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Autumn 2

Week 1

 

Our topic in English this half term is 'Traditional Tales'. This week the children have looked at all of the different features of Traditional Tales including story language, good characters and 'baddies' and story settings. They worked in their groups and explored a variety of Traditional Tales to identify these features.

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The first Traditional Tale we are learning is 'The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen'. We have used Talk 4 Writing to learn the story off by heart with matching actions.

 

The children have sequenced the story and wrote matching sentences to retell it. The Rabbits group used puppets to help them retell the story.

 

The Hedgehogs group have been very busy this week. Each morning they go to the Turret Room with Mrs Murray and have been learning the Traditional Tale of 'The Three Little Pigs'. They have done some fantastic work including retelling the story with finger puppets, acting the story out in roleplay and writing speech bubbles for some of the characters. Well done, Hedgehogs!
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Week 2

 

This week in English the children changed the main character in the story 'The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen'. They used the T4W story map to change the main events of the story, used stick puppets to retell their new story and came up with some fantastic ideas for their writing!  I was very impressed.

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The Hedgehogs group have had another busy week working with Mrs Murray. They have continued to focus on 'The Three Little Pigs'.

 

They started off the week by interviewing the different characters from the story and practised speaking in full sentences. On Tuesday they made a little pig out of pink playdough and wrote a matching adjective to describe it.

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On Wednesday the children read the story together by carefully sounding out and blending words together. Later on in the week they even had a housewarming party for one of the little pigs in the roleplay area! It was lots of fun.
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For their Big Write this week, the Hedgehog group had to describe the big, bad wolf.
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Week 3 

 

This week we looked at the Traditional Tale 'The Three Little Pigs'. We used T4W to learn the story with actions to help us remember the order of the story. On Tuesday the children retold the story in various ways including using finger puppets, the small world tray and the roleplay area.

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On Wednesday the children investigated different materials. We talked about the materials the Three Little Pigs used to build their houses and if they were good choices or not. The children used a variety of materials to build a new house for The Three Little Pigs including marshmallows and straws, cotton reels and Lego. 
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On Thursday the children designed a brand new house for the Three Little Pigs and made a list of materials needed. 
For their Big Write on Friday the children had to act in role and think about if they were a Little Pig what would they build their house out of? 
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This week the Hedgehog group have also been investigating the materials chosen by the Three Little Pigs.
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Week 4

 

Our Traditional Tale this week is 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. At the beginning of the week the children sequenced and retold the story. 

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We have looked at the character of the Giant. The children used adjectives to describe him - they had some fantastic ideas!
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When the children arrived in the classroom on Thursday, somebody had left them a letter! We looked carefully at the green glitter and the jelly beans that had been left with it.

 

We discussed who we thought might have sent it before opening the letter together. It was from Jack! He was asking for the children's help to catch the grumpy Giant.

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We started off by reading some examples of instructions to identify their features such as bossy words, bullet points and a list of things that you need. The children then planned their own instructions on how to catch a giant. They thought of some super ideas!

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For their Big Write the children then made an instruction booklet telling people how they could catch their own Giant! The Rabbit group worked hard to put their instructions in the correct order.
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This week the Hedgehog group have had a busy week interviewing the Big Bad Wolf from the Traditional Tale 'The Three Little Pigs'. They wanted to find out all about his favourite foods.
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After the interview the children made some new food for the Wolf out of playdough.
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The children acted in role as a chef to create a menu for the Big Bad Wolf to eat at a banquet. For their Big Write they wrote the menu.
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Week 5

 

This week the children are learning all about 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. So far the children have described Goldilocks by using adjectives in their writing. Later on in the week the children will be changing the main parts of the story.

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The Hedgehog group have been acting in role as Police Officers this week to find out the best ways to trap the Big, Bad Wolf from the tale 'The Three Little Pigs'.

Week 6

 

This week the children have been learning all about letters. They have identified features of letters by reading 'The Jolly Postman' book. They have then planned their own letter to send to Father Christmas. For our Big Write this week the children will be writing their letters to Father Christmas, focusing on letter features and Kung Fu punctuation.

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