During this period of school closure and self-isolation for many of our families, we are beginning to populate this page with resources and support.
Home Learning Resources/Ideas
We have made plans for those children who are moving on to Primary school to pop in and see us during the last week of term to collect your leaver's bags and say goodbye to your key workers. We have spent some time making sure we can do this safely and within the 1m social distancing rule for adults, which will come into effect on 4th July. When your key worker phones you this week they will talk about the arrangements with you, including days and times. We can't wait to see you! :)
The majority of you have told us that you will not be sending your child back to school until September, so there will be many of you we won't see back at nursery. If social distancing measures are relaxed and we feel that we can safely accomodate, we would love to have a couple of hours in September where we can all re-connect and see our friends again. It wouldn't be exactly the same as our usual family summer picnic but would give a chance for a proper goodbye to staff and peers... and of course a chance to collect your Memory Discs to help you remember your time at nursery (and perhaps have a little cry ;) We will keep you posted as to how this idea progresses.
It seems a very long time since we were all last together, doesn't it? Although we will continue to share our ideas, resources and links with you daily, via Twitter, we understand that some days you may not feel like following them or you may want to do something completely different. The most important thing you can do is spend time with your child, wherever possible, talk to them, cook with them, walk with them and reassure them that although things look a little different now they will retun to normal.
It has been absolutely lovely talking to you all on our weekly phonecalls. We love hearing what you have been doing at home, the new skills you have learned and most of all we like hearing your voices! :)
After taking feedback from our families we have moved our learning ideas to our Twitter account. You told us that it was easier to access and follow links from, and you liked seeing what other children and nurseries had been up to. You do not need a Twitter account of your own to view our Twitter page, unless you want to send us a message or follow us. You can still access the links and view the ideas without signing up, although we do love it when you send us pictures of what you have been doing! You can access our Twitter account at https://twitter.com/hightersheathns
Today we would break up for Easter, if we were all still at school. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for some Easter themed ideas to keep you amused over the next 2 weeks. If you have some books at home, you might also like to try this Story Book Treasure Hunt!
At 9am every day Joe Wicks is doing a PE lesson for the nation’s children (and adults!) We have been doing this in nursery and can confirm we are not as fit as we thought!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
At 9:30am each day Steve Backshall will be live on Facebook, Instagram AND Youtube looking at animals and their habitats. You may have seen Steve on the children’s show ‘Deadly 60’
Get creative this week by starting the 30 day Lego challenge! If you have Lego bricks to use then that’s brilliant, but if you don’t then try using loose parts and items from around the house :)
EYFS Home have begun to put some useful videos on their YouTube Channel, and more will be added. These are created by experienced Early Years practitioners J
Play Scotland have produced a brilliant Loose Parts play booklet for parents filled with lots of ideas of how to get the most from Loose Part Play. You can download it here:
Oxford Owl - Register for an account and there are a range of e-books which can be read online for free.
A selection of read-along and picture books (and stories for older children) videoed with the permissions of the creators and publishers
For older children (perhaps brothers or sisters?), but a selection of 'finish the comic' resources and reading comprehension.
Alistair Bryce-Clegg is collecting a variety of 'things to try at home activities'
Twinkl has opened up its premium resources for free while people are in isolation
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer - create an account and use the Offer Code UKTWINKLHELPS