Reception Class have been reading ‘What the Ladybird Saw’, by Julia Donaldson and were shocked to hear about Lanky Len and Hefty Hew stealing the mermaid’s hair. In forest school the children spotted signs that Lanky Len and Hefty Hew had been there too! The 
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Last week Reception Class found Henrietta on a beach in their classroom, with a parcel! She had delivered the story book ‘What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside’, and a non-fiction book about coral reefs. The children have loved using the beach area to read 
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During their second week of learning based around the theme of Spring, Hopscotch enjoyed lots of fun activities designed to develop their Early Years Curriculum knowledge and skills, including placing specified numbers of ‘spots’ on ladybirds, making repeating patterns with different coloured spring flowers (and 
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During ‘Spring Week 1’ the children in pre-school spent some time looking for signs of spring. They then did some observational watercolour painting, taking inspiration from the work of Vincent Van Gogh, to paint flowers that staff had picked. Before starting staff and children spent 
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During Three Little Pigs Week the children loved listening to the story and helping the wolf by huffing and puffing. Staff then used the story to teach the children about first, then and next. The class worked on this by sequencing the story and working 
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  Last week Reception Class continued to base much of their learning around the story of ‘Handa’s Surprise’, by Eileen Browne. The children innovated the story by changing the characters (to themselves) and by choosing different fruits and animals to appear in their story. The 
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Last week Henerietta delivered the fiction book of ‘Handa’s Surprise’, and a non-fiction book about African Animals. After listening to the story the class had time to explore a range of fruits, make fruit rubbings, weigh them and look at them closely using the magnifying 
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Gingerbread Week was very exciting, involving lots of problem solving and exploration of ideas! The children used shape dice to help them create a gingerbread man, by rolling the dice to see which shapes they could use. This really encouraged them to be creative and 
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During Goldilocks Week in Pre-school we all went porridge and bears mad!  In their maths learning the children enjoyed using potato stamps of bear pawprints to make repeating patterns, compared the sizes of bears and used them to make more repeating patterns and played ‘Teddy 
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During Billy Goats Gruff Week, pre-school based their learning around this well-known traditional tale. The children loved the story and were very motivated to practise their maths counting skills by adding the right number of ‘hair’ pegs to trolls, so that the number of hairs 
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