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The Three Little Pigs

How would you build a house to keep the wolf out? What would you use and why?

This week the children in Reception have been reading the story The 3 Little Pigs by Stephen Tucker and Nick Sharratt. The children have made puppets of the characters and used them to retell the story.  They have used their cutting skills to cut out different sized circles and use them to construct a pig. The children have absolutely loves making dens outside and we had some very creative examples, some even came with beds and pillows! They have explored a variety of materials and whether they can be blown by the wind. We were very grateful for the windy weather of Wednesday to test this out. The children have used their phonic knowledge to write in speech bubbles, what they thought each character was saying. They had some wonderful ideas and it was lovely to see how motivated they were to get their ideas down on paper and the wonderfully phonetic way they spelt words such as chinny chin chin!

In Maths the children have been learning to Count On from a number by playing a number line game to help the third Little Pig get to the Brick House. They throw a dice and jump along the number line to the correct number. Then they pick a number from 1 to 4 and count on to see what number the Little Pig lands on. The children are learning to calculate a total without having to count out objects; for instance, if they throw a 5 and then pick a 3, they will see that the pig finally lands on 8 - then they can use their fingers to check that is correct. For some children it is a great introduction to board games such as Snakes and Ladders and learning to jump forwards in a game, one step at a time.