Autumn Term 2017
Week Commencing 22nd January 2018
This week started off with a Bird Enrichment Day!! We took part in the RSPB’s Big School Bird Watch alongside Ash and Oak class and enjoyed a day full of bird themed activities. We made bird feeders, bird masks and went bird watching around the school grounds in the morning. In the afternoon we learnt about different bird calls and had a nest making competition. Lot’s of learning behaviours used in one day ! Well Done!
We discovered a new role play area this week. After reading the story of The Gruffalo’s Child, we discovered our very own Gruffalo’s cave in our classroom! We have enjoyed reading stories, writing letters and drawing on the cave ‘walls’.
Week Commencing 15th January 2018
In Topic, we have been learning about firefighters and what they do to help us. We watched a video about the fire service and talked about what kind of things they need to do their job. In groups, we then took on the role of a firefighter by saving the soft toys from the burning building outside. We had LOTS of fun with this!
This led to lots of firefighter play in other areas of the classroom including a ‘fire’ breaking out in the cafe role play area and many fire fighters coming to the rescue!
Our finger gym challenge this week was very popular. We had to squeeze the tennis ball monsters and feed them some pasta. Not as easy as it looks and super for exercising those writing hands!
Week Commencing 8th January 2018
We have been learning about addition this week in Maths. We have learnt what the add sign looks like. We then learnt how to add two sets of objects together by pushing them together and counting them all. Eventually we moved on to using objects to build a addition number sentence. This led to us exploring it in our busy time- making number sentences using magnetic letters and using groups of dinosaurs to add together. Next week we will be looking at writing number sentences and using objects to help us.
In Music we have been learning about volume and the difference between loud and quiet. Some of us had a turn at being a conductor to lead the group in singing a song. We lifted our arms when we wanted them to sing loud and put our arms low when we wanted them to sing quietly. It was a popular game!
We have been enjoying our new role play area- a cafe! We have been taking orders, cooking food and even washing up! Mrs Marsden and Mrs Witthuhn have had endless cups of ‘tea’ and cakes- yum!
During busy time this week, the children have shown some interest in magnets. It started by discovering the magnetic letters stick to each other so we went searching for some real magnets. We talked about why we think it happens and then started to search for other things that were magnetic. We even played a game collecting paper clips and counting how got the most on their magnet. One of the children showed us a magic trick they had learnt with the magnets and demonstrated it to a group of others.
In P.E this week we started a new topic of ‘Co-ordination and Control’. We talked about being able to move our bodies around objects and people without bumping into them!
We played a game called tidy-up which is Mrs Marsden’s favourite! Mrs Marsden made a REALLY BIG mess and we had to tidy it up. Each team had one set of objects they had to pick up and return to their box and the rule was they only could pick up one object at a time. We had to be really careful not to tread on any of the objects or bump into anybody else- lots of control required!
Christmas fun is continuing this week. We have performed our Christmas play ‘A Wriggly Nativity’. Thank you for coming to watch us!
We were excited to discover that part of our classroom has been turned into a magical grotto ready for Father Christmas’ visit tomorrow at the fair. We sneaked in to have a look!!
On Thursday we had our Christmas Lunch! We pulled crackers, listened to Christmas songs and wore Christmas hats!
In Topic last week, we have been learning about weddings and how they are celebrated in different cultures. We talked about the roles of different people in a wedding and decided to act out our own wedding ceremony. We each had a role and tried to dress up for the occasion!
Christmas Decoration morning was a hit! Thank you to all the parents who came and joined us- we had lots of fun and were well and truly glittered!!!
On Friday, we joined the rest of the school on a trip to the Pantomime. We had so much fun and Mrs M was so proud of all the Acorns for being on their best behaviour!
This week we changed our role play area to a post office. We learnt what goes on in a post office and the journey of a letter. It proved to be very popular- post is delivered very fast in Acorn class. We especially enjoyed sending letters to our friends and posting them through their ‘doors’.
In Maths, we have been learning about money. We talked about and learnt how to recognise the different coins and started to understand their worth. We sorted the coins first and then we decided to set up our own shop. Some of the children decided what would be sold in the shop and then Mrs M gave them purses with money in. We made price tags and then took it in turns to be shop keeper and customer. Mrs M was very impressed by the shop management- the shelves were restocked very quickly! This was so popular, we will continue next week.
n Literacy this week, we have been looking at the story of The Gingerbread Man. We have been learning how to retell the story using actions and Mrs Marsden introduced the class to how to draw a story map. We have had a variety of Gingerbread Man activities to explore during busy time including mask making and baking.
We celebrate big achievements in Acorn class and look for children who are experts at different things in order to help those that are still practising. This week we focused on doing up zips. Here are our experts- well done guys!
We had made some Gingerbread men this week and on Friday we decorated them with icing, smarties and raisins. We used piping bags which really challenged our fine motor skills! At the end of the day we got to enjoy them for snack. Yum, Yum, Yum!!!!!!!!!
This week, we discovered something very exciting ! A fairy door appeared in our outside area!! We left several letters to see if the fairies would see and the next day we received a letter back!! We were SO excited! Our new neighbours are a fairy called Bluebell and a Elf called Midge. We look forward to getting to know them over the next few weeks.
In Maths, we have been learning how to find one more. We used objects and physically put one more object into a set and then counted them. This helped us understand that one more meant adding one more object on. We then used the number line to understand how adding one more means jumping up the number line- it is the next number.
On Friday, we had a PARTY! We spent all week planning it. We made to do lists, wrote cards and invitations and even made some yummy cakes. We were celebrating Lionel and Turbo’s 5th birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed our party. We danced, played games and ate cakes. Yummy, yum, yum!
This week we have been celebrating Bonfire Night. We made our own bonfire and enjoyed role playing around it.
We also explored different tools to make our own firework pictures. We watched a firework display and talked about the shapes, patterns and colours. We then used this to make our pictures. Mrs Marsden also brought out the glitter- exciting!!!!
Finally, we made some pizza catherine wheels ! We had to kneed the dough and practised some dough disco moves! We then made the dough into a curly whirly shape and then added the toppings. We then enjoyed eating our pizza wheels for our snack.
Acorn Class have enjoyed their first week back after half term. We have had a new role play area to explore – A birthday party. We have been learning about our new topic ‘Celebrations’ and the role play area has been a fantastic introduction. It has led to lots of role play and writing- very exciting stuff!
We have been learning about measuring length this week. We talked about the vocabulary ‘longer’ and ‘shorter’. We compared some ‘snakes’ with objects around the room and tried to order them by length. We then decided to see how many cubes long our snakes were.
We have been focusing on the story ‘Room on the Broom’ this week. We acted out the story using props and enjoyed exploring some pumpkins. We decided to make potions at the end of the week and enjoyed experimenting with colours, petals and bubbles.
In Literacy, we have been learning how to retell the story of the Three Little Pigs. We got into character by making pig and wolf masks. It was lovely to see all the skills the children learned from cutting, hole punching, threading and tying string from this. Lot’s of stickability! We also had the puppet theatre out to act out the story- lot’s of huffing and puffing!
Mrs Marsden gave the class a challenge to use their creativity (and co-operation) to work as a team and build a house for Gilly and Ziggy. It had to be strong enough to survive the huff and puff from the Big Bad Wolf.
We visited the church for the first time this week for the Harvest Celebration service. We were SO SO proud of how well behaved the children were and how much they joined in with the songs. Thumbs up Acorns!
This week we have been learning how to make and recognise repeating patterns. We found lots of different ways to make the patterns including using actions, compare bears and even ourselves. Mrs M’s favourite game this week was to put a group of children in a line order and the class had to guess what the pattern was!
This week, we have been learning how to blend to read. We say the letters in the word and then blend them to read the word. We have been working really hard all week- Mrs Marsden is very proud!
Amelie had brought in giant sunflower head that she had grown. We enjoyed investigating and exploring it. We talked about plants and how to grow. We especially enjoyed taking out the seeds using tweezers and counting them! Brilliant finger gym activity!
Some of the children in Acorn showed lots of interest in puzzles this week. It became a bit of a game where Mrs Marsden kept finding harder puzzles for them to complete! They were pretty amazing and we saw lots of co-operation to build each puzzle.
On Friday, we celebrated Diwali in a whole school enrichment day. We took part in several different activities including food tasting, making Diwali sweets, Diwali dancing, making diva lamps and creating rangoli and mehndi patterns.
In Literacy and Phonics this week we have been learning how to segment sounds to spell words. We have been using our phoneme fingers and phoneme frames to help us do this. We really got into the swing of it and now are beginning to spell words independently much to the excitement of Mrs Marsden!!!
In Maths, we have been concentrating of counting sets of objects from a large group. We have learnt that putting items in a line as we count helps us avoid miscounting and touching each object and saying the number name helps too!
The learning behaviour we have been learning about this week is Independence. We talked about what it means to be independent and what we could do at school. We tried really hard at getting changed for P.E as independently as possible. Mrs Marsden challenged us to try cutting up our fish and chips at lunch independently. Acorn class rose to the challenge!
This week in Maths, we have been learning how to use our counting to match to numerals and sets of objects. We have been jumping along the number track, recognising dice dot patterns and counting out objects.
Mrs Marsden introduced the class to our school’s Learning Behaviours. We found out about what ‘Co-operation’ and how we can use it in our classroom. Mrs Marsden gave us the challenge to work as a team to build a puzzle. We all did so well we all got a star on our learning behaviour wall ! Well done Acorns!
This led to quite a puzzle making craze in Acorn Class and lots more acts of co-operation throughout the week!
Finally, we have been starting to handle our pet snails. We have learnt how to hold them carefully and safely and that we have to be patient waiting for them to come out of their shells!
We had some new class members this week!!! Acorn class now have 2 new pets- Giant African Land Snails called Lionel and Turbo! They are not very giant yet but we have spent the week learning about how to care for them. They are already very popular and lots of questions and interest has been seen this week.
In Maths, we have been learning about 2D shapes and using mathematical terms to describe them. We made shape faces using different shapes and then had to describe them to another person using our new mathematical language. We also enjoyed our shape finger gym challenge to make shapes using the geoboards and started to make shapes in other areas of the classroom too!
On Friday, Elder class came to read to us- it was really nice to meet them all and we enjoyed a bit of quiet story time at the end of the day.
This week we have been continuing to practise our new routines and explore our learning environment. We have been practising our sharing and also our tidying!
On Tuesday we made our own mini-mes for a classroom display. We had to describe ourselves to each other and looked at our hair colour and eye colour in the mirror.
We call our child initiated play time ‘busy time’. Here is us getting busy!!
Well done Acorns- we had a brilliant first day at big school!! We have been learning about our class routines and exploring our new learning environment. Here is a few pictures of what we got up to…
We also had our first P.E lesson. We practised getting changed into our P.E kits and then we went to the hall for some games!
We have been enjoying our afternoon snack- Mrs Marsden says this is the most peaceful time of the day!