Autumn 1 in Forest Class
For our first English unit we completed a range of activities linked to a brilliant book: ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’. We created watercolour backgrounds then sketched our favourite characters. We also wrote acrostic poems about kindness which is a key theme throughout the book and one of our school values.
We have also been learning about ‘Traditional Tales’. We analysed the vocabulary and grammar features in our model text then planned and wrote our own versions of Hansel and Gretel.
In Maths we revisited number and used our place value knowledge to develop our addition and subtraction skills. We have been really impressed by the children’s use of written methods!
We have been learning about ‘Materials and their Properties’. We began by exploring different materials describing their uses. This led to a discussion about the different ways we can use materials and how they are suited to their purpose.
A particular highlight of the topic was our ‘egg drop’ investigation which can be seen in the photographs below.
This half term we designed and made our own worry dolls. This project linked closely to our topic of ‘Materials’ in Science.
We were really impressed with the children’s creativity and they showed excellent determination, especially when sewing their fabric together.
We have recently started our new art topic which links to our learning in History.
Our focus Artist is ‘Odilon Redon’. We have already researched Redon’s life and explored his artistic style. We also enjoyed practising our skills using pastels and chalk.
We will carry on with this project after half term when we will be working towards making a final piece consisting of a typical scene from ‘The Great Fire of London’.
In Music we have been practising changing the volume, pitch and tempo of a song. We have also developed our ‘thinking voices’ to internalise different rhythms.
In History, we have been placing the events of ‘The Great Fire of London’ in chronological order using our sequencing skills. We have examined a range of sources and used them to make comparisons between buildings in the past and now. Finally, we considered what people learnt from the fire and the changes that were made as a result.
During ‘Welcome Week’, we created our class agreement and oracy rules as well as identifying our rights and responsibilities. We also explored our goals and any worries about the year ahead.
In addition to this, we have been celebrating diversity and recognising that differences make us special and unique. We decided that being friends with people who are different from us can be a really positive experience.
In dance this term our theme has been the Olympic games, and the opening ceremonies in particular. We have used this theme as a starting point to create our own Olympic opening ceremony dance. The children have developed their use of physical, technical and performance skills throughout the term, and have played about with different formations. We are also working as a class to creatively encourage the children to come up with one of two of their own moves to put into the choreography.
In P.E this term we have been working on our hand eye coordination and our handball skills. The children have been developing their throwing and catching skills and experimenting with all the different ways we can throw and catch. The children have also had a fitness focus this term where we have introduced circuit training and races.
In Computing we have been learning all about ‘E-safety’. We have been identifying personal information and discussing what information can be shared and with whom. We have also identified trusted adults and developed strategies to use if we feel uncomfortable about something that happens on line.
This half term we have been exploring what faith means to us and how people show their faith in everyday life. We identified significant places across different religions and learnt about the rituals and ceremonies that take place within them.