Autumn Term - 2018/19
During the Autumn term our topics have included ‘All About Me’, ‘People Who Help Us’ and ‘Space’
At the start of the Autumn term we enjoyed lots of stories about starting school. We shared how we felt and spoke about the new friends we had made. We learnt lots of new letter sounds and actions as well as practiced writing the letters in our names. We also looked at different people who help us around our school and community. One of our favourite stories was ‘Fireman Small’. It had lots of rhyming words in it which we paired up in our ‘Have a Go’ books. In October, we started to learn all about space! We read ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy, ‘The Blue Balloon’ by Mick Inkpen and ‘Laura’s Star’ by Klaus Baumgart. We wrote lists of food that we would take if we were having a picnic on the moon. 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.
This term we have been practising our counting skills. We have been counting forwards and backwards and looking for numbers around our environment. We’ve also been practising ordering numbers and finding one more and one less than a given number. We have learnt the names of 2D shapes and used them to make arrangements in our books. We used transport counters to make repeating patterns and have practised sequencing familiar routines in our day. After the October half term we practiced our adding and subtracting skills using stars. We also learnt all about height and ordered balloons from tallest to shortest. One of our favourite activities was using 3D shapes to build Santa’s workshop in the North Pole!
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During the Autumn term we painted self-portraits, taking great care to choose sensible colours. We went on an Autumn walk and discussed the changing season. Then we made Autumn trees using our finger prints. They looked fantastic displayed in our room. During our space topic we loved learning about different planets and all about astronauts. We practiced using a paint program on the computer to make space pictures and then made our very own space pictures using lots of glitter and paint. We are brilliant artists in Oak Class.