Welcome to Kingfisher Class
Here is the key vocabulary we model with the children when they are accessing all the different continuous provision areas in Kingfisher Class.
Term 3 Week 3
First and foremost, thank you for all the support we have had in Kingfishers this week, both in and out of school. St Nicholas has a wonderful team who are always there with a smile on their face and are willing to help, no questions asked. Because of this we have finally managed to welcome Nursery children back into Kingfishers class – we have missed you all so much! Thank you also to the parents for your understanding, patience and kind words!
This week we have learned another wonderful traditional tale, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. The children have thoroughly enjoyed getting into character and they desperately wanted to help Red to get to her grandmother’s house safely. They thought carefully about how to do this and decided that drawing her a map of the woods was the best way. They wanted to make the map look old, after all, the story is quite an old one! So, on Monday the children tea stained their maps in readiness for Tuesday where they added lots of different places she would pass on the way. They used their phonics to help them label the different locations such as ‘Red’ and ‘pond’.
We have also been thinking about numbers and how they can be split up. We watched Numberblocks episode 12 ‘The Whole of Me’ and we talked about numbers having parts and a whole. We used blocks to split numbers 1-5 in different ways.
Term 3 Week 2
This week we have started our wonderful new topic – ‘Once upon a Time’. We have read three different versions of our first traditional tale ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and have thought about the similarites and differences between the stories. The children have been so engaged exploring our new story-telling area, using props and puppets to retell the story. On Monday we looked at the bridge in the story and discovered that there were lots of materials we could use to make them, but only some that would get the goats across safely to their yummy green grass. On Tuesday the children designed and made their very own pet trolls and thought carefully about what they would look like on the outside and what they would be like on the inside. Most decided that theirs would be happy, kind trolls!
In Maths we have loved our new Numberblocks resource. The children enjoyed adding the stickers to make them come alive and represent the numbers 1 – 10. We looked at and followed the instructions together and they have proven to be very popular with the children so far! We have been counting backwards and thinking about 1 less. We have sung ‘5 Little Men on a Flying Saucer’ and the children were very excited to fly their men off into the air!
I was very lucky to be able to attend Forest School with Miss Palmer, Ms Francis Nye and of course Reception this week. The children gain so much learning from being explorers and taking charge of their own learning – from swinging on ropes, climbing up mud mounds and sliding down…….to making mud scrambled eggs in the mud kitchen and balancing on planks of wood. They are very much looking forward to having the bonfire (fingers crossed) next week! (So am I!)
Term 2 Week 6
Christmas has well and truly arrived in Kingfishers Class this week. On Monday we had very excited children as we went to the post box to deliver a very important letter to Santa. All children added a very magical Christmas stamp to the envelope and inside was all of their individual letters. I wonder if Santa will send a reply to Kingfishers class next week?
We were all so proud of our ‘Superstars’ this week as they performed their hearts out in both performances. You don’t quite realise just how much the children take from performing this story and this was evident when the children carefully added Nativity stickers to their special Christmas bags. They were able to quickly find all the characters as they appeared in the story and could say who came next. They then matched the character to the song from the Nativity.
Wednesday the children were distraught when they came into the classroom to find Cookie the elf was not there! We had lots of discussion as to why and where Cookie might have gone. One of the children suggested that it might be a good idea to put some missing posters around the school in case anyone saw her – and this is exactly what we did! They used fantastic descriptive words such as ‘red’, ‘elf’ and ‘hat’ to make sure everyone could identify her. Luckily, Cookie was found safe and sound on top of the Christmas tree in the hall. How did she get there and what adventures could she have had on the way?
The children cannot wait to show you all of the other special Christmas activities they have also been doing this week – they will come home with them in their Christmas bags next week!
Term 2 Week 5
It’s been a very exciting week in Kingfishers! On Monday we all made our letters to Father Christmas. We looked through the catalogues and found three things we would really like, we cut them out and reception tried really hard to write labels to go with each picture.
On Tuesday we all arrived in our pyjamas ready for a special nighttime adventure. We all made torches, had a story and then pretended to go to sleep. You should have heard all the snorers! When we woke up it was night time and pitch black outside. We had to use our torches to find our way. We saw so many nighttime animals and learnt a new word ‘nocturnal.’ We then pretended to toast our marshmallows on the fire and drank our delicious hot chocolate. The children (and adults!) had so much fun!
This week also saw the arrival of Cookie the kindness elf. She arrived in style…..on a zip wire and each day she will bring a letter with a new suggestion of how we can be kind and caring. Her first suggestion was reminding the children to use their manners. We have had a very polite class this week! This same day we were also delivered an advent calendar. We talked about the meaning of advent and how Christians are getting ready for the coming of Jesus.
The children have amazed us this week with their ability to remember all the words and actions to all the Nativity songs. We can’t wait to show you their special star dance!
Term 2 Week 4
This week in Kingfishers the children have enjoyed continuing to find out about the moon and the stars. We baked our very own star and moon biscuits. The children thoroughly enjoyed this hands-on and very messy activity where lots of learning was involved. They measured out the ingredients by counting out tablespoons and they created a dough. They rolled out the dough taking it in turns to use the rolling pin and then used cutters to make the star and moon shapes. When they had been baked in the oven the children loved to decorate them with icing sugar and sprinkles. We hope they loved eating them at home!
In Maths this week the focus has continued to be on number four. We read the story ‘Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.’ The children loved the groovy button song! They created their own Pete the cat and gave him four groovy buttons. We talked about how they knew it was four and referred back to our five frame to check that one was missing so we knew it was definitely four!
The children this week have also been getting ready for our Nativity play. We have talked lots about the Christmas story and they have enjoyed practicing our songs and adding in actions. They are very excited to show you all their very jazzy star dance- their dance moves are fantastic!
Term 2 Week 3
This week in Kingfishers we have been exploring the story ‘Whatever Next’. We talked about what it would be like to travel to the moon. They were really interested in thinking about it’s different sizes and learnt the words ‘full moon’ and ‘crescent moon’. The children loved making their own rockets outside in our garden area out of crates and started to talk about nocturnal animals which we will be finding more about next week. Because in the story they have a picnic on the moon, we voted for our favourite sandwich filling. On Thursday we buttered our bread, added our filling, put our sandwich together, cut it and finally we ate our delicious sandwich. We also looked at star constellations, made our own and practiced singing our song ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ in readiness for the Nativity.
In P.E. we have been focusing on ball skills. The children practiced balancing balls on different body parts. They then moved with the ball in a variety of different ways.
In Maths this week’s number is ‘4’. We were introduced to Numberblock 4 on Monday and have been thinking about what 4 looks like in lots of different ways.
Term 2 Week 2
What a busy week we have had down in Kingfishers! In Maths we have been learning about the number 3. We enjoyed meeting the Numberblock 3 and played lots of games to explore and notice the compositions of numbers 2 and 3.
Last week we made our Diva lamps out of clay but we had to wait for them to dry. This week we have enjoyed painting them and covering them in lots of glitter. We put our candles inside and turned them on to remember the meaning of Diwali – row of lights.
Kingfishers have loved our story this week – Room on the Broom. We explored the rhyming words and children loved playing the game silly soup. We then made our own broomsticks and ordered the characters on the broom.
Term 2 Week 1
What a busy start to Autumn 2! This week we have been talking about our bodies and how to keep them safe. Kingfishers have enjoyed singing ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ and thought it was very funny to miss out the different parts in the song. We all loved exploring the story ‘Funnybones’ and were fascinated to learn about the job the skeleton has in our own bodies.
In Maths we have continued with our number unit. This week our number of the week was 2. We loved meeting numberblock 2 and played lots of fun maths games to support us in finding 2 of something. How many different ‘2s’ can you find when you are at home?
This week we have also been talking about the celebration Diwali and learnt that its meaning is ‘row of lamps.’ We made our own Diva lamp put of clay and thought carefully about its size so that the candle could fit in there. We can’t wait to paint them when they are dry! We also made beautiful Rangoli patterns from sand.
Today with it being 5th November, we talked about how to keep ourselves safe at firework night. We made some beautiful firework pictures and thought about the sounds that fireworks make. We came up with – Whoosh! Bang! Crackle! Pop!
Term 1 Week 7
What a busy week! We started off the week by learning about the number one. We found one of lots of different things - one thing that is big, one thing that is hard, one thing that is soft etc. They were absolutely fantastic at this! We also met our shape friends and played lots of shape games. We found out about the wonderful artist, Kandinsky. Kandinsky adored colour and shape and we re-created one of his beautiful pictures using lots of different circles.
We have loved talking together about our baby photos. The children were amazing at finding their own photo and their friends' too! We thought carefully about what babies need that is different from our needs today. They all were so excited to see our baby photos too and could not believe they were actually us!
Singing has definitely been a highlight of the week. The children have amazed us all at how quickly they learnt the words and all the actions for the song 'Our God is a great big God' and it has been requested to be sung at every opportunity. We were so proud at how well they performed during assembly this morning. Well done amazing Kingfishers!
Lastly, thank you for all your support this term. We wish you all a very happy half term.
Term 1 Week 6
It’s been a very busy week down in Kingfishers class! This week we started talking about superheroes and talked about how we have superheroes in our community. We started the week with a visit from PC Birch and PCSO Walcott. We talked about how the Police are superheroes because they help people and discussed how if they ever need help the Police are there to help them. The children (and adults!) really enjoyed trying on all the different types of police hats and we even got to sit in the car and turn the police lights on and off! Thank you to both lovely Police officers for giving up their time to come and see us!
This lead nicely into our story – Supertato. The children have absolutely loved this story and enjoyed making their own Supertato potatoes. We have been looking carefully around our classroom to see if we can spot the evil Pea!
In Maths this week we have been thinking about sizes. We read the story ‘Goldlilocks and the Three Bears’ and enjoyed role-playing the story using props for the beds, chairs and bowls. The bears really enjoyed potatoes for their breakfast. The children had to think carefully about which bear would get most and least and why this was.
We look forward to continuing the superhero theme next week!
Term 1 Week 5
This week in Kingfishers class we have explored the story 'Stickman'. We listened carefully to see if we could spot the rhyming words in the story and then we went outside to make our own versions. We even gave them a name and thought carefully about their starting sound.
We were all very lucky to go down to Forest School with Miss Palmer and the children showed us just how amazing they were at following rules to make sure everyone is safe. The children were very excited to show us the Hedgehog house and they even all got to make little Hedgehogs out of clay for the body, sticks for the spikes and buttons for their eyes and nose.
In Maths we have been using the words 'more' and fewer'. We listened to the story 'A Squash and a Squeeze' and enjoyed re-enacting the story using a hoop for the home and we tried to see how many could squeeze in, which was so much fun!
Term 1 Week 4
Welcome Autumn! This week we have enjoyed seeing the differences in weather and we have begun noticing the changes that come with the start of the Autumn season. On Wednesday we had so much fun going on our ‘Autumn Hunt’ in the local area. We were amazed at how many different colours represent Autumn.
Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of their family, home and house number! The children loved to share with each other what kind of house they lived in, who lived there and we looked at what numbers were on their front door!
We have continued looking and talking about patterns. We used different sized figurines to represent and talk about who lives in our house. We have started naking houses using junk modelling and we have created our new role-play area – a police station.
Term 1 Week 3
This week we have been exploring feelings and thinking about how Elmer might have felt at each stage of the story. The children have enjoyed lots of colouring, painting and even made Elmer masks. They loved coming together as a class to make a giant Elmer from their materials sent in from home to represent them.
In Literacy, Reception started off the week going for a word hunt. The children were so amazed as they saw things they hadn’t noticed before and kept coming up to us when they saw new words around the school. They have all really impressed us with their amazing speed of learning new sounds during our phonics sessions. They were so proud of themselves as they have now started to blend sounds to make words. They enjoyed mark making with berry juice and some even chose to write down the sounds they had learnt from this week!
In Maths this week, we have been matching and exploring patterns. We have all enjoyed playing pairs, matching colours and shapes and have loved making pictures from the numicon shapes. We have also listened to the story ‘Noah’s Ark’ and matched the animals to make pairs.
Everyone has been so excited to see their Dojo Monsters and have been trying so hard to earn them by being the best that they can be! Well done Kingfishers for a fantastic week!
Term 1 Week 2
What a wonderful week we have had down in Kingfishers class!
This week we have started this terms topic ‘Me and my Community’. The children enjoyed listening to the story ‘Elmer’ and have talked about what qualities they have as an individual. We have studied what we look like in the mirror, thinking carefully about our hair and eye colour and have made lovely self-portraits.
Reception have started phonics this week and have met Fred the Frog who will be helping us all with learning our new sounds.
Nursery went on a love hunt and have delighted in sharing songs and stories together.
The children have also enjoyed working in teams to match pairs of socks and we have looked closely at their colour and patterns to make sure they really are identical! We look forward to continuing with our Elmer story next week and the many fun activities we are yet to explore!
Term 1 Week 1
Firstly, hello and welcome to all Kingfishers parents. It has been wonderful and very welcoming to see your smiling faces in the morning and afternoon!
This week in Kingfishers has been about settling in, getting to know the adults in the classroom and making friends. We have had a magnificent week and the children have all been smiling whilst thoroughly exploring the classroom (both inside and outside).
What lovely weather we have had! This leant itself to talk about the importance of staying safe in the sun and the children knew the significance of wearing a sunhat, staying in the shade and having lots to drink.
We have had fun on the bikes, colour mixing, splashing in the water trays, cleaning babies, singing, hearing and joining in with stories, playing Mums and Dads and playing lots of games. The biggest hit this week however, is the role-play area! Children have loved getting into character as policemen, firemen, shop keepers galore! It has been lovely seeing them make new friends, taking turns and most importantly having fun learning through play and we cannot wait to see what next week has in store!
MS Titchener and Mrs Stanton
Starting with a quick recap from the end of last week…Nursery had a fantastic morning on Friday, trying out new activities for our Sports Day. We moved round the carousel of activities, inspired by stories we have read, including the Fruit Relay (Handa’s Surprise), the Obstacle Course (What the Ladybird Heard) and finishing with a flat running race and the egg and spoon race. Thank you to everyone who came to support the event, we had a great time and hope you did to!
This week we have taken full advantage of the lovely weather and lots of our learning has been outdoors and based around our water topic. The children have enjoyed making muddy puddles, using spray bottles, making concoctions using freshly cut herbs from the garden (both practising their scissor skills and using their senses). Eye-hand coordination is practiced as children retrieve objects with tongs, aquarium nets, scoops, and fingers. Hand whisks, basting bulbs, and egg beaters require coordination and are fun to use. Small muscles get a workout as containers are filled through funnels, water is poured from container to container, squeeze bottles are explored, and spray bottles all help develop their small hand muscles, ready for writing. What a busy week! The children have also shown us great teamwork and cooperation this week, particularly with working together on ideas to mend a broken toy tractor and helping to repair some books in our ‘book hospital’.
Our zoo trip has been the highlight this week. What an amazing day with amazing children…their behaviour was outstanding and they were so responsible, each taking a walking partner and making sure their assigned grown ups didn’t get lost! We’ve been learning about similarities and differences in the animals skin patterns and markings and were particularly interested in animals that live/like the water.
Our story this week ‘Poo in the Zoo’ by Steve Smallman, has raised lots of smirks and giggles: teachers using the word poo in a story is just hilarious to young children. We have been focussing on the brilliant rhyming words in the story (such as the super duper pooper scooper) and of course it links with our school trip to the zoo.
With lots of sporting events on TV, such as Wimbledon and the Football with decided to play our own version of tennis this week, with balloons and fly swatters. The activity has been a huge hit with the children. They have been practising their physical skills, with gross motor movements and hand eye coordination, they’ve been learning about spatial awareness and having lots of fun playing this alone, with partners and in small groups.
All of the children have been practising really hard for our very own sports day. We look forward to seeing you all on Friday to cheer your children on in this event.
Summer is officially here, I can’t quite believe the longest day is done already this year. This week we have been reading a story called Sharing a Shell, by Julia Donaldson. The story lends itself well to this terms value of ‘friendship’: when the little hermit crab finds a shiny new shell he doesn't want to share it – not with a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. Can the three creatures find a way to get along? We have had lots of discussions this week about what is a good friend and we have observed lots of intrinsically motivated sharing of toys, taking turns and being helpful to each other. Go Kingfishers!
We have also created beach art; painting with sand, to explore texture and using coloured beads to represent the jewelled colours of fish, coral and treasures found in the oceans. We have been able to play on our indoor beach/ocean role play to extend learning.
In the Nursery garden, we have been building a shady den to sit and enjoys books, drawing and mark making and somewhere comfortable to enjoy our lovely fruit snacks. Thank you for the donations this week, the strawberries 🍓 have been a real hit!
Our green jelly slime has been moved to the water tray outside as it was a little slippery underfoot in the classroom. It has been so much fun this week, but very messy. Another fun water activity has been making a cup of tea 🫖 the children all chose a flavoured fruity tea bag and followed the adults instructions to make their cup of tea. They were all very adventurous with trying the fruit teas, but we all agreed that they smelled better than they tasted 🤢
Lastly we explored water in it’s frozen form, with paint ice cubes on a stick. We were able to use these to do giant mark making and discovering that they didn’t last very long out in the warm sunshine ☀️
What did your child tell you about their week in Nursery?
Learning about Water…
We have been talking this week about water and what we know about it.
When asked why is water wet, the children really thought about their responses and this question led to a lovely discussion between the class. Some of what the children said can be seen below:
“because it’s made from rain- Arthur”
“Rain comes from the sky- Spenser”
“And down in the river- Benji”
“We see water in the sea- Charlotte”
“Dolphins and sharks live in the sea- Harry C”
“and like, normal fish!- Louis”
I hope you can see, from this one discussion, that we have lots to explore, using what the children already know about water? Possible lines of discovery include:
- Where rain comes from?
- The ocean habitat (and it’s creatures)
And we will look at both these more closely as our topic progresses.
This week we have introduced the ocean. We have looked at our new world map and through further group discussions, the children have learned that 70 percent of our world 🌎 is ocean. There is lots more water than land.
We have been reading stories about water, and the children particularly liked a story called ‘The Journey’ by Neil Griffiths and Scott Mann. They were able to follow a toy boat on it’s exciting voyage, when it was lost on a stream. It travelled the different water bodies; a mountain stream, waterfalls, a lake, to the river which flowed through a busy town (we were able to talk about sewage, plastics and rubbish entering the water), down an estuary and finally, out into the ocean. You will be pleased to know, I’m sure…the little boat had a happy ending, as it was swept up onto a beach and found by a little boy, who took it home.
We have also been using our bodies to move like ocean creatures, such as sideways on all fours like a crab, slithering like an eel, diving like a dolphin, swaying like a jellyfish and waddling like a penguin.
With other senses we have explored water in different forms, such as ‘touch’ exploring the texture of some green slimy jelly and ‘taste’ with a frozen ice-pop!
Lots more exploring water to do, but in the meantime, we would like to acknowledge all the men reading this, who help shape our little people. Have a lovely day on Sunday, and yes we are expecting photographic evidence of you wearing your carefully crafted neck ties
This week our task was to help the children recognise different emotions they may be feeling at home or in school.
It's important for children to learn to identify and express a wide range of feelings, while also understanding that others have feelings, too.
Learning about feelings and emotions is part of developing positive self-esteem and better relationships with others. As a child's emotional intelligence grows, they are increasingly able to use their emotional information to guide their own thinking and behaviour; in other words, to calm themselves down, share resources and use kind words and gestures.
Children who are able to name and understand their own feelings are better equipped to deal with the ups and downs of childhood.
We shared a story ‘The Colour Monster’ who had lots of mixed up feelings, we all talked about and named the different feelings, each feeling had its own colour. We asked the children to colour in their own Monsters to show how they are feeling. I think the ‘anger’ feeling was too much fun to practise, as we all got to roar really loud, stamp our feet and shout out “it’s not fair”. There were far too many smiles and laughter for it to be real anger 😡🤣
We have also been looking at the Queen’s official Birthday, coming up this Saturday and wondering what she might do for her birthday? To celebrate in Nursery, we have been having our own tea party.
Thank you again to Saddleback Farm for our delicious fruit snack donation...this week we ate a rainbow 🌈 of apples, pears, banana, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cucumber and kiwi fruit. The children have been creating pictures of their favourite fruits, looking at shape and colour, and using them for a purpose
We’re going on a Bear Hunt 🐻
Together we read the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (it’s a favourite). The children all join in with the chants in the story. We explore positional language, such as over, under, beside, beneath, inside, outside, on top, next to. We explore the places the characters visit (a grass meadow, river, a muddy swamp, a forest and of course a narrow gloomy cave)!
At the end of the story, when the bear chases them back home, we discussed whether the bear was a mean and grumpy bear or, was he chasing them because he wanted someone to play with? We chatted a while about our own feelings and why we do thing’s sometimes!
We explained to the children that now it’s their turn to go on a real bear hunt and find a friendly bear hiding outdoors. We had to find the bear track clues to discover the bears hiding place. The children
• worked together to explore the outdoor setting
• work together to plan a route around the space
• use their bodies to move in and out of hiding spaces and across obstacles
Hurray! We found the bear (many times)!
Using our early writing skills we’ve all had a practice at making pre-writing patterns to represent the places in the bear hunt story. These types of lines included creating both curves and loops and straight lines, such as:
Zig-zags for the grass
Waves for the water
Spirals for the snow storm
Some of the children also created picture maps using different materials and media to bring home.
Always a favourite part of the week, cooking or something around tasting food...this week we made Bear Toast for snack time before trying to join Wantage Library (Online) for their weekly Rhyme-time. The internet said no, unfortunately! So a quick rethink and we did some Cosmic Kids Yoga with a bear hunt theme and listened to Michael Rosen retell his story.
If you do have a chance to visit the local Library soon with restrictions being lifted, there is always something going on for early years and of course you can borrow lots of lovely stories to share with your children.
The only ‘homework’ we recommend in early years is regular ‘Reading’ with your child, as it exposes them to thousands of new words, new ideas and can promote a life long love of books...what’s your family favourite book to read together? Let us know by posting a photo on Tapestry and we can share with all the children in Kingfisher Class...
Week 5 - Learning about bees 🐝
We watched a video about bees, what beekeepers do and their special clothes, what the hive looks like on the inside. We talked about how important bees are and what we could do to help the bees.
The children have been sowing an area of our garden to make a wildflower garden. They have used seed bombs especially designed to help bees, these are called bee bombs.
We have been observing bees in our garden, they particularly like the rosemary (which is in flower), watching them go into the flowers and collect pollen and nectar to take back to the hive. They are very busy bees!
We have talked about the different jobs that bees have...The Queen looking after her colony, drones and worker bees. Some children noticed the shape of the cells in the hive are just like one of our friend-shapes ‘Honey Hexagon’. We have also been looking at a real wasps nest (empty of course) and reading some bee and bug stories such as ‘Bumble Bear’ and ‘What the Ladybird Heard’.
The children are all looking forward to tasting some honey at snack time Thursday and Friday, when we will make some toast and try some local honey
Week 4 - Worms
Inspired by Hadley’s love of finding worms in the garden we shared the ‘Superworm’ story together. After discussing the plot and some words that sound similar, for example ‘Lizard’ and ‘Wizard’ we set about making some play dough worms.
A challenge was set, “Who can make the longest worm?”
We had to practise rolling the worms under our hands, too much pressure and they were squashed, too little pressure and they didn’t get any longer! We talked about who we thought had the longest worm at the table, then Spenser came up with an idea of using a tape measure to check 📏
We counted the numbers on the tape measure 1-10 and some of the worms were more like snakes...above (14 inches). Louis did fantastic counting.
A plan was beginning to form and on Wednesday we made our own mini wormery. We have been collecting waste from our fruit snacks, in a new compost bin (which is not very full, as the children love their fruit!). This was added to layers of paper, sand and mud.
We had to do the worm dance in the garden to bring the worms up from underground, and then catch some. We now have some pet worms in Kingfishers classroom! The children have decided on some names. So far we have:
Peppa pig, George and Suzy, Pikachu, Jasmine, Laser, Flash, Wallace Worm, Pink Worm, Carter Worm, Hadley, Scarlett Worm and Daisy.
The children’s curiosity about nature has been sparked and they have been asking lots of questions about the things they see and the world around them. Some of the questions include “where do apples come from?” and “where does milk come from?” We have been discussing growing from seeds, and the other elements that help plants to grow, such as sun and rain and a good compost (hopefully we can see this in action, produced from our mini wormery). I am also glad to report that we have dispelled the concept that milk comes from cows' bottoms, and in fact cow's milk comes from their udders. We just love the conversation and ideas that come from the children in Nursery and do our very best to explore all of their ideas (and try to do this with a straight face)!
If you are not familiar with the story, here’s a link to a read aloud version of it, on YouTube by Story Train:
Please do remember to keep young children safe on the internet, by watching with them.
Inspired by a story called Dinosaurs’ Day Out...
We’ve been helping Dexter and Daisy find out how to prepare for a journey to visit their friend Delilah, and discussing what they might need for the trip.
The storybook includes lots of interactive maps and we have been teaching the children how to get somewhere using maps. We have all learned that we can read signs, using symbols we see (also known as environmental print), such as the signs for petrol, a cafe, toilets, a school, hospital. Also symbols/pictures on menus in a restaurant, and on the TV, for example the weather forecast (all these things were touched on in the book and we have discussed and played to further develop the children’s interests).
The children noticed signs for landmarks on the dinosaurs journey, such as a castle, windmill, bridge over the river and an Airport. We have been extending this learning by making our own maps with landmarks including ponds and forests.
We have also been practising taking left and right turns at junctions on the maps, and talking about different ways we can travel (fly, drive, rail, sail, walk, run, ride). The children have been keen to discuss their own recent journeys and places they have been exploring, past holidays and how they travelled to these places (and what they ate when there!). Some brilliant conversations have taken place and the children are learning about conversations in social situations, when to talk and when to listen.
We will be continuing with our exploring theme throughout Term 5 and will keep you posted about these adventures...