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.
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 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”
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:
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”
The nursery rhyme that we explored today was called Hickory Dickory Dock:
We followed step by step instructions to make a mouse to run up the clock. We talked about what shapes we could see, we saw circles and triangles.
How do you know it’s a triangle?
#mm “it has three sides”
#ms “cos it’s a shape”
How do you know it’s a circle?
#ws “because it goes around and around”
We then looked at a real clock, and during circle time we had a go at naming and matching the number cards around a hoop to make our own clock. In the provision, we then had the chance to create our own clocks with paper plates, using and applying our learning from circle time:
#lj “i’m going to use my clock to tell me what time it is like Mummy”
M (N) 22-36/30-50
M (SSM) 22-36/30-50
Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically
This week we are learning about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. In our Maths lesson today, we explored shape by designing our own Little Red Riding Hood capes using different shapes. We talked about what the different shapes were that we could see, and some of us even were able to count how many sides they had! We then attached some string to our capes and wore them proudly around the classroom!
M (SSM) 22-36/30-50
N.S. To continue to explore simple 2D shapes through the environment so that you can recognise shapes and talk about some of their properties.