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Message from the Nursery Team


We hope that you are all keeping safe and well at home.  We are very much missing the children.

We really appreciate you doing the activities we have set for your child at home and hope that you have managed to access them easily.  We know that your children will be enjoying their home learning very much with you.

It is great to see the many things you can experience for free online at home and the places you can visit without stepping foot outside the door. 

If you get chance next week why not visit Edinburgh Zoo from the comfort of your own home www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/

Remember in Early Years, PLAY is an essential part of learning.  

I have added a few more websites etc. for you to explore.

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

The Nursery Team

Home Learning - access here and at the bottom of our webpage

What should my child be learning?

Literacy – Reading/Phonics

  • Read lots of story books together.   Read the same story each day over two weeks.  The children will get to know the story really well and will learn lots of story language.   
  • Retell stories you have read
  • Discuss what is happening in stories, what are the characters like etc…
  • Listen for sounds in the environment – What sounds can we hear? E.g. door bell, washing machine, dog barking, tap running…
  • Listen to music – Can you clap/ stamp with the beat?
  • Hearing and saying rhyming words. E.g. hat cat mat
  • Looking for words that have the same sound e.g. dog, dinosaur, diamond…
  • Pretend to talk like a robot e.g. c-a-t   d-o-g  Can your child tell you what the robot is saying?
  • Sing lots of nursery rhymes

Literacy – Writing

  • Name writing focusing on forming letters
  • Drawing people – focusing on drawing all features of a person
  • Mark making of any kind – drawing with chalks outside, using old paintbrushes and dipping in water to make marks, drawing on old rolls of wallpaper, using different types of pens e.g. felt tips, crayons, ball point pens
  • Pencil control – Practice holding our pen/pencil using crocodile fingers (between first finger and thumb) 
  • Follow patterns with your pencil


  • Practice counting using household objects
  • Practice numeral recognition 1 to 10, then  10 to 20
  • Practice number ordering 1 to 5, then 1 to 10
  • Practice number formation 1 to 10
  • Naming shapes – circle, triangle, square, oblong, hexagon, pentagon
  • Solving problems by sorting objects into categories e.g. sort the socks into colours
  • Order items by height, weight and height – e.g. tins of food by weight, household shoes from smallest to biggest
  • Make patterns using different items e.g. scarves, petals, socks, forks, spoons, toys etc.


ICT games


Phonics Play


Phonics Bloom



www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies  (alphablocks/ numberblocks)

Epic phonics


Oxford Owl (Free e books and games)


Top Marks




Early Learn


World Book Day


The imagination tree



www.twinkl.co.uk (Free access to parents for 4 weeks using the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Counting with Rodd


BBC Radio school


Busy things



If you have an Alexa at home…

To get started say ‘Alexa Play…’

  • 1 2 3 Maths
  • Amazon storytime
  • Animal workout
  • Curiosity
  • Daily dinosaur
  • Guess the animal
  • Kids news



  • Mr Thorne – Geraldine’s Phonics Land
  • Mr Thorne – Phonics safari
  • Jolly Phonics
  • Twinkl Phonics
  • Maths Age 3-5
  • Cbeebies: Go explore
  • Meet the Numberblocks
  • Meet the Alphablocks
  • Barefoot world
  • Google Earth
  • Cbeebies storytime

Youtube channels

  • Go Noodle Flow Playlist
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga
  • Mr Thorne does Phonics
  • Geraldine the Giraffe
  • Storybots
  • Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel
  • Number blocks
  • Just dance
  • The learning station
  • Barefoot books
  • Dough disco

Instagram - ideas for parents















Weekly Learning Tasks - Week beginning 30.03.2020





Being active



Sing the action song head, shoulders, knees and toes pointing at each part of the body.  Then replace the words with neck, shoulders, elbow, wrist, then back, shin, ankle, foot. Change the speed of the song faster and slower.




Join in with Joe Wickes online PE session at 9am.  Live on his youtube channel ‘The Body Coach’


 Move around like different animals. Can you slither like a snake, trot like a horse or bounce like a kangaroo?


Learning without screens



Design an aeroplane.  Talk about what it is going to look like.  Where will your aeroplane go to?  Can you draw a map of where your aeroplane will travel?



Count from 1 to 10, then 1 to 20 and beyond if able in different voices: quiet, loud, silly, happy, sad, funny.

Have a number hunt around your house how many numbers can you find?  Does your door have a number?  Is it a big number or small number?



Imagine you have a big bag of sweets.  Can you share them with the people at home.  What do they look like?  What do they taste like?  How many can each person have? 

Creative time



Using materials you may have at home e.g. newspaper, cereal boxes, yoghurt pots etc.  Make the aeroplane that you described earlier.




Sing the song ‘Our God is a great big God’


You can listen to it on youtube first on Kidzclubrighton


 Do some coin rubbings.  Do you know what each coin is worth?


Quiet time

Share a memory. Take it in turns to talk about a memory.  Think about who was there.  Was it a good memory? Why?

Look out of the window. What can you see?  Encourage the use of positional language.  E.g. There is a bird on the fence.

Snuggle up on the settee with your favourite story and a snack and enjoy having a lovely storytime together.

Learning with screens

Choose a cosmic kids yoga session to join in with.

Have a look at the website poisson rouge and explore some of the activities on there.

Look at the crickweb website (EYFS) section and complete some of the activities on there.

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