Sir John Lillie

Primary School

Succeeding on the Journey through Lifelong Learning


Hello Nursery


Welcome to our new Home Learning page where you will find your learning whilst school is closed.




The Very Hungry Caterpillar (04/06/2020)

Can you remember what The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate on Thursday?



Mmmm..yummy!! Strawberries are my favourite fruit?  What's your favourite fruit?

Today have a go at making a fruit kebab.  You can use any fruit you like.  You could try and make a repeating pattern. 

Have a look at these pictures to get some ideas.

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We're still waiting........ (04/06/2020)

Use your careful counting finger to count the cocoons?

How many cocoons are there?

Fine Motor Skills (03/06/2020)


Use lots of bright colours to colour in the pictures of a caterpillar and a butterfly and then cut out your pictures.

Colouring and Cutting

Don't forget to wash your hands.  Here's one of our favourite songs to remind you how to do it properly.

Washy Washy Hands

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar (02/06/2020)


Good morning Nursery.  Something so exciting happened last night.  We haven't got caterpillars any more.  We've got cocoons!!

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Caterpillar Maths

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1/06/2020)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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They're getting bigger.

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Oh my goodness Nursery, something so special happened. I've got to share it with you today!!!

This morning I got a very special delivery.  On the box it said "Fragile. Handle with care."

So I opened the box REALLY carefully and inside was........

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Some very hungry caterpillars.


Next week I will read you the story of  "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."


I will take photos of them every day so you can watch the caterpillars grow and change. I wonder what they will change into?



Hello Nursery.  Next week is half term so make sure you stay safe and remember to wash your hands.


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When you looked through your window yesterday did you see any trains or buses?

Today have a go at playing some online Thomas the Tank Engine matching games.


And you can sing one of our favourite train songs.

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Through My Window (21/05/2020)

Understanding the World


At Sir John Lillie Nursery we encourage and support the children to:

  • Notice detailed features of objects in their environment
  • Show interest in different occupations and ways of life
  • Comment and ask questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world


Watch Calia and her mum read the story "Through My Window."

Parents and carers please talk to your child about what they can see outside.

  • Talk about the different people you see - neighbours, police officer, refuse collector.
  • Talk about any different animals you can see - dogs, cats, birds.
  • Talk about the different transport you can see - bikes, cars, buses.
  • Can you count....the cars, buses, people.


To encourage lots of good talking you can ask questions like these.....

It would be lovely to see videos of you sharing books together like Calia and her mum.

Please send your videos to:

Duplo Maths (20/05/2020)


The construction area is always so busy in the Nursery.  You spend lots of time there and you have made some amazing duplo models.


Here are some maths activities for you to do with duplo.  If you haven't got duplo you can use something else to build your towers.  Try to copy the patterns too.

Your photos.....

We love seeing your photos and all the fun learning you have been doing at home with your families.  There are so many to look at, so on Friday there will be an extra long slide show for you to watch.


Please continue to send you photos and videos to:



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Rhythm and Rhyme (19/05/2020)


Have fun today matching rhymes.

Rhyme Matching Game

Good morning Nursery.  I hope you had lots of fun last week making the paper plate tortoise.

This week why don't you practice your scissor skills and make a paper plate snake.

Watch this video to help you.


Mrs Carpenter (18/05/2020)

Here are lots of ideas to help you with your cutting.


3 Bears Maths Games (15/05/2020)



We hope you enjoyed listening to yesterdays story.  Did you use a big loud voice for daddy bear, a middle size voice for mummy bear and a teeny tiny voice for baby bear?


Here are some links to some online, maths bear games for you to play

It's Story Time!!!

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You can listen to the story again....

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And you can sing one of our favourite songs....

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Why don't you act out the story with your family?

You can use stick puppets or you can use masks like Nisreene and Jane did.


10 Little Numbers (12/05/2020)

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VE Day Celebrations

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Hi Nursery

I am missing you a lot, especially working with you in the art area.

Every Monday I am going to be sharing some craft ideas, for you to do at home.

Have Fun

Mrs Carpenter


Nessa the Tortoise

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Nessa the Tortoise (11/05/2020)


This is Jane's tortoise.  Her name is Nessa.  She likes eating strawberries and cucumber.

This week have a go at making a paper plate tortoise. You can use green paper if you have some at home, but if not don't worry you can make a rainbow tortoise.

Here are some ideas for you

VE Day

Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of VE day.  This is the day when we remember that the Second World War ended in Europe.

Everyone was really happy.

There were lots of street parties.

My mum is 86 and she remembers the street party she went to.  She ate jam sandwiches and jelly. She said there were lots of games, like tug of war for children to play.

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Jam Sandwiches (07/05/2020)

To celebrate VE day, why don't you make some jam sandwiches and pretend that you are at a street party.

Watch this video about "The Giant Jam Sandwich" first

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Grrrrrrrr!!! I'm back!(06/05/2020)


Have a listen to the Gruffalo song and join in with the words and actions.

Close your eyes and get a picture in your head of what the Gruffalo looks like.

Draw a picture of the Gruffalo:

  • What colour will you use for his eyes?
  • Are the Gruffalo's prickles purple or blue?
  • What shape could you draw to make the Gruffalo's claws?


Please send photos of your pictures to:


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Since school has been closed lots of you have been busy baking yummy cakes and biscuits.

Why not have a go at making some Gruffalo biscuits - but make sure the mouse doesn't eat them all!

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Help us celebrate VE Day. (05/05/2020)

If we were at school this week we were meant to be having a big party in the playground to celebrate VE Day.  It is the day that we remember that the Second World War ended 75 years ago.

Even though we can't all be together, we would still like you to help us celebrate by completing the bunting challenge.


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Wow Kobe!!!!  It's great to see you enjoyed your Gruffalo learning.

Did you eat any owl ice cream?

The Gruffalo (04/05/2020)

Listen to  the story of the Gruffalo.  Join in with parts that you know.


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Use your careful counting fingers to do your Gruffalo counting.(04/05/2020)

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Name and letter recognition


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Can you find some of the letters in your name?

What sounds do they make?


Wow Nursery!!!! It's been amazing to see all the fun learning you have been doing at home with your families. When we get back to school we are going to have lots of expert cake bakers and bike riders.  Saul, we really like your cool sunglasses.  Oscar, your play dough numbers are amazing! Kobe, did you enjoy the book dad read to you and your brother? Codie and Kayden you looked like you were going really fast on your bikes!

Please send your photos to:

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Bike Riding

It's really good to see that you are getting some fresh air.  Parents, if you would like to extend this activity and include some maths, here is an idea.....

..... if you have some chalk at home you could write numbers on the ground (1-10) and then when you shout out a number your child has to cycle to it.

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Todays activity is.......

Maths Tidy Up Time!!!!


Parents and Carers, I don't know about you, but as everybody is at home at the moment, my house is in a BIG mess.

Todays activity links maths and tidying up. (see below)  You could also change the activity by setting the stopwatch on your phone for one minute and getting the children to pick up as many toys as they can in that time.  They can then count to check how many they picked up in one minute.


Before you start play this music for them and they will know it's tidy up time!



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Playdough Numbers

When we are at Nursery one of our favourite activities is.......


Nisreene is the expert at making playdough and she would like you to have a go at making some at home.

You can use the playdough to make some numbers.

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Jane, Nisreene, Mrs Carpenter, Veronica and Celine really miss you a lot.  We really enjoy dancing to this song with you.

Why don't you teach your families the Tooty Ta Song?

You can send videos of your dancing to:


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Phonics (23/04/2020)


Listen to the story Peace at Last

After you have listened to the story go for a listening walk around your home to find lots of different sounds.

  • Is the tap dripping?
  • Can you find some jangly keys?
  • How many different sounds can you find? 


Get those listening ears on!!!

Here is your next maths activity (23/04/2020)

Maths Activities

This week we will be sharing lots of fun maths activities for you to complete at home. We know you might not have all the resources you need, but feel free to adapt.  In the first activity we are sharing it says you need baskets, don't worry you can use plastic bags or boxes instead.


Please look below for the first activity this week.  Have fun!


A quick reminder.

Our favourite song and nursery rhyme website is....




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Sock Challenge!

Hello Nursery, Can you help your grown-ups to do the washing today! Can you help to sort out all of the socks? Can you match the socks that are the "same" Look for the pattern that is the same or is the same colour. What shapes can you spot? How many socks are in a pair? How many pairs did you find? Nisreene found some socks that have stripes and spots!

Get cooking.......


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Hi Nursery,

We hope you are all well and are enjoying your home learning.  Thanks for sending us your photos.  Kiara and Reema your cooking looks delicious and Oscar you have been so busy!


Please send us your photos to:



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Can you help the Easter Bunny



Are you ready to write?

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Rhyme time!

Hello Nursery, Today your challenge is to practise the rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty' I want you to use your big, loud voice and do all of the actions. Maybe you can send us the video of you doing it to Have fun!

Get well soon!!!!

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Nisreene's Phonic Challenge


Hello Nursery, I have a new phonics challenge for you.  It's called Nisreene has a box!

You will need:

  • a box or a basket
  • a selection of noisy items from around the house, for example keys, crisp packets, a squeaky toy etc

Parents and carers please turn the box on it's side, with the opening facing away from the children.

One by one place between 4 and 6 familiar noisy items into the box, pausing to name them and demonstrate the sound each one makes.

Sing to the tune of Old McDonald, but using your child's name (Nisreene has a box ee i ee i o and in that box she had a......)

Stop, gesture and ask your child to listen.

Choose an item and make a noise - children have to guess what is making the sound.

Continue the song imitating the sound you have just heard (with a zzz here and zzzz there)

Why don't you send us photos or videos of you playing the game? Have fun!!!!



Amazing Chit-Chat Pitter-Pat #smilingtogether2020 challenge! Join in!

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Nisreene's Phonics Challenge



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How many different things can you find that begin with the same sound as Nisreene's name?

Don't throw away your recycling - you'll be able to have lots of fun junk modelling.

Here are some ideas of how you can use bottle tops to learn and play.

You can find lots of different activities here:


Here are some  of our favourite phonics songs:




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Jolly Phonics Songs in ORDER! (Letters and Sounds) BEYC International Schools in

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