Forest Class have had such a fantastic Spring term and managed to fit in so much!
Each Friday we have started cookery lessons with Dipika where the children have been following recipes to make delicious but healthy food which tied in with this term’s PSHE topic.
In maths, Oak Learners (YR) have been learning about 1 more and 1 less and looking at ordering numbers to 20. Hazel Learners (Y1) children have been learning about place value and beginning to explore multiplication and division through making equal groups of objects.
This term we had ‘Maths and Art Week’ where we looked at the artist Kandinsky. We used our mathematical knowledge of 2d and 3d shapes, symmetry and repeated patterns to help us develop our artistic skills. We created our own Kandinsky inspired paintings and a class frieze which we shared with the whole school in assembly.
In literacy, we learnt the story of ‘Monkey See Monkey Do’ and even changed the story using our own imaginative ideas.
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This term we have learnt all about seasonal changes. We have learnt about the different seasons and the changes that happen with each season. We also thought about weather around the world and how it differs depending on where you live. We have also learnt about animals and how some animals are nocturnal, we even made our own non fiction book. We have learnt about how different animals cope with winter by either hibernating, migrating or changing.
Our talk for writing book was Owl Babies and we innovated it to write a story about 3 baby hedgehogs. The baby hedgehogs go exploring in the snow and come across a fox. Come and read our stories if you want to find out how the baby hedgehogs escape.
In maths we have thought about addition and subtraction and how drawing pictures can help us to solve the calculations.
Next term we are looking forward to learning about coding and how it is used to control so many things
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What a wonderful term we have had in Forest Class. Our topic this term was Bristol. We learnt about our local area and the features of Bristol. We learnt that Bristol is a city in England which is in Europe. We learnt the other countries of the United Kingdom as well. We thought about aerial photographs and looked at maps. We used an iPad to find our addresses on google maps. We also found the school. We drew our own maps of our journeys to school and used google maps to track some people’s journeys. We also wrote letters to our local MP asking for them to make sure our local area remains safe for us to be in. We finished our topic with a walking tour of the centre of Bristol and the river.
In English we learnt the story of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and created our own Where the Dragons are story. We also read ‘The Jolly Postman’ and though a lot about letter writing we have written letters from and to many of the characters from the story.
In Maths we have thought carefully about addition and subtraction. We have thought of different strategies to help us solve calculations. We have used our fingers, bead bars, pictures and number lines.
Our topic next term is Seasonal Changes. We are looking forward to learning about the weather and different animals that live locally to us and ones that live around the world.
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We have had a brilliant start to our Reception year. The children have built excellent relationships with the adults working in the class and are familiar with the resources and areas of the classroom. The children have showed an interest in vehicles so we created a garage in the outside classroom and a construction tuff spot activity. The children have loved fixing the cars and have used a socket wrench, screwdriver and hammer. The children also enjoyed washing the bikes with sponges and water jets.
We are working on strengthening the children’s hands and fingers so we are ready for writing. We have set up lots of fine motor skills activities such as playdough, threading and using the tweezers.
In phonics we have been learning about rhyme and alliteration. We are all ready to start learning the sounds of the alphabet. Look out for a date to come into school and learn about how we teach phonics.
This term in maths we have been learning about numbers to 5. We have been counting out up to 5 objects, recognising the numerals up to 5 and placing the numerals on a number line. The children have been introduced to numicon which really supports their development in mathematical understanding.
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