Maths – During this term children have been working on additions and subtractions. They have been using their critical thinking skills in order to solve mathematical problems and are recording this information by using their knowledge of numbers and math symbols. Children have developed an understanding of shapes and how these are present in our environment at all times. They can identify 2D and 3D shapes and their very basic properties. An introduction to time has been made, and will be developed during the next term.
English – Exploring new words and finding out their meaning has been the main focus this term. In addition to this, we have a created a display in order to register our new words along with their picture. As our topic is “fairy tales”, children have listened to lots of common structures, which are starting to take place in their own play when making up stories. Listening to others is also a key factor in order to take part in a conversation, so the rules of conversation have been reinforced.
Furthermore, children have been working really hard on their phonics and have started to write some words independently. Most of them are about to finish the set 1, and a few of them are already working on the set 2.
Science – Science takes place every week, and it does not only involve manipulative resources for children to explore, but it also involves understanding of habitats and living things. During this term children have widen their knowledge of the world, especially the Arctic and Antarctic. Playing with ice has been a key factor, exploring how it melts when applying heat and breaking ice to “free” objects trapped inside have developed their thinking critically skills. We have also celebrated Science week; making sand tunnels, exploring household liquids and their speed on a slope and understanding our brain and its connections to recall information have been our main activities. Nevertheless, other activities take place in our daily routine, such as mixing colours, making gloop with cornflour and water, or exploring objects that sink or float.
Topic – Our topic for this term has been fairy tales. This topic has been connected intrinsically to English and literacy, as story structures have been very much present in our daily activities. Children are becoming more confident when narrating a story and they understand the roles of a narrator and the characters. Some changes to the stories have been made, and the use of small world people have brought these fairy tales into life. Although we have been working on different fairy tales, we have been focusing on Goldilocks and the 3 bears, and Jack and the Beanstalk.
We have had a great start to the Autumn term!
Pupils learn Maths by exploring with Numicon. The children have the opportunity to learn the numbers and to find their own challenges by touching and feeling this resource, while adding other elements to it.
During this term, the children have been exploring Numicon by going on a Numicon hunt, making robots with Numicon pieces, making a staircase, painting inside it’s holes, and cooking with it! The children have realised that there are many different ways to represent a number and they have been challenged to do this!
Songs and stories are some of the children’s favourite activities. By making our own story map, changing the characters, finding out the meaning of some unknown vocabulary, and using it during playtime, makes our classroom very rich in language.
We also follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme, which enable children to learn English phonics in a quick, easy and fun way. Pupils are now learning Set 1, and they get very excited when it is phonics time.
This term, the children have enjoyed reading “Owl Babies”, “Handa’s Surprise” and “The Train Ride” among many other stories that have supported the main topic. It is amazing how they use the vocabulary learnt during their play or even in a conversation!
We started with the “all about me” topic, as some pupils were new to the classroom, and others were starting to know each other a little better. Lots of activities about respect, rules and behaviour were put into practice and the children have achieved many of the goals set in the PSED area. Along with this topic, we also talked about autumn, in order to develop an understanding of the world. The children explored their world through their senses, by feeling different textures and making marks with natural objects.
As road safety takes place during this term, we are now working on “things that go”. The children are learning about different transports and occupations while gaining rich vocabulary and understanding their world.