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We All Go Travelling By

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Every half term we learn a story with Makaton actions to help us remember the story. We learn to tell it from memory using the words and actions. We then perform the story for our grown-ups and make things to take home so we can keep telling the story at home. Last half term’s story was ‘We All Go Travelling By’.

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Our grown ups came back to our classroom to help us create our story telling necklaces.

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We had lots of fun and we still tell the story to our friends in nursery!

We look forward to seeing you at our next workshop 🙂

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Learning Makaton

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As many of you will know we have started learning a little Makaton in Nursery.

Makaton is a way of helping the children to communicate through signing. The children say the word and sign an action at the same time to help show what they want to say.

Makaton helps children who struggle with communicating clearly with others. We have been teaching basic Makaton to all the children in Nursery. This allows the children in Nursery to communicate with each other regardless of their level of language.

You might have seen some of our Makaton signing during our story telling workshops. We have also been learning basic signs we use everyday.

Below are photos of the children doing the signs and an explanation of how to do the sign. You can use this to see what children are signing or you may use it to learn Makaton with your children at home.

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If you would like to know more about Makaton, please speak to a member of Nursery staff.

Story Telling Workshop (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)

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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’

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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.

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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.

Speaking and Listening

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Nursery can be a scary time for young children, especially children who struggle with their speaking, listening and understanding. You might have noticed some of the new things we have put around our classroom. These are to help the children to use the classroom independently and confidently and encourage their talking.

1. Sequence Strips

Some children have individual sequence strips. These are strips of Velcro with children’s photos on one side. We then add the activities that we would like them to do. Sometimes it is to help children who struggle with choosing and other times we use them for children who just want to use one thing. We also use these strips at tidy up times to give children special jobs and children can match them to the area of the classroom with the same picture.

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2. Communication Mats

You might have seen these mats on the snack table or in different areas of the classroom. These mats give children a picture with the word they want to say. It helps children who can’t quite think of the word they need to show us what they want. It also helps children to talk about what they like or what they want to do. You might have seen these kinds of mats when we are learning a new story as it helps children to remember and talk about the important parts.

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3. Labels

We have lots of labels in our classroom. The labels help children to get the resources out that they need and helps them to tidy them away when they have finished. Labels have pictures on so children become more confident accessing the environment independently.

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4. In the classroom

In the classroom there are labels in each area to show what things are. There are also photos of the areas to help children match the picture to the area and to help with how it should look at tidy up time. There is Velcro for children who use sequence strips to come and match their picture.

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As well as in the classroom we have lots of group times and activities to support children’s talking.

If you would like any of these kinds of resources to support your children at home with their speaking and listening please let us know.