In the Autumn term, Robin class enjoyed reading stories with familiar settings including Peace at Last and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We also read Six Dinner Sid and had a lot of fun using adjectives to describe Sid’s six different personalities he used to eat six dinners a day. Sid was a very hungry cat! Throughout the term, we focused on the author Julia Donaldson and read many of her stories including; The Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle and Room on the Broom. We really liked that all of her stories have rhyming and repeating patterns. We used all of these stories to write recounts, character descriptions, instructions, lists, letters, riddles and more.
In maths, our focus has been on number. We have practiced counting forwards and backwards, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, finding one less/ one more than a number, adding and subtracting using practical objects as well as a number line and knowing our number bonds to 20. We also spent some time working with money. We learned about the value of different coins and were able to solve addition and subtraction problems using money to find different amounts. We spent a week learning about 2D shapes. Robins are now able to recognise and name common 2-D shapes such as rectangles, squares, circles and triangles. We know the number of sides and corners each shape has and can identify these shapes in real life objects. We have been working hard to record our learning independently in our books.
In Creative Curriculum, we have enjoyed learning about Houses and Homes as well as Toys. We visited Hall Place to support our learning and gain first-hand experience of what life was like in the past. We learned about Victorian homes and looked at many Victorian artefacts. We had lots of fun practising washing clothes using washboards and mangles. We even learned about toys Victorian boys and girls would play with. We had a chance to play with many toys such as hoops, whip and tops, yoyos, skittles and horseshoes. We noticed that most of the toys in the Victorian era were made out of wood. Today, many of our toys are made of plastic or metal and some even require electricity!
In science, we have been learning about materials and their properties. We know that objects can be made from many different materials including wood, metal, glass, plastic, clay, paper and rubber. We went on a materials hunt where we searched the school for objects made out of each material. We also sorted objects based on their properties. Some of the categories included; soft/ hard, light/heavy, rough/smooth and opaque/transparent. Throughout the term, we carried out many experiments to test different materials and to determine their best use. We made predictions and tested which materials would make the best crash mat for Humpty Dumpty when he fell off the wall and which material would make the best waterproof jacket. We used our scientific knowledge to write conclusions to these experiments and were able to explain the results.