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WB 11-01-21 - The Grand Old Duke of York

Nursery Home Learning Pack - The Grand Old Duke of York

Monday 11th January 2021

10 Yoga Poses

Let's start the day with some Cosmic Kids Yoga, this video will show you some of the yoga moves:

How are you feeling today? 


Can you show me your wonderful name writing like you usually would in nursery? Have you been practising? Perhaps you could take a photo and upload it on to ClassDojo for me to see? 

This week we will be looking at the nursery rhyme 'The Grand Old Duke of York' - please enjoy learning this rhyme with your grown-up!

The grand old Duke of York | Early Years - Nursery Rhymes

Here is the song for you to enjoy too

Can you put these parts of the rhyme in the correct order? Which happened 1st, 2nd, 3rd?

Peppa Pig Songs | Peppa Pig's The Grand Old Duke of York Song

Peppa Pig knows our rhyme this week :)

Well done for working hard! Sit back and get comfortable with our story, read by Ms Green:

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Tuesday 12th January 2021

Wake Up!

Good morning! Enjoy a little 'Wake Up, Shake Up!'

Where's the Monkey?

Today, we are going to be learning about using positional language to describe where items are. Please watch this video and listen carefully to the language used to describe where the monkey is...

Your positional language activity is: 


Can you find an object in your home which can be a soldier or the 'Grand Old Duke of York?' It can be anything you like; a teddy, a small world figure, a doll. 

Can you play a game of hide and seek with your item (your grown-up may hide it for you to find). 

When you find it, can you describe where the item was using your special positional language? For example, "I have found my soldier, it was on top of the chair!" or "It was behind the cushion." 


Have fun! 

You might like to create your own 'Grand Old Duke of York' picture or soldier using anything from around your home?

Phonics task: Using 2 or 3 musical instruments or 'noisy' objects from around your home, can you listen carefully to the sounds that each of them make? Next, can your grown-up hide them behind their back and play each sound? Can you think about which one you heard 1st and then 2nd? Your grown-up might even ask which sound was the second sound first, so make sure you LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY! Here are some other ideas you could explore too...

Story time with Mrs Steward, today's story is 'Oliver's Wood'.

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Wednesday 13th January 2021

We're Going on a Bear Hunt | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Let's start our day with one of our favourite stories - moving to the yoga moves!

Jolly Phonic Song

On a Wednesday, we enjoy listening to the 'Jolly Phonics' song and joining in with the pure sounds and actions to go alongside this. Can you join in? The action is explained at the top of each letter clip.


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Movement: How do you think the 'Grand Old Duke' or soldiers would move? Would they march? Would they bang their drums or knees as they move or clap their hands? Can you show me by uploading a video or photo onto ClassDojo? You could re-enact the rhyme as you do this. Can you show me up/down and high/low? 

Enjoy a Story Time with Ms Green!

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Thursday 14th January 2021

Koo Koo Kanga Roo - Dinosaur Stomp (Dance-A-Long)

Good morning! Let's get you ready for some lovely learning with a 'wake and shake!' Can you march along and join in with the actions to the Dinosaur Stomp?

If you have any play dough at home or any ingredients to make some, then this 'dough disco' activity is fantastic for getting our fingers and hands ready for writing and so much fun too!

Let's Go To The New Dough Disco

Dough disco is exercise for the fingers to improve fine muscle control. It is good before long writing tasks as a warm-up but essential every day exercise fo...

Here is a simple 'no-cook play dough recipe' if you would like to try and make some:

Here is Miss Povey taking a look at 'The Grand Old Duke of York' story book, ready for today's activity.

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Now that our fingers and hands are warmed up, ready for our mark-making and we have recapped the rhyme of 'The Grand Old Duke of York' - let's create a story map and see which key events we can remember from the rhyme! (I am sorry I have had to do this in two halves as it - technical issues!)

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TRIM 2.mp4

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Phonics activity: Using your alliteration skills that we practised earlier in the week, can you tell me what you can find in this picture? For example, "I spy with my little eye...a sad sun," sad and sun both start with the 'sss' sound.

Please relax and enjoy a story, 'Wow! Said the Owl'

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Friday 15th January 2021

Move it and Freeze

Good morning everyone! We are finally at Friday again! I would just like to thank you all for working so hard this week - I am very proud of you!

Let's have a little wiggle and a jiggle with 'Move and Freeze' wake and shake this morning

The Opposites Song

I thought this morning that we could take a quick look at some opposites, because in the 'Grand Old Duke of York' he marches them to the "top of the hill, and marched them down again" - to the bottom of the hill. I know that being at the 'top' is the opposite to being at the 'bottom.' Have a little look at this song for some more opposites

Here is a little challenge:

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Next, we are going to have some fun today and make our own breakfast, (Or lunch if you wish!) We are going to make some toast soldiers! REMEMBER to wash your hands first and use a clean surface!

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Can you find the soldiers from 'The Grand Old Duke of York?' How many are there? Can you recognise any characters from other nursery rhymes that you know?

Finally, let's enjoy a story with Mr Nally. Have a lovely weekend!

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