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.
Finally, the he children shared with their peers what they would like for Christmas and wrote their own letters to Santa.
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 a number of important festivals celebrated by different religions. At the beginning of the half term many of our children celebrated Diwali, the festival of light. They learnt about how this festival is celebrated and listened to some special stories, including the story of Rama and Sita. They also made and deccorated Diyas, created Rangoli Patterns and made 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.
In order for the children to gain a greater understanding of the Christmas Story, they visited London Zoo. Whilst they were there they watched a 'Live Nativity'. The children were lucky enough to meet some of the different animals and characters from the story, including a Bactrian camel (a camel with two humps), sheep, lambs, the Wise Men, the Shepherds and Mary.
As a treat, they then went to visit Santa in his grotto and were given the opportunity to ask him lots of questions about where he lives, what his reindeers eat and how he knows where all of the little boys and girls around the world live. Finally the children were lucky enough to see some wild African animals including lions, a Pygmy hippopotamus, giraffes and zebras.