For our new topic this half term, we have been learning about ourselves. We started by looking at photographs of ourselves from when we were a baby or a toddler, talking about the differences that we could see and how we had all changed. The grown ups even shared their baby photos - the children were able to notice lots of differences about ours!
We have also been very busy learning about our 5 different senses - touch, smell, hearing, sight and taste. We have been carrying out lots of different experiments to help us to find out more about each of the senses and how we can use our senses to keep safe. In the next two weeks we will be exploring our sense of smell using 'smelly pots' and our sense of taste by tasting foods that are bitter, sweet, salty and sour.
In Literacy, we have been learning about one of Mrs Cheetham's favourite stories - We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. We have really enjoyed this story and have carried out lots of drama activities. We created a story map to help us to retell the story which we then added our own actions to. When learning about our sense of hearing, we made our own instruments which we used to add sound effects to our retell of the story e.g. squelch squerch for the this oozy mud. We have also been practising to use our non-negotiables (say our sentence out loud, capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, re-read and check) in our writing by writing our own captions for the different scenes in the story. In the next two weeks we will be thinking about our topic and writing three different things about ourselves - when I was a baby, now I can and when I am older.
In Maths, we have been learning about addition and how to solve everyday addition problems. Miss Corker has been helping us with our Maths learning this half term and we particularly enjoyed making a bus on our carpet using our chairs, counting people to go on the bus, adding more people and counting all of the people to find out how many people all together. We have now started to think about subtraction and how to solve real life subtraction problems. We have been talking about what will happen to the quantity when we take an amount away e.g. we will have less/fewer.
In PE, we have been learning Gymnastics. We have been practising to carry out a short routine of different moves and holds. We have also been learning how to hold and control our bodies when balancing. Mr Hiner has been very impressed with how quickly the children have been picking up all of the new skills - he was particularly impressed with their pencil rolls. They can hold their bodies very straight and travel along the mat beautifully.
It's a Celebration!
Our topic this half term has been about different celebrations. We have been learning about lots of celebrations - trying to find out who celebrates each celebration, how they celebrate them and why. We have used our own experiences, non-fiction books and videos on the internet to find out lots of information for each of the celebrations e.g. Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Birthdays, Bonfire Night, Halloween etc.
In Week 5, we went on our very first visit in Foundation to Perlethorpe. We went on a journey to Bethlehem, trying to find a place for Mary and Joseph to stay. The children dressed up as different characters to retell the story. We paid our taxes to enter Bethlehem and finally found shelter in a stable where we finished off our story by singing 'Little Donkey'. In the afternoon, we had a Christmas crafts session where we made Christmas trees using natural materials. We were also able to go inside the local church and look at the building and all of its different features. Back at school, we will also be going to visit Reverend Karen at St Cuthbert's to learn about her job and to have a look inside the church.
In Maths, we have been learning how to find 1 more or 1 less than a number. We have also been learning how to use what we know to solve every day problems. In Literacy, we have been trying to find out lots of information about different celebrations and writing lists of the things we would need to have a Diwali celebration, a birthday party etc. We have all written our own birthday invitations. We created a success criteria of all of the details we needed to include e.g. date, time, place, who it is to/from etc.
We will be finishing off our topic with our Christmas performance of Whoops-a-Daisy Angel which we have been practising together. We can't wait for you to see it. We are also looking forward to having our Christmas dinner, having a visit from the brass band and having our Christmas party to celebrate all of our hard work and the end of this year.
We have really enjoyed meeting all of our new children in Foundation. The children in Class 8 have settled really well and working hard to learn to follow new rules and routines. We are going to be learning about our six Sitwell Superheroes and their skills. They will help us to follow each of our six golden rules and to develop our own independent learning and team building skills. You will be able to see our new puppets in our classroom - please come and take a look.
Our topic this term is Once Upon a Rhyme. We will enjoy singing lots of our favourite nursery rhymes, listening carefully for the rhyming words and adding them to our Humpty Dumpty rhyming wall. We will also have a go at creating our own verses for different nursery rhymes such as Incy Wincy Spider and Humpty Dumpty where we will think of our own rhyming words. We will also be practising to sing Hickory Dickory Dock in Urdu with Mrs Khan.
In Maths, we will be learning to count both forwards and backwards using some of the nursery rhymes that we are learning about. We will also be learning to recognise our numbers 0-20 and practising 1-1 counting by matching numeral to quantity.
From Week 2, we will be participating in their first PE sessions at Sitwell. Our indoor sessions will be on Tuesday's where we will be learning ball skills with Mr Hiner. Please leave your PE kit on your peg and ensure that all earrings are removed for each session.
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. Please continue to check our classroom notice board for the date of this upcoming event.