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Thursday 25th February 2021

Good morning, it's another lovely day so why not go out for a walk with your grown up. Remember Hands  Face  Space

Memory Game

You will need...

  • At least 5 objects
  • A towel or cloth
  • A partner (a grown-up or older sibling)

Have a good look at each object then cover with a towel/cloth. Close your eyes while your partner removes an object and puts it behind their back. Lift up the towel/cloth...Which item is missing?

Home Learning Book     (Find the page pictured below in your books)

Let's continue our fine motor skills and number recognition by writing our numbers 1-5 or 1-10. (Tomorrow we will cut out the pictures, that represent the numbers, and stick them appropriately).

  • Look at the numbers and count to 5, then 10 (touching each number).
  • Trace over the numbers using your finger (starting at the dot).
  • Now do this using a pencil.
  • Can you point to number 2?
  • What is the next number - 1 more?
  • What is the number before 2 - 1 less?
  • Can you point to number 4? 
  • What is the next number - 1 more?
  • What is the number before 4 - 1 less?
  • Can you point to the same numbers that are on your front door?
  • Point to your age. How old will you be on your next birthday?

Nursery Rhyme

Let's look at our favourite number rhyme again. Don't forget to call out the numbers loudly as you point at them, and use your fingers to represent the numbers.

Don't forget to join our ZOOM story time at 2pm today.

Wednesday 24th February 2021

Good morning and it's another beautiful day. Spring is in the air and this morning, on my walk, I went on a SPRING hunt...not a bear hunt!

  • Can you name that lovely YELLOW flower in the first photo?
  • Look at Miss Greene by the BIG tree. What do you think will happen to this tree in the Spring? (Something will grow on its branches...What?)
  • Can you go on a Spring hunt today and let me know what you find?

                 Remember HANDS  FACE  SPACE  and stay safe!


Let's get our Home Learning Book out and find the page with the 'Number Matching Caterpillar'.

With adult supervison...

  • Cut out the numbers 1 2 3 4 5
  • Change your GREEN caterpillar into a colourful caterpillar, by matching the numbers.
  • What shapes are these coloured numbers?
  • What colour is number 1?
  • What colour is number 2?
  • What colour is number 3?
  • What colour is number 4?
  • What colour is number 5?
  • Count your circles.
  • 1 2 3 4 5 ...What number comes next?
  • Can you count to 10?




Listen to this lovely story - THE THING ABOUT SPRING.

Spring is in the air! Bear, Bird, and Mouse are all excited that winter snows are melting away, but their friend Rabbit is not. There are too many things about winter that Rabbit adores, and spring just seems to spell trouble!

  • What do you like about Spring?

(I like the bright mornings and the colourful flowers that spring up!)


Don't forget to join us for our ZOOM story at 2pm today

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Good morning and what a beautiful morning it is! I was out for an early walk with my dog and I watched the sunrise. The sky was amazing, with dust that has blown over from the Sahara Desert (North Africa), making the most beautiful colours. It looked like there was a fire in the sky...




Good Morning Nursery Children & Families, 


I hope you had a lovely Christmas break. I have missed you all and am looking forward to being with you as soon as possible. In the meantime we will have to do our learning at home, with our families.


Parents you are, and always have been, your child's primary educator and I know you will make the right decisions in choosing activities to engage in, to enable your child to reach their full potential. I will work in partnership with you, through the provision of daily activities and links to support learning. 


Young children learn best through their play so do let them play as much as possible and scaffold (assist and enhance) their learning through interaction, i.e. communication, questioning and suggestions - to stretch the imagination and move learning to the next level.


Please look at Tapestry daily, where you will find lots of 'fun' learning ideas to engage in, and you will also see me! Remember to upload photos and videos so I can see how much your child has grown over the holiday, and all the interesting learning you are doing through play. You can send me messages through the comment box (in Tapestry) and I will reply every day. I will also telephone you weekly.


Points to assist with learning and development...


  • Stories - Look at a book with your child daily and read a short story whenever you can. Use your imagination to make up a story together. (I will upload a story to Tapestry for children to view.)
  • Fine Motor Skills - Important in early years to develop writing skills. Provide materials for your child to encourage the fingers to work hard - developing the muscles needed to write, e.g. cutting paper with scissors, building with lego, squeezing and squashing playdough, completing puzzles, etc.
  • Numbers - Count objects and actions (e.g. count fingers and toes, count the stairs when going up and down, count hand clapping, etc). Look out for numbers in the environment and ask children to identify them (e.g. on the cooker, door numbers, car number plates, etc)
  • Draw/write - Provide your child with tools (pens, felts, crayons, pencils, chalk, paints, etc) to mark-make, draw or write with everyday. 
  • Imaginative & Creative Play - Make dens with blankets, puppets with socks and musical instruments with pots/pans! Have tea-parties with dolls and cuddly toys. Keep large boxes to use as cars, boats, etc. Have fun with role play (dressing up - pretending to be the teacher, a pirate, a princess, etc). Collect cereal boxes, kitchen rolls, wrapping paper, etc - for junk modelling and cutting and sticking.
  • Physical Activity - Please ensure you do lots of exercise to stay fit and healthy. Get out for walks in the park, where possible, and keep your body active through dancing and movement. (I will upload dances to Tapestry)
  • Communication (Talking and Listening) - Communication is key to learning in the early years. Talk to your child when they are playing, asking them questions and prompting them with ideas to enhance learning. 


Most importantly - Stay healthy and safe. Remember - HANDS - FACE - SPACE


Take care and keep in touch.


Miss Greene

P.S. Don't forget to pick up your Home Learning Packs...

Learning Through Play

I am excited to share a series of short educational films ‘Learning Through Play’ that showcase 20 activities that parents can do cheaply and easily at home with their early years children. The films are translated into Sylheti, Urdu, Polish and Somali and are part of our Schools with Roots project.


I am Miss Greene and I am delighted to be teaching Nursery again this year.

In our class we are supported by Miss Wray and Miss Santos.

We work as a team and we would like to welcome you Parents/Carers to join us,

to work in partnership, to ensure your child reaches their full potential.


This term we will be focusing on the topic ‘People Who Help Us'

We will explore learning through a balance of [well-planned] adult directed activities and 

child initiated play, covering the seven areas of learning.


In order to support your child at home, with their learning and development, please encourage:

  • Speaking and Listening– Two way communication is so important in the early years. Ask questions about your child's morning in Nursery (use Tapestry to  prompt discussions). Give your child plenty of time to think and answer.
  • Turn taking and sharing– Play games which require taking turns and sharing.
  • Reading– Look at books together and discuss the pictures. Let your child tell you the story, through the pictures. Read books regularly (bed-time story) and repeat stories. Repetition is key to learning at this early stage.
  • Counting and number recognition– Count objects and actions (e.g. going up/down the stairs). Look at numbers in the environment (e.g when shopping, when walking home – on front doors, car number-plates, etc).
  • Sing nursery rhymes– (Use YouTube if you are not sure of the words).


Please check our website and Tapestry regularly as we will be updating it with all of 

the wonderful learning that has been taking place.

You can also browse through the photos below by clicking on the Nursery Photo Gallery

where you will see a sample of some of the exciting activities covered so far.


Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for all types of weather, 

as outdoor play is part of our daily learning routine.

(A full change of clothes should be left on your child's coat peg.)


If you would like to speak to me I am available before or after

school most mornings. Please contact the office to make an appointment.




Nursery Classroom Environment