In the Autumn term, Owl class read many stories with familiar settings. We read Peace at Last, The Tiger that Came to Tea and Six Dinner Sid. We also focused on the author Julia Donaldson and really enjoyed reading different stories by her including The Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle 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 and potions.
In Maths, we practised counting in 2s and 10s and counting in ones, forwards and backwards from different starting numbers. We sung 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 used different 2D shapes to create animal pictures and learnt how to tell the time for o’clock and half past times. We really enjoyed maths week where we based our learning around the book Handa’s Surprise and we dressed up as characters from the story too.
In Science, we learnt about materials and their properties. We carried out a variety of experiments, where we tested different materials and 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 Homes and Toys in our Creative Curriculum lessons. 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!