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Dinosaur Printing

Today the children really enjoyed making marks using the feet of the dinosaurs!

#oe My dinosaur is walking blue footprints all over the paper.

#aj Mine is walking everywhere and going blob, blob blob! 

Some children explored what happened when they printed two colours together:

#st It’s going brown.

#tw It’s got loads of colourful feet on it. 

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning

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 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.

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning

Dinosaur Small World

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.

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning

Father Christmas is coming!

This morning, this group of children were very engaged in some Christmas role-play together.

#ac We need to go to sleep for Santa!

#lj Lets go and lie down!

The children all gathered in the Reading Area and fell asleep for Father Christmas to come.

#dm He not coming until we sleep.

#ws It’s too noisy we need to be fast asleep or he won’t come.

A couple of minutes later, #oj came over to the children playing the part of Father Christmas. He delivered the children all a piece of play dough each!

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Playing and Exploring 

Shake, Shake, Shake!

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.

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Playing and Exploring

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.

#aj

#dm

#ws

#gj

#mma

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 

Music and Movement

Every week, Mrs Ridell comes in Nursery and carries out Music and Movement sessions. We really look forward to these sessions, and learn lots of new songs, as well as using different musical instruments and moving our bodies in different ways.

Here are some videos of us in action!

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Playing and Exploring

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