During the spring term we looked at the topic, ‘once upon a time’ and we had great fun discussing our favourite traditional tales and saying what we liked or disliked about them. We also used our phonetic knowledge to write simple sentences about some classic traditional tales such as The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Jack and the Beanstalk.
In Maths we continued to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction, combining groups, time, finding one more and one less. We continued to extend our learning by reading and writing number sentences and used the number line to support us when solving addition and subtraction problems.
During our Maths sessions, the children have access to different mathematical activities, enabling them to re-visit and practise their previous learning. For example, children may practise recognising numbers, forming numbers ordering numbers, counting out the correct amount of objects and match it to the corresponding numeral.
Within shape, space and measure we focused on 2D and 3D shapes in the spring term. We looked the names of different shapes and how we can describe them as well as how they differ from each other. We practised making 2D shapes and 3D shapes using Play-Doh and on geo-boards. We also continued to look at measurement, including length and weighing different sized objects by predicting our answers and then checking them.
Our topic ’Once upon a time’ provided the opportunity for us to carefully look at different traditional tales. We set up our role play area as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Gingerbread Man’s house. We dressed up as some of these characters and acted in role. We also planted our own grass seeds and a selection of flowers in our outside area so we can watch them grow ready for the summer.
Outdoor Learning Area
We have continued to enjoy our outdoor area. The children are particularly enthusiastic about our newly painted stage! We have been developing our gross motor skills as well as incorporating some of our mathematical knowledge by adding our scores together and identifying the biggest and smallest numbers. We have also enjoyed the dressing up area, and have been using role play to pretend to be different fantasy characters. This has helped us develop our creativity and imagination as well as our communication and language skills. Making different foods in the ‘mud kitchen’ in our forest school has also been very popular.
Next Half Term
Next term, we are looking forward to our topic of ‘Growing’; we will be focusing on the stories The Enormous Turnip, Oliver’s Vegetable and Titch. We will be looking at where vegetables or fruits grow and what they need to survive. We will also look at the life cycle of a frog by watching how our class frogspawn grows into frogs.
We will continue with our weekly trips to Plumstead Library on a Thursday afternoon, which all the children thoroughly look forward to.
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