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I can’t believe this time has come round so quickly, for those of you that don’t know I am leaving St Philips this Summer as I have secured a post as Early Years Lead at another school.

Although I feel like coronavirus has taken away my last few months at St Philips nothing can take away the incredible years I have had.

To the parents - thank you for all your kindness and support it really does make such a difference when teachers and parents work as a team. It’s is very much appreciated.

To my friends and colleagues - I can’t even begin to thank you enough! I have felt part of the St Philips family from day one and that is down to all you amazing people. You’re fantastic at what you do and you help the children to grow every day. I will miss you all a lot.

To the children - You guys are amazing! I have been lucky enough to teach most of you and even those of you who I haven’t taught, I have had the pleasure of spending time with at sports events. It has been amazing to watch you all learn and grow into little superstars, bright things are ahead for all of you. Thank you for being so fantastic and remember to never give up and show the world how brilliant you are. I will miss you.

Love from Mrs Beaumont xXx

 

Well! Here we are, the final week of the school year and not quite how any of us imagined it. I first of all want to thank you all so much for all your support throughout the year (including before COVID). It has been an absolute pleasure to teach your children this year and even though our time was cut short I am incredibly proud of them. I'd also like to thank you for all your support throughout this pandemic, lots of you have put in amazing efforts with home learning which really will make all the difference to your childs learning. 

As you may be aware, I am not returning to St Philips in September as I have secured a promotion to Early Years Leader at another local school. Although this is not how I wanted to end my time at St Philips I look back over the the last four years and can do nothing but smile. I am so proud of all of the children I have taught but I am especially proud of Nursery this year and how they have coped in such a difficult situation. If your child is moving on to Reception I wish them all the best in their new class with Miss Richardson. If your child is staying in Nursery for another year they will be in Miss Doran's (more than) capable hands and Miss Nowell will still be a familiar face for them. 

I am technically still a teacher at St Philips until the end of August and will still have access to my email katy.beaumont@st-philips.org until then so if you have any questions or advice please do not hesitate to contact me.

Instead of home learnign tasks this week I will update the page with ideas of things you can continue to do over the Summer and with advice on ways to help prepare the children for Reception/coming back to school in September. 

Have a fantastic summer and take care! 

Mrs Beaumont x x  
All About Me Booklet

Have a go at one of these All About Me activity booklets or posters to give to your teacher on the first day of school. If you do not have a printer you can use the sheets as a guide and draw some pictures that tell you teacher a little bit about you.

Here are lots of things you can be working on to help your child prepare for starting school in September - 

 
VIRTUAL SPORTS DAY!

Hi Everyone, Sports day is one of my favourite days of the year. I didn't want us to miss out this year so on Tuesday 6th July our school is taking part in a virtual sports day against other schools. All you have to do is have a go at some of the activities attached and submit your scores here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdEX8xOo-PtkFwasg0B7deXM1uzvMQMFAPwpKCU9yEKG6qqg/closedform You do not have to do all of the activities and can pick and choose which ones you would like to do. The more points you submit for our school the bigger our chance of winning. There are awards of sports equipment goody bags for Team work, Determination and Passion. BUT REMEMBER- The most important thing is to have LOTS OF FUN! Just like we always do at our St Philip's Sports Days! For more details and all the activities see the attached document.

Directed Activities for W/C 06/07/2020

Hi everybody, I hope you are all safe and well. I have now managed to get hold of most of you to discuss plans for September. If I have not managed to contact you yet please email me to let me know a suitable time to call. Thank you again to everyone who has sent pictures over the last few weeks. As learning journeys are now in the process of being printed no more photos will be added, however they are still lovely to see and I will still share them on the website. As usual, I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email - katy.beaumont@st-philips.org

Directed Activities for W/C 29/06/2020

Hi everybody, I hope you are all safe and well. I was lovely to speak to some of you last week, if you have not yet had a phone call I will be calling before the end of the week. Thank you again to everyone who has sent pictures in the last week, they are really lovely to see and share. As usual, I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. As always, please do try send some photos and/or videos so I can add these to your child’s online profile/learning journey alongside my comments and assessments before sending them back to you. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email - katy.beaumont@st-philips.org

Directed Activities for w/C 22/06/20

Hi everybody, I hope you are all safe and well. You should have all received an email with a letter attached from Mr Strong giving you information on how things are working at the moment and potential plans for September. If you have not received this please contact me to let me know. Thank you to everyone who has sent pictures in the last week, they are really lovely to see and share. We can continue with this over the coming weeks and I will upload photos of the children to the website again this week. I know lots of you commented how much the children loved seeing photos of each other. As usual, I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. As always, please do try send some photos and/or videos so I can add these to your child’s online profile/learning journey alongside my comments and assessments before sending them back to you. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email - katy.beaumont@st-philips.org

Directed Activities for w/C 15/06/20

Hi everybody, Thank you to everyone who has sent pictures in the last week, they are really lovely to see and share. We can continue with this over the coming weeks and I will upload photos of the children to the website again this week. I know lots of you commented how much the children loved seeing photos of each other. I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. As always, It would be lovely if you could send some photos or videos of these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. I will then add these to your child’s online profile/learning journey alongside my comments and assessments before sending them back to you. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email - katy.beaumont@st-philips.org

What have Nursery been getting up to?

WOW, what busy bees you have all been over the last few weeks! I am so impressed with all your amazing home learning and love seeing your pictures and videos. Can you spot any pictures of what the adults have been doing?

Directed Activities for w/C 08/06/20

Hi everybody, I hope you have had a lovely two weeks during half term. Thank you to everyone who has sent 'Book Bingo' pictures. We can continue with this over the coming weeks and I will upload photos of the children to the website again this week. I know lots of you commented how much the children loved seeing photos of each other. I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. As always, It would be lovely if you could send some photos or videos of these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. I will then add these to your child’s online profile/learning journey alongside my comments and assessments before sending them back to you. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email - katy.beaumont@st-philips.org

Activities for the Holidays

Hi Everyone, I would first of all like to thank you all for your kind words, particularly when I contacted you via phone on Friday. I would also like to thank you for your support, you have been amazing over these last 8/9 weeks of home learning and it has been fantastic to see all the pictures of what the children and your families are doing. Please keep them coming and I will continue to add them to the children's learning journeys and also to this website page. Although the next two weeks are our Spring half term holidays (until 8th June) I thought I would upload some activities and ideas in case you would like them. In particular it would be great if your child could take part in our BOOK BINGO (attached). This is a great activity to promote a love of reading and books. See if you can cross off all the squares and send me pictures to show me your reading adventures. I hope to swamp our Nursery page with pictures from book bingo to show everyone how much we love stories! Take care, Mrs Beaumont x

Home Learning

Over the last 8 weeks there has been some amazing home learning going on. Here are some photos of some amazing things people have been doing. Your child will love spotting their friends in the photos.

Directed Activities for w/C 18/05/20

Hi everybody! I hope you had a good week last week. As usual I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. As always, It would be lovely if you could send some photos or videos of these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile/learning journey where I will add my comments and assessments before sending them back to you. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Here is my email - katy.beaumont@st-philips.org

Directed Activities for W/C 11/05/20

Hello Everyone, I hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend and were able to enjoy the weather! As usual I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. As always, It would be lovely if you could send some photos or videos of these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile/learning journey where I will add my comments and assessments before sending them back to you. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Here is my email - katy.beaumont@st-philips.org

Directed Activities for w/C 04/05/20

As usual I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. I apologise for the delay in uploading this today, I have had quite a few technical difficulties this morning! As always, please do not feel you have to complete all of these activities, I would just rather you have too many activities to keep the children busy than not enough. Especially this week as I have uploaded lots relating to Jack and the Beanstalk. As always, It would be lovely if you could send some photos or videos of these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile/learning journey where I will add my comments and assessments before sending them back to you. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Here is my email - katy.beaumont@st-philips.org

Youtube Videos
As lots of parents said that their child was missing Nursery I thought I would make a Youtube chanel so that the children can still do activities 'with me.' So far I have uploaded Nursery's prayers, two stories and two sing-a-long videos. Fingers crossed I can continue to upload different videos for the children to enjoy.

Here is the link - 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCof1tzncV3ePCDti3fFGY8A

If you subscribe you will get an email each time I upload a new video.
Directed Activities for the Week Commencing 27.04.2020

Alongside the other activities suggested below, I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. Although there is technically one for each day, please do not feel you have to complete all of these activities, I would just rather you have too many activities to keep the children busy than not enough. As usual, It would be lovely if you could send some photos or videos of these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile/learning journey where I will add my comments and assessments before sending them back to you. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Helping Children with Feelings and Emotions during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Some parents have mentioned to me that their children are struggling with emotions and/or are struggling to understand the situation.

For children struggling with emotions here is the link to a story called ‘Lucys Blue Day’ which is great at explaining emotions and how it is ok to be sad. There is also a link to a story called ‘Lucy’s in Lockdown’ which is a lovely story all about how Lucy feels in Lockdown that is relatable for the children.

Lucy’s Blue Day - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmrUV8v-KQg

Lucy’s in Lockdown - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RXF5-29VGU

After watching these videos it may be nice to talk about what makes you happy or sad, what you enjoy about lockdown, what you don’t enjoy about lockdown, what you are looking forward to after lockdown is finished? Talking about these things often help children to feel better.

Below I have also attached a story called ‘Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus.’ This is about Coronavirus and what it is, I would personally not go through all the pages and would pick and choose different ones appropriate for your child.

I have also attached a Feelings PowerPoint that could support discussion and some Coronavirus family discussion cards – again I would pick and choose from these.

Please note these are by no means compulsory or part of the home learning. They are just resources I thought would be helpful for you and your child if they are worried about what is happening.

If you need any more support with this please do not hesitate to contact me via email at katy.beaumont@st-philips.org.

Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus and other documents

Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus story, feelings powerpoints and talk about coronavirus family discussion cards as mentioned above.

Directed Activities for the Week Commencing 20.04.2020

Alongside the other activities suggested below, I have attached 5 English and 5 Maths activity suggestions in a word document and all the resources below. Although there is technically one for each day, please do not feel you have to complete all of these activities, I would just rather you have too many activities to keep the children busy than not enough. As usual, It would be lovely if you could send some photos or videos of these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile/learning journey where I will add my comments and assessments before sending them back to you.

Afternoon/Going Home Prayer

Here is our Afternoon/Going Home Prayer you to join in with at home. If you are having trouble loading the video you can also see it at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK-sYq1VvbY&feature=youtu.be ----------------------------------------------------------- (Sign of the cross) From my head to my heart, from my shoulder to my shoulder, I belong to you God our Father. God our Father I come to say, Thank you for your love today. Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me. Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light. Amen. (Sign of the cross) From my head to my heart, from my shoulder to my shoulder, I belong to you God our Father.

Afternoon/Going Home Prayer
Morning Prayer

Here is our Morning Prayer with the signs for you to join in with at home. If you are having trouble loading the video you can also watch it at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmcvIzl5v-A ----------------------------------------------------------------------- (Sign of the cross) From my head to my heart, from my shoulder to my shoulder, I belong to you God our Father. Father in Heaven you love me, you’re with me night and day. I want to love you always, in all I do and say. I’ll try to please you Father, bless me through the day Amen. Lord God creator of all, Open my eyes to beauty, open my mind to wonder, open my ears to others, open my heart to you. St Philip pray for us. (Sign of the cross) From my head to my heart, from my shoulder to my shoulder, I belong to you God our Father.

Directed Activities -  Wednesday 8th April and Thursday 9th April.
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Wednesday 8th April & Thursday 9th April. Again, please do keep the photos and videos coming and I will add my comments and send them back to you as observations.

  1. English/RE – Re-cap - what special time is coming this weekend? Remember it is Holy Week. What happenned in our story about Palm Sunday? Tell the children that during Holy week the Thursday is called Maundy Thursday. This is when we remember JEsus' last supper. Explain that lots of people knew that Jesus was the son of good (that is why they celebrated and welcomed him) but some people thought he was lying and were jealous of him. Tell the children that Jesus knew these people wanted to kill him but he wanted one last meal with his disciples/friends first and they celebrated something called Passover. Watch the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SigoALSS1R8 together. Talk through the video together and if you go to Mass explain that this is why people have the bost (bread) and wine at church, to remember Jesus. 
  2. Maths – This week is all about counting, not just practising saying the numbers in order but also:
    - Counting with 1:1 correspondence – This means counting and saying one number name for each item.
    - Knowing that the last number tells you how many there are. When asked how many? Lots of children just count and then look at you and when you ask how many again they recount again rather than saying the amount of objects there are. I.e. Adult: How many do you have? Child: 1,2,3, Adult: So how many are there, Child: 1,2,3. What children need to practise is knowing that the last number said (here it is 3) tells you how many there are, you count to find the answer.
    - Being able to count other things not just objects i.e. jumps, claps etc.

    Practise counting as you go for walks, play, cook and just generally go about your day to day life. Board games are also great for practising counting skills.  I have uploaded some optional counting sheets and games (see above). The children also enjoy the counting games on this website when we are at Nursery too - 
    https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=16&AgeGroup=1
  3. Other Areas of Learning  - As it is Easter I will upload a range of Easter activity ideas above. 
Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th April Directed Activities Resources

As mentioned below here is: - A printable Easter counting game - An Easter counting sheet - How to make a Palm Leaf sheet - How to make a Palm Leaf 1 (instructions) - Palm Sunday Colouring Sheets

Directed Activities -  Monday 6th April and Tuesday 7th April.
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Monday 6th April & Tuesday 7th April. Again, please do keep the photos and videos coming and I will add my comments and send them back to you as observations.

  1. English/RE – Discuss how it is Easter at the weekend which means this week it is something called holy week. Explain to the children that on Sunday it was something called Palm Sunday , on Palm Sunday we think about when Jesus made a special trip to Jerusalem.  Watch the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-39h0xYqdE.
    Ask the children questions like – What did the people do to welcome Jesus? Why did they do this? How would you welcome Jesus if he came to our street? What would you do to celebrate him?

    Now have a go at one of the activities posted above. You could have a go at making your own Palm Leaf, colour a picture of Jesus driving into Jerusalem or have a go at drawing your own.

     
  2. Maths – This week is all about counting, not just practising saying the numbers in order but also:
    - Counting with 1:1 correspondence – This means counting and saying one number name for each item.
    - Knowing that the last number tells you how many there are. When asked how many? Lots of children just count and then look at you and when you ask how many again they recount again rather than saying the amount of objects there are. I.e. Adult: How many do you have? Child: 1,2,3, Adult: So how many are there, Child: 1,2,3. What children need to practise is knowing that the last number said (here it is 3) tells you how many there are, you count to find the answer.
    - Being able to count other things not just objects i.e. jumps, claps etc.


    Practise counting as you go for walks, play, cook and just generally go about your day to day life. Board games are also great for practising counting skills.  I have uploaded some optional counting sheets and games (see above). The children also enjoy the counting games on this website when we are at Nursery too - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=16&AgeGroup=1

Directed Activities - Friday 3rd April

Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Friday 3rd April. Thank you for all the photos and videos sent so far, they are fantastic! These will be added as observations to your child’s learning journey.

  1. Have a look at the activities I put up earlier in the week have you had a go at any? If you are unable to print these off you could draw a picture of the Three Pigs instead.
  2. Write your child’s name in a light coloured felt tip (yellow, orange, light green) or similar – The first letter should be a capital and the rest should be lower case i.e. Arthur. Can they practise going over the letters of their name on top of your writing?
  3. Ask your child to tell me the best thing they have done this week, please either write it down or record a video and send it to me.

Directed Activities - Wednesday 1st April and Thursday 2nd April
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Wednesday 1st April and Thursday 2nd April. Thank you for the photos, videos and information you have sent from last week's learning. Please keep these coming. Remember these can either be as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.
1. English – Ask your child what story they read earlier in the week? How many pigs were there? Re-read the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ together. Can you draw, paint or make a picture of something that happened in the story?

2. Maths – Re-watch the number blocks episode “Series 1: One, Two, Three”  Via the link below, If the link doesn’t work copy and paste it into your internet search bar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Mg4tP0huM

Have a go at playing the cup game together, hiding an object under 3 cups, moving them around and guessing which cup is underneath. You could number the cups or you could use a big, medium and small cup to represent 3, 2 and 1. Can the children recognise the numbers on the cups or talk about the size?

3. Other Areas of Learning – Make a house for the pigs to live in using whatever you have at home. You could collect some sticks, use cardboard boxes or something like Lego, let your imagination run wild. It would be great to see some pictures of your amazing creations!

Three Little Pigs Story and Activities

Here is the Three Little Pigs Story powerpoint for this weeks directed activities. I have also included some other activities you may like to try.

Directed Activities - Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Monday 30th March & Tuesday 31st March.Thank you for the photos, videos and information you have sent from last week's learning. Please keep these coming. Remember these can either be as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.

  1. English – Can the children remember what they were learning about last week? (The Three Billy Goats Gruff). Tell the children this week at home they will learn about another story with three of something. The Three Little Pigs. Enjoy the story together; you could ask questions like - would you build a house out of sticks/straw/bricks? Why/Why not? What do you think the wolf wants to do? What should the pigs do next? At the end of the story you could ask questions such as: Can you tell me what happened in the story? What was your favourite part?
    It would be great if you could send me a video or type what your child has said. This can be done through a normal email or an observation.
  2. Maths – Watch the number blocks episode “Series 1: One, Two, Three”  Via the link below, If the link doesn’t work copy and paste it into your internet search bar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Mg4tP0huM.
    Can the children look around your house for groups of things that there are 3 of and practise counting them? It is important for the children to remember  when we are counting we count slowly, pointing, saying one number name for each object and the last number said is the amount of items there are.
  3. Other Areas of Learning – Play board game that helps with turn taking and counting skills. I have uploaded a three pigs one further down this page but any game will do.
Thank You 
Thank you for all your emails and obervations so far and for the amazing job lots of you are doing with home learning. I will continue to add directed activities to this page next week. Just a reminder to scroll down where you will find other activity suggestions and tips. Don't forget Joe Wicks PE lessons and Shonette Bason's dough disco and story sessions are fantastic lessons for the children to do and they're all done for you. Here are the links to their Youtube channels - 

Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) PE Lessons @ 9am - https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Shonette Bason (Spread the Happiness TV) Dough Disco and Story sessions @ 9.30am and 1pm - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw
Directed Activities - Friday 27th March
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Friday 27th March. Thank you for all the photos and videos you have sent so far, please continue to send these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.
  1. English – Ask your child - What story did you read earlier in the week? How many Billy Goats were there? Re-read the story the Three Billy Goats Gruff together, can your child join in with any of the repeated phrases?  Can you act out the story with your family? Who will be the troll? Who will be the Billy Goats?
  2. Maths – Practise writing the number 3 together using the number rhyme attached.
  3. Other Areas of Learning – Ask your child to tell me the best thing they have done this week, please either write it down or record a video and send it to me.


 
Number Formation Rhymes for 1, 2 and 3.

Here are the number formation rhymes we use at Nursery for the numbers we have learnt so far 1, 2 and 3.

Directed Activities - Wednesday 25th March and Thursday 26th March
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Wednesday 25th March & Thursday 26th March. Thank you for all the photos and videos you have sent so far, please continue to send these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.
  1. English – Ask your child what story they read earlier in the week? How many Billy Goats were there? What can you tell me about the size of the Billy Goats? Re-read the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ together. Can you draw or paint a picture of something that happened in the story?
  2. Maths – Re-watch the number blocks episode “Series 1: Three” - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bzgxx/numberblocks-series-1-three.
    What story have you read this week with 3 in? What sizes were the Three Billy Goats (small, medium and big)? Have a collection of items that are small, medium and big from around the house. Can you sort them by size into piles ‘small, medium and big.’
  3. Other Areas of Learning - Go outside on a listening walk – Turn on your listening ears and either go for a walk in your garden or another safe outdoor space (considering social distancing). What can you hear? Tell your grown-up so they can make a list.
Three Billy Goats Gruff Story

An online version of the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' for this weeks directed learning.

Directed Activities - Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March
Alongside the other activities suggested below, here are the directed learning activities for Monday 23rd March & Tuesday 24th March. It would be lovely if you could send some photos or videos of these either as an observation (see details further down this page on how to do this), or via email. If this is difficult you could detail in an email what your child said or did. Please do not feel like you need to do this for every activity, it would just be nice to see them for some. Observations will be added to your child’s online profile.

  1. English – Can the children remember what number they were learning about in Nursery (three)? Can they remember learning about Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Tell the children at home they will learn about another story with three of something. The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Enjoy the story together (attached above) and then ask questions such as:
     Can you tell me what happened in the story?
     What was your favourite part?
    It would be great if you could send me a video or type what your child has said. This can be done through a normal email or an observation.
  2. Maths – Watch the number blocks episode “Series 1: Three”  - - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bzgxx/numberblocks-series-1-three.
    Then ask questions such as - How was three made? Which numbers jumped together? Can you find 3 of different objects in the house? Can you jump or clap 3 times? Go on a number hunt, can you find the number 3 anywhere?
  3. Other Areas of Learning – Can you build a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff using materials in your house? This could be anything from Lego to cardboard boxes or kitchen utensils.
Dough Disco

This is something the children are used to doing frequently at Nursery and is great for building up strength in little hands to prepare them for writing. There are lots of dough disco videos that you can follow on youtube, for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrBsNhwxzgc & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSBO8N4ctJg&list=PLtw-7Jf06an2kfRMTdYqf21GkM0YT2HaP

In addition to this Shonette (the creator of Dough Disco) is doing live dough disco sessions at 9.30am and 1pm on her YouTube channel. All you need is a small ball of play-dough or similar.

Don’t forget to send your photos to Mrs Beaumont so she can see how hard you have been working.

100 Things to Do Indoors & 100 Things to do Before you are 6

Shonnette-Bason is an early years expert who has been to school to do some training with the teachers in the past. She has released ‘100 things to do indoors’ and ‘100 things to do before you are 6’ which will give you some fantastic ideas for early learning (attached below). Shonette also has some fantastic ideas which she often shares on her social media pages – Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SpreadTheHappinessPage/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/ShonetteBason Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw

Tips for Home Schooling –

  1. Have a daily routine (there is a timetable resource posted below you may find helpful).
  2. Keep things playful – At Nursery the children do have lots of time to play. We keep focused sessions to around 10 minutes at a time so I would advise you do the same.
  3. Play simple board games and turn taking games if you have them at home, as well as other childhood games such as ‘hide and seek’ and ‘I-Spy’.
  4. Spend time outdoors when you can.
  5. Remember you can learn anywhere, for example going on a colour hunt around your house, drawing pictures on a steamed up mirror or even counting how many toilet rolls you have left!
  6. Don’t just focus on the typical ‘educational’ side of things. Having experiences such as gardening and baking (if you can get the ingredients!), as well as learning to get dressed, fasten zips and buttons, use a knife and fork and to share and take turns are all just as, if not more important.
  7. If you speak more than one language at home please continue to speak English with your child, alongside any other languages you use. Please also encourage your child to watch high-quality English TV i.e. Cbeebies as this will also help their English.
  8. Remember to have a break during the day and don’t forget the weekends!
  9. HAVE FUN and have no inhibitions! As you are probably aware in Nursery we are often required to dance around like Elsa, jump up and down like a monkey or slide across the floor like a ninja and why not!
  10. Remember we are here to help and will always reply to emails and provide support in any way possible.

Ideas of things to ‘work on’ for Nursery children –

  1. We do lots of singing in Nursery and enjoy lots of Nursery rhymes. Keep this up at home, it important part of early learning.
  2. Sharing and taking turns.
  3. Read stories – we have between 2 and 4 stories a day in Nursery and the children always love getting stuck into a good book!
  4. Counting – This involves not only saying the numbers out-loud and in order but also counting objects by pointing to one at a time and saying the number name, knowing that the last number said when counting tells you how many there are and counting things which cannot be seen i.e. jumps or claps.
  5. Recognising numbers to
  6. Drawing – Including drawing a person in detail i.e. not just a head with sticks coming out but a head, body, arms, legs and facial features, drawing other things and being able to say what they have drawn (even if it looks nothing like it!).
  7. Fine motor activities that help hand-eye coordination such as threading, practising using scissors and picking up small objects using the thumb and pointing finger.
  8. Practising writing their name.

 Here are some website links which you may find useful over the coming weeks –

General –

Maths -

  • Top Marks – www.topmarks.co.uk – Top Marks have lots of interactive maths games which cover pattern, shape, counting and number recognition.
  • Numberblocks - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks?page=2  - As many of you are aware we are using Numberblocks to give children an in-depth knowledge of number. We have watched Series 1: One, Series 1: Another 1, Series 1: Two and Series 1: Three. Please continue to watch these episodes on iPlayer and Youtube. Each week I will give a new focus number or for the children to learn about. The key to this approach to learning is to take it slowly and not rush ahead, please bear this in mind when using the videos. I had planned to stay on the numbers 1, 2 and 3 until Easter and then focus on 4 and 5 for the next half term.

English –

Keeping Active –

Home Timetable

Please feel free to use this editable timetable which also comes with picture cards to add some routine and structure to your days at home. Don't forget to put in plenty of time to play, have a break and to have weekends off!

Observations Parent Meeting

Here is the presentation used at the parent meeting about receiving and sending observations earlier in the year. I have also attached some examples of observations and a list of things you may like to 'observe.' If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ideas for Nursery Children during the suspended break from school!

It is with great sadness that the school closed it's doors to most of our children for an unknown amount of time. This is not an easy time for anybody but I intend to regularly update this page to make this as easy as possible for us all. 

I intend to provide general ideas, tips and links to online resources during this period. I hope that this will be useful so that your child can continue learning at home.

There will also be challenges on this page for different areas of the curriculum uploaded twice a week (Monday’s and Wednesdays). It would be great if you could send these back as an observation (as discussed in the parent meeting on observations earlier in the year). I will upload the presentation used and the hand-outs from this meeting for you to refer to. If you have any difficulties doing this or with anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time. Most importantly of all take care of yourselves and each other.

Mrs Beaumont and the Nursery Team

 

Welcome to our Nursery at St Philip's
 
In our nursery children are provided with as many opportunities as possible to explore and be creative learners.  We have a free flow system where children can initiate their own learning, alongside some focus activities where children are supported to develop specific skills.  In all our provision areas children can investigate and enhance the Characteristics of Effective learning.

We also have daily carpet times together where we sing songs, celebrate our 'star of the day' and work on different skills together and build on our knowledge.  Children in nursery have acess to provision both indoors and outdoors.
Chinese New Year

This half term Nursery have been learning all about Chinese New Year, we heard about the Legend of Nian and enjoyed acting out the story with some Nian masks we made. We also learnt about how Chinese New Year is celebrated, we listened to some traditional Chinese Music, watched a dragon dance, tried some noodles and prawn crackers and even made our own spring rolls. They were yummy!

Winter Topic

This half term Nursery have been learning all about Winter. We investigated ice, counted buttons onto snowmen, painted with ice, listened to lots of winter stories, and made melted snowman biscuits. One thing we didn’t get to do was play in the snow, maybe it will come soon!

Santa's Grotto Trip

Nursery were very lucky and had an exciting trip to Santa’s Grotto. We followed the Robin and Travelled around the North Pole until we got to Santa’s Grotto. When we got there we all had a turn sitting next to Santa in his big chair and having a chat with him. Santa said we had all been good so after we had spoken to him we all went to his toy shop to choose a present. Later we went to the Grass Hoppers Play-gym and had so much fun racing down the slides and climbing on all the different obstacles. What an exciting day! Thank you to the PTA for our treat, we really enjoyed it.

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