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Welcome to Nursery's class page!

Dear Nursery parents and children, 


.Welcome to our class page. Here you can find important information related to Nursery and updates throughout the year. As we progress through the school year you will also be able to view examples of our fantastic work and creative curriculum. 


You can also find regular updates related to your child's learning and development on earwig. 


During these difficult times we unfortunately have to limit the amount of face to face communications we have regarding your child. It is therefore vitally important that we maintain a strong home to school link. If you wish to discuss any part of your child's development or would like to talk about strategies for supporting your child at home then please contact me anytime and I will be more than happy to help.


My email address is -

or please leave a message with our school office and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 


Thank you in advance for you support this year.


Miss Quarry and Miss Seager



Key Information


We are a class of 15 children, with one ‘Rising-Three’ child. Our Nursery team is Miss Quarry and Miss Seager. We are part of the EYFS ‘bubble’. That means that we will only ever come into contact with the Reception class and Mr Barnes and Mrs Boyd. We will not come into contact with any other adults or children outside of our ‘bubble’. This will only happen at break times, lunch times and sometimes during wraparound. This is part of our plan going forward. So we must stick to a very prompt dropping off and picking up policy.

  • Homework will be given out every Friday and it to be returned the following Wednesday.
  • Sessions will commence at 9.00am and will end at 11.45am.
  • Children are required to 'read'(retell) the story 5 times a week at home to reach 'strive for five'. They will be read with at school at least once a week, (if they are ready they, will change their reading book.) 
  • Children are now required to bring in their own water bottle, this must be clearly labelled with the child’s name.
  • Our PE day is every Thursday. We are asking that P.E kits are brought in at the start of the half term, they will be left there until the end of the half term. This is unless the kits become dirty and they will then be sent home to be washed.
  • Please feel free to bring a spare set of clothes. This will be put on their peg.
  • Snack money can be paid ahead termly as to minimise transactions.(£1per week).
  • Lunch is £1.30 per day. (Please find the link below). For a lunch login please contact or call school 01946 830526.
  • Wraparound sessions will be available from Monday 21st September. These sessions will be from 11.45pm-3.00pm. Rising 3s will be 9.00am-11.45pm. Wraparound sessions cost £10 per day (this does not include lunch.)All payment based bookings will be now taken online via Lunchshop. If you are eligible and have a 30 hour code, please let school know ASAP. Children with 30 free hours will be required to let school know about the wraparound sessions they require via email/phone for the following week. Bookings will need to be made on Fridays before 1.00pm for the following week. Due to COVID 19 restrictions we are unable to add any bookings after the deadline. Only children that are ready will be allowed to attend these sessions. This will be determined by the EYFS staff.
  • ‘Rising threes’- When your child reaches 3 they will be able to attend sessions before their intake, on a wraparound basis. Please contact school if you are interested in using the ‘Rising-threes’ facility. Sessions are priced at £10 per session, (not including lunch, yet this is available at £1.30). Current ‘rising-threes’ sessions are from 9.00am-11.45am. Only children that are ready will be allowed to attend these sessions. This will be determined by the EYFS staff.

Please make sure that you stick to social distancing guidelines when dropping off/picking up your child/children from the school gates. Many thanks for your continued support. 

Here are some useful links:




Uniform orders-


30 free hours (are you eligible)-


Please click the link below to view our curriculum map which outlines the topics and areas we will cover in Nursery this year. 

Useful documents


As parents you may find these documents useful when assisting your child's

development at home. They are to be used as a guide as we know that all children develop in different ways at different rates. If you would like any more information about how we use these in school then please contact me on the details above. 

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.

Jolly Phonics actions

Read Write Inc. 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. 



We follow Numberblocks each time we learn a new number. Below are links to Numberblocks videos and activities.

Home learning WB 2nd November 2020

Home learning packs will be avaliable to pick up from school. As well as work on this page for you to be getting on with, I will attach links to education city. Please get in touch if you have misplaced your child's login details and I will send you out new ones. When you log in to Education City please go to the Homework section. Then please click on the ‘Home learning- WB: 2nd November’ file. Here you will find tasks for the children to complete.

Education City:

I would love to see what you are getting up to so please send pictures via Classdojo!

With bonfire night coming up I have added some crafty activities for you to do, make sure that you send me your pictures of your fantastic crafts!


Take care everyone, see you soon!


Miss Quarry


Please find some activities below to be getting on with.



During this time it is also important to continue to share stories.

Here are some questions and handy hints that you can use whilst reading at home!

  • What is happening? Talk about what is happening in the pictures. What can you see?
  • Discuss the meaning of words.
  • Discuss alternative words. For example, 'big'.
  • Make predictions. What do you think will happen next? What makes you think that?
  • Start at the end of the book. What do you think has happened before this point? Why do you think that?
  • Discuss feelings. How do you think the characters are feeling? What has made them feel this way?
  • Where is the story set? Have you read another story with the same setting? For example, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson are both set in the woods.
  • Discuss the problem in the story. What has happened? What went wrong?
  • Discuss the resolution. How was the problem solved? Is there another way it could have been resolved?
  • Using key words, can you tell me what sound it begins with? ‘a- for apple’.



Phonics fishing!


Yesterday the children went fishing in our ‘class pond’. All of the children had a go at fishing out the phonics fish. The key is to make sure that you get the right fish or else you get your fingers nibbled! ‘Phonics fishing 1,2,3 what kind of fish will you find for me???....’s’’.

Using paper could a grown up cut out some fish shapes? Then on the fishes write down a sound on each (s,a,t,p,i,n). Shout out a sound and get see if you can find the right one! Remember to use the actions as well! How do you form each sound?


Below are the sounds that we have looked at so far. Please find videos to help you with this in the ‘Phonics an letter formation’ area on this page.









We have been looking at numbers 1-5 over the past few weeks. This is identifying, forming and representing the amount.


Here are the Numberblocks videos for each number we have been looking at:


Number 1:


Introducing another 1:


Number 2:


Number 3:


1,2 and 3:


Number 4:


Number 5:


Below there is a picture of all of these Numberblocks! But can you tell who they are?

How can you find out? Count how many blocks that they are made up of.

Now you know who they are do you think that you could form their number? What does it look like?


1 : Start at the top and down we run and that’s what makes a number 1!

2: Around and back on the railway track, 222.

3: Around the tree around the tree and that’s what makes a number 3!

4: Down, across and down once more and that’s what makes a number 4!

5: Go down and around and then you stop. Finish the 5 with a line on top!



Now that you have identified the Numberblocks have a go at this fun game. Have a parent put some items in a bag (amount between 1-5) see if you can guess what Numberblock the amount represents!


You can also use this game to hide objects. Make sure that you don't look! Describe what you can feel inside of the bag.


Go on a shape hunt! Have a look around your house for different shapes in everyday objects. Think about their properties. 

'The window is square... I know this because a square has 4 edges.'


Bonfire/firework crafts!

Home learning Week 2 (WB:9th November)

Welcome to week 2 of home learning. Thank you so much for your participation and the fantastic photos that some of you have sent in. Please share some pictures for this week’s home learning so I can see how you have got on with the tasks.

I look forward to seeing more pictures.

Nursery will be back at school as normal on Monday 16th November. Please let us know if you or anyone in your household has shown any symptoms/had a test during the last two weeks.

Can’t wait to welcome you all back.

 See you really soon!


Take care,

Miss Quarry

11th November 2020

Wednesday 11th November marks Remembrance day. In order to commemorate all of the soldiers that fought and sacrificed for their country, it would be lovely for you to make your own poppies at home. Please find below some ideas of poppies that you can make at home. Please send me any pictures of your creations!



BBC Children's remembrance film. A beautiful and evocative animation that sees war as experienced by animals in a WWI battlefield.


This week we are looking at the ‘c’ and ‘k’ sounds.

They maybe look different but they sound the same. We also use the same actions when representing this number.

The action for both ‘c’ and ‘k’, is clicking castanets.. so go ahead raise your hand up in the air and click castanets… ‘c’ ‘c’ ‘c’, ‘k’ ‘k’ ‘k’. Although they have the same sound and action they are different. We have different songs for each.


‘c’ “We are clicking castanets ‘c-c-c’ we are clicking castanets ‘c-c-c’ we are clicking castanets, clicking castanets we are clicking castanets ‘ccc’.”

‘k’ ”Kites are flying in the sky ‘k-k-k’, kites are flying in the sky ‘k-k-k’, kites are flying in the sky, flying in the sky, kites are flying in the sky ‘k-k-k.”


Here are the c/k songs to watch


How do we form these sounds?

‘c’- Curl around the caterpillar

‘k’- Down the kangaroos body, tail and leg.


If you have a coloured pen (yellow is the best, but any will do), write the sound for your child and then encourage them to trace over it using the Read Write Inc. chant. Starting in the correct position and then the children will be able to form the sound whilst reciting the chant.


Reviewing the numbers that we have learnt so far.

I have formulated some activities for you to do to encourage the recognition of the numbers 1-5. Here are some good ways of representing these numbers. This encourages the children to not only recognise the numbers and form them, but also to help them represent each number.


Number 2

Pairs- make a pair. Have a look around your house and see if you can make a pair! A pair is two of the same thing. For example we have 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 ears.

See if you can help around the house. Make your socks into pairs? How do you know that they are a pair… are they both green? Do they both have cars on? This not only is a fun activity to do but you are helping out your parents too!

(You can even help with pegging out the socks! Pegs are a great way of building fine motor skills which helps with pencil grip! Please find some more FMS activities at the end of this weeks home learning.)


Number 3

The three little pigs. Read the story of the three little pigs, if you have not got this at home please click on the link to hear the story as told by the number blocks. This helps with counting up and back from three and also representing 3 as a number. Use your fingers to re-tell the story! 

Number 4

Square. Go on a square hunt. How many squares can you see around your house? How do you know that they are a square? That’s right! They all have something in common, they have for edges and four corners! Count them on each item that you find to make sure that you are right! How many squares are in your house! Have a go at drawing all of the square items with what you have learnt!

Number 5


There are plenty of songs that we can use to help us to represent 5. At school we shout show me 5 when we need to stop and listen. We know that there are 5 digits on each hand. 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:

Five little duck:

Five Currant buns:

Five little speckled frogs:


Something that is very important to practice is our fine motor skills! This helps our pencil grip and therefore helps us to our sounds and numbers. Please find below some activities that you can do at home with things found around the house.

Please feel free to look through the archived home learning below for ideas to do at home.

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,


Miss Quarry





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!


Reception Starters:

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.


Here are some of the fantasic things you have been doing at home! Thank you so much for these amazing pictures! (Explore our page to find more pictures from Mental Health Awareness Week and VE Day celebrations!)

Useful links

Please explore all of this page for extra links and resources.

WB: 13th July 2020


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,

Miss Quarry

WB: 6th July 2020 'Virtual Sports Week'

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!

Good luck!


DCS Virtual Sports week booklet

Virtual Sports Week Record sheet

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 Whales's Tale

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:  

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?

Here are some more activities you could do relating to pollution...

 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.



Here is a recycling game. See how many you can get right.

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?

You can write or draw pictures in the boxes.



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)!

New starters:

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).

Nature walk sheet

Making letters with natural materails from our nature walk


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:

Five little duck:

Five Currant buns:

Five little speckled frogs:


Can you think of any more songs with the number 5?


Here are some 5 activities to look at:

                            WB: 15th June 2020

The Gruffalo


The Gruffalo!

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).

For example:

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!

Here are some ideas...

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!

Good Luck!

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.

WB 25th May- Sharing a little bit of happiness

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!


Take care!

Mental Health Awareness Week

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.










  • Sit with your child and take turns at completing the following sentences (you can write these down or just discuss them.  Something kind I did this week ...  Something kind somebody has done for me this week ...  When somebody is kind to me it helps me feel ... • Somebody who helps me feel happy/ comfortable/ cheerful is ...... because..... Something kind I'm going to do this week/ My kindness goal for the week is ...

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.'

Kindness Powerpoint

EYFS Kindness Powerpoint

Random acts of kindness chatterbox template

Here are some more mental health activities you could try at home...

Inside Out

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.

Some rhymes to learn about the differect characters emotions.

Mental Health Awareness Week....What we have been up to...(Thanks for all these fantastic pictures!)



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...


Here are some ideas for V E Day crafts, activities and recipies to try,,,

Some brilliant photos of V E Day celebrations! (Thank you!)

Audible- Amazon is providing free access to a wide variety audio books. Please click on the link. (Lovely for story time!)


Why not bring shape work into everyday life? Looking at different shapes in the environment. In the house, in the garden? If you can draw around it? If you can link the shape of that item to another? How many edges? How many corners?

Twinkl Home Learning Hub- A time table of different activities that is changed daily.

The Baked Potato Song by Matt Lucas

Here are some activities that you can try at home...

Below is a toolkit which you can talk and work through with your child at home.

This is a useful resource kindly given to us by ELSA support. It is a child friendly way to explain why things are happening due to Covid-19.

Covid-19 Time Capsule Booklet

Chance Camp 'At Home' Workout and Healthy Eating Booklet