blog - 17th October

Another very busy week in Plum Class with lots of lovely learning opportunities. 


This week the letter sounds we have learnt are ‘f and e.’ At home with your child, you could find some objects or items around the house that begin with these letters and practise the formation. 


Our focus number has been 8. We’ve  been carefully and correctly forming numbers  8. We carefully counted 8 stars and stuck them onto a giant number 8. Our favourite part of each lesson was watching Number Block videos on the Cbeebies website. You can find these videos by going on the Cbeebies website and typing in the search bar 'number blocks.' We've also been ordering Autumn numbers to 10. Most children are now pretty confident with ordering 1 - 5 but lots of work still needs to be done to ensure that every child can order numbers 6 - 10. Please have a go at this at home. You can make this really fun by choosing you child's favourite toys and making number cards to stick on the toy and then have a go at ordering them. We would really love to see your learning at home so make sure you record this in their chatter books or online learning journal. Your online learning journal should be used for your child  learning milestones! 


In our topic work this week we have been learning about harvest. We have learnt what harvest is, why some people celebrate it and how the farmers harvest the land. We have drawn lots of fabulous pictures of fruits and vegetables and attempted to copy down the names of the fruit and vegetables.  We have made farms and tractors using a variety of resources and made our own scarecrows out of playdough. We watched a really exciting video of a combine harvester hard at work in a field and we did lots of talking in full sentences about the parts of the combine as well as describing how it works. We had lots of fun scrubbing veggies, chopping up unusal veggies and we even got to see a massive pumpkin! There was opportunities for small world play in Miss Whitlow's tough tray of soil and veggies where the children made their own farm yard stories from. Maybe you could have a go at making a combine harvester or a tractor at home this weekend with collage or junk modelling materials. 

 Didn't the children sing fantastic during the Harvest Assembly? We were so proud of them all. Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our Harvest Assembly. It was a such a great atmosphere and the children had lots of fun learning new songs and actions. 

In the latter part of the week in our literacy we have been working around the song ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’. The children produced a line drawing of a harvester and labelled it, beginning to independently use their read write inc sounds. The classroom was turned into a mini farm with our farm shop selling the delicious veg and fruit of harvest, a straw bale letter tray and a tuff-tray for the children to explore the textures of a farmers field as well as using positional language to talk about the function of their ‘combine harvest tractors’ as the crops are harvested. We have all enjoyed learning about the hard work that has gone into the production of our food, before it even reaches our mouths. The children were excited and bewildered by the idea that most of the food we eat starts off as tiny seeds that the farmers sow!

 Harvest has continued in our topic work, but we began to look at how farmers kept their crops safe from hungry birds. We all thoroughly enjoyed singing the ‘Dingle, Dangle Scarecrow ‘ song and reading the story ‘The Scrarecrow’s Wedding’, as we learnt that Scarecrows are literally used to scare the birds. Although a lot of us decided that we don’t find scarecrows frightening, we decided that as a class, we would produce our own scarecrows, paint our own crows and make a real life scarecrow that is as silly as Reginald Rake in the story, to scare the birds away from our seeds that we will be sowing next week in the Pear class garden. We had a fantastic and messy time with straw whilst creating this art and we also worked hard picking out and identifying the different shapes to use for our scarecrow’s face and hat.

 Maths this week has been about revisiting positional mathematical language: next to, above, under, beside, in front of, on top. In order to consolidate out understanding from last week, our task was to build a tower (out of our talk partner’s view). We had to think about what brick goes on top of the blue brick and next to the yellow brick etc and then use our positional instructions to help our partner build the exact same tower as us. The children worked really well in partners and demonstrated a good grasp of positional language within their instructions.

 We were also introduced to the exciting Beebots that we were able to direct around our farm and racetrack, as well as producing some kidney and butter bean harvest patterns and using our counting skills in the farm shop. Our PE lesson was full of energy this week- we played ‘stuck in the mud’ and practised some movements around the hall in the style of scarecrows, hedgehogs and bears and considered how a clattering Combine Harvester would move across the farmer’s fields! We practised our skills at skipping to see if we could perfect the hop and jump. 

 One more week to go!  We know that the children are getting tired but we're so proud of each and every one of them for the great start they have made to full time school.


Have a great weekend!