We had a focus on nocturnal animals and this linked perfectly with the story ‘Ouch!’ which is all about a hedgehog getting an apple stuck to her back and the animal friends who try to help her.
We created a story making version of this book to support the children’s learning. Story making involves the teacher telling a story without a book or any props, just using their voice and actions. We re-wrote the story of ‘Ouch!’ to make it simple, repetitive and made sure it included a lot of different actions. After telling the story a couple of times, it was brilliant to see the Pre-Nursery children begin to join in with the actions and movements and also start to say some of the repeated phrases.
Story making is a brilliant way to support young children with their language development and expression, it also gives the children a real sense of achievement when they can re-tell a story, or part of a story, independently. We’ve been exploring a lot of different activities to encourage the children to re-tell ‘Ouch!’ such as using puppets, picture prompts and a sensory tray too.
Take a look at how busy we’ve been with this story!
By Sarah Leavers
Pre-Nursery Starfish Class Teacher