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Maps, maps, maps!

Maps, maps, maps!

Over the last few weeks the children have been interested in making maps. Look at Yasmen’s great map to school!


We started with learning about the countries that our families come from. We learnt that members of our family were born in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Lithuania, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Congo and Ghana and we wanted to learn some dances from other cultures.


Then the children made their own maps. There were maps to the jungle, maps to get home, maps to see the princesses and even maps of our own pretend planets!


After that we moved on to story maps and the children drew some great maps to go with their stories. We even made some books on the computer.

Our story telling continued as Andy the story teller came to tell stories with us…


What a busy week! The children have loved learning about maps and lots of children carried on making maps while they played. Why not encourage children to make more maps as they play at home. They are great for teaching children about the world around them and learning about where things are.


The Three Little Good Wolves and The Big Giant Pig That’s Naughty

The Three Little Good Wolves and The Big Giant Pig That’s Naughty

This week we read the story of The Three Little Pigs and told our own version of the story.  We thought about the parts of the story and what we could change. We decided we would change some of the words, where our story happened, the characters or the ending. Here are some of our great stories…

The Three Little Good Wolves and the Big Giant Pig that’s Naughty 

By Lillie-Rae, Age 4

Once upon a time the mamma wolf said “build your own houses!” The wolves said “Yes mamma” and then one made a house out of straw and other one made house of sticks and a other one made a house of bricks. And then the big, giant pig came and the big, giant pig said “LET ME IN!” and the wolves said, “I won’t let you in by the hairs on my uncle’s chin.” Then the big giant pig tried to kick the door down but it was stinging his trotter, so he gave it a big, giant kick and it fell down. So the wolf went to the house of sticks. The big naughty pig came. Then he took a stick and it all fell down. Then the two wolves ran to brother’s house made of bricks. Then the pig came and tried to knock it down with his hammer but he couldn’t ’cause it was a baby hammer. Then he got some ladders, climbed up the chimney and the wolves made a fire and the pig fell in the fire and they tipped him into the toilet and flushed him all the way down. The End.


Little Pigs

By Millie, Age 3

Once upon a time there was a little piggy, he was walking through the forest with the icky sticky mud and he was jumping in the muddy puddles. Then the wolf came, he said “Knock, knock, can I come in?” “No by the hairs on my chinny, chinny chin!” “Then I’ll puff, then I will puff then I will blow your house down.” That was the end of the second little piggy.

Then the other little piggy was walking on the street and he heard a knock like this (Millie knocked) and this time it was a vampire. He eat the pig and they turned into piggy vampires!


Three Little Pigs 

By Paige, Age 4

Once upon a time Mummy Pig said “Build your own house” then the Big, Bad Wolf was watching them and then the wolf came to the pig’s house and said, “Let me in!” Pig said “Not with my little chin, chin.” Wolf said, “I’ll puff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.” And then he ate all the pigs up. The End.


Bye Little Piggy!

By Heidi, Age 4

In a muddy puddle there’s a piggy jumping in muddy puddles. Then the big bad wolf comed to jump in the big muddy puddle. Then he trying to eat all the piggies. He goes in the shower so he not muddy then he eats piggies for his dinner. He chops them up and has them with chippies. Then he’s got a big belly.


What have we been learning?

We have been learning all about stories. We have been learning about characters, events and settings. We are starting to understanding that stories have a beginning, middle and end. We are being imaginative and changing parts of the story. We are starting to describe using adjectives and making sure our stories make sense.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Make sure children have lots of opportunities to tell their own stories at home. This could be when they are playing with their toys or dressing up. When you share books together encourage children to make up their own words for the story.

Story Telling

Story Telling

Over the last few weeks at group time we have been practising our story telling and we get better every time. We tell stories and the adults write down exactly what we say. At group time we make a stage and act out our stories.

Our stories can be about anything we want. They can be as short as one word or as long as half a page.

When we act the story out, the author of the story gets to be the main character and everybody else helps to act it out as the other characters or the setting.

Here are some of our amazing stories…

Alissa likes to tell stories about princesses and palaces. Can you see where she has repeated some words like she hears in stories?

Alissa’s Story 

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Alissa. She went to a palace and saw a beautiful princess! She went on a swing but the swing wasn’t here. Then the builders came with the swing and build it a long time. And then the princess was waiting and waiting all day. And they finished, she swing on it for a long, long day. She didn’t want to fall asleep. The End.


Lillie loves to tell stories about dragons and somebody normally gets eaten or has their head chopped off!

Lillie-Rae’s Story

Once upon a time there was a big dragon and the dragon eat the princess and the witch get the dragon’s head off and put it in his cauldron. Then witch stir it all up. Then nana takes dragon’s head to the party and everybody eats it up! (hahaha)



Caitlyn loves to tell stories about princesses and Rapunzel is always the star!

Caitlyn’s Story 

Princess Jasmine and Ariel and Snow White and Rapunzel. Rapunzel trapped in a tower. Princess look for her and the prince look for her and climb up. And prince cut hair and turn it into black. Her friends go and look for her. They get her and Rapunzel mum and dad find her and hug her.



McKenna likes to tell stories about dinosaurs. Each time she tells a story it gets longer and longer.

McKenna’s Story

It’s all about a dinosaur monster. He grows too big and he’s got a baby dinosaur. And its mum and dad have gone somewhere in the forest. Baby runs to look for mum and dad. He finds mummy in the forest. Mummy is cooking. They are eating breakfast. They are going to play running games. They play duck, duck, goose. A big Dragon comes and eats them up!


Toochi often tells stories about her favourite TV programmes but she has started to use characters from books in her stories too. Can you tell which book she was thinking about here?

Toochi’s Story

Once upon a time the giant climbed up the beanstalk and then he falled down out from the beanstalk and then he goes to someone else’s house and smashes the house and then his beanstalk was flying away. It grow much and much and much. It goes in jail. His beanstalk not seen again. The End.



Sometimes we tell short stories but we still get to act them out. Malakia likes to tell stories about things he has seen.

Malakia’s Story

I saw a cloud it flied away. Come back. Fly back away. A scary cloud.

Telling stories helps us to… 

  • Talk about the things that we find interesting
  • Think about characters and setting
  • Use story telling language
  • Make sure our stories make sense
  • Give our stories endings
  • Speak in sentences
  • Use describing words
  • Act stories out
  • Build our confidence

How can you continue learning at home?

The children love making up stories and each story they tell gets better and better. Why not do some story telling at home. You could

  • Make up stories at bedtime
  • Change the characters or ending in your favourite story
  • Use toys to tell stories
  • Dress up and act out favourite stories

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. 


The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

After building lots of bridges to save the gingerbread man we decided to read the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Everybody loved the story! All week the children retold the story and acted it out with the goats, on the bridge outside and at group times…

Lots of the children were inspired to produce some AMAZING home learning all about The Billy Goats Gruff …

Olivia’s beautiful Billy Goats Gruff scene inspired lots of clay work to create trolls and goats


We built lots of bridges with all different types of blocks and in the workshop too, we had to work as a team and test our bridge to see if it was string enough…

In Maths we learnt about the size of the Billy Goats then followed instructions to put them in different positions…

We were learning to..

  • Retell the story
  • Give the characters voices
  • Remember what happened at the beginning, middle and end
  • Solve problems to build bridges of our own
  • Work together and share ideas
  • We learnt about size with the big, middle and little goats and position as we moved the goats around
  • Mould the clay into the shape we wanted and add features



Run, Run as Fast as You Can, You Can’t Catch Me I’m the Gingerbread Man!

Run, Run as Fast as You Can, You Can’t Catch Me I’m the Gingerbread Man!

In nursery we have been enjoying reading traditional tales. First we read the story of The Gingerbread Man and had lots of gingerbread fun…

We used boxes and paper mache to make a gingerbread house then used it to retell the story

We made marks and patterns in ginger

We rescued the gingerbread men in the water tray


We drew gingerbread men on the whitebaord

We rolled the dice and counted buttons onto the gingerbread men

Outside we made gingerbread houses


We made gingerbread play dough

We had lots of fun following recipes and baking gingerbread men!


How can you continue learning at home? 

You could bake your own gingerbread men

You could make your own gingerbread play dough – just add a little ginger and orange.brown colouring to normal play dough

You could draw your own gingerbread men

You could draw around gingerbread men cookie cutters

Use ginger or salt in a tray to make marks and patterns


The Journey Home From Nursery

The Journey Home From Nursery

We have been reading one of our favourite stories … The Journey Home from Grandpas.


It is all about the things we see on the way home.

We learnt our colour names and the names of the different vehicles.

We thought about our own journeys and drew maps of the things we saw. We thought about the different directions we travelled in and the positions. We directed the cars and talked about how they travelled under, over, around and through. We followed directions moving them forwards, backwards and sideways.


Then we decided to make our own story… The Journey Home from Nursery!

We thought about how we got home, the things we saw, the sizes and the colours. Then we tried to make it fit with the rhythm of the first story, what do you think?

What do you see on your way home nursery?

Which way do you travel?

What do you go past?

Can you make up your own story?

World Book Day

World Book Day

We have had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day this week.

We all came to school dressed up as our favourite book characters. We had lots of princesses and superheroes! The best costumes won a book as a prize!


We visited our new school library and each took out a book to take home. In the afternoon an author came to school to tell us a special story, we joined in with the actions and helped to tell the story. It was very funny and even made us jump sometimes!


At the end we got to talk about the stories we liked best and we asked lots of questions about stories and our favourite characters. We even learnt that some of our favourite Disney movies were based on old stories.

There was a competition for every class to decorate their classroom doors. At the start of the week we wrote a list of our favourite stories then we took a vote to decide which story we would like to decorate our door as. The vote was definitely for jungles and monkeys so we chose ‘Walking through the jungle’.


We searched the cupboard and classroom for jungle things then drew some pictures of our own, added faces to monkeys and collaged the jungle background. We were very proud of our decorating…

We love stories and story telling in nursery and had lots of fun for World Book Day. Why not keep the fun going at home?

You could use your book day token to buy a £1 book or put it towards another book.

You could dress up at home and carry on telling stories.

Visit the local library for lots of fun story telling. There are always lots of events happening, especially in the school holidays.

Read a story everyday. Don’t forget there are lots of books in nursery for you to take home or for even more stories why not visit the local library?

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.

Telling stories…

Telling stories…

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.

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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.