Nursery Home Learning

Weekly home learning activities

Home Learning for Nursery means doing things together - making, building, baking, drawing and having some fun!

Remember to just do what you can and send us a photo by email so we can see what you have been up to.


If we were at school, we would be reading books about the life cycle of animals.

Our two favourite books are ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘Growing Frogs’.

We would be talking about the changes which these animals go through, from caterpillar to butterfly and tadpole to frog. We would learn the key vocabulary relating to each stage of these life cycles; egg, caterpillar, cocoon (chrysalis), butterfly, frogspawn, tadpole, froglet, frog.

And we would comment on and introduce language about each animal, describing what they look like, how they move, what sound they make, what they eat and where they live.

This week is all about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’

The story of the very hungry caterpillar also introduces some wonderful vocabulary about food, as well as an opportunity for counting and learning the days of the week. In Nursery we would take the opportunity to talk about the children’s favourite foods, remembering to use describing words and encouraging the children to use the naming vocabulary instead of saying ‘them’ or ‘that’. You could try some of the foods in the story which you have not tried before.

Remember, when introducing a new book, always start by looking at the pictures first. What can you see? What do you think is happening? I wonder what will happen next? 

Have a listen to the song about a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, and remember to pretend to be a caterpillar and act it out once you know the words.

Scroll down to see some more simple reading, writing and maths activities.

Have fun - and remember to email your home activities to 

Here's the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to listen to, as well as a song to sing about a caterpillar on a leaf!


Which is your favourite part of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar?’ Can you remember and retell the story? What happens after the caterpillar eats all the food?

Have a look through the reading gallery for further information on why you need to read aloud with your child. 

Age 3-5: Books for reading together at home


Draw or paint a caterpillar and a butterfly. Remember you can fold your paper in half to make a symmetrical butterfly.

Be creative food - draw, paint or collage your favourite food, or food from the story.

Are you being creative? What have you made? Have you used scissors and glue this week? 

Draw and colour anything you like - we love seeing how creative you are.

Help your child to begin to write their name if they are interested and ready for it.




Nursery - Phase 1 phonics activities

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Count all the food the caterpillar eats. How many of each food? How many altogether?

Be sure to send us a photo of you counting!

Try some of these counting activities from the NRICH website.

These links do give quite a lot of information about how and why to do the  activities. You do not need to teach this like you are at school!

Read the information and have fun doing the activity! If you want the reasons why and questions to ask, they are there, but you do not need to follow the activity structure. Follow the lead of how interested your child is.

It is important to have fun. 

Books and Songs

Here are the photos and drawings of your pets.

General learning activities and useful links

Scavenger Hunts

There are more of these on Facebook (Primary Playground) if you would like to do some more. Please do email Nursery with a photo showing us what you have found!

How about trying some of these ideas - obviously not the ones which involve going to different places - I haven't made this up myself, credit must go to to the internet! Enjoy, and email to share!

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