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Autumn Term

In the first weeks of this Autumn Term we have spent time settling into our new classroom and getting used to coming to school full time. The children have been brilliant and have really adapted well. This term our topic has been This Is Me. We have looked at how unique and important we all are. We compared similarities and differences between ourselves and labeled the parts of our body.

 

We found out about our 5 senses and went on a listening walk. We enjoyed a lovely walk to the park to look at the changing seasons and found our class bears in the woods. We also tasted a selection of fruits to tickle our taste buds.

 

 

 

In the last few weeks we considered our feelings and compared them to colours using the story 'The Colour Monster'. This lead us to the artist Rothko who paints using emotions inspired by children's art work. This allowed us to work on our colour mixing and develop our painting skills. We have done lots of beautiful singing and talked about our hopes and dreams. Finally we looked at friendship when our little stranger arrived. We looked at how to make new people feel welcome through the story 'The Suitcase' and we ended the term with a little friendship party.

 

 

 

 

In Maths we have been developing a solid understanding of the numbers to 10, ordering and counting and we have begun our journey towards a deep understanding of addition. We have talked about 2D and 3D shapes, looking at their properties and making pictures and models using them. 

 

 

 

 

In phonics we have been covering phase 2, learning 23 letters of the alphabet and the tricky words.

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed the sponsored walk and raised lots of money for next terms pantomime trip. We can't wait for wait for what Autumn 2 has in store and we can already hear the faint sound of sleigh bells.

 

Autumn 2 has been a very exciting term. Our focus book this term was Jill and the Beanstalk. We learned the story and the Giant came to visit our classroom and made a terrible mess and stole our treasure from the role play area. We made wanted brilliant posters and luckily the Giant felt terrible and returned them. Inspired by Pedro Bascon the children used their colour mixing skills and different techniques to create texture and detail to paint beanstalk pictures. We compared our foot print to the giants and compared and ordered the heights of the different characters from the story. We have been developing our understanding of the language or greater and fewer, comparing amounts of golden eggs and we have learning about how to find 1 more.
We read the story Get Some Rest Sleeping Beauty and looked at how to keep princes and princesses healthy. The whole school visited the pantomime to see Sleeping Beauty which was a brilliant experience. We created some beautiful shape art work using felt and wool to depict the overgrown castle from Sleeping Beauty . As a class we made a tally chart to show our favourite character from the pantomime.

Then the Christmas season arrived and we rehearsed and performed our play beautifully, made some gorgeous Christmas cards and prepared our hand crafted Christmas decorations for enterprise, jingling all the way. We ended the term with a fun filled Christmas Party and the big man himself visited to hand out presents. 

 

We're looking forward to another fun filled time next term!

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