Early Years planning at Grace Mary is based on children's current interests and linked to a focus story. The focus story is chosen by looking at what children's current interests are and what areas of learning we can cover. The focus story remains as a theme for as long as the children are interested in it. Take a look below to find out what the children have been up to.
Story focus: Supertato 24/09/18
This week's story focus is Supertato, this one by far one of the children's favourite stories and the children were very excited to be revisiting the adventures of Supertato. The story focuses on Supertato who must save the vegetables in the supermarket from the evil pea with the help of the superveggies. The children had lots of fun making their own Supertato's and re-enacting the story.
Story Focus: Room on the Broom 08/10/18
This week we have chosen to explore the story Room on the Broom. The children were already very familiar with this story and love filling in the rhyming words. The story focuses on a witch who flies all over the land meeting different friends along the way and must be rescued from a fire-breathing dragon. This story has allowed the children to use a lot of imagination as they pretended to be characters from the story, casting spells and making potions!
We went for a walk in the woods to find sticks to make magic wands!
22/10/18 - Halloween Week
Since the children would not be at school for Halloween we decided to have some spooky celebrations a week early.
We made terrifying (and delicious) witchy face pizzas
and ended the week with a Halloween party! The children all looked fantastic in their costumes. Here they are gobbling up some yummy Halloween treats.
Story Focus: The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - 05/11/18
This time our focus story is The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. The story tells of 3 goats who have no grass to eat up on their hill and must cross a bridge to get to the sweet green grass on the other side. However, there is a nasty troll lurking under the bridge whose waiting to gobble the goats up for his breakfast! This story has lots of repeated phrases which makes it very easy for children to recall. The children have been fantastic at acting out the story with puppets:
At the start of the week it was bonfire night, we talked lots about fireworks and how to be safe on bonfire night. The children watched a firework display on Youtube, then decided to use chalk to draw their own fireworks in the tuff tray.
We have also had a brand new mud kitchen installed in our outdoor area. Here are the children making some fabulous mud creations
Story focus: The 3 Little Pigs - 19/11/18
The children loved the story of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff so much, that we decided to do another story about 3! This time it's The 3 Little Pigs. If you don't know the story come and ask the children, they would love to tell you the story from start to finish. As part of our focus on this traditional fairytale, we decided to do an investigation to see if we could build the strongest house for the pigs. The children built their houses using different materials, then tested them with a hairdryer to see which ones would and would not fall down. Here are some photos of the children hard at work building their houses (and having lots of fun with the hairdryer):
Later on in the week, we discussed with the children what happened when we did our investigation and what the children found out. The children agreed the house made from Lego bricks was the strongest, then we came up with ideas about how to make the other houses stronger. The children had some great ideas like putting stones around the bottom to make it heavier and putting sellotape on the sticks so they wouldn't fall down.
As part of our family group time, the children helped retell the story to make a story map. Story maps are a great way to help children recall a story by drawing images of the key events in the story. Here's one the children helped create
Story Focus: 10/12/18 'Father Christmas Needs A Wee'
This week's story really helped the children get into the Christmas spirit! In this story Father Christmas is has lots of drinks at all of the houses he visits and is then desperate for a wee, but he's forgotten to deliver the presents! Father Christmas must race against the clock to deliver all of the presents and get home in time before he has an accident. A fun book with lots of counting (and it gave the children a giggle too).
At the start of the week the children helped to decorate our Christmas tree and talked about the sorts of decorations they put on their trees at home.
The children got busy making Christmas cards for their parents
Story Focus: 'Whatever Next' - 7/1/19
Our first focus story after Christmas is 'Whatever Next', a story of a bear who wants to fly to the moon. Baby bear makes a rocket out of a cardboard box and takes off to the moon and meets some friends along the way but has to be back before bath time.
To kick start the week, the children experimented with a foot pump rocket. The children investigated how to make the rocket fly the furthest. They found that the only way to make the rocket fly far was to stamp on the pump as hard as they could. We set the children a challenge, to count how many steps the rocket had flown.