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Telling Stories

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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.

 

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

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Here are some of our stories… 

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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.

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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.

 

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The Magic Rainbow Bus

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The Magic Rainbow Bus

This week the children decided to make a ‘magic rainbow bus’

We worked together to stick different coloured pieces of card on it. Then we added special features like wheels, headlights, windows, a moving door and even a magnetic registration plate.

We are very proud of our bus and have already been on lots of adventures to the park for picnics, Monkey business and Asda!

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Next Stop Monkey Business!

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Next Stop Monkey Business!

 

 

After lots of talk about travelling and vehicles the children started making buses using the chairs around the classroom.

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They went on lots of adventures so we decided to change our role-play area into a bus too.

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We added money, steering wheels, phones, maps, bus tickets and seats. We also added bags and torches to pack for adventures.

 

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Here is our learning story of one of our adventures on the bus:

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Pirate Story Telling

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In nursery we have been working on our story telling skills. There are lots of places in our classroom for us to practise our story telling.

We have our story board where we use the pictures to tell a story. We had pirate pictures but Elsa, Ana and Olaf have also arrived due to popular request!

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“Once upon a time Ana lived in a beautiful castle.” “Then Olaf came” “Then Bruce” “Oh no! He wants to eat her!” “Help me Olaf!” “Then once upon a time there was a shark” “He friends now” “Happy ever after” “The End”

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“Once upon a time there was a beautiful fairy called Isabelle. Then she met a duck and then a butterfly. The butterfly flew away” “They went in a cave” “Help me, I flew away” “I’ll help you!” “There was a nice robot, who was friends with the tooth fairy. They found another robot” “They lived happy ever. The End” “Happily ever after”

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We have added some more characters to our block area to encourage the boys to tell stories when they are building.

“We’re pirates on board!” “Hello Captain Chip!” “Hello Captain Fish” “Captain Fish and Chips, hahaha” “All aboard the pirate ship” “Up on the flag” “Naughty pirate, he’s escaping in the car” “The police take him, escaping in the police helicopter” “Aboard the captain” “Aye Aye mate!” “Haha mate” “Walk the plank mate” “Captain says so”

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Some of the children also wrote their stories in their writing journals while other children chose to draw maps or write special messages.

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Do you tell stories at home? 

You could tell stories about your drawings, use your toys to tell stories or dress up and make up stories.

You could even make your own story stones. All you need for story stones are flat(ish) pebbles/rocks and pens or stickers. We use the stickers or draw pictures on the rocks. We have stones with different characters, places or objects on. To make your stones last longer you can paint them with a layer of glue.

Pancake Play

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We have been having lots of pancake day fun this week. Our favourite activity has been our pancake day tuff spot.

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In the tray we have had a frying pan, felt pancakes, oven gloves, scales, whisks, eggs and plates for children to recreate making pancakes.

The children also added timers and made chefs hats using strips of card and white tissue paper.

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The children have done lots of good thinking and learning in this area this week. They have been playing together, sharing ideas, using lots of talk in their play and using counting skills.

Have a look at a learning story of one of the children in the tuff spot this week:

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Winter Activities

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This week in nursery it’s been very COLD so we have been doing some exciting winter activities.

Our new favourite activity is SNOW SLIME. It is white and stretchy and grows when you pull it. We made snow balls, igloos, ice skating rinks and stretched it out.

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On the easels we have been painting on foil. It was a bit trickier than painting on paper and made some interesting sounds.

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When it snowed we collected some for our water tray. We painted using brushes and block paints, it was fun to watch the colours mix.

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We explored blue and white winter themed loose parts. We balanced them and attached them together to make patterns and models.

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The Three Little Pigs Building Site

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This week our role-play area is a building site for the Three Little Pigs.

We have lots of resources in there to help the children to talk and share their ideas, build and make up their own stories.

We have open-ended resources so children can use their imagination for how they want to use them. There are; blocks, sticks, boxes, a doll’s house, grass, straw, tools and puppets.

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We have had lots of fun telling stories and building houses this week:

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