The Three Little Pigs

This week we have started on one of our favourite topics in Nursery, the story of The Three Little Pigs. We started the week reading the story and talking about the different materials the pigs used to build their houses. We all decided that bricks were definitely the strongest and have used lots of different building bricks and blocks within the classroom to create houses of our own.
The children have also enjoyed making houses for the pigs out of junk and have made up some wonderful stories of their own using their stick puppets. Some of the houses have some very clever design features to stop the wolf from entering!
You may have heard the children singing our new song, here’s a link if you’d like to join in at home – we all love it!
https://www.thelearninggroove.com/three-little-pigs

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The Snow Queen visits Bicester!

We have really enjoyed learning about the story of the Snow Queen. We pretended we were in a boat trying to get to her castle, painted self portraits and have moved on this week to learning about the animals and the environments of the arctic and Antarctic.

F-F-F-Phonics!

This week we have begun to navigate the tricky world of reading and writing in English, with our Read Write Inc. phonics sessions.

We will be learning 2/3 letter sounds per week in a fun and pacy way. Each letter we learn has a handwriting rhyme to help with the correct formation of the letters. But please note at the moment we are more focused on hearing, saying and recognising the sounds correctly, rather than forming them. However, the children will have opportunities to practise writing these and we will also be sending home letter formation sheets every Friday to practise at home if you and your child so wish.

This week we have started with ‘m’ and ‘a’. M is a long sound (stretchy consonant, mmmm) and a is a short sound (bouncy vowel a, a, a). It is important to ensure that when we are saying the words we do not add an extra sound (e.g. mmmm not ‘muh’) as this confuses things later on when the children move on to blending the sounds to read words.

Any questions please feel free to ask.

Traditional Tales Hook-In Day

We have had a lovely day at the start of our new topic on ‘Traditional Tales’. The children were good at guessing the characters that we were dressed up as and enjoyed listening to the tales.

Following the story, we built ‘wolf-proof’ houses for the little pigs, played in Grandmas cottage, made collage ‘Chicken Lickens’ and the best bit of all? Eating some of the cakes that red riding hood had bought for Grandma!

Tomorrow we will begin work on the ‘Snow Queen’.