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That’s not my triangle…

That’s not my triangle…

Last week we started learning about shapes. To get ready we looked for shapes as part of our home learning. We searched for shapes around our homes and made shape pictures.


Next we went on a shape hunt outside. We looked for shapes and took photos. We tried to name and describe shapes and looked for shapes that were the same.

Then we looked for objects in the classroom. We took photos and collected objects then matched the shapes. We tried to talk about the shapes we found.


After that we cut out our shapes and stuck them on card. We thought about whether they had straight or round sides and looked for corners. We looked for shapes in magazines.


Finally we were ready to make our ‘That’s not my shape…’ book.


We have been very interested in the ‘That’s not my…’ series of books and we have got some special Easter ones. They are feely books and help us to think about the properties of things and to describe. Have a look at ‘It’s not my Giraffe’


We used all the shapes we had cut out to create our book. We needed a front cover and a title and then we stuck our shapes on. We decided our first book could be called ‘That’s not my triangle’.

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On the pages we stuck different shapes. We thought about why it was not a triangle. We had to describe the shapes and think about things that were the same and things that were different. It helped us to learn about the properties of shapes.

On the last page Miss Hulme had stuck lots of different shapes like arrows and hearts. We thought about why they couldn’t be triangles. First we thought it was because they didn’t have any pointy bits (corners) but then we noticed one corner on the heart and two on the moon. Zak corrected us to say that it was because they didn’t have 3 corners.

Miss Hulme made it extra tricky by having shapes of different sizes, some shapes upside down and some shapes that are harder to recognise like very long thin rectangles and different types of triangles.

What have we been learning? 

We have learnt lots about shapes! We have been learning to find shapes outdoors, talk about shapes, name shapes, describe shapes, compare shapes, talk about properties of shapes. We have been doing some tricky learning, talking about how we know something is a particular shape.

How can you continue on learning at home? 

Look out for shapes around your house or on your way to school

Cut out shapes to make your own shape pictures can you make a car with a rectangle, square and circles?

Look out for shapes in old magazines and cut them out

You could even make your own shape book

Sort toys into shapes, when you tidy up put all of the same shaped toys together

Look out for shapes with blocks and Lego while you build and see if you can talk about them



World Book Day

World Book Day

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


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?’


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.


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. 


Books at Bedtime

Books at Bedtime

In nursery we know how important it is to share books as often as we can. Even though the children might not be reading the words yet it is still so important to read to them regularly, looking at the pictures, telling the story, talking about what they see, thinking about what might happen next. A great way to fit in reading with your child at home every day is to share a story before bedtime. To help us think about the importance of books at bedtime we have had a bit of a competition!


Every day for the last 3 weeks the children have been reading a story before bed and writing it down. Each week there have been special stickers and prizes. For our final week we had a books at bedtime celebration! The children came to school in their pyjamas, we had hot chocolate and biscuits and there was a grand prize draw for the children who had been sharing stories everyday!

Well done to everybody who took part, we hope you continue to enjoy your books at bedtime.

Story Telling Workshop (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)


Every half term we learn a new story. We learn the words and the actions (using Makaton) and we perform it for our parents. This half term our story has been ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

First we performed our story for our parents, we tried to join in with all the words and actions we could remember from the story.

Then we sang our caterpillar song, ‘There’s a Tiny Caterpillar on a Leaf’


After our performance we returned to our classrooms to make story telling necklaces. We coloured in the pictures from the story, then we put them in the right order and punched a hole in them to create a necklace to retell our story at home.


We took our necklaces home with our song and story words, pictures, actions and story map so we can continue practising our story at home.

A big thank you to all the parents who joined us for our workshop today.

Stories for Talking


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:



World Book Day


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!


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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!


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


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

Our Book about Buildings


In Nursery we like to make our own books.

For our buildings topic we made a book all about different kinds of buildings.


To give us ideas for our book we visited a building site, looked on the internet and in non-fiction books, talked to people about buildings and shared our ideas with each other.

To make our book some children looked at photographs of our new school being built and talked about things they knew and things they could see.

Some children drew pictures of different types of buildings and talked about what they had learnt.

Some children labelled their pictures of buildings to show their learning.

We like making our own books , see if you can spot some of them in our book corner.