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Why is play important?


Children of nursery age learn mostly through play. This is why, when asked about their day at nursery, they will often say “I played!” They don’t realise they are learning!

Play is so important to children and they need to be trusted to play and explore ideas on their own as well as with other adults and siblings. Play is important for them to work out the world around them and make sense of what they see and hear. It is during play that we can see what children know and understand.


In Nursery, we take the lead from the children and plan following their interests. We have found that if the children are engaged then they are more likely to learn. This year’s children have been very interested in different animals and this has formed a lot of our learning. We will continue to support their learning with topic ideas however, if this doesn’t interest your child then please adapt it to something more suitable for them. For example, if we suggest retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and this isn’t a story of interest to your child, then your child could retell another story instead.

Jack and the Beanstalk Activity ideas



At Blackwood we follow Ruth Miskin Literacy Scheme. This scheme supports children's learning in phonics and reading. During the school closure her team are delivering daily phonics sessions on her YouTube channel. These sessions would be suitable for most of our nursery children.


A new set 1 sound is taught every day at 9.30 am on her YouTube channel. The lesson is available for 24 hours before the next sound is taught.


From Monday 20th April there will be a new story time session on the Ruth Miskin YouTube channel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays suitable for nursery children.


To describe the main story setting, events and principal characters

(This can be linked to this week's topic Jack and Beanstalk)

Read a familiar story. Talk about the characters in the story. Make puppets of the characters.

Read the same familiar story. Talk about the setting of the story (where the story takes place). Using a cereal box, make the setting for the story.

Read the same familiar story. Talk about at least 3 main events from the story. Using the puppets and story setting previously made, retell the story.

Read the same familiar story. Children to draw three pictures to show what happens in the story. Link to the main events you spoke about yesterday.

Using the pictures from yesterday, encourage your child to add labels to their pictures. They could write character names, label different objects and the setting.





To recognise and write numbers 1-5.

Go on a number hunt in your local area. Before you go on the walk, write the numbers 1-5 on and tick them off as they are found.


Your child can paint numbers 1-5 onto individual cards. Place the numbers around the garden for them to find.

Roll a number dice and write the number in the sand/ flour/ paint or other materials you have you around the house.

Tape numbers 1-5 to toy cars. Chalk/ draw out a car park on paper.

Add numbers 1-5 to each space. Encourage your child to help you. Can they match the car to the correct space?

Chalk or use a paintbrush and water to write numbers outside. Link to topic - chalk a giant beanstalk and add a number to each leaf.

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