Nursery Learning Activities

Hi Seedlings,

We hope you're ok and staying safe. Mrs Ridgway and I are missing you lots.

We have been thinking about some ideas and activities that you can do at home if you and your grown-ups want to try some  or all of them.

Please remember that these activities are suggestions only. Do not feel under pressure to complete all of these – you could pick and choose, repeat your favourites and definitely introduce your own!

Whatever you get up to, please send us your photos, videos and messages via email. caroline.smith@willowwood.cheshire.sch.uk.

 

Week 5

Activities for reading and stories

Ideas to practise phonics, reading and writing skills

 

Developing maths skills   

 

Activities for other areas of learning

 

Monday

Can you read a story somewhere exciting and send us a photograph.

Can you watch this episode of alphablocks. What letters do you know?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFIQE2rYpAQ

Can you set someone in your family a challenge…… can you ask them to do 5 jumps or 4 claps etc and count the number of activities they do.

Can you look at your family members, can you talk about what is the same and different about you all?

Tuesday

Have a listen to this story, can you hear the rhyming words

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfiPrA8E3qE

Can you write some labels for objects in your house? Think about what letter sound you can hear at the start of the word when you say it.

Can you help your adult to sort the washing, put all the socks together, all the jumpers together, all the t shirts together.

Can you use some small world toys to make a train track or a farm or build a road using imagination.

Wednesday

When you go on your daily walk/exercise, can you see any signs? What do you think they say?

Can you write some letter sounds in sad/salt/flour/soil. Don’t forget to think about where you start writing them from.

Can you order 2 or 3 items by length and order them tallest to shortest.

Do you know how to use a camera or tablet or phone or remote control, do you know what they are used for?

Thursday

Look at a non fiction book, can you see how they are different from story books?

Can you have a go at writing some simple cvc words (consonant vowel consonant ) such as pin, dog, cat, which other ones can you write?

Can you practice writing your numbers, and you write them in order starting from 0.

Can you do a cosmic yoga session?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAT5NiWHFIU

Friday

Can you sing some nursery rhymes? For example humpty dumpty or baa baa black sheep, what other ones do you know?

Draw picture and tell your adult all about it, get then to write down what you say about the picture. We would love to see them.

Can you talk about different times of the day and what do you do at these times.

Can you make up a song about your family or friends?

 

 

 

 

Week 4

Activities for reading and stories

Ideas to practise phonics, reading and writing skills

 

Developing maths skills   

 

Activities for other areas of learning

 

Monday

Can you read a story you don’t know and suggest how the story might end.

Can you write down something that is red, something that is yellow, something green, something, blue and something purple?

Can you sing 10 green bottles putting one finger down each time a bottle falls.

Can you dance to your favourite song? Does it make you feel happy or sad? Are you dancing quickly or slowly?

Tuesday

Can you describe the different characters, and settings in a story.

Can you practice writing your name? Can you write it without your name card?

With chalk outside can you draw a hopscotch outside on the path, can you then paly hopscotch, saying each number name as you land on it.

Ask your adult to clap a simple rhythm, can you copy it?

Wednesday

Can you share a story with your adult, you could even do it over facetime.

Can you use a paint brush to write some letter sounds that you know on the path.

Ask your adult to put some items in a box, without counting estimate how many are in the box. Count them to check how close you are.

Can you make an instrument? Does it make a loud noise or a quiet one? Can you make it louder or quieter, tell your adult how you are changing the sound.

Thursday

Can you hear and say the initial sounds in words?

Can have a go at some dough disco?

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

Put some different shaped objects in a bag, can you describe the objects to someone else and they have to guess what they are. Are they round? Or flat? How many sides or edges or corners does it have?

Do you know where you can find out information about things? Think of a question and then ask your adult to help you find out the answer. What might you need to use?

Friday

Can you ask your adult to say a word, can you think of a word that rhymes/sounds the same as it?

Have a think about the letter sounds we have looked at in nursery (satpin). Can you think of different objects  that start with each letter?

Use your toys and put them in different places. Can you describe to your adult where they are using, next to, beside, in front of, behind, under, on top of etc.

Can you draw a picture of someone who helps us. Write down how they help us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3

Activities for reading and stories

Ideas to practise phonics, reading and writing skills

 

Developing maths skills   

 

Activities for other areas of learning

 

Monday

Can you make puppets or use your toys to retell your favourite story.

Can you draw a picture of 5 of your favourite things? Can you have a go at writing their names, writing each sound that you hear.

Can you sing some of the number songs from your ‘at home’ pack

Can you help to carry out a small task? Could you help to make a sandwich for lunch?

Tuesday

Can you retell your favourite story to your grown up.

Can you practice holding your pencil correctly? Remember to just use 2 fingers and your thumb.

Ask your grown up to get you two groups of objects. Which group has more? Which group has less? Are they the same?

Can you think about your feelings? Are you happy? Sad? Cross? Scared? Can you explain to your grown up what is making you feel like this?

Wednesday

Can you make a reading den, somewhere cosy for you to look at books and share stories.

Can you colour in a picture, try to stay within the lines. We would love to see the pictures.

Can you have a go at writing some number down? Remember where they start when you write them

Can you tell your adult some of the things you are really good at.

Thursday

Can you talk to your grown up about the characters in the story and what they do? Can you also talk bout the where the story is set and what happens in the story.

Can you draw a picture of yourself and label all the parts of your body?

Once you have written your numbers can you get the right number of objects to match each number

Can you have a look out of the window? What can you see outside? Are they living? Are they man made? Are they natural? What words could you use to describe them? Hard? Soft? Rough? Smooth?

Friday

Can you look at words around your house, do you recognise any letters, do you think you can work out what the word might say?

Can you play a listening game? Get your adult to try this link. See what sounds you can hear.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-listening-skills-weather/zvrcf4j

Can you separate 3 or 4 objects in different ways? (1 and 2, 0 and 3, 2 and 1 ) does it still always make the same number?

Have a look at yourself and all the people who are in your house. Do you all look the same? What is the same and what are the things that are different about you all?

 

 

 

 

Week 2

Activities for reading and stories

Ideas to practise phonics, reading and writing skills

 

Developing maths skills   

 

Activities for other areas of learning

 

Monday

Sing a favourite nursery rhyme to your teddies.

Write a letter to a friend or a teacher, maybe on your daily exercise you could push it through the door of their house or school, you never know you might get a reply!

Make a pretend shop. Can you make and write price tags and labels for them, look at coins and practice writing the numbers.

Talk about pounds and pence and their symbols ‘£’ ‘p’

Look at the photographs on the school website/facebook/twitter. Can you tell your grown up who is in the pictures, what else you can see and what you like or don’t like about the pictures.

Tuesday

Can you learn a new nursery rhyme? You might need a grown up to help you find some on the internet.

With a bucket/bowl of water and a paintbrush or finger you could mark make outside on the path. (while we have this lovely weather!)

Find a washing up bowl or bucket or even in the bath. Predict which objects will float and which will sink. Then test it out to see if you’re right.

Can you ask your grown up to put some music on. Can you dance along to the music? Is it fast or slow? Does your dancing change to the different types of music?

Wednesday

Ask a grown up or an older brother or sister to read you a story, can you join in with any parts of the story that are said over and over again. For example in the ginger bread man story it say ‘run run as fast as you can’

Write your name by copying your name card on to another piece of paper. Decorate it, make it look exciting with your favourite colours. It could now be a picture for the wall of even a place mat.

Try a jigsaw, try to work out where are the pieces go without any help from your grown ups.

Can you practice getting dressed all by yourself? Can you put your shoes on the right feet and fasten the zip of your coat all by yourself? Can you even have a go at some of the buttons… they can be trick!

Thursday

Listen to a story, are there any words in this story that rhyme (sound the same).

 

Draw a picture of the people who live in your house. Can you have a go at writing their names next to their pictures.

Collect for objects, can you sort them in to groups? Explain to your adult why you have put them in to those groups.

If your allowed to can you use a camera or tablet or phone to take a photograph of something? Tell a grown up about it and explain how you took the photograph.

Friday

Have a look in some of the cupboards. Have a look at the labels can you work out what they say by looking at the initial letter and then using the picture to help.

 

See if you copy and any rhyming words from the books you have read. Can you see the patterns in the letters, can you copy them down. Can you make any more rhyming words using that pattern, they could be real words or alien (made up) words.

Make a line of toys can you count them all by saying one name for each toy as you point to it/touch it. Remember the number you say last is you stopping number. This number tells you how many there are in the group.

Can you and your family play ‘Kyms Game’ this is a memory game where some objects are on a tray, you close your eyes, your grown up hides an object and then you have to guess what is missing. Start with 4 or 5 objects and then work up to having lots more.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1

Activities for reading and stories

Ideas to practise phonics, reading and writing skills

 

Developing maths skills   

 

Activities for other areas of learning

 

Monday

Share a favourite story with a grown up or older brother or sister.

Talk about the picture, what you can see and what you can tell about the story from them.

Practice writing your name using the white board pen and name card from your stay at home pack.

Can you count how many letters there are in your name, once you’ve done that try Mummy, Daddy, your sister, brother or dog’s name.

Do you have some building blocks? Can you build a model with them? What have you made? If you haven’t got blocks maybe you could use boxes or tins.

Tuesday

Share a book with your teddy bear, look at the pictures and tell them about the story.

 

 

See if you can spot the first sound in your name in other places. For example, in books, newspapers, toy boxes or food packets.

Can you find something taller than you and shorter than you?

Can your grown up make you an obstacle course, where you can balance, jump, hop and crawl.

Wednesday

Have you got skype, whats app video or facetime? Ask someone who doesn’t live in your house to share a story with you. Or Mrs Smith read one on facebook and Mrs Ridgway’s in coming soon!

See if you can recognise the sounds that we have been looking at in school (satpin). Tell your grown up the names and sounds of these letters if you can remember them.

Can you help your adult with the washing? Can you sort all the socks to make matching pairs?

Can you play a cebeebies game on your grown ups tablet, phone or computer for 5 minutes.

Thursday

Make up your own story. Ask a grown up to put it on learning book, facebook or email it to the school. Mrs Ridgway and Mrs Smith would love to hear it!

 

Can you draw a picture or write a simple sentence about what you liked doing best when you were in nursery, email these to Mrs Smith.

Can you go on a hunt? Can you find…

2 plates

3cups

4 spoons?

How many have you got all together?

(Your grown ups could then think of some more things to find.)

Can you find any mini beasts in your garden? Can you draw a picture of it and tell your grown up all about it and where you found it.

Friday

Can you make a puppet form your favourite story and send a picture of it to leaning book?

 

Does your grown up need to do some shopping? Can you write a shopping list to help them.

Can your grown up make some simple number cards? Can you recognise any number and order them, to 5 , 10, 15 or 20.

Can you close your eyes for 30 seconds? What sounds can you hear?

 

Please remember that these activities are suggestions only. Do not feel under pressure to complete all of these – you could pick and choose, repeat your favourites and definitely introduce your own!

Whatever you get up to, please send us your photos, videos and messages via email. caroline.smith@willowwood.cheshire.sch.uk.

Please keep yourselves happy and safe!

We hope we will see you all soon! smiley

 

Here are some ideas for some activities for the children to do while we are off school

 

Have a go at writing your name using the name cards and pens.

 

Sing some familiar songs and nursery rhymes

Share some stories with your children.

Practice counting objects to 10 or 20.

Go on a shape hunt around the house to see what shape they can see.

See if you can find anything in your house that begin with the sounds

‘s’ ‘a’ ‘t’ ‘p’ ‘i’ or ‘n’

Sing some counting songs.

Can you draw a picture of your family.

Can you write our letter sounds in the book, remember to start at the top of each letter.

‘s’ ‘a’ ‘t’ ‘p’ ‘i’ ‘n’

Can you go on a number hunt in the house, what numbers can you see?

Can you see any birds in your garden, count how many you see and draw them in your book.

Don’t forget to take photograph of all of these activities and up load it on to learning book.

 

Here are some ideas for some activities for the children to do while we are off school

 

Share some stories with your children. Get your children to try and retell some parts of stories that they might know. For example ‘run, run as fast as you can you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!’

See if the children can find objects in the house or garden that are ‘tall’ or ‘short’. Can they order them using the language long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest.

Practice counting objects to 5, 10 or 20 pointing to each object and saying one number name for each.

If you have jigsaw puzzles at home, do puzzles with the children and talk to them about the ways and strategies they could use to complete the puzzle, getting the children to problem solve.

Help your child to practice fastening zips on their coat on their own or putting their shoes on themselves.

 

Talk about the weather with your child, and get them to draw a picture of the different types of weather each day.

Can you clap out a simple rhythm and get the children to copy you. These rhythms can get  harder as they get better at following them.

Can you make something with junk modelling, talk to the children about what they have made and how they did it.

See if the children can find objects in the house or garden that are ‘big’ or ‘small’. Then start introducing ‘middle sized’ can they order them from biggest to smallest or smallest to biggest.

If you have internet try looking at ‘singing hands’ on youtube,  and learn the Makaton signs for the songs.

Play a game with your child and encourage your children to take turns. For example snap, matching pairs, picking twos, snakes and ladders.

Don’t forget to take photograph of all of these activities and up load it on to learning book.