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Home Learning #Making memories 



Each week we will give a suggestion of activities to try at home to help cover the areas of learning within the Early years foundation stage -

Every child develops at a different rate but as a guide we are working towards being secure in the outcomes within the 22-36 months age band of development matters whilst your child is in 2s. 

What to expect when Parents guide 

use the guide above to help you think about your child's development but most importantly play and enjoy the time together 



Mrs Griffen has created a comprehensive list of SEND resources, documents and websites to help support your child's individualised learning at home. Click the picture below.

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Week commencing 13th July






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Week commencing 29th June






Week commencing 22ndJune






Bear Hunt is one of our favourites at Nursery - Click the image above to listen to the story and  sing the song


Sensory play / messy play

Can you create your very own bear hunt - you may want to use a tray or plate, the floor in the garden - what items can you use to recreate each part of the story? We would love to see your trays on Tapestry 

Role play

 What props can you make at home to help retell the story, could you make your own bear mask from card or a paper plate? 

Build a den



Can you create a den at home - with the weather set to be hot and sunny this may be an outside activity or inside to cool down - A den is a super place to read a story, have a snack

Don't forget to add photos to Tapestry too 





Week commencing 8th June



 5 Currant buns 


Click the link above to sing along to the song


Baking challenge

Can you make your own buns to sing the song to?   What type of buns could you make?

Click here for an easy'bun' recipe - don't forget to add your photos to Tapestry too


Stop, Go Games

Play games that involve starting and stopping, such as "red light, green light", these games help to develop self-control and will eventually help children negotiate, compromise, and work out conflicts.


Mark making 

Can you add salt, flour or washing up liquid to a tray or plate and allow your child to use their finger to make marks, shapes and patterns, perhaps they could draw the bun from the currant bun story too



Week commencing 1st June





Can you create a sock puppet to act out 'Hickory Dickory Dock'

Leave a pause to allow your child to say the missing rhyming word as you say the rhyme together



Collect some objects from round the house and play with them together.  Line them up in different ways and model counting them accurately, support your child to touch each one as you say a number name before moving to the next object, you can also name the object to help develop the pause between numbers. 



Sing and sign 

Watch the video to learn the signs to the Hickory Dickory Dock Rhyme







Week commencing 25th May 



It is the Half term holidays and it looks like the sun will be shining, hope you are all able to enjoy some family time - Miss Toolan Kerr has posted an activity idea on Tapestry for each day this week...don't forget to add your own photos to Tapestry so we can see what fun you have been having

Miss Haigh


Week commencing 18th May 




click the image to visit the book


Can you move like a dinosaur?

Click the image below to join in with the Dinosaur dance


Dinosaur knowledge 

Which dinosaurs do you like? which one has 3 horns?

Visit Andy's Dinosaur adventures to find out more about these prehistoric creatures


 Can you draw your favourite dinosaur - post your pictures n Tapestry for us to see 


Dinosaur craft ideas 




Week commencing 11th May 




Click the image above to listen to the story 


Send a hug in the post

Do you have someone you have not been able to see or hug for a while, could you send them a 'virtual hug' in the post, draw round your child or their hands and allow them to mark make on their hug to send to a friend or relative - pop a picture on Tapestry too



Thankful Jar 

The lockdown has been ongoing for  along period of time now - can you take a few minutes to think about the good times you have had, take a look at your photos  on Tapestry and make a 'thankful' picture, a thankful jar or some happy stones to take on your walk


Keep playing and smiling you are all doing a super job 





Guess who!

Can you guess who these cute babies grew up to be?

Teachers are - Miss Haigh, Miss Toolan-Kerr, Miss Clayborough, Miss Dickinson, Miss Abbott, Miss Taylor,

Ms Ineson, Miss Booth, Ms Townsley  - But who is who?

Add your guess to the Tapestry post with the same photo I will reveal the answers at the weekend-

Good Luck - Miss Haigh


Week commencing 4th May 



Whole School History

On Friday 8th May, the UK commemorates the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, Known as VE Day. This is the date that World War 2 ended in Europe. This week, leading up to that date would have been a whole school history focus week had we been together, learning at school.

There is lots of activities and information for you to take a look at as af family and lots for the adults to learn about too!   Guidance is given with each activity as to whether it is most appropriate for KS1, KS2 or whole school, including Early Years. We would love to see your VE day learning. You can upload onto ClassDojo, Tapestry, or send it to info@swinnowprimary.com with a note to forward it to Mrs Wyles and your class teacher. There will be lots of programmes on TV this week related to VE Day - look out for them to support your learning. All the resources you may need can be found by clicking on the links below.

Have a Happy History Week! 

KS1 VE Day PowerPoint

KS1 VE Day Factfile

Union Jack Bunting

Union Jack Flag


Week commencing 27th April 



Our song this week is' Old Macdonald had a farm'

Click the picture below to sing along


Virtual Farm visit

Click here to join 'Cannon Hall Farm tv' on a tour, you can even pick your favourite animals to visit


Animal pictures

Can you draw or look at farm animal pictures - think about what they look like, what sounds they make

We would love to see your creations on Tapestry



Week commencing 20th April 



This weeks challenges are all liked to the 'Spot the Dog' series of books by Eric Hill

Click the picture to watch Spot's adventures


Hide and Seek 

Use a favourite teddy or toy, hide it around the house and give clues to help find it

Is it near, on top of, next to, behind, how many steps to get to it


Colour match and sort 


 Can you use a teddy to help you sort and match colours from around the house? What can you find that is Blue? What is Red? Yellow? Green?  Can you make your collections in to a rainbow?

Don't forget to add photos to Tapestry too  



Week commencing 13th April 



We hope you have had a super Easter weekend and were able to enjoy the sunshine and perhaps a little bit of chocolate!


Some activities to try this week 


Roleplay challenge- Let's pretend 

What can you dress up as today? Use things from round the house to create a new character - could you be a Dr, a policeman or a teacher?  


 Balancing challenge 

 Tissue Dance:   Place a tissue on your child's head (and yours too!), then start some dancing music!

Everyone should start dancing and moving around the room with one goal: don’t let your tissue hit the floor!

If your tissue falls off your head, you can catch it as it drops, put it back on your head, and keep playing. How long can you dance with it on your head!


Mark making challenge

On a plate or tray put some flour, salt, hot chocolate powder or washing up liquid then allow your child to explore making marks - up and down, side to side or circles



Week commencing 6th April 



If your children are struggling with the change in routine - please try this short story to try to help them understand their feelings - click on the 'virtual hug bear' below


As it is officially the Easter holidays here is  a selection of ideas to keep you busy 

Hope you all manage to enjoy a little spring sunshine whilst maintaining social distancing and perhaps a little bit of chocolate too ! 

Click on this picture 


Home learning Challenge:

Can you learn this song and the Makaton signs to go along with it?

Try to learn as much of the song as you can (It doesn’t need to be the whole thing) and ask an adult to film you.

Then, upload your video to Tapestry.

Finally, keep your eyes peeled for our ‘Lockdown video montage.’

Please upload your videos by Friday 10th April 2020.

By uploading your video you are giving permission for this to be added to the montage, which will be shared with all school pupils via tapestry or class dojo online systems - if you do not wish your child's clip to be used in this way please ensure you add a comment to the uploaded video to indicate it is NOT FOR SHARING. 

Thank you to George, Luke and Daisy in Year 1 for the inspiration.



Week commencing 30th March  



Home learning Challenge:

Can you learn this song and the Makaton signs to go along with it?

Try to learn as much of the song as you can (It doesn’t need to be the whole thing) and ask an adult to film you.

Then, upload your video to your ClassDojo portfolio.

 Please check your emails for your unique code. Email info@swinnowprimary.com if there are any problems.

Finally, keep your eyes peeled for our ‘Lockdown video montage.’

Please upload your videos by Friday 10th April 2020.

By uploading your video you are giving permission for this to be added to the montage, which will be shared with all school pupils via tapestry or class dojo online systems - if you do not wish your child's clip to be used in this way please ensure you add a comment to the uploaded video to indicate it is NOT FOR SHARING. 

Thank you to George, Luke and Daisy in Year 1 for the inspiration.


 Nursery Rhyme challenge  

Sing nursery rhymes and songs together, add actions.

Click the picture below for an A-Z of rhymes and songs 

 Why not video your child singing their favourite to add to Tapestry 

People who live in my house challenge 


Together can you draw the people who live in your house - can you add eyes, nose, mouth 

Then add your pictures to Tapestry


Bedtime story 

Read your child a bedtime story

This may be the same story again and again and again but repetition is good for working memory 

Take a photo of your favourite book to add to Tapestry





Week commencing 16th March 2020

Due to the continuing issues with coronavirus we are cancelling our stay and play sessions planned for this term - Wed 18th March (Mothering Sunday) and Wed 1st April (Easter) 

We are also postponing new nursery home visits until after the Easter break

In nursery we are continuing with lots of fun activities to develop the children's language, personal social development, counting and name writing.  The dryer weather is also allowing us to explore the garden more...especially the muddy puddles!!

Please click this link HERE to watch the

hand washing video we are using in nursery


We are continuing to support the children in developing effective hand washing skills and ask all parents to wash their child's hands on entry to nursery- we are then regularly washing hands during the session and before the children leave.

Following government guidance children or adults presenting with symptoms of a new persistent cough or a high temperature are required to stay at home and the whole family to self isolate for 14 days.

Please help us adhere to this guidance and telephone school on 3783100 to report your child's absence


These are difficult times and as parents there are a number of reputable sources of information


bbcnews -mental health advice 



Week commencing 9th March 2020

The children enjoyed baking biscuits this week and chose  animal shape colours as they talked about the animals in 'Brown bear Brown Bear' 


We have also been celebrating 'Holi' by exploring colour and shape in the gluing area - the children have really enjoying snipping paper, sticking and celebrating their achievements. 

Week commencing 2nd March 2020

This half term we are looking at the story 

'Brown bear brown Bear what do you see'

Click the book below to hear the story

We are encouraging the children to join in with the repeated refrain and talk about the different animals, the different colours they can see and the patterns they notice. 

Don't forget to add your posts to Tapestry to let us know what your child is enjoying at home too 


Week commencing 24th February 2020

The children are settled again after the half term break

Important dates this half term - see website newsletter for further details


Nursery World book day - Wednesday 4th March 

children are encouraged to come to school

either in 'dress up' or in their Pjs

to share their favourite books

Mothering Sunday Stay and Play - Wednesday 18th March

Join us in nursery at the beginning of either the morning or afternoon session to enable the children to say a huge 'Thank you' for everything their adults do to love and care for them, the children are preparing biscuits and a drink of juice for you to enjoy. 

Writing Development focus 


Wednesday April 1st - Easter activity Stay and Play  

Join us for Easter fun at the beginning of either the morning or afternoon session 

Maths development focus 



Week commencing 10th February 2020

We have been enjoying the story 

'Dear Zoo' 

Click on the book above to hear and share the story at home

The children are becoming confident in joining in the repeated refrain 'so I sent it back' as we read the story together.

Can they name the animals from the story? can you use gesture to suggested how bug the boxes are? which is your child's favourite animal from the story?

Week commencing 3rd February 2020

Children's mental health week 

Join us on Wednesday 5th February for our stay and play at the beginning of the session (am or pm)


Week commencing 27th January 2020

Dear Zoo is our focus book in 2's over the coming weeks

Week commencing 20th January 2020


Week commencing 13th January 2020

Friday 24th January - Denin4dementia

Wednesday 5th February - stay and play for children's mental health awareness week 

Tues 11th February - Safer internet day - awareness week 

Friday 14th February - school closes for half term -

reopens on Monday 24th February 


Week commencing 6th January 2020

Happy New year and welcome back after the break to all our families.  The children have settled really quickly and are full of exciting news of their new toys from Santa.


Week commencing 16th December 2019

Reminder school closes for the Christmas break on

Fri 20th Dec and reopens on Monday 6th January 2020


Our Early years Christmas party is on Wednesday afternoon this week,

There is no morning session in 2s but all children are invited t the afternoon session 12-3pm 

we will be doing party games in Nursery from 1.00pm,

eating in the main school hall from 1.30pm 

and in the upstairs hall from 2pm for our 'special visitor'

Parents are welcome to stay to help or join us at 2pm upstairs

Week commencing 9th December 2019

This week in Nursery we are  putting the finishing touches to our 'Wriggly Nativity'

The children from 2s will be encouraged to join in with the other foundation stage children but please remember it is a daunting experience and for some they may prefer to sit with you than on the bench with their peers - this is just fine - they will develop confidence and experience by being part of the show in whatever way suits them best. 

Tickets are on sale for £1 from the main school office for our performance on Wed 11th December (9.30am and 2.00pm - doors will open 30 mins before the performance starts) 


Week commencing 2nd December 2019 

The countdown to Christmas has started,

In Nursery we have been  sharing the story of the first Christmas- introducing the children to

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in preparation for our 'Wriggly Nativity'


Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us for our festive stay and play session, the children had a wonderful time and are building on their understanding of Christmas traditions.

Please add photographs to Tapestry of your Christmas activities from home - have you decorated the tree? been to see Santa? we would love to see how you celebrate at your house. 

Reminder - Christmas Fayre - Main school hall

Wednesday 4th December 3-5pm

Week commencing 25th November 2019


Week commencing 18th November 2019

World Nursery Rhyme Week

We are celebrating all this 'Nursery Rhyme' this week 

Singing our favourites and adding some new songs to our collection.

Singing rhymes and songs are fabulous pre-reading skills to support your child to say and hear rhyme, rhythm and repetition.

Week commencing 11th November 2019

We will be collecting donations for 'Children in Need' this week

The children are invited to come to nursery in dress up clothes

on Wednesday 13th November 



Week commencing 4th November 2019 

We have started our dance sessions in Nursery 

Monday afternoon with Shake Rattle and Boogie and Wednesday morning with Miss Taylor

We really are boogie stars!


Music and movement are vital parts to our developing skills in personal & social development, physical development and communication and language.  


Week commencing 21st October 2019

Last week we went out to explore and collected leaves from the big school field, this week we have used our Autumn treasure to paint with, and create with 

Take a look at our photos here


Reminder school closes on Thursday 24th Oct at 3pm for half term and will reopen on Monday 4th November 


Info from school weekly newsletter 

Easy Fundraising! Take a look at the link below

Shopping doesn’t cost a penny more, but as you make purchases online, shops make a donation to school. All you do is register (it’s good to click the “Find & Remind” button) and start shopping. Please give it a go and encourage others to do so too – it’s effectively free money to benefit the children of Swinnow Primary School!

So far we only have 2 supporters! Click on the link to register.


Many thanks!

Week commencing 14th October 2019T

This week  in 2s we have been looking at all things Autumn.

We have also baked bat biscuits for our halloween disco


made pictures by rolling conker


and have been working on building relationships and taking a turn through adult supported  games

Week commencing 7th October 2019

This week take a look at this short video about developing children's communication skills 


Week commencing 30th September 2019 

What a wet week it looks like it is going to be...please ensure your child has a coat and spare clothes and wellies if possible to enable them to enjoy the garden ....especially puddle jumping!!


Reminder - PJ story day Wednesday 9th October - the children are invited to attend nursery in their PJs - Matthew from the library will be joining us to share favourite stories and will have information about what's on offer / how to join Pudsey library at the beginning or end of the session. 

Week commencing 23rd September 2019

What a busy week in Nursery - we have been enjoying the garden, painting, baking crumble and dancing with 'Boogie Bear in Shake Rattle and Boogie'!!


Join us next week for our first 'stay and play' session on Wednesday 2nd October for half an hour at the start of the session to see where your child enjoys playing at nursery. 

Reminder - School photos - Tuesday 1st October - these will be taken in your child's session - if they don't usually attend on this day you are welcome to join us at 8am or 12noon 

Week commencing 16th September 2019

Please find a link to the latest Potty training advice from Health visitors 


Each week we will share our learning experiences with you and link to our key priorities. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to talk to Miss Haigh.   The 2yo provision staff will keep you updated with 'What's on' at the Children's Centre and will support you to attend courses, activities and events.  Please take a look and 'like' Swinnow Children's centre facebook page too. 

Week commencing 9th September 2019

 Welcome back to the 2year olds who are rejoining us this term and a big hello to all our new families, we hope you all enjoyed the summer and we look forward to a busy Autumn term of learning.  

The children are all settling to the routines of school, they are busy exploring the resources and getting to know each other.   Lots of learning is taking place within the prime areas of the EYFS.