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This week we have been learning about nocturnal animals.  We have read simple facts about owls, foxes and bats.  We have made some fantastic owl collages and painted beautiful owl pictures.  We have also labelled different owl body parts using our phonic sounds.  

In maths we have been thinking about the number six.  We have been practising counting to six in different ways.  We learned we can count actions and sounds by counting out loud or keeping track of the actions and sounds by making a mark each time and counting how many at the end.  We had fun playing instruments for our friends and watching them make marks to record how many sounds we made!  We also practised counting objects that can't be moved and discussed different ways of counting carefully so we don't end up counting the same things more than once!

We had a lovely time thinking about what makes us special.  We remembered that the characters in Paw Patrol are all different but their special skills help them make a really good team, and then we realised we are the same as Paw Patrol - we are all different but we have our own skills that make us special and important!  



This week has been a very exciting week!  We have now adapted our 'Peace at Last' story so instead of Mr Bear being kept awake by lots of different noises all night, it is Ryder from Paw Patrol who is kept awake!  We thought of different ways the pups could keep him awake and created a fantastic story.  We then adapted our story map and retold our new story.  It was fantastic!

We have completed lots of learning activities around the Paw Patrol theme.  We used a map of Adventure Bay to write where the emergencies were happening.  We labelled the Lookout using our phonic sounds.  We also developed our understanding of addition by giving Marshall different toys and working out how many he had altogether.  We learned that when you add more to a quantity, the quantity gets bigger!  We used our creative table to create our own Lookouts and we even made a working lift to get the pups to the top of the tower!

At Forest School we had a wonderful time collecting leaves and making 'Leaf People'.  We thought carefully about how to represent the different parts of the Leaf Person's body!

As part of Anti Bullying Week we have been thinking a lot about what makes a good friend.  We painted ourselves as chefs and created a 'recipe for friendship'.  We thought about all the things a good friendship needs.

This week we have continued to think about the story 'Peace at Last'.  We used a story map and actions to help us retell the story and discussed different events that happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.  We made fantastic mobiles to help Baby Bear get to sleep!  

We have been thinking more about our topic 'Where does light come from?' and we sorted objects that were sources of light and objects that weren't.  We also learned about light sources that people in the past would have used.  It was much harder to get light before we invented electricity! 

In maths we have continued to think about the number 5 and we are very confident at representing 5 in different ways.  We also learned that we can split 5 into two smaller quantities and we had fun exploring how many different ways we could split 5.

We had a fantastic time in our Forest School area.  We collected lots of natural materials and made magic wands.  We then said what we would wish for with our wands!

We had a very exciting coaching session where we were travelling in different ways.  We thought about how different animals would move and tried to move like them.  It was fun!

We made poppies for Remembrance Day and we were very respectful during the 2 minute silence.

This week we started a brand new topic called 'Where does light come from?'.  We begun by thinking about what we already know and then we thought of some questions that we would like to find out the answers to during our topic.

We also started our new story 'Peace at Last'.  We have had fun reading the story and listening to all the sounds that kept Mr Bear awake.  We decided to become Noise Inspectors and we went around our classroom making notes on the places that are very loud and very quiet.  We can now let Mr Bear know some quiet places to sleep!

We also drew some pictures of the different noises keeping Mr Bear awake and labelled the pictures with sounds that we could hear in the words.  We also made Mr Bear a lovely duvet to keep him cosy - we did this by carefully weaving paper into a lovely pattern.

In Maths we have been learning all about the number 5!  We have learned lots of different ways of representing 5 - using a tens frame, a dice pattern, a tower of 5, the numeral and the numicon 5.  We even made our own Numberblock 5s!We have carefully counted out 5 from a larger number of objects.  We have also learned that 5 is one more than the number 4 we learned about last week.  We have found out that 5 is made up of smaller numbers too!

As Thursday was Bonfire Night we looked at old paintings of Guy Fawkes and discussed how we know he lived a very time ago.  We learned the story of the Gunpowder Plot and then had great fun making firework pictures using chalk!

This week we made up our own exciting story!  We used the story of the 3 Little Pigs that we know very well and changed it into 'The 3 Cheeky Princesses and the Big Bad Dragon!'.  We drew a new story map and could retell our new story beautifully!  We also thought about the 3 main parts of a story - the beginning, middle and end - and talked about the different things that happened at each part.  We then tried to sequence pictures from our new story and used those pictures to help us think about the beginning, middle and end too!

We have had lots of fun exploring princesses and dragons and castles this week.  We made amazing crowns and wrote our names carefully on them.  We played castles in our Small World Area and built sand castles in our sand pit!  On the Creative Table we printed stones on to a castle and decorated a dragon using lots of different materials.  We then used these dragons to develop our vocabulary, by describing how the dragon looked and felt using words like 'sparkly', 'bumpy', 'glittery', 'shiny', 'soft' and 'rough'.

In Maths we have been continuing to think about the number 3 and we have especially learned that 3 is made of smaller quantities.  We explored the different ways we could make a tower of 3 using different colours.  For example a tower could have 1 red and 2 blue cubes, or 1 yellow, 1 green and 1 orange cube!  We counted on from 1 and 2 to make 3.

On Friday we all came to school dressed in yellow to support World Mental Health Day.  This week we have been thinking lots about wellbeing and have been learning about Zones of Regulation - different colour zones to help us understand how we are feeling and give us strategies to help ourselves and each other.

This week has been all about the number 3!  We have been learning different ways to represent 3 - using unifix towers, numerals, numicon and tens frames.  We have been putting the quantities 1,2, and 3 in order and discussing how the quantity grows.  We have been counting very carefully to 3 and seeing the number increase and counting back from 3 and seeing the number decrease.  We also explored how we can make 3 using 1 and 2!

We have begun to learn to recognise some sounds and we are trying hard to blend these sounds to read simple words.  It is a bit tricky but we will keep practising!

We have been continuing to think about the 3 Little Pigs story and we received a phone call from Mr Wolf telling us he was very sorry about blowing down the pigs' houses, but he was very very hungry.  We decided to help him so we wrote to the Little Pigs and asked if they would invite him for tea.  They did!  Mr Wolf wrote us a letter telling us that he had a wonderful time eating vegetable pizza with the pigs and asked us what our favourite foods were.  We had a lovely time writing a list of our favourite foods to Mr Wolf and it really helped us think about the first sound in each word!


This week we have continued with the story of ‘The 3 Little Pigs’.  We have practiced retelling the story using our special picture map and we have thought about the 3 main parts of a story – the beginning, middle and end.

We have enjoyed playing with the story – we have stick puppets and finger puppets that help us act out the story.  We enjoyed making ‘Little piggy’ voices!

We have used the Creative Table a lot this week to develop our understanding of the story.  We mixed white and red to make pink in order for us to paint some pig pictures and we also combined different materials to make a pig mask!  We mixed black and white to make grey in order to paint the wolf and then, when it was dry, we added eyes and sharp teeth using felt pens!

We used junk modelling to make a special present for Little Pig!

In phonics we have continued to think about the initial sound in words and we have sorted lots of objects according to their sound.  We also had lots of fun robot talking some sounds and blending the sounds together to make words!

In Maths we have been learning about the number 2!  We have discovered lots of ways to represent 2 and we learned a special way to count 2 carefully – we moved each object as we counted it!  We even represented 2 ourselves by drawing 2 buttons on to Little Pig’s coat!

We have also been talking about how special we are!  We thought about the things we are good at and talked about how people are good at different things.

We are settling in so well to our new class!  We are learning how to use all the different areas in the classroom and the different resources we have.  We are making some lovely friendships and playing some fantastic games together. 

This week we have begun the story of 'The 3 Little Pigs'.  We listened to the story and decided to explore the different materials the houses were made out of.  We learned how bricks are laid very carefully using cement, and we had fun brick rubbing to see the careful layout and spotted the cement!  We used Duplo blocks and paint to create some interesting brick prints and made straw house collages!

In Maths we have been learning all about ONE.  We met the Numberblock 1 character, made collections of ONE using big and small objects and learned to represent ONE using dice patterns, numerals and numicon.

In phonics we have been practising listening for the beginning sound in each sound and playing some fun games!  We have also used Mr Robot to help us with our Robot Talking - Mr Robot can only say the sounds of words so we have to blend the sounds together to work out what word he is sounding out!

We have also met some fun letter sound characters using our Anima Phonics games.

What a lovely week!

This week we have been continuing with the story ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’ and we thought carefully about the three main parts of a story.  We then drew a story map to illustrate the beginning, middle and end.  We also wrote speech bubble sentences about what we thought Harry might say.

We have had fun learning more about dinosaurs.  We wrote sentences describing a dinosaur to see if somebody else could guess which one we were describing.  We learned that some dinosaurs walked on two feet and are called bipeds, and some walked on four feet and are called quadrupeds.  We sorted pictures of dinosaurs according to how many feet they walked on!  We had fun being creative and made a stegosaurus with spiky back plates and pressed dinosaur toys into playdoh to make a fossil!

We also completed some really exciting Science experiments!  We had to rescue a dinosaur that was stuck in water!  We learned that adding stones to the water made the water level rise and eventually the dinosaur would get to the top and be safe!  We also made a volcano erupt!  We made model volcanoes out of playdoh and added baking powder to the crater.  We then poured a mixture of vinegar and red food colouring on to the crater and watched the lava erupt!

In maths we have been problem solvers!  We had to solve the problem ‘Harry had 1 more sweet than his sister, how many sweets could they both have?’ and we thought about lots of different possibilities.  We also attempted to solve some addition and subtraction word problems using counting equipment to help us.  We then wrote our own number sentences to describe taking away objects in a hoop and working out how many were left.

To help us with our wellbeing we have practised some different yoga poses and joined in some Cosmic Kids yoga classes.

This week we have enjoyed the story ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’.   We listened to the story and discussed the three main parts; the beginning, middle and end.  We thought about the different places that Harry had taken his dinosaurs and wrote sentences about it.  We thought about the time when Harry was on a train and then we completed a fun Science experiment where we explored a train rolling down a ramp on different surfaces!

We then started to think about dinosaurs!  Dinosaurs are SO interesting!  We read different facts about dinosaurs and then made our own fact sheets.  We watched an episode of ‘Andy’s Dinosaurs Adventures’ on cBeebies and discussed how the landscape was different in dinosaur times.  We learned about herbivores and carnivores (and found out that some dinosaurs were omnivores!).  We also completed some fantastic dinosaur arts and crafts!  We made triceratops masks and paper plate sauropods.  We even looked at a wonderful painting of a dinosaur at night.  We thought about the colours that were used to show a night time effect and painted our own picture.  They were amazing!

We have also been learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  We have been finding examples of these shapes in our environment and thinking about their names and their properties.  We even used some 2D shapes to make fun shape monsters!

This week we have been continuing with the story of ‘Billy’s Bucket’.  We have been learning about sea creatures and their diets and habitats.  We have thought about how under the sea compares to where we live; how it is similar and how it is different.  We completed science experiments where we learned that objects float better in the sea because it is salty and observed what happened to toy sea creatures frozen in ice and left to melt.  We completed some fun creative activities – we made a paper plate turtle and a concertina fish!  We wrote instructions about how to make them for others to follow.  We also read a lovely poem about a Blue Whale and learned to identify the rhyming words.  We then thought about our own rhyming words.

In phonics we have been revising our phase 3 sounds.  We have also been writing phase 4 words on our phoneme frames and reading phase 4 tricky words.

In maths we have been thinking about half.  We learned that we can find half of a quantity by sharing into 2 equal groups!

We made our own music on Espresso and to support our well-being we thought about lots of things that make us happy!

This week has been all about the story of 'Billy's Bucket'!  We all really enjoyed the story and have had lots of fun completing different activities.  We have decorated our own buckets and drawn and labelled what is inside our bucket.  We have also made birthday cards for Billy and written speech bubble sentences about what we think he might say.  We have ordered pictures from the story and discussed the beginning, middle and end.  We even made our own rock pools in buckets!   We also explored what we could fit inside our buckets - we filled them up with different objects and counted how many were inside!  We have also  thoroughly enjoyed finding out more information about the sea creatures Billy found in his bucket.

In maths we have been thinking about our number bonds and we have been exploring how many different ways we can make different numbers.  We have also been saying numbers 1 more and 1 less than a given number.

In phonics we have been reading and spelling phase 4 words and showing we understand what we read by 'reading and drawing' pictures to match sentences. 

This week we have been enjoying the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.  We have listened to the story and discussed the events.  We also thought about how we felt about Goldilocks’ behaviour! 

We have used the story as a stimulus for lots of writing; we wrote speech bubble sentences about what we thought the characters might say and we pretended we were Goldilocks and wrote sorry letters to Baby Bear. 

We also got creative and made porridge playdoh and drew or painted pictures of our favourite toys. 

We had a lot of fun completing a Science experiment – testing different hard and soft materials to see what would make a comfy bed!

We also enjoyed finding out about bears from all over the world.  We read an information text and then we discussed how bears from different places were similar and different and we discussed which bear was our favourite and why! 

In maths we have been practising counting forwards and backwards up to 20, making the number 6 in different ways and exploring heavier and lighter.

In phonics we have been practising reading and writing our tricky words and joining in with our online ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics sessions.

On Thursday, some children came into school for the day.  It was lovely to be together in school and everyone had lots of fun exploring the different activities in the classroom! 

This week we have been reading the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.  We listened to the story and then talked about the different events that happened.  We had a great time being creative; we have used paint, leaves, egg boxes and lots of other media to make our own very hungry caterpillars and beautiful butterflies!

We linked the story to learning the days of the week in order and thinking about which days are week days and which are weekend days.

We also learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and then we learned another life cycle – the life cycle of a frog!

In maths we ordered different caterpillars according to length and used words like shorter and longer to compare 2 lengths. 

We also learned about sharing.  We found out that when we share, we need to make sure everyone gets the same, that it is fair.  We learned that a good strategy to help us share is to give one to each person at a time.  We developed our knowledge of sharing by applying it in a problem solving situation and then deciding upon our own way to record our maths thinking.

We have enjoyed our Letter and Sounds online phonic lessons and we have played lots of games to develop our understanding of our letter sounds and tricky words!

This week we have continued to think about the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’.  We had a fantastic time learning about recipes, especially vegetable soup recipes, and some of us even made our own delicious vegetable soup!  We then learned about where vegetables grow and we found out that some vegetables grow above the ground and some grow underground!  This information helped us with a very important activity, because we then changed the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ into our very own story!  We changed the vegetable that was pulled out of the ground, the characters in the story and the meal they made with the vegetable at the end.  We then narrated our new story.  Some of us used pictures to tell the story and some of us used puppets.  We sent videos to our teachers of us telling our story and our teachers LOVED it! 

In maths we have been learning about taking away.  We have been counting backwards to help us.  We have been telling number stories to help us understand the concept of taking away and we have also been turning our stories into number sentences! 

On Wednesday we participated in National Numeracy Day and had a lot of fun ordering our favourite toys by length and weight and weighing different items in the food cupboard!  This helped us develop our vocabulary when discussing and comparing length and weight.

We found out the farmer from ‘The Enormous Turnip’ was watering his seeds with different containers of water and each container held different amounts of water.  We then helped him by describing how much water was there – whether the container was ‘full’ or ‘empty’ or ‘half full’ or ‘nearly full’.  We then had lots of fun playing in water, filling our own containers! 

We have continued to take part in online letters and sounds phonics sessions and we have also had lots of fun playing different phonics games to consolidate our knowledge.

This week we have been enjoying the story of The Enormous Turnip.  We read the story together with our families and looked at the interesting words we could find.  We began uplevelling our vocabulary by thinking of different words to mean ENORMOUS and DELICIOUS!  We then began to learn the story by heart and started to use actions to help us retell the story.  We painted pictures of the enormous turnip and made small word figures to help us ‘play’ with the story.  We also took part in a creative dance online led by Justin Fletcher of CBeebies!

In maths we have learning about doubling!  We have learned the stem sentence that doubling is when you add the same number again.  We practised our doubling by doing lots of fun activities, using a mirror and learning a fun new rhyme! 

In phonics we have enjoyed daily lessons online and played fun games to help us remember our phase 2 and 3 sounds – like board games and skittles!  We have also started to learn our phase 4 phonics! 

We have begun an exciting carrot top experiment.  We ‘planted’ the tops of carrots and we are going to see how sunshine and water help them to grow!

We also had lots of fun exploring pushing and pulling in our homes and gardens! 

This week we have continued to think about the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  We made puppet shows to retell the story and our families and teachers loved watching our performances!  We have had fun being creative – we made pictures of the Bid Bad Wolf and junk modelled Grandma’s Cottage!

We also continued to think about what it is like being in the woods.  We collected natural materials that could be found in the woods and made some beautiful natural art.  We also used our senses to think about what Little Red Riding Hood might see, hear, smell and feel in the woods.  We discussed the differences between the town and countryside and sorted pictures according whether they could be found in a town or the countryside.

We have started to use the Letters and Sounds online lessons and we have had a great time practising our phonics! 

In Maths we have continued to think about the numbers 11 and 19.  We have partitioned the numbers into tens and ones using numicon and tens frames, we have ordered the numerals on a numberline and we have begun to work out 1 more and 1 less than a given number the ‘lazy’ way! (Where we don’t have to count all the objects up!)

We have also listened to lots of stories, read our reading books and there has been some amazing baking going on this week!  Yummy!

This week we have been thinking about the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  We read the story and discussed it and we ordered the events in the story.  We then completed lots of activities to develop our understanding of the story; we made of maps of the woods and we made stick puppets of the characters and used them to act out the story.  We then explored aspects of our home environment that are similar to Red Riding Hood’s environment; we drew and painted pictures of flowers to take to Grandma and thought about the different parts of plant.  We looked at trees and labelled the different parts.  We went on a minibeast hunt and named the creatures we found.

In phonics we have been consolidating our phase 2 and 3 sounds and tricky words.  We have played lots of fun games, read some funny sentences and written lots of fantastic sentences!

In maths we have learning about the numbers 11,12 and 13.  We have completed lots of activities to help us visualise what these numbers look like and how to understand the digits in the numerals.

We have also kept active with Cosmic Kids Yoga and Zumba and we have enjoyed listening to lots of wonderful stories.

We have also been gardening, walking, riding our bikes and enjoying the lovely sunshine!

This week we have been learning about Easter.  We watched a programme about how a little boy prepared for Easter and thought about how we celebrate Easter.  We have looked for signs of Spring around our home and garden, made salt dough Easter decorations, Easter cards and made an Easter chick using our 2D shapes!

In phonics we have been learning to read and spell 2 syllable words and we have been practising our blending and segmenting.  We have played lots of fun games to help us remember our phase 2 and 3 sounds and tricky words. 

In maths we have been thinking about shapes and looking for different shapes in our environment.  We also thought about the properties of triangles, squares, rectangles and hexagons in terms of describing the number of sides and corners.  We have used stem sentences to help us, for example: ‘I know it is a square, because it has 4 equal sides and 4 corners’.  We have also been very creative and made lots of beautiful repeating patterns in lots of different ways!

To keep active we have joined in with Andy’s Wild Workouts, Cosmic Kids Yoga and Let’s Move

We have also listened to lots of lovely stories and enjoyed reading our own reading books.

After our first week of learning at home, we wanted to celebrate the fantastic activities that we have been doing with our families!  We have been given some activities to do daily by our teachers and we have really impressed them with everything we have done.  We have practised our phonic sounds in different ways;  playing games, blending words, writing words and sentences on our wipeboards and in our work books.  We have been thinking about the number 10; making a unit of ten in different ways, seeing what 10 looks like on a tens frame and looking for the smaller numbers within 10.  We have also been very creative; deciding what we would pack for a safari adventure, making safari jeeps and binoculars to spot all those wild animals!  We have also been keeping fit using Cosmic Kids Yoga and Joe Wicks’ daily workouts.  We have also been cooking and painting and enjoying the sunshine!

This week we have been learning about the animals we met in 'Handa's Surprise'.  We have looked at information texts and videos to help us learn lots of facts.  We then used our knowledge to label the body parts of different animals and write fact sentences about them! 

While we were thinking about elephants and giraffes, we decided to paint them.  However there was a big problem - we didn't have grey or orange paint!  We managed to solve our problem by learning to mix those colours using other colours!

In Maths we have been continuing to think about the number 9.  We learned that 9 can be made up of smaller quantities.  We partitioned 9 into smaller quantities using part part whole templates.  Some of us even challenged ourselves to find how many different ways we could partition 9!

We have also been thinking about the concept of 'half'.  We started by finding out what half of an object was.  We then moved on to finding half of a quantity.  Handa helped us here - she had 8 tangerines and wanted to give half to her friend Akeyo.  So she shared out the tangerines between herself and Akeyo.  If the quantity they had each was the same then it was half!

We have been making salt dough by ourselves!  We had to follow a recipe carefully to make the salt dough and after we had kneaded it well we could play with it to make different models!

For Science Week we had a very special workshop - a virtual reality workshop!  We all wore special glasses and through these glasses we could see different planets in our solar system and we could explore those planets!  It was very exciting!

What a busy week!  For World Book Day we all dressed up as our favourite book characters.  We read the lovely story 'Look Up' by Nathan Bryon and then had lots of fun making our own meteor showers on the creative table.  We also thought about how we could 'reach for the stars' like the character in the story and shared our dreams of what we would like to be when we grow up.

In Maths we have been thinking about the number 9.  We have looked at different ways we can represent 9 - such as using a numeral, a numicon piece, 9 counters, 9 beads, finding 9 on a numberline and then we extended to using 2 dice to make 9 and 2 smaller numicon pieces to make 9!  We have also been thinking about the concept of 1 less and using this to solve problems using numbers up to 9!

We have a new Talk for Writing story called 'Handa's Surprise'.  Handa takes a range of delicious fruits to her friend Akeyo and we had a wonderful time finding out about these delicious fruits!  We tasted them, we drew them and we thought of lots of interesting vocabulary words to describe their appearance and taste.

We then used a story map of the story to practise retelling the story by ourselves.

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This week we had a special 'Stay and Play' where we invited our parents to come and see our phonics!  Our parents joined in with a phonics carpet session, where we learned all about the 'oa' sound.  They then joined in with lots of different activities where we applied our phonic knowledge.  We went on a word and picture hunt, we matched the words to their corresponding pictures, we played tricky word board games, we did a 'read and paint' activity where we had to read a simple sentence and paint the picture and we showed our parents what our 'daily writing challenge' is all about!  We had a great time!

This week we have been practising retelling our new story - Super Popcorn and Evil Screen!  We have painted pictures of different parts of the story and we have written captions.  We are learning to leave finger spaces between our words and use capital letters and full stops in our sentences. 

In Maths we have been learning to count on from different numbers.  We had a £5 note and practised counting on using £1 coins to make a total of £8.

We also thought about positional language.  We put Evil Screen in lots of different positions and had to describe where he was.  He was 'next to', 'in front of', 'behind', 'above', 'under', 'inside' and 'on' lots of different objects!

We have been bringing our 'What makes a hero?' topic to a close.  We talked about what we thought made a hero.  We looked at similarities and differences between real life community heroes and Super heroes.  We found there were a lot of similarities! 

We decided to celebrate by having a 'cinema experience' in our own classroom!  We made purses and put money in and decorated cinema tickets.  We looked at popcorn and how it changes when it is heated in a microwave.  On Friday we used the £8 in our purses to buy a ticket from the ticket office.  We then had to show our ticket to the 'Usher' who showed us where to sit.  We then enjoyed watching a movie!  We ate popcorn while we were watching! 

We are looking forward to our half term break and starting our brand new topic!


This week we have had a lot of fun changing our 'Supertato' story!  We invented the new characters 'Super Popcorn' and 'Evil Screen' and a new setting - the cinema!  We had a great time thinking about the tricks 'Evil Screen' could play on different cinema items and we planned a new ending where he was caught in an empty packet of crisps!  We then enjoyed retelling our new story.  We think it is even better than the original!

We spent time being creative and we designed what we thought Super Popcorn and Evil Screen should look like.  We made puppets of the characters.  We then brought our ideas together and settled on a class picture to represent the characters. 

We have also had fun developing the 'cinema' theme in our class.  We have painted our favourite movie characters and  written about our favourite movies. 

In our Maths, we have been learning that we can find a quantity by separating sets and finding out how many are left.  For example - we have 8 fruits, 5 are bananas, how many are apples?

We have also been finding 1 more and 1 less than different quantities and numbers to 8, and we have been counting forwards and backwards to and from 8 - but starting at different numbers!

In phonics we have been learning to read by sight the tricky words he, we, she, be, me!

What a busy week!  We had a fantastic visit from Nurse Ellard who told us all about her special job and how she helps people stay healthy.  We also visited the Life Education bus and learned how to take care of our bodies and keep healthy.

We continued this thinking all week!  We learned how important it is to eat healthy food and we designed our own healthy food plates!  We learned how vegetables grow in the ground and thought about what they need to help them grow into healthy plants.  We also asked each other what our favourite vegetable was, and we created tallies of the results.  We found out that carrots were the most popular vegetables in our class!

In maths we have been estimating whether a quantity is more than or fewer than 5.  We have also been continuing with our learning about number 8 and we ordered different representations of numbers to 8 and then we ordered the numerals!


This week we have continued to think about the story of 'Supertato'.  We have been learning about the 3 main parts of a story - the beginning, middle and end - and have had lots of fun completing Shared  Reading and Shared Writing activities on the different parts.

In phonics we are learning Phase 3 sounds and have been really proud of our reading and spelling using our new sounds.  We have also been practising how to form these new sounds correctly.  We had lots of fun practising reading and writing tricky words on large sheets of paper with our friends!

In Maths we have been learning about different ways of splitting 7.  We learned that 7 was the whole and that smaller numbers could become the parts.  We used counters to find the different ways and then recorded what we found.  We have also been learning how to combine two sets to make a new set - we put cats and dogs into their own houses at the vets and then worked out how many animals the vet needed to look after altogether.  We then began to record this using a number sentence!

We have been concentrating this week on working collaboratively with our friends - in the role play area, the small world area, in our outside area and using the special superhero stick puppets we made.

This week we have been reading the story 'Supertato' and on Tuesday, when we came into school, we found that Evil Pea had committed some more terrible crimes to some poor vegetables in our classroom!  We wrote letters to Supertato asking him to rescue them!  Then Evil Pea wrote to US and told us he had hidden 3 pictures of himself in our classroom and gave us instructions to follow to find them.  We used our knowledge of the tricky words 'go 'to' and 'the' to help us.  We then hid our own pictures of Evil Pea and wrote instructions for our friends to find them!   We have also begun to use a story map to help us learn the story and retell it by ourselves.

We have completed lots of tasks on the creative table this week - we made our own Supertato pictures and hero masks.  We also made some potato prints and when they were dry, we used pencils to draw features on them to turn them into superheroes and supervillains!

In maths, we have been learning about the number 7.  We have looked at different representations of 7 and discussed the difference between 'structured' representations and 'random'.  We decided the structured representations, like a tens frame, made it easier to recognise the quantity.  We used our knowledge of the numbers we have learned to help us find 1 less than a given number.  This was very helpful when Evil Pea kept capturing a vegetable and we needed to work out how many were left!


What a lovely start to our new term!  This week we have had a Topic Week to launch our new topic 'What makes a hero?' and we have learned all about people who help us.  We have found out about Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Doctors, Guide Dogs and Police Horses.  We have discussed the different ways we are helped and explored uniforms and equipment that are used. 

We experimented with different materials to see which would be the best material to help keep a fire fighter's hand dry when using a water hose!  We used the word 'Waterproof' when we were thinking about the glove.  We tried a paper glove, rubber glove and woolly glove.  We predicted which material we thought would be the best, then put the gloves on and tested them in water.  We found the rubber glove was waterproof!

We have enjoyed exploring our new hospital role play - we have been busy taking telephone appointments and writing out messages for treatments.  In our outside area we have been reporting fires over the telephone and directing the fire engine to come to the rescue!

We have used the creative table in lots of ways - we made a blanket for a police horse and had to make sure we used bright colours to make it visible.  We made a fire collage and enjoyed tearing the tissue paper to make the flames.

We also thought about what is special about ourselves, how we are heroes and we thought about our friends in our class, how they are special too!

This week we have had some visits off Santa's elves!  We have had lots of fun reading the letters the elves have written to us.  We have also written lots of letters to the elves!  We have helped them make wrapping paper with repeating patterns on for Santa.  We also became little elves on Friday - we designed our own toys by drawing careful pictures and labelling them and then we used lots of junk modelling to make our toys!  They were fantastic!

We have also been thinking out friendship this week.  We have discussed lots of ways we can be a good friend to others and what we can do to help ourselves make friends.  We had a lovely time writing Happygrams' to each other!

We had our very first school Christmas dinner on Thursday.  We made our own party hats to wear!  We had a lovely time.

Everybody was very proud of us as we were amazing for our Nativity concert in front of our families and friends.  We sang beautifully and acted really well!

This week we have been learning about the Nativity Story.  We have discussed the different events and characters and used puppets to re enact different scenes in the story.  We used a Nativity story map to help us retell the events in order.  We also used the story to help us with our writing; we wrote labels and captions.  On our creative table we painted different characters and made sheep collages!  We have also been rehearsing for our own Nativity concert that we will be performing for our parents next Wednesday!

In maths we have continued to learn about the number 6.  We used our knowledge of all the numbers we have learned about so far to create our own number lines.  We also learned how to add two amounts of presents by counting all the presents altogether!

In our outside area we now have a Santa's workshop!  We have been making presents and wrapping them up like Santa's elves do!

On Wednesday we went to the theatre to watch the pantomime of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.  It was fantastic!


This week we have been continuing our Light topic, by learning about Nocturnal animals.  We made clay hedgehogs and added matchstick spines!  We read facts about bats and then labelled pictures of bats and wrote some simple captions.

We have been exploring light on our Creative Table.  We made shadow puppets and tested them with torches.  We found shadows appeared when we blocked the light.   We explored different pictures we could make using tinfoil.  Tinfoil was a very exciting material to use as the light made it shine!  We also looked at Van Gogh's painting 'A Starry Night' and we used cotton buds to try to replicate his brush strokes.

In Maths we have being exploring 5 sided shapes called pentagons.  We then moved on to learning about the number 6.  We looked at the dice representation of 6 and played board games to help us become more familiar with all the dice representations.

We have been learning to read and spell some important tricky words.

This week we have been retelling the story of Peace at Last – but we decided to improve it!  First, we thought of more exciting words to use instead of the words in the story.  For example, Mr Bear wasn’t just tired – he was EXHAUSTED!  Then we changed the things that were keeping Mr Bear awake.  We thought our new version of the story was AMAZING!

We have had some fun on the Creative Table this week.  We added flour to paint to create a different texture.  We used lots of interesting words to describe the texture.  We then used this paint to make pictures of the moon.  We also used tissue to make ‘stained glass’ stars.  We found out that the tissue paper lets the light through, so we displayed the stars on our windows!  We also made fantastic Baby Bears using paper plates!

In Maths, we have been looking at the composition of the number 5.  We completed lots of different activities that enabled us to split 5 into two parts.  We looked at the different parts we could make from 5.  We also tried recording the different ways we could split 5.

We have enjoyed using the Puppet Theatre to tell our stories!

This week we have continued with our topic 'Where does light come from?' by finding sources of light.  We looked for sources of light as part of our home learning, and we went on a hunt around school looking for different light sources too!  We found out lots about the Sun, our most important light source.  We watched a video of the sun and then we made sun collages and labelled pictures of the sun.

We have been trying to hear different sounds in words - the beginning, middle and end sound in simple words.  We have also been learning to read the words 'the' 'and' and 'to' by sight.

In Maths, we have been learning about the number 5.  We looked at dice representations of all the numbers we have be learning about and then put them in order.  On Thursday we had a very exciting Stay and Play, where our mums and dads came and joined in with a Maths Mastery lesson about representing 5 on a tens frame, and helped us complete lots of fun activities all about the number 5!

It has also been Respect Week this week and we have been thinking about friends.  We thought about how we can use kind hands and kind words to our friends.  We talked about what made a good friend.  We then thought about how we had been a good friend that day.

This week we began our new Talk for Writing story 'Peace at Last'.  We listened to the story and discussed the events that happened.  We then sequenced the noises that kept Mr Bear awake and drew the different noises into the different rooms they happened in.  We wanted to help Mr Bear get some sleep so we used junk modelling techniques to make him a quiet space.  We also became 'Noise Inspectors' and marked on a clipboard whether the different areas in the classroom were quiet or noisy.

In Maths we have continued to learn about the number 4.  This week we have learned that 4 can be partitioned into smaller quantities.  We have been recording our maths thinking; by colouring in 4 rockets using 3 colours and seeing how many of each colour we had.  We also put 4 party guests on to 2 party tables and discussed the different possibilities of quantities on each table.  We recorded this using marks and numerals.

As part of our learning about 4, we thought about squares and rectangles which both have 4 sides and 4 corners.  We realised that what made them different was that squares had equal sides and rectangles had 2 long and 2 short sides!

We continued to think about fireworks as part of our 'Where does light come?' topic and made lots of different marks, using different media, in order to represent fireworks!

We had a great time making dens at Forest School!

What an exciting week!  We continued our topic weeks on Autumn Celebrations with a focus on Diwali.  We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and enjoyed acting it out using the Puppet Theatre.  We made Diva Lamps and decorated them beautifully.  We made Rangoli patterns using coloured rice and thought carefully about the shapes we wanted to make. 

Forest School was very interesting!  We explored the forest and discussed the different things we would see in the forest in Autumn.  We then hunted for as many of these as we could find and made collections in our buckets!

In Maths our focus has been 4.  We have learned about different ways of representing 4.  We also learned how many more we could add to a quantity fewer than 4 to make 4.

Our week ended with a very exciting trip to Brookside Primary School in Leicester, where we joined in with Diwali celebrations.  We watched a fantastic play about the story of Rama and Sita, joined in with lots of Diwali themed activities in the Reception Unit there.  We also joined in with some traditional Indian dancing and tasted some delicious food!  We had a wonderful time!

This week we changed our story of 'The Three Little Pigs' to 'The Three Little Pups' and began a Paw Patrol theme!  After retelling the new story the children enjoyed experimenting with which material would be best to build a kennel for the pups, designing their own Paw Patrol shield and junk modelling a lookout tower!

We have continued to think about the number 3, and have been looking at the numbers within the number 3; such as it can made with a 2 and a 1.  We also thought carefully about the properties of a triangle and linked it with the number 3.

On Thursday we had a special problem solving workshop, where we worked as a team to try to solve different puzzles.

We also had a special visit from Wade the puppy!  We thought carefully about different questions to ask his owner, Miss Stewart and found out lots of information about caring for a puppy.

This week in Reception we have been thinking about the story of the Three Little Pigs.  We have learned to retell  the story using our story map and actions and have learned that there are three main parts to a story - the beginning, middle and end.  In phonics we have been learning the sounds 's' 'a' 't' 'p' and 'i'.  We have learned how to recognise the sounds on a flashcard and think of some words that begin with this sound.  We have even begun to use these sounds to blend together and read simple words.  In Maths we have been learning about '3'.  We thought about what the quantity of '3' looks like, as well as the numeral.  We retold the story of the Three Little Pigs by moving 3 counters on to three houses and talking about how many counters were on different houses at different times.  We then learned to put quantities of 1,2 and 3 in order.  We have been busy!