Welcome to Nursery

A warm welcome to all of our wonderful pupils and families to our Nursery class homepage. We cannot wait for all of the adventures that are waiting for us this year! We have made a super start to the year already- getting to know each other, making new friends and exploring our new learning environment. We have been busy enjoying getting involved with lots of different activities such as our daily playdough disco, write dance and story rhyme time, learning in the outdoor classroom, baking cakes in the mud kitchen, practising our cutting skills, exploring technology and our visit to the school library and sensory room.  Please visit our class page regularly to see updates about what we have been doing in class and celebrating our achievements. You will also find our medium term plan and newsletter to let you know what we will be learning about this half term. Thank you for your ongoing support.

The nursery team are;

Mrs. Drury (Monday- Wednesday)

Mrs. Barrie (Wednesday-Friday)

Miss. Conway (Wednesday-Friday)

Miss. Stout

Miss. Burton

Coach Jack (City in the Community) joins us every Wednesday for our P.E sessions

Sheila and Stacey join us for lunchtime every day

Miss. Mc Garry is our EYFS Leader

Welcome to our EYFS Home Learning Zone.

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Welcome to the Early Years Home Learning Zone.  Here is lots of information to help you to continue to learn whilst you are at home.  Please scroll down the page for lots of fantastic resources, videos, activity suggestions.

Nursery Website Update 10th April 2020

Reception Documents 11th May 2020

Good morning stay at home heroes,

 

After seeing your super learning about the Snail and the Whale this week, we thought you might want to explore another famous Julia Donaldson story all about a Superworm! You can watch and listen to Mrs. Barrie reading it to you here;

Superworm! 

Why not try some of our Superworm themed activities.

Nursery 14th May

Superworm belts and hats: 

Ask your grown up to help you draw a Superworm outline on a large piece of paper or lightweight card (or stick several smaller sheets together). Cut it out and decorate by gluing on scrap pieces of paper torn into strips. Children can draw on eyes to bring their Superworms to life – then try wrapping the Superworm around your child’s waist or head to create a belt or hat.

 

Superworm treasure box activity: 

Whilst wearing their Superworm hat or belt, you can take on the character of Superworm and dig for treasure hidden in some soil, ideally using a spoon or small spade. This treasure could be hidden directly in soil outside, or in a large tray /container of soil inside, if you are able to prepare this. The treasure could be old jewellery, metal spoons, paper clips and you could bury other items such as bottle tops, corks and sweetie wrappers to spark discussions about whether each item is considered to be ‘treasure’ as your child uncovers them. Perhaps you could display your Superworm treasure using an old egg box like the picture attached here.

 

Superworm fishing: 

You could draw pictures of some creatures in the book, or you may wish to colour in the outline of a butterfly I have attached. You could use collage materials or crumpled tissue paper to create textured wings. Use a long piece of string to create a Superworm fishing rod. Cut out either the butterfly collage, or one of your child’s own creature drawings, and attach to the piece of string. Hang it up in your learning area as a decoration that shows Superworm’s fishing rod rescues. 

 

Extension task:

You could learn and sing the Superworm chant. You may wish to create your own mask to become your favourite creature from the story – a toad, beetle, bee, snails, slugs, ant, earwig, or of course Superworm himself. You could make up actions to go with the descriptions ‘super-long’, ‘super-strong’, ‘wiggle’ and ‘squirm’ and you could ask your grown ups to video your performance to send to us!

We hope you enjoy your Superworm day!

Just like Superworm, you are our heroes and you make us super proud every day with your strength and continued hard work.

Keep smiling, lovely children.

Best wishes,

The EYFS Team x

1st May 2020

Good morning stay at home superstars 

We are thrilled to have received so many of your photos and videos this week of you enjoying your time at home. We are incredibly blessed to be able to continue to share your wonderful learning journeys with you. 

 

Let's wake up with the dinosaurs!

  

To celebrate another successful week of homeschooling, we’d like to share another one of our favourite stories with you all about a Gruffalo! You can enjoy listening and watching Mrs. Barrie read it to you here;

 

The Gruffalo

Please follow the link below to some Gruffalo themed activity ideas;

 

https://www.worldbookday.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Early-Years-Teaching-Ideas-The-Gruffalo.pdf

 

We hope you enjoyed joining Mrs. Drury singing some of your favourite nursery rhymes this week. You might also want to visit the BBC school radio website to enjoy singing some more of your favourites;

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-a-to-z-index/z4ddgwx

 

To conclude our shape work this week, we would like you to play a game with your grown ups. All you will need are some household objects, a piece of paper and a pen/pencil. 

 

1. Collect a range of small objects from around your house.

2. Ask your grown up to draw around each object individually on a piece of paper without you looking!

3. Your grown up can now remove the objects from the paper and place them to one side. 

4. Can you match the objects to where they belong on the paper? Talk about the different shapes of each object.

Although the weather has changed, why not explore our wonderful world. Who can resist a rainy day puddle? Have some fun and splash into the weekend! If you’d like to make your puddle bigger, just add some more water to it! Perhaps you could add some liquid soap to your puddle and see what happens.

We will continue to update EducationCity for you to access a range of different interactive resources on there, we hope you are enjoying using some of these. 

You can also visit the Oak National Academy website to access free online lessons, activity ideas and resources. Please follow the link here;

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/reception#subjects

A huge thank you to all of you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thinking of you always,

The EYFS Team.

 

Practise recognising some high frequency words (please see attached) so the children learn that we just say them and cannot use our phonics knowledge to decode them

 

Maths:

 

Practise number recognition, forming numbers, one more and one less and matching numeral to quantity to 5 and 10.

 

Writing:

 

Continue to practice writing your first and last name and practise writing independently and applying phonics skills. This could be a drawing of your favourite things with a caption/label attached. Even if there are errors, developing the children’s independence and willingness to have a go is key.

 

Most importantly though, have lots and lots of fun over the Easter period, cherishing those very precious memories you are making together.

 

Thank you for your wonderful support, we are extremely proud of the children for their incredible achievements over the last few weeks and for all the amazing experiences you have provided them with to support their education at home.

 

Enjoy a well deserved rest,

 

We are missing you all very much,

 

Happy Easter!

 

Best wishes,

 

The EYFS Team. 

 

 

 

 

Good afternoon superstars! 

 

I hope you are all having a super week and you are enjoying our Holy Week focus. 

As we are now in Holy Week, we would like for your children to explore some of the details associated with such a special time in the Liturgical calendar. 

 

Let’s begin with a song, Hosanna;

 

 

 

You may want to watch Mrs. Barrie’s reading of The Easter Story here;

 

In the story, people laid their cloaks down on the road so that Jesus could precede like royalty or a celebrity on the red carpet. 

 

Today’s challenge is for you to use a little drama to re-enact this part of the Easter story! Place some small items of clothing on the floor at home and see if you can get across the room without touching the floor! Please upload any photos or videos on to Tapestry (or via email) for us to see your wonderful performances. Stay with us Lord on our Journey.

 

 

Good morning everyone,

 

As we are in Holy Week, our focus this week will be Easter. I have uploaded a video of the story of palm Sunday:

 

 

Good morning Nursery!

Happy Friday everyone. Wow, hasn’t that come around quickly! What a wonderful week we have had and what super learning you have all been doing.

Let's start the day with a dance! The Freeze Game; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UcZWXvgMZE 

Today we are delighted to inform you that we have now set up our brand new learning hub with EducationCity. We are always looking to create new and imaginative ways of delivering the Early Years curriculum to your children during their time with you at home. EducationCity is an online educational resource base where your teachers are able to plan and set classwork for your children to access while school is closed. The activities we set will provide your children with new and engaging educational experiences and will give them the opening to explore a variety of different learning opportunities from a range of curriculum areas. We have created your log in details which are as follows; Your username is your child’s first initial (using a capital letter) followed by a full stop and their surname (using a capital letter for the first initial of their surname) followed by the number 1. For example, for user Joe Bloggs their username would be J.Bloggs1

Please use the password: nursery2020

Please open the document attached to this email with instructions on how to access your child’s EducationCity online account.

If you have any difficulty logging in to your EducationCity account, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We have absolutely loved seeing so many of you tuning in to the phonic lessons every morning. These new skills that you are developing through phonics will really help you with your reading. Now that you have learned a few of the set 1 sounds, perhaps you could have a go at reading some words! Remember, we have to say the sounds using ‘Fred talk’ and then say the word. For example m / a / t...mat! Can you try and read these words? Can you use them in a sentence?

 

d a d

 

s a t

 

m a d

 

s a d

 

p a t

 

m a p

 

d o g

 

g a p 

 

Well done nursery, super reading! 

 

To conclude our number work on finding one more (and one less) for numbers up to 10, why not watch the following number blocks episode and one of our very favourite songs, five little speckled frogs;

 

Number blocks one more

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08c001f/numberblocks-series-1-another-one

 

Number blocks one less

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/numberblocks-five-speckled-frogs-song

 

From all of your teachers in Nursery, may we wish you a safe and happy weekend and please remember, you may be out of sight for now, but never a day are you out of our hearts and minds.

Best wishes,

Mrs. Barrie, Mrs. Drury. Miss. Stout, Miss. Burton and Miss. Conway.

 

 

Home School Update

Dear Nursery and Reception,

 

Thank you for your continued support over the last few weeks and always, we are so blessed at St Clare’s to be able to work with such wonderful children and their families. We have loved seeing the children’s achievements and the brilliant ways you have enhanced ideas to make their learning as fun as possible. 

 

As we are all missing you very much, the EYFS team have created a short video for you and your children to enjoy! 

 

This week for your number work, you have been finding one more for numbers up to 10. Please follow the link below for today’s challenge on finding one less for numbers up to 10, with a little help from our dinosaur friends!

To conclude our number work on finding one more (and one less) for numbers up to 10, why not watch the following number blocks episode and one of our very favourite songs, five little speckled frogs;

 

Number blocks one more

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08c001f/numberblocks-series-1-another-one

 

Number blocks one less

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/numberblocks-five-speckled-frogs-song

 

We love that you are updating your children’s learning with us via email and on Tapestry, please keep adding any photos, videos and comments, we are delighted to be able to continue observing their wonderful learning journey with them.

  • EducationCity

We are delighted to inform you that we have now set up our brand new learning hub with EducationCity. We are always looking to create new and imaginative ways of delivering the Early Years curriculum to your children during their time with you at home. EducationCity is an online educational resource base where your teachers are able to plan and set classwork for your children to access while school is closed. The activities we set will provide your children with new and engaging educational experiences and will give them the opening to explore a variety of different learning opportunities from a range of curriculum areas. We have created your log in details which are as follows; Your username is your child’s first initial (using a capital letter) followed by a full stop and their surname (using a capital letter for the first initial of their surname) followed by the number 1. For example, for user Joe Bloggs their username would be J.Bloggs1 Use the password: nursery2020

Please view the images below that detail instructions on how to access your child’s EducationCity online account.

If you have any difficulty logging in to your EducationCity account, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

From all of your teachers in Nursery, may we wish you a safe and happy weekend and please remember, you may be out of sight for now, but never a day are you out of our hearts and minds.

Best wishes,

Mrs. Barrie, Mrs. Drury. Miss. Stout, Miss. Burton and Miss. Conway.

 

 

Good morning lovely children,

I hope you are having a super week at home learning lots of new and exciting things.

It’s Thursday 2nd April 2020! Can you practice your days of the week with one of our favourite songs, Pizza and Chips;

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/songs/pizza-and-chips

Why not start the day by attempting Fabio’s meatball run on Go Noodle!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU0ETGd5dgk

We would love for you to continue tuning in to the Read, Write Inc. Phonic sessions, todays new sound is ‘g’;

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ  

These are the sounds we have learned so far;

m

a

s

d

t

i

n

p

g

Can you play I Spy with your grown-ups and go on a sound hunt around your house to find something with these initial sounds? For example, I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ‘mmmmmm’…ask the children to explore objects around the house to find something with the sound ‘m’…microwave!

This week for your number work, you have been finding one more for numbers up to 10. Please follow the link below for today’s challenge on finding one less for numbers up to 10, with a little help from our dinosaur friends!

https://youtu.be/ZILTc0JtSRA

We love that you are updating your children’s learning with us via email and on Tapestry, please keep adding any photos, videos and comments, we are delighted to be able to continue observing their wonderful learning journey with them.

Have a wonderful day everyone,

Warm wishes to you all,

Mrs. Barrie, Mrs. Drury, Miss. Stout, Miss Burton and Miss. Conway.

 

 

Good afternoon Nursery,

 

I hope you are having a wonderful week and you are all keeping safe and well. 

 

As it's the first day of the month, let's practise our months of the year with our months of the year song;

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5enDRrWyXaw

 

I have loved logging on to Tapestry to see all of your wonderful photos and videos you have shared of your amazing learning, seeing these always make my days bright and sunny! 

 

Mrs. Drury has now handed over to me for the week, please do get in touch if there is anything at all I can support you with. 

 

This week we would like to provide you with some information to share with your children at home about keeping safe on the internet. Whether it is a phone, tablet, laptop or watching programmes, the online world is booming and with schools now closed, our children are using technology more than ever to assist with their learning. Smartie the penguin is helping us understand how to use the internet safely. Please join in with Mummy Penguin’s song and follow the adventures of Smartie the Penguin as he learns how to be safe on the internet (please follow the link below);

 

https://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin 

 

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like any further support to help your children understand the importance of keeping safe online. 

 

Now for your Technology Challenge!

 

We have been really impressed with some of the uses of technology we have seen on Tapestry. We would like your children to take part in our technology challenge! What can your child do with technology? It could be taking pictures/videos, following an online recipe, coding or even activating remote control toys! There are lots of possibilities. Please share these with us for us to celebrate with your children. We can’t wait to see what they can do! I have attached my very own entry here as an example. This is also available on the nursery web   page https://www.st-clares.manchester.sch.uk/curriculum/class-pages/nursery and the Tapestry Online Learning Journal https://tapestryjournal.com/

 

Mrs. Barrie’s Technology Challenge!

 

Thank you always for your continued support. 

 

Best wishes,

 

The EYFS Team. 

 

 

Story time with Mrs. Drury

 

 

  • We hope you are all well and you have had a wonderful weekend in the sunshine.

We are sending you this email to inform you that we are changing the way we are communicating our learning challenges with you this week. The EYFS team have created a document (please see attachment), with a range of learning activities linked to the 7 areas of the EYFS curriculum for you and your children to access at home during the week. You can also find this on the nursery and reception class pages on the school website;

https://www.st-clares.manchester.sch.uk/curriculum/class-pages/nursery

https://www.st-clares.manchester.sch.uk/curriculum/class-pages/reception-class

We will update the document each week to include some different activities and challenges for you and your children to enjoy at home while school is closed. In addition to this, the EYFS team will continue to regularly update the nursery and reception web pages on the school website and the Tapestry Learning Journal with videos and suggested extension activities (which will also be sent to you via email from one of the EYFS Team) and links to some exciting opportunities for your children to get involved with. We are of course very much still available for you to contact us via email throughout the week should you need any further support, or for you to update us on your child’s learning. We would love for you to continue sharing your photos and videos with us, which can be uploaded on to the Tapestry Online Learning Journal;

https://tapestryjournal.com/s/st-clare-s-rc-primary-school

We always love to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Have a wonderful week.

Thinking of you all,

Keep safe and well.

Best wishes,

The EYFS Team.

 

 

  • This week, the early years children and their teachers have been busy creating their own rainbow artwork that is now displayed in their windows at home to bring love, hope, joy and happiness to their neighbours during this unsettled time. If you haven’t already, we would love for you to have a go at making your very own rainbows using coloured pens, pencils, crayons, chalk, paint or coloured scraps of paper. 

 

Keep shining and smiling St Clare’s, we are so proud of all of you.

 

  • Well done everyone! Home school is going really well so far! What a wonderful first week we have had. We miss you so much, you are always in our thoughts, prayers and our hearts. Thank you to you all for your incredible continued support. Here is one of our favourite stories, Guess How much I love you, for you to enjoy. Have a lovely weekend. 

 

Keep shining and smiling beautiful children,

 

The EYFS team.

 

 

Guess How Much I Love You

 

  • Please find some videos and links below that detail some of our daily routine in Nursery.

 

The first one is us introducing the children to the school day where we model our morning prayer and an example of how we expose the children to the class calendar and the weather. 

 

The second video is an example of one of our 'wake up and shake up/brain breaks' that we use throughout the day;

 

 

The third video is a demonstration of our playdough disco fine motor activity that we do every morning with the children to help develop the muscles in their hands;

 

 

The fourth video is a reading of our class story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (online story link below);

 

 

Finally, the fifth video is an activity challenge whereby the children are asked to decide which foods the caterpillar ate in the story are healthy or unhealthy.

 

 

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