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Nursery- Home Learning for the whole year group

If you need any help or support you can reach the Nursery team on the email address below. We will check it daily. 


During the school closure, staff will prepare work for the children to complete at home tailored to the learning they would have been doing in class. 

You can expect a new activity and a Makaton sign to be uploaded to the website daily (by 8.30am). Some other tasks will be pre-loaded for the week (unless there are technical difficulties!).

There will also be a range of tasks from other subject areas. Children can choose what other activities they do. We recommend doing two of these additional tasks each day.

You can expect a phone call from a member of staff during each week that the bubble is closed.  If the member of staff is calling from their own phone it will be a withheld number.

Staff will check and respond the year group email and you can expect a member of staff to be available to respond directly between 1 and 2pm, Monday-Thursday.

Please email a photo of a piece of work your child has done each day to the year group email: nursery@dovecote.school

Monday 18th January - Friday 22nd January

During this half term we will be learning about different jobs and people who help us. Our focus story is Emergency by Margaret Mayo, you can listen to Miss Woodward read it in the video below. 

This week we will be learning all about vets and how they help and treat animals when they are unwell.

Daily Activity

Daily: Writing your name

Can you copy the letters from your name? Below is an example of the sheet we use everyday to practise our letters. You can make your own at home using a pen and paper/cardboard/envelope. First we trace the letters and then we have a go at copying them underneath. 

Name writing

Monday 18th January 

Mrs McCarron went on a nature walk and found lots of things to count. Can you pause for the video and count the animals? 


You could go on your own number walk!

Extra Challenge: Can you pause the video and identify how many animals there are without counting them? 

Draw how many swans you can see in the video. Draw simple shapes like circles to represent the swans like the example below..



A Makaton sign will be posted daily.

Monday 18th January 

Watch Mrs Kendrick show you how to sign VET then have a go at doing it yourself. Once you have learned it, you could send the nursery team a video via email: nursery@dovecote.school 



Speaking, listening and attention activities will be posted here.

Monday 18th January 

Miss Woodward has found some more objects in her mystery box. I wonder what they could be for?

Video 11-01-2021, 16 04 45.mov

Challenge: Can you segment the sounds in dog, cat and cow?

Further Learning Activities Monday 18th January - Friday 22nd January

  • Make your own puppets! You could use a range of resources from around your home, get as creative as you wish. Once they are made, make up your own story with them Have an adult write down your story exactly as you say it. Your grown up could read your story back to you as you act it out! Your story may only be as long as a sentence or two to start with. Watch the video below to see Mrs Morrell show you how to make a simple bunny puppet. There are also some printable puppets which can be downloaded by clicking the document below.
  • Watch Something Special  by clicking here. Justin takes his friend's pet dog to the vet and Mr Tumble pretends to be a vet with his toy patients. 
  • Make your own carrots and number them. Can you match the numbers to the correct amount of carrot greens. Miss Morrell has done an example for you. 
  • Listen to Mre Dale read you a poem all about pets! Can you identify the rhyming words in the poem?
Vets poem.MOV

It’s Fun to Have a Pet

Cats and rabbits
And hamsters and frogs
Snakes and turtles
And gerbils and dogs
Fish that love to be all wet
Oh it’s fun to have a pet!

Pets have needs, pets need care
Give them shelter and treat them fair!
Pets have needs, pets need you
Food and water and exercise too!

Ferrets and mice
And parrots and bugs
Lizards and crabs
And tarantulas
Horses you ride, now don’t forget
Oh it’s fun to have a pet!

Can you pretend to be the animals in the poem? How might they move? What sound would it make? Ask a family member to guess what animal you are trying to be!

  • Play the video below to do some Cosmic Yoga.
Yoga Time! _ On The Farm _ Cosmic Kids.mp4
  • Listen to the Vets Help Pets song here. What animals did you see? Do you have a pet? Do you know anyone else that has a pet?
  • Practise your cutting skills. You could draw your favourite animal or pet and cut around it. You could also make your own cutting sheets like the ones below. Careful supervision from an adult will be needed for this activity.


Emergency by Margaret Mayo

Emergency story.mov

Funny Bones written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg 

Ambulance in Action read by Mrs Dale. How do doctors and nurses help us?

Additional Activities and Support

Below you will find some additional support and ideas of things you can do when spending time at home. It is by no means an exhaustive list, if you have your own ideas, games and activities get as creative as you like! The difficulty with Nursery is that all of their learning is ‘doing’ which will require some very hands on parenting as unfortunately we cannot send the Nursery home with them! The good thing is that as long as you are interacting with your child, speaking and listening to each other, your child will be learning new things each and every day! 

Please remember to email us and let us know what you have been doing. We look forward to hearing from you!



Mark Making and Writing Development

Practise writing their name and drawing a range of patterns and shapes daily. Draw chalk roads for toy cars or make a superhero puppet to role-play with. 

Practise making patterns with pencils, crayons, felt tips or paint brushes. Using just a paint brush and water can be really effective too! Put your favourite music on and have a big scribble session. Encourage them to make big and small arm movements to make their marks, the bigger the paper the better! Spirals, zigzags, ciircles, loops, crosses, waves, bounces- mastering these skills will give your child the skills to become a confident writer in the future. 


Playdough Recipe

We recommend making a batch of playdough at the beginning of the week and keeping it in the fridge. Get the children to help you make it and follow the recipe. Then have a playdough session once a day for half an hour. Manipulating playdough is brilliant for developing finger and hand muscle strength. Use kitchen utensils such as mashers, forks, rolling pins and other household objects to manipulate the dough. Choose one of the maths number rhymes and make 10 sausages/5 ducks/10 bottles etc and sing the rhyme, practise counting the playdough objects. Get imaginative and see who can make the best playdough animal/face/pizza/cake/sandwich/caterpillar etc the sillier the better!


Household chores can be very educational!

  • Sorting clean washing- helps with maths development- can they sort the washing into categories, socks, pants, tops etc. Can they pair up matching socks? This is a great one for looking for similarities and differences, talk about the patterns and shapes on different items of clothing. Learning how to fold clothes is a great fine motor activity and you will be surprised how long this might keep them occupied! Using clothes pegs is also a great fine motor activity if they can help hanging up the washing. Let them wash their dolls clothes in soapy water and hang it up to dry. 

  • Tidying their room- helps with listening and attention and maths sorting skills- can they follow instructions of where to put things, can they sort their toys into categories, figures, puzzles, bricks, books etc. Can they order their superheroes/figures from biggest to smallest? Can they sort their dolls clothes into groups? Can they order their books from biggest to smallest? 

  • Cleaning-Children love using the dustpan and brush and it is great fine motor practice! Get them to help with dusting (cloth only, no cleaning products)  using a cloth in big circular movements is great for arm muscle strengthening. 

  • Cooking- Whether you are simply making cereal, sandwiches or a full roast dinner there are so many skills the children will benefit from helping you (obviously bearing in mind safety considerations). Pouring cereal/milk is good fine motor practise. Learning how to spread butter on a sandwich is a tricky but worthwhile skill. Listening and following your instructions is a very important skill to develop, such as in following a recipe. You can talk about where the food comes from, how we cook it, how to be safe when cooking, how to weigh food, what ingredients and equipment you need and how to use it properly (taking extra care with knives, hot things etc). You can also talk about food that is healthy and food that is unhealthy so we eat less of it. Obviously never leave a child unattended with cooking equipment or in the kitchen and be vigilant with safety.

    Recipes that you might like to try: home made pizza, fruit muffins, fruit flapjack, fruit salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, cheese scones, healthy wraps,   Search on BBC GoodFood for more recipe ideas.

Family Games to play:

Games to support personal, social and emotional development:

Animal Charades- Take it in turns to pretend to be an animal and guess which one! 

Sports Charades- As above but with sports

Superhero Charades- As above

Kim’s game – get a random selection of household objects or toys and a large scarf or blanket. Spread the objects out on the floor and tell your child to look carefully to remember what is there. Tell them to close their eyes, while you cover and remove one of the objects. When they open their eyes can they guess which object is missing? Give them clues if they can’t remember! 

Feely bag- get a selection of household objects or toys (nothing sharp) and a bag. Put one of the objects in the bag without your child seeing. Let them put their hand inside the bag to feel the object without looking to see if they can guess what it is. Talk about what it feels like- hard, soft, smooth, rough, spiky, cold, furry, long, round, big, small etc. Good objects to try- hairbrush, sponge, spoon, a piece of fruit, keys, remote control,  

Letter hunt- write different letters on bits of paper and hide them around the house. Children go and find them and say what sound the letter makes. Do the same with numbers or shapes.

I spy- Again with a selection of household objects spread on the floor. ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with…’ Make sure you say the sound, not the name of the letter! E.g. b (buh) not B (bee) this is great phonics practise. 

Guess the sound-  Gather a selection of objects that can make a

sound e.g. keys, paper, metal cutlery, plastic bottle, pennies in a jar, tissue, a drinks can, a zip, building bricks etc. Hide one at a time inside a bag or under a blanket and make the sound. Can they guess what the object is? Let them explore the sounds the objects make and talk about how they are different e.g. loud, quiet, 

Counting exercises- Do 5 jumps, 5 hops, 5 claps, 5 kicks, 5 spins, 5 nods. Try a different number each day up to 10! 

Number Songs

You will find a range of  number rhymes to choose from here:


Watch it through 3 or 4 times, sing along with the video, then turn off the video and sing it off by heart using their fingers to count the numbers in the rhyme. Remember your child doesn’t care if you can or can’t sing! 

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