Blog 9- wb 9th November

Another busy week in Apple class learning all about the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. This is a firm favourite in Nursery so I thought it would be a good idea to look a bit closer at the story.
This weeks main focus has been on story recall and being able to speak in clear simple sentences to remember key phrases/parts of the story. We read the story every day to make sure we understood and we used props to help us. The children were able to hear the rhyme in my spoken word and finish off the phrases "The mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood, the fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked....", "Doesn't he know, there's no such thing as a.....", "Walk behind me and soon you'll see, everyone is afraid of....".  Being able to hear rhyme and continue a rhyming string is a really important early phonics skills- well done Apple class!
As well as hearing rhyme and remembering key phrases, I wanted to see if the children could use their knowledge of the book and put the story in the correct order using pictures as prompts. Some of us did this well, but, most children struggled ordering the story. However, they could talk about the characters, remember the key phrases from the book and most of us could remember what happened. I encouraged the children to use the language "At the beginning, first, next, then, after that, at the end". We will keep working on sequencing stories throughout the year.
As well as focusing lots on communication and language, we enjoyed getting creative with the story! The children loved making masks to help them with story telling and enjoyed making Gruffalo models. This involved thinking about what the Gruffalo looked like. Most children could remember his key features "he has terrible tusks, he has terrible claws, he has terrible teeth, he has knobbly knees, turned out toes, a poisonous wart at the end of his nose, his eyes are orange, his tongue is black and has purple prickles all over his back". They did a super job of selecting the appropriate materials to make their Gruffalo!
To develop our fine motor skills we enjoyed scrunching and ripping tissue to make Gruffalo pictures!
In free play, the children enjoyed using the props and characters to engage in small world play. There was some super story telling vocabulary coming from the children! Some children used the Gruffalo characters to make up their own stories and had lots of fun using their imagination. Fantastic!
On Wednesday we spent some time talking about Remembrance Day. We talked about the importance of wearing poppies as a way to remember the soldiers that fought in the war. The children watched this lovely video on cbeebies ( )  to help them understand more about why we wear poppies. Afterwards, the children loved painting poppies, making poppies using wool and tissue and cutting out/colouring their own poppies. We even used lots of loose parts to decorate pictures of poppies.
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Next week we will be learning about another class favourite Sick Man by Julic Donaldson.
Have a lovely weekend.
Miss F