This week for Earth Day, we have been reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The boys love this story and have really enjoyed discussing the meaning behind it all. Ioan has been reading it to us in stages.


  • Bottle lids
  • Pegs
  • Play dough
  • Grapat trees
  • Grimm’s rainbow (green arches)
  • Grimm’s water wave
  • Green school fleece


The boys made ‘truffula trees’ using coloured pegs and play dough. They drew and cut out clean clouds for the sky.

This first tray was, “Way back in the days when the grass was still green and the pond was still wet and the clouds were still clean.”

The song of the Swomee-Swans rang out, as they splashed in the river. The Brown Bar-ba-loots, frisked about in thier Bar-ba-loot suits, as they played in the shade and ate Truffula Fruits.

We carried on the story in Part 2 and Part 3.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 01 – Listening and attention:

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02 – Understanding:

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG 03 – Speaking:

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Understanding the world

ELG 14 – The world:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.