Fairytales

This week Form 1 we have been learning all about fairytales and have been specifically focusing on Jack and the Beanstalk.

The children have loved retelling this familiar tale and have enjoyed learning about the ingredients needed to make a great fairytale. The children were able to identify the characters, the setting, the problem and the solution within the story. Using our large A3 story maps the children drew the different elements of the story and were able to retell the story with confidence.

Later in the week, lots of fun was had as the children created their own stories using the same structure. We discussed that fairytales start with Once upon a time and end with happily ever after. Some children chose to add a twist to a familiar story which resulted in the Big Bad Wolf being magically transported to Australia by a rainbow unicorn! Others created theirs based on favourite films or superhero characters. Form 1 are great storytellers and they really enjoyed listening to each other's ideas. The stories continued to be created independently during the children's self-initiated time and also through their small world play.

In maths this week, the children have been learning all about measuring height, linked to the idea of the extremely tall beanstalk in the story! Firstly, the children learnt how to measure objects using cubes and discussed if they thought each object might be taller, shorter or the same as others. This moved onto using rulers and learning to talk about measurements in centimetres. Using the rulers was quite tricky, but the children soon remembered to always put the correct end on the table and then look for the top of the object against the ruler to find the height. The children recorded what they found out by drawing the objects they had measured and then writing each measurement down. We also had lots of fun measuring each other's heights using a large piece of paper taped to the wall. We made sure everyone stood flat on their feet, with no tippy toes allowed! It was fun finding out who was the tallest and if any children were the same height as each other.