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Autumn 1


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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

Autumn 2


This half term our English topic is 'Traditional Tales'. We will be looking at and identifying the feature of a variety of tales including Goldilocks and the Three Bears,  Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen. 


We began our first week by identifying and recognising the features of Traditional Tales. The children explored a range of books to do this.


The Hedgehogs group have been busy looking at the story 'The Three Little Pigs'. They have made a super story path to orally retell the story. The children have worked with Mrs Turner to make stick puppets so that they could act the story out. On Friday for their Big Write the children worked with Mrs Delaney to write speech bubbles for each character.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


The first Traditional Tale that we are looking at is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This week we have been busy sequencing and retelling the story, making story paths and mountains and re-writing the story in our own words.

This week the children are looking at adjectives to describe the characters from the story. On Monday they had to sort different adjectives to match with the correct character.

This week the Hedgehogs have worked with Miss Chapman to interview the different characters from the story to practise speaking in full sentences. The children came up with some fantastic questions!


"Why did you not let me in, piggy?" - Jacob


"Why did you want to eat me?" - Kane

To end our learning on Goldilocks and the Three Bears the children had the chance to taste three different flavours of porridge. After trying them the children had to vote for their favourite flavour. The most popular flavour was syrup! We collected all of this information for our class floor-book.

Jack and the Beanstalk


The next Traditional Tale that we will be looking at is Jack and the Beanstalk. We will be ordering pictures and sentences from the story, making character profiles and writing an instruction booklet on how to catch the grumpy Giant!


The Hedgehog group will be having another busy week looking at the materials the Three Little Pigs used to build their houses.

The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen


This week the children are looking at a new Traditional Tale. They will be making story mountains and retelling the story in their own words for their Big Write.


The Hedgehog group have been very busy this week. They have been learning all about the wolf from the story The Three Little Pigs. The children have acted in role as the wolf and have asked each other questions such as 'Why did you want to blow my house down?'. They have also read different menus and designed some food for the wolf to eat.

On a journey with Jesus;

growing, learning and loving God together