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Week 15 13th July

Hello lovely ladybirds!

 Here are some interesting activities that you have been doing at home.

This is our last week before the summer break!

Some of you might be experiencing many different feelings.  You might be feeling sad or happy or excited but some of you might also be feeling a little bit worried about new beginnings (starting school or saying goodbye to Ladybirds).

 Here is a special story about ‘Ruby’s Worry’ by Tom Percival and read by Miss Lowe.

Here are some songs and videos that you might enjoy.

Emotions and feelings song

https://youtu.be/eMOnyPxE_w8

Sad, bad day

https://youtu.be/ca8SUuG8vdA

Feelings song

https://youtu.be/-J7HcVLsCrY

Lizzie’s last day of school

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-T-UZ3HL-w

Goodbye song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP9AujV8N1A

Goodbye see you next time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STMl4yjPpoM

So long now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IX8YI0q6R0

Goodbye everyone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzFiZAM5Cr0

Time to say goodbye

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCr2t34vkIE

Topsy and Tim’s first day at school

https://youtu.be/yrPyg_iXQj8

Your first day at school interactive game

https://www.bbc.co.uk/games/embed/starting-school?exitGameUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fbbc.co.uk%2Fbitesize%2Farticles%2Fznc9vk7

Here are a few activities that you might like to do….

You could make a shield! 

This will help to keep you safe!  You can decorate it with all the things that make you feel safe and happy.

You will need

Large piece of cardboard

Coloured paper

Photos

Scissors

Glue

 

 

 

This is a ‘coping box’

Creating a coping box can help us during particularly difficult times. Having a box on hand will provide comfort and strategies to encourage positive thinking, and will prove to be an invaluable tool when you are having a rough day.

Because we all cope differently, it is useful to try various “coping methods” and activities to see what works best for you.

Step 1: 

Find a box (shoe box, cardboard store boxes), decorate it to your liking…make it unique like you!

 Step 2: 

Add your items into the box, then store somewhere private (such as closet or cupboard).

This box can help children cope during difficult times.  It will be comforting for the child to know that the things in the box is a positive support tool. Things such as a stress ball, pictures, soft toys or animals, pictures/photos, and letters from a loved one.  You can put anything in your ‘coping box’ that makes you feel happy and safe.

'The kiss box’

 This is another way to help your child deal with separation anxiety.

 https://doseofplay.com/blog/the-kiss-box

This is a ‘safe place’ pillow

Simply have your child decorate a pillow case, using fabric markers, with pictures of things that help them feel safe and calm, positive affirmations, positive memories, helpful self- talk statements, reminders of coping skills, etc. I explain this pillowcase can be a reminder for the child to feel safe and calm before going to bed at night and first thing when he or she wakes up in the morning. This is also helpful for nightmares and bedtime anxiety, simply have your child draw dreams they want to be having or positive self- talk statements to reassure and comfort themselves when waking from a nightmare. 

Supplies:

1) Blank or light solid coloured pillowcase.

2) A large piece of cardboard to put in-between the pillow case while the child is working on it so the ink does not leak through. 

3) Fabric markers: you can use any fabric markers just be aware some require ironing to “set” them in the fabric. I use Sharpie brand fabric markers called Stained since they are easy to use, thin, and require no ironing. 

Deep Breathing

You can encourage your child to do some deep breathing with shapes and pictures.  This is an easy distraction!

This is a very useful website to help with many different feelings.

https://copingskillsforkids.com/blog/using-shapes-to-teach-deep-breathing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some paper plate faces using lots of different resources and materials to create different feelings.  How many feelings can you think of?  How many faces can you make?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a copy of Miss Lowe’s play recipe on the web page.

(Instead of adding jelly, add a couple of drops of lavender oil)!

Very soothing!

  

This calm down bottle is also useful.  It can help to calm nerves, calm a tantrum and work as a distraction to difficult moments.

Find an empty plastic bottle/flask then fill with rice and some very small/miniature toys. Close the lid firmly and tape for extra security.

Make a board with squares and stick the same toys onto the board or take photos of the toys and stick them onto the board. 

See how many toys can you find?

 

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your children for continuing with home-school learning during this unusual time. We are very proud of each and every one of our children.  We look forward to seeing some of you again in September and wish the children 'moving on', all the best in their new classes next year.

Now is the time for parents and children to have a well deserved break.

See you all again in September!

EYFS Team

Week 14 6th July

Hello lovely ladybirds!

Here is some of the ‘home learning’ you have been doing this week…

What animal is Sophie and Jamie stroking? What has Jamie been growing in his garden? Look at Edward’s lovely writing! 

Well done everyone!

This week we are continuing our theme on the seaside but introducing……

           

Here are some pirate stories you might like to listen to….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4m_BW5yddU

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiLySC_emj0

 

 You might like to join in with some of these songs……..

Portside Pirates

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qAngsMJD3I

If you want to be a pirate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDKlKiMIYv4

Pirate phonics (Alphablocks)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--3adFTymqo

Dream English pirates counting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdeFoetoF1c

Over the deep blue sea

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

Happy pirates

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK6svmw0usY

Cbeebies let’s play pirates

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq9qCAXvnLk

Cbeebies Pirate boogie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q0diKmWtUE

cbeeies treasure song

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

I hope you enjoyed those stories and songs?

  Here are some Pirate activities for you to do……

Can you make a pirate face?   

All you need is black paper, paint and a paper plate!  How many pirates can you make? 

          Don’t forget a finger print beard! 

 

I wonder if you could make a treasure hunt in a sand bucket or a sand pit?

What will you find?

Shells, jewels, money?

Maybe you could make a treasure chest to put your treasure in?

How will you decorate your treasure chest?

Treasure chest ideas

     

 Or you could make a treasure map?

    

 Where will you hide your treasure?  Can you draw the clues?

Don’t forget that X marks the spot?

 Can you colour the pirate?

 

 Cooking ideas

Crunchy Apple Boats

These Crunchy Apple Boats are super easy to make and they are sure to bring a smile to the face of any apple fan. 

     You will need:

  • Apples – each apple makes two boats
  • Your favourite spread or try honey.
  • Puffed rice
  • Cheese
  • Toothpicks

    To make:

  1. Cut the apple in half, removing the core.
  2. Spread the top with spread.
  3. Sprinkle with puffed rice.
  4. Cut a sail for your apple boat from a thick slice of cheese and attach with a toothpick.

    Enjoy!

These look yummy too!  Pirate pancakes!

What topping will you choose?

 Here are some thoughts for the week……….

    

Week 13 29th June

Hello lovely ladybirds!

Take a look at some of the lovely things you have been learning at home this week!

Who has been to the seaside?

Who has pretended that the seaside is in the garden?

Did you see Jamie’s sunflower?  I wonder if it will grow any bigger?

This week we are learning how to…..

This week Miss Lowe is reading a story called…

I wonder if Miss Lowe will be wearing any sunglasses?

There are lots of videos for you to watch this week….

George, the sun safe superhero

https://youtu.be/EwyqaLnsi5Q

  Sun safety heroes

https://youtu.be/CijOPVB_2mM

 Mr Tumble

https://youtu.be/7tjhvy19KT0

 Sun Mr Sun

https://youtu.be/hlzvrEfyL2Y

Slip slop slap

https://youtu.be/WOv5HGOJYTA

 Fitzy Monster

https://youtu.be/XcE0VDZEhL0

Here are some activities for you to explore.

 

 

Can you see your shadow on the floor?

What happens when you move?

Can you make some shapes with your shadows?

Perhaps you could draw your shadow and then paint it?

 

 

 

 

 

Try this experiment and see if any of these items will melt in the sun?

Complete the table below.

What do you notice?

What happens to the chocolate?

Can you see what happens to the ice cube?

 

 

 

Here are some arts and crafts……

See if you can make some ‘Pete the Cat’ sunglasses?

       

 Or you could make a sun visor?

These are made with paper plates.

 

How about making some sun pictures?…..

You can use your cutting skills to cut out some sun rays.  Learn to spell and write your name.

Why not make some summer frozen smoothies to keep you cool?

Follow the link for some lovely recipes.

 

 

  https://perfectionpending.net/20-frozen-kid-friendly-drinks-summer/

  

 Miss Lowe’s favourite is the strawberry smoothie.

 What’s your favourite?

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts for the week……

   

Week 12 22nd June

Hello lovely ladybirds!

What a busy week we have had! 

Here are some photos of your ‘Home Learning’ activities that you have been doing…….

Can you spot Edward?  He has been busy growing his sunflower and it is growing fast.  Is it bigger or smaller than Edward?  Can you see the snails that Amelia and Kacper have found?  How many snails did they find?  What is Emma wearing on her head?

This week we are continuing with our ‘Seaside theme’……

The story this week is

The ladybird girl at the beach’

Here is a selection of books you might like to share.

 

 Here are some videos for you to enjoy……

I like to be beside the seaside

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcHyyuGjuk0

Under the sea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2gUQP-1C7A

Down in the Deep Blue Sea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pMEQsk3c5Y

Open Shut Them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx7e729w4YE

Jelly fish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=494e4txpwSg

Slippery fish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXfTXCIXIq8

Barnaby Bear visits the seaside

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0113z8j

The Sounds of Summer

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio/sounds-of-summer-seaside?collection=radio-sounds-of-summer

 

Here are some activities you might like to try……..

 

 

You can mix some soap flakes together with warm water and add some sea colours with paint or food colouring.

 

Why not hide some shells and stones and have a treasure hunt?

 

 

 

 

 

Ice blocks

Place some sea side objects into a blue coloured water and freeze it in a cup or small container.  Bring it out of the freezer and watch it melt.

 

 

 

 

          

Brown sugar castle

If you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach to you.

Simply brown sugar!

What can you make with it?

A sandcastle?

A shape?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wonder if you could find some rocks or stones in the garden or in the park?  Wash them then dry them and then you could paint them or use pens to draw on them?

Can you write your name on a rock?

How many different fish can you paint?

 



 

 

 

Can you write your name in the sand?

I wonder if you could write the letters in your name on stones?

    

 

Here are some number activities to try.. 

       

 Cooking ideas

What’s your favourite sandwich filling?

Can you help to make a starfish sandwich?   

How many can you make?

     

  These jelly boats look yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts for the week

                

Enjoy your week!  Have fun!

 

'Bug House’ Competition 2020 

We all know that insects need somewhere safe to live so a bug house or hotel is a sheltered purpose-built structure that provides a safe environment for those bugs to live in.

You have all been so busy with your families, building some amazing homes for bugs.  There are going to be some very happy bugs when they find your bug houses to snuggle down in.

We have had a wonderful array of different ‘bug house’ entries to our competition and we are thrilled to announce a winner! 

 It has been a very difficult decision to make because they are all FANTASTIC!

However, it is a competition and we have chosen a winner with the help of Mr Hickling.

The winner is (1st prize) Luca B 

 Runner Up (2nd prize) Victor P

 

 (3rd prize) Leon

 

I would like to take this opportunity in thanking ALL of you for your hard work and engagement in this project.

These bug houses will help you to investigate and explore the bug world and help you to learn about them.

The ‘bug house’ competition has been a great project for the children and has helped them to get involved in learning about their natural environment.  It has given the children life enhancing gardening experiences as they have been learning lots of new skills through ‘first hand’ experiences, building with a purpose in mind and developing fine and gross motor skills.  Many of the children have been given support to learn how to use tools and one-handed resources and provided with opportunities to take risks in a safe environment.

Bug houses are a great learning source for all ages of children, children learn new vocabulary, play alongside others, spend quality time with family and care about living creatures.

 

There are other ideas and resources that you could add to enhance and extend the learning opportunities to your bug house such as, clipboards, pencils, magnifying glasses and pictures of insects. 

Week 11 15th June

Hello lovely ladybirds!

Here are lots of super photos of all the wonderful activities that you have been doing at home this week.

The caterpillars have woken up and something special has happened……. Watch the video carefully and you will see something amazing!

This week our topic is changing and we are going to be learning about………

The summer is here and we are spending more time outside.  We might not be able to go the beach, just yet, but we can imagine what it is like and plan to visit the beach when it’s safe to with our families.  So here is some investigating and exploring that we can do before we go……

Miss Lowe is going to read a story this week.

Here are some videos and activities that you can try….

 Sights and sounds of the sea side

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=at+the+seaside+stories+for+children#action=view&id=18&vid=23298046c92bc7f33fabea9be2fe

A day at the beach

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=at+the+seaside+stories+for+children#action=view&id=6&vid=a491a79b73c

Yoga at the seaside

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=at+the+seaside+stories+for+children#action=view&id=32&vid=28498e75f296

Beach song

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=at+the+seaside+stories+for+children#action=view&id=51&vid=56036036248efc3

Can you draw a picture of the beach? https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=at+the+seaside+stories+for+children#action=view&id=64&vid=1b3d744f950

Seaside hidden object game

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=at+the+seaside+stories+for+children#action=view&id=80&vid=b080f1a1970faf8a

Counting to 10 at the beach

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=at+the+seaside+stories+for+children#action=view&id=85&vid=cfd9893a2f13ef5a

I love summertime song

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=at+the+seaside+stories+for+children#action=view&id=148&vid=860cf3b7dd0

Shapes on the beach

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=at+the+seaside+stories+for+children#action=view&id=201&vid=6eb09d67046d795fadb7e12

 

Packing a suitcase

Can you draw some pictures of the things that you might take with you on a holiday to the seaside?

Can you tell an adult?  Where would you like to go?

What is the weather like?  Will it be hot or cold?  What clothes will you need to take with you? 

How can you stay safe?

Art and craft ideas

  

    

Cooking ideas

   

 Thoughts for the week

     

We are very pleased to announce that one of the butterflies has woken up and hatched from its cocoon.

It is patiently waiting for its friends to wake up too!

It won’t be long so keep watching the website for further notices.

Week 10 8th June

Hello lovely ladybirds!

Here are some amazing things that you have been doing this week.

You are all very clever and learning lots of new skills.  Well done!

I would like to thank you all for sending in your photos.  Its so lovely to see your children learning so much at home.

 

Our caterpillars have been busy too but you will notice at the end of the video that they have all made their cocoons and gone to sleep.

This week we are going to focus on……

Cutting skills  

Here are a few videos to watch to help you learn how to use scissors.  When you go into your new class (Reception) you will need to know these skills to help you with some of the work you are going to do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT3PCQTBdeM

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNccTSc_9f0

Now that you have watched some scissor skill activities, have a practice and see how you get along?  Here are some activities for you to try…..

  

 

Miss Lowe’s playdough recipe

3 cups of plain flour

3 cups of boiling water

1.5 cups of table salt

6 teaspoons of cream of tartar (secret ingredient) (very cheap and comes in a big pot in Aldi)

7 tablespoons of veg oil

1 packet of jelly cubes (this makes it very soft and smells nice).

Everything goes in together except the boiling water and jelly.  Melt the pack of jelly in the boiling water before you add it to other ingredients in a big bowl.  Then mix it all together until it gets hard to mix then get your hands in and knead it.  (This needs to be done by an adult because it will be very hot).  It cools down quickly though, so not too much time for the kids to wait!  It's so lovely to play with when it's warm.  Very therapeutic!  Enjoy!

          

        

       

    

Cooking ideas

    

  

Thought for the coming week

 

Don’t forget the ‘Bug House’ competition!

Closing date 12th June and winner to be announced on 15th June.  

Week 9 Monday 1st June

Hello lovely Ladybirds!

I hope you have enjoyed watching the caterpillars grow on the video?  They have been busy making their cocoons so they will be asleep for a little while.  When they start to hatch, I will video them for you to see.  So, keep watching!...

 

Here are some of the activities you have been doing.

This week we will be learning about…….

Here are some lovely stories that you might enjoy about different minibeasts.

 https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=the+bad+tempered+ladybird#id=2&vid=17723ee5bd81096c96fe47290f14b736&

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pZwNie69n8

  

You might also like to find some more books like these…..

                   

Here are some familiar songs and rhymes for you to enjoy.

Herman the worm!

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=herman+the+worm#id=51&vid=6acdd19f280342174d3e5f55b0e6e25d&action=click

The hungry caterpillar song

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=herman+the+worm#action=view&id=56&vid=9efc382d01ce637ddcdf35884f459191

Ladybug, ladybug!

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=AwrExwhczdNeSzsAIcl2BQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTBncGdyMzQ0BHNlYwNzZWFyY2gEdnRpZAM-

Incy wincy spider

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=incy+wincy+spider+english+song#id=1&vid=d71d2ab4dd7052b73f51a79d1939e4e

  

Here are some art and craft activities for you try.

      

Here are some sorting activities for you to try.

 

 

Cooking ideas

   

 

Why not be a minibeast detective?

If you have a magnifying glass you could go and explore outside.  Collect some minibeasts in a pot and have a close look.  The magnifying glass will make the tiniest minibeast look much bigger.  Have a look at their bodies, how many legs do they have?  What colour are they?  You could try to draw a picture of what you see?  How many minibeasts can you find?

Competition time!

Can you make a bug house?

Can you make a bug house for some minibeasts?

Where do minibeasts like to sleep?  Do they like a wet house or a dry house?  In the dark or in the light?

What can you use to make your bug house?

Will it be a big bug house or a small bug house?

So here are a few ideas to help you but we would like you to try and make your own using your own ideas.

You may need some help from an adult.

Send photos of your bug house to Miss Lowe on her email address at the top of the page and Miss Lowe, Miss Williams and Mrs Davies will see whose bug house is the best.

If you win, we will post your picture onto the school facebook page and you will win a prize.

 

   

Have a go.  You could be the winner!

Closing date for photos is…

Friday 12th June 2020

Have a lovely week! 

 

Thoughts for the week!

  

Week 8 Monday 18th May

Hello lovely Ladybirds!

We hope you have had a busy week?  Here are some of the activities you have been doing.

Well done everyone!

 

This week we are learning about the ‘Life Cycle of a Butterfly’

So, we will begin with a story…….

Are you sitting comfortably?

The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle..

 

 I hope you enjoyed the story?

Book recommendations

  Here are some other books that you might like to read with an adult…..

     

Do you remember singing this song in nursery?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-gNaNOWdg8

 

Here are some more songs that you might enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gs8_VUSnMQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBOEhme0Qzs

  

Here is a short video of the Life cycle of a butterfly.

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=life+cycle+of+a+butterfly+for+kids#action=view&id=24&vid=b89b135a3c82786a2ce7ce8645e64b15

 

Art and craft time!

Can you make any of these craft ideas?

 

               

 

Here are some number activities to try.

 

 

How many circles can you make?  Can  you make 10?  Can you cut the circle out yourself?  Can you write the numbers yourself?

 

 

 

Can you draw the different stages to the life cycle of a butterfly?

                      

Perhaps you could paint and print some circles in the shape of a caterpillar and count how many circles you have made?

Don’t forget to add some legs and a smiley face?

How many legs will you give your caterpillar?

 

Cooking ideas

Butterfly frozen yogurt snacks

Butterfly fruit biscuits

      

Butterfly shape sandwiches or Butterfly fairy cakes with strawberries.

 

 

Thoughts for the week!

 

  Have an amazing week and don’t forget to send your emails and photos to my email address at the top of the web page.  Watch out for your friends in the slide show!

Take care and stay safe! 

Week 7 Monday 11th May

Hello lovely ladybirds!

Our ladybirds have been very busy learning new skills at home.

Look out for your friends and see what they have been doing.

 What fantastic work!  Well done Ladybirds!

 

This week we are going to continue our theme on Growing.  We are going to learn about different vegetables  

Listen to the story about Oliver’s vegetables.  We listen to this story in nursery.

 

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

 

Book recommendations

  

 

Here are some songs for you to enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE5tvaveVak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCBketJ6Ug8

Have you noticed if any of the seeds you have planted, are growing yet?

I have been planting seeds and watching them grow in my greenhouse.  I have planted some of my vegetables outside in the soil, already.  Let’s have a look at some of my plants!........ 

There are lots of different vegetables that you can grow in your garden and then you can cook them and eat them.

Let’s be creative!

 Have a really close look at some of the vegetables that your parents may have in the fridge.  Can you cut them up and see if there are any seeds inside? 

How many seeds can you see?  Are the seeds big or small? Can you draw a picture of your seeds?

Here are some ideas to get you started…….

 Painting with bubble wrap

 Printing with vegetables

Vegetable printing ideas 

You could try painting and making marks with a carrot. 

You could help to wash the vegetables before you eat them. 

You might like to investigate the vegetables? 

You might like to try growing some carrot tops.  See what happens when you cut the tops off and put them in some water.

 

 

 

 

 

Or you could do some counting activities with vegetables

Cooking

I couldn’t resist sharing these ideas.  They look really yummy, nice and easy and lots of fun!

 

Here are your thoughts for the week!

 

Have a brilliant week and keep playing!

Don’t forget to keep in touch with me.  I love to hear and see what you have been learning at home.  My email address is above.

Stay safe and take care. 

Week 6 Monday 4th May

Hello lovely ladybirds!

It’s a busy week his week!!

Here are some super photos of your ladybird friends. 

They have all been very busy!.

 Wow!

What amazing children! You have been learning lots of new skills.

Here are a few more ideas for you to do this week………

We are learning about the life cycle of a frog this week.

Watch Professor Ladybug.  She will explain the life cycle of a frog.

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=life+cycle+of+a+frog+for+young+children#action=view&id=32&vid=f06cdbb6eed55f5a9537907d253c067d

I hope you enjoyed that? 

Here are some songs and rhymes for you to join in with. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-speckled-frogs/zjjbnrd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2WRFm49B6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o42if1IgLo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtX8yVEF0-w

 

Now here are some books that might interest you?

  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vRZuG11ZqU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q22HH2DpAPI

 

Have a look at some of these frog activities………….

   

        

Cooking idea!

Can you make a frog with some fruit?  

 

This frog was made from apples and grapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You could use lots of different green fruits or vegetables.

  

What fruits and vegetables can you see in these pictures? 

BANK HOLIDAY FRIDAY

 

The 75th anniversary of VE Day is on Friday 8th May 2020, and in the UK there will be a bank holiday, which is normally on a Monday also called May Day.

 

VE Day stands for Victory in Europe, and is the day we remember the end of World War 2. There were huge crowds in London and all over the UK celebrating the end of war together. The Royal family and the prime minister, Winston Churchill came onto the royal balcony to wave to the excited crowds and there were lots of street parties and celebrations.

On Friday, many people will be celebrating this special time.  If you would like to celebrate with your family, you might like to make some things to decorate your house.

The following website has many lovely ideas. Have a look and see.

https://www.mrsmactivity.co.uk/ve-day-activities-for-kids/

Remember to ask an adult to take some photos of your lovely work and send them to Miss Lowe so that we can ‘show it off’ on the nursery web page.

 I thought you might like to listen to another story

Week 5 Monday 27th April

Hello lovely Ladybirds!

Welcome to ‘Week 5’ of ‘Home Learning’.

Firstly, I would like to say a HUGE ‘WELL DONE!’ to Sophie, Jamie and Leon for planting their beans.  Here is a picture of them having fun in the garden.

   

 And look at Leon’s cress!  It’s growing so fast! 

 

This week I thought we could carry on with our ‘Growing’ theme.

We are going to learn about ‘Sunflowers’ this week.

So, to start us off……here is a link with a story about a Sunflower.

The magnificent sunflower https://youtu.be/yLy_R9iUmMY

How many animals can you count in story?

Can you remember the different animals?

Who helped the sunflower to grow?

Watch a video of Topsy and Tim planting a sunflower https://youtu.be/fwCe3zzNzL8

What did Tim find in the soil?

How many seeds did they plant?

Where did Tim keep the worm?

What did Topsy use to water the seeds?

Here’s a song about 5 little flowers https://youtu.be/eFWXPmUg_IQ

 

Growing a Sunflower

 Plant your seed in a pot with some soil.

  

  Water your seed

 

 

 

 

 

 Watch your seeds grow.

 Can you see the shoots?

I wonder how tall your sunflower will grow?

What will your sunflower look like?

 

Here are some books that might interest you…….

  

I wonder if you could draw or paint a picture of a Sunflower?

Here are some craft ideas……..

Go to this link to see how you could make a flower paper plate move and grow,

https://iheartcraftythings.com/growing-flower-craft.html

 

Or you could make a sunflower with some tissue paper, paper plate and glue?

 

 

Here is an idea to help you learn your numbers.

 

Can you find some clothes pegs and make a 

flower, just like this one and see how many number flowers you can make?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to keep adding drawings, pictures or photos to your scrap book so that we can all see what you’ve been doing at home.  Maybe your grown up can take some photos to send to me and I can put them on the website to share with your friends.

Cooking idea

Easy peasy upside down cakes

These cakes look like flowers, don’t you think?

11 ingredients

Produce

  • 3 Peach, halves
  • 3 slices Tinned pineapple

Refrigerated

  • 2 Eggs, large

Baking & spices

  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 300 g Granulated sugar
  • 195 g Plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Dairy

  • 3 tbsp Butter, unsalted
  • 115 g Butter, unsalted
  • 125 ml Whole milk

Desserts

  • 3 Maraschino cherries

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/400187116887623087/

Week 4 Monday 20th April

Hello lovely ladybirds!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and managed to enjoy the sunshine?

Growing

Jack and the Beanstalk – listen and watch the story.  There are a number of activities connected to the story that you might find useful.

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/es/short-stories/jack-and-the-beanstalk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q1dfTOoSrA

Can you plant a bean?

  

You can use an empty jam jar with a damp paper towel or a ‘ziplock’ plastic bag with damp cotton wool?

You can attach the bag to the window and place the jar on a window sill.

If you use a paper towel, dip it in a cup or bowl of water and squeeze it out a little so it won’t be too wet or dip a few cotton balls in the water.

Drop a bean in the bag or jar. Any variety of dried bean should work making sure it touches the damp towel or cotton. Hang these in the window for a few days and watch the seed sprout!

Watch carefully over the next week and see what happens to the bean.

You must remember some special things to do to keep your bean growing.  Can you think what these things might be?

   

          Look                        Sunshine                       Water

When your bean grows and you can see this……….

Carefully remove the bean from the jar and look at the roots around the cotton wool balls at the bottom. Gently pull the roots off the cotton wool and plant the bean into soil in a pot in the garden.  Make sure you care for it and watch it grow.  You might have a magic bean growing in your garden! 

You could measure the beans each day and record their growth progress in a “bean diary.”

You can draw a picture of what the plant looks like every 3-4 days or you might be able to ask a grown up to take some photos for you.

 

Learning Links:

Knowledge and understanding of the world: 

Can you talk about what plants need to grow?

Look at the roots and discuss how plants absorb water. 

Can you talk about leaves and the stem?

 

Maths: 

Can you ask an adult to help you measure the growth of the bean and write the measurements on some paper?

 

Literacy:

Can you draw a picture of the bean and write your name next to the picture?

Here are a few books I can recommend for further reading:

   

Soon, your bean will look like this.

 

 

Do you remember the songs we sing in nursery?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0UontaFKms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCKEdDEr82k&feature=emb_title

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDjFZVqiLvY (This made Miss Lowe smile!)

Cooking

Can you make some baked beans on toast?

Watch the video link below and follow the instructions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEwyLDrSA0U

 

Can you build a castle in the sky? You can use bricks and shaving foam.

Can you make a beanstalk with leaves for Jack to climb to the castle in the sky?

Here is a useful site with lots of activities to do with an adult.

https://www.funwithmama.com/jack-and-the-beanstalk-activities/

 

Have a lovely week and I hope you enjoy these activities?

Don’t forget!  If you are making a scrapbook, you can put your growing ideas, photos and drawings into your book to share with everyone when you come back to school.

 

 

Hello everyone.   

Just a little gift from me to you at Easter.   I hope you enjoy listening to this story? 

 

Happy Easter everyone!

Have a lovely Easter break. Eat lots of chocolate, play lots of games, share lots of love and laughter with your family. Stay safe and stay indoors.
We love you all very much and miss your smiley faces.
Lots of love, Miss Lowe, Miss Williams and Miss Davies.

 

Week 3 Monday 6th April

Hello lovely Ladybirds!

I miss you all!  Don’t forget I’m still your teacher.

This week I thought ‘Rainbows’ would be an appropriate theme. 

Why are people putting rainbow pictures on their windows?

Quite simply, people have been putting the colourful pictures on their windows to cheer up passers-by. The rainbows aim to make people smile while they’re walking by, and also offer a message of hope.

Rainbows are used as a symbol of peace and hope as they often appear when the sun follows a heavy rainfall. They serve to remind us that there is hope and light to follow even after dark times. The current trend appears to have started in Italy but has also been adopted by the US, Canada and Spain, where people have adorned their windows and balconies with colourful pictures.

If you go for a walk with your family when getting some exercise, have a look and see how many rainbows you can see?

So let’s have a look at some of the following ideas……

Rainbow Story

Here is a link to a story about a rainbow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY6WiL_P1qY

What did you like most about the story?

What was the little boy wearing?

What game did the little boy want to play?

Where did he hide?

Why did the rainbow disappear?

Can you draw and colour a rainbow?

Rainbow Song

Here is a link to the ‘Rainbow’ song we learn at school.

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-i-can-sing-a-rainbow/zn3tqp3

Rainbow Necklace

Maybe you could make a rainbow necklace?

You can use rainbow cheerios and thread them onto strawberry laces with some marshmallows?

Or make a picture with the cheerios in the shape of a rainbow?

You can make a rainbow with a ‘potato masher’!

Here are a few more ideas if you want to make lots of different rainbows.

https://funhandprintartblog.com/welcome

When you are happy with your creation, why not display it in your front window?

Rainbow Cooking ideas

Vegetable pizza

Rainbow Game

Here is a game you can play 

I wonder if you could try this colourful rainbow experiment?

Cut a strip of paper towel, on a short edge, use markers to make a strip of blocks in the colours of the rainbow. Let the marker dry. (I found that if the paper towel is still wet with the ink the experiment does not work as well!) The next step can be done two different ways. You can tape the top of the paper towel to a vertical surface and put only one end in the dish.

Or you might want to create an arch using a small wooden pencil? Rest it lengthwise across an empty sandwich sized plastic container. Drape the paper towel strip across the pencil with the coloured edges just touching the bottom of the container. (This way requires both short ends to have coloured edges.)

Gently pour water into the bottom of the container and watch what happens! 

'Special Book’

Can you find or make a special scrap book about your time at home?

Cut up some pictures or draw some pictures to show me what you have been doing?

Maybe you can ask an adult to take some photos of the things you have done?

When you come back to school, you can share your special book with us and your friends?

I am sure we will all have lots to share? 

Don’t forget!...........

All the above ideas are to help you keep busy and they are things for you to enjoy.  Please, please, do not feel that you have to do them. 

Week 2 Monday 30th March 

Hello lovely Ladybirds!

Welcome to week 2 of our ‘Home Learning’.  This week we are going to practice our phonics and letter formation.

 

 

 

     

                                                      

 

 

I wonder if you can remember how to write your name?  Keep trying……. I know you can do it!I 

Can you try and find a cardboard box?  You can decorate it with a letter from your name.  Now see how many things you can find around the house that begin with that letter and collect them in the box.  Maybe you could ask an adult to take a photo of your lovely box?  I wonder if you can do the same with other letters you know and see how many boxes you can make?

 

 Maybe you could make some letters with pipe cleaners?

You could try and make your name with the pipe cleaners? 

To develop your fine motor skills, try threading the pipe cleaners through a colander or some cardboard tubes with some ‘ready made’ holes (an adult can do this for you).  If you haven't got pipe cleaners then you can use dried spaghetti or straws.

 

 

  

 

 Here are some useful websites for more activities.

https://www.totschooling.net/2017/09/letter-review-alphabet-worksheets.

https://thekindergartenconnection.com/free-prewriting-worksheets/

 Can you form some recognisable letters in a tray of sand or maybe write your name?

You can use your finger or a clean, dry paintbrush.

If you don’t have any salt, you can use shaving foam instead!

Try making some pictures.  I bet the adult in your house would like to have a go!  Don’t forget to put an apron on or wear something that protects your clothes!

 

Maybe the adult can draw some simple patterns for you to copy?  How about making up your own patterns for the adult to copy?

Here are a few ideas to help you!

 Time for some number fun!

Let’s try some number recognition activities!

This is a simple activity that you can adapt.  Here is an empty egg box and some ping pong balls.  You could try writing the numbers on the the ball (this might be tricky so please ask an adult to help).  Match the numbers on the ping pong balls to the numbers in the egg box and see if you can scoop the balls up with a spoon and place them into the correct place?  Try not to drop the balls!

To add a challenge to this activity, maybe you could challenge a sibling or an adult? Then you could use a ‘stop watch’ or a ‘timer’ to see if you can ‘beat the clock’?  How fast can you do this activity?

 

If you want to play outside in the garden, and it’s a dry day then see if you can draw some numbers with chalk on the floor then use a paint brush with water to follow the number shapes.  Do the chalk numbers disappear? 

This website might be useful for some number recognition ideas.

https://www.totschooling.net/2017/10/number-recognition-worksheets.

 

I thought these cooking activities looked interesting!

Animal face toast

I wonder how many different fruits you can use to put on your toast?  What’s your favourite spread to use?  What’s your favourite fruit?  Could you use some vegetables instead of fruit?  Can you use a knife safely to spread and cut?  Which animal face tastes the best?

Can you make this Octopus pizza?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a simple and easy cooking activity.

Use your fine motor skills to make the different shapes.

What shapes did you use?

How many legs does your Octopus have?

Who are you making the Octopus for?

Enjoy!

https://supersimple.com/article/octopus-pizza/?utm_source

 

Don’t forget to ask an adult if they can take a photo for you so that you can show me at a later date!

Something to think about!

 

 

Week 1 Monday 23rd March

If we were in school over the next few weeks we would be learning about 'Growing' and we would have been spending more time outside.

If we were in school over the next few weeks we would be learning about 'Growing' and we would have been spending more time outside.

There are a number of books that you can share that are useful on this subject.

  • 'Yucky Worms' by Vivien French
  • 'One Mole Digging a Hole' by Julia Donaldson
  • 'Sun Flower Shoots and Muddy Boots' by Katherine Halligan
  • 'Alfie Outdoors' by Shirley Hughes
  • 'I Can Grow a Sunflower' by RHS
  • 'Eddie's Garden' by Sarah Garland
  • 'Titch' by Pat Hutchins
  • 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle 

There are activities that you can do in the garden or even indoors.  Here are a few ideas:-

  • Create a 'Wormery'

Please dig with your child in the soil.  Children love to dig.  They love to explore and investigate as they dig.  Children are curious about nature.

 

 

 

  • Make a plastic cup mini-greenhouse. 

 

  • Plant some seeds.  Sunflower seeds, runner beans and cress is always good fun. and can be grown in egg shells.

Play-Dough

If you would like some quiet time then please try my play-dough recipe.  It is so easy to make and keeps for a week in an airtight container.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 3 cups of freshly boiled water
  • 1 packet of jelly
  • 1 1/2 cups of salt
  • 6 teaspoons of cream of tartar  (the magic ingredient!!)
  • 7 tablespoons of cooking vegetable oil
  • Add some poster paint or food colouring (but never use blue!!!)

[It will stink of rotten eggs for some strange reason!]

Method

  1. When the water is boiled add the jelly and allow to dissolve
  2. Pour all the ingredients into a bowl with the dissolved jelly
  3. Mix it all together
  4. Then knead the dough until it looks and feels like play-dough
  5. Enjoy and have fun!!!

Please do not allow your child to eat the play-dough - it may smell nice but it doesn't taste good!

 If you fancy a singing session, this is useful and the children know most of the songs as they have been learning them in school.  This is my favourite to use in class!

'Super Simple Songs' 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please keep watching the website as I will add more as time goes on.

Stay indoors as much as you can and stay safe.