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Nursery: Butterfly Class

Nursery Team 2019/20: Nicky Laverty (Monday - Wednesday) Kathryn Chard (Thursday and Friday) - Teachers, Susan Courtman - Nursery Nurse, Elisabeth Harris -Teaching Assistant

 A Message From The Nursery Team

Even though our year was cut short, we have really enjoyed teaching you all and have some very happy memories.  We wish you all the best as you continue your learning journey.  Have a brilliant Summer and here is a little something to remind you of all the fun we've had this year.

Lots of love


Mrs Laverty, Mrs Chard, Miss Harris and Mrs Courtman




Click on the picture for some memories of Forest School.



Week Commencing 13th July 2020

For the last week before we finish for the summer, our activities are linked to the wonderful book, Billy's Bucket, by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons.  Click on the picture below to listen to the story.


 There are two yoga poses for you to try this week -  linked to ocean creatures.

 Click below to hear a very old song about poor Henry who just doesn't know what to do about the hole in his bucket...


There are many strange and amazing creatures that live in our oceans. Here are just a few of them:

This is a Blobfish.  Maybe you recognise him from another story that we have read in class?

This one is called a Christmas Tree Worm.  I can see why!


And this beautiful creature is called a Lizard Island Octopus.


Although these creatures are wild, there are some types of fish that can be kept as pets.

Here is a painting called The Goldfish by the French painter, Henri Matisse.  Billy couldn't have kept goldfish in his bucket, but they can live in a bowl, just like this picture.


Do you like the colours he has used?


Perhaps you'd like to have a go at making these dolphin snacks.  All you need is banana and some blueberries or grapes.  Yummy!





Week Commencing 6th July 2020

This week's activities are linked to the book Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne.



Click on the picture to listen to the story.


If you click on the picture below, you will learn how to do this week's yoga pose - Banana Pose


Here is a very old and famous nursery rhyme about fruit. Are these fruits in the story?


Here's a tasty looking fruit kebab.  Perhaps you could make your own, using your favourite fruits?


Have a look at this piece of art by Rudolph Habsburgh.  How many pieces of fruit can you find in it?


Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham

Week Commencing 29th June 2020


Click on Mr Gumpy to listen to the story.


Mr Gumpy's outing was on a boat, so this week's activities are all linked to boats.

Do you know all the verses of the song below?  Maybe you can learn the Makaton signs too?




Here is this week's yoga pose for you to try.  It's called Boat Pose.

Have a go!



Here's a game for you to play at home.  It's called 'Kims Game'.  Click on the picture to find out how to play.



Here's a yummy boat snack for you to try.  It is made with celery sticks, but maybe you try it with peppers  sweet potatoes, cucumber or whatever is your favourite vegetable?

Could you make a boat out of fruit?  What would you use?


This is a VERY famous painting of a boat.  It is called The Fighting Temeraire.  It is by a British artist called Joseph  Mallord William Turner.  It can be seen at the National Gallery in London. It was painted in 1838, nearly 200 years ago. Do you like it?


Watch the video below to find out how to make an origami boat. Can you make a boat that floats?


John Burningham has written so may AMAZING books.  Here are three of our favourites. Have you read any of these?


Click on the picture for some great maths ideas to try in your garden or in the park.




Week commencing 22nd June 2020


Click on the picture to listen to the story.



Have a go at this yoga pose.  It links with our theme this week of jungle animals.


Stand tall with legs hip-width apart, feet facing forward, and straighten your arms alongside your body. Take your right foot back, keeping your ankle bent at a thirty-degree angle. Place your hands on your hips, ensuring that your back is flat and that you are looking straight ahead. Then slowly bend forward as if your hips are a hinge, keeping a flat back and a long neck. Lastly, bring your hands to your shins, ankles, or the ground, depending on what feels comfortable, all the while checking that your spine is straight. Pretend to be a zebra getting a drink.

Yoga Poses for Kids


Perhaps you can learn the poem below?



The elephant goes like this, like that,

He's terribly big and he's terribly fat.

He has no fingers,

He has no toes.

But goodness gracious,

What a nose!


Click below to listen to a song called the Animal Boogie.  How many animals are in the song?




Hmm!  Lion Hummus.  Delicious AND healthy!

 Just use slices of your favourite vegetables to make the lion's mane.




Fun Facts About Jungles

Over half the world's plant and animal species live in some type of jungle environment.


Jungles are in warm places with lots of rainfall.


Although lions are often called 'King of the Jungle', they don't actually live in the jungle.  They live in grasslands and rocky hills.



 The painting above is called Surprised!  It is sometimes called Tiger in a Tropical Storm.  It was painted over 100 years ago by a French artist called Henri Rousseau.  It can be seen at the National Gallery in London.



Stick Man

Week Commencing 15th June 2020


Click below to listen to Hugh Grant reading Stick Man.  



It's great fun to play with sticks, but, as we have learned at Forest School, they can be dangerous.  Do you remember this rhyme from Forest School?


Sticks down low

They tickle your toe.

Sticks up high

They poke you in the eye.


There are so many things you can do with a stick. There's a great book by Antoinette Portis, called 'Not A Stick', which you can listen to below:



Did you know there is an insect called a Stick Insect.  Here is a photo of one.  Some people call them walking sticks and you can see why!


Have a look at the sheet below to help you identify different types of tree.








Here's a new yoga pose for you to try.  It's called Tree Pose.


Click on Stick Man to see how to make one of your own.





Monday 8th June 

Click on the picture to listen to the story.


Click to see Julia and Malcolm Donaldson performing the story.


Can you sing and sign along with The Gruffalo Song?


Did you know...?

Male foxes are called dogs

Female foxes are called vixen

Baby foxes are called cubs


Here are two yoga poses linked to animals in the story - Downward Facing Dog (Fox) and Cobra (Snake)



Here is an owl snack to try:


The Gruffalo knows all about social distancing




Monday 1st June 2020


Here is a new yoga pose for you to try - Butterfly Pose.


Click below to hear Eric Carle reading his own story - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Click on the picture below to hear a caterpillar song



Did you know?

Butterflies taste with their feet.

They drink from mud puddles.

They can't fly if they are cold.


Here's a rhyme about a girl who found a caterpillar and who was not too happy about it.


Little Arabella Miller

Found a hairy caterpillar.

First, it crawled upon her mother.

Then upon her baby brother.

"Oh!" said Arabella Miller,



Click on the caterpillar to hear the rhyme.

Can you record yourself saying the rhyme and send it to us?


Perhaps you could try making caterpillar or butterfly snacks?

Here's a tasty looking caterpillar made from cucumber and tomato


Or maybe you would prefer a fruity butterfly cookie?





Monday 25th May 2020


Click on the goat to hear and see the story.


Here is a song about the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  Can you join in?


Did you know?

Female goats are called Nanny goats

Male goats are called Billy goats

Baby goats are called kids


In the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, the goats have to cross a bridge.  Have a go at this yoga pose.  It is called Bridge Pose.

The goats' favourite food was grass.  Here's a poem you might like to learn about grass:


In my garden

The grass is green.

The prettiest green

You've ever seen.

I like to feel it

Between my toes.

Just like me

It grows and grows.


If you have a garden with grass, maybe you could try walking on it in your bare feet. 

Can you see any flowers in the grass?  There might be daisies, buttercups, clover,  dandelions or dandelion clocks.




Can you make a green smoothie?


Choose your favourite green fruits and vegetables.



Monday 18th May 2020 

This week, we have some frog related activities for you.

Click on the frog below to hear a rhyme about a frog called Tiny Tim...


3 Fun Facts about Frogs

1.  The eyes and nose of a frog are on top of its head, so that it can breathe and see  when most of its body is under the water.

2.  Frogs can lay as many as 4000 eggs in frogspawn.

3.  A group of frogs is called an army.



  Click here to watch and listen to one of our favourite stories 



 Maybe you'd like to have a go at this yoga pose.  It's called Frog pose!




How about trying this tasty apple frog snack?  Yum! Yum!

Just cut your apple into quarters and remove the core.  Cut three grapes in half and slice two triangle toes in four of the halves. You can use a little cream cheese to stick the arms to the frog and then add his hands and feet. For the eyes you could use a couple of slices of banana or small marsh mallows and add a chocolate chip or raisin to the middle.



Can you join in with singing '5 Little Speckled Frogs'?




Why not have some story fun and join in with our Goldilocks activities this week?

Click on Baby Bear to hear the story.


Click on Mummy Bear to listen to a Goldilocks song.  Can you sing along?


Click on Daddy Bear to listen to the Goldilocks Rap.


You can hear the Ladybird version of the story by clicking on Goldilocks.


I wonder if the bears would enjoy some dandelion honey - see recipe below.

I made some today and it was delicious!







At this time of year - Spring, there are lots of dandelions about. Here are some activities and facts about dandelions that you might find interesting.



Click the button to hear a song called Dandelion clocks     




Click on the video above to hear Fran from Muddy Feet Outdoor Playgroup reading a story called Christopher Nibble.  It's all about a guinea pig who likes to eat dandelion leaves.  Find out what happens when he  and his friends eat all the dandelion leaves...



There are lots of fascinating facts about dandelions. Here are 5:


Did you know that you can use the sap inside the stalk as invisible ink?  Write on paper with the sap, put your message in the sun and the marks will darken as they dry.


The dandelion is said to represent the sun - yellow flower, the moon - the dandelion clock and the stars - the seeds.


The name dandelion comes from the french 'dent de lion', meaning lion's tooth.


The dandelion can be used to tell the weather - the flower closes up just before it rains.


You can eat every part of the dandelion.  Click below for a recipe to make dandelion honey (courtesy of Muddy Feet)






Helicopter Stories


Helicopter Stories is a very well respected technique, pioneered by Vivian Paley and developed in Lewisham by make Believe Arts.

It is very effective in developing children’s language and story making – an important precursor to writing.  As the old adage goes, “if a child can not tell a story, they certainly will not be able to write one.”  The term ‘story’ is used very lightly.  It’s really anything the children say – can be imagined or real and as short as they like.

We have already introduced the technique to some children and would have continued with more children this term.

I’m attaching a really helpful document produced by Make Believe Arts, explaining how you can adapt the technique to use at home during lockdown.

Have a look. I’d love to see any stories and photos, so please feel free to email me @



 Click on the logo above to find out more



Dr Ranj explains Coronavirus  



A little something for you! 


Click on the picture to read Baring's version of Oi Frog! 


Click on the picture to find a range of STEM activities to try out at home.


Click on the picture to see what Greg, Eppie and Bonnie find on their walk in the woods.  There's a new episode every day!     


Click on the picture to hear Alistair Bryce-Clegg reading Silly Billy by Anthony Browne.



There are some lovely ideas for things to do at home here  

If you try some, why not email us a photo at




Dear Parents

Here are copies of the poems that we have learned by heart and those we are about to learn.

We have been so impressed with the children and how well they have learned them.

Let your children impress you by reciting the poems they already know and perhaps let them impress us by learning the poems we have not yet learned, at home with you.

All best wishes

Nicky, Kathryn, Elisabeth, Sue and Zoe



Click HERE to go to the Poetry Basket Autumn Booklet

Click HERE to go to the Poetry Basket Spring Booklet

Click HERE to go to the Poetry Basket Summer Booklet


If you want to sing along to Big Red Bus, click


5 Bananas  


Swing and Slide 


Bogey Man  


Ananse Hammer  


 Don't forget to keep sharing stories, singing, dancing and smiling.

Keep checking for more songs to sing.


See our blog for up to date news and photographs  

 Looking for care for your child out of school hours?  See the Childminding pages of Lewisham's web site here 





Click HERE to go to the Poetry Basket Autumn Booklet

Click HERE to go to the Poetry Basket Spring Booklet

Click HERE to go to the Poetry Basket Summer Booklet


If you want to sing along to Big Red Bus, click 


5 Bananas    Swing and Slide  







See our blog for up to date news and photographs  
 Looking for care for your child out of school hours?  See the Childminding pages of Lewisham's web site here