Nursery PE Challenge – Week 2

Good afternoon Nursery children!

This week we want you to try and move your body in different ways and get even better at moving your body every day! By the end of the you week you will be PE Superstars!

Hello adults.

Please can you watch the videos below with your child and help them to do the three challenges. You will need to time them doing the tasks and see if they can improve as the week goes on.
On Friday we will post a PE challenge blog reminder. It is on the blog post where we would like you to comment about how your child has enjoyed and improved on the three challenges set for the week.

Good luck Nursery!

Miss Atkinson and Mrs Weedall 🙂

Monday 1st March 2021 – Reading activity

Today for your reading activity you are going to watch and listen to the story ‘The Hungry caterpillar’.

Click on the link below

We do hope that you liked this story. Here are your three questions.

-What popped out of the egg that was lying on the green leaf ?

-What did the caterpillar eat on Wednesday ?

-What did the caterpillar sleep in for two weeks ?

Let us know in the comments below which questions you correctly answered and if you enjoyed the story of ‘The hungry caterpillar.’

Thank you

Mrs Weedall and Miss Atkinson

Monday 1st March – Dough gym and Name activities

Welcome back after the half term break. We hope you enjoyed the rest from your home learning and are now ready to begin again!

Part 1 – Dough Gym

Today we would like to start by reminding you how to make your own playdough. If you already have pre-bought pots then that is great but making your own playdough is always so much fun so you might want to give this a try too.

Here is the recipe below:

Makes 1 coloured ball
Prep 10 minutes

You will need

  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 60ml warm water
  • food colouring
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method

1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.

2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.

3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.

4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh.

Just a little reminder as to why dough gym is so important to your child’s development……

What is dough gym?

Dough gym involves moulding dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it.

Why do dough gym?

This activity helps to strengthen children’s fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it’s fun!

Today’s song is If you’re happy and you know it.    

There are many other ways you can help to develop the muscles in your child’s hands besides using playdough. Each day this week we will post an additional activity idea. If possible, we would still like you to complete the dough gym session each day alongside having a go at the new activity listed.

Today’s activity is squeezing sponges.

You will simply need a sponge, two containers and some water.

Fill one container up with water and leave the other one empty. Ask your child to transfer the water from one container into the other by using the sponges.

As they squeeze the sponge to fill it with water and then squeeze it again to empty the water from it, they will be developing their hand muscles each time.

Part 2 – Name Building

Firstly is your child able to confidently recognise their own name yet?

Try out this simple activity to see if they can or not….

All you need is a large piece of paper (A4 will be fine) and some coloured pens.

Write your child’s name multiple times on the paper in different places but then write some different names too! You could check how confident your child is with their name recognition by writing some names which begin with the same letter as theirs eg Lennie and Luca.

All your child has to do is find their name and either colour it in or circle it.

Now for the name building….

For children, learning the sequence of the letters in their names can take time, especially if your child has a longer name, which is why it is so important to practise on a daily basis.

Please ensure you are only using a capital letter for the first letter of your child’s name and then lower case letter for the rest

Remember the idea of name building is not to learn the letter names but to learn the order of the letters.

Here is a reminder of the process for name building….

Step 1 – take the letters of your name, mix them up and place them on a table top or floor.

Step 2 – have your name card facing you.

Step 3 – begin to match the letters to your name card. Try to match your letters in order.

Step 4 – repeat the activity again focusing on the order of the letters.

Step 5 – remove the name card and try putting the letters in the correct order before looking the name card to check.

Part 3 – Name Writing

Once your child can recognise their name, and are then able to build their name correctly and independently on a number of occasions, they need to move onto actually writing their name.

Below is a video link which displays how we ask the children to form their letters.

*Just a footnote to the video – the ‘r’ and ‘f’ are  slightly different to our scheme, below is a picture of a letter mat which illustrates how the ‘r’ and ‘f’ should be formed.

Some notes to bear in mind

Initially your child’s letter formation may not look like it is supposed and that is fine and quite normal, what this means is that they just need lots of practise and encouragement.

We always begin to form letters from the top or sometimes the middle but not from the bottom.

We ask the children to develop a flow to their formation, we don’t join parts of the letter up.

Previously where people would say put a ‘flick’ on the end for an ‘a’ or ‘d’ we now use the term ‘a joining line’. This is because as the children go through school they will begin to develop joined up handwriting.

Other terms

Tall letters’ – l t d k

‘Tail letters’ or ‘descenders’  – j g p y

‘Small letters’ – a e I u r o

‘Bridge letters’, ie in class we say ‘over the bridge’ as they form the part of the letter that goes over – n m h

We understand that teaching handwriting is technical, so if you need any further support with this during home learning please contact us via the comments or send an email and we will help you as soon as we can.

Thank you

Mrs Weedall and Miss Atkinson

Monday 1st March 2021 – Phonic activity

Recap

It is even more important today to recap what we have already learnt as we have all had a well-deserved week away from learning.

During last half term we introduced you to the first sets of letters and the sounds that they make.

We looked at….

Show this photograph to your child and ask them if they can recall what sounds the letters make (the pictures may provide them with clues) or alternatively you could use your own sound posters which you made.

Part 1 – Letter sounds

This week we will be focusing on learning another new letter and learning what sound this letter makes.

n

To begin the week learning about the letter ‘n’ we would like you to have a look at the Discovery Education Espresso website as this will help you to support your child which the correct pronunciation of the letter sound.

Here is the link:

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/frontscreen/item61932/gradef/index.html

Once you click on this link you will need to log in:

Username: student22318    

Password: peelhall

You may also wish to use Espresso to recap the letters which we covered during last half term.

Part 2 – Nursery Rhymes

We are going to continue with developing our vocabulary and understanding of rhythm and rhyme by learning some more new rhymes.

This week we would like you learn the new rhyme – Hey Diddle Diddle.

Linking to our last week of home learning before half term – I wonder if your child can tune into the rhyming words within this rhyme. You may need to point them out to them at first (diddle – fiddle,  moon – spoon) 

Here is a short video of Mr Tumble singing this rhyme:

This may help your child to understand what a ‘fiddle’ is.

Thank you

Miss Atkinson and Mrs Weedall

Monday 1st March 2021 – Maths activity

Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome back to the second half of the Spring term.

The maths activities this week are planned so that the children can revisit some of the work we covered during the first half of the Spring term. If you feel that your child is working beyond some of the numbers suggested that is fine. Please carry on from where you were prior to the holiday.

Part one

Counting – Please watch the following video clip, count along with Jack Hartmann from 1 to 10 in different ways:

Count to 10 | Counting to 10 | Count to 10 With Our Friends | Brain Breaks | Jack Hartmann – YouTube

Number flashcards – Make a set of number flashcards 1-5, 1-6 or 1-10. Explain to your child that you are going to show them each number card, can they recognise and identify each one ? Then go on to flash the cards quicker, can they recall quickly each card as it’s presented and identify each one ? Repeat this a few times.

Counting objects– You will need a tub or container large enough to put up to 6 -10 objects in. The aim of this activity is for the adult to ask the child to find and count a number of objects. Below are some examples but you will need to alter depending on what is available at home.                                                                                           

Can you find 6 cars                                                                                

Can you find 4 crayons                                                                                 

Can you find 8 forks                                                                             

Ask your child to count at least four different amounts. Once they have found and counted the objects, tip out the objects and recount them together. Check how accurate your child has been and discuss how many they have counted. 

Part two

Representing numbers

Alongside counting from 1-10, and counting sets of objects, in the nursery we represent numbers by drawing quantities and making marks. Below are some examples:

We encourage the children to develop the skill of drawing and counting accurately. This can take time and practise, but the more your child does this the better they will become.

Activity

Use a large piece of paper (A4 will be fine)

Write a large number 3 on it. Explain to your child that we are going to drawn one object.

Take turns between yourself and your child to draw: three spots, three circles, three smiley faces, three flowers, etc. Ask your child a few times – ‘How many have we drawn ?’ ‘How many smiley faces have we drawn ?’  ‘Why are we only drawing three ?’

Model and write number 3, can your child write number, let them have a go.

Today revise representing number 3, 4 and 5.

Part three – Shapes

You will need your grown-up to cut out a set of shapes for you: a circle, a square, a rectangle and a triangle.

Can you remember the name of each shape and what its features are ? Here are the shape rhymes to help you. (The tune for the rhyme is ‘The farmers in his den’)

Circle

A circles like the sun,                                                                                                  

A circles like the sun,                                                                                                        

Round and round, it never stops,                                                                      

A circles like the sun.

Square

A square is a shape,                                                                                                             

A square is a shape,                                                                                                             

It has four sides their all the same,                                                                                

A square is a shape.

Triangle

A triangle has three sides,                                                                                                      

A triangle has three sides,                                                                                                    

Up the mountain down and back,                                                                                         

 A triangle has three sides.

Rectangle

A rectangle has four sides,                                                                                                     

 A rectangle has four sides,                                                                                 

 Two are short and two are long,                                                                                            

A rectangle has four sides.

Thank you

Mrs Weedall and Miss Atkinson

Friday 26th February 2021 – Afternoon activity – People who help us

People who help us

This week the Nursery children have been finding out about what a doctor, nurse, dentist and a paramedic does and how each one of them helps us when we need them.

😊 Activity – Stick puppets

Today we would like you to make some emergency service people stick puppets. The resources you need are: some paper to draw on, sellotape or sticky tape, and some lollipop sticks/straws/twigs.

Ask your child to draw a picture of a doctor, nurse, dentist or paramedic. Colour the drawing in, and then cut it out. Use the sellotape to attach it to the  lollipop stick.

Your child can then use the stick puppet to role play what the puppet does for their job. If they wish to they could make a stick puppet to represent each of the occupations we have been learning about this week.

We would LOVE to see your child’s stick puppet so please take a photograph and send it to the school email address – peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk.

A note for next Friday’s activity

For next Friday’s creative activity please collect together the following – Small cardboard boxes, lots of milk or bottle lids and some sellotape and if possible some glue.

Thank you

Mrs Weedall and Miss Atkinson

Friday 26th February 2021 – Reading activity

For a number of reasons, it is important that your child listens to a story every day. This can be any book that your child has at home, and can be favourite ones that can be read again many times.

The important part during the read is the adult asking questions for the child to answer to ensure that they have understood the story and the events that happened.

Here are the I can statements that children would be trying to achieve in reading

  • I can repeat songs, rhymes, stories and familiar phrases.
  • I can fill in missing words from well-known rhymes.
  • I can handle books carefully.
  • I can share my favourite stories with others.
  • I can hold a book correctly and turn the pages.
  • I can start to talk about the key events in the story.

Activity – You can read one of your favourite stories from home today.

Thank you

Mrs Weedall and Miss Atkinson

Friday 26th February 2021 – Dough gym and Name activities

Part 1 – Dough Gym

If you want to have a go at making your own playdough and need a reminder of the ingredients and the method then have a look back on Monday’s blog post.

Just a little reminder as to why dough gym is so important to your child’s development……

What is dough gym?

Dough gym involves moulding dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it.

Why do dough gym?

This activity helps to strengthen children’s fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it’s fun!

Today’s song is This is the way

There are many other ways you can help to develop the muscles in your child’s hands besides using playdough. Each day this week we will post an additional activity idea. If possible, we would still like you to complete the dough gym session each day alongside having a go at the new activity listed.

Today’s activity involves bubble wrap

We know that this is not the kind of thing we often have lying around in our houses but next time you receive a delivery or buy something new then check the packaging for bubble wrap and be sure to save it.

Try asking/showing your child how to pop it between their thumb and index finger of their right hand and then their left hand. This way they are exercising their finger muscles in both hands.

Popping bubble wrap is great for working the muscles in our fingers and is also great fun too!

Part 2 – Name Building

For children, learning the sequence of the letters in their names can take time, especially if your child has a longer name, which is why it is so important to practise on a daily basis.

Please ensure you are only using a capital letter for the first letter of your child’s name and then lower case letter for the rest

Remember the idea of name building is not to learn the letter names but to learn the order of the letters.

Here is a reminder of the process for name building….

Step 1 – take the letters of your name, mix them up and place them on a table top or floor.

Step 2 – have your name card facing you.

Step 3 – begin to match the letters to your name card. Try to match your letters in order.

Step 4 – repeat the activity again focusing on the order of the letters.

Step 5 – remove the name card and try putting the letters in the correct order before looking the name card to check.

Part 3 – Name Writing

Once your child can recognise their name, and are then able to build their name correctly and independently on a number of occasions, they need to move onto actually writing their name.

Below is a video link which displays how we ask the children to form their letters.

*Just a footnote to the video – the ‘r’ and ‘f’ are  slightly different to our scheme, below is

a picture of a letter mat which illustrates how the ‘r’ and ‘f’ should be formed.

If your child is finding a particular letter in their name a little more challenging to form corretly or you want to keep your child enagaed in their name writing practise then why not try practising their name in different ways.

Here are a list of some ideas for you:

  • Writing letters in sand / salt / flour
  • Writing letters in shaving cream

**these activities above allow your child to use their fingers to write the letters and you can really focus on using the correct formation**

  • Rainbow writing

Your child can practise their name multiple times using their favourite colours but please ensure you are using the correct letter formation each time.

Some notes to bear in mind

Initially your child’s letter formation may not look like it is supposed and that is fine and quite normal, what this means is that they just need lots of practise and encouragement.

We always begin to form letters from the top or sometimes the middle but not from the bottom.

We ask the children to develop a flow to their formation, we don’t join parts of the letter up.

Previously where people would say put a ‘flick’ on the end for an ‘a’ or ‘d’ we now use the term ‘a joining line’. This is because as the children go through school they will begin to develop joined up handwriting.

Other terms

Tall letters’ – l t d k

‘Tail letters’ or ‘descenders’  – j g p y

‘Small letters’ – a e I u r o

‘Bridge letters’, ie in class we say ‘over the bridge’ as they form the part of the letter that goes over – n m h

We understand that teaching handwriting is technical, so if you need any further support with this during home learning please contact us via the comments or send an email and we will help you as soon as we can.

Thank you

Miss Atkinson and Mrs Weedall

Friday 26th February 2021 – Phonic activity

Recap

Let’s play a recognition game…..

You will need some paper and a ‘splatter’. This can be a fly swat, a wooden spoon, or even a beanbag. Your child could even simply use their hands or feet.

Write down the letters s a t p in onto different pieces of paper. Please ensure you are using lower case letters. Ask your child what sound each letter makes as you write them out.

Now place these pieces of paper onto the floor and get your child ready with their ‘splatter’.

They must listen carefully to the letter sound you make and then ‘splat’ the correct letter.

Just like yesterday’s activity, you can extend this further by:

  • Swapping roles. Your child says a letter sound and you have to ‘splat’ the letter which makes that sound. This will be great to help your child to practise the pronunciation of the letter sounds.
  • Collect some items from around your home or say the name of an item beginning with either s a t p i, ensuring to over emphasise the initial sound such as sssss-sock, and ask your child to ‘splat’ the letter which sock begins with.

Here is a photograph of an example of this kind of activity.

Part 1 – Letter sounds

This week we have been focusing on learning another new letter and learning what sound this letter makes.

n

Here are a few items which begin with this letter sound. As you show your child these pictures, ask them to say the name of the item as each they do this they will be pronouncing the letter sound ‘n’.

Image result for needle
Image result for night
Image result for nuts

nuts                             

night                           

needle

Part 2 – Nursery Rhymes

It’s performance day!

We would love to see a video of you performing the rhyme you have been working so hard to learn this week – Hey Diddle Diddle

Please send your videos to the school email address – peelhall.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk.

Be sure to check in on the blog later on this evening to watch the Nursery children who are in school performing the rhyme and leave us a comment to let you know what you thought of it.

We would like you to choose one of the activities listed below – choose the one you feel like your child would benefit more from by having another go at it.

Part 3 – What’s in the box?

This activity is one that we often play in Nursery and we will do on our return to school, so you can make a head start at home.

You will need to collect:

A deep box/cardboard box or something similar

A collection of items/toys/objects that make a sound: keys, packet of crisps, squeaky toy, musical instrument.

How to play

This game can be played with 2 or more people. One person will be the holder of the box and the other will be the listeners.

Talk together about what objects are going into the box, listen carefully to the sounds they make. Put the objects into the box.

One person holds the box. The listeners have to sit short distance away and must not be able to see inside the box.

The person holding the box sings this rhyme – (sung to the tune of Old McDonald) – You can change the name from Mrs Weedall to the name of the person holding the box.

(Mrs Weedall) had a box ee, ei, ee, oo

And in that box she had a (choose an object and make the sound) ee. ei. ee. Oo

With a (sound) here and a (sound) there, here a (sound), there a (sound), everywhere a (sound) (sound)

(Mrs Weedall) had a box ee, ei, ee, oo

While the rhyme is sung the listener has to listen carefully to the sound of the object that’s been chosen. Once the rhyme has finished the listener declares which object they think it is.

Once the game has been played a few times, box holder and listeners can be rotated around.

Part 4 – I spy

Now your child has experienced the letters s a t p iand the sounds which they make, we want you to play a game which you are probably all very familiar with – I spy.

Whilst this game is traditionally played when out and about we would like you to play this game in a more direct way with your child with the focus on practising and applying their knowledge of the letters s a t pi

Collect together some items from around your home which begin with s a t pi. Lay them out onto the floor or a table top with your child, over emphasising the sound each item begins with as you do this egsssss-sock, aaaa-apple.

Say “I spy with my little eye something beginning with (and then the sound which the first letter of the word makes) 

Can your child find the items which begin with the sound?

Keep playing the game until you have used all the letters that the items begin with.

If your child is already feeling a little confident with this game then you could swap roles and they could be the person who asks you to the find the items.

Remember to leave us a comment to let us know how you are getting on with the activities we are setting for you and if there is anything we can do to further help you with your child’s learning.

Thank you

Miss Atkinson and Mrs Weedall

Friday 26th February 2021 – Maths activity

Dear Parent/Carer

The maths activities this week are planned so that the children can revisit some of the work we covered during the first half of the Spring term. If you feel that your child is working beyond some of the numbers suggested that is fine. Please carry on from where you were prior to the holiday.

Part one

Counting – Please watch the following video clip, count along with Jack Hartmann from 1 to 10 in different ways:

Count to 10 | Counting to 10 | Count to 10 With Our Friends | Brain Breaks | Jack Hartmann – YouTube

Number flashcards – Create some large number flashcards 1 to 3 or 1 to 5. Place the around the house. Game – ‘Can you find the number?’ – Adult chooses and says a number the child has to move and touch the number. Keep going until all the numbers have been found. Adult and child swops roles.

Counting objects– You will need a tub or container large enough to put up to 6 -10 objects in. The aim of this activity is for the adult to ask the child to find and count a number of objects. Below are some examples but you will need to alter depending on what is available at home.                                                                                           

Can you find 6 cars                                                                               

Can you find 4 crayons                                                                                 

Can you find 8 forks                                                                             

Ask your child to count at least four different amounts. Once they have found and counted the objects, tip out the objects and recount them together. Check how accurate your child has been and discuss how many they have counted. 

Part two

Representing numbers

Alongside counting from 1-10, and counting sets of objects, in the nursery we represent numbers by drawing quantities and making marks. Below are some examples:

We encourage the children to develop the skill of drawing and counting accurately. This can take time and practise, but the more your child does this the better they will become.

Activity

Use a large piece of paper (A4 will be fine)

Write a large number 3 on it. Explain to your child that we are going to drawn one object.

Take turns between yourself and your child to draw: three spots, three circles, three smiley faces, three flowers, etc. Ask your child a few times – ‘How many have we drawn ?’ ‘How many smiley faces have we drawn ?’  ‘Why are we only drawing three ?’

Model and write number 3, can your child write number, let them have a go.

Today continue to revise representing number 3, 4 and 5.

Part three – Making 2-D shapes

You will need: cut outs of the four shapes, some lollipop sticks, or some straws and some string

Activity

This activity is a repeat of Wednesdays activity, but this time see if you child can create the 2-D shapes without any prompt or supports.

Triangle

Give your child the three parts and give them time to look at a triangle, together create a triangle discussing the features. Undo the shape and ask your child to have a go unaided.

Rectangle

Give your child 2 sticks of a smaller length and longer, give them time to look at a rectangle, together create a rectangle discussing the features. Undo the shape and ask your child to have a go unaided.

Square

Give your child 4 sticks of equal length, give them time to look at a square, together create a square discussing the features. Undo the shape and ask your child to have a go unaided.

Circle

Discuss with your child that to create a circle, we can’t use the sticks as they have straight sides instead you are going to use some string as it can be moved and shaped to go round and round because a circle goes ‘round and round’. Undo the shape and ask your child to have a go unaided.

Thank you

Mrs Weedall and Miss Atkinson