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.
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.
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.
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: