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Nursery Graduation Assembly 10th July 


We would love you to be part of the Nursery graduation assembly after all the hard work you have been doing and continuing to do! We would like you to send a recent photograph of yourself and if possible make a graduation cap. Here is a link to show you how to make one . 

You can make your graduation cap in any colour. If it isn't possible for you to make one then a photograph of yourself would be great! 

If you are able to make a hat please could you also send a video of you throwing your hat in to the air. Please send all photographs and videos to by Thursday 2nd July 2.00pm. 

Many thanks

Mrs Walsh and Mrs Wynn


Important information regarding children returning to school Monday 1st June


We hope you enjoyed the half term break and the lovely sunny weather.


If your child is due to return to school on Monday the 1st June, please find attached below a social story explaining some of the differences your child will experience when they return to school. 

Please share this social story with your child so it explains what nursery will be like and what we would like the children to do.


Many thanks

Mrs Walsh and Mrs Wynn

Social story about returning to nursery.

School reopening letter - please read and complete

Learning at home updates:

  • If you require any help or advice in relation to the work set, or you'd like to share some of the work your child completes, please contact us at 
  • Join the parent Facebook group 'At Mapledene we care and share for our little people' for regular updates from Miss Johnson and Miss Ellgood and a chance to share your children's work.
  • Check out our 'Learn it with Mapledene' YouTube channel for stories, handwriting lessons and rhyme time all done by our teachers:

Update - 29.06.20



Hi Nursery, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. 

I have added some new home learning activities this 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!  It may be the weekly learning ideas, the nursery rhyme topic work, the parent Facebook themes or any of your own work.

You may gain yourself a chance of being our shooting star winner in our virtual assembly!!! yes

Also remember to keep Doodling!!! smiley


Please also see information above regarding Nursery's graduation assembly!!



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! smiley 









Read Write Ink letter mat

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

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!! smiley





  • 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! smiley

      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!!smiley
  • 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!