Nursery 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Nursery's class page!
Spring term 2022
Welcome to our Nursery class page. Our online learning platform is Seesaw. and whenever it's necessary we will upload activities in Literacy and focused topics. There will also be one with a maths focus and one which will allow you and your child to choose what you do. You can send photos of your child and any activities completed via Seesaw - We would love to see what you are all doing!
You will have received the details and procedure for logging on to Seesaw in your home learning packs - please let us know if you experience any difficulties with this.
If your child is attending school we will be following the same books and activities in class.
Enjoy the books and activities everyone!
Mrs Ramsey & Mrs. Morris
As we sometimes need to move to remote learning you will be able to access SeeSaw using the log-in details and passwords provided. If for any reason you are unable to access SeeSaw or have any issues logging on, please contact the school office.
St Austin’s Primary School Nursery Class
In Nursery we work as a foundation unit where we share our learning environment with Reception at the moment.
We currently introduce a story book at the start of the week and link daily learning opportunities to the book.
Every day we ensure that all children access Phonics, Literacy and Maths activities as well as having fun, flexible choices in areas such as:
- Physical Development (activities such as stretching, exercises and curling our bodies in the shape of an animal - linked to the book of the week where appropriate).
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Discussions on how the characters might feel
- Expressive Arts and Understanding the World – Drawings, play dough, re-enacting the story, outdoor exploration.
9:00am – Good Morning Greeting.
9:05am – Daily Activity Descriptions.
9:15am – Guidance to their choice of daily activities (available on Seesaw when appropriate and often corresponding to table- top activities carried out in the classroom).
Examples of Daily Choice Activities:
Phase 1 phonics – environmental sounds
Build/Make or Do activity linked to the story of the week
It will sometimes be necessary to provide remote learning activities that you can try at home. There are some examples of these listed below:
In St Austin’s Nursery, we follow a story based curriculum. We have a story of the week and all of our learning is based around and linked to this story. We like to choose stories that have rhyme, alliteration or repeated refrains as these allow the children to join in quickly.
Below is a list of suggested stories that you might like to share - Lots of these can be found on YouTube.
- The Hungry Caterpillar
- Owl Babies
- The Gruffalo
- The Gruffalo’s Child
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
- The Rainbow Fish
- Handa’s Surprise
- The Naughty Bus
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?
We also cover popular Fairytales, including;
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff
- The Three Little Pigs
If you search on Google/Pinterest for activities linked to these stories, there are lots of amazing ideas to plan story based learning. For example, during our Owl Babies week, we read the story then find out lots of facts about owls, make nests in our meadow, make bird feeders, paint portraits of the owls and mix the right colours, collage using natural resources and play instruments along with an animation of the story to show how the owls might be feeling at different parts of the story.
We have been looking at Spring in Nursery and lots of Spring stories. We had planned to explore the story ‘When Will it be Spring?’ . I have uploaded an activity plan for this story below if you wish to follow this if your child is absent from school. This story can be found on YouTube.
Home Schooling if required at anytime during this term:
This is a fantastic website with lots of super ideas of how to learn through play at home. It also provides lots of advice for how to deal with this tricky time.
This website also has lots of wonderful, creative ideas to keep you busy.
To further continue your child's learning at home, here are some resources that we recommend.
We are looking at consolidating a secure knowledge of numbers to 10. To assist with this, we recommend using online games such as;
We have been using the Numberblocks and Numicon shapes to help us with our maths. Numicon is a multi-sensory approach using apparatus to focus on imagery, action and conversation and is designed to give children the understanding of number ideas and relationships that are essential for success in maths. We use the Numicon shapes in lots of activities in Nursery such as using them to print with in the playdough and painting areas, filling the holes with marbles/glass nuggets and creating rubbings with crayons and tin foil.
The children have amazed us with their knowledge of numbers during a special challenge of cutting out each Numicon piece from 1 to 5 and ordering these. We then asked lots of questions such as ‘which is the biggest piece? Which is the smallest? What is 1 more than 2? What is one less than 3?’
Children’s experiences at home have a huge impact on their later achievement in maths. We would love for you to work with your child to help them cut out different shapes (circles, squares, triangles and rectangles). You could discuss them and then use them to create a ‘staircase’ by placing them in order from smallest to biggest and extend this by asking your child to cover their eyes and removing one piece – can they tell you which piece is missing?
Other ideas include using 1p pieces to cover the holes of the Numicon style pieces – how many pennies do you need to cover each piece? Can your child lay out the pennies in the different shapes? These ideas will help in developing your child’s mathematical skills and conversation.
There are also lots of ideas online or if you think of any new, creative ways to use your Numicon style pieces then please let us know!
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