We’ve made lots of shapes ready for our zoom session. Can you make a picture using your shapes? What shapes are you using, can you name them? Let’s see how you describe them. Are they round, straight, pointy?
Rakhi made a spring flower using 4 small squares and 4 small circles. She used a big round circle in the middle and made a pattern for the petals. Square, circle, square, circle. Green, pink, green, pink. The two small rectangles are blue! The squares and rectangles aren’t round are they? Their sides look very straight!
Menu for the Farm Animals
We’ve been doing some lovely mark making at home. We’ve also been making and counting some Hen’s eggs!
Let’s invite some farm animals to our restaurant today! Can you set up a role play restaurant and mark make all the different foods for the farm animals?
Make your role play even more fun by using your farm animal face masks that you made! Ask the horse what she’d like to eat today!
Five Little Ducks
Let’s play with water today!
We can make some ducks. We can do junk modelling or draw the ducks on some paper/card. We can make mummy duck and her baby ducklings.
The ducks live in the pond on the farm! Can you make your ducks and put them in a tray of water?
You can sing our nursery rhyme ‘Five Little Ducks’, you can splash in the water and even use some containers, filling and emptying them. Water play is so much fun. You can learn so many things!
Finger Farm Animal Puppets
Have a go at mark making some finger farm animal puppets. Choose your favourite farm animals, name and describe them using some full sentences. Can you make the different farm animal sounds?
Guess the Farm Animal
Guess the Farm Animal. Can you play this game at home?
Watch and listen to Rakhi talking about her baby lamb that she made. Can you talk about some of the farm animals that you know? Can you name them, what are their babies called? Have a go at making one of the baby farm animals that are born during Spring. You can use empty boxes, cardboard, containers, anything you can find at home.
Talk to your grown up and describe what your animal looks like, how many legs it has, where it lives on the farm and what it eats!
Can you use your fingers to finger paint some spots on the cow? Like yesterday, choose a number from your pile of numbers, dip your fingers into the paint or chocolate sauce and count!
Oopsy! Rakhi drew a cow with only 3 legs!
How many legs does a cow have altogether?
How many more do we need to draw to make 4?
Where does the milk you drink come from?
Rakhi doesn’t drink animal’s milk she drinks oat milk. Her milk is made from oats! Watch a video to see one of the ways you can make it.
Mark Making a Farm
Can you mark make a picture of a farm today? Use as many different materials as you can from around your home/outside. Talk with your grown up about all the things you can see on a farm and draw the extra details. Maybe everyone at home can mark make a picture of one!
We are going to be learning all about Spring this half term. This week we are going to be exploring farm animals and thinking about all the baby animals that are born during this new season.
What animals do you know that live on the farm? Have you ever been to the farm before? Talk with your grown up about the different farm animals, their names and what their babies are called, the noises they make, what they look like and what they eat.
Can you make your own farm using things you can find around your home or outside?
Can you mark make some labels for your farm? Mark make, draw pictures of all the different parts of your farm. This is a fun activity for everyone at home to get involved with, create and mark make your farm together!
Pigs love getting messy on the farm! Can you draw a pig with your grown up? Use the chocolate sauce (or cocoa powder and water) to count some mud spots onto your pig! What numbers will you choose?
Good Morning Nursery! This is our last day today before the half term holiday! Rakhi and Aysha are very proud of how hard you’ve worked and we have loved seeing all your wonderful, happy smiles and listening to all your stories and things you’ve wanted to share on zoom.
Parents thank you for joining in with the zoom sessions and trying your best to share the activities your children have been doing. Have a fun and very relaxing half term at home :).
Happy Chinese New Year
It is a special holiday today called Chinese New Year. Families in China and all over the world spend the day with their family and celebrate.
Can you think about Chinese New Year today with your families? Think about how special your family is and spend the day together doing some fun activities.
Making Fortune Cookies
Fortune Cookies are special cookies that are shaped like the half moon! There are some special messages written inside. Can you use your playdough to make some and mark make some messages inside?
Chinese New Year Crafts
Can you make some of the animals from the story about the ‘Great Race?’
Mark Make a Card
Can you make a Happy Chinese New Year card?
You can make a lantern with your grown up if you like.
We’ve become some fantastic engineers this week and today I want us to think about some of the other people who help us, there are so many! We’re going to be thinking about supermarket workers, dustbin collectors and cleaners today. They do a very important job and we must never forget about them. We must always say thank you to them.
Supermarket workers are always working to make sure that we are able to go and buy the food that we need to keep us happy and healthy. Can you help your grown up to mark make a shopping list today? Think about all the food that you need to buy and write it down, draw some pictures!
Rakhi wrote a shopping list.
Maybe you can do some role play with your family. Can you be the supermarket worker today? What healthy foods do you have? How much do they cost?
Parents, role play is the perfect opportunity to model writing, in the moment with your children and their interests.
Cleaners work in many different places. They keep us safe and healthy and make sure everything is nice and clean for us. Can you help your grown up do some cleaning today? Maybe you can help clean the dishes or clean the table? Maybe you can help sweep or hoover the floors?
We have different coloured bins outside our homes that we use to get rid of and recycle any waste, things we’re not using anymore. The dustbin collectors come in their vans and they collect and empty our bins for us. If they didn’t come things would get very messy!
What colour are your bins outside your home? Can you talk with your grown up about the different things you put inside each one?
Talk to your grown up about recycling and what this means. Have a look around your home, can you see paper, cardboard, plastic, glass?
Let’s make a card to say thank you to all these special people who help us every day.
Happy Valentines Day
It is Valentines Day on Sunday. This is a special day to celebrate all the people we love.
Rakhi would like you to know that Mummies and Daddies are people who help us. They love us, they look after us and they teach us all the things that we need to know.
Can you mark make a Valentines Day Card for your family?
Making an a a a a apple soup
Can you help Rakhi to make an a a a apple soup. What can you see around your home that begins with the ‘a’ sound? You might need to draw some pictures with your grown up. Rakhi had to draw some of her own. Sing and join in!
Let’s get creative and get our fingers moving today.
Good Morning Engineers. Today we can design a machine that shoots a ball into a cup! You, your grown up, your brothers and sisters can all make one and count how many times it lands in the cup. Mark make your design and talk about how it works. Rakhi did some mark making, she drew a picture of her machine and how it is going to work, have a look.
How far does my Aeroplane travel?
We can also design some aeroplanes today with our grown ups and measure how far they travel using some big leaps! When you fly your planes count how many BIG leaps you can make until you reach your aeroplane. Which aeroplane travels the furthest away?
Talk about the sounds these different musical instruments make. See if you and your grown up can find out the names of them.
Can you move your body to some music? What moves can you come up with?
Can you move your body to different music from around the world? What instruments can you hear?
Maybe you could try some colourful threading today?
Rakhi has designed and made a boat that moves by itself without pushing it. Can you try and design a boat with your grown up and make it move by itself? Mark make your adventures with your boat, tell people where it’s going and how it moves.
Yesterday we listened to the sounds some musical instruments make. Here are some of them. A Piano, Tambourine, Wood Maracas, Triangle and a Guitar.
Listen to these sounds below and guess which instrument from the pictures above is making the sound! Talk about the music you hear, which instrument is your favourite and why? What is the beat like, steady, slow/fast?
This week we are ending our topic on ‘People Who Help Us’ by thinking about Engineers.
What can you design and build today using your Lego/Duplo/Blocks other construction materials? Talk about what you’re building and how you’re building it and mark make your ideas. Grown ups you can build with them!
Mark making should be embedded everywhere, in all the activities they do. Children don’t need to sit at the table “to come and do some writing” we must bring the writing to them, in the moment, in fun and meaningful ways.
When they’re designing and building their Lego model, draw a picture of the pieces of Lego you’re using to build yours, model writing a simple design plan, a label for whatever it is that has been built. This will encourage children to do the same and will encourage them to think of their own mark making ideas. We need to inspire writing not force.
Sorting and Grouping our Construction
We can sort and group our construction materials today. Choose how you’re going to sort them, into colours, maybe size? Count how many you have altogether in each group. Talk about which group has more/less/same.
We can listen to the sounds that some musical instruments make. Talk about these sounds and the difference between them. Are they loud/quiet? Are they making a high pitch sound or low? What is your favourite instrument and why?
If you have any musical instruments at home, play them and talk about the sounds you’re making!