Blog 07.01.22

We were all pleased to be back at school and were very excited to talk about all the fantastic presents that we had got from Santa!

This week we have been reading ‘The Mitten’ by Jan Brett. The story is a Ukrainian folk tale about a boy called Nicki who wants his grandmother to knit him some white mittens. When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.  One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse who make the bear sneeze and then all the animals fly out of the mitten and Nicki gets his mitten back unaware of what has happened.

Our Rainbow Challenges this week have been related to ‘The Mitten’ story:

Writing – Write about a part of the story

Maths – Put the animals in the order that they got inside the mitten.  The Recption children also had to number the animals 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.

Funky Fingers – Use tweezers to fill a mitten with snowballs.  The Reception children had to use a tweezer in each hand.

Creative – Cut out and glue the animals into a mitten shape.  Reception children needed to cut and stick them onto the mitten in the same order that the animals got into the mitten in the story

Playdough – Roll the dough to make playdough snowballs and put them on the mitten outline.  The Reception children needed to count how many snowballs they had made.


All the Reception children and nearly all the Nursery children completed all their challenges this week.  So there were lots of children doing the gold challenge.  Well done Starfish!


Mr Easton was back in to school to teach us some music this week.  We played a game with a ball.  We needed to listen to the speed of the music, which we learnt was called the ‘tempo’, and pass the ball fast or slow depending on the speed of the music. 


Mrs Cotton turned our role play into a winter wonderland.  We have loved wearing the hats and gloves and sitting on the snowy ground and building with the snow bricks.


We have read our story of the week, The Mitten’, lots and we even retold it using paper bag puppets.   We also acted it out.


We have a new recipe to follow this week; blueberry cake.  We all tasted a blueberry, some of us didn’t like them but they tasted a lot different in a cake!  We have to carefully count out five blueberries when we follow the recipe.


We have also used some wool to thread in and out of a mitten shape and have made some hats using crayons and brusho paint.  We drew patterns on a hat shape with a white crayon and then painted over with the paint.  It was like magic!  The paint stayed on the paper but wouldn’t stay where the crayon was.

In RE we started our new topic ‘Which places are special and why?’  We thought about where we feel happy and safe and spoke about somewhere that we like to go that is special to us.  Some children drew their houses and gardens.  Some children drew places that they had been to on holiday and some children drew places that they like to visit.

Next week our story will be ‘Jack Frost’ by Kazuno Kohara