Nursery Home Learning

Welcome to your Nursery Home Learning Page!
Every day your home learning tasks will be posted on here. 
We love to see the work you do, so keep sending it in to us at admin@cavalryprimary.org and we will post some work each week on our website in our 'work to celebrate' section. 
For more ideas for what you could do at home, including a huge selection of online reading books, look here
5.3.21
Good morning Nursery families
 
Our last day of home learning activities, we hope you have enjoyed keeping busy and learning whilst having fun. A huge thank you to all our families for supporting home learning, you deserve a well earned break!
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Talk about stories. Does your child have a favourite? What is it called? Who are the main characters? Where is it set? Can they retell the story?
 
Activity 2- Invite your child to help mark make items for your shopping list. Model writing the list alongside your child. How many of each item will you need?
 
Activity 3- Action songs! Sing a range of songs e.g. head, shoulders, knees and toes, hokey cokey, Grand old Duke of York. Or have a go at sticky kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj-ouBZXd00
 
Enjoy your day and have a fabulous weekend. We look forward to seeing you  in Nursery next week.
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
4.3.21
Good morning all
 
The children in Nursery loved making their reading crowns, a group of children gathered in the book nook wearing their crowns and took turns to share a book with their friends. Outside the children have really enjoyed cutting up vegetables and making dragon stew in the mud kitchen. 
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Take a look at the Share a story corner

https://www.worldbookday.com/share-a-story-corner/

Watch a selection of delightful video books and enjoy the fun downloadable activities available for every story


Activity 2- Story box challenge!
Have your child  find a small selection of open ended resources to put in their box. You might select natural resources from the garden- grass, a stick, a stone,a flower or items from around the home- buttons,cotton reel, small world play figure. Invite your child to create their own story using the objects they have found. Share their story telling ideas with us at admin@cavalryprimary.org
 
Activity 3- Play hopscotch inside or out- use chalk or tape for grid, a rock or rolled up socks for a marker. Practice counting together as you hop.
 
Enjoy your day!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
Good morning Nursery families
 
I wonder how you got on with the 'Name that Story' challenge? I think Leo the knight would know lots of them as he likes reading so much! The children in Nursery have enjoyed playing with numbers in the water tray this week so we thought you might like to make some bottle top soup at home too.
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Scoop and catch fun! Bottle top soup- You will need a bowl filled with water, bottle tops, spoon, plastic container. Scoop out the bottle tops. How many bottle tops can you get on the spoon at one time? Count them out loud. Use a permanent marker to write numbers on some of the tops, add shower gel to make bubbles and discover if you’ve scooped any numbered tops, can you recognise the numbers? Can you order the numbers?
 
Activity 2- Create your own reading crown. Cut strips of paper, you might ask an adult to help cut zig zags for the top of your crown. Decorate and secure the ends together to make your reading crown then share a photo of you wearing your crown and reading your favourite book! Send to admin@cavalryprimary.org
 
Are you a share a story reading star? (see attached)
 
Activity 3- Move your body to the Hickory Dickory Dock rhyme (rhyme attached)
Use your arms to make the clock movement, clap your hands to make the clock strike the hours.
 
Enjoy!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
2/3/21
Good morning
 
How many book scavenger hunt items were you able to find I wonder? Leo the knight loves stories, he shows how they are mightier than the sword into today's story!
 
Activity 1- Listen to the story:

The knight who wouldn’t fight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=l6T8DCD99GY


Activity 2- Play 'Name that Story' (see attached)
 
Activity 3- How many different ways can you think of to get from one side of a room in your house or garden? E.g. jumps, strides, roly poly (full body rollover)…
 
Have a fun filled day!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
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Good morning Nursery families
 
We hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine! 
 
Book week begins, World Book Day offers every child the chance to have a book of their own. Download your £1 book token at:

https://www.worldbookday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/booktoken_PrimaryUK.pdf

 

You will need to print the token to use it and it is accepted in supermarkets/ WHSmith in town. The token is valid until 28th March.

 

Today's activities are:

 

Activity 1- Go on a book scavenger hunt! 

- Find an animal in a book

- Find the word spring in a book

- Find someone helping someone in a book

- Find a picture of a sun in a book

- Find a book that makes you laugh

- Find a bug in a book

- Find someone sleeping in a book

- Find a character eating in a book

- Find a pet in a book

- Find a cat in a book

- Find a superhero in a book

- Find a bike in a book 

 

Activity 2- Build a book nook!

You might want to create a den behind the sofa, lay blankets on the floor and create a roof with pillows or sheets, create a den in the garden or have some ideas of your own to create a cosy nook. Take a photo and share it with us at admin@cavalryprimary.org

Creating a snuggly,  cosy area just for book sharing is a great way to develop positive reading connections. Check out 'Top tips for sharing stories' (see attached)

 

Activity 3- Move along to some of the dances on Boogie Beebies

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc/clips

 

Enjoy your day!

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

26.2.21

Good morning everyone
 
I wonder how many bears you found yesterday? Did they enjoy their tea party?
We end the week with a couple of Chinese New Year activities as today is the final day of celebrations.
 
Today's activities are:
Activity 1- Explore writing Happy New Year/ Good luck messages in Chinese (see attached sheet).
 
Activity 2- Make paper chain dragons. Colour in and cut out the dragon's head (see attached sheet) cut and decorate paper strips and secure the paper chain with glue or tape to make your dragon.
 
Activity 3- Target practice: Set up some targets (empty water bottles or paper towel rolls work well) and have your child try and knock them down with Nerf guns or throwing soft objects e.g rolled up socks. The exercise comes in when they have to keep going back and forth between retrieving their objects and the start line.
 
Have a restful weekend, we'll catch up with you all next week.
 
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
25.2.21
Good morning all
 
Lots of our families are enjoying spending more time outside as the weather is warming up, I wonder what your favourite outdoor activity is?
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Go on a bear hunt in your home. How many teddies can you find e.g. soft toys, bears in story books, photos... How many did you find?
 
Activity 2- Teddy Bear tea party

Make a teddy bears picnic. Prepare a special meal to have with your bear. You might want to make an invite for your bear.


Activity 3- Set up an obstacle course. Encourage your child to listen and follow instructions to go under the bridge, walk over the cushions, around the cones, behind the chair...
 
Enjoy!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

24.2.21

Good morning Nursery families

 

Did you enjoy the story of Lima's Red Hot Chilli? It's one of our favourites in Nursery. The children in bubble 1 are enjoying working collaboratively in designing and building the great wall of China, did you have a go? The children in bubble 2 have been enjoying play in the Chinese New Year small world with dragons and have extended their play by building a volcano with blocks and making a volcano in the water tray!

 

Today's activities are:

 

Activity 1- Counting using one to one correspondence.

Attached you will find five chillies for you to colour, ask an adult to help you cut them out and sing the attached rhyme Five Red Hot Chillies in the Grocer's Shop

 

Activity 2- Invite your child to learn about opposites such as hard and soft, hot and cold, rough and smooth. Find a selection of opposite items from around your home to explore and sort.


Activity 3- Explore making patterns with streamers, ribbons and instruments, you might like to explore creating different movements e.g. slow, swirly, gentle patterns or fast, swishy, jerky rhythms.
 
Enjoy your day!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
23/2/21
Good morning
 
Did you find out about Chinese New Year? In Nursery your friends are role playing cleaning the house just like Abbie did in the video clip. We've been looking at information books about China and found out lots of interesting facts! I wonder what interesting fact you could find? Let us know at admin@cavalryprimary.org
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Listen to the story of Lima’s Red Hot Chilli

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=725F7JwAqS4

 
Activity 2- Building challenge! Create the Great Wall of China. You might want to google what it looks like and draw your design ideas first. Will you build with lego or blocks, or a selection of empty cardboard boxes?
 
Activity 3- Do 5 star jumps, 5 bunny hops, 5 stretches up tall on your tiptoes, 5 touching your toes… and do it all again. How many times can you do this without stopping?
 
Have fun!
 
Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

22.2.21
Good morning Nursery families

 

We hope you had a relaxing break last week and are ready to get going with the second half of spring term! This week we will revisit the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and find out about the cultural celebration of Chinese New Year.

 

We have a survey to share with you so we can get a sense of how your child is feeling about Nursery home learning. Please click on the link below to fill in the survey.


https://forms.gle/Fe1FwT8PzWME3AAV6

 

Today's activities are:

 

Activity 1- Invite your child to retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three bears using props from around the house. Find  3 different size bears or toys, bowls, spoons, beds- a laundry basket or recycled box might do. What could you use for chairs? Try using different voices for the different characters. What did Goldilocks do in the house of the three bears? What happened when they came home? If your child’s story goes off on a tangent then let them get creative and develop their own! Share their storytelling with us at admin@cavalryprimary.org

 

Activity 2- Find out about preparing for and celebrating Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/chinese-new-year?collection=chinese-lunar-new-year


Activity 3- Explore Chinese lion dancing!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/lets-go-club-chinese-lion-dance?collection=chinese-lunar-new-year

 

Enjoy!

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

12.2.21

Good morning Nursery families
 
It's the final day of this half term, next week you get to have a well earned rest from doing home learning activities. A big thank you to all our parents for helping your child engage in some fun learning whilst at home. We look forward to catching up with you all the week beginning 22nd February. 
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Join in with:

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFXE3zvXbjc


Activity 2- Can you paint, draw or make the three bears cottage? You might use a cereal box and stick on windows, maybe have some help to cut a door so that it opens… Share your creations with us at admin@cavalryprimary.org
 
Activity 3- Role play Goldilocks and the three bears in the garden or indoors with old pots and pans (selection of leaves, herbs, mud) The children in Nursery have been playing in the mud kitchen outdoors with snow, making some lovely frozen delights!
 
Have a lovely half term!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
 
 
 
11/2/21
Good morning
 
We got very excited yesterday afternoon when we had the flurry of snow, did you? The children in Nursery donned coats, hats, boots and scarves and ran around delightedly, trying to catch the flakes as they fell! Lots of our families at home have been on walks out enjoying the wintery weather.
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Matching by size (pictures attached)

Can you match daddy bear to the biggest bowl?

Can you match mummy bear to the middle sized bowl?

Can you match baby bear to the small bowl?

Can you put baby bear on the biggest chair?

Can you put daddy bear on the smallest chair? Does he fit?

 
Activity 2- Make a bowl of porridge. Do you like the taste? 

In Nursery we are going to try a variety of additions to our porridge to see what we like best.You might like to try honey, dried fruit, jam…?

 
Activity 3- Three Bears breakfast porridge. Go for a walk while your porridge cools. Can you think of different ways of moving: Try skipping, hopping or taking long strides, short steps, move fast and slow. How many steps did you take?
 
Have fun!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
10/2/21
Good morning Nursery families
 
Thank you for sending the lovely photos of your children's home learning, it looks like lots of you are enjoying the sensory oat play. In the absence of oats in the home, our families have been getting creative by using rice or birdseed instead! Did you find and sort objects by size from around the house?
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Play silly soup with 'b' objects e.g. ball, button, brick, bear, book.
Invite your child to sing along or say the rhyme as you add each object.
'We're making lots of silly soup, we're making soup that's silly. We're going to put it in the pot to make it nice and chilly'
Emphasise the beginning phonic sound for each item e.g. b, book, b, ball, b, bear...
 
Activity 2- Weaving bear- (bear shape attached) Cut out the bear and hole punch holes around the edge, we glued ours to some card to make them stiffer and easier to manage. Use a lace to thread through and around- great for developing fine motor skills and concentration.
 
Activity 3- Explore making different sizes with your body and movements. Stand on tip toes and reach up high to make yourself tall, crouch down halfway to be middle sized, curl up small, stretch out with your arms and legs wide,  bring your arms and legs back in to make yourself thin. Take tiny steps, giant strides...
 
Have a fabulous day
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
9.2.21
Good morning
 
The children in Nursery enjoyed role playing Goldilocks and the Three Bears and sensory oat play. We'd love to see more cave bear den photos or other learning activities that we can print and put on display in Nursery.  Please send to admin@cavalryprimary.org
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Sorting by size. Gather together a selection of objects from around the house and sort into big, medium and small items.
 
Activity 2- Go on a walk and collect sticks. Can you make a house using the sticks you found for the three bears. You might want to draw out your design first?

We’ve been singing bear rhymes in Nursery (see attached).


 
Activity 3- Have a go at doing a bear walk!

Demonstrate ambling like a bear by placing your hands flat on the floor with your knees relatively straight. Move your right arm and right leg forward at the same time.Then move your left arm and left leg forward. Repeat movements.


From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
8/2/21
Good morning Nursery families 
 
This week in Nursery we are reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, some of our activities will be based around the story too. 
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Read or watch the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oUP2PFeOi8


Why did Goldilocks go into the three bears' house?

Whose porridge did she eat first?

What did mummy bear say?

Whose chair did Goldilocks break in the story?

Who was the biggest bear?

Who was the smallest bear?


Activity 2- Oat sensory play- You will need: a shallow tray or container, oats, different size spoons, different size bowls. This activity is a great way to practice skills like story sequencing and recalling events in the story.
 
Activity 3- Make a bear cave. What will you use to create your cave? You might use the sofa cushions, sheets, a table…?

You might want to sing the rhyme:

I’m a little Brown Bear

(Tune- I’m a Little Teapot)

By Jolande Garcia, KidsSoup Inc.

I’m a little brown bear

Sleep I crave (stretch arms and yawn)

I’m a little brown bear

Ready for my cave (rub eyes)

I’m all curled up

As cosy as can be

When it’s spring

Then please wake me!

 

Enjoy!

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

 
 
5/2/21
 
Good morning everyone
 
We'd love to create a display of your home learning activities at Nursery to share with your friends, keep sending them to:
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Make 2D shapes using straws,cotton buds, sticks, string… Challenge your child to make a 2D shape of your choosing. What other shapes can they make? Talk about the properties of shapes, how many sides, how many corners? Are the sides the same, longer, shorter?
 
Activity 2- Take some time to think about how you are feeling. Can you talk about and recognise your emotions? Lie on your back, place a teddy (or other soft toy) on your tummy. Take a deep breath in and watch teddy rise on your tummy. Hold this for 5 seconds. Let the air out and watch teddy fall. Repeat until you feel calm and relaxed.
In Nursery we begin our sessions with circle time. We use this time to come together and sing hello to each other and carry out a variety of small group activities. Circle time is an ideal time to share what we have been doing and how we are feeling and as adults we share our feelings too to model and support the children in talking about a variety of feelings and how we can manage them.
 
Activity 3- Dance along to the Feet, feet, feet song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXMGR0XznF8


Enjoy the weekend, we'll catch up with you all next week.
 
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
 
 
 

4.2.21

Good morning Nursery families

 

The children in Nursery are really enjoying Molly Whuppie's adventures and had fun playing hide and seek with her yesterday. We developed lots of prepositional language hiding her in, under, on, behind, next to... I wonder what you did yesterday? Today is the final part of the story, how do you think it might end?

 

 

Today's activities are:
 

 

Activity 1-

Molly Whuppie and the Bridge of One Hair: Part 4

Molly Whuppie had to get the Queen’s treasure back from the giant.  Do you still have your treasure box?  You can play the treasure box game too!  One person can be the giant and pretend to be asleep.  The other person is Molly Whuppie and has to creep up and take a piece of treasure out of the box without the giant noticing.  Be careful, because if the giant wakes up  Molly Whuppie must run away!

At the end of the story, the Queen gave Molly Whuppie a pair of adventure shoes.  I wonder what they looked like?  Do you have a pair of adventure shoes?  What’s special about them?  What adventures do you have when you put them on?  I wonder if you'll have an adventure as exciting as Molly Whuppie?

 

Activity 2- Play games that involve taking turns such as board games or family games. Playing board games can really help develop your child’s social skills. Children learn to follow rules, communicate verbally, take turns, wait, experience winning and losing and learn how to deal with both.

At Nursery one of the children’s favourite games is the shopping list game.

 

Activity 3- Sleeping Giants- Tell your child they are giants who like to jump- have them jump and down to practice. When you say ‘Sleeping Giants’ your child has to stop jumping and lie down very still on the floor. When you say ‘Waking Giants’ your child can jump up and down again until you say ‘Sleeping Giants’ again.

 

We hope you have been enjoying the story of Molly Whuppie this week along with the activities. The storytelling week has been supported by MarketPlace to enable Marion to offer the video links free to families in the Fenland area. They would love to receive feedback from you and your child. Please let us know:

  • What did your child do with it?
  • Was it easy to access?
  • What could be improved?
Send your answers to admin@cavalryprimary.org
 
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
3/2/2021
 
Wasn't Molly Whuppie brave? She isn't scared of anything, not even the giant! Do you remember the journey she and her sisters had to travel to get away from the giant? The children in Nursery made their own journeys indoors and outdoors coming up with some good ideas to go in and out, under, over and across. I wonder what you did?
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1-  

Molly Whuppie and the Bridge of One Hair: Part 3

Molly Whuppie found lots of places to hide from the giant. Do you like to play hide and seek?

Can you choose a small toy to be Molly Whuppie, and find places to hide your toy in your house?  Can you get someone to try and find Molly?  What clues can you give them if they get stuck?  Perhaps you could take a photo or draw a picture of Molly hiding and share it with us at admin@cavalryprimary.org


Activity 2- Explore making homemade rubbery goop! (recipe attached)

Use descriptive language to describe the experience, how does the rubbery goop feel? It feels smooth, soft and stretchy.

 

Activity 3- Chalk a line outdoors or lay some string or wool indoors to create the bridge of one hair! Place one foot in front of the other to balance across, did you make it without toppling? What happens when you go sideways, backwards, slowly or move faster?

 

Check back in again tomorrow for the last part of Molly Whuppie's story.

 

Enjoy!

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

 
 

2/2/21

Good morning everyone

 

Did you enjoy Marion's storytelling session? The children in Nursery had great fun in the role play shoe shop, finding different sizes, sorting them into pairs and measuring their feet to find shoes that fit! We enjoyed saying the rhyme and found a few more about shoes and feet (see attached). Did you make your treasure box and find three treasures that fit inside? You'll need them for the next part of Molly Whuppie's adventure today.

 

Activity 1- 

Molly Whuppie and the Bridge of One Hair: Part 2

To get away from the giant, Molly Whuppie went in and out of the trees, under a log, over the rocks and across the Bridge of One Hair.

Could you make your own Molly Whuppie journey that goes in and out, under, over and across? You could do this in an outside place, or you could do it somewhere in your house.  Can you travel across it backwards as well as forwards?  With long giant steps and then with short Molly Whuppie steps? How will you make sure you are safe?  

 

Activity 1- Draw a map of your Molly Whuppie journey and share it with us at admin@cavalryprimary.org


Activity 3- Go on a magic carpet ride with Cosmic Kids Yoga!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRGJEyqi55o&list=PL8snGkhBF7nhTxJt1M7d6A7mmD3kK6wE1&index=47

 

Have fun!

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

1.2.21

Good morning Nursery families

 

This week is National Storytelling week and we are delighted to be able to share with you the story of Mollie Whuppie and the Bridge of One Hair

An interactive story in four parts told over the next four days, with adventures in between. Join storyteller Marion Leeper to follow the adventures of brave Mollie Whuppie in the giant's castle, play Mollie Whuppie's games - and have your own adventures too! Your friends in Nursery will be joining in too, we'd love to hear how you get on at home. Let us know at admin@cavalryprimary.org


After episode 1 you might:

- Make a big pile of shoes and sort them into pairs.  Who has the biggest shoes? The prettiest?  The shiniest? How many pairs? How many altogether?

   

Activity 2- Make a treasure box: Find a box – any box!  You can decorate it if you like.  Find some treasure: it doesn’t have to be valuable – anything can be treasure! – it just needs to fit in the box.  Keep it safe, ready to play a guessing game in the next part of Mollie Whuppie’s story.  What treasure did you choose?  What makes it treasure for you?  Is it the right size for the box?
 
Activity 3- Whose shoes are these?

Imagine you are wearing...

-space boots, how would you walk in them?

-ballet shoes, what movements might you make?

-trainers, if you were an athlete, how would you move?

What different types of shoes and movements can you think of?

 

 

Check back in with us for Part 2 tomorrow, enjoy!

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

29.1.21

Good morning

 

I wonder how many vehicles you spotted on your walk yesterday? The children at Nursery have been showing lots of interest in the different types of vehicles that pass by Nursery, talking about the size of the cab of a lorry making a delivery to school, wondering whether it had a bunk bed in it and watching as the refuse lorry came to empty the brown bins of nearby neighbours.

 

Today's activities are:

 

Activity 1- Read or listen to the story of Duck in a Truck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pICm8MigUQI


Imagine you are in a vehicle going off on an adventure. What vehicle would you choose? Where would you go? Who would you see? What would you do when you got there?

The children in Nursery loved this song about travelling!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpoze1QKOCY

 

Activity 2- Promote your child’s confidence in their ability to care for their environment, invite them to help out with the household chores. Talk with them about it, why you are doing them and how they can help. Everyday conversations help to develop listening, speech and language as well as knowledge and understanding.

Activity 3- Build and scramble on a cushion mountain! Collect cushions and pillows from around the house and stack them in a pile, encourage your child to scramble up and over!

Next week is National storytelling week, we're looking forward to sharing with you a four part story across the week from a professional storyteller. Check back in with us on Monday to find out more!
Have a wonderful weekendFrom Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

28.1.21

Good morning everyone

 

From the phone calls we've had with our home learners we hear that lots of you are going out for walks or trips to the park so one of today's activities will give you a challenge to spot some vehicles along the way! Did you enjoy the Boogie Beebies bus song? Our friends in Reception shared the following wheels on the bus song by the Wiggles that they really enjoy, we're sure you will too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=UZchrh7F1ps

 

 

Activity 1- Go for a walk and see what vehicles you can see. What colours are they? Make tally marks for the different colour vehicles. Which colour vehicle did you see the most? How Many?

Where do you think the vehicles are going?

 

Activity 2- Float Your Boat-Give your child several items from the recycling bin—milk cartons, cardboard, food packaging—and challenge them to build a boat! Provide tape, glue, string…and nothing else! Let them experiment with different ways to put together their boat. Then test their creation in the sink or bath!


Activity 3- Play Red light, green light!

Have your child stand on the opposite side of the room or garden. Call out “Green light!”your child ‘drives’ (vary the speed to suit the space). When you call “Red light!” they have to freeze where they are. The game continues until they reach the other side.

 

You might like to sing:

 

Traffic Light Song (tune of Twinkle, twinkle little star)

Twinkle, twinkle traffic light

Round the corner shining bright

Red means stop

Green means go

Yellow means very, very slow

Twinkle, twinkle traffic light

Round the corner shining bright

 

Have a fabulous day

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

 
 

27.1.21

Good morning Nursery families

 

How many different shapes did you find on your shape hunt? Some of our families at home made art and craft shape pictures, sorted stickle bricks by shapes and created 3D shapes with Duplo, I wonder what other kinds of shape inspired play you have had? In Nursery we got very creative with box modelling making vehicles. The children worked so hard on their creations, adding wheels, flashing lights, wings and windows. We sang and acted out a variety of transport songs (see attached sheets).

 

Today's activities are:

 

Activity 1- Hidden sounds

Find pairs of household objects that make a noise-eg pans and wooden spoons, shake a bunch of keys, scrunch a crisp packet, shake rice in a jar etc. Hide one set of objects behind the sofa and put the other in front of you.

Ask your child to sit with the hidden objects

You make a sound, can your child make the same sound. If you play a rhythm can they copy it?

Have fun together and make a band!


Activity 2- Explore movement with loose parts. Can you create ramps and roadways for wheeled vehicle toys you may have? How fast/ slow do they travel? Draw a simple number line on paper or on paving with chalk. What number will your vehicle land on?

Activity 3- Move along to some of the dances on Boogie Boogies. This one is about a double decker bus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw8LT6yvqKI


Enjoy!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

26/1/21

Good morning everyone. The children in Nursery have been busy role playing buses and trains, lining up chairs, selling and collecting tickets and going off on adventures!

 

Did you enjoy singing along to On the journey home from grandpa's yesterday? Which was your favourite vehicle? What other vehicle might you like to travel in?

 

Activity 1- Go on a shape hunt indoors or out - how many different shapes can you find? Do you know what shape it is? In Nursery we sing shape songs to help children learn about shape properties (see attached sheet).

Activity 2- Challenge:  What can you make with a cardboard box? 

Will it be a robot, car or some other vehicle, garden, or a house?  Give it a go! Share photos of your creation at admin@cavalryprimary.org

Activity3- Balance and control- Have your child balance on one leg, they are likely to have a favoured side so use both, you could time how long your child can balance for then try to improve their personal best!

Enjoy!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

25.1.21

Good morning Nursery families

What a wintery weekend it has been, a few snow flurries, though sadly not enough for us to build a snowman! The children in Nursery enjoyed creating a storm in their winter blizzard activity on Friday and watching the ice drip as it melted from their ice decorations. I wonder how you got on with your activities? Let us know at admin@cavalryprimary.org

 

Last week in Nursery the children in bubble 1 lined chairs up to create a bus and in bubble 2 they made their own version of a camper van! Following those interests and the interests of some of the children at home who have been enjoying play with trucks and diggers and following instructions to build a lego vehicle we've planned a vehicle themed week, our maths focus this week will be shapes.

 

Today's activities are:

 

Activity 1- Share the story On the Journey Home from Grandpa’s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKcrsv_t8Ko

 

Activity 2- Use chairs, boxes, cushions  to create your own vehicle for role play. Will it be a bus, aeroplane or train? Who will you invite onto your vehicle? Will they need to buy a ticket? Can you draw a map to guide you to your destination, your very own sat nav!

 
Activity 3- Pillow case hoppers! Use the folded flap of the pillow case at the front of your child’s body as this gives them something to hold on to. How many jumps will it take to cross the room?
 
Enjoy!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
22.1.21
 
Good morning all
 
Well we've reached the end of a cold and blowy wintery week again, we've had some lovely photos of winter walks and some very large puddles! Keep sharing your home learning at admin@cavalryprimary.org
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Go on a number hunt around the house finding numbers 0-5 or 0-10. Can you find any numbers in the kitchen? Maybe on the cooker or fridge? Can you find the same number as your age?
 

Activity 2- Winter blizzard sensory tray- Experiment with cause and effect in this wintery weather activity. You will need: Kitchen roll or tissue paper in wintery shades e.g. blue, white, silver etc, scissors, hand operated balloon pump, a tray, cardboard box or similar.

Cut or tear tissue/ kitchen roll into small squares and place in a tray or box. Experiment with the amount needed to work effectively.

Demonstrate the balloon pump on your child’s hand- What do they think will happen if aimed at the paper snow?

Have fun whooshing the ‘snow’ around and around! This activity helps to increase vocabulary, builds large motor skills, strengthen muscles in arms and hands as well as learning about maths and science. Talk about wintery weather, introduce words and sounds e.g. whoosh, whirl, swirl…

Extend the activity by adding other items e.g. feathers, tinsel, figures, stones… Predict which item will move with the air from the pump. “I wonder what will happen if?” Talk about heavy, light, weight, float, big, small, air pressure, force, etc.

Activity 2- Join in with one of our favourites in Nursery:

'Shake your sillies out'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtsoBRcV-qE

Have an enjoyable day
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
 
21.1.21
 
Good morning Nursery families,
 
Did you discover some of the things that make you special? At circle time in Nursery we found lots of differences between us and our friends, lots of discussion about hair colour, length of hair and whether it is straight or curly. We're going to make a wintery display with our snowflakes and artwork we've made this week, remember to send photos of the lovely work you have been doing at home so we can include that too. 
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Explore the sparkly snow sensory writing tray. You will need a fine layer of salt or flour, add a little sparkle and explore mark making. You might like to draw a snowflake, use your fingers, sticks or a wand!
 
You can find this activity on The Imagination Tree, this and other learning websites are available through our website. Find them at:
 
Activity 2- Go on a winter walk and collect nature items to freeze in a dish or container e.g twigs, snippets of evergreen, leaves... You might want to add some bird seeds , as food for our feathered friends to snack on as the ice melts! Add a length of string, ensure it is fully submerged, leaving some out of the container so you can hang your frozen decoration outside. What do you think might happen? Observe over time as it melts.
 
Activity 3- Sing along and dance to Frozen- Let it go. Can you make spiky frosty movements?


Have fun!
 
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
Good morning all
 
Did you try the skating figures activity? The children in Nursery really enjoyed it but we found the small amount of ice on the animals feet soon melted. We decided to have another go next week with some larger figures in bigger containers, science is all about experimentation! 
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Use recycled plastic containers such as yoghurt pots, varying sizes of milk bottles, etc with a pan for an exploration of capacity at the kitchen sink. Add food colouring if you have any. Ask your child, how many pots it takes to fill the pan? Talk about full, half full, empty. If you have a plastic tea set, use this to find out how many cups you can fill with the teapot.
 
Activity 2- Google real snowflake images, look at the snowflakes close up. What do you notice? Talk with your child about how they are all different. Not one snowflake is the same, they are all unique, much like all of us! What differences can you find amongst your family members or friends?
 
Activity 3- Make snowflakes- Help your child to fold paper in half and half again. Use scissors to cut shapes along the folded sides, you may need to hold and guide the paper to assist with cutting. Unfold, sprinkle with glue and glitter, hang and admire!
 
Have a great day!
 
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
19.1.21
 
Good morning everyone
 
The children in Nursery loved the shivery snow paint yesterday! I wonder if any of our families at home had a go? Let us know if you did at admin@cavalryprimary.org
We also enjoyed moving and singing to the winter version of Here we go round the mulberry bush. We have a number of winter themed rhymes that we are singing (see attached song sheet) . Maybe you could find and sing the penguin rhymes as you have a go at activity 2 today!
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1- Go on a winter themed scavenger hunt! Find items from around the house that are blue, grey, silver and white in colour. How many items did you find? Extend the activity – I wonder what these items are made of? Group into materials e.g. plastic, metal, fabric…
 
Activity 2- Ice skating sensory play! Freeze small world figures (feet only!) in ice cube trays. In Nursery we have frozen penguins and arctic animals. You might have some small world figures, Duplo or superhero figures you could use? Once frozen, skate on shaving foam, just a fine layer should be enough, or baking foil. Or why not have a go at making magic snow with shaving foam and baking powder? 
 
Activity 3- Penguin waddle – A fun and silly game, have your child hold a balloon or ball between their legs and walk around trying to keep it in place. This makes them waddle like a penguin and always brings lots of giggles. Encourage your child to think about other winter animals and how they might move.
 
Have fun!
 
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
18.1.21
Good morning Nursery families
 
We hope you had an enjoyable weekend, this week in Nursery and at home we will continue to explore the theme of winter.
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1 -  Share the story One Winters Night-

Can you remember what happened in the story? Who knocked on the door first? Who came second? How did the squirrel feel when he fell out of bed? What did the animals think the scratching, scraping sound on the floorboards might have been?


Activity 2 - Shivery snow paint (puffy paint)- This can be made using white PVA glue, shaving foam, peppermint extract and fine glitter. This makes a lovely snow like texture to explore making wintery pictures.

Activity 3 - Let's get moving to a winter themed ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’ song

This is the way we put on our coat, put on our coat, put on our coat

This is the way we put on our coat on a cold and frosty morning

This is the way we… pull on our boots…put a hat on our head…wear scarf and gloves… open the door… walk outside… shovel the snow… stomp through the snow… catch snow on your tongue on a cold and frosty morning!

 

Enjoy!

 

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

15.1.21
Good morning Nursery families,
 
I wonder how many Number rhymes you could think of? You could practise counting backwards from 5-0 today when you've completed activity 2 by singing Five currant buns in a bakers shop!
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1 -  Play the interactive game Teddy Numbers to help practise your numbers up to 5 (or beyond if you can).
 
 
Activity 2 - Make rock buns (recipe attached). This activity helps your child to:
  • learn new words
  • practise a range of physical skills especially hand and eye coordination
  • provide opportunities to count, measure and talk about time
  • develop a sense of pride and achievement
  • become early scientists- observing how ingredients mix together and the effect of heat on that mixture as well as being a whole lot of fun!
 

Activity 3 - Paint outside using large brushes and rollers with water. Can you draw lines and circles? Can you write the beginning letter of your name?

 

Have an enjoyable weekend, we look forward to seeing you in person or catching up on the phone next week.

 

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

14.1.21
Good morning everyone
 
Did you feel energised after your workout with Joe Wicks? The Nursery children still had enough energy to run around the running track in big school! How many number rhymes did you remember? Did you notice that some rhymes count up and some rhymes count down?
 
Today's activities are:
 
Activity 1 -  Voice sounds. Together with your grown up find a book that you can add sound effects to. In Nursery we like Duffy the train driver stories. We make the sounds of the engine- chuff, chuff, chuffity chuff, the brakes- scree-eech! and the train whistle whoo ooh! I wonder what books you will find and what voice sounds you will create? Let us know!
 
Activity 2 - Winter collage- Decorate mittens (see attached) to make bunting. Can you find winter coloured items (grey, blue, white, silver) from around the house? You might use buttons, kitchen foil, kitchen paper towel, old clothing... Glue onto to the mittens and attach some string or ribbon to make winter themed bunting. You might want to have a go at cutting them out or ask a grown up to help.
 

Activity 3 -  Have a go at sticky kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj-ouBZXd00


Have a fabulous day
 
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
13.1.21
Good morning Nursery families,

Thank you for sending emails and photos, it's great to see the children enjoying the home learning activities and reading about the fun things you've been up to, keep them coming! Send to admin@cavalryprimary.org

Today's activities are:
Activity 1 -  Get your morning off to a great start with an energetic workout with Joe Wicks. You can join in live at 9am on YouTube or have a go later with the recorded workout.
Activity 2 - How many different number rhymes do you know? Here are a few to start you off:5 currant buns in a bakers shop1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive5 little monkeysCan you think of some more?

Activity 3 - Go bird spotting- in your garden or out on a daily walk. If you made bird feeders, have you noticed which birds like to feed on them? Boost your ICT skills by finding out more information about the birds you see. You might like to learn more at:

 

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/

Have fun

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

We made bird feeders in nursery, the string didn’t stick in the lard/seed mix so we had to improvise - makeshift bird table, wrapped string around some to hang and placed some in the trees - hopefully the birds will enjoy the treats - the children certainly enjoyed making them!
12.1.21
Good morning everyone

Did you make some bird feeders? Your friends in Nursery thoroughly enjoyed making theirs and wanted to hang them outside yesterday afternoon but they weren't quite set. Winter and early spring is the most important time to feed birds, as this is the time of year when their natural food is scarce.
Today's activities are:
Activity 1 -  Listening ears: In Nursery we talk a lot about using our listening ears! Invite your child to use their listening ears to listen carefully to the sounds around your home. Some sounds will be loud and some you might need to listen more carefully for. Ask a grown up to help make a list of the noisy objects around your home or you might like to draw what you hear. You could sort them into different groups e.g. loud noises and quiet noises. Share them with us at admin@cavalryprimary.org
Activity 2 - Warm up winter worm! Make some dough with your child (dough recipe attached). You might want to add a little red food colouring to turn your dough a wormy shade of pink! Use both hands to roll out the dough to make worms. You could cut, measure, compare different worm lengths. Your child will be developing important skills as they engage in dough play, strengthening muscles in their fingers and hands and developing hand and eye coordination, skills needed for when they begin to write in school. Did you know? During the winter 10cm under the ground the soil is often a few degrees warmer than the air, many soil animals are still active including earthworms. 

 

Activity 3 - Practise using scissors. In Nursery we use a scissor rhyme to support holding and using scissors:Two fingers on the bottom And the thumb on top Open the mouth and chop, chop, chop.
If you don't have scissors you could tear paper into small pieces, squeeze water out of a squirt toy in the bath to give hand muscles a workout or use a clothes peg to strengthen small hand and finger muscles.

Enjoy!
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
11.1.21
Good morning Nursery families,

We hope you had an enjoyable weekend and are ready for some more fun home learning this week?
Today's activities are:
Activity 1 - Mitten maths- Use the attached templates to count objects onto the numbered mittens. You might use small toys, bottle tops, pasta or buttons. This activity helps to develop your child's mathematical skills of number recognition and counting one to one. Encourage your child to count slowly saying a number name for each item they place. 
Activity 2 - Make bird feeders- You will need: lard, bird seed, string, yogurt pot or plastic / paper party cup. Make a hole in the bottom of the yoghurt pot, thread the string through the bottom of the cup. Tie a knot in the end at the bottom of the cup. Leave the other end long, so you can hang your seed cake out for the birds. Ask an adult to melt some lard in a saucepan, then carefully stir in the seeds. Fill the pot with the mixture keeping the string free. Once the cake has set, carefully cut away the pot/ container. Now you can hang the cake outside for the birds to feast on.

Alternatively you could poke some of the mix into a pine cone or smear room temperature lard onto a toilet roll and roll in bird seed to place on branches outdoors.

 

Activity 3 - Throw your socks into a box! Find different size containers to throw rolled up socks into, how many did you get in?In Nursery we encourage the children to discuss their feelings and let them know it's okay to feel anger or frustration and that sometimes those feelings just overwhelm us! This activity is particularly good for venting feelings of anger or frustration.
We like the following quote:

‘Thoughts and feelings are something you have, not something you are’

 

Have a splendid day!

 

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team

8.1.21
Dear Nursery families

Did you brave the cold and go on a winter walk? The trees in and next to the nursery garden are bare and the children have spotted last year's bird's nests. The birds are much easier to see this time of year as they fly past and sit in the trees. Next week we are going to turn our mark making shed into a bird hide. We'll be getting the binoculars and bird identification sheets out and making bird feeders, ask your grown up to put bird seed on the shopping list in preparation!

Today's activities are:
Activity 1 - Play ‘Kim’s game’. You will need a tray and up to 7 items e.g. cup, plate, animal, toy etc and a cloth. You might want to have a go with 4 or 5 items to begin with. Show your child the items you have placed on the tray, when your child has named them with your support, cover with a cloth. Remove one item and then remove the cloth. Can you remember the missing item?

Activity 2 - Ice investigation!- What happens when you put water in an ice cube tray or container and place it in the freezer?

This activity supports your child in investigating the properties of ice using their senses. Time how long it takes for the water to freeze. How does it feel?  Talk about the process of freezing and melting. You might choose to put something in each, we put small world arctic animals, sequins and glitter in ours with a few drops of food colouring in some. We froze them yesterday ready to explore today. You might want to place some water in a container outside over the weekend to see what happens, let us know what you find out.

Activity 3 -  Try some yoga! We like this one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X655B4ISakg

It's Friday! Last day of home activity ideas for this week, you can have a well earned rest over the weekend and we'll catch up with you all again next week.

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
7.1.21
Good morning everyone

Did you have a go at designing and building a bridge for the gingerbread man? Your friends in Nursery built theirs with blocks, lots of discussions about how big it should be! Tomorrow we'll extend their play by adding photos of different types of bridges and measuring tapes. We enjoyed using large body movements in repeating the story refrain. The children had lots of their own ideas for how the gingerbread man could travel! Your friends in Nursery will be doing the same activities as you are at home so please send photos and emails in to admin@cavalryprimary.org so we can share them with your friends. Thank you for the emails received so far, the Nursery ladies love to see what you have been up to!

Today's activities are as follows:
 
Activity 1 -  Go on a walk to look for signs of winter. What kind of clothing do you need to wear? What happens to your breath when you blow into the air outdoors? How do your fingers and toes feel? What do you notice about the branches on most of the trees? Talk about what you can see and hear.
     
Activity 2 -  Design some winter clothes with matching patterns (template attached). Will you draw spots, stripes, zig zags, wiggly lines?  Can you repeat the pattern?  

Activity 3 - Play potato drop! Have your child place a potato between their knees and race to a finish line where they have to drop their potato into a bucket or bowl. If the potato is dropped or hands touch it they have to go back to the start and try again. 
We played this game at the Nursery Christmas party, we had a lot of fun trying to keep the potato in place whilst moving across the room. The Nursery ladies had a go too so come on children, get all the family involved!

Enjoy!

From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
26.2.21
Good morning everyone
 
I wonder how many bears you found yesterday? Did they enjoy their tea party?
We end the week with a couple of Chinese New Year activities as today is the final day of celebrations.
 
Today's activities are:
Activity 1- Explore writing Happy New Year/ Good luck messages in Chinese (see attached sheet).
 
Activity 2- Make paper chain dragons. Colour in and cut out the dragon's head (see attached sheet) cut and decorate paper strips and secure the paper chain with glue or tape to make your dragon.
 
Activity 3- Target practice: Set up some targets (empty water bottles or paper towel rolls work well) and have your child try and knock them down with Nerf guns or throwing soft objects e.g rolled up socks. The exercise comes in when they have to keep going back and forth between retrieving their objects and the start line.
 
Have a restful weekend, we'll catch up with you all next week.
 
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team
6.1.21
Hello Nursery families
 
We feel very sad not to be welcoming all of the nursery children and families back for the spring term as we find ourselves in another national lock down. We will be sending a daily email to share some ideas for home learning activities to keep you busy and engaged and have some fun! We will also call weekly to have a chat with you and your child to keep those important relationships going during this difficult time.
 
Before Christmas we were reading the story of the Gingerbread Man so here are some activities that will feel familiar as we settle into the new term:
 
Today's activities are as follows: 
 
Activity 1 – Retell the Gingerbread Man story. Can you remember the repeated phrases? 
 
Activity 2 – Gather together loose parts from around the house or garden to design and build a bridge for the gingerbread man to escape from the fox! 
 
 Activity 3 – Repeat the Gingerbread Man story refrain using large body movements e.g. 'Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man, Stomp, stomp... Walk, walk... 
 
Have fun!
 
From Mrs Pughsley and the Nursery team