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Remote/Home Learning for Autumn Term

W/C 23/11/2020

Hello Norcot friends and families, hope you are well. As you know the topic story this week is leaf man. I know it might be tricky for some of you to find any leaves if you don't have a garden, but if you are managing to collect some leaves from the comfort of your back garden, why don't  you try some more crafts. As you know Christmas is fast approaching, and what nicer craft to do then make a leaf wreath. I have sent some links below for some examples. Don't worry if you can't go out and collect leaves, there are many other ways of making these wreaths, such as using a tablet/ phone to show your children the different leaves, and see if they can draw still life drawings of them, or even free hand draw the leaves. Once they have drawn them, and cut them out, why don't glue and stick them onto a cardboard ring, maybe from an empty cereal box, and create your wreath that way. Whatever you do, we can't wait to see your beautiful creations on tapestry!! Enjoy and take care, stay safe! Lian ????

Hello Norcot friends and families, we hope you are well, and safe. As you know we are learning about "leaf man" this week. I'm sure you've seen lots of leaves falling from the trees, all different shapes, colours and sizes. However a lot of you are still "hibernating" and won't be able to go out and collect leaves, so I thought I would add on some printable ideas you could do ? The first link is very good for fine motor skills, and eye and hand coordination, as your children will have to hold the print out leaf ??? and thread the string, lace, ribbon, whatever threading material you have at home to use. Try printing out different leaves and different shapes to make it tricky for your children. The second link is for a salt dough activity. What you will need for this is salt, flour and water to make a dough. If you have been able to collect some leaves from your own garden, then you can press these into the salt dough and make a mould, and get a grown up to put them in the over to cook. Once cooked, you can paint them all beautiful colours, and could even hang them up on your Christmas tree ? Whatever home learning activity you choose to do, then don't forget to upload it to tapestry so we can see all your amazing creations ??? Take care, and stay safe, Lian ????

Hello Norcot friends and families, hope you are well, and keeping safe. Today's  topic story is called "leaf man"???. Before we start our story, remember to turn PM your listening ears, rub those looking eyes, and zip those chatty lips and lastly put your fidgety hands on your lap.
Don't  forget to give the story a thumbs up or thumbs down, and tell us what you liked about the story or what you didn't like? What patterns of leaves did you like the best? The chickens?
?The cows? ?The fish? ?
Can you make some pictures with leaves? Or can you draw leaves and cut them out to make your own creations. Talk to your children about the different shapes of the leaves and the different sizes and colours or the leaves etc.

Whatever you do, have lots of fun and don't forget to upload anything you create or make onto tapestry. We love seeing what you're doing

Take care, stay safe,


Listen with Lian - Leaf Man
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Leaf Counting Sheet.docx
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Types of leaves sheet.docx
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Hello everyone, we are missing you all lots at nursery but hopefully we will be able to have you all back with us next week. Our book of the week is called Leaf Man this week so I have provided some activity ideas that you can do at home to learn about leaves, trees and our natural environment. I know that some of you are also starting to get ready for Christmas during this time, so please feel free to do lots of Christmas craft activities and have some fun getting the house ready for Christmas too!

Expressive Arts and Design
• If you have a garden your child could go outside and collect some leaves. You could talk to your child about the shape, colour and size of the leaf as they complete this task. When they bring their collection of leaves inside they can then stick them together on a piece of paper to create a leaf man or a leaf lady. If they wanted to, they could also have a go at creating different animals with their leaves too! Your child could draw on some eyes, nose, mouth, hair etc for them if they wanted to add detail to their pictures.
• If you have some crayons, your could complete some leaf rubbings with the leaves that they have collected from the garden. They can do this by placing a piece of paper above a leaf and then press hard onto the paper with the crayon, moving it back and forth across the area where the leaf is lying underneath so that they can see the pattern of the leaf coming through the paper.
• If you have some paint, your child could help put the paint into some pots and then they can paint some leaves and do leaf printing with them. You could explore colour mixing with your child and see if they can talk about the new colours that they create when they mix them together.

• Lian will put up the story of Leaf Man on Facebook this week so your child could watch her reading it and then you can talk about the book together. Did your child like it or not? What was their favourite part of the story? Etc.
• Your child could complete some observational drawings of leaves (if you don’t have a garden your child can collect leaves from to draw your child can copy pictures of leaves from a phone or tablet.)
• If you want to start getting ready for Christmas, you could get some Christmas books out of the loft or cupboard for your child to look at independently while you do some jobs or work. If you don’t have any Christmas books, there are lots of Christmas book stories on Youtube that your child can watch.
• Your child can practise writing their names inside the Christmas cards that they make for their friends or family. If they wanted to, they could write (mark – make!) their own messages and drawings to go inside the cards as well.

• I have attached a sheet of different sized leaves onto this observation that you can download and open. Your child can cut them out (good for physical development skills) and then put them into size order using the language of size eg ‘big, little, bigger, smaller, long, short, longer, shorter, mid length’ etc.
• Your child can practise their counting skills. If you have a garden, your child could count different groups of leaves they collect to find the total amount and if they want to extend this, they could practise adding leaves or taking leaves away to practise their addition and subtraction skills using practical resources to help them. Your child could also collect stones or sticks to count if they want to as well. If you don’t have a garden, your child could always count objects inside from toys to pieces of cutlery or cups if they help to lay the table. If you want to get ready for Christmas, your child could count the number of baubles they help to put on the tree if you decide to decorate that this week! I have also uploaded a leaf counting sheet for you to download and use if you want to use this with your child.
• Your child could have a go at measuring some leaves using stones/bricks/rulers to line up against the length of each leaf and see how long they each are. They can then keep practising their understanding of size as they can compare the sizes of the leaves after measuring them and talking about how big they each are (this is spiral learning as they are re-visiting and developing a skill that they have already started learning.)

Understanding the World
• Look at pictures of different leaves and trees on a phone or laptop with your child and talk together about what you can see. See what your child notices, says or comments about the leaves and trees and together you can talk about similarities and differences between the different leaves and trees.
• In the Leaf Man story, Leaf Man floats on the lake and goes down the river so you could do a science investigation with your child to discover what sinks and floats! Your child could collect some objects from around the house and then put them into a bowl of water/sink of water or bath of water. They can then identify which objects sink and which objects float – if they were feeling super clever they could make a chart with you to record which objects sink and which float!
• At nursery I put some sticks, conkers, leaves and pine cones into pots of water and put them into the freezer. This week the children will explore how to get the natural objects out of the ice by using spoons and other tools. Last year some of the children got pots of water to pour onto the ice as well so your child could have a go at doing this too! If you don’t have leaves, sticks or other natural objects to freeze you can just make some ice cubes for your child to explore or you can put some toys in pots of water to freeze instead. Your child can then talk about any changes that happen to the ice as they manipulate it.
• If you celebrate Christmas, you can start getting ready for the festive period with your child whether that’s decorating the house or learning about the Christmas story or doing family Christmas traditions together. Your child will be learning the importance of celebrations and enjoying life together as a family which comes under the People and Communities section of the Understanding the World area of development.

Physical Development: • Your child can practise their fine motor skills by hole punching some leaves with a hole puncher. They can then thread some wool or string through the holes around the leaf. If they wanted to add some glitter to their leaves with glue, they could make their own leaf Christmas mobile by threading the string through one hole in each leaf on 1 piece of string. They can then hang this up in the house if they wanted to! •  If you want some time to get jobs done, your child could do Comsic Yoga with Jamie! This link takes you to a woodlang yoga session she will take your child through. • If your child has a lot of energy and you’re struggling with keeping them inside, Joe Wicks has done lots of workout sessions for children from the first lockdown that you could re-use this week. I will add a link to one of them and then feel free to look up any others that he has done if you need one a day. You could do this at a set time each day to help create a structure and routine to the day. 

Communication and Language • You can put some songs on the phone/radio/TV for your child to sing along to, whethere it’s some nursery rhymes, Autumn songs, Disney songs or if you’re feeling brave you could even start listening and singing Christmas songs together too! • Your child could practise their listening skills by listening to this woodland sound video:  Talk to your child about what sounds can they hear. Eg some birds have a higher pitched call (higher notes) and some birds are making lower pitched (lower notes) calls. Some of the bird sounds are longer and some birds are making short bird sounds. They could talk about what these sounds remind them of too. • You could start doing some Christmas baking (or cooking dinner) with your child and they can listen to the instructions you give them for the steps they have to follow. This will help with their listening and understanding skills. They can then talk to you about what the ingredients smell like, look like and taste like (if you let them lick the spoon at the end etc!) They can also predict what the next steps of the recipe will be and they can tell you about the favourite part of helping with the baking or cooking process to develop their talking skills as well. • If you have some jobs or work you need to get done, you can let your child play with their toys and see what stories they make up with them. There is so much learning that occurs in independent play and they will also develop their language skills as they use their speech to develop their stories.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Encourage your child to tidy up their toys and to help with cleaning their toys, table tops etc so that they develop skills of being responsible and having their own responsibilities.
• Your child might be feeling a bit unsure about what Christmas will look like this year so you can talk to your child about the things that you as a family can’t control as we will be told by the government what we can’t do this year. But you can also talk to your child about the things that you can control and still do together as a family this year – you can still have fun together and you can still celebrate Christmas and do Christmas traditions inside your house etc. Your child might be feeling sad about the friends or family that they might not be able to see in person this year so maybe you could talk together about what your child can do to show their friends or family that they are thinking of them and love them. For instance, maybe they could make their friend/family member a card or they could make a phone call/ video call with you (or another responsible adult in the house) to someone that they are missing.
• Enjoy having some precious quality time together whatever it is you choose to do together.
• Remember that it’s also important for you to have tea breaks or a 5 minute reading a book or quiet time break for your mental health and well- being too.

For phonics work this week have a listen to leaves crunching (listen to the video if you don’t have a garden that you can go and crunch leaves in with your child).  You can also start listening to Christmas songs and learning them with your child – there are so many on Youtube!

Please feel free to use as many of these as you like or if you want to do something completely different with your child that’s fine too. We hope that you are all continuing to stay safe and well and hopefully we will see you all back at nursery next week. Take care, Ellie.



Hello Norcot friends and families, hope you are well and hibernating well, and staying nice and safe. As you know our story this week has been hibernation station, so why don't  you this weekend make your own train station role play area, using old or switched off ICT toys, such as keyboards, walkies talkies etc??. Alongside this, you could put a train ride on the TV or tablet to pretend you are driving the train. Remember in the story they had to follow the map. Why don't you encourage your children to create their own train map around your house  and print/draw their own hibernating animals, and hide them around the house to find. Again, we are spiral learning back to hibernating, and remember how we built our own dens last time, why don't  you try and build your own cushion den, or use bed sheets, boxes, chairs etc. Whatever you do this weekend,  don't forget to upload it to tapestry so we can see all the fun you are having! Have fun, Take care, stay safe! Lian ????


Hello norcot friends and families, hope you are all well. As we our focusing our topic on Hibernation, let's think of our spiral learning back to what is important  for the animals before they go into hibernation....that's right lots of food to keep their bellies nice and full to get them long winter season.
Our friend Asma and her child are currently "hibernating" so needed to make their own hibernation food. Today they are making their own sandwiches, and making chooses what fillings they would like. Asma has also brought into the sandwich making shapes, and sizing. This is such a simple learning opportunity  but at Norcot, this is where we find we hear so much language from the children, when we do our  cooking, it brings in maths, PSED, communication, physical, EAD.
Remember to give your children chooses, encourage them to try themselves first before asking for help,  but know that you are nearby to help when needed. If you are using cutters, discuss with your children the shapes, the sizes, or can they make their own shape using a knife.

Have fun making your own hibernation food, and don't forget to upload any of your creations to tapestry so we can see your fantastic work.

Take care, stay safe,


Making Hibernation food with Asma
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Ellie's Home Learning Video - We Miss You!
Ellie Home Learning Video.mp4
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Hello everyone, we miss you already! Please stay safe, eat lots of fruit and vegetables, regularly wash your hands and get lots of sleep. We want to give you as many resources and activity ideas as possible to help support you with your child’s learning during this time. Please don’t feel pressured to do everything on this list – do what works for you and your child, you can pick and choose what fits in with your schedule and what you think your child would enjoy doing.
Our book of the week is Hibernation Station so for our topic we will revisit our learning about hibernation and learn all about trains and train stations too! Our song of the week is ‘See the bears Sleeping’ which we learnt at the beginning of the term and we will learn some other hibernation songs too. I will put a list of the hibernation songs we’ve already learnt and some new autumn songs on a page for you to look at with your child and learn together.

For our phonics work we are looking at aspect 3 of phase 1 which is body percussion. This involves the children exploring making different sounds with their bodies from clapping, stamping, clicking etc. They could explore making sounds with their bodies at dinner time and pass the sound around everyone who is there! For instance, if your child does 2 claps, the child/ adult sitting next to them can copy the sounds and these can then get passed around the table by each person there! Or if there are two of you, you can work together to make a song using body percussion sounds! When there is music on the radio or playing on a phone or TV, you can encourage your child to see if they can clap along to the beat of the music, so you could do this in a 2 minute break if you’re having to work at home but want to have some fun with your child.

Hibernation craft activities:
• Make a hedgehog collage picture out of leaves and glue to create the hedgehog’s spikes. The children can then draw on the hedgehog’s legs and face. (I will attach a sheet with pictures of the different crafts so that you can see what the end results could look like.)
• The children can draw the body of a hedgehog with a pencil or pen. They can they make the spikes of the hedgehog by dipping a fork into paint and then press the fork onto the paper to make the spike marks. We used a similar technique yesterday to create our own bear pictures but if they want to have another go at painting a bear using the fork technique I will add a picture of this as well.)
• If you have any playdough at home (or you can make some, see attached recipe to make it) your child can practise making hedgehogs by rolling the dough into a ball and sticking sticks/ spaghetti sticks or straws into the dough to make the spikes. Your child can count the number of spikes they put into the hedgehog body to develop their understanding of Maths and this will develop their fine motor skills at the same time!
• Your child can practise cutting triangles out of pieces of paper and they can then stick them onto a hedgehog template (that you can either cut out for them or they can draw and cut out the template for themselves).
• Your child can have a go at making their own bear toast! They could spread some peanut butter/chocolate spread/ marmalade/ butter onto their piece of toast (please don’t use peanut butter if your child is allergic to nuts or if you are unsure). They can then cut some slices of banana to put on the toast as ears and then they can add chocolate drops or raisins for the eyes and nose!
• Your child could make a bear out of a toilet roll (we aren’t allowed to use toilet roll tubes here but if you would like to at home this is a great way to recycle them and is a handy resource that you’ll already have to hand!) They could then cut out some arms, legs and ears to go onto the tube and draw eyes and a mouth to create the face!
• Your child could use junk modelling materials (cereal boxes, yoghurt pots, milk bottle tops, etc) to create their own trains! They can talk about which materials they need to join them together and which ones work better for different materials (cellotape, glue etc).
• If you have some toy trains, your child can run them through some paint and then make train track marks with them by running the trains across the paper! Your child can then wash the toy trains afterwards to practise their responsibility and cleaning skills!
• Your child could cut out some rectangles and circles to make train carriages. They can then practise writing letters to go on each carriage eg E – l – l – i – e or they can practise writing numbers on the carriages! (See picture attached to help with ideas.)

Understanding the World:
• If your child has some toy trains and a train track they can spend some time independently building the train tracks and making up stories with the trains.
• Your child could role play working at a station by selling tickets, being the train driver by steering a pretend wheel or etc. They could use their teddies to be the passengers and they could pretend to sell them refreshments on the train. They could use blankets, cushions, boxes etc to make their own train that they can then play in to create these role play stories!
• Do some research with your child about some hibernating animals and watch some videos to see how they behave, move etc. (You might want to check the videos are okay before watching them with your child). For instance you could find out some fun facts about hedgehogs, bears, bats, dormice and snakes. There are lots of Autumn Watch episode clips which would be good for this, but there is so much on the internet to choose from!
• I will add some powerpoint presentations that I have made about hibernation and hibernating animals that you can look at with your child and talk about together.

• Look at hibernation story and non – fiction books together or your child can look at them independently. Any books about bears or winter animals are fab! Your child could also re-watch the stories that Lian has already read on Facebook that link with our hibernation topic eg Bear Snores On, Hedgehog Howdedo, Hedgehugs, Sleep Big Bear Sleep etc.
• Your child could practise writing their name on their train tickets they create. They could also have a go at writing numbers to show how much money their ticket is!
• Your child could write some posters for their role play train station or play area such as platform 1, opening and closing signs etc, ticket price boards etc.
• Learn the hibernation songs together or your child could listen to them while they’re playing and you’re working.

• If you have a garden, your child could count the sticks they collect and use these sticks to create a train track that they can then walk on to pretend to be a train! They can also talk about the lengths of these sticks – which one is longer, which one is shorter, which one is the shortest, which one is the longest?
• When your child is playing with their toy trains, they can count how many carriages they have attached to their train. What happens if they add one more carriage to their train? What happens to the total if one of the carriages falls off of the track? Etc
• When your child is role playing working on the train, you could encourage them to count how many passengers (cuddly toys!) are on the train. They could then explore practical addition and subtraction by adding more passengers onto the train or taking them away when they reach their stops!
• Your child could use paper shapes to create their own trains and they can talk about the properties of the shapes and identify which ones they use as they create their picture.

Communication and Language:
• Talk to your child about why some animals need to hibernate and link it in with why it’s important for us to get lots of sleep each night (we need to let our bodies rest, fight off lots of germs by letting our bodies sleep, store up energy for the daytime, sleep is important so that we can have more energy to handle our emotions. You can then talk about similarities and differences between us and hibernating animals eg we don’t need to hibernate like bears, hedgehogs, dormice etc but we do need to sleep every night! Talk to your child about how they feel when they get tired or if they don’t get enough sleep – talk about how we (children and grown-ups alike!) can all get grumpy or cross or feel sad if we don’t get enough sleep!
• When you’re looking at different animals with your child you can encourage them to say their names back to you and encourage them to repeat new key words or facts that they learn eg hibernation, cave, spikes, paws etc.
• Talk to your child about the different hibernating animals they look at and learn about and see what comments they make about them and give them space to ask you questions about the animals as they study them in the pictures.
Personal, social and emotional development:
• Your child may experience different feelings during the week – they might be missing nursery or their friends or they might be feeling anxious about the germs that are around them so make space to talk to them and see how they’re feeling and help to encourage and reassure them if they are feeling a little unsettled.
• Try to have some family time together where you can do something fun together to keep all of your spirits up, that is really important too.
• If your child is missing a friend at nursery maybe they could draw them a picture that they can then give to their friend when they return to Hillside (we can leave pictures they make in a tray for three days to get rid of any germs before we then give them to their friends to follow COVID regulations.)
• Your child can help to tidy up their toys and do other jobs around the house as this helps to give them a sense of responsibility and they can keep learning how to help other people that they care for.

Feel free to do as many or as little of these ideas as you like, you need to find a routine and rhythm that works for you, your child and your family. Or if you have other ideas please use these too with your child! We would love to see what learning you get up to at home so please put any pictures or observations onto your child’s Tapestry account. Take care of each other, have fun and stay safe, Ellie. J

Hello Norcot friends and families, we hope you are well. As our topic story is hibernation station, we've been creative and made our very own hibernation trains ?? To make our very own hibernation trains we found some nice small boxes, tubes, bottle lids and any other junk  modelling bits. If you have any finished cereal boxes, milk bottle lids, kitchen roll tubes, why don't  you give it a go at making the trains, or any other hibernation vehicle for the sleepy animals. Whatever you decide to make, make sure you upload your amazing creations to tapestry so we can see the fantastic  work you're doing. See links below for some ideas and inspirations and also our creations that we made at nursery:

Take care and stay safe, Lian ????

Hello Norcot friends and families, hope you are well. We've spiralled back round to the topic hibernation again. This gives the children  an opportunity  to recall and remember  what they learnt the first time we spoke about hibernation. Can they remember any of the animals that hibernate? What time of year do they hibernate? What season do they wake up again? Maybe look back on the other hibernation stories we read. Our topic story this week is called Hibernation Station. Remember  before we start our story we need to switch on our listening ears, rub our looking eyes, zip our chatty lips, and put our hands on our laps. After you've  finished the story, go to tapestry and let us know if you liked the story or didn't like it and tell us why? What animal was your favourite and why? Hope you enjoy the story! Take care, stay safe, Lian ??


Story time with Lian - Hibernation Station (Spiral Learning)
Hibernation Station.mp4
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Hello Norcot friends and families, we hope you are well! Happy bonfire night! Tell us on tapestry or show us tapestry what you got up to on bonfire night and how you celebrated! As it's a chilly day today, I thought I would read you one of my favourite stories called Owl Babies. Don't forget to let us know what you liked or didn't like about the story and why?

We just want to say a MASSIVE  thank you for all the food donations you brought in yesterday for our Norcot bonfire ? the children had a great time, and did very good safe listening, so thank you again! If your children haven't  told you about our bonfire, encourage them to recall the steps we had to do to build our bonfire, with the paper, kindling, big logs and the matches, that only grown up touch. We told them a little rhyme that you could keep telling them too that goes "matches matches, never touch, they can hurt you VERY much!"

Take care everyone, and stay safe!


Story time with Lian - Lots of Lights
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Story time with Lian - Owl Babies
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Hello Norcot friends and families, we hope you are all well. Its Wednesday  so that means we have enjoyed our Bonfire today in the morning and looking forward again to do it in the afternoon! ?
As you know our topic this week is Bonfire night ? but sadly due to the next lockdown there won't be any big displays to attend, why don't  you have a fun evening making your very own fireworks and displays. At Norcot  we like to be very creative and have started making our own bonfire displays and rockets, so why don't  you do this at home too. We've used old plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, lollipop sticks etc  to create our very own safe fireworks. If you don't mind getting really messy, why don't  you encourage your children to do some splatter painting outside or very carefully inside, this could be done by flicking the end of a paintbrush with your finger, or if you're outside then you can throw the paint brush with lots of force and fun! You can also dip some cotton wool balls in the paint and drop them from a height to create the splat effect. There are lots of ways to be creative, and I will put some links and photos up for you to see.

Don't forget though, put all your amazing work, fun and learning on tapestry so we can all see what fun you are having!!

Take care, stay safe!

Lian ??

Harvest Festival

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all our families for the incredible amount of food that has been donated as part of our Harvest collection - we are overwhelmed by the generosity that has been shown.  The food will be delivered to CIRDIC this week for distribution to those in need.

Hello Norcot friends and families, we hope you are well. We've been very busy again today and using our flour to make pizzas!! It got the thumbs up from the children ??if you would like to have a go at making pizza, I will put a recipe underneath ?
As it is half term next week, why don't you take this opportunity to spiral learn about this terms topics, for example, why don't you go in the woods, and build a den for the bear, or go on a hedgehog hunt, make a house for the hedgehogs, continue baking like little red hen, the list is endless! Whatever you do make sure you do it with a smile and have lots of fun! We can't wait to see all your adventures on tapestry!
When we come back from half term  we are going straight back into fun learning, and will be learning about bonfire night ? We will be having our bonfire celebration on Wednesday 4th and we would love it if you could bring in potatoes, carrots, hot chocolate powder, parsnips, bananas and chocolate bars so we can melt the chocolate on top. Could you please bring these on the first Monday and Tuesday back please ? thank you in advance!
Have lots of fun guys and see you next week!
Lian ?


Hello Norcot friends and families, we hope you are well. Today we have been very busy baking bread with our resident chef Rukni, just like the little red hen did, but unlike the story, we had so many little helpers who wanted to lend a hand. Why don't  you try making some bread with your little ones. Before doing so, why don't  you write or draw out the order in which the bread making needs to be done and cut out the pieces and get your  children to work out the order they need to be applied. Here are some examples. I'll also put a bread making recipe for you to follow.
Good luck, and don't forget to put up your bloomers on tapestry! ??
Lian ??‍?

Hi Norcot friends and families, hope you are well. Our topic story this week is "the little red hen". Before we start the story, don't forget to put your listening ears on, rub your looking eyes, and zip those chatty lips, and put your hands on your lap.
After you've listened to the story, don't forget to give it a thumbs up or thumbs down and tell us what and why you like the story?

Think about the story, and whether it was kind for the other animals not to help? What do you think they should have done? Talk to your children about helping and caring for their friends, using kind hands ? Can you remember what the flour started of as? Can you recall the story, the process of making the flour? What else can you make with flour? What was the building called the grinds down the grain that goes round and round?

Enjoy the story!

Lian ?


Story Time with Lian - The Little Red Hen
The Little Red Hen.mp4
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Hello Norcot friends and families, we have been very busy at Norcot this week, we've had a Harvest banquet, made pumpkin pie with Chef Rukni ??‍?, played Pumpkin hoola hoop games, so I thought I would end the week with some fun ideas you can keep busy with your children over the weekend. As you know there are lots of pumpkins in the shops now, all different shapes and sizes, again this is a great opportunity for maths learning, talking about shape, size, weight etc, so if you do buy some pumpkins then try getting different sizes, and ask your children to put them in size order, largest to smallest, or vice versa. Talk about the texture, of the pumpkin not just the outside but the inside too. Encourage them to explore the sensory side of the pumpkin, taking out all the pulp and exploring how it feels.
Another way of making maths fun is by getting your children to draw faces on the pumpkins using different shapes, for example, circle eyes, triangle teeth, rectangle mouth etc.

To play the hula hoop pumpkin game, what we did was laid out the pumpkins in different areas, with a different number to represent the points, you could chalk write the numbers, print off numbers, draw the number on the pumpkin however you want to. We then used our hula hoops to toss and throw them over the pumpkins and add up the amount of points we collected. It was lots of fun and a great way to make maths fun, by adding the different values together, and great hand eye activity.

Don't forget we want to see all your amazing learning and fun over the weekend!!

Whatever you do this weekend, have lots of fun and enjoy the WEEKEND! Remember, we are in this together!

Lian ?
Fill a sweet shortcrust pastry tart case with lightly spiced squash to make…

Hello Norcot friends and families. As you know our topic story this week is Pumpkin soup, so I thought it would be a fun idea to make some "silly soup". Silly soup, is a really fun rhyming game that you can do with your children at home. At Norcot we like to use props, but you can use drawings, print offs, whatever you want to fill your soup bowl with. So before you can make the silly soup you have to sing the silly soup song. This is how it goes:
"I'm making silly soup,
Making soup is silly!
I'm going to put it in the fridge,
To make it nice and chilly!
In it I'll put a...."

And that's when you can encourage your children to think of some rhyming words, such as fox, box, socks, or bat, cat, hat etc. Remember to help your children with working out if it sounds the same, does it rhyme, for example does bike and cat sound the SAME? Or does bike and trike sound the SAME?
Why don't you give it a go at home, and don't forget to record your silly soups so we can hear how silly they get!

Have fun!

Lian ?

Silly Soup
Pumpkin Soup.mp4
MP4 video/audio file [3.7 MB]

Hi Norcot friends and families, we hope you are well. This week our topic story is Pumpkin soup! Now I'm sure you are seeing lots of these giant orange pumpkins in the shops now, and they're not just fun for carving, they're also delicious to eat?. Why don't you buy a pumpkin and create your very own pumpkin soup, and don't forget to upload your cooking skills to tapestry.

Ok everyone, listening ears on, rub those looking eyes, and zip those chatty lips and hands on our laps ...for story time. Now don't forget to give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down for the story and tell us what you liked about it ?


Lian ?

Story Time with Lian - Pumpkin Soup
Story Time with Lian - Pumpkin Soup.mp4
MP4 video/audio file [7.3 MB]
Story time with Fiona - Supertato
MP4 video/audio file [5.5 MB]

Hi Norcot friends and families, happy Friday!!! As it's coming up to the weekend, why don't we carry on with our Harvest singing. Today's song...our third song is "Old Macdonald had a farm", now today, I'm using my singing puppet to help me, but you can ask your children what animals you think is on the farm, or get them to guess by saying "ccc....ccc.....cow!!" 


So here we go....


"Old Macdonald had a farm, 

Ee ii ee ii oh, 

and on that farm he had a COW!

Ee ii ee ii oh! 

With a moo moo here, and a moo moo there, 

here a moo there a moo, everywhere a moo moo!

Old Macdonald had a farm,

Ee ii ee ii oh!


On that farm he had a PIG!

With a oink oink here, and a oink oink there, 

here a oink there a oink, everywhere a oink oink!

Old Macdonald had a farm,

Ee ii ee ii oh!


On that farm he had a DOG!

With a woof woof here, and a woof woof there, 

here a moo there a woof, everywhere a woof woof!

Old Macdonald had a farm,

Ee ii ee ii oh!


On that he had a CAT!

With a meow meow here, and a meow meow there, 

here a moo there a meow, everywhere a meow meow!

Old Macdonald had a farm,

Ee ii ee ii oh!


On that he had a DUCK!

With a quack here, and a quack quack there, 

here a moo there a quack, everywhere a quack!

Old Macdonald had a farm,

Ee ii ee ii oh!


Have a go and join in with the songs and keep practising! Don't forget to put all your learning onto tapestry so we can see what you are doing at home, and can help with ideas with next steps ?


Have a great weekend,


Lian ? 


Old Macdonald
Old Macdonald.mp4
MP4 video/audio file [31.0 MB]

Hello Norcot friends and families, hope you are keeping well, and enjoying starting to learn our Harvest songs. Following on from the "farmer sows the seeds" we are going on to our next song "5 little peas in a pea pod press". Now just like me you can use your hands to create your pea pod press, or you can get creative and draw and create some little peas in a pod. The song goes as follows:


"5 little peas in a pea pod press,

1 grew, 2 grew and so did all the rest!

They grew and they grew until they did not stop, 

until one day the pod went POP!!"


As I said before, we aren't having our normal sharing at Norcot, but we are still enjoying singing the Harvest songs with the children, so please join in and help learn the words and the actions! 

Remember, don't forget to put any of your children's learning on to tapestry so we can see what fun you are having at home and any help and guidance we can give you to help move your children onto the next step of learning ?


Take care,


Lian ?  

Singing with Lian - Five Little Peas in a Pea Pod Press
MP4 video/audio file [13.3 MB]

Hi Norcot friends and families, as we normally are preparing to have you here for Harvest sharing, we are sad to say we cannot have you for sharing, but don't worry, we will still sing the Harvest songs, and we are still talking lots about why we celebrate Harvest. So the first song that we are learning is "the farmer sows the seeds". Pleases join in with the song and actions, as we are enjoying learning these new songs


"The farmer sows the seeds, the farmer sows the seeds,

hey ho, the dairy oh the farmer sows the seeds.


The rain begins to fall, the rain begins to fall,

hey ho the dairy oh, the rain begins to fall.


The sun begins to shine, the sun begins to shine,

hey ho the dairy, the sun begins to shine.


The farmer picks the crops, the farmer picks the crops,

hey ho the dairy, the farmer picks the crops.


We drive them in the tractor, we drive them in the tractor,

hey ho, the dairy oh, we drive them in the tractor.


We sell them at the market, we sell them at the market,

hey ho the dairy oh, we sell them at the market.


Then we all eat the food, then we all eat the food,

hey ho, the dairy oh, then we all eat the food!


Hope you enjoy the song, and please don't forget to upload any videos of your children's learning to tapestry so we can help you with next step learning ideas


Also, don't forget we are still going to be collecting long shelf life food for us to donate to the local churches, especially at these challenging times. Thank you in advance ? 


Lian ? 

Singing with Lian - The Farmer Sows the Seeds
MP4 video/audio file [23.4 MB]

Hello Norcot friends and families, hope you are keeping well. Now we know the farmer's are busy getting their crops ready for Harvest, but they are also busy looking after their animals. Now I thought as a fun game, you could do "Kim's game" which is a memory game. The idea is to gather some farm animals; don't worry if you don't have any farm animal toys, you can print them out, or draw them for your child, or encourage them to draw them for you. Then you ask your children to cover their eyes, whilst you take away a toy/picture etc and see if they can remember which animal is missing. If your children are really good you can take away 2,3 even 4!  We would love to see how you get on with this game at home, and don't forget to put your videos, pictures on tapestry for us to see and help you with the next learning stage.

Hello everyone, happy Monday! This week we are beginning to learn about our harvest topic. It is one of my favourites as we celebrate and are thankful for the food we have to eat! We will also learn about and thank the people who help us to grow, deliver and sell our food in the world around us too. Here is the first harvest story we will be looking at this week, do join in with the actions with me! Take care, Ellie

Storytime with Ellie - The Enormous Turnip
MP4 video/audio file [12.1 MB]

Please try this at home you can look at size, colour and patterns to play this matching game. Click on the video below:

Join Lian for a Matching Game
Join Lian for a Matching Game.mp4
MP4 video/audio file [5.9 MB]

This week we have been learning all about hedgehogs. We have learnt that they hibernate like the bears in our previous stories. We have noticed the falling autumn leaves and made rubbings and printing from these. We have made our own pinecone hedgehogs with googly eyes and thought about where they might like to build a home to sleep in for the winter. We have explored natural objects and sorted and counted bugs, thinking about how they look/move. Perhaps you would like to try some of these ideas at home too?

I have written a song called I'm a little hedgehog to accompany the tune of I'm a little teapot for us to learn and sing this week. Have fun learning the words and joining in with the actions!

Take care, Ellie Click on the video below:

I'm a Little Hedgehog
I'm a Little Hedgehog.mp4
MP4 video/audio file [1.7 MB]

Last week, we had our topic story about a sleepy bear "sleep big bear". Now bears aren't the only one's who need to Hibernate at Winter time, other animals such as Hedgehogs, and this weeks topic story is called "Hedgehog howdedo". Don't forget to turn your listening ears on, rub those looking eyes, and zip those lips and lock it and put it in your pocket. Once the story has finished, don't forget to give it a thumbs ...up or thumbs down and tell us why on Tapestry.
Also, as we're reading the story, can you encourage your child to see the hedgehogs and count them 1:1 with me? Maybe later in the evening, why don't you try and listen for hedgehogs in your garden, local parks etc. Maybe look up some key facts about Hedgehogs for your children to share with their peers at nursery and key workers. Also, if you are feeling creative, why don't you encourage your children to make hedgehog homes for them to hibernate in over the winter, but don't forget whatever you do, put it all on Tapestry for us to see what fun you are getting up too ?


Story Time with Lian - Hedgehog Howdedoo
Story Time with Lian - Hedgehod Howdedoo[...]
MP4 video/audio file [7.1 MB]

Our topic this week is hibernation and our story of the week is "Sleep Big Bear Sleep"

Did you enjoy the story?...
Please give it a big thumbs up or thumbs down.

In the story big bear's ears didn't work very well. Please encourage your children to turn on their listening ears and follow instructions and boundaries set by their teachers.

Please explain to your children the need to go to sleep nicely and why getting lots of sleep is important. Encourage them to eat well, as eating healthy and filling up our tummies helps us to feel good and makes us ready to play with our friends at nursery.

Please add any activities you do at home to Tapestry and take care and stay safe.  Click on the video below:

Story Time with Lian - Sleep Big Bear Sleep
Story Time with Lian - Sleep Big Bear Sl[...]
MP4 video/audio file [8.0 MB]

Our song this week has been 5 little ducks and we have been learning how to represent the five ducks on our fingers carefully taking one away each time. Here is Lian singing it for you so you can try it at home.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend


Click on the video below:

Singing with Lian - Five Little Ducks
Singing with Lian - Five Little[...]
MP4 video/audio file [5.1 MB]

Hello everyone, this week we are continuing to settle our children into nursery and learning how to play, share, listen, learn and have fun together. We are also starting our hibernation topic this week and using our book 'Bear Snores On' to help us with our learning about animals that hibernate. Thanks everyone, Ellie

Story Time with Ellie - Bear Snores On
Story Time with Ellie - Bear Snores On.m[...]
MP4 video/audio file [15.2 MB]

At the end of our nursery sessions we sing a goodbye song. Why not join in with Zoe and see if you can count to 20 too!

Singing with Zoe - The Nursery Goodbye Song
Singing with Zoe - The Nursery Goodbye S[...]
MP4 video/audio file [7.4 MB]

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