2020-2021 Autumn Term
Week 1 & 2
We have had a great first couple of weeks in Hudson Class and all of the children have settled really well. It has been lovely to get to know them this week and find out about their interests and the things they enjoy doing. The children have enjoyed sharing photos with one another and also their 'All About me' books that they completed over the Summer holidays at home.
They have enjoyed exploring the classroom and the outdoor area, getting to know one another and making new friends. They have also had their first trip to the school library, where they have enjoyed looking at the different books and choosing one to take home!
The children have also made loose part self-portraits and we talked about the features of our faces. The children used glass beads for eyes, shells for hair and buttons for their mouth!
We enjoyed our first trip down to Forest school this week and we were all very excited to get stuck in.
The children loved it down there and spent time making dens, climbing trees, searching and looking for bugs, making rope swings and even making pretend fires complete with leaf marshmallows!
The children also enjoyed an afternoon snack around the fire circle and enjoyed talking to one another about the things they had been doing.
This week, we have talked about the change in season and the changes we could see outside. The children knew the season was Autumn, so we talked about the changes in the weather, the changing colours of the leaves and the differences we might find.
We decided to go on an Autumn Adventure and have a look around the school field and the village. We took a nature scavenger hunt checklist with us and searched for different coloured leaves, pine cones, twigs, conkers, bark and flowers. The children collected lots of different leaves and we spent time identifying the trees that the leaves had come from.
We have then added the things that we found during our walk to our classroom provision. We have been painting outlines of leaves, using the leaves and twigs in our salt dough and in the natural art area for children to have a go at creating pictures with.
We’ve had a great week in school, with the focus being shapes and fireworks. We learnt about 2D shapes and their properties, identifying and sorting them into groups. The children enjoyed playing shape games, making shape rockets pictures and shape printing with colourful paints. We learnt about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate with fireworks on the 5th of November. Some children chose to make sparklers in forest school, where they wrapped and tied ribbons around their chosen sticks. We collected twigs and branches at forest school and took them back to class so we could make a bonfire in our outside area, where we toasted marshmallows and warmed our hands around the fire. The children also made fireworks and rockets with cardboard tubes, pipe cleaners, tinsel, shiny paper and ribbons. The children enjoyed becoming fireworks, dancing around making different body shapes and zooming into the sky with their firework sticks and fabrics. We thought about the different sounds that fireworks make and had a go at writing some of those words using our phonetic knowledge.
This week, our focus has been on Remembrance Day and the importance of this. We talked about the service men, women and the animals that have fought for us and that continue to do so to this day. We walked around the village and to the church to see the wreaths that had been laid. Hudson class decided that they wanted to make their own wreath too, so we went back to the church to lay ours too. We also printed poppies, read the story ‘Where Poppies Now Grow’ and made a giant Modroc poppy.