Monday morning the children found Goldilocks and the 3 bears were having their porridge in our kitchen area! This helped set the scene for a story focused week in readiness for World Book Day. We acted out ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears’, we used our story puppets to retell the story of the ‘Gruffalo’s Child’, we shared ‘Owl Babies’, ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘Super-tato’, and then used a cardboard box to make our own rocket so that we could fly to the moon like the bear in ‘Whatever Next?’ One child asked for our shop to come out this week, so we decided to transform this into a book shop! To give our children somewhere to read the books they’d ‘bought’ we set up a cosy corner full of cushions and beanbags too!
On Monday we hosted a ‘Phonics Stars’ session; this is a fun, very active session, where children begin to acquire phonological awareness and link this to letter recognition through a series of different games, songs and stories. One of the children’s favourite games was silly soup where we had to collect all the ‘S’ sound items to go into our silly soup! We also had fun with our ‘dough disco’ where we had to move to music squishing and squashing our playdough as we went! The feedback from children was overwhelmingly good, so we plan to invite Phonics Stars back again next term.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
With World Book Day this week, why not share favourite stories with your little one? Reading and re-reading the same story will help children become familiar with a story - they may start to join in with repetitive text or be able to tell you what might happen next. You could even offer props to help act stories out, enabling children to explore storytelling in a more interactive way.