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World Book Day

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World Book Day

Today we have had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day. The children came to school in amazing costumes…

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We loved decorating our door. We have been reading the story ‘Where’s Spot?’ this week so we changed it around a bit to be ‘Where’s Nursery?’

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We thought of different things that we could hide behind, under, on or in. Then we made them and stuck them to the door so we could lift the flaps. Children even made their own bits to add in their independent learning, see if you can spot Lois’s  chair, Freya’s Duplo house and Blake’s tower.

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Children took a camera around school and took photos of some of the adults in school. They had to wait until they saw an adult and then say ‘Can we take your picture?’ We cut out the photos of the grown ups and hid them on our door, do you recognise anybody?

Click Here to see everybody else’s amazing doors!

While the children were playing Miss Hulme asked if anybody had a story to tell her. The children all came and waited for their turn to share their own story. Lots of children made up stories about the character they were dressed as. At group time we all worked together to act out everybody’s stories…

Lillie-Rae’s Story

Once upon a time there was a big dragon then he said he would eat the princess. She said, “Don’t eat me I am a princess” The dragon said “I give up, I get you tomorrow”

Sophie’s Story – The Queen

Once upon a time the queen was going to go and save Rapunzel from the tower. Then the king was looking for Rapunzel and then he went to the castle. He went to the castle and he save her and he marry Rapunzel. The queen meet her daughter Rapunzel.

Alissa’s Story

Once upon a time I went to a cowgirl’s house then I met the cowgirl and then I went to a big horse with the cowgirl. The cowgirl fell off then she had some blood then she went to the doctor and the doctor made her feel better. 

Rana’s Story

Elsa she can make magic outside. Put her hand and do magic. She walk to beach she got to water and make ice, everybody is going to water, is freezing! 

Gracie-Mae’s Story

A gorilla eats nuts then the big bad wolf come and eat him up, all by himself. DINNER, DINNER, DINNER! Happy ever after.

Macey’s Story

Once upon a time there was a big big white cat, he’s actually a rabbit. He goes home plays bouncy balls. The End. 

 

We have been learning to… 

  • describe where things are such as under, behind or next to
  • use scissors and glue safely and carefully
  • work together to make a shared piece of work, listening to each other’s ideas
  • speak to new adults in school and ask questions
  • use the camera to take pictures
  • tell stories and understand how stories work
  • understand what a character is

How can you continue learning at home?

The children loved making up their own stories and everybody thought of a story to tell on the spot. Why not tell stories together at home? You could just make them up or you could use dolls or puppets, you could change the endings to books you have at home or mix up the characters from your favourite stories.

Why not have a look at some more World Book Day fun by  clicking on the World Book Day website here. 

 

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The Mixed-Up Chameleon

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Our story this week is The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle.

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We have lots of chameleon and animal activities to do in nursery.

Our play dough this week is Mixed-Up Chameleon dough.

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We made yellow play dough following our usual recipe (see post Our Favourite Recipes) and added a bit of conditioner to make it extra soft with a lovely smell!

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We added animal cutters along with feathers, buttons, googley eyes, straws and colourful matchsticks to create our own weird and wonderful animals.

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On the maths table we have been playing the game ‘Feed me Flies’ (from http://buggyandbuddy.com/mixed-chameleon-eric-carle/ )

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We stuck plastic chameleons to tubes of the same colour. Then we used black beads and pieces of art straws to create flies. The children roll the dice and use the pegs to count out that many flies. This builds children counting skills as well as their fine motor skills. We added number cards and number tracks to extend children’s learning and support number recognition.

We have also been doing lots of camouflage activities around the story. First we talked about what camouflage meant then tried to match the patterns to the animals to camouflage them.

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The children matched the animal to their fur pattern using animal print texture cards.

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In the water tray we filled the tub with different coloured sensory materials such as pebbles, corn, foam and glass beads. The children matched the animals to the background where it could be camouflaged.

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The children built on their maths skills recalling their previous learning about patterns and thinking about sorting and matching. Children learnt about camouflage, they thought about the similarities and differences between animals and learnt new animal names.

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In the outdoor area we went on a chameleon hunt. We cut chameleons out of coloured plastic and stuck them to objects of the same colour so they were camouflaged. The children then hunted for chameleons.

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Stories for Talking

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We have recently starting using Stories For Talking to help the children with their reading, speaking and listening skills.

We read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar using Stories for Talking. We looked at the story over the week, first reading it then working on understanding nouns, verbs and concepts followed by children expressing these. We aimed to learn ten nouns, five verbs and two concepts over the week.

First we break the story down, reading it in key words. The number of words we read depends on the children’s understanding, we read each page simplifying it to one, two or three words.

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While we read we looked at objects from the story and introduced the new words in the story.

We laid out the objects from the story, the children then followed instructions involving one, two or three choices.

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We then added action words to the instructions. The children followed instructions with one verb choice, one verb and one noun choice or one verb and two noun choices.

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After children were confident with the nouns and verbs we introduced the concepts of big and little. We had some big and some little fruit, one group sorted the fruit into big and little fruit. The next group followed instructions with one verb choice and one concept choice and the last group followed instructions with one noun choice, one verb choice and one concept choice.

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Finally we worked on the children saying the words. Some children chose objects from a freely bag and said their name as they took them out. The next group rolled verb and noun dice and said the sentence they made and the final group rolled verb, concept and noun dice reading the whole sentence.

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As well as children working on their key word understanding some children also worked on their story telling skills.

First we had pictures from the story and used the book to order them.

The children then ordered the pictures from memory.

After that the children used the objects from the story to retell the main events.

Finally the children used the props to make up their own story:

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World Book Day

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We have had lots of fun today for World Book Day!

We had a competition in school to decorate our classroom doors like different book covers. We made our door look like the story ‘Aliens love Underpants’ and added a washing line of underpants!

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The children came to school dressed up as their favourite characters, like The Gruffalo, The Cat in the Hat and Cinderella. Some children brought their favourite books to school as well. In assembly there were prizes for the best costumes.

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We decorated fairy cakes to look like apples from the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We piped swirls of red icing on top of the fairy cakes, then we added a piece of pretzel for the stalk and a jelly caterpillar.

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We moved a little bookshelf into the jungle and the children read stories to the animals.

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We listened to stories through headphones, made our own stories with story stones and told stories with finger puppets.

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We added polystyrene balls, pegs, lollypop sticks and glue to the water tray and used all our scraps we had been practising cutting this week to make puppets.

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In the reading area we read and told stories to each other, using the puppets to help us.

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We made a stage in the construction area and used it to sing songs and tell stories to our friends. The children loved using the props and costumes to dress up and perform for their friends!

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We used fabric, tables, chairs and pegs to create reading dens then added baskets of books and torches.

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We have had lots of fun for World Book Day and there are lots of things you can do to get your children excited about stories at home:

Let children dress up in their favourite character clothes and tell or perform stories

Use bed sheets or towels over tables or chairs to make a reading den, a cosy place to read stories together

Encourage children to read their stories to their cuddly toys

Draw, cut and stick puppets from children’s favourite stories

Use toys to make up stories

Have a look on Purple Mash for some more story activities to try at home

Room on the Broom

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This week we have been reading the story of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

We have been using pictures, objects and sock puppets to retell the story.

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“I am a dog as keen as can be. Is there room on the broom for a dog like me?”

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“I am a bird as green as can be. Is there room on the broom for a bird like me?”

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“I am a frog as clean as can be. Is there room on the broom for a frog like me?”

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“Oh oh, no more room on the broom”

“It broke!”

“They all fell down!”

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“I’m a dragon as mean as can be. I’m going to have witch and chips for my tea”

“Oh no!”

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“We’ll save you”

“She’s our witch”

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“Thank you”

“Here’s a new broom”

“And a shower for the frog”

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Choosing Stories in Nursery

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We find a quiet space.

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We use the front cover to help us choose a story we like the look of.

Some of us prefer books we can touch or that make sounds.

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Some of us like nice sturdy board books, where the pages are easier to turn.

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Some of us like to read paperback books.

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Some of us like to read books on the laptop, whiteboard or IPad.

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We try to find books that we think we might like for our classroom.

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A few authors we like in Nursery

Julia Donaldson – rhyming stories like The Gruffalo

Eric Carle – colourful animal stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Oliver Jeffers – stories about adventures like Lost and Found

Mick Inkpen – stories with characters we follow like Wibbly Pig and Kipper

Giles Andrea – colourful animal stories like Giraffes Can’t Dance

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Sharing Stories in Nursery

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In Nursery we love to share stories. Here is one of the ways we like to look at books together.

We start by turning our books the right way up and finding the front cover. Next we find the title and look at the picture to see if we can find clues for what the story might be about.

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Today’s Story – This is the Bear and the Scary Night

“Why might the night be scary?”

“I think it will be monsters and the bear’s running away”

“The thunder’s coming and it might be scary”

“That baby bear can’t find his mummy and his daddy”

“Where do you think the bear is?” 

“At park”

“Yeah, he’s watching the sun”

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Then we have a look at the pictures for some more clues about what is happening. We can turn our pages one at a time.

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“What can you see?” 

“He’s left on his own”

“Something’s going to happen…it’s thunder and lightening”

“The boy’s forgotten!”

“Yeah and he’s sad”

“Now he looks like he’s shouting”

“He says HELP!”

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“How do you think the bear’s feeling?”

“Bear’s getting angry”

“Oh the owl’s gonna gobble him up”

“I think he’s shouting MUM!”

“Yeah louder!”

“He’s scared”

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“What do you think might happen next?” 

“He’s gonna fall in the water”

“He’s gonna be cold isn’t he?”

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“What can you see happening now?” 

“Those are water lilies on the pond”

“The man with the trumpet’s got him”

“He’s gonna take him home, to his house”

“He’s happy now”

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We then went back to the front cover and the adult read the words while the children followed them with their finger.

It was a rhyming story so the children said the words at the end of the line when the adult paused.

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When we finished we talked about what had happened and if our guesses were right. Then we chose our favourite parts of the story.

“I liked the man who rescued him”

“I liked when he was angry and shouting”

“When the boy was chucking him up and coming back down again and the bear was happy”

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

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After reading the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ we went on our own bear hunt outsideDSCF7029

Long, wavy grass

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Splish, splosh, splish, splosh

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