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Home Learning Week 2 


We hope you have had a nice weekend and are all staying safe. 


This week's theme is Easter! We have a little activity for you to complete at home with a grown-up each day. Please send us some photographs of your learning so we can see what you have been doing! 


We are missing all our Elves and only an email away if you need us :-)


Miss Chappell, Mrs Spencer and Mrs Foulkes 





Home Learning Week 2

Monday 30th March

Share the story of The Adventurous Bunny and Easter Island with a grown-up. Talk to your grown up about the story; Was it a nice story? Who was your favourite character? Which was your favourite part of the story?


Tuesday 31st March

We had started to learn some Easter songs at school, ready for our Easter Breakfast. Miss Chappell’s favourite is The Bunny Cokey. Can you sing it with your family and do the actions?

Click the link below for the song words

Wednesday 1st April

The word eggs starts with ‘e’. Can you think of any other words that start with ‘e’? Ask your grown up to help you make a list of ‘e’ words. You can practise forming the letter ‘e’ yourself.

The link to the right will help you think of some words.


Thursday 2nd April

Time to get arty today and draw an Easter picture today! Will you draw eggs, bunnies, chicks or something else? Try and use the right colours for your drawing.  


Friday 3rd April

In Elf Class we were going to make Easter Nests as a special treat. Could you do some Easter baking with a grown up? We can’t wait to see what delicious treats you make!


Home Learning Week 1 Slide Show (Well done Elf Class and thanks for sending your photos in)

Home Learning Daily Challenge 

In addition to the general ideas listed below, and links shared via Facebook, we will be posting a 'Daily Challenge' here, for the children. This may be something linked to our topic, an activity we would have shared at carpet time, something we might have completed as a focused task or simply a fun idea/ something new to try.

We would love to see photos of Elf Class enjoying their home learning challenges (or any other activities). Please email them to us or send via 2BuildAProfile. We will add them to the website, at the end of each week. Thanks. 

Friday 27th March

It's another sunny day so let's get outside and get active! What can you do in your garden or while you are out, walking? Here are a few ideas to try :

  • Ride a bike, tricycle or scooter
  • Play with balls, bean bags etc. Can you throw into a bucket? Can you catch and kick?
  • Explore different ways of travelling - jumping, hopping, skipping, sliding, leaping. I'm sure you will think of lots more.
  • Build your own obstacle course. Make parts where you must go over/ under/ to the side/ through the obstacles. 
  • Use a sand timer or digital timer  to see what you can do within a certain amout of time e.g. how many star jumps can you do in one minute?

I'm sure you will think of so many more ways to get active, have fun and enjoy the great outdoors. I will look forward to hearing what you've been up to.


Thanks to Olivia's mummy for letting us know that Chester Zoo are holding a 'live virtual day', today. I'm sure that will be brilliant, so don't miss it! (Link shared on our Facebook page)


Happy Friday everyone! smiley



Thursday 26th March

Build a den!

We know that Elf Class love building and constructing, so today's challenge is to build a den. Your den could be outside or inside, big or small. There are no rules - use whatever you can find....... old sheets, blankets, upturned chairs and tables, cardboard boxes, pieces of wood. Think about how you will hold things together ..... pegs, string, tape . Be inventive! Maybe you will make changes to your den, later in the day, to make it even better. What will you do in your den? Maybe you could read some books in it, play a game, do some colouring or even eat a picnic lunch. Is it big enough to share with your soft toys or your brother/ sister? Will your grown up fit in?

We would love to see some photos of your dens.

Good luck smiley

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Wednesday 25th March

Today is all about numbers! Let's write numbers and do some counting. Can you write the numbers to 5, or 10, or even higher? Can you write them on paper, outside with chalks or paintbrush/ water or even in sand/ mud/ flour? You could find sets of objects and make number labels to show how many. Help your grown ups with the correct number formation by teaching them our rhymes:


Start at the top and down we run, that's the way we make a 1.

Around and back on a railroad track 2,2,2.

Around the tree and around the tree, that's the way we make a 3.

Down and over, down some more, that's the way we make a 4.

Down and around then a flag on high, that's the way we make a 5.

Down we go and make a loop, number 6 makes a hoop.

Across the sky and down from heaven, that's the way we make a 7.

Make a 's' and do not wait, when its joined up we have an 8.

make a loop and then a line, that's the way we make a 9.


Have fun :)

Number Formation Posters





Tuesday 24th March


We're carrying on with the animal theme today, with a visit to Edinburgh Zoo! Copy and paste the above link into your browser and you will be transported to the enclosures, where you will be able to see tigers, penguins, koalas, pandas and many more animals, live. Watch how they move, see what they do. Talk about the different animals with your grown up. Maybe you could draw or paint a picture of your favourite animal in the zoo. You could even have a go at writing a list of the animals you have seen.



Monday 23rd March

'Rumble In The Jungle' by Giles Andreae. Do you have this book at home? If not, you can find it being read aloud on YouTube.  Share this book with an adult. Listen for the rhyming words and rhythm in the words. Talk about 'the jungle' - What is it? Where is it? Which animals live there? Can you describe each animal? Which animal is your favourite? Why? 


Home Learning - General Guidance

As we find ourselves in the unfortunate situation of having to close the school, here are some suggestions for 'home learning'...…...



  • Counting out sets of objects and matching to numerals
  • Singing counting songs
  • Counting actions e.g. how many jumps can we do?
  • Comparing different sets of objects, saying when they have the same, more or fewer.
  • Adding one more/ taking one away from a set of objects.
  • Go on a shape hunt around your house.
  • Talking about length, height, weight etc. e.g. which fruit is heaviest/ lightest?
  • Capacity - playing with water and containers. Is it full/ empty?


  • Running, jumping, climbing etc. Try out different ways of moving.        
  • Dancing to music
  • Threading (pasta on string, cotton reels, cheerios, buttons etc)
  • Playdough - rolling, squashing, pinching, shaping etc.
  • Cutting with child scissors (cut out old cards, magazines etc)
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Peg boards, aqua beads, hama beads etc.
  • Building train tracks

Literacy/ Phonics

  • Sharing story books/ poems/ rhymes/ non-fiction texts.
  • Singing nursery rhymes and making up new rhyming verses
  • Playing 'I Spy' with initial sounds e.g. I spy something beginning with 'b'
  • Hunting for objects starting with the same sound
  • Rhyming games and finding objects that rhyme.
  • Writing own first name (and surname if ready) using correct formation.
  • Writing other letters and saying the sounds (if ready)


  • Drawing/ painting/ chalking pictures - think about the shapes and colours you are using.
  • Role play activities - shopping, homes, hairdressers, vets etc
  • Junk modelling
  • Singing and dancing
  • Playing with musical instruments (or pots and pans!)
  • Sticking pictures, tracing, stencils, rubbings etc
  • Dressing up and acting out stories


Above all, early years education is all about PLAY! Be a good role model by following your child's interests and playing WITH them. 



We also like these TV programmes.....

  • Alphablocks
  • Numberblocks
  • Story Bots
  • Topsy and Tim
  • Andy's Adventures
  • Go Jetters
  • Do You Know
  • Show Me Show Me
  • Something Special


In addition to this, please check our Facebook page (Gateford Park Nursery), where we will share some useful links.


Please feel free to email us, any time, if you have any questions or concerns or would like to share photos etc of your child learning at home.







19/03/20 Update  (In response to a parent request) -  Please find below a brief outline of our normal daily  routine, should you wish to stick to a more structured day. 


8.50-9.00 - Register. What day is it? What is the weather like today?


9.00-9.15 - Carpet time structured input (e.g. reading and discussing a story/ information text, Maths activity or similar - generally linked to our topic)


9.15-10.00- Outdoor learning (sand, water, mud kitchen, construction, role play, outdoor maths, outdoor mark making, bats/ balls/ hoops/ bean bags, bikes/ scooters, den building etc)


10.00-10.10 - Milk and snack time


10.10- 10.25 - Phonics 


10.25- 11.20- Indoor learning (puzzles, construction sets, art/ craft, role play, dressing up, writing, maths activities, playdough, sand, water, painting, phonics games etc)


11.20-11.35 - Story time and singing


11.35 - Lunch 


In the afternoon, the structure is the same, with the following timings:


12.30-12.45 - Register. What day is it? What is the weather like?

12.45 -1.00 - Carpet time structured input

1.00-1.45 - Outdoor learning

1.45-1.55 - Milk and snack time

1.55-2.10 - Phonics

2.10-3.00- Indoor learning

3.00-3.15 - story time and singing


At school, we provide a variety of resources/ activities for the children to use in their 'child initiated learning' both indoors and outdoors. The children also work one-to-one and in small groups with an adult, at various points throughout the week on 'focused tasks' such as baking, craft activities, name writing, painting tasks, maths challenges, writing/ phonics challenges, speaking and listening activities, construction challenges etc)

Obviously, this will look quite different in the home environment, but hopefully this information gives you an idea of the structure that the children are used to. 

Again, please don't hesitate to contact us if you require any further help or guidance. 



World Book Day 2020

Spring 2nd Half Term

'Animals Around The World'

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This half term, our topic is called 'Animals Around The World', and it's going to be a very busy one! We kick start the topic with a visit, in school, from 'Kilton Pet and Raptor Rescue Centre'. The children will have the opportunity to learn about , and handle, all kinds of different creatures. How exciting! We will be joining in with the whole school 'Science Week' in March and are already looking forward to our much loved 'Forest School' trips later in the term. 


There will, of course, be lots of other activities and learning taking place in class every day. Please take a look at Parent Overview, attached below.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to pop in and see Mrs Spencer, Mrs Williams, Miss Chappell, Mrs Foulkes or Mrs Knowles, any time. Alternatively, you can email, using the address below.



Spring 1st Half Term

'Who Am I?'

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Happy New Year and welcome to all of our new Elves and their families – we hope you will be very happy with us.


This half-term, our topic is called ‘Who Am I?’ We will be learning all about ourselves, our bodies, families and how to keep healthy. We have  lots of amazing learning opportunities planned!


On Thursday 6th February, we will be going on a bus ride to Worksop, where we will visit a real dental practice. We will have the opportunity to take a look around and learn all about how to look after our teeth. More details to follow soon!



  • If your child is going to be having a school dinner, please let one of us (or a member of staff in Breakfast Club) know, when you arrive in the morning.
  • Please ensure all clothing is named, and that your child has a bag of spare clothes on their peg at all times.
  • Snack money is 10p per session (£1 per week for full time children) – payable weekly or termly, directly to Elf Class, please.
  • Please ensure your child wears a suitable coat and brings a hat, scarf and gloves to school as we go outside in all weathers!
  • This half-term we will definitely use our wellies for outdoor play so please leave a pair in school.


As always, please come and speak to Mrs Spencer, Mrs Williams or Mrs Foulkes if you have any questions or concerns. Our door is always open smiley


Email Contact -  aspencer@gateford.notts.sch.uk


Nativity 2019

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Sponsored Wheelathon


Autumn 2nd Half Term


'Amazing Autumn'

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Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely break and are all ready for the next half-term in Elf Class!


This half-term we are learning all about Amazing Autumn, the children are already enjoying lots of fun, seasonal activities!


On Tuesday 12th November, we will be taking part in the sponsored ‘Wheelathon’. How exciting! If you have mis-placed the original letter and sponsor form for this event, please ask us for another one.


There are lots of important Christmas events to pop in your diary too:

  • 11th Dec - Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day
  • 18th Dec - Nativity performance 9.30 a.m
  • 19th Dec = Christmas party





  • If your child is going to be having a school dinner, please let one of us (or a member of staff in Breakfast Club) know, when you arrive in the morning.
  • Please ensure all clothing is named, and that your child has a bag of spare clothes on their peg at all times.
  • Snack money is 10p per session (£1 per week for full time children) – payable weekly or termly, directly to Elf Class, please.


As always, if you have any questions, please pop in and speak to Mrs Spencer, Mrs Williams or Mrs Foulkes. 




Making our own picnics (just like in the story 'Lucy and Tom at the Seaside')

New classroom, new outdoor area, new friends - having fun in our first week back 😃

Autumn - 1st Half Term


'Beside The Sea'



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Welcome to the first half term of this new school year. It’s lovely to see our ‘old’ elves back with us again and we are delighted to also be welcoming many new families. We know that it’s going to be another fantastic year in Elf Class!


We are excited to have moved across into our new classroom, which is looking fantastic after being fully decorated and refitted during the summer holidays. Work is underway and ongoing now to develop our outdoor space, to make it the best possible learning environment for Elf Class. We will keep you posted!


Our topic for this half term, will be ‘Beside The Sea’. We have lots of fun activities planned. The attached ‘overview’ will give you an idea of some of the things we will be learning about.

On Wednesday 16th October we will be hosting a Harvest themed ‘Stay and Play’ session at 10.30 a.m. You can join your child in class for some fun Harvest activities and snacks.


We go outside in all weathers! Please make sure your child has an appropriate coat and a pair of wellies on their peg so that we can enjoy playing outside in rain, snow and hail!


We hope that you will enjoy receiving (via email) the observations and photos of your child playing and learning in Elf Class. If, after the first few weeks, you haven’t received any of these or are having any problem viewing them, please let us know. 



  • Lunch club is for children attending for full days and costs £2 per day. This is payable directly to the school office
  • If your child is going to be having a school dinner, please let one of us (or a member of staff in Breakfast Club) know, when you arrive in the morning. Also, please tell us which choice of dinner they would prefer. A copy of the menu can be found on the school website /from the office.
  • Please ensure all clothing is named, and that your child has a bag of spare clothes on their peg at all times.
  • Snack money is 10p per session (£1 per week for full time children) – payable weekly or termly, directly to Elf Class, please.
  • We will be using the cloakroom door for entry/ exit at the start and end of the day (8.40 and 3.20). We will enter/ exit directly from the classroom and into our outdoor area at all other times during the day (11.40 collection and 12.20 arrival)


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see Mrs Spencer, Mrs Williams or Mrs Foulkes.


Amazon Link School Interviews Squid Dinner Money