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The Easter Bunny has lost his bounce!

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The Easter Bunny has lost his bounce!

Last week we got a letter from the Easter Bunny saying that he had lost his bounce! We needed to think of ways to get him jumping again in time to deliver all the Easter Eggs. The children came up with their own ideas for how to help the Easter Bunny…

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Later on we went for an Easter Egg Hunt in the Secret Garden…

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We even added eggs to our story telling…

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A Very Nursery Nativity

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A Very Nursery Nativity

This week we performed our ‘Very Nursery Nativity’. We were so excited to do our nativity a little bit differently this year and the children were all amazing!

Making A Very Nursery Nativity 

First we read The Christmas Story then the children told their own versions and we put them all together to make our script. We love making up our own stories and we tell stories everyday. Click here to see how we make up and act out our own stories or here to see how we change stories. If you want to know more have a look at the Helicopter Stories Blog.

Then we got dressed up and started to film the different scenes. We love making movies in nursery (click here to see some of last year’s movies) so this time we decided to do it a little differently and tried out a green screen. We filmed in front of a big piece of green material and used an app on the Ipad to change the background. The children were very keen to make our angel fly so we tested out different ideas from using a slide to steps and Mr Sieczkarek even came to lend us a hand. The children could play whatever character they wanted and be in the film as much or as little as they wanted to be.

Then the children wanted to film outdoors so we used the grassy bank around school and the shelter in our outdoor area to film some more. After a week of filming Miss Hulme put our video together and we thought of our favourite Christmas songs. We decided to sing Jingle Bells and When Santa got Stuck up the Chimney first then we sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Alice the Camel live as we watched our movie and finished with We Wish you a Merry Christmas.

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After our performance our parents stayed for a hot chocolate and a mince pie.

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Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We loved reading all of your comments!

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Maps, maps, maps!

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Maps, maps, maps!

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

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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.

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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!

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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…

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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 Puppet Show

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The Puppet Show

Over the last few weeks in nursery the children have been very interested in making puppets. It started with making up our own characters in our story telling, then we started to draw them, cut them out and turn them into puppets. This week we decided to make our own puppet show and put on performances for our friends! Some of us even had a go at sewing puppets. It was tricky but we did a great job …


Why not make your own puppets at home? You could make sock puppets, finger puppets or use straws/lolly pop sticks to create your own. We would love to see them!

 

Movie Morning

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Movie Morning

One day Asaad asked if he could make a video. We set up a video diary and the children learnt how to record themselves as they sang songs and told stories.

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Everyone loved the idea and decided we should make a ‘real movie’ together. The children had lots of different ideas for their movie.

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In the end we decided on the story of The Three Little Pigs. Everybody had their own job. We made masks and costumes for the different characters, build sets inside and outside, told the story using storyboards to help us, acted out the story, used puppets to tell the story, made sound effects, directed our friends and recorded our movie. What a busy week!

Then we thought about who might like to see our movie. We decided our grown-ups would so we made tickets, posters and invitations.

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Then Paige said we should make jam tarts and Oliver, Lula, Toochi and Roman thought popcorn and hot chocolate!

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We baked our jam tarts and got everything ready for our movie mornings and  lots of our grown-ups stayed!

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We had a lovely time and the children were all very proud of their movie. Thank you to everyone who stayed.

 

The children have already been talking about a Christmas movie for the sequel so watch this space!

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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)

 

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

 

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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

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World Book Day

Today we have had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day. The children came to school in amazing costumes…

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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?’

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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We drew gingerbread men on the whitebaord

We rolled the dice and counted buttons onto the gingerbread men

Outside we made gingerbread houses

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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