This half term we have been focusing on ‘Traditional Stories’. These have included ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘The Three Little Pigs’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We have completed a range of activities based around these books. We mapped out the stories and used these to retell them. We made stick puppets and even set up our traditional story small world area.
In maths we have been counting with 1:1 correspondence, and some of us are getting really good at linking numerals and quantities. We have also categorised objects according to size, a skill that we had plenty of practice doing while we were talking about the big, medium and small bowls, chairs and beds that belonged to the bears.
Other exciting learning opportunities include our ‘5 senses crisp testing’ linked to Little Red Riding Hood where we had to investigate what we could smell, see and taste in order to work out what flavour our crisps were. Our perfect porridge making where we had to get our recipe ‘just right’, and of course our whole school ‘French day’ where we tried some croissants and learned that ‘bonjour’ means hello in France.
This half term we have been reading a variety of books including ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Owl Babies’ and ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’. We completed a range of activities based around this book including making our own collage tiger, writing shopping lists and making some stick puppets. We even set up our role play as a tea party in case a tiger came, but he never did.
A highlight from November was taking part in ‘World Nursery Rhyme Week’. We focused on 5 rhymes and encouraged children to take part in the ‘Rhyme a Day’ challenge by singing the nursery rhymes and taking part in supporting activities. The rhymes this year were 5 little speckled frogs, The big ship sails, B.I.N.G.O, twinkle twinkle little star and 1,2,3,4,5. We really enjoyed singing the rhymes and created a lovely class display from all of our work.
As well as all this we also learned about some other Autumn festivals such as Diwali and Bonfire night and marked remembrance day by making our own poppies.
December was also a very busy month. We had the performance of our Nativity ‘Whooops a daisy Angel’ and were all very excited that one of Santa’s Elves came to keep an eye on us in our classroom.
We all need a well deserved rest now so we can come back and look forward to all the exciting things we have planned for the new year!