Room on the Broom

Our inspiration for the past few weeks activities has stemmed from the children’s story ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. Our children have been asking to read this story a lot at carpet time and have become very familiar with it.

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In ‘Room on the Broom’ the characters make a ‘witch’s brew’ so the children gathered some buckets and we walked around the garden, each collecting items that we wanted to add to the cauldron. We brought everything back inside and they patiently waited for their turn to throw in what they found. We also added glitter, paint and feathers to add more colour to the brew. Whilst stirring it, we chanted ‘Iggety Ziggety Zaggety ZOOM!’ as they do in the book. The children remembered this and that the potion was to make a new broom for everyone to sit on.

We have added an interactive story board to the story carpet, creating the characters from ‘Room on the Broom’ and the main items that can stick on the board. This has really engaged the children, bringing the story to life and helping them to remember its key events.

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Rhyme was also looked at, with the children being able to finish sentences in the story; cat – hat – plait, dog – frog, wind – grinned and found – ground to name a few. During free play we observed the children taking out the visuals for the story and saying the words, as well as sticking them up and talking about the story with their friends. Focusing on this story provided lots of activities that the children had an interest in as well as improving literacy skills and we will be keeping an eye out to see which could be the next favourite story.

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Our event this month looked at some of the activities we really enjoyed – the witch’s brew, cinnamon baking and messy play. We invited parents to come and listen to the story with us and Leanne, our Early Years Teacher, spoke briefly to parents about the importance of literacy in Early Years. Our Stay and Play event was a good opportunity for parents to interact with their child’s key person and to experience some of the fun their children had throughout October.

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