Nursery – The Gingerbread Man

The traditional tale of ‘The Gingerbread Man was our focus text this week, a firm favourite that most of the children were already familiar with. The children joined in with the repeated refrains in the story and they enjoyed listening to many different versions, often with different animals or characters chasing the cheeky gingerbread man!

We learnt the Makaton signs for ‘ginger’, ‘bread’ and ‘man’ this week linking to the story and we also revisited ‘cow’, ‘sheep’ and ‘pig’ when we came across the animals in different versions of the story. The children have once again been brilliant and recalling ‘what happened next’ throughout the story. We even explored different ideas for an alternative ending to the story, with suggestions such as the gingerbread man sailing a boat across the river or running until he found a bridge to cross safely (as well as many other scenarios!)

At our creative area, we have designed and cut out gingerbread men, made story masks to retell the story and used cookie cutters to make our gingerbread men. We explored flour with multi coloured gingerbread men in our sensory tray this week and for our cooking activity this week, we baked our own gingerbread men. They were so tasty and we made so many that we had them with our snack on two consecutive days!

The children have enjoyed lots of time exploring our wonderful outdoor areas this week as the weather is becoming more bright and sunny. Please ensure your child brings a sun hat and has a high factor sun cream applied before school in the morning to protect them from the sun.

Have a look at the attached home learning (for the week beginning 23rd May) to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk

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Reception – Three Little Pigs

This week we have been looking at the very popular story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have explored various texts by different authors and talked about how they are different and similar. We have also learnt some lovely songs linked to the story and the children were very good at being the big, bad wolf!

We have learnt the signs: ‘pig’ and ‘wolf’. In addition, linking with our narrative work, we have learnt the sign for ‘what happened next’ and have made predictions as to what will happen next during our story times.

To help develop our vocabulary we also learnt different words for ‘little’. These are ‘tiny’, ‘minute’ and ‘minuscule’.

We have talked about different houses around the world and what they are made of. We then had a go at drawing a plan of our own home and then building it using LEGO or Duplo. We have also discussed materials and what different things around us are made of. The children loved exploring the Discovery Garden and finding things that were man-made and natural.

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk

A few notes:

  • We would love to receive any recyclable material for our junk modelling station. These can include cardboard boxes, cleaned out yoghurt pots or plastic containers. Please can we ask that anything that contained nuts does not come in due to allergies, thank you.
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Reception- The Ravenous Beast

Our story this week is called ‘The Ravenous Beast’ by Niamh Sharkey. This story is all about different animals who talk about what they like to eat. However, no one is as hungry as the ravenous beast who ends up eating everyone!

We have learnt the signs: ‘hungry’ and ‘eat’. In addition, linking with our narrative work, we have learnt the sign for ‘what happened next’ and have made predictions as to what will happen next during our story times.

To help develop our vocabulary we also learnt different words for ‘hungry’. These are ‘ravenous’, ‘starving’ and ‘famished’.

RSB really enjoyed our egg-speriment this week! We all thought about soft and hard materials that we could put at the bottom of the wall. We predicted which materials would keep Humpty whole and which materials would make him crack!

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk

A few notes:

  • We would love to receive any recyclable material for our junk modelling station. These can include cardboard boxes, cleaned out yoghurt pots or plastic containers. Please can we ask that anything that contained nuts does not come in due to allergies, thank you.
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