Summer 1 - Growth
This term our topic is all about 'Growth'. We will be learning about the life cycles of different animals and plants, finding out about what they need and how things change.
On our first day back at school after the Easter holidays we had a surprise visitor. Debs from Eggucation came to our school and gave the children a very special job - to take care of 21 little eggs, keeping them warm and safe in an incubator until they are ready to hatch into tiny baby chicks. The children have been counting down the days using our chick calendar and can't wait to watch the eggs begin to hatch.
In Literacy, we have been learning about traditional tales. This week we have been learning about Jack and the Beanstalk. We have enjoyed retelling the story using masks and actions, reading different versions of the story and spotting the differences as well as taking part in hot seating activities where the children enjoyed pretending to be different characters from the story and answer specific questions thought of by the children. In ICT we will be creating our own captions for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, using Microsoft Word to type our caption and use the keyboard to input finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. Look at for our captions as they will be on display in our classroom very soon! We will also be reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar later on in this topic which is one of Miss Hainsworth's favourite stories.
In Maths, we are going to be learning how to count in 2's, 5's and 10's using number songs, pictorials and numicon. We are also going to be learning about halving and sharing, symmetry and patterns. In Week 3, the children in Foundation are going to be having a Gardening Day. We will be planting different seeds to grow plants and vegetables in our outdoor area as well as planting bean seeds and creating windmills. The children will rotate classes and take part in the three different workshops throughout the morning. Any donations of seeds or compost would be very much appreciated.
Keep checking our Class page on the website for Photographs from our Gardening Day!
Spring 2 - All About Me
Our new topic this term is 'All About Me'. The children began by sharing pictures of themselves from when they were a baby, making comments and observations about how they had changed. Even the adults shared their photographs which the children really enjoyed. We will also be learning about our 5 senses and how we use our senses for lots of different reasons e.g. to keep ourselves safe. We will be exploring a new sense each week.
In Literacy, we have been learning about one of our favourite stories, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. The children have enjoyed reading the story, watching a video of the author retell the story, using actions and props to retell the story and going on their own bear hunt outside in our Foundation Stage area. The children have also used what they have learnt about the story to write sentences about their favourite part of the story. We will also be learning in Literacy and Understanding the World about the story of Easter.
In maths we have been continuing to develop our skills when solving addition and subtraction problems by counting on or back to find the answer. We have also recapped on our learning of 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. We will be learning about data handling in the last few weeks of this half term as we will be carrying out a food tasting experiment. We will then use the results from our food tasting experiment to find out which food item was the most popular, which one was the least popular, how many more people like ____ than ____ by using our knowledge of number (e.g. greatest, fewest, counting on etc.)
We had a very exciting visit at the beginning of this half term to the Civic Theatre. We had been learning about the story of 'Chimpanzee's of Happy Town' and had practised lots of different songs to help retell the story. All of the children really enjoyed seeing the story come to life and had a lot of fun joining in with the songs and actions.
Autumn 2 - Celebrations
Our topic for this half term is 'Celebrations'. We will be learning about lots of different celebrations from all around the world, finding out why and how people celebrate each one. This week we have been learning about Halloween and Bonfire Night. We have carved our own pumpkin in the classroom and have started to create our own Firework acrostic poem. We have been talking about our own experiences of seeing fireworks and collected lots of different adjectives that we used to describe what we saw, heard and smelt on Bonfire Night. In the next couple of weeks we will be learning about Diwali, Birthdays, Hanukah and Christmas. We will be comparing each of the celebrations as we learn about them, Before the holidays, we had our whole school Eid celebration where the children enjoyed coming to school dressed in their celebration clothes, trying different Eid celebration food and doing lots of dancing.
All of the children in Foundation will soon begin practising for our school Nativity performance. The children will be learning lots of different songs to sing and perform for their grown ups and will be able to dress up as the characters from the story. We are looking forward to seeing all of the children performing their first Nativity at Sitwell.
On Friday 2nd December, Classes 6, 7 and 8 will be going on their first educational visit to Perlthorpe which the children are all very excited about. We will journey to Bethlehem and will also make Christmas decorations using natural objects collected from Sherwood Forest which the children's will be able to bring home with them.
In Maths, have been learning about 3D solid shapes, learning the names of each shape and describing their properties. We have then started explore some of the 3D shapes that we have learnt about, using them to create our own firework models.
Our 'Book at Bedtime' challenge has now begun. By reading a book at bedtime with a grown up, your child could be in with a chance to win a very special prize. The children are really looking forward to celebrating the end of this challenge by coming to school dressed in our pyjamas!
We have really enjoyed meeting all of our new children in foundation. The children in Class 6 have settled really well and are learning to follow new rules and routines, working hard to follow our six golden rules. Each week we have also learnt about a new enterprise puppet and their skills to help us with our independent learning and team building skills.
E.g. Tim and Tom the teamwork twins
You will be able to see our new puppets in our classroom - come and take a look.
Our topic this term is Nursery Rhymes. We have enjoyed singing lots of our favourite nursery rhymes, listening carefully for the rhyming words and adding them to our Humpty Dumpty rhyming wall. The children have also had a go at creating their own verses for different nursery rhymes such as Incy Wincy Spider and Humpty Dumpty where they had to think of their own rhyming words. We have also practising singing Hickory Dickory Dock in Urdu with Mrs Khan which the children really enjoyed.
In Maths, we have been learning to count both forwards and backwards using some of the nursery rhymes that we have learnt. We have also been learning to recognise our numbers and practising 1-1 counting by matching numeral to quantity.
To celebrate the end of our topic, we will be having a nursery rhyme party. The children are welcome to come to school dressed as their favourite nursery rhyme character. We are really looking forward to it.