Category Archives: Letters and Sounds

World Nursery Rhyme Week 2019



Our children love singing Nursery Rhymes all the time so when we found out it was Nursery Rhyme we decided to join in.

There was a different rhyme to learn each day and the children loved learning them, including some new ones.

Monday- Baa Baa Black Sheep

Tuesday- Down in the Jungle

Wednesday- Incy Wincy Spider

Thursday- Row Row Row Your Boat

Friday- Two Little Dickie Birds

Not only did we learn the original rhymes we learn different versions as well, such as Baa Baa White Sheep.

Baa baa white sheep, have you any wool, No Sir, no Sir, no bags full, none to mend the blankets, none to mend the socks, none to mend the woolly gloves and none to mend the frocks. 

We went on a special Nursery Rhyme Hunt round school following some clues. They took us everywhere trying to find out where to go next.

Each time we had to think which rhyme the clue was telling us about and we sang it to check we remembered the whole rhyme. Then we went to the next place to check we were right. The children did an amazing job of guessing which rhyme it was and also knowing all the words. We went singing all around the school before the clues took us back to Nursery.

The children in Nursery on Thursday with Mrs Woods got a super special treat when she brought her ukulele along to sing the Nursery Rhymes. The children then joined in with their own instruments. You can see the photos in the Floor Book.


What we been learning? 

  • To recite as many Nursery Rhymes as we can and also different versions of the same rhyme. 
  • To follow clues and think about what they are telling us to do next. 
  • To play musical instruments alongside singing and the ukulele playing. 
  • About the different sounds and rhyming words in Nursery Rhymes.

“If children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8” Mem Fox, Reading Magic

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Sing Nursery Rhymes with your children. If you are less confident with them yourself you can find them on Cbeebies here and on the World Nursery Rhyme Week page here. 
  • Read books with rhyming words in them- Julia Donaldson books usually have rhyming words. Can your child finish the sentences with a rhyming word? Can they hear which word between two is the rhyming words? eg. The cat is black, It sits in a….. Is it sack or bed? 
  • Play other rhyming games such as Cake Bake on Phonics Play. Click this link to find the game.  You will need the Username: PRINCE2 and the Password: EDWARD to access the site fully. 

Exploring Cardboard Boxes

Exploring Cardboard Boxes


It’s Christmas!

It’s Christmas!

We have been feeling very Christmassy for the last few weeks in nursery. Have a look at some of the activities we have been doing…

In the water tray we made snowflake soup. We added glitter, stars, beads, pipe cleaners and sparkles. We put cups and tweezers in there so we could count out our ingredients and help to make our hands and fingers stronger.



We had lots of fun in the block area. We covered some of our blocks in white paper and used them to build igloos.


Then we added pens so we could make marks on our blocks. We drew on our blocks and made fire engines, Elsa’s castle, farms and cars.



On our maths table we had Christmas trees to decorate. We used the tweezers to pick up the different decorations. Then we counted how many we needed for each part of the tree. If we didn’t recognise our numbers we counted the spots of used our number track to help us.




We made more Christmas trees on the play dough table. We used green glittery clime to make trees then counted decorations onto them. We added beads, stars and pipe cleaners.


We kept our Christmas bags that we had been using for transporting last week and added labels to the front. We had to fill the bags with gifts for the different characters from the Jolly Postman. We needed to count out how many we needed and make sure we gave them to the right person!


We have also had lots of polar bear activities out! We were very interested in polar bears and read the story ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Heat?’ Then we added polar bears to our small world and maths area to count and play with.



Our mark making this week has been in the Christmas glitter and sparkles. We have been trying to write our numbers using the paint brushes.


We had a Santa’s Sleigh in the role-play area and had lots of fun delivering all the presents!

Finally on our phonics table we have been playing a rhyming game. We have lots of different objects and pictures and have to guess the rhyming phrase like cat in a hat, star in a jar or hay in a sleigh. We are very good at this game!


Finally we made our Christmas decorations to take home. The children decided they would like to make Ninja Turtle baubles this year! We added ribbon and googley eyes to green baubles then took them home to hang on our Christmas trees!



We hope you have lots of fun at home over Christmas. There are lots of Christmas activities you could try…

Make fake snow by mixing either corn flour or baking powder with shaving foam.

Pour some glitter or sparkles onto a tray or plate and make marks in it like letters and numbers

Cover your blocks at home in a bit of old paper or newspaper to encourage your children to write and draw on them (this is a great activity for boys who don’t usually choose to write and draw)

Decorate old baubles with scraps of paper or material

Look online for more fun Christmas activities.


I Spy Outside


This week we played I spy outside. First we wrote letters on woodcuts and hung them up in the outside area.


Then we went looking for things that started with those sounds. We had post-it note pictures to find and stick to each letter.


After we had found all the pictures we went looking for objects that started with those sounds.


We had lots of fun playing I spy and we play lots of different versions of I spy in the classroom.

It is a great way to teach children their initial sounds and to start recognising letters and is something you can do at home, on walks, at the park or on the bus. Where do you like to play I spy?

Our New Alphabet Display


We have lots of new and interactive displays in our new classroom. One of our favourites is our new alphabet display.


Our display is made of boxes with different letters inside, the letters are both uppercase and lowercase. Children recognise the uppercase letters from the start of their names and their friend’s names.


We searched for small objects around the classroom to add to our display.


Then we added photos of all the children in our class. The children sorted the pictures of themselves and their friends by their initial sounds.


We love finding things around the room to add to our display, come back soon to see what else we have added!


Crack the Code


We have been cracking pirate codes!

The pirates sent us secret messages, we had to match the colours to find letters and read the words.


First we looked at the cards the pirates had sent us. They had different colours in a row.


Then it was some children’s job to match the colours to the shells.


We turned the shells over and found letters on the back!


We sounded out the words then told our friends what we thought it might say. We had pictures to help us match the answer.


Once we cracked to code we found the matching picture.


We worked together and managed to crack all the pirate’s codes!


We love cracking codes and we’ve been doing more in our phonics sessions and around the classroom. There is a lot of different learning in our code cracking activities! We learnt to colour match, recognise letters, read left to right, blend sounds to read and match words and pictures.

To support children’s letters and sounds at home you can play ‘I spy’, listening for initial sounds or blending sounds in words e.g I spy a z-i-p. You can support children to recognise letters on signs and labels, they might first recognise the letters from their names then begin to recognise other letters.

A Message in a Bottle


We received a very exciting letter in Nursery. We are used to receiving messages in the post but this one came in a bottle!


The letter was from Pirate Jake! He wanted us to help him with some special pirate jobs but first we had to answer some questions to see if we were ready!

Jake asked us how old we were, the city we lived in, what we were good at and what we liked to eat.

We worked together to sound out words and write a reply to Pirate Jake. All the children had a turn at writing the letters they knew.



We put our message in a bottle. Luckily one of our teachers was going to the beach so we asked them to send our message back to Jake.


What were we learning? 

We listened for the sounds in words.

We sounded out words to read and write them.

We all had a turn at writing letters.

We shared the letters we knew how to write independently, such as the letters from our name.

You can continue this learning at home writing cards and letters to family and friends.

Phonics Fun



We have a new favourite phonics game!

In phonics we have been trying very hard to learn our initial sounds. We learnt the first sounds in our names and our friends’ names. Then we started to find the first sounds in other words around the classroom.

Today we have been playing a new phonics game.


First I wrote a sound on some post-it notes. We went for a hunt around the classroom looking for as many things as we could find starting with that sound.


Then children thought of the sounds they wanted to search for. If they knew the letters they wrote them on the post-its.


Then it got a bit trickier, the children chose something they wanted to stick a post-it to. But before they could stick a post-it they had to write the sound first.


Finally we got into teams and had a race! The children were given a letter post-it and had to race to find something that started with that sound!


We had so much fun playing our new game the children got into teams and played it themselves all afternoon!


What could you do at home? 

I spy is a great way to practise initial sounds.

Help children look out for letters in the environment; on labels, books and signs.

Try to listen for the first sounds in new words or people’s names

If you have post-its you can play this game at home too!

Matching Sounds


In nursery we learn Phase 1 Phonics. We are learning to listen to sounds, to find sounds that are the same or different and to describe sounds.

This week we have been using the egg shakers to listen to the sounds and talk about what might be inside.

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We talked about the kind of sound the egg made, if it was a jingling or a banging sound.

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We decided if any of the eggs sounded the same or different.


We tried to guess what was hiding inside the eggs.

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