All posts by Miss Ayel

Sounds and rhymes!

Today in the Literacy area we have been investigating sounds and rhymes. We used the smartboard to take turns listening to the animal themed words and identifying the initial sounds that matched the pictures.

“I think it’s c because you say cat”

“Is it p for pig?”

“E sounds like egg, it’s not cheese”

The children decided they wanted to play more games so we will try Rhyming Bingo later to work on our turn taking and listening skills.

We have also been building farmyard pens for Baa Baa Black Sheep as it is our Rhyme of the Week. This is great practice for our fine motor skills, as well as giving lots of creative role playing opportunities.

“I did a triangle fence!”

“Mine will just be a normal fence!”

Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!
One for the master,
And one for the dame,
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

You can’t catch me…I’m the gingerbread man!

This week marks World Book Week and our focus is on the traditional tale ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have been having lots of fun outdoors exploring the story in different ways; expressing our mark making and further developing our story telling and creative skills.


Mark making using ginger scented sensory trays.


Retelling the story with our gingerbread man small world.

Expressive Arts

Making our own gingerbread men using loose parts and collage.

Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

The mornings are getting brighter and sunnier and the flowers starting to emerge in the garden, our rhyme of the week is Mary, Mary Quite Contrary. We decided to make an indoor garden and decorate it with shells and ‘pretty maids’. We have been having lots of fun roleplaying with the indoor garden and singing the rhyme!

“A flower!”

“I’m just fixing it for Mary”

Making flowers for the ‘garden’!

“I’m going to write my name on the flower.”

“Putting them on top”

“You can be the girl Mary.”

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Puppet Show – Had great fun!

This week in the Music/Drama/Role play area the children were having fun with a puppet show theatre. Children were working so well together in the planning and preparation of the show. They were making their own imaginary stories and performing them on the puppet show theatre.

Role play encourage children’s imagination, creativity, motor skills and boosts confidence in speaking and reading.

“My puppet bear is very hungry and he is looking for food”.

“Wow! We are so happy everybody liked our puppet show”.

“I made my own puppet”.

“We made a glittery cloudy puppet and it will make glittery shiny rain”.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today at Cart Mill we have been learning about Chinese culture and traditions as tomorrow is Chinese new year! 2019 is the year of ‘The Pig’ and the children have been making red envelopes or ‘Hongbao’; a Chinese tradition where money is given to children as new year gifts.

This gave the children a great chance to practise their mark making and folding techniques and build their fine motor skills.

“I have to fold it like a triangle. “

“Mine is going to have chocolate coins in it.”

“I want to give mine to my mummy.”

“I’m going to write my name on mine.”

“I want to put pennies in it.”

Happy Chinese New Year!

The Teegar that Cam for his Tea!

As part of our Scottish activities, the children have been reading The Teegar that Cam for his Tea – the Scots version of The Tiger that Came to Tea. The children decided they wanted to make a shopping list of the teegar’s favourite foods as they have been learning all about Scottish food. We had lots of fun discussing the story and practicing our mark making.

“The tiger likes yellow bananas!”

“I’m drawing the tiger buying chocolate cake!”

“He needs healthy food like apples!”

“The tiger eats scones and milk.”

Tattie scones and fruit!”