Dear Nursery parents and children,
I will update Education City on a weekly basis by adding new tasks (please note that this will be set under Homework) and add weekly activities relating to phonics, literacy and maths on this page (please find this below useful links). I will add any more useful websites/apps as they come up. This is all to help your child's learning when at home. Below is a list of useful links that can help you to continue to support your child's learning.
I hope that you are all staying safe and I want to reassure you that I am here to help or support regarding your child's learning during these times. Please feel free to contact me via email at any time if you wish to discuss their learning or have any problems accessing any of the links and resources.
For all of the children that were due to start Nursery in April after taking part in the transition sessions, I just want to say thank you for your patience and as soon as we have any information pertaining to a start date we will be in touch. If you are worried about anything at all please contact me on the email address below. As for children that were interested in using the 'Rising 3' facilities, this will be put on hold until further notice, but we will have it back up and running as soon as we come out of the other side of these unprecedented times.
I have been able to speak to quite a few of you and have loved hearing what you are getting up to at home! If you would like to take a picture of what you have been doing at home please send it to me and I will make a little slide show on here. Thank you!
If I was unable to get through to anyone, please contact me via the email address below, thank you.
My email address is-
Well that's it... schools out for summer!
That means a few things.... First of all we say goodbye to our oldest members of Nursery who are now becoming Reception in September! I'm so very proud of you and all that you have achieved! You are all amazing and will have lots of fun with Mr Barnes and Mrs Boyd!
We welcome back our January starters and welcome our April and September starters! We are excited to meet you all again and some for the first time. Parents meetings for Nursery will commence on the 3rd September. In the post (right now!) there are welcome packs for each of you with all of the information you need to know so far. They should be with you soon.
For all of the home school parent teachers, you have been amazing! The response to the home learning has been fantastic and to see the children continue to thrive, grow and learn has been nothing less than awesome!
September will look a little different, but together we will continue to get through this.
This has been a challenging time for us all, and we are still a little way off normal. We will need to change some things for the time being, but we will get used to this. We will work together (like we have all the way through this), and adapt in the best way that we can to keep each other safe and help each other grow.
Have an awesome summer and I'll see you all in September!
Lots of love,
September 2020 starters:
Please feel free to explore this page and use any apps, links or resources you like! You can even join in with 'virtual sports week' and send your photos in (just email them to me)!
In the coming weeks we will be sending out welcome packs and phoning around again. Over the next few weeks I will be making all new starters Education City Logins so you will be able to use this during the Summer holidays. (I will add log in details to welcome packs). Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries! Looking forward to speaking to you all!
April 2020 starters:
I will be sending out welcome packs to all April starters, please let me know whether you would like these to be posted or emailed. I will make a Summer holiday folder on Education City for all that want to continue with this during the holidays. I have really enjoyed getting to know you over the past few months, if even from afar. You have all done such a good job reguarding home learning and this has been lovely to watch. I look forward to meeting you all again and continuing to learn together! See you all soon!
Please find a link in the 'useful links' section of this page for transition into Reception. We will be calling around over the next few weeks with information pertaining to transition into Reception. I just want to say it has been a pleasure working with you all and I will miss you all so much! Thanks to all that have been so responsive to the home learning. It has been lovely to watch what all of you have been up to and the progress that you have made during lock down. You are all superstars (parents too!)! Can't wait to see what you get up to in Reception! I will be making a Summer holiday folder on Education City to work through. So all that want to continue to use this can.
Continue to be awesome guys! You rock!
Please use the links on this page for extra learning opportunities.
This will be our last week of learning before the Summer holidays. We will be saying goodbye to some of our members as they begin their journey into Reception! We wish them all of the luck in the world! For the rest of our members, more adventures await in Nursery!
For our last week I would like you to put your thinking caps on. I would like you to create a picture (with words if possible) about your favourite memory about Nursery and what you are looking forward to in the following year.
For our remaining Nursery, and the Nursery that are yet to join us, I would like you to make a picture of what you are looking forward to in Nursery when we get back to school.
Please email me a copy of your creation and then I can put it up on this page, so we can share this with all of our classmates!
I have attached a plan underneath if you wish to use it.
For those who would like to carry on with the online learning during the holidays I will be putting up a Summer Holiday file on Education City by the end of the week. Please note that this is optional. All new starters will be given a login in the first few weeks of the holidays.
I have also attached a printable certificate to celebrate your hard work in Nursery. Just pick the one that you want.
I would like to wish you a lovely Summer break and can’t wait to see you all in September!
(Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need anything!)
Lots of love,
This week is Virtual Sports week so as well as getting on with our pollution and environment topic there are some fantastic sports activities for you to do!
Please find below a time table for virtual sports week, a booklet to follow and a record sheet to track your progress!
We would love to see your photos of this!
WB: 29th June 2020
Pollution and the environment.
Well done on your Gruffalo trails! Some people actually found the real life Gruffalo! Well done.
Some people have been visiting the beach in the past few weeks and they have shown a concern about pollution and the environment. Since we have gone into lockdown some have said that the problem with pollution and the environment has shifted, even if only a little.
The oceans are clearer and there is a definite rise in nature in the community. Some people have even spotted some dolphins close to the shore!
So for the next two weeks our topic is pollution and the environment. Below you will find some different activities to work through to get a brief understanding of pollution and the effect it has on the environment and what we can do to help.
Please watch the 10 minutes CBeebies video to have a little look at the environment and what we can do to help to protect it!
Some of you have been growing your own fruit and vegetables, which is also a good way of looking after the environment, this video also covers how to use compost to recycle waste to help our plants grow.
A whale's tale is a book that you can look at that relates to the issues with pollution in the sea.
Please click the link below to watch the video.
A whales tale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFPoIU5iiYQ
Just like the sea creatures, we must all work together to look after our planet and keep it safe!
Now the fun part!
There are also some experiments that you can do to further understand this subject!
Please see the picture below to see how to formulate your experiment. For this we are looking at the effect of litter in the sea. You can use tap water, or even sea water if you are close to a beach! What you need to do is have 2 jars,(this can be cut-down bottles or see through cups, as long as you can see), fill both with the water. Leave one and put some litter/ rubbish in the other (this can be packaging, think about the recycling videos/ activities to give you some ideas of what to put in). Then leave these for a week, monitoring the change in the water. Is there a difference between the jars? Why do you think this?
There are many things that you can do to help fight pollution and look after the environment.
One of these is recycling, I am sure that many of you do some sort of recycling, whether it be sorting plastic and cardboard or sending clothes to charity shops.
Below you will find a sheet (I will put these in the work packs this week)
Please sort the items into the correct bins.
You all probably have the chance to recycle at home, can you use this knowledge to help your parents to recycle? Foe example putting the cardboard in the paper bin and the plastic bottle in the correct bin? Please send me your pictures!
Can you think of any others ways that you can help the environment?
This week in maths I would like you to watch this video:
I have added some work underneath.
Can you make number bonds up to ten with the bottles? Can you count the bottles forwards and backwards?
You can use bottles in your house to do this (before you recycle them)!
Looking at 1-5. I have added some 1-5 worksheets in the home learning packs that can be collected from school. (Please check the School facebook page for the times/days that these can be collected.)
This week is also important for another reason. Shhhhhh… it's Father's Day very soon on the 21st June...
Here are some things that you can do for Dad or another special man in your life. (If you haven't got paint just draw around your hand/feet and colour them in.)
WB:22nd June 2020
So last week we looked at the Gruffalo and the characters in the story. We listened carefully to the sound and the story. Trying to answer questions relating to the Gruffalo and the other characters. This week (weather permitting) I would like you to continue on your Gruffalo learning path.
If you can, go on a nature walk with an adult. This could be in your garden or a forest/wood near your home.
See what you can collect while you are there. This could include stones, twigs, feathers etc.
There is a nature walk worksheet you can fill in while you are there or when you get back. You can write what you see, the initial sounds of what you see or you can draw what you see.
Once you have been on your walk and collected your materials, try to form the initial sound in your name or letters from your name with them. Be as creative as you can.
Please find below an example of this (please do this in lower case letters).
This week we are looking at odds and evens.
Can you put the numbers 1-5, 1-10 or even 1-20 into two teams? The odds and evens teams!
Here are some activities you can try:
New starters maths:
This week we are looking at number five! There are lots of things that you can do with the number 5! For a start we have 5 fingers on our hand. Show me five! Think of all of the songs that we can sing with 5. Here are some examples:
Five Little Moneys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1cyFOW--Tw
Five little duck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZw9veQ76fo
Five Currant buns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mi79hRcSXI
Five little speckled frogs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IChM4FhIZk
Can you think of any more songs with the number 5?
Here are some 5 activities to look at:
This week I know that some of you have been exploring the outdoors, by going to the forest, river and beach. Finding different creatures along the way! But no one so far have come across this creature… THE GRUFFALO!
We have been looking at sounds and sounds that start words. Some of you have even been looking at CVC words! What I want you to look at… or listen to is the sounds that the animals make in the Gruffalo. Think about how they move… do they walk, fly or slither??
Watch the film in the link below. I’m sure lots of you have already watched this.
Here are some work sheets. If you’ve watched reeeeeeaaaallly carefully you will be able to answer some of the questions and maybe even identify some of the pictures from the story. (If you haven’t got a printer just do this onto plain paper.)
When answering these I would like you to either… hear and form the initial sound or try and sound out the whole word by yourself!
For the New starters, I would like you to get your grown-ups to help you with this one. What you need to do is answer the question by yourself and then draw a picture.
After all of this could you all have a go at making one of the creatures from the story! It has to be your favourite… see if you can describe it… what did it look like? How do you identify it?
Can’t wait to hear about/see your attempts at this!
Could you retell the Gruffalo story when your on your own woodland walk? Let me know if you see any of the creatures from the story.
This week I would like you to look at different shapes. Do you think that you could make to form characters from the story with different shapes?
I have added a few pictures. Can you identify all of these shapes? How many shapes did you use and how many would you have if you added 1 or 2. How many would you have if you took them away?
There are also some other Gruffalo number activities you could try.
Which creature had 4 legs? Could you use a square to make your creature? How many sides does the square have? How many corners?
WB:8th June 2020
Following on from the sound/CVC word hunt from last week I would like you to continue with your letter formation and make up a new game with the words/sounds that you found last week (Please find resources from the week below-1st June).
This week why not have a go a sound splat or word bowling. Use the sounds or words and stick them on a wall outside. Then what you need to do is throw a ball at each word/sound then shout it out. You could also think of the sound/word that you want to hit and then try and hit it with your ball/beanbag?
You could also try this with bowling. Stick the sounds to bowling pins (if you do not have these at home why not use recycled bottles/cans and make your own!
Good luck and let me know how it goes!
For maths this week I would like you to continue with your number formation and number line order. As well as this I would like to introduce some craft to our maths! Please see below!
Please watch this episode of Numberblocks:
Why don’t you make some counting sheep? Can you make them into even groups (that’s where there is the same amount in each group)? Like number 6, use a dice and see if you can make groups of the number that you land on. Let me know how you get on!
For the new starters:
This week we will be looking at the number 3. Please watch the episode of Numberblocks on the link below.
Last week we looked at the number 2, this week we are adding one more! What does that make….? Number 3! This week I would like you to add one to a pair to make 3!
Have you got the book, ‘The three little pigs’? Or even ‘Goldilocks and the 3 bears’? If you have give them a read. How many of each? Could you retell the story, making the characters and their houses?
Lets make it physical… can you hop three times? Jump three times? Clap three times?
WB 1st June 2020
This week I would like you to look at using different things in letter formation. This could be writing in shaving foam, sand, sugar, whatever you could get your hands on. Get as messy as you can! Please send me photos if you can! I will put some examples below. Use the Read Write Inc. chants to help you! (Please find these chants below on this page!)
Also this week I would like you to go on a sound/word hunt. I have put some resources below. If you haven’t got a printer please use the resources for a guide to make your own. Get a grown up in your house to cut up the boxes on the second page and hide them around your house and/or garden. Then use take your tick sheet and hunt all of them down! Every time you find them give a tick on your sheet! Let me know the strangest place that you found them!
There are 3 versions:
1. Sound hunt. Identify and say the sound. Can you think of anything that this sound begins with?
2. CVC word hunt. On this one you will have to read out the word and find the same word on your hunt. Sound out the word, what is it? Where would you find this? What would you use it for?
3. Match the CVC word to the picture. What word have you found? Sound it out and tick the box that it matches to.
In relation to maths this week I would like Nursery to watch this episode of number blocks:
Making 10! Using 2 numbers can you make 10? What numbers can you put together to make 10?
Using things around your house, try out different ways to make 10!
Then have a go at forming the number 10, what does it look like?
Can you make a number line? You could do it on the floor or even the washing line! Make sure you put the numbers in the correct position in the line. What number comes after… what number comes before number…
For the new starters I would like you to look at:
Another 1. 1 and another 1 makes 2. Find a mirror and see if you can make one thing into 2 things? Can you make 2 of yourself?
Two lots of everything! This week we are looking at the number 2. I would like you to find 2 of everything! Count it count! Two things are called a pair…what do we have pairs of. Why do we have two of them?
Along with your hunt for 2 have a go at the formation of 2, using different materials.
Following on from Mental Health Awareness week I would like you to share a little bit of happiness.
It has been brought to my attention that some of you have been painting rocks and putting them outside of school to share some happiness. I would like you to paint a rock this week (if you can please send me a photo!) and then put it outside of the school or your home for all to see. You can decorate it however you like! As long as it makes you smile!
I would also like you to make a picture or a card to give to someone that you love or a neighbour that might be feeling a little lonely. (Sticking to the social distancing rules of course!)
The main message this week is to share a little bit of happiness!
Please send in pictures if you can. Can't wait to see them!
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. At this time of such uncertainty this is even more important. It is extremely important to take good care of your mental health and show positive ways of talking about and embracing emotions with your child. Here are a few activities and resources to use throughout this week.
Please take care of yourselves and know that I am here to listen if you ever need it! We all need to look after each other!
Stay safe and keep talking!
Mental Health Awareness Week
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme is kindness.
Begin by telling the children that you'd like to say thank you to someone. Give an example using the sentence structure - 'I'd like to say thank you to.... for.... ' Ask children if they'd like to say thank you to anyone? Examples might include, 'I'd like to say thank you to Sam for asking me to play with him today' or 'I'd like to say thank you to Tim for helping me when I fell over.'
Disney Pixar's inside out is a great film to get us taking about different feelings as each character is assigned to a feeling. If you get the chance to watch the film or have already have watched the film I have added some activities to try below.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
V E DAY!
On Friday 8th May we celebrate 75 years since Victory in Europe Day. We would love to see what the children are doing to commemorate this very special day. If you would like to send a picture of you celebrating V E Day then we will put them all together and make a video for the Distington Community School facebook page, so we can all celebrate together, even though we are apart right now.
Here are some different ideas for activities and recipes that you can use to celebrate V E Day...
Phonics and letter formation
As you all my know we use two different schemes when learning phonics and letter formation. We use Jolly Phonics to learn the letter sound. (This is the sound that the letter makes not the name of the letter.) We then use Read Write Inc. to form our letter sounds.
Below I have added some useful links and resources when helping your child with their phonics and letter formation.
It is really important that you keep reading at home. Whether this be looking through story books and retelling the story in their own words, using a range of different questioning or reading simple CVC words or recognising sounds and sign in the environment.
Oxford reading owl is a great resource to find online texts that the children can explore. With a FREE ebook library and advice and support for parents and educational activities and games.
Please use the link below.