Chorley All Saints Church Of England Primary School And Nursery Unit

Love to Learn, Together with the Lord

Nursery Staff:

Mrs Ratcliffe & Mrs Eades

January 2021

Hello Nursery,

Thank you for all the amazing work that was sent to me last week. You are all Superstars! Not only have you settled into your new home learning routines but the amount and quality of work I received was amazing. Your videos and messages really make me smile. Thank you very much to the mums and dads working with you to support all your learning. You are Superstars too!

The children in school with me last week did All Saints proud. Your behaviour and work was also amazing!

If you need anything at all please do not hesitate to contact me via the seesaw family app. Remember that work can be shared through the seesaw class app and I will respond to work shared as quickly as possible up to 5pm each day. Work submitted after that will be responded to the following day.

Here are this weeks activities. I am also going to set you a reading challenge. You have all half term to complete this work and it has lovely opportunities to share books with your grown-ups at home. Take pictures of the reading challenges you complete and there will be prizes for those that complete it by half term. 

Stay safe and keep in touch

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 11th January  

PhonicsPhonics Listening Game

What sounds can you guess before the picture comes up? What is your favourite sound? 

Speaking & Listening – Can you learn the Penguin poem and make up some actions to go along with it?

The Penguin That Couldn’t Fly

I saw a penguin

He walked right by.

He had a tear in his eye.

I heard him cry and softly sigh,

Oh, I wish I could fly.

Can you make your own penguin? Use whatever you have around the house – paint, material, cups….


Tuesday 12th January 

Speaking & Understanding the World

Re-cap the poem from yesterday. What other animals don’t fly? Can you talk about the different animals you know and how some are the same and some are different. Please remember to share your ideas with me on seesaw. You can ask your family to send me a message or you can record your thoughts and send me a video.

Number - Complete the count the animals’ worksheet on Seesaw OR if you have any toy animals at home you can group and count those. 

Speaking & Expressive Arts & Design 

Watch Animals in Cold Places

All these animals live in very cold places. Could you make a cold place for your toys to live? You can then play in the cold place with your toys and make a story up about the toys there.



Wednesday 13th January 

Understanding the World

Please watch and follow the hot and cold lesson from Oak Academy

Ice Experiment Oak Academy


Let’s get active! Can you join in and copy the actions for the Freeze song

Just Dance Freeze


Can you play I-spy with objects around the house. I-Spy K for kettle, W for window.


Thursday 14th January 

Speaking & Understanding the World

Hot and cold House Hunt with a grown-up – Can you find 5 things in your house that can keep you warm and 5 things that are cold. Take pictures of the things you find and share them with me.


Can you go on a listening walk? Take a walk with your parent and on the walk tell them all the sounds that you can hear. How many different sounds did you find? What was your favourite sound?

If you can’t go for a walk you can identify the sounds on this video.

 Listening Walk

Reading – What is your favourite story? I love Julia Donaldson books! Read your favourite story together and let me know what it is.


Friday 15th January 


Using the free lockdown log in jan21 password home compete the rhyme bake a cake challenge

Make a Cake Rhyme Game


Have fun singing some number songs. The following links may help you.

Cbeebies Number Songs

Super Simple Number Songs

Friday Fun Day 

Do a family activity of your choice and share it with me on seesaw. It could be baking, completing a reading challenge, going for a walk, playing a game. Everybody’s mental health is the most important thing at this time. Enjoy your time as a family!

Don't forget to share your activities with me either via seesaw or our Facebook page AllSaints Facebook



Hello Nursery,


Thank you all for your patience and support as we have been organising our lockdown opening. I understand that everybody will be in very different situations at home. Some families may have time to complete all the home learning activities and more while others may be juggling lots of commitments. The remote learning activities will be uploaded onto the website each Sunday night and are for the whole week. Please share whatever you manage to complete with me via seesaw. If you need extra work or any help please just let me know. If you don’t complete everything please do NOT worry just do whatever you can! If you choose to do your own thing that is also perfectly fine but please share it with me so I know how you are all doing.  I will respond to work up until 5pm each weekday, work submitted after that time will be looked at the following weekday.

Here are the activities for the rest of this week:-

Wednesday 6th January

Encourage your child to draw pictures about their Christmas holiday. Ask your child to talk about the pictures in full sentences e.g., I liked playing with my toys.

Fine motor skills! Use penne pasta or cheerio’s to place on to straws or string to encourage your child to make small fine motor movements. This will help them develop their muscles ready for writing.


We did a lot of work last term on seasons especially Autumn. Talk to your adult about the things you remember about Autumn. Then go on a winter hunt! Wrap up warm and go in your garden and look for signs of winter. You could take pictures, collect items, make a video or draw pictures of the things that you find. Please share your winter discoveries with me on Seesaw or Facebook.

Thursday 7th January

Watch the number video

Number Song

Can you hide some of the numbers around the house? Take it in turns to find the numbers and say which numbers you have found. Start with 1-3 and add more numbers the better you get. You could do this every day for a week and soon you will be recognising numbers everywhere!!

I-Spy. Can you play I-Spy with our wintery things? - There is an I-Spy sheet available on Seesaw if you would like some ideas. 

Can you make me a snowman? You can make it out of anything you have around the house or if we’re lucky out of real snow J We will be making them in school using cotton wool but you could use flour, shaving foam, white paint….anything.


Friday 8th January

Play the bronze level Yeti game.

Yeti Game

What clothes do you need to keep warm for winter? Can you sort some of your own clothes into winter and summer piles? Then can you wrap up warm and take a pic showing me that you are ready for a winter day.

Penguin waddle – A fun and silly games involving children holding a balloon or ball between their legs and walking around trying to keep it in place. This makes the children waddle like a penguin and always brings lots of giggles. Encourage the children to think about other winter animals and how they might move. Tell me what animals and movements you thought of.


Remember you can send me what you have been doing via our seesaw app or on Facebook. Please keep me up to date with what you are doing.

Summer Term

Hello Nursery,

I can’t believe our final week is here! Thank you so much for everyone that has kept in touch throughout lockdown with pictures and stories about what you have been doing. You have all been amazing at looking after yourselves and your little ones in the strangest and most difficult of times. I have been humbled by your support for home learning and how we have all managed to stay in touch and a part of Team AllSaints.

I can’t wait to see the Nursery Keepers and new Nursery children in September. We are determined once we are all back together to make the most of all our time together and create lasting memories for the children in our nursery.

Goodluck to all our Nursery leavers! You have been an amazing class and will all succeed and continue to grow into kind and caring individuals wherever the next part of your journey takes you. For those staying with us I will be spying on you over the fence and can’t wait for you to tell me how much you are enjoying your new Reception class.

If you need anything before we are back, have any worries about transition back to school please get in touch.

Enjoy your last week,

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 13th July 2020

Speaking & Listening – Talk about the favourite things you did in nursery/during lockdown this year. Re-create those memories by singing your favourite songs, creating those favourite crafts and playing your favourite games.

Number – Count those favourite memories. How many could you think of?


Tuesday 14th July 2020

PD – Can you dress and undress yourself? Practise dressing and undressing – this will help promote independence, help in the mornings and help the teachers massively when it comes to P.E in school!

Creative – Dress to impress. Draw your child ready for school. School starters can they draw themselves in their new school uniforms? Nursery keepers can chose their favourite outfit for nursery. It could be school uniform or their fave gear for getting messy and muddy!

Person Template

Wednesday 15th July 2020

Listening and Attention – In school you need to be able to listen to instructions. Play Simon Says to help with your concentration. Can you complete a game without being tricked?

Reading – Read a story book together. Make sure you’re listening carefully because after your adult has read it to you you’re going to read it back to them. Did you remember some of the story?

Thursday 16th July 2020

For those leaving our nursery I look forward to seeing you in school for our Special picnic afternoon. You will be taking away your graduation packs and a little surprise today!

Friday 10th July 2020

Friday Fun Day

Have your own little party to celebrate finishing nursery and home learning for the Summer. Play your favourite party games and enjoy some party food treats. Please share them with me for the last time!



Hello Nursery,

Thank you very much for keeping in touch with me from home and sending me your work. It was lovely to see the graduation outfits you have made at home. This week is a mixed bag, we are doing some virtual Sports Day activities that you can play along with at home. If you send your scores or videos to me you can enter the virtual nursery leader board for some of the events. We are also doing some more getting ready for school activities for our September Reception Starters and fun games for all too. Hopefully there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Remember if you decide to do something completely different that’s fine too but please share it with me.

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 6th July 2020

Speaking & Listening – Don’t forget if you’re a nursery leaver and going onto Reception in September this is the last week you can send me your videoes of you singing our graduation songs.

Action Song for Kids

Elephants have wrinkles

If you’re staying in nursery next year why not send me a video of you singing your favourite song. It can be any at all, we might be able to do it in class next year.

Creative – Create a plastic/paper cup monster.

PD  – Time to practise your throwing skills. Can you throw a bean bag, ball or pair of balled up socks into a hoop/circle? How many times can you throw it into the hoop before you miss. You must be 2 strides back from the hoop. Don’t forget to send me your score.  

Tuesday 7th July 2020

PD – 2 metres has become a very important distance throughout lockdown. How long would it take you to jump along 2metres? Don’t forget to send me your times to go on our nursery virtual sports day leader board.

Reading – Can you find your name? Hide some names around the house, can you find them and recognise which is yours. If it’s too tricky try to find the first letter of their name.

Wednesday 8th July 2020

PD – Distance throwing – stand behind a marked line and do an over arm throw of your ball/balled up socks as far as you can. Measure and send me your distance.

Mark Making – Draw the people in your safe bubble. I know we can now extend our bubbles so you can add a second bubble onto your own if you are seeing grandparents/family members again.

Thursday 9th July 2020

Speaking & Listening – Last chance today to send us your graduation song videos nursery leavers. If you’re staying in nursery next year why not send me a video of you singing your favourite song. It can be any at all, we might be able to do it in class next year.

Action songs for kids

Elephants have wrinkles

Funky Fingers –We did some cotton reel stacking in nursery last week and the most we could stack was 9. Can you do some stacking at home and how many can you stack? The trickier the object to stack the more impressed I will be.

Friday 10th July 2020

Creative – Make your own play dough and then use it however you want to! You could create a play dough picnic, make a monster friend, dinosaur, car let your imagination lead you.

Hello Nursery,

Thank you very much for keeping in touch with me from home and sending me your work. It is lovely to see the work that you have been doing and how you have enjoyed the sunshine with your families. We are starting to complete work that is going to go into a nursery Graduation pack. The activities marked with a star are those ones so if you are leaving us to join Reception next year please try to focus on completing those this week. I will also contact you to arrange a social distancing visit in the last week of term to hand over your Graduation pack. Here are the learning activities for this week, please carry on keeping in touch via Facebook or the Seesaw App.

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 29th June 2020

Speaking & Listening – Talk about different jobs. What do their family members do for a living? What do they want to be when they grow up? Please video your child saying “When I grow up I want to be a……….” Then send the video to me, we are going to make a video of all the children for parents to keep as part of their graduation pack.

Number  – Play dominoes. Can you count the spots?


Tuesday 30th June 2020

PSE – Play a turn taking game. The children in nursery really enjoyed our turn taking games last week so can you choose another game to play. Remember it can be a board game, card game any game you like that you have at home. Let me know what game it is and if you won?

Creative – Can you make your own graduation hat and find a graduation gown? When you’ve made your outfit please take a picture and send it to us.



Wednesday 1st July 2020

Speaking & Listening – Can you learn the following songs over the rest of the week and send me a video of you performing them?

Action Songs for Kids 

Elephants have wrinkles

Maths – Shape hunt – can you find shapes around your house and sort them? Triangle, square, circle and rectangle.

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Speaking & Listening – Can you learn the following songs over the rest of the week and send me a video of you performing them?

Actions songs for kids

Elephants have wrinkles

Mark Making – Draw a picture of the favourite thing you have done in home learning. Reception starters have a go at writing your name on top.


 Friday 3rd July 2020

Speaking & Listening – Please send me your videos of your performing our songs ready for our special graduation video! Thank you.

Action songs for kids

Elephants have wrinkles 

Maths – Counting objects around the home. Can you find 1 cup, 2 spoons, 3 teddies?

Hello Nursery,

Thank you for the work you sent me last week and for the work done in school by our nursery children. It was lovely to see you. As some children are coming back this week and I will be working in school I may only get to reply to messages after 3.15pm. Please keep in contact with me and keep sharing your things and we will share some of the work we are doing in school. As it is the first week back for some this weeks theme will be on friendships and ‘getting to know each other again’ so our activities will be based around that. Although we will be refreshing out stories and rhymes too. If you need anything at all please let me know.

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 22nd June 2020

Speaking & Listening – Listen to our new story ‘A Pirate next door’

The Pirate Next Door

Mark Making  – Can you make a family flower? Put your family name in the centre and add your family members to the petals. You can include your pets too. You can make your family flower much better than mine by decorating the petals.


Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Speaking & Listening – Recap ‘We’re going on a treasure hunt’ Can you remember your actions to the story? Can you tell the story along with the video? Can you please share with me your retelling of the story? You can either do it along with the video or do it without and see how much of the story you remember. Don’t forget your best pirate voices.

We're going on a treasure hunt

Creative – Paint/Draw your own happiness picture. It can be a place that makes you feel happy or a person or a toy. Or them all! Can you tell me about it?

Wednesday 24th June 2020

PSE & Creative – Talk about your favourite friends at nursery. Who are they? Why are they your friend? Can you make them a monster hug card? If you don’t have straws and paint you can draw your very own monster hug card. The children in school will be making some for their friends at home.

PSE – Play a turn taking game. It can be a board game, card game any game you like that you have at home. Let me know what game it is and if you won?


Thursday 25th June 2020

Maths – Complete a jigsaw independently.

 PSE – Discuss different emotions that we all have happy, sad, excited, frightened, angry. How do they make us act? Can you show and draw an angry face? A happy face? A frightened face?

Friday 26th June 2020

Mark making – If you are due to start Reception in September can you write any of the letters in your name? If you are continuing in Nursery in September can you follow the dots on our pencil control sheets? Don’t forget to share your work with me.

Physical – Can you follow instruction for Simon Says and complete your physical exercise? E.g Simon says 5 star jumps. Simon says jog for 1 minute. 100 press ups – oh you’re ok Simon didn’t say!

Hello Nursery,

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and enjoyed the sunshine with your families. Here are our activities for our third week of the Summer Term! I’ve been super impressed with the work that has been sent to me and enjoyed seeing what you’ve been doing at home. Don’t forget to share your work with me via our Facebook page and through the Seesaw App. Enjoy your week.

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 15th June 2020

Speaking & Listening – Recap ‘We’re going on a treasure hunt’ Can you remember your actions to the story? Can you tell the story along with the video? Can you please share with me your retelling of the story? You can either do it along with the video or do it without and see how much of the story you remember. Don’t forget your best pirate voices.  

Treasure Hunt

Mark Making  – Pirates had their own pirate flags to warn people away. Do you know what it looks like? Could you design your own pirate flag that would scare other pirates away? What scary things could you use? Draw it and share it with me.


Creative – Make your pirate flag design into a real flag. You can use whatever materials you like just remember to make it scary!



Tuesday 16th June 2020

Mark Making – Pirates spend most of their time out on the deep blue sea. Can you make your own sea picture using different lines. Draw zig-zags, waves. You can use pencils, pens or paints to make your sea creations but take your time and try to keep the shapes flowing along your page. Keep your wavy sea for later in the week 



Maths – Put numbers 1-6 in front of each person. Each person takes it in turns to roll a dice and put a counter/piece of paper on each number. Who will place a counter on each number first?

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Speaking & Listening – Listen to our new story ‘A Pirate next door’ 

A Pirate Next Door

PSE – Why were the people of Dull-on-sea mean to the pirates? Should they have been mean? What would you do to welcome a pirate next door? Or make a new pirate kid welcome at our school?

Reading – Can you find the letters in your name around the house in magazines/newspapers. Can you make your name with the letters you’ve found? Or you can make it out of different textures?


Thursday 18th June 2020

Creative – Can you create your own beach picture to go with your sea? You can use any materials to create your sand – sand, crushed up biscuits, sandpaper. Talk about the textures – how do they feel?



Speaking – You can now use your picture with some of your toys or make your own pirates to play with. Can they do on an adventure on the deep blue sea and find the beach to bury their treasure? What creatures might they meet in the sea? Or you make your own small pirate world from things around your home.



Friday 12th June 2020

Friday Funday!

Let’s get crafty! Can you make your own treasure box? When you’ve made it, hide it in your house in a secret place and put your favourite treasures in there. Don’t forget to tell me all about it.


Hello Nursery,

It was lovely speaking to lots of you last week and hearing what you have all been getting up to. You all sound like you have been very busy enjoying the lovely sunshine with your families at home. Here are the activities for this week. Don’t forget to share them with me to be in with a chance of going into the All Saints Hall of Fame on Friday. You can share via the seesaw app or on our Facebook page.

Speak to you soon

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 8th June 2020

Speaking & Listening – Recap ‘We’re going on a treasure hunt’ Can you remember your actions to the story? Can you tell the story along with the video? Please share with me. We're Going on a Treasure Hunt

Number  – Hide numbers in a sand pit or sensory tray. You could use cornflakes, sand, rice anything you have hiding in your cupboards. Can you find the numbers and recognise them to 6? Can you recognise to 10?

Understanding the World – Boats transport pirates on water but what other vehicles can transport people on water? Can you research and let me know what you have found out? You can draw the vehicles you have found, make them or just tell me!

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Understanding the World – Can you make a pirate boat that can float on water? You will have to think about what materials to use. It will need to be waterproof and not sink. Good luck and share your floating ships with me.


Maths – With your new pirate ship can you blow it along and see how far it goes? Who in your house can make it go the furthest? How many blows does it take to reach the other side of the sink. Pool, bath? Talk about furthest, shortest, longest.


Wednesday 10th June 2020

Speaking & Listening – Have another practise at ‘We’re going on a treasure hunt’ Can you remember your actions to the story? Can you tell the story along with the video? You will be story telling like a pro now please don’t forget to share with me. We're Going on a Treasure Hunt

Phonics – Bury some letters in sand (or pretend sand from whatever you have hiding in kitchen cupboards or mud from outside) Can you find any letters that are in your name? Can you then put them together to make your name? Take your time to put the letters in the right order.

Number – With the pirate ship you made yesterday can you transport treasure on it? How many pieces of treasure can fit on your boat before it sinks?

Thursday 11th June 2020

Creative – Who’s got some loo rolls left over in the house? Let’s put them to good use and make some pirate characters with them. Can you make a pirate crew and maybe even a parrot to join them on their adventures.

Speaking – Use your newly make pirate crew and your boat if it has still survived to play with. What kind of adventures can they get up to? You could even use material to pretend to be the sea and your own treasure island from a pillow.


Friday 12th June 2020

Friday Funday!

We have been learning the story ‘Going on a treasure hunt’. Can you invent your own treasure hunt? You will need to hide some treasure and make your very own map. You could get a family member to follow your map and see if they can find your treasure. Please share your maps and treasure hunting adventures with me.


Hello Nursery,

This half terms topic is Pirates! Aargh. So adults get practising your best pirate voices as there will be lots of pirate games and role play for you to get involved with. Amongst our super pirate activities there will also be some reading, writing and number work to help those children moving onto Reception in September get off to a flying start. If your child doesn’t feel in the mood to complete the activities set please don’t put added pressure on yourself or them to complete them. Instead check out HungryLittleMinds  and choose some of your own activities. But PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO SHARE THEM WITH ME. Please enjoy the topic and if you need any help with anything get in touch with me via seesaw or AllSaintsFacebook

Missing you all

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 1st June 2020

Speaking & Listening – Can you learn our ‘Over The Deep Blue Sea’ song. Listen to it all week and then share with me your versions on Friday! I can’t wait to hear you all. Over the deep blue sea

PS&E – Watch the video ‘While We Can’t Hug’ While we can't hug

I know the changes are going to be difficult for our youngest children to understand so please watch the video together and let’s turn what could be a negative into a positive! What other wonderful ways could you show your friend you cared? Make it, sing it, share it with me and I will try to pass on to your friends.

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Speaking & Listening – What is a pirate? Chat to your child about what they think a pirate is? What do they do? Where do they live?

Mark Making – Can you make me a picture of your pirate. They can draw it, paint it, make it out of junk. Let them be as artistic as they like.

Number – Take your number work outside. There are lots of ways to help improve counting and number recognition. Can your child recognise numbers in chalk outside and add objects to match the numbers? Or write numbers on pebbles and see if they can order or recognise them.

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Speaking & Listening – Listen to ‘We’re going on a treasure hunt’ Can you put your own actions to the story? Going on a treasure hunt

People & Communities – Treasure is a something someone finds precious. We all have treasure in our homes but what is yours? My treasure is my photographs of my family. Have a look around the house and find your precious treasures and share them with me.

Phonics – Play What’s inside the box? Have a box/container you can 4/5 noisy objects in e.g. keys, pennies, crisps, water, rattle. Show your child the objects and the noise they make then hide them in the box. Child then to guess which object is making the noise. If it’s too tricky do with 2 items and build up. If it’s too easy do with similar sounds or add more items. Have fun!

Thursday 4th June 2020

Reading – Can you recognise your name? Hide different names around your home or garden. Can you find the names and most importantly can you read the treasure? Your own name!

Speaking – Don’t forget to learn ‘Over the deep blue sea’ so you can sing it for me tomorrow. I’m looking forward to hearing your songs.

Number – Counting treasure! You may need to borrow some treasure or pennies from an adult. Can you count the treasure accurately? Remember to count each coin slowly saying each number as you touch the object with your pointy finger. 

Friday 5th June 2020

Friday Funday!

All pirates need a ship to sail around in the search for treasure. Can you make your own pirate ship? It can be a cushion ship, cardboard ship or made from natural materials in your garden. Have fun playing on your pirate ship and pretending to be out on the high seas.

Hi Everybody, 

I hope you have had a lovely Easter at home with your families and have enjoyed lots of chocolaty treats. This summer term we were going to start looking at our Dinosaur topic so the daily tasks and activity suggestions will be themed around dinosaurs. If you would prefer to do your own dinosaur activity please do and share it with me on Facebook AllSaints Facebook Page

I would love to see what you are all doing at home!

What an amazing half term of home learning we have had. I am glad you have enjoyed the dinosaur topic and activities. Thank you for all the work and messages you have sent me. Seeing your smiley faces and hearing what you have been doing has really made me smile during these difficult times. I am super proud of you all for how you have coped with all the changes. Have a wonderful day!

Friday 22nd May 2020
Friday Fun Day – Have a ‘Happy Hatchday’ party with your teddy bears and dinosaurs. You can make your own decorations, party food, invent your own party game. Have lots of fun!

Thursday 21st May 2020
Mark MakingCan you make a ‘Happy Hatchday’ invitation for your teddies and toys to join tomorrow? There are some templates attached or you could make your own.
Phonics - Can you fire a water gun/water balloon at the first letter in your name?
TechnologyLog onto PurpleMash and try to complete one of our dinosaur pictures. You will find a link to all our dinosaur activities in the MiniMash area. If you save your work I can see it and comment on it for you.

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Speaking & Listening – Challenge each other to play Kim’s Game. This is a memory game that helps children learn the name of objects and use their brains to remember them. Can you beat your child or will your child beat you? Enjoy rules attached below.

Creative – Make or design your own ‘Happy Hatchday’ cake. You could bake a real cake, make a playdough cake, a crafty cake out of junk. Please share your creations with me. 

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Speaking & Listening – Can you chose a dinosaur and give your Mum/Dad clues to guess your dinosaur. It has a long neck, 4 legs, it eats leaves. What am I?

Creative – Can you make your own play dough Greg? You can use shop bought play dough or make your own:-

This super-easy playdough recipe is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon inside. It's quick enough to hold a young child's attention and you only need a few storecupboard ingredients. Little hands can play with the results straightaway, so there's immediate gratification for all involved! 

Makes 1 coloured ball
Prep 10 minutes

You will need

  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 60ml warm water
  • food colouring
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil 


  1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
  2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.
  3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
  4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can make a batch of colours and give away as kids’ party bag favours or hold a playdough party for your child’s next birthday.

Hello Nursery,

What another fabulous week of work from you all last week. The weather is meant to be lovely this week so if you go off task and do your own things outdoors in the sunshine please share those with me too. There are lots of other resources online at hungrylittleminds if they fancy a change from the tasks I have set or want extra game ideas.

I hope you all have a great week and look forward to hearing from you all

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 18th May 2020

Reading – Enjoy our new class story Happy Hatchday. Which of our dinosaur stories is your favourite? Please let me know. Do you know any other dinosaur stories? What are they?

Happy Hatchday

Creative – Have a go at drawing your own Gregosaurus with author and illustrator Rob Biddulph or have a go at drawing your own!

Draw with Rob

Friday 15th May 2020

Friday Fun Day – Dinosaur Hunt

Take it in turns hiding dinosaurs around your home or garden. You can use toys or drawings of dinosaurs. Then be a palaeontologist and go searching for them. You could even make some kitchen roll binoculars, magnifying glasses to help you on your hunt. Let me know how you all get on.

Phonics – What sound does your dinosaur start with? T T T – T-Rex, S S S Stegosaurus.

Thursday 14th May 2020

Speaking & Listening – Let’s play! Play with your dinosaurs, dolls, cars or teddies. Make up your own story using your toys and play with them. Let the children lead the play. You can use your own dolls house, garage or make your own dino swamp or mountain out of cushions.

Mark Making – Can you practise writing some of the letters in your name. Draw it in rice, shaving foam, follow dots on paper or draw in chalk on the floor. Children staying in nursery next year can practise making marks anyway they want to and any shape they want to. Let them explore!

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Reading – Can your child recognise their own name? Hide some bones with names write on in sand, rice, gravy granules. Can your child dig for the bones and tell you when they have found their name.

Creative – Please paint or draw me your favourite dinosaur or one you have made up. Don’t forget to give it a name!

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Maths – Let’s get the kids to help us put our washing away today! Why they’re helping us to put their underwear away can they group their underpants? Can they put all the green pants together? Blue pants together? Patterned pants together? Plain colours together? How many different groups can they come up with?

Creative – Can you make a dinosaur mobile? You can even add some underpants onto your dinosaurs if you want to.

Hello Nursery,

I hope you have all had a lovely long weekend and enjoyed some of the VE day celebrations on Friday. I hope you enjoy this weeks activities and remember if you do your own thing I would love you to let me know what you've been doing. I enjoyed seeing all of the exciting things you were doing last week - playing with your toys at home, hoola hooping in your gardens, lots of different mark making activities and loads more! If you need anything please get in touch via our Facebook page or send me a message on our Seesaw App.

Speak to you soon

Mrs Ratcliffe

Monday 11th May 2020

Reading & Maths – Listen to this week’s story ‘Dinosaurs Love Underpants’ pause the story and look at all the different underpants on the page. Can you find big pants, small pants, long pants, spotty pants, stripy pants, blue pants and pink pants?

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

Creative – Create your own underpants – you can draw them, paint them, stick things to them. Let’s see your most creative pair of underpants!



Hello Nursery,

I loved receiving all your work last week and speaking to some of you on the telephone. It was lovely to hear you tell me all about the lovely things you have been doing. I would love to see a picture this week of your own adventure in Space. What would you do? Where would you go? Would you find aliens, more dinosaurs or a new planet? I can’t wait to see your Creative ideas. On Friday we will be celebrating VE Day in school with our own tea party. Can you have a tea party on Friday with your families at home? We’d love to see your VE Day celebrations.

Have a great week and stay safe everyone

Mrs Ratcliffe

Friday 8th May 2020

Friday Fun Day – VE Day Celebrations

It's Bank Holiday! You've all been working really hard so I hope you have a lovely long weekend.

If you do have a VE day tea party please share your pics with me.

Thursday 7th May 2020

Maths - Play sorting games together. Collect a range of different household objects and practise sorting them into different groups, perhaps by size or colour. Once you have finished, count all the objects in each group.


Reading – I hope you enjoy our second favourite dinosaur book. Listen to it on the link below.

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

Mark Making – Complete your VE Day flags and buntings to decorate your home tomorrow.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Speech & Language – In our story they went to Space in a rocket ship. Can you play a make-believe journey game with your child. Make a rocket out of a cardboard box that you decorate together, or just grab some cushions, pile in a few teddy bear passengers, and let your child drive you off on an adventure.


Reading - Try sharing familiar books at bedtime. Pause when reading so that your child can join in. Talk about the sounds at the beginning of words and words that start with the same sound (like words beginning with P). If you have a favourite story please share it with the class on Facebook.

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Maths – What number games do you have at home? We like to play snakes and ladders and Hopscotch when the weather is nice. Can you play one of your number games and share your pictures with me.

Other Number Games – Snap, Number Bingo, Any dice games, Shut the Box, Number Jigsaws

Creative – Can you make your own dinosaur skeleton? You can make it out of toilet rolls, kitchen rolls,

The Blending Song

The Number Song