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Welcome to the home learning page for our Nursery children in both Mersea and Bishop Rock.
Here you will find lots of enticing and engaging activities to support your child’s learning as we navigate through this difficult time. I will upload projects to keep both minds and bodies busy each week – please do continue to check these pages regularly.
Please don’t hesitate to email me (Rachel) should you need any further guidance – or support!
Don’t forget to upload pictures and videos (maximum of 30 seconds) to our assessment and tracking platform – Tapestry. You received your parent log in pass codes in the Autumn term.
Click here to access your parent log in if you haven’t already done so. I can re send your code if you have misplaced it – just drop me an email at email@example.com
I have created a GMail account for the Nursery children and families. It’s here that we can access ‘Google Hangout‘. If you would like some screen time – email me here firstname.lastname@example.org and we can catch up screen face to screen face!
1.) Dinosaurs project – Please click here to access the suggested learning
2.) Sea Creatures project – Please click here to access the suggested learning
3.) Plants and Animals project – Please click here to access the suggested learning
4.) Pirates project – Please click here to access the suggested learning
5.) Growth project – Please click here to access the suggested learning
6.) Traditional Tales project – Please click here to access the suggested learning
7.) Healthy Living project – Please to click here to access the suggested learning
8.) Treasure Cproject – Please click here to access the suggested learning
9.) Sand and Water project – Please click here to access the suggested learning
10.) Food project – Please click here to access the suggested learning
11.) Clothes project – Please click here for the suggested learning
12.) Bears project – Please click here for the suggested learning
13.) Shopping project – Please click here for the suggested learning
Music – Listening Focus
David Bowie narrating the classic story of Peter and the Wolf – click here
Listen to music made for film and television – BBC Ten Pieces ‘Trail Blazers’ – click here
The Remarkable Farkle McBride – An introduction to the instruments of the orchestra – click here
Meet the instruments of the orchestra – with Bleeckie (the muppet) – click here
Music – Body Percussion Focus
Beat Goes On – Loads of fun body percussion activities on Youtube – click here
Hand Clapping Games – Songs with Body Percussion (aimed at pairs working together) – click here
Music – Singing Focus
Down Music School website – FULL of singing opportunities to join in with – click here
Singing Games videos – click here
Here are some great online resources to dip in and out of:
The government have also brought together an initial list of free online educational resources to help children to learn at home.
Monday 23rd March updates
The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities – what an amazing resource! Lots of the Nursery children’s favourite authors reading online…
Click here to access
IXL Learning is a website that can support early literacy and numeracy – though it is aimed at Reception aged children, with some concrete resources and some help from a big brother or sister, I reckon some of our Nursery wizz kids could achieve great success here! Use pasta as counters, ask the big kids or an adult at home to draw a number line to 10 and… you’re off!
Click here to access the numeracy challenges
Click here to access the literacy challenges
Cosmic Kids Yoga is FUN! The Nursery children and I have logged in loads to this site on a rainy afternoon – so they’re already experts here! Warning – you will need a screen large enough to see, some carpet or grass space and some bare feet!
Click here to be brave and have a go! (Bonus points for adults joining in too)
Tuesday 24th updates
Alistair Bryce-Clegg is one of my favourite human beings – he is an inspirational Early Years consultant and I have been so fortunate to have met him several times at his workshops and conferences. You’ll need to get your hands dirty here…
Click here to access his treasure trove of activities
Wednesday 25th updates
Get the kids into the kitchen! Click here for BBC kiddo friendly recipes.
Thursday 26th updates
The Reading Eggs page is offering a 30 day free subscription. Click here to check it out.
Friday 27th updates
Feel like getting icky? Click here to get your mits around some home science! Slime, chemical reactions and general goopy recipes – click here!
White Rose Maths has some great maths support ideas and step by step guides on how to move your child’s maths forward. Though aimed at Reception children – there are some maths experts in our Nursery – so give it a go with a big brother or sister or an adult. I’d love to see some photos! Click here
Monday 30th updates
The British Council have some great songs to develop children’s vocabulary related to ‘Under the Sea’ Click here
Tuesday 31st updates
BBC Teach School Radio present ‘Under the Sea’. Helpful early phonics and sound discrimination activities for Nursery children. Click here
Wednesday 1st updates
Google Earth can take you under the sea! Click here to navigate under the waves…. all across the world.
Thursday 2nd updates
Keep supporting your child’s dexterity skills – why not try these fine motor skill challenges with an ocean theme – at home! Click here
Friday 3rd updates
Oliver Jeffers is one of the Nursery children’s favourite authors. He is reading a book aloud every day! Ask you children about the stories you listen to. Click here
Monday 6th – Sunday 19th April
We wish you a safe, healthy and sunny time at home with the people you live with. We will be posting more weekly projects on Monday 20th April.
Monday 20th April updates
Play dough – Using play dough everyday will help children develop the dexterity in their fingers – it’s the first step to early writing! Click here for a recipe
Tuesday 21st April updates
Pebble Letters – A great way to help children start thinking about recognising letters is to help them find them in print. This is a great activity that involves cutting, pasting, sticking and then…. saying! Click here
Wednesday 22nd April updates
Spring Foraging Recipes – Before you head out on your daily walk, take a look at these great nature recipes to make at home! Bring along a pair of scissors and a bag to collect your finding s in. Click here to check it out!
Thursday 23rd April updates
Masking Tape Track – If you have any small vehicles and some masking tape – use it to make a track along the kitchen floor! It will help with your child’s hand/eye co ordination, finger strength and wrist and shoulder movements. Click here to check it out.
Friday 24th April updates
Develop fine motor skills – This is a great site to help support the strengthening of your child’s fingers. The resources can mostly be found at home but will need the help of an older person. Click here to check it out
Monday 27th April updates
The National Youth Choir of Scotland – They are sharing a song a day – simply beautiful! Click here to listen
Tuesday 28th April updates
Royal Opera House – their ‘create and learn’ programme is updated every Friday. There is a guide for how to access learning for parents. Click here to join in with kids across the country!
Wednesday 29th April updates
Julia Donaldson reads aloud – Join Julia Donaldson and Friends on the Official Gruffalo Facebook page for her weekly performances of our favourite stories, poems and songs. Click here to enjoy
Thursday 30th April updates
Cooking – Get cooking in the kitchen! There are loads of maths opportunities too – click here to have a go!
Friday 1st May updates
Theatre – The Half Moon Theatre Company are offering free viewings of their performances. Click here to explore
Monday 4th May updates
Online stories – Audible are offering FREE access to their online stories library. There are some terrific tales to listen to! Click here
Tuesday 5th May updates
British Library Mini Books – British Library asks nation’s children to write miniature books in lockdown! We’re slightly too young to write our own, but you can read them! Click here
Wednesday 6th May updates
Alphablocks – Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print colouring pages. Click here
Thursday 7th May updates
Numberblocks – Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks! Click here
Create your own Museum – National Museums Liverpool has launched a special project – ‘My Homes, My Museum’ encouraging children aged 4-11 to create their own museum from objects found at home. Click here
Friday 8th May updates
Phonics Play – The Nursery children are in ‘Phase 1’ of Letters and Sounds. Listen and join in! Click here
Monday 11th May updates
Tate Kids – Check out the Tate Art Gallery for kids online. Click here
Museum Colouring Books – Downloadable free colouring books from 113 different museums. Click here
Tuesday 12th May updates
Counting Songs – Nursery rhymes and songs for learning the numbers 1 to 10. Click here
Adventures at home – Activities for all ages created by Girl Guiding. Click here
Wednesday 13th May updates
Artful Parent – This site provides activities to do with your kids at home. Click here
BBC Bitesize – They are publishing lessons daily for all ages (not all Nursery age appropriate but with some help at home they could be!) Click here
Thursday 14th May updates
BrainPOP – An educational resource centre covering a variety of subjects and ages globally. Free access during school closures. Click here
Busy Toddler – Forty indoor activity for Nursery kids! Click here
CBeebies Radio – Listening activities for the younger ones. Click here
Friday 15th May updates
Creative Bug – Offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Click here
Pobble 365 – One free resource every day of the year – beautiful images and photographs to inspire discussions and activities covering a variety of subjects. Click here
Monday 16th May updates
Great Indoors – A wide range of indoor activities brought to you by The Scouts. Click here
Keeping Early Years Unique – A good digest of materials and ideas for Nursery and Reception aged children which won’t overwhelm your printer. Click here
Lego Games – Lots of videos and activities. Click here
Tuesday 17th May updates
BookTrust – Enjoy story time with free online books and videos, play game, win prizes and learn how to draw some favourite characters. Click here
CBeebies Bedtime Stories – There are dozens of episodes of CBeebies Bedtime Stories on IPlayer. Click here
Wednesday 18th May updates
Picture Book Author Events Online – Enjoy live story telling by children’s authors. Click here
The School Library Association – A collection of SLA resources including up to date links for online author events, digital escape rooms, online books and activities. Click here
Storytime Online – Free fun activities based on the comedian’s stories. Click here
Thursday 19th May updates
Storyline Online – Children’s celebrities read by well known celebrities. Click here
United by Books – A social platform to share children’s reading tips, activities and content. Click here
Friday 20th May updates
Home Workouts for lock down – This group shares live exercise videos and nutrition tips for families stuck indoors. Click here
Cooking with Kids – Jamie Oliver has created a free series dedicated to cooking with kids. Click here
May Half Term – Monday 25th – Friday 29th May
Home Learning will return Monday 1st June for all Nursery children
Monday 1st June updates
Theo Cooks – Live cookalongs with Theo Michaels on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Click here
Tuesday 2nd June updates
History Story time – Podcast for Primary aged children. Explore history with seven year old Sophie, four year old Ellie and their dad. Click here
Wednesday 3rd June updates
Duolingo – Learn another language for free! Click here
Thursday 4th June updates
Mathletics – Free trial available on this maths website. Click here
Friday 5th June updates
The Maths Factor – Makes maths fun with Carol Vordeman. Click here
Monday 5th June updates
NRich – Maths based games and activities for learners aged 3-19. Click here
Tuesday 6th June updates
Myleen’s Music Klass – Learn music with Myleene Klass and her daughters. Click here
Wednesday 7th June updates
Making Music Fun – Free Online music lesson videos from master musicians for a whole range of instruments. Click here
Thursday 7th June updates
Learn to sing – Learn to sing with vocal exercises for singers aimed at the complete beginner: learn ear training, pitching exercises, breathing and vocal health. Click here
Friday 8th June updates
Great British Home Chorus – Gareth Malone has launched a digital music project to enable people to sing together while they are social distancing during the lockdown. Click here
Monday 15th June updates
Pawprint Badges – Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors, the badges cost but are optional. Click here
Tuesday 16th June updates
National Geographic Kids – Activities and quizzes for younger kids. Click here
Wednesday 17th June updates
Nature Activities – The Woodland Trust has come up with activities for families in their homes and gardens. Click here
Thursday 18th June updates
RSPCA – Free games and educational resources from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The activities are a fun way to learn about animals welfare. Click here
Friday 19th June updates
San Diego Zoo – Go on a virtual trip to the Zoo. Click here
Whole School Project – click here to see how your Nursery person can get involved!
Black Stories Matter
To celebrate diversity in children’s fiction, here are some of our favourite books for young children by Black authors and illustrators and about incredible Black people in history. We believe children’s books are a powerful way to talk about diversity, equality and racism.
Monday 29th June – Friday 3rd July updates
The following links are from a great Early Years Resource – Early Years at Home. I personally think they’re well worth a look! They are short and use resources that you are likely to have at home – if not, they provide them online! See what takes your fancy!
Mindfulness and Yoga – click here
National Writing Week – click here
Music and Movement – click here
Hero’s Day – click here
Habitats – click here