What your child learns at home is very important to us in school. We would like you to extend what they have been learning in school to the home environment to cement their new knowledge.
To help with this we will upload resources for you on this page. This will range from the books we are reading, simple recipes that you can cook at home with your child, simple activities that you can do and songs that you can sing.
Children will experience many learning opportunities at nursery school. Here are a few suggested activities to support your child's learning at home.
Autumn Home Learning
We understand that there may be times when you cannot bring your child to nursery.
So that you don't miss out on the exciting things going on we have created a new home learning booklet called "@HOME with Bedford Nursery Schools Federation".
The booklet concentrates on Hands On Meaningful Experiences that you can have with your child whilst you are at home. It contains lots of ideas for activities, recipes and books that you can share with your child. All the activities are simple, clear and free to do.
Click the links below to access electronic copies of the home learning booklets, or if you would like a paper copy please get in touch at email@example.com and we will send one out to you.
We would love to see some photographs of you at home doing these activities, or anything else you are learning about . Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The links below relate to the home learning we did during the pandemic. The activities are still relevant today so do take a look for ideas about activities that you can do at home.
At this time of year we experience the joy of seeing chicks hatch out of eggs we have had in an incubator.
This year we are planning to do this immediately after the Easter holiday, but would like to share with you some short videos of the chicks that were successfully hatched last year.
The chicks went home with a member of staff last year and here is a short video to remind you what they were like.
Signs of Spring
This week we are beginning to look for signs of Spring. The daffodils, crocuses, bluebells and snowdrops are in full bloom and the weather is getting a little warmer.
On our You Tube channel you can listen to Kulwinder tell us about Kippers adventures in March.
Why not follow his example and go for a walk and make a list of all the signs of Spring that you can see.
Today we are looking for signs of Spring and in this video Victoria talks about how to notice changes and what to look out for.
We are continuing to look for signs of spring around us this week. Over on our You Tube page Graziella is reading 'When will it be Spring'. Head over and have a listen,
Spring is when we can expect to see the flowers start to pop up. If you walk through the park or along the embankment in Bedford you will see some beautiful daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops in bloom.
Use our chart here to see how many you can find. If you do see some, take a photograph of them and send it in to us telling us where they were.
Hold onto your photographs because later in the week we will be doing some drawing and painting of them - really looking at the details.
World Book Day
We round up our week of looking for signs of spring with painting and making our own daffodils. If you have your photographs from your walk this week, you can also paint and make other flowers.
Here we show you how to paint in two different ways and also make a model of a daffodil.
Whilst we were on half term holiday last week it was Shrove Tuesday and hopefully you had some delicious pancakes.
This week in nursery we will be reading the story of the 'The Big Pancake' and 'The Runaway Chapati', and making and eating pancakes.
If you follow this link you can hear all about Shrove Tuesday.
Here is our recipe for pancakes and a shopping list for you to fill in so you know what to buy at the shop.
Make your own pancakes and send us some photos of you enjoying them to: email@example.com.
Tell us what was your favourite topping? How many pancakes did you make?
Today Bev is reading us the story of 'The Big Pancake'. Head over to our You Tube channel to hear it.
Anna teaches us the pancake song here:
Today Kulwinder is reading 'The Runaway Chapati' on our You Tube channel and here is the recipe for you to make your own chapatis.
Today we are going to do some experiments! In this week’s stories, the chapati and the pancake rolled away after they were cooked. Can you find anything in your house that rolls? This could be, a ball, sellotape, or something else.
Do your objects roll further if they travel down a ramp? Play a game and see whose object will travel the furthest.
Did you cook pancakes with an adult this week?
You can also make your own paper pancake.
Cut a large circle from paper, draw or stick pictures of your favourite toppings on to it.
This week we have listened to the stories of 'The Runaway Pancake' and 'The Runawat Chapti'. in both these stories there was lots and lots of running.
Each year in a town quite close to us called Olney, they hold a pancake race, just like we did in nursery this week. If you click here you can see a short video of one.
The winner of a race usually wins a medal. Here Bev shows us how you can make your own medal for your winners. Make you medals and then get your family out in the garden or the park for some races.
Make sure all your winners receive their very special winners medal.
Chinese New Year
Today we start learning about Chinese New Year. Each year in the Chinese calendar is named after an animal. This year is the Year of the Ox. Can you find out some facts about an Ox? What does it look like? Where does it live?.
In this video Victoria tells us the story of Chinese New Year.
In the story Victoria uses animals to make shadows. You can use any toy animals you have at home to make shadows, just make sure your light is shining on the wall and hold the animals in front of it.
You could also try making animals out of salt dough or playdough and use these too.
On our You Tube channel today Lidia is reading the story 'Cleversticks'. The story is about a young boy who starts school and finds he can't do some of the things that the other children can do. He does, however discover that he has a talent that none of the other children do!
Log on and have a listen to the story.
Can you think of something that you find tricky? It might be putting your coat on or doing up your shoes by yourself. Have a go and see how you get on - keep trying until you can do it.
Why not learn a new skill too just like Ling Sung. How about learning to use chopsticks?
If you have some pencils at home you could try with these or make your own from paper. Simply roll a piece of paper into a really tight tube and secure it with tape. Make two of these and see if you can pick things up with them.
We continue with our theme of Chinese New Year. The children have been making their own lanterns and fans in nursery. We are using them to decorate our Chinese restaurant In this short video Lizzie shows us how to make a lantern.
You can also make your own fans:
Use a piece of paper - you can decorate this before you make your fan or use some wrapping paper or old wallpaper.
Start at one end and fold the paper over in a thin strip, turn the paper over and then fold it again. Continue to do this to the end of the paper. Fold the end of the paper over and spread the folds out.You should have a fan that looks like this:
You can also use paper doilies to make a simple fan.
Fold or cut the doily in half and keep folding it in half until it forms a triangle shape. Pinch the end and spread the folds out at the top.
This is how it should look.
It's cold outside and there's no better way to warm up than doing some cooking. Today in nursery the children made Stir Fry to try. It is a quick and easy way to get children to eat lots of healthy vegetables; and it's so tasty too.
In Chinese culture the dragon is a symbol of power, wisdom and wealth and it is believed that they bring good luck to people.
The Dragon Dance is performed as part of Chinese festivals and celebrations. Here on You Tube you can see some traditional dragon dances being performed.
We also like to make our own dragons at nursery and perform our very own dance for good luck.
The Three Little Pigs
Today we are listening to the story of the 'Three Little Pigs' and you can head over to our You Tube page to hear it.
Once you have listened to the story see if you can retell it,
Can you remember what the three little pigs houses were made of?
Can you remember what the big bad wolf said as he was trying to blow their houses down?
Did the big bad wolf win and blow them down?
You can also go outside into the garden or to the park and see what materials you can find to build your own house with. You can use twigs, leaves or stones and see which is strongest.
Today we are getting active.
Go outside for a walk, if you can, go to the park.
Before you go, put your hand on your heart and listen to your breathing.
Walk as fast as you can and maybe run for a little bit. Put your hand on your heart again and listen to your breathing? What has changed?
While you are out, look at different houses.
Do they look the same as yours? How are they different?
Take pictures of houses during your walk
When you get home draw a picture of your own house. Is there anything on your house that makes it special?
Today Jo is teaching us the rhyme 'This little piggy'. Rhymes are an easy and fun way to develop speech and language. Listen to the rhythm of a rhyme it can be spoken or sung.
If you would like to hear more rhymes head over to the Words for Life website from the National Literacy Trust.
We are continuing our theme of 'The 3 Little Pigs' and today Amy sings us a song. She is using finger puppets too. Do you remember last week Shirley sang some finger rhymes and we shared the link to making your own finger puppets? Click here for a reminder. You can make your own pig finger puppets and keep them safe. Tomorrow we will show you how to make them all their very own house!
Enjoy Amy singing today..
You can also head over to our You Tube channel to hear Debbie read us the poem of 'The 3 Little Pigs'. If you would like to see this please use the link on Parent Hub.
This is our final day of The Three Little Pigs and today Anna is showing us how to make a house for each of the pigs. Follow the instructions and make some houses for your finger puppet pigs and see if you can blow them down!
Today is all about the snow! We have uploaded a new story on our You Tube channel called 'The Mitten' - you can access this through the link on Parent Hub.
Listen to the story then go out and enjoy the snow whilst it is with us. Make a snowman or snow woman and send us a photo of you with it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you come in you can always do some snowy activities too: fingers to paint a snowman, use your whole hand to make the 5 Jolly Snowmen from the song we sing at nursery.
You can make snowflakes by cutting them from white paper - like we did at Christmas.
You can also read the story 'Snow' by Sam Usher and there are some lovely activities linked to the story here on the Lovemybooks website.
It's still a little snowy outside and chilly too. When we are cold a nice warm drink or something to eat can warm us up.
It is important to look after the birds and the other wild animals when its cold and snowy as they may not be able to get to their food easily. In this video Bev shows us how to make a bird feeder for the garden with some things you might have in your cupboard at home.
Have a go and see how many birds come to visit it.
We have a new story on You Tube for you to listen to today called 'Bird builds a nest'. You can access it through the link that is sent on parent hub.
Once you have had a chance to hear the story - or maybe read it at home if you have a copy, you can have a go at bird watching to see how many you can spot.
Nazma shows us how to make a different bird feeder in this video - see if you can do this one.
Today Jo shows us how to make our own binoculars to go out and spot the birds, she also shows us the different species of birds that you might see in the garden or when your are out on a walk in the park!
Today Shirley is singing finger rhymes for us and showing us the actions.
If you would like to make your own finger puppets click here to see how.
Do you have lots of empty boxes and cartons at home? Then don't throw them away!
A great way to make use of them is making models.
Boxes - big and small, milk bottle tops, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, yoghurt pots, butter cartons....the list is endless, can all be used to make models at home.
All you need is glue or sellotape, some paint or crayons and your imagination.
It is also a great way to support language development for your child.
Talk about things on 'ontop', 'beside' and 'underneath'.
Talk about how one object is 'bigger' or 'smaller' than another object.
Talk about how you will fix the items together.
'One Year with Kipper'
If you have had a chance to listen to Kulwinder reading 'One Year with Kipper' on our You Tube channel, you will know that Kipper makes a New Years resolution not to throw snow balls at Tiger any more.
Think about something that you could do at home to help.
Things like; putting your toys away when you have finished playing, just like you would at nursery. Try putting your coat and shoes on by yourself so you can play outside.
If you have a camera at home you can take pictures of things you find interesting around your house and garden, or if you are out on a walk. Ask an adult to email them to email@example.com and we can share them in school.
On our You Tube channel you can listen to Gerda read the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'.
If you have a copy of the book at home you can read it too.
You can make your own puppet too and in this video Gerda shows us how to do this.
If you made your gingerbread man puppet yesterday then today we are going to show you how to use it with maths using every day items from your house or garden.
Here Vic shows us different ways to do this.
So far this week we have read the story of the Gingerbread Man, we have made our own puppets and decorated them. We have used our gingerbread man to learn to recognise numbers and today we get to the best part...making gingerbread men to eat.
In this video Vicky shows us how to make a gingerbread man and then you can see a short video with the recipe on.
Today we finish our Gingerbread Man week. In this video Anna shows us how to develop our puppets and make a 3D Gingerbread Man.
All you need are some junk modelling bits from around the house. Have fun!
How do you feel? The Colour Monster and other stories
Today's home learning is based on the book 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas.
The book focuses on feelings and emotions and how we can describe them using colours.
A link to the story is available on our You Tube channel. If you would like to be able to access the You Tube channel please download Parent Hub using the links from the home page.
Once you have listened to the story
Have a think about how the different colours make you feel. What else makes you feel like this? Your grown-up can help you learn these words so you can say how you are feeling. Talk about which one is your favourite feeling and why?
Draw your favourite Colour Monster. Ask your grown up to help and draw all of the other monsters.
If you cannot access You Tube to listen to the story you can talk to your child about how they are feeling and here is a link to a cbeebies site that might help.https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/talking-to-your-child-about-emotions.
So yesterday you were able to listen to 'The Colour Monster' story and hopefully you drew pictures of your own colour monsters.
Here is a link to a video showing how to take this one step further with identifying and sorting objects of different colours.
Today we are using our eyes and our memories! Vicky shows us how to play 'Kim's Game'. Kim's Game is a really good test of your observation and memory skills.
Can you remember what items are on the tray?
Can you work out what Vicky took away?
Play the game at home with objects that you find around your house and garden.
We have uploaded a new story to our You Tube channel called 'Ravis Roar'. If you log on and listen to the story you can then check out our well being tips here
Dancing is a really good way to make yourself feel good. Turn up the music and just let go!
Here is a link to the BBC Boogie Beats
Friday group time is our singing time!
Our Spring songbook is available here and Graziella is showing us our new handwashing song to keep us all safe!
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Follow the link to hear We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Join in with Michael Rosen and then pack your bag and go on your own bear hunt at home or in the garden.
What would you need to take with you on your adventure?
I wonder what you might see and hear on your bear hunt.
You could hide a teddy bear for your child to find at the end of their bear hunt.
Design a simple treasure hunt around the house and garden.
Give the children a list of easily found items and see how many they can bring you.
Make sure there is a prize at the end!
Children with SEND
Pop over to our SEND page for support and ideas for children with additional needs.