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Thank you to all of our children, parents and families who are working with us during this difficult time of COVID 19 and school closure. Our class pages are full of great ideas for you to use at home. Please come and collect packs of paper and pencils to help you with your great work at home. We are open between 9am and 11 am each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Nursery

NEW ACTIVITIES ADDED

 

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the new activities.  Remember to check this webpage regularly, as I will be updating it several times a week.

 

 

 

While we're apart

A film of messages from the staff at our school to the children.

Welcome to Nursery's

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Wow! The summer holidays seem to have flown by! Our returners have come back refreshed, and ready to start a new term.  They have quickly got back into our routines and, much to our delight, have remembered lots of our Class Rules. Over the coming weeks we will be welcoming our new starters into Nursery and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome them and their families to Bentinck.  

 

Our days are very busy, and although the children are only with us for a short period of time, we manage to learn and do lots of new and exciting things.  Here is an overview of what a typical week looks like. Our afternoon sessions are just the same, but with different timings!

 

 

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               Funky Finger Time                     

 

Learning to write is a complex process and can be very demanding for our youngsters.  We often forget how complex the task of manoeuvring a pencil across a page can be.  Holding a pencil, pen or any other mark making tool, puts a great deal of strain on the thumb and first two fingers of the writing hand and can prove quite tricky when you are 3 or 4, especially if the muscles in your hand, wrist, forearm, upper arm, shoulder and back lack the strength required.  

 

Funky Finger activities are aimed at strengthening these important muscle groups, so that our little ones develop the gross and fine motor control needed to hold a pencil with the correct grip - enabling them to form their letters correctly, once they have the strength and co-ordination in their backs, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers to do so. 

 

After the huge success of our Funky Finger sessions last year we have decided to run them again this year! We will continue to run the sessions three times a week, and the children will complete the activities to music. We will choose four activities per half term, and children will complete each activity for a whole week before moving on to the next activity. 

Funky Fingers: Pegs on boxes

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ECAT, Phonics and Maths Sessions


 

We run our ECAT, Phonics and Maths sessions twice a week.

 

What do we teach in Phonics?

 

The first step in the phonics journey is to teach our little ones to listen carefully to the sounds around them in their environment and support them as they learn to discriminate between the different sounds that they hear.  Children need lots of opportunities to listen to these sounds and to develop their listening skills to identify and match them.

 

This ability to listen carefully and identify the different sounds is crucial for their phonic progress.  These are the prerequisite skills to being able to blend words for reading later on.

 

What do we teach in Maths?

 

Through the use of a variety of active, practical activities that promote mathematical talk, we aim to help develop an early understanding of number, measurement and shape. 

 

Children are then given further opportunities to explore these concepts in their play by offering them opportunities: for example,  to build on a large scale, tackle physical challenges, dig holes in the sand, fill containers with water, play games, collect natural objects and talk to each other and the adults around them.

 

What do we teach in ECAT?

 

ECAT stands for Every Child A Talker.  Good speaking and listening skills are essential for children to make good progress in their learning as they progress through school.  Our ECAT sessions aim to develop children's vocabulary and sentence building skills by providing them with opportunities to: listen to the correct language being modelled and then copy that language; retain and recall useful information; organise, sequence and clarify thoughts; explain what is happening; predict what will happen next and listen to and respond appropriately to others.

 

Child Initiated Activities

 

In between our adult led sessions, children are able to choose their own activities and they are encouraged to independently access the resources on the shelves.  This is the best part of the day, because this is when we get to 'play' with the children in order to facilitate their learning using their ideas and becoming involved in their imaginative play. This is where the 'magic' happens - children's learning goes from strength to strength.

McMillan Coffee Morning

 

Thanks to all the children and parents who supported our McMillan Coffee Morning.  We had a great time making and eating our biscuits!

SSBC Sessions

 

 

Our SSBC sessions have been great fun and we would like to thank all the parents that have stayed and supported us. It was great to see so many dads at our last session! If you haven't joined us yet, please come along to the next one.

 

SSBC sessions are usually held on the last Thursday of every month. Where a session falls in the half term holidays it will be rearranged and we will inform you in advance. 

Countdown to Christmas

 

With just over a week to go before we break up for Christmas we have started our Christmas preparations. We have been busy making our Christmas cards and hats for the Christmas performance and practising our Christmas song.  All the children are rehearsing hard and we hope you will enjoy the performance.  Please make sure you return your slips for tickets, so that you are able to book your seats. We can't wait to see you there!

 

Tomorrow is Christmas Jumper Day and next week we will have a special visit from Santa and our Christmas party. 

 

We hope you have a wonderful break and a Happy New Year! 

Spring Term

 

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break.  We started this term looking and thinking about winter and we have discovered that in winter the trees have bare branches and it is cold.  Sometimes the water in the playground freezes overnight and forms ice because it has been so cold.  However, we have also realised that it can still be sunny in winter and it doesn't always rain or snow!

 

We have made our own ice by placing water in ice cube trays and freezing it in the freezer. We have had fun investigating how to colour the water and add 'handles' so that we could use our ice blocks for painting. 

 

We have enjoyed exploring snow dough and have used it to make our own snowmen after reading Sneezy the Snowman. In the story Sneezy gets very cold and tries lots of different ways to get warm, unfortunately each time he ends up melting and the children in the story have to make him brand new.  We really enjoyed joining in with the repeated phrases and found out lots about what makes ice melt.  We even had a go at mixing our own snow dough using corn flour, hair conditioner and glitter. We got very messy and it was a little tricky to get the ratio of hair conditioner to corn flour correct, but we kept trying and trying and eventually worked out that we had to use a little bit of hair conditioner because if you used too much the snow dough was too sticky!

 

In one of our ECAT sessions we had to use our sense of touch to describe what jelly (don't worry Mum's and Dad's it was halal jelly!) felt like. It was cold (because it had been in the fridge), sticky, slimy, wet and wobbly. We then investigated what happened to the jelly when we put it in the water tray and added some warm water.  We had great fun and discovered that red jelly dissolves when mixed with warm water to make pink water!

 

 

 

Chinese New Year

 

We have spent the last week learning about Chinese New Year and have discovered that Chinese people think that the colour red is lucky and they give money envelopes as gifts.  The dragon dances were also fun to watch.

 

We wrote our own invitation inviting Mrs Holt and Mrs Nunez to a Chinese New Year party, unfortunately Mrs Nunez was poorly and couldn't come,  but Mrs Holt came and we had great fun eating noodles with chopsticks. This is not easy and we had to persevere and find solutions to the problems we encountered. We were very creative about the solutions we found!

 

We have now made some very special friendships and we have become really good at sharing and looking after each other. Miss Meier, Mrs Powell and Mrs Nadeem are very proud of us.  We also really enjoy it when our parents come and join in with our SSBC sessions. Thank you so much for your continued support, it really does mean a lot to us.

 

World Book Day

 

As part of our World Book Day celebrations we have been looking at the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. We have enjoyed reading the story and re-enacting the Bear Hunt on the playground.  The children are getting really good at remembering the repeated phrases and can now join in.  To mark World Book Day we invited our teddies in to Nursery and had a teddy bears picnic. It was great fun!

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Science Week

 

Over the next two weeks we will be Scientists and we will be thinking about our wonderful planet and how we can look after it.  To start British Science week off we helped Heme, an alien that came to Earth, to discover where animals lived. His Mum thinks they all live in the sea, whilst his Dad thinks they all live on land. Heme decided to come and ask us so he could go back home and tell his parents. In order to help Heme answer his question, we decided to look at some of the animals that live on our planet. We sorted them according to where we thought they lived and guess what we discovered? We found out that some animals live in the sea and some animals live on the land, and some live on both the land and in the sea. Heme has gone home to tell his parents all about his discovery. It was great to have him in school for the day.

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Whilst We are Off

 

I hope you find yourselves well.  Please keep checking this page regularly. I will be adding activities for you to do with your children whilst we are off school.  Please remember children who are 3 and 4 learn best through play, so many of the activities I suggest will be play-based.  Please join in with the activities and model them to your child, this way they will be learning whilst having fun with you.

 

 

Activities for Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th March.

 

 

Please note I have deliberately chosen to not add more activities before Thursday, because this will give you chance to have a go at each activity several times. This will help your child consolidate and embed their learning before being taught new things. 

A great way to start the day is with a little exercise, especially important when we are having to stay at home.  Why not take the laptop/tablet outside and do this in the garden if the weather is nice! 

5 Minute Move | Kids Workout 1 | The Body Coach TV

Why not try this at various points through out the day when the kids are getting restless.

During Science Week, we started looking at different types of animals. We sorted them into land animals and sea animals. Then we sorted the land animals into 'farm animals' and 'not farm animals'.  We then discovered that many of the 'not farm animals' were wild animals and some of those animals lived in the jungle.

 

Here is  a nice activity that you can do with your child. First watch the video about jungle animals and then play the game.  Can your child find all the different types of animals? Encourage them to count the animals by pointing to each one in turn.

 

Why not see if you and your child can learn this song by Super Simple Songs.  When you get good at it, practise moving around the house/garden in the ways suggested in the song. Why not pause the video after each new animal sound has been introduced and get your child to guess what animal they think it could be? Did they guess correctly?

 

Here are the lyrics:

 

Let's take a walk in the jungle.
Walking in the jungle. Walking in the jungle.
We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
Walking in the jungle. Walking in the jungle. We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
One step. Two steps. Three steps forward.
One step. Two steps. Three steps back.
Stop. Listen. What's that?
It's a frog!
We're not afraid!

Let's stomp.
Stomping in the jungle. Stomping in the jungle. We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
Stomping in the jungle. Stomping in the jungle. We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
One step. Two steps. Three steps forward.
One step. Two steps. Three steps back.
Stop. Listen. What's that?
It's a monkey!
We're not afraid!

Let's jump.
Jumping in the jungle. Jumping in the jungle. We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
Jumping in the jungle. Jumping in the jungle. We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
One step. Two steps. Three steps forward.
One step. Two steps. Three steps back.
Stop. Listen. What's that?
It's a toucan!
We're not afraid!

Let's skip.
Skipping in the jungle. Skipping in the jungle. We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
Skipping in the jungle. Skipping in the jungle. We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
One step. Two steps. Three steps forward.
One step. Two steps. Three steps back.
Stop. Listen. What's that?
It's a tiger!
RUN!

Walking In The Jungle | Super Simple Songs

Why not check out some of their other songs too? Just type Super Simple Songs into You Tube.

Activities for Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Monday 30th March.

 

For the rest of this week and the start of next week I would like you to look at the following activities with your child. If they are still enjoying the activities from earlier in the week, then please continue to encourage them to complete them.

 

Here is a new workout for you and your child to do together.

 

 

Remember to do this workout whenever your child starts to get restless.

5 minute workout for your little ones.

Recognising 2D Shapes

 

Playing this game with your child will not only help them to recognise and learn their 2D shapes, but will help them learn to use a laptop/tablet to complete an age appropriate computer game. If you have a computer with a mouse, this is a nice game to help them learn how to use a mouse and develops hand eye-coordination too.

 

Identify the Rhyming Words

 

Words that rhyme have the same sound at the end, eg: cat, mat, hat or sad, dad, pad

 

Watch this video with your child and pause after each set of words and point out that they all rhyme because they all have the same sound at the end. Can your child hear what the rhyming sound is?

Rhyming Words For Nursery Children by Mr Gaston Woodland.

Teach your child how to rhyme!

Now watch this video and have a go at spotting the words that rhyme and the words that do not rhyme. There are special actions that you and your child can use. Spend a few minutes teaching the actions to your child and practising them, before watching the rest of the video.

 

Once they know the actions, watch the video and see if they can identify correctly when the words rhyme and when the words do not rhyme. They might find this very tricky at first,  but don't give up! Just help them and keep coming back to the video at various points through out the day.  They will soon pick it up. 

Fun Rhyming Song For Kids | Make a Rhyme, Make a Move | Jack Hartmann

Help your child develop their phonological awareness (hearing the parts in words) and rhyming skills with this cool rhyming song that engages your child.

Share a book

 

Ask your child to choose a story and spend some time each day reading it to them.

 

If you don't have any stories at home, you could share this story with your child.

 

Fidgety Fish

"Tiddler is always fidgeting and wriggling all over the ocean! Then one day, he swims into a big, dark cave ..." Originally published: 2001 Author: Ruth Galloway.

Boogie Mites

 

I have just received an email from Boogie Mites telling me that they will be putting some free videos on their website for you to sing along to with your children. These will be added twice a week. They will be live for one week and after that will be available for a small fee.  I use Boogie Mite songs every week in school and they are fun and cover lots of different areas of learning.  I will upload the sessions on to the class page but remember they may not work after 7 days.

 

Here is the first one. You will need a drum (cardboard box, tin, table) and some drumming sticks (wooden spoons are great!).

 

 

Bang Your Drum At Home

This is a fun song to sing with your child. They should recognise it, as we have sung it together in class.

It would be great to hear from you. It seems really strange to be teaching this way and I would love to know how you and your children are getting on with the activities that have been suggested so far.  

 

Please take pictures and I can then share them on the website if you are happy for me to do so.

 

My email is: yael.meier@bentinck.nottingham.sch.uk

Activities for the rest of this week

 

 

Science Experiment - Chemical Reactions

 

I know lots of you love doing science experiments and I thought it would be nice to do one at home this week.  Parents you must supervise this and please remind children not to put their hands near their eyes or in their mouths. 

 

In this experiment your child will get to make their own bubbling magic potion by mixing bicarbonate of soda and vinegar together. Now for the 'sciencey' bit - bicarbonate of soda is a chemical called sodium bicarbonate and is an alkali. Vinegar contains acetic acid and is an acid.  Mixing bicarbonate of soda and vinegar creates a reaction forming carbon dioxide which makes the bubbles and a residue of a type of salty water. 

 

As you do the experiment with your child, here are some questions to ask them to get their little brains thinking.

 

1) What do you notice happening? What else do you notice?

 

2) What do you think is happening? - Listen to their answer, validate it and then you can explain the science behind it.

 

3) What words can you use to describe your potion?

 

4) What colours can you see?

 

5) What do you think will happen if we add more vinegar?

 

6) How could we make a different potion?

A Card Game

 

Here is a nice simple card game that you can play together. It helps with counting, recognising how many of an image with out the need to count (subitising), numeral recognition and ordering numbers. All you need is a normal pack of playing cards. Please remember that the Ace equals 1.

 

To make it easier

You could start with only 5 cards each (focus on numbers 1 to 5). Remember to take numbers 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 out of the pack and leave only the Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, Jack, Queen and King in the pack.

 

 

How to play Garbage

The card game garbage, all instructions are in the video!

Questions to ask your child as you play:

 

1) What number is that? How do you know?

 

2) Where do you think that number should go?

Is it bigger than …?

Is it smaller than ….?

 

3) What numbers do you still need?

Here is another Maths game that is nice to play and will help your child with counting and number recognition. Please start with numbers to 5. Only move on to numbers to 10 once your child is really confident with recognising their numerals to 5 and counting the eggs accurately.

Funky Fingers at Home

 

It is important to keep developing your child's hand and finger strength whilst they are off school, so that they can develop the correct pen grip before we start them writing.  So I thought it would be nice to bring a funky finger session home to them.  This session is best if it is done daily.

 

What you will need to do:

 

1) Make the playdough with your child (if you already have some you can use that).

 

2) Follow along with the video. It would be great if you did it together so that you can model the moves too.

 

 

Here is a lovely playdough recipe from the Imagination Tree that you can make at home.

 

Playdough Recipe

 

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (plain flour)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional - gives it stretch and shine)

 

 

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl

  • Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients

  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough

  • Add the glycerine (optional)

  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*

  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right

 

Let's Go To The New Dough Disco...

Dough disco is exercise for the fingers to improve fine muscle control.

Easter Cards

 

Since Easter is fast approaching why not make some Easter Cards for your Family. Checkout the videos below and choose your favourite.

Super easy easter card

Simple paper craft activity, to do with your kids at home.

How to Make - Easy Easter Card Bunny Egg - Step by Step DIY | Kartka Wielkanocna

 Story Talk

 

Re-read the story from earlier in the week. Talk to your child about the story:

 

  • Can they tell you what happens in the story? What happens at the start? In the middle of the story? At the end of the story?

 

  • Who is their favourite character? Why? What sort of character are they (kind/unkind/selfish/resourceful/ brave?)

 

  • Where does the story take place (park/school/home/wood)? Is it the same through out the book or does the setting (place) change?

 

  • Can they join in with any of the repeated phrases or words (if there are any)?

 

  • Can they spot any of the words that rhyme (if there are any)?

Boogie Mites

 

Here is the next Boogie Mites session. I hope you enjoyed the last one!

Boogie Mites Live Online | In The Garden

In the Garden. Remember this may only be live for the next 7 days!

5 Minute workouts with Joe

 

Remember to do your daily 5 minute work out with Joe. Choose from any of the two we have done already.

Summer Term

 

I hope you are all well and that you have had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed the lovely weather we have been having!

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your emails, sharing your brilliant work and amazing activities over the last few weeks. Thank you also to all the parents for taking the time and supporting your children with their home school learning, we appreciate that this is a new challenge and it can be difficult at times juggling work, looking after younger children and supporting other children in your family with their schoolwork. I have found it very difficult juggling all of this as well.  You are doing a fantastic job!  

 

 

 

 

Well done Malahni, Skarlett, Zeeshan, Sky and Dua for all your fantastic work. Thank you grown ups too!

Activities for Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 23rd April.

 

 

Exercise with Joe:

Here is a new work out challenge from Joe. See if you can complete it every day this week!

5 Minute Move | Kids Workout 3 | The Body Coach TV

Great for all ages 40 seconds work | 20 seconds rest Touch The Sky Climb The Rope Sit Down Touch Your Toes Lunge Ground Touches Star Jumps

St George's Day

 

On Thursday people across England will be celebrating St George's Day. Watch the video a couple of times and then tell your grown up  everything you have learnt about St George's Day.

CBeebies: Let's Celebrate - Celebrating St George's Day

Sam and Matthew meet their friends at a special event where they see St George defeat the dragon! Visit CBeebies at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies to find eve...

Why not try some of these St George's Day craft ideas with your grown-ups. It is up to you which you would like to complete and how many you would like to do. Take a picture and send it to me so that I can put it on the website for everyone to see!

 

yael.meier@bentinck.nottingham.sch.uk

St George's Day Craft Ideas

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Story Time

 

Listen to the story of Hairy McClary. Can you spot the words that rhyme? Remember if the words rhyme they will have the same sound at the end: e.g. hay, day.

Counting Skills

 

Why not have a go at these fun games? They will help you get better at counting.

Can you learn this Nursery Rhyme?

 

Listen to the Nursery rhyme several times and sing it with your grown ups until you are really good at remembering the words.  Then you could perform it to your older brother or sister or someone else in your family. Get your grown up to record it and send it to me!

Hot Cross Buns | Nursery Rhymes | Super Simple Songs

Grown ups here are the lyrics! smiley

 

Hot Cross Buns Lyrics

Hot cross buns.
Hot cross buns.
One a penny, two a penny.
Hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns.
Hot cross buns.
One a penny, two a penny.
Hot cross buns.
Give them to your daughters.
Give them to your sons.
One a penny, two a penny.
Hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns.
Hot cross buns.
One a penny, two a penny.
Hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns.
Hot cross buns.
One a penny, two a penny.
Hot cross buns.
Give them to your daughters.
Give them to your sons.
One a penny, two a penny.
Hot cross buns.

Remember to check back on Thursday when we will be learning all about Ramadan and doing lots of other fun activities too!

***  IMPORTANT MESSAGE ***

 

For families that need it, we are making available some packs of stationary for you to use at home. These can be collected from school between 9am - 11am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Please remember to maintain social distancing rules if you decide to pop in and take advantage of this offer, to keep everybody safe.

LOOK AT THIS AMAZING WORK!

 

I am blown away by your continued engagement with the tasks and activities that I post on the website. Look at the amazing work this family have been up to! They not only made a paper mache volcano for their science experiment, but they made cakes for the Queen's birthday and sang Happy Birthday to her AND then they adapted Mrs Fredericks cheese parcel recipe and made their own chicken parcels for lunch. YUM! YUM! Keep up the fantastic work guys!

Volcanoe Eruption!

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Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth!

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Look AT Our Fantastic Work!

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Activities for Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th April

 

Well we have had quite an exciting week this week with three big celebrations: the Queen's Birthday, St George's Day and the start of Ramadan. 

 

Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims all around the world.  I wonder if you could be detectives and find out all about Ramadan and then email me some of the things that you have discovered?

 

Here are some resources that will help you.

Rameena's Ramadan by Twinkl

Ramadan for Kids


Ramadan for Kids by Osama Abujafar

Boogie Mites Song - Let's Tap a Word

 

This song will help your child to start to hear the syllables in words.  Before introducing the song to your child, go through these words with them and practise tapping out the number of syllables in the word. 1 syllable = 1 tap.

 

Yoga - 2 syllables = 2 taps

Walking - 2 syllables = 2 taps

Gymnastics - 3 syllables = 3 taps

Swimming - 2 syllables = 2 taps

 

 

You can us anything you like as rhythm sticks - wooden spoons are great, or the inside of toilet rolls or kitchen roll is good as well … you could even tap your fingers (gently) on the edge of a table. After you and your child are really familiar with the song try thinking of other healthy physical activities or healthy foods to use instead of the words given to you. You can do this with anything: household items, animals, insects, toys or people's names.  This is a great way to help your child develop essential pre-reading skills.

Let's Tap A Word | EYFS | Letters and Sounds | Boogie Mites

Free CPD Teaching Resource: http://bit.ly/LetsTapAWordSongResource Download the song pack with song, video and teacher notes. Use in your setting to boost ea...

Shake Your Sillies Out

 

Here is a song we sing all the time in school that your little ones really enjoy. It gets them active and is loads of fun. Remember to join in too grown-ups and play your air guitars after you have yawned your yawnies out!

Shake Your Sillies Out ♫ Brain Breaks Songs for Kids ♫ Kids Action Songs by The Learning Station

Shake Your Sillies Out (with lyrics) is a popular children's brain breaks, action song for kids. It is from the award-winning CD, "Kid's Country Song & Dance...

Have a lovely weekend and I will see you Monday!

Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th

&

Wednesday 29th April

 

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.  Thank you to all the parents who have sent me photos and videos of their children engaging in the activities. You have been very busy. Keep up the hard work and keep sending me your pictures!

Wow! Well done for learning Hot Cross Buns!

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Some of you have been very enterprising and even started your own You Tube channel. How amazing is that!   You definitely need to check it out by clicking on the link below!

 

Video 1: How to Make Alien Slime

 

Video 2: A Colouring Challenge

 

Video 3: Making a Simple Fruit Smoothie 

 

Video 4: Home Made Face Masks and Hand Sanitisers

 

Video 5: Getting Ready

 

Video 6: Making a Cake (with the help of a witch)

 

Video 7: 2D and 3D shapes

 

 

To start the week off I have 4 challenges for you.  The first two challenges are to do with guinea pigs!  Watch the video below to find out more …

Guinea Pig Challenges

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Challenge 1: Can you tell me something that is the same and something that is different about Frank and Phil? Challenge 2: Can you be detectives and use the internet to find 5 fun facts about Guinea Pigs?

Your 3rd challenge comes from Mrs Powell. Can you grow your very own rainbow? Click the link below to find out how.

 

To complete this challenge you will need:

  

  • Paper Towel
  • Washable felt tips
  • Water
  • 2 Small Glasses

 

 

Then get a grown up to take a picture of you holding your rainbow and send it to me.

For your 4th challenge I would like you to go to the website below, click on the ideas for 3 - 5 year olds and choose an activity to complete. 

 

 

 

Remember my email address is:

 

yael.meier@bentinck.nottingham.sch.uk

Thursday 29th April

&

Friday 1st May

 

Hi everyone. Sorry this is a bit late being uploaded to the website but I have been without an internet connection since yesterday. It has finally come back on!

 

I have had loads of fantastic work sent to me and it looks like you have enjoyed the challenges I set you.

 

Here are some of the interesting facts that you discovered about Guinea Pigs …

 

  • Guinea pigs love to run.
  • Guinea pigs are very intelligent, and have a great memory for their food.
  • Guinea pigs love to live together, in the wild the can have up to 50 Guinea pigs in one herd!! Guinea pigs teeth never stop growing, they have to chew a lot of hay.
  • Guinea pigs eat their own poo.
  • Guinea pigs don't like rabbits.
  • They like talking to each other. 
  • They can break dance?
  • They only sleep for short periods.
  • They are not related to pigs.

 

You also noticed that …

 

  • They were both very cute and that one was a lighter colour and one was a darker colour
  • That the Guinea pigs were both boys, that means they are the same gender.
  • That Frank was a light brown colour, whilst Phil was a grey/darker colour. That makes them different. 

 

Well done Zeeshan and Skarlett for some wonderful observations and fact finding!

Thank you for all your wonderful work!

Hamster Challenge

 

Skarlett has sent in a video of her pet hamster. Can you watch the video and answer the following questions?

 

1) What is Skarlett's hamster called?

2) What does he like to eat?

3) What colour is he?

4) What do you notice about his cage?

 

 

Skarlett's Hamster

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Hover the mouse over the image and press the arrow to play the video.

Work Out with Joe

5 Minute Move | Kids Workout 4 | The Body Coach TV

Great for all ages 35 seconds work | 25 seconds rest Squat Knee To Elbow Mountain Climbers Wide Knee To Elbow Mummy Kicks Lunge Punches

             Learn Your Numbers to 15

Learn to Separate a Group of Objects in Different Ways

Activities for Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th May

 

Good Morning everyone! I hope you have all had a good weekend.  Thank you again for all the photos and messages.

 

Let's take a look at what you have been up to since Wednesday …

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Which is Your Favourite Toy and Why?

 

Picture News has reported that: the toy world is in the grip of a llama obsession as the woolly South American animals become the new industry sensation! At the American International Toy Fair in New York in February, there were llamas everywhere! Knitted, plush and sequinned, small and large; llamas on mobile phone cases and swimming pool floats, llama diaries, puzzles and even backpacks.

 

Things to talk about at home…

 

What are your favourite toys at the moment?

Can you tell your grown up why you like them?

 

Now Try This Fun Toy Activity:

 

Create your very own toy shop! Use the toys you have in your home. Decide how much each will cost and put price tags on them and create a price list. See if someone in your home will come and play in your toy shop!

 

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Now have a go at this online version of the game. Look at how much the toy costs and give the shop keeper the correct number of coins. Remember to count them carefully.

Game Time - Pass the Cuddly Toy!

Here is a game that you can play with your family. We have played it before in Nursery. We usually use a bean bag but today you could use your favourite cuddly toy instead! Have fun. Remember to listen carefully to the instructions.

Pass The Beanbag | featuring Noodle & Pals | Super Simple Songs

Activities for Thursday 7th

 &  

Friday 8th May

 

 

Let's take a look at the wonderful work you have been doing. Well done everyone! Keep it up!

 

Some Super Counting!

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VE Day

On Friday we will be celebrating VE Day - the day that World War II ended in Europe as our enemies surrendered.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Soldiers who were brave were often given medals.
  • A poppy is often used to remember the soldiers who lost their lives.

 

To mark VE Day I have two craft ideas for you. Take a look at the pictures below. Choose the one that you would most like to do … or if you like you could do both. It really is up to you!

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Story Time

 

I am now going to read you a story. Listen to it carefully (you may want to do this more than once) and then answer the questions at the end.

 

Walking Through The Jungle

Walking Through the Jungle | Barefoot Books Singalong

Now you have heard me read the story, can you join in with the song?

Let's Get Moving

 

Can you move like some of the animals in the story? Have a go moving round the garden or living room like a lion …. or a monkey ….. or a slithery snake! Can you think of any other ways to move?

 

Here is an action song that you can join in with too!

Animals In Action | Brain & Body Builders | Exercise & Fitness for Kids | Jack Hartmann

This brain break music and movement song has jungle music, lots of animals and opportunities for children to move like the animals move. This song also teach...

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend everyone and I will see you Monday!

Tasks for Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th May

 

Morning everybody! Let's start of by taking a look at all the wonderful work you have been doing!

Let's get moving! Try this new video with Joe Wicks!

5 Minute Move | Kids Workout 5 | The Body Coach TV

Great for all ages 35 seconds work | 25 seconds rest Star Jumps Squats Slow Motion Burpees Touch Toes Touch The Sky Ski Jumps

Ladybird Spots

 

Here is a great game to help you learn to count, match and order numbers. Start of with numbers 1-5 and when you are really good at counting, matching and ordering with those numbers move on to numbers 1-10.

DIY Grass Heads

 

I have been wanting to do this project for ages but have been waiting to collect enough tights for everyone.  I thought it would be a nice project to do at home with your grown up. You may need to get some of the items first. For this activity you will need:

 

1) An old pair of tights

2) Googly eyes

3) Rubber Bands

4) Some soil or compost

5) Some grass/cress seeds

5 Minute DIY Grass Head...EASY craft for kids!

Make this grass buddy for kids to enjoy! Watch as the hair grows in and style it as you please.

Activities for Thursday 14th

&

Friday 15th May

 

It is great to have had some new photos sent in and to see how hard you are all working. Well done everyone. Keep up the hard work!

 

I hope you have enjoyed doing some of the tasks from earlier on in the week. Remember if you haven't already you can send your photos to me at:

 

yael.meier@bentinck.nottingham.sch.uk

 

Look at our wonderful work!

Boogie Mites

 

It is a while since we did a Boogie Mite session so I thought that it would be nice to do one.

In the garden - Frogs!

 Questions about our story last week

 

Listen again to the story that I read you last week. Listen really carefully because afterwards I am going to ask some questions about what happened in the story. You can tell your grown ups the answers.

Walking Through the Jungle

What animal did they see in the jungle?

 

Where did the little girl see the whale?

 

How did the little girl get up the mountain?

 

What noise did the crocodile make?

 

Where do you think you would find a camel?

 

 

 

 

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Activities for Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday the 20th May

 

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had a lovely weekend! To start of today we are going to listen to a story. This story is special because many of the words all start with the same sound.  When words start with the same sound it is called alliteration and as you get older you will need to be able to hear the sounds in words when you learn to read and write.  In this story many of the words start with the 'ssssss' sound.  As you listen to the story can you tell your grown up when you hear a word that starts with the 'sssss' sound? Remember to pause the story after every page and tell your grown up what words started with the 'ssssss' sound.  You will also want to look closely at the illustrations in the book (the pictures) because there is an 'S' shape hidden in each picture. Can you also spot the slug, snake, salamander and two snails?

 

Before you listen to the story let's remind ourselves about the 'Sssssss' sound.

Westhaven Reads! - "Some Smug Slug" - Mrs. Mesiti

Carrying on with our 'Sssss' theme I thought it would be fun to learn a little bit more about snails.  Maybe you could see if you can find one in your garden or if you visit the park or go on a walk. Remember, snails can have some nasty germs so remember to WASH YOUR HANDS if you decide to touch one. Always ask your grown ups permission first.

Snails For Kids

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            Treasure Hunt Time

 

 

Can you find 3 things in your house that start with the 'Ssssss' sound? Remember to take a picture and send it to me, I would love to see what you managed to find!

The 'Sssss' Exercise Challenge

 

Can you:

 

1) Do 10 star jumps?

 

2) Do 5 squats?

 

3) Skip around the garden or living room?

 

4) 10 side to side jumps.

Here are a couple more activities for you to try. Have fun!

Shadow Activity & Home Made Lemonade

Activities for Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of May

 

Good morning everyone! I hope you have all enjoyed completing the activities from earlier this week. Before we look at the new activities for the rest of this week let's take a look at some of the great learning that has been taking place!

Look at our great work!

And here is one of our little superstars who has learnt all about the Coronavirus and is telling us all about it.

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This weekend many people around the world will be celebrating EID Mubarak as Saturday marks the end of the month of Ramadan. But did you know there are actually 2 EIDS? Me neither! Watch the video to learn more.

What happens after Ramadan? Two Eids - Islamic Festival Kids Cartoon

Every faith has its own celebration, as do various cultures. The Islamic celebrations is called Eid.

Mrs Fredericks has made some EID cards to give you some inspiration for making your own EID cards.

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Home Made Bubbles!

 

Since they have forecast good weather over the weekend and it has been gorgeous the last few days I thought it would be nice to make our own bubbles. There are two videos for this. The first one will show you how to make the bubble mixture using ingredients that most of us will have at home. The second video will give you fun ideas to try out. Enjoy experimenting and remember to take a photo or video and send it to me!

 

yael.meier@bentinck.nottingham.sch.uk

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12 Soap Bubble Hacks

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Super Fun Maths Game

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Games for Young Minds

 

Draw a "throwing line" on the ground with some chalk, and then start drawing arrangements of circles extending away from the line (make the decisions with your child so they learn to problem solve and take ownership of the game - that way they are more likely to want to play it again and again and again!). Fill these circles with numbers - e.g. a couple of 1s, followed by some 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s (again involve your child in the decision making process).

Players take turns standing behind the line and throwing the ball. You can use any ball - a football or tennis ball will work well.

The goal is to bounce on as many numbers as possible. Every time you bounce on a number, you earn that many points. So you could go for 5, or you could try to bounce on seven different circles throughout the game. Depending on how you've arranged the circles and the numbers, all sorts of different strategies can emerge! 

Play three or five rounds, calculating scores after each round. Your child will get tons of practise at recognising their numbers and recording their score (can be as tally marks). Once they recognise their numbers to 5 try it with numbers 6 to 10 or 1 to 10. The possibilities are endless.

 

Have Fun!

 

The Selfish Crocodile By Faustin Charles Illustrated By Michael Terry

Story Time

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy your EID celebrations!  Remember next week is half term so I will post new work on the 1st June.  Enjoy! 

Let's take a look at what you have been up to over the holidays.

Shadow Fun

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Activities for

June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

 

Good morning everyone! How are you all? I hope you have enjoyed the half term break and the gorgeous weather we have had! 

 

To start of this week I thought it would be nice to do a fun work out to get our minds and body energised.

 

Zumba Kids (easy dance) - I like to move it

Nursery Rhyme of the Week

 

Our Nursery Rhyme of the week this week is 5 Little Ducks.  This Nursery Rhyme introduces the idea of subtraction or one less. Encourage your child to hold up the correct number of fingers and to tell you how many ducks there will be now there is one less. 

Five Little Ducks | 3D Nursery Rhymes | Kids Songs | Children's Music Video by Farmees

Five Little Ducks by Farmees is a nursery rhymes channel for kindergarten children.These kids songs are great for learning alphabets, numbers, shapes, colors...

MUSIC TIME

 

This week would have been Music week in school so I thought it would be nice to do some music making and singing at home.  I love the Boogie Mites songs as they are fun and educational at the same time.  Here is a lovely session that you can join in with at home.   You will need a drum (cardboard box or ice cream/margarine tub) and some drumming sticks (wooden spoons, pencils or your hands) and a favourite teddy to cuddle in the last song. There are several songs on this video. You could do one each day this week or you could do it as a whole session - it really is up to you!

 

Welcome & Hello Song        (0.00 -7.30)

 

 I Feel Alive                        (7.30 - 13.50)

 

Feel the Beat                      (13.50 - 18.55)

 

TAP TAP TAP                      (18.55 - 27.37)

 

Bang your drum  & goodbye  (27.38 - end)

 

 

 

 

Music and Movement Class For Healthy Living

Join Harriet to explore songs to keep us dancing and fit! Use wooden spoons and a box for plenty of drumming and tapping fun. Explore rhyming words too!

MATHS TIME

 

Here is a super fun game that will help your child practise subitising (recognising the pattern of dots on the die) and counting.  These are essential skills for later success in maths. You will need some paper and coloured pencils or pens to be able to make the resources.

 

Activities for Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June

 

 Here is the next sound for your little ones to learn. Remember, we have already introduced the 'Ssss' sound. Start by recapping that and then introduce our new sound of the week 'Mmmm'. It is a stretchy sound and is formed by as you press your lips together 'mmmmmm' as you pretend to rub your tummy (as if you are seeing tasty food).  Model this and then ask your little one to repeat it.  Now watch the video below.

 

 

Wejgwapniag School - Jolly Phonics Sound of the Day - M

The Mmmmm Treasure Hunt

Give your child a container (eg a shoebox) and ask them to go around the house and see if they can fill it up with things starting with the 'mmmmm' sound. You may need to prepare some pictures if you don't have many objects that start with the 'mmmm' sound.

 

Here are some ideas:

 

Magnet

Mushroom

Milk

Monkey

Mouse

Money

Mitten

Mop

Mat

Mirror

Mug

Mermaid

Moon (picture)

Mountain (picture)

 

 

Some cool science experiments to try at home

 

Some of our friends have been busy designing their own Science experiments. They sent me a link to a video they have created and I thought they were so cool that it would be fun for everyone to try them out.  Maybe you could find out (with your grown ups help) how they work? What is happening in each experiment?

 

Science experiments with Sara And Dua

Make your own 'Bottle Person'

 

Again inspired by your creativity here is an activity that would be fun to try. Can you make a whole family of bottle people?

 

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Story Time

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