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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytelling

During the last week of half term we had our Storytelling event for parents and carers. We’d been practising the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as part of our learning about caterpillars and butterflies so decided this is the story we wanted to tell our grown ups. (Click here to find out more about our caterpillar and butterfly learning)

We went to the Hall first with Diamond class (Nursery) and Garnet class (FS2) and used the Story Map and Makaton actions to help us tell the story. Our grown ups who came were very proud of us and gave us a big clap at the end.

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Then we headed back to the classroom. Our focus this year has been on Maths so we took the opportunity to do some Maths with our parents and carers based on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We practised knowing and ordering the days of the week. We could then use this to help us retell the story. Some of us didn’t have grown ups there to help us so we had to be independent and complete it on our own. Some of us even took it a step further and used the pictures to help us write the story ourselves on the back.

This is sheet we had to complete and then take home so we could keep on practising the story.

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We also got to take home the story map and the words so we could keep practising. We asked our grown ups what they thought so we can make it even better next time.

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It was lovely to see lots of parents and carers there again. Thank you for coming, the teachers and children really appreciate your support ūüôā

What have we been learning? 

  • To confidently tell a story to an audience of adults.¬†
  • To say the days of the week.¬†
  • To use the days of the week to help us order the story.¬†
  • To be independent and cut out and organise an activity ourselves.¬†

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Retell the story together using your story map and story words.¬†
  • Practise using a big voice and tell some different family members the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You could even use Skype or FaceTime to tell people you don’t see all the time. We’d love to hear who you’ve been telling the story to, don’t forget to tell us on a Wow moment.¬†
  • Can you change the story to the story of The Very Hungry Tadpole? What might he eat each day?¬†

 

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Beautiful Butterflies

We’ve had some visitors in our classroom for the last few weeks. It has been wonderful watching our tiny caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies right before our eyes.

Look how tiny the caterpillars were when they first arrived.

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This is what we had to say when our caterpillars first arrived.

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They ate and ate and ate and grew and grew and grew! Quickly the doubled and trebled in size. Can you see all five caterpillars in there? 

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Soon they were ready to spin their cocoons and start becoming butterflies. We knew they were ready because they hung upside down.

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While our caterpillars were growing and getting ready to become butterflies we decided we wanted to learn about caterpillars and butterflies. We talked about how they’d got bigger and what would happen to them next. We also thought about if we knew any stories about caterpillars. Everybody remembered seeing The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle before.

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We decided we’d like to try all the fruit just like the Hungry Caterpillar had done. Miss Parker set us a challenge though…. we had to think of as many words as we could to describe the taste of the fruit instead of always saying nice or yummy. Miss Parker wanted to know why it was nice and yummy. We also found out our favourite class fruit. Can you remember which fruit was the most popular?¬†

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We tried to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in words and in writing. The children decided they’d like to tell their families the story at our next storytelling workshop. Look out for the date coming soon. We are starting to write more and more and Miss Parker tried to trick us by making mistakes when she was writing. We were just too clever though and managed to fix them all.

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We had such a busy time learning about caterpillars and butterflies. Look what our families had to say when they looked in our floor book.

We’d loved having our caterpillars then butterflies in the classroom and really enjoyed watching them as they moved and began to fly more and more.

Finally it was time to say goodbye to our butterflies and let them go and fly out in the real world. Although they loved our classroom it was time to let them see the rest of the world. I wonder where they are now? Keep looking to see if they come and visit you in your garden.

What have we been learning?

  • About the life cycle of Caterpillars and Butterflies.¬†
  • To retell a known story using story language.¬†
  • To think of as many words to describe taste as possible.¬†
  • To try new foods we might not have had before.
  • To look for patterns in stories and the environment around us.¬†
  • To look after animals who need us to be careful and considerate.¬†
  • To write our ideas in sentences.¬†

 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for butterflies in your garden. What do they look like? Can you find out which species of butterfly they are?¬†
  • Can you explain the life cycle to a grown up? For an extra challenge can you draw or write about the Butterfly Life Cycle.¬†
  • Can you remember the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and tell it to a grown up? Remember to use the special story language we used in school.¬†

 

  • We will be holding our storytelling event in the last week of the half term. Look out for more information coming soon.¬†
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Wonderful World Book Day 2016

We had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day this year. There was lots going on. Our school library officially opened so we went for a look round and to borrow our very own school library book. It was great to see all the books we could borrow and choose our favourite to take home.

We all got dressed up on World Book Day and wore costumes of our favourite book characters. Look how fantastic we look. Can you guess who we are?  

We went to a whole school assembly with Andy Messer who is a storyteller. He told us a wonderful story although we all thought it was gross when the monster was being sick! It was great to be able to see everyone’s costumes in school as well.

We also went to a special session just for Onyx and Garnet class with Andy where he told us another story just for us. We then got to ask Andy some questions about the stories he tells.

And we weren’t finished there! We decorated our door with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with everyone working hard to complete their part of the tree or the their letter to climb up the tree. We had a look at everyone else’s doors round school as well.

What a busy day! We loved it though and enjoyed all the books and stories.

What have we been learning?

  • To enjoy stories and books.
  • To listen to stories.
  • To talk about the stories we hear and the books we read.
  • ¬†To talk about our favourite books and stories.¬†

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look at your school library book together and share the story.¬†
  • Visit the library at Manor Top and take a book home.¬†
  • Make up some stories of your own together. What’s the silliest story you can make up? What’s the scariest story you can tell?¬†
  • Go to the Book Shop with your World Book Day ¬£1 book token and swap it for a free book.¬†

 

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Mr Wolf’s Pancakes Storytelling & Chatterbox Challenge

Last week we had our joint Storytelling and Chatterbox Challenge session for our Parents and Carers.

Our families were invited to hear us tell the story of Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley and the rhymes we’d been learning for the Chatterbox Challenge. We’ve been taking part in the Chatterbox Challenge to¬†raise money for the ICAN charity which works with children who have Speech and Language difficulties.

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We worked with Nursery and Garnet class to tell the story to our families who had come.  We then sang the Chatterbox Challenge rhymes we’d been practising at home and at school.

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This is the storymap we used to help us remember the words. We had Makaton actions for each of the pictures as well. It is also very similar to the storymap we made when we got back to the classroom with our grown ups.

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Lots of grown ups came to help us make out story maps. We had to cut out pictures and put them back in the right order to tell the story. Then we could take our story maps home to continue telling the story to everyone there.

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It was lovely to see so many of you there. Thank you for coming and supporting the children. We hope you enjoyed the Storytelling workshop.  If you still have sponsorship money to hand in after the Chatterbox Challenge then please return it to school as soon as possible. ICAN organise the Chatterbox Challenge every year to highlight the challenges children with speech and language difficulties face.  Good communication skills are vital to a happy, successful childhood so we place a lot of importance on these skills in school, especially while your child is in Nursery and Reception.  If you want to find out more about why we’re raising money please look on the links below. Please ask if you have any questions.

I CAN       Chatterbox Challenge

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Super Sticker Stories

Miss Parker noticed that the children all loved stickers. When she asked them what they wanted to learn about they gave all sorts of answers so we decided to learn about lots of different things while linking the learning through our love of stickers. Look at the pages in our Floor book to see what we learning we did….

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One of the other great things that we did was become authors using the stickers to help us. We learnt that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. We also learnt if we were going to be story authors our story would need a problem in the middle which was then solved at the end.

First we made up some stories orally and recorded them on a special video. Click on the link to see the three stories we made up.

Our Sticker Stories by Onyx class

The following week it was our turn to write the stories we made up. We wrote one as a whole class and then we all had a go at doing some writing of our own. Some children concentrated on writing the initial sounds they could hear in words, some children wrote the beginning sentence of their story and some children were challenged to write the whole of their story!

To help them the children had a sentence hand, a phoneme strip and some tricky word bookmarks. The sound button makes it easier to remember what we are trying to write. This made it much easier to remember all the different things you need to when you’re writing.

Look at some of our amazing work…..

We hope you like our stories. We’d love you to comment and tell us what you think.

What have we been learning? 

  • About the structure of a simple story.
  • About the characters in a story.
  • To make up stories we can tell out loud. ¬†
  • To write the sounds we know to write a sentence.¬†

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about the beginning, the middle and the end of stories which you read together at home.¬†
  • See if you can find the problem in a story and say how it was solved.¬†
  • See if you can make up some stories of your own using stickers if you have them or by drawing three pictures.¬†
  • Encourage your children to write as independently as possible by listening for the sounds in word and writing the ones they can hear. Don’t expect them to be able to write everything correctly. Look at the examples above for ideas of what your child should be achieving at this stage in FS2.¬†

Don’t forget if you do any of these activities at home to let us know either on an email or a wow moment which we’ll display in the classroom.¬†

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‘We All Go Travelling By’ Storytelling

When we decided we were doing some learning about transport and how we get to school it was a wonderful opportunity to read We All Go Travelling By by Sheena Roberts.

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Everyone worked really hard to listen to the story and remember the different vehicles and colours which we saw and heard about. We used the Makaton signs to help us remember them.

When it was storytelling day we invited our families to school to listen to us tell the story. Lots of them came.

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Everyone did a great job and used their big voice because it can sometimes be a bit scary speaking in front of an audience.

When we’d finished telling our families the story we headed back to the classroom to make a special storytelling necklace.

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We had to remember which colour all the vehicles and then order the cards to make the story necklace. We got to take it home so we could keep on telling the story at home.

These are the prompt cards which used to help us if you want to have a go yourself.

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A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who came. Its great to see so many of your supporting the children’s storytelling in school. We hope you enjoyed it.

What have we been learning? 

  • To retell stories which we have learnt.¬†
  • To know all the colours and names of different vehicles.¬†
  • To know which sounds all the vehicles make.¬†
  • To remember the order of the story.¬†
  • To tell stories out loud remembering the pattern of the words.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Keep on retelling the story at home- it will really help your child later on if they have a story bank already in their head.¬†
  • Look out for the different vehicles on your way to and from school. Describe the different vehicles you see.¬†
  • Keep practising the Makaton signs for the colours (and vehicles if you can remember them) and use them when you’re talking.¬†

 

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Storytelling Workshop- The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Our storytelling text this half term has been The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We read the book first and then learnt the key words and phrases to retell the story ourselves. I’m sure you’ve read the book, if not look for the copy in school or visit the library.image

We invited our grown ups to our storytelling session which we held for the last time in the school hall of the old building. We used the story map to help us remember the story and we also did the Makaton actions we’ve been learning. If you came to the session you’ll have a copy to practise at home. Please ask if you want to see them.

We sung the song we’ve been practising as well There’s A Tiny Caterpillar On A Leaf. It helps us remember what happens to the caterpillar as it turns into a butterfly.

Once we’d done our performance we headed back to the classrooms to make our storytelling necklaces with or grown ups.

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We did a fantastic job and everyone helped out to get our necklaces finished so we could take them home.

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We also found out who had won the Library Raffle for Spring Term. Well done to Erin’s mum! A big thank you to all the grown ups who come to the Library with us. We wouldn’t be able to go without you. If you’d like to come with us on Monday afternoons please ask us or look out for the sign up sheet in class and next term it could be you winning the book collection.