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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Around this time of year we often think about minibeasts in Nursery. One of the stories we like to use is 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. This is a much loved book! It is great for learning to count, teaching children about life cycles, as a prompt to try new foods and to learn the days of the week. Below are some fun craft activities you might like to try. Don't worry if you haven't got a copy of the story, here are some links where you can find it:
Animated version of the story
Read by the author
Story through song
Paint some pebbles and make your own hungry caterpillar.
Make a caterpillar picture using leaves.
Make your own butterfly! We have talked about symmetry in nursery and printed symmetrical butterflies before lockdown. This is always fun to do. Just cut out a butterfly shape, paint on only 1 side, fold it in half then open it up!
Here is another fun way to make a butterfly with nature.
Cut out the butterfly shape from some card, a cereal box works well. Let your child decorate the frame. look for some petals and other natural items you would like to use. You could also do this with items like buttons, paper and sequins instead. You need to give the middle of the butterfly a clear, sticky surface. I think they have used sticky back plastic in this picture. I didn’t have any of that when we tried it at home, but lots of strips of clear cellotape worked well. Then add the items you have collected. These look great displayed on a window!
The teachers have put our heads together and come up with an idea for a project for the children in the whole school!
Could you please take a photo of your child dressed in an outfit that’s all one colour – choose from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple or pink. If you can’t make a whole outfit, even a picture of your child in a t-shirt that is one of these colours would be fine. The idea is that we will put all the pictures together to make a school rainbow made from our lovely boys and girls!
If you want to take part, please email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re unable to email the pictures directly, Nursery-P4 can upload the pictures to their class Seesaw page and P5-7 can upload it to their Google Classroom and your teachers can pass the pictures on to Miss Gault.
There’s no pressure to take part, we understand that everyone is adjusting to our ‘new normal’ so if you’re finding things a bit hectic then please don’t worry about tearing your wardrobes apart to find clothes in a certain colour! We just thought this would be a nice idea to create something that involves children across the whole school.
Thanks in advance for all your photos! We hope to have something ready to show you in the next couple of weeks (provided we get enough photos).
The Staff at Lowwood Primary & Nursery Unit
We hope you are finding time to read with your child at the moment. Here are a few activity ideas to support popular stories. More will be added soon. Don't worry if you don't have the book at home you can find lots of popular stories on youtube.
Stickman - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Why not try making your own stickman. You will need a few twigs, some pens and something to tie it with. You could try using elastic bands, string, ribbon or cut up some old fabric.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The Gruffalo has his very own website with lots fun activities to try. You can find activities for lots of other books by Julia Donaldson here too.
In our class this year we have also loved singing and dancing to the Gruffalo song!
Twinkl are offering one month’s free membership for families who are home schooling their children.
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
Search for EYFS resources and plans for practical ideas. This site is excellent for primary age children you might have at home too.
Vicky Cairns, who delivered our fantastic Jo Jingles sessions in the Autumn term, is running live sessions through her Facebook page. The sessions are free but you need to join a private group using the following link if you want to see them.
Our preschool curriculum is delivered through play. We are therefore unable to provide 'work packs' in the same manner that primary classes might. We will however continue to use SEESAW. Through this we will be able to share updates, play ideas, learning links, and guidance in the event of school closure. Teaching staff will regularly check SEESAW and respond to messages.
Welcome to the Nursery 2 class page. Please check in again soon to see photographs of the fun things we do in nursery.
Mrs Denniss & Mrs Masson
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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