Autumn 1week 7 2023

Another busy and exciting week for us...


In our maths learning this week we tested our muscles when we thought about what was heavy and we also thought about what was light. We used this maths vocabulary very well and are beginning to see and understand the differences between different objects and say whether they are heavy or light. We enjoyed the story of ‘The Blue Balloon’ by Mick Inkpen and we agreed that balloons are most definitely light! Mrs Tate loved this story and so did we!


We have been well and truly in the swing of all things harvest and Autumn this week. We enjoyed taking part in the harvest festival on Wednesday- didn’t we do well! We loved sharing our fabulous vegetable paintings with you and singing lots of songs too. We continued to think about Autumn and how the leaves on the trees change colours. We continued to think about some Autumnal pieces of art work and painting our own Autumn tree pictures based on the work of Gustave Courbet.

We have been thinking about combine harvesters, what their job is and what they look like. We then enjoyed creating our own combine harvesters in groups outside- we are getting very good at making large scale models out of planks, crates, tarpaulin and more! We have also been looking at harvest pictures and photographs and talking about what we could see. We have been learning lots of new harvest topic words such as: harvest, grain, threshing, reaping, thankful, celebrate and festival.


October is Black History Month and in Pear class we have been looking at the artwork of Alma Thomas and having a go at recreating some of her work. We have mainly been focussing on the piece called ‘The Resurrection’ and looking closely at the colours used and the shapes within the piece. We thought about and discussed the importance of Black History Month and enjoyed celebrating Alma Thomas.


Last week in our ‘Jigsaw’ session we talked about our rights- what they were and what this meant. This week we considered what our responsibilities might be and had a great chat during circle time about the word ‘responsibility’ and what it might look like in school and at home. In our RE this week we have been considering some ways of showing that people are special from other religions, specifically Hindu Dharma. We found out Hindus celebrating Raksha Bandhan which celebrated the special bond between brothers and sisters. We learnt that a sister ties a band (or rakhi) of gold and red threads around the right hand of her brother. We made some beautiful designs of our very own.


We continued to learn more sounds in Read, Write Inc and carried on with our magnet blending too. Don’t forget to help us at home if you can! The sounds will be emailed to you each week to practise. Please remember to bring reading books back to school each week so we can hear your child read and give them a new reading book along with a library book.


Have a lovely weekend,

The Pear class team