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Wk beg. 11.01.21

This week our class text will be Noah's Ark. This text will enable us to explore colours, animals, patterns, floating and sinking, a story from the Bible and weather. This story can be found in the Bible and as an animation. Each day we will read the story in class but will not always re-read the same text but alter the versions that we use. Below are links to two different versions of the Noah's Ark story.

In class we will complete a range of activities, outlined below.


Physical Development, Gross Motor.


Each day we will complete short burst energy activities to keep us healthy and to improve our co-ordination. Below are a selection of activities we will be accessing this week. On Tuesday we will be working with Mr Wheeler, our whole school sports coach. Please ensure children come dressed in warm track suit trousers and suitable outdoor footwear such as trainers as this session will be delivered outdoors on the school playground or on the field should it be icy. 

Physical Development, Fine Motor.


Each day the children will have access to playdough where they will manipulate the dough to achieve a desired effect. This week children will be encouraged to use the animal cutters and make two of each animal that they select. 


There will be a selection of colouring sheets that the children can colour within the lines with a coloured crayon, then use a felt pen to trace over the dotted lines to improve hand/eye co-ordination and to add the correct animal pattern to their picture. (A selection of these sheets were put into the home learning packs; Chameleon Patterns, Giraffe Patterns, Parrot Patterns, Snake Patterns, Tiger Patterns and Zebra Patterns, these are still available on the Nursery home learning table, outside the school office, should you wish to collect your child's pack). 

Understanding the World.


This week we will be exploring floating and sinking. We will learn to use both terms correctly and sort a range of items into two piles depending on whether they float or sink. Why not follow this activity up at bath time and explore some items from your own home? Later in the week we will then explore using a range of containers; that will become our ark, and see how many of our small world play animals we can add to the ark before it sinks. Luckily this didn't happen in the story but will enhance our own learning whilst we have lots of fun experimenting. Below is a link to Kit and Pup, to further extend the children's knowledge of floating and sinking.


We will also complete a Fruity Sweets Colour Mixing science experiment using skittles although smarties or other sugar coated sweets will work equally as well. During the experiment we will be encouraging lots of language; predicting what we think will happen, describing what happens and why we think that happened. We want the children to be able to talk about what they have observed and talk about why things happen as well as comment and ask questions. Below is a picture outlining how to complete the experiment. 

Fruity Sweets Colour Mixing

Expressive Arts and Design


This week we learn how God showed his love and promised never to send another flood using the sign of a rainbow. During the Covid 19 Pandemic we have seen many rainbows used to show our appreciation to the NHS and other Keyworker roles all over the country. In class we will make a whole class rainbow for our cloakroom window by painting our hands. However, we will only use the colours red, blue and yellow (the primary colours) and mix the secondary colours ourselves. We will paint one hand red and print it, the other blue and print it then rub our hands together mixing the two colours to create the colour purple. We will do the same again painting one hand red and the other yellow to create orange and finally one hand blue and the other yellow to create green. Once dry these will be cut out to create our rainbow. Our learning here is enabling the children to understand and explore colour mixing. At home the children could mix paints using their hands and instead of creating a rainbow they could add facial expressions to their hands, alternatively to use less paint the thumb print could be painted and mixed with the other thumb print, again adding a funny face or even a hat too. The first minute of the clip below focuses on mixing secondary colours using the primary colours. The second clip also focuses on colour mixing and is worth watching in full. 

We will also be learning the song, Good old Noah built an ark. The children will choose a character head dress which will be used as a visual clue to enable us know what words we need to sing and help us consider what animal sound is needed.


Good old Noah built an ark,
Like God told him to
And on that ark he took two ______,
Like God told him to,
With a _______ here and a _______ there,
Good old Noah built an ark,
Like God told him to.


Do as many verses as you'd like and then at the end instead of singing "Good old Noah built an ark, Like God told him to" sing: And if you do what God says do, He will bless you, too.


Other songs are listed below for children to watch, discuss and join in with should they wish. 

We will create our own ark using small and large scale construction materials. We will follow the children's interests placing small world play animals and characters in the small scale arks and wear our own head dresses and become the animals before climbing on board the larger scale work.

Communication and Language

We will have a range of activities to encourage the children to retell the story, create a similar story, sing songs and make up their own songs these include the use of; animal head dresses, animal stick puppets and our play tray set up with a junk modelled ark, small world animals; two of each animal and a rainbow.  


Our Phonics will include group ring games where children will wear the head dresses and be called into Noah's Ark when their animal name is called, this will be adapted to them entering the ark when they hear the noise that their animal makes. They will then hear two then three animal sounds and will need to enter the ark in the correct order, listening accurately and supporting one another as they play the game. Once familiar with the story they will select and play instruments to represent the storm beginning with light rain, developing into a heavy storm, lighter rain and sun before celebrating the rainbow. We will create mood by darkening the lights and even giving the children a cheeky spray with the water. The children loved this when we were learning about the concept wet, last term.  

Mathematics; Pattern.

This week in class we will be exploring animal patterns. Below are some clips to watch and discuss together. We will discuss patterns that we can see on animal bodies and match animal prints to the animal outlines. Using animal picture cards, each day we will continue a set pattern, create our own patterns and discuss the various patterns created; such as lion, elephant, lion, elephant, lion, elephant. What can you find in your homes to create patterns with? We will also create movement patterns of different animals such as snake (slithering around on our tummy) and lion moving around on our hands and feet, we will swap between these two movements to create a pattern. 


We will be focusing on recognising and writing our own names. Each child has their own individual name in their home learning packs (white envelopes on the Nursery home learning table, available outside the school reception area) and these can be used in different ways depending on your child's ability. Initially the children should match their cut out letters to the top of the letters on the first row of the sheet. If they are able to accurately do this they should place their letters under the provided model onto the second row (as demonstrated in the photograph below). Once they are competent with this they should order their yellow cards without the sheet or their name card for support. Children due to start Reception Class in September should be encouraged to hold their pencil correctly and practise copying their names, focusing on one letter at a time, again using their sheet as a name card for support. 

Recognising own name and name writing activity