Last week Henrietta the Hedgehog visited Reception Class and delivered the book Mr Gumpy’s Outing, by John Burningham. Bertie the Bee caught the rhyme, ‘Row row row your boat’, in the Reading Garden.

The children enjoyed retelling the story, using the small world tray, and explored the water colours to create the water for a boat to go on. They also worked collaboratively to make a boat which floated, and carried two toy people. Lots of problem solving went on, as the children had to test the boats out and adapt them accordingly – they were fantastic and kept on trying and didn’t give up.

As a class the children also experienced their first educational visit, walking down to the river to see if they could spot any boats. They were in luck! They saw lots of narrow boats and a speed boat. There were also able to look out for some signs of autumn and enjoyed singing new verses to ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’, whilst sitting next to the river.

In Maths the children have been comparing amounts of conkers, using the vocabulary of fewer, more and the same, and continued exploring floating and sinking in the continuous provision. 

This week, it was Rosa’s turn to share  her favourite rhyme and book. Everyone loved listening to ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

I wonder what books and rhymes they will be learning about next week!


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