The Three Little Pigs

There was a lot of huffing and puffing in Robins this week and it wasn't just from the teachers! The children gave a very animated performance of 'The Three Little Pigs' as they retold this traditional tale. They drew some beautifully detailed story maps and used their phonic knowledge to practise sounding out labels for their pictures. Straw seemed a very silly building material for the first pig to choose and Robins thought of their own silly ideas but decided a chocolate house would melt, a sand house would crumble and a jelly house would simply be too wobbly! We explored the houses in Gretton on our adventure walk looking at different materials and comparing old and new buildings including the original church tower. In PE our warm-up was of course 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' and we learnt how to shuttle run to collect building materials for the Little Pig's houses. In Maths Robins explored the composition of numbers 4 and 5 finding different ways to make these numbers and recording their ideas. At Forest School we made clay pigs and experimented with natural materials to build a strong shelter to keep out the Big, Bad Wolf.

Robins looking at building materials on our adventure walk


Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Robins discovered that naughty 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo' in Michael Rosen's story, should have listened to the Good Fairy then he wouldn't have been turned into a 'Goon'! The children found the book very funny and enthusiastically joined in with the repeated phrases. We thought about how the story might have had a different ending if the rabbit had changed his ways. Kai suggested he could have played with the forest animals rather than bopping them on the head! In Maths the children have been shape hunting around school looking for circles and triangles. It turns out there are at least 50 circles in our playground but (somewhat appropriately) only 3 triangles! Some of the children made Kandinsky inspired pastel drawings of circles and triangles while others made shape monsters and collages.

"We've found a triangle!"


We're Going on a Bear Hunt

'We're going on a bear hunt we're going to catch a big one...' Having stumbled along the bumpy path, squelched through the sticky mud, brushed through the wet grass and clambered over piles of sticks we discovered that there are definitely no bears living at Forest School! The Robins animatedly chanted along with Michael Rosen's well known and loved story adding actions and lots of expression as they joined in with the repeated refrains. They drew story maps and used water colour paints to create the textures of the different settings in the story. Another favourite tale set the scene for our maths work this week. The Three Billy Goats Gruff introduced the idea of composition of numbers and the children explored ways to make 3 using dice games and dominoes. Robins were very brave receiving their tickly flu vaccinations and I was very proud of how politely they answered the nurse's questions and how little fuss they made. We all loved meeting Harold the giraffe who came to meet us with Anita from Life Education and who talked to us about ways to keep ourselves healthy to ensure we have plenty of energy. She was very impressed with how well the children listened and answered her questions for which they all received a well-deserved sticker.

Anita and Harold's cousin Henry who came in his safari outfit!


The Enormous Turnip

Following our work on Supertato last week, we continued on the theme of vegetables with the story of The Enormous Turnip. The children took on the roles of the different characters who tried to pull up the huge vegetable and acted out the story until the final PULL! We practised colour mixing to make shades of purple to paint a turnip as well as choosing our own favourite vegetables to make a soup recipe and practise writing labels. As part of our maths work, the Robins used cup measures to make their own play dough, went on a number hunt around the school and made collections of objects which they counted and used marks to record the totals in their own way. To celebrate the end of their first term in school we finished the week with a campfire at Forest School and learnt how heat changes materials including the delicious marshmallows we toasted...mmm!

Making playdough