As it is autumn our book for this week has been ‘The Very Helpful Hedgehog’ by Rosie Wellesley. This book is about Isaac the 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 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.
We have had hedgehog related Rainbow Challenges this week. Our challenges have been to:
- write about what Isaac did to help the donkey
- make a meal for a hedgehog in the mud kitchen
- use a paper cup to make a hedgehog
- use blocks to make house for a hedgehog
- make a hedgehog using playdough and spaghetti
- balance hedgehogs to make a tower, count how many were used and find the same number in Numicon
This week nearly all Reception did all their Rainbow Challenges.
We have been recapping all the vocabulary that we have learnt since the beginning of term and have been trying to use the words when we have been playing. We have started to learn a new poem called ‘Mice’ by Rose Fyleman. It is quite a well-known poem and Mrs Popay can remember learning it when she was young! This week the Curiosity Box contained some houses with numbers on which led to a discussion about what number house we all lived in. We discovered that some people have a name for their house not a number.
The Reception children have been learning the new sounds g, o, c, and k and have been practising writing the letters using the correct formation. The nursery children have been thinking about rhyming words in stories this week and have been recognising their names.
In maths the Reception children have been practising their doubling and halving skills and finding finding 1 more and 1 less with numbers to ten. It has been quite tricky! Nursery children have been continuing with their counting and learning to recognise numbers. They have been hunting for numbers around the classroom.
Our new sandpit was finished this week. We love it! Thank you Mrs Cotton! It has been great to use all the sand toys, especially investigating the sand moulds and the rakes. Outside we have been practising our letter recognition by squirting letters when they were called out. There has also been a lot of mark making on the chalkboards outside with children writing the ingredients for the hedgehog’s meal made in the mud kitchen. The shaving foam in the tuff tray this week was a definite favourite!
Next week our story will be ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper.