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Term 2

Term 2- It's good to be you 


This term our topic is called `It's good to be you!` This will allow the children to understand how everyone is special, begin to understand tolerance and explore a range of cultures and celebrations. We are also very excited about this term as we will begin learning the songs for our Christmas Nativity. In Maths, the children will begin to explore counting and number recognition but also take part in solving problems. The children will now split for phonics daily and consolidate their set 1 sounds and begin to read a selection of words with greater independence. We are looking forward to seeing how all of our children continue to flourish and grow this term. There will also be lots of experiences for Reception to to take part in, this will include our school trip and a range of visitors. 


Our Autumn homework projects

Miss Lucas and I have been blown away by the fantastic pictures sent to us throughout the October half term. The children have been very busy collecting Autumnal objects and applying their Maths skills to sort and create repeating patterns. We have enjoyed exploring your creative pictures and we can see lots of hedgehog collages. Thank you to all the parents who have supported with their homework projects. We can't wait to hear all about the children's half term break on Monday. 

Week 1- Bonfire Night


This week the children have been learning about Bonfire Night and how it is celebrated by families each year. They were able to make connections to the festival of Diwali which they had covered last term. Throughout this week, everyone has had the opportunity to create their own firework pictures using the printing technique and also create their own representations of fireworks using the enhanced provision. We have been blown away by the vocabulary generated by the children to describe a firework display and throughout our circle times, the children have learnt the importance of staying safe when taking part in activities with parents. Next week, the children will have a visit from the local fire fighter team and build upon their knowledge of Bonfire fire night and how emergency services help the community. 

Our Fire Engine Visit

The children enjoyed their visit from the local fire fighters this afternoon and were fascinated by the equipment they have to use and how they support the local community. All the children had the opportunity to sit inside the fire engine, listen to the loud siren and also revisit Bonfire Night safety rules. 

Week 2: Kandinsky 

This week the children are learning about the artist Kandinsky and his use of shape in his pieces of art. This has linked perfectly with our Maths learning on triangles and circles. They have had the opportunities to explore colour mixing during child initiated time and applied this in their representations of Kandinsky's `Concentric Circles` art work. Fantastic work Joy Class. 

Children in Need 


The children enjoyed celebrating Children in Need and all took part in the day by wearing spots and taking part in a Joe Wicks live session. Joy class understood the importance of the charity and how it supports children across the country in need. During the morning session, the children donated their pennies to the cause and created a giant Pudsey bear with Miss Brittain. Well done Joy Class 


Week 4- Numbers

In Maths this term, the children have been learning about composition and recognising numerals to 5 using subitising knowledge. Throughout this week, the children have created their own Elmer using paint by numbers. Some children have continued to practice their number formations during independent learning time using the number rhymes. 

Story Telling 


The children have been developing their story telling by retelling stories that they have read in class using the puppets and puppet show. We have been impressed with their use of story language and vocabulary to bring each story to life. 



Learning all about animals

The children had a fantastic morning on Wednesday as they were able to meet a number of animals, great and small. This week the children have been learning about nocturnal animals and today they had the chance to meet a fox and an owl. During this discussion, the children were able to identify the features of an owl and find out more about where they live and what they eat. They were also able to learn about a snake and a tarantula and some children showed courage in holding these creatures!