This week the Acorn Preschool children have been altering the details of the story ‘Rosie’s Walk’ to invent their own version about Ellie the Elephant who takes a walk, followed by a lion.
To start with, the children explored what they understood about ‘characters’ in stories. They thought carefully about whether a character was good or bad, then came up with some other suggestions for each type of character. After a class vote, we decided upon an elephant and a lion.
As we have been learning an adapted version of the story for over a week now, the children were very secure in reading the new story from the story map. The ‘Talk for Writing’ story word actions also helped them with their story telling. Some children took this learning a step further by making their own versions of a story map for Rosie’s walk – with some really pleasing results!
Ask your child at home to retell the story of Rosie’s Walk and see if they can use the story language developed. Perhaps they might even draw a story map or alter the good and bad characters in the story!(See previous Blog for the sory map used to tell the story)
Every Tuesday the Acorn children explore movement through a PE session with James from ‘Bee Active’. Through this session they also work on developing their listening and attention skills, understanding and behaviour to follow instructions and expectations. The children are currently focusing on going over, under, through and around obstacles. This develops control of their movements. Encourage your child to walk along lines, walls, and obstacle courses to develop their balance skills.
During the middle of the week, the wind was really blowing strongly, so we took the opportunity to go outside and experience it for ourselves using ribbons.
One of our learning objectives at the moment is to be able to recognise our name and the children have been looking closely all around their environment to see examples of their names. Many children are able to say what sound their name begins with, and some are beginning to record the letter shapes of their name in print. Whichever stage your child is at, please can you support them by giving them examples of their name written all around them at home. Count the number of letters, look at the shapes of the letters (round, tall, with tails etc) and encourage them to trace over the letters with their finger.
Stars of the day this week were Riley, Myles, Elizabeth, Callum and Eva-Rose – well done to you all.
Thank you to those who have returned their sponsorship money.
There is still time to return any Sponsorship money raised for the Sponsored Toddle, so if you still have it at home, please could you send it in with your child. All monies raised will be spent on purchasing resources to benefit the daily experiences of the Early Years children.