During this period of school closure, please find additional learning links on our curriculum pages
This week in class, we have been learning all about London! We explored the impressive landmarks in our capital city, and even looked at where the Queen lives! We decided to have our very own Royal tea party on Friday, we put on our best frocks and enjoyed some traditional English scones, crumpets, bake well tarts and orange juice.
Whilst school is closed, I will be updating the class page on a weekly basis with a weekly learning map and interactive activities. Please check back regularly for these updates.
If you have any specific curriculum questions during this period, please does not hesitate to send an email to the following address:
I will be checking this email on a daily basis.
It would also be fantastic to hear all about your home learning experiences, so please share any pictures or videos using the email address.
The text of the week is ' When I Grow Up'
Please see the learning map for questions you can ask your child.
Please complete the daily calendar each morning, using the interactive videos below. As you work through each video discuss with your child the key questions in their home learning books.
Ask your child:
Remind your child to scribe what the weather is like in their home leaning book each day. Also discuss the structure of your day and what that will involve.
Coronavirus Story - Supporting children to understand our current situation
At the moment we are all experiencing a very uncertain period of time whereby we are all unsure what is going to happen in the near future. Below is a link to a story which has been written specifically to explain the Coronavirus epidemic to younger children, and advise them on what they can do to help. Please remember that during this time, children could be confused and worried about the current situation, so this story may help them understand it a little better.
Below are some interactive videos, your child will be familiar with these as they are used regularly in the classroom. Please use these resources to help your child's early reading skills.
Ways to use these videos:
- Encourage your child to join in with the familiar songs,
- Pause the videos at different points and ask your child to make a sound,
- Find an item around your home with the same sound as the one played on the videos.
Please make use of the free subscription to the Phonics Play website whilst your child is learning from home. Children in Nursery will be able to access the Phase 1 games & activities.
Please make use of the free subscription to the Phonics Play website whilst your child is learning from home.
Previous weekly learning maps
Week 9 learning map
Week 8 learning map
RE - The Ascension
Week 7 learning map
Week 6 learning map
A big well done to all of the children that participated in the boiled egg competition,you all did a fantastic job. Well done to our winner, who created 'Domi Land!'
Just a little note to say how impressed we are with your home learning over the past three weeks. It has been lovely to see you continuing to practise that things we have been learning in school with your grown ups at home; we hope you have enjoyed the special challenges! Most importantly, we feel incredibly proud to see that you are continuing to be Stay at Home Superheroes, and though we miss you all everyday, we are are happy to hear that you at keeping safe indoors and creating special memories with your family.
Lots of love,
Boiled Egg Competition
Whilst we won't be uploading a learning map during the Easter half term, instead we have decided to have a special Easter competition. During the holidays, we would like you to spend some time designing & decorating a hard boiled egg. First, you will need to think about what you will transform your egg into, you may want to draw a design in your home learning book. Then,you can think about what materials you will use around your home to decorate your egg. Once you have designed and decorated your egg, email a photograph to NurseryPartington@gmail.com no later than Friday 17th April. Mr Deane will choose the winning egg and a prize will be posted to them the following week!
During the Easter break, we would also like you to draw a picture in your home learning book each day of how you are feeling and the things you have been doing/going to do that day.
Weekly learning map
Week 3 - Holy Week
I hope you are all well and enjoying your time at home. It has been lovely to hear from you this week, I can see you have all been working very hard.
Please keep sending you amazing work to NurseryPartington@gmail.com.
I can't wait to hear from you.
Additional Week 3 learning map resources
Language enrichment - Pronoun cards - he, she, they, it
Weekly learning map
Please keep sharing your photographs and videos using NurseryPartington@gmail.com
It has been fantastic to hear from you all this week!
Our story this week is The Gingerbread Man.
Please see the weekly learning map for key questions to ask your child.
Additional resources for Week 2 learning map
Biscuit recipe - Have a go at making your own gingerbread man
Phonics - Red Group - CVC cards
Weekly learning map
Below is the learning map for this week. There are lots of activities on the map that can be completed using the resources from the home learning pack and/or everyday objects from around the house.
Additional resources for Week 1 learning map
Moon for anticlockwise movements
Progressive Pencil Control
Remember, children develop their pencil grip when they are developmentally ready. Some children will move more progressively through these stages below, others may skip stages to achieve a trip grip with good control. It is also important that we continue to provide opportunities for gross motor control, so look out our for the different activities we set each week on our learning map.
Our focus text this week is 'Hansel and Gretel'
Additional stories you could read to your child:
- Rosie's Walk
- We're Going on a Bear Hunt
These stories also link to the activities on the weekly learning map.
The children have settled well into their new classroom, where they have spent their first few weeks of full time exploring their new learning environment & building relationships with the other children and staff. You may have already begun to see some changes in your little one’s independence; we certainly have as they are beginning to understand the expectations of the school day. Below are some of the things we have been working on to help us with our self care, please also support your child in doing these independently at home.
- Looking after myself on the toilet;
- taking off and putting on loose clothing;
- putting wellies on;
- Using a knife, fork and a spoon when eating;
- Blowing my own nose.
Farmer David heard how well we were looking after the chicks in school, so he wanted our help with some of the other animals on the farm.The children loved petting and feeding the animals, and they listened carefully to the interesting facts Farmer David shared about the animals he brought.
Our Little Visitors
The children arrived in school on Monday to find that there were some new additions to EYFS. Whilst the children waited patiently for the chicks to hatch, we learnt all about how to care for the baby chicks. On Tuesday morning, the children arrived in school to find that 7 chicks had pipped their way out of their shells and hatched. After the chicks dried off, we spent some time gently caring for our new little friends, we can't wait to see them grow over the next week. We even made some chick booklets!
Each week, we will be giving you a new challenge that you can do with your child on the way home from school, Each challenge has a Maths focus, and encourages your child to be curious about what Maths looks like in the environment. You may want to share the things you've spotted in the outdoor by emailing your photographs to our school email address. Take a look at a fantastic example below.
Our topic this term is traditional tales. The children have been very excited bringing these familiar stories to life in the classroom, especially in our new Storyteller's cottage! The children have LOVED retelling their favourite stories whilst the adults scribed for them, they have even begun to tell their own stories. See if your children can orally retell one of the stories below.
What do we do in church?
'We pray to God'
'We pray for people who are in heaven'
'We sit on benches'
'We sing hymns for people who died in the war'
'There are lots of statues in church'
'Jesus is on a cross'
'I go to church with my Daddy'
This half term we have be looking at Autumn! We've enjoyed spending time observing the changes in our outdoor environment through our Autumn walks, where we collected leaves and other things that had fallen from the trees. Back in class we even researched the different animals that get ready to hibernate during this time of the year. We had lots of fun using our findings from the Autumn walk for observational drawings, small world & craft activities.
Storytelling is a crucial time in Nursery, which we use daily to expose the children to new language through high quality texts. This week we have focused on Michael Rosen's 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. As is it already a familiar story for most of our children, we focused on the children being able to orally rehearse the story themselves, with a little help from Michael Rosen himself (take a look at the video below). We even recieved a letter from all of our class teddy bears explaining that they were playing hide and seek outside, and that we had to go on a bear hunt to find them! See if your child can retell the story at home!
The children loved the Pop Project Concert, where we learnt to sing & dance to songs themed around being happy. Our favourite song was 'Walkin on Sunshine (Wow!)'.
During the Autumn term, we have been focusing on learning a wide range of nursery rhymes, we really enjoy joining in with the actions and the words! This has really helped us with our listening and attention during group time, particularly phonics where we have to really use our listening ears to tune in to the different sounds. We have included some of our favourites below.
The children have been enjoying baking each Friday morning, where they have been working together to measure, pour and mix the ingredients. Of course, the children's favourite part of baking is decorating and eating the end product!
On the first day back after the half term, the children celebrated Diwali where they learnt all about the festival of lights. The children were keen to find out the special traditions & how to get ready for Lakshmi, the Goddess of weath. The children spent the afternoon spring cleaning the classroom, making rangoli patterns, preparing traditional Diwali sweets & decorating our own salt dough diyas. We even had a go a traditional Diwali dancing! Happy Diwali!!!