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  • This week at Nursery.

    Hi everyone!

    What a lovely week we have had back at Nursery.  We heard lots of stories about the fun activities you were up to over the Easter Holidays! This week – did you hear –  we have had eggs that hatched into chicks!! In the classroom we watched the eggs in their incubator and slowly, they hatched! The children loved watching them and waited very patiently for them to hatch. Once the chicks were big enough the children were able to hold them if they wanted and we were great at taking turns and waiting quietly so we didn’t scare them! We drew our own pictures of chicks and we used eggcellent (!) describing words to talk about them.  We have also been  re-reading Dear Zoo, talking and describing the different animals.

    In math this week we have been comparing sizes using our vocabulary; is it tiny, minuscule, giant, large or medium? We had a wander in the woods and found different sizes of sticks and stones and in our groups we put ourselves in order of tallest to shortest – can you do this at home with your family or your favourite teddies?

    For music, we have started listening to rock music (Journey ‘Don’t Stop Believing’/ Genesis ‘I cant walk’ / Van Halen ‘Jump’) – playing drums and rocking along has been great fun! – send in any requests that they love at home!

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    Until we see each other on Monday, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • This week at Nursery

    Hi everyone!

    Our last week has been filled with exciting things we’ve done.  We will definitely doing some of these wonderful activities when we all get back to school.  Can’t wait!

    Until we see each other on Monday, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

     

  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

    Hello everyone!

    This week’s story is We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by  Michael Rosen.  It’s a  story that’s a firm favourite with most children and adults alike.   There are so many wonderful ways of adapting this story.  There are so many opportunities for language development that the sky and our imaginations are the limit.

    To support their mathematical language development focusing on the positional language used is important.  A very easy way of giving your child an opportunity to use it is to go on your own Bear/Lion/Dinosaur Hunt. It’s an activity you can do on a rainy day too, just go for a ‘walk’ around the house.

    Using different words to describe different textures outside supports their creative development.  This in turn gives your child experiences they can draw on when it comes time to do more formal writing of stories.

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt Map & Binoculars (with FREE Printable) - Buggy  and Buddy                                                                                        25+ Activities, Crafts, and Printables for We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    You could create a ‘story map’ of your journeys.  There are a lot of tales to be told using a map.  You could also make a pair of binoculars out of kitchen/toilet role.  Could you take a clipboard or something else to record what you see on your journey?

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt Activities - WeHaveKids - Family

    Could you make a Bear Cave?  You could make a list of things you will need to take with you on your bear hunt or things you might need in your cave.

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    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • Maths – Positional Language

    Hello Everyone,

    Positional language is all about the words we use.  Every day we give some positional language instruction, for instance, the car is in the garage, the cup is on the table.  Too often, rather than be specific, we say it’s ‘there’ or ‘over there’ and we point.   Our children do the same.  It’s important to be specific, precise in the language we use.  English is enough of a confusing language so we need to be accurate when we give positional language instructions!

    Bears on a Ladder - Prepositional Words to Expand Vocabulary - Days With Grey

    Go for a bear hunt. Use the words from the story to emphasise positional language words.  When you’re out on a walk get them to narrate what they’re doing …I’m on the tree stump, I crawled through the bushes, I’m getting into the bath…take turns and really emphasise those words.  Play a game with a teddy and give him instructions.  I use a spider and put him on my shoulder, over my head, next to my chair, etc.  Be sure though to always get your child to say the full sentence – over there does not count!  For instance- ‘Where’s the teddy?’ you ask.  Your child responds with “The teddy is under the sofa, behind the cushion”, etc.’  It’s really important to say the full sentence for their growning language skills to develop.

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • Mindful Monday – Plant a seed in our positive thought garden

    Hello everyone,

    This week we are planting some positive thoughts in our garden.  How wonderful it will be to watch them grow!  When we plant seeds they grow into plants.  Could we do the same with positive thinking?  What positive thought would you plant in your positivity garden?  Plants need water, sun and food (soil) to grow.  We look after our garden by making sure they have all the things they need to thrive.  How would you ‘tend’ your positive thought seedling?

    Find a stone and paint something on it to represent your positive thought.  Plant it in a pot or in the ground or leave it in a special place where you can see it where you can remember to give it all the things it will need to grow.  How will you tend a kindness thought?  Will you compliment someone or offer to make your bed?  How would you tend a ‘can do’ seedling?  Would you try to tackle a new challenge like riding your bike with only 2 wheels?  Or maybe you’d learn a new sound in phonics?   Can you feel that thought growning ‘inside’ you, does it feel good?  You could be very clever and plant real plants/bulbs to symbolise feelings.

    Here is a list of fun uplifting music that always puts a spring into my step.

    What words can you use to describe how it makes you feel?  Do they make you feel energetic, mellow, excited, sad, happy?  Which one is your favourite and why?  Make your own garden playlist; what would be on yours?

    Try these Mindfulness activities when you next go outside.

    1. Rub soil between your fingers
      Finely rub soil between your fingers and palms of your hands.  Do this several times.  Not only does it prepare your soil for planting seeds but it’s a very soothing activity.
    2. Think about your body
      When you’re outside digging a hole, pulling up weeds or just sitting and soaking up the sun, think about what muscles your using and the effect of this exercise on your body.
    3. Mindful eating
      Look at some recipes and think about how you might eat the food your growing.  Anticipation is half the fun.

     

    Try these yoga poses…how do they make you feel?

    Yoga for Kids: Garden Themed Yoga Complete With Printable Poster

    You may enjoy this music when practicing your yoga.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VlLCl50f3s

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    Love from the Nursery and Reception Teams xxx

  • This Week at Nursery

    Hi everyone!

    We may have only just come back from a week off but children have been super busy!

    Lots of number and sound work has been going on as well as the hard work that went on dribbling a ball lots of times.  Click below to see the great learning that’s been going on at home.

     

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

     

     

  • Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth

    Hello everyone!

    This week’s story is by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen, Jasper’s Beanstalk.  It’s a short story, but brilliant for discussing what a seed needs to grow.  We will be doing a lot of planting the rest of the term so find a seed, any seed (tomato seeds from your salad will do nicely) and plant it.  It won’t take long for it to germinate.  This is also a fabulous opportunity to reinforce their sequencing and ordering skills (this week’s maths blog has more information) with the days of the week.

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    Plants need light, water and food (soil) to grow.  Try an experiment and water some seeds but not others, keep one seed in a dark cupboard, water it but leave it without light.  Keep checking and keep a seed diary, note the day and what’s happened.  Your child could draw a picture of what they see and any changes that happen over time.

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    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/children/plant-seeds-with-kids.htm

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • Maths – Ordering Numbers

    Hello Everyone,

    We have been looking at numbers 1-10 and this week we will look at how to  put them in the right order and use those numbers practically.  Listen to our number songs.   The numbers are always in a certain order,  numbers get bigger when you count on to order them like in our number line or smaller if you  go backwards or count down like when a rocket is blasting off!

    Take a look at our number line again.  Think about the position of each number, which numbers are next to each other?  Understanding the relationship between numbers helps children to begin to understand a variety of maths skills and how they relate (think number bonds, and beyond).  What do you notice when you add 1 more to each number?  What do you notice when you take 1 away each time from a bigger number like 10 (and beyond)?   What other patterns can you find?

    Number Line, 1-10 | ClipArt ETC

    Go for a number ordering hunt. Use post its and randomly leave numbers around the house and in funny places like on your back, in the garden or the fridge.  Get them to order  numbers 1-10 (and beyond) and 10-1.  Could you do this outside and paint numbers on logs, chalk them on the ground to run/skip/hop to in order?  When you go out for a walk see if you can find numbers on number plates to order.   What do you notice when you look at house numbers on your street or in your block of flats?  Is there a pattern and does it always stay the same?  Get a bowl/bucket and fill it with pasta/rice/sand/compost, hide magnetic numbers in it and fish them out in order.  You could play the  same game in the bath.  Write numbers on your duplo bricks and make a tower counting up and one counting down .  Use things like measuring tapes, rulers, etc for them to use when building.  Record how long/tall/short/small is by writing those numbers.  Compare your measurements to other things.  Use that vocabulary to put those numbers into context.

    Write numbers 1-10 with your magic finger. Those numbers definitely, absolutely, unquestionably HAVE to go in this order (unless you’re counting backwards, but you know the point I’m making).   The way numbers ‘look’ is really important and getting as much exposure to this helps to develop those recognition skills, particularly as numbers get larger such as 12 and 21, the digits need to be in the right order.  Write those numbers in the pasta/rice/compost/bath suds you’ve been playing with.  Can you make the numbers in order with your body and fingers?

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

     

  • Mindful Monday – It’s Spring let Positivity Grow!

    Hello everyone,

    The days are getting longer and warmer and Spring is just around the corner.   The season of new growth is nearly upon us and it’s a wonderful opportunity for us all to spend more time outside.   Being outside has a very positive effect on our well – being.   Seeing new plants and blossoms appear is very uplifting and we will be focusing on planting and growth the rest of this term.

    Gardening cultivates the mind as much as it does the earth.  It’s a very good way of feeling calm and connected to your surroundings.  Go outside and close your eyes, take a deep breath in and listen,  feel the warmth of the day on your skin.  How does it feel?  What do you hear?  Describe how your surroundings smell.

    Listen to this music.  What words can you use to describe how it makes you feel?  Close your eyes.  Where does your imagination take you when you listen?  What images do you see with your eyes closed?

    Beautiful Relaxing Music Pachelbel Forest Garden

    Try these Mindfulness activities when you next go outside.

    1. Blowing on leaves
      Blow leaves off the palm of your hand. Do different leaves need a different breath to blow them off?
    2. Anchoring to sounds
      Listen for the subtle sounds of nature. It might be wind in the trees or the chirping of a bird.  How do these different sounds make you feel?  Do you feel differently when you’re in different places like the park or when you can hear traffic?
    3. Mindful eating
      Plant something in a pot that you will be able to eat. How does it feel when you are putting seeds into soil?  How do you feel thinking about your plant growing?

     

    Listen to the music again and practise these yoga positions.

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    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    Love from the Nursery and Reception Teams xxx

  • Phonics Fun – Recap th and ng

    Hello everyone,

    It’s Friday and you’ve worked so hard this half term! Give yourselves some much earned pats on the back and do the cookin’ dance!  Pick your favourite games to practise the th and ng sounds and any other sounds you’d like to choose.  Use this opportunity to see which sounds your child really understands.  We will be going over these sounds again as this is only an introduction to Phonics.  In the new half term we will be starting with different sounds (not digraphs!).

    Some suggested activities:

    Play ISpy with a variety of sounds.  What can you think of?

    Play a guessing game and describe your th or ng object for someone to guess.

    Play Metal Mike with any of our sounds.

    Choose some rhyming games.

    Play One of these Things with our sounds. Choose rhyming words to find.

    Write your name or any letters in the ice or snow.

    Please look at the videos again for either inspiration or clarity.  Any questions, please email.  There is no right way or wrong way to recap our sounds.  Don’t worry if they’re finding this challenging, they are building up their experiences (as are you) and may simply not be ready for this yet.  This is an introduction to the sounds.  Children are expected to have an awareness of sounds and are beginning to make connections with letters.   Persevere, keep dipping in and out of the activities and remember to have fun!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

  • This week at Nursery

    Hi everyone!

    Some super duper learning has been going on this week for sure!  It’s the half-term and you must all be very tired from all that learning.  Rest up, there’s lots more learning  when we get back.  I’ve linked  a song for Chinese New Year which we play every year in class.  It’s got a lovely, soothing melody which is perfect to start a new year with.

    Gung Hei Fatt Choy -Sing Happy New Year

    Look forward to your break, enjoy and keep up the amazing learning Nursery!!  You are all super stars!!

    Click below to see the photos…

     

  • Phonics Fun – Full Circle th and ng

    Hello everyone,

    Today’s new game will be tricky for nursery children to fully play along with.  It’s a game for ‘future’ use, particularly when children begin to segment words for writing.  It’s useful to listen for the sounds, and in this way, join in.    The game supports writing skills by helping the child to hear and see  how changing one sound can change an entire word and its meaning.

    Writing –  A chalkboard or whiteboard are ideal but garden paving slabs are the next best for this particular game.  It’s important that they see the changes in the words.  Another reason that a chalkboard or whiteboard are ideal is because if you make a mistake, it’s easily sorted!

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    Full Circle

    How to play-  Write all the sounds in the first word given.  Change one sound to make the new word.  When you write your original word you shout out Full Circle! It’s a simple game but very effective.

    A few tips –  If your child would like to write the first sound of the word, that would be amazing.  Rather than writing the sounds down, could you sound them out and your child guesses the word?  Could you say the word and your child sounds it out?

    Modify to make things work for you.  Dip in and out of the games adding to your repertoire.   If it’s fun your child will want to play again and again!  Any questions about the pronunciation please check the Jolly Phonics and Oxford Owl sites or email.   https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/

    Have fun and enjoy!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

  • Lanterns and Firecrackers by Jonny Zucker

    Hello everyone!

    This week’s story is about Chinese New Year.  It’s a short story, giving the children a sense of the celebration.  Please check on the Whole School Blog to see two videos made by a very good friend of mine who was happy to share her experiences with the children.   It’s always been a great pleasure to celebrate with her and her family and hope you enjoy.

    https://f.io/WW6x3TPY

    Here is a link to some activities and below is the story of The Great Race and explains why years are named after animals.

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • Wild Wednesday – Obstacle Course – th and ng

    Hello everyone,

    Wild Wednesday  is here once again and we are on an obstacle course!  Keeping ourselves fit and healthy really helps our brains to work at their optimum.   Think of your what you can design to make your obstacle course as easy or as tricky as you like.  You may want to build your confidence by starting out with one sound and building up to as many different sounds as you can find.  Gather your toys from earlier this week for the th sound in thumb,  and the ng sound in sting.  It’s a cold one today so really wrap up warm for our fun phonic adventure!

    Writing – Today we’ve used a clipboard to write with.  Children really enjoy using things that they’ve seen an adult using; makes them feel so grown up.  They’re simple to make if you don’t have one.  A piece of thick card/cardboard any size, some paper approximately the same size, a clothes peg/bulldog clip to attach it with and something to write with.  Focus on the individual letters/digraph recognition rather than whole word writing or focus on writing any of the letters they’d like, writing their names or thinking of other names/words with these sounds.

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    How to play- Design and build an obstacle course indoors or outdoors.  Whatever your climbing, balancing, stretching, hopping, slithering experince is, build it to the level you’re comfortable with.   You could build tunnels indoors by hanging a big cloth over some chairs or balancing cushions  or piling them on top of each other to crawl over.  Scrambling over logs in the woods is also a good choice.  You could leap across puddles or balance along pavement stones.  Your imagination is the limit (and what your grown-up says is ok to do).  As I know there are some daredevils out there – be sensible please!  Arrange however many objects you have around your ‘equipment’ and go!  Could you set yourself a timer and see what your personal best is?  Challenge yourself to find different sounds too,

    A few tips –  If you can make some clipboards of varying sizes, the bigger and smaller the better,  fantastic.   If you have pens and pencils that match the sizes, even better.  Keep them in a ‘writing’  bag with some other mark making tools and you have a bag at the ready to go where ever you do!  Children love things of different sizes.  It taps into their imagination and allows them yet another opportunity to role-play.  They could be Jack using the Giant’s clipboard or a Giant using a child’s clipboard.

    Another interesting and a fantastic opportunity to talk about the crazy oddities in our language.   The ng and nk sound in pink.  It’s tricky and I am a frequent visitor to Oxford Owl, Jolly Phonics and a lot of other sites.  Persevere and if you’re finding it doesn’t always make sense, know you’re not alone!!

    As always multiple views please, you’ll notice different things each time.  Also, use lower case when writing please.   If they’re really not hearing the sounds or continue to mispronounce it’s still a matter of repeating, drip feeding and saturating them with the correct sound.  Use every opportunity to model how you want them to say it.

    Have fun and enjoy!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care, stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

  • Phonics Fun – I’ve got a word… ng

    Hello everyone,

    Another new game!  Today’s new sound is the ng sound.   Introducing the ng digraph can be a tricky one for children to hear.  They often don’t reproduce the sound clearly,  may make a long ‘n’  sound instead.  Make sure that you are very clear in your pronounciation and model whenever possible.

    This sound is very subtle,  it is barely distinguishable from the nk sound as in pink (can you hear the ng sound in that word?).   Confusing?  The English language is such a hodge podge of other languages that our sounds and spelling really make very little sense at times! I have been teaching children how to read for nearly 30 years and I continually question. check and investigate if I’m doing it the ‘right’ way.  Do not tie yourselves up in knots, that’s my job!  Do the best you can.  If you hear that sound, you’re probably right!  At the very least it makes for an interesting discussion with your child.  Again, it provides an opportunity for you to see how much they really understand.  I bet they’ll surprise you, they don’t see things in black and white the way adults do.  I have never been disappointed by the insight 3 and 4 year olds can bring to discussions.

    Writing –  Remember children are not expected to do formal writing until Reception anytime they pick up a pencil/chalk, etc is a bonus at this age and stage of development.  Making the process fun will encourage any reluctant mark makers.  Try taping or gluing some feathers or glitter to the end of pencils, markers, chalks, etc.  Threading little christmas bells on the end of pencils is fun and the tinkling sound encourages children to mark make even more!

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    I’ve got a word 

    How to play-  A rhyming game to introduce the ng sound and support their rhyming skills.  Think of a rhyming word that will match one of the objects you’ve collected.  Hopefully, rhyming is improving.  These skills might not be ‘apparant’ when they’re playing the game but children might be using some rhyme at other times of the day.  Find things that have the ng sound, probably things with that sound at the end sound of the word.   Anything you have that fills the criteria is perfect.  Suggested items  – ring,  tongue, finger, fang, string,  wing (Christmas fairy, toy,) tong (BBQ), ping-pong balls.  Name each of the objects, making sure that your child knows what it is and can identify and pronounce the sound.  Say a word which rhymes with one of the objects you have and see if they can find something that rhymes.

    A few tips –  If you notice that your little one is confusing this sound with another it’s a perfect opportunity for you to give them the practice to discriminate between some very subtle pronounciations.  It’s a fun sound for children to make as you can pretend to be a Circus strongman or woman!  Over emphasising the sound really helps to heighten their awareness.

    Modify to make things work for you, use what you’ve got in the house, don’t feel obliged to buy resources.  Dip in and out of the games adding to your repertoire.   If it’s fun your child will want to play again and again!  Any questions about the pronunciation please check the Jolly Phonics and Oxford Owl sites or email.   https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/

    Have fun and enjoy!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

  • Chinese lanterns

    Hello Nursery

    This week many people will celebrate the start of Chinese New Year also known as the Lunar New Year. This festival is the most important celebration in China and signals the beginning of Spring, and the start of a new Year. Chinese New Year celebrations can last for up to 15 days, the end of the festival is celebrated with the Lantern Festival. The lantern is the main focus of attention of the celebration as it sybolizes the wish for a bright future. Many lanterns are red which is a symbol of happiness and gold which is a symbol of wealth.

    Can you make your own Chinese lantern? We made some yesterday in Nursery and they look amazing hanging in the home corner. The children needed a bit of help getting started but really enjoyed helping to draw the lines with a ruler, cutting along the lines and choosing how they wanted to decorate them. We used tissue paper, gold stickers, glitter and scraps of shiny foil to decorate the card lanterns.

    Step 1.  Decorate an A4 piece of card or paper. Draw, paint, sticker, sprinkle glitter, stamp, whatever you fancy.

    Step 2.  Fold the piece of card in half, lengthways. Use a pair of scissors to cut lines along the fold. It helped us to draw the lines on the card to follow and a line so the children know when to stop cutting. Its not essential to be perfectly spaced out or straight, so encourage them to have a go with the scissors.

    Step 3. Then you need to open out your card, and roll your lantern up so that the two shorter sides meet. You can use a stapler or sticky tape to fix them together.

    Step 4. Add a handle on the top so you can hang up your lantern, you could use a strip of card or some ribbon. A little battery operated tea light would look lovely inside if you wanted to put it on a table on display.

    Happy crafting Nursery x

  • Phonics Fun – Ring game – th

    Hello everyone,

    A new week and another new game!  We’re looking at a brand new sound too, the th sound.   Introducing the th digraph can be a tricky one for children to hear.  They often don’t reproduce the sound clearly, it may sound like a ‘t’ or a ‘f’ sound instead.  Make sure that you are very clear in your pronounciation and model whenever possible.  This is another game to help distinguish one sound from others.  If you notice that your little one is confusing this sound with another it’s a perfect opportunity for you to give them the practice to discriminate between some very subtle pronounciations.  It’s a fun sound for children to make as it’s the only time you’re allowed to stick your tongue out at school!  Over emphasising the sound really helps to heighten their awareness.

    Writing –  Hopefully there’s plenty of snow around for them to practise their writing.  If not, pretend and get that cheap, cheap, cheap shaving foam (70p from a large local supermarket but there’s probably cheaper out there!) and let them make circles, lines, shapes, and of course letters in the foam.  It’s excellent as a fine motor activity and will really strengthen those writing muscles.  Children are not expected to do formal writing until Reception anytime they pick up a pencil/chalk, etc is a bonus at this age and stage of development.

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    The Ring Game

    How to play- Hula hoops are ideal but a piece of long string cut in two will do nicely.  Make two circles from the string and you can put the digraphs that you’re looking for into the circle to make it clear which sound they’re looking for.  Find things that have the initial sound, then medial (middle) sound and  finally, the end sound of the word.   Anything you have that fills the criteria is perfect, if you’re sticking your tongue out when you say the word, it works.   Remember this sound is very subtle,  you may be making only a very  quiet th sound as in feather.   Suggested items  – thimble, feather, thumb,  something thick,  something thin, three, throat, cloth, teeth.  Name each of the objects, making sure that your child knows what it is and can identify and pronounce the sound.  Lay out the items you’ve gathered so that your child can clearly see them.  Making the sound you’d like them to find, ask your child to choose something with that sound.  Put that sound in the correct ring.

    A few tips –  view it a few times, you’ll notice different things each time.  This is kind of sorting also supports them mathematical development so you can use this in a variety of ways.  Modify to make things work for you, use what you’ve got in the house, don’t feel obliged to buy resources.  Dip in and out of the games adding to your repertoire.   If it’s fun your child will want to play again and again!  Any questions about the pronunciation please check the Jolly Phonics and Oxford Owl sites or email.   https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/

    Have fun and enjoy!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

  • Mindful Monday

    Hello everyone,

    A good night sleep is so important not only for our physical health but our mental health too!

    • When we get the right amount of sleep it means that we can learn better (use our noggins), we can remember things easier, we can sit and listen better AND we’re not so grumpy so our behaviour is better too, which makes all of us happier including our grown ups!

     

    Below are some sleepy activities for you…

    • A relaxing bath

    Why not have a nice relaxing bath just before bedtime.  Use your favourite bubbles and if your grown up has time ask them to read you a little story in the bath whilst you relax among the bubbles!

    If you have any worries the bubbles will help you wash them off – you don’t have to scrub to get your worries off, worries wash off very easily.  Then when you finish your bath watch your worries disappear down the plug hole “bye, bye, worries”!

    Maybe your grown up could pop your pyjamas on the radiator before you have your bath and when you put them on after they’ll be all warm and cosy!

    • Make a lavender eye bag

    Here are some websites with instructions on how to make an eye pillow – you will need a grown up to help you with this activity.

    https://artfulparent.com/make-lavender-eye-pillows-with-glue-batik-art/

    https://mosaickidsyoga.com/diy-no-sew-eye-pillows/

    How to Make a Lavender Eye Pillow

    Once you have made your eye pillow you can just lay down pop it over your eyes and relax, see how lovely it smells!

    Worries or Bad Dreams?

    Let’s talk about worries first!

    Worries

    If you have a worry  that may be stopping you from getting to sleep you can:

    • make a worry doll – have a look at Mrs Hill’s nursery art blog from last week where she shows us how to make our very own worry doll or even a worry doll family!
    • wash your worry away – as I mentioned earlier you can gently wash your worry away in your bubbly bath and then at the end of your bath when you pull the plug out you can watch them go down the plug hole.
    • write your worry down or tell a grown up – this really does help, when you share your worry it starts to disappear!
    • Good Night Worries activity sheet – try the activity below.

     

    Bad Dreams

    Did you know dreams are just like a film or a picture that our brains are playing while we are sleeping.  Sometimes you may find that one is a bit scary but remember they are not real and did not happen in real life. Remember that most of the dreams that you have will be sweet dreams and if you do have a bad dream your grown ups are always there to comfort you and reassure you that you are safe and that you can go back to sleep knowing that everything is okay.

    • When my little boy had a bad dream we made a dream catcher here are some dream catcher ideas for you to make too…
    • How about making a dream jar, write or draw things that you would like to dream about and put them in your own special jar, click on the link below to find out how to make one and what sort of things you can put into it.

    https://confidencemeetsparenting.com/gooddreamsdream-jar/

     

    Bedtime Routine

    Maybe you could sit down with your grown up and design your own bedtime routine?  See below for an example.  You might want to include your mindful minute (see last Mindful Mondays blog), some bedtime yoga and a mindful story into your bedtime routine.

    Bedtime Yoga

    Below are 3 Bedtime Cosmic Kids Yoga stories to choose from.

    Tommy the Bedtime Turtle (for a good Bedtime Routine)

    Twilight the Unicorn of Dreams (for having lovely dreams)

    Fernando the Silver Fox (about not being scared of the dark)

    Bedtime Affirmations

    When you’re safely tucked up in bed how about repeating one of these bedtime affirmations to yourself as you go off to sleep.  They help to relax you and help you to remember all the positive things that you have achieved that day.

    Bedtime relaxing breath

    Try some deep belly breathing, you can practice this when lying in your bed.  You could even pop one of your cuddly toys (a breathing buddy) on your belly whilst you do it, as you breathe in watch your toy go up and as you breath out watch it go down.  Watch the clip below to help you.





    Mindful Bedtime Story

    As this week is all about a peaceful night sleep why don’t you choose one of your favourite books and ask your grown up to read it to you whilst you snuggle in your bed with your eyes gently closed?  As your grown up reads you the story you can use your imagination to make pictures of the story in your head as you slowly drift off to sleep…..

     

     

    Note to grown ups:  Please check out these really useful websites below for any advice on healthy sleeping tips for your children.

    https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/healthy-sleep-tips-for-children/

    https://biglifejournal-uk.co.uk/blogs/blog/positive-bedtime-routine-kids

    Have pleasant dreams everyone,

    Namaste,

    Love from the Nursery and Reception Teams xxx

  • This week at nursery and home

    Hello Nursery!

    What a fun week we’ve had – and we were so happy to get back in the classroom on Tuesday! We hope you’ve had a lovely week too and enjoyed some of the milder weather?

    We have been busy making our worry dolls – do you like the picture of some of them? We have reading about Winter and practicing our phonics sound – we turned it into a game where we had to cross the river and decide if they were ‘ch’ or ‘sh’ sounds and those that weren’t got put back in the river! We have enjoyed the milder weather getting outside to play – we loved getting back onto the bikes and playing with water and bubbles – we cleaned the dinosaurs outside!

    Please click on the link below to see some fantastic pictures of what we have been up to this week. This-week-at-nursery-0402-2.pdf (43 downloads)

    Our Dinosaurs escaped!!!

    On Thursday am Nursery were told that some dinosaurs had escaped from the classroom! Oh No!! We had to put our green suits and wellies on to go find them as  Mrs Mitzman had heard a rumour from Stuart ( The dinosaur who lives in her shed in the Woods at school ) that they decided to visit him. So we went up into the woods to find them – Luckily we found all 9!! Did you know that 9 was our number of the week?!? It was very lucky that we had been practicing how to count up to 9 this week!

    Please click here to see the pictures from our adventures and there are two picture puzzles for you too! Dinosaur-wander-in-the-woods.pdf (32 downloads)

    Please keep sending in emails and pictures about what you are up to at home – we love hearing about what you are up to!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    The Nursery Team

  • Phonics Fun – Recap sh, ch

    Hello everyone,

    It’s Friday! Pick your favourite games to practise the sh and ch sounds and choose some you don’t feel so confident with.  Playing the games frequently really helps to cement that learning.  Use this opportunity to see if your child really understands  the sh and  ch sounds.  Let your children be your guides (and everyone else’s schedules too), mix and match games/sounds seeing if they can apply their knowledge in different contexts.  Most of the games are designed to be able to play anywhere and are easily adapatable.

    Some suggested activities:

    Play ISpy with sh and ch sounds.  What can you think of?

    Play a guessing game and describe your sh or ch object for someone to guess.

    Play Metal Mike with last weeks sounds.  Choose rhyming words to giveMike and change the game.

    Play One of these Things with last weeks sounds. Choose rhyming words to find.

    Write your name or any letters in the window condensation or in the bubbles in your bath.

    Please look at the videos again for either inspiration or clarity.  Any questions, please email.  There is no right way or wrong way to recap our sounds.  Don’t worry if they’re finding this challenging, they are building up their experiences (as are you) and may simply not be ready for this yet.  This is an introduction to the sounds.  Children are expected to have an awareness of sounds and are beginning to make connections with letters.   Persevere, keep dipping in and out of the activities and remember to have fun!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

  • Phonics Fun – Metal Mike sh and ch

    Hello everyone,

    A new game to play and a new member of the phonics team!  Meet Metal Mike.   This is a game which is very adaptable, so please, feel free to adapt.   It’s particularly useful game to support your child in listening out for all the different sounds in words, helping them with the building blocks for reading and writing.  You might find ‘robot  talk’ a bit challenging (it’s taken me years to perfect and I still get muddled), again adapt it and make it work for you.   Focus on the  sounds in the words NOT the spelling (sugar, special, chute, ocean, quiche, chef).   Spelling patterns are taught much later on as children’s understanding and experiences with language mature.

    Writing:  Use bottle tops with letters and digraphs written on them.  It is surprising how quickly you can accumulate bootle tops.   Save these and use them for a variety of writing experiences.  For example,  use them to write your child’s name or put them in a bag/bowl, etc and ask them to pull out the sound you’ve modelled.  It’s a great sensory experience, if you have a paper shredder use that to hide bottle tops in for them to find.  Mess Warning:  paper will go everywhere but that can get turned into a game too.  Who can find the most bits of paper the fastest?!

    Metal Mike

    https://f.io/n4xtDeoC

    How to play- Find things that have the sounds ‘sh’ and ‘ch’.  Anything you have that fits the criteria and remembering it’s the sound you need to listen out for not the spelling.   Suggested items  – shirt, shoe, something shiny, toy sheep,  squash (as in drink, vegetable or flattening something), fish, dish, tissue, sugar, chef’s hat (remember it’s the sound you’re listening for not the spelling), chicken, cheese, ketchup, chain, wrench, bench.    You can also gather a few items which haven’t got the sh sound so that children can discriminate between them, and, of coourse, it’s another way of playing the game.   Try to speak ‘Robot Talk’ (persevere, the mistakes are half the fun and your child will happily correct you, they can speak ‘robot talk’ really well!) but it really makes no difference.  Ask your child if they can find the object that’s been sounded out.  YAs always, take your lead from them.  There are so many different ways to play this game that the sky’s the limit.  Please adapt as you like.

    A few tips –  I made my Metal Mike from a box, scissors, glue or sellotape, bottle tops, aluminum foil and a small string of Christmas lights that were past their best.  It took about 10 minutes to construct but the glue took ages to dry!  I asked an adult in my household (other than myself) to cut the cardboard; even grown ups need help with scissors!  View it a few times, you’ll notice different things each time.  Make things work for you, use what you’ve got in the house.  The resources you see in the videos are from my children’s toy collection and what I’ve gathered over the years.  It’s surprising what you can find around the house when you can’t go to the shops!  Dip in and out of the games adding to your repertoire.  Change the game to include initial sounds we’ve used so far or use rhyming objects.  If it’s fun your child will want to play again and again!  Any questions about the pronunciation please check the Jolly Phonics and Oxford Owl sites or email.   https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/

    Have fun and enjoy!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

     

  • A Musical Wednesday with a Latin Feel!

    Hello Children,

    Today’s music has been brought to you from a country called Mexico!

    Santana is a band formed by a man called Carlos Santana, a fantastic guitarist.  Carlos was born in Mexico which is in North America.  The band Santana created a new type of music which mixed some blues (remember last weeks Johnny Lee Hooker), along with a bit of rock and Latin american jazz,  a sound, which to be honest, you just can’t help but dance too!

    Flag of Mexico - Wikipedia

    This is the flag of Mexico, people who live in Mexico are known as Mexicans and speak mostly Spanish.

    Have a listen to Santana below live in concert, the song is called Oye Como Va (Spanish for Hey How’s it Going)!  Feel free to dance, clap or sing along, get out your instruments and pretend your part of Santana!  What instruments can you hear and what instruments can you see, there are quite a few, how many could you name?





    Santana – Oye Como Va (Live)

    Until next time music fans keep rockin’!

    Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence xxx

  • Phonics Fun – Wild Wednesday sh and ch

    Hello everyone,

    Wild Wednesday has come around quickly!  We’re going on a sound hunt in the playground today; can you find the sounds we’ve been learning?  Grab the toys from earlier this week for the sh sound like shirt,  and the ch sound like in chicken.  Grab those coats and to get outside for our fun phonic adventure!

    Writing – Today we’ve used chalk to write with but you can use anything – the dirt,  branches, sticks or stones to form the shapes of the letters or maybe you have a clipboard you could use.  Focus on the digraphs rather than whole word writing or focus on writing any of the letters they’d like, writing their names, thinking of other names/words with these sounds?

    https://f.io/n4xt/DeoC

    How to play- Display the objects around a large space where you have some room to write.  Ask your child to sort the objects into the two categories.  You could support by offering clues like ‘you put it on your feet’ or ‘it is sparkly’, or sound out the words b-r-u-sh, ch-i-ll-i.  You can extend their learning by asking them to make a  list of things.  Another way to play is to sound out the whole word for them to find, for instance s-qu-a-sh.

    A few tipsAn interesting and a fantastic opportunity to talk about the crazy oddities in our language is the ch sound in the name Charlotte, for instance or the sh sound in sugar.  English is not a phonetic language. The easiest way children understand this is to say that ‘the letters are trying to trick you, don’t let them trick you!’  (saying this in a funny voice helps). This turns it into a challenge and a game and prepares them for the ‘tricky words’ (was, go, to, etc) they will come across when formal teaching of reading begins. The English language has had so many influences it’s hard for adults to understand all the rules and the thousands of exceptions, let alone children.  

    As always multiple views please, you’ll notice different things each time.  Use lower case when writing please.   If they’re really not hearing the sounds or continue to mispronounce it’s a matter of repeating, drip feeding and saturating them with the correct sound.  Use every opportunity to model how you want them to say it.

    Have fun and enjoy!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care, stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

  • Maths -Number 9

    Hello Everyone,

    This week we will look at number 9. We can start with singing our number songs. Where is number nine in the number line? Which numbers is it in between? Is it a big or little number? How many different ways can you find to make 9 with your fingers?

    Number Line, 1-10 | ClipArt ETC

    Is it a big number or a little one? Which numbers does it sit between?

    Go for a number nine hunt when you go out for a walk. How many different number 9’s can you find? How many different things can you find of 9? Can you find 9 spoons or 9 forks in your kitchen? Can you do 9 claps? What about 9 foot stomps? Is there someone in your family that has the number 9 in their birthday? Maybe it’s the day, month or year they were born or perhaps it’s how old they are. Is your sister or brother 9 years old? Write and let us know please!

    Write 9 with your magic finger. It goes round like a circle and down – an easy rhyme to say while having a go is ‘a loop and then a line, that’s the way we make nine’.  Write it in the air, on your elbow, on your knee, foot, arm.

    Some activities…

     

    Number-9-activities.pdf (21 downloads)

     

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.
    Take care, stay safe,
    The Nursery Team

     

  • Worry dolls

    Hello Nursery,

    This week on our Mindfull Monday blog, Mrs Mitzman gave us lots of ideas on how we can find ways to be happy and calm. I hope you have fun trying out some of the activities. It is really important to know that everyone including your grown ups can have grumpy, sad and worried days too. All of our emotions and feelings are normal and all of this extra time at home has been wonderfull in lots of ways but also tricky at times too. You may be confused, sad or even angry sometimes about why you can’t see your friends or family or come to school like you used too. Talking to your grown ups will help you to understand it better or having a cuddle with a favourite toy or blanket might help. When my daughter was younger she had some little dolls in a bag called worry warriors, she used to put them under her pillow and they really helped her to get off to sleep when she was feeling scared or sad. They looked just like these….

    According to the legend, Guatemalan children tell one worry to each doll and when they go to bed at night they would place the dolls under their pillow. In the morning, the dolls have taken all worries away.  If you are feeling crafty you could have a go at making your own worry dolls. You could use lolly sticks, twigs or pegs and use your fiddly fingers to wrap the wool, ribbon or thread around them. Here are some examples to get you thinking about what you have at home to use to make your worry dolls…..

    I hope you enjoy making them and they help you to loose any worries you may have

    Take care

    love Mrs Hill and all the Nursery teachers x

  • Weekly PE Challenge – Wall Ball

    Hi everyone,

    This week’s PE challenge to keep us all fit and healthy is the Wall Ball.    This physical challenge for the children, is to see how many times they can catch a ball.  Don’t forget to record your results and send them in to us!

    It really is a challenge to catch a ball at this age so please modify the rules so that your child can have fun with it.  You could use a much larger ball, for instance to help them catch, swapping to smaller sized ones as they become more confident.  You could also roll the ball to each other or against a wall and see how fast you can go.  I bet you could really build up your speed!

        Wall Ball

    https://www.youthsporttrust.org/sites/default/files/Catch%20and%20Clap.pdf

    The best way to keep a record would be to use a tally sheet.  Make a line for each time you do something and then count them all up and record the final number.  If you really wanted to be fancy every time you reach five you could put a line through the group.  See the illustrations.  Children can use this with everything they do.  If you could make a ‘clipboard’ that adds to the fun!

    Tally Marks Picture - Free Math Photos & Images                                           Tally charts explained for primary-school parents | Reading a tally chart | Collecting data on a tally chart | TheSchoolRun

    Let us know how many you achieve each day then see how many you’ve done over the whole week.  Good luck!  Ready, Steady, Go!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care, stay safe, 

  • Phonics Fun – The Phonics Bus ch

    Hello everyone,

    Another ride on the Phonics Bus!  Go get the things you need for the ch sound.   Introducing the ch digraph can be a tricky one for children to hear.  They often confuse it with the tr sound as in train.  Tree can often turn into chree.  Make sure that you are very clear in your pronounciation and model whenever they use words with that sound.

    This is also a great game to see how well things are embedding.  As always, see what objects your child collects and how much help you’re giving.   All it takes is practise!

    Writing –  Still not eager to do any mark making?  Try writing in lentils.  It’s a wonderful sensory experience and one that was recommended by someone in nursery, saying how well it works with her reluctant writer.  Pasta shapes work well too.  ‘Scribbling’ is an early form of writing and how children practice key movements such as the circles which helps when writing letters like a and c or lines they need to form to make letters like t or x.   It’s also building up important muscles that they will need to use to form letters.  It’s really important to value and encourage this step in their development.

    https://f.io/n4xtDeoC

    Phonics Bus

    How to play- Any toy vehicle will do.  You could use a cereal/tissue box and decorate it to look like a bus.  Find things that have the initial sound of the digraph ch anything you have that fills the criteria is perfect.  You can extend this to include words which have the sound at the end or middle of the word.  Remember it’s the sound you need to listen out for not the spelling.  Suggested items  – checker, chick, chicken, cheese, chilli, cherry, cheetah,  chain, lunchbox, matches, kitchen, witch, wrench, bench, patch .  Remember to name each of the objects, making sure that your child knows what it is and can identify and pronounce the sound.  Lay out the items you’ve gathered so that your child can clearly see them.  Making the sound you’d like them to find, ask your child to choose something with that beginning sound.  Put that sound ‘passenger’ on the bus.  Say the little rhyme with the children.  Phonics bus, phonics bus, who’s/what’s coming for a ride on/in the phonics bus?!  

    A few tips –  view it a few times, you’ll notice different things each time.  Modify to make things work for you, use what you’ve got in the house, don’t feel obliged to buy resources.  Dip in and out of the games adding to your repertoire.   If it’s fun your child will want to play again and again!  Any questions about the pronunciation please check the Jolly Phonics and Oxford Owl sites or email.   https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/

    Have fun and enjoy!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

  • Phonics Fun – What’s in the Bag – Sh

    Hello everyone,

    We’re playing What’s in the Bag again.  I hope you had fun playing it last week and remember the tune to sing.  Today’s sound is the sh sound.  Remember to name each of the objects you collect, making sure that your child knows what it is and can identify and pronounce the sound.  It’s a tricky sound for children to say.

    Try writing this sound in shaving foam.  It’s a great sensory experience, smells nice and leaves their hands squeeky clean, once they’ve washed off the shaving foam.  Use a tray or the bath/sink, spray a sploge in and they will play for hours.  You could add some food colouring (it will stain them a bit too) or sparkles to jazz it up.

    What’s in the Bag

    https://f.io/n4xtDeoC

    How to play- Find things that have the sound ‘sh’, you’ll notice that in squash the sound is the second sound in the word.  Anything you have that fits the criteria and remembering it’s the sound you need to listen out for not the spelling.  You can either do this with your child or you can ‘surprise’ them and they have to guess the game.   Suggested items  – shirt, shoe, something shiny, toy sheep,  squash (as in drink, vegetable or flattening something), fish, dish, tissue, sugar, chef’s hat (remember it’s the sound you’re listening for not the spelling).    You can also gather a few items which haven’t got the sh sound so that children can discriminate and it’s another way of playing the game.   Sing the song   What’s in the Bag?  What’s in the Bag?  Let’s see, let’s see, what’s in the bag?  Begin to pull something out of the bag.  Ask your child what the object is and what beginning sound it has.  Alternatively, ask  them if it’s got the sound we’re looking for.  You can change the activities to use other sounds  to extend their learning or you could sound out the whole word for them to find and siblings can play too.  As always, take your lead from them.  There are so many different ways to play this game that the sky’s the limit.  Please adapt as you like.

    A few tips –  view it a few times, you’ll notice different things each time.  Make things work for you, use what you’ve got in the house, don’t feel obliged to buy resources.  Dip in and out of the games adding to your repertoire.  Change the game to include initial sounds we’ve used so far or use rhyming objects.  If it’s fun your child will want to play again and again!  Any questions about the pronunciation please check the Jolly Phonics and Oxford Owl sites or email.   https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/

    Have fun and enjoy!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    The Nursery & Reception Team

     

  • Mindful Monday

    Merry Hill’s EYFS team presents a very special

    Mindful Monday!

    for

    Children’s Mental Health Week

    1-7 February 2021

     

    It’s a very special week this week as Merry Hill is very proudly supporting Children’s Mental Health Week along with Place2Be.

    Place2be is a charity providing mental health counselling support and training to schools to improve the emotional well being of pupils, families, teachers and staff.

    Expressing yourself means doing activities that make YOU feel good!

    Please watch this short clip of Place2be telling you all about this years theme…

    Express Yourself with Place2be

    This Mindful Monday is jam packed with ideas for you and your families, so over this next week why don’t you try expressing yourself in these fun and exciting ways! 

    Ok lets get cracking…..

    Activities

    Art

    Why not take your art outside?  Here are two amazing artists who work with all natural materials just like we do in Mini Explorers.  Have a look at the clips below for some inspiring ideas from Andy Goldsworthy and have a look at James Brunt’s website for some more beautiful ideas!

    Andy Goldsworthy Art

    Go Outside Week Andy Goldsworthy Land Art

    http://www.jamesbruntartist.co.uk/

    Always make sure you are in a safe outdoor space and that you are with your grown ups!

    Music

    Create your own happy play list.

    Do you have songs that make you sing, dance and give you those happy feelings!  When we put on our happy tunes they can change our mood instantly!

    Why don’t you become your own DJ and create your own happy hits play list?  You can use the pdf below or design your own.  If you have a tablet you could download your songs and anytime you need a bit of a boost or a lift you can just play your special play list for those instant happy vibes!!

    I decided to ask all the staff at Merry Hill what songs make them feel happy?  So if you want to see who dances around their kitchen to Justin Timberlake, who wants to ‘Dance with Somebody’ like Whitney Houston or what member of staff does Pharrell Williams make ‘Happy’ just take a look at the PDF below.

    Dance and Drama

    • Dance

    Have a listen to Giraffes Can’t Dance read by Mrs Howe.  Nobody tells a story quite like our very own Mrs Howe and she has very kindly agreed to read it to us here on our Mindful Monday blog.  Thank you so much Mrs Howe!

    https://f.io/WW6x3TPY          Giraffe Can’t Dance read by Mrs Howe

    Gerald loves expressing himself in his own unique way through his own special dancing and now it’s your turn, play a song, get dancing and enjoy yourself!!

    • Drama

    How about making some puppets and perform a puppet show?  You could write your own play or you could perform a story like the 3 Little Pigs or Goldilocks and the Three Bears?

    You can make your puppets out of old socks, spoons, old pieces of material, lollypop sticks or even old gloves or washing up gloves.

    Writing and Poetry

    • Writing

    How about using story stones?  You could pick 5 stones and then write a story using those 5 stones.  Please go to the website below for details on how to make your very own story stones.

    https://happyhooligans.ca/story-stones/

    Or, you could write a positive letter to yourself.  Here is an example of a positive letter.

    Dear Me,

    Do you know my handwriting is getting better every day.  I also got dressed all by myself and remembered to brush my teeth.  I really like you nose, without you I would not be able to smell the yummy strawberries I had for my snack today, thank you.

    Today I am feeling……….(proud/happy/excited)…………………………………..

    Love Me

    • Poetry

    I love poetry I used to write poems when I was much younger, I like funny poems because I like to make people laugh.  It makes me happy seeing people laughing and smiling.  I wrote a poem for all my Mini Explorers (yes that’s you) so if you would like to read it, click on the link below and I hope it makes you smile too!

    Film and Photography

    • Photography

    Do you have a happy place?  A happy place is a memory, situation or an activity that makes you feel happy.  It could be a photo of a beach or you riding a pony, it could be you sitting having a special dinner with your family or a photograph of you and your friends at a birthday party.  If you feel worried, sad, lonely or angry sit and picture in your head your happy place, maybe you could make a happy place book and stick all your photo’s in there?

    Here are some of the Early Years teachers happy places, have a look at them on the pdf below.

    • Film

    How about having a movie night with a difference?  A movie where you are the star, make a short movie on a tablet or phone and then watch it back with your family.  You could pretend you’re at the cinema, get some popcorn, a drink and enjoy!  Perhaps you could even give out your very own Oscars for best actor, director etc.

    As always I’m going to finish with a little bit of yoga and some quiet time…

    Yoga

    This is a special yoga pose called Cactus click below to give it a try…

    Cactus pose is really great because it helps you with your self-expression and creativity.  I do it all the time when the creative part of my brain needs a little help .  Doing this pose makes me laugh so much that sometimes I fall over, which makes me laugh even more!!

    Quiet Time

    A Mindful Minute

    Meditation is great for your creativity because it helps clear your mind of all your thoughts that are naturally running around in your head.  Being mindful is about noticing how your body feels right now – what you can smell, taste, hear and see in this present moment.

    Just sitting for one mindful minute can help calm your mind and help you think better!

    A minute is just like counting up to 60, so you could use a timer (a grown up will help you) or make a glitter jar, shake it up and just sit quietly and watch all the glitter fall to the bottom (that’s exactly what ‘s happening with all those thoughts running around in your head).  Once the glitter falls to the bottom you can stay where you are or you can get up and get on with your day, either way notice how you feel after.  Don’t worry if you can’t sit for a whole minute at first just give it a go and the more you do it the easier it will get!

    Find instructions on how to make a Mindful Glitter Jar below.

    Finally….

    This is a song for all our lovely children both in school and at home who keep us smiling and make us proud, the parents and carers who are doing such an amazing job of home schooling and all my hard working, supportive colleagues at Merry Hill School, because as I always like to tell the children ‘team work makes dreams work’!  I hope the song below makes you as happy as it does me!

    Please click here!

    Have a wonderful week and I can’t wait to see everyone dressing to express on Friday whether you’re at home or at school!

    Namaste,

    Love from

    The Nursery and Reception Team

    xxx

     

     

     

     

  • This Week at Nursery

    Hello Children!

    Well what an interesting week it has been! We hope you have had a good week despite the weather and now that we’re all working away at home for a few days.

    At the start of the week, who managed to get outside and make a snowman or go for a winter walk? It was very cold and icy wasn’t it? Brrrrr! 

    On Tuesday, as well as doing our maths activities like on the blog, we started to talk about superheroes. We did some amazing yoga with super poses and in the afternoon there was the option to make superhero masks! They looked amazing and the children had lots of fun creating them ( and did not want to take them off!). We also read Tyrannosaurus Drip – has anyone managed to make some dinosaur habitats? In music,  the two dinosaur songs, Walk the Dinosaur and The Dinosaur Song are very popular. In terms of Jazz – ‘If It Ain’t go that Swing’ with its fabulous chances to scat is also a big hit! 

    We hope you have all been enjoying the blog activities and lessons and we love to see what else you have been up to at home. Please remember it’s important to not stress over doing all the activities, every day. Our blogs are here to support you at home and follow what we are doing in class. However, if you fancy doing something else like going for a walk with your household; having a go at the PE or Ballet lesson on the whole school blog; baking a cake together or reading a story with a relative over zoom – these are all great things to do too! 

    Please click on the link below to see some fantastic pictures of what we have been up to this week.

    This-week-at-Nursery-2901.pdf (59 downloads)

     

    Please keep sending in emails and pictures about what you are up to at home – we love hearing about what you are up to!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    The Nursery Team