In the Autumn term, Sparrow class enjoyed reading stories with familiar settings including Peace at Last, The Tiger that Came to Tea and Six Dinner Sid. In Autumn 2 we read stories by the author Julia Donaldson including The Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle and Room on the Broom. 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 chanted our number bonds to 10 and related these to number bonds to 20 and related subtraction facts. We used the part-part-whole model to solve missing number problems and used different 2D and 3D shapes to create pictures and models. We loved maths where we based our learning around the story of Handa’s Surprise and ended the week by dressing up as different characters from the story.
Our science topic this term was materials and their properties. We carried out a variety of experiments testing different materials and how they can be best used. Our favourite experiment was finding out the best material to make a crash mat for Humpty Dumpty. We used hard-boiled eggs and dropped them off of a ‘wall’ onto different materials to see which material protected the egg better.
This term we learned about Homes and Toys. As part of our learning we visited Hall Place where 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 learned about Victorian homes and how they washed their clothes. We had lots of fun washing the smelly socks with the pink, smelly soap, washboard and mangle!