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Autumn 2 - Let's Celebrate!

Welcome to a new half term!


Week Nine

Book of the Week: Little Glow by Harry Woodgate

Welcome back! It has been lovely to be back with the children again this week. They have settled well into the new term. This week we have begun our new topic about Celebrations by focusing on Bonfire Night. We have found out why we celebrate Bonfire Night and talked lots about the ways to stay safe around bonfires and fireworks. Within our learning we have made firework art, shape rockets, make a small world bonfire and explored a sensory firework tray. We have also written safety rules and learnt a bonfire poem to perform with actions and instruments. It has been lots of fun! 

Thank you for your Autumn treasures. We are really enjoying looking at them each day. Keep them coming!

In Phonics, we have focused on: v w x and y. 

In Maths, we have focused on shape. We have been using the language of edges, sides, corners, 2D and shape names including triangle and circle. We enjoyed going on a shape hunt around the school grounds earlier in the week and painting shape pictures inspired by Wassily Kandinsky.

In PSHE, we talked about the word 'unique' and about how each of us are special. We made a paper chain as a class covering one piece of the chain with our name and why we are special. Every piece was unique but we worked together to make a wonderful team!

A reminder that Monday is Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week and that Thursday is our World Nursery Rhyme Day where children are invited to come in dressed as a Nursery Rhyme character.  

Fledglings Week 9

Week Ten

Book of the Week: Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg 

What a fabulous week of World Nursery Rhyme Week celebrations! We have had so much fun singing nursery rhymes, acting them out, making up our own, adding music and dressing up as Nursery Rhyme characters. On Thursday, we loved the children's costumes and had lots of fun singing rhymes, baking jam tarts and making Hickory Hickory Dock clocks. Thank you for your support with this. Fledglings Class have amazing rhythm and musicality this year and we love exploring rhyme and rhythm together. In Choosing Time we have been singing farm rhymes in Small World, scoring jumping points as the Five Little Speckled Frogs, making rhyming soup, exploring incy windy spider guttering in the water tray, being bakers with the play dough like Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake Bakers Man, and so much more! We also had SO much fun in the wind this week during Storm Debi. We held up ribbons and watched them flap and danced like the wind.

In Phonics we have focused on: z, qu, ch and reading plural words that end in 's.'

In Maths, we have focused on deepening our understanding of the numbers 4 and 5. What do they look like? How do we write them? There are 4 seasons and 5 fingers on our hands. 4 can be made of 1 and 3 or 2 and 2. 5 on a dice is like 4 but with an extra one in the middle. We had so much fun seeing how many different models we could make with exactly 5 multi-link cubes - there were so many! 5 can look so different but still be 5!

In PSHE, we focused on it being Anti-Bullying Week. We know what bullying is, how it can make people feel and what we need to do to not bully others or to help someone who feels bullied. Our Odd Sock Day reminded us that being different is what makes us all special and unique, something to celebrate!

In RE, we began thinking about the Christmas Story and finding out about the story of the Nativity. 

Next week we will be thinking about the celebration of Diwali.


Fledglings Week 10


 Week 11 

Book of the Week: The Best Diwali Ever by Sonali Shah

We have really enjoyed learning about Diwali this week. During the week, we have learned about the story of Rama and Sita, made our own Diya lamps (they are drying ready for us to paint next week), created rangoli patterns, decorated Mendhi patterns for our hands and explored lots of Hindu artefacts. Most of the children showed real care for these and knew they needed to be gentle and respectful as they were so precious. Well done Fledglings! When we colour, some of us can rush so we spent a long time together, listening to Hindu music and colouring some rangoli patterns together. We focused on staying in the lines and deciding which colours to use. We concentrated for a really long time!

Word of the Week: around

In Phonics we have learnt about sh, th, ch, ng and nk

In Maths, we have explored one more and one less up to 5 and have made our own number stories like the Hungry Caterpillar where the caterpillar ate ONE MORE piece of food each day.

Next week we will be thinking about the Scottish celebration of St. Andrew's Day. We may even have a Scottish visitor! I am out of school on Tuesday on a course. The children will have Mrs Majoor who they have met before and seen around school on a number of occasions.

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