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Wk beg. 18.01.21



This week we have recorded stories to share with you all at home. Mr Terrado has kick started this with a return to his story time sessions. Our stories are posted on the Nursery home learning page; Story time with the Nursery staff. 


All parents should now have received their child's Reading Buddy account details, these were sent to you via the Tapestry app on Monday to enable you to further support your child's reading at home. If you have been unable to access this information, please contact the school so we can pass on the information to you another way. 


Have lots of fun with the learning activities this week and we look forward to seeing this learning on Tapestry. 

This week our class text is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. This text will enable us to explore how to make friends, enable us to consider what makes us special, help us to learn to name and describe some of the animals that live under the sea and enable us to retell the story. Below is a link to the story. 

Literacy, Reading.

As the week progresses and the children become familiar with the text, pause the story at relevant points and ask questions about the text to support understanding. How does the Rainbow Fish feel about his beautiful scales? Why do you think the little blue fish wants one of the Rainbow Fishes special scales? How do you think the other fish felt when the Rainbow Fish wouldn’t play with them? How did the other fish feel when the Rainbow Fish shared his scales with them? What could we share with our friends? 

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. They will roll, squeeze, flatten and shape the dough. This week children will be encouraged to use the sea life cutters.


There will be a selection of colouring sheets related to The Rainbow Fish story that the children can colour. They will have photographs of the characters from the text to refer to, to encourage them to select the correct colours and they will also be encouraged to stay within the lines as they colour. (A selection of these sheets were put into the home learning packs, these are still available on the Nursery home learning table, outside the school office, should you wish to collect your child's pack). 


A Rainbow Fish tracing sheet will be available for children to improve their hand and eye co-ordination (also included in the home learning pack).  

Understanding the World.

We will be exploring materials testing which materials are reflective and which are not. We will shine light onto various materials exploring what happens. We will work in the natural light and also under darkened drapes with the torches. We will discuss why reflective materials are useful and how they can be used to keep us safe. We will also test our own Rainbow Fish and discover if the shiny foil scale reflects light. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will make our own Rainbow Fish using a paper plate, paints, foil scales and googly eyes. We will use different shades of blue, green and purple and apply the paint using our thumb prints to create the scales. We will add shiny foil scales to our work and a googly eye just like the Rainbow Fish in the text. An example will be added to this page on Wednesday, should you wish to make something similar at home. Alternatively follow the link below for other ideas on creating various sea creatures using a paper plate.  

We will create our own cave for the Octopus using small and large scale construction materials. We will follow the children's interests placing small world sea creatures in the small scale caves and wear our own head masks and become the sea creatures before hiding in the larger scale caves.
We will make our own photo frame to frame a picture of ourselves, valuing who we are as a special person. Children will have access to a range of collage materials to decorate their lollipop sticks to create their own unique frames. Below is a link, should you wish to create your own frame.

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; Rainbow Fish character masks, Rainbow Fish character stick puppets (images included in home learning pack) and our play tray set up with a junk modelled cave and small world sea creatures.  

Our Phonics work will include learning the rhyme;

Fish are swimming,

Fish are swimming,

In the sea,

In the sea,

A splishing and a splashing,

A splishing and a splashing,

Look and see,

Look and see.  

We will add actions and props, split into two small groups and sing in a round, clap to the beat of the rhythm as the song is sung, add instruments to the beat of the rhythm and recreate our own rhymes by changing the character to one from the text such as Star Fish, Octopus or Blue Fish maintaining the same repetitive phrases as the original rhyme. 

Wise old Octopus,

Wise old Octopus,

In the deep cave,

In the deep cave, 

Why doesn't anybody like me,

Why doesn't anybody like me,

Help me be happy,

Help me be happy.

Mathematics, Pattern and 2D Shape.

This week we will continue to explore animal patterns, focusing on the patterns of sea creatures. We will discuss the patterns that we can see on their bodies, discussing the various colours, lines and shapes. Using sea creature picture cards, each day we will continue a set pattern, create our own patterns and discuss the various patterns created; such as star fish, octopus, star fish, octopus, star fish, octopus. What can you find in your homes to create patterns with? 

We will also be revising the names of 2D shapes, focusing on circle, square, triangle and rectangle. We will be sorting objects by looking at their properties (sheets enclosed in home learning packs for use at home). Perhaps you could see what shapes you can find in various rooms in your house or even look out for shapes whilst on a walk. What shapes are the different road signs, sign posts, windows in houses etc? 


Literacy: Writing

We will look at the front cover of the text and encourage the children to describe the Rainbow Fish. An adult will scribe their ideas around the Rainbow Fish as labels. We will focus on naming the head, body, tail, fins, scales, yellow lips, shiny scales and look at the different colours that make up the Rainbow Fishes scales.

As a daily activity, the children will continue to focus on recognising and writing their own names. Children at home can continue to use their own individual name, from their home learning pack to do this. 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 should be encouraged to select the letters in order as if they were writing their name (left to right). 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. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Following the daily reading and discussion of the Rainbow Fish text, we will then focus on what made the Rainbow Fish special and what made her happy. We will consider how we are all special for different reasons and what makes us all special? We will say something kind about our friends to show how they are special to us.