Sample timetable for children in Nursery
9.30 - share a book
10.00 - phonics work
10.30 - learning through play - this could be completing a jigsaw, playing with small world toys, such as animals, dinosaurs, dolls, child's interest etc, exploring the garden or completing a physical development activity
11.30 - a literacy/physical development lesson
12.00 - lunch
1.00 - a maths lesson
1.30 - learning through play
2.00 - understanding the world/expressive arts and design/topic activity
2.30 - learning through play
This is a list of suggested ideas or links for home learning - we are not expecting you to complete them all (unless you want to), pick out a few and remember to share any home learning with us on Class Dojo.
Please do not feel you have to print activities out; these are just some ideas that you could make, draw or cut out as a family.
Below are lessons and activities to complete with your child.
Reading for Pleasure
Having the time to read and enjoy a good quality book is very important in the Early Years.
Here are a wide range of texts to share with your child.
This first week we will be thinking about what we hope or dream that this new year will bring and about the well being of ourselves and others during this strange time.
Have a think of what you would like to try/do or get better at this year e.g. sharing, being a good friend, riding a bike, holding a pencil correctly, learn some new Nursery rhymes, count objects to 5 etc.
Draw, colour and write what you enjoyed playing with the most or what you enjoyed doing with your family over the Christmas holidays. Hopefully, we can share this with each other soon.
Communication and Language
This will come into lots of the activities you will be doing but so won't need to be taught separately but you might just want to consider these pointers when working with your child:
*Ask them questions about what they are doing and encourage them to ask questions.
*Encourage your child to speak in full sentences rather than 2 or 3 words and model this for them.
*Ask them for more detail to extend thinking for example:
car - what colour is it? how big is it? so “car” then becomes “It is a yellow car”.
*sing nursery rhymes, songs and poems.
Can you find materials around the house that you could turn into snowballs? (Cotton wool, tissue, paper etc.) See how many you can throw into a pot, bucket, even your mum or dads arms and count them. Can you beat your score? Can you beat your family members?
If you feel like a challenge you could draw the number of snowballs you managed to get in or even try to write/copy the numeral.
Keeping active is very important to our mental health and well being. Why don't you practise your yoga skills, or learn a new dance. How many keepy ups can you do? Why don't you challenge one of your grown-ups to a hula hoop competition or a skipping game? Whatever you do, keep safe.
Describe it and Find it game
Set up a model farmyard. Describe one of the animals but do not tell the children its name. Say, for example, This animal has horns, four legs and a tail. Ask them to say which animal it is. Ask them to make the noise the animal might make.
When they are familiar with the game let the children take the part of the adult and describe the animal for you to name.
This activity can be repeated with other sets of objects such as zoo animals, toy sets based on transport (e.g. aeroplane, car, train, bus, boat), musical instruments etc.
It can be made more challenging by introducing sets of random objects to describe and name.
Look, listen and note - can the children:
■ describe what they see;
■ identify the animals and imitate the sounds;
■ add new words to their vocabulary.