Hello to all our families from Bees Nursery.
We hope you are all keeping well, safe and positive during this period of isolation. We have already incorporated some home learning activities for your children this week and will continue to change these to fit in with our story, song and word of the week. We have included some activities which are online activities and some which you can either print out and complete or can do with objects and resources around the house.
We hope these help you and you enjoy some of the activities that we have shared with you.
Remember just to do the activities which will fit in with your lives at this time.
Enjoy and Take Care.
Mrs Moretti, Miss Giles and Miss Herbert
Please see below an overview of all of the books, songs and words we will be incorporating within our planning over the coming weeks in Bees. This will give you a chance to have a look at them prior to the week if you wish and we will try to include a link for the book (where possible) in case you do not have it
Additional support for parents
We teach across the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Curriculum and all of these are fundamental to children's development. While you are unable to access Nursery provision, as well as the weekly timetable above, we have also included some activities that you can do with your children to develop their skills and promote independent learning.
These are merely suggestions and ideas to support you, although I am sure you will have lots of fun things to do as families to keep yourselves busy and entertained at this challenging time.
- Participate in a wide range of online exercise activities to develop gross motor skills and encourage your children to feel the change in their heart rate as they exercise, e.g. Joe Wicks PE, CosmicYoga, Sticky Kids or Youtube Wake up shake up songs.
- Move like different minibeasts in the garden or like animals in the jungle, looking at using different action words to describe the movements, e.g. slither, leap, crawl, pounce and so on.
- Use playdough or any other malleable materials (gloop, slime, shaving foam ) to develop finger muscles. Encourage them to shape playdough by pinching, squeezing, splatting and any other action they can think of!
- Use pencils, pens, crayons, paints and chalks to draw and colour in pictures - we have been encouraging the children to use a snappy crocodile grip to hold our pencils. We are getting very good at it!
- If you have child-friendly scissors encourage children to cut out their pictures. We have been trying very hard and becoming much more confident following the lines of pictures to cut out.
- Encourage children to practise independent hygiene - washing hands regularly and thoroughly and brushing teeth.
Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
- Embrace the opportunity to talk about your family, sharing memories, photos and experiences you have shared - our children love to recall their own experiences so they will enjoy hearing your memories too.
- Play sharing and turn taking games with lots of conversation and laughter to develop a love of playing together as a family.
- Talk to the children about why they can't do things, e.g. run in certain places. Encourage them to think about why, talking about safety and relating to the rules we have in school as well as home.
- Play games with faces - making funny faces, silly faces, sad and happy to help children to understand and talk about feelings and emotions.
Communication and Language (CL)
- Enjoy the opportunity to read to your children, exploring a range of stories, songs and rhymes. Encourage them to join in with key phrases and show off by telling you what the blurb is or what an author does!
- Play listening games, e.g. SImon Says, Ready, Steady, Go.
- Encourage your children to make choices and extend their sentences explaining why using 'because' and 'and' to develop their vocabulary, e.g. "I love colouring with green because it is my favourite colour".
- Talk about household objects and their uses to extend your children's understanding. Ask them questions, e.g. "Why do we wear an apron?", "Where will I find the toothpaste?" and so on.
- Ask your children to sing their favourite songs to you, share nursery rhymes, Disney songs and any others that you enjoy.
- Explore the initial sounds in words, playing word games to make silly phrases and names, e.g.. Happy Hannah
- Explore sounds and rhythm in sounds through clapping syllables in names, objects and anything you can think of!
- Encourage your child to recognise their names in and around the house - in their clothes, on their door, written on paper and so on.
- Practise writing letters from their names and encourage children to use the correct formation of letters using a range of different media, e.g. crayons, chalks, pens, pencils, paints and so on.
- Count with your children at any given opportunity - our children love to count and are fascinated by numbers. Encourage them to count not just objects but actions too, e.g. jump 5 times, show me 3 fingers and so on.
- Use fingers, pictures and marks to represent numbers. Our children have been working hard daily practising our numbers on the whiteboard. They love learning the rhymes and copying numerals.
- Use chalks to create a hopscotch outside or make your own indoors with number cards.
- Play skittles with numbers using plastic bottles to encourage numeral recognition. Add dots to help your child count if they are unsure of the numerals.
- Use Lego or other blocks and shapes to build with and describe them using vocabulary such as long, tall.
- Go on a shape walk around the house or when you go out for a walk, talking about what you can see.
Understanding the World (UW)
- Talk about all the people in your family, look at photos and look at similarities and differences in features - what makes them unique and special
- Recall memories of them as babies - our children love to compare themselves from when they were younger to how grown up they are now!
- Talk about special memories, events and people in your lives.
- Explore nature - if you have a garden encourage your children to plant, observe nature and explore or plant seeds indoors and watch as they grow looking at what they need to help them grow.
- Allow your children opportunities to use technology to make things move, interact and make sounds through the use of Ipads, computers, tablets, TV, CD players and so on.
Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
- Enjoy listening to and dancing rhythmically to all types of music.
- Tap out rhythms for your children to copy and encourage them to make rhythms for you to copy. Our children love to play the conductor game where they make the sounds change using actions for louder/softer, stop/start.
- Make instruments with different objects and materials, e.g. toilet rolls and rice/pasta.
- Give your children lots of time to explore in imaginative play to allow their creativity and imagination develop (joining in if you can), acting out adult roles such as cooking, cleaning, making phone calls. Use resources in the house to allow them to develop their imagination.
- Encourage your child to draw, paint and create with a range of collage materials, encouraging them to talk about how materials feel.