Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland

Hello everyone,

Our story of the week is Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland.  It’s a rhyming story about a variety of different dinosaurs and their idiosyncrasies.  In class we have been describing what the dinosaurs looked like using full sentences.  Our sentences have ranged from ‘He is big’ to ‘It has a frill around its neck.’; pretty impressive for 3 and 4 year olds!

Literacy  – Listen to the story and think of alternative words to describe the dinosaurs.  A fierce dinosaur could be scary, mean, frightening, vicious, etc.  The meek dinosaur could be shy, timid, quiet, patient, gentle, etc.  It’s a perfect opportunity to extend their language.  Can they use the words in different situations?  Could they describe their pet cat as meek or, hopefully not too, fierce?  Don’t forget to look for those rhyming words too!


Maths – We have been revisiting numbers 1-10.  It’s amazing how quickly children can forget things if they’re not using their skills continuously.  This week we’ve focussed on number 6.   We are focussing on how the number is written.  The children are learning a rhyme to help them when writing the number – down we go and make a loop, number 6 make a hoop.  Write it in the air, on your foot, on the carpet, in flour/mud/shaving foam. Count the dinosaurs in the story how many are there, how many legs/wings/feet do they have? Discuss the size of the different animals in the story, are they all the same?  Use a variety of different words such as tiny, miniscule, huge, gigantic, etc to build up their mathematical vocabulary.   What size enclosures would you need to fit the dinosaurs?

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman,  Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence