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Exploring Root Ginger

Today we explored root ginger, it was wrapped up in red tissue paper. #ld tried to open the package and couldn’t, I said, “How could you open it, what could you use?” #ld replied, “Scissors,” I say and “What will you do with the scissors?” #ld says, “Snip, snip, snip.” I suggest going to get some, so he walks over to where the scissors are kept. Mrs Riddell gives him a pair of scissors and he brings them over to the mat – carrying them sensibly and safely. He used the scissors to try and cut the paper, when he was unable to cut the paper, he passed the scissors to his friend saying, “‘Ere are.” (PSED, SCSA, +22-36 months, CL, S, -22-36 months, PD, MH, +22-36 months.)

#lha then cut a hole in the paper. (PD, MH, -30-50 months).

#ld holds a small piece of ginger in his hand and Mrs Riddell shows the children how to peel the ginger using a spoon.

#ld says, “Wet. Little one.”

The children spent time smelling the ginger.

Afternoon Pre-Nursery also examined ginger; #erc said the package was, “It’s a present for Santa.” I say, “I wonder what it is.” #erc tells me, “It’s for Santa’s birds. CL, S, +22-36 months.

As the children explore the ginger and learn how to peel it with a spoon, #srw says, “More, I like it.” (CL, S, =22-36 months).

#erc says, “I don’t like it.” (CL, S, =22-36 months).

#alr says, “Smell nice.” (CL, S, -22-36 months).

#alr, #ane, #srw, #ec, and #erc – PD, MH, +22-36 months

Outdoor Area

The Early Years Team spent yesterday afternoon developing our existing outdoor area, we added tyres for planting, a new mark making area, a seating area using a large cable reel and logs as seats, we also have some new number logs for balancing on.

These little girls were very helpful carrying our new plants through.

#alr really enjoyed helping fill the tyres with soil.

#mc and #sh worked together to travel on the bike. #lha had fun pushing her bicycle around the track. #gg developed her bilateral co-ordination when pushing down on the pedals on the bicycle. #ld enjoyed making music in the music area of the outdoor provision.

#mc, #jg, #lha, #gg and #sh were very keen to explore the new multi-play structure.

Little Red Riding Hood

Our new Communication and Language focus is the story ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’

We looked at the front cover of story together and I asked, “What can you see?”

#mc said, “Miss Polly,” as she pointed to Little Red Riding Hood.

#sh said, “Fox” as she pointed to wolf.

#erc said, “Little Red Riding Hood. Carrying a basket”

#lj says, “Carrying a bag.”

I ask, “What colour are her clothes?”

#mc replies, “Red.”

We then read the story and afterwards I ask, “Who is in the story?” and “Who is the story about?”

#mc tells us, “The wolf, Mama, Yaya.”

#erc says, “Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf and Granny.”

I tell the children I have a Granny but I call her ‘Nana’, #erc says, “I’ve got three nannies – Nanny Denise, Nanny Rose and Nanny Sandra.” #lj tells us, he has “Nanny Tracey.” #ec says, “Nanny.”


#erc notices I have something on my lap, she points to it and says, “You’ve got something red.” I pose the question, “What could it be?” #erc suggests, “Little Red Riding Hood.”

We then look at the doll, #lha says, “Granny” and “Wolf” as she explores the doll. #sh says, “Wolf.” #erc says, “Granny,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Wolf” as she explores the doll.

I ask, “Who pretends to be Granny?” #erc tells me, “The big bad wolf.”

I say to the children, “I wonder why Little Red Riding Hood was taking cakes to Granny?” The children weren’t sure so we’re going to revisit this idea.

Exploring Pumpkins

Mrs Riddell kindly brought in her beautifully decorated pumpkin from home; Pre-Nursery had lots of fun exploring it.

#sh said, “Pumpkin,” “Star,” and “Flowers.”

#mc said, “Twinkle twinkle,” as she pointed to the star. She then pointed to the mouth and eyes, saying, “Mouth” and ” Two eyes.”

#lha said, “Eyes.”

#srw, #erc, #ec, #alr, said, “Pumpkin,” when we brought the pumpkin over it. #srw pointed to the star and said, “That looks like twinkle star.”

I ask, “What’s inside? What could be shining bright?” #srw tells me, “A light.”

#erc says, “I’ve got a pumpkin bucket.” I ask, “What do you use it for?” She replies, “I’m going to say trick or treat please.” I ask, “Will you wear something different?” #erc said, “A princess dress.”

After taking the lid off, #erc and #srw worked together to fit the lid back inside the pumpkin.

I say, “Look at the front of the pumpkin, what can you see?”  #erc tells me, “A flower, I like flowers.” I ask, “What do you like about flowers?” #erc remained quiet.