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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.

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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.

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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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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This week we started reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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We used the book and soft toy props to retell the story.

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On the snack table we had fruit from the story to taste; apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, plums and watermelon.

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On the sensory table we had green slime and food from the story.

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Then we added knives and forks to the slime to practise cutting.

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On the fine motor table children punched holes in leaves and threaded them onto string.

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We threaded fruit and vegetables, learning the names and making patterns as we threaded.

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We made caterpillars in the play dough with match sticks and googley eyes.

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We even turned the water in the water tray green!

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The Three Little Pigs

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We have been learning all about the Three Little Pigs.

We have been practising telling the story ready for showing our parents at our story telling workshop.

Today some of the children retold the story in the puppet theatre.

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On the interactive whiteboard we have been exploring different materials and making pictures of buildings.

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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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Writing Journals

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This year in nursery we have started writing journals. We have been practicing our mark making, drawing and writing. Have a look at some of the activities we’ve been doing.

First the children had four circles on their page and could choose to draw whatever they wanted, we thought about how to hold our pencil.

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When we read the story of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Who do you See?’ the children copied their names and coloured their friend. We thought about drawing faces and choosing colours.

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Sometimes we tell stories, the children had an outline of a bear to colour and add details to, like grass or a cave. The children then told a story about bears, either retelling parts of stories they knew or thinking of their own.

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After making potions the children drew and wrote ingredients for their own potions. They talked about why they needed them in the potion and what the potion would do. We thought about the difference between drawing and writing.

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We also have lots of chances to practice our names, do you practice your writing at home?

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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

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