Harrington Nursery School

Harrington Nursery School


Harrington Street, Pear Tree, DERBY, Derbyshire, DE23 8PE


01332 769821

Home Learning

Home Learning


Please see below some ideas and suggestions for activities you can do with your children whilst at home. We will continue to send you updates and activity ideas via Class Dojo so make sure you have downloaded the app/signed up. The staff are also reading stories for you to share with the children too and these get uploaded onto Class Dojo - the children have loved them so far.  Please get in touch if you need help with Class Dojo or anything else, 01332 769821.


Most of all enjoy spending time together, sharing stories and remember to talk, talk, talk!


*We have listed some activities below that we think you could easily do at home. They require little resources or preparation – we hope you enjoy them. We would love to see some photos on Class Dojo of you completing the activities!


Goldilocks and the Three Bears Home Learning Sheet - click here

  • Read and re-read favourite stories to develop vocabulary
  • Encourage your child to tell their favourite toy a story
  • Sing nursery rhymes and act them out – you could even change some of the words to make them silly!
  • Play describing games – what’s in the box (describing a toy hidden in a box for someone else to guess)
  • Dancing – play musical bumps or musical statues
  • Create an obstacle course inside or outside
  • Large paper – create roads for toy cars to follow or create marks to music
  • Water painting outside – use a bucket of water and old brushes/rollers to mark make with
  • Chalking outside on the pavement/patio
  • Bean bag races – you could use a bag of rice or a pillow
  • Ice play – freeze small items in a container and then explore/try to rescue them
  • Colour mixing with coloured ice cubes – add paint or food colouring to the ice cube trays
  • Washing toys – create a car wash outside or give those dolls a bath
  • Target practice with spray bottles filled with water
  • Discover your favourite story/stories
  • Go on a treasure hunt around the house
  • Do the hokey cokey
  • Build an indoor den under a table or tip up the sofa
  • Paint using only your hands and feet
  • Learn to roll like a pencil
  • Squirt shaving foam and then rub your hands in it
  • Bake fairy cakes and lick the bowl
  • Have a tea party for your toys
  • Make a scrap book of your favourite things/
  • people
  • Play jack in the box in a large cardboard box
  • Jump on your bed
  • Make a sock puppet and do a show
  • Do a coin rubbing with paper and crayons
  • Bounce a bouncy ball as hard as you can


Here are some additional resources to enjoy and keep you busy...

Rhyming Words Activity

Rhyming Words Worksheet

Topic at home

Phonics at home

Phonics at home 2

Reading at home

Nursery Rhymes for parents

my number track

junk modelling and craft at home

Maths at home number

Maths at home shape

dotty cards


Website Links

Please try to limit the amount of screen time for your child each day. The current guidelines are for a maximum of 1 hour screen time a day for 3-4 year olds. They also recommend 180 minutes of physical activity for each day so remember to find fun ways to exercise and get moving.


The following websites have some useful ideas for activities and also educational games:



https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ (this website also has links to educational apps you could download onto your smart phone or tablet)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies?collection=bbc-childrens (cbeebies also have educational apps you could download onto smart phone or tablet)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mhHY8mOQ5eo&list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k&index=2 (P.E with Joe every weekday at 9:00am)

Coping Calendar (30 actions to look after yourself and others)

* https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/

* https://www.wired.co.uk/article/how-to-home-school-and-exercise-you-kids?utm_medium=applenews&utm_source=applenews

* https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/

* https://fiveminutemum.com/

* https://www.roalddahl.com/home/grown-ups

* https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/our-recommendations/best-books-for-0-5s/



*https://www.intraquest.co.uk/covid-19/  (This website has lots of ideas and resources to support your child’s mental health and well-being. We particularly like the “keep calm kit”)

*www.thetoddleractivityguide.com    (This website has lots of fun activity ideas suggested by an early years teacher. There are also schedules for the week – please do not feel like you need to do all of these activities with your children. Mrs Kerry chooses maybe 1 or 2 activities a week from the website to do with her little one at home. It is just a really helpful site for some inspiration – especially on rainy days!)










* https://www.earlyyearspdp.com/course/view.php?id=30&utm_source=Foundation+Years&utm_campaign=9b4c6747c9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_21_05_01_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8f9a6de061-9b4c6747c9-321661525&mc_cid=9b4c6747c9&mc_eid=cca12298b9

* https://activeforlife.com/49-fun-physical-activities-to-do-with-kids-aged-2-to-4/

* https://medium.com/pobble/simple-and-fun-non-screen-activities-that-children-can-do-at-home-115543cb3b9c (25 fun non screen-based activities)

 * https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/birth-4/

 * https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-early-years/z6bgnrd

 * https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-aged-2-to-4-to-learn-at-home-during-coronavirus-covid-19  (we have shared this website previously, there area few new updates for you)


Spread the Happiness

We also like to challenge our families throughout the year to complete the “100 things to do before you are 6” These are fun and exciting activities which also help to “Spread the Happiness”.

o   Make a band from kitchen pots and pans

o   Have a dance alarm every 30 minutes

o   Have a karaoke

o   Get some sheets to flap, pretend they are waves and jump in

o   Make a dark den and use a torch

o   Draw a picture and send it in the post to a neighbour or a friend

o   Open your windows and sing out a song

o   Play I spy

o   Play musical statues

o   Blow bubbles and run to pop them

o   Blow up a balloon – hit it around the room and try not to let it touch the floor!




Support and advice for Parents/Carers



* https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/ (This website provides support and ideas to support families well-being during these difficult times.)

* https://adult-learning-derby.org.uk/courses/free-courses (Want to gain a new skill? Learn something new? Or simply have fun during lock-down? Derby Adult Learning Service may be able to help! Derby ALS is offering a range of free online courses ranging from wellbeing to art, history to French. There’s something for everyone.)



 Please remember to look after yourselves and each other during these difficult times.  This is a great poster to help give you tips for looking after yourself, click here.

We want to share the below information with you so we all know what to do if we are worried about someone, please click here for contact information too.

If you want to talk to anyone, you are more than welcome to call us, our details are on the letter at the top of this page.

Alternatively, please follow these links for support too;




Keep in touch and Keep Sparkling!

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