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Thursday 26th November

Happy Thursday!

 

Mrs Wilkinson starts the day!

Our Favourite Five Stories

We've read three of our Favourite Five stories so far. Can you remember what they are?

 

                      

 

What is our new story for today? Some of you may know this story already. 

It's called The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson. You will definitely know other stories written by this author. She wrote the stories, The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man and many more! Axel Scheffler is the illustrator. He did the amazing pictures in the story.

 

                               

 

The Smartest Giant in Town

 

                                                              

Our copy of the book is in school so I can't read it myself this time. But I've found a lovely telling of this story so find somewhere cosy to sit and get ready to listen.

Fraser Reads "The Smartest Giant In Town" by Julia Donaldson

Talking Together

What a kind-hearted giant! I think he should be called the kindest giant in town!

 

Can you remember...

  • What was the giant's name?
  • Which animal did he meet first?
  • Why were they so sad?
  • What did the giant do to make them happy again?

 

Thinking together...

  • Why do you think the animals decide to call the giant the kindest giant in town?
  • What did he do to help them?
  • What does it mean to be kind to someone?
  • Can you think of a time when someone has been kind to you?
  • Think about what different things make people feel sad. What things can we do to make them feel happy again?

This is a lovely book called How Are You Feeling Today? written by Molly Potter and illustrated by Sarah Jennings. It's full of lots of helpful ideas for dealing with all of our different feelings. I thought today we could look at the page all about what to do if you're feeling sad. These are good ideas both for ourselves and for helping other people when they feel sad too.

 

                                   

When you feel sad, you could...

Rhythm and rhyme

  • Listen to the story again. Can you join in with the repeated phrase, 'Look me up and down, I'm the smartest giant in town'. Listen carefully - which two words rhyme?

 

  • Grown ups: Can you gather together small objects to represent the rhyming words, such as a model boat and a plastic goat, a tiny house and a littlemouse, and a toy dog and a small brown fabric bog. These things can be drawings if you don't have the objects and don't worry about your drawing skills - children are always very kind I have found! Put the objects into a space and take turns to choose one and then find another to make a rhyming pair.

Mathematics

Shapes and sizes

  •  Look carefully at the patterns on the giant's socks and tie. What do you notice?                                   
  • Cut out some sock shapes from card or paper and print patterns on them using a potato cut into a diamond shape and dipped into paint. Cut out a tie shape and add straight lines with coloured felt pens. Can you say what the pattern is?
  •  Look through the book together to find the tallest and the smallest creature. Maybe you have or could make a height chart to discover how tall you are compared to other members of your family. 

Let's move our bodies!

Skip and hop

  • As you listen to the story, listen for the words that describe how the giant moves such as 'striding', 'hopping' and 'standing on one foot shivering'.
  • Pretend to be the giant moving in these ways. Think about how the dog would need to step over the belt carefully to avoid falling into the squelchy bog. Fold a blanket into a strip on the floor and try balancing across an imaginary bog.
  • When he found his old gown and sandals, the giant was so pleased that he danced all the way home. Can you invent a dance for him? How do you think he would move? Would his steps be heavy or light?
Here's a great song to dance to - it will definitely make you feel happy!

The Bare Necessities (from The Jungle Book)

I hope you enjoyed today's story. We will be reading all of our stories lots more times when we come back to nursery. Which is your favourite so far? I wonder what our last story will be tomorrow?

See you then and you'll find out!

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