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Grafton Nursery Home Learning Week Commencing 01.06.2020

Our story for the first week of our final half term is ‘Shark in the Park’. It is a story written by the famous author Nick Sharratt.  We have had several copies of these out in Nursery in the reading garden, but if you haven't read or heard this story before, click on the link below to watch and listen to the story being read.

As it is being read, look at the illustrations.  What can you see?  Does this park look like the park you visit?  What extra features could you add to the park?  Is there anything you can see in your local park that you cannot spot in the book?

Listen to the music. What happens to the speed of the music?  What about the dynamics? (the louds and quiets). Can you hear any instruments we have looked at in Nursery?  How does it make you feel?  What does it make you think of ? 

This link also has questions about the story at the end.  Maybe pause and see if you can answer them before  Sherry, the lady presenting the book gives you the answer.



Sharing the story

You might want to pause the clip every time you see the cutout circle and predict what Timothy may have spotted in his story.

Join in with the story

Play the story or reread the book again if you have it.  Encourage your child to join in with 'There's a shark in the park!' repetitive refrain and ask the children what sort of voice they will use for this and why.

Can the children locate the words that rhyme?

boy, toy. / ground, around. / shark, park. / surprise, cries. / cat, that. / sight, might. / oh no! , crow, / doubt, shout. / glad, dad. / say, today.

Look at the attachments below. The children have enjoyed learning about rhyme this year. There are some rhyming wheels below to spin.  Can the children recognise any of the initial sounds and draw a picture of the word they make? There are also some rhyming words and pictures.

Talk about the book

There are lots of things going on in the park, see what your child can spot on the different pages.

Talk about why Timothy mistakes a cat, a crow and his dad for a shark.

If the story continued, what would your child like to happen next?  Would Timothy turn round and spot the shark in the pond?  Or would it be something else?  Can your child draw what they think could happen?



A song the children could rehearse and perform to you could be the classic 'Baby Shark'.  There is also a new version based on washing their hands below.  Please send any pictures or performances to or post on Weduc.

What is your child's favourite nursery rhyme or song they have learnt this year?  Maybe they could teach this to you and you can join in!  We would love to hear your lovely voices singing!

Baby Shark - Wash Your Hands



Now you are able to visit your local park, we have thought of some challenges for you to do when you visit.  Maybe you could go to the park and practise kicking a ball, throwing a ball, bouncing a ball, balancing a ball on a bat, throwing and catching a beanbag, flying a kite, riding your scooter or bike.

Park Challenges: (Try counting as you go!) You will need to use a timer on your adults phone or look at their watch!

How many times can you kick a ball in a minute?

How many skips can you do in a minute?

How many jumps can you do in a minute?

How many hops can you do in a minute?

How many times can you bounce and catch a ball in a minute?

How many times can you throw and catch a ball in a minute?

Can you balance a ball on a bat for a minute?  Is it easier with a larger or smaller ball?

Packing to go to the park

Throughout the week and on a visit to the park, try and sound out words when speaking to the children , a little bit like a robot!  See if the children can blend the sounds together and say the full word.  When they are getting dressed in the morning you could say:

'Brush your t-ee-th' and then your child could say 'teeth'

'Put on your 'sh-or-t-s'. 'shorts'

You could also use robot talk when laying the table, changing activity, or when completing daily routines. Ask your child to help you use robot hands.  We have done this in Nursery!

They could pack a bag of items when going to the park.  Can they find and pack the following?

a d-r-i-n-k 'drink'

some c-r-i-s-p-s 'crisps'

a b-all  'ball'

a b-a-t 'bat'

We're sure you can think of some more items.

You could even sound out objects from the story 'Shark in the Park', the children could then draw what they hear.

Games to play at home

Maybe you could make a telescope like Timothy, using some junk e.g. paper cup,  plastic cup, toilet rolls, kitchen rolls and decorate.  Or even a pair of binoculars if you prefer. How will you decorate them?  Maybe you could create a pattern.  What can they spot at home or in the park?  Can they draw what they see in a circle?

Play a game of  spy game with your child and their telescope 'Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope what can you see through your telescope? Can your child find something beginning with ...... 'sh'... 'shoe' or 't' 'tree'

You could also play 'a follow my instructions' game with the telescope.  Can you child follow the directions? You could add some more in thinking of directions.. up, down, next to, behind, in front, on top of, under etc

'Timothy Pope looks left'. Can you child look left looking through their telescope?

'Timothy Pope looks at the sky' Can your child look up?

This could develop into a Simon Say's game also, but using the words 'Timothy Pope says...'

Things to make

1 A craft shark

We don't meet the shark character in the book, but maybe you can make a model , do a drawing or a painting of what you think the shark looks like.  What features does he have?  Tail, sharp teeth, fins, body, eyes.​​​​​​​

You could watch this clip from Octonauts on 'The Great White Shark' if you want to find out some more facts on sharks.

Have a think

How would you help the shark?  How could you make his fin better? How did they calm the shark?  What is the name of a person who normally helps animals get better?

2. A kite

Can you design a kite to fly at the park?  What shape will it be?  Can you make a pattern?  What will you need to make it?  Can you design it first? Here are some ideas for you.

Experiment with floating and sinking.

Parks, like the one in Shark in the Park sometimes have a lake, river or pond where you can go to feed the ducks.  At home, either in the bath, paddling pool or in a washing up bowl full of water in the garden, can your child experiment with household objects?

Before you begin, check what your child knows about the words 'float' and 'sink' Ask them 'What does the word float mean?' 'What do we mean when we say something sinks?

Select some different objects together, a range of materials and sizes. Some examples you could find at home could be: corks, lolly sticks, lids, foil dishes, cotton reels, plastic and metal teaspoons, marble, conker, coin, bottle tops, sponge. You could include different fruits and vegetables to see whether they all behave in the same way.

Encourage your child to handle the object and predict if they can float or sink. Ask questions such as: 'What is it made of?' 'Will it float or will it sink?' Can you think why?' 'Do you think bigger things always sink?'

Help your child to test each of the objects in turn to see if they float or sink. Ask questions such as: 'Was your guess (prediction) right?' 'Do some objects always float?'

You could encourage your child to record their results by drawing the objects on two charts labelled 'objects that sink' and 'objects that float', or simply by placing the objects in two separate trays and taking a photo.

We can't wait to see what you found out!! 

Water Music

Using some water, maybe some food colouring and kitchen containers, see if you can make some different pitched notes.  Can you put them in order from lowest sounding notes, to highest sounding notes?  Do you need more or less water to make lower notes?  Have an experiment and make some music together.

Have a fantastic week and please keep safe.  Remember, you do not need to complete all these activities, but please pick and choose a few things to share. We hope you all have fun learning and experimenting. Again, we look forward to seeing photos of you on Weduc or through emails to our Nursery  

Keep checking Weduc to see what the adults in Nursery have been up to.

The Nursery Team

Useful Links for general activities: The site are offering FREE resources without having to subscribe.  The username is: march20 password: home.  The children in Nursery have been focusing on phase 1 phonics.  most recently we have been focusing on rhyming words. This offers a range of activities to do and discuss with your children to develop their vocabulary. - Please continue to sing and move with the children.  

Keep reading stories with your children or maybe make up a story together.  - PE with The Body Coach Joe Wicks