The Little Red Hen

The children began their week with a Muddy Monday session with the chickens! The children observed the chickens in the pen in the school’s woodland walk area. They then did some observational drawings of the chickens. The children concentrated very well and were very quiet around the chickens. They did some super mark making and their pictures are now show some variation in shape and form.

During the week the children have been very busy learning about the Little Red Hen. They have collaged their own hens, retold the story in the tuff spot, used their handprints to paint hens, pretended to sow the seeds, weighed the Little Red Hen’s animal friends and they have think wrote what the characters could have said in the story.

The children have also been focusing upon numbers this week. The children are now beginning to recognise numerals, match numerals to Numicon pieces, count with one to one correspondence and record in their own way some form of graphic representations of a number.

Like the Little Red Hen, the children have made bread. We began by making bread in the bread maker. The children really enjoyed tasting this bread. It was delicious. The children then made bread in a bag. They went into the dining room and they made a loaf of bread by themselves. The children worked really hard and they enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately our loaves of bread did not rise very much but the children were still very excited to take them home for their lunch! I hope you all enjoyed eating them!

Gingerbread Man

In the classroom this week the children have been reading the Gingerbread Man. They have been very busy painting gingerbread man and making gingerbread men out of play dough. They have also been practising their fine motor skills by making split pin gingerbread men. This was very tricky but once again the children showed great perseverance.

The children have also been very busy building bridges for the gingerbread man to use instead of crossing the river on the fox’s back. The children built bridges out of sticks, twigs, lolly pop sticks, straws and Lego inside the classroom and they built bridges out of crates, foam bricks and planks of wood outside. Some bridges took the children a long time to build and the children showed us that they can be a Solveosaurus.

The children’s favourite activity this week has been making their own gingerbread men. They all took part in the making of the gingerbread men. The children had the opportunity to pour, sieve, mix, stir, weigh, roll and cut out. The children were amazed at how much the gingerbread men rose in the oven but the most memorable part of the process was of course eating them!

Bird Food

This week in our Muddy Monday sessions the children made their own bird food. They had lots of fun squashing the bird seeds and meal worms into lard balls. It was a very sticky, messy job. The children then went outside and they hung their bird food packages around the forest and around the outdoor classroom. The children are now waiting to see which birds visit us for food.

Video: The Three Little Pigs

This week the children have been learning about the suitability of building materials through the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ They have been exploring building materials and they have built houses out of straw, sticks and bricks. The children then pretended to be the big bad wolf and they used a hairdryer to blow the houses down. The children were very good at predicting that the brick house would not blow down. Daniel said ‘it is too strong to blow down!’

The children also became brick layers and they pretended to put cement in between their bricks when they were building brick walls. This proved to be trickier than it looks!

The children also collaged houses for the three little pigs. This activity took a lot of concentration and perseverance to complete.

Some children decided to make pigs out of play dough. The children are now getting very good at moulding and sculpting the play dough and their pigs look amazing.

Other children preferred to paint the three little pigs as well as the big bad wolf. The children were encouraged to really look at the pigs and the wolf before painting and they were encouraged to make sure that their paintings were as detailed as possible. We really like the pictures that they have painted. They show great progression from the start of Nursery.

Lots of children have been developing their story telling skills by using the puppets to re-enact the ‘Three Little Pigs’ story and by telling their friends stories of their own. Some children even retold the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ after they had cut out and sequenced the story through pictures. The children really enjoyed shouting out the repeated refrains, especially ‘Not by the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin!’

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This week the children have been learning about the traditional tale ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ They began the week by creating a walk through the woods story map of the story. The children worked together to draw the key events in the story and they learnt the repeated refrains. They especially enjoyed putting on daddy bear’s voice, mummy bear’s voice and baby bear’s voice.

The children also really enjoyed retelling the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ in the role play area and in the small world area using different props, puppets and costumes. They all looked very cute dressed up as the three bears!

The children have also had the opportunity to make the three bears out of playdough and paint pictures of the three bears.

Some children decided to make beds for the bears and the bear’s house using recyclable materials.

Other children wanted to mark make in porridge oats and other children completed the hot task of ordering bears and props from the story into size order.

And some children showed great perseverance and determination when they worked extremely hard to create a picture of Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood using the Hama beads.

The children also tasted the three bear’s porridge every day. Each snack time the children sampled a different flavoured porridge. The children then drew a happy face if they liked the flavoured porridge and a sad face if they didn’t like the flavoured porridge. This tasting was the highlight of each day! The children discovered that golden syrup and strawberry flavoured porridges were their favourite and the plain and apple flavoured porridges were their least favourite.

Another busy week in Nursery!

Red Riding Hood

Last week the children began learning about traditional tales with a wintery walk in the woods. Along their walk the children found a red cape, a grey wig and some animal fur. Back in the classroom the children discussed who the mystery items belonged to. Eventually the children decided the mystery items were from the story ‘Red Riding Hood.’

In Language for Thinking every day the children used a story map to help them retell the story of ‘Red Riding Hood.’ The children also added actions to help them remember the story. In discovery time the children used puppets, masks and the small world characters / scenery to re-enact the story. Some children even made the characters out of play dough and then used these characters to retell the story. The children were very good at remembering the repeated refrains.

Some children decided to paint the main characters from the story. Here is a lovely Grandma and a super wolf.

Some children thought very carefully about what each character might say. They used their think writing to write down the speech. Joseph completed speech bubbles for each main character. He really enjoyed this think writing activity.

Some children were very creative at the workshop table. The children selected their own resources and made their own models for Granny’s house or Little Red Riding Hood’s house. Some children also made the character’s houses out of Lego too. The houses had lots of design features and the children were definitely Stickosaurus’ here!