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Our topic for this half term is 'Stories by the same author'.

 

We will be looking at Julia Donaldson and her fantastic books The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Stick Man, Room on the Broom and The Scarecrow's Wedding. 

 

We will be learning how to form our letters and apply our phonics skills correctly. The children will learn how to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 

The Gruffalo

 

Retelling the story

This week the children have been very busy retelling the story of The Gruffalo in lots of different ways. The children have worked indoors and outdoors and in the roleplay and small world areas using story stones, story spoons, masks and finger puppets to retell the adventures of a little brown mouse who meets a scary Gruffalo on his walk through the deep, dark woods.

 

For their Big Write this week the children made a story wheel to retell four important parts of the story. They did some fantastic writing!

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Terrible creatures

This week the children are describing the Gruffalo before designing their very own terrible creature. I can't wait to see what they come up with!

 

The Hedgehog group made their own terrible creature out of modelling clay. They then used their phonics to write a matching descriptive caption. They worked very hard!

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The Gruffalo's Child

 

Today we have started looking at another Julia Donaldson story called 'The Gruffalo's Child'. The children have received a very special letter from the Gruffalo & his Child asking for their help to think of some new, disgusting foods that they can serve at their midnight feast.

 

The children will be making recipes and thinking of their own foods to make a menu to send back to the Gruffalo. We have a 'Gruffalo Cafe' in the classroom and some children will be working outside in the mud kitchen.

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Stick Man

 

This week we are looking at 'Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson. The children will be participating in a variety of activities such as making lists of the different ways to use a stick, acting out the story in our roleplay and small world areas, thinking about Stick Man's feelings throughout the story and writing a postcard in the role of Stick Man to his family.

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The Scarecrow's Wedding

 

The next Julia Donaldson story we are looking at is called 'The Scarecrow's Wedding'. The children will be following instructions to make their very own scarecrow. In continuous provision the children will be making a wedding cake for Harry and Betty, acting out a wedding, designing wedding invitations and sewing wedding outfits. 

Room on the Broom

 

The final Julia Donaldson story that we will be looking at this half term is 'Room on the Broom'. The children will be sequencing the story, looking at rhyming pairs and making their own special potions. It is going to be a very exciting week in Year One!

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