Class Blog 12th July 2019
Throughout the mornings this week, the Swans have continued to work in year 1. They have been doing number work and writing based on the book ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ by Eric Carle. The Year 1 teachers are very impressed with how hard the Swans have worked and think that they are definitely Year 1 ready! Miss Smith, Mrs King and Mrs Franklin are really proud of all of the Swans.
In the afternoons we have continued our learning about farms, finding out about wool and the life cycle of a hen.
On Tuesday the rain finally stayed away and the sun came out, meaning that at last, after many attempts we were able to have our Infant Sports Day! The children all had a brilliant time and everyone tried their Birk Hill Best! Many thanks to everyone who was able to come along and support us, we hope you had as much fun as we did!
Class Blog 5th July 2019
What busy, fun packed time the Swans have had this week! We have been visiting our new classes in the mornings and finding out all about Year 1. We are all very excited about becoming Year 1’s in September!
At the beginning of the week Dancedaze came in to teach us some new dance moves! Everyone joined in, even the teachers, and we all had a brilliant time. The instructor said we were all fantastic dancers and looked like we were ready for Britain’s Got Talent!
The highlight of our week though, was our amazing trip to Cannon Hall Farm. We had a tour of the farm where we saw lots of different animals, some of which we got to feed and pet. One group had the chance to see a milking demonstration and the other group enjoyed a tractor and trailer ride around the farm. We even had time to have a go on the Adventure Playground! Many thanks to all of the parents who were able to come with us, without you our trips wouldn’t be possible.
On Friday we took a trip to Italy on one of of cultural days. We learned all about the country, how to say hello and goodbye, made our own flags, listened to opera music and ate pizza!
Class Blog 28th June 2019
This week we have had some more emails from the Little Red Hen! She sent us her story to read and asked us if we thought she was right or wrong not share the bread with the other animals.
After reading the story we talked to our friends and shared our ideas about what we would have done if we were the Little Red Hen. Then all of the class voted on whether or not we would have shared the bread. Nearly all of the class said that they would still have shared the bread even though the animals didn’t help! What a kind lot the Swans are! Although Miss Smith and Mrs King both said that they wouldn’t have shared the bread! What would you have done?
On Tuesday we had a visitor in school who taught us how to do CrossFit! It was hard work but everyone joined in and had an amazing time!
In mathematics we have been learning all about doubling numbers. We needed to remember that doubling is adding a number to itself. We used a special doubling machine to practically solve doubling problems and even learnt a doubles song!
Class Blog 21st June 2019
At the beginning of the week we found a mystery basket outside of class 8! We looked inside the basket to see if we could work out who it belonged to. We found an apron, some flour, a bowl, a wooden spoon and some red feathers! How strange! Could this be another case for the Swans detectives to solve? We thought carefully about who the basket could belong to and used our phonics to write down all of the items that we had found inside.
On Wednesday just as we were about to start our letters and sounds an email came through! It was from Little Red Hen asking for help. She was very upset, she had lost her basket and couldn’t remember where she had left it! She said that the Gingerbread Man had told her that the Birk Hill Swans were all very kind and would be able to help her. The mystery was solved we now knew who the basket belonged to! After lots of discussion, we decided to write our own emails to let her know that we had found her basket and that we would keep it safe for her.
In mathematics we continued to work on halving and sharing different quantities. We have also been practically solving number problems in the range 0-20.
Class Blog 14th June 2019
This week in Swans we have had a fantastic time learning all about road safety and becoming Road Safety Heroes. We talked about safe places to cross the road and what we need to do to cross the road safely. We then went outside and practised crossing the road safely in our outdoor learning area. Everyone remembered their Green Cross Code!
We also drew our own street maps with safe places for people to cross. We then used our phonics to help us label them.
We decided that as Road Safety Heroes we needed to keep everyone in our school safe too so we made our own posters to put up around school. Make sure you keep an eye out for our fabulous posters!
In mathematics we have started to learn about how to halve and share different quantities of objects between two, practically solving number problems related to this.
Class Blog 7th June 2019
What a great first week back we’ve had! This week has been ‘Water Week’ at Birk Hill and we have been learning all about how important water is, what we use it for and ways of saving water. We then wrote our own water fact, remembering to use finger spaces, phonics and full stops.
We found out how water gets into our homes and how some countries around the world have very little water. We also looked at the water cycle and learnt a song to help us remember it.
In mathematics we have been learning about capacity and the correct language to use when describing how full or empty a container is. We filled pots to certain heights and described whether it was full, nearly full, half full or empty.
Thank you to everyone who entered the rain catcher competition, the judges were very impressed with all of the entries. A huge congratulations to all of the winners - well done!
Class Blog 24th May 2019
This week we have been very busy solving the case of the gingerbread men! After Mrs Holland told us that the gingerbread men wanted us to change the end of their story last week we put on our thinking caps and thought about what we could do to help. We decided that we needed to think of a way of getting the gingerbread men over the river without them getting wet or even worse eaten!
Everyone had fantastic ideas and we set to work, using the resources in the classroom, to make something for the gingerbread men to safely cross the river. We made bridges, boats, zip wires and even trampolines!!
We then used our ideas to rewrite the story of gingerbread man. We changed the characters and the ending, hopefully the gingerbread men will be much happier with this ending - what do you think?
The Birk Hill Gingerbread Man
In mathematics we have continued our learning on money, recognising coins and finding totals. We also found the time to bake and decorate our own gingerbread men and do our PE outside!
After such as busy half term I think we all deserve a rest! I hope you have a wonderful week off and we will see you next term!
Class Blog 17th May 2019
Our hunt for the missing gingerbread men has continued this week and we have been very busy gathering evidence in our police station role play!
At the beginning of the week we put some of our wanted posters around the school and after seeing them an eyewitness came forward with some information for us. Mrs Holland, one the teachers in the EYFS Unit, saw the gingerbread men running through school! She asked them why they were running away and they said they were very frightened. Mrs Holland told them that this was a lovely school and there was no need to be frightened but they said that they would only come back if we could change the end of their story, then they disappeared again! We thanked Mrs Holland for passing on the information and got our thinking caps on straight away. We will keep you posted on how we decide to solve the case!
On Tuesday we had a visitor in school who taught us how to do Zumba! We all had lots of fun and our visitor said that we all did an amazing job!
In mathematics we have been learning about money and why it is important. We have been looking at coins from 1p up to the value of £2. We have been looking closely at the different colours, shapes and sizes of all of the coins along with their names and values.
We have also been mixing brown paint and painting our own gingerbread men.
Class Blog 10th May 2019
What a short but busy week we have had! The mystery of who left the footprints in the Early Years Unit has been solved! Luckily on Tuesday Mrs Birch found last weeks CCTV film from Early Years for us to check. When we played the film back we saw little gingerbread men running through the unit whilst we were in assembly! The next day we received a letter from ‘The Fairy Tale Bakery’ asking for our help. Apparently the gingerbread men had escaped from their bakery and were missing! They asked us to make some wanted posters to put up around school to help them find the missing gingerbread men. Everyone worked really hard on their posters and we will be putting them up in school next week, but if you see anything in the mean time please let us know!
In mathematics we continued our learning on measuring. We have been using the play dough to make long and short snakes and we even had a go at labelling them by ourselves remembering to use the correct language - long, short. Some of us also used beanbags and cubes to measure how long an object was and then had a go at recording our findings.
Class Blog 3rd May 2019
It was so lovely to see everyone back after the holidays, we hope you had a great time and enjoyed the few days of sunshine that we had.
This week we have had to be detectives! There was an incident in school; a mystery person or creature came into the Early Years Unit whilst we were all in assembly! They left footprints and raisins all over the floor! We took photographs of the evidence and thought carefully about who it could be. We then wrote down our ideas and drew pictures of who we thought it could be! We will keep you up to date as we continue our investigation.
On Thursday we took part in a ’Bikeability Festival’ in Dronfield. We worked in teams with lots of other reception children from different schools; everyone tried really hard to complete all of the different tasks that were set up for us to do and we had an absolutely amazing time! Thank you to all of the parents who were able to help at the event, it was very much appreciated.
In mathematics we have been learning about measuring and using the correct language eg. big and small, tall and short when making comparisons.
Class Blog 12th April 2019
Wow....how quickly a term passes, we can’t believe we have come to the end of our Spring Term already! Our last week has been all about Easter! We have been busy making and writing Easter cards for our families, decorating Easter eggs, making Easter baskets to leave out for the Easter Bunny and making our own Easter bonnets.
On Tuesday we had a visit from Reverend Andy. He came to tell us all about the story of Easter and some of the children helped - everyone was really keen to get involved! At the end we had a chance to ask questions and Reverend Andy did a fantastic job of answering them so that we could all understand.
On Thursday the teachers spotted the Easter bunny hopping around in the outdoor area; he tried to ride one of the bikes but it was too big so he hid Easter eggs for all of the children to find! We all had a fantastic time racing around to find our own special egg. The Easter bunny thought we had all done such an amazing job he left us a little Easter treat in our baskets.
In mathematics we have been working on recognising and ordering those tricky teen numbers and in literacy we have been thinking about rhyming words.
Class Blog 5th April 2019
This week has been the last week of our learning on ‘Space’. Miss Smith found some pictures of ‘real’ aliens and we worked with our friends to think of adjectives to describe them. We used our phonics to help us write down all of the amazing words we had thought of.
On Tuesday we had a visitor in school who taught us how to do Boxercise! Everyone joined in, even the teachers, and we all had a really fantastic time!
We also had lots of fun this week using a paint package on the iPads to draw our own aliens! They were all fabulous although some of them were pretty scary!
In mathematics we have continued our learning on addition. We have been using space rocks and planets to independently make and record our own number sentences.
Class Blog 29th March 2019
How lovely that spring is finally on its way! We took full advantage of the beautiful weather this week and did some of our mathematics outside. We have begun to look at simple addition, combining two groups together and finding the total. Some of the Swans even had a go at independently recording their number sentences.
Our book this week has been ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. We all thought the story was very funny, especially the part where the aliens put pants on their heads and chant!
The story inspired our learning and we have been very busy doing lots of fun activities. These included writing speech bubbles for the aliens, designing new underpants for the aliens to take back to space and making our own aliens out of play dough.
Class Blog 22nd March 2019
This week we have been learning all about the stars! We found out that stars produce light because they are massive burning balls of gas just like the sun! We looked at how some stars make patterns and pictures in the sky - a bit like giant dot to dots. These patterns are called constellations. We were so inspired by what we had learnt we decided to make our own constellations in the creative area.
In mathematics we have been working on finding 1, 2 and 3 more than a given number by playing games and using number fans.
We have also been practising our gymnastic skills this week in PE. We practised travelling along and balancing in different ways on the apparatus.
Class Blog 15th March 2019
Another busy week for our super Swans! We have continued our learning on space, finding out all about the Solar System and each of the planets that are in it. This inspired us to make our own amazing planets in the creative area.
In mathematics we have been problem solving using the balance scales and some of us even had a go at recording our findings!
This week it was also Swans assembly where we shared some of our learning with our grown-ups. We did an amazing job and made all of our teachers really proud! Well done Swans.
Can we also take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to everyone who was able to come and watch!
On Friday it was Comic Relief Day. Everyone came to school dressed in something red, even the teachers! We all looked fabulous and raised lots of money! We decorated funny faces and learnt all about why people were raising money for Comic Relief.
Class Blog 8th March 2019
What a busy time all of the Swans have had in school this week! On Tuesday we had a special visitor in school who taught us how to do fencing. We all had a fantastic time and our visitor said that we did an amazing job! After all of our hard work learning to fence we came back to the room and had some yummy pancakes for snack!
On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day by coming into school in our pyjamas ready to share our favourite stories with our friends. We also became story detectives and had to work the title of a story from a tray of clues!
In between all of this excitement we have continued learning about space and have been learning all about weight in mathematics and how to use balance scales.
Class Blog 1st March 2019
What a fantastic first week back we’ve all had after our half term break. This week, we have begun our new learning theme ‘Space’ and all of the children are very excited!
To begin this exciting topic, we have been reading the story ‘Whatever Next!’ By Jill Murphy. The children have loved using their imagination to think of different things they would take on a trip to the moon!
In mathematics we have been investigating positional and directional language. The children built their own obstacle courses and gave each other directions to complete it.
We have also been having lots of fun experimenting with colour mixing.
Class Blog 15th February 2019
This week began with much excitement with the long awaited return of Floppy the Dog from his adventures in the Arctic! He brought with him one of his favourite books for us to share - ‘Peace at Last’.
In the book Mr Bear could not get to sleep because of all of the different sounds that he could hear during the night when it was very quiet! We decided to go out on a special listening walk to see what we could hear when we were quiet. Everyone had to listen very carefully to the sounds that they could hear all around them. We then used our phonics to write down a list of the things that we could hear.
The story also inspired us to have a go at making Mr Bear a new bed so he could finally get some sleep! We selected different types of construction and had to carefully measure Mr Bear to make sure the bed was long enough for him!
In mathematics we have been recognising and ordering numbers. We have made our own numberlines, ordered random numbers and even helped Floppy put his numbers in the correct order when he got himself into a bit of a muddle!
May we take the opportunity to wish you a safe and happy half term and thank you for your continued support.
Class Blog 8th February 2019
We have had lots of fun this week learning about Chinese New Year. We have learnt that this year is the ‘Year of the Pig’ and in literacy we listened to the story of ‘The Great Race’, which tells us how the years in the Chinese Zodiac were named. Our role play area has been changed into a Chinese restaurant and we have enjoyed taking orders, preparing, serving and eating the ‘food’.
On Tuesday we had some special visitors in school who taught us how to do a traditional Chinese dance. We all had an amazing time and our visitors said we all did a fantastic job! We have also used our creative skills to make our own dragon puppets and Chinese lanterns.
We have chopped up vegetables and fried our own stir fry. Everyone tried a little taste but only half the class liked it!
In mathematics we have been learning about ordinal numbers. We raced cars in the hall and chose the matching ordinal number for the place of our car. Some of us challenged ourselves and ordered them up to 10th place!
Class Blog 1st February 2019
This week Floppy the Dog sent us some facts about polar bears. He asked us to make him a fact book on polar bears for him to read when he gets back from the Arctic. We discussed what a fact is and the difference between fiction and non-fiction. We then wrote our own polar bear fact and Miss Smith made them into a book!
On Wednesday all the Swans were taught how ride a balance bike. These are special two wheeled bikes that don’t have any pedals! Everyone had a fantastic time and rode the bikes brilliantly,
In mathematics we have been continuing to work on subtraction. We have practised answering simple number sentences using fingers, objects and numberlines.
Class Blog 25th January 2019
This week in Swans class we have finally found out where Floppy the dog has gone on his adventure! Can you believe he’s gone all the way to the Arctic! He sent us another email with some information about what he has been up to so far. In circle time we shared our ideas about what we already knew about the Arctic and we what we might like Floppy to find out for us. We then wrote all of our questions down to send to him, remembering to use our phonics to help us work out the sounds we needed for each word.
We have turned our role play area inside the classroom into the Arctic. Everyone has been having lots of fun exploring in there! In mathematics we have been continuing to work on finding 1, 2 and 3 less than a given number and have begun to look at simple subtraction.
Class Blog 18th January 2019
On Monday when we came back to school after the weekend Floppy the dog was missing! We looked all over the classroom but we couldn’t find him anywhere. Suddenly, whilst we were looking, an email came through for us from Floppy!
He had decided to go on an adventure. He went to a travel agents to book his trip but we didn’t know where he had gone. In circle time we looked at maps of the world and a globe to try and work out where Floppy might have gone. We then we wrote our ideas down remembering to use our phonics to work out the sounds we needed for each word.
On Thursday, 'The Hoop Guy' came into Birk Hill and played some games with us using hula hoops. We all had a really great time and can’t wait to try out some of the things he taught us in our outdoor learning time.
In mathematics we have been working on finding 1 or 2 less than a given number.
Class Blog 11th January 2019
Happy New Year everybody! What a fantastic first week we’ve had in Swans class! All of the teachers are so proud of how the Swans have come back in to school after the Christmas holidays.
This week has been ‘Eco Week’ at Birk Hill and the Swans have been leaning how to be an Eco Superhero and keep the environment clean and safe for everyone. We have learnt all about recycling and how to sort out our rubbish so it can be made into something new. Throughout the week we collected all of our unwanted paper to recycle and we managed to fill 3 big bags!
On Wednesday afternoon we had our big ‘Up-cycle’ event. Our challenge was to make something new out of used wrapping paper. We also invited our parents to come in and join in the fun and help us make some amazing things from photo frames to handbags! Thank you to all of the parents, carers and family members who were able to come in and help.
Class Blog 21st December 2018
We’ve had very exciting time in Swans class in the last week before Christmas! On Tuesday we had a visit from Reverend Andy. He came to tell us all about the Christmas story and some of the children helped - everyone was really excited to get involved! At the end we had a chance to ask questions and Reverend Andy did a fantastic job of answering them so that we could all understand.
Wednesday afternoon was our party afternoon where we played lots of games and did our best disco dancing moves. We also had a visit from Father Christmas! Everyone was very excited to see him and all of the children got a present too!
As this is the last blog of the year may we all take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Class Blog 14th December 2018
This week in Swans class we've been very busy with our school Christmas concert. We all tried really hard to join in with the concert songs and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! All of the grown-ups in school were very proud of us.
In Mathematics we have been looking at creating a simple repeating pattern using colours, objects and shapes. We used our exploring time to have a go at making our own repeating patterns .
Class Blog 7th December 2014
What a busy week we've had in Swans class! At the beginning of the week we had a Family Christmas Craft Morning which really helped us get into the Christmas spirit; it was fantastic having our families in school joining in with our learning in such a fun and creative way.
We have also been doing lots of Nativity practise for our Christmas concert which we hope you will all enjoy. The whole school ended the week with an amazing trip to the Pantomime in Rotherham to see Dick Whittington. A big thank you to all the grown-ups who came along to help!
Class Blog 30th November 2018
Our learning this week has been inspired by pirates again! Not only did Pirate Pete write to us to say he needed a boat, he also asked us to find his treasure so we got to work! After exploring floating and sinking with different materials, we decided what we would need to make our own boats. Many of us used sponges or plastic bottles to make boats for Pirate Pete. On Friday we raced our boats to see which one rescued the treasure the fastest. Pirate Pete was very lucky because we also worked together to make a giant pirate ship for our role play area.
Class Blog 23rd November 2018
Ahoy, our learning this week has been inspired by pirates! Not only have pirates been leaving us messages in our classroom, we have been busy making maps, wanted posters and costumes too. Pirates Love Underpants has become one of our favourite stories! On Thursday, our family members and friends came into school to join in with our pirate craft workshop. As we allowed our creativity to flow, we made items such as treasure boxes and hats. We will need these next week for our exciting pirate day!
On Wednesday, our family and friends came to see us share our learning about Diwali and Funnybones at our class assembly. Not only were our teachers proud of the learning which we shared, they were also extremely proud of the way we spoke in front of a large audience with confidence and self belief.
Class Blog 16th November 2018
'Friendship Week' in school has been a great success! After reading a brilliant book called 'Have you Filled a Bucket Today?', we talked about what it means to be kind and to be a good friend. We pretended that everyone carries an invisible bucket with them and talked about how it is our job to make sure we fill everyone's buckets with kindness. This led to a brilliant discussion where we shared many ideas of how to do this such as: saying thank you to grownups at home, smiling at others and to share resources in school with our friends. To celebrate the end of 'Friendship Week' we released a class balloon into the sky with our school values attached. Keep a look out for it in the community and let us know if you find it!
Class Blog 9th November 2018
This week has been full of celebration! We learned about Diwali and took part in many exciting activities. These included: making our own lamps and lanterns, tasting foods, creating our own Mehndi patterns and talking about the celebrations and family traditions which are important to us. On Thursday, a special visitor taught us how to dance to Diwali themed music. We really impressed our visitor as we listened carefully and worked hard to dance in time to the music. We have another exciting week in school next week when we will be celebrating ‘Friendship Week’ as a whole school.
Class Blog 26th October 2018
Bang, fizz, pop, crackle! This week we have been learning about Bonfire Night. With the celebration just around the corner for many people, we have been talking about how to stay safe during what is an exciting time. Ask us if we can remember the top tips we learned at school. Our learning didn't stop there; we learned all about different shapes and their properties whilst building rocket models and wrote a list of noises that fireworks might make. We are now starting to apply what we have learned in phonics sessions directly into our writing.
We were keen to read more of the 'Funny Bones' story too which we enjoyed reading last week. This inspired us to make our own shadow puppet theatre and our very own puppets and we used them to retell the story in our classroom. This also allowed us to learn about how shadows are formed.
Our teachers are incredibly proud of our achievements as we have now completed our first half term in our new class. They would like to wish everyone a safe and happy break and look forward to welcoming us back into school shortly.
Class Blog 19th October 2018
This week began with excitement as we started to read the story of 'Funny Bones'. We were intrigued to find out about the different characters and the setting of the story. Making mini books and writing speech bubbles for the characters encouraged us to write for motivating purposes. If you look around our classroom, you will see examples displayed for others to enjoy.
We have also enjoyed learning the 'Funny Bones' song and the dance moves that go with it!
On Friday we applied our reading skills to reading instructions in order to make a movable skeleton. Even though it was tricky at times, we persevered and were determined to use split pins to allow the bones to move. We are becoming more familiar with the names of different bones in our body which we can identify on a skeleton. When bones appeared in and around our classroom, we measured them and then compared the different lengths.
Class Blog 12th October 2018
Since we enjoyed reading the story of 'Winnie the Witch' last week, we have continued to learn more about Winnie and Wilbur this week. Looking carefully at the illustrations in the book has allowed us to ask many questions about the text and to talk at length about Winnie's dark, gloomy house. Some of us decided we wanted to dress up as Winnie so we made our own witches hat, learning all about how to join materials together in the process. Our spell books have been used again this week as we thought of even more ingredients to put into Winnie's cauldron. Learning maths skills was enjoyable this week as we counted Winnie's magic gems, sorted out her numbered hats when she muddled them up and measured her wands!
Class Blog 5th October 2018
This week has been full of exciting learning and magic! After reading a story titled ‘Winnie the Witch‘, we followed a recipe to make our own magic potions. We asked lots of questions about the reaction we saw between all of the different ingredients we used. Later in the week we counted different ingredients into Winnie’s cauldron to help her to make even more magic! Some of us challenged ourselves to add two groups of Winnie’s ingredients together. Making wands was a great way to develop our fine motor skills and a great motivator to practise forming letters and words in Winnie’s magical glitter. You may have seen our small world resources in our classroom which we have helped to create so we can continue to enjoy retelling the story next week too. If you look carefully you will see our spell books where we have been using our writing skills to write spells for Winnie.
Class Blog 28th September 2018
We have been reading a story titled ‘Walking through the Jungle’ this week. This inspired us to make our own jungle puppets which we used to act out the story. Some of us even introduced new characters into the story too! Learning outdoors allowed us to extend our creativity even further; we collected leaves and other natural treasures which we then used to create a large scale lion. Working as a team paid off as we were very satisfied with our creation.
Class Blog 21st September 2018
On Tuesday our families joined us in school for our 'Stay and Read' event. We had such a great time demonstrating our reading skills and showing everyone just how much we love to read!
We enjoyed activities such as:
- Reading our favourite stories with our family and friends.
- Taking selfies with our favourite stories from home.
- Using puppets to act out stories.
- Becoming authors and writing our own books.
- Making reading frogs.
- Making and breaking words using magnetic letters.
Our teachers would like to say a huge thank you to our families for making the event so successful!
Class Blog 14th September 2018
It has been another busy week full of learning in swans class! We are becoming more settled into our new routines and we have learned how to use many new resources in our classroom already. Here we are building words with magnetic letters.
Reading the story of 'Where's my Teddy?' has allowed us to talk about relationships, respect and people who are special to us. We even met the first of our new school value puppets; his name is Reuben and he looks out for children who are respectful. On Thursday we shared photographs of our families which we did with confidence and pride. Our teachers enjoyed learning even more about us and the learning experiences we have had outside of school.
Class Blog 7th September 2018
Welcome back to school everyone!
Our teachers were excited to see us skip happily through the school doors on Tuesday to welcome us back into school where we have been learning new routines and meeting new friends. Many of our family members joined us for a shared lunch on Thursday too. Here we had the opportunity to learn what to do at lunchtime and to taste school lunches. Throughout the week we have also drawn self portraits and measured how tall our friends are. Our teachers have been keen to share their love for reading with us. We received a new book for our basket of favourite books which arrived in special wrapping paper. Some of us even brought our favourite stories into school to share with others and we have enjoyed listening to stories using our listening station.