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Easter Holidays

Over the Easter Holidays its important that we continue our routines as much as possible. We do not expect children and adults to be working or learning - THIS IS OUR HOLIDAYS - Have family time, play in the garden, build a den, make cakes, watch a film, share a story and play a game. 

Here are few ideas, activities and stories for over the coming weeks. 

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Mrs. Emmerson is going to read a selection of different stories to you. Share this at bedtime, after lunch or anytime during the day! 

The Storm Whale By Beni Davies

Grandma Bird By Benji Davies

There's a Tiger in the Garden By Lizzie Stewart

Mister Magnolia By Quentin Blake

The Dinosaur Department Store

The Storm Whale in Winter By Benji Davies

We're going on a Bear Hunt By Michael Rosen


Making Chocolate nests

The recipe for the chocolate nests was provided in your Home Learning Pack that was sent home. Here is the recipe again if needed:

Week Commencing 30th March 2020

Nursery Rhyme Time

Miss Burman has got lots of lovely Nursery rhymes to sing along to and teach you. Here are the rhymes for this week!

Baa Baa Black Sheep



Hickory Dickory Dock

Incey Wincey Spider

Row Row Row Your Boat

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish alive


Story of the week!

Our story of the week is ...

The Little Red Hen By Jonathan Allen.

 If you don't have this story at home, don't worry! Here is the story for you to share together. 

 Before you begin, ask your child - What do you think this book could be about? Why is the hen holding the bread? What is she going to do with it? Where do they live? How do you know?


Image result for question marks in bubble Who is that hiding in the pig pen?

Image result for question marks in bubble Who's stripy tail could that be?

Image result for question marks in bubble Is that a horse in the stables? How do you know?

Image result for question marks in bubble Do you think Turkey Lurkey will help?


Image result for question marks in bubble Do you think anyone will help The Little Red Hen eat the bread?



Understanding the world



I wonder how many different roles there are in this process? Let's start with the farmer who harvests  the grain. How many more can you think of and how do they help us make bread?



This week we are going to make some bread rolls with Miss Bell!

Ingredients you will need: 

  • vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 x 7g sachets fast-action dried yeast
  • 2 tsp caster sugar

Due to Availability, Miss  Bell was unable to buy yeast for this recipe. If you have got yeast ready to make bread that is fine, it will be explained how to make bread rolls with both options. 

No yeast Ingredients you will need:

  • vegetable oil, for greasing
  • White flour, plus extra for dusting
  •  Salt 
  • Sugar
  • bicarbonate of soda
  • Milk


Making the dough.

Kneading the dough

Dividing up the dough

All cooked and ready to eat!


Physical Development

  • Practice climbing the stairs 1x per day using only 1 foot on each step.  Remember to hold on to the handrail or ask a grown up for help. This will help your body to stretch and get moving and all good for your gross motor skills.



  • Let's play a game. We are going to play  "Let's Bake". Explain to the children that we are going to use some verbs (instructional words) used to make  bread and add actions to these. Agree these actions between you and then one player is going to call out these words:







Call out these words in any order and all players will carry out the actions.  Start off slow to introduce the game using only 3 of the instructions. Then speed up the game to make it more tricky adding more verbs as you get better.  If you do the wrong action then you are out!

  • After watching the video and making your own bread, you'll be a professional! Now it's time to write your own instructions for making the bread rolls using pictures and numbers-Grown ups- feel free to scribe the instructions next to the children's pictures.


  •  Describe and find it- Grown ups, your job is to describe an object using short, simple sentences.

i.e I am looking for something with 4 legs, is black and white and has an udder.


Can the children find what you're looking for? If this is too easy, make it trickier for them using harder features to describe-use size or shape.

  • Noisy Neighbour-First you will need to collect a group of everyday items from around your home that make different sounds (cornflakes, velcro on a shoe, scissors etc.)

-Tell a simple story about a noisy neighbour and invite your child to join in. Begin with: Early one morning, the children were all fast sleep – (ask the children to close their eyes and pretend to sleep) – when all of a sudden they heard a sound from the house next door.

At this point the adult makes a sound from in the box/under the sheet. The story teller continues: Wake up children. What’s that noise? The child can then try to identify the sound and then say: Noisy neighbour, please be quiet. We are trying to sleep.

Repeat the simple story line with another sound (toothbrush, pouring water). Encourage the children to add their own ideas to the story about the noisy neighbour.

  • Share a rhyming book. As you are reading the story, see if your child can fill in the blanks. i.e the cat sat on the ...


Personal, Social, Emotional Development

  • Dominoes- Using the domino pieces in your learning from home pack, play a game focusing on turn taking. 

-Begin by cutting out the dominoe pieces and laying them face down on the floor.

-Take it in turns to choose a piece and lay them out in front of you.

-Lay down one domino piece at a time making sure that one end of the domino has the same amount of spots as the domio you are laying. Lay the dominoes end to end ( i.e., one’s touch one’s, two’s touch two’s, etc.). 

-Take turns counting the spots and finding one of your pieces to match; use the language my turn, your turn.


This can be done with any game you have at home. Please feel free to use what you have. 


Week Commencing 23rd March 2020

Story of the week!

Our story of the week is ...

The Tiger who came for tea By Judith Kerr


You can choose to: Read this story together if you have it at home or use this link to listen together online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsXtqJp8Az8&safe=active

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Here are some questions that you might ask throughout the story:

Before reading, ask your child what you think the story could be about. Who is in the story? What might happen in the story? What makes you think that? 

Page 1: Who do you think is at the door?

Page 18: How do you think Sophie and her Mummy are feeling now that the tiger has eaten all their food and drank all their drink?

Page 21: Do you think Sophie's Daddy will be happy, sad or cross with the tiger? Why?

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This week Mrs. Emmerson is going to read our story of the week to you. Share this at bedtime, after lunch or anytime during the day!


Understanding the world and Expressive Arts and Design

  • Create a cafe in your home just like the one Sophie and her Mum and Dad went to. This can be done using a small table, a table cloth, knife and forks, cups and a tub/box.

-Get the children to help set up the cafe thinking about where they are going to eat, how they will know whats on the menu, how much it costs etc.

-Talk about and role play the role of the customer (ordering food and drinks and paying for food) and the waiter/waitress (getting people's orders and taking money).



  • Share the story of 'The Tiger who came for tea' and ask questions or make comments about what happens as you read the book.

  • Make your own version of the story based on your own family. Change the family characters to your names and even decide on a different animal that could come for tea. Use pictures to retell the story in a story map; just like this one below, the words don't have to match exactly, this is your story! 

  •  (At Home Cafe) Talk about the food and drink you are going to eat that day and create your own menu. Encourage children to draw pictures of the food items on the menu thinking about the shapes they need to draw these. Adults can write the words of the food items next to the pictures to support this.



  • (At Home cafe) Add prices to the food and drink items on your menu (focusing on 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p only). Use any loose change that you have/make your own coins to put into the tub for the customer to pay with. 

  • Look at the different coins 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. What are they? What do we use them for? What do these coins mean? Explain to the children that different coins have different amounts (2p is the same as two 1p coins, 5p is the same as 5 1p coins etc.) Try to use real coins if you have these. If not looking online or making your own will work too.

-https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money Have a go at playing this game.  Make sure you select - one coin - and either the 1p up to 10p or 2p up to 20p ONLY.


     Communication and Language

  • Cook the food on the menu together. Encourage the children to follow simple instructions to help make the food you have put on the menu; this could be breakfast, lunch, dinner or all of them! Remember they always surprise us with how much they can do- just remember to always supervise them with sharper tools and hot appliances.

-Spread the butter on the bread.

-Pour the cereal/milk into the bowl.

-Lay 2 slices of ham on the bread.

-Chop the carrot (this can be done with a normal dinner/butter knife with support).

 -Add the onion, mushroom, pepper to the pan.

-Mix all the ingredients together.



  • Make your own instruments using recycled materials.  Using simple things such as egg cartons, toilet roll tubes, cereal boxes and even tins! Fill or cover them with household items such as tissue paper, elastic bands, rice, money-use anything you have!                                                          Image result for toilet roll tube shakersImage result for cereal box insturment

  • Nursery Rhymes- Use the instruments you have made to play along to your favourite Nursery Rhymes. These are usually part of our daily routine so the children will know these well!

Here is a list to name a few:

- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

-Row Row Row your boat

-Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall

-Baa Baa Black Sheep

-Hickory Dickory Dock

-Wheels on the bus

-Old MacDonald had a Farm

-Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

-Incy Wincy Spider

-Miss Polly had a Dolly


  • Copy Me. This game can be played just 1:1 or with other members of your family. The adult is to create a simple rhythm with their hands, feet, on their knees or even on their head and the other person tries to copy (clap, clap, stomp). If you are playing in a small group, take it in turns to copy the rhythm and see who can get it right! Start with only three beats to copy and if this is too easier, add more beats to the rhythm or mix it up - clap, stomp, tap on your head. 

You can do this activity with the instruments that you have made or just use your bodies to make different rhythms.


  Home Learning 2020

  • All children have been sent home a with a learning pack to carry out whilst at home during this time of closure. In each pack there is a range of activities and games for the children to use  at home in order to continue their learning. Please feel free to further develop these in order to extend your child's learning; they are simply a foundation to get them started!

    Please find the learning pack below:


    These activities do not need to be carried out immediately and all at once, Miss Bell will upload lots of activities and learning for you to carry out over the weeks including these ideas. 

    It is very important to support our children during these difficult times and one way of doing this is to keep their routine as normal as possible. Here are some simple ideas that might help you in doing this. REMEMBER: GETTING DRESSED IS VITAL FOR MOTIVATION AND MENTAL HEALTH!

  • Getting up and getting dressed at normal times. 

  • Go for a short walk

  • Play in the garden

  • Do some yoga (type in cosmic kids yoga on Youtube)

  • Play

  • Eat meals together

  • Share a story

  • Go to the park (if possible)

  • Help with chores (Nursery do wash up their own bowls at school!)

  • Drawing, painting, making, cooking, puzzles, gardening, board games

  • Have snack

  • Have a bath/shower as normal 

  • Build a den with sheets and pillows

  • Camp in the garden (*if possible)

What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok and that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and give your kids a bit more love. Play outside in the garden and go on walks with the dog, just don’t chat with others. Bake biscuits and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it. If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during these weeks is long gone. So, keep that in mind, every single day.