Nursery Newsletter 20 March

Here are some activities that you can do with your child at home. The suggestions below are to cover the two weeks up to the Easter break.

Phonics

We use the website www.phonicsplay.co.uk which you can log into using the following details:

Username: march20
Password: home

We have covered the sounds ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’, ‘p’, ‘i’ and some children have also looked at ‘n’, ‘m’, ‘d’. Practise recognising these sounds and thinking of objects that start with the sound. ‘I Spy’ is a great game to reinforce initial sounds. If your child can confidently recognise these letters then the next sound to look at is ‘c’.

You can play the game ‘Buried Treasure’ which can be found under Phase 2, to practise blending cvc words using the letters ‘satpin’.

The website www.doorwayonline.co.uk can be used to practise the formations of these letters using their finger as a pencil.

Literacy

As we have talked about farm animals and new life the. Children could match pictures of the different farm animal mummies to their babies. Can they tell you what the babies are called? The following link is to some animal matching cards that can be printed off:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5157614de4b06ce8229f34fb/t/5c7717bc7817f7b642d1fc32/1551308734437/OldYoung+Match+Puzzle.pdf

You can extend their learning by discussing similarities and differences between older and younger animals and also the differences between the types of animals. Can the children describe animal body parts such as tail, hooves, paws, fur, snout etc..

Maths

In maths we have been looking at 3D shapes. You can use junk modelling to make any creation you child chooses. Practise identifying the different shapes using the vocabulary ‘cube’, ‘cuboid’, ‘sphere’, ‘cylinder’, ‘cone’ and ‘pyramid’.

You could also go on a shape hunt around the house. What objects can you find of these different shapes? Can you name them? Can you sort your findings into shape sets?

The following link is for a symmetry matching game that the children can play.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/symmetry/symmetry-matching

If you have access to paints then you could fold a piece of paper in half and paint half an Easter egg on one side. Fold the paper back over to print the other half of the egg so they are the same.

Knowledge & Understanding of the World

This week we have been looking at new life in plant form and the children have planted some flowers in the garden. It would be good if the children could buy a packet of cress seeds and scatter them in a pot on damp cotton wool. Alternatively you could place carrot tops in a saucer of water. The children can observe the changes they see and draw them if they wish. We have discussed plants needing warmth, light and water in order to grow.

Creative

We would have been making Easter cards in the next two weeks and the children could design their own card at home. Lots of ideas can be found here:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Easter/

We would also have made Easter nest cakes which can be done at home using chocolate and Rice Krispies. Talk to the children about the measurements you are using and observe what happens to the chocolate when you heat it.

The Easter story is also available on this site to share with them.

Welsh

The class has been learning a song in Welsh about farm animals. See what animals your child can remember:

Cow – buwch
Sheep – dafad
Pig – mochyn
Dog – ci
Duck – hwyaden

PSE

In the final term of nursery we would be changing into our PE kits for our PE lessons. Please encourage your child to become more independent with dressing and undressing themselves. At the moment hand washing and personal hygiene are more important than ever. The following video on YouTube can demonstrate to children how important it is to use soap. The pepper represents the germs that we are trying to get rid of.

It is important that the children have time each day to choose, explore, investigate, play and learn independently. Let them guide you with their interests. Stories, songs and time outside are a vital part of your child’s learning.

If anyone wishes to contact me with any questions regarding these activities or you want to discuss anything with me regarding your child then I can be contacted on the following email address:Madiganv@hwbmail.net

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I hope you all stay safe and healthy over this difficult time and are able to enjoy the Easter break.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Vicki Madigan