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No Bot (The Robot With No Bottom) by Sue Hendra

Looking after our body –

During the week, take time to talk about how we can help our body to be fit and healthy. We talk in nursery about sleep, healthy eating, exercise, play and times of calm / rest. Talk together about why these aspects are important and what happens to our body if we don’t look after it.


Our senses!

We have 5 senses that help us to learn about the world around us –

Taste – Why not try a new food this week? Use describing words to talk about the foods we eat. Talk together about foods we do / don’t like to eat.

Smell – Spend time noticing smells in food we eat and places we go (e.g. shops / garden / forest  / park). How does our nose help us to smell?

Touch – Make a ‘feely’ bag and put objects in it. Take one out without looking in the bag and use words to describe what it feels like (e.g. - hard, soft, stretchy, cold, fluffy, prickly)

Hearing – Go on a listening walk and talk about the sounds that you can hear. Talk about loud and quiet sounds. Why do we have two ears on the sides of our head?

Sight - Talk about how our eyes are so important and why we need to protect them. Look at different colours of eyes. Why do some people wear glasses? What are guide dogs?


Watch the Skeleton Dance - see the link below – join in and sing along! Why do we have bones? What would happen if we didn’t have any bones in our body?


Sing ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’.

Each time you sing it, miss out one of the words (e.g. miss out ‘head’). The children love to try and remember not to sing the word - but often forget!

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

  • How can I help?  Each day talk about a different aspect of caring for our world - talk about how we can do small things and make a big difference.
    • Walking or cycling rather than using cars - how can this help?
    • Recycling - talk about how we use different bins and why.
    • Saving water - turning off taps while we are brushing our teeth or when we have finished using the sink , taking showers rather than baths.
    • Reusing items or taking things to charity shops, rather than throwing them away. Could somebody else use them?
    • Switching off lights when we don't need them or when we leave the room. Why is it important?
  • What will we do? Think about how as a family you can work together to put a change in place in your daily life. Encourage your child to notice when somebody remembers to do it.
  • Tell people about it - work together to make a poster or picture to show what you are doing to help. Model the writing and talk about how posters tell people about important information  Displaying it in a window will help to remind other people to do it.
  • Find out about the local group 'The Sale Wombles'. They look after the local environment by organising 'litter picks' where anyone can join in and work together to help.
  • Let's make it - make a picture or model of our world and talk about how we can show the land and the water using different colours. See examples below.
  • Be mindful - Think of three things we can be thankful for in our world.  Listen to what other people in the family have to say - are their answers the same or different?

Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Talk about it  - Use your imagination and talk about if you had magic beans, what would you want them to turn into?
  • Watch this - Watch the clip below showing how a beanstalk grows from a seed. Talk about the roots, the shoot and the leaves. What does a plant need to grow and be healthy?
  • Living in castle - Build a castle from bricks / blocks / boxes or draw a castle using your imagination. What rooms  / objects would you have in the castle? Who would live there? What would they eat / wear / do?
  • Be a bean!  - An adult calls out a type if bean and your child makes a specific action in response.
    • Runner Bean! - run on the spot.
    • French Bean! - Say 'Bonjour'.
    • Baked Bean! - curl up like you are on a piece of toast.
    • Broad Bean! - spread arms and legs out as wide as possible.
    • Jelly Bean! - wobble like jelly.
    • String Bean! - make a tall shape by stretching up and standing on tiptoe.
    • Magic Bean! - make any movement you want.
  • Let's make it - Make a beanstalk as tall as you can - the ideas in the pictures below may help.
  • 'The Giant says....' - (like Simon Says). Give instructions that you child should only do if you first say 'The Giant says..'
    • e.g. 'The Giant says count to 5' (child does action) or 'Moo like a cow.' (child should not do action').  
    • This games helps to focus listening and encourages the children to listen to the detail in the instruction. It can be tricky!



The Pets You Get! by Thomas Taylor

Talk about it 

Do you have pets at home or do you know someone who has a pet?

What types of animals make good pets - why?


Looking after animals

How do we look after a pet? Talk about how different animals need different types of care / food /toys etc.

Can you find out more about how to look after a particular pet? You could talk to someone who owns a pet like that or look on the computer to find out.


Let's imagine!

If you could have any pet in the world - what would you choose? Would there be any problems with having a pet like that in your house? What would you call your pet? What would you need to look after it? Can you make up a story together about what happens on the day that you bring the pet home?


Let's move...

Think of an animal and then move around like that animal would. Use interesting words to describe how the animal moves - this will help to build your child's vocabulary of descriptive words.

E.g. slither like a snake / bounce like a kangeroo / waddle like a duck / creep like a caterpillar / swing like a chimpanzee / race like a cheetah etc.


Make your own pet!

Use one of your toys and pretend it's your pet. Make sure it has somewhere to sleep / something to eat and drink / play with your pet / give it a name. This type of play helps the children to learn more about the importance of looking after animals.


Who helps when animals are poorly?

Find out about vets and how they work to help animals,.

To start, watch the link below about looking after animals.


Let's sing!

Use the link below to hear some songs about animals and pets. Some you may know and some will be new.


Whatever Next? by Jill Murphy

  • Could you make a space rocket to fly into space? (Perhaps use an empty box or basket?) Could you make a space rocket for a teddy to go on an adventure? What would you / teddy need to take on the adventure?
  • Have a 'space picnic' with your toys. Make a list together of the things you might like to have for the picnic.
  • Make a space rocket out of a tube (kitchen or toilet roll inner). Draw or stick features on it using things you have at home (e.g. foil, coloured paper). You could even print a little photo and have your child looking out of the window of the space rocket!
  • Draw a picture of an alien that you might meet in space. Use your imagination - What does it look like? What is it called? What does it eat? Has it got any special powers or skills that we don't have?
  • Find out more about space and the moon using books or the internet. Tell somebody about what you have found out,
  • Look on CBeebies using the link below - there are a range of shows linked to the topic of space.
  • Sing one of our favourite nursery songs  - '5 little men in a flying saucer'. If you are not sure of the tune or words - use the link below to hear the song.

Smiley Shark -  by Ruth Galloway

 Smiley Shark had lots of teeth -  

  • Why do we have teeth? What problems would we have if we didn't have any teeth?
  • Look in the mirror at your teeth - talk about how hard they are / different shapes and sizes / different teeth used for biting  and chewing.
  • How do we look after our teeth? Why is brushing important? What do we need - brush / toothpaste / water.
  • Watch the song  - link below - 'Brush your teeth.' 
  • What happens to our teeth as we get older? Talk about first (baby) teeth and adult teeth. (You could talk about the Tooth Fairy if that is a tradition in your home.)
  • People who help us - what do dentists do? How do they help us? Talk about the dentist room - the chair / opening our mouth / use of mirrors to see inside / stickers for looking after teeth. 


  • Smiles! - talk about how smiles are important  - how do they make us feel / how do we feel when someone smiles at us? Challenge - Can you smile at someone new everyday this week?
  • Draw a fabulous smile! Can you draw a face and add some teeth into the smiling mouth?


  •  Shark facts - Find out more about sharks and their teeth. Use the internet or books to find out some more information. What do other creatures in the ocean think about sharks?

Mad about Minibeasts - Giles Andreae

Minibeasts are the tiny creatures that we would find in the garden or the park. They include ants, snails, ladybirds, worms, butterflies, caterpillars, wasps, bees and spiders. 


Let's explore - Go on a 'minibeast hunt' in the garden or the park. What types of minibeasts can you find? Where will you look?


Talk about it - Which minibeasts do you like? Which ones don't you like?  Why?  What about your family - do they think the same as you or not?


Find out  - Why not look on the computer and find out more about one of the minibeasts from the poems?

Think about - What does it look like? Where does it live? How does it move?

Tell someone in your family about what you have learnt.


Can you make it? - Try making a picture or a model of a minibeast - see the pictures below for ideas.


Marching minibeasts  - Watch the clip on the link below and join in - 'The Ants go Marching' is a number and a rhyming song.


CBeebies fun - Watch 'Minibeast Adventure with Jess' as she explores more about minibeasts - see the link below.


Minibeast crafts

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Here are some ideas you might like to try after hearing the story:

  • Watch the short video of how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. Click on the link below to access the clip.
  • Pretend to be a caterpillar looking for food (crawling around), then in a cocoon (wrapped in a blanket), then emerging slowly as a butterfly (moving wings),  visiting flowers (flying action).  You have learnt the lifecycle of a butterfly!
  • Think together about all of the food in the story -which were healthy? Is it good to eat too much food? Which was your favourite food in the story? Which food was best for the caterpillar?
  • Why don't you try a new piece of fruit this week? Do you like it? Was that fruit in the Hungry Caterpillar story?
  • Sing our Nursery  'Days of the Week' song - see if you can teach it to your family.
  • Try to make one of the crafts in the pictures below - a headband, butterfly wings or a caterpillar?

The Little Red Hen

Here are some ideas you might like to try after hearing the story:


  • Be a storyteller with Mrs Hughes - join in with the story words and the actions as you watch the video.
  • Working together  - encourage your child to find one simple way to help someone each day ( tidying / helping / sharing / saying kind words). Make a record of their actions and at the end of the week celebrate what they have achieved.
  • Use your hands - play a miming game. Take it in turns to mime / act out a familiar activity - can someone else guess what it is you are doing? (e,g, mixing, cutting , brushing, driving etc)
  • Find out more  -  watch the CBeebies programme 'Come Outside' to find out about how bread is made. Please use the link below to access the programme.
  • Cooking together - Do some cooking or baking together. As you work, talk with your child about the different ingredients, the importance of measuring amounts , how to work safely etc.



Peace at Last (Jill Murphy)

Here are some ideas you might like to try after hearing the story:


  • Mr Bear is feeling very tired after his busy night, Have a chat with your famiily about sleep. What makes you feel tired? Why do we need to go to sleep? What helps you get to sleep?
  • Clocks tell us the time. Do you have clocks at home? Where are they in your house? Look carefully at the 'face' of the clock. Can you talk about the numbers that you can see? Perhaps you could make your own clock and work with an adult to write the numbers and even add the clock 'hands' so it can show the time?
  • If you are interested in animals, could you use books or the internet to find out about animals that come out at night ( called nocturnal animals). Can you find out any information about what they do in the day / night?
  • Can you use your voice to make different sounds? Can you make sounds like a car? a bird? a clock? a duck? a train? Perhaps you can think of other sounds and challenge your family to make the noises?
  • Do you remember the number rhyme called '5 cheeky monkeys jumping on the bed'? Sing it with your family, remembering to show the correct number of fingers as you sing each verse.                                                                                                                 If you have forgotten - let me remind you of the words:                                                                                                                           '5 cheeky monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head,                                                                                      Mummy called the Doctor and the Doctor said 'No more monkeys jumping on the bed!'                                                                                         4 cheeky monkeys / 3 cheeky monkeys   etc


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Here are some ideas you might like to try after hearing the story:


  • Give your toys different voices and tell stories about their adventures - don't forget to use their 'voice' as they speak.
  • Have a Teddy Bear's Picnic - make sure that you share the food out carefully so that everyone has the 'same' .
  •  Try making porridge together - who likes it? / who doesn't? Why not?
  • Think about things in your house that are 'hard' and 'soft'. Can you find something in each room?
  • Play a 'number 3' challenge - can you bring me 3 socks / 3 spoons / 3blades of grass etc. Look for careful counting and makes sure everyone helps to tidy up afterwards!
  • Talk about safety with you child as you go about your daily life, both at home and outside. E.g. road safety / online safety / cookers / electrical equipment / water safety.  Please note - This is not to frighten or worry the children, but rather to help increase their natural awareness and understanding of the world around them at an appropriate level.

Barry The Fish With Fingers - Sue Hendra

Here are some ideas that you might like to try after hearing the story:


  • In the story, Barry helped his friends - what could you do to help people at home?
  • Can you believe that Barry had fingers! Do fish normally have fingers? Why not? What do fish have instead and how do they use them? Can you find out?
  • Try drawing around your hands - can you cut them out? Ask a grown up for help using the scissors. If your family draw round their hands - what do you notice? Can you put the hands in size order? Who has the biggest  / smallest hands?
  •  Using the internet or books, can you find out  some new facts about different sea creatures? Puffy was a puffer fish - what do puffer fish look like?
  • Could you make a fish or a sea creature? If you have things to decorate it,  you could make the creature really interesting to look at.

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