This half term, the children in Willow Class have been looking at different stories. We have read and completed activities around two stories in particular, one traditional and one modern: Aliens Love Underpants and Hansel and Gretel.
The children enjoyed sharing their favourite stories with other children in the class during circle time. We talked about which authors we liked – Julia Donaldson was a firm favourite!
The children enjoyed imaginative play through their role play area, which had been turned into a space ship and the gingerbread house. The small world area was turned into a puppet theatre. We went on imaginary journeys and used role-play to retell and make up our own versions of stories.
The children created their own aliens and gingerbread houses using junk modelling. We made pretend sweeties and baked and decorated gingerbread men for the gingerbread house.
We solved practical addition and subtraction problems linked to the stories. We designed underpants using repeating patterns. The children also learned the names and some properties of 3D shapes, and used them to build their own gingerbread house like the one in Hansel and Gretel.
As part of our Hansel and Gretel story, we programmed Beebots to navigate their way through the forest to reach the gingerbread house. After reading Aliens Love Underpants, we used the internet and non-fiction books to find out all about Space. We also talked about the importance of ‘Stranger Danger’ and what to do if we get lost in relation to the story of Hansel and Gretel.