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5...4...3...2...1 BLAST OFF!

 

This evening you will be able to watch something very special and exciting. It is going to be a huge part of our history! A rocket called 'Space X' is flying into space. 2 astronauts called Doug and Bob will have to be very brave as they travel together. Their mission is to discover how safely and reliably astronauts can travel to and from the international space station!

 

Challenges:

1. Watch the video of Space X taking off! Talk to your grown up about the video. How would you feel if you travelled to space?

 

2. Using items around your house, can you build your own rocket? Think about what shapes you may use? What you will eat when you're in space? and how will you power your rocket? (FS2 & Nursery)

 

3. Write a list of all the items you would take to space with you!

 

4. Talk to your grown up: when you your rocket lands in space you look out of your window, what can you see?

 

One day it could be you working as a scientist, helping to design and build the rocket or perhaps you could even be an astronaut travelling to space!

 

Gruffalo’s Tea Party!

 

Below we have shared some tasty recipes that you could use to host a Gruffalo tea party! The fourth picture shows one of Miss Park’s creations; Gruffalo claws!

 

You will need:

Rice crispies

Chocolate

Mini eggs / nuts / strawberry laces (claws!)


I wonder who you will invite to your tea party? We can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

 

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Build your own binoculars:

This week Miss Park visited the deep dark woods for her daily walk. You won’t believe what she saw... a mouse, a fox, a snake and an owl. The animals told her that there was a very scary creature hiding in the woods called the Gruffalo. They said he has purple prickles and turned out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose! Can you help Miss Park to find the Gruffalo by building your own binoculars, which will help you to keep a good look out!

 

What you will need:

Toilet roll x2

Paint

Glitter

Crayons

String

 

Please let us know if you find him!

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Literacy Challenge:

 

'The Highway Rat’ by Julia Donaldson

 

Nursery: We would like you to listen to the story and then name some of the characters from the story. With support from your grown up, talk about what happened in the story. Can you draw a picture of one of the characters in the story? With a grown up can you hear some initial sounds?

FS2: (Monday) Before reading, can you predict what might happen in the story? Look at the front cover and think about the title to help you. Next, listen carefully to the story. 

(Tuesday) Can you write short sentences/words to describe how The Highway Rat looks and feels.

(Wednesday) Talk about the setting of the story, draw and label a picture to go with it.

(Thursday) Write about a problem which happened in the story

(Friday) Can you write a sentence to explain what happens at the end of the story?

Shapes Song - 31 Kids Songs and Videos | CoComelon Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

Challenge:
Which 2D shapes can you see?
Which 3D shapes can you see?
What can you build with 2D shapes?
What can you build with 3D shapes?

Count to 20 and Workout | Fun Counting Song for Kids | Count by 1's to 20 | Jack Hartmann

Challenge:
Can you count to 20?
Can you recognise numerals to 20?
Can you match quantity to numeral to 20?
Can you write numerals to 20?

Good Morning Everyone!

 

A big hello from the foundation stage team. We hope you’ve all had a lovely half term and have managed to play outside and enjoy the sunshine. Before we show you the exciting activities we have planned for you this week, we just wanted to say we are so proud of you all. You are being so patient and working so hard, whilst the world gets back to normal. A big thankyou to all the grown up’s at home who are doing a wonderful job to keep their children safe, happy and who have taken on the role of teacher also. 
 

This week in FS2 we are going to continue with our literacy work and so we have shared another story with you. We are also going to review all maths topic through songs and we would love for you to singalong to these throughout the week as they will help jog your memory for the learning we have already done. In Nursery, we would love you to continue to practice recognising and writing the letters in your name, as well as accessing the number songs too. For both age ranges we have posted some lovely cooking and outdoor activities that we are sure you will enjoy.

 

If you would like to share your learning with us (we would love to see it!) then send it to @MeynellSchool on Twitter. 
 

Love,

 

The Foundation Stage Team

Happy half term!

 

This week we would like you to play, create and have fun! We aren’t going to set you any formal challenges, this week is about enjoying the sunshine and time with your families. We would love to see your pictures of what you get up to, so as always feel free to share them with us on Twitter @MeynellSchool

 

Stay safe, look after one another and have fun!

 

The Foundation Stage Team

FS2 Maths Challenge

 

Last week we were introduced to halving and this week we will be learning about doubling. Grown ups, once again you will need to model to your child what doubling means. I feel the best way to do this is by using lady birds and making both wings on the ladybird have the "same as" each other. I have put a few pictures below so you can see a practical example of what I mean. To help secure this, keep revisiting it throughout your daily routine "I have 1 banana, if we double it how many will we have?" Once you feel your child is secure with this ask them to write a number sentence to match. For example, if the ladybird has 2 spots on each wing I would write 2+2=4.

 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch on Twitter @MeynellSchool if you have any questions!

 

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Literacy Challenge:

 

'Zog' by Julia Donaldson

 

Nursery: We would like you to listen to the story and then name some of the characters from the story. With support from your grown up, talk about what happened in the story. Can you draw a picture of one of the characters in the story? With a grown up can you hear some initial sounds?

FS2: (Monday) Before reading, can you predict what might happen in the story? Look at the front cover and think about the title to help you. Next, listen carefully to the story. 

(Tuesday) Can you write short sentences/words to describe how Zog looks and feels.

(Wednesday) Talk about the setting of the story, draw and label a picture to go with it.

(Thursday) Write about a problem which happened in the story

(Friday) Can you write a sentence to explain what happens at the end of the story?

Nursery Math Challenge!

 

This activity will allow your child to build upon their knowledge of naming and creating various 2D shapes. It will also allow them to build upon their fine motor skills.

 

What you will need:

Paper or Cardboard

Pen

Pasta shells/Leaves/Buttons... whatever you prefer!

 

How to do it:

On your paper or cardboard draw a selection of 2D shapes (or numbers!) and with the items you have provided ask your child to place them on top of the marks you have made. I have put some picture examples for you to see below. FS2 - you can have a go at this activity too!

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Nursery Literacy Challenge!

 

This activity will allow your child to recognise letters in their name and also be able to spell their name. It will also allow them to build upon their fine motor skills.

 

What you will need:

Paper or Cardboard

Pen

Flowers/Leaves

Double sided tape or glue

 

How to do it:

On your paper or cardboard write your childs name and with the items you have provided ask your child to place them on top of the marks you have made. I have put some picture examples for you to see below. FS2 - you can have a go at this activity too, use your tricky (red) words!

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Create your own snack challenge!

 

This activity is brilliant for practising fine motor skills and also developing your imagination and story telling.

 

What you will need:

A selection of fruit 

a blunt knife (to be used with adult support)

A plate

 

What to do:

With the support from a grown up, select and chop fruit (or other snack choice) together safely. What pictures can you create? What shapes can you see? Can you (FS2) write a sentence to go with your picture? I tried this activity at home and had so much fun!

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Kitchen Disco by Claire Foges

 

Since my book cover challenge last week and our snack challenge this week are both fruit related, I thought it would be lovely to share one of my favourite books 'Kitchen Disco.' I know FS2 love this story and so I am sure Nursery will to!

Hello again!

 

Hello again to our wonderful children and families. It has been so lovely to hear from so many of you on Twitter @MeynellSchool and over the phone. Please, if you do need any support, just an adult conversation or some advice feel free to phone school or contact us on twitter. There is always a member of the foundation stage team in school Monday - Friday, we also have our own class pages on Twitter too which can be found via @MeynellSchool. We are still here for you! This week we have uploaded lots of fun activities for you to do at home. We hope that you enjoy them!

 

We miss you so much and can't wait to see your smiling faces soon.

 

Love,

 

The Foundation Stage Team

Book Cover Challenge!

 

Just for fun, we would like you to choose a story and try to recreate the front cover at home. This could be any story book that you have in your house. Here are some of Miss Park’s creations! 

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Make your own Scarecrow!

 

This is suitable for nursery and FS2. Using objects and creative materials around your house, can you make your very own scarecrow? Perhaps he/she could even go in your garden to scare away all of the birds?

 

You could use:

Toilet roll

Paper plates

Wooden spoon

Card

Paper

Pens

Paint

... Whatever you might like! 

 

We can't wait to see them. Please send a photo of your creations to @MeynellSchool on Twitter.

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The Scarecrows Wedding

 

Literacy challenges:

 

Nursery: We would like you to listen to the story and then name some of the characters from the story. With support from your grown up, talk about what happened in the story. Can you draw a picture of one of the characters in the story? With a grown up can you hear some initial sounds? We have also shared some exciting activities that you can get involved with, they are just above!

FS2: (Monday) Before reading, can you predict what might happen in the story? Look at the front cover and think about the title to help you. Next, listen carefully to the story. 

(Tuesday) Can you write short sentences/words to describe how the scarecrows look and feel.

(Wednesday) Talk about the setting of the story, draw and label a picture to go with it.

(Thursday) Write about a problem which happened in the story

(Friday) Can you write a sentence to explain what happens at the end of the story?

Storytelling!

 

Using the Tales Toolkit structure below, I would like you to create your own story. Choose a character, setting, problem and solution. This can be adapted for nursery children, perhaps choose one object and talk about it or create a short story around it. Alternatively, the grown up could tell the nursery child their own made up story.
 

Here is my example:

 

The Gingerbread Man was travelling on an aeroplane. On the aeroplane a big spider appeared and everyone screamed because they were so scared. The Gingerbread Man was very brave and he was able to capture the spider with a rope. The gingerbread Man held on to the spider and when the plane landed he let the spider go. Everyone on the plane clapped as they were so thankful for the gingerbread man, he had saved the day! The end.

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Halving!

 

This week we should have been learning how to halve and share. With support from your grown up I would like you to choose one of the activities below to complete each day.

Grown ups, it would be amazing if you could model this first to give your child a visual example of what it means to halve and share. A clear example is to have an even number of toys/biscuits and to share them in half e.g. if you had 6 biscuits you would give 3 to your child and keep 3 for yourself. You could also choose a snack, for example a banana and cut it in half to share.

 

FS2, It might seem a little tricky at first but I have no doubt that if you practice this week you will be experts in halving by Friday! Grown ups, thank you for the support you are continuing to give us and your children by helping to encourage their learning at home. You are doing a wonderful job!

Practical Challenges!

 

Choose a creative challenge or experiment From the pictures below. 

Hello again!

 

Hello Foundation Stage,

 

We hope you are all well and enjoying the home learning activities that we are sharing with you. This week we have tried to post a wider range of activities from creative, to maths and literacy to help keep you busy at home. If you are in FS2 remember to keep practising recognising numbers to 20, using your phonics to read and writing short sentences. If you are in Nursery (3-4 particularly) remember to practice counting to 10 and recognising numerals alongside writing your name. 

We know you probably feel restless and ready to see your friends again. We are so proud of how brave and understanding you are being. 

 

We miss you all very much and hope we will see you soon.

 

The Foundation Stage Team

Secret Message Treasure Hunt!

 

All the teachers at Meynell School have written and then hidden a secret message, especially for our wonderful children. When you go on your daily walk you should be able to find some around school. Let us know who’s message you find and take a picture to send to us @MeynellSchool on Twitter.

 

Happy hunting !

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VE Day


This Friday 8th May is a very special day. It’s called VE Day! It stands for Victory in Europe and it is special because on that very day in 1945 Winston Churchill announced that war was over. People were so happy and celebrated with street parties, which they made lots of special food for. They also made bunting, using the colours red, blue and white. Since we are not in school on VE Day we thought it would be lots of fun for you to have a go at some of these activities below. I have put lots of pictures on to give you ideas!

 

To celebrate VE Day you could:

 

1. Make special VE days buns using red, blue and white icing. I had lots of fun making different patterns with my buns before I ate them all up!

2. Make invitations for your household and teddies to join your VE Day tea party.

3. Make bunting and flags to help decorate and wave at your VE Day tea party.

4. Throw a special tea party! I chose to do mine as a teddy bears picnic.

5. Listen To Vera Lynn’s music!

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On Friday (VE Day) evening the nation will join in with one another to sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’. This was a song famously sung by Vera Lynn during the war. Soldiers and people just like us loved singing along and dancing to Vera Lynns music. It was very popular! I’ve posted a video below and would like you to give it a listen. You will notice that Vera Lynns music sounds very different to the music we listen to today. Also, can you see that the video is in black and white? They didn’t have coloured videos back then. Can you imagine watching Paw Patrol or Peppa Pig in black and white? Think about these questions;

 

How does the music make me feel?

What instruments can I hear?
I wonder if you can make a dance up to a section of the song? 

 

Sensory Farm Play!

 

This activity is fun for all but particuarly for Nursery children. Why not build your own sensory farm? I had a look in my cupboards today and had so much fun using up ingredients to create my very own farm. Instead of hay, the horses had weetabix and instead of mud the pig had gravy! I explored the textures and the smells alongside building my language and using my imagination. You could even add a vegetable patch using broccoli and carrots! It was so much fun! If you have a go at this challenge please send us your photos to @MeynellSchool on Twitter. We can't wait to see what your farm looks like!

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Part, Part, Whole!

 

FS2 when we were last at school we began to look at the Part, Part, Whole Model to see how numbers can be split into 2 parts. I would like you to use some of the toys from your house, this could be cars, pencils or counters for example, to create and complete your own Part, Part, Whole models. Begin by doing this to 5 and then when you are confident and ready for more challenge to 10. You can ask an adult to create one for you, missing out part of the sum, just like my example in picture 3! You can see my example below to help you remember. If you get stuck message @MeynellSchool on Twitter and we will help you!

 

Challenge: Can you write your number sentence to go with your part, part, whole model?

For example: Picture 1 would be 3 + 2 = 5

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Funny animal pictures.

 

FS2 I would like you to choose your favourite picture of the 2 below and write a sentence about it.

If you are in Nursery you can talk to your grown up about the pictures. What initial sounds can you hear in the animals names?

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Music time on the Farm!

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Farmer Duck

 

Literacy challenges:

 

Nursery: We would like you to listen to the story and then name some of the characters from the story. With support from your grown up, talk about what happened in the story. Can you draw a picture of one of the characters in the story? With a grown up can you hear some initial sounds?

FS2: (Monday) Before reading, can you predict what might happen in the story? Look at the front cover and think about the title to help you. Next, listen carefully to the story. 

(Tuesday) Can you write short sentences/words to describe how Duck looks and feels.

(Wednesday) Talk about the setting of the story, draw and label a picture to go with it.

(Thursday) Write about a problem which happened in the story

(Friday) Can you write a sentence to explain what happens at the end of the story?

On the Farm Cosmic Yoga!

 

At school the children loving yoga activities and this one is perfect for our farm themed learning! Not only does yoga encourage your child to regulate their emotions, it also enables their physical development, for instance, learning how to balance. This video is perfect for both nursery and FS2. If you enjoy it be sure to check out the other exciting yoga stories on the Cosmic Yoga YouTube channel.

On the Farm!

 

Hello Everyone,

 

This week Foundation Stage 2 should have been visiting Cannon Hall Farm. Unfortunately as we are still staying safe at home this cannot go ahead, so we have decided to bring a fun filled week of farm learning to you at home. We hope you enjoy it. 

Below are some videos of the different animals you can see at Cannon Hall. I would like you to start by watching the videos and share with an adult some fun facts you have learnt!

 

We hope you have fun!

 

Foundation Stage Team

Horses

Lambs

Cows

Pigs

'The Lorax' by Dr. Seuss - Read by Danny DeVito

 

We hope that you have had a wonderful week and thought the perfect way to finish it would be with The Lorax. It’s one of our favourites and we are sure that you will like it too!

Get Well Soon with Dr Ranj - Coronavirus

 

Hello Nursery and FS2!

 

I have posted a link below to a new episode of Get Well Soon on BBC Iplayer where Dr Ranj talks to Jobi about Coronavirus. I have watched it myself and think it’s brilliant! It will reassure your child as well as explain to them a little bit about what Coronavirus is. It also has the hand washing song, which all of our children enjoy. 

 

We hope you are all safe and well.

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Grow your own beanstalk!

 

What you will need:

Plastic Cup

Soil

Broad beans (or another seed of your choice!)

Kebab stick 

Paper/Cardboard

Optional: cotton wool

 

How to do it:

1. Draw a castle shape and cut it out. You could add a few cotton wool buds for clouds and tape or glue to skewer/kebab stick/lolly pop stick or even a stick.  Set aside.

2. Puncture a few small holes into a plastic cup for drainage.

3. Fill the plastic cup with potting mix, about three quarters the way up the cup.

4. Push a bean (or two) into the soil.

5. Add the castle skewer in and it’s done.


Over the next few days watch how your bean changes. Perhaps you could keep a diary or take photos to make note of the changes? You don’t have to plant a bean... you might prefer to plant a flower or even an apple seed.

 

We would love to see your beanstalks so send them to us @MeynellSchool on Twitter!

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Jack and the Beanstalk

 

Literacy challenges:

 

Nursery: We would like you to listen to the story and then name some of the characters from the story. What was the name of Jacks cow? With support from your grown up, talk about what happened in the story. Can you draw a picture of one of the characters in the story? 

FS2: (Monday) Before reading, can you predict what might happen in the story? Look at the front cover and think about the title to help you. Next, listen carefully to the story. 

(Tuesday) Can you write short sentences/words to describe how Jack looks and feels.

(Wednesday) Talk about the setting of the story, draw and label a picture to go with it.

(Thursday) Write about a problem which happened in the story

(Friday) Can you write a sentence to explain what happens at the end of the story?

Me and my shadow

 

On my daily walks I have been noticing lots and lots of shadows! A shadow is made when an object blocks the light. When I am out walking and the sun is behind me, I can see my shadow! I would like you to explore shadows this week: how many different shadows can you find? Can you trace the outline of your shadow/ your favourite toys shadow?  Can you measure the shadows? Bonus challenge: Can you create a shadow? I’ve attached some pictures below from my walks. I’ve really enjoyed looking at the patterns different shadows make.

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I spy with my little eye...

 

Collect treasures from your garden, around the house or whilst out on your walk. Sit with your child and look at the treasures. Ask them:

What can you see?

How many pinecones (for example) can you see?

How many blue flowers can you see?

 

Try taking away one of the objects. Can your child spot what is missing?

 

Close your eyes and ask your child to choose one of the objects. Can they describe it to you for you to guess what they have chosen?

 

This activity will encourage wonderful math and language opportunities. It can be adapted to suit both nursery and foundation 2.

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Milk bottle elephants!

 

Following the Chester Zoo live videos, we fell in love with the elephants and decided it would be lots of fun to create our own. 
 

What you will need:

A milk carton

Scissors

Paint, Tissue Paper, Stickers, Pens... whatever you would like to decorate with!
 

Ask a grown up to cut out your milk carton, just like the plain image below. Then it’s time to get creative! We want you to decorate your elephant however you would like. Maybe it’s a colourful elephant or a super hero elephant! FS2, I would like you to write a sentence about your elephant too!

 

We can’t wait to see your creations, please send photos to us @MeynellSchool on Twitter!

 

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Time for Storytime: David McKee reads Elmer

Sit back with your little one and let the wonderful author-illustrator David McKee read from his successful and much-loved picture book, Elmer. Filmed & edit...

Chester Zoo Live Streams

Good morning Foundation Stage!
I just wanted to share with you that each Friday 10am-3pm, Chester Zoo are releasing live streams. Today if you tune in you will be able to see a herd of elephants! All you have to do is follow the link below at 10am and click on their channel. This week it will be titled β€˜Live 4.’
We hope you enjoy it!

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This is not JUST a bunch of sticks...

Being Imaginative is a hugely important part of a child’s development and so whilst we are encouraging lots of home learning, let’s remember to play too!


It is not just a bunch of sticks...

It is a ... game of noughts and crosses! 

It is a ... den for my teddy!

It is a ... stick puppet!

It is a ... paint brush!

 

I wonder what you imagine your stick to be, perhaps a magic wand which will transport you to a far off kingdom. Whatever it may be, we can’t wait to see! You don’t have to do this with a stick either, you could do it with a box! Remember to share your ideas with us @MeynellSchool on Twitter.

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The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson

 

This week ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is our story! I think you will all really like this one!

Literacy challenges:

 

Nursery: We would like you to listen to the story and then name some of the characters. With support from your grown up, talk about what happened in the story. Can you draw a picture of one of the characters in the story? 

FS2: (Monday) Before reading, can you predict what might happen in the story? Look at the front cover and think about the title to help you. Next, listen carefully to the story. 

(Tuesday) Can you write short sentences/words to describe how the giant looks and feels.

(Wednesday) Talk about the setting of the story, draw and label a picture to go with it.

(Thursday) Write about a problem which happened in the story

(Friday) Can you write a sentence to explain what happens at the end of the story?

Make your own (smoothie) recipe!

 

Today I decided to create my own smoothie. I looked in my fruit bowl to see what ingredients I had and then selected my favourites. I created a recipe using pictures and words to help me remember, and to share with others, exactly what I needed to make it! Here is the finished result, it was so tasty and I was able to practice measuring, number and writing at the same time.

 

I wonder if you can create your own recipe? It doesn’t have to be for a smoothie, it could be for a mud pie, a potion or even a cake!
 

Remember to ask your grown up to share your recipes with us on Twitter @MeynellSchool

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Helicopter Stories:

 

We are so excited to learn that you can now do our favourite part of the week, storytelling and performing, from the comfort of your home. Not only do the children love this activity, it encourages engagement with reading and writing!

 

What you will need:

A5 paper

Pen/Pencil

Masking Tape (not essential)

 

Step 1 - Sit with your child and ask them to tell you a story. Your job as the adult is to scribe what they say. If they pause, or say the story has come to an end then read their story back to them with plenty of expression. Don’t correct any language errors, write everything as your child says it. Make sure their name is at the top of the paper to encourage them to take pride in their work. Finally, ask your child which character they would most like to be and circle it so you remember.

 

Step 2 - Create a stage using masking tape or you could draw an imaginary line. Introduce the story. Ask the participants to sit around the stage and working clockwise around the stage, welcome them up to act out an element of your child’s story. Read the story whilst the participants act it out. Use this time to remodel any language e.g if your child said “frog jump pond” you would model “the frog jumped over the pond.” When the story comes to an end clap all those who participated to show your appreciation and enjoyment.

 

For more information follow this link: https://helicopterstories.co.uk/2020/04/19/helicopter-at-home/amp/#click=https://t.co/O1tA6h71Dv

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Nursery and FS2 Maths Games!

Here are some brilliant ways to incorporate maths into exciting games and activities. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

We LOVE Science Challenges!

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What am I looking forward to?

 

Hi boys and girls, I just wanted to share with you a lovely activity I have found. I’ve uploaded 2 versions so that it works for nursery and FS2 and I think it would be a very special activity to complete with your grown up.

 

The world can feel a little bit scary and sometimes it can be difficult to find ways to feel better about it all. It’s okay to feel scared, grown up’s can feel scared too sometimes. One thing which helps me feel better is to think about how great I’ll feel in the future. For example, at the minute I have to stay and play at home and sometimes that can make me sad but when I think about giving my friend a cuddle again or playing in the park, it makes me feel happy and excited.

 

Grown up’s, you can choose which activity is best suited to your child and give them as much or as little support as they require. This activity will really enhance their Personal, Social, Emotional Development and allow them to share any feelings with you. 

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We love the idea of writing with nature! Can you find a dandelion on your walk and use it to write a special message? We would love to see your work! Remember to send it in to us on Twitter @MeynellSchool!

Toilet roll numbers and sticks.

 

This is a completely free resource which offers plenty of different learning opportunities! Here are 4 examples below:

 

1) Ask your child to write numerals (nursery) 1-5/1-10 and (FS2) 1- 20. They can then cut and stick the numbers on separately cardboard tubes. This will strengthen their numeral recognition and fine motor skills.

 

2) Mix up the tubes and ask your child to put them in the correct numeral order. This will strengthen their counting and number skills.

 

3) Using sticks (or other) ask your child to match numeral to quantity. For example, placing 4 sticks in the tube labelled 4. This will strengthen numeral recognition and counting.

 

4) (FS2) Ask your child if they can use the tubes to help write number sentences. 

 

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Let’s get active!

 

We know how important it is to have a balanced diet and to do exercise. This helps to keep our bodies healthy, which is really important at the moment. We decided that it would be lots of fun to challenge you to create your own exercise routine. All you have to do is use the letters in your name! See the photos below for an example. Once you’ve written it down, ask a grown up to record it and send it to us on Twitter @MeynellSchool
 

If you are in nursery then you can still have a go at this activity. Instead of writing your own, perhaps you can show a grown up your own exercise routine and ask them to write it or film it. You could even choose one activity (star jumps for example) and count with a grown up how many you can do without stopping!

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Teddy Bear Belly Breathing:

 

Teddy Bear Belly Breathing is a fantastic way to help your child to regulate their emotions, calm down and reflect. The best thing about it is that it is super easy to access and after a little bit of practice, your child will most likely be able to recognise independently when they need to use the technique. 
 

1) First ask your child to choose their favourite soft toy/bear.

 

2) Ask your child to lay on their back, placing teddy on top of their tummy. Once they have done this, ask them to put there hands beside them on the floor.

 

3) Ask your child to take deep and steady belly breaths, watching teddy rise up and down.

 

4) Repeat until calm!

 

We hope this is a helpful technique for you!

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Our Spring Story!

 

We hope you all managed to have a lovely Easter and have enjoyed spending time in the sun. We are very excited because one of our favourite authors, Nick Butterworth, has recorded a video of himself reading One Springy Day, which is a Percy the Park Keeper story!! If you can watch the story by following the link below. We would like you to think about what animals you can see, how many there are in total and sounds they might make. If you are in FS2 think about how the characters might feel and share the problem and resolution in the story with your grown up. For extra challenge: can you write a sentence to tell me your favourite part in the story?

 

https://youtu.be/icw9oEWDm4E

 

 

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Spring has Sprung!

 

Hello Nursery and FS2, it’s Miss Park here! I just wanted to share something with you. You may have noticed there are lots of changes around you; the sun is shining brighter, the flowers are blooming, there are more bumblebees and little lambs and chicks are being born too. This is because our season has changed from Winter (snow, cold weather, dark nights and many of the trees lost their leaves) to Spring. 
 

I would like you to go on a walk with your grown up and talk about the changes you can see. Can you take a photo (just like I have below) so that when you get home you can try and draw some of the nature you saw to tell the story of spring. Perhaps you may even like to write a sentence. I didn’t know the name of the flower in my picture and so I used my tablet to research it’s name and to learn more. Nursery, you can try this too; what colour are the flowers? What sounds can you hear? Can you create a picture of your favourite flower or animal. What colours will you use?

 

 

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Hello FS2,

 

Mrs Churchus and I have been busy writing lots of special letters for you this week! They should arrived through your letterbox very soon, so keep your eyes peeled when the Postman arrives. We would love to hear back from you, so if you would like to reply here is what to do:

 

1) Write a message - you could even draw a picture!

2) Ask your grown up to take a photograph of your message.

3) Send your message to @MeynellSchool on Twitter 

 

 

We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Love,

Mrs Churchus and Miss Park

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Free Book!!!

A brilliant FREE book explaining Coronavirus to children. You can access the book by following the below https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus-ABookForChildren.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1f5FXtKeGR3_gQSqwb8aYHWjbudWY4ELlMJPR6YVqzN-rJc7FmNlqxNTg

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Foundation Stage Den Challenge!

 

Calling ALL children in nursery and FS2, here is a challenge for you!

Can you create a den to share your favourite story book inside?

 

We want you to think about:

Nursery - What colour is your den? Is it big? Is it small? How many toys can you fit inside your den?

FS2 - What materials will you use? Which materials were the strongest? How tall is your den, perhaps you could measure it with sticks? You may wish to design their den first for extra challenge!

 

When you have completed this weeks challenge, ask your grown up to take a photo of you inside reading a story and then send it to @MeynellSchool on Twitter so that your teachers can see! You could even #MeynellDenChallenge

 

Here are some pictures of your teachers having a go!

 

Good Luck! We can’t wait to see your dens !!

 

The Foundation Stage Team x

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Name Recognition (nursery children):

Here's a fun way for little ones to practice recognising their name and have a go at matching the letters at the same time. 

 

If you have older children in FS2 you could use the same technique to get them to recognise some high frequency words such as: and, was, said etc

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Masking Tape Highway:

Why not have a go at turning your living room or bedroom into a giant road map! Create your own town to explore with your cars and toys. I wonder what adventures will you go on today?

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Fork Painting:

Using items that you have around the home to get creative with, can both be fun and exciting. This is a great experience that provides a child with the opportunity to make their own decisions during their play. What different patterns and pictures can you make at home?

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Hello everyone!

It's Miss Hoban here. I've loved reading Miss Park and Mrs Churchus' home learning ideas and have enjoyed having a go at some of them myself! I can't wait to go on my next walk and find some "treasure" to make my very own transient art!

I'm going to be adding some fun ideas onto our home learning page as well and mark any that are more geared to nursery age children (nursery).

 

Stay safe and have fun!

Easter Nest Buns:

 

Today’s activity is super fun and super delicious! We’re going to make Easter nest buns. 

 

What you will need:

A big bowl

A saucepan if using hob or bowl for microwave

A big spoon to stir

200g Chocolate

2 bags of Mini eggs (I used Aldi’s own Dairy Fine)

85g Shredded Wheat (I used malt shreddies and crushed them up but you could even use cornflakes or Rice Krispies if you’d prefer!)

Bun cases

 

 

Method:

 First, wash your hands and with an adult wipe down your surfaces.

 

  1. Measure 85g of your chosen cereal and pour it into a big bowl.
  2. Break up the 200g or chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl in the microwave or in a pan over the bin.
  3. Once melted pour the chocolate over the shredded wheat and stir well to combine.
  4. Using a spoon transfer the chocolate wheat into 12 cupcake cases and press the back of a teaspoon in the centre to create a nest shape. 
  5. Place 3/4 mini chocolate eggs on top of each nest. 
  6. Chill the nests in the fridge for 2 hrs until set.
  7. Eat and enjoy!!!

 

 

Remember you can share your creations and bakes on Twitter by tagging @MeynellSchool 

 

Have fun!

 

 

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Transient Art:

 

Today I went out for my daily exercise and decided to go on a treasure hunt along the way. I found so many different leaves and flowers, along with feathers and pinecones too! When I got home I found an old frame (but you could use a paper plate) and created lots of different pieces of art. For an extra challenge, I even had a go at writing my name. See if you can too and tweet your learning to @MeynellSchool on twitter for me to see!

 

I hope you’re all doing well and keeping safe. We miss you!

 

Miss Park and Mrs Churchus

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Lets play shop!

 

Miss Park and Mrs Churchus have been playing 'shops' at home. Each day they have £1 in change which they are allowed to spend on snacks. They can choose whichever snacks they want but when they have spent their £1 coin they can’t have any more. You can try this at home too!

 

What you will need:

Paper

Pen/Pencil

Some snacks - whatever is in your cupboard, or you can use toys and books!

Your imagination!

Spare change - if you don't have any, perhaps you and your child could make and cut some as an extra activity?

 

1) Set up a tuck shop with clear prices for each item.

 

2) Explain to your child they have a certain amount of money to spend each day. This can be whatever you choose but I would advise not to go higher than £1.

 

3) Let your child buy their snacks/toys from the shop.

 

Good questions:

How much have you spent?

How much have you got left?

What coins can you see?

I wonder how much 2 bananas (or other) will cost me?

Can you write a shopping list?

 

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Fun with Phonics!

 

What you need:

String

Paper

Pen/Pencil

 

1) Ask your child to create their own phonics cards, using the sounds from their home learning packs.

 

2) Create a washing line with your piece of string.

 

3) Show your child how to write a CVC word on the blending line e.g. cat.

 

4) Its their turn! How many words can they create? Can they hear each sound and blend them together?

 

Have fun and share your learning with us on Twitter!

 

 

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Grow your own rainbow!

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