Monthly Archives: April 2018


This week we have been learning about farms. We have based our learning around the stories ‘Farmer Duck’ and ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’ The children have been very busy in the classroom. Some children made farm animals out of play dough and others chose to make ladybirds.

Some children chose to navigate the Beebot around a map of the farm whilst other children preferred to play with the farm at the small world table.

Some children weighed farm animals with popcorn kernels and other children chose to put animals in pens and count them. Some children chose to add pom pom spots to ladybirds, practising their one to one counting correspondence and other children chose to add counters to ladybirds, labelling the spots with numerals and Numicon.

In the water tray the children had fun fishing out ducks, placing them in make shift ponds and they practised their counting, number and Numicon recognition at the same time!

The children have also been super stars at the mark making table. They all wrote about their favourite farm animal in their think writing, ascribing meaning and writing their own names. Some children even wrote about their play dough ladybirds that they had made.

Lots of children chose to paint farm animals at the creative station. The children were encouraged to paint from memory but to think carefully to detail such as number of legs, tails, eyes, ears, horns etc. Can you identify the farm animals from the children’s paintings?

Video: We are story makers!

Each week the Owls make up their own stories. We add actions to our stories and we have lots of fun acting them out. This video shows the story that the Owls made up today together. The children were only given a witch as a main character and the tree house as a setting. The children decided upon the magic mirror as the problem and the spider as the solution. We think the children are amazing story makers. What do you think?

Guide Dog Visit

On Tuesday the children met a guide dog called John. Mrs Hill’s friend Karen brought him into Nursery and explained to the children the role of a guide dog. John was very well behaved and was extremely gentle. The children loved stroking and cuddling John and thanks to Karen the children now understand how a guide dog can help change the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted safe.

In the outdoor area the children imagined what it would be like to be blind. They wore a blindfold and they tried to walk around our outdoor area without bumping into things. It was very difficult. The children were more successful when they had a friend to guide them. This activity emphasised to the children the role that a guide dog has – the importance of the dog being the blind person’s eyes.