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What we are learning

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The children are learning the classic story of the The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We are looking at the different sizes of the characters (goats) in the story and focusing on the associated language: small, medium and large/big. We will be using this language in our everyday learning and will also begin to order objects by size. We will be continuing our focus of 'labelling' by labelling the characters of the story as we did when we were learning about The Gingerbread Man. When labelling the characters, the children will be taught how to use their phonics to break down the sounds in each word: eg big, b--i-g, which in turn supports them to extend their literacy skills for future learning in reading and writing.

Not to forget, we have the farm visiting us on Tuesday the 2nd of October to further support the children's learning of farm animals, specifically goats ! 




We have begun our daily phonics sessions and follow the Ruth Miskin program 'Read,Write,Inc'. The children learn a new sound each day and learn how to say the sound, recognise the sound and write the letter. The sounds are learned in the following order and will be sent home at the end of each week to support home learning:






Whilst the children are learning these new sounds, they will also begin to learn the skill of blending where sounds are put together to create words. eg s-a-t, sat



The children's interests


The afternoon learning is focused entirely on the children's interests. Every week, children are encouraged to share their ideas and interests which contribute to our 'Maple Mind Map'.  These are then used to plan for the environment and the play and learning activities. Last week, the children asked to be able to wash babies, build with Lego, cook chicken nuggets and set up a cafe (we did it all!). This week we have been superhero's and have made our own masks and will be prepping and cutting vegetables to cook a vegetable soup.