By / 19th April, 2020 / Nursery / Off

Hello Nursery! I hope you have had a lovely Easter break with your family at home. If you have any photos of any learning or ‘wow moments’ you would like to send in please do so, I look forward to seeing what you have been doing.

I am so excited and feel very lucky to be your teacher, though it is very strange that we are not together in school, I hope you’re making lots of lovely memories with your family and enjoying the sunshine! I am looking forward to keeping in touch with you and sharing lots of learning online.

Miss Kavanagh told me all about the learning you have been doing. I was so excited to hear that you have been looking at the story ‘Dear Zoo’ as it is one of my favourites!

Below I have attached the learning activities for this week.

Speaking and Listening

You can use jungle toys if you have them or use the picture on the page below. Ask your child to name each animal. Play a listening game, adult is to describe the animal ‘it is grey, it has a trunk and big ears’- child to point and name the animal being described.


Challenge: Perhaps you could try switching the roles. After lots of practise and modelling, can your child describe the animal? (Without giving away its name!)

Physical Development

Practise developing your child’s fine motor skills using scissors. Can they make snips in paper or cut around a given shape? Can you cut a wiggly line like the snake from the book Dear Zoo? You could also cut along a zig zag line, just like the lion’s teeth!


(Cooked spaghetti and lettuce leaves make for a great tool to practise when using scissors for the first time!)


Recap the story ‘Dear Zoo’ talking about what happens at the beginning of the story, the middle and the end. Encourage your child to turn the pages of the book themselves. Alternatively, if you cannot access the book there is a lovely interactive version of Justin Fletcher from CBeebies reading it on YouTube. (Link attached)


Discuss which animal your child would like the zoo to send them. Draw a picture of the animal and ask your child to label it.


Challenge: Ask your child to write a caption about their picture.


Using the splat number mat from last week, play the hidden number game. Cut the numbers out and hide them around the house, can your child find them and say which number it is?


If you would like an extra challenge can you look for any numbers that are on objects inside your house? Maybe you can see them on a clock, microwave or even on a tablet. Where else can you see numbers? Take photos and send them to the school email, I would love to see you on your number hunt!

Shape, Space and Measure

Talk about the animals from the story ‘Dear Zoo’ which animal is biggest, smallest, tallest, heaviest? Model using this language with your child.


Challenge: using jungle toys, or drawings of the animals can you measure them using Lego or blocks? “The giraffe is 8 blocks high; the monkey is 4…the giraffe is bigger.”

Understanding the World

Look at the process of melting together. Give your child a piece of chocolate to hold in their hands. (A piece of a chocolate egg will do!) Count to 20 and explain that it is melting in their hands because their hands are warm. Can your child think of any other warm places around the house, test how quickly the chocolate melts in different places!

Expressive Art and Design

Put chairs from the house together to create a bus! Can you go on a safari adventure together using your imaginative skills? Which animals can you see and describe?


(Jungle image for Speaking and Listening activity)

Because Miss Green loves learning time so much! I thought I would try some of the learning challenges this weekend at home. I have included some photographs of what I have been up to. You can also share your photos of your learning! If you email the school with the subject FAOMiss Green.

I was walking through my back garden and could not believe I could see a great big lion staring at me!


The Giraffe is bigger than the Lion.







The Giraffe is 4 blocks tall.

If you would like to further your learning about animals, you can type into google an animal name (on an Iphone or Android), then press ‘View in 3d’. It brings up your camera and then it simulates an animal in your room! Here is a list of known animals that work; Lion, Tiger, Cheetah, Shark, Hedgehog, Duck, Emperor Penguin, Wolf, Angler Fish, Goat, Rottweiler, Snakes, Eagle, Brown bear, Alligator, Horse, Shetland Pony, Macaw, Pug, Turtle, Cat, Octopus, Dog & Golden Retriever.

One last thing! I have just seen this picture from Chester Zoo. An elephant fell asleep in the sun, and when it moved it left this print in the sand. Can you see where the trunk is? Perhaps you could make some prints this week using toy animals. Stick them in some sand/flour/ shaving foam and notice the marks their feet leave behind. You could also explore your own footprints and handprints!

Stay safe, keep in touch and have lots of fun!

Miss Green 🙂