Blog 5- wb 5th October

Another amazing, Autumnal week in Apple class! Thank you so much for the first few responses to the Autumn shared learning (to make an Autumn picture). The children were so proud to stand in front of the class and talk about their pictures and creations. They are now on display in our classroom. There is still time to bring in your Autumn picture so if you wish to make a masterpiece at home, we would love to see it!
This week we have continued our Autumn learning and have focused our week around the story Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (if you'd like to listen to the story follow this link ). This is a super story about a Leaf Man that is blown away by the wind. He travels over meadows, mountains, rivers and past lots of leaf animals. Can you remember any animals that he passes? We read the story everyday and practiced recalling key phrases. For example, "a leaf mans got to go where the wind blows". The children really enjoyed joining in!
Afterwards, the children had a go at creating their own leaf characters. Some of us made leaf men and some of us made leaf animals. We thought carefully about what they should look like and what type of leaf or Autumn treasure we would need. See the picture below of our fabulous Leaf Man display!
In our mathematical work, we continued with our leaf theme. The children were very excited to play my Autumn tree game! The children had to roll the dice and take away the correct amount of leaves from the tree. Whoever had the most leaves left at the end was the winner. As you can imagine, we had lots of competitive children! This game involves lots of important mathematical skills- rote counting (counting in order), counting out set amounts, counting objects 1.1 and subitizing (recognising the amount of spots on the dice without counting them). Lots of children were able to rote count but they struggled to subitize and count1.1 (counting how many leaves they had at the end). We will continue to practice these skills as the year progresses. As well as maths skills, this game allowed the children to practice their attention and concentration, turn taking and listening skills. If you'd like to have a go at home, all you need to do is draw a tree, make leaves to stick on and a dice. I would love to see some pictures on your journals of you playing at home with your family.
Remember, maths doesn't need to be boring! Maths should be exciting! This week staff followed the children's interests in conker rolling. We decided to turn this into a maths opportunity and create a number track to see how far they could roll their conkers. The children instantly became competitive and wanted to reach the biggest number! They then experimented using trains, cars, fur cones and so much more. We found the cars travelled the furthest.
In our outdoor learning, this week we had a look at different coloured leaves. The children had to match the leaves to the correct colours on their worksheet. We really enjoyed this activity.
In addition to our Autumn learning, this week is National Space week. On Thursday we had a look at some images of space and talked about planets, stars, astronauts, rockets and learnt more about the moon. We looked closely at different images of the moon and decided to learn more about the dark patches on the surface- craters. Did you know a crater is made when a rock crashes into the moon? Apple class thought this was very exciting and so we decided to have a go at making our own craters! We dropped different sized conkers and crab apples into flour to see what a crater would look like. The children had lots of fun experimenting with dropping the conkers at different heights! Its safe to say they had lots of floury fun! You can easily have a go at home. You will need: flour and something to drop (stones, beads, conkers) to create your crater. See the pictures below for inspiration!
Taking lead from the children, we also loved making our own rockets using junk model materials. The children looked at pictures of real rockets and thought carefully about their designs. They used glue and tape to join the materials together and continuously improved their design when they saw each others creations! Why not make a rocket at home?
As well as all of this, the children have been developing their fine motor skills by using tweezers to move conkers and crab apples into egg boxes, they have been using key vocabulary (empty, half full, nearly full, full) when measuring conkers in jugs and measuring cylinders, they have been colouring and mark making and developing their imaginative play. 
Next week we will be looking closely at Vincent Van Gogh's Autumn Mulberry Tree. We can't wait!
I hope you all have a restful and happy weekend.
Miss F
National Space Week