This term we have learnt many letter sounds. Miss Gladding 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 Gladding has also read many books to us. These include; ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt, ‘Whatever Next!’, ‘The Bear Snores On!’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. 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 found out about Polar Bears and have written the facts we could remember. We also wrote a sorry letter to Baby Bear from Goldilocks and practised being the different characters in the story.
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. Miss Gladding 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 Gladding 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 further.
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.
This half term we have been learning about bears. We have enjoyed reading lots of different stories about different kinds of bears. We started the term with the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We enjoyed making maps of our very own bear hunt and writing about our favourite part of the story. We also read the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We enjoyed making sorry cards from Goldilocks to the three bears. Lastly, we looked at non-fiction texts as whilst we were learning about polar bears. We now know that we can use non-fiction books to find information!
Over the course of this half term we have enjoyed lots of different maths activities. We have been practising our adding skills by counting groups of bears and groups of Arctic animals. We’ve even had a go writing our answers as number sentences. We have been learning more about 3D shapes. We have practised describing the shapes by counting their faces, corner and edges. It’s sometimes tricky but in Elm Class we are always willing to ‘have a go!’ We’ve also done lots of ordering this half term. We ordered bowls of oats by capacity and polar bears by height. We always make sure to use words like tallest and shortest!
This half term in computing we have been using bee bots. We have had to direct our bee bots to the different areas the family went on their bear hunt. Our bee bots have travelled across the river, through the grass etc. We have also been practising our keyboard skills.
Creative Curriculum (UW/EAD)
This half term our topic has been bears. We loved turning our outdoor environment into our very own bear hunt. We put on welly boots and went searching for a bear hiding at Danson. We found him in a cave outside! While reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ we got to make porridge. We explored what happened when we added hot water to the oats. It made a tasty snack! While we were learning about polar bears we explored the Arctic and the different animals that live there.
This half term we have been talking about growing. More specifically growing beans. We started the term with the classic tale ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’. We had the challenge of reading and ordering sentences from the story. We also enjoyed hot seating different characters and writing about how each character felt in the story. The giant was very cross that Jack was in his castle! We read another beanstalk story called ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’. Jim finds a beanstalk in his garden and meets a very lonely and sad giant. He helps him find happiness by getting him new teeth and glasses and a wig. Since Jim was so helpful we decided to write a thank you note to Jim from the giant. We also read the story ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’ and looked at different fruits and vegetables that we can grow in our garden. We tasted different fruit and wrote about our favourite ones using describing words. Juicy oranges were very popular!
Over the course of this half term we have enjoyed lots of different maths activities. We have been very busy ordering beanstalks by height. We have practised our subtraction by counting groups of beans and having mum throw one away because she was cross with Jack. We’ve even had a go writing our answers as number sentences. We have also been looking at different coins. We sorted them and made coin rubbings and used them to purchase fruit at our market stall. We also had to use coins to buy the new items for the giant in ‘Jim and the Beanstalk.’ We have also added groups of fruit.
This half term our topic has been growing. We have made lots of fantastic pieces of artwork. We used seeds to collage flowers. We have used kitchen roll tubes to stamp flowers. We have practised using paint programs on the computer to make garden pictures. Our favourite activity this half term has been growing our beans. We have loved watching how the bean turns into a beanstalk. We can identify the roots, stem and leaves. We also know that plants need sunshine and water to grow!
In computing this half term we have practised our mouse and keyboard skills. We played lots of different games on Busy things to support our learning. We also made picture books. We chose a picture of an animal we liked and labelled our picture in a text box. We used our mouse skills to drag the label into the picture.