24.03.20 Update

Dear Nursery children, parents and carers,

I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the sunny weather.

Whilst the school is closed I will be posting regular blogs on here so that we can still communicate.  I hope you have read the ‘ Nursery home learning information’ below.   This will provide you with some ideas for things to do over the next two weeks, similar to what we would have been doing in class.   This is not an exhaustive list, there are many other activities or online learning opportunities you may like to do, please feel free to go with your child’s interests and develop their learning in their chosen area.   This is not compulsory so please do not feel under any pressure.  The most important thing is to spend some quality time together.  Do not underestimate the importance of simply talking and playing!

Here is a rough timetable of what a usual morning looks like in Nursery, in case you want to follow some (or any!) of this routine at home:

8.45 Early Work : Strengthening Fine Motor Skills  by one of the following activities: construction toys / threading / drawing/ cutting / jigsaw puzzles.

9.00 Phonics: Choosing ‘Smiley Badge Helpers’ (Saying the initial sound of a child’s name and see if they know whose name starts with that sound).   Singing Nursery Rhymes, such as Twinkle Twinkle, Humpty Dumpty, 12345, Hickory, Dickory, Dock, Hey Diddle Diddle or 5 Cheeky Monkeys, etc.

9.15 Dance along to a song on ‘Go noodle ‘website (such as ‘Poppin’ bubbles’).  Then play ’Melting’ to wind down (also on Go noodle).

9.20 Adult Led Activity:  (You could choose any activity to do on any day)

  • Mondays: Story  – Rhyming book (such as a Julia Donaldson book)
  • Tuesdays: Collective Worship – We would be learning about the Easter story.   You could sing the songs ‘Or God is a great big God’ and ‘’Jump up and down, be happy’ which you can google.
  • Wednesday: Phonics – Use Phonics Play website – Phase 1 interactive games.
  • Thursday: Maths – Eg go on a number hunt or a shape hunt around your home.
  • Friday: PE – you could do Joe Wicks Body Coach PE workout (this is live at 9am- 9.30am), or Cosmic Yoga on you tube. (If you have your PE kit you could see how independently you can get changed!).


9.45 Child Initiated Learning time inside and outside: Free play for your child to choose what they would like to play with in the classroom or the garden.  (Also including snack time)

11am Tidy up to a favourite song (Eg. Lion King – I just can’t wait to be king).

11.10 Story time – Perhaps recap on a traditional tale story we have read

11.25 Maths – Counting songs such as 5 little ducks, 10 green bottles,10 fat sausages or a shape song (eg. you tube: Shape song 2).

11.40 Recap and reflect on the morning. (You could record this as a diary entry in the News Book ). You could take a photo of anything you have made and send it to the nursery email.

11.45 Home time / lunch time

In the afternoons, the children have some quiet time after they have eaten.

On Tuesday afternoons we go for a walk around the school and up to Forest School.   If you have a garden, you could look for signs of Spring and new growth and talk about this together.   The children then have CIL time inside.

On Thursday afternoons we go to the library and read our library books together. Then they have some CIL time outside.

If you have any questions or would like to share what you have been up to, you can email me at nursery@standrews323.herts.sch.uk.  I would love to hear from you!

For those children who weren’t in last week and haven’t received their Purple Mash log in details please email me and I can send you the details via email on Friday.   Any children who weren’t in to get their reading book;  it is in your child’s new zip wallet which I have left in the school office for you to collect (when you are able to do so. )

Book Start packs have also arrived at school.  I will notify you when these will be available for you to collect from the school office.

Stay safe, take care of each other and enjoy your learning,

Miss Bowie 🙂