Your child could feed the pet, ensure shelters and toys are safe and suitable for use and provide fresh water for the pet to drink. If you don’t have a pet use a toy and do exactly the same as if it were real.
- Ask your child to look into a mirror and show them some pictures of different pets that you find on google. Encourage your child to make a face to show how each picture makes them feel.
Literacy – Reading and Writing
– Our focus text is ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ by Lynley Dodd. If you have a copy or can order a copy online that would be fantastic to share with your child. If not, find any book and encourage your child to hold the book the correct way and turn the pages carefully.
– Twinkl have made a fantastic online book about Pets called Formidable Sid. You can view a PDF version here: Formidable Sid
Read the e-book with your child and encourage him/her to retell the story in their own words.
- Continue to encourage the children to practice writing their names.
- Ask your child to draw a picture of an animal they would like as a pet and encourage them to attempt to write the name of the animal next to it or a caption. Don’t worry that they don’t know how to write yet. The aim is for them to attribute meaning to any marks they make.
Mathematics – Number and Shape, Space and Measure
- Use Lego, dried pasta or any other small objects as counters and encourage children to count out 5, 10, 15, 20 objects (choose any number 1-20).
- Make some number cards with just paper and a pen or pencil (or use the ones sent home in the home learning packs) and encourage your child to count out the correct number of objects to match the numeral.
- Support your child to continue to compare two groups of objects, and recognising when each group has the same amount. E.g. count out 4, 6, 8 or 10 objects (depending on your child’s ability) and split them in different ways.
- Go on a number hunt with your child around the house. “Where can you find number 7?”
- Look for shapes around your house. “Can you find any circles in our kitchen?”
Understanding the World
- Google now has a virtual reality feature to enable you and your child to see animals in 3d as if they are in your living room. Share this experience with your child and encourage them to use your device with support to view the animals. Talk about the similarities and differences between the animals and how they look different to us as humans.
How to use Google 3D animals
To use the feature, first you’ll need to make sure you have the right software. You’ll be using your phone or tablet, so for Android users, Google requires an operating system of Android 7.0 or later. For iPhone users, you need to be running iOS 11.0 or later.
Now, to take a walk on the wild side, you just need to google an animal on your device – just type into the search bar, as an example, ‘lion.’ Just underneath the image search results and the Wikipedia description of the animal, you’ll be able to see a box that says, ‘Meet a life-sized lion up close’. Click the ‘view in 3D’ button that will be clearly displayed, then click ‘view in your space’ to see the animal in your own surroundings. You’ll need to give Google access to your camera for it to be able to insert the animal into your space.
Expressive Art & Design
- Listen to, and sing along with the many animal songs available on YouTube. Simply search for ‘animal songs for preschool.’
- Make some play dough with your child using the following recipe: Playdough Recipe. Encourage your child to use the play dough to make some model pets. They could add extras such as dried spaghetti for tails and whiskers and dried peas for eyes and noses.
- Use empty pans and different utensils to make percussion instruments to make sounds to represent different pets. Encourage your child to think about how they should be played (quiet/loud, slow/fast) to represent an animal sound.
- Make animal masks with paper plates and any materials, pens and pencils you find around the house. Can your child pretend to be that animal while wearing the mask?
- Keep encouraging your child to paint, draw and make animals out of old cereal boxes, yogurt pots, kitchen roll tubes and any ‘junk materials’ you can find around the house.
Hello again Nursery and Reception,
We hope you are all well and having lots of fun at home with your family. We miss you and are thinking of you all!
It is nearly Easter and normally we would have been retelling the Easter story and taking part in lots of Easter themed art and craft activities. Perhaps you could make an Easter card or paint an Easter themed picture? How many will be taking part in an easter egg hunt around the house or in the garden?
A number hunt is just as fun! Ask you parents / carers to place numbers 1-20 around the house or garden and try to find them all in order.
Parents / Carers,
All nursery and reception parents have now had a text message inviting them to use the EasyPeasy app. I can see that lots of you have been playing the online games and exploring the app so a big well done!
We have attached some fun activities for you to try with your child(ren) at home. Please don’t feel under any pressure to complete lots of activities if it is causing any stress. The main priority is that the children are healthy and happy and are ready to return to learning with a positive mind set when the time comes.
Easter is a time of hope and new beginnings. Let’s hope we’re all back together soon to enjoy lots of new learning and activities!
Miss McIntosh & Miss Fealey
Hello Nursery and Reception!
I hope you are all keeping healthy and washing your hands to keep those germs away!
I’m sure you are all continuing with your pack of work and are doing so well, please keep it up!
Your bonus task for the next week is to take a look in your garden or someone else’s front garden if you go out for your daily exercise. Can you see any beautiful flowers, busy bees or curly caterpillars? Draw and colour what you see in your garden. Parents, feel free to print the template below or use plain paper! Link to template here.
If your little ones are anything like mine they will have already started eating you out of house and home! How about setting up your own tuck shop? My little boy will be given 20p to spend, he will have to choose his own snack and pay for it which will develop his counting skills with real money.
For this activity I am going to give him a bag full of twenty 1p coins and make a pretend price list e.g.
For more ideas to help your child in each of the seven areas of learning and to support your child to achieve their Early Learning Goals, please click on the following links:
- Activities to Try at Home
- Early Learning Goals Parent and Carers Guide
- Lego 30 day challenge
- We use White Rose Maths and they have set up some home learning packs for each year group: Www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
- Classroom Secrets have developed some home learning packs for English & Maths. www.classroomsecrets.co.uk
- PE Challenges Personal Best for Home
EASY PEASEY IS LAUNCHING AND YOU ARE INVITED!
EasyPeasy is a digital service that will send you game ideas, tips, and information to your mobile phone. EasyPeasy games are designed to help build the skills that will prepare your child for school and beyond.
Look out for a text message next week from ‘EasyPeasy’ to your mobile to get started.
Take care and keep a look out for further updates.
Miss McIntosh 😊
From Monday 20th April the BBC Bitesize website will be launching a free daily lesson in core subjects for ages 5-14 combined with programming. The website itself will be expanded with more ideas for lessons and activities for different age groups but there will also be a series of 20 minute lessons for different age groups and subjects every day on BBC iplayer and/or the Red Button. There will also be 10 minute podcasts created for different subjects each day. The bbc.co.uk/teach website is also useful for resources. Further information can be found below.
RWInc are hosting online phonics sessions every morning between 9.30am and 11am. The videos are then available for 24hours.
If your child is in Nursey-Reception they will access the Set 1 sounds phonics sessions.
If your child is in Year 1 or 2 they will access Set 2 – 3 sounds phonics sessions.
The children are very familiar with the sounds they have been learning in school and should be able to tell you which ones they know and where they are up to.
Please find additional information on the Ruth Miskin Website and the videos on the Ruth Miskin YouTube Channel (links below):
Design and technology (DT) prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through the study of design and technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.
Follow the link below for some fantastic, age appropriate DT ideas to try at home with your child.
Out of the Ark
Music has an extraordinary power to bring us together, it can lift us when we feel low, energise us when we feel tired and is something we all have in common. So, to help with the rhythms and routines of your new daily life, ‘Out of the Ark’ have released seven songs, one for each day, all with challenges and activities related to each song. They will continue to add new songs and resources over the next few weeks and can be found by following the link below:
Computing activity at home
Below are some web sites for young children to further supplement their learning. Always review the sites ahead of time so that you are able to help your children find the best resources available within the sites. Some offer a great number of games, songs, stories, videos etc. so it is important to know the site well in order to support and develop your child’s learning.
- Challenges – Personal Best
- www.busythings.co.uk Excellent site built around the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. You can access a free 7 day trial but you need to subscribe after this period to access the content – various subscription packages available.
- http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm Great site with some free phonics games
- www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies Many games often recognised by children from their favourite programmes.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs/ Links to particular cbeebies games from areas of learning.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories cbeebies stories and rhymes.
- http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Interactive books and reading activities to share with your child at home.
- http://www.funwithspot.com/ New and improved! Try creating your own Spot story.
- www.sebastianswan.org.uk Books for reading together with links to understanding of the world (good for natural science).
- www.topmarks.co.uk In interactive website with age related maths games.
Please enjoy these activities with your children and we look forward to seeing the children soon.