Watch out Florence, there’s a dinosaur following you…!
This week the Acorn Preschool children have been altering the details of the story ‘Rosie’s Walk’ to invent their own version about Florence the Butterfly who takes a walk, followed by a dinosaur.
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 butterfly and a dinosaur.
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.
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 story map used to tell the story)
Continuing with the theme of walking, we enjoyed reading the story of ‘Walking through the Jungle’ which introduces the children to lots of different animals and their sounds. Some children even went on their own jungle walk.
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 and builds on balance. Encourage your child to walk along lines, walls, and obstacle courses to develop their balance skills. This will have a great impact on later academic skills.
As we noticed the trees outside were looking very bare, the children have been exploring some artwork inspired by this. They have used straws to blow paint around their paper.
On Wednesday, we enjoyed our ‘Coffee, Cake and Communicate’ session which supported the parents with everyday activities which can be used at home to develop children’s speech and language needs. Thank you to all the parents who came to support us and work with your child.
Stars of the day this week were Madison, Iris, Lana, Jack and Ollie – well done to you all.
Parent Teacher meetings next week – if you have not
secured a slot, please do so quickly.