Whatever Next!

The children became enthralled with the book Whatever Next, by Jill Murphy. The story is about a bear that goes to the moon. The children decided they wanted to build their own rocket to go to the moon in. They looked carefully at what Baby Bear used to create his rocket and his space helmet.

The children collected a box each and worked together to put the boxes together to form the rocket. They all helped to build the rocket and took turns to paint it. The children drew a self-portrait each to stick onto the rocket. They noticed that in the book the bear was wearing a metal hat and asked if they could make some, which we did using lots of tin foil!

We then acted out the story using the props and resources we had made so all the children got to go to the moon!

Links to EYFS Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Teamwork –. Demonstrates friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults 30 – 50 months.

Physical Development: Move in Different Ways – Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping 30 – 50 months. Experiment with different ways of moving 40 – 60 months.

Communication and Language: Listen to stories with increased attention and recall 30 – 50 months. Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity 40 – 60 months. Beginning to use more complex sentences to link thoughts 30 -50 months. Builds up vocabulary 30 – 50 months.

Literacy: Writes own name and other things such as labels and captions 40 -60 months. Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint 40 – 60 months. Handles books carefully 30 -50 months. Looks at books independently 30 – 50 months. Shows an interest in illustrations and print in books 30 – 50 months.

Mathematics: Uses positional language 30 – 50 months. Begins to talk about the shapes of everyday objects 30 – 50. Beginning to use mathematical names for solid 3D shapes and flat 2D shapes and use mathematical terms to describe the shapes 40 -60.

Understanding the World: Talks about why things happen and how things work 30 -50 months.

Expressive Arts and Design: Engages in imaginative role play 30 -50 months. Realises tools can be used for a purpose 30 -50 months. Experiments to create different textures 40 -60 months. Constructs with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources 40 – 60 months. Sings a few familiar songs 30 – 50 months.

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