Autumn Term - 2018/19
In the Autumn term, Owl class read stories with familiar settings which included ‘Peace at Last’, ‘The Tiger that Came to Tea’ and ‘Six Dinner Sid’. We also read books by the author Julia Donaldson and really enjoyed all of the different stories she has written, which included ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Monkey Puzzle’, ‘The Snail and the Whale’, ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ and ‘Room on the Broom’. We practised using character voices when reading aloud to bring the stories alive. We used these stories to write recounts, character descriptions, letters, diary entries, instructions, invitations and potions.
In Maths, we practised counting in 2s and 10s and counting in ones, forwards and backwards from different starting numbers. We sang songs to help us remember our number bonds to 10 and related these to number bonds to 20 and related subtraction facts. We learnt how to use part-part-whole models to solve missing number problems. We sorted 2D and 3D shapes, explained the criteria we had used and spoke about their properties. We learnt how to tell the time for o’clock and half past times. We really enjoyed maths week where we buddied up with Year 2 to solve word problems by using bar modelling. We also dressed up as ‘Times Table Rockstars’.
In Science, we investigated and learnt about materials and their properties. We investigated the waterproof qualities of materials, whether they were magnetic, transparent or rigid. We also thought about their best use. One of our favourite experiments was finding out the best material to make a crash mat for Humpty Dumpty. We pushed 4 hard-boiled eggs off of a wall onto different materials and observed which one caused the least amount of cracks. It was very exciting watching Humpty fall off of his wall!
We had lots of fun learning about Houses and Homes and Toys in our Creative Curriculum lessons. We painted and drew pictures of our own homes and labelled them. We found out about a famous home in our local area, Danson House. We visited Hall Place as part of our learning. There we gained first-hand experience of Victorian toys by playing with hoops, the whip and top, yoyos and many others. As well as learning about toys, we looked at Victorian homes and how they washed their clothes. We had lots of fun using the pink smelly soap, washboard and mangle to wash the smelly socks and sheets!