During the Autumn Term our topics have been ‘All About Me’ and ‘Space’.
We have read ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School’ by Ian Whybrow ,‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy, ‘The Blue Balloon’ by Mick Inkpen and ‘Laura’s Star’ by Klaus Baumgart. We thought about what we would take to school if we had a bucket like Harry and shared this with the class. We then recorded this on bucket shapes. We acted out the story of ‘Whatever Next by sitting in a box, with a colander on our heads and pretended we were having a picnic on the moon like the Bear did in the story! We let a blue balloon of our own go and watched it disappear high into the air. We attached a message and are hoping that someone finds it soon and tells us how far it went. We wrote about where we thought our blue balloon would go and used the phonic sounds we know to help us to do this. We made a wish on Laura’s star and after sharing these with the class we wrote these on star shapes.
We have been counting forwards and backwards to and from twenty, learning how to write numbers and how to order them. We have been comparing and ordering dinosaurs by height. We have been thinking about heavy and light items and were surprised that some big items can be light and some small items can be heavy. We helped one of Santa’s elves load the sleigh by sorting out the parcels by weight so he could put the heavy gifts at the bottom and the light ones on the top. We used the 3D shapes to make a box so our blue balloon would not fly away too soon and have been learning the names of these shapes too. We have been learning about one more and one less and we popped some balloons to help us calculate one less.
Creative Curriculum (UW/EAD)
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 have enjoyed using our rocket and space station role play and have been visiting lots of aliens and distant planets. We learnt about Diwali, and how this is celebrated, by listening to the story and looking at religious artefacts. We have made our own star tea-light holders and decorated these. 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 have been trying out maths and literacy programmes and learning how to load and use these by using a mouse. We have been using walkie-talkies in our role play shoe shop, it was a bit tricky remembering to press the button to speak and to release the button to listen but we did eventually work it out! We have been using a paint program to paint rockets and space pictures too.