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Wk Beg: 11/10/21

Well what an end to this half term! We all enjoyed the palaeontologist day; it was great fun becoming palaeontologists and scientists. Outside we used a selection of tools to carefully excavate dinosaur feet, bones, fossils, teeth and claws!

In continuous provision we have been busy exploring the green swap in the water tray and making spiky dinosaurs with pasta and playdough in the fine motor area. Our curiosity cube has been filled with ammonites and the children have produced some wonderful sketches and representations of what they could see on paper and clipboards.

In maths we have been looking at repeating patterns, we really enjoyed using our bodies to make repeating action patterns as well as more complex patterns using objects.

Next half term, we will begin by exploring Autumn, sharing a selection of fiction and non fiction books including Pumpkin Soup!

W/B 4/10/21

Well it has been another great week in the Gruffalos! We have really enjoyed sharing the story Cave Baby and have learnt about prehistoric animals that lived on earth with dinosaurs.

In maths we have been looking at size and capacity and have spent time in the sand and water trays filling and emptying different sized containers. We counted how many cups full of water we could fit inside different sized jugs. We learnt lots of new vocabulary to describe the contents of containers, for example full, empty and half full.  

We have been working hard in phonics and writing, listening and writing the initial sounds of words to describe different types of dinosaurs.

In provision we have enjoyed the creative activities this week, the children have produced some wonderful art work using silhouettes and sponge to create their own cave paintings.

Next week we are excited about our special dinosaur and palaeontologist day on Wednesday and we will be sharing the story” Dinosaurs love underpants”.  

Week Beginning 20/09/21

What a fantastic start to our dangerous dinosaur topic! The children absolutely loved travelling back in time and becoming palaeontologists, they learnt about the tools needed to search for bones and fossils and enjoyed experimenting with them to discover lots of dinosaur eggs and fossils.

In the creative area we have been busy printing with dinosaur feet and looking closely at dinosaurs to make some wonderful observational paintings. The sand has been full of dinosaur moulds and in the investigation area we have used magnifying glasses to look closely at fossils and draw our favourite.

In maths we have been focusing on sorting, looking carefully at different collections of objects and sorting them by a given criteria including size and colour. In phonics we have been working hard learning more sounds, we now know m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p.

The school council have asked each class to spend five minutes everyday doing something that makes us happy. This week we have enjoyed laughter yoga! We have had lots of fun and laughed a lot! It certainly made us all feel very happy.

Next week we will be sharing the story, “Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs”

Week Begining 13/09/2021

Well, what another fabulously busy week have had. We have loved the story, 'How you filled your bucket today?' and had lots of discussions on how we can fill each others buckets by making our friends happy. We had a circle time talking about how can we be good friends and we made a poster all about being a good friend. 


In our continuous provision this week we have loved playing in the home corner acting out families and friendships. We have been practising playing in teams and sharing on our writing table by playing Phonics/sounds games and jigsaws. We have been painting pictures of our families and friends and on the investigation station we have been busy sorting the friendship pictures into what a good friend does and what a not so good friend does. 


In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds m,a,s,d,t,i and p. If you would like some help with Phonics and how we correctly pronounce the sounds please follow the link below:


In Maths this week we have been really busy matching, sorting and grouping. We have matched objects by what they looked like, bears by their colour and size and children by their hair colour and eye colour. 


Next week we are starting a new topic 'Dangerous Dinosaurs'.

Week Beginning 6/09/2021

Wow! What a brilliant first week in the Gruffalos! We have all settled so well into school life and have had so much fun exploring our classroom and making friends. We have sat and listened to the story of the ‘Colour Monster’ beautifully on the carpet and are doing a great of of remembering our carpet rules.  We have enjoyed using brightly coloured feathers to create our own colour monster in the creative area. On the writing table we have been drawing and writing about our families. In maths we have enjoyed circle games with a dice, counting the spots and beginning to subitise.


Next week we are sharing the story ‘Have you filled your bucket?’ by Carol McCloud.