The Gingerbread Man
This week, we have been reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. The children have been taking turns at being different characters and enjoyed being the gingerbread man saying, “Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.”
We have been focusing on recognising numbers up to 5. To help us, we had to select a number, count out that number of buttons and put it onto our gingerbread man.
Just like the little old woman, we have made gingerbread men using playdough. Obviously, we made sure the oven door was locked so that the gingerbread man didn’t escape again!
All about Number
This week, we have been focussing on the number 1. To help us, we counted objects to 1 and wrote the number 1 in a variety of ways e.g. in the sand, on big paper and outside using the chalk.
We have been learning to recognise our name and some of us, to write it. To help us write, we need to have good pencil control. We have been practising drawing over dotted lines and doing lots of finger exercises.
In our creative play, we have been using lots of different textures to collage ‘The Gingerbread man’. We have used words such as bumpy, smooth, hard and soft to describe the materials we used.
The Gingerbread Man
This week, we have been focussing on the number 2. We have been on a number hunt and found pairs of objects. We have also been practising writing the number 2 by using the phrase, ‘Up around down and across makes 2.’
The Gingerbread Man shocked us this week by writing a letter telling us he wanted a friend. To do this, we decided to make gingerbread men. As our number this week is 2, we gave the gingerbread men 2 eyes and 2 buttons. As requested by The Gingerbread Man, we saved one to send to him and we also wrote a letter saying we hope they have many new adventures together. The next day, we saw pictures from the night before which showed The Gingerbread Man and his friend running around our school, how cheeky!
As well as looking at traditional tales this half term, we are also looking at people who help us. This week we looked at firemen and how they help us. To help us, we have looked at videos and took part in role play by dressing up and acting as firemen in our play.
Jack and the Beanstalk
We have started a new story this week called Jack and the Beanstalk. It has been so much fun retelling the story using the puppets and soft toy props. The giant is our favourite character and we have been acting like a big, angry giant saying, “Fee fi fo fum, watch out, here I come!”
This week, we have been focussing on the number 3. We are able to count 3 objects and make towers of 3 cubes. To help us write the number 3, we have used whiteboards and wrote lots of 3’s on them.
In RE, the topic is all about Celebrations. To help us with this topic, we have discussed what we think a celebration is and role played different celebrations. As a class, we decided that our favourite celebration is birthdays. We have had a party in the home corner, and made cakes using the playdough, where we have used 3 candles, as this is our number of the week.
The most exciting thing that happened this week was that it snowed! It was amazing. We brought some of the snow inside and used our hands to describe how the snow felt. “It is freezing!” “It is slippery.” These were some of the words/phrases we used to describe the snow.
National Storytelling Week
This week in Nursery and Reception, the children have been celebrating National Storytelling Week. They have shared in the enjoyment of listening to stories as well as retelling their own and reading to a friend.
We believe that, "Storytelling can enrich lives everywhere. The sharing between teller and listener empowers, feeding the imagination from one generation to the next." (The Society for Storytelling)
World Book Day Celebrations
World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and today, we all came together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. This year, the children dressed up in their pyjamas or their favourite book character. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.