There was a strange message when we came into school the other Friday morning. We weren’t sure who it was from so we decided to follow the clue and see if we could find out more. First stop was the school library. When we got there we found another clue. We all had to do good listening and see if we could finish the rhymes to help Miss Parker work out where to go next.
After a few clues we’d worked out that it was the Gingerbread Man that had left us the clue and we had to be really quiet so we didn’t let him know we were coming. By the time we had finished we’d been all round the school, including the MUGA outside and past all of our older brother and sisters classrooms upstairs, and met lots of important people, like Mr Sieczkarek and Miss French. Following the clues meant we’d been upstairs and downstairs, inside and out. When we got back to “the room that is best”, we found the Gingerbread Man had left us a special treat to say well done.
The following week we did lots of learning about the Gingerbread Man. We checked that everyone knew the story and what happened at the beginning, the middle and the end of. Some children enjoyed retelling the story in their own words. Some children enjoyed trying to write it on a BIG story map like they’d seen Miss Parker do.
What have we been learning?
- Where places and people are in our new school. This is particularly important for the children who came to us from different settings.
- The purpose of reading to find out more and help us solve problems.
- To remember a familiar story and retell it in a variety of ways.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Retell the story of the Gingerbread Man and other stories your child is familiar with.
- Ask your child to retell stories in pictures and using words.
- Point out to your child when you are finding something out by reading or reading for pleasure to help them understand why reading it so important.