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20th October



This week we have been learning all about the story 'Winnie the Witch'


In Letters and sounds we have been making a Witches potion using rhyming words.  We put things into the cauldron to make a magic potion, but the magic would only work if the words rhymed.

Rhyming is a stage of Literacy that most pre school children can find tricky.  You can help your child at home by pointing out rhyming words when you read stories (Julia Donaldson books such as the Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, the Highway Rat etc are brilliant for recognising rhyme) or playing I spy.....'I spy with my little eye something rhyming with.....'  We have been focussing on rhyming words with the at, own, and ock sounds in them....i.e cat, bat, rat, hat and phone, bone, cone, stone and clock, sock, block, lock etc.


When we have been working in continuous provision we have been playing in the witches house usng the hats and torches and cauldron to role play.  The children have been practising using different voices for characters.  Some of them have perfected a witches laugh!


We have also had a sensory tray, filled with red lentils and spooky items.  There was pumpkins, tea lights, projector torches and black candles.  We loved scooping the lentils into the pumpkins using little spoons.


We have made some wonderful pictures of faces using autumnal materials in the creative area this week.  Please pop in and have a look on our classroom display board to see the amazing creations!


On Wednesday we welcomed our parents into school to watch us perform some nursery rhymes.  The children were exceptionally behaved and made all of the grown ups proud.  A big nursery well done to Kian who sang his little heart out throughout the performance!


We will be learning all about Halloween traditions when we come back to school and about how to stay safe in the Halloween and bonfire night season that is approaching very quickly.  We cannot believe we have already done a full half term in pre school.