The children were so surprised when they walked into Nursery today to see that our room has been changed around!
Recently in Nursery, a lot of children have been creating their own dens and cosy areas using the crates or the pillows in the Reading Area. Through observations, the Nursery teachers therefore thought it would be a good idea to support the interests of the children and build them a den.
During busy time, the children had a fantastic time exploring the new area. They transported different objects from around the classroom into the new den. Throughout the day, some children then took some reading books to the new area and sat quietly reading and exploring their stories.
We look forward to continuing to observe the children using the new den area as a role play and quiet space, as well seeing what lovely learning opportunities it creates for them.
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.
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.
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!
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.
#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.
L (R) 22-36/30-50
C+L (U) 22-36/30-50
C+L (S) 22-36/30-50
UW (TW) 22-36/30-50
Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically