The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Nursery have been learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Using oral story telling they have learnt the story by heart and act it out with actions.

This week we had goats come to visit. The children had opportunities to feed the goats and stroke them. They have used the photos from this week to create an information poster. Did you know goats have four stomachs and only one row of teeth?

Within our PE session the children took on the role of both the goat and the troll. They began by exploring under the equipment like the troll who sits under the bridge. They then took on the role of the goats and trip-trapped over the bridge. At some points there was a troll and a goat, “Who’s that trip-trapping over my bridge?”

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WOW! Find the total

Today a group of boys in Nursery invented their own game. On Monday we will be formalising the rules to share with the rest of the class but here is a summary of how to play.

  1. Roll two, three or four dice at one go
  2. Line the dice up and count the total number of spots
  3. Count that number along the number track to find the numeral
  4. Find that number in the pile of number bean bags
  5. Put the bean bag in the correct order

The children were incredibly collaborative, taking turns and encouraging others. They had to really focus as there were so many steps to the games and the boys never loss focus or concentration.

It took a long time to roll the total of 15 and they kept rolling 14, 17 and 18!

They are very keen to share it with their peers on Monday.

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Bread making in Nursery

Today Nursery made bread rolls. They took a warm bread roll home for lunch and we have kept the other rolls for snack time tomorrow.

The children had to measure the dry ingredients and pour the wet. They had to mix everything together and then get really sticky and knead the dough into rolls. We left the dough to prove for over an hour and noticed how it increased in size before placing in the oven to cook.

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World Book Day 2018

Thank you for a lovely World Book Day in the snow, Maple Cross. It has been a pleasure to see so much learning linked to reading today and our whole school story telling of The Three Little Pigs was a real highlight. Thank you to our visitors who came to read stories this afternoon. It was really special to share our love of books and reading with our wider Maple Cross community. Our library ambassadors from Year 6 did a fantastic job promoting a passion and curiosity for reading by first sharing story clues and then revealing the new book to each class in the school. A wonderful reading opportunity!

There are still books to be won as part of our special World Book Day raffle! Come and play tomorrow! Will you guess which books have been chosen by the teachers?

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LARGE SCALE mark making!

Last Friday Nursery had an opportunity to explore mark making on a large scale (a very large scale!). Often we talk about size as an abstract concept and it is vital young children explore the differences for real. The children could run up and down as they made marks or choice to focus on a smaller area.

The hall floor was covered in very long strips of paper. The paper was different colours and textures and the children had to decide whether to use crayons, pens and florescent pencils.

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Small worlds

Over the past half term Nursery have been fascinated by blocks, bricks and boards. Block play enables children to develop their problem solving skills and persist in finding solutions – for example balancing different shapes in a structure or finding the right block to place next.

There has been significant language development as the children consult with their peers about what to position and where. There has also been opportunities for pupils to create costumes and outfits for the small people and include items from the transient art to add details. By consultation and decision of the pupils we also added some mirrored blocks earlier this half term.

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Charcoal sketching

Since the new year Nursery have been exploring colours and colour mixing. This week we introduced the children to charcoal and they have been creating sketches.

Using the model the children looked at the shape of the person and made careful observations. The children noticed details and really focussed on creating these on the paper.

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