This week, we have been learning about our local environment. We looked at a world map and found our country, the United Kingdom. We then looked at a map of the UK and talked about the different areas, learning that we live in England and whereabouts we live within England. We talked about the difference between a city and a village. Mrs M used Google Earth to find Lawshall – we loved watching it zoom in and enjoyed talking about how it shows Lawshall from a ‘birds eye’ point of view! We then zoomed in even further and travelled along the road like we were a car. We found some of the Acorn’s houses in the village and other important buildings or places within the village- the school, the church, the park, village hall and the pub! We then drew our own maps, remembering what we had seen on Google Earth. It really helped us practice our positional language as we talked about where each place was! This led to a lot of interest in map making and lots of the Acorns were inspired to make their own!
In Maths, we have been focusing on developing our understanding that numbers are made up of smaller numbers. We practised our subitising skills and talked about what we could see, talking about the position and groups of objects. We then explored how to compose a number by creating different combinations of objects. We focused on making the number 4 and experimented with different ways to position 4 cubes on a whiteboard to show different combinations.
This week, we have been continuing to focus on the story of The Gingerbread Man. We have been learning to tell the story using actions and this week, we decided to have a go at some role play of the characters in the Gingerbread Man. We acted out being the little old lady ringing her friend to tell them about the Gingerbread Man running away. We also pretended to be the Gingerbread asking a friend what to do when the fox had offered their help. Lots of giggling ensued as we pretended to telephone each other- we were rather impressed by the Acorns acting skills!