Traditional Tales

This week we began our Traditional Tales topic with the story of The Three Little Pigs. Our role-play has transformed into a construction site and the small world area supports the children to retell the Three Little Pigs story.

On Monday on our writing table, we wrote our holiday news. Later in the week we completed phoneme frames to create a word bank to use in our Three Little Pigs writing. In handwriting practice we worked on the letters e and s, and we will continue to practise e and s this week, as they were a little challenging for us. In phonics, we have moved onto phase 4. We have no new graphemes to learn in this phase, but the aim is to  consolidate our learning of phase 2 and 3 to help us read and spell words with adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk.

In maths, we have engaged with activities that draw attention to the purpose of counting - to find out how many objects there are. We are developing our understanding of the concept of cardinality - that the last number in the count tells us 'how many' things there are altogether. We are beginning to apply this concept to counting more abstract things, such as claps, jumps and hops.

We are continuing the Three Little Pigs tale into next week, so in our creative area some projects will continue into next week. The children have been brilliant house builders, and we have created many homes using materials such as Lego, straws, hay, twigs, paint and other collage materials. I was amazed by their fine motor and construction skills to create the houses using small wooden sticks and marshmallows.

Next week we will celebrate pancake day with pancake races on the playground with the Antelopes. Then on Thursday we will celebrate World Book day by coming to school dressed as a character from our favourite book. Can you guess what characters the teachers will be dressed as?