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Thursday 23rd April 2020

Thursday 23rd April 2020


Hi everyone,

It was nice to chat to almost everyone yesterday; I am glad that you and the children are all ok.  Here are some activity suggestions for today.

I can be contacted on class dojo or by emailing

Kind Regards,

Mr Leese

Activity Suggestions for Today

Phonics and Literacy

Remember the ‘Fred Games’ are available for children to play.  We play the ‘Fred Said’ game almost daily in Nursery and the children really enjoy it.  Remember the aim of the game is to encourage children to blend sounds together to say words e.g. ‘Fred says put your hand on your h-i-p-s’ and the children will hopefully reply with ‘hips’ and follow the instruction. 


Ruth Miskin is delivering a speed sounds lesson on her Youtube channel at 9.30am.    I have received mixed feedback from parents about these lessons, but if you wish to view them, they are available. 


View Alphablocks Series 1 episode 14 – 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 ‘h’.  Remember to revise some of the letters that we have learned so far.  I have included the link to the Epic Phonics writing ‘h’ video below. 


Use the ‘Practise blending sounds for CVC words’ video below to encourage the children to blend (put together) the individual sounds to make up a word.  Please define any of the words that the children are unsure of.  I have included a link of a video for some words to blend.

Continue with the name writing.  It would be fantastic if Nursery children could write their names confidently by the time they start Reception class.  I was really pleased to hear yesterday after speaking to many parents that some children are now learning to write their last names – well done for trying so hard.

Alphablocks - Volume 1 Episode 14 - Top (Vowels)

Lowercase Alphabet Letter H Learn to Read and Write

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

CVC Words | Phonics Phase 2

Sounding out words made using letter sounds from Phonics Phase 2. If you would like your children to sound out independently, simply mute the video. 🚨 SUBSCR...


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

Learning to touch count is a very important skill in Nursery.  Touch counting is simply counting by saying one number name for each item as you touch it.  Some children will say their numbers faster than they touch the objects that they are counting meaning that they will think there are more items than there actually are.  I encourage the children to only say the number name each time they touch a different item and as far as possible I encourage the children to line up the items to be counted in a straight line before starting to count.  Spend some time today touch counting items in the home.  Accuracy of counting is more important than being able to count to a high number at this stage, but if children’s counting is accurate then by all means encourage them to count out more. 

Count to 20! (counting song for kids)

COUNT TO 20! A counting song for kids To purchase this song in video format (.mp4) or audio format (.m4a), please visit! WWW.H...

Arts, Crafts and Understanding of the World

It is a lovely sunny day.  Can you create a nice spring picture?  You many want to draw some pretty flowers or the sunny sky – the choice is yours!

Physical Development

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


I have included a link to some more Cosmic Yoga which I have been told the children really enjoy doing.


There is also a link to dough disco.  Dough disco is very good to strengthen hand muscles which are needed for writing.

Yoga Time! | On the Farm - Kids Yoga and Nursery Rhymes

Easy, fun yoga designed specially for toddlers with songs, nursery rhymes and simple stories. Copy me, sing along and have fun! In this video we visit a farm...

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 Wednesday – ‘Farmer Duck’ by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury – Answers to Questions.


1) The farmer in the story is described as ‘lazy’.  What does ‘lazy’ mean?

Some one is lazy if they do not do very much.  The farmer in the story was lazy because he spent all day in bed and did not do any of the work.  He left the work for the poor duck to do.


2) How do you think the duck felt having to do all of the work all day?

The duck got really fed up.


3) The duck got ‘sleepy and weepy’, what does this mean?

‘Sleepy’ means that the duck was tired.  ‘Weepy’ means that he started to cry.


4) In the end all of the animals helped to duck do the work on the farm.  Do you think this made him feel better?

The duck felt a lot better when the animals helped him do the work. 


5) Did you enjoy the story?  Why/why not?

No right or wrong answer to this one as long as the children are able to give a reason why/why not. 


Story for Thursday 23rd April – The Little Red Hen.


Please watch the story and then discuss these questions. 


1) The story said that the cat liked to sleep on the soft couch.  What is a ‘couch’?


2) The dog liked to ‘nap’ all day.  What does ‘nap’ mean?


3) The mouse liked to ‘snooze’ all day.  What does this mean?


4) The Little Red Hen did all of the house work.  Can you think of some jobs that would be classed as house work?


5) What did Little Red Hen find in the garden?


6) Were the other animals very helpful?


7) What did the Little Red Hen make with the flour?


8) Do you think that the Little Red Hen should have shared some of the cake with the other animals?  Why/why not?

Scholastic's The Little Red Hen

A classic folktale about the hard-working hen and her freeloading friends.