Nursery – Shapes, shapes, shapes

It was lovely to see so many of you back to Nursery. The children were full of Christmas stories and festive experiences. A big thank you for your Tapestry observations. I really appreciate all the home learning you are doing with your children. It is lovely to see all the videos and pictures you are posting.

This week we were busy learning shapes. We began with a lovely shape song. You can have a go too:

The shapes were all around the classroom. We had shape molds in the sand, printed shapes on the art table and shape roads in our small world area. The children did so well naming different shapes, counting sides and corners and noticing them around the classroom and outside area. Well done everybody…

Funky fingers:

We popped packing bubble wrap and were listening carefully to hear the POP!!! We practiced our name writing and even did lovely WOOSH!!! We did patterns using small mosaic… Great effort!

Letters and sounds:

This week the children played different Alliteration games like I spy and Bertha goes to the Zoo. Why don’t you have a go too:

Bertha goes to the zoo:

Set up a small toy zoo animals in a bag and a toy bus, and join your child as they play with it. Chant the following rhyme and allow your child to draw an animal out of the bag and add an animal name to the list of animals spotted at the zoo. “Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, Who does she see as she passes through? … A pig, a panda, a parrot and a polar bear.”

Religious education:

We’ve been reading the story of Simeon and Anna. Here is the link if you want to watch again at home:

We role played the story using story puppets and the children were so good retelling it. We talked about baby Jesus as a very special baby and how Jesus is presented by his parents at the temple, and noticed by Simeon and Anna. Jesus is the light of the World ! Jesus is the savior of the world! To support our learning we did lovely candles, using gems and shiny paper.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Home Learning 08.01.2021

Good morning Nursery!

I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying your home learning activities so far.

I am planning to set up Zoom meetings with groups of children next week.  Each meeting will take place at 10.30 am.  Details of your child’s allocated Zoom meeting will be posted via the Memo section on Tapestry.

Here are the activities for today:

Read a book:

It’s very important that you share a book with your child every day. Reading sparks your child imagination and stimulate curiosity. It helps develop your child’s brain, ability to focus, concentration, social and communication skills. Helps your child to learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make – believe’.

The book I chose for today is ‘Stick man’ by Julia Donaldson. The story describes a Stick Man who lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. When he decides to venture outside, Stick Man quickly discovers that being a stick makes him a very attractive toy and tool for lots of different people and animals.

Here are some ideas for ways to make sharing the book even more fun:

  • Stick Man is trying to get home.
  • How many ducks and ducklings can you count in the river?
  • Have you ever played Pooh Sticks?
  • Can you think of anything else a stick might be used for?
  • Stick Man is on the beach.
  • Can you spot the lighthouse in the picture?
  • How many shells are on the sandcastle?
  • Draw a picture of the best sandcastle you can imagine.
  • Stick Man is used for all sorts of things.
  • What do the children use Stick Man for?
  • How do you think it makes Stick Man feel?
  • What makes you cross? What makes you happy?
  • Oh, no! Stick Man is in danger.
  • Have you ever played in the snow?
  • Do you remember any nice dreams you’ve had?
  • Who do you think is stuck up the chimney?
  • Stick Man is back in the family tree.
  • What Christmassy things can you see in the picture?
  • What do you think might be in the stick children’s presents?
  • Can you think of any Christmas songs or carols?

Mark – making activities:

You can create a story map, showing Stick Man’s adventure and all the different things he was used for. Encourage your child to retell the story, using the map as a guide. Another lovely idea is to ‘write’ a postcard from Stick Man to his family. Encourage your child to use the story to describe what has happened to Stick Man on his adventure.

Exploring media and materials:

You can make your own Stick Man using natural objects collected on a daily walk/in the garden or using a kitchen roll tube as a body! Your child can draw features like his eyes (no need for googly eyes etc.) .

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Home Learning 07.01.2021

Good morning Nursery!

I really hope you enjoyed the activities from yesterday. Big thank you for sharing your home learning with me on Tapestry! It’s lovely to see the children so engaged and motivated to try new things.

Here is today’s home learning:

Physical education:

Washing machine

Place some items such as jumpers or teddies on top of a small sheet or blanket. Ask your child to hold the blanket (while a sibling or mummy/daddy are holding the other end) and listen carefully for the instructions. Your child must act like the washing machine and walk round in a circle, you can call instructions such as ‘faster’, ‘slower’, or ‘change direction (stops the child getting too dizzy) After the clothes have been washed the child have to then tumble dry them. This can be done by encouraging your child to softly bounce the clothes on the blanket.

Letters and Sounds:

Digging for treasure

You will need a pack of old rice or pasta/sand/kinetic sand, shredded paper should work too. You will also need to collect two sets of objects. Each set must have names beginning with the same initial sound. Choose initial sounds for each set that sound very different from one another ( e.g. ‘a’ and ‘p’ or ‘s’ and ‘o’). Bury the objects in preparation for the session. As your child uncover the treasure, group the objects by initial sound and each time another is added recite the content of that set: WOW! You’ve found a car. Now we have a cup, a cow, a candle and a car.

Rhyme of the week:

You can sing the song with your child and later on you can make some finger puppets to make to even more fun.

Have a fantastic Thursday!

Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Home Learning 06.01.2021

Good morning Nursery!

Today’s activities will be based around Epiphany. Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas on 6th January and is the time when Christians remember the Wise man who visited Jesus.

On Tapestry, under memos you will find a very useful Power Point presentation. You can share it with your child and talk about Epiphany, encouraging them to ask questions and share their own ideas.

Expressive arts and design:

Make a crown or decorate a box (or you can do both). To make a crown you need to cut a long piece of paper and attach some gems, pompoms or use PVA glue and add some glitter.

For the box (gift ) you can use any box from your kitchen and turn it around. Your child can then decorate the box with different colors paint. This is a great opportunity for you to talk about mixing colors and how they change. You can also try and make colors only using yellow, green, red and blue.

Most of all, have fun!

Fine motor skills

You can make yellow playdough today. Here is the recipe we use at Nursery, but you can always adapt it.

Once the playdough is ready you can then model the star of Bethlehem. This is a good place to talk about shapes and use some mathematical language:

  • I made a big star, but yours is bigger!
  • Mine is small.
  • Let’s make enormous star… etc.

Please share your home learning with me on Tapestry. I would love to see your pictures, so do continue to share them!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Nursery – Home Learning 05.01.2021

Good morning Nursery!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a better New Year than 2020. I really hope you had a nice Christmas break and enjoyed spending time with your family.

Every day I will post different activities for you to do at home. The activities should take no longer than 1 hour per day. Please avoid overloading your child with school work: in school they are given a significant amount of child initiated learning which consolidates their learning from adult directed activities. They will need time to do this at home too, and this could include:

  • Small world play e.g. toy animals, cars, soft toys
  • Arts and Crafts e.g. colouring, play dough, and construction e.g. Lego, blocks
    They will also need some time for wellbeing focused activities, such as:
  • Daily exercise e.g. Joe Wicks, Cosmic Yoga, playing in the garden
  • Down time e.g. watching a TV or playing a game
  • Lots of cuddles and a good night sleep!

There will be an expectation that parents upload their own observations showing any activities they have completed (including own photos and videos). If you haven’t uploaded an observation on the app yet, have a go as soon as you can – it is a very simple process using your smartphone or tablet. If you need support or further instructions
please contact the office.

Keeping to a routine

Here at St’Adrians we know how important routine is to young children especially in a time of uncertainty. Here are some benefits that your child can gain from a consistent routine in daily life:

  • Increased confidence and independence. Being able to rely on past experiences in safe environment allows your child to feel comfortable performing the same activities, such as putting on pyjamas, on their own.
  • Greater self control. If a child has no limits on when they can watch TV, for example, they may not learn that sometimes they have to turn it off and balance between enjoyable tasks and functional tasks like brushing teeth or helping mummy with the tea.
  • Stress reduction. When a child has a predictable daily routine, it reminds them that they are in a secure, loving environment. If your child knows what they can reasonably expect to happen each day, they don’t worry about “what if” scenarios.

So today you can make a fun timetable chart with your child. As the children at this young age can’t read, you can include pictures as well as writing. Please check Tapestry for fun templates and examples which I will post later on today.

This is how our Timetable looks like:

The first thing we do in the morning is Funky Fingers activities . Funky fingers is series of fun activities for children to build up their upper body strength (gross motor skills) and finger/hand strength and control (fine motor skills). Improving these skills build a secure foundation for fast, fluent handwriting. At the beginning of each week I will post new activity for you to try at home. You can spend as much time as you want, but 10-15 min. every day is a good place to start.

Paper clips:

Prepare some paper clips. Ask your child to link them together and make a long line. You can do some counting as well. Make a little competition, who will make the longest line?

Helping your child


Whilst you are at home, you do not always have to work on something that is Maths,
Literacy or Phonics based. You could work on something that will help your child
later in life and give them the best start when they go to ‘Big School’.
Look at the list below and see what your child needs to work on:

  • Can they put on a coat by themselves?
  • Can they do up the zip on their coat?
  • Can they go to the toilet by themselves?
  • Can they hold a pencil with 3 fingers?
  • Can they use scissors correctly?
  • Can they get dressed by themselves?
  • Can they talk in full sentences?
  • Can they have a back and forth conversation with someone in your family?
  • Can they use a knife, fork and spoon correctly?

Most importantly, have fun together!!!

Stay safe, Mrs Solakova

What an exciting week – Nursery

We have to start with all your amazing children performing their Christmas show! They sang beautifully and remembered all the different actions. They did extremely well filming the production and getting it ready for you. I hope you enjoyed the play as much as the children and us! They all watched the video and loved spotting themselves, it was lovely to see them singing while watching it too.

On a Thursday we had a special visitor….. Father Christmas. Of course the children had lots of questions and Father Christmas was very kind and answered them all. He even brought lovely presents.

Friday was a very special day, because we had our purple party. Thank you for your contributions… the children really enjoyed it. The day finished with a disco and fun games.

Today we also filmed the children retelling the ”The Enormous turnip” story. They now know the story very well and I really hope you will enjoy watching it. You will be able to see it on Tapestry.

A big thank you for all your kind gifts, messages and Christmas greetings. They are all greatly appreciated.

I hope you have a very happy, healthy and restful holiday!!!

Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Advent

It’s the end of another fantastic week at Nursery. We were busy getting ready for Christmas, practicing for the performance and mastering new skills. The children have been singing their hearts out! They have learned all the Christmas songs and are now ready for recording our lovely performance next week. Thank you to everyone who brought their outfit into school.

REAdvent

Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love.

In nursery we were very busy preparing for Christmas. We decorated our Christmas tree and lit the advent candle. We also learned a new song:

To the tune of ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’

Light the Advent candle come

Now the waiting has begun

We have started on our way

Time to think of Christmas day

Candle, candle burning bright

Shining in the cold winter night

Candle, candle in the morn

Reminds us of when Jesus was born.

Why don’t you have a go at home!

We also started our Advent Calendar and every day the children will have a different Advent challenges. Today’s challenge was to help mummy and daddy and get the table ready for tea!!!

Messy play:

This week we have tried a new recipe and played with a cloud dough. It feels just like snow and the children loved it. We added some mint flavor and Christmas cutters to make it extra special.

Talk for writing, The Enormous turnip:

I am feeling so proud of all your children. They already know the story so well and now are taking turns retelling it independently. We worked very hard and made our own story maps.

We even made a nice turnip soup with different spices and carrots. The children used butter knives to cut some carrots and scissors to snip the spices. Delicious!!!

Fine motor skills:

This week the children decorated stockings for the fireplace. I think that they look amazing!!! Then in CIL we made the fireplace and even added real logs…. great team work Nursery!

Gentle reminder:

Please bring all items of costume in a labelled bag by Monday 7th December at the very latest

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Getting ready for Christmas!

Christmas has arrived to Nursery!!!

When we arrived on a Monday morning we discovered that someone has been very busy over the weekend and decorated our lovely Nursery classroom. We think that Father Christmas sent his elves to our school….

The children really enjoyed Santa’s workshop and were very busy wrapping presents and writing name tags. We used scissors, cello tape and wrapping paper, string and paper bags. It was lovely to see the children engaged in those activities and share their own Christmas experiences.

Funky fingers activities:

This week we were busy making purple paper chains and decorating the classroom in purple. This activity is great for straightening our finger muscles and getting them ready for writing.

Our writing table was very, very busy. Everyone loved cutting, sticking and decorating Christmas cards. The children were trying really hard to hold the pen the correct way. Well done Nursery!

Talk for writing:

I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear the children retelling ”The enormous turnip”. They are doing really well and today we made our first story map. The story map will help us remember the story better. Next week the children will draw their own story maps.

The Nativity

We have done a lot of practising of our Nativity songs. We can’t wait for you to see them! The children are learning to sing loud, but not screaming and we also practised doing different actions while singing. On a Monday I will send letter confirming your child’s role and what clothes you will have to provide.

Letters and Sounds:

This week we have been using our loud and quiet voices to find Santa. He was lost and we had to help him. It’s a lovely game and you can have a go too:

One child (the rescuer) is taken aside while Santa is hidden somewhere in the room (you can play outside too). The other children/players are going to guide the rescuer to Santa by singing louder as the rescuer gets closer, or quieter as the rescuer moves further away from Santa. We sang ”We wish you a Merry Christmas”, but you can use any soft toy/song you like. Have fun!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs Solakova

Nursery – We have kind hands in Nursery

We were so busy this week finishing an amazing art project, talking about Sikhism and celebrating Kindness week.

Religious education:

This week the children explored different religion – Sikhism. They made lovely Diva lamps (still drying and getting ready for painting on a Monday 🙂 ), we baked flat bread to share, we made Sikh puppets and tried to make the Sikhism symbol using black paint and white paper. Well done children for all your hard work.

Art project:

We were very busy creating our doctor, using only recycling materials. The children were really excited to finish it today and dress him in his PPE. Amazing work EYFS!!!

This week we also talked a lot about kindness. We made a lovely Kindness tree display and everyone contributed. The children began by making hand prints and then adding them to our special tree. Of course we had plenty of ideas:

‘With our kind hands we can pick up toys.’

‘We can help a friend.’

‘We can buy a plaster from the shop and help someone.’

‘We can wave.’

I hope you will like our special Kindness tree…

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Remembrance day and Children in need

It’s the end of another busy week in Nursery! We learnt interesting facts about Remembrance day, we talked about Baptism, we had a dress up day on a Friday!!! I must say that your spots were the best!

We began the week by watching a short BBC video about poppies. We talked about why we wear poppies and the children could choose between different activities like painting a poppy, making poppy card, modelling poppy with a playdough. You can have a go watching the video too:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04p4zsl/poppies

We also made individual poppies to help us remember.

The children worked really hard and created an amazing ‘Harvest’ display. They used pasta to decorate the wheat, popping corn to make the corn, real apples to stamp on the apple tree. Have a look too…

Children in need:

The children really enjoyed coming to school dressed up in their spotty outfits. We did a little costume competition and guess what: everybody won!!!

Thank you for bringing to school your Baptism pictures, candles, blankets. It’s been lovely sharing them with the rest of the children.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Solakova