Little Red Riding Hood

Last week, Little Acorns read the story of Little Red Riding Hood as part of our topic on Traditional Tales. We talked about the characters and setting of the story and compared different versions. Then we went outside to act out the story using phrases such as “Grandma what big eyes you have!” and “all the better to see with you my dear!”.

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The Gingerbread Man

This term Little Acorns are learning about Traditional Tales from around the World, starting with “The Gingerbread Man”. We read and compared different versions of the story and wrote speech bubbles for the repeated phrase that the Gingerbread Man says in the story. At the end of the week we made our own Gingerbread Men using flour, brown sugar, syrup, eggs, butter, bicarbonate of soda and ginger. Luckily they didn’t run away and we were able to eat them! They tasted delicious!

 

Christmas Activities

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Little Acorns now! We have had lots of fun decorating our tree and making salt-dough tree decorations. We have made Christmas cards for our families and also made tree ornaments using cinnamon sticks. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week we did our Nativity performances and we remembered all our songs really well. Then, on the last day of term we made shortbread biscuits and invited our families in for an open afternoon. What a busy end of term we have had!

A little bit of winter!

This week in Little Acorns we explored ice as part of our topic on winter. First, we read the book “A little bit of winter” by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell and talked about how some animals hibernate in winter time.

We collected leaves, twigs and other natural resources from outside and put them into little yoghurt pots. Then we filled them with water and put them in the freezer overnight. We then looked at them the next day to see what had changed.

Later in the week we made ice balloons and then floated them in the water to make icebergs. We took them outside and timed how long they would take to melt.

 

Our Christmas Post Office

As part of our topic on “People who help us”, Little Acorns have been learning about people who deliver our post. Last Friday a lady called Jo who delivers our post at Brook School came in to talk to us about her job. She brought in some photos of the post office and the sorting office and also gave us some pre-paid envelopes so we could post some letters.

On Monday we made cards for our friends in the class and then we walked down to the Post Box in Brook village to post them. We are very excited to see if they get delivered to us today!

In class, we have made our role-play area into a Christmas Post Office. We used Jo’s photos to help us to know what a real post office looks like and we have been having lots of fun making cards, letters and parcels for each other. We have stuck stamps on our letters, posted them in our letter box and then pretended to deliver them.

Fire safety, fireworks and firefighters

Last week we learnt about Fireworks Night and how to stay safe near fireworks and bonfires. At Forest School we made pretend bonfires and talked about fire safety. In P.E. we pretended to be different fireworks and made up a dance to some music by Handel. We also made some beautiful fireworks using chalk and glitter on black paper. In Literacy we read non-fiction books about firefighters and discussed what they do. Then we learnt about why we celebrate Fireworks Night and the story of Guy Fawkes. We even pretended to be firefighters in child-initiated time, using the real hose to put out fires in our outside area!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

In Maths last week we learnt about Positional Language such as: under, above, on, in, next to, behind, in front, in between etc.

First, we read “Rosie’s walk” and made a map of her adventure, writing all the words that described where she was going.

On Friday, we read “We’re going on a bear hunt” and then followed the positional language clues to find a bear that was hidden in the field. We used clues such as “behind the shed”, “under the log”, “next to a tree” etc in our bear hunt.

Shape hunt

This week in Maths we have been learning about Circles and Triangles. We went on a shape hunt, naming and describing shapes in our environment and we used shapes to make repeating patterns by painting them or pressing them into playdough. Finally we looked at art by Kadinsky and then had a go at making our own shape pictures with circles and triangles.

 

Exploring our senses

Last week, Little Acorns were learning about our senses and we explored our sense of taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch throughout the week. We tasted different fruit and recorded on a sheet with a smiley or sad face and we used our noses to smell coconut, strawberries, chocolate, coffee, orange juice, lemon and toothpaste.

In P.E. we used our eyes to help us complete an obstacle course. Then we did it again blindfolded! At the end of the week we used our sense of touch to feel and describe different materials and we also played a listening game with the musical instruments. What a busy week!