The dinosaurs are coming!
Stomp! Chomp! Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs!
Our Stories of the Week were ‘Stomp! Chomp! Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs!’ by Kaye Umansky and Nick Sharratt and ‘Dinosaur Roar’ by Henrietta and Paul Stickland. We explored the concept of rhyming and revisited ‘opposites’ through the wonderful vocabulary in these books.
We couldn’t believe our eyes on Monday when greet blobs of slime were discovered in Nursery garden. Some children thought it was a slime monster! We followed the trail of slime and found some huge green dinosaur footprints. We looked all around to make sure a T-rex wasn’t about and then we followed the footprints to a nest. Inside the nest were four dinosaur eggs and a letter from a Mummy dinosaur asking us to look after the eggs. It was so exciting! Some of the children wrote back to the Mummy dinosaur with some lovely messages telling her we would look after the eggs for her.
The children have taken their interest in dinosaurs into all areas of the nursery, representing their ideas in many different ways – building dinosaur homes with”‘spiky triangle rooves” in the block area, telling stories in the small world area, drawing and painting dinosaur pictures. We have had fun practising the very long dinosaur names – some of our children know so much about dinosaurs! Our Nursery “police officers” even had to save us all from a T-rex “on the loose”. “Stay indoors” they told us “or you will be eaten all up!”
One child thought it would be fun to draw some huge dinosaurs on the Nursery path to “scare the mummies when they come to take us home!”
Dinosaur eggs were not the only things we found hiding in the leaves! In Forest School we found great piles of leaves which had come down over half-term and pretended to be hedgehogs, building homes in the leaves and hiding in them completely out of sight!
The children also love challenging their physical skills in the Forest – so important for developing core strength and stability, balance, co-ordination and control.
Next week we will be celebrating Bonfire Night with a camp-fire snack-time in the forest, exploring light and dark, making ‘firework’ art, writing a firework ‘poem’ by exploring lots of different words for sounds and, in our Ready, Steady, Cook session, we will be making ‘cheese straw bonfires’ using a range of red, orange and yellow vegetable crudites to represent the flames! Look out for our photographs here in a few days time!