Sea Lions (Nursery)

Hello everyone and welcome to a new week in Nursery. This week we continue with our under water theme and we are reading the story ' Commotion in the Ocean'. At Nursery we are making underwater pictures with wax crayons and watery paint. We are also finding out more about the creatures in the story. There is a power-point you can use for this. Today, Amy found out that starfish have eyes at the ends of their arms and Josh found out that some sharks have 50 teeth! What interesting facts can you find out about sea creatures? We are doing lots of counting and adding too. Maybe you can join us as you work alongside us. Remember to send your pictures in so we can see all the amazing things you are doing!
Mrs D 
Hello everyone and welcome to a new week in Nursery!
 
This week our focus story is The Rainbow Fish. This is a great story about sharing and caring. You can watch me read it in the video below. This week in Nursery we will be playing a game sharing scales equally between little fish. We will also be trying to re-tell the story in our own words. You can use the puppet cut outs I have attached if you are working alongside us at home. We will also be making our own rainbow fish collages. We will be using a technique called weaving and we will sue colourful ribbons. Perhaps you could try this too. Remember to email us your amazing work!
You could talk about rainbows and watch the Rainbow Fish rainbow song. In Nursery we are trying to mix all the colours of the rainbow with only three colours. How crazy is that??
Take care all of you 
Mrs D
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Hello everyone and happy Thursday!
Today in Nursery we are thinking about the feeling of anger. Can you watch the video about anger? Talk about what makes you angry. Ask someone to draw around your body on big paper or draw a body on smaller paper. Think about what happens to your body when you feel angry. What happens to your eyes? your face? your fists/ what do you do with your legs? What happens to your heart rate? 
When you have done this, try a cosmic kids calming routine. 
Have fun everyone,
Mrs D
Hello everyone and happy wet Wednesday,
Today at nursery we have thinking about the feelings of worry and what it is like when we are scared. We watched the video clip below and we talked about things that worry or scare us. There is a coping strategy in the video where the children make up silly animals and think about them. So we have made up silly animals too. We had Zebras in wellies and a leopard with a hat on. Can you think of a silly animal to make yourself giggle? Maybe you could draw us a picture, take a photo and send it to us. Have fun making some crazy animals.
Mrs D
Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!
Today at Nursery we are thinking about the feeling of sadness. We are talking about what makes us sad and how this is often a temporary feeling. You can watch the video clip about sadness below. Perhaps you can make another list today about what makes you sad and how you can cheer yourself up again. 
Later I will be reading you a story about feeling sad.
Take care
Mrs D 
Hello everyone and happy Monday !
At Nursery this week we are thinking about feelings. We are learning that we all have different feelings at different times and we are learning about how to recognise and manage our emotions. Today we are thinking about feeling happy. We have talked about things that make us happy. Can you make a list with a grown up of things that make you happy? 
We watched a programme about feeling happy and we listened to the Mr Happy story. You can find the links to these below. Have fun talking about your happy feelings.
Mrs D 
Hello everyone.
At Nursery this week we will be focusing on hand-washing. If you are learning alongside us at home then you can use the resources here. We will be watching the power point (below) and we will be learning how to wash our hands correctly. We are taking photos of each stage of hand washing and will be sequencing these to make our own hand-washing book. At home you could do the same or you could sequence the sheet I've attached below. At school we will be learning all the different parts of our hands and we will be drawing round labeling parts of our own hands.  We will be talking about how we need to keep our hands to ourselves and how we should try not to touch our faces. 
Have fun following our activities at home and remember to send in pictures of everything you are doing so that we can stay connected.
Mrs D
Wow! You are all so amazing at finding things!
Amy, Ben, Toby, Ollie and Lottie you all came in with all the items within seconds of each other. So you are all winners!!! I'll be dropping prizes to you all next week. Well done everyone and if you are still hunting, good luck and still send your picture and you might get a visit and a certificate too!!
Have a fantastic half term everyone!
Mrs D 
Hello everyone. Here is our family scavenger hunt challenge to kick off half term. 
Can you find an object for each of the following categories? Can you then email a photo of your collected items to us at nursery@denton.e-sussex.sch.uk
The first family to send a picture of all 10 items will get a special family prize!

Something with the numbers  3 or 5 on it (extra point if it has a 3 and a 5 on it!)

Two objects whose names rhyme ( ie clock and sock)

A photograph of the youngest person in the family

Something heart shaped

Something shiny

Something with a fairytale character on it

Something hard that you can eat

Something you can use to clean

Something cold

Something with Denton School on it

Hello everyone and happy Friday!
We made it!! A whole term of nursery at home and you have all been AMAZING! I am so proud of you all and your Mummies and Daddies have been incredible too! Thank you for all your hard work. 
 
Today's activity is about  Superworm and other creatures like him. I've made you a sheet, but don't worry if you haven't got a printer you can do this by googling and drawing. Superworm lives below the ground. Can you sort creatures into those that live above and below the ground?
 
Later on, we are going to have a family Superworm scavenger hunt. I will email you all today but if you can contact each other on social media that would be great too. At 6:30pm I will put a list of things you need to find up on the website. The first family to email me a picture of all ten items will win a family prize and there will be certificates for everyone that takes part. 
 
Let's celebrate our fantastic term of learning together while we are apart!
Mrs D
Hello everyone. It's Thursday and today we have a brand new story. I've made a video below. For the next two days we are thinking all about worms!
 
Watch the story video first and then have a go at today's activities. We are thinking about length. If you have a printer you can use that to print my worm ordering activity. If you haven't, don't worry, you can do the same activity with a ball of wool, string or ribbon.  Cut different lengths of string, ribbon, wool or tape to make your worms, then have a go at putting them in order from shortest to longest. Try to use the vocabulary short and long. You could actually measure your worms with Lego bricks, a ruler or any other small items such as pasta pieces. Count how many units long each of your worms is.
 
I've also put a simple guide to making your own wormery on here. It's really easy, why don't you have a go. then you can watch your very own worms in action!
 
Have fun an I'll see you tomorrow when we'll have another activity and a family challenge to kick start our holidays!
 
Take care,
Mrs D
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Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!
Don't forget our Zoom chat today at 2pm. It will be lovely to see your faces and to have a chat.
 
Today I have two activities for you. The first is a Maths activity about a beetle. There are some printable resources but if you don't have a printer, please don't worry, you can play this game just as easily with a dice, pen and paper. In this game you roll the dice and then draw the corresponding bit of the beetle. You have to draw the body first so you need to roll a six to start:

Number on dice

Body part

Number of body parts

6

body

1

5

head

1

4

eyes

2

3

antennae

2

2

spots

1

1

legs

6

Each time you roll a number, you add a different bit to your beetle. The winner is the first person to build a beetle. At school when we play this game, I often make the parts out of card and the children build rather than draw their beetle. Mums and Dads, you can edit the dice in this resource to include fractions, times tables etc for your older children.
 
 
Our second activity is to look at the picture from the story (I've added it as a link below). Can you talk to your grown up about it using full sentences and describing words. What is the little girl doing? What is the dog doing? Where is the beetle. What do you think the sniffy dog will find under ground? 
 
Have fun and see you later on our Zoom catch up!
Mrs D
 
 
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Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!
Today Miss Cole has helped to set your work. There is a cheeky dog called Sniffy Dog in our story and he likes to smell anything and everything. Today we would like you to think about smell. You need to work with a grown up for this activity and remember not to taste anything you smell.
 
Can you find different things with a smell? You could smell things in your kitchen such as coffee, cinnamon and spices. You could smell things in your bathroom such as toothpaste and bubble bath. You might go outside an smell plants or flowers. What can you smell as you go for a walk?
 
Talk with your grown up about what the smell reminds you of. See if you can use some great describing words. Perhaps you could sort the smells into things you like and don't like. How else could you sort and group them? 
 
I've put some extra smell based resources for you here. There are even recipes to make smelly playdough. Later I'll be reading you a story all about smelly things.....Yuk!
 
Have fun today,
Mrs D
Hello everyone,
I hope you had a lovely weekend in the sunshine. This week's story is Billy's Beetle. I have left my copy for the children at school so the video is a different person reading the book to you. Watch the story and see if you can spot Billy's beetle on every page. Can you describe where it is hiding?
 
Today's activity is all about positional language. All you need is a favourite toy. Hide your toy somewhere in the room and then tell a seeker where to find it. You need to use a sentence with words that describe position; under, on top, next to, behind, in front of or inside. Swap roles with your grown up or sibling and ask them to place your toy somewhere and use positional language to find it. This activity will help you understand and use positional language. I've put some other resources on here to in case you want to access them.
 
Have fun today and I'll see you tomorrow for more fun!
Mrs D
Hello everyone and Happy Friday,
 
I hope you have been enjoying our Bad Tempered Ladybird story. Today I have read you another ladybird story. This ladybird isn't grumpy at all, infact he is very good at listening and he is very kind.
 
In this story the bad thieves make a map of the farm and today I wonder if you could make your own map. It could be of a real place such as your garden or house, or your daily walk. It might be an imaginary place like a Pirate Island, Rainbow Land (for some reason Bella I'm thinking of you) , it could be Thomas Land, a Unicorn world or even a Robot city. Have fun and get creative. Maybe you could try labeling the things on your map too. 
 
Enjoy your map making and remember to send me pictures, I love to see what you are doing,
Mrs D
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Hello everyone and happy Thursday!
You have been so busy learning all about time. I am just amazed by all the clever work you have been doing. There are lots of animals in this week's story and through the book these animals get bigger and bigger.
Today we have made you some pictures of the animals in the story. You could print them out if you have access to a printer but if you don't it's not a problem.
 
Today we would like you to look at the animals from the story and to decide which is your favourite and why. Then can you try and find out a little bit more about the animals. Where do they live? What do they like to eat? Are they fast or slow? Do they lay eggs or have live babies? 
 
If you print out the animals you could turn them into puppets and try to tell the story of the Bad Tempered Ladybird all by yourself, remember to use your very best cross voice!
I'll see you again later for another ladybird story!
Mrs D
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Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday,
Today something very exciting happened, all of our butterflies came out of their cocoons. You can watch the video of them here. 
 
I hope you liked our Bad Tempered Ladybird story. You can watch me read it below if you haven't done so already. In our story the bad tempered ladybird did different things at different times. There is a clock on each page.
 
I wonder if you can find any clocks in your house or in your car? How do your Mummy and Daddy tell the time? Sometimes there are clocks in really strange places (like on the oven).  Can you count how many clocks are in your house.
 
Today I'd like you to try to make your own clock. You could make one with 12 pebbles and a long and short stick. You could make one with a plate or a piece of card. You could make one from an old box. See if you can write the numbers on your clock all by yourself. Evie made a clock and you can see a picture of it in this week's album!
 
Once you've made your clock, can you put the long hand on the 12. This is where the long hand sits when it is an o'clock time. You can then practise making different o'clock times. 
 
Have fun and I'll see you again tomorrow,
Mrs D
 
 
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Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!
Yesterday you had the story of the bad tempered ladybird. He got up very early and went to eat some aphids, then he flew off to meet some bigger creatures. Right through the day he carried on flying until at bedtime he landed back at the same leaf. 
Today I'd like you to make a diary of what you do at what times. What time did you get up? What time did you have your breakfast? What time did you get dressed? What time did you watch TV or go out for a walk? 
 
You could draw pictures and check the time with a grown up each time you do something new. I've also added two resources with some pictures you can cut out and some clock faces and times, just in case you don't want to draw. 
Have fun thinking about your own day!
See you on Wednesday,
Mrs D
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Happy Monday everyone!
This week our story is The Bad Tempered Ladybird. It is another story by the author Eric Carle. I've put a link to the story video below so that you can watch it. This week we will be thinking about ladybirds. Today I have put a link to some tablet and laptop friendly ladybird Maths games. There are lots of levels to choose from with activities involving ordering numbers, counting and even matching number names using words. Have a go and see what you can manage. 
I'll see you later when I read you this story from home.
Take care everyone,
Mrs D
Happy VE day everyone!
 
VE day was a big celebration and lots of people had parties outside. Today I wonder if you can make your own party outside with your toys. maybe you could make them some sandwiches or cut up some fruit for them? 
 
There is a sheet below for you to design your own VE day plate. You don't have to do this on a form though, you could try using a paper plate, you could make a plate by drawing round a real plate on an old cardboard box, you could even decorate a real plate with leaves and flowers. get creative and send me pictures of what you achieve.
 
If you email me your creations then I can send them to Miss Pomfrett who is putting them on the website and judging a class winner.
 
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend,
Mrs D
Thursday 7th May!
Hello everyone. it was lovely to see some of you on our Zoom chat yesterday. I've booked us another meeting next Wednesday at 2pm. You should have received an email with the link. If you've not received this please email me and I'll re-send it, 
 
This week we have been thinking about sounds and some of the sounds that different insects make. Today we are going to think about other animal sounds. I've put a link below to a phonics game which asks you to match animals to their sounds. There is a tablet friendly version of this website that you can reach if you type 'Phonics Play' into your browser. There are lots of great phonics games on Phase 1 and 2 of this site that you could check out.
 
Later I am going to read you a very silly story about some mixed up animal sounds!
See you then,
Mrs D 
 
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Wednesday 6th May
Hello everyone. I hope you had a good day yesterday.
Today we are thinking about sounds. In our story all the insects made different sounds. Some were loud and some were quiet. Today I am going to read you a story about sounds you can hear at home.
Can you have a listening moment and try to identify sounds at home?
You could make a list or collage of loud and quiet sounds. Can you find different types of sounds? Can you find something that rings? something that rustles? some thing that roars? something that rumbles? 
You could make your own sound picture!
I'll put some images on a resource sheet below in case you want to print and cut these up!
See you all later on our Zoom chat (2pm)
Mrs D 
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Tuesday 5th May
Good morning everyone. I hope you enjoyed our story about 'The Very Quiet Cricket' yesterday. Today we are going to think some more about the insects in the story. Last week we learnt about doing words and today we are going to learn about describing words.
 
Look at your insect pictures from yesterday and think about some words you could use to describe them. Talk about their colour, leg length, patterns, sounds. 
 
For today's activity you will need a box. If you have your insect pictures from yesterday then lay one set out and keep another set for yourself. Ask a sibling or grown-up to look at the pictures in front of them. Ask the grown-up or sibling to close their eyes and hide one of your pictures in the box. Give your partner clues eg. "Its green, its got 2 long antennae". Can they guess which insect is hiding? Can they point to the right insect in front of them?  Swap over and see if you can guess who is in the box.
 
If you weren't able to print out the insect pictures, don't worry, you can play this game with anything. You could choose 5 or 6 toys and give clues about these. eg  "It is blue, it has a number 1 on it  and it has 6 wheels."
 
Have fun using your describing words! I've also put a describing game below for you to try.
Mrs D
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Happy Monday everyone!
This week our story is 'The Very Quiet Cricket' by Eric Carle. I have put the link to the story below so that you can watch it. In this story we meet lots of different insects. Can you remember what they are? Miss Cole has made you a matching game today. If you have access to a printer then you can print off the illustrations and actual images. You could play a pairs game with these. Can you match the names to the correct insects? Save your cards because we will be using them again.
If you don't have access to a printer see if you can ask a grown-up or bigger sibling to write a list of the insects in the story and then type each insect's name into google to see a picture and find out an interesting fact. You could even draw your own picture of your favourite character.
Have fun and I'll see you later for a new story video and an update on our caterpillars!
Mrs D 
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Hello everyone and Happy Friday!!!
All week we have been thinking about the Very Busy Spider and you have been very busy at home with all your super learning. Today I'd like you to think about all the busy things you've done.
Can you make a list?  You may need a grown up to help you if you want to write words but you could also draw pictures. Remember in a list we put one thing underneath an other so you might need a long piece of paper!
Your grown up could also help you remember what days you did your busy jobs on. What did you do yesterday? 
I'm off into nursery now with Mrs Ashdown but I'll make you a video later because something exciting is happening to our caterpillars and I want to show you. 
I've also put a silly weekend game here where you make a web with your family. 
Have fun and see you later via video!
Mrs D
 
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Thursday 30th April
Hello everyone, Mrs Ashdown and I are just about to head into Nursery to look after some of your friends from Puffins , Lobsters and Pelicans, so I thought I'd post today's work early.
Today I have put lots of information about spiders and I wonder if you can watch them and then make your own spider fact file or information book. You could ask an adult or bigger sibling to scribe for you, or you could have a go at sounding out key words all by yourself. 
What is your favourite spider fact? Did you learn anything new? You could email me to tell me.
Have fun today and I'll talk to you all again tomorrow.
Mrs D
It was lovely to see some of you on Zoom today. I've scheduled another Zoom chat at 2pm next Wednesday. Josh was eating his delicious flapjacks and Claire has kindly sent the recipe which you can find below. There's also a new story for you to watch and you can see how much our caterpillars have grown!
Mrs D x
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Wednesday 29th April
Hello everyone. I hope you enjoyed making your spiders and webs. Today we are going to think about the other animals in our story. You may want to re-watch the story video to help you remember what they were. All of the animals asked the busy spider to do different things. Doing words are called verbs.
 
Today I have got two activities for you. I have made you a sheet where you can match the animal to their action. I also wonder if you could try to act out some of these actions like rolling in the mud and jumping on rocks. Perhaps you could play charades with your families. Think of an action and perform it, see if your family can guess it.
 
Have fun and remember our Zoom chat at 2pm today
Mrs D x
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Tuesday 28th April
Hello everyone. I hope you enjoyed the spider story yesterday. I've put up a new video of the story with some of our signs in it. You can also see how our caterpillars are growing.
How did you get on making your spiders? Today's activity is to make a web. I've put an ideas sheet below and you can even see Miss Cole's web, she has been very busy at home building it. You could use wool, sticks, thread, you might draw a web or make one with chalks outside. be creative and remember to send in some photos when you have finished. 
Does your spider fit inside your web? 
Have fun and stay safe,
Mrs D 
Monday 27th April
Hello everyone! This week our story is "The Very Busy Spider" and we will be very busy ourselves with lots of spider related activities. Today I'd like you to watch the video of the story (link below) and I wonder if you can make your own busy spider. You could use all sorts of junk or paper, whatever you can find around the house. I've put some ideas on the resources sheet below. Have fun and keep hold of your spiders, because we'll be using them again this week! 
Remember to send us the photos of your amazing work.
Mrs D
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Please find below some websites I think you may find useful.
 
Hungry Little Minds is a fantastic resource with links to activities and apps suitable for 3-5 year olds.
 
Twinkl is a resource used by teachers for printable worksheets. They are offering Parents a free membership using the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS.
 
PHONICS PLAY is a website we use at school. Try the Phase 1 games. Some of our children are beginning Phase 2 and could try some of these activities too. Free user name is: march20 and password is: home.
 
Teach your monster to read is a brilliant app for our children who are heading into Reception next year. 
 
I've included a social story about the virus. This is a really simple story which may help you to answer some of the children's questions.