Welcome to Nursery and Reception!
You can help your child to learn through the little things you do with them, for example:
Find ideas for new things you can try at Hungry Little Minds.
You do not need to set separate time or plan complicated activities dedicated to learning. These activities can be incorporated into everyday life and play.
Young children should be active for at least 3 hours a day in total.
It is also good to get some fresh air every day. If you do not have a garden and are taking children outside to exercise, make sure you follow the rules on social distancing.
While inside, there are plenty of things you can do to keep children active, such as:
A little competition to win some PE kits for school that has been designed by one of the children -
We've set up a little competition for your students to enter during the current situation.
To enter simply:
- Download the Worksheet - https://https/halbro.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Halbro-DesignYourOwnKit.pdf
- Get your child to design a PE Kit
- Send it in to our socials with #TeamHalbro
- Sit back and wait for the result!
Our winner will be selected on 1st May 2020 by Sam Ward, an English international field hockey player for England and the GB Olympic team. Halbro Sportswear will then make your design a reality and make 20 shirts for your school!
Phonics, reading and writing websites
Nursery will be completing phase 1 phonic activities and Reception Phase 2/3 activities.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ - Phase 1/2/3 phonics activities to support reading and writing
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/3-5-years/letters-and-sounds - Phonics support - Phase 1/2/3
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/handwriting - here you can print out activities for you children to practice pencil control and letter formation.
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home - Ebooks to share with your children
Maths websites to support the Early years
https://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/childrens-apps/ - this link will take you to a range of APPs that can be downloaded onto a tablet that will support your child with Early Maths
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies - range of activities
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org - A lovely, clear website for all children lots of stories, songs and activities.
http://www.familylearning.org.uk - range of maths and phonics games
https://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk – wide range of printable activities
Classroom Secrets is available to support home learning. They already have a lot of activities online and ready to use right now and are adding more games and activities all the time. There are also learning video clips and interactive games.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/home-early-years/home-early-years-home-learning take a look at this specially designed collection of resource packs, games and challenges to support home learning activities for EYFS children. On here are some timetable ideas to help you with ideas of what to do throughout the day.
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html - 16 Free online EYFS educational games. Fun learning through play to help children achieve Foundation stage goals. Teach 3-4 year olds, initial sounds, colours, compare and order, counting, matching and mouse skills at home
Staying Safe Activities
Hopefully you are all keeping safe and well at home, we have put together some ideas for ways you can continue keep safe and healthy!
Being at home can make it difficult to keep a routine, but we need to make sure we are keeping our bodies nice and healthy!
Not having a routine or real structure in this challenging time will be a struggle for many people. Trying to make sure that each day has a similar structure or layout is very important. Getting at least 8 hours sleep and waking up at the same time each day will help our brains to rest throughout the night and be ready for the day! Although it is difficult to follow a routine every day, having this structure is important so that our days don’t seem repetitive.
It is important to take time to recharge each day, this could be through some quiet time by ourselves or something like yoga or meditation. My Happy Minds is a brilliant resource to use and the children have accessed this is in class so should know some techniques for calm breathing already. Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube is great! There are tons are different videos which can be accessed and they are all about children’s interests and what they enjoy watching!
If you are using your hour each day to exercise and walk down the street, whilst keeping your distance from others, below are some things for you to remember and ensure your children to learn about.
A stranger is someone that you or your family do not know. Anyone can be a stranger until you get to know them. Strangers do not always look scary. Strangers can be nice and friendly.
Rules to remember: Never go on your own anywhere with a stranger, never get in a car with a stranger and if a stranger offers you something say no!
There are lots of videos online to learn about road safety and how to remain safe. However, there are some basic rules just to follow!
Think about where you can cross the road.
Stop at the side of the road.
Listen and Look for and vehicles that are coming up the road. Make sure you look left and right!
Wait until any vehicles have driven passed.
Look and Listen again- just to be safe!
Cross the road, continuing to look both ways.
Pelican crossings- press the button and wait! The red man means stop and don’t cross. The green man means go and cross the road safely!
Zebra crossings- make sure you wait before you cross! Look and listen all the time and only cross when all of the vehicles have stopped or when there is no traffic at all!
The Early year’s foundation stage is made up of Nursery and Reception classes. We work closely together to provide a caring and stimulating learning environment to meet the needs of each individual child. We want the children to enjoy their first experience of school life and give them enthusiasm to begin their learning journey.
Please ensure your child arrives promptly, children are provided with a coat peg and are encouraged to hang their own coat up. We encourage independence at every opportunity. Parents can help by encouraging independence with their child's self-help skills at home; such as toileting, getting dressed, putting shoes on, putting on coats and fastening buttons.
Nursery and reception share a well-resourced outdoor area and we offer a free-flow system. This means that children can choose whether they want to access activities indoors and outdoors. The same learning opportunities are available outside, but are presented in different ways, usually on a larger scale. The school provides waterproof jackets and pants to ensure children can enjoy the outdoor environment in every weather. Parents are asked to bring in a pair of wellies which can stay in school.
We have dance every Thursday morning, please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled.
All reading books are changed every Friday, please ensure your child’s book is in on this day in the morning.
Homework will be provided to parents every fortnight; the homework will reflect the whole curriculum and will focus on quality talking time at home.
We encourage parents to provide their child with a spare set of clothes to keep in school in case of any accidents.