Home Learning

Please find online learning resources and website links on our online learning page.

Welcome to the home learning page for our Nursery pupils.

Home learning will also be communicated daily on the Class Dojo System. Where we will be providing links to daily online Read, Write Inc. Phonics Lessons and White Rose Maths Lessons. We will also provide daily activities based around our core books, continuing to follow our literacy planning from home. 

On this page you will find links to useful websites with interactive games and educational resources.


The Tiger Who came to Tea Home Learning
Let's get Active!
Sleeping Tigers
Tiger Roar!
Who would you like to come for Tea?
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
To promote self confidence/awareness ask open ended questions about the story.

How did Sophie feel when she opened the door?
How did the mum feel when the Tiger ate all of the food?
What do you think Dad will say or do when he arrives home?

Tell me, What would you and your family do if the Tiger (or another animal) knocked on your doo
Strengthen your learning
To develop self help skills see if the children can get themselves dressed at the beginning of day or like Sophie in the story, they could get undressed for bath/bed time independently.

Deepen your learning
How does a tiger move? Can you watch videos and recreate their movement.
Can you learn how to do ‘tiger pose’? https://youtu.be/QkMWDgCcUOQ
Tiger pose - https://youtu.be/X2-7NftSJlA

Take the challenge
See if you can recreate the 'The Tiger who came to tea' using movement. Watch and join in with yoga storytelling.

Strengthen your learning
Promote imaginative play by acting out the story. Have a tea party using pretend food. Create some invites for a tea/picnic. Invite the family members and don’t forget some toys.

Deepen your learning
Watch the phonics videos. Can you find anything at home that begins with the sound t.
Jolly phonics

Take the challenge
Help to make some picnic food for a party like the characters in the story. Encourage the children to use utensils to mix, spread and cut. Bake some cakes shape biscuits for the picnic tea. How many have you made? What shapes have you created? Can you share them equally?
Set the table/rug for the picnic, how many plates, knives, forks, spoons and cups do you need?

Strengthen your learning
In the book, the tiger eats all the food.
Can you remember what did the Tiger found in the fridge? Ask your parents if you can look inside your fridge and see if you can spot anything the same and take a photo?

Deepen your learning
Should a tiger be in a house? Can you learn about a tiger’s environment?
Using a box, can you make a tiger’s real environment inside? You could collect bits of nature from your garden or on your daily walk.

Take the challenge!
Create a shopping list to help Sophie and her mum remember what they might need to buy at the shops. Encourage your child to hold their pencil between their finger and thumb. Scribe their answers and get them to trace over or copy underneath.
Strengthen your learning - What does the character of the Tiger look like? What words would you to describe his appearance?
Watch the video about Tigers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDqE-kj_flc

Deepen your Learning - Go on a stripe hunt! Can you find anything else at home that has a stripey pattern?

Take the challenge - Can your draw a picture of a Tiger and label it?

One of our children particularly enjoys the book The Tiger who came to tea so we will be following their interest this week by focusing on this story.

Listen to the story

Listen to the song

Watch the animation
The Gruffalo's Child Home Learning
How to make a Gruffalo cave:
Den building is always a fun activity that children will love this can be as simple as placing a blanket over two chairs and sitting inside. Or more complex by making a fortress with the cushions from your sofa. When outdoors try making a den in the forest using sticks. Whichever way you choose children will love the space you create together.

Outdoor Den building by the Woodlands Trust

Making dens in the home

Activity Idea - Den Building with our Speech and Language Therapists
This story is perfect for expanding the children's vocabulary of body parts, describing physical appearance, colour's and animals.

If you have access to ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, share and enjoy the text. Alternatively, access a reading of the text here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuQm8Qb64EI
As you listen, collect words and phrases, this time to describe the ‘Big Bad Mouse.’

Support with watching of the film (if accessible) or watch and enjoy the compilation of clips from The Gruffalo’s Child animation; https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOZ87BTZuZ

The Gruffalo describes the Big Bad Mouse.
Look at the face of the Gruffalo’s Child– how does she feel about the mouse now, Scared, worried? How can you tell?

Compare the description of the Big Bad mouse v's a real mouse. What words would you use that are different?Encourage your child to draw or make a real mouse and the Big Bad Mouse. Talk about the descriptive features of each (e.g. colours, size, features) to support your child to include all the features in their drawing or creation.
We will be planning the children's learning around the story 'The Gruffalo's Child.'
Don't worry you can listen to the story if you do not have this book at home.https://www.youtube.com/watch?

Learning about Shadows with The Gruffalo’s Child
The Grfuffalo's says, “I don’t believe in the Big Bad Mouse.” She happens upon a small mouse and plans to eat him for a midnight snack. The mouse convinces her to let him go so he can get his friend. The mouse climbs up on a tree and casts a shadow on the snow. Oh no, the Big Bad Mouse! The Gruffalo’s child runs away. The mouse has once again outsmarted a Gruffalo.

Lets help the children understand how the giant shadow on the ground was made by the little mouse. The moonlight is blocked by the mouse and causes a shadow to fall to the ground.

Exploring Shadows Outside
On a walk outside, explain how shadows are made when the sun shines down on the ground. When something blocks the sun’s light, it makes a shadow. Show your child how the sunlight shines on the ground around a stick. The stick is in the way of the light, so there’s a shadow. Look at your own shadows and compare sizes.

Exploring Shadows with the Mouse
Grab a torch or lamp and make some shadows on the wall, can you make one that looks like a mouse? Explore how the size of the shadow changes as they move away from the light.
Hold a toy far away from the light (it will be small)
Bring the toy close to the light and watch it get bigger.
Use the characters in the book to investigate
different animals and their habitats. In the
grounds of the setting. Go for a walk and try to guess which character might live in each home. Think about the similarities and differences between the animals, for example which ones have fur, which ones lay

Identifying and naming animals
You can use this story as a starting point to help children identify and name a variety of common animals as prominent characters include an example of a reptile (snake), a bird (owl) and a mammal (fox). An amphibian (frog). Children may have fun trying to classify the Gruffalo's Child; what type of animal is she and how do they know?

The snake, owl and fox are all predators who want to eat the mouse so this story also makes an interesting starting point to help children describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and to identify and name different sources of food.

Use what you have learnt about habitats to try to set up a home for some of the animals.

Get some ideas, watch the video of other children building an animal home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5cHSeXfMWA
Was anyone lucky enough to see any snow? Did you spot any tracks?

Let's focus on feelings and emotions.
How do you think the Gruffalo's child felt at home in the cave at the beginning if the story? How do you think he felt when he saw the Big Bad Mouse? Do you think he felt differently when he got home to his cave?
Can you make different facial expressions? Send me a photo! Or you could draw a picture of the Gruffalo's Child's face to show how they feel.
What words does your child use to label emotions? Scribe them on to their picture to record their voice.
How would you describe the weather in the story? What's the weather like outside where you are?

Visual Discrimination
If it snows, see if you can spot any tracks in the snow. Send me a photo of what you find. Can you guess who made them and where do they go?
If you don't see any snow, draw a map to the Gruffalo's cave with the different animal tracks in the snow.

Discuss the different animals that live in each location, perhaps you could go for a walk and look out for places animals may live. Talk about the different locations that are described in the book, i.e. the deep dark wood, underground house and treetop house, What was it like? How did they feel?
The Gruffalo | Kids Yoga Kids
Sound discrimination
Listening is an active skill that requires a great deal of effort and practice. Try and guess what you can hear from the Gruffalo story.

Listen to The Gruffalo Song in Makaton. Julia Donaldson, her husband Malcolm, and special guest perform The Gruffalo Song with Makaton signs.

- Look at the animals hiding in the illustrations. Think about what camouflage means and why animals might need to hide themselves. Draw an illustration of the Big Bad Mouse, based on the Gruffalo's description.
- Listen to the rhyming words in the story. Can you find other words that rhyme with these?
- Try to make some shadows using a bright light.
Read Write Inc.
Understanding phonics parent videos.

Free RWI Phonics lessons at home during school closures. From Tuesday 5th January 2021, we will restart our free lessons on YouTube for children to watch at home.
One lesson at each level will show at 9.30 am each day and be available for 24 hours.
Set 1 Speed Sounds, Word Time and Spelling: for children in Nursery.
Watch the video lesson and complete the math's activity
Nursery Home Learning Objectives

Home Learning for Nursery children covers all areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and incorporates both indoor and outdoor activities to replicate as best as possible what your child would be doing in the Nursery setting. It will be a little different from the other year groups in the form of weekly activities and stories, although daily tasks will remain the same which can be performed every day.

Daily Tasks
Please encourage your child with the following:-
* Continue the routine of washing hands with soap and water.
* Continue to practise putting on and zipping up own coat.
* Practise dressing and undressing independently.
* Share a story with a grown-up.
* Begin to be responsible for own things and share and take turns with others.
* Continue to practise counting sets of objects and putting out given amounts.
* Begin to trace/copy own name.

During the Spring first half term the focus will be on:-
To enjoy being responsible for carrying out a simple task independently.
To listen to a story with increasing attention and recall.
To begin to use more complex sentences to link thoughts (eg using and, because).
To begin to understand 'why' and 'how' questions.
To hold a pencil near the point between the first two fingers and thumb and use it with good control.
To continue to independently use the toilet/wash our hands/blow our nose.
Continue Phonics Phase 1 - Rhythm and Rhyme/Alliteration/Voice sounds/Oral blending and Segmenting.
Continue Number - Counting sets of objects accurately/putting out a given number of objects/using mathematical vocabulary eg more/less/same/representing numbers in different ways eg drawing dots, lines, showing a number.