Our book this week was ‘The Very Helpful Hedgehog’ by Rosie Wellesley. It is about a hedgehog who has only ever been alone - and that is the way he likes it. One day an apple falls from a tree and sticks onto the spines on his back. He wiggles and jiggles, but he cannot get it off. As he struggles to remove the apple, help comes in the unexpected form of a donkey who cannot reach the apples which fall outside of his paddock. Isaac learns that it is better to have a friend and to be helpful than to be on your own all of the time.
This week we have begun our Rainbow Challenges again. Our challenges were all related to our story:
Writing – write about what Issac the hedgehog did in the story
Maths – Roll the dice and count spikes for the hedgehog
Funky Fingers – Stack the hedgehogs
Creative – Cut out a hedgehog and make some brown paint to paint it with
Construction area – Build a house, with a roof, for a hedgehog
Playdough – Make a playdough hedgehog
Nearly all the children completed the challenges this week! Well done!
As well as ‘Squiggle While you Wiggle’ this week, the Reception children have started ‘Pen Disco’. When the music is playing they needed to draw circles and dots on squared paper using different coloured felt tip pens. It was a great way to practise our fine motor skills and pen control and have fun at the same time!
As we are thinking about autumn at the moment, our role play area is a Pumpkin Patch! When we play inside we can make and sell pumpkin pies and pumpkin soup. Write recipes and lists of ingredients as well as use money to buy and sell pumpkins. We even have real pumpkins! It’s been a popular place to play this week.
As our story was about hedgehogs, Mrs Cotton made hedgehog bread rolls with us. We measured out the ingredients, formed the dough into hedgehog shapes, put on sultana eyes and made the spikes with scissors. They smelt so good when they came out of the oven! We also found out about real hedgehogs this week by watching a video, after the video the Reception children wrote about what hedgehogs eat.
In the tuff tray this week we made some moon sand using cornflour and hair conditioner. We loved investigating the texture and looking and feeling how it changed when we used mashers, brushes and scrapers. It made a lovely mess!
This week Mr Easton was back to teach us some more songs. We were really good with the shaker eggs and carefully followed his instructions.
Next week our story next week will be ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper.