Nursery: Blog items

Nursery - Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 8:39am

  

WOW! What a very exciting week we have had.

In RE, we continued with our ‘Special People’ theme, this week we turned our thoughts to special people within our community. The children talked about Firefighters, Doctors, Vets and lots of other different professionals who are special to us. We discussed why these people are special and what they do to help us. The children decided they would like to make a special picture to take to the local fire station to say ‘Thank You’ for all they do.

On Wednesday morning, we could not believe it there were sticks, straw and furniture all over the classroom floor. There were paw prints and a set of numbered clues the children wondered what had happened and who did this!!  The children received a letter from PC Goat explaining what had happened and asking the children to help him investigate. The children concluded it was the big bad wolf from the story ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ Super investigation skills Nursery. The children began to think what they knew about pigs. We used a circle map and the black fact thinking hat to recall what the children knew.

 

As part of our Journeys and Celebrations theme, the children have also been learning about Diwali.  We discussed why people celebrate Diwali? The children linked their learning to other festivals of light such as Bonfire night and Christmas. The children then enjoyed creating their very own diva lamp from clay.

 

See you all on Monday.

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy

 

 

Nursery - Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 11th Nov 2020 @ 5:32pm

   

We have had yet another fantastic week in Nursery!

In RE, we learnt all about ‘Remembrance Day. We enjoyed watching the cbeebies animation ‘Poppies’ and we talked about why we wear a poppy in November. We took part in different activities linked to Remembrance, such as creating poppies from glass beads and collage materials and collaging our own poppies. The children even made a special poppy biscuit to take home.  Continuing with our ‘Special People’ theme we talked about ‘who is special?’ and ‘what makes someone special?’. The children then made a star to give to a person who is special to them.

This week the children have had the best time celebrating ‘Kindness Week’. They started the week by listening to the story ‘Kind’ by Alison Green and thought about how important it is to be kind to each other and ourselves; this links beautifully with our school value of Nurture. The children ended the week celebrating Children in Need. We took part in lots of different activities during the day, such as ‘hunt the spots’ and  making our very own Pudsy Bear headband. What a fun week we have had to raise awareness of such a good cause!

Despite two national lockdowns this year, our annual Celebration of Kindness Week was still able to take place in school this week, culminating in another video!  You can see this year’s ‘Celebration of Kindness video’ on our school YouTube channel. We hope that all our TSP friends and families can find enjoyment in watching this year's film. As always, the message of the video remains, 'Laugh More...Worry Less.'

We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy

 

 

Nursery - Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 4:41pm

    

Welcome back after a lovely half term. This week the children have been fantastic, they have welcomed some new children to our class; who have settled so well.

As part of our ‘Special People’ theme in RE, the children enjoyed talking about their family and why the people in their family were special, they also enjoyed creating a simple family tree. We also enjoyed attending WOW, which was all about ‘Remembrance’. Thank you to Anne and Caroline for all your hard work.

We have enjoyed listening to the story about the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ and talked about the fireworks we have seen this week.  We created our own fireworks pictures and then wrote a firework sound to go with them.  We even made our own edible sparklers and made firework pictures on bread using food colouring. what a tasty snack!

We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy

Nursery Reminders:

 

- Don't forget to check the 'Memos' section on Tapestry for any messages for your child.

- Please make sure you keep us updated with any allergies or medical conditions that your child may have.

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

Nursery - Autumn 1 - Week 8

Date: 21st Oct 2020 @ 2:41pm

 

We cannot believe it is half term, what an time amazing we have had.

This week the children have enjoyed the story ‘Leaf Man’. They have loved using leaves they have collected to create their own leaf design and then using the App ‘ChatterKid’, the children were able to add their own voice to bring their creation to life.

We also enjoyed listening to the story ‘Pumpkin Soup’, we were inspired to made our own Pumpkin soup which tasted delicious. We even made and decorated our very own Pumpkin biscuit!

As the nights draw in and the clocks go back this coming weekend, it is a good time to revisit road safety with your child. Please find a useful guide from RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) attached.

If you would like your child to continue their learning at home over half-term, we have collated a list of useful websites that you can access and shared this on Tapestry. There is also the Home Learning page on our school website for more support.

Enjoy the holiday and we look forward to another exciting half term ahead.

 

Nursery - Autumn 1 - Week 7

Date: 15th Oct 2020 @ 8:12am

    

Nursery you are Amazing! What a fantastic week we have had together.

This week in RE, the children have enjoyed looking at how Harvest is celebrated around the world. The children enjoyed finding the different countries on the globe and began to make connections with how we celebrate Harvest or other special occasions e.g. We have turkey at Christmas and in America they have it at ‘Thanksgiving’. The children then enjoyed creating pictures from fruit just like they do in Thailand to celebrate Harvest

The children have enjoyed the story of ‘Little Red Hen’. They have loved listening to and retelling the story in their own words they also baked their own Hedgehog bread rolls! The children were very excited on Friday to receive a letter from ‘Little Red Hen’ who had sent the children a gift of bread, honey and jam for them to taste. Thank you, Little Red Hen.

The children have also been busy thinking about Autumn. The children enjoyed going on an Autumn walk to collect Autumn treasures with their friends. They then used these Autumn treasures in lots of different activities around the classroom, such as creating an Autumn crown, making Hedgehogs out of leaves and pine cone rolling!  What a lovely time we have had.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Nursery - Autumn 1 - Week 6

Date: 7th Oct 2020 @ 6:12pm

       

What a fabulous week we have had!

The children enjoyed attending WOW this week, Anne talked all about sharing and Harvest. We watched a story about Jesus, his disciples and a little boy sharing fish and bread with 5,000 people.

Then continuing with our Harvest theme, the children have been thinking about how food grows around the world. The children used their senses to explore different fruit, such as passion fruit and mango. They then looked on a globe to find which country the fruit was grown in and talked about how it would be transported to our country.  They then enjoyed tasting the different fruits.

The children have continued to look at our focus book ‘Peace at last’. The children talked about their houses and even used building blocks to create their own house. The children have also used different pictures from the story and created a flow map for the beginning, middle and end of the story. Well done everyone.  

On Friday we celebrated World Mental Health day by talking about different feelings. The children enjoyed playing ‘guess how I am feeling?’ They had to guess how a friend was feeling by looking at their faces. What great fun!

Please make sure you keep us updated with any allergies or medical conditions that your child may have.

We hope you have a super weekend.

Nursery - Autumn 1 - Week 5

Date: 30th Sep 2020 @ 3:46pm

       

 

What a very busy week we have had in Nursery!

We began the week by celebrating European day of Languages. The children enjoyed learning to say ‘Hello’ in Spanish. Why don’t you see if they can remember what to say at home?

The children have enjoyed starting to look at our focus book ‘Peace at last’. The children talked about their bedtime routines using the pictures that had been sent into school. Thank you for these, it was so lovely to hear the children talking to their friends about their bedtime routine. The children loved the challenge of trying to build a bed for a small toy using different construction materials.

On Thursday Nursery celebrated ‘National Poetry day’ by listening to a poem called ‘Magic Shoes’ from Mrs Molloy’s favourite poetry book ‘Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar’. The children loved the magic shoes Mrs Molloy was wearing and were inspired to design their own pair of magic shoes and think about what they would be able to do in them. The children came up with some fantastic ideas!

We hope you all have a great weekend

Reminder

Additional contribution money and permission slip to be returned to school by Monday 5th October 2020.

WOW service Wednesday 7th October 2pm at St Peter’s Church.

Tempest Photography  Friday 9th October 

Nursery - Autumn 1 - Week 4

Date: 23rd Sep 2020 @ 4:50pm

 

WOW Nursery, what another amazing week we have had!

This week for RE, the children enjoyed talking about names and why these are important.  We discussed how we feel when someone knows our name and says it. We also discussed everyone’s name within our class, the children enjoyed writing their name in a large hand to show that God hold us all in his hands. We finished by singing ‘He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands’.

The children have enjoyed exploring the book ‘We’re all Wonders’. They have spent time looking in mirrors and discussing similarities and differences with their friends. They then enjoyed creating their very own self portrait. The children also created their own unique and wonderful friend using marshmallows and sprinkles, they discussed how they had all created a different friend and when they put them all together, they look wonderful. The children have also thought about how it feels to belong to our school and what they like best about being in Nursery. The children looked at the school star on their jumpers and what this meant, they all then enjoyed creating their own painting of the school star.

What a busy week! Thank you Nursery and we hope you have a lovely weekend.

Reminder

If you haven’t already completed the Nursery System Test on Tapestry, please could you do so as soon as possible. Many thanks.

Additional contribution money and permission slip to be returned to school by Monday 5h October 2020

Nursery - Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 16th Sep 2020 @ 2:14pm

  

Well the sun has been shining this week and so have Nursery!!!

This week for RE the children have enjoyed looking at their fingerprints through a magnifying glass, we discussed how everyone’s fingerprints are unique to them. The children enjoyed using their thumb prints to create their very own picture. We also enjoyed attending our very first WOW service of the year. Thank you to all of you who came to support us and also a Thank you to Anne for all her hard work.

The children were very excited on Monday as they received their very first music lesson from Miss Dilworth a teacher from Formby High. The children enjoyed singing in time to the beat and joining in with the actions especially ‘The Witch’s Potion’ song.

We have continued to enjoy our theme ‘Trolls’. The children enjoyed baking cupcakes and then decorating then with swirly whirly Troll hair icing. We hope you enjoyed them they looked delicious! We have also enjoyed using clay to create our very own Troll. The children had to carefully roll the clay and then add eyes, a nose and not forgetting the hair. Nursery they look amazing!

What a truly amazing week, thank you Nursery and we hope you have a lovely weekend.

Tapestry Reminder 

A Tapestry user guide has been uploaded to Tapestry, this includes important information on how to view and download files and how to upload observations for your child. Please ensure your notifications are turned on and you are regularly checking your Tapestry account as this will replace the blog to communicate important information. 

By allowing your child to use Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

 

Nursery - Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 9th Sep 2020 @ 2:12pm

 

This week for RE, the children have enjoyed listening to a story called ‘You are very special’. This provided the children with the opportunity to discuss how they were all very special and that God loves us all the same. The children then enjoyed making their own mirror to look in and remember how special they are!

The children were very excited on Monday morning when they discovered lots of glitter and a special gift. When we opened it we discovered it was the book ‘Trolls’ from Princess Poppy. Princess Poppy has set us lots of different challenges to complete. We have enjoyed thinking about what makes us happy, creating our own trolls using paint and chalk, making Troll hair bands and then dancing to the song ‘Hair Up!’ from the film. 

On Friday the children enjoyed celebrating ‘Roald Dahl’. The children enjoyed learning about the story ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. The children enjoyed visiting the invention station and creating their very own fantastic sweet! They also enjoyed making their very own ‘Wonka’s Scrumptious Strawberry Playdough’ we hope you enjoy playing with it this weekend!!

 

The school nurse service is still available to parents if you should require any health advice for your child. Please find below contact details:

Peter Charlton

Community Staff Nurse
Formby 0-19 Team

T: 01704-395723

M: 07769-491162

Reminders

WOW Service – Wednesday 16th September @2pm

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday.

 

 

Nursery - Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 8:28am

        

 

Welcome to Nursery, it is so lovely to welcome so many new children to Nursery as well as welcoming back children who were with us last year. The children have been amazing and have settled into the Nursery setting beautifully. Throughout the week the children have been enjoying exploring all of the exciting activities available to them, from the mud kitchen to the pirate ship. We are very proud of how well they have settled and the fun they have had.

We have really enjoyed listening to the story 'The Invisible String' by Patrice Krast. We talked about the invisible strings that connect us to our famiy members and loved ones. The children enjoyed making Invisible string bracelets to take home with them and we hope you liked them!

It has been a fantastic start to the new term, we hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Can you please ensure that all of your children’s clothes including shoes are clearly labelled.

Learning at home activity idea:

 Look in the mirror and describe what you can see. For example: What colour are your eyes? What colour is your hair?

Remember you can use Tapestry to share any news from home and to keep up to date with your child's learning. Don't forget there is also the class email address Nursery@tsp.sefton.school if you need to pass on any messages to us.

Welcome to Nursery!

Date: 1st Sep 2020 @ 2:03pm

Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin would like to wish you a warm welcome to Nursery!

Nursery day is from 8:40am till 2:40pm. Please drop off and collect your child from the following entrance. Please also remember to abide by the one way system which is in operation.

 

Our classroom and Outdoor area is all ready for you and we are very excited!!

    

 

 

Please can you make sure all of your child's clothes are clearly labelled with their name. Could your child also bring to school a pair of wellingtons and an all in one waterproof for outdoor play. Also could you provide a change of clothes for your child (jogging bottoms, t-shirt, underwear and socks) to be kept in their book bag.

Please ensure your child has a water bottle with them that will remain on their table and be returned home each night for washing.

PE lessons will take place on Tuesday mornings. Children will complete PE sessions in their uniform and need to wear trainers for the day. No extra PE kit is needed.


Children will be provided with two snacks each day -  including fruit, vegetables, milk or water.

We know that there may be times when you need to drop us a quick note for example: pick up arrangements, and so with this in mind you can now contact us directly via this email address: Nursery@tsp.sefton.school or using Tapestry you will be able to share news from home.
 
We hope this will enable each parent to be able to drop off and collect their child promptly so to support the social distancing measures and one way system we have in place.
 
Please kindly note, we will check this inbox each school morning at 8.30 am. If there is a matter of urgency, please contact the school office as normal. 
 
All emails will be monitored in line with our Parent Communication Policy
 

Please also let us know for our records, by the end of the week, if you would require an electronic device should your child need to isolate or in the case of a local lockdown.

We are looking forward to our year ahead and we are excited to see what wonderful things the new school year brings.

Thank you!

Nursery Final Blog - 17.07.20

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 4:45pm

    

  

Well Nursery, we hoped you enjoyed our final ‘Zoom’ meeting today and sharing some memories of our time together. It is always so lovely to see all of you, we really do miss you! We cannot quite believe that it is the end of the year, it is not quite how we had planned to spend our time with you and it has been very strange for all.  

 

We have loved being your teachers and have spent the last week reflecting on all the fun we had together, from your very first day to our visit to Farmer Ted’s. You are all super stars and we hope you had as much fun as we did!! We are sure you continued to have fun and learn new things while you have been at home with your families.

If you wish for your child to continue with their learning over the summer period, below are some activities you can enjoy:

Reception Ready:

  • Why not try writing your name?
  • Practice how to write numbers 1-5, then try 6-10.
  • Can you practice matching objects to numbers.
  • Can you put your coat on and fasten it?
  • Can you sing and say the days of the week? Discuss what day it was yesterday and what day it will be tomorrow.
  • Enjoy reading stories and singing Nursery rhymes together.
  • Practice using a knife, fork and spoon.
  • Can you to carry a small tray with a plastic plate on it?

 

Nursery

  • Practice recognising your name.
  • Can you recognise numbers to 5 ?
  • Singing Number Rhymes.
  • Enjoy listening to stories and singing Nursery Rhymes.
  • Practice taking your shoes off and on and putting wellingtons on.
  • Practice putting your coat on.
  • Can you use a knife, fork and spoon?
  • Practice drinking from a cup without spilling.

We wanted to take the time to wish you the best of luck as some of you move to new schools, some of you will move up to our Reception class and for those of you remaining with us we can’t wait to see you in September.

Please if you see us out and about over the summer, make sure you give us a big ‘Hello’.

Thank you as well to parents who sent in gifts and cards this week!

Take care Nursery, you are superstars!

Big Hugs,

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy

 

 

 

September 2020 - Transition Guide for Nursery into Reception

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:28pm

Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Reception.

Thank you,

Mrs Bevin, Mrs Molloy & Miss Giles

September 2020 - Transition Guide for Nursery

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:25pm

Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Nursery.

Thank you,

Mrs Bevin & Mrs Molloy

Picture News w.c 13.07.20

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 9:36am

Holidays

Story: A new traffic light system, awarding different colours to countries depending on the number of coronavirus cases there has been announced by the UK government.

Question: What are holiday traffic lights?

How to use Picture news at home:

  • Show the EY Picture News poster (above).
  • Get the children thinking about what they can see on the poster and then tell them what is happening in the news story.
  • Use the EY Home Recording sheet to record your child's thoughts. Encourage other family members to also give their thoughts so your child can see that other people may think or feel differently to them. It might be useful to name the comments to help remember who said what.
  • Show your child the British Values poster and discuss.

 

 

Nursery - Learning at Home w.c 13.07.20

Date: 5th Jul 2020 @ 1:41pm

Hello everyone.

 

It was great to see you all and share story time with you today; we love to share our stories with you and we hope you are enjoying them too!

 

 

 

Next week, we will have our final Nursery Zoom, on Friday morning at 8:45am. It will be a really lovely way to end a wonderful year together and we hope that all of the children will be able to make it.

 

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting and will need to be able to have access to Zoom - www.zoom.com

We can’t wait to see you all!!!

In September, we will be introducing the new learning platform, 'Tapestry'. Further information on this can be found in the “Tapestry Letter” attachment below. Please read this letter as well as the “Tapestry Acceptable Use Policy” which is also attached.

Individual login details will be sent via email early next week. 

If you experience any difficulties signing up, please let us know via the curriculum account next week so that the whole class is prepared for September.

 

For our final home learning blog, we will provide two different sets of activities for our ‘Learning at Home’ blog with English, Maths and motor skill related activities. The first set of activities is for the children who will be transitioning into Reception in September. Completing these activities will ensure that your child is as ready as they can be to access the Reception curriculum. The second set is for the children who will be returning to Nursery. The activities at the end of the blog are for all of our Nursery pupils to enjoy. We hope you find this useful.

 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set; just select the activities that you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

 

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here: BBC Bitesize or watch the daily lessons online here: BBC IPlayer

 

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

Please note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July.

 

 

Listed below are the suggested learning activities for our Reception Starters:

Phonics / Communication and Language / Writing

Sound of the week – ‘c’,

 

Rhymes for letter formation – taken from Read Write Inc.

 

 

Can you make a collection of different items beginning with ‘c’? Try blending these words together to hear the sound of the word:

c-o-g, c-o-t, c-a-p, c-a-t, c-o-n, c-o-b, c-o-p, c-o-x.

 

Watch and learn about The c sound with the Phonics Wizards.

 

Complete the ‘My ‘c’ Workbook’ activity which is attached, focusing on the initial ‘c’ sound. If you cannot print the pictures, you can look at them together and discuss the answers.

 

Play the ‘Initial sounds (m, d, g, o, c, k) PowerPoint game’ focusing on the sounds that you and your child have already learnt. It is important to continue to recap over the other sounds learnt too. 

 

Whilst your child is writing the letter ‘c’ can they say the rhyme - ‘Curl around the caterpillar’? Please remember to ensure that your child is using the correct grip when writing (see image below).

 

 

 

 

With your child, can you try writing the following words:   cat – cap –cot – cog – cop? These are words using sounds that the children have already learnt. First, sound talk the words and then encourage them to say the correct letter formation rhyme for each sound as they write them. Also encourage your child to say the word back to you when they have written it.

 

The ‘Phonics Play’ website continue to make all their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources are computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within phase 1 and 2. Follow this link and log in using username: march20 and password: home.

 

Reading is the key that unlocks all learning! We encourage you to continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. Why not enjoy a night time story using  Read Along Mondays with Michelle Obama as she reads her favourite stories? You can access stories on the CBeebies bedtime website. Storyline Online have a variety of books for you to enjoy. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge is well underway, despite the closure of public libraries. Why not enrol your child onto 'The Silly Squad' reading challenge, if they have not done so already?

 

Continue to practise writing your name using the correct pencil grip.

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics:

This week, for Maths, your child will be focusing on Number. Your child will practise counting objects and matching to numbers. They will also continue to practice their counting skills by being able to say numbers in order to 10 and counting backwards to zero. Then, can they count to 20? Your child also needs to continue practising their number formation for numbers from 0 to 10. Please remember, it is always important to hold the pencil correctly - please see the image above. We hope you find the following activities useful!

 

For this activity, you will need some playdough. If you don’t have any, please follow the link for how to make it. Using the number cards provided, encourage the children to trace the number with their finger and then, using the playdough, can they make the numbers? If you have any small items, such as coins, buttons or Lego, can the children count the correct amount of objects underneath the number they have made?

 

Why not see if you can complete the ‘All about number 10’ home learning challenges provided?

 

The children may enjoy playing the following games:

Ladybird count – Order, count and match the numbers.

Teddy Numbers – recognising numbers and number words to 15

Count with Lecky – Numeral recognition games

 

 

For this activity, you will need the ten-frame resource provided. The ten frame is a tool that can be used to help the children with their counting; it is an easy way for your children to see numbers. You will also need the number cards provided and some 1 pence coins. First, show your child a number card and encourage them to tell you the number they see. Then, using the coins, count them onto the tens frame. Remember, only one coin per square. Please follow the link for an interactive ten frame you can use if you can’t print at home.

 

Use the ten frame peg matching game provided, count the objects in the ten frame and find the matching number.

 

Can you count back from 10 to 0? Why not see if the Numberblocks can help?

 

Use the number formation sheet provided to practice your number formation. If you cannot print then can you copy them?

 

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

For this activity, you will need some scissors and the attached pirate themed cutting sheets. Encourage your child to cut out the shapes, keeping close to the black outline as possible. If you cannot print the resource, please remember the children can practice their cutting skills using any spare paper you may have.

 

Listed below are the suggested learning activities for children who will be in Nursery in September:

 

Rhyming Pairs Game

Using the Rhyming cards attached, cut out the pictures, turn them face down and play a game to find the rhyming pairs. Which words rhyme? Can your child continue the rhyming string for example car, star, bar, far, tar?

 

 

 

 

Match the Rhyming Words

Using the Rhyming words sheet to match the rhyming words together.

 

 

Alliteration

Using the attached, ‘Can you find….?’ poster and the poster instructions, discuss what is in the poster and what can your child see. Then follow the instructions to find specific objects on the poster that begin with ‘s’. For example, sad sun, small sailboat, sparkling sea etc. Encourage your child to think of their own alliterations for objects in the house beginning with ‘s’. For example, sparkly sandals, shining sun.

 

‘Phonics Play’ continue to make all their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources are computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within phase 1. Follow this link and log in using, username: march20 and password: home.

 

Reading is the key that unlocks all learning! We encourage you to continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. Why not enjoy a night time story using  Read Along Mondays with Michelle Obama as she reads her favourite stories? You can access stories on the CBeebies bedtime website. Storyline Online have a variety of books for you to enjoy. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge is well underway now online. If you haven’t already enrolled your child, perhaps take a look and sign them up!

 

 

Mathematics:

This week, for Maths, your child is going to explore Number. They will also practise their counting skills being able to say numbers, in order, up to 5. We hope you find the following activities useful!

 

Firstly, this week we are going to focus on the number five. Please follow the link and listen to the Number 5 song from Alphablocks.  Look out for things in the indoor and outdoor environment that are in quantities of five and make a collection. For example, five leaves, five pebbles, five pieces of pasta. Can the children do five hops, five skips, five jumps and five claps?

 

Look at number order to five using the Numberblocks to help.

 

Can you complete the Eye Spy and count to 5 Superhero activity attached? If you can’t print the sheet, can you count the objects from the computer screen and try and make marks to record your numbers?

 

Use the PowerPoint provided to learn all about number 5.

 

Watch Numbertime all about Number 5.

 

Try to write the number five - you can use the resource provided or simply copy and write your own!

 

Begin to practice your number formation for numbers 1 – 5, using the sheet provided. Remember, if you cannot print the sheet that is ok. Maybe you could encourage the children to write their numbers using a stick in the mud when outside or even place some sugar in a tray for them to write their numbers.

 

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

Why not make your own playdough and have a go at taking part in Dough Disco to strengthen your child’s fingers ready for writing?

 

Activities for ALL our Nursery pupils to enjoy:

This will be our last week on our theme of ‘Pirates!’ Listed below are many fun songs, games and tasks that your child can take part in this week – enjoy!

 

Book of the Week

Enjoy listening to the story ‘Penguins Make Bad Pirates’ by Playkids.

 

Expressive Arts and Design (Art)

Make a pirate’s telescope using a plastic / paper cup, 2 cardboard tubes and paint with your child. Follow this link for help.

 

Understanding of the World (Science)

Why not discover whether ice melts faster in hot or cold water?  All you need to do is freeze a plastic fish or other small counter in a cube of ice along with a piece of string. Tie the other end of the string to a stick and you have your very own ice fishing rod! Then place them in a bowl of hot water and another in a bowl of cold water. Discuss when it melts faster in hot or cold water?

 

A variety of scientific investigations to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the First discoverers website and here, on the Royal Institution website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists, whilst taking part in some exciting experiments.

 

Computing

Your child may enjoy the ‘30 Creative Activities’ on the Apple Education website, encouraging the children to use technology in a positive and productive way.  We are aware many children will be experiencing increased screen time at home and you may not know about some of the ways you can use technology to support their digital literacy and creative skills.

 

 

R.E

St Peter’s website have their weekly Sunday Club page, which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Saddleback Kids Ministry has created a menu of links to 88 short, animated Bible videos about Jesus, which can be accessed here. You can also go straight to their channel on YouTube here. Each clip is an animated retelling of a Bible story for children, which are ideal for use in Collective Worship.

 

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

There is also the Weekly Big Question discussion that you may like to do with your child, please see separate blog post.

 

Expressive Arts and Design (Music)

 

Follow the link to learn and sing ‘'A Pirate Went To Sea'.

Continue to enjoy singing Nursery Rhymes and songs on the BBC School Radio website.

 

Bring the Noise – Play It!

Get started with Play It! and explore the different elements that make up a song. Play or clap along with the music and then listen back to your own version of songs.

 

 

Out of the Ark At Home

Free Singing Resources! Topical and educational songs with lyrics and additional activities.

 

 

Physical Development (PE)

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy’s Keep Fit Challenges

  • Can you travel on your tiptoes outside in a large space?
  • Can you practise hopping, running and galloping around the garden or outside in a large space?
  • Can you move around the floor in a variety of ways such as rolling, shuffling on your bottom or slithering on your tummy?
  • Can you practise standing on one foot for a few seconds without falling over? What about the other foot? How long can you balance on one foot for?

 

The children enjoy taking part in Cosmic Kids Yoga and this can be accessed at home. Perhaps you could go on an adventure with Squish the Fish!

 

In addition, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Nursery. This email account will be closed from Friday 17th July 2020.

 

Have a great week and we send you lots of virtual hugs!

 

 

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy

 

Picture News w.c. 6.07.20

Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 10:05am

 

First Impressions

 

 

Story: A red, white and blue paint job on the Prime Minister's plane has recently been revealed.

Question: Why do we decorate different things?

How to use Picture news at home:

  • Show the EY Picture News poster (above).
  • Get the children thinking about what they can see on the poster and then tell them what is happening in the news story.
  • Use the EY Home Recording sheet to record your child's thughts. Encourage other family members to also give their thoughts so your child can see that other people may think or feel differently to them. It might be useful to name the comments to help remember who said what.
  • Show your child the British Values poster and discuss.

 

Nursery - Learning at Home w.c 6.07.20

Date: 29th Jun 2020 @ 2:32pm

Hello everyone.

We really enjoyed sharing another story time with you today and it was so nice to see you all.

We will be hosting another class story time via ‘Zoom!’ again on Friday. Once again, Miss Giles will be joining our Zoom again so that you get to see her and she can be part of our story time fun! We really hope your child will be able to come along.

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting and will need to be able to have access to Zoom - www.zoom.com

We can’t wait to see you all!!!

 

We continue to provide two different sets of activities for our ‘Learning at Home’ blog with English, Maths and motor skill related activities. The first set of activities is for the children who will be transitioning into Reception in September. Completing these activities will ensure that your child is as ready as they can be to access the Reception curriculum. The second set is for the children who will be returning to Nursery. The activities at the end of the blog are for all of our Nursery pupils to enjoy. We hope you find this useful.

 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set; just select the activities that you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

 

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here: BBC Bitesize or watch the daily lessons online here: BBC iPlayer

 

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

 

Listed below are the suggested learning activities for our Reception Starters:

Phonics / Communication and Language / Writing

Sound of the week – ‘o’,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you make a collection of different items beginning with ‘o’? Try blending these words together to hear the sound of the word:

d-o-g, c-o-d, c-o-p, l-o-g, s-o-b, p-o-t, t-o-g, h-o-t, t-o-p, B-o-b, j-o-g, b-o-x.

 

Complete the My ‘o’ Workbook activity which is attached, focusing on the initial ‘o’ sound. If you cannot print the pictures, you can look at them together and discuss the answers.

 

Watch and learn about The o sound with the Phonics Wizards.

 

Using the ‘o’ sound playdough mats, see if your child can make the letter ‘o’ using playdough. Can they name the picture beginning with ‘o’?

 

Whilst your child is writing the letter ‘o’, can they say the rhyme - ‘all around the orange? Please remember to ensure that your child is using the correct grip when writing (see image below).

 

 

 

With your child, can you try writing the following words:  top -  dog – pop –tom – pot  – tog - got? These are words using sounds that the children have already learnt. First, sound talk the words and then encourage them to say the correct letter formation rhyme for each sound as they write them. Also encourage your child to say the word back to you when they have written it.

 

‘Phonics Play’ website continue to make all their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources are computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within phase 1 and 2. Follow this link and log in using username: march20 and password: home.

 

Reading is the key that unlocks all learning! We encourage you to continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. Why not enjoy a story using Read Along Mondays with Michelle Obama as she reads her favourite stories. You can access stories on the CBeebies bedtime website. Storyline Online have a variety of books for you to enjoy too. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge is now well underway online. If you haven’t already enrolled your child, perhaps take a look and sign them up!

 

Continue to practise writing your name using the correct pencil grip.

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics:

Using the ‘I Spy and Count’ resource, encourage your child to practise counting to 10. Invite your child to look at the page of pictures and count how many of each character they can see. The characters are taken from popular traditional tales and nursery rhymes. After counting the pictures, your child can write the numbers onto the checklist. Encourage your child to check their answers using the answer sheet. Why not see if you can complete the counting to 20 challenge?

Show me – In this activity, you will need objects to count, e.g. pasta, cars, and coins. You will also need number cards from 0 to 10. If you have the number cards and give your child the objects. Show your child a number and ask them to count that many objects for you from their set. Make sure they touch each object as they count it. If they are correct, then show a different number and keep on repeating.

 

Simon Says - Play a game of ‘Simon Says’ with your child. Give them instructions such as ‘Simon says jump four times’ or ‘Simon says clap eight times’ encouraging your child to count the number of actions they are doing to make sure they are representing the correct number.

Number Call - Place your number cards in a random order around the room or even outside if you can. You shout a number and can your child find the number and stand by it?

With your child, use the number formation sheet provided for them to practice their number formation. If you cannot print can your child copy them onto a piece of paper?

 

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

Ice Transfer

For this activity, you will need some ice cubes, two or more bowls and some spoons, tongs, two sticks or anything that you can use to transfer the ice. All you need to do is place the ice in a bowl and then see if your child can transfer the ice from one bowl to another using the tools provided. You could encourage the children to use their pincer grip and transfer the ice, which we are sure will lead to a great discussion! Most of all, have some fun! 

 

Listed below are the suggested learning activities for children who will be in Nursery in September:

 

Rhyming Words

Enjoy reading ‘Oi Dog!’ – Kes Gray & Jim Field. Please follow the link to enjoy the story. Explain to your child that a rhyming word is a word that sounds the same as other words for example dog / frog / log and then ask them to try to think of some different rhyming words to complete the rhyming string e.g., bog, jog, hog etc. Then, as a challenge, can your child have a go at doing different rhyming words - e.g. slug, bug, hug, tug - and discuss the other rhyming words in the book?

 

 

Rhyming Match Quiz

Play the ‘Rhyming Match Quiz’ using the PowerPoint attached. For each slide, discuss what each picture is and say the words. Ask your child which words rhyme with the big picture. For example: What rhymes with dog? The answer is: frog.

 

 

 

Rhyming Words Matching Game

Play the Washing Line Rhyme game focusing on rhyming words. Match the two pictures that rhyme.

 

 

‘Phonics Play’ continue to make all their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources are computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within phase 1. Follow this link and log in using username: march20 and password: home.

 

Reading is the key that unlocks all learning! We encourage you to continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. Why not enjoy a story using  Read Along Mondays with Michelle Obama as she reads her favourite stories. You can access stories on the CBeebies bedtime website. Storyline Online have a variety of books for you to enjoy. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills.

The Summer Reading Challenge is well underway now online. If you haven’t already enrolled your child, perhaps take a look and sign them up!

 

 

Mathematics:

  • This week it is all about the number four. Please follow this link and listen to the Number 4 song from Alphablocks.  Look out for things in the indoor and outdoor environment that there are four of and make a collection. For example, four leaves, four pebbles, four pieces of pasta. Why not try and make a number book? Please see resource provided.

 

  • Practise counting forwards and backwards from 0 – 5.

 

  • Enjoy this song all about the number 4.

 

 

  • Why not try to write the number 4? You can use the resource provided or simply copy and write your own!

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

For this activity, you will need some pasta tubes and some string. Encourage your child to thread the pasta onto the string one piece at a time.  Maybe your child could colour or paint the pasta and make it into a necklace or bracelet for a friend?

 

 

Activities for ALL our Nursery pupils to enjoy:

This week we will continue with our theme, ‘Pirates!’ Listed below are many fun songs, games and tasks that your child can take part in this week – enjoy!

 

 

 

Book of the Week

Enjoy listening to ‘Jake’s First Day’ (see story attached). The story is all about Jake the Pirate’s first day at school! Jake the Pirate and his friends are looking for buried treasure. We hope you enjoy this story!

 

Expressive Arts and Design (Art)

Can you make your own treasure map? Why not use the template provided? If you need some ideas please look at Jake’s treasure map to help. Can you find where x marks the spot?

 

Understanding of the World (Science)

Why not try making playdough, an activity from the Royal Institution website? Please see the activity attached, which contains all the information you need. This is an opportunity to learn about the science of mixtures, solutions and chemical reactions. Have fun!

A variety of scientific investigations to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the First discoverers website, and here, on the Royal Institution website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists, whilst taking part in some exciting experiments.

 

Computing

Using the PowerPoint attached: encourage your child to talk about different types of technology that they have seen at home or at school;  discuss with your child about the different types of technology; encourage your child to make links to their own experiences and talk about different types of technology they have seen.

Your child may enjoy the ‘30 Creative Activities’ on the Apple Education website, encouraging the children to use technology in a positive and productive way. We are aware many children will be experiencing increased screen time at home and you may not know about some of the ways that you can use technology to support their digital literacy and creative skills.

 

R.E

St Peter’s website have their weekly Sunday Club page, which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Saddleback Kids Ministry has created a menu of links to 88 short, animated Bible videos about Jesus, which can be accessed here. You can also go straight to their channel on YouTube here. Each clip is an animated retelling of a Bible story for children, which are ideal for use in Collective Worship.

There is also the Weekly Big Question discussion that you may like to do with your child, please see separate blog post.

 

Expressive Arts and Design (Music)

How do you fancy learning a pirate song? Follow this link for multiple pirate songs you can share with your child. Can you make up any dance moves or teach the song and dance to another family member.

Continue to enjoy singing Nursery Rhymes and songs on the BBC School Radio website.

Bring the Noise – Play It!

Get started with Play It! and explore the different elements that make up a song. Play or clap along with the music and make then listen back to your own version of songs.

 

 

Out of the Ark At Home

Free Singing Resources. Topical and educational songs with lyrics and additional activities.

 

Physical Development (PE)

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy’s Keep Fit Challenges

  • Can you hop on one leg and count to 10? Now try the other leg.
  • Can you side step? First one way and then the other.
  • With arms at shoulder height to the sides, touch your thumb with each
    finger in order, from index to little and back. Start with left hand, right
    hand and then both together.

The children enjoy taking part in Cosmic Kids Yoga and this can be accessed at home. Why don’t you try ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt?

 

In addition, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Nursery. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

Have a lovely week - we miss you lots!

 

 

Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin

 

Picture News w.c 29.06.20

Date: 26th Jun 2020 @ 9:43am

Statues

 

 

Story: Many statues around the world have been questioned for their purpose and value in recent weeks.

Question: Do you like statues?

How to use Picture News at home:

  • Show the EY Picture News Poster (above).
  • Get the children thinking about what they can see on the poster and then tell them what is happening in the news story.
  • Use EY Home Recording sheet to record your child’s thoughts. Encourage other family members to also give their thoughts so your child can see that other people may think or feel differently to them. It might be useful to name the comments to help remember who said what.
  • Show your child the British Values poster and discuss.

Nursery - Learning from Home w.c 29.06.20

Date: 22nd Jun 2020 @ 4:33pm

Hello everyone.

Once again, it was so lovely to see you all and share story time with you all on Friday; we thoroughly enjoyed sharing our story with you!

We will be hosting another class story time via ‘Zoom!’ again on Friday. We really hope your child will be able to come along.

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting and will need to be able to have access to Zoom - www.zoom.com

We can’t wait to see you all!!!

We continue to provide two different sets of  activities for our ‘Learning at Home’ blog with  English, Maths and motor skill related activities. The first set of activities is for the children who will be transitioning into Reception in September. Completing these activities will ensure that your child is as ready as they can be to access the Reception curriculum. The second set is for the children who will be returning to Nursery. The activities at the end of the blog are for all of our Nursery pupils to enjoy. We hope you find this useful.

 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set; just select the activities that you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

 

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here: BBC Bitesize or watch the daily lessons online here: BBC IPlayer

 

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

 

Listed below are the suggested learning activities for our Reception Starters:

Phonics / Communication and Language / Writing

Sound of the week – ‘g’,

A4 Read Write Inc. Speed Sounds Cards - Set 1 (Pack of 5) ISBN ...

 

Can you make a collection of different items beginning with ‘g’? Try blending these words together to hear the sound of the word:

 

d-o-g, g-a-g, g-a-p, p-i-g, g-u-m, g-u-t, t-a-g, d-i-g, g-o-t, g-e-t.

 

Complete the ‘My ‘g’ Workbook’ activity which is attached, focusing on the initial ‘g’ sound. If you cannot print the pictures, you can look at them together and discuss the answers.

 

Play the Initial sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d) game focusing on the sounds that you and your child have already learnt. It is important to continue to recap over the other sounds learnt too. 

 

Whilst your child is writing the letter ‘g’ can they say the rhyme - ‘Round her face, down her hair and give her a curl? Please remember to ensure your child is using the correct grip when writing (see image below).

 

 

 

 

With your child can you try writing the following words:   pig – gap –gag – dig – tag? These are words using sounds that the children have already learnt. First sound talk the words and then encourage them to say the correct letter formation rhyme for each sound as they write them - encourage your child to say the word back to you when they have written it.

 

‘Phonics Play’ website continue to make all their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources are computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within phase 1 and 2. Follow this link and log in using username: march20 and password: home.

 

Reading is the key that unlocks all learning. We encourage you to continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. Why not enjoy a night time story using  Read Along Mondays with Michelle Obama as she reads her favourite stories. You can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website. Storyline Online have a variety of books for you to enjoy. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge is well underway, despite the closure of public libraries. Why not  enrol your child onto 'The Silly Squad' reading challenge, if they have not done so already.

 

Continue to practise writing your name using the correct pencil grip.

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics:

This week for maths, your child will be focusing on Number. Your child will practise counting objects and matching to numbers. They will also continue to practice their counting skills by being able to say numbers in order to 10 and counting backwards to zero, then can they count to 20? Your child also needs to continue practising their number formation to 10. Please remember it is always important to hold the pencil correctly - please see the image above. We hope you find the following activities useful!

 

Using the number recognition cards provided, can your child count the different objects in the picture and then point to the correct number underneath? If you cannot print the images,  place different amounts of objects for example pasta, cars or small animals in front of your child, then ask them to count the objects and say how many there are. Can you see if they can write the number for you?

 

Can the children order the numbers to 10? Use the sheet provided, you may need to cut the numbers out for your child as we are not focusing on cutting skills for this activity but their counting skills. Mix the numbers up, can your child then stick the numbers in the correct order from 1 – 10. If you cannot print the numbers you can simply make your own number cards for your child to order.

You may enjoy playing the following games:

Counting with Peter Rabbit – Can you count the vegetables in Mr McGregor’s garden?

Missing Numbers  - Can you drag the missing number into the gaps?

 

 

For this activity, all you need is a piece of paper. Ask your child to think of a number to 10, can they write this number in the middle of the piece of paper? Then encourage your child to go and find that many objects for example if they chose 2 can they place 2 objects on the piece of paper. You can repeat this activity with different numbers. Please see resource sheet provided if you wish to use it.

 

Can you count back from 10 to 0, why not see if the Numberblocks can help?

 

Use the number formation sheet provided to practice your number formation. If you cannot print can you copy them?

 

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

For this activity, you will need some Q-tips (cotton buds), paint and your child’s name written out on an A4 piece of paper. Using the Q-tip and paint make dots along the letters. This requires your child to use precision and helps to develop fine motor control.

 

Listed below are the suggested  learning activities for children who will be in Nursery in September:

 

Noisy Neighbour Game

Tell your child about a noisy neighbour.

“Early one morning, you were fast asleep, when all of a sudden I heard a sound from the house next door…”

 

The adult then goes hides their face with their hands and makes a noise e.g. snoring

 

The adult then shouts “Wake up!! What’s that noise?”

 

Can your child identify the sound? Then encourage your child to say “Noisy neighbour, please be quiet I am trying to sleep”.

 

Repeat with different sounds e.g. brushing teeth, yawning, washing, stamping feet, munching cornflakes / eating, sneezing. Encourage your child to add own ideas to the story about the noisy neighbour.

 

 

Rhymes

Please take some time to read the following article which talks about the importance of nursery rhymes at this age.

Enjoy singing a variety of Nursery Rhymes with your child. Encourage your child to join in with actions for example:

See Saw Margery Daw’ – rock gently to the beat of the rhyme.

Row, row, row your boat’ – move back and forth like you are rowing a boat together

 ‘The grand old Duke of York’ – march to the beat of the rhyme.

Here we go round the mulberry bush’ – skip or gallop to the rhyme.

 

Rhyming Words

Enjoy reading ‘Oi Cat’ – Kes Gray & Jim Field. Please follow the link to enjoy the story. Explain to your child that a rhyming word is a word that sounds the same as other words for example cat / hat / bat and then ask them to try to think of some different rhyming words to complete the rhyming string e.g., mat, sat, lat etc. Then as a challenge, can your child have a go at rhyming different words e.g. dog, log, frog, bog and discuss the other rhyming words in the book.

‘Phonics Play’ continue to make all their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources are computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within phase 1. Follow this link and log in using username: march20 and password: home.

Reading is the key that unlocks all learning. We encourage you to continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. Why not enjoy a night time story using  Read Along Mondays with Michelle Obama as she reads her favourite stories. You can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website. Storyline Online have a variety of books for you to enjoy. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills.

The Summer Reading Challenge is well underway now online. If you haven’t already enrolled your child, perhaps take a look and sign them up!

 

Mathematics:

This week for maths, your child is going to explore Number. They will also practise their counting skills being able to say numbers in order to 5. We hope you find the following activities useful!

Firstly, this week we are going to focus on the number three. Please follow the link and listen to the Number 3 song from Alphablocks.  Look out for things in the indoor and outdoor environment that there are three of and make a collection, for example three leaves, three pebbles, three pieces of pasta. Can the children do three hops, three skips, three jumps and three claps?

Practise counting forwards and backwards from 0 – 5 then 5 – 0.

Play Count with Lecky  - can your child help Lecky the Alien to catch and count the different objects?

Watch Numbertime all about Number 3.

Try to write the Number three - you can use the resource provided or simply copy and write your own!

Try and complete some of the Number 3 home learning challenges on the sheet provided.

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

For this activity, you will need some salt / sand / glitter on a tray large enough for your child to make patterns. Using the pattern cards attached ask your child to use their finger, skewer or a paintbrush to imitate the patterns on the cards. Use this link to help.

 

 

Activities for ALL our Nursery pupils to enjoy:

This week we will continue with our theme ‘Pirates!’ Listed below are many fun songs, games and tasks your child can take part in this week – enjoy!

 

Book of the Week

Enjoy listening to the story ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.

 

Expressive Arts and Design (Art)

Have a look at the different underpants in the Pirates Love Underpants story. Then using the underpants design sheet, can your child design and create your own underpants?

 

Understanding of the World (Science)

Why not try science sparks waterproof a pirate boat activity? All you need are is an outline of a boat drawn on paper, materials such as kitchen roll, plastic, bubble wrap, greaseproof paper, tissue paper cut into squares, glue and a spray bottle with water in. Encourage your child to feel the different types of material, which do they think will be the most waterproof and why? Then place the squares of material over the picture using glue. Spray water over the picture and observe any changes to the paper.

A variety of scientific investigations to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the First discoverers website and here, on the Royal Institution website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists, whilst taking part in some exciting experiments.

 

Computing

This week’s mini technology activity is attached; this activity follows on from one posted previously and is titled ‘Joiners’ photography part 2.

Your child may enjoy the ‘30 Creative Activities’ on the Apple Education website, encouraging the children to use technology in a positive and productive way.  We are aware many children will be experiencing increased screen time at home and you may not know about some of the ways you can use technology to support their digital literacy and creative skills.

 

R.E

St Peter’s website have their weekly Sunday Club page, which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

 

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

There is also the Weekly Big Question discussion that you may like to do with your child, please see separate blog post.

 

Expressive Arts and Design (Music)

 

Follow the link to sing ‘Over the Deep Blue Sea, can your child learn the actions?

Continue to enjoy singing Nursery Rhymes and songs on the BBC School Radio website.

 

Bring the Noise – Play It!

Get started with Play It! and explore the different elements that make up a song, play or clap along with the music and make then listen back to your own version of songs.

 

Out of the Ark At Home

Free Singing Resources. Topical and educational songs with lyrics and additional activities.

 

Physical Development (PE)

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy’s Keep Fit Challenges

  • Can you crawl along the floor on your hands and knees?
  • Can you practise walking, jogging and skipping around the garden or outside in a large space?
  • Can you step up and down the stairs? Use your stairs for step-ups. Step up with your right leg first, then your left, then come back down with your left leg first. Alternate which leg you start with (facing up the stairs)
  • Can you practise kicking a large ball to one another?
  • Can your child stop the ball with their foot when it is kicked to them?

 

The children enjoy taking part in Cosmic Kids Yoga and this can be accessed at home. Perhaps you could go on a Pirate Adventure!

 

In addition the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Nursery. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Keep smiling - we miss you lots!

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy

Nursery New Parent Information - Sept 2020

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 2:29pm

Dear Parents and Carers of Nursery Class September 2020,

Please find below a list of documents that we hope will help you and your child prepare for our Nursery class in September 2020.

We would be very grateful if you can return documents, and a recent photograph of your child, via this email address: foundation.stage@tsp.sefton.school. Please kindly note that we do not reply from this email account

Should you have any further questions please email admin@tsp.sefton.school.

We are very excited about meeting you all and can't wait for September!

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy 

Picture News w/c 22.06.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 10:00am

 

Reopening of Zoos

 

Story: Following a three-month closure period, Chester Zoo and many other zoos have been allowed to reopen.

Question: How does a zoo take care of all its animals?

 

How to use Picture News at home:

  • Show the EY Picture News Poster (above).
  • Get the children thinking about what they can see on the poster and then tell them what is happening in the news story.
  • Use EY Home Recording sheet to record your child’s thoughts. Encourage other family members to also give their thoughts so your child can see that other people may think or feel differently to them. It might be useful to name the comments to help remember who said what.
  • Show your child the British Values poster and discuss.

Nursery Learning from Home w.c 22.06.20

Date: 15th Jun 2020 @ 8:23pm

Hello everyone!

We are very excited to tell you that this week we will be hosting another class story time via ‘Zoom!’ We really hope your child will be able to come along.

This time we will be holding one Zoom meeting for all children to attend, this will take place on Friday 26th June at 9am. As the purpose of this ‘Zoom’ will be a story time, after our initial hellos the Zoom session will be ‘muted’ so that the story can be heard easily by Mrs Bevin or Mrs Molloy.

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting and will need to be able to have access to Zoom - www.zoom.com

We can’t wait to see you all!

 

Just a reminder that for the final half term of this academic year, we have changed the format of our ‘Learning at Home’ blog. We are now providing two different sets of activities for English, Maths and motor skill related activities.

 

The first set of activities is for the children who will be transitioning into Reception in September. Completing these activities will ensure that your child is as ready as they can be to access the Reception curriculum. The second set is for the children who will be returning to Nursery.

 

The activities at the end of the blog are for all of our Nursery pupils to enjoy. We hope you find this useful.

 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set; just select the activities that you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

 

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here: BBC Bitesize or watch the daily lessons online here: BBC IPlayer

 

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

Listed below are the suggested learning activities for our Reception Starters:

Phonics / Communication and Language / Writing

Sound of the week – ‘p’,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you make a collection of different items beginning with ‘p’? Try blending these words together to hear the sound of the word:

p-i-t, p-a-t, p-a-n, p-i-n, p-o-p, p-i-g, p-u-g, m-a-p, t-a-p, d-i-p .

 

Play the initial sound ‘p’ sort game (see resource provided). Look at the pictures with your children and discuss what they are. Once they recognise them, sort the sounds into 2 piles, those that begin with ‘p’ and those that don’t.  If you cannot print the pictures, you can look at them together and discuss the different objects that begin with the ‘p’ sound.

 

Play the initial sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n) PowerPoint game, focusing on the sounds that you and your child have already learnt as it is important to continue to recap over the other sounds learnt too. 

 

Whilst your child is writing the letter ‘p’ can they say the rhyme - ‘down the plait and over the pirate’s face’? Please remember to ensure your child is using the correct grip when writing (see image below).

With your child, can you try writing the following words:   pit – pat – pan – pan – pin – map? These are words using sounds that the children have already learnt. First sound talk the words and then encourage them to say the correct letter formation rhyme for each sound as they write them - encourage your child to say the word back to you when they have written it.

 

The ‘Phonics Play’ website continue to make all their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources are computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within phase 1 and 2. Follow this link and log in using username: march20 and password: home.

 

Reading is the key that unlocks all learning. We encourage you to continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. Why not enjoy a night time story with Dolly Parton as she reads her favourite stories? You can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website. Storyline Online have a variety of books for you to enjoy. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills.

 

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme has commenced already, why not sign up if you haven’t already? Follow this link Summer Reading Challenge!  The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers. We hope you are enjoying reading together!

 

Continue to practise writing your name using the correct pencil grip.

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics:

This week for maths, the children will be focusing on shape. The children need to be able to recognise and name different 2D shapes. They should be able to show an awareness of shapes in the environment as well as being able to make arrangements with shapes. They will need to continue to practice their counting skills by being able to say numbers in order to 10 and then to 20 along with practising their number formation to ten. Please remember it is always important to hold the pencil correctly please see the image above. We hope you find the following activities useful!

 

Use the list of all the 2D shapes and their names provided - please make sure the children recognise the different shapes and can name them.

 

If you have any plastic shapes at home why not explore the different pictures you can make with them? If you don’t have any shapes, why not use items around the house that are 2D for example a mug coaster can be a circle or a square, a photograph frame, a magazine or book can be a rectangle. You can also use the 2D shape pictures provided to give you some ideas.

 

You may enjoy playing the following shape games:

Shifting Shapes – Use the torch and try and guess the shapes

Monster sorting  - Choose the right shape monster to eat the shape

 

Complete the Pirate ship 2D shape hunt; if you can’t print the worksheet simply look at the picture together and discuss the different shapes you can see.

 

If you go out on a walk, discuss the different shapes you can see in the environment. Why not collect some sticks while you are out and then use the sticks to make different 2D shapes, use the link for some ideas. If you go to the beach, you could also collect pinecones to make the different shapes!

 

Enjoy watching Number time all about shapes

 

Use the number formation sheet provided to practice your number formation. If you cannot print, can you copy them?

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

Why not see if you can roll small pieces of kitchen foil into little balls. Please follow the link to find out more about the benefits of this activity.

 

Listed below are the suggested  learning activities for children who will be in Nursery in September:

 

Listen to Music

If you have a set of children’s musical instruments at home, give your child the opportunity to play them to introduce the sounds each instrument makes. Then with your child add an action to the instrument e.g. drum – stamping their feet, triangle /bells – tip toe around the room, tambourine – shake their body. Then play different instruments in a pattern so they can make repeated movements e.g. drum – stamping their feet, triangle /bells – tip toe around the room, drum – stamping their feet, triangle /bells – tip toe around the room. Let your child have a go at leading the game too! They love being teacher!  You could also use homemade percussion sounds for example banging a spoon on a pan, shaking rice in a bag, swirling water in a bowl / shaking water in a bottle.

Action Songs

To develop your child’s listening skills and ability to link words to actions, using the link sing some action rhymes with your child. Encourage your child to join in with the rhymes by using a multi-sensory approach e.g. copying the actions, tapping knees, clapping, stamping feet.

 

Follow the Sound

Start by making a body percussion sound or movement that is passed from your child to you or any other members of the family that can join in which is ‘passed’ to the child next to them e.g. a clap, clap, clap / stamp of the feet / nod of the head / pat of the knees. The sound is passed around the circle/ different people or even between just you and your child a few times. When the sound returns to the yourself ask did the sound stay the same all the way round the circle? What changed? Can we make the sound faster / slower? Make the activity more difficult by adding a simple sequence e.g. clap, stamp clap for you to pass between yourselves. This simple game will encourage your child to listen and concentrate to the body percussion sound or pattern.

 

‘Phonics Play’ continue to make all their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources are computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within phase 1. Follow this link and log in using username: march20 and password: home.

 

Reading is the key that unlocks all learning. We encourage you to continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. Why not enjoy a night time story with Dolly Parton as she reads her favourite stories? You can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website. Storyline Online have a variety of books for you to enjoy. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills.

 

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme has commenced already, why not sign up if you haven’t already? Follow this link Summer Reading Challenge!  The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers. We hope you are enjoying reading together!

 

 

Mathematics:

This week, the children are going to learn all about shape. The children need to be able to notice and talk about shapes in pictures and begin to name the different 2D shapes.

 

Use the 2D shape PowerPoint to introduce the children to the different shapes. If you sit with your child for this PowerPoint, then go on a scavenger hunt to find shapes and objects they have just learnt about, this makes it a more hands-on learning experience. Alternatively get out the colouring pencils or paints and get creative drawing these shapes whilst identifying the different sizes, shapes and properties of their drawings, for example:

  • How many sides does this circle have?
  • How many corners does a square have?
  • Can you find a triangle?
     

Why not play Monster sorting  - Choose the right shape monster to eat the shape.

 

Watch Numbertime all about shapes

 

Listen to the shape song why not sing along?

 

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

For this activity, you will need some 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. Can you stand the coins on their side and roll them? How far do they go? Who can roll their coin the furthest?

 

 

Activities for ALL our Nursery pupils to enjoy:

 

This week we will continue with our theme ‘Pirates!’ Listed below are many fun songs, games and tasks your child can take part in this week – enjoy!

Book of the Week

Enjoy listening to the story ‘The Night Pirates’ by Peter Harris

 

Expressive Arts and Design (Art)

Have a look at the flag for the pirate ship ‘Jolly Roger’ then using the flag design

sheet as a prompt,  can you create a flag for a pirate ship?

 

Understanding of the World (Science)

 

Why not look at Scholastic home learning resources and learn about the importance of keeping your teeth clean? You will be able to listen to and watch a story then help your child by answering some simple questions.

 

A variety of scientific investigations to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the First discoverers website and here, on the Royal Institution website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists, whilst taking part in some exciting experiments.

 

Computing

Your child may enjoy the ‘30 Creative Activities’ on the Apple Education website, encouraging the children to use technology in a positive and productive way.  We are aware many children will be experiencing increased screen time at home and you may not know about some of the ways you can use technology to support their digital literacy and creative skills.

 

R.E

St Peter’s website have their weekly Sunday Club page, which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

There is also the Weekly Big Question discussion that you may like to do with your child, please see separate blog post.

 

Expressive Arts and Design (Music)

Follow the link to sing ‘If you want to be a pirate, why not learn the actions?

This Sunday 21st June it is world music day!  World Music Day was officially launched in 1982 and became a major world music event, celebrated in over 120 countries every year. World Music Day is all about the joy of making music. This link will take you to resources to help you participate in ‘Make Music Day’ on Sunday 21st June. This year’s song is the Morecambe and Wise classic, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’. Link (https://makemusicday.co.uk)

Continue to enjoy singing Nursery Rhymes and songs on the BBC School Radio website.

Provide a range of percussion instruments/noise makers for the children to use whilst singing the songs.

Bring the Noise – Play It!

Get started with Play It! and explore the different elements that make up a song, play or clap along with the music and make then listen back to your own version of songs.

 

 

Out of the Ark At Home

Free Singing Resources. Topical and educational songs with lyrics and additional activities.

 

Physical Development (PE)

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy’s Keep Fit Challenges

  • Can you balance on one foot and then the other? How long can you balance for?
  • Can you practise catching and throwing a large ball?
  • Can you run as fast as you can around or up and down your garden?
  • When out for a walk, can you have a race with your family?

 

The children enjoy taking part in Cosmic Kids Yoga and this can be accessed at home. Why don’t you have a go at Stezzi The Parrot?

Tomorrow sees the start of the Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sport Week'. This year, everything will be online - meaning you can get involved from the comfort of your own living room! Attached is a timetable with different challenges to try each day- why not tweet some of your best scores and use the hashtags #NSSWtogether and #StayHomeStayActive.

In addition the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Nursery. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

Sending virtual hugs to you all; keep up the good work,

 

Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin

 

Reception New Parent Information - September 2020

Date: 15th Jun 2020 @ 5:51pm

Dear Parents and Carers of Reception Class September 2020,

Please find below a list of documents that we hope will help you and your child prepare for our Reception class in September 2020.

We would be very grateful if you can return documents, and a recent photograph of your child, via this email address: foundation.stage@tsp.sefton.school. Please kindly note that we do not reply from this email account

Should you have any further questions please email admin@tsp.sefton.school.

We have arranged the following  ‘Zoom’ meetings for your child:

Friday 3rd July 2020 – 12pm    Initial A - D

Friday 3rd July 2020 – 1pm      Initial E - G

Friday 10th July 2020 - 12pm   Initial J - O

Friday 10th July 2020 – 12.30pm    Initial P - W

Please can I kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s forname initial. For example, John Smith would join in the session for the J initial. If you are unable to join your allocated session, as above, please email: admin@tsp.sefton.school so that we can provide you with an alternative time.

I look forward to seeing you via Zoom in the next coming weeks.

Miss Giles

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