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St Jude's School and Pre-School

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Week beginning 24/01/22

Our story focus this week has been 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. The children have enjoyed listening to this story and have been learning some of the phrases such as, 'Who's that trip trapping over my bridge?'. They have been recalling the story in the correct order, thinking about what happens next and answering questions about what happened in the story. 


Our rhyme focus this week has been 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'. The children have been amazing at learning the Makaton signs for this rhyme! 


The children have taken part in lots of physical play. They have played in the pre-school playground doing lots of water play - spraying water from the bottles, using the squirters and using the paintbrushes to 'paint' the walls. These activities help to develop strong muscles in the shoulders, arms and hands. The children have also played in the play areas in the school grounds and have taken part in music and movement activities in the school hall. They listened and responded to instructions and also practised balancing, hopping, skipping etc. 


The children have been practising their subitising skills up to five. This is the ability to look at a number of objects and know how many there are without counting. The objects were arranged in a range of ways to encourage the children to understand that the total remains the same. They have also been using the new lightbox to match numeral and quantity together using language such as 'one more' or 'one less'. They have looked at groups of objects and talked about which group had the 'most' and which had the 'fewest'. 


The children shared their Tapestry entries from their Home Learning. It was lovely to see what the children have been doing at home.


We had a very special visitor this week! One of our children has become a 'big sister' and brought her baby brother into pre-school to visit the children. The children learned what the baby likes to eat and how his big sister helps to look after him.