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Elm Class







This term we have learnt many letter sounds. Miss Monaghan has taught us an action and song for each letter so that we can remember them more easily. We have also started to learn about digraphs. A digraph is two letters that make one sound. The diagraphs we have learnt so far are; sh, ch, th, ng, ai and ee. We are using these digraphs along with other letter sounds to read and write words. Miss Monaghan has also read many books to us. These include; ‘Aliens Love Underpants’, ‘Whatever Next!’, ‘Laura’s Star’ and ‘The Blue Balloon’. We have learned about the features of a book, and know that every book has a front cover, blurb, title and author. If you ask us what these words mean, we will be able to explain them to you! Throughout this term, we have also been using our phonic knowledge to do lots of writing. We have designed and described our own aliens as well as written wishes, letters and Christmas lists.


This term we have been counting and recognising numbers up to 20. We have also been putting numerals in the correct order and finding out one more and one less than a given number. MissMonaghan introduced us to prepositional language i.e. on top, behind, under, and gave us the task of following instructions that included these key words. We have learnt the difference between the words ‘taller’ and ‘shorter’ and have ordered dinosaurs according to their height. Miss Monaghan has also introduced us to 2D and 3D shapes. We are now becoming more confident when identifying and describing their properties. We have also been taught about addition. We have used cubes and counters to explore this concept further.

Creative Curriculum:

We have been learning all about ‘Ourselves’. We have played many games to introduce ourselves to the peers in our class. These were great fun! We used mirrors to look closely at our faces and then discussed the similarities and differences between us. We painted self-portraits remembering to choose the correct colours for our skin, hair, eyes and lips. We also learnt about Autumn and made some Autumnal decorations which were displayed in our classroom. Space was a further topic we explored during Autumn term. We learnt all about the planets and had a go at creating our own space picture using software on the computer.