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Email address: sparkin@st-markscofe.lambeth.sch.uk

From the week of 1st June, the beginning of Summer 2  I will posting home learning activities exclusively on Tapestry: https://tapestryjournal.com/

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To celebrate the fantastic work and effort  that has been taking place at home there will a recorded celebration assembly uploaded on the school website under Home LearningWorship and Well-Being and also also on Tapestry.

I will select the children each week  who have demonstrated  the school's learning values at home.  Parents/Carers, we will need your help with this, so please continue to email me and upload on Tapestry examples of good work. As always, your engagement and support is appreciated.   

Gallery of your home learning  

Thank you to everyone who has been sending me photos of your home learning. Here are some photos below of what some of your friend's have been getting up to!

Sofia's butterfly painting

Esme's vegetable printing


 Jason's Very Hungry Caterpillar pattern

 Alejandro ordering the Very Hungry Caterpillar

 Maria's favourite toy  Ellie's name
 Ezra's writing book Kavani's sticker man
   (He's called Ezra) :-)
Junior's cotton bud addition Alex's nature explorations
Lewi's halving and sharing

Jemimah's number book 

Tasnim's exercise

Daily Letters and sounds- for children moving to reception in September 2020


Join in daily Letters and Sounds Phonics lessons on YouTube throughout the summer term. Designed and delivered by experts, th lessons use the Letters and Sounds programme and have been funded by the Department for Education.


PHASE 2 Learning to blend (for children who need to practice sounding and reading words such as ‘tap’, ‘cap’, ‘mat’ and ‘pat’.







Phase 3 (for children already reading words like 'fish' 'chat' and 'rain)







Friday 21st May


At nursery we have introduced the idea of coloured repeating patterns. For example red, yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow.

Have a go at drawing or printing some caterpillars and see if your child can continue a pattern or even make up their own one.



The Bad Tempered Ladybird


Another lovely story from Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.



My favourite Food

The Very Hungry Caterpillar loves to eat a delicious, colourful, great big lunch! What is your favourite food? Can you draw it here for the Hungry Caterpillar to try?


living is learning

Making Dinner

You will need:
A recipe (if you’re using one)
Ingredients (these can be as simple as you like)
Suitable equipment – e.g. a knife your child can hold safely
Your child!

If your child helps to make a meal then quite often (but not always!) they are more likely to eat it. Along the way they can chop things (Physical Development), weigh things, count things (Maths), look at a recipe (Reading) and spend time with you (Making Relationships).
You will need:
A recipe (if you’re using one)
Ingredients (these can be as simple as you like)
Suitable equipment – e.g. a knife your child can hold safely
Your child!

1. Get all the ingredients out together. These can be really simple – fish fingers and broccoli still requires breaking the broccoli into pieces and looking at the fishfinger packet to see how long to cook them for! Talk about the ingredients as you lay them out: name them, what colour are they, why are they good for us to eat?
2. If you’re using a recipe, look at it together. Talk about what it says, where the ingredients are in a list and the instructions underneath. Point to things in the recipe so your child begins to associate words on the page with what they are doing. Use words like first, next, then, last as you go.
3. Show your child how to do the different tasks – chopping, spreading, stirring. Then let them have a go. Be on hand to make sure they are safe but give them time to practice these skills. Use lots of talk to describe things (sharp, stiff, small, big, smooth).
4. Do some counting – how many teaspoonfuls, how many carrots, how many fishfingers! Use language like one more and one less where appropriate.
5. Do some weighing – if the recipe needs you to weigh ingredients then show your child how this works, look at the numbers together, talk about more and less, heavy and light
6. If the meal needs to go in the oven or on the cooker, you can talk about hot and cold and how to be safe around the hot places.
7. Time to eat! Don’t forget to tell your child how delicious their cooking is!

Extension ideas:
You can extend this by giving your child a little more independence as they (and you!) become more confident. Have any of the ingredients changed because they have been cooked: carrots softer, eggs harder, cheese runnier? What do they notice?


Wednesday 20th May


living is learning- let's dance


Whether you choose music from your favourite playlist, or make your own beats, dancing with your child helps them to discover different kinds of music and moving in different ways. It’s also a lot of fun!

You will need:
Some tunes and a way to play them
Or a way to make your own beats – a metal spoon against the table/ upturned pots and a wooden spoon/clapping
You and your child

Let’s Dance!
Whether you choose music from your favourite playlist, or make your own beats, dancing with your child helps them to discover different kinds of music and moving in different ways. It’s also a lot of fun!

You will need:
Some tunes and a way to play them
Or a way to make your own beats – a metal spoon against the table/ upturned pots and a wooden spoon/clapping
You and your child

1. Get the music going. Over time try to vary the music/beat so your child can respond to different kinds of music: slow, fast, soft, loud, disco, classical, reggae, Bollywood.
2. Dance! Move with your child in response to the music. You can model this. Notice what they do. If the music/beat is slow, do they move differently to when it’s fast? Give your child time to explore the music and the way they move. Mirror what they do and encourage them to move different parts of their body.
3. Use lots of vocabulary: quiet, soft, loud, sleepy, fast, quick.
4. Have fun! Dancing might make you both laugh, feel a bit silly, be out of breath together, pull funny faces or do some cool moves.

Earlier Stages of development
Dance while holding/carrying your baby/child – move in different ways like this to different kinds of music: sway, twirl, bounce gently, rock back and forth Use facial expressions to show responses to different types of music. If your child is standing, they may move their arms, or ‘bounce’ by bending their knees, perhaps showing joy/pleasure as they ‘jiggle’ to the musical sounds. Mirror their expression/movement, using some words: ‘Happy music!’

Extension Ideas
Choose two music tracks that are very different to each other or have some different ways to make sounds (a metal pot and spoon, and a plastic pot and wooden spoon will make different kinds of sounds). Play something slow – how does it make your child feel? Use lots of vocabulary: sleepy, tired, lazy, sad. Can your child move slowly, stretchily, gently? Then play something fast and funky! How does this make them feel? Happy, busy, silly, fizzy. Can your child move in a busy or fizzy way? Play a quick switch game, where you swap from one kind of music to the other without telling them – are they listening, and do they change their movements?

Let’s Dance! – Find a way of playing music – maybe via a mobile device or drumming a rhythm with spoons on the table. Vary the music/beat: slow, fast, soft, loud, disco, classical, reggae, Bollywood. Move with your child in response to the different music. How does each type make them feel? Sleepy, happy, sad, busy, lazy? Can they move in those different ways to the music – sleepily, like a busy bee, happily?



I wonder what happens to the Very Hungry Caterpillar once he comes out of his cocoon and turns into a butterfly.

Can you make your own sequel of the story? You can draw pictures and tell your adult to help you write what is happening in each picture.

You can just use several sheets of A4 paper folded in half and stapled together, or you can download and print the template attached.



Written by: Jodi Moore
Illustrated by: Howard McWilliam
Published by: Flashlight Press

When a Dragon Moves In

If you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in. And that’s exactly what happens to one very lucky boy at the beach. Dad is busy sunbathing and Mum is busy with her book, so the boy and dragon roam the beach together, flying a kite, braving the waves, and roasting marshmallows. But no one believes him when he shares the news of his magnificent dragon: Mum only hears the roar of the ocean, Dad thinks the dragon feather is a seagull feather, and know-it-all sis claims there’s no such thing as a dragon. That’s when the sandwiches mysteriously disappear, claw prints are found in the brownies, and dragon-giggles erupt from the strangest of places. Heh-heh-heh. Is there truly a mischievous dragon running around on the beach or is someone’s imagination running wild? Decide for yourself When a Dragon Moves In.


expressive arts and design

You will need

Small cups


1) First cut your paper into a symmetrical butterfly shape. Fold your paper in half, then use the scissors to cut out a half butterfly, with the body along the fold. Open.

2)Pour small amounts of paint into cups and add a spoon to each cup.

3) Use the spoon to add drops of paint to one side of your butterfly paper.

3) Fold the other half of the paper over the paint drops to create a paint sandwich. Press, smush, and rub with your hands.

4) Finally, open the paper to reveal your symmetrical butterfly painting! Leave to dry.


Add details to your butterflies after the paint dries. For example, you could draw details or faces over the dry paint with markers. Or glue googly eyes on the faces.

Tack a kaleidoscope of butterflies onto the wall together (that’s what a group of butterflies is called!) or string them into a butterfly bunting.


 Monday 18th May



Building towers

A selection of wooden blocks of various shapes.


Which block are you going to put on top of your tower?
Which is the tallest block in your tower?


How could you make your tower taller?
I wonder if we could stack two shapes like this on top of each other?
Which blocks would you use to make a very big castle?
What would happen if we turned that block the other way up, would it make the tower any different?
If you do that, will it fall down? Can you do that without it falling down?


Opening Out
Encourage children to feel the surfaces of the blocks, finding and selecting flat surfaces on which to stand the blocks.
Can you balance this flat block on these three cones? What if they’re in a straight line? What if you squash them together?
Could you build with only cylinders?


Let’s make a picture of your tower.
You could print a picture with blocks dipped in paint.



There will be sounds inside and outside your home throughout the day. Listening and noticing are important as children develop their communication skills. Taking a moment in the day to pause and listen will help your child to learn and improve these skills.


You will need:
You and your child
5 minutes (at the most)
A place where you will hear sounds


1. Explain that you are going to play a listening game. That means you and your child have to be as still and quiet as possible, so you can hear the sounds around you.
2. Find a good place to be and sit very quietly. Shhh. Listen. Remember to only sit and listen for a few seconds, possibly a minute – that’s a long time for a small child!
3. As you hear noises, acknowledge them yourself using facial expressions – surprise, a smile, a nod.
4. Stop listening. Together, can you name the sounds you heard? Perhaps the washing machine, a door opening and closing, someone else in your home speaking, a bird singing, cars on the road. How many sounds did you hear? Were they loud or quiet sounds?
5. You can repeat this activity on another day or at another time of day. Are the sounds the same as before, or different?


Earlier Learning Opportunities
Acknowledge sounds as you and your child play. Use facial expressions to show surprise, delight, understanding. Perhaps a toy makes a funny sound, or a door bangs in the wind. Use simple words to mirror sounds you and your child hear – for the toy you could say ‘beep beep’ or for the door ‘bang!’.


Extension Ideas
If you have one, you could add a timer to this game, or use a clock. Show your child that you are both going to listen for 1 minute and the timer will buzz when to stop. Try to find sound words to describe the sounds you hear together – the washing machine whirs, the bird chirps, the car on the road outside goes brmmmm.



Having discovered all the noises around your house, listen to this story about Jackson the mole who can't get to sleep for all of the noise in his house!

Who is making so much noise and how will Jackson ever get to sleep? Despite some silly, sleepy mistakes, genteel Jackson finds a fun and quiet activity for each of his noisy neighbors. He finally gets a great night’s sleep -- and discovers three new friends in the morning.


Written by: Holly L. Niner
Illustrated by: Guy Wolek
Read by: Tony Hale


No more noisy nights


understanding the world

The Very Hungry Caterpillar fruit tasting


Gather food that the caterpillar eats in the book

Apple, Pear, Plum, Strawberry, Orange


Let your child explore the different fruits. You can cut it up and even use a skewer to poke a hole in it (just for fun to look like a caterpillar bite), and place it on a plate/tray. You child can examine, squish, mash, smell, and of course eat this activity. Used all of your senses for sensory play!


Friday 14th May


 We have been learning about different minibeasts. Now you can practise counting ladybird spots.

You can start with 1-5 and then if your child is more confident move to 1-10

Ladybird counting

Once you have had a go at the game you might want have a go at making your own spotty ladybirds. If you have a printer at home you can print out this ladybird and spots to cut out and out on your ladybird. How many will you put on? Can you write that number? Can you make a ladybird with a different number of spots?

If you don't have a printer you can draw a ladybird and your own spots to cut out- or just draw the spots on lady bird. Can you count the number of spots and write the number?

You can use this video to help you practice writing your numbers: 


Literacy- staying in nursery next year

One of the crucial elements of early literacy is being able to listen carefully and distinguish between different sounds.

Have a go at playing this free game with your child and see if they can correctly guess which animal is hiding in the box by hearing the sound it makes:

Phonics play- The zoo

The free login is:
username: march20
password: home


literacy- moving to reception next year

Let's have a go at learning to recognise some familiar and common words. You can listen to this fun 'sight words' rap here: 



Once you have learnt to recognise some of the words, maybe you will be able to start spotting them in story books at story time or even around the house!
Perhaps you might even want to have a go at trying to write some of them!


Storytime- staying in nursery next year

The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. The book is best known for its morals about the value of being an individual and for the distinctive shiny foil scales of the Rainbow Fish.

Rainbow Fish Story

It is a book which we love to read in nursery and your child should really enjoy :-)


Key Questions to discuss with your child after reading:

Where is the story set? Where is it talking place?
Who are the characters that we meet in the story?
Do you like the characters, what do you like/not like about them?
What happens in the story?
Does the story make you think of anything that's happened to you?
Do the characters remind you of yourself or anyone you know?


storytime- going to reception next year

We have enjoyed reading this story quite often in nursery, about a boy and a lost penguin.

Best-selling author Oliver Jeffers is reading one of his books live on Instagram every day and talking about how he wrote them. More videos of previous read stories are on his website:

Oliver Jeffers a book a day

Key Questions to discuss with your child after reading:

Where is the story set? Where is it talking place?
Who are the characters that we meet in the story?
Do you like the characters, what do you like/not like about them?
What happens in the story?
Does the story make you think of anything that's happened to you?
Do the characters remind you of yourself or anyone you know?



Living is learning - doing the washing up

Whether you go for using water and a washing up bowl, or loading the dishwasher, there’s lots of learning in washing the dishes. Filling and pouring, sorting and stacking, wiping and scrubbing, pressing buttons (Maths: Shape, Space and Measure, Physical Development: Moving and Handling).

You will need:
Some dirty dishes
A washing up bowl, water, washing up liquid, sponge/brush
OR a dishwasher
Your child


1) Begin by doing some sorting. You can stack the plates together. Put the cups in one place. All the cutlery can wait in a pile. Do some counting as you go - how many cups have we got?
2) If you’re using a washing up bowl, show your child how to fill it with warm water. Let them squirt the washing up liquid in and watch in make bubbles – lots of talking opportunities here
3) Show them how to wash one thing at a time and stack them on the wrack for drying. You can use some Maths talk here: How many plates have you washed now? One more cup…
4) Give them time to explore the water: filling and pouring from the cups, letting the water run through their fingers, watching the bubbles
5) Talk to them about why we need to clean the dishes, why the water needs to be just right – not too cold, not too hot
6) If you’re using a dishwasher, once you’ve sorted the dirty dishes on the worktop, help your child decide how to fit them into the machine. Model talking about what you’re doing: That’s too big to go there, this will fit here, we can put a small cup here
7) When it’s loaded, let your child press the button to switch it on!


Earlier Learning Opportunities:
Lay a towel on the floor (or do this outside) and let your child sit by a washing up bowl of water with some spoons and pots. Stay with them and explore the water together – spooning, tipping, filling, pouring, emptying.


Extension Ideas:
As they wash up, talk about the shapes of things – the plate is round like a circle. Ask how many cups they think it will take to fill the jug? Then have a go – were they right? How many things are left to wash up (or load if you are using a dishwasher)? Are there more dirty dishes on the worktop now or less? What do they notice about the water as time goes on - it cools down. When everything is dry, they can help you put it all away!


 Wednesday 12th May

Happy Wednesday everyone! Please find the latest activities below, also available on https://tapestryjournal.com/ 

Or, on the app, available at the android playstore: 



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Please email me if you are having any trouble accessing your child's Tapestry account.



A long caterpillar

Provide thin card, that is long and narrow, for children to fold in different ways to make caterpillar that vary in length. Linking cubes, pipe cleaners, fabric, ribbon, string, modelling clay, play-dough or plasticine etc. could also be used. A camera may be useful to take photos of the creatures.

Tell me about the long creature that you’ve made.

Tell me about making it longer/shorter.

Do you want to make a label for your creature and give it a name?
How could you show how long your creature is?



The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing


Can you remember what the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate on each day of the week? Can you remember how many of each food he ate?

If you're not sure, remind yourself of the story here: Youtube video: 


Pdf to read: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book

If you have a printer you can print out the worksheet attached and cut out the pictures, sticking them in the right order:  

Otherwise you can ask an adult to draw you a caterpillar like the one on the worksheet, draw a picture of the food that the caterpillar eats on each day of the week.

You can count how many of each food he eats on each day, and write the number underneath!



Bog baby

A magical tale of loving and learning to let go. One Spring, two girls find a creature in a pond. They nurture and care for it but gradually the bog baby sickens and the children have to ask their mother, from whom they have kept it a secret, for help. The response they get is unexpected and the story ends with a delightful revelation of interaction between children and bog babies continuing through the generations.



Youtube video of story being read: 


Pdf of story attached for you to read to your child: 


Key Questions

Before reading: Show the children the first picture of the girls in the shed inviting them to predict what they think is going to happen next and to justify their predictions.
What do they think mum would say if she knew the truth?
What do they think will happen to the bog baby?

After reading
Talk with the children about the things that they liked or the things that they didn’t like about the story, returning to favourite pictures to explore the detail together.

Talk with children about why they think the girls behaved as they did. Do they think they were right to let the bog baby go?
What do they think would have happened if their mum hadn’t discovered them?


Physical development

Living is learning- Getting Dressed


Time to wake up and get dressed! This is something your child will be doing every day and it is the perfect moment to help them develop some coordination (Physical Development: Moving and Handling) and independence (Physical Development: Health and Self Care).

You will need:
Your child!
Their clothes!

Getting Dressed
Time to wake up and get dressed! This is something your child will be doing every day and it is the perfect moment to help them develop some coordination (Physical Development: Moving and Handling) and independence (Physical Development: Health and Self Care).

You will need:
Your child!
Their clothes!

1. You and your child can decide together what they are going to wear today using lots of talk. Is it hot or cold? Socks or bare feet? Green or blue? Stripes or dinosaurs? . What to wear can sometimes be a moment of conflict – you could try offering your child two T shirts (that you have suggested) and give them the choice (so they feel in control)
2. Now it’s time to put those clothes on. Be there to support your child, but also allow them to have a go themselves. Every child is different, and you know your child best, so pick up on their signals for when they need a bit of help.
3. Balancing – trousers are good for this!
4. Finger pincers – buttons and zips are tricky, but good for this
5. Big arm movements – T shirts and jumpers are good for this
6. Bending and stretching – socks are good for this
7. Hopefully you now have a child who is more or less dressed!

Extension ideas:
Challenge your child to get dressed as quickly as they can. You could set a timer on your phone, or time them with a clock. Start with a longer time and make it a little bit less every day. Use simple time vocabulary – ‘Can you get dressed in 5 minutes today?’ or ‘Yesterday you did it in 5 minutes, can you get dressed in 4 minutes today?’ Can they help a younger sibling to get dressed?


Understanding the world: Weather diary


Being able to make observations is an important scientific skill. A great way to develop this skill is to start by observing the weather over a period of a week.
This Activity asks the children to observe the weather over 7 days.

Children can record the weather using symbols, words or sentences.

Resources needed: Weather Diary download sheet. If you don't have a printer, you can just draw this.


Monday 11th May

Good morning nursery I hope you had a nice bank holiday weekend. Above you will see some of the photos of the fantastic activities your friends have been doing at home. Please keep sending me photo updates whenever you get a chance to Tapestry or to my email.

Please find the latest activities available below, also accesible at https://tapestryjournal.com/ or on the app.


Living is learning- doing the washing

Even the most basic of chores contain learning opportunities for your developing child! Doing the washing involves so many little tasks: collecting, piling, hanging, sorting, matching, folding (Physical Development: Moving and Handling and Maths: Number).

You will need:
Some dirty washing
A basket (or whatever you use)
A washing machine
A hanger, or washing line and pegs
Your child!


1) Collect up all the dirty clothes. This might involve making a big pile! If the clothes need separating, ask your child to help sort the different items into groups of dark and light colours How are you going to get all this washing to the washing machine? Do some carrying.

2) Now your child can push and shove all the washing into the washing machine. Show them how you put the powder or liquid in. Do you measure it – how much do you need?  Close the door, turn the knob and push the button. What happens? What do they notice? What can they see/hear? 

3) Now you wait!  How long will it take? What’s happening inside the washing machine?

4) Once the cycle is finished, your child can help you take the washing out of the machine and back into the basket. What has happened to it? Why is it wet?

5) Time to hang it up. If you are using a clothes airer, your child can help hang things. Talk about where things go: socks at the bottom, long trousers at the top. If you’re hanging the washing on a line, is there a way your child can have a go at this too? Squeezing to open and close pegs is a great fine motor developer and stretching up to peg the clothes works out the gross motor skills .  If you are using a tumble dryer – your child can help put the wet washing in. More buttons to press. More things to hear.

6)Time to fold and put the clean washing away. What do they notice? How did it all get so dry? Talk about each item of clothing: name it, who does it belong to?  


Extension Ideas:

Use doing the washing as an opportunity to do some counting. How many socks? How many T shirts? Are there more socks than T shirts, or less? Can they find you one more of their pants? Put the socks into a group and the pants into a group. Talk about the two groups with your child, count the amounts, use more and less.  (Maths: Number).




In nursery we often sing this song and play this game:



It is a game which helps children to identify the initial sound in a word. Watch the video of me singing the song with your child to help to jog their memory.


You will need: a clean saucepan/large plastic bowl, a clean wooden spoon, various household objects.


To play, collect some items from around the house that all start with the same sound. For example:

S: sock, scissors, spoon, stick, spaghetti.

T: tea, tin, tomato, toy, towel

P: pen, pencil, pillow, pot, potato

Then, with your child, take it in turns to put each object in the bowl, emphasising the first sound in the word for example p-p-p pen t-t-t-tin. Ask your child 'What's the first sound in toy?' T-t-t- toy!


Health and self-care

In nursery the children love to play this game so they should know it well!

Phone/iPad/TV to play music

Activity: Play the Sleeping Bunnies song:


During the 'sleeping' sections the children need to lie as still as possible on the floor. As soon as the music changes, the children jump up and start hopping or jumping to the music (and repeat!!). There are plenty of alternative versions on YouTube.


EXTENSION IDEAS: Can your child come up with some new lyrics/actions for the song, e.g. 'Stamp little bunnies'


Understanding the world

Watch this time lapse video of the lifecycle of a catepillar:

Afterwards, you can have a go at drawing some pictures of the different stages of the caterpillars life- from caterpillar, to cocoon, to butterfly:

Upload some photos of your pictures for me to see!


Wednesday 6th May



Shape hunter

 The Hungry Caterpillar is full of a certain shape as he keeps on munching through everything! Do you know why the holes he leaves are like that? Explore the pages and see where you can find them: 

Talk Together
How many circles can you find on each page of the story?

The front pages of the Hungry Caterpillar are full of circles. Could you make your own pages? How many circles would there be on yours? Does yours make a pattern? Think how you could make this more interesting.
Lots of other story books have hidden patterns in the front covers. Can you find any more in your stories at home? What kind of pattern and shapes are they?



P is for pear

Practice your letters and sounds here:  

In the very hungry caterpillar the caterpillar eats lots of different fruits.

What sound does pear begin with?
Find other words in the story that begin with the same sound as pear.

Can you find words in the story that start with the same sound as apple?

How about orange? and strawberry?

Can you have a go at writing these letters all by yourself? I'd love to see a photo of your writing on your learning journey!




As you are watching the story, encourage your child to join in with repeated parts of the story “…but he was still hungry.”

As the caterpillar eats a new food, encourage your child to count along with you, “one, two, three plums...”

Ask your child to guess what food the caterpillar might eat next.

Talk together about your favourite foods.

At the end of the story, recap the different foods that the caterpillar ate.


Health and self care

The very hungry caterpillar loves to eat fruit. His favourites are apples, pears, strawberries, plums and oranges.
Can you use some of these fruits to make your own fruit smoothie? Remember always ask for your grown-up's help when using a blender!

Top tip
Bananas are very tasty and make a great base for making smoothies.


Monday 4th May

Good morning nursery and happy Monday! Thank you to everyone who had a go at uploading some home learning on Tapestry last week. Please do continue to post updates and I will comment and provide feedback through the Tapestry app for you and your child to see! 

Tapestry online learning journal


 Have a go at making a spider using a cardboard roll:


You can use some black paint/pen, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, cut up pieces of carboard from cereal packets, bottle lids , buttons, ribbon, string and anything else you can think of! You'll also need some glue and/or tape. 

Upload some photos of your creations to tapestry for me to see!


Key mathematical questions to ask

1. What shapes can you see? Can you tell me about them? Are they straight or  curves, do they roll? 

2. What shape do you think you need for your spider? 

3. Are you going to make a big spider or a small spider?

4. How many legs does a spider have. How can you check he has enough and not too many?




 Look at and read these pages from the rhyming book 'Boris the Spider: 




Can you make up your own rhyming spider poem? Have a go at writing one together with your Mum or Dad. You can say the words and they can write them down. 



Listen to this rhyming story 'Mad about minibeasts' to help give you ideas for your rhyming poems.



Understanding the world


Go on a spider hunt either inside your house, outside or both! Can you find any evidence of spider's? Maybe a spiders web, maybe the actual spider. I went on a hunt in my home and found two spiders webs. Last week I found a big spider hiding in my tablecloth! Take some photos of anything you find and put in tapestry! You can even draw the webs or spiders that you find.


Friday 1st May

Happy Friday! I will be calling you all across the day, it will be nice to catch up and have a chat!  Please find below the activities for today to see you until the end of the weekend. If you can, have a go at posting some of the activities you have done on your child's tapestry page - I will be able to comment directly there. Have a lovely day and weekend, Miss Parkin


Swat the flies

The spider is feeling hungry and needs you get some flies for his dinner. Play this simple maths games to help feed him!


Hide up to 6 small items like dried beans or smarties (of the same colour) under a cup or a plant pot if you have one. You will then need something to swat with-a fly swatter or a plastic egg flipper or spoon!


Get your child to come near to the plant pot/cup and close their eyes. Grown ups hide 1-6 'flies' Open your eyes. Lift off the plant pot. Children it’s your job to swat the correct number of spots as quickly as you can! Repeat with different amounts under the pot.


This game is more about instantly recognising numbers rather than counting – this is called subitising. That means your child can practise looking at the beans and knowing without counting that there are four beans there.



Every morning at 11am there are some great phonics lessons being posted on youtube. Here is the link to the lesson from Monday on learning to blend. This will be most suitable for children who are moving to reception next year. 




Listen to me reading our topic book 'Argggh Spider'



physical education

Have a go at some of these physical games designed to keep families active together in any situation or location .Which were the children’s favourite activities? Which were the adults’? Have you made up any games? Let me know!



Wednesday 29th April

Good morning nursery and hello from us all. Please find below the activities for Wednesday and Thursday.


 Today we are going to practise some counting using spiders! If you have a printer at home, print out the spider's web below. If not you can draw your own spider's web on an A4 sheet of paper. Challenge your child to put different numbers of spiders on the web. You can use black pom poms, draw some spiders or even use pasta. Start with quantities from 0-5 and then move to 0-10 and even 10-20, only  if your child is confident.




 Listen again to the story 'Argggh spider':

The spider is feeling very sad at the end of the story, could you draw him a picture and write him a friendly letter to make him feel better? You can draw the picture and your Mummy or Daddy can write down your letter for you. Don't forget to have a go at writing your name at the end of the letter!



 Today's storytime is going to help us find out some more about spiders!

Watch the clip and answer the questions below!

1. What do spider's eat?

2. How do spiders catch their food?

3. What are baby spider's called? 

4. What are the white things that the children find under the spider under the log?

5. Do all spider make webs?


Personal, social and emotional development


Some people are scared of spiders but people can be scared of all sorts of things. Talk to your child about the things you are scared of and how it makes you feel. Ask your child what things they are scared of. Can your child draw a picture of what how they feel when they are scared? You might want to use this book to get your child thinking and talking about fears:


Monday 27th April

Happy Monday nursery and I hope you are all well. Unfortunately our zoom call will not be taking place this week, we are still in the process of setting up and alternative platform to use.  We will be in touch as soon as it is ready.

I hope you have been enjoying some of the activities so far. Please find below the activities for this week!



Two halves

With a biscuit, pose a story problem about having to share it with your child. How could you do this?

Break it into two pieces and keep the bigger ‘half’ yourself. Ask the children what they think about this.
Present a range of materials such as paper shapes, string and bananas. Challenge children to halve them and then discuss and display the results.


Ask your child to:


Describe: What do your halves look like? How did you make the halves?


Reason: How do you know that they are halves?How can you check they are the same size?


Problem solve: What if you have to halve a box of four cakes? A collection of pennies? What if you have to halve a length of gold ribbon? A bottle of drink? Is there another way to fold a square of paper in half?


Record: Can you put something on paper to show what your halves look like? Can you put something on paper to show how you know that these are halves?


Send me an email with some photos of the halves you have found!



In the story of The Very Busy Spider, the spider meets lots of different farm animals. Play this listening game with your child and see if they can match the sound with the animal:



More challenging

For those children who are willing and able you might want to challenge them to write some of the name of the animals and the sounds they make for example:

dog- woof

cow- moo

Don't worry if the words are spelt phonetically by your child (as they sound) for example 'wuf' for 'woof' or 'ship' for 'sheep.'



carrying on with our topic of spiders and minibeasts, listen too this lovely story from Eric Carle, the author of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, called 'The Very Busy Spider.'


Key vocabulary: silky, thread, trailed, spin, web, niegh, moo, baa, meadow, maa, oink, woof, chase, meow, nap, quack, cock-a-doodle-do, pesty.


Key questions: 

  • What did the horse invite the spider to do?
  • Why didn’t the spider answer?
  • The cow wanted to share her grass, but the spider ignored her – why?
  • What happened when the sheep wanted to run with the spider?
  • The spider did not answer when the animals spoke to her – was she being rude?
  • The goat tried to get the spider’s attention – what did he say?
  • What did the pig want the spider to do?
  • Why didn’t the spider chase cats with the dog?
  • When it was naptime, who took a nap? What did the spider do?
  • Who wanted to go for a swim with the spider?
  • Who caught the fly?
  • The owl wanted to know who made the web, but got no answer. Why not?



health and self care


Have a go at making these simple and healthy biscuits to help to practice with your halving and sharing.


  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup (100g) self raising wholemeal flour (or regular flour if you have it.)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon



  • Preheat oven to 180 C (355 F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Mash banana in a bowl.
  • Add egg, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk to combine.
  • Add flour and mix until well combined. Depending on the size of the banana, you may need to add more flour until mixture becomes a thick dough.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll flat with a rolling pin (dust rolling pin with flour to keep it from sticking).
  • Cut out circles with a small cookie cutter.
  • Place circles on baking tray, evenly spaced, and gently press them down with a fork.
  • Bake for 10 mins.

Bananas are a fantastic ingredient in cooking with children, as they are a healthy way of sweetening any recipe without adding refined sugar. Mashed banana can also be used in place of butter or oil to keep cakes and muffins moist.


Friday 24th April 2020

Good morning nursery! I hope you are all keeping well. Please find below the home learning activities for today and the weekend. I hope you have fun doing them, and please let me know how you get on with them!


Play a game of ‘hunt the spider’. If you don’t have a spider you can make or draw one, or use something to pretend to be a spider like a black sock. Take it in turns with your child to hide the spider somewhere in the room. The person who is looking for the spider has to ask questions using positional language for example:

Is it under the sofa?

Is it near the table?

Is it next to the rug?

Is it on top of the television?


Once the ‘spider’ has been found, it’s the next person’s turn to hide it.



Phonics play, a fantastic website with lots of games to practice your child’s early sound awareness, is now free!


The username is: march20 and the password is: home.


Try out this rhyming game: Rhyming cake bake


If your child has started to recognize some sounds they could try this game:

Sounds race game


If your child is blending words try this game:

Buried treasure reading game



This week I have recorded myself reading one of our favourite class books for the nursery. Hopefully your child will join in with the actions and the parts they remember!


Physical development

Earlier on this week your child listened to the nursery rhyme ‘Incy Wincy Spider.’ Get your child moving to this dance video with actions to go with the song!


Itsy Bitsy Spider Song: 



Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Good afternoon nursery! Thank you to everyone who has sent through fantastic home learning. I have received some photos of your 'books of four' and some fantastic research all about spiders with pictures of your spiders too. If your child continues to be interested in finding out more about spiders, keep researching and add to what your child already knows.

Please find below some more activities for the coming days.


Incy wincy spider game

Incey Wincey Spider
Climbing up the spout;
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out.
Out came the sunshine
And dried up all the rain;
Incey Wincey spider
Climbing up again.


If you have a printer at home, print this out: Incy wincy spider game

If not, draw a simple picture of a drainpipe on a piece of A4 paper:

You can draw two spider and cut them out to use them as counters, or just use a couple of small objects to pretend to be the 'spider'. Start by playing with one dice.

Decide who is the sunshine and who is the rain. Take it in turns to throw the dice and move the spider that number of spaces up (sunshine) or down (rain).

If the spider gets right to the top of the pipe, sunshine wins. If it gets to the bottom, rain wins.



Listen to the story 'arrghh spider' again. Think about what happened to the spider at the end of the book when the family throw him out of the house. Where might the spider go next? 

Make individual homemade books in which children can draw and write the sequel to the book. Your story could be called 'The spider who wanted a home'. Your child can draw and you can write the story they tell you.

Send me photos of your story!



 Listen to the story 'Walter's wonderful web' 

Look carefully at Walter's last wonderful web. What shapes can your child spot in the web? Can they describe them (curvy, straight, round, pointy, long, short, thin, fat...)

After listening to the story, your child might like to have a go at drawing some different shaped webs...circle, square, triangle, circle or diamond!


Expressive arts and design

Have a look at the spider's and their amazing webs on this website: 

Spiders and their webs

Let your child experiment to draw a spider’s web using silver paint or crayon on black paper or draw with PVA glue and add glitter to make it shine like in the book.

If you don't have those materials you can use a grey pencil or coloured crayons/pens on white paper, or even wool or string.

Send me some photos of your spiders webs!


Monday 20th April 2020

Good morning nursery and I hope you had a nice Easter Holiday. Please find the latest tasks for this week. Don't forget our weekly zoom call today at 11am, looking forward to seeing you all there!


Book of four

The Activity
Ask your child to collect four (or a number of their choice) of a range of objects for example, they may choose four leaves, four stones, four play figures ... They are invited to create their own book, ‘My Book of 4’, by sticking the objects into a plain-paged book, where appropriate, or by sticking in photos of the objects. If they want to carry on, they can make different collections of different numbers 5,6,7....


Questions to ask your child

Describing: Tell me what you are looking for.
Tell me about these things you’ve collected.
Tell me about your book.


Reasoning:  do you need any more? How do you know?
Have you got enough? How do you know?
Have you got too many? How do you know?


Recording: Will you keep that/them for your book?
How shall we put them in your book?
Could we draw/take a picture of these things for your book?


Send me some photos of your books!



This half term we are learning about minibeasts and our core book is 'Argghh Spider' by Lydia Monks.

Sing and explore the actions for the rhyme Incey Wincey Spider:


You could also make up new rhyming couplets for the things that your spider does, e.g. Incey wincey spider climbs up the Nursery wall, Be careful little spider, we don’t want you to fall! 

Send your videos of your child performing incy wincy spider to my email address!



Listen to the story here: 


Questions to ask your child before reading:

Begin by talking with your child about their pets. Do they have any? Are there pets that they would like to have if only their parents would allow it?!  Ask children what they think would happen if they asked to have a spider for a pet - would their family like it? What sorts of thing do people say about spiders?

Together with your child write a list (with you wrting for them) with the starter "Spider's are...."

For example spiders are creepy, spiders are black, spiders are scary... 


Send me a photo of the list you have made together!


Questions to ask your child after reading

Talk with your child about their initial responses to this story. What did they like about it? What didn’t they like? What did they think about the ending?   


Understanding the world

What can you find out about spiders using books/the internet? Here's a website to get started:

Spider research

Ask your child what they would like to find out for example

What do spiders eat?

Where do spiders sleep?

How big do spiders grow?


Write down the questions that your child asks and the information that you find out. You could start to make your own spider information book with your child drawing pictures and you doing the writing. 


Send me photos of the facts you find out or any spider books you make!



Easter home learning 

Good morning nursery! As it would now usually have been our two week Easter break, I will not be uploading work as I usually do on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's.  However, below I will list some possible Easter activities to take part in over the Easter break. 

We will continue to have our weekly zoom calls every Monday at 11am. Please feel free to keep sending me photos of activities you have been doing with your child at home over this period.


Easter baking

Make these simple classic cornflake and chocolate Easter nests.

Chocolate Easter nests recipe

Easter egg hunt

Set up an Easter egg hunt with chocolate or plastic eggs. You can practice some positional language by giving your child clues 'it's under the cupboard' 'it's on top of the table' 'it's next to the fridge' 

Try to practice these words: Above, bottom, end, below, above, inside, outside, next to, infront of, beside, on top, under. 

You could ask your child to hide the eggs and to give you instructions where to find them.

Once you have finished playing, count your eggs. How many do you have each? Can you share them out so that it is fair. How many does everyone have now?


Egg tapping game 

You can decorate hard boiled eggs with patterns and colours of your choice. On Easter day when everyone has decorated their eggs you can play the traditional Easter game of egg tapping. With two players at a time, tap the other persons egg. The first person's egg to crack is the loser. The winner goes on to play the next person. The overall winner is the last egg to crack.  Afterwards, eat your eggs!


Grow cress heads

Watching the process of something grow and change over time is a fantastic learning experience for young children. To make cress seed egg heads simply knock off the top of an egg and wash out the inside. Place some cotton wool inside dampen before sprinkling on the cress seeds.

Children can decorate the front of them with silly faces, or draw a friend or family member. Once the cress has grown they can have fun cutting it to create a hairstyle. And don’t forget to enjoy in an egg and cress sandwich. Yum!

You can buy some seeds online here: 

Cress seeds

 Egg and spoon race

Grab some spoons and eggs and have fun with egg and spoon racing. If you’re not brave enough to use uncooked eggs boil them first or use plastic or chocolate ones. Lots of balancing and concentration and an opportunity to burn some energy!


Easter chicks

They’re easy to create and simple enough that even the smallest of hands can join in. Use a paper tube, paper plate or cardboard chick cut out and decorate with lots of glue, yellow feathers or tissue paper and googly eyes.


The Easter story

 It's coming close to Easter and we would normally be teaching related stories from the Bible to children. Below you can watch the story of Palm Sunday:




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?

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



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.