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Today we celebrated World Book Day! We all brought in our favourite books or prop from our favourite book.  We discussed what we like about the book, why the book is special and who reads it to us. We then spent time reading and sharing our books with a friend. 

Today we used the iPads to research penguins, linked to our English topic.  We worked on pairs to read and search from facts from a designated website.  
This morning we found a penguin in our paper bin! We have no idea where he has come from! He came with a label around his neck saying “Found- An unhappy, lonely penguin searching for somewhere to call home”. We are currently writing some questions that we would like to find out about him.
This morning we went on a Winter walk, when we arrived back in class we thought of different adjectives we could use to describe Winter.

This morning we found a bag and a letter from Rabbit! He thanked us for our letters and said we have some great ideas. He said that he is going to say thank you to Bear for stealing his hat. He said he has learned from his mistake and will not take somebody else’s property. Rabbit told us he was on his way back to the forest and asked if we could check his bag. We checked his bag and wrote a list of the things he has packed using our phonic knowledge.

 

Sean Perkins the author has come to visit Elm class. He has introduced his two characters with us - Ben and Oscar! He then read his exciting book with us! 

Sean showed us how to change the expressions on characters faces just by changing the eyebrows and shapes on their face. 
Today we realised that bear has lost his hat! He asked lots of different animals if they had seen his hat. We then discussed what we know about bear so far! He discovered he lives in a forest, his hat isn’t blue and round and he doesn’t really listen to the answers that he is given! 
This week we have started our new book ‘I want my hat back’. The children looked at lots of different hats and asked questions about them.  The children then created a “lift the flap” style poster. They wrote some questions on a post it note and then lifted it up and wrote the answer! 
Today we hot seated being the Gingerbread Man! We used the questions we wrote to find out lots of information about the Gingerbread Man’s adventure! 

We have exciting news!! The Gingerbread Man is back in CHORLEY!! We aren’t sure exactly where he is so the children have planned the adventure they think he might have been on in Chorley! Tomorrow the children will write up the adventure! Keep your eyes peeled in Chorley! 

The Gingerbread Man has gone to South Africa on a safari! Today the children used their talk4writing skills to orally describe his adventure! 

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Today we arrived back in the classroom to find a brown bag with a letter attached to it! When we opened the letter we discovered it was from the Gingerbread Man! He wrote us a letter telling us he will tell us where he is if we write a description of the little gift he has left us! We had to describe what it looked liked, what it smelt like, what it felt like and what it tasted like! The children knew it was a croissant!

This morning a basket appeared in our classroom! There was a list of ingredients and some instructions to make a gingerbread man! So we decided to have an impromptu cooking lesson! We followed the instructions and made a gingerbread man and some gingerbread cookies for the children to try! 😊

This morning we practiced our story telling actions. We learned the story of “The Gingerbread Man”. The children then performed it as a class.

Once upon a time
One day
Next
Suddenly
But
So
The end
After that
First
Finally
Who
We started our new topic today by playing”Gingerbread Man Drive”. The children had to make a Gingerbread Man by rolling the dice to get different body parts! 

This morning the children read a book called “Dear Teacher”. The book had a letter from a boy called Michael, who wrote lots of letters to his teacher explaining why he is going to be late for the start of the school year such as he was working for the secret service! I then told the children about what I did in the summer holidays, I went to the moon on a magical unicorn and pinched sandwiches and crisps from the aliens! The children then opened their new English book and found a letter from me asking them to tell me all about their adventures, it told them to use their imagination! Some of the children told me they played with dinosaurs under the sea! 

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