Home Learning packs - weeks 1 - 8

We are providing a ‘learning at home’ pack initially to help you continue your child’s education at home during this period of school closure. 

Each week, we will be sending out a range of activities you can share with your child at home. These activities will support their literacy, mathematical, creative and fine motor development.

We would love to hear about how your child is getting on. Please post the things you have been doing together on your child’s Tapestry account. Tapestry is not public, it is viewed by yourself and the nursery staff as this will be a great way of keeping in touch. 

If you need any assistance or have any questions or need more ideas, please ask us by e-mail. We are happy to answer any questions and we will get through this together.

Look out for regular updates and home learning ideas.

Week 8 home learning activities

Rhythm and Rhyme

Bounce your child on your knee to the rhythm of songs and rhymes.

Sing lots of different Nursery Rhymes

Read rhyming stories including ‘Shark in the Park’, ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’, ‘Stomp’, ‘Chomp’, or ‘Pants’. 


Alliteration (words that begin with the same sound)

Play around with names – daddy duck, mushy mummy, jumping josh

Identify the odd one out – cat cup boy car


Voice Sounds

Repeat your child’s vocalisations

Make up nonsense words

Say words in different voices

Share stories that encourage sound making including ‘Peace at Last’, ‘Go Wild with Noises’.


Hearing and saying letter sounds in words

This is really important when you are helping your child to learn the sounds.  Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent.  For example ‘m’ is know as ‘mmm’ not ‘em’,’f’ is know as ‘fff’ not ‘ef’.  We do also refer to these letter names alongside the sounds but emphasise the sounds to begin with, for example ‘mm’ is its sound and ‘em’ is its name.

The Oxford Owl website – www.oxfordowl.co.uk contains a check on how to say the sounds. 

Cbeebies have games to play on their Alphablocks page www.bbc.co.uk

Link to ‘Big Pig Song’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOu-QKmInKe

Link to ‘Phonics Song’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=BELIZKpi1Zs

Link to ‘Number Song’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk9Yt1PqQiw
Week 7 home learning activities

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  •  Read the story of the ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.
  • Look on Youtube for the story or the song or other Eric Carle stories to watch.
  • Paint a caterpillar or draw one or make one out of empty boxes.
  • Make a play dough caterpillar or butterfly.
  • You could look for caterpillars and butterflies in your garden or out of your window or on your daily walk.
  • Sing the song “there’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf”
  • Order the pictures from the story
  • Order the food according to size
  • Taste and describe the different fruits/food from the story.
  • Have look for butterflies outside your window/in your garden/whilst out on a walk
  • Go for a bug hunt
Week 6 home learning activities

‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Ideas for activities – colour and write inside the card, play the pairs game, read or watch online the story of ‘The Gruffalo’, make a Gruffalo crumble, colour and make the mask and sing a long to ‘The Gruffalo’ song.

Have a look at the website – www.gruffalo.com/song

Week 5 home learning activities;

Bird Watching Week

Ideas of activities – sing songs and rhymes about different birds, make some binoculars from the cardboard tubes of toilet rolls, talk about different birds you can see looking out of your window at home including sizes and colours, make a tally chart of how many of each bird you see and make a bird feeder.

Week 4 home learning activities;
Week 3 home learning activities; 

Ideas for activities – match the baby animals to the adults, make an Spring/Easter card, decorate the egg outline, make a treat, sing some songs/rhymes, egg matching, read a story or find a story on line like ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’ or ‘Chicken Licken’.

Week 2 Home Learning activities;
Week one activities;
  • Marvellous Maths
  • Playdough; also visit; Dough Disco
  • General Sound Discrimination
  • Nursery Rhyme