Gruffalos – YR


 Learning to play, Playing to learn!

Class teacher- Miss Harrison

Mrs Barnes, Mrs White, Mrs Lingard and Mr Coates also help us with our learning


Autumn 1

We are the Gruffalos class and we have made our own Gruffalos and homes for the Gruffalos friends.

We have been learning lots of core skills including cutting, making our own playdough and using tools, fundamental movement skills, fine motor skills and pencil control including writing our names.

Outside we have made and played with our own kites.  We have been very interested in finding animals, bird spotting and finding out which trees are in our garden area. Inspired by the story of Noah’s Ark we looked carefully at model animals to produce excellent observational drawings and outside we made an ark for us all to travel in.

In our maths learning we have been exploring 2d shapes – circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. We have been learning to count and compare amounts, exploring numbers to 4 inside and outside through lots of fun activities.

We think Goldilocks came to visit us, there were lots of clues. We learnt the story and songs about Goldilocks and the three bears. We drew pictures of them, made bear faces with different objects, acted out the story and made furniture for them.

We have been learning all about technology with Mrs Abbas. Here we are learning how to find stories on the i pad and taking turns to play a phonics game on the screen.

In response to the story of the 3 little pigs we made houses and developed our understanding of different parts of a house.

We have become good listeners and started to learn the sounds letters make and are beginning to blend to read and segment to word build.

Autumn 2

This half term Gruffalo’s started by celebrating Bonfire Night we made chocolate sparklers. “The chocolate melted like a muddy river!” We explored paint and transient art resources to make firework art. We also created pictures using a computer programme “2 paint a picture” here we had to change brush sizes and colours on the screen.


In our maths learning we have focused on numbers to 5. We have been finding out ways to make 5 using the part-part-whole model and ordering numbers.

We have focused a lot on Shape, space and measure in our maths learning, securing 2D shape through fun games. Through the core text of “Dear zoo” we have explored length, height and weight. We have also learnt about pattern decorating trees for Christmas and creating our own patterned wrapping paper and party hats.


We are starting to find reasons for writing and writing in our independent learning more and more making signs, list, notes and writing cards. We continue to love phonics and reading, writing and reading c-v-c words.

Gruffalos have started to take part in some yoga and relaxation exercises. They help us to build our body strength and help us to relax and focus our minds ready to learn. 

We have been looking at and finding out about different animals the zoo has sent us. We have begun to look at similarities and differences to help us group and categorise animals. 

We are getting ready for Christmas meeting visiting reindeer and working hard practicing for our Nativity we hope you enjoy it.



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