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Ideas to support home learning WC 20/07/2020


We’ve made it to the last week! We are all so very proud of you. Thank you for being in the Foundation Stage, you have been an absolute pleasure to teach & have made our lives so much easier!


Attached you will see a document called RR - it is the Rainbow Games Results! I hope your team did well!

Enjoy this weeks’ activities & have the most fabulous summer – you really deserve it. Most importantly, have fun, make some special memories and keep safe!


Last shout outs on Sunday & I promise to not cry!


The Foundation Stage Team xxxxx

Ideas to support home learning WC 13/07/2020


You are doing amazingly well and we hope you really enjoyed the sporting activities from last week. Unfortunately it’s the closest any of us are going to get to a Sports Day this year! I am so excited about this learning pack I have been wanting to do an Under the Sea theme for weeks – it reminds me of summer! Well done for all the Tapestry uploads, you’ve certainly been busy & we have loved seeing what you have been up too. Just to reiterate there are lots of ideas on here, please don’t worry if you don’t manage to complete all the activities.


Finally, the summer reading challenge is going ahead this year, in a digital format. Attached is some information about it.


Missing you all.
The Foundation stage Team 😊

Ideas to support home learning WC 06/07/2020


You have done yourself proud on Tapestry this week, we have loved seeing what you have been up too. Remember these are only ideas, please don’t worry if you don’t manage to complete all the activities. You have done brilliantly be kind to yourselves and celebrate how far you have come. Have fun with your family: read, make stories up and act it out, watch a film together, listen to some music, make up a dance, learn a new family game (we’ve just discovered Rings on your fingers - a very old game from my childhood!), create a piece of art, learn a magic trick, prepare your own breakfast or lunch – smile & have fun!


This week there will be no daily challenges from the FS Team as we would like you to get involved with the daily Rainbow Games challenges. There will be a daily video to help with the activity of the day, we would love for you all to be involved!


Have a great week! Mrs Butler & the Foundation Stage Team 😊

Ideas to support home learning WC 29/06/2020


Hello! Thank you for your continued support and well wishes this week they have been lovely to read. You have been so busy on Tapestry we have loved seeing what you have been up to.


This has to be a particular favourite of mine when it comes to home learning. I get to teach whilst trying lots of new and exciting foods! Let me know what you think of the cakes with vegetables, my children still don’t know that I add beetroot to my chocolate cake – so make sure that you don’t tell them! You have been doing a wonderful job and it has been so nice for us to join in with the learning that is happening at home. We have really enjoyed it. Remember be kind to yourself, let our little ones take the lead if it’s not working stop and come back to it when they are ready. Have a great week!


Love The Foundation Stage Team xxx

Ideas to support home learning WC 22/06/20


Hi everyone!

We hope we find you well and in good spirits. It’s been wonderful to have some of the Lions & Tigers return to school and be able to see them – even if it is from a distance. In many ways it makes us miss you all even more!


You are doing wonderfully – this week you have been so busy on Tapestry we have loved seeing what you have been up too – I didn’t realise we had such a talented group of performers. Remember there are lots of ideas on here, please don’t worry if you don’t manage to complete all the activities. You have embraced loads of ways to learn so remember to be kind to yourselves and to mostly have fun with your family: read, make stories up and act it out, watch a film together, listen to some music, make up a dance, learn a new family game (we’ve just discovered Jenga!), create a piece of art, learn a magic trick, prepare your own breakfast or lunch – smile & have fun! Don’t forget to check the challenges on tapestry too – We have loved seeing what you have been up too.


The Foundation Stage Team x 😊

Ideas to support home learning 15/06/2020


We hope we continue to find you in good spirits! What a miserable week of weather we have had, I hope you have popped on your wellies, grabbed your raincoat and gone jumping in the puddles. We did, this week and it was the best belly laugh we have had in a long term!


Our theme for this week is Music, so I need you to find your inner rock star, like we did on TT Rock Stars day earlier this year! I really am looking forward to the performances and homemade musical instruments – you know I love it! Who can make a song up? Who can get there whole family to perform with them?!


We will be following the same learning in school as at home, so can all have some fun. Just be grateful you’ve not got to watch Mrs Butler pretending she’s a pop star making songs up and creating dance routines!


Stay safe.


The Foundation Stage Team xxx

Ideas to support home learning WC 08/06/2020




We hope you continue to be healthy & well. What a mixed week of weather we have had this week - we hope that you have had opportunity to enjoy some of the brighter weather and are ready for the wetter weather forecast this weekend. Attached is the learning pack for next week which we will also be following in school, it looks really good fun and we look forward to seeing what you guys get up to with your uploads on Tapestry. Don't forget the 2do's on Purple Mash as well.


Missing you all so much.


The Foundation Stage Team xxx

Ideas to support home learning WC 01/06/2020


We hope you continue to be fit and well, have had a wonderful rest over half term and been enjoying this beautiful weather. We are missing you lots. You many notice a slightly different format to the learning packs, with different activities identified for each day.


There is still the pink activity, which would be great if you could all complete and upload to Tapestry and I will set the new 2do’s on Purple Mash, which will go live on Monday.


We are all excited to see what you get up too over the coming week. Hope you enjoy the activities. Let’s see how many uploads we can get!



The Foundation Stage Team x

Ideas for home learning WC 18/05/2020




I hope you all continue to be healthy, safe and well. We are missing you so much & can see how hard you and your families are working. You are all doing BRILLIANTLY & as I keep saying we are so PROUD of your effort. I appreciate it’s a stressful time so make sure you take time for the 3C’s, as we like to say in the Butler household cuddles, cake and a cuppa!


Hope you enjoy this week’s learning and the challenges set.


Much love,


The Foundation Stage Team xxx

Ideas for Home Learning WC 11/05/2020


Hello! I hope you are all fit and well. We continue to be amazed by what you are doing at home. We are all so very proud of your mammoth effort. We miss you all so very much and cannot wait to be back in our Foundation Stage, hearing about your adventures and all the things that you have learnt from your family - I bet you never realised how very clever they all are!


We know some of you are feeling a little fed up, but we also know how strong you are and that you can keep this up for as long as we need to for us to be safe.


This week we had over 150 uploads which is fantastic considering that it was a 4 day week and we can see how busy you have been preparing for your VE day celebrations.


We really are looking forward to seeing you all.


Much love,


The Foundation Stage Team xxx

Ideas for Home Learning WC 04/05/2020


I hope this note continues to find you and your families well during these difficult times for us all. Thank you for your continued support and kind words over the past few weeks. You are ALL doing a brilliant job looking after and educating your child / children during this surreal time – so thank you for being great, supportive families and (though you may not have directly signed up for it) inspiring and thought provoking educators. We have been astounded by what you have all been up to and the way you have taken on board our suggestions for learning. Tapestry has been working overtime with nearly 250 uploads this week –we are all so very proud of you and miss you dearly!


Keep safe and healthy.


The Foundation Stage Team x

Ideas for Home Learning WC 27/04/2020


As we head into our fifth week in lockdown, many of us are feeling the emotional strain of both social distancing & change in our normal routines.

The world is not as it was, and that can be difficult to cope with at times. It’s no wonder that we can feel a range of emotions and be up one minute and down the next.


During this next week, we ask you to be KIND to yourself. We mean it sincerely when we say you are ALL doing an amazing job supporting your little ones. This week alone you made nearly 200 uploads of all the fabulous things you have been doing.


The activities in the Learning Projects are only suggestions, be guided by your child. Please don’t put yourselves & family under any unnecessary stress.


We all miss you so much & are so proud of what you guys have been doing.


Keep safe & healthy.


Mrs Butler, Mrs Turner, Mrs Redfern

Ideas for Home Learning - WC 20/04/20



We hope this letter finds you and your families well during these difficult times for us all. Thank you for your support and kind words over the past few weeks on Tapestry - it really has meant a lot.


Going forward, available each Monday, we have produced a new home learning project. These have weekly Maths, Reading, Phonics and Writing Tasks, some weekly Learning Project activities, extra online resources (this week there is a link to the Make a mug – make a difference competition which Royal Crown Derby are running!) and a fun activity. We have highlighted an activity in pink, and would love to see that target activity uploaded to Tapestry. There will also be a selection of video challenges on Tapestry from various members of staff in Foundation Stage – so enjoy!


The idea is that this is to accompany the already fantastic work you have been doing - since we have not been in school you guys have made over 400 uploads & we are so PROUD of your effort.


I read a letter from an anonymous teacher which we felt had an important message:



So in the words of High School Musical ‘We are all in this together’, let’s keep this momentum going.


Have fun and we hope you enjoy the activities.


Mrs Butler, Mrs Turner and Mrs Redfern.


Week 2 – Ideas for Home Learning


Hello! We hope that you are all well, the Foundation Team are all well and missing you all -  thank you  for the kind words and messages you have put on Tapestry. We have LOVED seeing the videos you have uploaded on Tapestry of the children in the Lions, Tigers and Kittens playing games from the packs, completing activities from the activity mat and taking part in our video challenges – thank you.


Please find below some links to different websites and youtube channels that the Foundation Stage Team have found useful this week. Please also continue to practise those counting and jolly phonics songs from Week 1, plus make sure you get on Phonicsplay, from experience I know they will love the activities.


Please do not feel under pressure to complete lots of worksheets etc. with your child over this challenging time.  Most importantly spend that quality time with them; speak to them, play with them, use their toys for counting and sorting activities, and use the resources available naturally outside, online, on the television and on the radio. As one headteacher has posted, use the resources being sent to you ‘if they suit, don’t get stressed if they don’t suit … this is not homeschooling.  This is an unprecedented emergency situation impacting on the whole world.  Let’s keep perspective.’ 

Ideas for home learning.


Below you will find a range of websites to support your child in their learning from home. All sites are suitable for all children within Foundation Stage.


We will update these weekly to provide variety and support a range of topics, we will also pop these on Tapestry as we aware the majority of our parents access this regularly. We have tried to include links to songs that the children are particularly familiar with.


Mrs Butler, Mrs Turner and Mrs Redfern.


General websites to support learning


Education search engine with lots of different online games and activities




Provide your email to be sent free activities and resources to support home learning




Links to support Maths


Daily Count the children are really familiar with these-Great physical activity too.


Links to support English

Tricky words Phase 2 song:


Tricky words Phase 3 song:


Links to Support Phonics

Username: march20

Password: home (you do not need to subscribe)

Kittens look at Phase 1/2

Lions / Tigers Look at Phase 2/3/4


Jolly Phonics song:



Links to support Physical activity

Here are some of our favourites that we do to start our physical activities in school– again the children are very familiar with these.


Banana Banana Meatball: ​​​​​​​


Dinosaur Stomp:



Welcome to our Nursery Class page!

A warm welcome to all our Children, Parents and Carers. We hope you enjoy looking through our page. We update it each half term, keeping you up to date with what is happening at Dalestorth and adding photographs of the Nursery children in action!

Please let us know if there is anything we can add to our page to make it even better.

We are The Kittens Class, we love to play and learn together.

Meet the Nursery Team, we are a friendly bunch!

Here we are - look out for more photos as the term moves on

Autumn 1 2019

Our first topic for this school year is:-

All About Me

Our Newsletter tells you more about what we will be doing.


Elsa the hamster

Making friends and settling in

Lunch Club


If your child has a 30 hours funded place at our Nursery they can attend our lunch club. It costs £3 a day. Miss Carter and Mrs Coupe are lovely, they make sure the children have a relaxing and enjoyable lunch break. 

Please remember to pack a healthy lunch for your child. Our school is nut free so please do not send any items containing nuts.

Please cut small foods e.g. grapes, cocktail sausages, tomatoes ... See the picture below.

Here is where you will find our latest News letters. Enjoy reading them

Useful Information

  • Name all of your child's clothes
  • Please bring a change of clothes in a bag every day (they can go on your child's coat peg)
  • We provide snack and a drink everyday
  • Please remember your donation of 50p a week to help with all the lovely extras we use in nursery. Thank you
  • Return library books every Wednesday. We aim to change books with your child on Thursdays and send them home on Friday. If you bring them in late we may not be able to change them that week.
  • Two children a week, on a Friday will be taking home the 'Special Box'. Please put some photos and other items that reflect what is special to your child, you could let them choose some themselves. Bring it back on the Monday.Their items will be in nursery for a week so please choose wisely. There is also a wheel to fill in with extra information. Your child will share their special box with their  friends when they bring it back and when we are able we will take a photo of them with their special things.

How can I help?

We are always looking for helpers in nursery. You can volunteer to help with special activities such as baking or topic based activities. Or if you have enough time you could offer to come in weekly, Thursdays are great for helping with the library books, but any other day would also be great...we can find you plenty of jobs either with the children or more admin based as you prefer.


You can also help by bringing in boxes etc for modelling, sharing photos or objects linked with our topic. Uploading photos and videos onto Tapestry so that we get a fuller picture of what your child can do. Doing any home tasks we send home and bringing them into nursery.


It is a great help when you put your child's name in their uniform as things can get easily lost. When you can't find a garment please check the lost property box and please,please be patient with us as we can't keep track of everything.


Your child will get tired over different times in Nursery so try to keep up a good bedtime routine of Bath, Book, Bed as it will help them (and you) deal with the new routines.


Please let us know of anything that has happened at home that may affect your child in nursery. For example a disturbed night, a busy day before, or something that has caused a lot of excitement or changes in the home or to their routine. It is really helpful to know what their needs may be.


Finally we want your child to enjoy nursery so if you have any concerns please talk to us.


Thank you

Everyone in the FS1 Team

Bath Book Bed booklet with advice and information from Super Nanny!

Some useful Web sites, enjoy browsing and trying out some of the suggestions. Please feel free to suggest some others to us and feed back on how you have used them.