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Pre-school are Going on a Bear Hunt!

Here at Holy Apostles, we believe in fun, interactive lessons for our pupils, which is why we are regarded as one of the best nurseries in Gloucestershire by parents. Keep reading to discover more about the Bear Hunt and how the activity is expanding our pupil’s vocabulary and more.

Holy Apostles’ pre-schoolers have been story-making The Bear Hunt this term. This story is always popular with the children and because they are familiar with it, the story-making becomes lots of fun! Initially, we listened to the story and then talked about drawing a story map that enables the child to retell the story without the book.  

The children ordered the main events of the story, this helps them to learn how a story is structured and also enhances their vocabulary. The children then had the opportunity to paint their own story map. 

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nurseries in Gloucestershire

Here Rubin has already painted his “swishy-swashy” grass then the “deep cold river”! 

You can see his concentration as he thinks about the “thick oozy mud”. This provides great opportunities for recalling the story but also developing children’s language. We do this activity with individual children so that they are able to order the story from their memory and use the vocabulary that they recall, Niamh is painting her map using great brush control. 

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nurseries in Gloucestershire

Here are some examples of finished maps which are now displayed in preschool.

After their story maps had been completed we decided to make a large map to be made for the artboard! The children were asked which part of the story they wanted to paint: 

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nurseries in Gloucestershire

Grace was keen to make the squelchy mud for the board and was able to retell the story as she was making her part of the map. Darcy is concentrating hard to make the ‘swirling whirling’ snowstorm! 

When all the elements of the story map had been completed, the children were excited to see the complete map on their pre-school board.  

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Hannah made beautiful ‘swishy, swashy grass’ using a range of materials! 

It was then time to take the learning outside and act out the story! All the children joined in; the practitioners had built a cave out of milk crates and rugs and hidden a teddy bear inside the cave! There was much excitement as we walked around the pavilion using the grit tray for mud and the water tray for the river. We were able to walk through the fruit trees to pretend we were in a forest before walking through a snowstorm of bubbles!! Excitement mounted as the cave was in sight “tiptoe, tiptoe It’s a BEAR!!” 

nurseries in Gloucestershire
nurseries in Gloucestershire

Story making provides so many rich and varied opportunities for language development and thus enables children to make up their own stories or build on a known story to add characters or change the ending. It is a great way of engaging all our learners whether they prefer indoor activities or the physical environment outside fires their imagination.  

If you are looking for nurseries in Gloucestershire and would like to see if Holy Apostles Preschool would be a good fit for you and your child, why not get in touch and book an appointment?