Autumn 1 week 6 2023

We have been continuing to learn lots of new sounds this week in Read Write Inc (r, j, y, v, w) as well as practising forming them correctly in our books, outside and on large rolls of wallpaper. We are getting really good at knowing our sounds.

Maths saw us compare different sized objects and begin to use mathematical language to describe and compare. We thought very carefully about big bears, medium sized bears and small bears as well as big, medium and small objects. We ordered and grouped objects well. We will continue with 'measure' over the next few weeks where we will explore mass and capacity. Encourage your child to use language in their play such as big, biggest, small, smallest, large, largest, tall, tallest, short, shortest, long, longest, heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter, lightest, balanced, equal, full, empty, half full, nearly empty, nearly full. Our mastering number sessions this week have seen us do some excellent subitising. 

In our topic work this week we have been finding out about transport that doesn’t stay on the ground! We have been thinking about space travel and rockets as well as planes that can fly to lots of different countries. We enjoyed making our own junk model planes and rockets for sure. We thought about joining and building to make the model look as close as possible to the real mode of transport. 
Our story time focus this week has been ‘The Tiny Seed’ and we have been thinking about Autumn and enjoyed going on an Autumn hunt outside, looking for signs of Autumn and we found some brilliant clues that it was now indeed Autumn such as leaves starting to change colour, conkers and falling leaves. We then made some play dough models with our findings. Keeping on the theme of Autumn, we looked at some artwork by Gustave Courbet called ‘Forest in Autumn’ and had a go at mixing paint to make warm colours. We will be continuing with this work into next week.

We have been learning lots of songs about harvest and have very much enjoyed painting pictures of all the colourful vegetables from Mrs Tate’s parents’ allotment! There were so many interesting vegetables and we were brilliant at painting observational art.


P.E saw us move like jungle animals- we are becoming increasingly confident at slithering, hopping, leaping and stomping like animals! We then practised lots of skills in our P.E session with NUF.


Our Jigsaw session this week was all about our rights and we are starting to understand children’s rights and this means we should all be allowed to learn and play. We had some great conversations and contributions to circle time. We always start our Jigsaw session with ‘calm me’ time where we can relax and focus on our breathing. We know that it is important to listen to other people’s contributions during our circle time.

After finding out about the Christian ceremony of Christenings and the Muslim ceremony of Aqiqah, we have been thinking about what happens when a baby is welcomed into a family who are not religious. We have been talking about the humanist naming ceremony and what’s involved such as the appointment of ‘guide parents’ and that there’s perhaps a symbolic action such as planting a tree, signing a certificate or writing in a wish book.
Have a lovely weekend, 
The Pear class team