Autumn 2 - Festivals and Celebrations
This half term the children have been using the sounds, tricky words and high frequency words they know in their reading and writing. In phonics they have learnt all of the letters and sounds within Phase 2 and a number of the letters and sounds within Phase 3. They have also have learnt to read the tricky words which accompany these sounds. Please continue to practise these sounds and the tricky words from Phase 2 and 3 with your child at home on a weekly basis.
The children learnt the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and drew a picture of the characters and setting. They then had a go at labelling their picture.
To prepare them for Christmas and its meaning, the children were introduced to the story of the First Christmas. They then drew the characters from the story in a stable and used the sounds they know to label each character.
The children were excited to write about what they would like for Christmas in a letter to Santa. Once completed, each class then visited the local Post Office in Preston Road. The children asked the cashiers questions including “What happens to a letter or parcel when it is posted?” and “Why do we have to put letters and parcels on weighing scales?” Each of the children’s letters were then placed in an A4 envelope with a first class stamp addressed to Santa in the North Pole.
Whilst continuing to focus on number recognition, ordering and counting on and back, the children were introduced to 2D Shapes and used mathematical language to describe their properties, i.e. corners, sides and edges. They also looked at and created their own repeating patterns using paints and fruit. Finally the children were introduced to positional language. They learnt the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and drew their own map to help the family escape from the bear. They then described how the family got to the other side, for example "They ran through the swishy grass", "They jumped into the mud", "They skipped around the trees."
Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design
This half term the children have been learning about the special festivals celebrated by different religions. At the beginning of the half term many of our children celebrated the festival of Diwali. They learnt some special stories, including the story of Rama and Sita and made Diya's, Rangoli Patterns and Coconut Ice.
At the beginning of December the children were introduced to the season of Advent, the time when Christian’s prepare for the birth of Jesus. They listened to the story of the First Christmas and learnt about the different traditions that take place during this season.
Our role-play area this half term was a Post Office and Santa's Workshop all rolled into one. The children thoroughly enjoyed wrapping boxes, writing cards and posting letters and parcels in our class post-box. The children enjoyed decorating their classrooms by making paper chains and different decorations. They made chocolate snowflakes and Christmas biscuits using different ingredients and made Christmas cards for their families by painting 'Santa's face' onto their hands.