Autumn 1

Ourselves, Houses and Homes


In the file attachments you will find the vocabulary that we are learning this half term and our topic key questions. Throughout our topic we will use our vocabulary and new learning to help us answer our key questions.


Over the last three weeks children have participated in Physical Development Sessions with Coach Wall and Class teachers. Children will be focusing on developing the fundamental movements such as running, skipping, hopping, jumping, walking, jogging and side stepping. Children have been learning to listen carefully to instructions such as stop and go. They have also been learning to play with a partner passing equipment such as beanbags and balls to each other. Children have enjoyed learning how to control the parachute using the words low and high, fast and slow. Children have played games with the parachute including colour games, under and over games. 


In Maths we have been learning about the numbers one and two. Children have been making the numbers using different mathematical equipment such as an abacus, Numicon shapes, number fans, counters, cubes tens frames and bead strings. Children also drew the number e.g. two faces or two hearts. After this teachers modelled how we can form the numerals and we recapped how we can make the number 1 (1+0=1) and 2 (2+0=2) (1+1=2). 


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For the past two weeks in Literacy, we have  been looking at the book Owl Babies. We discussed features of an owl. We loved retelling the story using masks and props.  Children have been very creative in the workshop areas look at our pictures! Children have also drawn a scene from the book and enjoyed telling an adult about the story. 

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They also drew a scene from the story and told the teachers what happened in the story. 


In phonics all children have begun to read simple words using their phonics knowledge. This week children have been practicing forming m d g and reading words with these sounds in such as dog, dad, pig, dig, tag. We are so proud of the super comments from families in children’s reading diaries. Thank you to all the parents who are asking their children questions about their books. Some ideas could include… What is the title? Where and when did the story happen? Who are the characters in the story? What is the story about? What has happened in the story so far? What do you think will happen next?  

Children have been working hard to discuss what they'd like to be when they grow up. We used illustrations from the You Choose book to discuss this in groups. After this, children drew pictures and discussed what they'd like to be when they grow up. Adults supported children to use future tense such as, 'I would like to be a...' 'When I am older I will...'

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In Maths we have been learning about measuring length, we have ordered different lengths and we have tried hard to measure the different lengths with measuring snakes and playdough. We have also been playing lots of sorting, matching and comparing games.

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