This is the Bear by Sarah Hayes

Hello everyone,

This week’s story is This is the Bear by Sarah Hayes, a fabulous rhyming story that we all enjoy in Nursery.  I do so enjoy the dog’s cheeky look at the end.  It’s all very subtly done.  Perhaps you have the story at home and can read along with me?

This Is the Bear: Hayes, Sarah, Craig, Helen: Books

We’ve been talking about empathy and taking others feelings into consideration all this week.  The bear in the story went on an adventure and so did we.  We went into our forest area and hunted for the perfect stones to draw an emotion on, perhaps this is an activity you might want to do at home.  We’ve been practicing our happy, sad, grumpy and surprised faces and we are all rather good at it!  We’ve also been talking about the things that make us happy or sad.  Some of the fantastic ‘happy’ answers the children gave were fizzy bath bombs, blowing up balls to bounce, reading stories and playing with our friends at Nursery.  Some of the things that made us sad were popping balloons (too noisy), party poppers (they’re just scary),  children snatching things or pushing (because it can hurt).  We also practiced using our words and saying “Stop! I don’t like it!” when someone does something that isn’t very sensible.

It’s a brilliant opportunity for children to really take ownership of their behaviour, and take others’ needs into account.  Although, children can forget this, as it’s a big concept when you are so little, they are becoming very good at problem solving and using their words when things haven’t gone the way they expected.  We’re also very good at remembering to use kind hands and words with our friends.  Lots of children have been making the teacher’s ‘hearts grow’ and going into the rainbow and pot of gold. Well done, we will be experts at this skill in a very short time.

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Howe, Mr Salih, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence