Oh Dear

Monday 23 March 2020

This week we will be thinking about the story Oh dear by Rod Campbell. He also wrote the story Dear Zoo, maybe you would like to listen to that too.

You might have this story at home but if not, follow the link to it on YouTube. We have chosen this story because this week, we are hoping that our eggs will hatch. Mrs Long has taken them home, so no need to worry. She will be keeping us updated with photos via the website as they are due to hatch on Wednesday, fingers crossed. It is such a shame that the children will not see them hatch first hand, but hopefully they will be excited to see their progress.

Read or listen to the story with your child – talk about the story with your child. Discuss all of the animals that Buster visits on the farm. Talk about the young of these animals and their names eg sheep – lamb, a horse- foal. Listen to the story again encouraging your child to join in with the repeated phrase “No eggs here, Oh dear”. How many eggs can they see in the nest at the end of the story? How many animals are in the story?

Here are some activities that you can try that are linked to the story.

Can you draw a chick? Perhaps draw the basic outline of 2 circles then ask your child to add a beak, eyes, legs, wings, feathers.

Small world play – If you have farm animals at a home ask your child to set up their own farm. Use paper for fields and an old cereal box as a farm house.

Sing – Old MacDonald and Baa baa black sheep are favourites in Nursery. Why not learn Chick chick chicken ? Folow the link to listen and sing along together.

Watch – Keep an eye on the website for photos of our chicks. Talk to your child about what they see in the pictures. Why are the chicks wet when they hatch? Why do they need to stay in the incubator?

Eggs – We were planning to look at eggs in various forms at Nursery. Maybe you could do this at home? Peeling a boiled egg is a finger strengthening activity that young children need in order to develop the muscles needed to write. Let them help to make an egg sandwich.

Extra resources and ideas – As detailed in the ‘Useful websites for Home Learning‘ document, Twinkl is offering free access for a month to parents using the code UKTWINKLHELPS.  There are a number of chick themed resources available to download and print if you have a printer at home. We often use the pencil control activities and colouring outlines in Nursery.


Let us know how you get on by replying to the email address scholesf1@spherefederation.org. We would love to hear about what you have been doing. Also we are happy to answer any of your questions too.

Have fun!