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Here you will find a record of the previous daily learning updates in case you miss any!

Daily update - 21.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today we are going to be learning the /g/ sound. I've put some links below to help you learn the sound and then some game ideas to help you practise them. 

 

Phonics with Mr Thorne to introduce the sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzXDzhDI4Q0

 

Jolly phonics to help remember the grapheme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJlqibssexg

 

Letter formation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPIywbNhias

 

Phonics games

Soak a sound - Draw the sounds out with chalk and use a water pistol, watering can or water balloon to soak the sound they are told to.

 

Feed the frog - Make some little boxes with frogs on and a sound. Frogs can only "eat" objects that start with their sound.

 

Jumping phonics - write sounds in chalk and ask your child to jump on the sound. You could also use write out simple words for your child to jump along to blend. 

 

Driving phonics - Write out a simple word for your child to sound out as they roll a toy car underneath making the sound as the car passes the letter.

 

Phonics snap - Make some pairs of cards with the phonics sounds on. Play a normal game of snap but say the sound as you put your card down. 

Daily update -20.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

 

I hope you managed to get out in the sunshine yesterday. Today your challenge is all about finding one more and one less. The children were introduced to the idea of more/less at Nursery but not one more/less specifically so it might take a little time for them to understand. However, I’ve found lots of practical ideas to help. At school we always start with physical objects that the children can feel and see before moving to pictures and diagrams and eventually numbers and symbols because this gives children a chance to develop a deep understanding of the maths they are learning.

 

Some of the ideas I would suggest include;

Making lego or cube towers and then making a tower one cube smaller and one cube greater. You can discuss how you can see the difference. How could we describe this? Which tower has more? Which has less? How many more? How do you know?

 

Rolling a dice and then placing this in between two piles of objects. One with one more than the quantity and one with one less. Again, lots of questioning and discussion will help support your child.

 

You could put a number in the centre and create one more/less with seeds, cotton wool balls or pasta.

 

I’ve put pictures below for some inspiration and I can’t wait to see what you do!

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 19.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

 

I hope you're all well. I've loved seeing your blog posts and especially to hear from some children for the first time. I miss seeing you all and your blogs always put a smile on my face. Today's challenge is all about the /d/ sound. Mr Thorne does phonics is a great introduction and the jolly phonics song is  great way to remember how the sound links to the grapheme (letter shape).

 

Mr Thorne does phonics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnyZD45yne0

 

Jolly phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boXUMOlw5Ow

 

Letter formation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyueHN6iP4Y

 

All of these Alphablocks clips use the sounds we have learnt so far. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-taps

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-in

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-man

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-din

 

As well as learning the sounds it's important to practise segmenting and blending - I have uploaded a powerpoint to support segmenting and blending that may be useful. I'd love it if you would comment if this helps so I know whether to continue making them.

 

The Little Angel Theatre have put on a beautiful production of What does an anteater eat? There's also a guide to creating your own anteater puppet which might interest some of you after you put on such super puppet shows a few weeks ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1b5hwVpvcg

 

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 18.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

I hope you've all had a  lovely weekend. Today I have some maths challenges for you. Due to copyright restrictions they're over on the blog. I can't wait to see how you get on!

 

Love from, 

Miss Arnold

Daily update -14.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today’s challenge is an art challenge.  I would like you to create a self-portrait. You can do this in any style you want and using any materials. It would be a good idea to have a mirror in front of you or a picture of your face. Think and talk about what you can see. Where are your eyes? What colour are they? How could you create your hair? What sort of background would you like to have? You could even do more than one using different materials or create your face out of things you find around the house or outside. I know you’re all very creative so I’m sure you will come up with some fantastic self-portraits.

 

It might also be a good idea to quickly re-cap the /s/a/t/p/i/n/ sounds before we move on to our next sound tomorrow.

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

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Daily update - 13.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Today you will need to go to the blog to see your maths challenges as I can only share it directly with you due to copyright. However, please take a look at the new exciting PE challenges from Miss Lay.

 

Love from, 

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 12.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

Today we are going to be learning the sound /n/. This is the last sound in set 1 - so well done!

To learn the sound I would recommend:

 

Phonics with Mr Thorne - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ-7M1B07uU

 

Jolly phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShOLkFMTU4s

 

Precursive letter formation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF5RnWZHf3w

 

Remember you can write the n sound in lots of ways. You could use chalk, sand, shaving foam, rice, play dough and then practise with a pen or pencil. You could also write the letter with a highlighter for your child to practise writing inside.

You can make your own n picture cards, go on a n hunt in your house or outside, search for as many of the /n/ sound as you can find in a story or make a "silly soup" for the sound /n/. To make a silly soup all you need is a saucepan or bowl and to place in any objects or picture cards for the /n/ sound! The children love this when we do it in school.

 

I'd also just like to say thank you to all of the adults. You've taken up the challenge of teaching their children at home with such enthusiasm. I know that the phonics especially can be lots to get your head around but you are doing a brilliant job and it's so lovely to see what the children are doing.

Good luck! Love from, Miss Arnold

Daily update - 11.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

For your challenge today I’d like you to pick one of your favourite stories, read it with someone you love and then chose one or more of the following activities;

  • Create a story map
  • Retell the story using puppets, costumes or props. (I’d love to see a video)
  • Make your own version of the story. (A grown up could write the words and you could draw the pictures and maybe add initial sounds where you know them)
  • Create a small world version of your story in a shoe box

 

I've also added a new pack to the home learning resource area.

 

Enjoy the bank holiday sunshine!

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 07.05.20

Good morning Nursery,

 

For today's challenge, please head over to the blog!

 

Thanks,

Miss Arnold

Good morning Nursery,

Today’s challenge is all about the sound /i/ whose name is I.

Mr.Thorne does phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyiT8CP1M5A

Jolly Phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUODVQZfUK0

Forming the precursive i - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPJYN-mx9OA

There are lots of ways to practise this. I’ve put together a range of pictures to illustrate these.

 

You can also now start trying to segment or blend simple words such as sat, tap, pit, sit and sip. In school we sound out the words with “robot arms” and then blend them together. Remember, there is a blog post explaining segmenting and blending on the class page to support you.

 

I know lots of you enjoyed the puppet performance of “I want my hat back” and will be excited to know that The Little Angel Puppet Theatre have uploaded a performance of, “That’s not my hat” for you to enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF7q37SfF4w

 

Love from,

Miss Arnold

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Daily update – 04.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

I know you’ve all been working really hard on your reading and writing so today’s challenge is a little bit different. You could:

 

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update – 01.05.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

I can’t believe it’s the first day of May. A whole new month!

 

Today’s challenge is another phonics challenge. We’re moving on to the sound /p/

 

Start by watching Mr Thorne does phonics to introduce the sound.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_NmgZWvWG4

 

Then, explore the sound by creating /p/ picture cards, finding the letter in your home, finding objects that begin with that sound.

 

After this, you could practise writing the precursive /p/ just like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeVjcMYcETQ

 

To review the sounds we have learnt so far you could make letter flashcards, match objects to the different sounds or try and blend some words containing the satp sounds such as tap, as, pat, sat, at.

 

Finally, you could watch this episode of alphablocks to help you remember the sounds. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/alphablocks-taps

 

 

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update – 30.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

I was so impressed with your phonics work from yesterday. It looks like you enjoyed phonics with Mr Thorne!

 

Today I’d like you to watch this beautiful shadow puppet show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqUSYHw5OyM as a starting point for one of these challenges:

 

  • Make and perform your own shadow puppet show. How do you make a shadow? What do you need? Could you act out a story we have learnt in school?
  • Learn all about the ocean. You could find information in books, websites and in videos. (Make sure a grown up supervises you)
  • Play some whale music and with crayons and paper make draw in response to the sound.
  • Build a junk model boat. Does it float? Why? If not why not?Can it carry a coin? How many can it carry?

 

I'd also recommend this lovely compilation of home learning challenges https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/  

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update – 29.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

 

Well done to all of you who uploaded evidence of your challenges from yesterday. I loved seeing your still life pictures. Today’s challenge is all about the /t/ sound. As always there are lots of different ways to do this.

 

 

 

  • You could make a collage of things beginning with the /t/ sound.

 

 

  • Search for all the t’s you can see around your house.

 

  • Look for anything beginning with a /t/ when you go out for your daily exercise.

 

The Thinktank museum have also got some brilliant videos that show you how to do lots of fun science experiments here; https://www.youtube.com/user/thinktankmuseum/videos

 

Love from,

 

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 28.04.20

Good morning Nursery,

It's very rainy outside my window today but don't worry you don't need to go outside to complete today's challenge. If we were at school, we would have been about to start an art unit on still life paintings. Still life art works are normally drawings or painting of inanimate objects. Your challenge today is to create your own still life artwork and/or research still life artworks. You could use anything from toys to your fruit bowl for inspiration.

It would also be a good idea to recap the /s/ and /a/ sounds before we move on to another phonics sound tomorrow.

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 28.04.20

Good morning Nursery! Today it's looking a little grey outside my window but that's a good excuse to find time to snuggle up with a book. Today's challenge is all about the sound "a". There are lots of ways of familiarising your child with this sound.

  • You can hear what it sounds like here

https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2016/05/05/20/22/32/561/20097_content/index.html?id=ae

  • You can practise making the sound with this action song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdG4_FB0A0A

  • You can see how to form the sound here and you can practise this in so many ways. Chalk outside, tracing the letter with your finger, making a tactile version of the letter from rice or sand, writing on someone's back with your finger.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdG4_FB0A0A

  • You can see how many "a" sounds you can spot in any stories you read today.
  • You could find as many objects as possible that start with an "a" sound in your home.
  • Could you make some picture cards that all have objects that start with the a sound on them?

As always, please post your challenges on the blog and remember you get 5 house points for each challenge completed!

Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 27.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

Hope you are all well and that you have a chance to get out in the sunshine today. Today's challenge is to put objects in order by height. There are so many ways to do this!

You could:

  • Order sticks you find in your park or garden.
  • Put toy animals in height order.
  • Measure your family with wool and compare or line your family up in height order and take a photograph.
  • Make lego towers and put them in order.

*Remember I'm awarding 5 house points per blog post*

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Daily update - 23.04.20

Good morning Nursery,

Building on from our phonics games earlier in the week. Today's challenge is to learn the letter sound "s". We did learn this at Nursery so hopefully it is revision.

 

You could:

  • Sing the "s" sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrIC8M38DNE
  • Write the "s" sound. This could be writing in the air with your finger, write on someones back with your finger, write in sand, shaving foam or flour or go over letters written in dots or highlighter. Here is a video tutorial of the pre-cursive letter shapes.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z88An0KpuYo
  • Go around your house finding objects beginning with the "s" sound and collecting them.
  • Search for the "s" sound in any stories you read today.

 

Good luck! Love from,

Miss Arnold

Daily update - 22.04.20

Today's challenge is to count two groups to find the total amount. This can be done in a variety of ways. You could use natural objects to do this. For example collecting two types of leaves and counting the total. You could sort two types of fruit e.g. bananas and apples count each group and then count them together or you could use toys. E.g. "We have 2 red cars and 1 blue car. How many do we have altogether?" As always please upload your work to the blog.

 

I'd also like to say thank you for all the work you are doing with your children. I appreciate that children of this age need a lot of support to complete most educational activities and that many of you have more than one child to care for at home in difficult circumstances.

Daily update – 21.04.20

Good morning Nursery! It looks like it’s going to be another beautiful sunny day today. As I know phonics can be a little confusing for those who have not encountered it before, I thought it would be helpful to put together a series of posts to explain how it works and particularly how it works in Nursery. Today’s challenge is to attempt at least one of the activities in the post below. Incorporating one of these activities each day would be an excellent way to support your child’s early reading skills.  Love from, Miss Arnold

 

An introduction to phonics

I thought it might be useful to put together a series of blog posts to assist you in helping your children with phonics. If you haven’t encountered this before it can be a little confusing and it’s important to get it right. Firstly, learning phonics does not start with learning letter sounds. We start by developing a range of skills with what is known as Phase One phonics.

 

Phase One phonics is made up of several elements. These include; environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and then oral blending and segmenting. These skills will help children to use the sounds they learn. It isn’t very useful for children to be able to tell you the sounds various letters make if they can’t hear the difference between different sounds. In tomorrow’s post I’m going to focus on oral blending and segmenting in more detail but for now I’m going to discuss some of the activities that you could use to develop the other skills.

 

Environmental sounds are just the sounds we hear around us on a daily basis. The noise the radio or television makes, traffic noise, the noise of a tap running. You might want to go around the house listening out for as many different sounds as possible or if you are going outside for your daily exercise you may want to see which sounds you can hear outdoors and compare them. (When doing this in school we made rabbit ears on a headband to help us!) 

 

Instrumental sounds are the sounds instruments make. Children could add sound effects to a story, play games where they guess which instrument was played, create loud and quiet sounds or make and play your own instrument.

 

Rhythm and rhyme can be practised by singing Nursery rhymes, reading rhyming stories and picking out the words that rhyme (Julia Donalson books are very good for this!), picking out pictures that rhyme (e.g. fox, box and dog, frog) and copying rhythms that someone else has clapped.

 

Alliteration is when words start with the same sound – this doesn’t always mean they start with the same letter. For example, phone, fish, frog. To practise alliteration, you could make a “silly soup” by drawing pictures of things that begin with a certain sound, putting them into a saucepan and stirring them together or you could look around your house and find objects that begin with a particular sound. E.g. a book, a box, a bag. You could even use a camera to take photos of these on a sound hunt. You can repeat these activities with different sounds.

 

Voice sounds – just that, the sounds you can make with your voice. You can practise making different animal noises and ask someone to guess which animal you are, you could sing Old MacDonald to try and make a variety of noises or try and sing songs in quiet, loud, robot or whisper voices.

 

It’s important to master these basic skills to support learning new sounds. It’s very tricky to learn sounds if you can’t tell the difference between the words “bat” and “pat” or “fox” and “box”. It can be tempting to want to jump ahead but spending some time focusing on these elements gives children the most chance of succeeding as they learn the sounds.

Daily update - 20.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery!

I hope you had a great weekend. Today's challenge is to create a number line. You could do this however you like. You might want to represent the numbers using numerals, objects, toys or finger prints. You might want to use a computer or tablet to make your number line. Please share your number line on the blog.

 

The BBC have also created a website to help children transition into Reception. Hopefully, having been at a school Nursery for a year will mean your child has a much smoother transition into Reception but this website is still worth taking a look at as there are lots of great articles. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/starting-primary-school/1

 


 

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Daily update - 17.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery,

Today's challenge is to create a repeating pattern. You can do this in any way you like. You could use paint, toys, shapes, socks or fruit! I can't wait to see what you do.

Love from,

Miss Arnold

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Daily update - 16.04.20

 

Good morning Nursery! What a lovely, sunny day it is. Today I would like you to find a way of practising writing your name. It might be with a pencil or you might like to spell it out using pebbles, writing with your finger in a tray of rice or using a squishy bag https://www.learning4kids.net/2015/06/30/how-to-make-squishy-sensory-bags/. Remember to use pinchy crocodile to help you hold your pencil with three fingers and to use your precursive letter shapes. I’ve added some photos below to give you some inspiration.

 

Also if you have, or can make, some play dough then you make want to warm up your hands for name writing with a dough disco session. Dough disco encourages children to manipulate  a piece of play dough to build up strength in their writing muscles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-IfzeG1aC4

As always, please upload what you have been doing to the blog.

Love from,

Miss Arnold

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15.004.20 - Daily challenges and recommendations

 

 

Good morning Nursery,

I hope you had fun watching the puppet show yesterday and maybe making a puppet of your own. Today’s challenge is to go on a number hunt in your house and write down all of the numbers you can see. Good luck!

Love from, Miss Arnold

14.04.20 - Daily challenges and recommendations

Good morning Nursery, I hope you have had a fun Easter weekend. Today's recommendation is to watch a performance of "I want my hat back". The story is told through the use of puppets and if you feel inspired you could create characters from your favourite story and act it out for your family. I would love to hear what you thought of the performance and see pictures of any puppets you make on the blog. Please see the link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBJmp1c3XIQ

 

 

 

As I know how much you all love to listen to a story, here is a link to a fabulous story called "Chicken in the kitchen". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHGWK2N-Paw

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