Autumn Term 2 2020
Welcome back! We have lots of exciting things planned this half term, such as exploring our theme of Traditional Tales. Every fortnight, we will focus on a new book which will be our theme for all areas of provision both inside and outside of the classroom. Keep checking our class web page to see what we get up to!
During our daily Worship sessions we have been learning more about the items displayed on our Worship Table and their significance. These include a Bible, a candle, crucifix and a model of Mary. This half term we have also added a family ornament to celebrate that we are all part of God’s family.
We have been learning about Remembrance Day. After discussing the significance of the poppy, we created our own display in the classroom, to show our respect and gratitude to the soldiers who have fought for our country. The children used collage as well as stamps and paint to create their poppies. The children then also wanted to create their own crosses using a variety of media and materials, that we then added to our display.
The First Christmas
During December we added a Nativity Scene to our Worship table as well as to our small world area, providing the children with the opportunity to act out the First Christmas. We read about it from our Bible during our daily Worship sessions, as well as from books in our reading area. The children have really enjoyed putting a flame on the candles of our Advent Wreath as we have counted down to the birth of Jesus.
This half term we will be learning about God’s family.
We started by talking about our own families, discussing who we live with and other members of our family such as our Grandparents, who live in different houses. The children discovered that we are all unique in many ways, such as by our surnames and the amount of brothers and sisters that we have.
We have discovered that we are all a part of God’s family and have been finding out how we can show our love of God, by helping others. The children heard the story of Elizabeth of Hungary and how she helped others by giving them corn to make bread, when they were starving and becoming ill. She knew that is what God would have wanted her to do. The children then discussed what they could do to help their family and friends and therefore show their love of God. They said they could share and help their friends to put their coats on.
We had a look at a birthday cake today and discussed what it was and what it represented. We found out who has a birthday this month and we know that there is a very special birthday coming up, the birthday of Jesus. We looked at our Advent Wreath and discovered that it was a countdown to the day that Jesus was born, this day is called Christmas day. We then read our favourite story of the first Christmas and the children joined in with naming all of the special people that visited Jesus when he was born. We know that God’s greatest gift to us is Jesus.
Goldilocks and the three bears
The children have really enjoyed listening to the story of Goldilocks and the three bears this week. Using character cut outs and props, the children were able to act out the stories, adding a narrative and saying the well known phrases from the book.
The Three Little Pigs
We have now started to learn about the story of the three little pigs. The children have been describing the setting, events and characters through their play, such as by painting the big bad wolf, making a house made from straw and sequencing the events in the story before retelling it.
The First Christmas
During the last few weeks we have been learning all about the first Christmas. The children have listened with increasing attention and recall, as we have shared different stories about the first Christmas. They have been able to tell us about all of the special people involved, where the birth was and what the gifts were that the Wise Men took to Jesus. They then acted out the story using small world figures in our Nativity scene.
During our Phonics lessons we have been working on our listening skills, particularly identifying and describing environmental sounds that we might hear in school, at home and out and about. After listening to a sound, such as a baby crying or a door creaking, the children were able to match the sound to the correct photograph.
The children have been learning about the first sound in their names, by playing lots of different games to help them to hear it, such as “I spy with my little eye, somebody whose name starts with a…..” We have also introduced alliteration into the provision areas, to help the children to recognise the first sound in a range of words. This week the children have been looking for objects that start with ‘p’ or a ‘c’ sound in the home corner, such as pizza, cake and cookie.
Our Soup Song
We then found out about the ‘Silly Soup’ song! The children were only able to add objects to the mixing bowl if they started with the ‘p’ sound and after every object we sang the ‘Silly Soup’ song. We then added theses resources to the home corner where the children continued to make their own ‘p’ soup, using objects such as pens, pipe cleaners and pegs.
The number three!
During the last few weeks we have been exploring the number three. The children have been identifying and forming the numeral , as well as touch counting to three and selecting three objects from a larger group.
In the home corner we set the challenge of setting the table for the three bears and giving each bear three pieces of food each. The children were brilliant at taking it in turns to be the server for the bears and did some super touch counting.
We set the challenge to create an enclosure for three animals in the construction area, which led to discussions on grouping as well as using the language one more and one less.
The number four!
We have now started to explore the number four in greater depth. The children have been identifying the numeral within the classroom, counting out a specific amount of blocks to make a tower and making paper chain decorations that are four chains long. They have been counting four jumps, four hops and four fingers, as well as learning a little rhyme to help them to remember what the numeral looks like. ‘Down and over, down some more. That’s the way we make a four.’
Shapes and size
This week we have been exploring the shape of a square and finding out about its four sides and four corners by making picture arrangements. The children have also enjoyed ordering different Christmas images by size, using language such as tiny, small, smaller than that one, medium and big.
We are really enjoying our PE sessions with Mrs Powell. The children have displayed some fantastic listening skills playing games such as ‘traffic lights’ and ‘pirate ship’, where they listen for the next instruction and then do the action.
Mrs Powell has taught us some new skills, including rolling a ball and gently kicking a ball to a partner. We were impressed with the accuracy of the kick and the stopping of the ball.
Mrs Powell has been challenging us to complete obstacle courses. The children showed a fantastic ‘can-do’ attitude as they jumped, hopped, weaved between cones and then completed the courses by rolling a ball between two cones.
Fine manipulative skills
This week we have introduced ‘Dough Disco’. This has been very popular with the children as they learned how to manipulate their own piece of dough in different ways. To join in the fun at home, search for ‘Dough Disco’ on YouTube.
Over the last few weeks the children have been completing a variety of activities to support them with holding scissors comfortably and using them with control. They have been busy making a new ‘straw’ house for one of the three little pigs out of paper, cutting out and ordering numerals and making their own autumn trees.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
This week we have been talking about our feelings, particularly what makes us feel happy and what our faces look like when we are happy, by looking into a mirror at our smile. The children came up with some lovely ideas of things that make them feel happy, such as….
“Playing with my friends.”
“Eating healthy food.”
“Going to Grandma’s house.”
“Playing with Mummy with my toys.”
This week we have been learning more about our feelings, by discussing what it feels like to be worried. The children talked about some of the things that make them feel worried during a circle time session, such as sleeping in their own bed. They decided that it is okay to feel worried and that the best thing to do is to talk to somebody about it. At school we have our own worry monster in the classroom called Monty. The children know that they can sit with him if they are feeling worried about something and an adult can then support them.
Expressive Arts and Design
We have been looking at similarities and differences and this week we created our own self portraits to show that we are all different and unique. The children looked in a mirror and then chose the colours carefully to represent their different features.
The construction area is very popular in Foundation Stage 1 and the children have been making some fantastic models together, including a stable for Mary and Joseph, a rocket and a dinosaur hideout. We have explored the properties of different materials in order to find out what would be the best material to use for a roof. The children experimented with paper in water and decided that a wooden block roof would be much stronger and waterproof. Here is just a small selection of some of the children’s creations.
Music and Dance
This half term we have enjoyed dancing with scarves to music, both inside the classroom and in our Foundation Stage 1 outdoor area. The children have created large circles and lines in the air, as well as stomped, twirled and stretched. We were very impressed with their listening, concentration and ability to follow the instructions given. They have also enjoyed playing instruments and dancing to Christmas music.
Understanding the World
We have been exploring our outdoor area and looking for signs of autumn. The children found lots of leaves on the ground and very few left on the trees. We talked about what had happened to the leaves and how they had ended up on there. We looked at the similarities and differences, as we discussed the colour, pattern and texture of the leaves. The children noticed that they were ‘dry’, ‘crisp’ and had ‘folded and twisted’. The children then went on a scavenger hunt and looked for a specific amount of each sign of autumn, such as 5 brown leaves and 6 sticks. They were all fantastic at finding what was on the picture. After collecting leaves, we used them to extend the learning further, making autumn wreaths, as well painting them and taking rubbings. We took a whole class photograph in front of some of the trees, so that we can compare the appearance of them to the trees in winter, spring and summer. We are looking forward to finding out what happens through the seasons!
During the Christmas period we have been listening to a variety of Christmas music. The children have enjoyed trying to operate the CD player, learning how to play and pause the songs.
We have been enhancing our environment, creating learning journey displays and working walls to inspire and support the children, as well as celebrate their learning. Here are some examples.