We have enjoyed a variety of reading resources in Nursery this week. The children have particularly enjoyed reading the story 'Rain', linking it to the dark clouds in the sky outside. During free play, we have been encouraging the children to access the fiction and non-fiction books within the Reading Area more independently in order to encourage child-initiated discussion and to also allow opportunities for the children to show their interests.
We have been encouraging the children to independently find their name cards from the board and practice writing onto available white boards. We have been looking at the letters in our names and thinking about the way that they are formed. We have had lots of fun drawing a representation of our faces and talking about our features.
17.09.2018 - Goldilocks and The Three Bears
The children have been independently accessing the Golidlocks and The Three Bears storybook available within the Reading Area.
This week we have been using Goldilocks and The Three Bears as our main story during Key Worker activities. During Continuous, the children have been keen to explore the puppets and resources also available within the Reading Area, recreating the story by using their own words and actions.
We have continued to focus on using our name cards to practice writing our names. Miss Quayle and Mrs Twiss now have their own name cards and have been using these to model to the children! We have focused on promoting the children's confidence in independently accessing the writing tools within the Continuous Provision and encouraging them to give discuss their pictures by giving meaning to their marks.
24.09.2018 - 3 Little Pigs
This week we have been using the traditional tale '3 Little Pigs' to support our Key Worker activities. We have enjoyed reading the story and singing the song (please see link below). We have been practicing the repeating patterns;
(The Big Bad Wolf) "Little pig, little pig, let me come in"
(Little Pigs) "Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin"
(The Big Bad Wolf) "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down"
We have also introduced a story area for you to access with your child on a daily basis. This can be found outside the Nursery shelter area. Please choose a book to take home with you and share with your child. Simply return the book in the morning/afternoon and choose a new one before you and your child leave.
We hope you enjoy!
01.10.2018 - The Leaf Man
This week we have been using the story The Leaf Man as our main focus.
We read the story and talked about what we could see, making made links to the changing weather around us outside and created our own leaf men. We linked our knowledge of the story to our other Key Worker activity where we went outside into our garden on an Autumn Walk. The children were also encouraged to mark-make about their findings and discuss what they had drawn.
08.10.2018 - The Three Billy Goats Gruff
During our Key Worker activity we went outside to re-tell the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children took it in turns to be a goat and walk across the bridge. Each time a child shouted ...
"Who's that trip-trapping over my bridge?!"
The song that we have enjoyed singing together this week;
The children thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Book Bus this week! We read a selection of stories together.
The Gingerbread Man
"Run, run as fast as you can,
You can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man"
This week we have been reading the traditional tale 'The Gingerbread Man'. We have talked about the characters and sequences of events within the story and have carried the learning into our Continuous Provision classroom environment. The children have followed their own interest of making gingerbread men within the playdough area.
29.10.2018 - Jack and the Beanstalk
This week we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk.
We have had lots of fun reading the story and saying the repeated refrain '"Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum" together. We have been learning how to discuss the characters and sequence of events in the story and talked about the special objects that Jack took from the Giant.
We have also been singing along to the song below;
05.11.2018 - We're Going on a Bearhunt
This week we have been reading We're Going on a Bearhunt with our friend Owlette. The children have been exploring the characters, settings and sequence events within the story. We have been choosing a character from the story and drawing our own representations of these. We have also been singing along using the repeated refrains with the Bearhunt author in the video below;
Here the children are in their Key Worker group with Mrs Twiss. The children's work was instantly displayed in our reading area following the activity in order for us to discuss within the continuous provision.
07.01.2019 - Owlette's Christmas holiday
This week our Literacy focus was writing about our class owl's Christmas holidays. The children were encouraged to discuss what they could see in each photograph and the adult modelled making links to our own Christmas celebrations. The children wrote on the large paper in their Key Worker groups and were encouraged to discuss their marks.
Flashing Fire Engines - 14.01.2019
This week we read the text 'Flashing Fire Engines' and used this to support our writing. The children have been encouraged to use the letter mat to support their writing and have been thinking about the components of a sentence - we must use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop!
The children took their interest in the fire engines into their independent play and were observed putting out 'fires' in the classroom. To extend their learning, the children were encouraged to access the available resources writing to write lists about what they need to complete their job.
Paramedics - 21.01.2019
This week we were using books and computers/the internet to find out more information about Paramedics. Once we found out more information the children were encouraged to use the available writing resources to record their findings. This week we have continued to use letter mats to support our mark making and the children have been encouraged to form letters in their work. There are lots of letter mats that are available online (google) and printable for free!
Chinese New Year - 28.01.2019
This week we have been reading the Chinese New Year information book. We talked about what we could see and discussed these with our talk partners. We then explored the Chinese resources and used these to support our writing.
We also explored the snow that fell this week! We used this chance to explore the signs of winter to support our writing.
Caleb the Persona Doll - 04.02.2019
This week we have been exploring our Persona Doll Caleb. We talked about Caleb's family and made links to our own. To make links to E-Safety Week, the children were encouraged to discuss rules for Caleb to keep him safe when he is using his tablet online. We used letter mats to help us write these rules down, with the focus being on forming recognisable letters in our work.
This week we had another visit from our friend Caleb.
He came to us with another problem. We looked at the above picture and discussed what we could see. We then thought of some rules for the children in Caleb's nursery, linking to how we behave well in our own nursery.
We used this to support our writing. The adult modelled a sentence and then the children were encouraged to write their own, with letter mats for support.
25.09.2019 - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Can You See?
This week we have been reading the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Can You See? We were learning to remember the different characters in the story by recalling them and writing a list, then going outside on a picture hunt to see if we could find all the animals and match any to our list.
Here is the link below for the story and images we used;
You may wish to watch the video above.
04.03.2019 - Mr Wolf's Pancakes
This week we have been reading the story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes, linked to the celebration of Shrove Tuesday.
We read the story and recalled what Mr Wolf needed for his pancakes. The adult modelled writing a list in our Key Worker groups and the children were encouraged to write the ingredients they needed for their own pancakes.
11.03.2019 - Jasper's Beanstalk
This week we read the story 'Jasper's Beanstalk', linked to our focus on plants and growth.
We read the story and recalled what Jasper needed for his bean to grow. We reflected on our experience of planting our own beans in our Key Worker groups and also the video timelapse that we watched showing a bean growing.
The adult modelled writing a list in our Key Worker groups and the children were then encouraged to write what they would need for their own beans to grow.
18.03.2019 - The Enormous Turnip
This week we have been reading about 'The Enormous Turnip'.
We recalled what happened in the story and wrote our own sentences about the events.
We also thought about our favourite foods and discussed if we could plant our own imaginary trees such as a "candy tree" and a "donut tree". The children that access our 30 hour provision wrote their own sentences about their trees and drew a picture.
25.03.2019 - Guess How Much I Love You
This week we have been reading one of Miss Quayle's favourite books!
We have been reading this book due to the upcoming celebrations of Mother's Day. We have, however, been discussing the day as a celebration of Someone Special, as we know that all of our families are different.
We wanted to celebrate all of our family members.
We read the book together on the carpet and then went into our Key Worker groups to discuss who our favourite person is. We also did some fantastic writing about our special person and why we love them so much.
We were very excited to make a card for our Special Person to give on Mother's Day.
23.04.2019 - Ed's Egg
This week we have been reading the story Ed's Egg.
We discussed the sequence of events in the story and made links to the real life cycle of a chick.
23.04.2019 - Walking through the jungle
This week we have been focusing on our text 'Walking Through the Jungle'.
We made links to our Chester Zoo animal/minibeast visit and wrote about our favourite animal from the story. We drew some fantastic pictures too!
06.05.19 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This week we have been reading the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.
During our literacy activity we discussed each image below, sequencing them into the correct order.
We then read the labels and matched to the correct picture.
Here we are matching the labels to the images.