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St. James' CE Primary School

Welcome To Nursery

Nursery Rome - Full time nursery children.
Nursery Venice and Nursery Florence - Part time nursery children.

Welcome to our nursery page. During these difficult times we hope to help you find simple, practical ways to entertain your children, as well as stimulate their creative minds and to encourage their natural curiosity.

Below are some links to free resources which you may like to do with your child.


In Nursery our topic has been, Nature. Each day I will leave suggestions and ideas for you to do with your child, these will include ideas for indoors and outdoors, if you have a garden. These activities will be suitable for all ages, so handy for occupying any older children too.   


Week Commencing 30/3/20


Hope everyone is safe, well and had a good weekend. Here are some ideas for this week! As promised, this week’s focus will be Easter. There will be a range of craft activities and some linked to our Christian values.


Indoor Activities;

Use the Twinkl link above to download loads of Easter fun for kids. they have colouring sheets, cut and stick activities, design your own Easter eggs and cut and spell CVC words. 

Easter Cards;

How inventive can you be? The chick one is done by using your child's thumb print and drawing the beaks etc on afterwards. The canvas design is your child's foot prints, great as a keepsake. 








Easter Tree;

Just like a Christmas tree, except it's for Easter. A great project for all the family, looks great and you could even add fairy lights! Could be done indoors or in the garden. 











Indoor activities

Egg Carton Spring Flowers

You will need; an old egg box (or 2), paint or felt tips, scissors, straws, or rolled up paper. Could use these to make a 3D Easter card. 









Egg Carton Hanging Spring Art

You will need; old egg cartons, scissors, twine or string, paint or felt tips pens and a large stick.









Hand Print Easter Prayer

You will need; card or paper, scissors, pens and pencils and a prayer for a loved one. Some children could write their own, or scribe your child's prayer for them. A lovely gift for Easter. 









Week Commencing: 23/3/20 
Hope everyone is safe and well, here are some Friday suggestions, some of these are longer jobs. If you have a garden it could be a weekend project.

Indoor Activities

Junk Modelling
Raid the recycling bag/bin. Collect a range of boxes, yoghurt pots, straws, egg boxes etc. You will need; scissors, tape or and glue and your imagination. What can you make, a space ship, a puppet, a house?









Mirror Symmetry
Maths and they would never know it! Use a piece of scarp paper, draw some shapes and pictures, but only half as below. Ask your child to guess what they think it could be. Show them how to use the mirror to complete the image. Get them to draw some for you!  









Garden Activities
The children have been learning about nature. As part of that learning we teach about how we can care for our world and help all living things. Have you ever thought about building a Bug Hotel? It could make a great project for the weekend and beyond.










Garden Potions
Set up a potions lab. Use what you have in the garden to mix a potion or make someone special a homemade perfume.










Thursday's suggestions. if you have made some amazing things or have come up with a fantastic game to play indoors and would like to share. Please email details to the school's office email address (found on the main page of the website) and mark it for the attention of Miss Jeanette, I will happily upload your suggestions here. 

Indoor Activities

Making Shapes
If you collected stones yesterday, use them today to make shapes. Ask your child, can you make a square? Can you make a rectangle? What is different about the two shapes?










Lego Printing
An idea from Miss Hibberd;  use you Lego or Duplo blocks to make pictures. Send pictures of your designs to the office email for Miss Jeanette, so we can show off some of your home-learning.












Have you ever made a story sack? Sounds complicated but it’s not! Select a book with your child. Collect, make or improvise props for the story. Role-play the story with your child. This is great for literacy skills, speaking, understanding, being imaginative and social skills.








Set 1 phonic sound mat. I have had a request for the set 1 sounds. below the image is the link to the full list and the rhyme that accompanies each sound. 







Outdoor/Garden Activities

Make a table of the objects you can find in your garden. Use a tally to record the number of certain objects. What do you have the most/least of?









Frozen observational art, use some of the foliage collected from your garden or walks, place it in an empty container (old butter/margarine pots work well) fill with water and freeze. When frozen, display and ask your child/children to draw or paint it.









Indoor Activities

Homemade Mobiles
Do you have some oranges or lemons that are past their best? This is a great way to use them in a different way. Make your own orange and lemon mobile. You will need: a variety of citrus fruits or just one kind if that’s is all that is available. Chopping board, sharp knife, baking tray.

Start by slicing the fruits thinly (about the thickness of a pound coin), place the sliced fruit on the baking tray. Bake in a low oven set to about 150-170°F, Gas mark 2-3. Bake for 3-4 hours, flipping every hour until the fruit is dried, though not completely shrivelled up.











Homemade Paint
Have you had a go at making your own paintbrushes? How about making your paint?











Maths Activity
Collect stones from the garden or while out for your daily walk. You need a range of stones of different sizes. Ask your child/children to order and sort by size. Can you sort the stones into small, medium and large?  Don’t forget! Keep your stones.  If you are not leaving the house at all, you could collect a range of objects from around the home. For example, take the tins of food out of the cupboard and order by size. Can you put them in order smallest to biggest/biggest to smallest?









Garden/Outdoor Activities

Natural Bracelets
If you have a garden or go for a local walk as part of your exercise, collect a range of foliage and spring flowers. You will need: card or scrap paper, glue (stick or PVA) and your collected foliage and flowers. Cut the card or paper to size, children then decorate their bracelets with whatever you have to hand.












Art Tapestry
Use a small square of foil, design a piece of fruit, or a plant, draw or paint it on the foil (felt tips work best). Make several and design a tapestry of art.  



Outdoor activity

Make your own natural paintbrushes
Collect sticks and foliage from the garden. Trim and cut to size, use twine or string to fasten your foliage to the stick. Different types of foliage will give different effects.