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The children this term will be learning about journeys and transport.  Please see Reception class page for further information on our current topic, including recommended book list. 


Our story this week is ‘The Great Balloon Hullaballoo’.


Watch Mrs Sales reading the story with the attached link. (Link to follow)






It is a funny story! When Simon the squirrel’s mum sends him off to the shop, he decides to fly to the moon in Old Uncle Somerset’s hot air balloon in search of cheese. Shopping in outer space is very exciting, but proves to be a bit of a distraction.  


Read the book daily to ensure the children remember all the different parts and are able to recall information; this will help them to be more confident and creative when undertaking the writing and designing tasks.   


Monday 18th January 

Watch the story. Can you talk about which parts you really enjoyed and explain why? If you were asked to go shopping what would be on your list? Using your phonics write your own shopping list. Which friend would you take with you? How could they help you on your trip? 


Tuesday 19th January 

Watch or read the story paying attention to the balloon. Would you travel using a balloon or something different? What would that be? Can you draw your chosen transport and label all the different parts. Think about these questions: What colour? How big? What shape could you use? Where would the people be?


Wednesday 20th January 

When reading the story think about the weather that is shown. Look at each page, what does the weather look like? Can you name the season? How do you know? Would your journey change if the season was different? How would it change? 

Using your phonic knowledge can you write words or a sentence about how your trip would be if it was snowing? Talk about what it feels like or how it smells? Try to use some describing words e.g. freezing icicles.  


Thursday 21st January 

Simon visits lots of different planets and meets some funny aliens. Can you create your own planet with aliens? Can you name your planet and label all the different parts of your alien? What would your alien say when he met you? 


Friday 22nd January 

One of the items Simon had to buy was cheese as his mum was making pizza for his tea. Using the items from your shopping list from Monday’s lesson, can you draw what you are going to make for your tea together and label all the ingredients?