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 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.
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.
Last week, we brought in some empty plastic bottles and decorated them with collage materials. Today we added rice to the bottles to create shakers! We enjoyed using the shakers during continuous provision to sing songs with, as well as explore the words loud, quiet, fast and slow. This activity linked very well to our Phase 1 phonics learning.
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”
#mma “I want Paw Patrol toys for my house”
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!