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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

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

Picture News w.c 15.06.20

Date: 12th Jun 2020 @ 10:14am

Managing Money

 

Story: One parent’s solution to helping her children manage money during the lockdown period was to buy a vending machine for the family!

 

Question: What jobs could you do at home?

 

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 15.06.20

Date: 8th Jun 2020 @ 11:01am

Hello everyone.

It was so lovely to see you all on Wednesday and share story time with you. It was great to see you all your smiling faces and we thoroughly enjoyed our special time with you. We will be arranging another story time ‘Zoom’ very soon!

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 – ‘n’,

 

Set 1 Sounds Read Write Inc. - ppt download

 

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

 

n-i-t, n-a-t, t-a-n, t-i-n, d-i-n, s-i-n, m-a-n, d-i-n.

 

Using the sheet provided, can your child identify the pictures starting with the ‘n’ sound and colour them in?

 

Complete the Letters and Sounds uploaded workbook activity focusing on the sounds that you and your child have already learnt (i, n, m, d). It is important to continue to recap over the other sounds learnt too.  If you cannot print the pictures, you can look at them together and discuss the answers.

 

Whilst your child is writing the letter ‘n’ can they say the rhyme - ‘down Nobby, over his net’? 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:  tin – nit – man – tan – sin – din? 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 together. 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 are continuing  to explore Number. We want them to understand that anything can be counted for example hops, claps etc. They will also practice their counting skills by being able to say numbers in order to 10 and then to 20 along with practising their number formation. 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, we want the children to count things other than objects, such as sounds. Using an empty moneybox, jar or container will do. You will need ten 1p coins, count them and place them next to the moneybox, jar or container. Slowly drop each coin into the moneybox, jar or container, as it makes the sound only then can it be counted. Encourage the children to count the money as you drop in different amounts. Please see sheet provided to help you.

 

This week there is an exciting ‘Pirate Treasure’ activity to enjoy. This will take a little bit of setting up! (please see documents attached). Start the activity by hiding the treasure counting trail cards around the house or outside, if you cannot print the cards, simply create your own.  Make sure you have either printed out or copied the treasure trail clues. Now you are ready to read the letter from Captain Pete to your child. Tell your child that poor Captain Pete is having a terrible time trying to follow a treasure map as he has to count lots of different actions and he needs their help! With your child, follow the treasure map and complete the actions as you go.

Bat counting – this activity can be easily completed by simply using a blindfold (activity attached below). Explain to your child that today they are going to behave like bats and therefore need to know how bats behave!  Tell your child “Bats are very good at listening to sounds. So, you are going to use your ears and not your eyes to count, just like a bat!” Explain to the children that you are going to be the counting bat on a dark night so they need to be the clapper. You are going to count the number of times they clap their hands.  As the children clap start to count. Play this game a couple of times - you could even pretend to make a mistake with your counting, to check your child is counting properly too! Does your child notice?  Can they correct you? Then swap so the children close their eyes and you become the clapper.

 

 

Have a look at numbers 0 – 20. Number cards 0-20 can be created easily – alternatively attached are some number cards you may wish to print and use. Take your child on a number hunt either during your daily exercise or around the house looking for numbers in the environment. Can the children match the numbers found in the environment to the number cards?  If you hide the numbers, can the children find them and place them in the correct order?

 

Use the number formation sheet provided to practice your number formation. This sheet is provided as a visual prompt. Children can have a go at copying the numbers if you cannot print the sheet.

Follow this link and use this game to help you to recognise numbers and count objects.

You may also enjoy watching this clip from Number blocks all about number.

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

The pirates have found a starfish amongst their treasure. Why don’t you make one too? To create your own starfish, all you need is the attached template or draw your own. Then using some dried lentils, small stones, rice, sequins or paper from a hole puncher. ask your child to use their pincer grasp to pick the lentils up and glue them to the starfish. Encourage your child to pick up the small items using their pincer grip to develop fine motor development.

 

 

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

 

Socks and Shakers

To help your child develop their listening skills by using a variety of different socks each filled with different noisy materials such as rice, pebbles, stones, shells, marbles, newspaper, crisp packet, coins or pasta. Also keep a few aside so your child can match the sound and explore the materials before they listen to the sock shaker. Then shake the sock with the different materials in them. Encourage your child to listen to the sound made and then feel the relevant sock with the item in. What does it sound like? What does it feel like? What shape is it? Do you know what might be inside the sock? Encourage your child to talk about the item e.g. where we might find coins? Where might you see dried pasta? Let your child have a go at leading the game too! They love being teacher!  

 

Which Instrument?

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 and name them. Then you will need to hide behind a chair, sofa or door and choose one instrument from the set to play. Can your child identify which instrument has been played? Continue to repeat with different instruments. Let your child have a go at leading the game too! They love being ‘teacher’!  Encourage your child to try to make the noise with their voices. 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. If you do not have musical instruments then play this Musical Instrument Listening Game.

 

 

 

 

Loud and Quiet Sounds

If you have a set of children’s musical instruments at home, demonstrate to your child making loud sounds and quiet sounds with the instruments. Ask your child to repeat with different instruments making loud and quiet sounds. If you do not have any instruments, you can use clapping, stamping, a pan and wooden spoon, a half bottle of water or play this Near and Far Listening Game.

 

‘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 continuing to explore Number with a focus on the Number 2. We hope you find the following activities useful!

This week we are going to focus on the number 2. Begin by looking at the Powerpoint provided all about the number two. You can follow the link and listen to the Number 2 song from Alphablocks.  Why not look out for things in the indoor and outdoor environment that there are 2 of and make a collection; for example two blocks, two pebbles, two pieces of pasta. Can the children do two claps, two skips, two jumps?

 

Practise your formation of Number two using the sheet provided. Remember if you cannot print the worksheet, why not see if you can copy it and make your own?

Watch Number Time all about the number 2.

Listen to this song about the number 2.

Practise your counting with this great game  Teddy Bear Count

 

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

For this activity, you will need some playdough (simply click on the link to find out how to make your own playdough if necessary) and some treasure to hide, for example: coins, small stones, small people, string of beads, anything special to hide in playdough. Hide the items in the playdough for your child to pick out, encouraging them to use their pincer grasp to search for the treasure in the playdough.

 

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 ‘My Granny is a Pirate by Val McDermid and Arthur Robins.

 

Expressive Arts and Design (Art, Role Play)

Why not use the ‘How to make a Pirate Hat’ PowerPoint to make a pirate hat with your child and role play being a pirate using what you both have learnt last week. You could even make a pirate ship using items from around the house, this link will help.  

 

Understanding of the World (Science)

Why not try science sparks Protect the Pirate Coins activity? All you need are some coins, paper bag, cloth bag, plastic bag and a spray bottle with water in. Encourage the children to predict which material will keep the coins the driest. Then discuss what happened to the materials once wet and what happened when you shake the bag once it is wet.

 

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 ‘The Big Ship Sails on the Alley O’. Why not learn the actions too?

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

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

 

Physical Development (PE)

Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy’s Keep Fit Challenges

  • Can you hop on one leg and then the other?
  • Can you reach up your arms and stand up tall on your tiptoes to stretch up as tall as you can?
  • Can you jump with two feet together and land with two feet? How many jumps can you do?

 

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

In addition to 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 and shining,

Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin

 

Picture News w/c 8.06.20

Date: 5th Jun 2020 @ 9:44am

Routines

Story: As some children return to school, we think about how our routines have changed during this time.

Question: How important is it to have a bedtime? 

 

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 08.06.20

Date: 2nd Jun 2020 @ 10:20am

Hello everyone!

 

We are excited to let you know that next week, we will be hosting a class storytime via 'Zoom!' We really hope your child will be able to come along!

 

Once again, we will host five meetings to ensure that we can see, hear and talk to one another. As the purpose of this ‘Zoom’ will be a story time. Please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s surname initial.

 

Schedule:

Wednesday 10th June         9:30-9:40am                        A-D

Wednesday 10th June         10:00-10:10am                    E-G

Wednesday 10th June         10:30-10:40am                    H-M

Wednesday 10th June         10:50-11:00am                    P-R

Wednesday 10th June         11:10-11:20am                    S-Y

 

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 look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

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 – ‘i’,

 

Set 1 Sounds Read Write Inc. - ppt download

 

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

 

T-i-m, t-i-n, i-t, i-s, d-i-d, s-i-t, m-i-t, d-i-m, S-i-d.

 

Using the sheet provided can your child identify the pictures starting with the ‘i’ sound?

 

Play the initial sound ‘i’ 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 ‘i’ 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 ‘I’ sound.

 

Can your child practise writing the letter ‘i’ whilst saying the rhyme - ‘down the insects body and a dot for his head’? 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,   tin – it – is – did – sit – mit – dim? 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. You can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website and Book Trust have updated their ‘Fun At Home with Authors and Illustrators’ page. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and complete some of the fun activities. Encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills. Book Trust also has some lovely stories here that you can either just  listen and watch or read along to. I

This week from 8th-14th June, there is a special seven-day online 'Dream Big' festival in partnership with Waterstones for families to celebrate the power of imagination and Puffin's 80th birthday. Watch on Puffin Facebook and YouTube channels as each day two events take place. It promises to be great fun and another way of enaging children in the wonderful world of literature, storytelling, reading and illustrating.  

 

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. 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. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June, when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!"

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics:

This week for maths, the children are going to explore Number and begin to compare two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number. They will also practice their counting skills by being able to say numbers in order to 10 and then to 20. We hope you find the following activities useful!

 

It is always good to try and link learning to the children’s own experience to help support their learning. Use the PowerPoint ‘Ned and Ted’ attached, the children will help Ned and Ted celebrate their birthday by sharing out different birthday items.

 

Using the Teddy’s Toy Shop PowerPoint, the children are encouraged to look at the different sets of toys and discuss which set has more and which set has less. It is important to use the correct language with the children e.g. more, less, fewer, most.

 

Have a look at numbers 0 – 20. Attached are some number cards you may wish to print and use. Take your child on a number hunt either during your daily exercise or around the house looking for numbers in the environment. Can the children match the numbers found in the environment to the number cards? Mix the numbers up and ask the children place the numbers in the correct order.

Use the number formation sheet provided to practice your number formation. If you cannot print the sheet why not see if you can copy the numbers.

Follow this link and use this game to help you to recognise numbers and count objects.

 

You may also enjoy watching this clip from Number blocks all about number.

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

Why not see if you can use your Lego, Duplo or building blocks and build a Pirate ship? Follow the link for some ideas!

 

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

 

Using any types of animals (farm, zoo, sea, animal teddies or dinosaurs) that you have at home, place them spread out in front of you both. Alternatively, you can use the attached pictures of animals instead. Discuss the names of the different animals with your child so that they are familiar with them. Then describe one of the animals but do not tell your child its name. Say, for example - This animal has four legs, is brown and has a tail. Then ask them to say which animal it is and ask them to make the noise the animal might make. When they are familiar with the game let your child describe an animal for you to name.

 

To develop your child’s listening skills, using an empty box on its side with the opening facing away from your child, place between four and six familiar noisy items (e.g. a set of keys, crisp packet, bells, water in a bottle, squeaky toy, coins in a bag) into the box. Move the item to create a sound and give your child time to name the object that makes the sound - demonstrate the sound each one makes. Repeat with different objects. Let your child have a go at leading the game too! They love being teacher!

 

Sing to the tune of ‘Old MacDonald’ but using your own name:

Mummy / Daddy…has a box ee i ee i o

And in that box she he has a…

Stop singing and ask your child to listen. Handle one of the objects in the box, out of sight, to make a noise. Your child will then guess what object is making the sound. Continue the song but imitating the sound using your voice. With an eeek eeek here and an eeek eeek there…

Continue until all the sounds have been recognised.

 

Play the following listening sound games together – listen to the sounds using this link and ask your child to identify the different sounds. There is an animal sound game too, which you will need to minimise so that your child cannot see the pictures coming up but can just listen instead.

 

‘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. If you have not yet had chance to look, there are still some picture audio books available on the World Book Day website or you can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website. Book Trust have updated their ‘Fun At Home with Authors and Illustrators’ page. You can listen, watch and read along with the stories and complete some of the fun activities. Encourage the children to re-tell the story to you and ask questions that help to develop their comprehension skills. Book Trust also some lovely stories here that you can either just  listen and watch or read along to.

This week from 8th-14th June, there is a special seven-day online 'Dream Big' festival in partnership with Waterstones for families to celebrate the power of imagination and Puffin's 80th birthday. Watch on Puffin Facebook and YouTube channels as each day two events take place. It promises to be great fun and another way of enaging children in the wonderful world of literature, storytelling, reading and illustrating.  

 

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. 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. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!"

 

 

Mathematics:

This week for maths, the children are going to explore Number and begin to be able to select a small number of objects from a group when asked, for example, ‘please give me one block’. They will also practice their counting skills being able to say numbers in order to 5. We hope you find the following activities useful:

 

Whilst playing with your child this week, please think about how number can be incorporated into their everyday language. For example, count how many yellow blocks they can see? Count how many pieces of pasta are in a dish or how many apples are in the fruit bowl? Maybe ask your child to pass you different amounts of objects whilst you are playing for example ‘Can you pass me two brown blocks / three pigs please?’

 

We are also going to focus on the number one. Please follow the link and listen to the Number One song from Alphablocks.  Look out for things in the indoor and outdoor environment that there are One of and make a collection, for example one leaf, one pebble, one piece of pasta. Can the children do one hop, one skip, one jump and one clap?

 

Practise counting forwards from 0 – 5.

 

Have a look at numbers 0 – 5 so your child knows what numbers are; attached are some number cards if you need them. Then take your child on a number hunt either during your daily exercise or around the house looking for numbers in the environment. 

 

 

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

 

For this activity, you will need 2 plates and some rice. Place some rice on one of the plates and encourage the children to use their pincer grasp to transfer the rice to the second plate.

 

 

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!

 

 

  • Why not use the ‘Talk like a Pirate’ PowerPoint and spend the day pretending to be a Pirate. The children will learn about famous pirate names, before finding out their own pirate name, using the pirate name generator. The children will also learn some fun pirate phrases and words.

 

 

 

Understanding of the World (Science)

 

Why not try science sparks Pirate sink or float activity? You will just need a small bowl for water and a collection of treasure, this can be anything bottle tops, coins or even plastic jewellery. Encourage the children to predict whether the object will float or sink before they place them in the water. Then discuss why some items sink and some float, talk about the different materials objects are made from.

 

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.

 

 

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 ‘A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea,’ why not learn the actions?

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

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

 

 

Physical Development (PE)

To keep active, Joe Wicks is still continuing to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am – thank you Mr Wicks! Click here to access the workouts.

 

Alternatively, the children enjoy taking part in Cosmic Kids Yoga and this can be accessed at home. Why don’t you have a go at Popcorn and the Pirates?

 

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, 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 Mrs Bevin and Mrs Molloy This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

We very much look forward to seeing your children on Zoom next week!
 

Take care everybody,

 

 

Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin

 

Picture News w/c 1.06.20

Date: 29th May 2020 @ 3:18pm

Jobs we do

Story: There has been a huge increase in people wanting to work in the healthcare sector recently.

Question: Who are the people you are proud of?

 

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.

Picture News w/c 25.05.20

Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 9:44am

Trusting the News

 

Story: The spread of fake news is spreading quicker than normal in current times.

Question: Does everyone always tell the truth?

 

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 at Home w/c 1.6.20

Date: 20th May 2020 @ 3:08pm

Hello everyone.

We hope you are all well and enjoyed your half term break.

For the final half-term of this academic year, we have changed the format of our ‘Learning at Home’ blog. We will now be providing two different sets of activities for English, Maths and Motor skill 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 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 what can be enjoyed by all of our Nursery pupils.

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 which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

 

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.

 

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

Phonics / Communication and Language / Writing

Sound of the week – ‘t’,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you make a collection of different items beginning with ‘t’? Try blending these words together to hear the sound of the word:

t-a-t, t-i-n, t-i-p, t-o-p, t-i-g, t-o-g, t-a-n.

 

Using the sheet provided can your child identify the pictures starting with the ‘t’ sound? 

Play the initial sound ‘t’ matching game (see resource provided).  If you cannot print the pictures, you can look at them together and discuss the different things you can see.

Can your child practise writing the letter ‘t’ whilst saying the rhyme - ‘down the tower, across the tower’? Please remember to ensure your child is using the correct grip when writing (see image below).

‘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. If you have not yet had chance to look, there are still some picture audio books available on the World Book Day website or you can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website. There are also some lovely stories here from the BookTrust, you can either listen and watch or read along.

 

Exciting news! Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. 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. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!"

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

 

   

 

 

 

 

 Mathematics:

 Enjoy singing the Buzzy Bees counting song using the Powerpoint attached and encourage your child to use their fingers for the actions.

 Practise counting forwards and backwards from 0 – 10.

 Have a look at numbers 0 – 10. Attached are some number cards you may wish to print and use. Take your child on a number hunt either during your daily exercise or around the house looking for numbers in the environment. Can the children match the numbers found in the environment to the number cards?

Using the attached number cards 1 to 5, can your child count the correct amount of objects onto these numbers? You can use dried pasta, cars, small animals, pencils, crayons as counting tools. This will help them recognise numbers and practise their one to one counting skills.

 

Funky Fingers (Fine Motor Skills):

Please practice your scissor skills using the booklet attached provided. There are a lot of pages, you don’t need to print them all. 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:

Whilst out on your daily exercise or in the garden, take a moment with your child to listen to the sounds you hear. Before starting the activity, remind your child about the things that good listeners do e.g. keep quiet, have ears and eyes ready and talk about why listening is important. Encourage children to listen attentively to sounds around them and encourage them to cup their ears when listening. Talk about different sounds they hear and make a verbal list of all the sounds they have heard. You could repeat this at different times of the day and see if you can hear varying sounds. If you want you could make the listening ear headband from the resource attached.

Using you garden area, give your child a wooden stick or spoon to use as a drumstick. With your, encourage them to explore the garden area and discover how different sounds are made by tapping or stroking, with their sticks on trees, walls, climbing frame, swings, trampoline legs etc. Ask your child to drum softly by lowering hands and get louder as you raise your hands.

  • Which was their favourite sound?
  • Can they recreate it with their voice?

Using the activity sheets provided, complete the Phase 1 Phonics - Voice Sounds Sensory Bin Activity. This will encourage the children to use their mouths and voices to make different sounds.

‘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.

 

Continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. If you have not yet had chance to look, there are still some picture audio books available on the World Book Day website or you can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website. There are also some lovely stories here from the BookTrust, you can either listen and watch or read along.

 

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. 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. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!"

 

Mathematics:

Enjoy singing Five Little Speckled Frogs and encourage your child to count how many frogs there are.

Practise counting forwards from 0 – 5.

Have a look at numbers 0 – 5 so your child knows what numbers are, attached are some number cards if you need them. Then take your child on a number hunt either during your daily exercise or around the house looking for numbers in the environment. 

 

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:

 Next week, we begin our new theme ‘Pirates!’ Listed below are many fun songs, games and tasks your child can take part in this week – enjoy!

  • Take a look at the Pirate Power point attached, see if you can make your own pirate name and begin to talk like a pirate! 
  • Have a go at dressing up as a pirate. If you have a white shirt, preferably with long sleeves, some black pants or shorts, then cut an eye patch shape out of some fabric and  tie a bandanna or scarf around your child’s head. They will now look like a real pirate, have a go at role playing being a pirate together!
  • Enjoy singing along to the  pirate song and see if you can learn the dance!

 

 Understanding of the World (Science)

 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.

 

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)

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

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

 

Physical Development (PE)

To keep active, Joe Wicks is still continuing to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am – thank you Mr Wicks! Click here to access the workouts.

Alternatively, the children enjoy taking part in Cosmic Kids Yoga and this can be accessed at home. Why don’t you go on a Pirate Adventure?

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, 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 best wishes to you and your families,

 Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin

Nursery - May Half Term - w/c 25.05.20

Date: 20th May 2020 @ 2:05pm

Hello everyone!
 

We hope you are all well and having lots of fun learning at home together.

Next week it is the May half-term holiday. If you wish for your child to continue with their learning over this period, below are some fun activities that you can enjoy as a family.

  • Reading! We encourage you continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. If you have not yet had chance to look, there are still some picture audio books available on the World Book Day website or you can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website. There are also some lovely stories here from the BookTrust, which you can either listen and watch or read along.
     
  • Complete jigsaw puzzles together.
  • Draw a picture and write a special message on it to send to a friend or family member.
  • Can your child master a new skill? Maybe their goal will be putting their own socks & shoes on, getting dressed or doing up their own buttons or zips?
  • Choose some music to listen to and make up your own dance. Please use the link provided to help with some ideas!

Continue singing nursery rhymes. Perhaps could try:

Nursery rhymes play such a vital role in your child's developemnt - this interesting article explains more about their importance. 

Help your child continue to practise their counting skills with this fun game.

 

The ‘Think you Know’ education programme for online safety have provided some online safety activity packs with simple 15 minute activities. These can be completed at home to support online safety during a time when more children may be spending increased time online at home.

 

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, 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 best wishes to you and your family.

 

Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin

 

Nursery - Learning from home - w/c 18.05.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:41am

Hello everyone. 

 

We hope you are all well and continuing to have lots of fun learning at home together. 

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Nursery next week. 

 

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 which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. 

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Phonics / Communication and Language 

Sound of the week – ‘d’,  

 

Can you make a collection of different items beginning with ‘d’. Can you blend these words – s-a-t, s-i-n, s-i-d, d-i-n, d-i-g, d-o-g, D-a-n. 

 

Using the sheet provided can you identify the pictures staring with the sound ‘d’? 

 

Can you write ‘d’ whilst saying the rhyme - ‘round the dinosaur’s back, up his neck and down to his feet’.   

 ‘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 and 2 should be working within Phase 1 and 2. Follow this link and log in using username: march20 and password: home.

 

Continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. If you have not yet had chance to look, there are still some picture audio books available on the World Book Day website or you can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website. There are also some lovely stories here from the BookTrust, you can either listen and watch or read along.

 

Next week, we continue with our Nursery Rhymes theme and the focus is ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’! Listed below are many fun songs, games and tasks your child can take part in this week – enjoy!
 

  • Sing Hickory Dickory Dock.  
  • Encourage children to learn the words to ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ using the powerpoint provided to sing along. 

 

If you can print at home, please use the sequence sheet provided to sequence the Nursery rhyme in the correct order. If you are unable to, the task can still be completed by looking at the pictures and discussing what is happening.  Reinforcing the language used last week, ask questions using time order words such as: 

  • What happened first in the rhyme?   
  • Can you find the second picture? 
  •  What happened next?  
  • Finally what happened?  

 

Can you make your own mouse, using the Hickory Dickory Dock mouse shape activity provided? 

  • Can you cut out the shapes to make a mouse?  
  • Can you name the different shapes you are using?  

If you cannot print, the shapes then see what other resources you have around the house to create a mouse.  

 

Practise writing your name using the correct pencil grip.

 

 

Now for practising your numbers, look at the number formation and number representation PowerPoint.  This is a fantastic way to teach number formation and number representation for numbers one to five. Each number contains two slides: one that shows pictures representing that number and a second slide giving an animation and rhyme, helping to show the children correct number formation.

 

You may also enjoy the mini technology activity attached to help encourage 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 educational apps and ways you can use technology to support their digital literacy skills. We hope you enjoy this activity.

 

To keep active, Joe Wicks is still continuing to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am – thank you Mr Wicks! Click here  to access the workouts.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, 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.

 

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.

 

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 best wishes to you and your families,

Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 18.05.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:24am

Where we live

Story: An Italian architect designs a new way of living.

Question: What does a home need?

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 11.05.20

Date: 6th May 2020 @ 7:39pm

Hello everyone.

We hope you are all well and having lots of fun learning at home together.

It was so lovely to see you all on Monday; you have all been so busy and look like you are having such a lovely time at home! It really cheered us all up seeing your faces, chatting to you - we hope you continue to stay safe.

Listed below are learning activities set for Nursery next week.

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 which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Phonics / Communication and Language

Sound of the week – ‘s’,

Can you make a collection of different items beginning with ‘s’. Can you blend these words – s-a-t, s-i-n,

Can you write ‘s’ whilst saying the rhyme - ‘Slither down the snake’.  

  

 

‘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 and 2 should be working within Phase 1 and 2. Follow this link and log in using username:march20 and password: home.

 

Have a go at some of the Rhythm and Rhyme activities on the challenge sheet.

Continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. If you have not yet had chance to look, there are still some picture audio books available on the World Book Day website or you can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website.

Next week, we continue with our Nursery Rhymes theme and the focus is ‘Jack and Jill’! Listed below are many fun songs, games and tasks your child can take part in this week – enjoy!

  • Sing Jack and Jill.
  • Encourage children to learn the words to ‘Jack and Jill’ and to perform the song to your family. Maybe they can share their performances to other family members on zoom!
  • Provide a range of percussion instruments and noisemakers for children to use to add sound effects to the rhyme.

 

If you can print at home, please use the sequence sheet provided to sequence the Nursery rhyme in the correct order. If you are unable to, the task can still be completed by looking at the pictures and discussing what is happening. 

Ask questions using time order words such as ‘Which happened first in the rhyme?  Can you find the second picture? What happened next? Finally what happened?

 

Why not be like Jack or Jill and use different containers in the sink, bath or washing up bowl, use water to fill them full, half full and make them empty? Use the language listed below to model the appropriate use of mathematical related language when talking about the containers:

  • Can you fill a container full?
  • Can you make it empty?
  • Can you fill a container half full?
  • Which has the most water in?
  • Which has the least water in?

 

Write numbers on a piece of paper to label how many containers you have filled.

If you can, print off the pictures provided from the Nursery Rhyme to help your child practise their cutting skills. This really develops their fine motor skills.

Complete the pencil control worksheets (alternatively, they can be simply written on paper). The children could also make the patterns in shaving foam, rice etc.

 

Practise writing your name using the correct pencil grip.

 

 

 

 

 

You may also enjoy the mini technology activity attached to help encourage 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 educational apps and ways you can use technology to support their digital literacy skills. We hope you enjoy this activity.

 

To keep active, Joe Wicks is continuing to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am – thank you Mr Wicks! Click here to access the workouts.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, 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 many creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

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.

 

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 best wishes to you and your families,

 

Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 4.5.20

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 10:59am

Toys

Story: The toy world has a new craze – llamas!

Question: Do we think Llamas will be the next popular toy?

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 at Home w/c 4.05.20

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 10:50am

Hello everyone!

We hope you are all well and having lots of fun learning at home together.

We hope you enjoy watching our gratitude video from the staff to thank you, your children and all of our incredible key workers.

We would also like to say a huge 'thank you' to all the children for creating an amazing lockdown video. It was a joy to watch and it made our day! 

A quick reminder that on Monday we will be hosting our ‘class-catchup’ via ‘Zoom’. We really hope your child will be able to come along! To make sure that we can see, hear, and talk to one another, we will have 5 zoom meetings. Please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s surname initial.

Monday 4th May       10:00-10:10am                    A-D

Monday 4th May       10:30-10:40am                    E-G

Monday 4th May       11:00-11:10am                    H-M

Monday 4th May       11:30-11:40am                    P-R

Monday 4th May       12:00-12:10pm                    S-Y

Hopefully, you have received a text confirming a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom (www.zoom.com). If your child is in school on the day of our catch-up and wishes to participate, our staff will set them up on a school computer or laptop. We cannot wait to see everyone!

Next week, it is Victory in Europe Day, more commonly known as VE Day. Help us to celebrate by having a picnic in your garden next Friday. Decorate your house, make a flag…wear red, white and blue! You could take part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm. From the safety of your own home, pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much. “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

Listed below are learning activities set for Nursery next week.

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 which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

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.

Phonics / Communication and Language

Sound of the week – ‘a’. Can you make a collection of different items beginning with, ‘a’.

Can you write ‘a’ whilst saying the rhyme - ‘Round the apple and down the leaf’.  

 

‘Phonics Play’ have made all their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources 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.

 

Continue to enjoy reading stories daily with your child. There are audio books available on the World Book Day website or you can access stories on the Cbeebies bedtime website.

Next week, we continue with our Nursery Rhymes theme and the focus is ‘Humpty Dumpty’! Listed below are many fun songs, games and tasks your child can take part in this week – enjoy!

Sing Humpty Dumpty.

Encourage children to learn the words to ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and to perform the song to your family.

If you have any percussion instruments or noise makers perhas the children could use these to add sound effects to the nursery rhyme.

Challenge children to build a wall for Humpty Dumpty to sit on using wooden blocks or pebbles and playdough to secure them together- using the playdough like cement!

Provide rectangular sponges for children to dip into paint to print a wall for Humpty Dumpty.

Cut a picture of Humpty Dumpty into pieces and hide them in a tray of green-coloured rice, leaves, grass or shredded paper. Challenge your child child to find the pieces and put Humpty back together. Please see resource attached.

Complete the Science experiment (attached), using hard-boiled eggs! Can your child create different landings for Humpty Dumpty?

Use the positional language cards attached to discuss where Humpty Dumpty is, for example: on top of the wall, in between the boxes, above the wall, below the box…

If you can, print off the pictures provided from the Nursery Rhyme to help your child practice their cutting skills. This really develops their fine motor skills.

Complete the pencil control worksheets (alternatively they can be simply written on paper). The children could also make the patterns in shaving foam, rice etc.

 

To keep active, Joe Wicks is still continuing to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am – thank you Mr Wicks! Click here to access the workouts.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, 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 through this link.

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.

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 to share any learning, 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 best wishes to you and your family.

Mrs Molloy and Mrs Bevin

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