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This week in Reception we have been continuing our focus on traditional tales. This week's story features a scary monster and some brave goats. "Who's that trip trapping over MY bridge?!" Yes, it's The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Although parts of the story are a bit scary, the ending is happy as the three brave goats defeat the nasty troll and he is never seen again.
There has been lots of wonderful cooperative play as the children acted out the story using puppets, masks and models of the characters. This type of role play is a fun way for children to develop social skills like taking turns and listening to each other, as well as building their language and communication skills. It's also an opportunity for young learners to dig into their imaginations as their play takes them in different directions. Some children thought that a good way to stop the troll from trying to eat the goats would be to give him some delicious food, so they gave him a big meal. What wonderful problem-solving skills and use of your imagination, children!
The children also looked at photos of different kinds of bridges. We talked about what bridges are for and where we could see them before the children had a go at making bridges themselves using different materials, including blocks, paint and paper, lolly sticks and playdough. Who knows, there may be some budding engineers in Reception!
We hope your child has shared some of their learning about this week's focus with you at home. Perhaps they could tell you the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.
By Emma Moore
Reception Octopus Teacher