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W/B 23/11/2020

 

This week we have been reading the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have really enjoyed learning our new vocabulary from our story and using it when we re-tell the story using props and puppets. In our continuous provision we have been making our own spiral beanstalks, creating giant writing, painted our favourite characters and writing character descriptions for Jack, the giant, the cow, the beanstalk and the gold goose.

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds ch, qu, x, nk.

 

The rhymes for these sounds are:

ch: c-curl around the caterpillar/h-down the head to the heels and over his back.

qu: around her head, up past her earring, down her hair and flick/ u: down and under up to the top and draw the puddle.

x: down the arm down the leg, down the arm down the leg.

nk: down Nobby over the net kick the ball/down the kangaroos body, curl his tail, kick his leg.

 

In Math's this week we have been learning all about positional language. We have been learning the words and phrases under, over, on top, through, behind, next to and in front. We have played lots of games, such has where the rabbit, we have given our partners provisional language instructions and when reading ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ we used the positional language instructions to act out the story.

 

Next week we are looking at ‘The Nativity Story’.

W/B 16th November 2020

 

This week we have been reading the story ‘The three little pigs’. We have been super busy re-telling this story in our small world area. Re-creating the wolf huffing and puffing. In our writing we have drawn the characters and wrote the words, ‘pig, huff, puff, wolf, brick and stick’. In our creative area we have made shape pigs, created the pig’s houses and painted the wolf. We have loved trying to build a strong house for the little pigs to build in, and we decided that brick was definitely the best material to build a house out of.

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds w, th, and z. The rhymes for these sounds are:

w: down up down up. (Worm)

th: down the tower, across the tower. Down the head and over the horses back.

Z: Zig zag zig.

 

In Math's this week we have been learning all about 2dD shapes. We have learnt all about their properties. Looking at how many corners and sides they have. We have sorted the shapes out and matched them. We have found our shapes in the environment and made pictures out of shapes. The shapes we have learnt this week are a circle, triangle, rectangle and square.

 

Next week we are looking at the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

 

 

Week Beginning 9/11/20

 

This week we have been reading the story Goldilocks and the three bears. The children have loved reading this story and I think we now know it off by heart. We join in with all the phrases such as, ‘Who’s been eating my porridge’. In our continuous provision we have been creating our own Goldilocks and the three bear’s puppets to be able to re-tell and act out the story. We have drawn a story map to re-tell the story and we have been painting pictures of the three different sized bears. On our fine motor table we have organised bears into their three sizes, small, medium and large. We have also organised different materials, just like the bears chairs, into hard materials and soft materials.

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds r,j,v and y. The rhymes for these sounds are:

r: Down the robots back and curl over his arm. (Robot)

j: down his body, curl, dot his head. (Jack in a box)

v: down the wing up the wing.  (Vulture)

y: down the horn, up the horn and under his chin. (Yak)

 

In Maths this week we have been comparing 1, 2 and 3. This involves counting out the correct number of objects to match to each number. We have compared the numbers by understanding and finding out which ones are bigger or smaller than others and why? And thinking about ‘how many more’ or ‘how many less’ we need when counting out objects.

 

Next week we are looking at the story ‘The three little pigs’.

 

Week Beginning 2/11/2020

 

We have had a wonderful first week back after the half term.  We have been super busy and we love our new topic ‘Once upon a time’. This week we have focused on the story Cinderella. In our carpet time we have read the story and made predictions on what is going to happen next. We have discussed the characters, talked about what and who they are and how they are different and we have loved singing different fairy-tale songs for example ‘There was a princess long ago’.

 

In our continuous provision we have made Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage, designed our own glass slippers, and painted Cinderella’s carriage and palace. We have loved playing castles, knights and princesses in the small world area and writing our own invitations to Cinderella’s ball.

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds e,l,h and sh. The rhymes for these sounds are:

e: Lift of the top and scoop out the egg.

l: Down the leg draw the foot.

h: Down the head to the hooves and over his back.

sh: s: slither down the snake. h: Down the head to the hooves and over his back.

 

In Maths this week we have been representing 1, 2 and 3. This involves recognising the number 1, 2 and 3, writing these numbers and looking at patterns involved in number. We have been on a number hunt and realising we can count anything and everything.

Next week are learning will be focused on the story ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’.

 

Week Beginning 28/9/2020

 

This week we have been learning all about people who help us and key workers. We have learnt about  the different emergency services and what their job entitles. We have also thought about lockdown and what are key workers did to help us during lockdown. In our continuous provision we have been creating 'Messy Map's which explore where we live and our community. In our role play area we have had a teddy bear hospital and we have pretended to be doctors and act our their jobs. In the creative area we have been drawing what we want to be when we grow up and we have been practicing our scissor skills when cutting out spirals. 

 

In Phonics we have been learning the sounds t, i, n and p. The rhymes for these sounds are:

t: down the tower, across the tower. 

i: down the insects body, curl the tail. dot the head.

n: down nobby over the net kick the ball. 

p: down the plait over the pirates face. 

 

In Math's we have been sorting. We have sorted lots of different objects and resources. We sorted bears by colour, we sorted dinosaurs by their size, we sorted blocks out by their properties eg. whether they could roll or stack and we sorted monsters out by how many legs and eyes they had. 

 

Next week we are going to be moving onto our Autumn topic. 

Week Beginning 21st September

 

This week we have been learning all about Friendship. In our continuous provision we have been making and writing up a friendship recipe, making friendship bracelets, painting friendship rainbows and in circle time we have been discussing what makes a good friend. As a class we created an 'All about me'  scrap book and we took photos of our eyes and smiles and we had to guess which were ours. We spoke about our similarities and differences and talked about how we are all special and unique.

 

In Phonics this week we started learning sounds. We learnt the sounds m,a,s and d. To help us write these sounds we learnt some special rhymes. The rhymes for these sounds are:

m: down Masie over the mountain over the mountain. 

a: around the apple, down the leaf.

s: slither, down the snake.

d: around the dinosaurs bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet. 

 

In Math's this week we have been matching. We have matched pairs of socks, shapes, colour, pattern, Numicon and size. The Gruffalos were super at matching and took what they had learnt from our Math's lessons into our continuous provision 'choosing' time. 

 

Next week we are learning all about  'People who help us'.

Week Beginning 14th September

 

Well, we have all settled in beautifully to the Gruffalos. I am super impressed with how well we are all getting on, following our class/school rules and being kind friends. This week we have been  super busy in the Gruffalos. We have looked at some sounds/picture cards in Phonics, for example m is for mountain, a is for apple and s is for snake. We have also been trying to write our names independently or with our name card. In our continuous provision we have been creating photo frames to display our self portraits, drawing family portraits and looking closely at the Gruffalo when painting our own Gruffalos for our classroom display.

 

We have been reading the story 'The Colour Monster' and thinking about our emotions. We have thought about the colours that relate to each emotion and thinking about how we feel. We have been creating different facial expressions in regards to different emotions and using the Ipad to take our own selfies of our faces. 

 

Next week we are learning all about friends and friendships, thinking about what makes a good friend and how we can be one. 

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