In the week before the holidays we had a big surprise in nursery when a giant egg arrived! Watch our movie to see what we got up to!
Last Wednesday we were very lucky to have the microscopes in nursery all day. We had lots of fun looking at what we could see.
At first we thought it was a bit tricky to see things under the microscope but the boys had some good advice. They said to shut one eye like a pirate and then they could see!
We had to be very careful with the microscopes. We looked in and turned them very slowly until the object came into focus. The girls then had an idea to draw the tiniest pictures they could to see what they would look like under the microscopes…
We had lots of fun looking at things under the microscope. We were surprised how different things looked up close especially when we put our hands underneath!
To find out more click here to look at what Pearl Class got up to!
We loved reading the story of The Gingerbread Man, our favourite part was when the fox tricked him at the end! We thought about ways to help The Gingerbread Man cross the river so he didn’t get eaten. We used our spare gingerbread men that we didn’t eat and made boats, bridges and even spider webs!
Have a look at our learning stories to see what we did…
We were learning to…
How can you continue learning at home?
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.
Lots of the children then wanted to write and draw their stories in their books too…
Here are some of our stories…
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.
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.
In nursery we have noticed that quite a lot of children still have a dummy. Did you know that it is recommending for children to no longer use a dummy after 12 months old?
We have been collecting dummies in nursery and giving them away to the dummy fairy. The children have even being getting special presents in return!
Having a dummy after your child has started to talk can lead to …
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Please bring your dummies into nursery so we can send them away to the dummy fairy.
In nursery we share our ideas in lots of different ways. This week we have been making 3D mind maps.
We started with a treasure box full of things that reminded us of the seaside.
We thought about all the things we knew about the seaside. We thought about the things we might see, hear, taste, feel and even smell. As we thought of ideas we shared them with our talk partners then we stretched out the words and Miss Hulme wrote them on cards or we sounded them out to write ourselves.
As we said an idea we found the object in the treasure chest. Then we passed around tubs with the different scents we might smell at the seaside like salty water, ice-cream or suncream.
Soon we had lots of ideas and we spread them out to make a mind map. We thought of whether it was something we might hear, smell, taste, see or feel…
Then we used our mind map to make up poems about the seaside…
I can see … seagulls flapping
I can hear … waves swooshing
I can smell … salty seas
I can feel … sand tickling me
I can taste … ice-cream melting
I can see … water crashing
I can hear … seagulls squawking
I can smell … sunny sun-cream
I can feel … sand crunching
I can taste … cold ice-cream
We were learning…
To describe what we could see, hear, smell, taste and touch
To explore using all our senses
To think about describing words and learn new words
What poems are and how they are different to songs and stories
To talk about our own experiences
To sound out words to write
To sort and organise our ideas
How can you continue learning at home?
Encourage children to describe things. Rather than them saying something smells or tastes nice ask children what it reminds them of. Give them a choice of words and ask them why they like things or don’t like things. Describe things that you like – e.g. I like these sweets they are sour like lemons.
Books like Dear Zoo are great for teaching children about describing words. They can think of their own words to describe each animal. Or The Gruffalo where children can use the picture and think of their own words to describe The Gruffalo.
Today was our story telling workshop. We have been learning the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We learnt the words and actions to help us to remember them. Then we performed the story for our grown-ups.
After that we went back to our classroom and waited for our grown ups…
When our grown-ups arrived they helped us to order the pictures from the story. We thought about the days of the week and counted the fruit to match the day. We used our scissors carefully and stuck our pictures on in order…
Thank you to all the grown-ups who came. Don’t worry if you missed it, here are the words and story map, why not see if you can have a go at telling the story at home…
After reading The Journey Home From Grandpas we thought about other journeys we might go on and decided to learn about space!
We read the stories Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers.
We thought about what we might pack if we went on a journey to space. We made it extra tricky by only choosing what we thought were the three most important things, we didn’t alway agree!
Some of us tried to pack for an emergency and thought about how we would see if it was dark, what we would eat and how to keep ourselves warm. Some of us just wanted things to help us see the sights and some of us packed the things we would need for bedtime!
In the story The Way Back Home the martian and the boy get stuck on the moon. We thought about how we would rescue them. Can you see how we tried to rescue the martian?
Then we put the martian in the block area and tried to build steps up to the martian.
We decided we could design a vehicle to get us to the moon. We worked with friends to draw a picture of what our vehicle would look like then labelled all the special parts.
We turned a box into a rocket like in the story Whatever Next. We added wheels and backpacks and material.
Some of the children then had the idea to add a door and a window and we decorated our box to look like a rocket.
We made green alien slime using our favourite recipe (recipe here) and added rockets, aliens and astronauts.
We made more rockets with the blocks and we all practised writing our name, cutting out the letters and turning them into rockets, some of us had very long rockets!
We made number rockets writing the numbers and making the marks to show how many it was. Then we put the numbers in order from 1 to 10.
We had lots of fun learning about space, how can you continue learning at home?
Encourage your child’s interest in space by; talking about what they have learnt, sharing stories about space or finding out more information on the internet (try using child-friendly search engine Kiddle)
Encourage your child to write their name by making your own name rocket at home, or how about a name train or even a name Olaf! (snowman)
When you’re on your way on a visit somewhere encourage children to pack a bag with the things they think might be important, what do they think they might need to pack for a trip to the park? Give children a limit e.g. pack 2 things for the park to encourage them to think about what they want and what they need (Their answers might surprise you!)
Give children a challenge when they play with their blocks or Lego at home, can they build a tower that is taller than they are? Can they build a bridge?
Make some alien slime or play dough or easy peasy moon sand (just flour and water). Click the link above to find our favourite recipes.
Use an old box to make your own rocket or let it be anything you want it to. Try adding spare bits of fabric/bed sheets or pillowcases to encourage the children to be whatever they want, the material in nursery is definitely the most popular for dress-up!
For the last few weeks in nursery we have been thinking all about story telling. First we used small world characters to tell stories with puppets, fairytale characters and some characters from our favourite movies. We added story stones to help us think of ideas for our story and extra props like magic wands and beanstalks.
Story Stones and Small World
Story Telling in the Role-Play Area
Story Telling in the Sand Tray
Story Telling in our new Lego Area
Small World Story Telling
Story Telling Tyres Outside
Using the Story Mats
Story Telling in Maths
Then we decided to be the characters in our story. We dressed up as the different characters we wanted to be and acted out stories. Then we used the Ipad ‘Storytime’ App.
We took photos and created a book.
What a lot of story telling!
Over the past few weeks we have noticed the children’s story telling improving a lot. The children tell more stories when they are dressed up. Even the quietest children have started to give the small world characters voices and began to tell simple stories with them. When reading books the children have been looking at pictures and beginning to make up their own stories. Some children have even being trying to draw and write their own stories in the mark making area!
How can you continue this learning at home?
There are lots of opportunities for story telling at home:
When children are playing with their toys (dolls, cars, superheroes), this is a great chance to encourage children to tell you about what is happening to the characters. Encourage children to tell you what might happen next, after that and how the story might end.
Dressing up is a great way to tell stories and learn about different characters. In nursery we like to use colourful pieces of fabric for dressing up, the children love being able to turn them into any character they want (although we often have a lot of Elsas!)
When you are sharing stories talk to children about what they can see happening in the pictures. Encourage children to use them to tell their own story.
After lots of talk about travelling and vehicles the children started making buses using the chairs around the classroom.
They went on lots of adventures so we decided to change our role-play area into a bus too.
We added money, steering wheels, phones, maps, bus tickets and seats. We also added bags and torches to pack for adventures.
Here is our learning story of one of our adventures on the bus:
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