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Hello everyone! Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Sykes and Mrs Ali are missing you all and hope you are all happy and having fun with your family.

We hope you are all enjoying doing the activities on our web page. Don't forget to check out the We're Going on a Bug Hunt, Superheroes and Farm Animal pages at the bottom of this page.

We would love to hear about what you and your families are doing at home. Let us know on the Padlet below! Take care everyone and we will hopefully see you soon x


Don't forget if anybody needs any help or information you can contact me on my school email:


I look forward to chatting to you all again this week! Stay safe.

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This week we will be reading the Farmer Duck story and finding out about the importance of helping others. Here are some prompts to help your child answer questions about the story....

Here is the story to read together at home..

You could encourage your child to help with jobs at home.

They could help to wash the pots

Funny Blond Kid Boy Washing Dishes In Domestic Kitchen. Child ...

Sweep the floor

New law requires kids to do their fair share of housework and ... Chores: How to Involve Children | Bright Horizons®

Sort and fold the clothes

6 best ways to get kids to do housework - Kidspot

They could sort and pair the socks together

Toddler Time: Matching Socks | Easy toddler activities, Fun ...

You could hide a toy duck or animals around the outside area and encourage your child to find the duck and describe where it is hiding, using language such as under, on top, behind, in or next to.  clip art duckies primary colors - Google Search | Farm animal ...

You can explore different ways farm animals move. You could pretend to roll in mud like pigs, peck the ground like chickens, gallop like horses or eat grass like a cow. What other actions for animals can you think of?

Using the recipe in your homework pack you could make  play dough and make models of ducks or other farm animals.   

Homemade Playdough - The Magic Onions  Animals Archives – Danya Banya

You can sing 5 little ducks together. Can the children say the number that is one less as the ducks disappear?

You might be lucky to have a farm close to your house. You could take a walk in the local countryside to see what farm animals you can find. You could draw a picture of any animals you see. You'll be surprised how many farm animals live close by. 

Here are some local places you could walk to...

Park Bridge

Hartshead Pike

Daisy Nook Country Park

Stamford park has a lovely lake with lots of different ducks and other birds . Maybe you could feed the ducks and geese together. What different birds can you see?? Here are some birds that Mrs. Harper saw the other day... I wonder if you can see them at the park?

Mallard Duck Facts | Anas Platyrhynchos - The RSPB Canada Goose Life History, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology      Tufted Duck - eBird

                    mallard                                     Canada goose                         tufted duck


  Heron | bird | Britannica  Natural History, Creation and Religious Conflicts: Stories of ...

                    heron                                     kingfisher

Mrs. Harper has a pond in her garden. Here are some of the birds that visit my pond. Can you find out with your family what sort of birds they are?

I wonder what animals have been visiting Mrs. Harper's garden?....

The woodland Trust has lots of nature activities you can do outdoors together. Follow the link below..

This week we will be finding out about The Little Red Hen story. Here is the story to read together at home..

Maybe you could draw the animals from the story together and use sticks to make puppets. 

The Little Red Hen Stick Puppets Alternative Version

You could act out the story together.

In your home packs I have put the recipe for making bread. You can make bread together at home. Here is Auntie Mabel and Pippin finding out about how bread is made...

This next few weeks we will be learning about farm animals. Here is the story of Mrs. Wishy Washy to read at home together...

Maybe you can look for materials around your home to make some of the animals from the story.

Mrs. Wishy Washy expansion: What might happens to sheep when they leave the farm? They get covered in paint in the hardware store.  Add colorful pompoms to paper plate sheep.

You could find toys from your home and make your own story up using the toys. (Check with your grown ups which toys would be good to use).

You could put them in some mud. How does the mud feel? 

Set Sail for Kindergarten!: Wonderful Wishy Washy Week!

You can wash the toys  in a 'tub' and say the phrase from the story.. "Wishy Washy, Wishy Washy'.

Maybe you could help to wash clothes in the tub and make a washing line to peg the clothes out to dry..

Wet Washing Hanigng on the Line | Learning 4 Kids


Don't forget to do the  Mrs. Wishy Washy activities sent home in your work packs!!

Hi everyone. Over the next few weeks, I will be putting activities on our web page to ease the transition from Nursery into Reception for your children. The children are already familiar with our unit and the staff within it. We all work together to help them with the new routines and settling in. Don't forget to tell us about what you have been finding out on our padlet. You could post pictures for your St. James' friends and family to see too!!

One of the key areas we support the children with in nursery is to help their personal, social and emotional development. Here is some information for parents to show what we teach and why this is important...

As the children have been away from school for a while they may feel a bit anxious. Things might look a bit different when they return. Below is a Powerpoint to look at and talk about at home together that will hopefully give your child a better understanding on some changes they might experience..

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Here is a story to read together at home about what makes a good friend and the importance of sharing...

Here are some challenges you can do together at home....

You could act out some of the scenarios below together and talk about good things we can do to help our friends.

You can look through the pictures together and talk about who is being friendly and unfriendly and how we can be a good friend..

From time to time we all might feel a bit angry at certain times and this is okay. It's good to recognise and talk about these feelings. Here are some techniques you can talk about and encourage your child to use to help them to manage their feelings. 

Here is a meditation activity you could try together...

You could practice breathing exercises with Ozzy owl to help you to relax..

You can practice  breathing exercises when listening to calming music...

We are all different and special in our own unique way. Here is a story about Elmer to share together. Talk to your children about how Elmer was different but special in his own way. Talk to your child about their special qualities and how they are similar but share differences with their family and friends.

It would be great if you could download the powerpoint below and talk to your friends about how we are all different but unique in our own special ways. 

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You could draw around your child using pencil/chalk and write down all the things that make them special. Maybe they could draw a picture of themselves showing how they are special.

There are some useful stories  to read together on Cbeebies. Click on the link below..

Here are some stories you can read and talk about together...

Teaching our children good Communication and language skills is very important in Nursery and is used to assess children's ability to speak, pay attention, listen and understand. Children do this in range of ways including, listening to stories, responding appropriately to what people say, by articulating and expressing their feelings and developing their own narratives and connecting ideas or events.

Being able to speak clearly and process speech sounds, to understand others, to express ideas and interact with others are fundamental building blocks for a child's development. Research suggests that good communication, language and literacy at a young age have the highest correlation with outcomes at school. 

I have included a range of activities below for you to do together to help your child's speech, language and communication...

Another key area of learning in the Foundation Stage Unit is Physical development.  This involves giving children the opportunity to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. We teach children to understand the importance of physical activity, health and hygiene and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

When the children return to school it is important that we teach them how to wash their hands correctly. Staff in school will monitor and support them with this but I have included some songs below so that you can practice these skills at home in preparation for their return... 

I have made a song up relating to this that the children often sing in Nursery. Maybe you could try it at home..

It will really help your child's transition to Reception if they can gain more independence in self help skills. Here are some of the things you can be teaching your child at home... 

It is important to encourage your child to eat a range of healthy foods. You could try to sort the healthy and unhealthy foods into groups using the activity below...

You could draw a plate and the healthy foods you like to eat. You could find materials from around your home to make a healthy meal plate...

Home School Topic Timetable | York Mumbler

You could help to prepare a healthy meal with you family. You could help to chop up the food which will also improve your cutting skills. Make sure there is an adult present and that you learn to use the cutting tools safely. We look forward to hearing about the meals that you have prepared.

5 Tips To Help Get Your Kids To Eat Healthier Food – Fit & Fresh

It is really important that you are teaching your children to get themselves dressed independently. Here is what they will need to be able to do when they start Reception class. Please practice these skills at home. We look forward to seeing how independent they have become when they return to school.

It is also important that they can put on their own coat. It's great to most of them can do this. It would be great if they could learn how to turn their sleeves the right way around if needed and to be able to fasten their coat.

coat - The Duluth Montessori School Helping little learners get ready for big school

I know you are all getting really good at holding your pencil correctly.  Here is a reminder on how to hold your pencil...

Why not use your pencil to draw a picture of yourself. Don't forget to draw as many features as you can for example, head, neck, body, arms, legs, fingers, feet, eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, ears, eyelashes. We look forward to seeing your amazing drawings on the nursery Padlet page or school twitter site.

92 Best Art Lessons: Self Portraits images | Art lessons ... How to Draw Children · Art Projects for Kids

Here are some activities you can try at home to improve your fine motor skills...

Remember to practice your name writing using our Read, Write, Inc letter formation sheets. If you can write your first name correctly you could practice writing your last name using the correct formation.


Here are some writing patterns you can practice at home. If you have access to a printer you could print them out or you can practice drawing the patterns on the screen using your finger.

It is important to keep active to keep us healthy. I hope you are getting the chance to go out for walks everyday with your families. It would be great to find out where you have been. 

Here are some activities you can try at home to keep you healthy and active. If you don't have the materials needed you could make your own. A pair of socks makes a brilliant bean bag. Maybe you could sing the beanbag song at home with your family. Click on the play arrow before and have fun singing along and joining in the actions together. Don't forget your rolled up socks!!

You could try the Peppa Pig copying game at home. Maybe you could think up your own actions.

Here are some activities to try outside. You may need to do them with family instead of friends. Have lots of fun getting physical...

Don't forget to complete the activities from your homework pack. Here are some other activities you can try at home and useful websites. Please make sure you have parental controls on your device. I would suggest doing the activities together to make sure the content is suitable.

I have included Joe Wick's daily exercise for you to do together and dough disco activities. If you don't have dough you can pretend and still copy the actions.!?type=Book&q=&cat=170&sortOption=Relevance&pageNo=1

 Learning at Home Packs - Hamilton Education 



Tameside loves reading has worked hard producing the following packs to help you to support your child with reading and phonics at home. Please take time reading them as they offer great advice and activities to help your child's learning at home.