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This week, we are kicking off our 'Big Wide World' topic with the brilliant book... The Snail and the Whale, written by one of our favourite authors Julia Donaldson! 

This tale, is about a little snail who longs to see the world so hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together, they go on an amazing journey past icebergs and volcanoes and meet some animals along the way.  Have a listen to the story: 

This story will help bring our topic to life, exploring the vastness of the world, introducing what habitats are, as well as the difference is between land and sea.

We will begin to have discussions on some of our big enquiry questions such as 'What does a globe show us' and 'Where abouts are we in the World?' -  using the globe, maps and Google Maps to pinpoint where the UK is and see what shape our country is. 


The children are doing so brilliantly with their phonics! Huge thank you for all of your hard work at home with their reading and speedy sounds.

As well as learning new sounds in school, we are going to use the blog to focus on a few sounds that the children are finding particularly tricky applying in their reading and their writing.
This week we will be focusing on 'f' and 'h'... 

Click the links below and have a go at watching the Read, Write, Inc videos to help the children embed these tricky sounds.

RWI video - 'f' 

RWI video - 'h' 

If you are in F1, have a go at some blending with Fred's adventure to the seaside!

Fred Talk- Adventure to the Seaside  

Also, check out this lovely song of our book of the week, performed by Julia Donaldson herself and her husband Malcolm. Can you listen out for any rhyming words? 

We've also added some nice activities we found all things 'The Snail and the Whale'... See the attachments below.

We can't wait to see you all on Tuesday and hear all about your Easter holidays!