This week we are learning the story of the Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin. We have made story maps, written our own story and retold the story using props.
We read the Little Red Hen story this week and had a visit from a real hen. Reception children wrote their first words, well done! We made bread and had to decide whether or not to share it. Most children did, unlike the Little Red Hen.
Reception children were interested in the pips in their snack so we planted them in pots. We also planted bulbs outside, which Billy told us will flower when it is his birthday. Ethan was interested in the bugs in the compost.
The children did not understand what 'harvest' meant in our harvest song until we
dug up potatoes from the school garden. The children were thrilled when they found them under the ground. Ms Bashford promised to cook some for snack time next week.
We have got down to work this week, although a lot of it feels like play.
Massive congratulations to a few reception children who read their very first words, a wonderful moment to see. The reception children already know a handful of sounds.
Several of our lessons were based on Elma this week. We looked at the squares on her body. Everybody talked about the setting for her story and then made models of the island where she lives. The Year 1s went on to make maps of their models.
The Star of the Day box has been popular and children have been confident to talk to the class about their special things from home.
The highlight of the week for Year 1s was the teddy bears' picnic, closely followed by handwriting for some, perhaps surprisingly! The new purple handwriting books have proved very popular, with some children asking to stay in at playtime to improve their handwriting.
It's been lovely to welcome the new children and to see the older ones help them to settle in happily.
We asked the class what they had most enjoyed so far.
Being with the other children was top of the list. They have also really enjoyed learning about map reading and compasses, examining the honey comb on the day we learnt about hexagons and starting on their musical theater sessions. They have been interested in learning some sign language and their favourite maths lesson so far was the one conducted on the play castle, about positional language.
We are looking forward to our teddies picnic, cooking Islamic food in RE, building an island and making a map of it in geography and teaching the rest of the school some sign language in our assembly.