Welcome to the spring term. We are looking forwards to reading some traditional tales. Below are some of the stories we will be sharing.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
We begin with 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' We will focus on this story during the week beginning 8th January. After hearing the story, your child will have the opportunity to make and taste porridge and act as a character in our cottage role play. We will talk about Goldilock's behaviour- why does she need to say 'sorry' to the bears?
Little Red Riding Hood
The week beginning 22nd January we will move on to 'Little Red Riding Hood.' Together we will draw a map of Little Red Riding Hood's journey from home, through the woods to Grandma's house. We will be encouraging the children to use different voices for the characters as we retell the story. We will be practising our cutting skills when we make wolf masks.
The Gingerbread Man
The week beginning the 29th January, we will read the 'The Gingerbread Man.' The children will have the opportunity to act out the story with toy prompts. We will make and decorate gingerbread men. We will also carry out a science investigation by predicting what will happen to a gingerbread man if he goes swimming in our water tray?!
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The following week we will enjoy 'The Elves and the Shoemaker.' We will be writing miniature letters in the style of the elves. Also, we will be comparing and measuring shoe sizes, then in our shoe shop role play we will be writing number labels to describe the size.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The week beginning 26th February, the above story is our focus. We will be making our own bridges outside so that we can safely cross the 'river' and we will look at bridges from around the world, starting with in our own locality, the impressive Humber Bridge. We will be drawing our own versions of the scariest, grumpiest, ugliest troll you can imagine!
During the week of the 12th of March, we will find out how the hen manages to make 'stone soup' taste so delicious with the help of a few tasty vegetables! This will lead us to make our own healthy soup and practise safe use of tools as we prepare the vegtables. We will be talking about and experiencing how exercise helps keeps us healthy.
After reading 'Cinderella,' we will be writing invitations to attend a ball at the Prince's castle. We will be designing and making crowns and there will be opportunity to make a wand to spread spells of happiness in the style of the Fairy Godmother!
How You can Support at Home...
It will support your child's learning if you share the traditional stories with your child at home. An ideal time is bedtime. Encourage your child to name the characters and describe the story events. What will happen next? Can your child predict the ending or even make up a new ending? As you read, give your characters different voices and encourage your child to join with the repeated phrases. You may find that you don't even need a copy of the story, sometimes it is good practise for your child to be told the story as it helps develop listening skills.