Nursery learning from home

Ensure you are having fun with your child whilst learning.  Children learn through interacting with you and other members of the family.

 

This week is all about the story the Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

  1. Click on the link below to listen to the story together
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pk64x/the-gruffalo
  1. In the story, the other creatures invite the mouse to have something to eat with them in their house. Support your child to develop their independence skills by making a snack or meal with you.
  1. Follow the recipe below to make playdough together. Encourage your child to measure out the ingredients giving support through modelling and getting them to copy. Then your child can mix together the ingredients. What can your child make with the playdough? There were a lot of creatures in the story. Your child might like to make a creature of their own.

Playdough recipe

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of cold water (possibly a 1/2 cup more)
  • 2 tablespoon of  cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  1. Encourage your child to create their own home from recycled food packaging you have in the house such as empty yoghurt pots or cereal boxes for the mouse in the story or the creature they have created from playdough.
  1. Support your child to place recycled items in the water using your sink or bath and demonstrate pouring, filling up, emptying these resources.
If you are able to send in photos to the nursery of the learning at home you are doing our email is:
stpiusearlyyears@dundeeschools.scot
If you are unsure how to send photos to our email or how to attach the photos, phone or text Sasha on 07717807916 for guidance.

 

Additional Information

 

Parent club

Here is a website for support, help and advice

Parent Club – For Baby Box And All Your Parenting Needs

Link to additional activities

Follow Play Scotland on Facebook or click on the link below to access their website where you will find additional activity ideas
https://www.playscotland.org

Links to additional stories

We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Supertato by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

If you have stories in the house it is also beneficial to read the same story to your child repeatedly.

Activities you can try at home with your child this week

Hello nursery children and families, we would love to hear what you have been doing and if possible see some photos of what you do together. Please keep in touch with us by email and update us.

stpiusearlyyears@dundeeschools.scot

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can open the Notes app and open a new note to take a photo using the camera icon. If you select use photo then select send a copy, you can email your photo.

 

This week is all about the story Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

 

 

1. Listen to the story of the Stick Man together by clicking on the link below

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06t09rk/stick-man

2. When you are out for a walk or in the garden encourage your child to look out for frost. What marks can they make in the frost using their hands or  feet?

3. When you are outside, encourage your child to look for a stick and take it home. If your child is able to, support them to measure different objects in the house against the stick. Can they find an object that is taller than the stick? Can they find an object that is shorter than the stick?

4. Play hide and seek together with the stick. Encourage your child to hide the stick and if they are able to, give you clues about where to find it. This could include saying what it is near to or saying hot or cold. Hot when you are near to it and cold when you are far away from it.

5. Encourage your child to use the stick as the stick man. What can they get their stick man to do? Can they get him to jump? Can they get him to dance? What else can their stick man do?

6. Teach your child the song head, shoulders, knees and toes. Show your child about where each of these parts are on their body. Have a singalong together.

7. Encourage and support your child to identify where different body parts would be on their stick man. Where would his head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth and nose be?

Parent club

Here is a website for support, help and advice

Parent Club – For Baby Box And All Your Parenting Needs

 

 

 

Extra online activities to get children moving
PE with Joe every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am on Youtube
Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube
Just dance kids on Youtube
Like Big Noise Douglas Facebook page to keep up to date with music sessions they are hosting live on Facebook

 

 

Additional online stories
You can download the Bookbug app to get access to other stories and rhymes

You can download the CBeebies story time app for accessing other stories

18.12.2020

2s

This week the children have been learning about how water changes form. They filled trays with water and put it in the freezer to see what happened.

The next day they checked on the trays and it had turned into ice. They explored different ways of getting the ice out of the containers.

A few children continue to show interest in exploring different opportunities for sensory play.

On Thursday, the children had a Christmas lunch together.

3-5s

In group time, some of the children have been practising counting. One group was building towers and starting to count how many blocks were in their tower once it fell over.

In the garden, a group of children were working together to clean the nursery windows.

A few children have been using recycled materials and decorations to create their own pieces of art. Riley created a guitar and Josie created a handbag decoration.

Aarron noticed there wasn’t a Christmas tree in the garden and found some large branches. He started to make these into a Christmas tree by adding decorations and other children joined in too.

In the garden, a group of children made a potion. They mixed together different colours of paint and water to see what colour they could make.

  

Some groups finished reading the Elves and the shoemaker story this week. They were learning about the word thin.

Lewis investigated how the pulley works. He filled the bucket with different loose parts and pulled on the string to see what happened.

A few children have been developing their cutting and wrapping skills through creating their own presents.

A group of children continue to show interest in moulding materials to create their own models. They decorated these in different ways.

On Thursday, the children had a Christmas lunch together.

11.12.2020

2s

Hudson has been developing his fine motor skills weaving materials through the wheel.

Reggie and Keira have shown interest in developing fine motor skills through puzzles.

Reggie has been using the wheelbarrow to transport items around the garden.

Aniyah and Keira have been developing their independence skills practising putting on and taking off  their coat.  They have also been putting on and taking off their waterproof trousers.

Outside a few children have been exploring puddles and used the water and brushes to mark make and clean things around the garden.

3-5s

This week a number of children have been exploring loose parts using these to design their own Christmas trees and other Christmas pictures.

They have also been developing their cutting skills through using scissors and cutting wrapping paper to create their own presents.

A few children have been developing their fine motor skills in different ways.

A group of children worked together to create their own slide. They experimented using water and foam to find out what would make their slide work best.

In the garden, Joshua used decorations to decorate a tree. When using the baubles, he noticed he could see his reflection in one of them. he then used this to reflect other things he saw outside.

Aarron and Danny have shown great interest in measuring and comparing heights.

In the other garden, a group of children have been investigating different ways to make water travel using different pieces of equipment. they worked together giving one another instructions and sharing their ideas.

Inside, a few children have been using the magnetic shapes and blocks to create their own models and pictures.

4.12.2020

2s

This week Hudson has been helping to create a feelings area. he has been learning how to use a hammer safely to put nails in the wall to hang things up.

George has been building sandcastles.  He used different containers to create different sizes of castles.

A few children have been exploring messy play using their senses and transporting it to other areas of the garden.

Inside, a few children have been engaging in different kinds of roleplay using their imagination.

Some children have also been exploring paint using different objects for printing.

3-5s

A group of children have shown a continued interest in pirates from last week transferring this to the other garden. They have been finding out about flags and creating their own ones. Others have been looking for and investigating treasure around the garden.

They have been looking at books to find out more about pirates and get ideas for their roleplay. Sophie decided she wanted a pirate head scarf.

At the end of last week a couple of children were talking about having lazers on the boat. This week a lazer area was created. the children had to problem solve to move through it trying not to touch the lazers. Other children used it as a spider web.

Inside, children continue to show interest in letters. A number of children have been playing letter bingo matching together letters which are the same. A couple of children have shown interest in writing their name.

In the order garden, a group of children have shown an interest in climbing and jumping. They have been challenging themselves to climb and jump from greater heights adding additional crates. Through this they have been assessing and managing their own risk.

Inside, there has been a real interest in building this week. Children have been using their imagination to create a range of models. Ash has revisited this  daily creating new meglasaurs to add to his already built ones . He has made different sizes of them and different types. He has also made drawings of his models and engaged in roleplay with them.

   

A few children have been developing their scissor skills cutting paper.

  

27.11.2020

2s

A few children have been sorting objects by colour this week. They have also started to count out some objects.

A couple of children have shown interest in building towers using different construction materials.

A couple of children have shown interest in exploring stories.

3-5s

A group of children have shown an interest in police role-play and building a police station. This week we watched a video to find out more about what the police do and how they help people.

Some children have been using the small word people figures engaging in role-play and building homes for them.

A few children have been identifying familiar letters to them and practised copying letters.

Ali has been identifying the letter at the start of words.

A few children continue to show interest in shapes using them to build and make pictures.

Joshua and Aarron were forming shapes in the salt.

A group of boys used the soapy water to make a large puddle for them to splash in.

A few children have shown interest in exploring the leaves sitting in them and throwing them up in the air watching them fall.

A group of children played pairs identifying pictures that matched.

In the garden, a group of children used loose parts to create their own pirate ship. They created a flag and treasure maps.

20.11.2020

2s

In the garden, a group of children have been developing their gross motor skills through participating in obstacle courses and climbing.

Some children have been adding water to the sand observing how it changes consistency. They have used the trucks and diggers to collect and transport the sand.

Hudson has been developing his fine motor skills doing jigsaws.

A couple of children have been mark making using chalk.

Hallie has been helping her friends this week by taking off their coats.

A couple of children have been exploring the tools roleplaying builders.

A few of the boys got together to create some music.

3-5s

A few children have been investigating different electrical equipment at the workbench taking it apart using the tools. Others have been using the wood to hammer nails into.

After learning about the word stitch in their story last week, a few children tried stitching themselves.

In the garden, a group of children have shown interest in controlling traffic learning about different signs that can be used.

Ali has been practising writing numbers using chalk.

A few children wanted to use the bridges but they would not stand up on their own. Harley looked for something to hold up the bridge and problem solved until she had the right number of pieces to hold up the bridges.

In the other garden, a group of children worked together using a pulley to pick up and transport items.

Joshua noticed the fan which blew onto the garden. He collected leaves and brought them to the fan letting go of them and observing how the fan made the leaves to travel. Oliver observed what Joshua was doing and joined in.

Others were jumping in the leaves and burying one another.

Inside, a few children have been using shapes to create their own pictures and towers.

13.11.2020

2s

In the water tray, a few children have been investigating different containers filling them up and pouring them out observing the water travel in different ways and transporting it from one container to another.

 

George has continued to explore fire fighter role-play in different ways.

  

In the garden, a couple of children used the blocks to create their own fire engine. They used hula hoops to represent steering wheels.

Some children have been developing their cutting skills using scissors to cut different materials.

A couple of children have been developing their fine motor skills through threading activities. 

A group of children played a listening game where they had to listen to the instruction and select the right picture putting it in the right place.

3-5s

This week in ABC and beyond one group started to focus on a new story- The Elves and the Shoemaker. This week they were learning about the word stitch.

The other group have started to read a book about coronavirus. This week they were learning about the word virus.

A group of children have shown a real interest in floating and sinking selecting different objects both indoors and outdoors and investigating whether they float or sink.

In the garden, this group investigated the size of splash different objects made trying to find the object which made the biggest splash.

The interest in shapes has continued this week. Joshua used his checklist to identify shapes in the other garden. He noticed the puddle was a circle so he ticked this on his shape checklist.

Other children used the shape cards matching these to different items in the garden.

Other children have used shapes to create pictures and build towers.

A number of children have been exploring different materials for building creating different models.

Freddy built a jungle for the wildlife animals.

A group of children used loose parts to create their own picnic.

A group of children have shown a real interest in using clay and play dough to create a range of models. They have worked together to make the play dough and used a range of loose parts and herbs.

In the garden, a group of children went on a scavenger hunt to find some animal figures. The children extended this themselves finding other items within the garden and counting how many objects they had collected.

In the home corner, a few children have been engaged in cafe role play taking turns to serve food and be a customer.

This group of children worked together to transport water from one place to another.

6.11.2020

2s

A few of the children continue to show a real interest in firefighter roleplay.

They used paint to print and create imaginary fires.

Some children collected leaves from the garden and also used pumpkin seeds to create their own works of art. 

Logan has shown interest in roleplay in the home corner.

Some of the children used loose parts to create an obstacle course for them to move around the room.

3-5s

Some of the children have shown a real interest in numbers. They have been trying to identify numbers and put them in order. They have also been hiding them around the garden for others to find.

Joshua noticed some of the shapes on the signs inside and outside of the nursery. Other children began to show interest so they have been drawing shapes and going on shape hunts around the garden using their checklists.

They have continued this interest inside playing shape and pattern games on the interactive board.

 

A few children have set up their own cafe in the home corner taking orders and serving food.

Harley has been comparing the weight of different household items.

A group of children were exploring chalk outside using brushes to spread the chalk to create their own fireworks.

In Word Aware group the children have been learning about the word empty. Lyall showed us an empty basket he found in the nursery.

In Numeracy group time, children have been playing games which help them to practise counting and recognise numbers and shapes.

A few children have shown an interest in building their own tracks for the trains to travel on. They have been problem solving to make sure the train can move all the way around the track.

In the garden, a number of children have been investigating the sand adding water to it to change the consistency of the sand. Some of them have been building sandcastles.

A few children have been exploring the clay developing their fine motor skills as they mould it in to different creations.

 

In the water area, some children have began to show an interest in floating and sinking observing and discussing what happens when they put different objects into the water.

Danny and Aarron were using the measuring stick to measure how tall they were. They then transported it around the garden to measure different items. They looked at the numbers recognising those they know.

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