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Update - 13.07.20



Hi Nursery, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend in the sunshine 


I can’t quite believe we have come to the end of the academic year and what a strange one it has been!! I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you to you all for the support you have shown!! The work and photos I have received have been amazing and it truly put a big smile on my face throughout the whole time.  

Have a wonderful summer and good luck in Reception. I will be sure to come and see you in your new class in September and say, ‘Hello!’

I have added some new home learning activities this last week if you would like to have a go. I would really like to see pictures of your work.


Please feel free to share any work that you do to the parent Facebook group or the email address above, I would really love to see it! 

Also remember to keep Doodling!!! 





Home learning activity ideas week beginning 13.07.20 


Practise these letter sounds;


j – say – j-j-j-j-j-jack in a box. When practising to write say, ‘Down his body curl and dot.’



v- say – vvvvvulture. When practising to write say, ‘Down a wing, up a wing.’




y- say – y-y-y-y-yak. When practising to write say, ‘Down a horn, up a horn and under his head.’




w – say, w- w-w-w-worm. When practising to write, say, ‘Down, up, down, up.’




  • Can you now write most of your name? I would love to see a photo of your name writing? If you are able to write your name, have a go at practising your surname.



  • Have a go at watching and playing the initial sound game – see PowerPoint attached below.



  • How tall are you? Lie on the floor and get a grown up to measure you with a piece of string or wool. You can make it into a keepsake if you like, and then see how much you've grown by the end of the summer holidays.  See document below.


  • Repeating Patterns  - Repeating patterns is a great skill for children to be able to do. Print these pirate pictures off and see if your child can continue a repeating pattern that you have started, such as Pirate, Boat, Pirate, Boat...
    Ask your child what comes next. If they get the hang of this, try adding a third picture into the pattern, such as, Boat, Chest, Pirate, Boat, Chest, Pirate...
    Can your child complete this? If your child does well with this, see if they can make up their own repeating pattern.  See document below.


  • Have a go at the pirate themed number formation practise activity sheet. See document attached below


  • Practise counting objects up to 20. Find some objects and make sure you can touch each object and count them as you go along. Have a grown up help you separate the objects into different groups, so 4 objects one side and 6 objects the other. Can you count how many objects there are altogether?



  • Make a kindness Rainbow - Think of all the things you do that are kind. Have a go at listening to some of the sounds in the words and writing them on the raindrops, with adult support.





Initial sounds power point game

String activity

Pirate repeating patterns

Number formation practise

Home learning activity ideas week beginning 06.07.20 



  • Watch the video of the story pirates in the supermarket Pause the video and spot the hidden pirates! When you are looking at the video of the story of The Pirates in the Supermarket, can you spot the pirates hiding in the pictures? Sometimes it may be one of their belongings like a telescope. Can you say the sound that the name of the object begins with?


  • Can you make a telescope and go on a treasure hunt. An adult can hide some objects/treasure around the house or outside. Use your telescope to help you find the hidden treasure. Can you tell your grown up what sound the object begins with?


  • Practise these letter sounds


   f – say – fffffflower . when practising to write say, ‘Down the stem, and draw the leaves.’



   e – say – e-e-e-e-e-egg. When practising to write, say ‘Lift off the top and scoop out the egg.’



l – say – llllllleg. When practising to write, say, ‘Down the long leg.’



   h- say – h-h-h-h-h-horse. When practising to write, say ‘Down the head to the hooves and over his back.’



  r – say- rrrrrrrobot. When practising to write, say, ‘Down his back, then curl over his arm.’



  • Cutting skills – use the activity sheet below to cut out the sea creatures to make your own under the sea world.



  • Patterns – can you finish the repeated patterns on the building blocks? See attached activity below.



  • Maths – Can you have a go at completing this pirate counting activity sheet. See activity attached below.



  • Design your own pirate ship flag – see activity sheet attached below.



  • Have a go at this sandpit volcano experiment – see activity instructions attached below. I would love to see some photos of your experiment.





Under the sea cutting activity

Pattern activity

Pirate counting activity

Design your own pirate flag

Make your own sandpit volcano instructions

Home learning activity ideas week beginning 29.06.20 


  • Watch the story ‘The Fish who could Wish.’  Discuss the things the fish wished for? What would your wish be? Draw a picture of your wish and using your phonic knowledge have a go at writing what your wish is. I would really like to see a picture of your work.


  • Practise these new sounds below.

c- say – c c c c c caterpillar. When practising to write day, ‘Curl around the caterpillar.’



k – say – k k k k kangaroo. When practising to write say, ‘Down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg.




u – say – u u u u umbrella. When practising to write say, ‘ Down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle.’




b- b b b b boot. When practising to write say, ‘Down the laces to the heel, round the toe.’





  • Play Metal Mike game – you will need a picture of a robot draw/make one and some picture cards. Pick up a card and say what you can see like a robot! E.g. h –a -t or a b-u-s, s-o-ck-s.  Once you have said the pictures in robot talk, feed the picture card to your robot.


  • Have a go at the rhyming activity – choose the correct picture that rhymes. See attached power point below.


  • Counting – count out 5 cubes/objects and then over them with a cloth. Ask a grown up to add some different coloured cubes/objects to the pile. How many do you have now? Count them all carefully. Can you see we have counted the 2 groups together to find the answer?


  • Counting activity - Put some toys in a pile in the middle of the floor.  Can you count 2 out then put them back? Can you count 8 out then put them back?


  • Maths activity - Can you fill in the missing number on the caterpillar? See document attached below.


  • Watch some of this video of the beach. Use junk modelling or craft items you have around your house to create the scene. Shells, sand, maybe some grass for seaweed. It would be great if you could send me a photograph of your creation.


  • Make your own lava lamp. See attached document below for instructions. I would love to see a picture of your lava lamp!


  • Practise kicking a ball to a grown up or sibling. Can you use just your foot to stop and control the ball?













Rhyming activity powerpoint

Caterpillar missing numbers activity

Make your own lava lamp instructions

Home learning activity ideas week beginning 22.06.20 


  • It is our Father's day assembly on Friday if you would like to share a song/poem/ or even a special message for the important man in your life then please send it to the email address above by Wednesday at 5.00pm. 


  • Look at this picture of a beach. Close your eyes and imagine being at the beach. Can you draw a picture and use your phonics to write a word list of all the things you can see, taste, touch, smell and hear?



  • Can you send me a picture of your name writing? I would love to see how you are getting on with writing your name.


  • Buried Treasure: Write out some real words and made up words (e.g. tud, jup, fub). Place these in a pile and using 2 containers, label one as ‘Treasure’ and the other as ‘Bin’. Can you read the word and decide if it is real? If it is real it goes in the treasure chest, if not it goes in the bin. This will need adult support to sound out the words to the child.




  • Practise i, n, p,  g, o

i – Say – i i i i insect. When you practise writing say, ‘Down the body, dot for the head.’




n – Say – nnnnnet. When you practise writing say, ‘Down Nobby, over his net,’





P – Say p p p p pirate. When you practise writing say, ‘Down the plait and over the pirate’s face.



g – Say – g g g g. When you practise writing say ‘Round her face, down her hair and give her a curl.’




o – Say – o o o o orange. When you practise writing say ‘All around the orange.’




  • Ask a grown up to show you how to play this under the sea counting game. There is a simpler version with amounts to 5 and a more challenging version with amounts to 10. 


  • Complete the under the sea addition activity sheet (see attached document below) encourage your child to count each group of objects and then add them together.


  • Have a go at the Floating egg experiment. Find out what happens – can you send me some pictures? (see attachment below for instructions)









Under the sea addition activity sheet

Floating egg experiment

Home learning activity ideas week beginning 15.06.20 


  • Listen to the story Sharing a Shell Discuss the story with an adult. How do you think the blobby, purple anemone  and the tickly, bristleworm feel? How do you think crab feels at the end? Can you hear any rhyming words through the story?


  • Try having a go at the Sharing a shell counting activity. (see attached document below)


  • Have a go at the Sharing the shell pencil control activity. (see attached document below)


  • Cut out and use some under the sea masks or shark family masks. This helps with your cutting skills and role playing skills. You can find the attachment below.


  • Practise these sounds and maybe have a go at trying to write them. m, a, s, d

       m – Say -  mmmmmmmountain. When practising to write say – Maisie, mountain, mountain




a - Say - a a a a apple. When writing, say round the apple,  down the leaf




s- Say - sssssssssnake. When writing say, Slither down the snake.



d – Say -  d d d d d d dinosaur. When writing say, Round his bottom, up his tall neck,  down  to his feet.





  • Watch the power point attached below called ‘we are all different, what makes you special’ and discuss some of the questions with an adult. Can you draw me a picture of yourself and your family? I would love to see it. With adult support talk about all the ways you are different but how you are all special.  Maybe it’s a talent one of you have? Maybe one of you has curly hair? Maybe some of you like different types of food?


  • Recycled boats - What can you find to make a boat out of? Try lots of different things. Try floating them in the bath or sink and find out which ones floats best. Send a picture of your boats! 



Whole school project - Culture and Diversity


Linked to our new school motto, ‘Belong, Believe, Be you: Achieve’,

We would like you to learn about, and celebrate, the cultural diversity that we have in Britain.  There are many ways that you can enjoy learning about a new culture! We welcome any clips or videos of your children talking about or celebrating either their culture or one they may like to learn about (dancing, artwork, telling stories, clothing etc.) that can be included in this week’s Celebration Assembly on Friday. Please send to by 5pm on Wednesday 17th June.


Sharing a shell counting activity

Sharing a shell pencil control activity

Under the sea role play masks

We are all different, what makes you special power point

Home learning activity ideas week beginning 08.06.20 


  • Watch Commotion in the ocean Draw a picture of your favourite underwater creature or creatures.  You could label the picture too.  Maybe with help from an adult you can find out some facts about the ocean creatures that were in this story.


  • Phonic scavenger hunt. Can you find an object in your house that begins with... ?  You can make this harder by using a timer or by writing the sounds onto postits or card and then finding the object with the correct sound.   You could also adapt it to rhyming.  Can you find something in the house that rhymes with ? 

Challenge:  Can you find an object that begins with the each sound that is in your name? 
m- mug
r - ring
s - sock
Maybe send me a picture of some of the objects you have found and their letter sound.



  • See below - I have attached the Read Write and Ink letter mat, use the rhymes to help support letter formation.


  • Number games - Play a game where you have to win points. e.g. throwing balls into a bucket or skittles and tally the points that you get. Add up the total at the end. Who is the winner?


  • With help from a grown up, write numbers 0-20 on pieces of paper or card. Can you order the numbers 1-10? Can you try ordering the numbers up to 20? Can you send me a picture of the number cards you have ordered?


  • Practise your number formation - I have attached a sheet below to support you. 


  • Have a go at some bubble painting, I have attached the instructions below. I would love to see the paintings you have made!


  • Using some shaving foam and maybe some blue food colouring can you make some wave patterns? Can you write your name? Can you draw anything else in your tray? Here is a photo of my children at home enjoying this activity!  









Read Write Ink letter mat

Number formation

Bubble painting

Home learning activity ideas week beginning 01.06.20 



  • Watch Supertatoe   Make a super potato face, give him/her name. Design your own potato or draw your own and let your child cut out the pieces and stick to make their own potato face. What name are you going to give your potato face? Find potato design below that your child can cut out. 



  • Can you help your parent/carer write a shopping list? Use your phonic skill to help your grown-up write a shopping list. You might have a go at writing some of the sounds in the words you can hear yourself. 



  • Listen to these fun phonic songs. Can you make your own ones up using things in your house?


  • Phonics alphabet jigsaw - Match the correct objects to the sounds or draw pictures for your child to correctly match to the letter sounds. (document attached below; phonics jigsaw)


  • Number activity - Chalk some numbers onto the pavement/patio and using a spray gun full of water/water pistol /water balloons, run and squirt/splat the numbers that your grown up calls out.  This game can also be played in the bath with foam numbers/bath crayons etc.
    Challenge:  grown up calls out which number is 1 more than/1 less than ......


  • Check you can recognise numbers from 1 to 20.


  • Attached below you will find math's activities, have a go at answering them. 


  • Can you draw a lovely, colourful sunny picture.  Have a go at writing your name on your picture.



  • While the weather is lovely and sunny have a go at practising your throwing and catching skills.





Design your own potato

Phonics jigsaw

Math's activity questions

Home learning activity ideas week beginning 18.05.20 



  • Adding groups together - Try having a go and finding out how many objects there are altogether. You can either print the attached sheet below or with adult support draw some Room on the Broom inspired objects to add together.



  • Capacity -   Can you find a variety of different containers? Containers that are different shapes and sizes? Are they big, small, narrow, wide, tall, short? Which container do you think can hold the most? Why? Can you make the containers full, empty, half full, half empty? Adults really encourage your child to use the mathematical vocabulary for capacity. Can you send me some pictures of you experimenting with capacity?


  • Fingerprint Art - Can you decorate a dandelion picture using your fingerprints? Use the template provided as a guide or draw a dandelion of your own. 


  • Phonic scavenger hunt - Can you find an object in your house that begins with... ?  You can make this harder by using a timer or by writing the sounds onto postits or card and then finding the object with the correct sound.   You could also adapt it to rhyming.  Can you find something in the house that rhymes with ? 

    Challenge:  Can you find an object that begins with each sound that is in your name?  e.g. Mrs Walsh
    m- mug
    r - ring
    s - sock


  • Outdoor Activity- Nature Inspired Portraits. Try making your own self portrait using natural materials!I would love to see some of your self portraits!! 





  • Shapes - The children can use rocks to make a variety of different shapes, all of different sizes. Once the children have used the rocks to form the outlines of shapes, they can fill them in with natural materials. Perhaps they could put brown and black objects (twigs and stones) into squares and green objects (weeds) into triangles, for example?   Look at how many sides, corners etc the shape has.  I would love to see some of your shapes! 

      Challenge:  Give your child a pile of stones. Once you call out the name of a shape, they have to try and make        that shape as quickly as they can. Once they have made it, they have to shout out a silly word or do a funky          dance.  Can they beat you?  Can they beat the timer?  What is the fastest time they can make a shape? 





Cauldron/Spell activity sheet

Adding groups of objects together activity sheet

Home learning activity ideas - week beginning 11.05.20 


  • Watch the story Rumble in the Jungle  Can you draw and decorate a snake like from the story? Can you make 2 different length snakes?  Can you make a long snake and a shorter snake.  I would love to see them.   







  • Phonics Play - 'Mr Crocodile, please may I cross your river?' You can use a crocodile toy or someone can be the crocodile.  You can chalk a 'river' outside or use a blue cloth or anything to represent the river.  Have a selection of objects and toys, ( maybe toy animals)  Ask the crocodile, "Please Mr Crocodile, can I cross your river?"  The crocodile will answer, "only if you have something that begins with ........"

    You then need to find the object that begins with that sound and you can cross the river!  Repeat until you have used all the objects.

    Challenge:  Get the crocodile to sound out the objects ( make them 3 letter words) 



  • Number activity - For this activity, you will need buckets of water and thick paint brushes.    Talk about how water evaporates in heat.   Let the children have some time experimenting with water and their paint brush.  Then, practice some number formation work by writing numbers 0-10.

    Challenge:  . Using your paint brush and water, write 2 + 3 = , then all collect 2 stones and 3 leaves to help us work it out. Check the answer again on our fingers.   


  • Phonics game - Have a go of this phonics game, choosing the correct letter sound to match the object. (see below, power point attached; named phonics power point game.) When your child has clicked on the correct sound, you need to use the arrow button to move on to the next page.


  • Matching activity - Have a go at matching the animal baby to their mother. Practise the correct name for the baby animal. (see attached document below, called matching mother and their young) Don't worry if you are unable to print this out, discuss together and maybe find pictures. 



  • Cut and stick number activity – Encourage children to cut out the numbers and order them. Choose 1-10 first and if your child is confident continue to have a go up to 20. (see attached document below; named, ordering to 20 cut and stick) Don't worry if you are unable to print this. With adult support write out the numbers, cut around them and stick in the correct order. 


  • Helping at home - Can you help at home? Maybe help lay the table. How many plates do you need? What cutlery do you need? Can you help make your bed?

Attached documents 11.05.20


Matching mother and their young

Number cutting and sticking ordering activity

Phonics game power point

Nursery rhyme topic




Home learning activity ideas. Week beginning 04.05.20


1) Listen to the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’

Can you draw and decorate a picture of a Rainbow fish.  With adult support talk about and write what you could share with a friend or brother/sister and how it makes you feel? I would love to see pictures of your rainbow fish. Here is Mrs Walsh's Rainbow fish. 




2) It looks like we are going to be getting some dry, sunny weather back. Can you go on a mini beast hunt? Here is a page you can print off to take with you. No problem if you can’t print this page out, just have a go a drawing and what you find.  I’d love to see any pictures of you on your mini beast hunt.



3)  Pairing socks and sorting clean washing. Give small, manageable jobs, such as finding sock pairs, sorting clothes. Where do they need to go? Can you find the matching pairs?




4) 2D Shapes – watch this video

Can you have a go at making your own shape picture. With adult support draw some shapes, together cut out the shapes and talk about the different ones you have made. Try and talk about how many sides and corners each shape has.

Now your child can make some shape pictures arranging the shapes and sticking them down when they are happy with their positions. Here is Mrs Walsh's shape picture. I would love to see yours!! 




5) With adult support read the caterpillar sentences and see if you can find the correct rhyming word. (Document attached below; Caterpillar rhyming sentences.)



6) Sky writer – can you say the letter sounds after the aeroplane has written them in the sky? Try and have a go at forming some of the  letters. (Remember you have your letter formation card you can write on from parent's evening)



7) Continue to use the weekly learning projects, see below (titled learning projects.) Here you will find your weekly phonics to follow, find objects around your home to match the letter sounds. Play eye spy. 


8) Ordering objects by length. Find 5 objects from around the house. Check you have 5. Put them in order from shortest to longest. Can you now find 10?  Adults try and encourage your child to use the key mathematical vocabulary; short, shorter, shortest, long, longer, longest. 



9) To celebrate VE day on Friday, maybe over the week make some bunting to hang in your home or outside on your window. Here is a link if you would like more information regarding the Great British bunting and bunting templates


Week beginning 20.04.20


  • Shape hunt - What shapes can you find when you look around the house? Count how many different shapes you can find. Can you count how many sides the shape has?
  • Continue with your name writing. Draw a picture of yourself and add your name in your favourite colour. Can you add your surname?
  • Numbers - can you count out the right amount of cupcakes for teddy. Use the link 


  • Hopefully we are getting some more sunny weather back this week, have a go at making some shadow pictures. 


  • Have you been looking at the learning projects? There are weekly letter sounds on each project. Continue to use them and find objects around the house beginning with these sounds. We love our letter sound of the week homework each week in nursery! We get some fantastic objects to look at from home!!
  • Can you investigate and find some objects that sink and float - try it at bath time or with a bucket of water. What does float and sink mean? Can you talk to your grown up and make a predication as to which objects will float and which will sink? Why do you think some things float and some things sink? Watch this



Caterpillar rhyming sentences

27.04.20 - Home learning activity ideas.



Stickman outdoor activity –  Watch and listen to the story being read, by clicking the link below. Then go outside and find everything you need to make your own stick man/lady! What adventures will they have? 

Here is Mrs Walsh’s stick Lady… can you make a friend for her? I would love to see a photo. 



Phonics - Phonics pop – Play this fun popping bubble game to help you with your letter sound recognition.

Also, we are on week 4 of the learning project, see link below, titled Learning Projects. Can you find objects around your house beginning with these sounds?


Spring collage – go for a walk and collect blossom and other spring treasures you can find to make a beautiful spring picture.




Maths - Using sticks you have found for making a stick person can you do some measuring? Use your stick to find things that are longer, shorter and the same length. 




Maths game – Use this ladybird spots game to help you with your counting, matching and ordering.


Lunch-Make a sandwich for lunch. Can you spread the butter?  Can you choose a filling for the inside?   What sounds can you hear in that filling.  E.g.  J -a- m can you sound that out? We would love to see photo's of you making your own lunch.  You are all getting so grown up now.  Don't forget to wash your dirty dishes!



Rainbow name writing-Practise writing your name and do it in lots and lots of different colours.  Coloured pencils work great for this because you can go over the top of the name you wrote before.



Cutting skills -  With adult support draw some pictures and shapes, have a go at cutting around them? Do you have any old catalogues or magazines? If so, have a go at cutting some of the pictures out and making a collage. 



Attachment: Humpty Dumpty Jigsaw

Home Learning projects


Beginning sounds activities

This is a useful learning pack. Look for the EYFS pack. It is free to download!!

This is a lovely link where the children can watch live webcam footage of some of the animals, such as Pandas and Penguins at Edinburgh zoo.  

Useful websites and activities to help support your child with their learning at home.


I have added a selection of interactive websites that will support with phonics, reading, maths and PE. Keep checking as I will be adding more!

  • Phonics songPhonics song - this really supports children to practice their initial sounds! I find myself singing it all the time with my own children at home!

  • Oxford OwlFree E-books to access if you sign up.

  • TopmarksLots of interactive, fun maths games to improve counting, number recognition measure, shape and pattern!

  • Cosmic YogaYoga and movement - This particular one is the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There are lots to choose from. I join in with my children at home!

  • Nursery rhymesNursery rhymes and songs for your child to learn and join in with.

  • AlphablocksAlphablocks is a fun way to look at letters and sounds.

  • NumberblocksAll Numberblock programs and number games. This link also shows some great ideas of activities you can support your child with.

  • CrickwebLots of free maths and phonics games, including, Initial sounds, colours, compare and order, counting, matching and mouse skills and number recognition.

  • BBC BitesizeOnline games and videos to support shape recognition.

  • TopmarksLots of free interactive math's games to help support children's counting and number recognition.

  • Education.comRhyming word games. Hearing rhyming words helps to build key phonic skills. (free sign up to access activities)

  • TopmarksA wide selection of rhyming activities.

Week beginning Monday 30th March


Morning Nursery!!


Missing you all lots! I have added a few activity ideas for this week. Also please try and keep doodling! 


Here are a few activity suggestions for this week!


1) Why don't you have a go at some rainbow name writing! Practise writing your name and do it in lots of different colours. It's best to use colour pencils because you can go over the top of the name you wrote before.   


2) Construction challenge. - Using Duplo, Lego, Megablocks, Sticklebricks, whatever you like. Your challenge is to make a house that one of your toys can fit in. It will need a roof in case it rains!!


3) Go on a number hunt either around the house or on a walk. Can you spot the numbers on wheelie bins, houses etc? 


4) Bath time - Play with plastic cups and jugs in the bath and use capacity language, such as full/empty/half/full etc. How many cups does it take to fill the jug?


5) Number hunt - Hide numbers on paper around the house or garden and get your child to find them and tell them you what they are. Challenges: Can they find that many objects! e.g. stones, dolls etc.

Can they add the objects together to give you a total?


6) Throwing and Catching - Practise throwing and catching a ball.


Welcome to Nursery!


In Nursery we aim to provide a welcoming, secure and happy environment where children can explore and become independent learners.


The Nursery team for the 2018-2019 academic year is Mrs Walsh (class teacher) and Mrs Wynn.




​ Our new children have settled into Nursery so well. It is lovely to see them coming in each morning with a big smile.smiley