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.
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!
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.
W/C 29th November - This week the children have explored lots of outdoor learning opportunities. We have enjoyed using our new balancing beams, creating structures in the construction area and exploring different ways to make marks.
13th December - The children consolidated their learning about 3 sided shapes and how to recognise and represent numerals to 5 by creating Christmas trees from a triangle of green card. They were then shown different numerals and decorated their tree with the correct number of decorations.
14th December - The children have been learning about how to create reindeer food that is also safe for pets, birds and the environment. The children carefully scooped bird seed, suet pellets and mealworms into a bowl. They then grated in a little cheese and added some fried apricot. The children then decanted the reindeer food into a small bag and they will bring it home later this week.
15th December - Christingle Service - This week, during our RE lesson, we have been learning all about the Christian tradition of Christingle. We were joined on zoom by Reverend Kathryn who has taught us all about what a Christingle is and how this is represented using an orange, candle, red ribbon, cocktail sticks and sweets / dried fruit. The children then made their own Christingle and were able to share what they had learned about this tradition.
17th December - The children enjoyed lots of party games throughout the morning, they then watched a special performance from our Year 5 children via zoom and ended the morning with a special video call from Father Christmas - he even asked his elves to deliver a special present. The children then enjoyed a lovely festive dinner with all the trimmings before an afternoon of Christmas games, stories and playing outside.