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Hello parents and children,

I hope you and your family are well. A Home Learning pack was dropped off at your home on Friday. Please check Google Classroom daily for more details of how to complete the challenges.

I will be leading a singing session on zoom at 11.30 every day. You will receive a link daily by text message. Please press the link and join us.

Take care and keep safe.

Mrs Bush

Our topic this half term is:  What would you find on a farm?

Week 4 Home Learning overview

Other ways to help your child at home.

Keeping active

To help keep your child active try:


Try doing the dance to Happy by Pharrell Williams


How to help your child develop their Listening Skills

  • Make sounds with objects around your home. Give your child a signal to GO or when to STOP. After a few times, let your child be the leader so they can tell you when to start or stop.
  • Give instructions for your child to do an action but they must wait until you say GO

e.g. Clap your hands……………GO!


  • Say a familiar Nursery rhyme or read a favourite story and make mistakes – can your child spot the mistakes?


  • Use 3 or 4 different sounds on a phone or Ipad. Tell your child to do a particular action for each sound e.g. bell – roll arms, swoosh – stretch up tall, boing – jump up and down.



  • Play hide & seek: Hide some toys around your home and ask your child to go and find them. Make a sound when they are getting closer and a different sound when they are getting further away.


To help develop your child’s understanding of language


  • Find objects around the home following certain categories e.g. something you can drink from, something you can sit on, something you can wear, something you can cut with. Something shiny/soft/bumpy/noisy


  • Take photos of you doing an activity with your child e.g. baking, washing up, sorting clothes, putting your shopping away, craft activities, physical exercises. Look back at the photos and talk about what you did in order.


  • Play hide and seek with a favourite toy – make the toy hide in/on/under/behind things. Use the position words to say where you have found the toy e.g. ‘She’s under the TV’


  • Play shopping/café games. Ask your child to give you 2 or 3 items. Can they remember what you have asked them for?
  • Talk about your daily routine – what did you do in the morning/afternoon/at bedtime


Word Challenge!

How many new words can your child learn each day?

Names of objects

Describing words

Sing some Nursery rhymes together.

Press the links below and join in singing.


Image result for sparklebox baa baa black sheep

Baa Baa Black Sheep



Share stories together

Share a story together using a book, oxford owls, storyplace or watch the video link below of Mrs Bush reading the story Hippo Has a Hat by Nick Sharratt.

Hippo Has a Hat by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt


oxford owls

Username: horton mill nursery      password green

Watch the phonics fairy read the stories by pressing the links below.





Maths Ideas

  • Go on a ‘Shape hunt’, finding different shapes around your home.
  • Watch the singing walrus find shapes in the video link below.


  • Find some socks or house hold objects, mix them up and order them by length.
  • Write a number on the top of a piece of paper and find some objects to match the numeral.
  • Write numbers on pieces of paper or post-it notes and hide them around the house. When you find the number can you do that many actions e.g. 5 claps, 3 hops, 7 jumps etc.
  • Find 1 cup, 2 combs, 3 spoons etc. Make some shapes out of the items you find.
  • Practice forming the numbers correctly with pens or paint. Use the number formation cards to help you form them correctly.


  • Have fun setting up a role play shop. Write out price tags and enjoy buying and selling your items.
  • Don’t forget counting is everywhere, count as you put toys on the table, walk up the stairs or even count how many family members are in a room.

Be creative

Make some play dough.

Then join the play dough disco! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJQ2CaA7E50&t=55s

  • Make nursery rhyme puppets using wooden spoons and sing the songs together.
  • Make some musical instruments out of house hold objects e.g. sound shaker with a plastic bottle and some beans, rice or stones. Can you keep a steady beat to your favourite song? the beat?
  • Do some painting and watch how the colours mix.
  • Use some Lego or building bricks and get building! Make something different each day e.g. a pirate ship, a rocket, a fairy castle, a zoo.
  • If you have a ‘pretend kitchen’ in your house make some party food for your dolls or teddies.
  • Make a picture with cut up bits of old clothes and talk about the different textures.
  • If you have dressing up clothes, dress up and make up some stories. You could make a magic wand or treasure map to make your story even more exciting! Make a video of your story.
  • Make a den using bedsheets and enjoy a story inside using your phone torches.
  • Taste some new fruit & veg and talk about the importance of keeping healthy. Make a picture with cut up pieces of fruit or veg then enjoy eating it!

Your child will go through different stages of mark making.

These are all important in your child’s development.

At first they will make uncontrolled marks.

Over time these marks will become more controlled.



They will begin to distinguish between the different marks.


Between 30 to 50 months they will start to give meanings between the marks they draw and paint.  “That is a bear.”





Useful websites

Play Dough Recipe

Who will be support my child?

Mrs Bush                                        Mrs Begum                                Mrs Munir

What will my child’s learning areas look like?

A video tour of Nursery

A video tour of the Nursery Outdoor Area

What times are the Nursery sessions?

Morning session – 8.30 am until 11.30 am

Afternoon session – 12.15 pm until 3.15 pm

In the interest of child safety we ask that a known adult brings and collects your child at the beginning and at the end of each session. If another adult is collecting your child please inform the Nursery staff beforehand. As a safety precaution, the Nursery gate is locked at all times throughout the day.

Does my child have to wear a uniform everyday?


The children do wear a school uniform. All children wear a white polo shirt, school jumper and black or grey jogging pants.

When the children are ready they wear pumps for PE in the hall.  


Please make sure you write your child’s name on all items of  clothing they wear to school.

Please ensure your child comes to school with a warm coat and sensible shoes.

In cold weather, please send your child with a hat and gloves.

In hot weather, please send them with a hat, a cap or protection for the head.

In wet weather, we will still go outside but the children will wear waterproofs. Please send a pair of wellies to be kept in school for your child to wear.

For safety purposes, please ensure your child is not wearing any jewelry.

On their birthday they can come to school in their own clothes.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Your child will need to be picked up and dropped off at the Nursery door by one parent. Please follow the markings painted on the ground.

Will my child be given snacks and drinks during the school day?

Our Nursery is taking part in the fruit and vegetable scheme, which means that your child will be given a piece of fruit or vegetable each session. They will be given milk in a cup each day.

Please send a bottle of water with your child’s name on each day. They will be able to drink the water when they are thirsty.

Please do not send juice or fizzy pop.

What will my child learn?

We ensure that the curriculum we offer meets the needs of the developing child. We use the Early Years Outcomes as a guide to inform the curriculum. This focuses on helping them to develop the skills in the three prime areas and four specific areas of learning both indoors and outdoors.



Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language


Specific Areas:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

How will they be taught?

Your child will receive a daily Listening and Maths session.

We also use a challenge curriculum where we ask questions and then do activities to help answer them.

Each week your child will bring home a Newsletter which will tell you what we are doing in Nursery and give ideas of activities that you can do with your child at home.



They will have adult led activities inside and outdoors.


They will also take part in child chosen activities inside and outdoors.

Where possible we try to give them first hand experiences.

They will also take part in lots of exciting activities.


In Nursery we run a weekly Woodland school during the Autumn and Summer terms in our schools Woodland Area.


I am worried my child may get upset.

Children vary greatly in their response to Nursery. Both you and your child may feel anxious for a while. This is quite common and natural and we are always on hand to support you and your child.

How can I be involved?

We see parent involvement as essential. We will run a parent event every half term which we will invite you to.

There will be a parents meeting in Autumn and Spring and you will receive a report of your child’s progress in Summer.



How can I help my child to be ready for school?

Starting Nursery can feel a very big change for your child. Helping them feel ready will help them to settle more quickly. Talking about starting Nursery in a positive way, attending transition meetings and visits and helping your child become more independent will all help to make this transition easier. Please see the link below for more information about how we will help your child settle into Nursery.

Settling in Curriculum.


Ways to help your child to learn and develop at home.

I will send home a weekly newsletter and put a link at the top of this web page. It will explain what your child has been learning in Nursery and give you a weekly challenge to do at home.

I have sent home a Google Classroom login. On Google Classroom I will post challenges  and send you photographs of your child doing activities in Nursery. I would really like you to send me photographs of your child doing things that have amazed you.

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Click on the link below to access mini mash. I have sent home login details.  I will be updating regularly with new games. It is a very useful resource to help your child develop many skills. If you save your child’s work in their tray I can send them a message. When your child has finished their picture or activity press save. Scroll down to your child’s name and press save. I look forward to seeing their creations.


There are lots of ideas of activities you can do with your child at home on https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people

Other ways to help your child at home.




Thursday 24th September

Challenge 1

Share the story Peace At Last by Jill Murphy. Talk about the sounds they can hear? What sounds do you hear at night time? Look carefully at the illustrations. What can you see? What sound does it make? This will help to develop your child’s listening skills and understanding of the world around them.


Challenge 2

Take a sound walk around your house. What sounds can you hear?

Challenge 3

Can you do Andy’s wild night time workout? This will help your child develop their control of their large movements.


Wednesday 23rd September

Challenge 1

Join in singing” Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”


Challenge 2

Try making some play dough. Use the simple recipe below.

Making Uncooked Playdough

2 cups of plain flour

1 cup of salt

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

1 cups of water

Powder paint or food colouring



  1. Mix flour and salt.
  2. Add oil and water.
  3. Knead all ingredients together.
  4. Add food colouring.


Making Cooked Playdough

2 cups of plain flour

1 cup of salt

4 teaspoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of cooking oil

2 cups of water

Powder paint of food colouring



  1. Mix flour and salt in a pan.
  2. Add cream of tartar and oil.
  3. Add water and mix together.
  4. Add food colouring.
  5. Cook on medium for 3 to 4 minutes. Keep stirring.

Challenge 3

Join in with playdough disco.


Tuesday 22nd September

Challenge 1

Sing and copy the actions ‘Here we go round the Mulberry Bush’. You can add other actions – this is the way we pat our knees/wiggle our fingers/shake our shoulders. This will help your child develop the vocabulary of body parts.


You can also try:

Sing and make up your own actions  to the song ‘If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwTwt4oIW3U 

Challenge 2

Use a large doll/teddy/character toy. Say to your child ‘Ready steady jump’ and do it together. Let your child make the toy do the same actions – you could try jumping, hopping, kicking, dancing, clapping and waving. This will help your child learn what ‘action words’ (verbs) mean.

Challenge 3

Draw around your child’s hand and other members of the family. Who has got the biggest hand? Who has got the smallest hand? Which hand is small, bigger and the biggest? This will help your child develop the vocabulary of size.

Write the name of the person whose hand it is. This will help your child understand that writing has meaning.

Monday 21st September

Challenge 1

Sing ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’ and join in with the actions. This will help your child develop their communication skills and control over l
















Monday the 25th of January

Challenge 1

Share the story  Handa’s Hen. Count the animals on each page.


Challenge 2

Make a split pin hen. Using the sheet provided in the Home Learning pack.

Challenge 3

Sing five Brown Eggs in a Nest of Hay. Count how many eggs are left each time.


Challenge 4

Join in Oti’s Boogie Beebies ‘Zoom to  the moon.’


Challenge 5

Play the game ‘A year on the farm.’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/down-on-the-farm-a-year-on-your-farm

Tuesday the 26th of January

Challenge 1

Share the story ‘The Little Red Hen.’ Talk about what the characters say, do and how they feel.


Challenge 2

Cut out the chicken in the Home Learning Pack.

Challenge 3

Sing the song ‘Ten Green Bottles’ How many bottles are left each time?


Challenge 4

Join Andy in his Wild Workout in the Undergrowth.


Challenge 5

Play the game ‘Andy’s safari sounds.’


Friday 22nd of January

Challenge 1

Join in singing ‘Over in the meadow’ by Jill MacDonald. What animals can you see? What are the animals doing?


Challenge 2

Action cards

Look at the action pictures. What are the children doing? If your child finds stage 1 easy move onto stage 2 or 3.

Stage 1 – say the action

Stage 2 – say “The girl/boy is….(say the action).

Stage 3 say “She/he is ….(say the action).

Challenge 3

Can you draw a picture of a sheep? In your Home Learning pack. I have added ways to break down drawing a sheep into small parts so you can show your child one step at a time. They can have a go with you or on there own.

How to draw a sheep

Challenge 4 

Can you count to ten? Can you show ten fingers ? Join in singing ‘Ten green bottles.’ How many bottles are left each time?


Challenge 5 

Join Andy on his wild workout on the beach. Can you join in the actions?




Thursday 21st January

Challenge 1  

Join in singing Baa,Baa Black Sheep.


Challenge 2

Can you go on a colour hunt around your home? What is the object and how is it used?

Can you find something blue?

Can you find something red?

Can you find something orange?

Can you find something yellow?

Can you find something green?

Challenge 3

Using the sheets in your Home Learning pack make a split pin sheep. Please send a photograph to me of your child’s creation through twitter or info@hortonmill.oldham.sch.uk

split pin sheep

Challenge 4

Move your body and join in the ‘Cookie Boogie.’


Challenge 5

Join in singing ‘Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree.’


Wednesday 20th January

Challenge 1 

Watch the video on sheep shearing. Talk about what you can see and hear. What is the sheep’s wool used for?’


Challenge 2 

Using the sheet in your pack make a model of a sheep. You will need to help your child. Talk about what you need to do next at each step. Which number next? Please send a photograph to me of your child’s creation through twitter or info@hortonmill.oldham.sch.uk


Challenge 3


Talk to your child about opposites such as hot and cold. Please see the videos below for some ideas.




Challenge 4

Join in singing Five Little Men in a flying saucer. Count how many are left each time. Show on your fingers.


Challenge 5

Can you play the ‘Looking Game’ with Mr Tumble.


Tuesday 19th January

Challenge 1

Join in and sing ‘Baa, Baa Black Sheep.’


Challenge 2

Make a sheep mask using the sheet in your Home Learning Pack? Please send a photograph to me of your child’s creation through twitter or info@hortonmill.oldham.sch.uk


Challenge 3

Sing and join in the actions of the song ‘If you are happy and you know it.’


Challenge 4

In this game you can first choose to meet the animals. This allows children to become familiar with the pictures and animal noises used in the game. Next you can play guess the animal. Click the New Animal button and a box will be delivered with a noisy animal hidden inside. Click the picture that matches.


Challenge 5  

Join in and sing Five Little Speckled Frogs. How many frogs are left each time. Show on your fingers.


Monday 18th of January

Challenge 1

Can you share the story song ‘Where is the Green sheep?’ Listen again. Can you join in this time?


Challenge 2  

Make a paper plate sheep using the resources in your Home Learning pack. Please send a photograph of your child’s creation through twitter or info@hortonmill.oldham.sch.uk


Challenge 3

Copy the actions and repeat the words to Little Green Froggy.



Challenge 4

Join in and sing ‘Five Little Speckled Frogs’. How many frogs are left each time. Show on your fingers.


Challenge 5

Click any of the yellow bubbles to hear a random sound. Some are real sounds and others are funny sound effects. Some start off quietly and gradually get louder, some are long and some are short so there’s lots to talk about.


Friday 15th of January 2021

Challenge 1

Can you join in singing ‘Over in the meadow’ by Barefoot books.


What animals can you see? What do the animals do?

Challenge 2

Can you draw or paint a straight line?

Can you draw a circle?

Can you a wavy line?

Can you draw a zig, zag line?

Please take a photograph and send it to me via info@hortonmill.oldham.sch.uk

I look forward to seeing your lovely work.

Challenge 3

Get your body moving. Join Andy on his wild workout in the desert.


Challenge 4

Matching halves of a whole object is a fun way of letting your child explore objects and to encourage them to talk about them.

Try for yourself by cutting some fruits, vegetables and other household items in half. Can your child match them up to make a whole? Watch the video below to give you some ideas of what to use.


Challenge 5

Use some vegetables such as potatoes, green beans, mini corns or carrots to do this sorting job.

Can your child sort the vegetables that are the same?

Choose a few that are different sizes.

Can your child find the biggest ? Can they find the smallest? Can they put them in order of size? Looking at two different piles of vegetables (one with more and one with a few) Which is more? Which is less?

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Challenge 1

Listen to the story ‘Mrs Wishy Washy by Jo Cowley’

What do the animals do? What does Mrs Wishy Washy do? Why do you think the animals do not like having a bath?


Challenge 2

Stick the cow parts together to make a picture of a cow. This will be in the week 2 learning pack or you can print it out using the link below.


Challenge 3

In the bath or using a bowl of water use a cleaned plastic bottle or cup to fill and empty with water.

Can you fill the bottle or cup to the top with water?

Can you empty all the water out of the bottle or cup?

Can you put some water in the bottle or cup?

Can you put a lot of water in the bottle or cup?

Use a spoon to put water in the bottle or cup. How many spoonfuls can you put in the cup or water?

Challenge 4

Can your child help with sorting out the washing? Can they match the socks? Can they guess who each item of clothes belongs to?

Watch the video below for ideas of questions to ask.


Challenge 5

Get your body moving! Join Andy on his mountain adventure.


Wednesday 13th January 2021

Challenge 1

Can you join in singing Old MacDonald had a farm?


Challenge 2

Draw a picture of a cow.

Challenge 3

Using a box such as a cereal box or shoe box make a home for a cow. If you have paint, felt tips or stickers can you decorate it to make it look beautiful.


Challenge 4

Join in singing five little speckled frogs.


Challenge 5

Join in singing the Grand Old Duke of York. Use your shaker (If you made one.) to help you.


Tuesday 12th of January

I will be running a zoom singing session today at 11.30am.

Challenge 1

Can you listen to the book’ The noisy farm’.

What animals can you see? What sounds can you hear? What are the baby animals called?



Challenge 2

Watch the video about cows. What are the cows doing. What sounds can you hear? What is the farmer doing? Why is he giving the cows food? What is tractor Ted doing? How does he help the farmer?


Challenge 3

Watch the video of two children milking a cow.


Can you use a rubber glove to pretend to milk a cow?

What You’ll Need:

-Clean rubber glove

What to Do:

Take a needle and prick the end of one finger of the rubber glove.  Depending on the thickness of your gloves, you may need to stretch the hole with the needle in a circular motion to widen the hole.

Fill the glove with water and tie the open end of the glove so that it holds the liquid without spilling.

Now the fun can begin!  Allow your child to grasp and squeeze the finger downward to simulate milking a cow. You can attempt to fill a small cup with the “milk.”

This activity is an exciting way to develop fine motor control.

Challenge 4

Talk about a time when you feel happy with your child. When do they feel happy?

For ideas of how to talk to your child about feelings please see the link below.


Draw a picture of a time when you feel happy? Can you draw your smiley face?

Challenge 5

Can you sing five little ducks? Count how many ducks you can see. What numbers can you see?



Monday 11th of January

Please check your text messages. A link will be sent to you. I look forward to seeing you then.

Challenge 1

Watch the video of Mrs Bush reading the Farm concert.


What animals can see?

What noises can you make?


Challenge 2

Using your Home Learning pack. Can you make a picture of the farm? What are your animals called? What sounds do they make?

Challenge 3

Get your body active. Join Andy on an underwater workout.


Challenge 4

Can you make a shaker using a bottle and some pasta or oats?


Challenge 5

Can you join in singing 5 Little Ducks. Show on your fingers how many are left each time.


Friday 8th January 2021

Challenge 1

Share the story The Noisy farm – Rod Campbell

What animals can you see? What sounds do they make can you count the animals?


Challenge 2

Play the Cbeebies game down on the farm. Can you complete all the challenges? Talk about the jobs you need to do.



Challenge 3

Can you play a game of musical bumps. Watch the video below to give you some ideas of how to play.



Challenge 4

Can you sing five speckled frogs. Try  using some teddies or blocks to be your ‘frogs’. Take one away each time. How many are left. “1234. There are 4…”


Five little speckled frogs,
sat on a speckled log.
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yum Yum.
One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Now there are four green speckled frogs.
Glub Glub.

Four little speckled frogs,
sat on a speckled log.
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yum Yum.
One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Now there are three green speckled frogs.
Glub Glub.

Three little speckled frogs,
sat on a speckled log.
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yum Yum.
One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Now there are two green speckled frogs.
Glub Glub.

Two little speckled frogs,
sat on a speckled log.
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yum Yum.
One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Now there is one green speckled frog.
Glub Glub.

One little speckled frog,
sat on a speckled log.
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yum Yum.
One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Now there are no green speckled frogs.
Glub Glub.


Challenge 5

Can you make a horse headband using a cardboard box, paper or printing the sheet below?


Thursday 7th January 2021

Challenge 1

Watch Mr Tumble down on the farm. What animals can you see? What sounds can you see? What do the animals look like? What colour are they? How many legs have they got? Do they have wings?


Challenge 2

Can you make a picture or a model of a horse. Take a photograph and post on twitter.

Challenge 3

Can you join in singing 5 little Monkey’s. Show how many monkey’s are left each time using your fingers.


Challenge 4

Draw a picture with your child. The video below may give you some ideas.


Challenge 5

 Musical Chairs

Place some chairs in a row or in a circle facing outward. Play a song or  sing a short rhyme while circling the chairs. When the song is over, you and your child sit on the chair closest to you.

Continually change the movement with each new song, such as skipping, hopping or crawling to keep your child engaged and active.

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Challenge 1

Join in singing Old MacDonald had a farm.


Challenge 2 

Go on a colour hunt around your home. What green objects can you find? Can you name the object? How can you use the object?

Challenge 3

Join in singing Five Speckled Frogs. Can you use your fingers to help you? How many fingers do you have left each time?


Challenge 4

When getting changed today can your child talk about what they are doing. Watch the following video for ideas of questions you can ask them.


Challenge 5

Can you get your body moving by playing this fun version of hide and seek. Play music from a phone and hide it from your child. You and your child can then search together to figure out where the music is coming from. This will be fun for your child, help develop their listening skills and will get them moving.

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