Nursery Classes Home Learning
Romilly Nursery Home Learning
Romilly Nursery Home Learning
In the boxes are a variety of skills that the children are developing. They need to regularly revisit these skills to consolidate their learning and allow them to start applying the skills they have learnt to different contexts.
Personal and social skills
Physical skills: gross motor
Physical skills: fine motor
Help your child practice their fine motor skills by:
Speaking and listening
Number & counting
Please look for additional activities on our (help sheet on school website)
Shape & pattern
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Below are a variety of ways to support your child's number skills. This includes recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting accurately. We would really appreciate your involvement in helping your child with these skills. We teach numbers in incremental bands to help them consolidate and secure their knowledge before being introduced to the next band of numbers. The number bands are as follows: 0-3, 0-5,0-10 and 10 plus.
The games below and attached number cards can be adapted to meet your child's current stage of number development. Playing these games and working with your child on their number skills regularly will help them move forward.
Lay the number cards out. Call a number and ask your child to 'splat' the numeral. (This activity can be used to introduce new numbers to your child while consolidating previously taught numerals.)
- Number line
Ask your child to put the number cards in the correct order. Muddle up 2 or 3 numerals and ask the children to fix your number line.
- Hidden numbers
Turn all the number cards over, take it in turns to turn over a card and count out that many items (counters/toys/dry pasta etc). To extend this activity ask your child to count how many items they have altogether.
- Number walk
While out and about ask your child to look for as many numbers as they can find. This can be house numbers, prices, number plates etc.
- Make a simple bingo card. Call a number and ask your child to colour the number in.
- Rock, paper, number!
Just like playing 'rock, paper, scissors' call 'rock, paper, number'. Each player holds up as many fingers as they want. Count the fingers and point to the matching number or write the number.
- Dice games
- Roll a dice, ask your child to indicate that number. Children can then complete that number of actions (e.g. 6 hops/ 2 jumps/ 4 funny faces)
- Online games
This website has lots of fun games to play with your child. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years
How to hold a pencil
- Get your child to pretend his or her dominant (writing) hand is a crocodile.
- Practise opening and closing the crocodile’s mouth.
- Place the pencil on the bottom jaw of the crocodile and close the crocodile’s mouth on the pencil. The pencil should rest on your child’s middle finger held in place with the thumb and forefinger. Make sure your child holds the pencil near the tip and that the pencil end is resting in the soft part of their hand.
- Encourage your child to hold their pencil like this and watch them as they colour/write/draw. If you notice they are swapping their grip help them to hold their pencil correctly. Small enjoyable practise sessions are the best way to help your child to practise this grip.
Quality story times
These is nothing better than listening to a story. Here are some top tips to supporting story time:
· Talk about books, words and pictures
Before you start reading a book, talk about the title, the pictures on the cover (front and back). Look through the pictures together and ask your child what they think the story might be about.
· Talk about stories and events
As you read and when you’ve finished, sometimes ask questions about the story. 'What was your favourite bit? What do you think about that? What would you do?' Get your child to ask you questions too. Don’t overdo it though – otherwise you can lose the thread of the plot.
· All join in
Start asking your child to join in with bits that are repeated in stories, e.g. ‘Run run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!’. Traditional stories, like The Gingerbread Man, are really good for this and children will love doing the voices!
· Find your favourites and add to them
Children love to listen to their favourite books over and over again and to remember some parts by heart. That’s fine as enjoyment and memory play a key part in learning to read. Add to their list of favourites by reading stories of all kinds, rhymes, poetry and information books too.
· Retell stories
Sometimes after you have shared a story, ask your child to retell it to you. Help by asking 'What happened first? What next? And then what?' Can you remember what happens at the end?! Encourage them to use plenty of expression.
· Read everywhere you go
Read on the move and show your child how you read words everywhere you go too. Point out words they might recognise, including signs and logos in the street or on labels.
· Listen to and sing songs and rhymes
Singing lots of songs and nursery rhymes helps your child to hear the sounds in words and build up a bank of known favourites. Play with words and sounds and make up nonsense rhymes in songs or nursery rhymes they know. Encourage them to join in.
· Remember when...
Compare events in stories or information books with things you’ve done together, so your child starts to make connections between these things and their own experiences: 'That’s just like when we went to Thorpe Park. Do you remember? Dad was scared...'
When teaching your child to use scissors, remind them to make sure their thumb in on the top. You can draw a smiley face on the thumbnail/paint their nail a colour to ensure they can see it when they are cutting. This prevents the child from turning their hand upside down while cutting.
Stages of scissor skills:
- Ripping- Ripping sturdy paper such as construction paper or card is the perfect activity for young children to engage in before being introduced to scissors. Children exercise their tripod grasp- or their thumb and first two fingers as they grip the paper to rip it. Ripping also requires children to move their hands in opposite directions at the same time which helps develop bilateral coordination skills. Cut sturdy paper into strips and invite children to rip away! When they demonstrate they are ready, move to larger pieces of paper.
- Cutting through playdough- Playdough is a great material to practise cutting as it isn’t too tricky. Children can use normal scissors or playdough scissors to do this.
- Cutting drinking straws- Straws are fun and fairly easy for young children to cut through. The straws make a satisfying snap sound when they are cut which the children really enjoy. Bonus: Once your straws are all cut up, you can string some yarn through the pieces to make a necklace. Like the drinking straws, there’s a clear sound that comes along with cutting through the Styrofoam. Scissors slice through the Styrofoam easily but the children have to practise turning the Styrofoam to create pieces.
- Cutting paint card samples- Now your child has to practise controlling the scissors and the paper while cutting in half. The children also have to follow a line.
- Cutting around shapes- Now is the time to allow your child to continue to develop their scissor skills through cutting out lots of pictures and shapes. Provide your child with a wide range of items to cut up/out and allow them to get creative. The more practise your child has the stronger their muscles will become and more confident they will be.
Nursery websites for home learning
- Oxford Owl
- Love My Books
- BBC School Radio: Nursery rhymes
- The Imagination Tree
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
Apps for home learning
- Splingo Actions
- Splingo Categories