Category Archives: Speaking and Listening

The Puppet Show

The Puppet Show

Over the last few weeks in nursery the children have been very interested in making puppets. It started with making up our own characters in our story telling, then we started to draw them, cut them out and turn them into puppets. This week we decided to make our own puppet show and put on performances for our friends! Some of us even had a go at sewing puppets. It was tricky but we did a great job …

Why not make your own puppets at home? You could make sock puppets, finger puppets or use straws/lolly pop sticks to create your own. We would love to see them!



Christmas Movies


In nursery we love to make a movie! Did you see our movie of The Three Little Pigs?  

Over the last two weeks the children have been making their own movies. They have thought of the scripts, made costumes, filmed and even edited their movies together (with a little bit of help!)

Check out our movies…

When Santa got Stuck in the Chimney…


The Mischievous Elf and the Big Bad Wolf


Santa Eats his Vegetables


We love story telling in nursery and have had a lot of fun making our own movies. We learnt to share our ideas, think of stories together, think about characters and use the ipads to record. Why not try making your own mini movie at home?


Movie Morning

Movie Morning

One day Asaad asked if he could make a video. We set up a video diary and the children learnt how to record themselves as they sang songs and told stories.


Everyone loved the idea and decided we should make a ‘real movie’ together. The children had lots of different ideas for their movie.


In the end we decided on the story of The Three Little Pigs. Everybody had their own job. We made masks and costumes for the different characters, build sets inside and outside, told the story using storyboards to help us, acted out the story, used puppets to tell the story, made sound effects, directed our friends and recorded our movie. What a busy week!

Then we thought about who might like to see our movie. We decided our grown-ups would so we made tickets, posters and invitations.


Then Paige said we should make jam tarts and Oliver, Lula, Toochi and Roman thought popcorn and hot chocolate!

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We baked our jam tarts and got everything ready for our movie mornings and  lots of our grown-ups stayed!


We had a lovely time and the children were all very proud of their movie. Thank you to everyone who stayed.


The children have already been talking about a Christmas movie for the sequel so watch this space!

The Three Little Good Wolves and The Big Giant Pig That’s Naughty

The Three Little Good Wolves and The Big Giant Pig That’s Naughty

This week we read the story of The Three Little Pigs and told our own version of the story.  We thought about the parts of the story and what we could change. We decided we would change some of the words, where our story happened, the characters or the ending. Here are some of our great stories…

The Three Little Good Wolves and the Big Giant Pig that’s Naughty 

By Lillie-Rae, Age 4

Once upon a time the mamma wolf said “build your own houses!” The wolves said “Yes mamma” and then one made a house out of straw and other one made house of sticks and a other one made a house of bricks. And then the big, giant pig came and the big, giant pig said “LET ME IN!” and the wolves said, “I won’t let you in by the hairs on my uncle’s chin.” Then the big giant pig tried to kick the door down but it was stinging his trotter, so he gave it a big, giant kick and it fell down. So the wolf went to the house of sticks. The big naughty pig came. Then he took a stick and it all fell down. Then the two wolves ran to brother’s house made of bricks. Then the pig came and tried to knock it down with his hammer but he couldn’t ’cause it was a baby hammer. Then he got some ladders, climbed up the chimney and the wolves made a fire and the pig fell in the fire and they tipped him into the toilet and flushed him all the way down. The End.


Little Pigs

By Millie, Age 3

Once upon a time there was a little piggy, he was walking through the forest with the icky sticky mud and he was jumping in the muddy puddles. Then the wolf came, he said “Knock, knock, can I come in?” “No by the hairs on my chinny, chinny chin!” “Then I’ll puff, then I will puff then I will blow your house down.” That was the end of the second little piggy.

Then the other little piggy was walking on the street and he heard a knock like this (Millie knocked) and this time it was a vampire. He eat the pig and they turned into piggy vampires!


Three Little Pigs 

By Paige, Age 4

Once upon a time Mummy Pig said “Build your own house” then the Big, Bad Wolf was watching them and then the wolf came to the pig’s house and said, “Let me in!” Pig said “Not with my little chin, chin.” Wolf said, “I’ll puff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.” And then he ate all the pigs up. The End.


Bye Little Piggy!

By Heidi, Age 4

In a muddy puddle there’s a piggy jumping in muddy puddles. Then the big bad wolf comed to jump in the big muddy puddle. Then he trying to eat all the piggies. He goes in the shower so he not muddy then he eats piggies for his dinner. He chops them up and has them with chippies. Then he’s got a big belly.


What have we been learning?

We have been learning all about stories. We have been learning about characters, events and settings. We are starting to understanding that stories have a beginning, middle and end. We are being imaginative and changing parts of the story. We are starting to describe using adjectives and making sure our stories make sense.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Make sure children have lots of opportunities to tell their own stories at home. This could be when they are playing with their toys or dressing up. When you share books together encourage children to make up their own words for the story.

Slime Bubbles

Slime Bubbles

When one of the children brought in some slime they had made at home we decided to make some more slime for nursery. We mixed two cups of glue with one cup of liquid washing detergent.

Then Maddison noticed that there was a bubble in the slime. That gave us an idea we got straws and blew the slime to make the biggest bubble we could!


We experimented with the slime to see how we could blow the biggest bubble. We tried stretching the slime, putting the straw in the middle, putting the straw underneath and working together.

We learnt to persevere, work together, try different ways to do things, share our ideas and listen to our friend’s ideas, talk about what we could see happening and what worked.

Story Telling

Story Telling

Over the last few weeks at group time we have been practising our story telling and we get better every time. We tell stories and the adults write down exactly what we say. At group time we make a stage and act out our stories.

Our stories can be about anything we want. They can be as short as one word or as long as half a page.

When we act the story out, the author of the story gets to be the main character and everybody else helps to act it out as the other characters or the setting.

Here are some of our amazing stories…

Alissa likes to tell stories about princesses and palaces. Can you see where she has repeated some words like she hears in stories?

Alissa’s Story 

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Alissa. She went to a palace and saw a beautiful princess! She went on a swing but the swing wasn’t here. Then the builders came with the swing and build it a long time. And then the princess was waiting and waiting all day. And they finished, she swing on it for a long, long day. She didn’t want to fall asleep. The End.


Lillie loves to tell stories about dragons and somebody normally gets eaten or has their head chopped off!

Lillie-Rae’s Story

Once upon a time there was a big dragon and the dragon eat the princess and the witch get the dragon’s head off and put it in his cauldron. Then witch stir it all up. Then nana takes dragon’s head to the party and everybody eats it up! (hahaha)



Caitlyn loves to tell stories about princesses and Rapunzel is always the star!

Caitlyn’s Story 

Princess Jasmine and Ariel and Snow White and Rapunzel. Rapunzel trapped in a tower. Princess look for her and the prince look for her and climb up. And prince cut hair and turn it into black. Her friends go and look for her. They get her and Rapunzel mum and dad find her and hug her.



McKenna likes to tell stories about dinosaurs. Each time she tells a story it gets longer and longer.

McKenna’s Story

It’s all about a dinosaur monster. He grows too big and he’s got a baby dinosaur. And its mum and dad have gone somewhere in the forest. Baby runs to look for mum and dad. He finds mummy in the forest. Mummy is cooking. They are eating breakfast. They are going to play running games. They play duck, duck, goose. A big Dragon comes and eats them up!


Toochi often tells stories about her favourite TV programmes but she has started to use characters from books in her stories too. Can you tell which book she was thinking about here?

Toochi’s Story

Once upon a time the giant climbed up the beanstalk and then he falled down out from the beanstalk and then he goes to someone else’s house and smashes the house and then his beanstalk was flying away. It grow much and much and much. It goes in jail. His beanstalk not seen again. The End.



Sometimes we tell short stories but we still get to act them out. Malakia likes to tell stories about things he has seen.

Malakia’s Story

I saw a cloud it flied away. Come back. Fly back away. A scary cloud.

Telling stories helps us to… 

  • Talk about the things that we find interesting
  • Think about characters and setting
  • Use story telling language
  • Make sure our stories make sense
  • Give our stories endings
  • Speak in sentences
  • Use describing words
  • Act stories out
  • Build our confidence

How can you continue learning at home?

The children love making up stories and each story they tell gets better and better. Why not do some story telling at home. You could

  • Make up stories at bedtime
  • Change the characters or ending in your favourite story
  • Use toys to tell stories
  • Dress up and act out favourite stories

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

After building lots of bridges to save the gingerbread man we decided to read the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Everybody loved the story! All week the children retold the story and acted it out with the goats, on the bridge outside and at group times…

Lots of the children were inspired to produce some AMAZING home learning all about The Billy Goats Gruff …

Olivia’s beautiful Billy Goats Gruff scene inspired lots of clay work to create trolls and goats


We built lots of bridges with all different types of blocks and in the workshop too, we had to work as a team and test our bridge to see if it was string enough…

In Maths we learnt about the size of the Billy Goats then followed instructions to put them in different positions…

We were learning to..

  • Retell the story
  • Give the characters voices
  • Remember what happened at the beginning, middle and end
  • Solve problems to build bridges of our own
  • Work together and share ideas
  • We learnt about size with the big, middle and little goats and position as we moved the goats around
  • Mould the clay into the shape we wanted and add features



Telling Stories

Telling Stories

In nursery we love to make up our own stories. Sometimes we use objects to help us think of a story, sometimes we change a story we already know or sometimes we use pictures to help us. Last week we looked at funny photos of animals and made up stories about what we could see happening.



Lots of the children then wanted to write and draw their stories in their books too…


Here are some of our stories… 


Once upon a time there was a zebra called Stripey and he had to go to his work. His work was a job in town. He was too tired, he asked his friend Giraffe to give him a piggy back. Giraffe took him to his job and he got there very fast with his big legs and he wasn’t late. Oh no! Giraffe couldn’t fit in the door. Stripey said “I know!” and Giraffe put his neck down so Stripey could fit through the door. He went to his job. The End.


Once upon a time there was a frog called Tiny Tim. He wants to go to the seaside so he jumps on Gary the Snail. “Ribbit”. He says “Go Gary Go!” But Gary the snail is a snail and he goes very slowlyyyy. “Oh no!” said Tiny Tim. He jumped off Gary the Snail. “Ribbit”. Then he jumped onto a horse coz horses are fast. The horse went fast fast fast to the seaside and Tiny Tim built a sandcastle. Gary the Snail was very slow he got to the seaside and it was dark and it was bedtime. They went to sleep. The End.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Why not make up your own story? You could change one of your favourite stories, you could put yourself into a story that you like, You could look at pictures and tell stories about what is happening, you could dress up and act out stories or you could use your toys to tell your own stories.

Story Telling is a great way to help children’s speaking and listening skills. It helps them to be imaginative and listen to other’s ideas. It helps them to understand stories ready for when they start to read stories themselves.


Seaside Poetry

Seaside Poetry

In nursery we share our ideas in lots of different ways. This week we have been making 3D mind maps.

We started with a treasure box full of things that reminded us of the seaside.


We thought about all the things we knew about the seaside. We thought about the things we might see, hear, taste, feel and even smell. As we thought of ideas we shared them with our talk partners then we stretched out the words and Miss Hulme wrote them on cards or we sounded them out to write ourselves.


As we said an idea we found the object in the treasure chest. Then we passed around tubs with the different scents we might smell at the seaside like salty water, ice-cream or suncream.

Soon we had lots of ideas and we spread them out to make a mind map. We thought of whether it was something we might hear, smell, taste, see or feel…

Then we used our mind map to make up poems about the seaside…

I can see … seagulls flapping

I can hear … waves swooshing

I can smell … salty seas

I can feel … sand tickling me

I can taste … ice-cream melting


I can see … water crashing

I can hear … seagulls squawking

I can smell … sunny sun-cream

I can feel … sand crunching

I can taste … cold ice-cream


We were learning…

To describe what we could see, hear, smell, taste and touch

To explore using all our senses

To think about describing words and learn new words

What poems are and how they are different to songs and stories

To talk about our own experiences

To sound out words to write

To sort and organise our ideas

How can you continue learning at home?

Encourage children to describe things. Rather than them saying something smells or tastes nice ask children what it reminds them of. Give them a choice of words and ask them why they like things or don’t like things. Describe things that you like – e.g. I like these sweets they are sour like lemons.

Books like Dear Zoo are great for teaching children about describing words. They can think of their own words to describe each animal. Or The Gruffalo where children can use the picture and think of their own words to describe The Gruffalo.

The Curious Tale of the Disappearing Snail

The Curious Tale of the Disappearing Snail


This is the tale, of a giant land snail,

Who left nursery one day, leaving only a trail,

And how the grown-ups did worry, and the children did wail,

When they could not find Gary, the giant land snail,

They looked here and there, they searched up and down,

They spotted the slime, but no snail could be found,

Then the children they followed, the silvery track,

And they wished and they wished for their snail to come back,


They hunted the school and out in the yard,

‘Til one of the teachers, showed them a card,

It was Gary! He’d been on adventures galore,

When he’d slid his way out, of the classroom door,

He’d been on the tram, he’d gone to the zoo,

Out in the rain and the water park too!

He’d gone to Skegness and laid in the sun,

Oh Gary the Snail, you have had so much fun!


But the children they worried, he was all alone,

So they thought of a plan, to get their snail home,

Letters were written and even a map,

While some of the children, set up a trap,

They filled it with food, the trap it was set,

A plan to catch Gary and get back our pet,


When all of a sudden, a knock at the door,

And there was our snail, back home once more,

Oh Gary we missed you, don’t go away,

Next time come home, for a holiday!


What have we been learning?

Phew! We’re glad Gary is home. While we hunted for our snail what were we learning?

We talked to lots of new people. Sometimes the children can be shy in front of new people but they spoke to the teachers in school and asked them about Gary.

We did lots of writing. We wrote letters, post cards and posters. We drew pictures of Gary and put up signs.

We learnt to look carefully for clues. We thought of ideas for what might have happened and how we could get Gary back.

We learnt about snails. We learnt how to look after them and what they liked. We looked in books and on the internet to find more information.

We did lots of story telling, thinking of the adventures that Gary might have been on

We did lots of problem-solving. The children designed slides and traps to try and catch Gary.