Nursery: Blog items
Date: 25th May 2020 @ 11:00am
Hello and happy half term!
I'm not going to be posting a daily challenge for you over half term but here is something you can do if you like. It's a funny time right now and it's one we may want to look back on in the future to remind oursleves what we did, how we felt and how lucky we are when it's all over. So I've attached a time capsule template for you use so that you can record some of these things, either by writing or drawing it's up to you.
You can either print it out, do it on a computer or just draw our each page for yourself. Do as much or as little as you chooe and feel free to share anything you do on EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk
Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 4:08pm
Home Learning Celebration Post
I’ve had such a lovely time looking through your home learning this week and making this video of you proudly sharing your work. Keep sending your fabulous photos and videos to us. You’re doing an amazing job learning at home and we are very proud of you.
You’re ALL Outstanding Home Learners
We've had 2 children playing on Numbots this week. Well done. You're both bot-tastic!
NVG - Gold Aeroplex NNH -Trance Petastar
Miss Heritage told me she loves seeing your photos too and she can’t wait to add lots of fabulous new activities on to the blog after half term.
Thank you to all of the adults that have helped this week. I hope it wasn’t too messy! Let us know what you think about the activities by emailing us and tell us if there is anything you’d like to see more of.
Let's finish our half term with a celebration dance alongside our friends, Blazer Fresh, from Go Noodle.
Take care of yourselves and your families.
I’ll see you back on the blog soon.
Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 12:36pm
To all our families who will be celebrating Eid this weekend...
We hope you have a lovely time but remember to keep safe!!!
Nursery and Reception Staff x
Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 10:15am
Good morning and happy Friday!
Can you believe we’re coming to the end of another half term? It’s the half term holiday for everyone next week! I’m going to post a challenge for the half term week at the weekend and then I should be back with more challenges from the 1st of June.
Today I’m giving you a fun challenge that has been sent to me by Mrs Ganner which I think is a good way to end Mental Health Week.
We’ve talked a lot in school about resilience and the Power of Yet but I bet you didn’t know that there is actually a Power of Yet dance! So today's challenge is to have a go at the Power of Yet dance. Here are 3 links depending on what your age is, have a go and you can send either photos or videos in of you having a go to EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchster.sch.uk. There are also some writing tasks that you can download and do on each page if you choose to do so.
Have a lovely half term and stay safe.
As always, thank you so much to everyone who has sent me pictures of your wellbeing challenges. I've been sent a few more fantastic origami hearts and a couple of amazing poems. Here they are!
Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 10:03am
We now have 6 home learners in our celebration video this week! Thank you so much to those of you who sent your photos in yesterday. The video will be ready after teatime today.
There's still time to send your photos in if you want to be in our celebration video. Here is a reminder of our email address:
Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 5:37am
Phonics Daily Challenge - Friday 22nd May
Click the link to your favourite rhyme from this week and perform in a new musical style
Humpty Dumpty - see the real Humpty fall!
Baa Baa Black Sheep - sing along and do a funky hip hop dance with J Boom
Hey Diddle Diddle – watch this nonsense rhyme come to life in the little girl’s dream and settle down at the end of a very busy week to dream about cows jumping over the moon and a dish running away with a spoon.
I’d love to see videos of you performing the rhymes
Have an amazing half term!We'll see you again on June 1 for more fabulous home learning fun
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 5:35am
Maths Daily Challenge - Friday 22nd May
I watched a video on YouTube and it gave me a great idea. I could use things from my house to print a flower garden. In the video they used a fork to print flowers that have 3 petals on it. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE PRINTING FLOWERS VIDEO
I decided that I wanted to make flowers with different numbers of petals on them so I collected lots of different things from my house and made a printed shape flower picture.
Printing Flowers Challenge
Create your own printed flower and don’t forget to label your flower with how many petals it has.
Send in your flower pictures to
Have a fabulous flower filled week off full of colour and smiles! We'll see you after half term. Have a rest and take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Date: 21st May 2020 @ 10:15am
Good morning, I hope you all found some way to enjoy the sunshine yesterday. I sent a lot of time in my garden and I have to admit even though I applied plenty of sun cream, I’m still a little pink! I hope you were all more careful than me.
We’re almost at the end of the week and today is the last kindness based challenge as I have something a little different for tomorrow.
I hope that you have been experiencing some acts of kindness this week as today my challenge is to write a kindness acrostic poem. This is where you use each letter of the word you choose to start a sentence or word.
I’ve attached a file that has a few different kindness words to use for your poem so you can choose one or choose more than one you like! As always if you can’t print then don’t worry, you can write it out on a piece of paper or even type it on a computer like I have.
I have chosen the word caring. Here is my poem.
Cooking for other people
Asking people how they are
Returning peoples phone calls and messages
Interest in what friends and family are up to
Niceness goes a long way!
Going the extra mile for those you love
As always please e-mail your poems to EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk
I'm very impressed with all the origami hearts you've all been making, some of you even made both hearts like I did! Here they are along with some other past challenges.
Date: 21st May 2020 @ 7:43am
We only have 2 children's home learning so far this week. Thank you so much to both of you! I'm so excited to make a video of your learning tomorrow but I'm sad I can't see more lovely home learning.
Remember to send photos of you completing your home learning challenges so we share your learning with all of your friends in Nursery.
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 20th May 2020 @ 9:54am
Wow what a day! The weather forecast suggests it could get as hot as 26 degrees today! I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy it although I’ll definitely be putting on some sun cream!
Today’s activity is linked to kindness again and involves making a little present for either someone else or yourself. Today‘s challenge is to make an origami heart.
To start with you will need a square piece of paper and it will be easier to follow the instructions if it is decorated or coloured on one side.
Here is a YouTube video telling you how to make a square from an A4 piece of paper.
Then you have a choice of making 2 different hearts, one flat and one 3D. I made both and prefer the flat one and found it a bit easier but it’s up to you which you do.
Here is how to make the flat heart (my first picture) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnV262Egucw
Here is how to make the 3D inflatable heart (my second picture) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN4oPm9bCWE (then at the end you have to blow it up using the little hole at the bottom)
I can’t wait to see your hearts! Remember to e-mail them to EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk
I've really enjoyed reading about all your kind acts in your hearts from yesterday and I love how some of you are mentioning clap for carers in your kind acts for others! Here are the ones I've been sent:
Date: 19th May 2020 @ 10:26am
I hope everyone is well and taking good care of their mental health this week. We are still looking at kindness today and how important kindness is to keep everyone happy and healthy. Today's challenge will hopefully help everyone to see that kindness is all around us and I bet there are things that others do for us (and that we do for others!) that we barely even think about.
Today we're going to draw a kindness heart.
First of all draw a large heart on a piece of paper. Then on the left hand side write all the things that people do for you that are kind, all in different colours. Then on the right hand side write all the kind things that you do for others in different colours. If you can't think of many then maybe have a think of things that you could do. The acts of kindness could be as simple as just smiling at someone or saying good morning.
Here is mine if you would like to steal some ideas!
If you would like to share your kindness hearts then as always please feel free to e-mail me on EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk
Thanks to Mrs Iqbal who sent me her kind acts for the week!
Well done to the children that are still sending in their mask designs as well as their kindsness acts (one here has even made his mum a cup of tea and some biscuits!)
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 10:41am
Good morning everyone, its the start of a new week!
Thank you to everyone who has sent their amazing face mask designs, I've been blown away once again! Have a look below to see what you have all done.
This week it is Mental Health Awareness week so I will be posting some activities linked to this. Mental Health means looking after yourself to make sure that you are happy and healthy. The theme is kindness and involves being kind to yourself and others.
For today I've attached a little booklet for "The power of kindness" where you have to draw or write what kindness means to you and then write (or draw) 5 kind acts that you can do this week (it says month but I think we can squeeze them all into a week!) The acts of kindness can be either being kind to yourself or being kind to others. Perhaps a mix of both would be nice. If you can't print out the booklet then you can just type or write them out like I have :-).
Kindness to me means doing something nice to make somebody feel good and loved.
The 5 things I am going to do are:
1. Make my husband some cups of tea
2. Send a friend a little message through the post to cheer them up.
3. Phone my mum for a chat.
4. Have a nice relaxing foot spa while I watch one of my favourite films (for me)
5. Buy myself a litle treat while I'm out shopping, maybe some nice chocolate! (also for me!)
As always, please let me know what your ideas are by e- mailing EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk
Look at all these fantastic face masks! :-D
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 9:33am
Maths Daily Challenge - Thursday 21st May
I was thinking it would be nice to have lots of flowers in my garden but I’ve not planted any seeds so I can’t have them.
This made me feel sad so I decided to reuse old things I had around the house to make pretend flowers. I used tubes and rolls and plastic shopping bags to make a big piece of flower art in my house. I’m going to take it in to Nursery and put it up in the outdoor construction area I think.
Use anything you can find to create a flower garden in your house and remember to label either the petals or the flower so we can remember how many petals each one has.
I can't wait to see your flowers!
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 9:31am
Phonics Daily Challenge - Thursday 21st May
Hey Diddle Diddle
Say the rhyme with your grown-up and find all of the objects beginning with ‘c’ in it.
Make a poster of objects beginning with the same initial sound and label each object. I chose c c c c cow and c c c c cat from the rhyme and then thought of more objects beginning with ‘c’.
You might want to make a different sound poster with ‘m’ objects like moon, man.
Send in photos of your sound posters to firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s performance day tomorrow! You will be showing me your favourite rhymes performed in new and interesting ways.
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 9:15am
Maths Daily Challenge - Wednesday 20th May
Go outside and find one flower from your garden or on your exercise walk. See if your grown up can find one too. Take a photo and send it to us
DON’T PICK THEM! REMEMBER, WE CARE FOR OUR FLOWERS.
You could talk about the shape or size or colour or even texture of the flowers that you saw. Use counting words to describe them too.
You could say things words like:
I have ___ petals on my flower.
It is the same number of petals as your flower
It has a different number of petals to your flower
We both have lots of petals
I have one more petal than yours
Another one makes __ petals
My friend has a beautiful garden and he sent me photos of the flowers in it. I used the show me app to draw over the top of the photos. How are you going to draw and label your flower?
If you can't find any flowers, here are some photos for you to look at and draw. Remember to label your picture with how many petals there are.
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 9:05am
Phonics Daily Challenge - Wednesday 20th May
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Say the rhyme together and then find objects that begin with ‘sh’ with your family.
Feed the objects to a sound monster like the one we made a couple of weeks ago. If you’ve not made one pretend your hand is a sound monster. Look at the things I found that begin with ‘sh’ in the photo
Send in photos of your ‘sh’ objects to email@example.com
A nonsense rhyme is on our phonics challenge tomorrow so make sure your join us for some more phonics fun
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 8:52am
Maths Daily Challenge - Tuesday 19th May
I wanted to learn more about flow
ers so I looked on the internet for pictures and videos of lots of different flowers. I was looking at the petals on the videos and I noticed they had different colours, shapes, sizes and numbers of petals.
Watch the video, pause it and talk to your grown-up about what you know about the flowers.
You could say things like:
I can see ___ petals on that flower.
This has same number of petals as this one.
The pink flower had a different number of petals to the blue one.
These flowers had lots of petals.
I hope you liked watching the video as much as I did
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 8:46am
Phonics Daily Challenge - Tuesday 19th May
Say the nursery rhyme with your family and then make up a rhyming string like Mickey and Minnie did in the video. Can you remember when they did this a couple of weeks ago? ‘ all, wall, ball..’
Can you make up your own rally robin ‘en’ rhyming string?
‘men, again, when…’
Send in your rhyming string videos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Come back tomorrow for another fab phonics challenge
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 8:38am
This week we are going to be kind to each other. Watch the video to see how you can be kind too and send in your videos and photos of kind acts.
Sometimes it's hard to be kind all of the time. To help us feel calm, in Nursery we practice calming breaths on the Go Noodle FLOW channel. If you want to you can go there and practice your breathing with an old activity:
If you want to try something new try these:
Breathe with Moby Robot – concentrate on breathing to help you feel calm
Belly Breathing – fun song to teach you how you can help calm yourself down if you’re feeling mad
Square breathing – let the fish teach you how to breathe and hold your breath to help you focus and calm.
Enjoy a quiet corner of calm when you do these breathing exercises
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 8:27am
We are going to learn lots of words about moving. These words are called verbs. In the story, ‘The Little Seed’ there are lots of words about how the seeds move. You need to know what these words mean so click on the video to find out about them:
sails, falls, drifts, settle down, burst open
Make your own vocabulary spinner at home and complete a challenge using the verbs in the songs.
Challenge 1 – simple actions
Freeze by the Kiboomers - dance along to the song.
Play the Vocabulary Spinner game using these words
hop, skip, twirl, dance
Challenge 2 – harder actions
Move and Freeze by The Learning Station – dance along to the tricky crossing your body actions song
Play the Vocabulary Spinner game using these words
move, freeze, jump, shake, turn
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 8:14am
Watch the video of me reading the story, ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle. Get ready to predict what will happen next. When I tell you to, pause the video and answer my questions.
These are the kinds of questions I am going to ask:
What do you think will happen?
What do you think will happen next?
What will happen if the seed stays there?
You could start your answer by saying things like:
I think it will
The seed will
I think the seed is going to
Drawing and Writing Challenges
- Draw one of your favourite pictures from the book. Label the objects with the first sound (initial sound).
- Draw the pictures from the story in order and label the objects with their initial sound.
- Draw the sun and label the picture with the word. Can you hear all of the sounds in the word ‘sun’ and write them?
I can’t wait to your pictures. Send them in to our email address
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 7:49am
How to Grow and Care for Plants
Find something growing in your garden or in the park during your daily exercise time – look at the grass or a flower– DON’T PICK IT! Leave it growing in the ground to show everyone you care for living things. Talk about what you know about plants. You could describe what it looks like or say how it has grown.
If you are a scientist you can use a computer to find out about flower grow using your knowledge of the story, ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ and by looking at videos on the internet like these:
If you are a singer you could learn a new song like this one and sing it to your family
If you are a dancer you could pretend you are a plant growing and move along with the music.
If you are an artist you could paint or draw a picture of a flower using the colours that you see. Look at the beautiful painting my daughter made below.
If you are a speaker you can use words to talk about what you have seen and learned. You could make a video describing your favourite flower and talk about how it grew.
There are lots of things to keep you busy there. Remember to choose your favourite and send in photos or videos of your learning by Friday
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 18th May 2020 @ 7:42am
It’s lovely to be back on the Nursery blog. It’s my turn to be posting lots of activities and challenges this week and Miss Heritage is busy thinking of some more fun things to do with you next week.
‘Nursery, Nursery what do you know? Teach me all about how plants grow’
These are challenges to complete any time over the coming week:
Connected Curriculum Weekly Challenge
This week I want you to complete one or more of the challenges on the list. You’re choosing your favourite ways to show me and Miss Heritage what you have learned over the past few weeks about growing and caring for plants.
Reading Weekly Challenge
We are going to read through the story ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle and as I read it I want you predict what will happen to the seeds. After that you will be able to tell me all of the interesting things that happen in the story and create drawings with initial sound labels on them.
Vocabulary Weekly Challenge
This week our vocabulary challenge will be learning new verbs. We are going to learn about how the seed moves in ‘The Tiny Seed’ and play games using a vocabulary spinner.
Then you are going to complete one of the verbs action challenges to show me how you move. You can use the vocabulary spinner too.
Send any photos or videos of the challenges you complete at home to me by Friday and I’ll put them all up on the blog for you to share with your friends. This is one of my favourite parts of blogging from home so please send lots and lots of photos or short videos in.
Tomorrow I will start setting you daily phonics and maths challenges :
Maths Daily Challenges
As well as looking for and describing the flowers you see this week, we are going to be creating and drawing them. Then I want you to count how many petals, label them and compare them.
Phonics Daily Challenges
This week is a ‘show me what you have learned’ week in phonics. We are going to have daily challenges using our knowledge of some of our favourite nursery rhymes. There will be lots of challenges to choose from for each Nursery Rhyme. You will be able to show me that you can say the initial sound of objects and create rhyming strings by the end of the week.
I’m so exciting about learning together at home again. I hope you are too!
From Mrs Ganner
Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:19am
Good morning and happy Friday! End of the week already! Fingers crossed we get some sun this weekend.
My last wellbeing challenge of the week is a creative one in case you want to spend some time on it over the weekend.
I’d like you to design your own face mask. As we know, face masks are being worn by many people at the moment to keep help them safe. If you had to wear one, what would you like it to look like? You can have whatever you want on it and make it as crazy as you like!
I’ve attached a template if you would like to use it but don’t worry if you don’t have a printer, you can just draw one like I drew mine! Here is mine for you to have a look at, now if only I could sew…
Please send me your designs as I’d love to see them! EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk
Have a lovely weekend,
Thank you to Heer who sent me this joke:
There were two boys who were going to school and they were late.The teacher asked why they were late.One said I was looking for my money that i lost. The teacher asked the other boy why he was late.He said I put my foot on his money.
and to Tomasz for these jokes:
What is a pirate's favourite letter?
What do you call an alligator in a vest?
and to Theodosia for sending me a lovely video of her telling me jokes such as:
What do you get if you cross a tiger with a porcupine?
A slow poke!
Date: 15th May 2020 @ 7:18am
Well done to all our super learners this week.
It has really made me smile, seeing all your fantastic learning! 😀
Thank you to all the parents who have taken time to send photographs and videos to us so we can celebrate your child’s work.
🌟 You are all Outstanding Home Learners 🌟
Remember Mrs Ganner is looking forward to doing the blog next week so if you didn’t manage to send your photographs this week, don’t worry, she’ll put them up for you next Friday!
Have a fantastic weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday!