Welcome back to everyone and I'm glad to hear we have had an exciting half term break!

This week we have been focusing upon The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and have been thinking hard about some key book vocabulary such as 'author', 'illustrator', 'setting' and 'character'.  We have been predicting the next lines of the story using our knowledge of rhyming and have thought carefully about words which rhyme. 

In our literacy, we have been continuing to work on ordering and sequencing stories and developing our story language in retelling these stories. We have also begun to use our ABC books to practice writing our letters correctly.

In maths, we have been focusing upon measuring - we have ordered and measured different snakes using cubes as our non-standard unit of measurement; we have put the characters from the Gruffalo in size order and have also been measuring our friends using string and discussing different heights.

Our topic work has been focused upon exploring maps, using our knowledge of the Gruffalo's 'deep, dark wood' from the story to create our own simple maps of this setting.

The children are beginning to settle back in and are continuing to develop their independence in accessing the continuous provision in class and directing their own learning.

I hope you all enjoyed the phonics workshop on Thursday and that it gave you an insight into how you can best support your child's reading. We hope to send out reading books on Monday.

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AuthorLiam Whetnall