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!! https://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&client=tablet-android-samsung&source=android-browser&q=leaf+wreaths#imgrc=ellndGiPd8gDaM https://www.pinterest.com/pin/197595502378442264/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/219972763034985911/ 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 ??? https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/558587160014312607/ https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/542754192569239984/ 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
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,
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!
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! https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com/den-day-ideas/ https://www.5minutefun.com/5-minute-dens/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/449515606537698170/ 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,
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.
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: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/815081232535973369/# https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/437482551293041213/ https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/331507222548008218/
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 ??
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 ?
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,
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 ?
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 ?
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
Please try this at home you can look at size, colour and patterns to play this matching game. Click on the video below:
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:
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 ?
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:
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:
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
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!