Learning about Lifecycles through Hatching Chicks
In Nursery before school closed we began incubating some eggs. We learnt about different animals that hatch from eggs such as spiders, crocodiles, ducks, chickens and caterpillars. We learnt how caterpillars hatch from a tiny egg, grow bigger, spin a cocoon, then eventually turn into a beautiful butterfly. We talked about how our eggs would hatch into chicks that grow into chickens. We compared this to how human babies grow inside their mother’s tummies then grow and grow once they are born.
Unfortunately school closed before the eggs could hatch, but the children were sent videos and pictures of their chicks through Tapestry. Parents helped children to find out what the chicks can eat and drink. Children gave reasons for why they thought the chicks needed a lamp such as “to keep them safe” and “so they can see in the dark.” Great thinking! Children also suggested names. Meet Tuna, Rainbow-sparkles, Chase, Skye, Elastigirl, Lucky and Jessica:
School is now closed to most pupils, and during this difficult time we will support children as best we can by providing parents with home learning activities. The activities link to the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and use resources that you should already have around your home, to minimise the risk caused by going to the shops. If you are concerned that you don’t have enough toys or books for your child, please don’t struggle in silence! Contact us via Tapestry or calling 01246 432 366, and we can lend you some. Please share at least one story a day with your child.
If your child was in Nursery during the last week at school you will have received a document with the following activities:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Play rolling/throwing/catching a sock (rolled into a ball) with your grown-up or a friend.
- Look at photographs of when you were a baby, family holidays and talk about them with your grown-up.
- Talk about the things that make you feel happy, sad or worried.
- Help with chores such as dusting, setting the table or putting away toys.
- Build a den.
- Ride a bike/trike.
- Go on a long walk in the woods with your grown-up.
- Bake bread/biscuits with your grown-up.
- Make playdough with your grown-up- here is how: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe .
- Make an obstacle course in your garden.
- Blow bubbles and catch them.
- Play musical statues.
- Cut and stick to create collages or cards for your family (use children’s scissors and stay with a grown up.)
- Building with lego or blocks- can you build a house, garage or farm? Can you balance 20 blocks or more?
- See how many jumps you can do on the spot.
- How long can you balance on one leg?
Reading and Writing
- Have an adult read at least one story book with you per day.
- Draw your favourite characters from the stories in your Home Learning book.
- Draw a picture portrait of your family.
- Recite some of your favourite Nursery rhymes to your family and record them on your grown-up’s phone and listen as they play it back to you.
- Write your name in a tray of sugar, flour or cous- cous.
- Play ‘I Spy..’
- Ask your grown-up to scribe your story for you. Ask your family to help you act out your story, with family taking the part of some of the characters.
- Choose something to draw each day in your Home Learning book such as flowers, fruit in a bowl, tree in the garden, your dog, the best thing that has happened that day.
- Make a number plate for your bike.
- Guess the number of segments in a satsuma, open it and count them, then find the corresponding numeral on a number line.
- Label each of the stairs with a numeral. Count the stairs as you go up or down, counting forwards and backwards.
- Count how many doors there are in your whole house.
- How many windows are in your house upstairs? Downstairs? How many altogether? Can you write the number or draw the windows on your house?
- How many footsteps from your front door to your bedroom? Your kitchen to your bathroom? What happens if you take bigger steps?
- How many rooms are in your house? Practise writing this number at home.
- Ask your grown-up for their keys. Count the number of keys and practise writing the number at home.
- Write numbers 1 to 10 on separate sheets of paper and as your grown-up calls out a number, run and stand on it.
- Can you find ten things in your home to count?
- Pair some socks then see how many you can throw into a washing basket. Can you get 5 pairs of socks into the basket? Record how many are in the washing basket using tally marks.
- Go on a number hunt- how many number 3s are on your street? You might spot them on car number-plates or houses! Every time you spot a number 3 write it in your Home Learning book.
- Build a tower using 10 or 20 blocks. Can you use the same number of blocks but build a different tower? Take photos of your creations and post them on Tapestry.
- Can you find twenty things in your home to count?
- Can you find 1 toothbrush/2 spoons/3 pegs/4 socks/5 shoes.
- Can you get dressed before your grown-up counts to 20?
Shape, Space and Measure
- Help your parent/carer to pair socks after washing and count the number of pairs. Write the number.
- Find a repeating pattern in your home. E.g. wallpaper, tiles, duvet. Can you describe it? squares/circles. Can you draw or paint your own repeating pattern?
- Can you find 4 different sized shoes in your house? Can you order them by length?
- How long does it take to have a bath? How did you work it out?
- Cut your sandwiches or toast into rectangles/triangles/squares? What is your favourite toast-shape? Can you count the pointy corners?
- Are you taller or shorter than a door/chair/windowsill?
- How wide is your bed? How can you find out?
- Who is the tallest person in your house? Who is the shortest person in your house? How many pencils/paperclips/cereal boxes are they the same height as?
- Go on a shape hunt in your house- is your clock a circle/your picture frame a rectangle? Can you find a triangular object for a challenge?
- Look in the food cupboard. Can you find the heaviest and lightest item? How do you know?
- Water play with different sized jugs, cups and bowls in the sink/bath. How many cups of water does it take to fill the jug? Use different sized spoons to fill the containers. Which container holds the most water? Can you use the words ‘empty’, ‘full’ and ‘half full’?
Understanding the World
- Go on a mini-beast hunt in your garden.
- Plant seeds such as cress and watch them grow.
- Create a mini garden in a large foil tray.
- Make a bird feeder.
- Make a wormery.
- Add raisins to a large bottle of lemonade. What happens? Can you film the reaction on your grown-up’s phone? Does the same thing happen when you add raisins to water?
- Count the number of birds you see coming to feed on the bird feeder and find out which types they are using the internet with support from your grown-up.
- Freeze small toy figures in ice and time how long it takes for the toy to be free. Notice how the water turns from a liquid to a solid after being in the freezer.
- Make up a dance to your favourite piece of music.
- Make a mud pie.
- Make and fly a kite.
- Create art with nature.
- Paint with your feet.
- Invent a game.
- Make cards for everyone at home.
- Make a pretend pirate ship using a box or furniture.
- Try painting on foil.
- Make a boat, robot or a favourite animal from recycled cereal boxes or cartons.
- Make music with pots, pans and spoons- can you sing at the same time?
- Dress up as different characters! We love pretending to be doctors, firefighters, police, witches and wizards, the Big Bad Wolf or shopkeepers.
Please also find below:
-Our 10 core Nursery Rhymes– can your child sing along and do the actions? This helps to develop language and early literacy!
- Incey Wincey Spider
- 12345 Once I Caught a Fish Alive
- Baa Baa Black Sheep
- Humpty Dumpty
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Pussy Cat Pussy Cat
- 5 Little Ducks
- 5 Little Speckled Frogs
- Three Blind Mice
- Old MacDonald Had a Farm
–Counting Songs which support mathematics development (copy and paste these links www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065s411 and www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065s47t )
–Sticky Kids and Wiggle and Shake– these albums are great for supporting communication and language, early literacy and physical development. They are action songs which you dance along to and the children love them. Our favourite tracks are Funky Monkey, Can You Run as Fast as Me, Let’s Go Walking, Elephants Have Wrinkles, Bean Bag Song, Shake My Sillies. These albums are available on Spotify!
-These are the main stories that we have focused on in Nursery this year:
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff
- The Three Little Pigs
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- The Gingerbread Man
- Little Red Riding Hood
- This is the Bear
- Farmer Duck
- Dear Zoo
- Goodnight Gorilla
- The Hungry Caterpillar
It is important that children have a bank of stories they are familiar with, can repeat phrases from and can recall. Please revisit these stories with them- being read to by a parent/carer is best but if this is not possible there are youtube versions of these stories available too.
We will keep in touch with you on Tapestry- remember to activate your account if you have not already done so!
Mrs Kapur, Miss Anderson and Mrs Passaseo would like to welcome you to our web page, below are some photographs of the things the children have been showing interest in recently. We hope you enjoy them…
We believe that all children are unique. Every child has their own personality, interests, individual talents and skills. Together we aim to nurture each child to fulfil their potential.
Scientific research has proved that children are more likely to learn and problem solve when they are immersed in a safe and secure environment which interests, excites and stimulates them.
Below are examples of the things we do to support teaching and learning:
Our classroom environment is set up with a ‘workshop’ approach. This means that children have independent access to resources in areas of the classroom both indoors and outdoors to support learning. Enhancements are then used to ‘hook’ children into play, this could be through a child’s interest in a particular toy or favourite TV character, it could also mean setting up an activity for a child to develop a skill they have been observed exploring. The enhancements are carefully chosen in relation to recent observations and assessments.
In Foundation Stage the cycle of observation, assessment, planning and observation is carried out on a moment-by-moment basis.
We work this way because:
“Young children are experiencing and learning in the here and now, not storing up questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moment’ – that the skilful adult makes a difference. By using this cycle on a moment-by-moment basis, the adult will always be alert to individual children (observation), always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking (assessment), and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning. (planning in the next moment)”
In Nursery there is more emphasis on the development of the PRIME areas of learning, these are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
The learning is then directed towards the SPECIFIC areas of learning, these are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
We have adapted different approaches of observation, assessment and planning in order for us to provide the best learning opportunities for our children, such as Anna Ephgrave’s ‘Focus Child’ and Alistair Brice Clegg’s ‘Objective Led Planning’.
We also support the ‘Characteristics of effective learning’ by creating an environment that encourages play and exploration, active learning and creative thinking.
Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators, by working together we can provide the most effective education for children. We have a welcoming atmosphere where parents feel valued. We are always looking for new ways to involve parents.
We love outdoor learning!
Building a house made of sticks…watch out for the big bad wolf!
Finding and counting worms!
Looking for the frogs in our pond area!
We have been making owl biscuits. We used cups to measure the dry ingredients and had to follow the recipe by counting very carefully the number of full cups we needed. We decorated the biscuits with raisins, counting out three for each. Some of us worked out how many we would need for 3 biscuits.