Nursery (Foundation 1)

Miss K McIntosh  – Nursery Class Teacher

Mrs P Hodgson –  Nursery Teaching Assistant

Hello children, parents and carers,

We hope that you are all keeping safe and well and enjoying your time together, best you can.

As the Easter holidays are over, we would usually be starting our new  Summer term now. A strange term starting for us all. We are missing you and hope that we can all be together again soon in school.

Below is an overview of what we would normally be covering this term in school and some ideas/tips for things you can do at home so you can carry on with your learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Miss McIntosh

Home Learning

  • Packs of work are available for collection at the school office – obviously whilst observing social distancing.

    Your child’s pack can be collected on Wed 13th May: 9.00 – 10.30 (Nursery).

    Friday 15th May: 9.00 – 12.00 Nursery/Reception drop in for uncollected packs


  • 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.

    • 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.

    Physical Development

    • 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 isHairy 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.

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