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Buds and Blossoms is our F1 (Nursery) class. In Buds and blossoms, children learn through play, song, rhythm and rhyme as well as short formal lessons in English, Maths and Phonics. Our children are given the opportunity to develop the key skills needed to progress through their academic career as well as build their self-esteem and confidence to be curious and aware individuals.

Spring Learning:



Over the past few weeks Buds and Blossoms have been exploring the topic Spring and exploring the question... What grows? We have planted seeds and watched them grow and watched frogspawn in or classroom develop into tadpoles. Below I have listed some ideas of ways you can support your child to continue their learning at home.



In English we have been learning the story The Little Red Hen, and have been practicing our mark making skills. Please ask your child to show you!



In maths we have been learning how to recognise, use and make numbers to 5 in different ways. We are also learning the days of the week through our morning activities. You can help your child develop by asking them what day it is and to identify numbers as you see them out and about.

Some ideas to help you continue your child's learning...


Here are some ideas for you to try at home which continue on from our learning in the classroom:



This term we have been learning about Spring and asking the question, What grows?


Some ideas you could use at home:


Go for a spring walk - Can your child see the signs of spring? How many flowers can you count?


CBBC Spring watch : Online this page has loads of resources to watch around animals growing.


Plant a seed in an old egg carton and watch it grow:




This term, we have focused on the story The Little Red Hen . We retold the story with actions and encourage the children to retell the story independently. Please ask your child to show you! We will be working on building words using our phonic sounds and begin to build words in to short sentences, working on capital letters and full stops. We will also be creating captions and speech bubbles to share our thoughts. You can encourage your child to write sentences about the book or their everyday life.


Some ideas you could use at home:


Can you practice writing your name? (you could use a pencil or paint or something else)


Can you make a picture about a person (or pet) in your family, or themselves.



This term, we have been learning about numbers to 5, and how we can make numbers to 5. We have begun to learn our days of the week.


Some ideas you could use at home:


Can you count confidently to 5? (and beyond for some children)


Can you tell me the days of the week?


Can you count your toys? How many do you have?


Can you split a group of toys into two groups?


Can you identify a 2d (or flat shape) shape? (square, circle, rectangle,triangle ect…)


2D shape hunt … challenge your child to find a 2D (or flat shape) shape in your home? (square, triangle, circle, rectangle ect...) Can they count the sides.


Phonics and Reading


Reading is a really important part of your child's development, it allows them to explore far away worlds and experience new things from the comfort of their own home. You can read your child's book from school or a book they like from home.


In school Buds and blossoms have been learning Phase 1 phonics, this is all about developing your childs ability to recognise sounds as a building block for reading, writing and speaking. We are also learning some phase 2 sounds. You can support your child by encouraging them to practice their sounds at home.  


Phase 2 sounds we have used in our class are:

s, a, t, p, i, n,


Some ideas you could use at home:




If your child has a older sibling they could help them to read a book.


Ask your child to describe what is happening on the pages of the book.


Help your child to read a story to their toys.




For phase one learning:


Practice animal sounds by making an animal noise and your child correctly identifying it.


Play games like 'marco polo' where your shild has to guess what direction a noise is coming from.


Play games where your child copies a noise you make, by voice or percussion (eg. clapping or banging a spoon on a pan)


Go for a walk and talk about the thinks you can hear (eg. bird song, running water, people talking)


The website letters and sounds has loads of great resources if you want to explore phonics further with your child:


Mr T's Phonics channel on youtube is great :


Here is a lady pronouncing phase 2 sounds on a phase 2 sound map you can download on twinkl using the free subscription on the links at the bottom of the page.




Learning through play


As adults were told playing isn't time we learn, but for your children this is where the most of their learning takes place. Children love to play and its a great time to try out new things, develop skills like pencil grip when colouring or balancing when jumping off something. Your child is learning when they are playing, and if you join in with this play they will learn lots from it. Play can help your child develop their imagination, their communication skills and their problem solving skills.


Some ideas you could use at home:


Indoor camping : We may be confined to home, but a bedsheet (or two) made into a tent is a great way to pretend you're on a camping adventure. You could get your child to help make it, build a pretend campfire, and turn the lights off and tell stories by torchlight.


Teddy bear picnic : Invite your child and their toys to make a picnic in the living room, they can help you prepare some snacks and then role play eating them with their toy friends.


Toy Hide and Seek: Hide one of your child's toys and give them clues to help find it.


I hope these ideas help if you are wondering how you can support your child during home learning.


If your child is currently off school due to self-isolation, illness or school closure and you would like to continue their learning at home, we recommend the following resources.



This website is offering parents the use of their resources for free. You will be able to use the website for a month. Resources can be downloaded and saved to use at any time.


Follow the steps below to access this offer:

Step One: Go to

Step two: Enter your details in the 'New to Twinkl' account box using the offer code CVDTWINKLHELPS


You will then be able to access resources for your children by entering EYFS into the search box. You will find resources that include English, Maths and Phonics.


Letters and Sounds

If you would like to teach your child some phonics, this website has games and resources and is free to use. Our school uses Letters and Sounds for phonics.


If you require help with how to sound out the phonics sounds, please see the links below:



EYFS activity pack


Fisher Price Play


This website has a variety of games and things to do with EYFS aged children. It is free to access.


Cbeebies Stories

It is important for children to develop a love of stories and reading. You can access many stories on the link below:



This resource is all about counting and numbers.



This resource is a fun way to learn letter names and sounds.



Here are some songs you might wish to sing with your child.

Days of the week  

Months of the year



Counting 1 to 20


Phonics Play

Free during school shut down



Keep your child active with Joe Wicks' 30 minute PE home workout. A new video is posted at 9am every day.






Children have reading books. In order to foster a love of reading and to help your child develop further academically, please enjoy their book with them for a few minutes each day. You can help to encourage their understanding of what they have read by exploring the accompanying images with them and questioning your child about the text (there are some suggested questions below). Please leave us a short message in your child's reading diary so we know they have read at home.

Similarly to the rest of school, we also have a summer topic homework menu for children to complete, which will be available soon. Children will be asked to complete at least one of the homework activities on the menu during the half term. The menu has a variety of activities for children to try either independently or with an adult. You can find a copy of this terms homework through the link below.


Thank you for continued support with your child's learning

​​​​​​Reading questions

  • Can you tell me about...?
  • What did the character do here?
  • Why do you think they did that?
  • How do you think that made them feel?
  • What might happen if...?
  • Can you describe the...?
  • What do you think they should have done?
  • What tells you that...?
  • How you you know its day/night time?
  • What do you think will happen if...?
  • What else could they try?
  • Have you read a book like this before? What was it? Did you like it? Why?
  • Did you like this book?
  • What was your favourite...?