# AUTUMN

Monday 16th November 2020

Good morning Ducklings! Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Today is our last day of home learning- let’s make it an extra fun one! J

## Dinosaur Stomp (Dance-A-Long)

Well done, Ducklings. Now we’re ready for some learning.

Lets talk about what day it is today. It was Sunday yesterday, but now the weekend is over. So what day is it today?

It’s Monday! Fantastic!
Happy Monday! We are going to have a SUPER week filled with LOTS of dojos for fantastic learning!

Next, lets have a peek outside. What is the weather like today?

Talk to your grown up about what kind of clothes you might need if you go outside today.

This week we are going to continue doing some of the Children in Need activities, so you might see some more of Pudsey in your activities, today.

Maths

This morning I would like you to ask your grown up to show you some coins. Have a look at the different sizes, how they feel and what numbers/pictures they have on. Ask your grown up lots of questions.

Next, I would like you to practice counting. I know you are all super at counting, but it is really important that we keep practicing. How many buttons do you have on the clothes you are wearing? How many steps and doors do you have in your home? Can you show your grown up on your fingers?

Finally, I would like you to create a finger print pattern. Use different coloured paint to create your own caterpillar pictures, like in the photo below. Can you make different sized caterpillars using different numbers?

Amazing! I am so impressed with how super your maths skills are developing.

Now it’s time for a snack! Choose something healthy to keep you brain and your body happy.

Phonics

For phonics this morning we are going to try something new. Have a look at the cards on the link below. There are eight sets of four cards. In each set, one picture begins with a different sound to the other three. Can you spot the out one out in each set? Which word begins with a different sound?

This is a completely new activity so please don’t worry if your child struggles, we will be working on initial sounds a lot more when we return to school.

Next for phonics, I would like you to read the story of ‘Elmer’ together. We will be reading this together when we return back to school, too.

## Elmer - The Patchwork Elephant |

Lunch time!

Time for some lunch.

Help your grown up to gather all the things you need. How many plates? How many cups? How many knifes and forks? How many drinks?

See you soon!

Good afternoon everyone.

Lets begin with some P.E. I thought we could try some exercise! Let’s get moving!

## Five Minute Move for Primary Schools

Excellent! That was tricky. I hope you had a good try. J

I know that we are missing all of our friends at school and elsewhere, so I thought it would be nice to think about why our friends are so special to us.

Have a look at the sheet below as a guide. I would like you to think about one of your very special friends. I want you to tell your grown up 2 or 3 reasons why your friend is so special to you. You might want to draw some pictures too.

Next, I would like us to have a look at a new song we are going to learn at school. Some of you might know it already.

Pudsey has been teaching us all about the importance of looking after our bodies and our minds.

One way we can do this is by taking some time to ourselves to relax and be mindful.

I would like use to create a sensory bottle this afternoon. We can use this to help us to relax and take our mind off things, when we are taking some time to ourselves.

All you will need is an empty bottle, some water, some oil (this can be baby oil or cooking oil) and some colourful things to make it pretty, such as food colouring, glitter and sequins.

Half fill the empty bottle with water, then top the rest up with oil. Add some food colouring and items of your choice to make it how you like.

Don’t forget to send me some photos, I would love to see. J

Once complete, you can use these to calm your mind. Give it a good shake and watch it settle.

This will be good to save, so you can play with it if you are ever feeling sad or cross or just a little bit funny.

You might want to have a look at the mindfulness cards below for some more ideas, too.

## Mindfulness cards

I will also leave you with some fine motor activities to complete if you wish.

& that is the end of our 2 weeks of Home Learning!

Thank you all SO much for your SUPER work! We are so impressed with your dedication and we cannot wait to see you all at school tomorrow!

Make sure you get an early night so you are ready for our busy first day back!

I will leave you with this lovely story.

Goodnight Ducklings. See you in the morning.

Miss Finn.

## The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Friday 13th November

Good morning Ducklings

I hope you are well today and ready for our last day of home learning for this week.

Let’s wake ourselves up a little, with a morning wiggle!

## Brain Breaks - Body boogie

Well done! Do you feel ready for our busy day?

Fantastic!

I mentioned that today is the last day of school before the weekend begins tomorrow, what day is it today?

That’s right- it’s Friday!

Happy Friday!

What about the weather this morning? I would like you to tell your grown up all about it.

If we were at school today we would be wearing our own clothes for the Children in Need Charity. Did you wear something spotty or something colourful today?

First this morning we will do some maths!

We’ve managed to recognise lots of numbers this week, I am super proud.

Today, I would like you to look at numbers 6. We haven't learned much about number 6 in school yet, so these tasks might seem extra tricky. You are Superstars so I know you will try your best!

Can you count some of Pudsey's spots?

## Let's help Pudsey count the spots.

After learning all about those tricky numbers, I would like you to practice some of our favourite counting songs. Use your fingers to show your grown ups what number comes next.

Snack time!

Grab a quick snack to fuel your body and brain!

Phonics

For phonics today I would like you to play ‘Pudsey says…’

Take a look at the action cards below. Listen very carefully and have lots of fun!

I would like you to read the Pudsey story with your grown up (see the video below, turn the volume off so you can read the story together instead).

You are in charge of the sound effects. What different noises can you make?

## Pudsey's Great Fundraiser

Time for some lunch!

See you back soon for our busy afternoon!

Welcome back!

I hope you’re ready for a busy afternoon.

Lets begin by having a silly dance with Pudsey and Pudsey below.

## Pudsey dancing

Well done!

Time to practice our song one more time before you send it to me. I can’t wait to see!

Expressive Arts and Design

This afternoon I would like you to create your own musical instrument with your grown up – use recycled items from around your house such as old bottles/jars/boxes/dried rice/pasta/lentils etc. Be imaginative! Send me a photo, I would love to see!

Now you’ve created your own instrument, it’s only right to test it out!

I would like you to have fun performing your favourite songs or nursery rhymes to the people in your house. Use your homemade instrument whilst you sing. I would love to see a video, too.

You might want to follow the link below for some nursery rhymes, but you can use any music you would like to. J

Fine motor skills

I’ve attached some different tasks for you to do to help develop fine motor skills.

There are also some colouring and pattern sheets that you might want to try if you are able to print them. Don’t worry if not- there are plenty of challenge cards to keep you busy! J

and just like that, another week of home learning is finished!
Well done for your super work again this week, I have been so impressed!
I am missing you all lots.

I will leave you with a wonderful bedtime story.

Have a fabulous weekend and I will see you back online, for our last day of online learning on Monday

Miss Finn

## Bedtime Stories | Mark Ronson | Pom Pom Gets The Grumps | CBeebies

Thursday 12th November 2020

Good morning Ducklings.

How are you all today?

This morning we will start our busy day with our morning wake up video to get our brain working and our body moving. Get up and let’s get moving.

## Wake Up! School Assembly Song and Dance

Well done!

Lets think about what day it is today...It was Tuesday yesterday- what day comes next? can you tell your grown up what day it is today?

It's Thursday! If you got that right, give yourself a big pat on the back.

Now have a peek outside to see what is the weather like this morning.

Now that are brains are awake, I would like to start our learning with some phonics. I have been so, super impressed with all of your amazing listening home learning.

Phonics

Today for phonics, I would like you to play ‘Simon says’ with your family. Use body percussion to make a pattern/rhythm and the rest have to copy, but only if the leader says ‘Simon says…’ before their pattern. You could mix it up by using different types of body percussion (clapping, clicking, tapping, stamping) and making up different rhythms. Listen and watch very carefully, I’ve heard that Simon is very sneaky- don’t get tricked! J

Writing

I would like you to practice writing our pre-writing shapes again this morning. You can practice these any way you like- using a pen/pencil and paper, fingers in flour/glitter/lentils/soil, chalk- absolutely anything you like.

Mastering our pre-writing shapes will really help us when it comes to forming letters so that we can begin writing words more.

Don’t forget to keep your brain and your body happy by fitting a healthy snack into your busy morning.

MATHS

This morning in maths we are going to continue to focus on recognising numerals. You have been doing some really tricky work sheets- I have been so impressed.

Have a look at the work sheet below.

Today we are focusing on numbers 1-5.

Well done. Now I would like you to use lego or building blocks (or anything you can use to stack) to build some towers. Which one is tallest? which is shortest? how many bricks do they have? can you make it taller?

Before lunch we are going to use our imagination to build something great! You decide what to build. Count how many blocks/bricks you have used to create it. Make sure you take some photos for me to see.

Lunch time!

Time flies whilst your having fun!

I hope you have enjoyed this morning’s tasks. Now it’s time to feed our hungry tummies.

See you after lunch for some more home learning fun.

Good afternoon!
Welcome back. What did you have for your lunch today?

We’ll start this afternoon with a wiggle to wake our brains up. Let’s get moving!

## A Ram Sam Sam Dance

Now it’s time to practice our song. Can you remember it yet? I am looking forward to seeing your videos of you singing it tomorrow.

Expressive arts and design

This afternoon let’s get creative! I would like you to make a name sign for your bedroom door. I want you to create your own name- you can do this however you want using whatever materials you have. Get creative, I can’t wait to see.

Finally, I would like you to some learn some funny jokes with your grown up. Ask your grown up to tell you some funny jokes. Choose your favourite joke and I would like you to practice it- tell it to everybody in your house. Call you Nannies and Grandads and tell them your joke, too! Then I would like you to record a video of you to tell the joke to me!

Grown ups- this is super for memory development, confidence and for developing all aspects of communication and language skills (listening and attention, understanding and speaking)- and above all, humour is a great social skill to learn and develop. Praise your childs attempt at humour and have lots of fun together.

I hope you have all had a very fun and silly afternoon.

I want to tell you again how super impressed I have been with every single one of your for working so hard at home- it makes me so happy to see!

Tomorrow (Friday 13th Nov) it is Children in Need day at school. We would normally be going into school in our own clothes- but as we are already wearing our own clothes at home I would like you to wear something Spotty or very colourful! We will be starting to do some fun, Children in Need activities, too.

I will leave you with another lovely story (this is one of my favourites).

I hope you have a wonderful afternoon, and I will see you bright and early tomorrow for another day of super home learning.

Miss Finn

## The Smeds and The Smoods

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Good morning Ducklings.

How are you all today?

This morning we will begin our day with our exercise video to get our brains working. Get up and let’s get moving.

## There was a Crocodile Song

Well done! That was fun.

Can you tell your grown up what day it is today? and what is the weather like outside?

Today is a very special day called Remembrance Day. You will learn a lot about Remembrance Day as you get bigger, but for now you will see that a some of our tasks involve lots of Poppies- like the ones you made yesterday, and at 11am we will be taking some quiet time together. We do this to remember some very important people.

I would like you to count the Poppies in the sheets below, and have a go at forming the numbers to answer using a pencil.

Don't forget you can use the number formation rhymes in the picture below to help you to form your numbers.

## Remember to use you finger to touch each Poppy as you count, so you don't count too many.

Well done for giving that a real good try. Some of them were quite tricky!

We are going to continue to focus on recognising numerals. Yesterday we did numbers 0, 1, 2 and 3. You did amazingly, I was so impressed. Today I would like you to try numbers 4 and 5 please.

Have a look at the work sheets below.

I do not expect all of these tasks to be completed this morning, please focus on the numbers/areas you feel your child needs strengthening in.

## Grown ups - see if your child can recognise and tell you from the sheets, what numbers we are learning about today.

Don't forget to have a snack  and a drink to keep your brain happy whilst working hard.

11 AM

11am - We Remember

I am so proud of all of your lovely artwork.

At 11am we are going to spend a couple of minutes quietly watching the beautiful ' Poppies' video below.

## CBeebies | Poppies animation

'Poppies' is a BBC Children's remembrance animation. The animation sees The Great War experienced by the animal inhabitants of a WW1 battlefield.

Big well done if you watched the beautiful 'Poppies' video, quietly. Can you tell me about what you saw in the video?

Phonics

Listening walk – go for a short walk around your local environment (this may be in your garden or inside your house if you are self-isolating). Create your own listening walk tick sheet for your child to tick/identify any sounds they can hear whilst on their walk. Tip: Stop and discuss each sound that you can hear together, explore where the sounds are coming from. Ensure that there are no obviously loud sounds (i.e. loud television) to encourage your child to focus on varied different background sounds i.e. birds singing/clock ticking.

Well done, Nursery. We have had a busy morning!

See you soon!

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely, healthy lunch and are ready for another busy afternoon!

Lets start our afternoon off with a quick jig to get our blood flowing!

## Brain Breaks - Tarzan

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Well done! I hope you enjoyed that one.

Time to practice our new rhyme!

I can't wait to see your singing videos on Friday!

This afternoon we are going to work on our fine motor skills.

I would like you to practice your cutting skills. Cut out some of your favourite items from a magazine or catalogue. Show them and talk about them to somebody else in your house.

If you have a printer, maybe you would like to practice your cutting skills by cutting out the Poppy template below. There are also some pattern tracing/colouring sheets attached that are good for working on fine motor skills.

Later this afternoon we are going to the dough disco!

But first, can we make some dough together? Follow the recipe instructions below with your grown up to make your own dough ready for going to the dough disco! Send me lots of photographs!

If you don't have the ingredients, don't worry. You can use ordinary play doh, or try to follow the video without dough.

Are we ready to go to the dough disco???

Follow the video below, this is great for developing fine and gross motor skills!

Have fun!!

## 'I like to' playdough action song

I hope you had lots of fun with your dough this afternoon.

Well done for another fab day of home learning.

I am going to leave you now with another lovely bedtime story.

Have a nice evening and I will see you all online tomorrow morning!

Miss Finn

## Bedtime Stories | Tom Fletcher | Daddy's Sandwich

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Good morning, Ducklings.

I hope you are all well and ready for another busy day of home learning.

Let us start our day as we normally do- with a little dance to get our blood flowing and our brains working!

## Dance: Banana Boogie

Well done!

Are we all ready for some learning?

Can you tell your grown up what day it is today? and what is the weather like outside?

Maths

For Maths this morning we are going to continue to focus on recognising numerals. Have a look at the work sheets below.

I do not expect all of these tasks to be completed this morning, please focus on the numbers/areas you feel your child needs strengthening in.

## Recognising numerals

Don't forget to fit in a healthy snack this morning, to keep your brain happy for more super learning.

Phonics

I would like you to watch the animal sounds video below. Can you identify which animals are making the sounds? Can you copy the sounds?

Follow the link to the animal sounds video. Pause video when prompted to encourage your child to think about what they can hear before answering. Discuss answers. Use the attached “Phonics animals” pictures for your child to use to match the sound to the animal before revealing the answer.

## I would like you to practice your animal sounds through singing Old McDonald :-)

Writing

Try secret mark making. Use a white wax crayon to write your secret message on a piece of white paper – this might be pre-writing shapes or you might want to try some letters from your name. Once you have completed your message, paint or used a coloured pen over it to reveal the hidden message.

TIP: If you don't have a white crayon, secret message will work with candle wax too- you might be able to find an old, unlit candle to use as the crayon instead.

and just like that, it's lunch time again!

Don't forget to practice your counting whilst you are preparing. How many plates and cups do you need?

See you back soon for some afternoon learning.

Good afternoon & welcome back

I hope you had a lovely lunch.

Lets get our brains ready for working again with some dancing.

## Happy dance

Super! Well done everybody.

Next this afternoon, I would like to introduce a new song for us to learn.

We will practice each day this week again, and then send your learning to me on Friday. This song is sung to the tune of 'London Bridge is falling down'

Enjoy!

As it is Remembrance Day tomorrow, I would like you to create a beautiful Poppy creation. Poppies are beautiful, red flowers with a black center. You might have seen them during spring. They are very pretty.

Your creation could be a drawing, a painting, a collage, a 3D creation made from your clean recycling- anything that you can think of. I know how creative you are so I cannot wait to see what you create.

Finally this afternoon, I would like us to do a little bit of P.E. this afternoon- explore the different Disney Shake Up games by following the link below. Have fun! & Don't forget to send me some photos and videos- I would love to see!

& that's another busy day of learning, finished.

I hope you have enjoyed the home learning tasks today.

I am going to leave you with a lovely story.

I am missing you all so very much!

See you online tomorrow for some more home learning fun.

Love Miss Finn

## Bedtime Stories | Tom Hardy | There's a Tiger in the Garden | CBeebies

Monday 8th November 2020

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Good morning, Nursery! I hope you've had a wonderful and restful weekend- ready for another busy week of home learning.

We're going to start our morning as we normally do- with our morning dancing! Get up and lets get moving to wake up your brain and your body. This one is one of our favourites- show your grown ups how we do it in Nursery.

## Brain Breaks - Dance Song - Dancing Robots

Well done everybody.

Its the first day of the week this week- can you remember what day that is?

That's right, it's Monday! If you got that right, give yourself a big pat on the back!

What's the weather like outside? It's really foggy and cold here, so we are wrapped up nice and warm in our jumpers and big wooly socks.

During our keyworker groups on a Monday, we normally talk about what we have been up to over the weekend. Can you do a short video telling me about your weekend?

Phonics

Clap a repeating pattern for your child to copy and ask them to repeat back to you. Ask your child to clap a pattern for you to repeat back to them. Use other methods of body percussion i.e. tapping legs, stamping feet, etc.

We are going to be beginning to learn about alliteration. Can you think of an alliteration for your name? What about the rest of the people in your house? Mine would be Amazing Abi.

Don't forget to squeeze in a healthy morning snack to keep your brain working well.

Maths – What places, animals or objects can you draw using only 2D shapes? Can you make a train using rectangles, circles and squares? Can you make a rocket using rectangles, triangles and circles? What else can you make?

Can you count how many of each shape you have used for you picture?

Try using your pencil to form the numerals to match. Don't forget to use the number formation rhymes we've been practicing, to help.

Lunch time!

& I'll see you back shortly for more home learning fun this afternoon.

Welcome back!

Lets get our brains back into focus with a quick, fun dance along. Let's get moving!

## Koo Koo Kanga Roo - Superheroes Unite

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This afternoon I would like you to make a box of happy things. Talk to your grown up about what makes you happy. These might be people, places, foods, toys. Fill a box with very special items that represent what makes you happy- these could be photographs, drawings, books, toys or other items.

I would like you to decorate your box however you would like to.

Show your box to somebody else in your house and tell them all about each item you have collected. How many items did you collect? What is each item? Why is it special to you? How does each item make you feel?

I would love to hear all about it, too!

These kind of activities help children to develop an understanding of the world around them and what makes them unique. They also help children to develop and explore their feelings and emotions as well as develop their communication and language skills.

Expressive Arts and Design

I would like you to practice some nursery rhymes with Mr Tumble in the video below.

Find some items from around your house to use as instruments. This could be keys, spoons, pans, tubs, boxes- anything you can find! Have lots of fun!

## CBeebies | Mr Tumble Nursery Rhymes Playlist

What a busy day!

Don't forget to send me your videos and photographs- I love to see them!

Have a lovely evening & I will see you bright and early tomorrow for another busy day.

I will leave you with this lovely bedtime story in the link below.

Stay safe! Miss Finn

Friday 6th November 2020

Good morning Ducklings

I hope you are all well and ready for  your last day of home learning this week? Did you see any pretty fireworks last night? I'd love to hear all about them.

Lets start this morning getting our brains working and our bodies moving with the exercise video below.

## ♫ Exercise Song for Kids ♫

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Super! Well done!

Today is the last day of our school week, it's going to be Saturday tomorrow. So what day is it today? Use the days of the week song video below if you need to. :-)

## Days of the Week Song

It's Friday!

Well done if you got that right. Give yourself a big pat on the back!

Have you been outside this morning? What is the weather like today? Talk about it with your grown up.

Phonics

For phonics this morning we are going to play a game. “Guess the sound” ask your grown up to secretly gather some noisy items from around your home (glasses, cereal, pans, etc.) and hide them under a sheet or towel. Close your eyes- no peeking! Your grown up will make one sound at a time using the items and challenge you to guess what item is making the sound. If this is a bit too tricky, take a look at the hidden items before you guess.

Don't forget to get yourself a healthy snack this morning so that your brain and your body are happy for good learning.

Maths

This morning I would like you to practice your counting with some counting songs(follow the link below). Use your fingers to represent numbers as you sing. Show your grown ups the actions so that they can join in with you and have lots of fun together!

Maths - Lets practice forming some numbers. Follow the rhymes below to help you to learn how to begin to form numbers. We've started these numbers at school. Keep practicing until they become easy peasy.

Now can you help your grown up to get ready for lunch time? How many lunches do you need to make? Count how many cups, plates, bowls, knifes and forks you will need.

Time for lunch!

Enjoy! See you online soon for some more fun learning this afternoon.

Welcome back!

I hope you enjoyed your lunch! Lets start the afternoon with some movement to get our brains back in to learning. Follow the Trolls dancing video below and have fun!

## Trolls: Can't Stop The Feeling dance video

Get that sunshine in your pocket and that good soul in your feet as you dance, dance, dance along with the Trolls

Are we ready to perform our Firework song?

You have been practicing all week- I can't wait to see your videos of how good you have become and the song and the actions. These can be sent through via ClassDojo or via Ducklings@watersideprimary.org.uk

Fine motor development

Working on our fine motor skills will also really help to develop our writing skills!

Practice fastening buttons, see how fast you can fasten your shirt or clothes. Can you count each one as you fasten? Thread some beads or buttons onto some string or pipe cleaner. Can you count each one you thread? send me a photo of what you have made.

Literacy - Writing

I would like you to practice the pre-writing shapes above. We have been practicing these at school.You can do these using pencil, chalk, pen- anything you like. You might want to practice using your finger in a shallow plate/tray of flour or something similar you have in your cupboards.

Physical Development and Expressive Art and Design

Lets have some extra fun this afternoon. Plan an obstacle course in your garden or inside your home. Think about what items you might use from your house and talk about them with your grown up. You might want to hop, jump, run, crawl or walk around different parts. Set up the obstacle course and show somebody else in your house how to use each part. For this you could use absolutely anything you can find- cushions, boxes, chairs, clothes, toys, books, garden toys, hula hoops, string, tape- anything!  Get creative and have lots of fun!

I'd love to see some photographs and videos of your creations! :-)

& just like that! week one of our half term is over!

Well done to everybody who has adapted so well to their home learning! I am so proud of you all.

Have a lovely weekend! I am missing you all lots!

See you early on Monday for some more fun, home learning!

Love Miss Finn

I will leave you with another story- The Gruffalo in the video below. This is another one of our favourites at school.  Can you join in with the words and the sounds?

## The Gruffalo

 Thursday 5th November 2020     Good morning little Ducklings. Welcome back to day two of our home learning journey. I hope you have had a good sleep and are ready for another busy day of learning.    First this morning, I would like us to start our day as we do at school- with a little morning dance to wake up our brains and our bodies. Lets get moving!

## Wake Up! School and Dance!

 Well done! Now your brain and your body will be warmed up ready for a busy day of learning!   Can we remember what day it was yesterday? So what day is it today? Don't forget to use the days of the week song to help you if you need to.

Have you had a peek outside yet this morning? What does the weather look like today? I need some help deciding what to wear in this weather. Can you help me? I was thinking of wearing my t-shirt and shorts and a biiig summer hat- what do you think?

 Phonics and Reading - This morning I would like you to read your favourite story with your grown up (If you don’t have your favourite story book at home, try searching on youtube) YOU are in charge of the sound effects for the story.  What kind of sounds can you make?   Ask your grown up to make a short video of you talking about what happened and why it is your favourite story. What sound effects did you decide to make? I would love to hear all about it.

Don't forget to grab a healthy snack in between your busy morning, to help to keep your energy up and your brain working well.

 Maths - Ask your grown up to write numbers 0-5 (or 10 if you feel your child needs the extra challenge) on leaves or paper (or anything that you find interesting). These can be used as number cards for you to explore and play some games with, such as: - Spread the number cards out then help your grown up to put the number cards in order, starting with ‘0’. - Spread the number cards out. Choose a card, can you start from 0 and count up to the number on your card? Can you start from the number on your card and count up to 10?  - Spread the cards out face up, ask your grown-up to secretly turn two of the cards over, can you work out which ones were turned over? - Choose a card each. The winner has the biggest number - tell your grown up who won? Which number is more? which number is less? Extra challenge: Can you tell your grown up what number is one more? what number comes next? You can check this by counting together.   Don't forget to send me some photos and any comments made by your child.

And before we know it, it's lunchtime!

See you after lunch for some more fun learning.

Welcome back!

What did you have for your lunch today? Are you full of energy and ready for some more super learning this afternoon?

First, we're going to wake our brains up after that little break.

## Shake Your Sillies Out ♫ Brain Breaks Songs for Kids ♫

Have some fun shaking those sillies out, ready for our busy afternoon! :-)

Can you remember what special day it is today? I will give you a clue- We have been learning about it a lot this week, and you might see some colourful lights in the sky making loud 'POP!'s and 'BANG!'s.

It's Bonfire night! Well done if you remembered and got it right, give yourself a pat on the back!

This afternoon I would like you to practice your 'Firework' song and actions again. I can't wait to see how good you are, tomorrow.

Afternoon

Play a memory game with your grown up this afternoon. Gather 5 or 6 items from around your home, counting each one as you collect them. Have a good look at them all together and hide them under a towel/sheet. Your grown up will take one or two items away. Can you count how many items are left? Can you remember what was there? What is missing? You might want to make it more difficult by using more items.

(If your child is finding this a little bit tricky, please don't worry. Make sure your child has chosen the items themselves, as these will be items of their interest. Try reducing the number of items used to begin with and gradually building them up).

Playing memory games is really good for developing brain function and skills such as attention, concentration and focus.

Expressive Arts and Design

As it's bonfire night, I would like you to create a fireworks or bonfire creation. You can use any materials and/or textures textures you can find around the house. You might want to use things like paint, crayons, pencils, pens, glitter, cardboard tubes/boxes, pasta, tin foil, cotton buds, playdoh - anything you can find! I know how creative you all are so I can't wait to see! Have a look at the creations below for some ideas.

Writing

Don't worry if we can't do it the same yet, we are still very little and it's really good to just be practicing holding a pencil and recognising our names.

End of the day

Thank you for another super day of learning. I am missing you all already and I wish that we were in school singing our goodbye song to all of our friends. Until then, I hope you are enjoying your home learning. I have loved seeing you photos and videos again today!- I am SO impressed!

I will leave you with this lovely story for bedtime. You might remember me reading it to you at school on Monday and Tuesday. Don't forget to look out for some fireworks in the sky tonight- I will be too!

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See you online again tomorrow morning, little Ducklings.

Miss Finn

 Wednesday 4th November 2020     Good morning Ducklings and welcome to day one of our home learning journey. I hope you are enjoying being cosy at home together on this cold, Wednesday morning.   Each day I will set some tasks for both morning and afternoon, to be completed with your child. Please complete as much of this as you can with your child, to help maintain their learning routine and to encourage your child to retain their current learning- as well as move them forwards.     Each morning when our Ducklings arrive in Nursery, we discuss what day it is, what we have had for our breakfast and what the weather is like outside. I would like to ask for you to continue this at home- ask your child each morning what day it is. If they are unsure, discuss what day it was yesterday and go through the days of the week with them to encourage them to acknowledge what day it is by themselves. Your child might want to practice the days of the week song as we do in class if we struggle. (See link below)   https://youtu.be/mXMofxtDPUQ   Ask your child what the weather is like outside and discuss with them what kind of clothes they might need to wear if they were to go outside today.     Please send in videos, photographs and any comments your child may have made during their home learning journey, to showcase what superstars they really are. I will still be giving out green Dojo’s for super work! J

Phonics

Follow the link to watch the listening video together. Pause video when prompted and have a good think about what you can hear before you discuss it with your grown up.
TIP: Make sure there are no loud or distracting background sounds, so that your child can focus solely on the video sounds.

Maths

Create a list of 2D shapes (circle, square, rectangle, tringle). Count and mark on your list how many of these shapes you can find in your home. i.e. 3 circles – clock, table, jar lid. Can you see any shapes that aren’t on your list?

 Afternoon    Watch the short Fireman Sam video together (follow the link below), on Safety on Bonfire night – ask your child about the video. What did Fireman Sam do to keep safe? Why? What can you do to keep safe? How can we keep our pets safe? Remember to note down any comments they have. J   https://youtu.be/5x_87tg8fmw     This week in nursery we have begun to learn a new song – ‘Fireworks’. Your child will already be familiar with this song. Ask your child to teach the song and the actions to you. They may need some prompts to remember the verses (see below for song words. Don’t worry if they don’t remember the actions- you could make up your own together). I will be asking for your child to keep practicing this song each day throughout this week and for you to send in a video/recording of them singing it on Friday, when they have had time to learn it fully.       Collect some items together, from outside of your home such as leaves, sticks and pebbles. Talk about these items with your grown up (what colours are they? where do you think they came from?)  Take a look at the Art by Andy Goldsworthy below, together. Can you use the items you collected to make your own picture in the style of Andy Goldsworthy? Take a photograph of your art work – I’d love to see!

And finally, I would like to kindly ask for you to read lots of stories to your child each day and each night before bed. This will help to develop their listening and attention skills; language development; understanding of story structure; understanding that information is relayed from books and text; amongst many other important skills. It will also help to promote a LOVE for reading at a young age which is SO important throughout their lifelong learning journey.

If you don’t have access to appropriate books, you can access 1000’s of free stories on YouTube. The link below might give you some ideas of stories to search on YouTube for.

I hope you have all had a lovely day of learning together at home. Don’t forget to send me any photographs, videos and/or comments you might want to share. You can send these via email to: duckling@watersideprimary.org.uk ; via ‘Contact my teacher’ on the nursery class page or via ‘Messages’ on ClassDojo. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or queries. I am always here to help!  J

I look forward to seeing you all again tomorrow for day two of our online learning journey! J

Miss Finn x

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