Welcome to Anthony Bek Nursery!
Oh arrgghhhh! It's a pirate's life for me!
Here are some pirate activities for you to try at home. Please send some photos of your creations once they're finished.
Hope you're all keeping safe and well.
It's been lovely to receive lots of your photos and even some videos via email and on our shared drive. Don't forget to keep scrolling down to see all of your friends on their photos and take a look at my videos for some activity ideas. I know you're all keeping super busy and have been telling Miss Leverton all about your amazing learning and play.
Miss Monks has been busy making some new wooden resources for us to use back in nursery. So that's exciting.
I have sent some more resources via email and on the shared drive too so you can continue to develop some of your skills with those.
I hope you all had a lovely yet strange Easter and are keeping safe and well.
Hopefully some of you have managed to collect your next paper pack and have received my email about it.
I have also sent some phonics plans via email too. You will find the plans here below. Please let me know if you find them useful.
Here is Miss Leverton's 'Challenge Your Teacher' Pack too. Please send your fabulous photos to us as we love seeing you and so do your friends.
All the staff at nursery hope that you're all keeping well and enjoying your activities in your home packs or via the website links which were sent out. Here is a copy of the resources and website links which were sent out plus a few more handy resources, websites and activities.
I would love to see any of the activities you have been doing, you can e-mail photos and messages to me via my email address email@example.com With permission, I will put some of your photos on here so that the children can continue to see their friends and the activities that they have been doing. 24.03.20
Here are some ideas that you could use at home. The children will already be familiar with some of the activities and ideas.
This Government link gives some of the ideas too. https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
Counting stairs - up and down. Count the cups, plates, bowls and cutlery needed for lunch and dinner. What is one more/ one less? Representing the number with fingers, marks or writing or objects. Creating their own number problems – We need 4 forks and 4 knives – how many altogether?
We’re going on a number hunt… look for numbers around the house. Phones, clocks, ovens, doors, toys, tv remote, washing machine, food packaging, etc. Do you know what this number is? How do we write it? Can we jump 4 times? Clap 4 times? I’m going to tap my head, can you count how many times I do it?
Walking through the ‘jungle’ which shapes will we see? Show chn simple 2D (flat) shapes – either draw them or find a picture on the internet. Let’s go on a shape hunt! Look for real objects around the environment which objects are the same shape as... e.g. clock – circle, window – square/ rectangle etc.
Use your 'magic pencil' (finger) to ‘write and draw’ the numbers and shapes in the air.
Read, Write Inc YouTube. Look up RWI Pure Sounds on YouTube which helps you to know how to pronounce the sounds of the letters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB6SvZscxgg
Practice looking for the letters around the house just like the numbers. Use your 'magic pencil' (finger) to air write them. Practice writing them with different coloured crayons – rainbow writing. We are currently working on set 1 sounds.
Younger children are accessing Letters and Sounds Phase 1.
Go into the garden and be still and quiet – listen to the sounds for 1 minute. What can you hear? What was making those sounds? Can we make sounds with our bodies? Let’s sing a nursery rhyme and try to follow a rhythm by clapping.
Imagination and Role Play.
Follow the children’s interests and join in their role play. Extend their play by adding in ideas and use households items as props. E.g. the sofa is the castle and the action figures are the knights. How will they get to the top of the castle? What could we use to make a bridge? Encourage imagination, problem solving and language. If the children are making up their own story, write it down for them as they’re saying it. Read it back to them and see if they can act it out. Would they change it or add to it? What might happen next?
Bed Time Stories and Reading Books.
Encourage children to ‘read’ to story to you by ‘reading’ the pictures. Encourage use of language question them about what they think is happening. Do they know the characters? Can they think about the ending and what might happen? If it is a familiar story, can they recall it? Ensure the children hear you telling stories – this doesn’t have to be reading a book, it could be making a new story up, retelling a familiar story or making the events of the day into a story. It will help the children to hear how you use your voice for different characters and how you pause in different places. It is good for the children to hear and learn new words that you use too.
13th July 2020
Yes everyone, Guess what?...................its me again, Miss Monks.
How is everyone?, hope you're all ok?, I do apologize, it has been a while and I also apologize for not replying to your emails too as I've downloaded the photos then deleted them, what am I like? LOL
I can't believe it is nearly the end of term, (YIPPEE).......... only joking, and I've not had the chance to say goodbye to all my little cuties, I am soooooo going to miss you all. Hopefully I will get to sneak across to reception to see you all in your new school uniforms.
I've had lots of fab photos sent to me, it looks like you're all having an amazing time. I've really enjoyed looking through them all, you have all been sooooo busy, busy and lots of you have been out and about now the restrictions have been lifted...........thank goodness! So have a gander below at some of the fab photos.
HAVE A FANTASTIC SUMMER EVERYONE.............WE ALL DESERVE IT.
Here is one of our newbies, Rory, on his trip out to the zoo and seaside, Such a little cutie. What is your favorite animal Rory? mine is the polar bear. Looks like you had lots of fun with your sister Billie too.
Give us a lick!, I hope you brought me a lolly back............only joking. What do you think would happen to my lolly on the way home Rory ?
He's even growing his own beanstalk, maybe you will find a golden egg at the top for your mummy, Rory.
Well these two cuties Miles and Lola have been out and about at the seaside again! I'm sooooooo jealous, because they have been to my favorite place. Bet you can't guess!.......... Do you know, have you got it?...................CORNWALL. Does anybody else like it there? its wonderful. They've also been strawberry picking too, look at all those strawberries!, WOW! You have picked loads, I hope you didn't eat too many on the way round..............lots I hope, LOL
Look at this little cute speedy lady, Esmee, she is such a whiz on her balance bike. I bet you could ride a two wheeler bike now Esmee, I wonder if you've tried? You have been busy too with your work pack, your work is fantastic, Well done!
Oh my goodness Ravan, you have grown up soooo much, look how your hair has grown too, its beautiful.
I take it that's your new school uniform, verrrrry cute. You also look like you have been having the time of your life with Ryder and Ricco, cutting, planting, baking and painting. Miss Harrison will be getting you to teach everyone how to use those scissors when you go into reception class, I'm sure.
Hi everyone, yes it's me again, Miss Monks,
How are we all doing on this lovely sunny Monday? Hope your all enjoying the glorious weather, mind you, you need to hold on to your sun hats, it's a little breezy.
I am really loving seeing all these photographs, you are all little superstars, your writing and drawing are coming on fantastic. If you want your photos of your children adding to this page, then maybe you could email me, it's firstname.lastname@example.org, as I have taken over this job, Hehe!.
I am really missing you all, I bet you have all grown a lot taller too.
Please take care and stay safe, hopefully see you soon xxxxx
Here are Miles and Lola on a bike ride, looks like Clumber park, I think! Look at you Miles, love the new hair, such a cutie pie and you have made your name using flash cards too Wow!, well done you. I have also got a video of Miles but it won't let me upload it, but guess what?..............Miles is an absolute superstar, he has learnt to ride his bike without stabilizers, yippee! fantastic job.
Oh my goodness!, I think we have an artist, Lola your paintings are fantastic, maybe you could make an art gallery on your wall, fabulous job.
Hi Miss Monks here again!
Hope you are all well and have enjoyed the wonderful sunshine, I must admit I am enjoying a bit of rain now though, so i hope like me, you've put your wellies on and gone and jumped in a few muddy puddles, SPLASH!, SPLASH!
Isabel soooooo loves dressing up. You look beautiful Isabel. Wow look at your picture, how clever are you. Here are a couple more photo's of Isabel.
Hi everyone Miss Monks here,
Hope everyone is well and staying safe. I am really missing you all very much so it has been lovely to see all your photographs of all the hard work and new skills you have been learning. You have all been busy, busy, busy. I think you will all have to teach me how to do them, especially the baking or even sneak me a cake or two...only joking.
Please keep sending your photos and videos and you can even email me too:- email@example.com.
Here are a few photos that have been sent:-
Mila - Oh my goodness! you are getting so good with those scissors, look how good that triangle and circle are. I am really loving the colours you have used for your zigzag repeating pattern. Mrs Abbott-Lewin and Miss Leverton will be so pleased when they see your writing too.
Oh my goodness Georgie, you have been soooooo busy.
Reading lots of new books with Mummy.
Building a BBQ with Dad and following instructions.
Baking, love the smiley faces, banana cake (mmm my favourite).
Practicing the sound V and doing the work pack.
Just look at those gorgeous curls.
Georgina and Oliver have been so busy with so many different activities and learning experiences. They have been playing games, exploring the outdoors, getting creative, baking, celebrating VE day and much more. They have also sent lots of amazing videos to our shared drive. Take a look at : https://anthonybekderbyshire-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/anthonybek_anthonybek_derbyshire_sch_uk/EkReZb9HEONMn8d7crw9MDUBNUPLr1GWbMT881tbqYp2hg?e=oQGMCa
This is Fraser and Scarlett, Mrs Abbott-Lewin's twins. They're doing their school work at home dressed as Woody and Mary Poppins!
They also dressed in red, white and blue for VE Day and made some decorations for our window. Then we all ate some yummy scones. How did you celebrate?
I think we have a budding chef in nursery! Izabella has been EXTREMELY busy with baking, cooking, dancing, drawing, dressing up, playing with play dough all whilst looking after her new baby sister! Well done, Izabella! You're a super star!
Happy birthday, Miles!
Miles celebrated his 3rd birthday on Easter Sunday! He had a fabulous time opening all of his new presents with his family. It looks like he had a wonderful day. Thank you for the great photos, Miles and mummy. Happy birthday.
Pola has been super busy at home and her mum has written to tell us what she's been doing...
Pola has been doing a lot of art. I covered a table with a paper and we used stamps and paint. We have been making rainbows to support the NHS and we put them on the windows.
We have found a caterpillar and made it a home in a jar with leaves and a stick, so we are waiting for it to change into a caterpillar. Pola has also been looking for worms, she put them in the round container and looked at them with a magnifying glass.
Pola has been making cards with sticks, googly eyes, feathers etc. She has been using scissors, glue sticks and sellotape.
She played snakes and ladders and a fishing game to practice counting and quantity.
She has been exercising with Joe Wicks on YouTube and on the trampoline. She likes to play swing ball and I have noticed this skill has really developed during these two weeks. I am very impressed. She is riding on her balance bike on the driveway. She has drawn a road going from the beginning of the driveway to the back garden.
Every day she is asking about different animals. We talk about their food and when they sleep.
She likes to help make dinners with me. Yesterday for instance, she made a strawberry dessert and she put it on the table to share with all of us. Today she marinated the chicken.
I think you'll agree, Pola has been doing lots of amazing things, jam packed with learning opportunities! Well done, Pola!
Those of you who know Jake will know how much he loves Andy's Dinosaur Adventures. He has even seen the real clock in London! Jake and his family have been busy making this fabulous version of Andy's clock. Some great skills here, Jake. Well done!
Jake has also been developing his gross motor skills on his trampoline and exercise bike and taking a break in the garden.
Happy Birthday, Ralph! Ralph celebrated his 3rd birthday this week and has been having lots of fun in the mud with his big sister, Clara. They look like they've had lots of fun. Hope you enjoyed your birthday cake, Ralph! Clara also made a bed using a box. Very imaginative! Well done, Clara and Ralph.
Delicious! Lola and Miles have been super busy baking some delicious cheese scones. They will have learnt so many skills whilst doing this activity. They will have measured, mixed, talked about ingredients, timed, checked, smelt and tasted!
Here they are too completing one of their activities from Nursery - the bunny hop pencil control. Some great mark making there! Well done!
Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop
Our Foundation Stage Nativity this year was called Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop. The children worked so hard to remember all of their dances and lines to say. If you came it to see it, I'll think you'll agree that the children did a wonderful job!
We're going on a sound hunt!
The children explored our school environment and listened for sounds. We could hear the rain on the ground and coming down the drains, we could hear the cars on the road, the phone in the office, our older friends in school and the builders' radio! We even had a little dance to the music. Nov 19
A group of the children in nursery took themselves into our cosy reading room. They each chose a story and some independently looked through the book, turning the pages and exploring the pictures whilst others used their prior knowledge of familiar stories to retell the tales and include their own imagination. Nov 19
To accompany our Harvest theme, we have been reading the Traditional tale of The Little Red Hen. We made some playdough together and talked about the importance of helping each other and sharing. The children have also been exploring a tough tray to retell the story themselves.
It is so important to instill a love of reading with your child. Sharing a bed time story is a perfect opportunity to share stories and begin to teach your child the early skills for reading. Take a look at this website for more information and advice.
Week beginning 7th October 2019
This week, we have been on some number hunts. We have been looking in and around the nursery environments and around school too. We have focussed on the numbers 1 and 2 so far and have found them in all sorts of places! Take a look at some of these discoveries!
Week Beginning 30th September 2019.
This week we have been reading the book - Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We have been thinking about ourselves and families and the children have taken an interest in babies and animals. Therefore, we thought we would read a book which tells the story of 3 baby owls who thought they were lost and had been left by their mother. It all ends with a happy ending when Mummy Owl returns to her 3 Owl Babies. We have been talking about adult animals and their babies such as elephants and penguins too. We have learnt some new animals baby names. Ask your child if they can remember any.
We have also been having a go a 'transient art'. We used the materials that had been mentioned in the Owl Babies book such as feathers and twigs plus a few others such as pine cones and corks. With these different materials, we laid them out in the frames and created pictures. We also talked about the non-permanence of the pictures and how we could take it all apart and start again if we wanted to.
Week beginning 23rd September 2019
This week we have been thinking about our bodies and our skeletons. We have tried moving them in different ways whilst playing outside and doing P.E. We have also tried making our own skeletons using white art straws. We have so many bones in our body that it was tricky to stick them all on!
Our story this week has been Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The children have been joining in with the repeated refrains and have enjoyed singing the Skeleton dance song at the end of the day.
Week beginning - 16th September 2019
This week we have been into our school hall to develop our gross motor skills. We experimented with different animal movements such as walking tall like a giraffe, jumping like a frog and running like a cheetah.
As always, we followed the children's interests and they decided they would like to make some jelly. We talked about how we might do it first. Then we opened a packet and began to tear the cubes apart. The children used vocabulary such as slimy, soft, smooth, sticky, squashy and slippery to describe its texture. We then thought about keeping ourselves safe when using different appliances such as the kettle. The next day, once the jelly had set, some of the children tried the jelly and it was delicious!
We have started Wellie Wednesday with Miss Leverton and Miss Monks. This week the children found lots of different coloured things in the environment to attach to our colour wheels. We have displayed them in nursery - come in and take a look!
Week beginning - 9th September 2019
We started our first week by welcoming our new children to Anthony Bek nursery. They all settled in beautifully and have been super busy exploring our environments and developing their interests. Take a look at some of our photos.