Nursery – Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell has been a fantastic story for us this week – many of the children were already familiar with the text and it gave us plenty of topic for discussion. In the story, the reader writes to the zoo to send a pet. The zoo sends lots of animals however they are all unsuitable to be a pet! We had lots of fun talking about the animals from the zoo being pets and in the end; we decided that the puppy the reader keeps at the end of the story would be the most sensible option for a pet!

Continuing our focus on relationships, we thought about friendships this week and especially what we could do in the event that somebody looks or feels lonely. The children had some brilliant ideas, were able to talk about their friends and times they might have felt lonely. They decided that if they spot a peer who is on their own they could ask to play with them or ask what they like doing.

In our hall time this week, we have focused on catching and trapping objects in order to control them. We were very good at catching balls with two hands as well as stopping a moving ball with various parts of our body; we discovered that some were much easier than others were!

As part of our nursery narrative this week we again recapped ‘who’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ components as we used a series of pictures to tell a story with an emphasis on ‘what happened next’. The children created all sorts of scenarios using their imaginations, some made us laugh a lot! Our Makaton signs for the week have been; ‘elephant’, ‘snake’ and ‘frog’ to help us retell ‘Dear Zoo’. Our grow word to extend our vocabulary has been ‘happy’, we explored using the synonyms ‘delighted’, ‘content’ and ‘jolly’.

Please have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 9th May) to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: