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Talk for Writing

In Spring Term, we are now starting a new approach to our English lessons using Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing is a fun and creative approach to develop writers and it enables the children to imitate the key language they need for a story orally, before they try reading and then writing it.

The story we are learning in Nursery is about dinosaurs. Each day the children will learn a new little part of the story map orally and with actions. Today we had a go at practising the first line of the story and, as you can see, the children picked it up very well!

This is the story map that we will be using to retell the dinosaur story. Each of the images will have an action to it, as you can see from the video above.

This is the narrative of the story which links to the images above.

Please encourage your child to retell the story to you each day at home to see if they are able to remember the words and actions. If you would like a printed copy of the story map please let me know and I can arrange this for you.

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning

Dinosaur Small World

Today some of the Afternoon Nursery children decided that they wanted to make a place for the dinosaur to live. I asked the question “What would a dinosaur house look like?” #ws said It would have wood all over it. #mma said It would be like a forest and have some sticks in. #tw said It would look like a muddy forest place. 

Using the children’s ideas, I then suggested that we should create a ‘muddy forest’ for the dinosaurs to go. We collected mud, leaves and sticks from outdoors and worked together to create a home for the dinosaurs.

The children were then really engaged in dinosaur related play, and were very proud that it was all created using their ideas.

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning

Parallel and Collaborative Play

These two children were very busy at the Lego Table demonstrating parallel play.

Each child was engaged in their own Lego play and did not try to influence the other child’s behaviour. The children each created their own separate models and persisted with this activity for more than 5 minutes.

These two boys enjoyed using our small workspace area to collaboratively create pictures. Lots of language was used between the children whilst completing their pictures and they were very proud of their finished work.

This workspace is a great opportunity for two children to take part in activities together such as board game, jigsaws and mark-making, as well as enhancing their personal and social development and their communication and language.

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning

Big Draws

Today the children completed their Big Draws linked to what presents they got for Christmas. The children were encouraged to talk about their presents and what they looked like, before drawing a picture of them. Some children then attempted to label their pictures.

#rr

#lj

#st

#aj

#ws

#dm

#ra

#mma

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Active Learning

Letters to Father Christmas

Today we made letters to send to Father Christmas.

We began by having a speaking and listening activity. In turn, we told our friends what we would like for Christmas:

#na “I want a big bike”

#ls “Dolly”

#mma “I want Paw Patrol toys for my house”

#bh “Princess”

After we had shared some of the things that we hope to get, we then had a look through some toy magazines to choose some items to add to our letters. We used scissors to cut out the pictures and we were modelled how to hold and use the scissors correctly. Once we had stuck down the pictures, some of us had a go at mark-making and writing initial sounds. We then folded up our letters and sealed them inside an envelope before posting it in our letter box to send to  Father Christmas!

We hope Father Christmas receives our letters, and we can’t wait for Christmas morning to see if he brings us everything that we want!

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning

Talk Boost

For the past 10 weeks, these children have been taking part in the Talk Boost intervention to develop their speaking, listening and attention. Today they celebrated the completion of this intervention by showing the class all of their learning from the past 10 weeks in their scrap book, as well as showing us a photo slideshow on our screen. The children also got awarded with certificates for all of their hard work…a very big well done!

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Active Learning

What is our new story?

Today we were introduced to a surprise parcel that links to the new story that we will be exploring for the next two weeks. The parcel was wrapped up, and we had to use some of our senses to try and guess what would be inside, and then what story it could be from.

We passed the parcel around the circle and here are some of the children’s responses:

What does it feel like?

#ooj It feels squiggly.

#st Toys.

#dg Potatoes, sounds like potatoes.

#gk It’s soft at the sides. I think its eggs in the box. 

#lj The Little Red Hen wrapped it up for us so we can open it. 

#ms It feels hot and soft. It’s a ball. 

#as It shakes like seeds. 

What does is smell like?

#gj Its like peas. 

#dm Smells like food. 

Can you hear anything when you shake it?

#ws A popping machine

#rp It makes a sound

After some thinking time and questioning, the children opened up the parcel to discover a box of gingerbread men!

I asked the children “so what story could the gingerbread men be from?”

#rr A story about food. 

#ws The Gingerbread Man story!

The children were introduced to the story of the Gingerbread Man. We read it and talked about the events, and we saw how the Little Old Man and the Little Old Lady baked some gingerbread men, just like the ones in our box!

We will now continue to learn about this story for the next two weeks.

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically 

 

Moo Music

We have had a great time today joining in with a session with Laura from Moo Music!

We joined in singing lots of different songs, played lots of different instruments and took part in dances to lots of different songs – it was great fun!

Have a look at the pictures and videos below to see what a fabulous time we had!


If you are interested in taking your child along to attend a Moo Music session, here is the website with all of the details on:

https://www.moo-music.co.uk

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Playing and Exploring/Active Leaening