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RD's Autumn 1 Class Work

We have had a busy half term and our topic ‘Ourselves’ really helped us to get to know the children and their interests, likes and dislikes. Through our topic we have looked at how we are all different, special and unique. The children created lovely self-portrait drawings by looking at their facial features carefully in the mirror, and selecting the appropriate colours for their portraits. We discussed how we have changed and grown and the children enjoyed bringing in baby and toddler photographs of themselves from home, and sharing and discussing their photographs with their friends and teachers

We have been learning about our body, our five senses, and how to keep healthy and fit. We discussed healthy and unhealthy foods and tasted a variety of different fruits. We made healthy fruit smoothies and vegetable soup – they were delicious! We used the knives carefully to chop the fruit and vegetables. The children also created lists of the ingredients they used. We discussed safety measures when cooking and the importance of hygiene when preparing food.

The children have really enjoyed using the outdoor environment to move their bodies in different ways and practise their physical gross motor skills, co-ordination and balancing skills.

We discussed seasonal changes and we went on an autumn walk around school to look for signs of autumn. We created beautiful autumn leaf prints and autumn transient art creations. Some of the children also enjoyed visiting local parks with their parents and bringing in conkers, acorns, pine cones and leaves to add to our class autumn tray for further exploration and discussion.

We have been learning about patterns, shapes and numbers. We made repeated pattern caterpillars and necklaces by threading spools and beads onto laces. Through this activity, the children also practised their fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. We went on a shape hunt around our school and we are learning about 2D flat shapes and 3D solid shapes. The children also enjoy our daily number songs and counting activities. The children enjoy counting activities in both our indoor and outdoor classroom environments. The children have also enjoyed looking for numbers and shapes at home through our homework activities.

We enjoy looking at books in our class reading area and also in the school library and we are developing our early reading skills. The children are learning how to hold and handle books correctly and how to turn the pages carefully. They are also learning how to use the illustrations to help to tell the story and are even beginning to use their phonic knowledge to read some words. We love story time and the children are developing a love for reading through a range of books.

The children have enjoyed mark-making in the outdoor area and they are doing really well with holding and controlling one-handed tools to write letters of the alphabet and letters from their names.

The children have really enjoyed P.E this half-term and they have enjoyed playing lots of different ring games and games with the parachute. They have worked well together and followed the instructions to the games well. We discussed the importance of physical activity and exercise for a healthy body and we observed and discussed the effects physical activity has on our bodies. The children are trying very hard to dress and undress for P.E and they are becoming more independent with this each week.

RD's Autumn 2 Class Work

This half term we have been learning about celebrations and festivals. We learnt about how some people celebrate various events and festivals. We celebrated Halloween at the beginning of the topic. The children (and staff!) really enjoyed our Halloween dress-up day and the children did some fantastic writing work about the characters that they had dressed up as and also writing their own potions. The children also enjoyed counting Halloween objects into the cauldron. We made ‘spooky jelly’ and the children observed and discussed what was happening to the jelly as we made it. The children also enjoyed making pumpkin puppets and mixing their own orange paint to paint their pumpkin pictures. They explored, observed and discussed the colour mixing process and we also explored how to make lighter and darker shades of orange.

We discussed how some people celebrate Diwali, the festival of light. The children made clay Diwa candles and created their own Mehndi hand designs and Rangoli patterns using an art program on the computer. We also looked at other festivals of light, including bonfire night. We learnt about keeping safe around fireworks and bonfires and we read the firework code and the Welephant safety story. The children also enjoyed making chocolate apples.

As the weather turned colder we discussed seasonal changes and winter. The children created beautiful winter prints, winter collage scenes and clay penguins.

We ended our topic with a wonderful visit to the grotto at Croxteth Park Farm. The children really enjoyed visiting Father Christmas and the elves in the grotto. We were very lucky and even got to stroke and feed some of the farm animals.

The children took part in an EYFS Nativity Christmas performance and they all performed superbly for their parents, relatives and staff. The children worked very hard to learn all of the songs and dances and they made us all very proud.

We all had a fantastic time at the Christmas party and the children were very excited to have a visit from Father Christmas. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

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