The children are progressing well in their smaller phonics groups. During phonics, the children are getting more and more confident at discussing what they have read. They are applying their sounds in their reading and writing both during adult led and independent activities.
We started the term by listening to the story ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. It was the perfect book to help the children understand that all living things grow. The story is about a little caterpillar who is very hungry. We follow him through the week as he eats lots of different fruit and lots of other food too, until he is very big and very full. He then spins himself a cocoon and after two weeks inside, he emerges as a beautiful butterfly. After lots of discussion, the children were able to describe the four stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. We have been encouraging our children to hear the sounds in words, use finger spaces to separate words, correctly form letters and reading back their work when doing any form of writing.
We have also been listening to the story of Jack and the beanstalk. The children were very keen to learn more about the story, particularly the Giant! The children loved learning how to retell the story using actions and key phrases.