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Monday 27th April 2020

Monday 27th April 2020


Hi everyone,


I hope you have had a good weekend and enjoyed the sunshine.  Here are some activity suggestions for today.  I hope you enjoy them.  Thanks also for the pictures.  I have been posting them on the Nursery homepage. 


I can be contacted on class dojo or by emailing

Kind Regards,


Mr Leese


Activity Suggestions for Today


Phonics and Literacy

Ruth Miskin is delivering a speed sounds lesson on her Youtube channel at 9.30am.    The programme developed by Ruth Miskin (RWI) is the one that the children will use in Reception.  Nursery children may find the lessons a little dull, but the content is ideal.    


View Alphablocks Series 1 episode 16 – again the link is lower down the page.  The feedback that I have received from parents about Alphablocks is really positive and the children are enjoying it.  The series was developed by the BBC.   


Try to write the letter ‘j’.  Remember to revise some of the letters that we have learned so far.  I have included the link to the Epic Phonics writing ‘j’ video below.  Some children draw a circle instead of a dot on top of the ‘j’, make sure it is a dot.  Remember to try writing some of the other letters that we have been learning too in order to remind the children and keep the knowledge ‘fresh’.


Blending is a key skill and is vital in the early stages of learning to read.  Children need to practise blending several times throughout the day. You can tell if your child is making good progress because you can say the sounds e.g. ‘c-a-t’ and they will say ‘cat’ back to you.  If children are not yet at the stage where they are doing this reliably then their blending skills need further development.    I have included a link of a video for some words to blend.   Hopefully children will be able to say the words in the song before they are actually sung. 


I have heard that children are making excellent progress with the name writing.  Learning to write names is a marathon, not a sprint and it can take a long time.  Please keep practising – little and often is the best way, as is much of the other learning that we do in Nursery.

Lowercase Alphabet Letter J Learn to Read and Write

Learn to read and write the lowercase letter J with this fun and engaging letter formation video. Listen to the phonic sound the letter J makes over and over...

Phonics Phase 2 Words- Blending for Reading

Looking for fun printable activities? Practice reading simple words with your child/children/class. A fun learning resource to hel...

Alphablocks: Episode 16 - Fox


As always revise counting to 20 with the song – link below.  


Children have been working a lot lately on their touch counting skills.  These skills are vital and developing good touch counting skills by the time the children finish Nursery is an important goal.  Number recognition is also very important. 


Number recognition is another vital skill that can take a long time to acquire.  Please spend time practising number recognition skills.  Cut a sheet of paper into pieces about the size of regular playing cards.  Write one number on each piece of paper and lay them out on the floor or a table.  Say a number name and encourage your child to find the card with that number on it as quickly as possible.  The numbers that you write on the cards will depend on the ability of your child.  For some children in Nursery numbers 0-3 will be sufficient, for others numbers up to 20 may be more challenging.  If your child is struggling to find the numbers when you say the name try writing the number at the same time as you say it, then the children have a visual clue about what to find.

Recognizing Numbers

New Version Of Recognizing Numbers: A video i made for my 2 year old daughter to make sure she continues to recognize her numbers

Count And Move (HD) | Super Simple Songs

Get the Super Simple App for iOS! ► We hope you enjoy this counting song! Practice counting to 20 with the updated HD version of our ...

Arts, Crafts and Understanding of the World


Can you use your lego, duplo etc to build the most amazing thing you can think of?


Physical Development


The PE lessons by Joe Wicks can be accessed on You Tube. 

Dough Disco link below.

Cosmic Yoga link below. 

PE With Joe | Monday 27th April

Today's workout will be decided by The Workout Wheel of Fortune 😀

We're Going on a Bear Hunt | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

A Cosmic Kids yoga adventure for younger kids based on the lovely story by Michael Rosen, We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Join Jaime as we try to catch a big one...

Fine motor development | Disco dough | Days of the Week song ♫

Play dough disco is a fabulous and fun fine motor activity to use in the classroom or at home! Perfect for teachers and home educators too, kids love to sing...

Story Time


Story for Friday 24th April 2020 – Giraffes Can’t Dance – Answers to Questions.


Watch the story and then discuss the following questions.


1)What was the Giraffe in the story called?

The giraffe was called Gerald.


2) Why do you think Giraffes have long necks?

Giraffes eat leaves from the top of trees.  They need their long necks so that they can reach the leaves. 


3) Can you remember any of the animals that were mentioned in the story?

There were lots of animals in the story including lions, warthogs, rhinos, chimps, baboons and a cricket.


4) Which was your favourite animal in the story? Why?

No right or wrong answer as long as the animal is in the story and the children can say why they like it.


5) Gerald was called ‘clumsy’.  What does ‘clumsy’ mean?

If some one is ‘clumsy’ it means they are not very good at moving and are likely to bump into things.


6) How did Gerald feel when the other animals laughed at him for not being very good at dancing?

Gerald felt extremely upset.


7) Which animal helped Gerald?

A cricket helped Gerald.


8) At the end of the story were the other animals shocked and surprised to see what a good dancer Gerald had become?

Yes, they were very surprised to see what a good dancer Gerald was.


Story for Monday 27th April – The Tiger Child.


Please watch the story then discuss the questions below.


1) Why did the tiger do to the village?

2) Why were people in the village frightened of the tiger?

3) What is a baby or young tiger called?

4) Can you remember any of the things that the tiger child did on his way to the village?

5) What did the tiger child’s uncle want him to get from the village?

6) What did the tiger child’s uncle say that the tiger child had become?

7) The story said that tigers now have to eat their food ‘raw’. What does ‘raw’ mean?

8) Did you like the story?  Why/why not?

tiger child_0001.wmv

A short film of one of my picture books 'The Tiger Child'. This book is published by Puffin Books. The folk tale comes from India and explains why tigers eat...