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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. 

 

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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

 

 

Telling Stories

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Telling Stories

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.

 

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Lots of the children then wanted to write and draw their stories in their books too…

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Here are some of our stories… 

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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.

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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.

 

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 🙂

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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Chatterbox Challenge and Story Telling Workshop

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Yesterday we had a very special workshop with our parents and carers.

We took part in I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge. I CAN is a children’s communication charity, supporting children with communication difficulties and their families. This year’s Chatterbox Challenge was Garden Adventures with Ben and Holly. The children had songs and rhymes to learn at home with their families and they collected sponsorship money to sing their songs. We then performed the songs for our parent’s and carers. All the money raised will go towards supporting the I CAN charity and their important work.

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As well as our Chatterbox Challenge we also had our story telling workshop. The children have been learning the story of the Three Little Pigs. In Nursery we focused on the repeating words in the story and in Reception the children learnt the whole story! The children used Makaton signs to help them remember and retell the story and did a great job!

When we got back to the classroom we made cone puppets for the story of the Three Little Pigs and took home copies of the story and the actions.

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We had lots of fun at our workshop and would like to say a big thank you to all the parents for learning the songs at home with your children and coming to the workshop.

We will be learning a different story every half term to support children’s communication. All the work you do at home, reading stories and learning songs gives your children a big help in their communication skills.

Thank you and hope to see you at our next workshop ! 🙂

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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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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Splish, splosh, splish, splosh

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