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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

posted 13 Feb 2015, 05:27 by Tom Kentfield-Wells   [ updated 13 Feb 2015, 05:28 ]
This week in Nursery we have been focusing on talking about our familiar world and the people in our families, solving simple mathematical problems and exploring movement and the sounds that musical instruments make.

In literacy we read a story called ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and we had lots of fun orally retelling the story using story puppets and character masks. We particularly enjoyed using our bodies, voices and musical instruments to explore the movements of the three billy goats and to retell the story. We played a game called ‘Who’s on the rickety bridge?’ and we learnt a new rhyme, it goes like this……

Rickety bridge, rickety bridge 
Who’s crossing the rickety bridge? 
Small, middle or big billy goat? 
Who is crossing the rickety bridge? 

First we used our bodies to explore the billy goats movements across the bridge. We made small, quiet, middle and loud footsteps on the spot to imitate the movements of each goat.

Then we explored pitch using our voices by saying the trip trap pattern they made as they crossed the bridge in a high middle or low pitch. Finally, and this was our favourite part, we explored the sound and pitch of instruments, matching each instrument played to the movements of the small, middle or big billy goat.

Do you think the triangle made a high or low sound? Which billy goat do you think the drum represented?

This week was our final week of Dance with Claire our dance teacher. We have had so much fun this term learning new dances and exploring moving our bodies in different ways. Thank you Claire, we hope to see you again soon in Nursery.

In numeracy we have been practising our counting skills and using our knowledge of number to solve simple mathematical problems. Emerald set us challenges this week and we had to use our brain boxes to solve them!

In phonics, Miss Pounder’s group have been listening carefully to initial phonemes in words and we have been developing our oral blending and segmenting skills. This week we have been practising writing the graphemes p, i, n and the letters in our name.

Mrs Edgar and Mrs Dean’s phonics groups have been consolidating their knowledge of alliteration and developing their awareness of voice sounds. We have been listening carefully to the initial phonemes in words and we have been distinguishing the difference between vocal sounds, including oral blending and segmenting. We particularly enjoyed clapping how many syllables we have in our name and exploring what was inside our sound bag this week.

It has been a very busy week in Nursery and we have been making our best better in order to be the best that we can be!

Keep checking Nursery’s webpage and the academy's Twitter page to find out what we have been getting up to!

After our half term break we will be focusing on the grapheme ‘l’. Can you think of any words that begin with this grapheme? Our new colour of the week will be green. Can you find anything that is this colour?

We hope you have a great half term break and stay safe, but beware of the big, ugly troll! If you see him please let us know.