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Home Learning

What your child learns at home is very important to us in school.  We would like you to extend what they have been learning in school to the home environment to cement their new knowledge.

To help with this we will upload resources for you on this page.  This will range from the books we are reading, simple recipes that you can cook at home with your child, simple activities that you can do and songs that you can sing.

 

Children with SEND

Pop over to our SEND page for support and ideas for children with additional needs.

OAK NATIONAL ACADEMY

As you may have heard there is a new online teaching resources website that has been set up.  There are some ideas for learning for older children from Reception to Key Stage 3.

Click here  to access some ideas for your child whilst they are home learning.

BBC Bitesize

Holiday Learning

We hope you are enjoying the summer holidays and spending time with your family and friends.

Here are some simple activities that you can do at home either in the garden whilst enjoying the sunshine or inside when the weather is not being as kind!

Bottle Top Caterpillar

Use bottle tops to create a caterpillar, find different ways to connect them together. Count how many you have used. This activity also supports colour recognition.

Chalk drawing on the ground

Use chalks to make large drawing on the ground outdoors.  Maybe wet the chalk and observe the different effect that is created when drawing.

Mini volcanos.

Place pots into a deep container. Add baking soda and food colouring to each pot. With a dropper squirt vinegar into the mixture and observe the reaction take place.

Home Learning 29.6.2020

We're going on a bug hunt!

This week in nursery we are going on a bug hunt!

We are looking for all sorts of bugs in our garden and ticking them off our list.  Click here and see how many you can find and tick them off.  Add your own if you find any different ones.

With the windy weather it's a good day to tackle your laundry!  Here is a great way to make maths part of your washing!!  Here is an idea from Boromi.

Time for some art in the garden!   You can create some really lovely natural art work from things you find in the garden or whilst out walking.   Click here to see some ideas from Pintrest.  You can use stones, twigs and leaves for a start.

 

Home Learning 22.6.2020

Reading is always at the top of our home learning list of things to do.  The Book Trust have a huge resources library of books to share with your child.

For a complete list visit Book Trust.  It's also Pride month and they have a great reading list of books to help children understand how different families are made up.

We have also got some new titles at school to share with the children to help them understand and make sense of their own feelings and anxieties.   Children can sometimes find it difficult to put into words that we as adults understand how they may be feeling angry or anxious or afraid.  These books let them show you those feelings.  Take a look at:

"The Colour Monster" by Anna Llenas

"I feel angry" by Brian Moses

"When I feel angry" by Cornelia Maude Spelman

"The Worrysaurus" by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton 

"The Invisible String" by Patrice Karst

All these books are available on from Amazon.

Home Learning 15.6.2020

Quick reminder that there are lots of resources available online at BBC Bitesize for you to do at home.

You can also listen to our keyworkers read stories through the links above.

We have a lovely website for you today with lots of ideas for you.  Even though the sun had decided to hide away today you can still enjoy a picnic lunch.  Make a den and snuggle down.

Visit Boromi for lots more ideas!

Home Learning 18.5.2020

We would be starting to learn all about our butterflies now.  We order our caterpillars and watch them transform into beautiful butterflies.

You can order your own butterfly starter kits from Insect Lore and watch your own transformation.

We also read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.  You can watch the video here and hear  Bev from Peter Pan read the story here.

Home Learning 11.5.2020

11.5.2020

We would now be starting to think about planting our sunflower seeds at school and watching them grow big and strong.  Did you plant any beans?  Can you see them growing yet?

Here is a story about Jasper who planted his own seed and watched it grow into a beanstalk.

Jasper's Beanstalk

Home Learning 4.5.2020

There are some lovely attractions that now have virtual tours available.  Here are links to some

Stonehenge

Buckingham Palace

Roman Baths

 

VE DAY

For those of you who have been with us a little while you will know that we commemorate Remembrance each November - we explain to the children all about the war and poppies. 

Friday 8th May this year is VE Day - or 'Victory in Europe Day' - this marks the day towards the end of World War Two (WW2) when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before.

This link explains a little more and this link shows you how to make bunting and have your own celebration.

 

Home Learning 27.4.2020

27.4.20

The sun has left us for a few days so it is time for some indoor activities.  

We still need to be active even if we can not get outside so here is the Active Kids link with some ideas to get moving indoors

28.4.20

Today we are sharing some stories that our teachers have been reading.  Scroll down to the stories section to see some familiar faces reading some very familiar stories for you.

29.4.20

We would be beginning to talk about the life cycle of a frog in nursery now.  We would check our pond for signs of frog spawn and watch until they grew into tadpoles and then frogs.

Here is a link to the BBC Bitesize page explaining life cycles. 

The children would also be learning our froggy songs; 5 Little Speckled Frogs and Little Green Frog. 

30.4.20

Why don't you have your own group time at home today.  Gather everyone that lives in your house and some of your toys too.  Start with your Hello song and then play some circle games like these.

1.5.20

Stay at home storytime.  Follow this link to a local Bedford story telling group.  Local people will be sharing stories at 11.00am everyday.

Home Learning 20.4.2020

20.4.2020

It's a new week,  the sun is shining and it feels like a day to get moving!

Let's dance!

21.04.20

The Government have issued some advice for parents of young children (aged 2 - 4) who are not yet at statutory school age to help and support learning at home.  Take a look here.

22.04.20

At this time we would normally be visiting our new children and beginning to settle them into nursery life.  To support them settling we often use the story 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell.  The story focuses on being away from home for the first time and missing our mummies and daddies. 

Here is a link to Owl Babies being read  out loud.  Why not share it with your child.

23.04.20

Today we have a link to the Sing Up website.   Sing up is free to use and you can learn lots of new songs for you and your family.  Enjoy!!

Home Learning 13.04.2020

14.3.20

Let's get outside this week and find some natural resources such as pebbles, stones, leaves, sticks and blossom and create some artwork with them.  You can make mud paint to draw with by mixing mud and water, use a stick as a paintbrush.    Crush down some dandelions to make yellow paint.  You can make 3D models with your items.  Send us some pictures of your work.

15.4.20

Carrying on from yesterdays theme of getting creative outside why not build your own fairy garden. YOu can use any items that you can find.  Here is one that we made at nursery yesterday.

16.4.20

We hope you all enjoyed making Fairy Gardens and being outside for the last couple of days.  

Today we are sharing links to some online stories.  

A Squash and a Squeeze - hear Julia Donaldson sing her new version 

At 4pm each Thursday Julia will share a new story or song with us on Facebook you can follow the link here

 

17.4.2020

Today we have some instructions for you to grown your own beans.  This is a great experiment to watch the process of germination.  Using a plastic bag and some paper towels.    Click here for full instructions

Home Learning 6.4.2020

6.4.2020

Today we have some suggestions for maths and phonics activities

7.4.2020

TIny Happy People  - this link takes you to the BBC website which contains lots of activities for children of all ages.  

8.4.2020

It is a lovely day today so why not get outside and enjoy the sunshine.   Here is a lovely activity for shadows and drawing.

You can also log on and see the animals at Edinburgh Zoo 

9.4.2020

Today we have some really simple maths ideas that you can do with items you have in the house already.

Dice Activities

One more - Children roll a dice and count the spots. Then identify the number that is one more/less and go on a ‘number hunt’ for that number. For example, number 6 on a clock.

One less - Children roll a dice and count the spots. Then identify the number that is one less. Encourage children to show one less in different ways. Write it, draw it, find it and show it.

Find the total - Children roll two dice and count the spots to find the total. Encourage children to write the number sentence.

Finding the difference - Children roll two dice and take away the smallest number from the biggest number.  Encourage children to write the number sentence.

Playing Cards

Number order - Lay out playing cards 1 to 10. Children to put the card in order from smallest to largest. Children to count the number of objects on the card, to see what comes next.

Find the total - Children to pick two cards. For addition, count the total number of objects. For subtraction, discuss taking away the smallest number from the largest.

Number bond pairs - Lay out playing cards 1 to 10 (the Joker card could be used as 0). Play a number bond pairs game. After each turn, count the total of the two cards. Does it equal 10?

Ideas for Home Learning 30.3.2020

30.3.2020

The weather has turned a little chilly today so here are some ideas that you can do inside this week:

Reading - The National Literacy Trust have some really useful ideas about talking to and reading with your child.  

Physical movement -  You don't have to go outside.  Join Joe Wicks for a workout in the morning to get you going. 

 

31.3.2020

Classroom secrets  - some good resources on here for you to do with all ages at home.  You will need a computer to download some of the packs. 

Why not try some cooking at home - simple recipes can generate so much conversation with your child.  We have some suggestions in our cooking section below or you can share some of yours with us - email us at cherrytrees@bedfordnurseryschools.com

1.4.2020

We have got some ideas for Scavenger/Treasure Hunts today.  These can be done inside and outside.  See how many you can do.

2.4.2020

Little bit chilly again today - how about some Dough Gym.  A really simple activity for physical movement and fine and gross motor skills. 

3.4.2020

The end of another week of this unusual situation.  Time to try and relax a little.  Here are some ideas for Mindfulness.  You can do these activities with your children in the front room, the bedroom or if you can in the garden and just listen to the sounds that you can here.

Ideas for Home Learning with your child

Each day we will post some ideas for activities that you can do with your child at home to support the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Cook together at home.  We have simple recipes that you can make with your children at home.  Pitta pizza, pancakes, stir fry.  Spend time talking about the ingredients and healthy eating.

Communication and Language

Story Telling.  Children enjoy nothing more than snuggling up with a book.  Make it a time for you to be together.  Choose a familiar book and ask them how it might end and about the characters. 

Physical Development

Treasure Hunt.  Design a simple treasure hunt around the house and garden.  Give the children a list of easily found items and see how many they can bring you.  Make sure there is a prize at the end!

25.3.2020

Literacy

What's in the bag?  Put an object into a small bag and give clues to what might be inside.  Take it in turns and see who gets the most items right.

Maths

Sorting   Anything can be sorted!  Socks, coins, toys.  You can sort by size, shape or colour.  Using language to describe the items as you sort them - big, bigger, biggest, small, smaller, smallest, etc. 

Understanding the World

Weather chart.  Take a few minutes each day to observe the weather and plot  on a chart.  A simply drawn calendar of days that you can write or draw the weather on each day. 

Expressive Arts and Design

Dance  It's free!  Turn the music up and just let go.

26.3.2020

Today we are sharing some links to websites that you might like:

Hungry Little Minds -  simple fun activities for children aged 0-5 

Audible stories   Online stories for all ages 

27.3.2020

Today we are sharing some of our Hello songs with you.  Try singing them at home. The words are in the Hello Song book in the singing section 

 

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Reading

Talking and reading with your child is the most important aspect of home learning.  Supporting your child to be a confident communicator is the key to success.

Books to read with your child at home:  Please follow the links below to access some free online books.

http://www.magickeys.com/books

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/

https://literacytrust.org.uk/

You can also visit your local library, either in person or virtually through the link below:

Virtual Library

Cooking

Cooking is a great way to encourage communication with your child. It also supports mathematical leaning

Follow these simple recipes:  

Gingerbread man recipe

Yummy Apple Crumble.

Stir Fry

Vegetable Soup 

Pancakes 

Pitta Pizza

Singing

Songs to sing with your child at home.

Follow the links to find the words to the songs your child has been learning in school

Autumn songbook

Spring songbook

Summer songbook

Hello songs

Activities

How to make playdough at home.