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Writing is an important lifelong skill. Children need to learn to write so they can communicate and express themselves. We encourage the children to capture stories, experiences, thoughts and ideas these through drawing lines, dots and circles. Gradually they will begin to make wavy lines and distinct separate marks. If children show an interest and want to write, it is crucial that they should develop hand and finger strength to hold a chunky crayon or pencil comfortably and with control. Eventually they may be able to make attempts to write some very familiar letters, for example from their name.

Sensory mark making in powder, gloop and paint! 

Making marks on vertical surfaces helps us to build shoulder strength. 

Climbing activities such as climbing the ladders and ropes on the playground support gross motor development. 

This term we are learning how listen to stories 1:1 and in small groups. We love to make stories come alive by using puppets, props or acting out the stories that we know very well. One of our favourite stories is The Tiger Who Came to Tea. 

Listen to the audio story of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ ⬆️ with your parent or carer and see if you can answer the questions below… Remember to use your listening ears! 

1. What is the little girl called?

2. Who knocks at the door?

3. Where did the tiger look for more food? 
4. Would you let a tiger in for tea? 

Silly Soup! 
We’re going to make a silly soup, 

We’re making a soup that’s silly, 

We’re going to put it in the fridge, 
Until it’s really chilly.