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.


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:

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

Nursery – Fabulous Fireworks!

Welcome back Nursery! I hope you had a lovely Half term holiday. Big Thank you to everyone who shared lovely pictures and videos with me during the break. It’s been lovely seeing you all doing different activities and spending time with friends and family.

This week in nursery we have been learning all about fireworks. The children had various opportunities to explore fireworks.

Funky Fingers Activities:

We have been practising our prewriting skills by threading pipe cleaners through a colander and drawing fireworks with our fingers.

Our art table was so busy… We did fabulous fireworks with lots of glitter and PVA glue.

Physical Education:

The children had so much fun dancing with colorful ribbons, pretending they are fireworks. We did Catherine Wheels, Rockets and even Cascade movements. We also learned a new fireworks song. You can have a go too:

Religious education:

In RE this week we talked about Baptism. Children explored what it means to be ‘welcomed’ and draw on their own experiences.  For example, how do we welcome each other when we arrive at school?  We also talked about how we welcome a new baby into God’s family through Baptism.  We were focusing on the words “I baptise you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy-Spirit.” We even have our own church in the classroom! How exciting!!!

Things to remember:

Look at photos or other reminders of your child’s own or other family members’ baptisms.  Please send into school a reminder for your child to share in class.  This could be a photo, memory book, candle or item of clothing.

Please practise putting on a coat independently. As the weather is getting colder it is important children are wearing coats when going outside. You can try the flip technique explained below:

Lie the coat on the floor with the hood by your feet.

Put your hands into the arms and wriggle them in.

FLIP your coat over the head!

Thank you for your continued support!

Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Mufti day and so much more!

We’ve been very busy in Nursery this week. We’ve been learning, dancing, cooking, playing and so much more…

We continued our Autumn talks by adding different animals like hedgehog, badger, fox and deer to our Treasure bag display. The children were exploring the animals and we even talked about hibernating!!! We made enclosures, so the animals can sleep during the winter.

We worked very hard to keep our finger muscles strong and ready for writing. The children were engaged in different funky fingers activities every morning and truly enjoyed all of them.

Great news! Our pumpkin seeds are now growing and everyone was so excited.

Story of the week was ‘Room on the broom’. The children did potions in the tuff tray using pipettes, spoons and colored water. Don’t forget to say the spell: ‘Iggety, ziggety, zagetty, ZOOM! As always our playdough table was very, very busy. This week we did spiders and the children were counting 8 legs, 2 eyes…

Letters and sounds:

We all went on a listening walk around the school. We listened very carefully and successfully heard an aeroplane, cars and even the wind. Well done Nursery! First we walked around the playground and then all the way to the playing fields. The children did very well preparing their own listening ears bands and practised some cutting and sticking skills.

Let’s not forget the dressing up on a Friday, topped up with some cooking. We made a yummy pumpkin pie and all children took part. My personal opinion….delicious!!! Hope you will enjoy it too!

Have a happy half term week!

Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Autumn

What a fantastic week we’ve had. The children did extremely well learning the new routine and we truly enjoyed our time together.

This week we’ve been talking about Autumn. Thank you for all the interesting autumnal items and objects that you have brought in. We have looked, felt and smelled all the objects. We have found out what tree grows acorns, conkers and pine cones.

Our art table was as busy as always and the children explored autumnal colours, leaf cutting and sticking and so much more.

We also practised cutting skills by decorating autumn trees on the writing table.

One of the favourite activities this week was scooping out a pumpkin and then planting the seeds. Everyone is waiting for them to grow and we also make sure the compost is moist every day. The children had some brilliant ideas:

The seeds will grow big and tall.

We can make pumpkin pie when they grow.

The pumpkin is big and orange, the seeds are tiny.

On our playdough table we made mini pumpkins and pumpkin lollies and we ‘baked’ pumpkin pie. We used real pumpkin seeds to put inside the pumpkin.

Letters and sounds:

This week we rescued the bear by using our quiet and loud voices. We also practised our listening skills by trying to ‘hear’ different musical instruments. Well done nursery!

The children went on a bear hunt too. We’ve been reading the story this week and everyone truly enjoyed walking through the thick oozy mud, through the deep cold river, through the snowstorm. We talked about patterns in the story and everyone did really well retelling the key events and describing the characters. To support children’s learning we had a lovely sensory tray and we played ‘We are going on a bear hunt’ board game.

Well done Nursery! Keep up the good work!

Have a lovely, fun filled weekend!

Mrs Solakova

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Dear All,

Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18th-24th May) and the theme this year is Kindness. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the importance of kindness!

Kindness matters most!

We would like all of St Adrian’s to get involved, so we have attached some activity ideas at the bottom of this post to help you to celebrate this week – if you would like to.  

There is a Kindness Calendar which challenges you to be kind twice each day – once to yourself and once to someone else (that is only two acts of kindness a day, we’re sure all of us St Adrian’s are kinder than that!!)

And for our competitive pupils there is a Kindness Cup trophy to design. If everyone in your home takes part in in the Kindness Calendar Challenge you can award your Kindness Cup to the winner! 

Finally, if you want to learn a little more about the science behind why kindness matters try the following link:

Take care to be happy and healthy.

The Wellbeing Team


Seven days of Kindness:

Also, we’re already in May but this Meaningful May Calendar has daily actions for May 2020 which you may want to try beyond this week: