Welcome to Nursery and Preschool
We are planning to start live lessons with our Nursery children who are choosing to stay at home as soon as possible. We are in the process of setting up their logins for Microsoft Teams and will be in touch as soon as this is done.
For this week, please find below a timetable of activities, along with links, that children can use to support their learning.
This week our learning is all around the theme Winter.
Stories and Songs
Week Beginning 11th January 2021
Phase 1 Phonics
Week Beginning 11th January 2021
Maths Shape Activity
Week beginning 11th January 2021
Welcome to the Nursery and Preschool class page!
Welcome to the nursery and preschool class page. Here you will find information about the classroom, curriculum learning and key dates. Please check back regularly for updates.
We hope you are all well and have had a restful break with your children and family.
As I am sure you are aware, the government have announced another national lockdown which includes the closure of schools to all children with the exception of children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We are disappointed we will be unable to welcome back most of our nursery and preschool children but understand safety must be a priority.
As ever, we are committed to providing a high quality education for the children at Brookhouse, whether that is through teaching in the classroom or providing remote learning.
For the week beginning 4th January learning will be posted on this page of the website (see above). Please complete the activities with your children.
From the week beginning 11th January, we are hoping to deliver some live lessons with the Nursery and Preschool children, delivered by the nursery team. Further information will follow. Children will be able to take part in a daily story/singing session, phonics sessions and have a task set to complete at home. Groups of preschool children will have access to Maths sessions. This should ensure when schools reopen children will be in a good place to continue their learning.
We continue to be available to answer and questions or queries you may have. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Mrs Leyland, Mrs Ubaid and Miss Iqbal.
Curriculum and Learning
If you would like more detailed information about the early years curriculum at Brookhouse for the 2 year old, 3 year old and 4 year old children please visit the Early Years section on the curriculum page.
This half term, whilst many children are learning remotely, learning will be based around different stories and rhymes.
Personal Social and Emotional Development
Mental Health is always important, but particularly at this time. Please make the time to talk to your child about how they are feeling and reassure them things will return to normal. Make time each day for your children to do something they enjoy. Encourage children to use manners, take turns and share with other family members. Set rules and routines and encourage children to follow them, praising them when they do.
Communication and Language
Our curriculum is language rich and based around books and rhymes. We will continue to use these during remote learning. Please take the time to talk to your children, read stories and sing songs. This could be in English or in Home Language. Encourage your children to talk by asking for what they want, retelling stories they know or singing songs.
It is really important children have the opportunity to exercise and move each day, particularly during a lockdown where they are in the house all day. Please make some time every day for children to exercise. Joe Wicks is doing a live PE session on his youtube channel each day and there are lots of other exercise activities for children to do (see the websites star at the top of the page for some links).
It is also important for children to draw, paint, thread and complete jigsaws. These help develop their hand strength so they will be able to write.
Early Literacy skills are very closely linked to Communication and Language skills. Children need to communicate effectively if they are going to read and write. Please share stories (using physical books or online books) to develop children's interest in books. Encourage mark making to develop early writing skills. Phase 1 phonics lessons will be taught each day. Before the Christmas holidays a lot of the preschool children were showing an interest in writing their name, and were starting to write some letters from it. This is something they can practice at home.
Maths opportunities are everywhere!
Count the number stairs as you walk up and down.
Look at numbers or shapes around the house.
Using household objects to learn about measure - which is long/sort? Which is heavy/light?
Use household objects to make patterns.
Make Maths a daily part of your day. There will be additional Maths activities posted online.
Understanding the World
This time of year there are so many opportunities to learn about the world. Use the snowy weather to explore cold, hot, freezing and melting. Children could build a snowman - how many days until it melts?
Over the next few weeks signs or Spring will start to appear such as buds on trees and new plants and flowers growing. Can you see any?
The RSPB are holding a National bird watch. How many different birds can you see from your house?
Expressive Art and Design
This area of learning is all about being creative. Children could make pictures and paintings, build towers or models or act out the stories and rhymes they know. We would love to see there creations. Please email any to school and we will share them on the website.
We are thinking about all our children and their families at this time and hope you all remain safe and well.