Wk Beg 4th May
Monday 4th May
Good Morning Nursery! May the 4th be with you, Jedis!
This week we are sharing the story A Tiny Seed and thinking about the Plant lifecycle. There are lots of examples all around you right now! If you do one thing today blow a dandelion clock…how do those incredible seeds travel?
Knowledge & Understanding of the World/Topic: A Tiny Seed What is a flower? Use the cut and stick sheet to put the parts together. Now go and look outside for some flowers you can collect at this time of year. Plantlife have a list of twelve wildflowers it is okay to pick, see the pdf in this week’s section.
They are also running a WILDFLOWER HUNT. Place your flowers between two pieces of kitchen towel paper on a hard book. Now place quite a few more books on top. In a few days you will have dried out your flower and preserved them forever!
Mathematics Count on and back through 20. Draw the flowers you find and measure how tall they are using lego or some standard sized blocks. Count the number of separate flowers on one plant. Count the leaves, the petals on one flower. Keep a tally count of which varieties you see using the Plantlife Spotter sheets.
Story Time: Here is a video of a book you can read & sing along to, that I just love, I think it has a great Monday vibe! There’s a Hole In the Bottom of the Sea
Physical Development: Here is a lovely seed growing action song to do today.
Barefoot Books are also doing a lovely Mindful Moment perfect to finish your Monday learning.
Hope you are all having fun and those seeds we gave you are starting to grow, they need lots of watering, they may need to move to a bigger pot now! Speak tomorrow.
Miss Brewerton & Mrs Poole
Tuesday 5th May
Morning! I hope yesterday was fun!
Communication and Language Development; Use the images from The Tiny Seed story (in the Home Learning section) to retell the story. Can you sequence the seasons in the right order? Fold a piece of paper in four, each section is going to represent one season. Starting with summer draw and write what happens to the tiny seed in summer. Continue Clockwise throughout the seasons drawing and writing/ making marks to say what happens.
Physical Development: Use an ice cube tray and a bowl of mixed seeds and beans. If you have tweezers great or a range of different spoons will do, scooping, filling and transporting the seeds into the tray is great fine-motor skill development. See here.
Knowledge & Understanding of the World/Topic: Plant Life Cycle Start your own seeds off in egg boxes like this. Watch this amazing time lapse video of beans sprouting. I have added a Dr Binocs Parts of a Plant Video in Home Learning section & another sheet to cut and stick.
Expressive Arts & Design: When you are telling the story, make it interactive. You can do this by; making the sounds of the wind together, moving your hands like the ocean waves, shivering and say, “brr” on the icy mountain, fanning yourself with your hands in the hot desert and moving around like the animals.
This story is great for imaginative play and movement. You can become the tiny seed, float, and twirl around the room on the wind. Slowly settle into the ground and curl into the seed. It is time to sleep through the winter. Clap your hands and announce that it is spring and it is time to grow. Wiggle like seeds getting ready to burst and slowly start to grow. Now grow and grow until you are on your tippy toes it is time to blossom use your hands to make flowers. Now it is autumn and the wind is going to take your seeds and blow them away. You can become a seed once more blow in the wind and find a new place to land. Now you are ready to start over again.
Use this finger play song-
This is my garden (Extend one hand forward, palm up)
I’ll rake it with care, (Make raking motion on palm with 3 fingers of other hand)
I’ve got some small seeds (Use thumb and finger to show small)
To plant right in there. (Plant motion)
The sun will shine (Make circle with hands)
And the rain will fall, (Let fingers flutter down to lap)
My seeds will sprout (Cup hands together; extend upward slowly)
And grow really tall. (Stand on tiptoes and indicate tall)
Story time: I was reminded of this story when we were thinking about losing things in the Jack and the Beanstalk week. I loved this book, so I am happy to have found this video of Shirley Hughes reading Dogger, then watch the full story here a great one for talking about afterwards. What have you lost?
Check out the Ethnic Diversity Service section under the Bee buttons in Home Learning. I have added some more things, there are lots of countries you can 'visit' and some great videos to help you make things, plus lots of support materials.
Have fun following the Tiny Seed’s journey through the seasons today!
Miss Brewerton & Mrs Poole
Wednesday 6th May
How are you all this morning? I hope you have been enjoying the ‘The Tiny Seed’ week so far. Remember you can do this as and when fits in with your day.
Communication and Language Development; we are going to be thinking about the first sounds in Phase 2 Phonics; SATPIN. I have put two new PowerPoints in the Home Learning section for this week. There are now Daily videos for Phonics from The Department of Education, aimed above Nursery but the Reception ones will be interesting for you.
Literacy: Make a little zig zag book. Stick in seeds from foods you eat and draw a picture of what the food looked like before you found the seeds inside. You can include carrot seeds and broccoli seeds which we don’t find in our foods.
Mathematics; Mix up any seeds and beans you have from kitchen and garden. Now can you sort them out into groups of the same? Do not forget to count them. Why don’t you stick them onto paper in the shape of a flower, each seed can be individual petals? Maybe you can write how many seeds are on each petal. Like this. Do not forget to check out White Rose Maths for Early Years.
Story time; Sorry-not-sorry but I love the Dr Seuss Raps, here is this weeks one; Hop On Pop , does anyone else? I absolutely think it suits reading in the rap style! In case you don’t like that one here is another story read aloud; Barry The Fish with Fingers
Physical Development: Remember to repeat the Seed growing actions from yesterday. Maybe add some music- your favourite uplifting tune! I would love to see that! We sing and dance a lot in Nursery; the children are not just getting exercise, they are coordinating movements, balancing and developing their brain! Oti’s dance lesson this week would be good for siblings too; it is Justin Bieber’s song ‘Baby’. I have found some online Yoga for children here.
The amazing film made by The Wild Network Project Wild Thing has been made free and you can watch it here.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World:What about exploring seeds you can pop? If you have some handy, make Popcorn. Don’t forget to compare the size of the corn to the popped corn, what has changed? Will it change back & how did it change?
This year the GM Hub Singing Challenge will be celebrating , the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast. Dippy’s home will be . Children (and Parents) across Greater Manchester will be joining together on to sing our Hub Song, composed by . Backing tracks for this year’s song ‘Dippy’s Explorers’ are now downloadable here. I will add a folder with all this in on the Home Learning Section.
Reflection: How did you feel today? Use your EMOJI STONES to check in and think about how you feel before and after doing and activity. Here is a lovely guided meditation for you.
Have a lovely day!
Miss Brewerton & Mrs Poole
Thursday 7th May
I hope you are enjoying all of the learning suggestions, don’t forget you can email on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions or want to let us know what you are doing!
I am enjoying seeing what you are all up to, don’t forget you DO NOT have to do everything, just judge what you and your child need or want to do. This will be the last Check in for this week as it is a Bank Holiday Friday! Enjoy the long weekend and maybe plant a bean or two!
Physical Development: Practise your cutting skills today using the Flower cutting sheets in this weeks section.There are so many online ways to move now it is hard to choose. This dance tutorial is a bit long but I love how colourful it is and I have ALWAYS been a Wiggles fan since my children were small! Maybe re-do the seed growing action song also today.
Communication and Language Development; don’t forget to repeat learning, use the picture prompts so you can retell The Tiny Seed in your own words. There is a different Seed story I have uploaded. Watch it, talk about what happened, and sequence the new story.
Mathematics: Count On & Back. Remember to count on and back in funny ways. Sow seeds, cast your hand out and count on. Pick flowers (pretend) and count back. Pick berries and count on. Pick petals off an imaginary flower and count down. What other Plant-y counting can you do? You can also make a little seed counting station, use a few small plant pots (or paper cups) and counting in seeds (or beans). Use your fingers or a teaspoon. Challenge yourself and use toilet rolls numbered to 10. Line them up in order. Drop in the right number of beans according to the number on the roll. Then lift them up and check if you counted correctly.
Creativity: Turn yourself into a Flower! Make a plant life cycle but use a baby pic for the bean, one when you started to toddle, for the roots and shoots and a pic of you now as the middle of a beautiful flower. These would be lovely to bring back to Nursery. Just imagine a field of lovely Nursery friends!
Music: Out of the Ark Song is lovely check out Put On A Smile and look at the activity sheet in this week’s section. In addition, here are two planting themed songs for A Tiny Seed week. The Planting Song from Mother Goose & Grow Little Seed Grow, Planting songs for kids.
Story time; Here is a classic story to enjoy. Not Now Bernard! Also here is a small bit of the opera based on Where the Wild Things Are. The Royal Albert Hall is doing concerts at home, on Saturday there is Opera for Kids at 2pm.
If your child is a Julia Donaldson fan Scholastic have made Home Learning Packs for all of her books. Register for a free download.
Reflection; I know I post this every week but I do this myself and find it really helps. Building in a daily reflection is a great way of checking in on your child’s feelings. It lets them express themselves independently. Are you regularly listing three things to be grateful for at the end of a day? This can positively affect your wellbeing. Are you using Wild Wellbeing from Stockport’s Behaviour Support Service to utilise the benefits of Nature at Home?
Do not forget to clap at 8pm tonight for the NHS.
Have a gorgeous day,
Miss Brewerton & Mrs Poole