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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Autumn 2

Home Learning for Autumn 2 - Our home learning this half term will link to our new topic, 'Celebrations!' - this will be in your child's yellow home learning book which will be sent home on Friday 5th November.

1st November 2021 - Halloween Engage Day
To kick start our new topic 'Celebrations', the children were invited to attend school in Halloween fancy dress to participate in a Halloween themed engage day.
The children explored the inside of a pumpkin which provided a language rich opportunity for children to develop their vocabulary. The children also developed their fine motor skills during this activity by trying to pick up the seeds using their fingers.
The children explored a messy play tray of different textures and smells, allowing children to develop their expressive language and their fine motor skills by moving the different items. 
A Halloween themed maths area promoted touch counting skills and children were also able to identify and match the number of objects to the correct numeral. 
A range of Halloween themed enhancements in the role-play area captured children's interests and allowed them to recall and act out scenarios to reflect their own experiences of Halloween such as a tea party and trick or treating. 
The children rounded off their day with a special drama session linked to Halloween which was provided by Ceri. The children had lots of fun as this was the first time they had experienced a drama session with Ceri. 

1st November

This week, the children have been learning how to write a list - as an extra challenge, some children have used 'a' and 'the' to write a caption. The children used their knowledge of the story 'Room on the Broom' to talk about the characters. They then used their phonic knowledge to sound out each word and write the sounds using correct letter formation. The children remembered how to sit in the correct position for writing and lots of children had really improved their pencil grip! 

4th November

The children enjoyed learning outside for the whole day. The reception children completed their maths learning outside, investigating different ways of creating circles and triangles using natural items, they also explored different construction activities, planted bulbs which will flower in the spring and enjoyed a chilly snack outside. In the afternoon, the children used natural items to create transient art and discussed the textures, colours and shapes they were using. We ended the day by sharing a chapter of our class book, "The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark" - the children could recall the events of the previous chapter and were excited to find out what happens next. 

5th November - Our RE learning this week focused on our new topic 'Celebrations' as we begin our unit on 'Special Times' - we shared a range of items and talked about why they signify a celebration. The children were able to talk about times that are special to them and events that they celebrate in their families. During our RE learning, we always remind each other of our core value, respect and how it is important to acknowledge and understand that we do not all hold the same values and beliefs. 

12th November - The children have been learning how to use the oil pastels to create representations of fireworks. They learned how to handle the oil pastels and how to blend the pastels. The children talked about the colours and shapes they were able to create. 

16th November - This week we have been learning all about the festival of Diwali - the children have been writing facts about Diwali using captions, finger spaces and red words. The children have taken care with their letter formation and presentation. 

16th November - Today the children have made Diva lamps to celebrate Diwali. The children have been learning how to manipulate the clay into a shape that will hold a tealight candle. The children have carefully smoothed the clay then used a range of tools to create different patterns around their lamp. The children will decorate the lamps once they are fully dried. 

18th November - Today we have been looking at Rangoli patterns and selecting a range of materials to create our own Rangoli patterns. The children have explored how to use glue, glitter, powder paint and tissue paper. We talked about how to carefully spread the glue and how to pour any excess glitter and powder paint off the paper. 

25th November - Today the children in Early Years came together for snack time to celebrate Diwali. The children tasted a variety of Indian food including samosa, bhajis, pakoras, rice and curry sauce. The children talked about what they know about Diwali and why it is celebrated. The children were able to use the vocabulary linked to what they were eating and Diwali.

25th November - The children have been learning how to use powder paints this week, they have been learning how to carefully scoop the powder, use the water to mix the paint and adjust the amount of powder to ensure that the consistency was thick. The children explored mixing colours and used the paint to decorate their diva lamps.