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Exploring our New Den

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.

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Playing and Exploring

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

Making Bread

Today in Nursery we followed a recipe to make bread, just like the Little Red Hen!

In the story of the Little Red Hen, her friends did not help her make the bread, however in Nursery we all worked together to measure out the ingredients and mix them altogether.

Once the ingredients were all mixed together, we kneaded it and split the mixture up into six equal balls and patted them down. We then put them into the oven.

Whilst the bread was baking, some children created their own recipes and instructions by recalling the ingredients and method that we used.

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Unlike in the story of the Little Red Hen, we then shared the bread with our friends and  tucked into it for our snack!

#mm “mmmmmmm”

#aj “I like it”

#st “It’s nice”

#ms “It tastes like in my house”

#ks “It is like bread”

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning 

Counting with Numicom

This afternoon we helped the Little Red Hen count out the eggs inside her basket.

Some of us had a go at finding the matching numeral to the Numicon piece, and then counted out the correct amount of eggs into the piece.

This activity encouraged the children to carry out some elements of active learning, as they made links with their prior knowledge of number, and linked it in with the Numicon pieces.

In the Early Years, we have a big focus on implementing the Characteristics of Effective Learning, and we think it is important for the children to have a knowledge and begin to talk about the type learning that they have been doing too. We use dinosaurs for the children to relate to; they all have special names – Explorasauras, Activasaurus and Thinkadocis. In today’s activity, the children were all being Activasaurus’, and some children were given special stickers for their fantastic effort today in their learning.

*If you see your child come home with one of the Characteristics of Effective Learning stickers on, please encourage them to tell you about what they did to achieve this, as it is important to encourage lots of talk with the children to reflect on what they have been learning about in Nursery.

This little girl answered some questions about what she did today to achieve her Activasaurus sticker:

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Active Learning

Who delivered the bread? 

Today in Nursery we were very excited to find that a basket of fresh bread had been delivered. We passed the bread around in circle time, and talked about where it may have come from and who could have brought it.

#ooj “It is bread, Red Riding Hood bought the bread from Asda”

#lj “She lives in a cottage and had to get the bus to bring the bread to Nursery”

#rr “She lives in a village”

#gk “You bake the bread in the oven”

#dg “Mummy has bread like this in my house”

Inside of the basket was a letter addressed to Nursery, it was from somebody called the Little Red Hen, who told us that she had baked the bread for us.

But who was the Little Red Hen? We read a about her to find out.

After the story, we talked about how kind it was of the Little Red Hen to bake some bread for us, because after all, the animals in the story were not very helpful to her, so it was lovely of her to think to share it with us instead!

We thought it would be a good idea to write a letter back to the Little Red Hen to say thank you. We each had a go at mark-making a letter back to the Little Red Hen, some of us copying from a scribed piece of writing to begin practising our letter formation.

After writing a letter to the Little Red Hen it was time for snack. We used this time to tuck into the delicious fresh bread.

#oe “It tastes like toast”

#st “It tastes like cracker”

#lj “It tastes like bread and is delicious”

We look forward to continuing our learning about the Little Red Hen over the coming weeks!

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically

Nursery Rhyme Week – Day 4

Today we explored a nursery rhyme that we were not very familiar with, it was called Lavender’s Blue. We listened to the rhyme and tried to join in on the repeated parts:

We looked at pictures of the lavender flowers and talked about what they looked like and what colours they were. We found out that the green part of the lavender is called the stem, and the purple coloured parts are called buds. We then created our own fabulous paintings of the lavender:

#dm “i painting stem”

#dg “my flower purple”

#ra “its purple and green”

#gj “flower”

We later went outside to find a lavender flower. We saw that it looked just like our paintings, and each had a smell of it:

#ac “it smells like strawberries”

#ooj “it smells so nice”

#oe “I don’t like that smell”

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning

Nursery Rhyme Week – Day 3

The rhyme we have been exploring today was called Old King Cole. This was a rhyme that we were not very familiar with, however, after a few practises we soon remembered the words and the tune!

We loved performing the rhymes we have been learning so far at the Stay and Play with our parents and carers. We then enjoyed creating our own crowns out of collage materials so we could be just like Old King Cole!

Here are Morning Nursery:

“What does Old King Cole wear on his head?”

#en “a hat”

“It looks a bit like a hat, but we call it something else starting with a ‘c’ sound…”

#gk “he wears a crown!”

Here are afternoon Nursery:

In reference to Old King Cole, #tw said “I think he lives in the castle”

What have you made? #ra “a king crown”

#na “I want to wear the king hat too”

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Playing and Exploring