A Story Adventure in Little Elms

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18th October 2018 | Little Elms Blog

A Story Adventure in Little Elms

On Wednesday, we were joined by prospective families for our first Story Adventure of the year, based around The Little Red Hen. This story is very traditional, but wonderfully demonstrates collaboration; one of our focus areas here at Elmhurst.

We began the Story Adventure with the telling of the story. Instead of using a book, I printed the story on to sequencing cards and told the story rather than reading it. A few brave Year 6 buddies helped by playing the parts of the animals in the story. They held animal masks and helped to make the animal noises, which eventually, most of the younger children joined in with.

We then went into the Little Elms classroom and began a variety of activities based around the story. A wide range of activities are there to make the learning experience the best that it can be for the boys in Little Elms and their visitors. This is something I strive to do every day, as promoting engagement is essential in teaching in Early Years. If the boys are excited about their learning, they are really able to focus and enjoy learning.

In our outside classroom, activities included a 'Small World' farm and animals and sensory tuffs tray, with a variety of kinds of wheat to get messy with. Inside, the boys could enjoy painting a farm scene, making a paper plate Little Red Hen, threading a tractor, flour mark making, building a barn for their animals, story sequencing on a magnetic whiteboard and finally, paper bag puppets. By providing a wide variety of activities, we are able to offer something for everyone and once the boys are engaged in the activities, the learning becomes independent and natural, and not forced.

We are looking forward to the next Story Adventure already! 

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- Mrs Skinner

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