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 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.
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Please use the links on this page for extra learning opportunities.
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.