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Term Two : Room on the Broom and The Three Little Pigs


At the beginning of Term Two, we focussed on the story 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We chose this story as it linked in to Halloween which the children were showing an interest in, noticing all of the decorations and outfits that were popping up in shops and local homes. Room on the Broom contains many rhyming words and helped the children to understand and apply rhyme in their play. We played a game and sang a song which went:


" I know a word that rhymes with dog..dog...frog....dog...frog" where the children would point at someone who then would have to think of a word that rhymed. There are many nursery rhymes and stories that you can sing and read with your children to help further their understanding and use of rhyme in their language:


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Each Peach, Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

All of the Dr Seuss collection

Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson


Twinkle, twinkle little star

Five little ducks went swimming one day

Humpty Dumpty

Sing a song of sixpence

Ring-a-ring o roses


The Three Little Pigs


Before we get into the Christmas spirit, we are focussing on the story of The Three Little Pigs. The main areas of focus that we will link into the learning of this story are:


Materials and Construction ( the pigs build their houses from different materials)

Time and Number Order     (language of first, second and third)

Segmenting and blending Key Words in both Reading and Writing ( huff, puff, chin)


We have been outside building dens using sticks and different materials and also enjoyed role play camping in Miss Shepherd's tent. The children enjoyed it so much so that they have asked to toast marshmallows next week (on a real camp fire!).


Keep your eyes peeled for photos of what we have been up to in Term 2!


Term One : The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Gingerbread Man

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.