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Friday 3rd April 2020

 Good morning nursery and happy Friday!

Here is a handy reference for some weekly activities led by celebrities each week:

Please find below the activities for today and over the weekend.



You need a plastic jug and some different sized cups (maybe a bath-time activity)

 Guess how many cups of water will fill the jug.

Find out if you were right.

Were you right first time?

You can experiment with different cups and different jugs.

How many more cups of water do you need to fill a bigger jug. Which jug holds the most water and how can you find out?


In phonics we have been focusing a lot on rhyming words. Rhyming plays a star role in nursery! From nursery rhymes to fingerplays, childhood is full of opportunities to work on rhyming skills. This is because a child’s ability to recoginise and produce words that rhyme is one of the predictors for later reading success. Kids need to be able to hear the ending sound in words and have the oral language to make up their own rhymes to master this early literacy skill

Listening to this rhyming song: 

We went to the animal fair rhyme

Your child will know it quite well. Can they spot the rhyming words?

Fair, there, hair

Baboon, moon

Bunk, trunk

Sneezed, knees


After listening, invite your child to play this rhyming game.

Collect some objects from around the house that rhyme. Then put the objects in front of you and your child and see if they can find any matching pairs. Here are some examples of rhyming objects you could use:

  • car, jar, star
  • sock, rock, lock, clock
  • cap, map
  • pan, can, fan
  • bag, tag, flag
  • bell, shell
  • duck, truck
  • rice, dice


 Story time- Don’t worry little bear!

This lovely story on the Early Years Story Book website, is to help explain Coronavirus to children and to assure them that everything will be okay:

 Don't worry little bear book


Religious education

 It's coming close to Easter and we would normally be teaching related stories from the Bible to children. Today we will look at the story of Palm Sunday. 

You can watch it here:



Or ask an adult to read this to you:


 Imagine you are in the crowd watching Jesus ride by. Make a palm leaf and wave it while singing the track ‘Sing Hosanna.’


How do you think the people felt when they saw Jesus ride by? Have you ever seen anyone important pass you?

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Happy Wednesday nursery! Thank you to every who joined for our zoom call, it was great to see so many faces. We will be having another zoom call the same time next week, Monday 6th April, at 11am. 

Meanwhile here are some activities for today and tomorrow.



How many buttons/marbles/coins can you put in a jar in 1 minute?



Tell me about what you’re doing.
How many marbles did you get in that time?
How many did you get in last time?
What will you try next?


What could you do to make sure you get more marbles in your pot this time?

Opening out

What would happen if you only used one hand/used both hands?
What would happen if you used this different pot?
What would happen if you used, for example, buttons instead of marbles?



How will you remember how many marbles you managed to get into the pot that time?



One of the aspects of early literacy is tuning into sounds. Make your own musical instruments using cardboard rolls, tins, empty bottle and fill with dried peas, beans, stones. Shake these loudly, softly, as you are marching, skipping, stomping.

You can sing this song ‘I am the music man’ as you go:


Story time

In this story ‘Tanka tanka skunk’ an elephant and a skunk set up a rhythmic repetitive drumbeat with which readers are encouraged to join in. Their other animal friends ranging from a kangaroo to a spider enter the game with each syllable of their names forming a beat.

After reading the story can you clap your child name together and some of their friends? Can you clap the beats in your name? For example Miss Par-kin.

Tanka skunka song



Expressive arts and design

Have a go at making some playdough using this visual recipe card. You only need three ingredient, flour, salt and water. As you make the playdough you can ask these questions:

Playdough recipe



Tell me how we are going to make...
How much flour will we need?

What if the mixture is too wet/dry? What do we need to add more of/less of?

Would it help you remember what is here if you took a photo?


Monday 30th March 2020

Good morning nursery! I am really looking forward to seeing you all and speaking to you today. Don't forget, we can all talk to each other on Zoom at 11am today. Just click on this link at 11am and you will be able to get into the video call with the rest of the class. 

Here are the rest of the activities for today. Please do email me at sparkin@st-markscofe.lambeth.sch.uk to send me photos of your work.



In nursery we have been learning to order objects by length. Can you find 4 different sized spoons in your house and put them in order of size from the longest to the shortest?

Key vocabulary: long, short, longer, shorter, small, big, smaller, bigger

Challenge: Can you use some pasta or a ruler to measure them? How many pieces of pasta long is each spoon? Can you record what you have found out by writing down the number?

Can you find some different objects of varying lengths? Books? Vegetables? Pens? Can you put those in order from smallest to biggest too? Send me a photo of the thing you have found.



Storytime and phonics

Listen to the book ‘Quiet’ by Kate Alizadeh.

Listen to 'Quiet' Kate Alizadeh

The story is about all the sounds that a little girl here’s in her home. Encourage your child to join in and make the sounds alongside the story. They might want to listen to the story several times. Can you go on a listening walk in your home? What sounds can you hear? Can your child make the noises?

  • Remind the children about things that good listeners do (e.g. keep quiet, have ears and eyes ready).
  • Invite the children to show you how good they are at listening and talk about why listening is important.
  • Encourage the children to listen attentively to the sounds around them
  • Talk about the different sounds they can hear.
  • Use cupped ears as they go on the listening walk
  • You can record sounds on your phone as you go
  • After the walk make a list of all the sounds they can remember
  • The list can be in words or pictures and can be prompted by replaying sounds recorded on the walk

Send me a list of all the things you heard on your listening walk for example kettle- whoosh radio- buzz. You can scribe and write down the list for your child and if they like they can draw a picture next to the sound/object.


Understanding the world

Carrying on with our topic of people who help us, watch this short video of different people who help us in our society

People who help us video

You can use this song, to the tune of ‘The wheels on the bus’ to help your child remember some of those important jobs

People who help us song

Which job would your child most like to do and why? Can they draw a picture of themselves as a doctor/teacher/firefighter. Scribe/write at the bottom why your child has chosen this profession.

Friday 27th March 2020

Morning nursery! On Monday 30th at 11am we will be having a Hello Nursery zoom call which we hope as many as possible of you can join. You need to sign up at: 


Then, just before 11am on Monday, go to the website or the app on your phone and log in. Then click 'join a meeting.' You will be asked to enter the meeting ID which you will have received in an email. Please let me know if you are having any issues registering or need me to resend the ID.


Story time

Linked to our topic, People who help us, here is a story called ‘Dig dig digging’. Listen to this song based on the story:



 You can also hear it read aloud here if the song gets too much! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnyT6kghv-U


Can your child remember the song and sing it to you? Can your child make up another verse to the song and think of something else that helps us in our community?



Pause the song ‘Dig dig digging’ at your favourite part. Can you draw a picture? It could be the digger, a tractor, a rubbish truck. Can you write your name on your picture? If you know some of your letter sounds can you label your picture?


Practice your child’s number recognition with this helicopter rescue game suitable for tables:



Linking to today’s theme, here is a number story about Dinosaur’s Digging:


Wednesday 25th March 2020


Hello nursery! We hope you are all keeping well and safe at home. Miss Parkin, Miss Liz and Miss Chinelo are missing you very much! Please keep visiting this page as it will be update regularly with new activities.

If you have any questions, need advice or would like to share some of the things your child has been doing at home, please email me on the address at the top of the page.

Our topic for the rest of this half term is ‘People who help us.’ That could be police officers, nurses, teachers, firefighters. Here are some suggested activities for today!


With your child, write a letter to and/or draw a picture of someone that helps them. It could be a family member, a teacher, a friend. If they are keen, get them to have a go at writing their name on their letter/picture. Talk to your child about why they have chosen this person. What do they do to help you? How does that make you feel? If you would like to send a picture of your child’s work to my email, I’d love to see it! sparkin@st-markscofe.lambeth.sch.uk


Recently we have been learning about patterns. If you have a printer at home you can print out this egg: https://www.firstpalette.com/pdf/eastereggs-plain-large.pdf otherwise draw an egg shape on a piece of A4 paper. Ask your child to decorate the egg with a pattern using pens or pencils. Here are some examples:


spotty                             wavy             zig zag             stripy

 Please email me pictures of your finished eggs! sparkin@st-markscofe.lambeth.sch.uk

Ask your child to tell you about their pattern. What colours have they used? Can they describe their pattern?

 Expressive arts and design- music

Follow the link to listen to and learn this song about people who help us: 

 With your child you can make up a dance or some actions to go along with the song. If you have any musical instruments you can play along, or you can improvise with a pencil and a CD case for percussion! I’d love to see a video of your child singing/dancing along!  sparkin@st-markscofe.lambeth.sch.uk

 FREE online resources

In light if the current Coronavirus outbreak, many places are offering free resourses to help children, parents and schools with home learning see a collection below.


Twinkl are offering parents of children in schools which are closed, or facing closure, free access to all Twinkl resources for a period of one month.

Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer , register and enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS to find fantastic games and resources for continued learning at home.


Classroom secrets - Classroom secrets have added a free learning home resource pack for each year group - https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/


Free Audible audio booksFor as long as schools are closed, we're open. Children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen



Joe Wick PE Lessons 

Ongoing home learning activities

       Physical development

Fine motor

  • Give your children the opportunity to practice and development their fine motor skills. You can do this in lots of different ways:
  • Do some painting with cotton buds
  • Use a hole punch to make holes in paper
  • Use child uses to cut paper into different shapes or patterns
  • Wrap rubber bands around a can
  • Clip clothes pegs onto numbered pieces of card
  • Peel Sellotape/masking tape of a table
  • Tie a knot with string
  • Draw on tinfoil covered with shaving foam

 Gross motor

  • Muscle-moving play doesn't have to take up a ton of room. Try:


  • Dancing, either freestyle or through songs with movements, such as "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," "I'm a Little Teapot," "The Wheels on the Bus," or "Popcorn," provides lots of motion. 
  • Playing pretend: Kids boost motor skills when they use their bodies to become waddling ducks, stiff-legged robots, galloping horses, soaring planes, or whatever they can imagine.
  • Building and navigating obstacle courses with furniture, pillows, boxes, and blankets will develop large motor skills.
  • Hopping from place to place on the floor (set up targets with masking tape or cardboard) can be a fun activity.


  • Walking around the neighborhood or park. For variety, add in marching, jogging, skipping, hopping, or even musical instruments to form a parade. As you walk, tell stories, look for colors, count, or play games.
  • Riding tricycles, scooters, and other ride-on toys.
  • Throwing, catching, kicking, and rolling large, lightweight, softballs.

 Personal, social and emotional development

  • Talking about feelings: Sit with your child and look at pictures of faces in magazines and books. Ask your child whether they think the person is happy, sad or excited etc... Find a picture of a smiling or laughing child – ask your child to describe the emotion of this face. Then ask them to make a happy face. You can play this game on different days and ask your child to find a face that matches how they feel. This activity helps children’s emotional development by encouraging them to identify their own feelings.
  • Help your child when they dress. Gradually do less and less until they are dressing themselves. Give them the chance to try on different types of clothes, some with buttons and others with zips.


You tube also have videos to practice common words which children will recognize from nursery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0


  • When reading pictures books with your child see if they can spot any letters and tell you what sound they make. Do they recognise any common words?
  • If they show an interest, practice writing letters with your child. Show them how to form them correctly but do not use dots or ask your child to trace the letters and this impedes the natural development of their writing muscles. You can use the ‘read write inc rhymes’ which we use at nursery to help your child remember the correct formation http://www.thebellbird.cambs.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Letter-formation-chart.pdf



  •  Sing number songs for example 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive, 10 green bottles, five little ducks went swimming one day. See online here if you have internet access: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-counting-songs/zn67kmn
  •  Set out several piles of buttons or pebbles containing no more than nine items in each pile. Cut out some cards from one to nine and ask your child to place them by the correct pile.
  • Muddle up some number cards from one to nine. Encourage your child to sort them into order.
  • Together make a simple book using the numbers one to nine.
  • Give your child opportunities to count groups of objects. This could be done as part of a household activity e.g. washing up, laying the table. Three spoons, four plates etc. This could be developed by matching the number cards with the objects.

Shape, space and measure

  • Bathtime maths: When your child is in in the bath, make sure they have plenty of containers to play with. You can have pretend tea parties, with jugs, cups and beakers. Ask your child to fill the jug with water, so they can pour out the ‘tea’ into the cups. They’ll understand that a large jug can always hold more water in it than a small cup…and that a big beaker holds more water than a cup, but less than a jug. You can add a few drops of food colouring to the bath water to make the water change colour. Just use three or four drops. It won’t stain skin, and should be fine with towels (though don’t use white ones).

Art and design

  • Make your own playdough: 1 cup of flour plus 1 cup of water Food colouring of your choice 30 mls cooking oil 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar Pinch of salt

Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly, so you get a smooth, lump-free mix. Then put the mix into a saucepan and stir over a low heat until it starts to form a smooth ball. Remove from the heat and take the dough out of the pan. After it cools down sufficiently, put it on a smooth surface, knead and roll the dough for a couple of minutes – you’ll be able to tell when it’s the right texture. Playdough is very versatile. You can make models of just about anything. You can support imaginative play by teaching your child to make cakes, sausages, sandwiches, and seeing what shapes they come up with by themself. Biscuit cutters are good for stamping out different shapes. If you want to preserve any creations, you can harden them in a hot oven for about 10 minutes. You can then paint them if you like. Idea: add smell to your playdough with a few drops of peppermint essence


      Understanding the world

  • Get a variety of fruit; choose different shapes, sizes and colours such as an apple, pear, banana, pineapple, avocado, strawberries etc… Let your child feel each fruit. Talk about how they feel, what colour they are and how they are different. Then cut up each fruit into pieces. Encourage your child to count how many pieces there are for each fruit. Then encourage them to try each fruit, talking about how each one tastes and how they are different. Follow up ideas Write a label for each fruit and encourage them to read the labels. You could also ask them to draw a picture of the fruits.