This week we are learning more about our Monster friends in Monster Phonics land. We have met Angry A, Yellow I and Tricky Witch, we will be meeting Green Froggy and learning her 'ee' sound. and learning a few more of their sounds, this week...o, cccc and kkk and ck (not cuh) and he, we, she and me. We are learning about our busy body , thinking about our sense of touch, textures and temperatures. Library books will come home with a couple of readers to enjoy together. Barnowls are enjoying lots of stories together especially Hairy Maclary stories (of course) and anything by Julia Donaldson (because she's fab!) we love to choose our favourite to read each day. Barnowls are also practising how to use a speaking voice when describing what they have built or invented and good listening ears by paying attention to what our friends say.
Understanding of the world
We continue to learn about ourselves and our amazing bodies and our very own superpowers. We are also learning about our families and so would appreciate a family photograph, do email it to me to save your ink or send a copy if it's precious as we will be keeping them for a display in our reflection corner. We still have one or two missing photos, if you haven't emailed yours in yet there is still time. We have really enjoyed listening to big speaking voices chatting about their family and what's best about their family, usually hugs we found... Have a chat to your little Barnowl about family members and belonging to help them enrich their store of useful words. We have also been learning about the sudden change in seasons and what Autumn can bring, having a look around the environment, we are collecting conkers, acorns and pinecones, what can you find?
Congratulations to this week's Stars of the Week, Theo and Charlie for being kind, helpful team players and especially good friends...We are busy making new friends and learning names this week. We are taking time to get to know each other and remember Barnowl's special rule of 'kind hands'. We have also learned 'please stop' if somebody is doing something we are not happy or comfortable with. Barnowls are very good at 'teamwork', helping each other and making jobs easier to do such as tidy up time and lunch time, that's how we earn Golden Time on Fridays! We also had a 'jelly baby challenge' which resulted in the outdoor area being tidied in record time...we were very impressed! Mrs Colquhoun has been exploring the concept of belonging this week in circle time and has been finding out an amazing special fact about everyone, something which makes them unique...and of course all the furry and feathery members of our families too, they are so important.
Expressive arts and design
We are investigating found materials this week such as conkers, acorns, Autumn leaves, cones and twigs, do bring them in if you find any on your woodland walks. We will be mixing Autumn colours to use some of these found materials to paint and print too. We are also beginning to collect recycled resources such as boxes, rolls, corks and pots to start junk modelling. These of course now have to be quarantined for 72 hours so we shall be collecting and putting the materials to one side for use later in the week. We have had some amazing models created this week, a speed boat, a fairy house and a racing car. Thank you for all the high quality recycling/junk modelling resources which you have been sending in!
We have finished the first section of the Beam programme and are generally very proficient in jumps, log rolls, side kneeling and curls. We will be moving on to hops and skipping in the next section with added step balances. PE lessons will begin properly after half term, can we ask that everyone practises dressing and undressing independently over half term. Sometimes it's something simple like a polo shirt rather than button down shirt that makes all the difference on a Friday! PE shorts and white T shirt in their blue bag, clearly named can come in whenever you are ready please.
Our maths scheme is Power Maths and we shall be meeting Flo and Dexter who help us investigate numbers and develop problem solving skills. We will be counting some of the natural resources we have found, using the scales to weigh and compare, sort small and big, long and short, light and heavy. We are concentrating on numbers up to 5 and will be singing '5little ducks' and 'five naughty monkeys'. We will be writing the numerals and counting groups, encouraging careful counting, drawing sets of these numbers and investigating one more. We have been running around the playground to hunt down numbers and counting out cards.