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Term 5

English:

We have thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Creep, Crawl and Wriggle’, topic this term and have produced some very good work. This topic offered us many opportunities to explore some wonderful books such as, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle and ‘Aargh, Spider’ by Lydia Monks. Many of the children are now writing sentences with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Throughout the term, the children have enhanced their learning by observing and describing minibeasts in the outdoor area and finding out more information in non-fiction books.  The children even wrote their own books about their favourite minibeast with facts that they had learned.

 

Maths:

In Maths, English Lions have been learning to count forwards and backwards from numbers other than zero. The children have used number lines to help them with this, remembering to hold the number in their head and count on. The children have also been working on their addition and subtraction skills; they have used a range of resources to help them with this, including number lines and ten frames. The children are becoming very quick when recalling their number bonds to ten – try asking them at home, what do I need to add to __ to make ten?

Topic:

‘Creep, Crawl and Wriggle’, has proved to be a very popular topic as there has been a wealth of minibeasts in our outside space to observe! We have enjoyed going on a minibeast hunt, one afternoon, we found 7 woodlice, 5 spiders, 4 slugs, 3 worms and lots of ants! We studied them carefully to identify the features we had discussed. The children have played games to imitate how the minibeasts move, taken part in quizzes and learned about different habitats. They have even been designing their own minibeast homes based on the many facts that they have learned.

The children were very excited this term with the introduction of PE lessons.  We have been taking part in games that enable us to move around safely, looking where we are going and making sure that we always move into a space.  During PE, English Lions have listened carefully and followed instructions.  We have learned several new games as well as practicing games that have always been popular such as, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ and ‘The Bean Game’.

Term 4

English:

During our topic ‘Ready, Steady, Grow!’, we learned the stories of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘The Enormous Turnip’, among others. We used a Talk for Writing approach, meaning that we learnt the stories extremely well by heart using actions to help us remember the phrases. This approach meant that we were able to write these stories in our own words. During this process, we really enjoyed acting out the stories using different props in order to help us with the recall.  Within our play, we have been able to explore different genres of writing, including writing shopping lists and recipes in our role play areas. We have even started to write in sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

 

 

Maths:

In Maths, we have been learning to compare lengths, height and weight. We have had a lot of fun exploring rulers and balance scales, as well as weighing items in our home corner! We have also learnt number bonds to ten, using ten frames to help us and displaying what we have learnt in a part-whole diagram. Some of us even wrote number sentences. We have played games like snakes and ladders to practice counting forwards and backwards. We can use number lines to help us work out simple Maths problems, such as one more and one less.

Topic:

During our topic sessions, we studied different seeds and learnt what they need in order to grow into plants. We nurtured our own beans and understood that they needed water, soil and sunlight to grow. We learnt that plants provide us with foods such as fruit, vegetables and grains.  We investigated different types of seeds and grains, and we now understand that each type of plant derives from its own type of seed.  We really enjoyed exploring real plants and labelling the different parts.

We painted pictures of different fruits and vegetables and discussed where we might be able to buy these from when we do our shopping.  We also explored how our diet keeps us healthy, learning the different food groups and how much we need of each, for example, we know that bread, potatoes and pasta are types of carbohydrate!

Term 3

 

Topic:

This term, English Lions have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the past as part of their topic, ‘Long Ago’.  We have had great fun recalling how we have changed since being a baby and even played a game to see whether we could recognise members of the class from their baby photographs.  We have learned nursery rhymes and made lists of items that babies need.

We have learned to use language about the passing of time such as ‘yesterday’, ‘past’, ‘before’, ‘last week’.  We have also worked very hard to learn the days of the week and the months of the year as well as learning about what happens in each season.  

We also celebrated the diversity of our class, and how every family is different, discussing where members of the class have originated from and looking up countries on a world map.  We discussed our heritage and looked at a family tree.

English:

We have linked our English to our topic this term by selecting books that teach us something about the past, these include, ‘Rosie’s Hat’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘Coming to England’ by Floella Benjamin.  We have also had a visit from a storyteller who told us an old tale from South America called,’Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle’.

Maths:

This term, we have learned the composition of numbers 0-10.  We have practised how to calculate, ‘one more than’, and, ‘one less than’.   We have recalled our counting with stickers, by counting farm animals and feeding penguins fish!

Term 2

English:

During our ‘Marvellous Machines’ topic we have read many books such as, ‘Nobot the Robot with no Bottom’, ‘ Miss Armitage, Queen of the Road’ and ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’.  It has been amazing to see many of the children start to recognise sounds that they hear in words and start to incorporate these into their writing.  ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ also inspired class discussions about activities and skills that the children are proud of and the importance of not giving up.  We have also written a class song about machines, where we considered the noises that machines make. 

 

Maths:

During Term 2, we have learned about the representation and composition of numbers 1-5.  We have also learned about the properties of 2d and 3d shapes.  We have used 2d shapes to make pictures and experimented with 3d shapes to see which ones will roll and which ones will stack.  We had fun using 3d shapes for printing, predicting what 2d shapes they will produce when used for paint prints.

 

Topic:

We have enjoyed learning about different types of machines and how they operate.  We have sketched and labelled machines from the past and compared them to current machines. The highlight of the term was the children’s ‘Invention Convention’ where our adults were invited to assist the children to design and create their own invention.  English Lions had some brilliant ideas and it was lovely to see the children collaborate with their adults.  

Term 1

English

English Lions have had a fantastic first term. They have started learning new sounds in their phonics lessons and have been practising how to write letters using lead-ins that start on the line.  

The children have been learning how to write their names. They have used lots of different resources and enjoyed matching letters.

We are very proud of English Lions for how well they listen and join in during phonics. It has been very exciting to see the children starting to write letters independently.

We have explored several books including ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘In Every House in Every Street’ and ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’.  The children have discussed the stories, predicted what will happen next and started to use letters and sounds to write key words from the texts.

Maths

We have enjoyed exploring lots of autumnal objects. The children have been sorting the objects in different ways, thinking about colour, shape and size. English Lions have also been using natural resources to make their own patterns.

We have also been learning lots of number songs to help us with our counting. English Lions enjoy singing so this is a great way to practise.

 

Topic

Our topic ‘Let’s Explore’ has enabled us to discuss the environment that we share with others including our homes, school and places in the local community. We have created maps of familiar routes and created pictures of our travels. We built emergency vehicles with Lego and junk modelling. We explored occupations and people who help us when children came to school dressed as what they would like to be when they grow up.

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