In phonics we have been practising blending and segmenting. Our favourite part of phonics has been, ‘Fred in Head,’ the children have to blend the word in their head and say it together as a class. We used hungry monsters ‘Obb’ and ‘Bob’ as an activity, we fed ‘Obb’ nonsense words using tweezers and ‘Bob’ ate real words.
Our practise and revision of the sounds has been evident in our independent writing. We have enjoyed writing about,‘ The Hungry Caterpillar’, insects and bugs, ‘Superworm’ and ‘The ‘Bad Tempered Ladybird’. We have used ‘Fred Fingers’ to write letters and graphemes to spell the word. The children are using more red words in their writing and it is fantastic to see them writing impressive sentences. We have used non-fiction books about mini-beasts and also found out interesting facts on the internet. Looking at these books inspired some children to write their own booklets about bugs!
We have been playing many games using ten frames and Numicon to help us consolidate our learning from last term, involving numbers eleven-twenty. One game included filling two ten frames to make twenty. The children took turns to roll a dice and remove the corresponding number of counters. They had to reach exactly zero to win the game. During the game, we were able to reinforce mathematical language and concepts, for example, one full ten frame and five counters on the second frame add up to fifteen altogether. We extended the activity in child-led activities using sunflower seeds to fill ten frames to make teen numbers. We linked maths to our topic by counting bugs and insects and matching to the correct numeral.
Our topic this term has been mini-beasts, we made a bug hotel in our EYFS garden and found lots of insects and bugs had quickly made a home in there. We loved looking closely at the bugs and taking what we had observed to inspire our drawing, painting and creations using play dough. In P.E we moved like bugs and insects.
We looked closely at worms in a wormery filled with soil and sand, it was fascinating to see the tunnels they had made, and it was a good opportunity to learn more facts about worms, for example, what they like to eat.
This term in maths we have been learning about the composition of nine and ten.
We played a fun game with the dice and bears. The winner was the first to make ten.
We fed the bear porridge oats, we had to check the number on the spoon to make sure he was given the correct number. We have also been printing with 3D shapes into playdough, to investigate which flat shape the faces of the 3D shapes make. We have been creating and recreating repeating patterns with natural objects outside.
Scottish Owls have been using vocabulary for number, such as: more, fewer, altogether. For shape space and measure we have been using mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and using language to describe the properties of the shape such as flat, curved, edges and face.
Our work this term has been themed around Traditional Tales, including, ‘The Gingerbread Man’, ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We have been painting the characters, acting out the stories and building scenes from the story in the construction area. We really enjoyed learning a fun poem about Goldilocks and The Three Bears called: ‘Hey there Big Bear, what do you want for breakfast?’
We have been playing lots of games together like, ‘Duck, Duck Goose’ and ‘Tumblin’ Monkeys. The games have been helping us to learn to take turns and develop our friendships. We have been revisiting our high five rules and reading stories about kindness. The children had lots of ideas about how they can be a kind friend such as: sharing toys and asking children if they would like to play.
Goldilocks was very cheeky and broke our chair! We wrote to Mr Neumann to ask him to please help us to fix the chair. We enjoyed writing letters so; this inspired us to write to English Lions Class. Our post box has been filled everyday with independent writing. We love sending letters and we are so excited to receive and read the letters from our friends.
This term the children have been looking at the composition of number. They have been combining groups together and have been introduced to the part- whole model. They have measured and compared lengths, using beanstalks they have grown themselves! Scottish Owls have been using vocabulary such as: more, fewer, together, total, longer, taller and shorter.
We linked our maths to the ten a day challenge of, ‘keeping active’ and have been completing exercises in one-minute to investigate, ‘What is one minute?’. We have been reading, ‘The Little Red Hen,’ she had to knead her bread for five minutes, five minutes was a long time to knead dough! No wonder she asked for help!
The children have enjoyed counting as a warm up to online maths sessions, they have counted, teddies, fruit, cakes, and books. The children have helped to solve everyday maths problems, for example, are there enough bananas for all of the teddies? They discovered when counting that there was a book missing from a set of ten and a puzzle piece missing.
Scottish Owls have been consolidating their skills by blending and segmenting sounds that they have learned, using double letters to make tricky and alien words.
It has been fantastic seeing the children make progress in phonics over Google Classroom as well as learning new red words.
Fred frog has been causing all sorts of mischief in Mrs Leung’s house, writing words using lipstick and writing with toothpaste! The children have enjoyed seeing what Fred has been doing and reading the words Fred has made.
One highlight of our term has been meeting Mrs Brand’s very own Little Red Hen, ‘Whiskers’ over Zoom and learning lots of new facts about hens and how to take care of them. During our week exploring ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ we had a fantastic opportunity to virtually meet ‘Boris’ the pig and some tiny piglets at a farm, we thought they were very cute.
We have been investigating how materials change, for example, the bread dough changed when it cooked, the seed changed when we watered it and water turned to ice when we put it in the freezer. We made our own ice lanterns, the end result was very impressive.
We were inspired to make houses using our construction skills and have been labelling our pictures and models.
We made masks and used them to help us to use expression in our voices when retelling the story of, ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
Scottish Owls have been working hard to form their letters using cursive handwriting, it takes practise every day.
English and Topic
This term our learning has been themed around woodland, we have enjoyed reading the, ‘Gruffalo’, ‘Stickman’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. We have thought about our favourite part in the stories and used lots of props to retell each story. These exciting books have inspired lots of mark making and writing. The children are using the new sounds they are learning in phonics to help them write initial sounds and simple words.
A lot of this term has involved movement, music and dance because of the Nativity rehearsals. The children have learnt how to copy actions, move rhythmically and keep to the beat. It has been a great way to improve gross motor skills, which supports their co-ordination and will even help to improve their handwriting.
We have been exploring circles and triangles and have painted our own Kandinsky circles. The cold weather hasn’t stopped us from looking for shapes in our garden.
The children have also been learning how to find one more and one less than a given number. They loved practising this by feeding reindeer carrots.
This term the children have been counting, comparing amounts and sorting objects in different ways. Scottish Owls have been using vocabulary such as ‘more’, ‘the same as’ and ‘fewer’.
The children have been using autumnal objects to count and compare. They enjoyed giving ‘big bear’ more food and ‘little bear’ fewer objects.
In the garden we have linked our maths to our topic theme and have been hunting and counting bugs that a hedgehog might like to eat.
Scottish Owls have really enjoyed learning new sounds in their phonics lessons. They have been practising how to write letters using lead-ins that start on the line. They have also been using their ‘Fred fingers’ to work out how many sounds there are in words like ‘mat’.
It has been fantastic seeing the children enthusiastically transfer what they have learned as a whole class to independently practise letters and sounds.
‘Do you want to be friends?’ has been the perfect way to start our term. The children have been playing lots of name games to get to know each other. They have been thinking about what is special and unique to them.
Scottish Owls are doing a fantastic job of learning the High-Five rules, including putting others first and listening to one another.
Linking in with our topic, the children have been thinking about what they like and what they would like to be when they are older. They enjoyed a dress up day, which inspired the children to make emergency vehicles and write thank you cards for people who help us.