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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.

PSED (MR) 22-36/30-50

L (R) 22-36/30-50

EAD (MM) 22-36/30-50

EAD (BI) 22-36/30-50

Playing and Exploring

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.

L (R) 22-36/30-50

C+L (S) 22-36/30-50

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.

EAD (BI) 22-36+

L (W) 30-50=

L (R) 30-50=

PD (M+H) 30-50=/+

PSED (MR) 22-36/30-50

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.

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L (W) 22-36/30-50

L (R) 22-36/30-50

PD (M+H) 22-36/30-50

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.

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 

 

What is in the parcel?

Today an exciting parcel was delivered to Nursery!

Firstly, we passed it around, and feeling and squeezing it we acted like Explorasaurus whilst we suggested what could be inside:

After some predictions, we unwrapped the parcel.

At first, some children thought that there were sticks inside of it. However, through linking it back to the story we are currently learning about, we remembered that it is called wheat.

I posed the question, “Where did the wheat come from?”

#aj “It’s from the Little Red Hen!”

#ws “It grows from the seed”

#as “It’s like the seed isn’t it?”

#ac “It’s a present for us again”

We then explored the wheat using our senses:

L (R) 22-36/30-50

C+L (S) 22-36/30-50

UW (TW) 22-36/30-50

Playing and Exploring/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!

L (W) 22-36/30-50

L (R) 22-36/30-50

PD (M+H) 22-36/30-50

C+L (S) 22-36/30-50

C+L (U) 22-36/30-50

Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically