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ONCE UPON A TIME...

January-February 2017

Welcome back to all our returning children in Nursery. We are very excited about all the new children that will be joining us this half term and I know the children are looking forward to making lots of new friends. This half term our learning is going to be focused on the traditional tales ‘The Gingerbread Man, The Enormous Turnip and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’ We will also be learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year.

 

This half term we are learning about:

  • The Story of The Gingerbread Man

  • The story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff

  • The Story of The Enormous Turnip

  • Story Language

  • How to retell and sequence a story

  • Counting objects using numbers in the correct order and matching the amount to a numeral

  • 2D shapes

  • Height and length

  • Farm animals

  • Weight

  • Positional language

  • Role playing

  • Team work

  • What vegetables and plant need to grow

 

Books we will be reading this half term:

  • The Gingerbread Man

  • The Enormous Turnip

  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff

  • The Elves and the Shoe Maker

  • Cinderella

  • Aladdin

  • My Magic Paintbrush

 

You can help by:

  • Counting objects around your house and identifying numbers

  • Looking for simple 2D shapes when you’re out of the house

  • Practising name writing

  • Reading lots of stories

  • Encouraging your child to make up their own stories

  • Looking at pictures of farm animals

  • Talking about the different height and length of objects

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The Gingerbread Man

For the next two weeks we will be reading the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We will then be completing lots of activities linked to this story including making our own gingerbread men, gingerbread mark making, counting the correct number of gingerbread men onto each backing tray and sequencing, retelling and re-enacting the story.

The Enormous Turnip

This week we will be focusing on the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’. During this week we will have an observation spot for the children to use magnifying glasses to look at turnips. We will also be completing lots of creative activities including colour mixing, vegetable printing, collaging and observational drawing. Over the week we will also be playing different turn taking games including ‘Pairs’.

Chinese New Year

This week we will be learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year. We will have lots of exciting activities available including making dragon puppets, fans and doing Chinese writing. We will also be doing dragon dancing, making and trying Chinese food and attempting to use chopsticks.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

End of the week!

 

Over this half term we have been reading and learning about different stories including 'The Gingerbread Man', 'The Enormous Turnip' and 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. The children have taken part in lots of activities throughout the half term and here are some of our pictures of our learning.

 

The Gingerbread Man

Over the past couple of weeks we have been learning about 'The Gingerbread Man' story. We have read the story and used puppets to act out different parts. We have decorated and painted pictures of gingerbread men and made gingerbread men in the playdough adding pom poms for his buttons. We have also made and decorated our very own yummy gingerbread men.

Chinese New Year!

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year and why the Chinese people celebrate. We have discussed the story and learnt how the animals had a race to find out who the New Year would be named after. We made masks and Chinese dancing dragons and watched, danced and listened to Chinese music and Chinese New Year dragon dancing. We also tried some Chinese food!

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

For the past two weeks we have been reading the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' at Nursery. We have joined in telling the story and changing our voices for each character in the story. We have made masks of the Troll and the Billy Goats in the create area. We have enjoyed retelling the story using the big puppets with our friends too. During the last week we have also talked about size and positional language and used different sized trolls and placed them under, above, next to, on, beneath, in-between, in front and behind different objects around Nursery including ourselves and our friends! We also planted some sweet green grass for the Billy Goats Gruff to eat if the Troll did not let them over the bridge!

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