Class 2 Home Learning



The Grand Old Duke of York

Join in with Kim, Lyndsey and Becca marching just like we do every day in class 2!

Let’s go!

Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day

Listen to Lyndsey reading the story

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Join in with Catherine, Anna and Seth singing old Macdonald.

Here are some ideas for activities that you can do at home as a family which are fun but also support your child’s learning.

The very hungry caterpillar

 Challenge 1

This is one of our favourite stories.

Read the story together if you have a copy or on Youtube kids you can watch an animated version.

Challenge 2

Can you count…?

How many steps to get upstairs?

How many jumps you can do?

How many steps around the garden or back yard?


Challenge 2

Talk about what the caterpillar turned into at the end of the story.

Make a butterfly

 You could use paint or draw a butterfly shape and stick things onto its wings.

You could collect lots of materials from around the house or outside (sweet wrappers, bits of paper, leaves and grass) and make a collage of a butterfly.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Continued…

 Challenge 1

 Read the story again or watch it on Youtube Kids.

This time when you get to the pages with the fruit – pause and count the fruit together – touch each piece of fruit and say the numbers together.


Challenge 2

 Raid the fruit bowl and see what you have got. Encourage your child to sort the fruit into groups of the same kind eg ‘Can you find all the apples?’

 Count how many apples you have together – touching each one as you say the number.

 Repeat for the other fruit

 Challenge 3

 Draw a caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Continued 2…

 Challenge 1

Read the story again, by now your child can probably fill in some of the repeated parts like ‘but he was still hungry’

If you would like a change have a look on Youtube for Eric Carle (the author) reading the story.

Challenge 2

Talk about the caterpillar – what colour is he, how does he move – can you move like a caterpillar? What does he eat? What’s his favourite food?


Challenge 3

Let’s make a caterpillar – there are lots of different ways you could do this, here are a few ideas:

Day 3 – The very hungry caterpillar continued

 Challenge 1

Read or watch the story again, when you get to the part where he has built his cocoon, ask your child ‘what do you think is going to happen? What will he turn into?’

Challenge 2

Let’s make playdough caterpillars

You can use the salt dough recipe from a few weeks ago, or try this playdough recipe:

2 cups of plain flour

1 cup of salt

1 teaspoon of cream of tartar

1 tablespoon of oil

2 cups of warm water – added gradually

Food colouring

Challenge 3

Play with your caterpillar – make him some food from the story to eat!

He could even turn into a butterfly – or just make one out of your left over playdough.

Day 4 – Playdough

 Challenge 1

Use your playdough from yesterday or make a new batch!

Get your child(ren) to help you, they love mixing all the ingredients together! Put it in a sealed container when you’ve finished playing and it will last a few days!

Find different materials that you can use to add to the playdough – sticks, leaves, beads, dried peas or pasta all work well

Challenge 2

Get creative! What can you make? At nursery we like to make animals like minibeasts or cakes, buns and biscuits (just remind them to pretend to eat them)

Challenge 3

The rolling challenge – can you roll a sausage shape? Use the table first then try two hands.

Can you roll a ball? This is very tricky for little hands!

Day 5 – Playdough again

 Challenge 1

Challenge 2

Make 10 sausages from your playdough and borrow a frying pan from the kitchen.

Sing 10 fat sausages sizzling in the pan


Each time a sausage goes ‘pop’ or ‘bang’ – let your child squash it flat!!

The Gingerbread Man

 Challenge 1

 Read the story if you have it. If you haven’t you can watch it on Youtube Kids. (This is a good version)

Challenge 2

 Let’s do some baking. Make some gingerbread men (or just faces if you don’t have a person cutter)

 Here is a recipe you could try! https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/gingerbread_men_99096

 As you add raisins or sweets. Talk about how many eyes he needs, how many buttons etc

and count them carefully.

Challenge 3

 If you don’t want to bake or haven’t got the ingredients, have a go at designing your own Gingerbread man.

Can you draw his eyes and give him a nose and mouth. Draw some buttons.

If you like craft activities, you could stick some different materials onto him instead!

Day 2 – Head, shoulders, knees and toes

 Challenge 1

 Listen to Head, shoulders, knees and toes from bbc nursery rhymes A-Z


Challenge 2

 Can you find your…

Challenge 3

 Draw a person and talk about all the different parts of the body as you draw them!

Treasure hunt

 Challenge 1

Catherine’s Treasure Hunt

You could try it indoors or outdoors

1) Something that you can roll.
2) Something that is big.
3) Something that is blue.
4) Something that has 4 wheels.
5) Something that is squashy!
6) Something that is red.

7) Something with a star on it

8) Something that is spikey

9) Something that is small
10) Something that is delicious!

Challenge 2

 Play Kim’s game with 2 or 3 of the things you have found.

Add more items if you are getting good at this game!

Get counting

Challenge 1

Today we are going to practice counting

So first of all lets sing 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive…

Use bbc nursery rhymes – counting rhymes if you are unsure of this one


What’s in the box?

Challenge 1

What’s in the box?

It is pink.    It has 4 legs.      It has a snout for a nose.       It says ‘oink’.     

It loves to jump up and down in muddy puddles!      It lives with its brother George, mummy and daddy!

Yes! That’s right! It’s Peppa Pig!



Challenge 2


What’s in the box?

 It has wheels.     It can go fast or slow.     It has a number 1 on it.     

It can pull carriages or trucks.      It has a driver and a fireman.      It goes on tracks.     

It says ‘choo choo’.     It’s name is Thomas!

Did you guess correctly?   It’s Thomas The Tank Engine!



Challenge 3

 Make your own ‘What’s in the box?’ with familiar things from around the house! This really encourages great language development – naming things and then using some describing words.


Get building

 Challenge 1

 We really enjoy building in class 2 and there are lots of things in our cupboards at home that make brilliant building blocks.

My children, Anna and Seth, have helped me to try this out at home!

Can you build a tower?


Challenge 2

 Next can you make a road – maybe with a bridge?


Challenge 3

 Seth wanted to make a ‘city’. Anna said it was the Eiffel tower in Paris! Have a go – what can you build? Send me photographs of what you have built!



All about 2

 Challenge 1

Can you find 2….. ?

Challenge 2

Give me 2

Play a game with objects.

Say to your child ‘can I have 2 cars…sweets… apples… bricks?’

Can they pass you 2? If they find this hard show them how to touch each and say a number for each   ‘1…2’



Challenge 3

Draw a person with 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 arms, 2 legs.

Don’t forget 1 nose, 1 mouth

If they can, draw 5 fingers and toes


Exploring painting

Challenge 1

It’s a lovely sunny day! Great for getting outside. One of our favourite things to do outside at nursery is painting! It doesn’t have to be messy – just a bucket or bowl of water and a brush and you are off!

Add bubbles (washing up liquid) or if you don’t mind a bit of mess some dirt or soil!

Challenge 2

Paint the fence, wall or even the windows!


Challenge 3

If you have some paints at home, why not find some nice big stones and paint them. Paint them different colours, maybe you could try some stripes or spots!

Use them to make a fairy or dinosaur garden!

Big and not big

Challenge 1

 Look through your teddies or toys and find one which is big and one which is not big

Use the word ‘big’ to describe the big one and say ‘not big’ for the other.

If your child is already saying small or little, use this word. ‘That’s right! It’s not big, it’s small’

Challenge 2

 Make a bed for the big teddy, what sort of bed will you need – a big bed!

Get him some dinner – he will need a big bowl or plate!

Can you find him a hat – yes that’s right – a big hat!


Make a garage for your car – you will need a big box for the big car, can you find a box which is not big (or small) for the other car?


Challenge 3

 Play Kim’s game again with your two teddies or toys.

Which is missing – the BIG one or the not big one?

Filling and emptying

Challenge 1

In Class 2 we love water play. We love filling and emptying!

Fill the bath, a sink or a washing up bowl with water.

Find some old plastic bottles, containers and bowls and enjoy filling them up and emptying them out.

You could add bubbles to the water using washing up liquid or even a drop of food colouring!

Challenge 2

Talk about ‘full’ and ‘empty’.

Talk about the size of the containers – can you find a ‘big’ one to fill up!



Challenge 3

Do you have a funnel or a colander/ sieve so you can move the water around and see what happens?


Number rhymes 

Challenge 1

Have another look on BBC Nursery Rhymes – Counting songs

‘Listen to One Man went to mow…’ (click image below to access video)


Memory challenges

Challenge 1

Here are some of my favourite things. Have a good look at the picture and count to 10 together. Hide the picture. Can you remember all 5 things?

Challenge 2

 Let’s play Kim’s game

 Get a tray or a chopping board and a tea towel and find 2 or 3 objects and place them on the tray. Talk about the objects. Cover them with the tea towel and carefully remove one of the objects. Reveal and see if your child can recognise which object is missing.

As you get better at recognising which object is missing, you can increase the number of objects to make it more tricky!


Making playdough

Challenge 1

In class 2 we love to play with the playdough. We help to make the playdough.

Here is a recipe for salt dough – it is easy to make and you can keep it for a few days in a bag or Tupperware box.

Here is a really simple recipe (or you could look on the bbc website @ https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-make-salt-dough-recipe)

2 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

1 cup of warm water (added gradually)

Mix it together and play!

You can add food colouring (or paint) and different smells like vanilla extract or even chocolate powder.

 Watch out the children love to eat the dough and although the ingredients are food based the salt is not good for your tummy!

 If you leave you models to dry in the sun it will go hard and then you could paint it!

Challenge 2

 Make a salt dough face!

Look at Owen’s wonderful salt dough face!

He has had a great time making his salt dough and then getting creative with it! Well done Owen!

Story time

Challenge 1

In class 2 we have really enjoyed reading ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell.

Have a look on Youtube Kids for different people reading the story. Or if you have the book look at it together. The children love to lift the flaps!

See if you can guess each animal that is sent from the zoo, before you see the picture. 

Make sounds for each of the animals.


Challenge 2

Have a look at Chester Zoo’s virtual tour on Youtube

Can you see any of the animals from the story?

On Chester Zoo’s website – play some of the games. What kind of animal are you? I am a Penguin!!

Challenge 3

Have a go at drawing your favourite animal.

More Number rhymes

 Challenge 1

Have a look on bbc.co.uk number rhymes (https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-counting-songs/zn67kmn) 

What is your favourite counting rhyme? I like ‘5 little monkey swinging from a tree’ ….but watch out for Mr Crocodile!

Challenge 2

Sing your favourite song but this time use teddies, puppets or your fingers to show what is happening!

Challenge 3

Draw me a scary crocodile. Talk about how many eyes he needs and how many legs and tail and then how many SHARP teeth – lots and lots – aaaah! Send me pictures of your scary crocodiles!!

Making dens

Challenge 1

Make a den in your house or garden. There are all sorts of things you can use – chairs, boxes, clothes dryers

Use pegs to fasten blankets, throws or sheets to the frame and to each other.

Fill it with comfy pillows and cushions

Challenge 2

What can you do in your den?

Get some teddies in there and put them to bed?

Set up a picnic?

Hide from mum and dad?

Read a story?

Get a torch and make funny faces?

Watch TV?

Owen had a great time making dens in the back garden!

Easter Activity Ideas

Here are a few ideas for things do to over Easter:

  1. Decorate an egg

Hard boil your egg – then paint it or decorate it with different things you find around the house. You could even make it into a character (especially if you have an older brother or sister to help).  Send me lots of pictures of your egg-cellent eggs!

2. Make a chocolate nest for some mini eggs

Have a look on these websites for a couple of easy recipes:



3. Make an Easter Bunny Mask

4. Eggs in the bath – use plastic eggs in the bath or sink and match together the two halves, talk about the colours, hide things inside them

5. Decorate paper or cardboard eggs and hide them around the house – go on an Easter Egg Hunt – use lots of positional language to find them (under, behind, on top)

*Ideas for decorating – bubble wrap printing, potato printing

Sasha has had lots of fun with her Easter eggs!

Nursery Rhymes

Challenge 1

When we are at Nursery, we love singing nursery rhymes.  Have a look on the bbc website

You will find an A-Z page of different Nursery rhymes and songs.


Let your child choose the rhymes that they would like to watch and sing along to.  My favourite is Incy Wincy Spider!

Challenge 2

We love to mark make in class 2. The children like it when I sing Incy Wincy Spider and draw a spider, or Baa Baa Black sheep and draw a sheep, you could try Humpty Dumpty too!

Encourage your child to draw a circle of the body and lines for the legs too!

All about musical instruments

We really like to investigate musical instruments in class 2. We love playing along to nursery rhymes.

If you have some musical instruments at home play along with the nursery rhymes from yesterday (bbc.co.uk – A-Z of nursery rhymes)

If you haven’t got any musical instruments at home – you can improvise – find a spoon and a pan or fill an empty yoghurt pot with rice.

Challenge 2

Have a go at making a musical instrument like a shaker or a drum.

Teddy Bear Picnic Time!

Challenge 1

Count the number of Teddy Bears that you can find around your house.
Pick the Teddy Bear that you like best. Email me a smiley picture of you and your favourite bear.


 Challenge 2
Learn the song about the Teddy Bears picnic with your mummy and daddy.
You can find some lovely versions on You Tube.

“If you go down to the woods today

You’re sure of a big surprise.

If you go down to the woods today

You’d better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was

Was gathered there for certain because,

Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.”

 Challenge 3

Now it is time to plan your picnic menu with your mummy or daddy. Talk about which foods you would like and which foods you would not.

Your mummy or daddy could write the menu and you could have a go too!

Challenge 4

Come on Mums and Dads – let your child help to prepare the food for the picnic, especially with making the jam sandwiches! Messy!

If you can go outdoors in the sunshine and enjoy your picnic with your favourite Teddy Bear.

Luna’s Teddy Bear’s picnic

We’ve had a busy morning of baking rock buns, then went for our 30 min walk singing the teddy bears picnic song.
Then Luna enjoyed a ham sandwiches
 and a rock bun for lunch’.

Treasure hunt around your house.

 Challenge 1

Catherine’s Treasure Hunt

You could try it indoors or outdoors

1) Something that is a circle shape.
2) Something that is big.
3) Something that is shiny.
4) Something that has wheels.
5) Something that smells!
6) Something that is cold.

7) Something with a star on it

8) An animal – real or cuddly

9) Something that is small
10) Something that is made out of chocolate!

Challenge 2

 With your grown up, practise throwing and catching a large ball.
Remember to look at the ball and hold your hands out ready to catch it.
How many times can you catch it before it drops to the ground?

Choose something smaller to throw and catch, such as a tennis ball or a beanbag.
How many times can you catch it before it drops to the ground?

Play hide and seek

 Challenge 1

Choose a favourite teddy bear!

Hide him or her somewhere in the room. Give clues like look under the sofa or behind the cushion.

 Challenge 2

Play hide and seek together. Count to 10 and say ‘here I come, ready or not’

Talk about where you are looking – ‘hmm I wonder if you are behind the sofa?’

Swap over but be warned sometimes young children get bored or forget what they are supposed to be playing so you may be hiding with no one looking for you!

 Challenge 3

Watch the Youtube video of ‘Hide and Seek Pig’ by Julia Donaldson


Headteacher: Catherine Tasker
Address: Whitegate Nursery School & Early Years Care, Victoria Road, Padiham, Lancashire, BB12 8TG
Telephone: 01282 772283
Email: office@whitegate.lancs.sch.uk

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