Knowing that nursery rhymes are sooooooo important for children to hear we began our week enjoying listening to lots of nursery rhymes. Together as a class we identified the rhyming words and looked at how they were spelt.
The children were in their reading groups to do 4 nursery rhyme rotations. In between Stu Duval entertaining us, we very busily got on with the art and literacy activities.
Here are some of the Humpty Dumpty pieces of artwork the children did in response to that nursery rhyme. The children were very creative in the clothes they gave to Humpty. It was also a great activity to practice precision as they had to concertina fold the legs and arms themselves.
While that was happening another group were completing a poem based on Baa Baa Black Sheep. They used a writing form to help them with the structure. Children just love to create rhymes and we spent a long time on the mat chuckling away about their choices of animals and things to collect off each one.
This has been a great basis for our comprehension strategy we are going to practice in Week 8 and Week 9 - retelling the story. Nursery rhymes are a short succinct story that is easy to retell.
There was a lot of oral language during the week and finally this ended in the children performing their nursery rhyme for the class. I don't think the photos will capture how hilarious these were.
It was really great to have such a practical place to work on their cooperation skills. Most of the time they supported one another's ideas and were able to let different people take turns at leading the play. The only problem.....they had to be taken down at the end of the day :( Boo Hoo