The Queen’s Knickers

Literacy

Listen to the story, ‘The Queen’s knickers.’ Which was your favourite pair of knickers and why? Can you create your own VIP knickers?

Mathematics

The queen has lots of knickers! Can you count how many different pairs of knickers there were in the story? Maybe you could count some of your own underwear and write the correct numbers to match. Could you organise them e.g. by size, colour, spots, stripes etc.

Understanding The World

Can you find out about the queen and her family? Maybe you could draw a picture of the queen.

Expressive Arts and Design

Can you use your imagination to create a castle for the queen? You could use cardboard boxes, Lego, building blocks…

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The queen has lots of hobbies, can you find out about them? She might have hobbies or interests that are similar to your own. Maybe you could share some of your own interests with us, maybe you like football and could take a picture of you playing football, or going for walks/bike rides…

Phonics

Alphabet Phonics song with letter names and sounds. Every letter has a name and sound.

Traditional Tales

Communication, Language and Literacy

Have a go at watching some of these ‘Traditional Tales’.

Adults encourage your child to think about and discuss what is happening in the story, how the characters might feel and how they could change the characters feelings or even the story endings.

Do you know any other traditional tales or do the adults know any others that they could tell you from when they were little.

Can you write your own story? You can do this by yourself all with someone from your family who you live with. All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil, or you could ask an adult to record you so that you can watch it back.

Phonics

In this game from phonics play you match the letters to the sound they make. This is a free game at the moment! find it here:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Physical Development

Jacks Beans pick up: /coins/ beads/bricks.

Use some of Jack’s magic beans Ask an adult for some beans. Place them on a plate or tray, and then place a bowl next to you. The challenge is to see how many beans you can pick up using a pincer grip with one hand.

You could set a timer and see how many you can pick up in 20 seconds or have a race with someone. I wonder who will win and how many you will collect!

Wellbeing

Try this yoga activity based upon ‘The Wizard of Oz’ story.

Maths

Read the story of Goldilocks and the three bears to your child. Then:

1. Talk about the characters and find out how many they were in total. Now introduce your child to words relating to size: big, medium and small.

2. Encourage your child to go on a hunt around the house looking for different sized items e.g. plates, bowls, etc. then create different labelled spaces where they place their items in groups of small, medium and big

3. You can also compare sizes using your clothes or shoes, get your child to order them by size. E.g. dressing gowns, shoes.

4. You can get your child to dress up in the big clothes and shoes and then encourage them to talk about what they can see using language of size.

5. Cook porridge with your child teaching them to measure the amount of ingredients and follow a recipe.

6. You can make repeated patterns using bowl, plates and other utensils. Make size patterns for example, big bowl : small spoon.

Find the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ here:

Understanding of the World

Have a look at the bbc website and have a listen to traditional tales from all over the world.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks1-tales-from-around-the-world/zmybnrd

How many do you know? Do you know any from your own culture or religion? You could even:  Repeat the stories if necessary.

While listening to the story pause the audio and prompt the child to finish of the sentence. 

Once you finish listening encourage to children to answer simple question for example how and why?

Expressive Arts and Design

Character Masks ‘Three Little Pigs’

What you need: Paint or felts or colouring pencils, coloured paper, tape, glue, scissor and a lollypop stick if you can get it or even an old pencil. You could also use goggly eyes if you have them.

What to do: Use your paint or markers/pencils to decorate your plates, you can paint 3 like pigs and one like a fox, then set aside to dry. Next, you need to get your scissors and cut out 6 triangles for the ears and 6 small circles for the eyes along with 3 bigger circles for the nose these will be for the pigs. For the wolf you need to cut out two large triangles for the ears and one for the nose, you will then need two circles for the wolf’s eyes, the stick all the pieces on. Using the black paint, paint a small circle in each of the eyes. Now paint 2 ellipse shape inside the circles for the nose. Once your mask is complete, tape your stick or pencil to your masks.

This is a song all about the Gingerbread man.

We hope you enjoy this weeks learning and would love you to post what you do on Tapestry. Have a lovely week!

On Our Travels

Communication, Language and Literacy

Hop on board the school bus and other types of transport as they make their way through town.

Go on a hunt around your house to find different vehicles. Place the vehicles you find in a small bag or pillowcase. Then model taking turns with your child taking one vehicle out at a time and encourage your child to name the vehicle. Develop your child’s vocabulary by adding a word to what they have said e.g. If they pick out a car and they say ‘car’, you can then say “Yellow car” (if the car is yellow). If they say “Yellow car” You can then say “fast yellow car”.

Phonics

Go to your window or garden and listen to the different sounds of cars, helicopters, trains, planes and bikes that maybe around you… What was the loudest sound you heard? What did you hear more then once? what was the quietest sound you heard? Can you make any of the sounds that you heard? Can you learn to make any new sounds by yourself? What did you hear the most? What did you hear the least?

For a more advanced phonics activity try this game:

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2-initial-sound-game-1.html

Physical Development

Wheels on the bus action song with a difference! Do the song with your child but really exaggerate the movement making them bigger this will help increase the energy output and raise their pulse. Repeat the song but this time lay on your backs with your legs in the air doing the actions: 

Round and round – legs cycling  Up and down- legs bending and stretching  Wipers- rocks from side to side knees touching the floor

Traffic light game

Look at some traffic lights and talk to your child about why we need traffic lights and what the colours mean. Then you can play the game below: 

Red- stop- freeze  Amber- get ready- jog on the spot  Green- go- run around You can add some challenges into the game such as  Roundabout – turn in a circle  Speed bump ‐jump  Pick up a passenger – find a partner your child can use one of their toys or their siblings

Use materials in your house to make the props roundabout, speed bumps and traffic lights. Let your child’s imagination run wild and guide them but try not to take over.

Wellbeing

Use this video to help you travel to a peaceful place.

Maths

Making transport vehicles using shapes Have a go at cutting out shapes with the help of a grown-up. Then use the shapes to make different vehicles, such as a bus, wheelbarrow, car, bicycle, train, aeroplane, etc. Simple shapes, such as circles, rectangles and squares, can be used to design any vehicle.

Adults can encourage children to use mathematical language to describe the shapes, which could be small/ big/round /pointy /wiggly etc. You could also talk about how many sides or corners the shapes have.

You could have a go at making tickets. Why not make your own tickets for the bus. You could thinkk about how much they would cost (1p, 2p,5p, 10p, etc.) One person could be the bus driver and the other could be the passenger and use the money to pay for the ticket. This will help your children learn about the coin’s value and gain an understanding of money.

Understanding of the World

Have you ever thought about where you live and what is around you?

While on your daily walk, or for those of you who stay at home have a look out of the window and try to identify some key landmarks. It could be Rivington Pike, the football stadium, the nursery, the fire station or anything that is big and noticeable.

Then go to Google Maps and type in your address.

With your child discuss and draw a map of their route to school or the shops or a relatives house. Also talk about what type of transport they use to get to different places.

Expressive Arts and Design

Have a go at making a paper boat. Follow the instructions here:

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/how-to-make-a-paper-boat/

Car Painting

In this fun art activity, your child can use toy cars to paint colourful lines and patterns on paper. The wheels create unique lines that look just like real car tracks!

After using your cars and trucks to make amazing patterns why not have fun and role play a transport car wash.

Setting up the car wash: Get a tub and fill with water and soap. You may use dish soap or bubble bath to make it extra bubbly. Add in all the cars into the bubbly water Get a second tub for clean water without any bubbles (to rinse their cars) Lay a towel out or have a washcloth ready so they can dry the cars Give them dish scrubbers Let them have fun cleaning the cars. 

Here are some songs about transport.

We hope you enjoy this weeks activities. It would be great if you take pictures of your child doing the activity at different stages and send them to us on Tapestry.


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Supertato

Communication, Language and Literacy

Super potato to the rescue!  Listen to the story and then tell someone else you know the exciting story of Supertato.

Now you can have an adventure with your own super vegetable. Design your own character. You can use a real vegetable or make a vegetable out of junk or even draw or paint your super vegetable.

What is your super vegetable called?  What is their super power?  What adventures could they go on?  Will they be saving us from Evil Pea or another evil vegetable?

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We would love to hear about the adventures of your Super Veggie!

Phonics

Can you guess the animal behind the door?

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/whats-behind-the-door?phase=1

Physical Development

Your challenge is to become Supertato.

  • First you will need to make a costume.
  • Now you have to become fit and strong to become a superhero so you will need to make a quick fitness programme.
  • Make a large poster of all the exercises your superhero will need to complete.
  • To stay fit you should think about what you need to eat to stay fit and well.
  • Make a menu of the food Supertato could eat today.
  • Turn your family into superheroes and go on an adventure together.

Here’s a video with fun ideas to support fine motor skills for writing:

Wellbeing

Time for some superpower listening…

Maths

It’s important for Supertato and the other Veggies to keep fit so they love to have a Sports Day. Set up your own veggie race. Discover which veggies roll the best!

Have a look and assemble your veggies! What different kinds have you got? Who is going to compete in the race? Make your own racetrack! This could be a big one outside or a mini race for peas on the table. Have you got something for a finish line? Take turns to roll each of your veggies or roll together with a grown up or someone else in your house. Who is the winner?

Can you make an obstacle course for the veggies and tell your grown up what is happening just like a sports commentator? Words you might use to describe what the veggies have to do include faster, slower, quicker, up, down, high, low, over, under, in front, behind, on top of, beneath, next to, between, around, first, second, third.

Race yourself! Why not use your time outside to set your own challenges. The veggies’ favourite sports are running, jumping and spinning!  What do you enjoy?

Set yourself some challenges. How many jumps on 2 feet can you do in a minute? Get a grown up to set their phone timer. How many on 1 foot? How many spins can you do? Don’t get dizzy! Can you run on the spot for one minute?

Video yourself doing some challenges and then please post them on Tapestry.

Understanding of the World

We are exploring vegetables and their super powers this week.

Have a go at regrowing vegetables at home.  Check your vegetables every day. Can you see any new growth?

Carrot – Place the top cut-off end of a carrot in a shallow bowl of water.  The green leaves will shoot from the  top. Keep inside and place in a sunny spot.

Celery  – Cut off  the bottom 8cm of the stalk and place in  a   small   bowl of water. After 3 or 4 days it  will start to grow from the centre of the celery. Keep inside and place in a sunny spot.

Lettuce – Cut off the bottom of the head of lettuce and place it in a small bowl of water. It will start to regrow in around 3 days.  Keep inside and place in a sunny spot.

Spring  Onion  – Use the white  part of the onion, with any roots still intact.  Place in a glass with water and it will start to grow.   Keep inside and place in a sunny spot.

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Why not make vegetable soup together.  Explore the vegetables: what does it look like? What does it smell like? What does it feel like? What do we need to do next? What can you see? How do we use knives safely? How do we stay safe in the kitchen?

Once you are ready to taste your delicious soup you could ask: how has the soup changed? Why has the soup changed? How have the vegetables changed? What do you like best about the soup?

Expressive Arts and Design

This week’s song is ‘One potato, two potato, three potato’.

Make vegetable prints by dipping hard fruit and vegetables in to paint to make a picture or pattern.

The Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo created art using images of fruit and vegetables.  Can you create your own self-portrait in the style of Arcimboldo?  Look in the mirror and then get creative! You could draw and colour your fruits and vegetables for your facial features; cut out fruit and vegetable pictures from magazines or leaflets; or create a temporary piece of art using real fruit and vegetables (then enjoy a delicious snack!).

Have a SUPER week – we would love to see what you have been doing on Tapestry.

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Growing

Communication, Language and Literacy

Listen to the story of ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle.

Phonics

This video is a fun way to learn some Phase 2 phonic sounds.

Physical Development

Can you practise throwing, catching, kicking, rolling and bouncing a ball? Don’t forget to do a cosmic kids yoga too!

Maths

Can you roll a dice, say the number and then draw a flower with that many petals? Alternatively, you could draw the number of flowers in a flowerpot. Try this activity from Twinkl

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-19722-flower-pot-counting-cut-and-stick-activity

Understanding Of The World

One of the seeds in the story landed in the water and did not grow. When you put a seed into water, will it float or sink? What other objects could you test? Put them into water and test to see if they float or sink.

Expressive Arts and Design

Outdoor patterns
Go outside with plain paper and wax crayons. Show the children how to make rubbings of different raised textures on walls and pavements. Look for interesting bricks and manhole covers with patterns. Does it work better using the crayons held on their side? Try making some rubbings of bark on trees in the outside area or park. Look around for suitable plants and flowers to draw. Show your child how to make soft, sketchy lines on their paper rather than pressing hard. Can they make a close up picture of a plant or flower?

Here is a song all about flowers growing for you to listen to.

Daily Acts of Kindness


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The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Kindness so it would be great if this week we could all try to perform a daily act of kindness.

During these difficult times, one thing is clear: small acts of kindness make a big difference to others. Kindness can  also  help reduce stress and improve our own sense of happiness and emotional wellbeing.

Simple acts of kindness for children really can be simple, and achievable too. They could: share a toy; draw a picture for someone; smile and say thank you to someone; hide a happy rock; record a video message for someone they cannot visit at the moment… They will have some great ideas of their own too! Some other ideas are included in the document below.

Good luck – we can’t wait to hear about your special acts of kindness this week.

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Minibeasts

This week we are going to be learning about minibeasts – by the end of the week, hopefully you will be mad about minibeasts too!

Communication, Language and Literacy

Listen to the poems and talk about the different minibeasts that you see. Draw a picture of your favourite minibeast and perhaps try to label it. Talk about what your minibeast looks like, what they like to eat, where they might live, what you like about them. Can you make up a story about your special minibeast?

Phonics

Play ‘I Spy’ to help tune in to sounds and recognise initial sounds. Pause it to look together at the pictures when they are first shown.

Physical Development

Do you remember all the fruit that the hungry caterpillar ate? What’s your favourite fruit? Now its time to move our bodies to the ‘Go Go Mango’ song.

Wellbeing

This week during Mental Health Awareness Week, we will be thinking of things we are grateful and thankful for. Having a daily focus on the good things, particularly in challenging times, has a positive impact on our wellbeing. You could create a thankful jar, paper chain, tree or whatever captures your imagination – more information is on the attached document.

Maths

Let’s go on a bug hunt. See if you can make your own bugs or used scrunched up pieces of waste paper and hide them around the house. Can you describe where you found the bugs? Remember to use positional words: e.g. “I found the snail on top of the table” or “I found the slug inside the box”.

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Play the ladybird game and match the spots to the number here.

Understanding of the World

Find out more about minibeasts here.

Take a walk around a garden, park or outside area. What minibeasts can you find? Try looking under plant pots or stones, on leaves or bushes or around some plants and flowers. You could draw a picture or take a photo of any that you find. You could use this minibeast hunt sheet to help you. Remember – bugs are very tiny, so be careful if you pick them up and always put them back where you found them.

Expressive Arts and Design

Here is a lovely video about music and colour. Why not listen to the music and create your own art? What colours does the music make you think of? Will you make big movements or small, delicate ones? If you listen to a very different style of music does your art look very different?

Have fun and we look forward to seeing your artwork.

Practice the Incy Wincy Spider song. Can you make up some actions to go with the words?

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You may like to roleplay being a minibeast and tell your own story. Can you…?

Some other creative ideas…

Creepy crawly collage – natural objects make wonderful art materials and they provide a great sensory experience for children too.
To make a minibeast collage, collect flower petals, leaves, sticks and feathers. (Never pick wild plants, please only gather what’s fallen naturally to the ground.) You can make your creepy crawly on an outdoor surface or stick your items onto a piece of card.

Rock bugs – all you need are some pebbles and colourful paints.
Get creative with colours and patterns, you could make beetles, bumblebees, or even a swirly snail.

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We cannot wait to see what you have achieved this week!

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we have chosen the traditional tale of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

Listen to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk or read the story if you have it at home.

Draw a picture of the beginning, middle and end of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. What was your favourite part of the story and why?

Was there a part of the story you didn’t like? Why? 

Phonics

Go to https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/ which has some great phonics games—for free! Username: March20 Password: home. We like ‘Pick a picture’: https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/pick-a-picture

If a grown up segments the word first e.g. p-a-n and then your child can click on the correct picture.

Wellbeing
Try this relaxing breathing and visualization exercise with your child.

Physical Development

Can you plant a bean like Jack did in the story?

One of our favourite tunes to sing and dance to in Nursery is the ‘Tooty Ta’. It is a fun physical activity that gets our brains working too.

Maths

Jack’s beanstalk grew very tall. Find things in your house that are bigger than you and smaller than you. What was the biggest thing you found? What was the smallest? 

Bath time maths – The giant had lots of money. Make a simple boat shape out of tin foil. Whilst in the bath, count how many coins your boat can hold before it sinks!

Understanding of the World

Plant a broad bean seed in a jar. This video shows you what to do. When it has roots and a shoot plant it in your garden and watch it continue to grow. What does a plant need to grow? Draw pictures of other things that grow in the ground.

Expressive Arts and Design

Learn a song about planting seeds.

The giant lived in a castle at the top of the beanstalk. Can you make a castle? You could paint or draw a picture or use bricks to make a model. Maybe you have some empty boxes that you could use.

We would really like you to post anything you do on Tapestry as we love to see your wonderful learning.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This week we will be sharing the wonderful story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle, a classic story about a tiny caterpillar who develops an enormous appetite and proceeds to eat huge quantities of many types of food, until he makes himself feel quite sick.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Watch the animated version here or listen to the author read the story here.

What came out of the little egg? What did the caterpillar eat first? When did the caterpillar eat the pears? How many strawberries did the caterpillar eat? Why did the caterpillar get a stomach ache? How did the caterpillar get out of the cocoon? What did the caterpillar become?

Phonics

What sound does pear begin with? Find other foods in the story that begin with the same sound as pear.

Try the Painting Game where you match the picture to the first sound in words.

Play this Listen and Match game to match the sounds in the tin cans.

Wellbeing

Here are some mindfulness exercises to help us calm down, settle our thoughts and tune in to listening. The first one is finger breathing that we do in Nursery. Can you remember how to do it?

Physical Development

Enjoy a fun yoga adventure based on our story.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar loves to eat lots of different types food. What’s your favourite food? Draw a picture of it. Do you think the Hungry Caterpillar would like to eat it? Is it a healthy food to eat?

Sometimes we just need to get our bodies moving. Here’s one of our favourite ‘brain breaks’ in Nursery. Can you show your family how to do it?

Maths

The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats some different foods on different days. Can you remember the seven days of the week? How many different foods does the caterpillar eat on each day? Make a diary on a piece of paper and draw a picture about something you do each day.

Can you remember of Days of the Week song we sing in Maths Meeting? Sing it with your family (to the tune of ‘The Adams Family’).

Play the Butterfly Match game here (scroll down to the 14th game) – count the spots of each colour…how many altogether?

Understanding of the World

If you can, try to look out for insects and animals when going for your walk or in an outside space. What can you find? Here are some good words to describe caterpillars: spiky; fluffy; dotty; wriggly; curly; bendy. What words would you use to describe your discoveries?

Find out more about caterpillars by watching the video. Can you remember the stages of the butterfly’s life cycle?

At the end of the story the caterpillar turns in to a butterfly. Can you find out what a tadpole turns in to?

Expressive Arts and Design

Draw or paint a picture of a butterfly. What colours do you need? What different parts do you need to draw?

Learn the song about the caterpillar here. Can you do all the actions?

Here are some other Hungry Caterpillar activities.

Have a fantastic week. We love to see all your adventures that your grown-ups have been posting on Tapestry. We cannot wait to see what you will do this week!

Under The Sea

This week we will be sharing a story about a little boy who wants a bucket for his birthday. Inside it he can see all sorts of amazing sea creatures, but his Mum and Dad are not so sure……

Communication, Language and Literacy

The story is called ‘Billy’s Bucket’ and you can listen to it here.

After you have listened to the story can you remember the characters in the story ? What happened to Billy? Could the sea creatures really have fit in his bucket? What would you choose to put in your bucket?

Phonics

Charlie the chef is making silly sound soup! Each soup needs 3 ingredients that start with the same letter sound.  He has already made the ‘t’ sound soup with toffees, tomatoes and toast! Can you think of 3 foods to put in the ‘c’ sound soup? 

Here is a free game to play. You have to listen carefully to each sound and match it to the animal picture.

Wellbeing

This is a yoga story all about staying calm, keeping breathing and thinking positive!

Physical Development


Think about how different sea creatures move around. Can you move like they do? Think about octopus, eels, crabs, fish and sharks. 

Maths

Talk about the size of different sea creatures, use language like long and short, big and small.

Here is an underwater counting game for you to play. Count correctly to find the treasure !

Understanding of the World

See how different sea creatures swim, jump and scurry.
What are their names? Can you find any different sea creatures in books or on the internet ? Talk to your grown up about how can we help to look after the sea?

Expressive Arts and Design

Can you make a sea creature? Here are some ideas-

Make a handprint puppet
Make a puffer fish with paint and a fork
Make a puffer fish with a fork and paint.
Decorate a fish.

Sing songs such as ‘Baby Shark’, ‘5 Little Fishes’, ‘Row ,row, row your boat’ or ‘A sailor went to sea’. This is a favourite that we sing in Nursery:

Have a super week and don’t forget to share what you have been doing on Tapestry. We really enjoy seeing your super learning !