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Hello and Welcome to week 7,

It’s been an interesting week, with news that schools in England are reopening in June and with schools in many European countries opening this week. I am sure many of you, like me have been following closely to see what precautions are being put in place to reduce risk and keep our children safe. 
Over the next two weeks I am going to give you all a call for a catch up and to hear how things are going.  If any of my nursery buddies would like to say hello, I will happily chat to them on the phone.

I look forward to having a catch up,

Speak soon,

Joanne Hamilton 





Just incase you missed this!

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Boys and Girls,

Did you spot Mrs Hamilton in the video?


Did you see Mr Gault, Mrs Salt, Mrs Madden and Miss Thompson?


Look closely, can you find your name on the big poster Mrs Hamilton is holding? 


Pm boys and girls, can you spot Miss Bryan’s who used to come over to play with you on a Thursday afternoon? Miss Bryan’s is one of our P1 teachers, some of you will be in her class next year. Mrs Wilson our other P1 teacher is the last person in the video. 

Am boys and girls, did you spot Mrs Beatie? She used to come and play with you on a Tuesday morning. 

Why not film a message for your friends and teachers? If you send it to me, I will post online for all your friends to see. Today I got a lovely video message from Sophia and it really made me smile. 


Park It


Park the blue car in number 8, park the blue car in the red space or drive the green car to mum – toy cars, or animals or figures, can become a playful learning experience. This helps to develop recognition of numbers, colours or tricky words.

1. Make a car park using a large piece of paper, or on the ground outside using chalk, putting numbers, colours or words in the parking spaces.

2. Give you child a colour, number or word and ask them to park the car in the right parking space. When using the words, the children have to say the word in the space before parking in it.

3. The numbers could also be used as answers to sums for older children.



To understand and use the language of comparison

1. Find an object close to hand – for example, a pen, pencil or book.

2. Challenge your child to find a bigger object or a smaller one, a longer or shorter one, a thinner or thicker object or  a heavier or lighter object.

3. Discuss and compare the objects that the child finds. How do they know that it is bigger, smaller? Do they need two hands or one hand to hold it? Is it bigger than their hand or can they fit it inside? Is it long or shorter than their little finger – what about their other fingers?

4. Words to use: big/bigger, small/smaller, long/longer, short/shorter, thin/thinner/, thick/thicker

5. How can we check? Using rulers, measuring tapes, scales?


Large Scale Wall Art

Unleash the creative artist in your child as they create their own large scale masterpiece. Children will have the opportunity to explore colour through mixing paint.

1. Hang a large sheet or wall paper on an outside wall.

2. Give your budding artist a choice of paint rollers, brushes and paint.

3. Let the activity be totally child-led – stand back and see what they come up with.


Create fascinating bubble pictures with your children using paint and washing up liquid. Explore how mixing paint with bubbles can create different prints and patterns on the page. Discuss what they can see on the page and talk about the colours they see.

1. Resources: paint, washing up liquid, pots, straws, paper.

2. Mix paint and washing up liquid into a pot or tray.

3. Using a straw, blow into the pot/ tray until large bubbles form.

4. Using a piece of paper, gently press the paper on top of the bubbles to see the prints the bubbles make.


Use the natural beauty and shape of leaves to develop children’s fine motor skills and scissor skills. 

1. Go on a leaf hunt to  find different sizes and shapes of leaves.

2. In a large tray outside, practise their cutting skills by experimenting with the leaves and scissors.

3. Let them find other items from the garden to cut.

4. Encourage discussion about why some materials are more difficult than others to cut.

5.Why not make a collage with all your cuttings. 


Draw numbers on a piece of cardboard or with chalk on the ground.

If your child does not text recognise the number symbols, draw large dots like a dice beside each number.

Send your child off on a hunt around the garden to collect natural loose objects to make number sets.  To help they can put the correct number of items on the dots.
Children in find making sets tricky.  Many of the children in nursery were still not ready to do this before we closed, so this will be good progression and a good challenge.

Being able to make a set of three etc shows that they have a true understanding of quantity and what number is rather than just rote learnt counting.  

The children could also make the numbers from the natural materials by using the chalk numbers as a guide.