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As we are unfortunately unable to be together at the moment please continue to make lots of memories and engage in learning opportunities at home. Here are some useful websites, tips and ideas for your parents/carers to use with you. Make the most of the time you are at home and make the most of learning through your play!
Most of our learning takes place through play based learning and experiences. Our children are active learners, born inquisitive and like to explore. Whilst they are at home with you encourage them to have a go, use their own ideas, take risks and be proud and confident to use their own knowledge to explore the world around them. Please do not feel your child must 'sit and learn' for you to be teaching them, learning takes place in everything that they do, it is our jobs to facilitate their learning, extend and explore with them.
Each week I will upload a new Nursery Challenge Grid. This will include 9 ideas and activities that we may plan and do with the children when they are at Nursery, but also the children learn on the go, everything that they do there is an opportunity to learn! I will share a story and relatable activities for you to challenge your children and also upload some daily ideas that you may want to try. I have uploaded some downloadable materials on the home learning section (Accessed via- Children, Home Learning- you must use the login sent to you via parent mail) It would be lovely for the children to choose at least one (although the more the better!) of these to do whilst they are at home with you. Please use Tapestry to upload the learning that is taking place at home. I would love to see what you have been getting up to at home.
Weekly Challenge Boards- Please find these and other downloadable materials in the home learning section
Daily Activity Ideas- Look in the home learning section for Dormice Class- ***Updated Weekly***
Fine motor development is a key part of early mark making, developing and refining the skills and strength to hold mark making tools, pens and pencils effectively. I have uploaded some fine motor ideas for you in the files section to promote this at home. Also Pinterest have some great, simple and effective activities to target fine motor skills and I will add these to the daily activities you can do.
Mark making can be done anywhere and everywhere and doesn't have to involve a pen and paper at the table! Be creative with your child when mark making, some children love a pen and paper some need more encouragement and therefore using water and paintbrushes on the wall outside, making marks in flour, chalking on the floor are all forms of making their own marks. Children's mark making is their expression, their own interpretations and their ideas- be excited by their works of art, encourage them to draw things that they like, use colour for a purpose and notice pattern and detail in what they do, celebrate and talk about their achievements with them and then share their marvellous mark making with us on Tapestry too!
Reading is vital to story comprehension, imagination and language development. Reading with your child is extremely important and sharing a love for books and storytelling is an underpinning element of developing literacy knowldege (as well as quality time with your child!) Please share at least one book with your child every day, talk to them about it, use different voices, encourage them to join in with repitition and make up sound effects! Telling a story incorporates so many areas of learning and is invaluable to children. Please see the Story comprehension document which gives you some ideas of the questions you can ask your child about the story as it is being read and then at the end- this helps to develop their comprehension and demonstrate their understanding of the text.
As well as books, websites can be used for reading:
Children need to learn many skills before they are phonics ready! We use letters and sounds phase 1 as a guideline to support us in planning activities for the children to develop these skills and become phonics ready! I have uploaded the letters and sounds document where there are weekly plans and aspects to target- these aspects outline activities to complete with the children- make them as creative and engaging as you can for them but more importantly a lot of these things can be done when you''re doing things throughout the day and they're probably being done without even knowing it! These may also need to be repeated numerous times before the children are able to refine that skill.
See the Pre Reading and Writing Skills document for some ideas of how to support your child.
We talk a lot about initial sounds and rhyming at Nursery. The children have been particularly interested in asking "what is that ones sound?" with regard to people, objects and especially at snack time! They then are keen to link it to our sound cards within the classroom. Please do keep this up with them- it is a quick and easy way to develop sound awareness and introduce the children to letters.
**If your child is due to start reception in September 2020**
We have began introducing some of those children to some short phonics based teaching. We are following the Read Write Inc scheme- the same as Reception and Key Stage 1. Our main aim is to familiarise the children with the speed sounds, saying them phonetically and recognising the letter and corresponding pictures to support the letter formation. We were also matching pictures by their initial sound to the correct letter. If the children were confident-some would give the writing aspect a go too! Find a copy of the RWI letters and their formation rhyme in the uploaded documents list. You may also find Youtube useful to demonstrate how to pronounce the sound correctly as these must be pronounced as a pure sound.
Maths is everywhere! Use those household opportunities to explore maths and problem solve. Count at every opportunity with your child, down the steps, counting out the cutlery, count the seconds it takes to do something etc.. Use songs with your child to count, play with their toys and sort into colour, size, shape; make comparisons and use positional language. Go on a shape hunt in the house, do a puzzle or make some shapes with cocktail sticks, maybe measure your family and see who is the tallest/shortest person. You can find Maths all around your house, scaffold your child and expose them to the language and concepts.
Use the Maths in and around the Home sheet in the download section to give you some ideas.
https://nrich.maths.org/13371 - Maths activities
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - we often use this website for maths games
Songs and Rhymes
Singing and expressing ourselves through music is another important part of our day. The children develop confidence and language as well as rhythm and rhyme through songs and nursery rhymes and singing time is a part of the day they all look forward to- although quite often we will have performances and musical requests throughout the morning! Our singing times vary from traditional nursery rhymes to using props, action songs on youtube,CD songs and sometimes even their Disney favourites or ballet lessons, all quite often with instruments thrown in too! Please continue to enjoy music and movement at home it plays an important role in supporting many areas of your child's development.
Welcome to Dormice Class Page
In Dormice class we base our planning and activities each week on what the children are interested in and have been doing in nursery at that time. This means that our themes are likely to regularly change in line with the children's ever changing ideas and interests! Please check your child's diary for updates on some of the group activities that we will be doing in Nursery each week and keep an eye out for additions to the displays and things around the classroom that the children have been doing.