Continuing with the story of 'The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear', the children designed some glasses to create a disguise for the 3D strawberries we made last week. We have now added them to a display in the activity area.
This week the children have been working in groups to invent a new version of the story 'The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear'.
Here is an example of a story map completed by the children. They changed the characters of the Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear and the Strawberry. The children drew the pictures and wrote labels for their new story. They then decided how the Allosaurus would move through the forest to find the lollypop.
They were very proud of their achievement!
Making Berry Smoothie
During cooking we made smoothies using mixed berries, which included strawberries from the story 'The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear'. We discussed which ingredients were healthy and the reason why and we also continued to explore the concept of sharing by ensuring there were enough berries for each batch of smoothie. All of the children tasted the smoothie and were able to give their opinion as to whether they enjoyed it or not.
The children have been observing the changes to the leaves in the outdoor area and talking about the changes in colour and texture. They used the leaves that had fallen from the trees to create some natural art work.
Week 6 - Beginning 10th October 2016
This week we read the book, 'The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear'. In the story, the mouse cuts the red ripe strawberry in half. For our Maths Activity this week, we decided to practise halving things. We had to solve the problem of sharing out our 'play-dough' strawberries between two bears. Two more bears came to the party, so we also had to practise sharing our fruit into quarters. We had to be careful to make sure that each piece was the same size. We didn't want the bears to get cross if one got more than another!
Continuing the fruit theme, we decided to make Apple Crumble.
It was very tasty!
Working on our new display.
We decided to make a 3D display of the book. We worked together to create giant strawberries. First we made 'pebbles' out of newspaper. Then we attached them to strawberry templates and covered them in glue. When they had dried, we painted them red. We then had to make the leaves for the strawberry plant.
We have been working with this story following the Talk4Writing approach. We created a story map to help us learn the story. We have practised retelling it in lots of different places. It was particularly good to retell the story in the woods because it is similar to the actual setting. We could imagine that the Little Mouse's house was in a tree in our very own woods.
Week 5 - Beginning 3rd October 2016
We were given some Rice Krispies this week so we decided to make some Krispie cakes and sell them to raise money for the Louise Hamilton Centre in Gorleston. We raised over £27! Thank you so much for being so generous and well done to the children!
Night Monkey, Day Monkey
This week we read the story 'Night Monkey, Day Monkey' by Julia Donaldson to think about and explore the opposites night/ day and dark/ light. The children have been very busy taking part in various activities including, cutting out and constructing their own monkeys, exploring shadows, learning a new song called 'Down in the Jungle' and making fruit kebabs.
The monkeys have found a tree to climb and some vines to swing on!
The children made fruit kebabs using melons, pineapples, apples and bananas. They helped to cut up the fruit and then put their own pieces onto their kebab sticks. The children enjoyed tasting the kebabs and we discussed the importance of eating healthy food.
The children took part in a game of shape twister with their friends. They needed to identify the names of the shapes and have a go at using mathematical terms to describe them.
The children used torches and found objects in the woods to explore shadows. They also discovered that their hands made good shadows!
We talked about what we could hear in the woods.
We discussed if we would hear the same at night.
The children told us how it would feel in the dark
Say Hello to Our Dinosaurs!
Week 4 - Beginning 26th September
This week we continued our Dinosaur theme. The children created their own dinosaur paintings. They used a brush to paint the dinosaur's outline and their hands to make the spikes on its back. Messy but fun!
In Cooking we made our own dinosaur bones. The children worked excellently together, combining just the right amount of ingredients to create the perfect dough,
The woods must have been a busy place this week. When we went in on Friday, we discovered 8 different Dinosaur footprints; perhaps there had been some kind of Dinosaur party! The children were keen to identify which dinosaurs had visited our woods so they used observation skills to match them to footprints on their checklist. They also used Lego bricks to measure the footprints and put them in order of size. Their measurements showed that the Apatosaurus had the biggest footprint.
Don't tell anyone....Dinosaurs have been in our woods!
Measuring the feet.
This week, we were extremely lucky to have the wonderful storyteller 'Spellbinder' visit us. The children were fascinated by his enchanting tales. They sat incredibly well while Spellbinder was speaking and showed fantastic listening skills. When Spellbinder added a musical dimension to his stories, the children performed a range of complex dances with exuberance. Some of us were lucky enough to get dressed up in some colourful costumes.
Week 3 - Beginning 19th September 2016
On Monday Miss Baker could not believe it when she found an egg in the outdoor area. The children were very excited to have a look and wanted to ask her questions such as where she found it and what was inside it. Earlier in the day we had read the story 'Dinosaur Roar' so a lot of the children thought that it could be a dinosaur egg! As a group we came to the decision that the egg needed to be kept safe and warm in the basket to look after it so it might hatch.
When we read Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland we discovered that is was full of opposites! Slow-Fast, weak-strong etc.
Dinosaur Footprint Patterns
The children have enjoyed creating patterns using potato printing. We have had some wonderful repeating patterns of various colours.
Baking Dinosaur Footprint Cookies
For our cooking activity this week we made some dinosaur fossil cookies. The children helped to measure, mix and roll the ingredients using cooking tools and utensils and then we used a dinosaur foot to make a print. We discussed the changes that happen to the ingredients during the cooking process.
Dinosaur Hunt Woods Activity
We ventured into the woods on Friday to see how many different species of dinosaur we could find. We discovered that the dinosaurs were a little difficult to see because they were the same colour as the leaves, grass, sticks and bark. Some of the children were able to tell us that this is known as 'camouflage' and could explain why animals use it!
Week 2 - Beginning 12th September 2016
We have created self-portraits showing our emotions; all of the pictures showed a happy face. We had to use our motor skills to control the paint brush and choose the correct colours to give a true representation.
Faces on Toast
In cooking, we continued the emotions theme. We used milk to paint a face on a slice of bread. We then toasted the bread. We had to observe and talk about the changes that occurred to the bread and why they happened. We used our motor skills to butter the bread and then enjoyed a tasty snack.
A Mini-beast Hunt in the Woods
For our woods activity, we went on a bug hunt. We turned over logs and sticks and used magnifying glasses to try to spot the mini-beasts. We were able to encourage some of the creatures into our pots so that we could observe them more closely. We managed to find moths, caterpillars, slugs, spiders, woodlice and centipedes. It is amazing to see that so many creatures live in our woods. The favourite place for the spiders was in the tent. We were careful not to harm the creatures and at the end of the activity, released them close to where we found them.
Learning in the Outside Environment
The weather has been extremely kind this week, and as a result we have spent a lot of time learning outside. We are becoming more familiar with the routines; for example we wait patiently on the bench for a bike to be available. Some of us decided to operate a traffic control system on the bike track. We have also been practising our aim and our shape knowledge by throwing balls through the shape windows. This led to some interesting discussion about the orientation of shapes and how a square is still a square even when it is turned around.
Week 1 - Beginning 5th September 2016
During their first week in school the children have settled very well and we have particularly focused on the getting to know each other and the adults in the setting. We also introduced some of the routines they will be following each week. These included daily carpet sessions and weekly activities such as PE and a woods visit.
Exploring the indoor and outdoor environments
Eating a healthy snack with new friends
PE with Mr Websdale
The children tried really hard to change independently for their PE session and were confident to ask for help if they needed it. They enjoyed playing some warm up games where they needed to follow instructions and then they joined in with some parachute games.
We went for an explore in the woods and the children who were in our Nursery last year were very excited to show their new friends all of the exciting features to be explored!