Our topics for the Autumn Term were ‘All About Me’ and ‘Space.’
We enjoyed sharing our learning with our parents and carers when they came to school for our ‘stay and play’ sessions.
At the start of the Autumn term we shared books about starting school to help us to settle in to our new Reception class. We particularly liked ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School’ by Ian Whybrow and we thought about what we would take to school in a bucket like Harry’s. We learned to write our names forming each letter carefully.
For our space topic we read ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy and used props in a storytelling box to retell our own versions of the story. We made zig-zag books about the story and thought about what we would take in a box rocket to the moon and labelled these items using our initial sounds. We loved reading ‘Aliens love underpants’ and Aliens save the world’ and designed our own alien and labelled this with descriptive words.
We loved reading ‘The Blue Balloon’ by Mick Inkpen and we let off our own blue balloon with a message that we wrote together and are hoping to get a reply to let us know how far it flew. We read ‘Laura’s Star’ by Klaus Baumgart and wrote our special wishes on star shapes which we then shared with the class.
We have been counting forwards and backwards to and from twenty using a counting stick, learning how to write numbers and how to order them. We have been thinking about tall and short and heavy and light items and were surprised that some big items can be light and some small items can be heavy.. We made repeating patterns on underpants for maths week and sorted these by size and pegged them on a washing line in the correct order. We have been putting buttons on snowmen to match the numbers on their bobble hats and using tweezers to pick these up. We have used Numicon to match quantity to numbers. We have used fruit counters to find out what one more and two more than a number would be. We have learnt the names of 3D shapes and matched these to things in our environment ie a cone to our football cones, a sphere to a ball. We have also started to write simple addition and subtraction number sentences to record what we have done practically.
Creative Curriculum (UW/EAD)
We went on an Autumn walk and saw lots of signs of Autumn – yellow and orange leaves, trees losing their leaves, squirrels looking for acorns, conkers and acorns on the floor. We thought about our homes and how they were the same and different. We learnt about the planets in our solar system and what their names were and what they looked like. We drew space maps and thought about which planets we would like to visit in a rocket or alien space ship. We weeded and planted bulbs in our outside area so that we can look at the plants that grow in the spring. We learned about Diwali and took part in a very energetic and exciting Diwali dance workshop that told the Hindu story behind the festival. We painted portraits of ourselves and selected the colours we needed very carefully. We made leaf rubbings, using wax crayons and hand printed Autumn trees. We painted colourful, glittery space pictures and invented our own planets and aliens. We enjoyed making children better in our hospital corner and using our alien space ship role play area to pretend we were visiting galaxies far away in space. We performed our Nativity and had great fun learning about the Christmas story and singing lots of Christmas songs. We made Christmas cards and decorations to prepare for Christmas. We used Beebots and were able to press the buttons to make them move to where we wanted them to go. We have been trying out maths and literacy programs and learning how to control these by using a mouse.
We have been learning about Bears and Growing. We listened to the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen and we then went on our own bear hunt in our outside area which was really exciting. We made our own picture maps of ‘The Bear Hunt’ story and labelled them. We shared non-fiction books about Polar Bears and wrote facts about them . In the second half of the term we listened to ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ and hot-seated the characters from the story. We wrote letters from the Giant thanking Jim for his help. We read ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ and ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’ and made zig zag books about the story. We have been working hard on our handwriting and trying to remember to use capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and adjectives in our writing.
In maths we looked at a family of different sized Polar Bears and ordered these according to their height. We looked at different containers, filled them with porridge oats and ordered these by capacity. We measured and ordered beanstalks by height in the second half of the term. We have been buying objects for the Giant in ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ using coins to match the price labels. We totalled sets of different fruit and learnt how to record this as a number sentence.
Creative Curriculum (UW/EAD)
We found out lots of facts about Polar Bears and discovered that they like to eat seals, have black skin and are all left ‘handed’. We enjoyed finding Arctic animals in our Arctic role play area using binoculars. We made paper plate Polar Bear faces. We liked investigating fake snow, looking at how ice melts and using Arctic animals in our small world Arctic tuff tray. We painted beanstalks and daffodils. We planted our own beans and kept a diary to show how they had grown. We planted bulbs to give our mums for mother’s day and decorated the plant pots. We have enjoyed role playing in our ‘Percy’s Park’ role play area too. A fire engine came to school and we learnt lots about what a fire fighter’s job entailed and sat in the fire engine. The siren was very loud.We had a fantastic art workshop and painted our own butterflies which are now on display in the school hall. We had a ‘Bug Show’ as part of Science Week and we saw and held some very unusual creatures.The Mobile Farm came in March and we enjoyed looking at all the animals, finding out about them and feeding the lambs with bottles of milk. We have had great fun this term!!
We have been learning about Africa and read ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and Handa’s Hen’. We thought about how living in Africa in Handa’s Village would be different or similar to living in Welling. We wrote our own Handa’s surprise story and wrote descriptions of the African animals using adjectives.
The second half term of the summer is our ‘Seaside Topic’ we wrote recounts about our trip to the seaside and we wrote about ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and thought of ways Mrs Grinling could stop the naughty seagulls eating her husband’s lunch in the story called ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. We also wrote about our favourite sandwich fillings for our picnics.
In maths have been halving and doubling using shells and pebbles. Solving simple problems for example how many different combinations of ice cream we could make with 2 scoops and 3 scoops of ice cream. We have been ordering numbers from different starting points. Making patterns with different items and working out the difference between different height towers of unifix cubes. We have been telling o’clock times, weighing items using cubes and a balance, ordering the sequence of our day and learning the days of the week and months of the year. We especially liked dancing to the ‘Months of the Year Macarena’!
Creative Curriculum (UW/EAD)
We learnt about Africa and how it is similar and different to where we live. We found out facts about African animals. We went on a very exciting trip to the seaside where we had an ice cream, had a sandcastle building competition and had a paddle in the sea, which was very warm the day we went. We loved out coach ride and picnic too! We had the whole beach to ourselves and enjoyed the feel of the sand between our toes but had to make sure the seagulls did not steal our picnic like they did in our favourite story about the ‘Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’.