Well, our first week of the new routine has been a hit! The majority of children have taken to beginning our day in our key worker groups and then choosing from there and some have even commented on how quickly the session has gone.
This week, we have enjoyed the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. It is a story of a clever mouse who outwits many animals along the way in order to survive and not become their next meal! The children have really enjoyed thinking about all of the characters, about their various homes and also using their skills to create those homes using different natural and construction materials. They have also thought about and named different 2D shapes whilst creating the face of the Gruffalo as well as finding different ways to measure the Gruffalo and finding the tallest and shortest characters from the story.
Next week, we have the story of Room on the Broom. This is another Julia Donaldson story and the children have been introduced to it on Friday, which they enjoyed immensely. We have asked that this weekend you go on a little woodland walk to collect some sticks for some of our activities next week.
Another busy week has passed by where we have enjoyed the story of The Smartest Giant in Town. We have been working on number recognition to 10 and some of us even to 20! We have enjoyed making scarves using repeating patterns and thinking about how we can use our voices within stories for the different characters. We learnt of all the different ways George the giant showed kindness to others and how we could show kindness to others too. We made the most of what good weather we had last week and took every opportunity to get outside to enjoy the bikes, scooters and balls, as well as the climbing frame. One or two of the children made a very long pathway and balance beams using the large wooden blocks which all the children enjoyed.
Just another note about the new routine next week. The children will be self-registering still by finding their names and placing them on the wall but then they will be going to their key worker group, which they know very well now. They will be doing various activities there whilst register is done.
Wow, what a busy week we've had in the Tiddlers this week! It's been the first week after Christmas where we've had a 'normal' week, where we've had group time of Phonics and Maths. I am so proud of our new starters as they are settling in beautifully and making new friends. It's also been an adjustment for our older ones but they are settling back into Nursery life really well.
So, our new topic this half term is Magical Monsters. Our first week back, we had a production company come in and share the story of The Ugly Duckling which all of the children loved and were transfixed with! Again, I was so very proud of them sitting so well throughout the whole production and being so engaged in the events of the story.
This past week, we have enjoyed the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We enjoyed re-telling the story using stick puppets, planting our own 'magic' beans and counting magic beans to match numbers.
Next week, we will be sharing the story of The Smartest Giant in Town which, if you haven't read it already, is a fantastic story all about showing kindness to others.
Thank you, as always, for your unwavering support.