We are continuing to explore 'Here we are' this week by Oliver Jeffers. This is a text which the whole school are using as part of a healing curriculum. This week we are looking at the uniquness of our body, learning the name of body parts and pairs. We are looking carefully at the shape and colour of our face and painting a self portrait of our own beautiful faces and then writing our names on a label to add to the display. We have also written to our buddies in Year Six! We are beginning to start Monster Phonics and will be learning 'ssss', a a a (not ay), t t t (not tuh) and p p p (not puh), finding stories and pictures to reinforce the sound. Barnowls will be bringing letter formation sheets home to practise. We are practising writing our names correctly every day so that we can label our models. Barnowls are focusing on listening and speaking skills by enjoying stories together which we can talk about and share our favourite bits.
Understanding of the world
We have used Oliver Jeffers book to learn useful vocabulary to talk about our planet. This week we will look at the other planets, stars and name them. We will look more closely at children from other countries and cultures and place them on the globe. We are beginning to take note of Autumnal changes in our environment and talk about the weather.
Congratulations to this week's Stars of the Week, Woody and Phoebe for being kind, helpful team players...We are busy making new friends and learning their 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!
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 are beginning our Beam programme which will help to highlight where we need to support gross and fine motor skills. This is through a sequence of different movements whch also require listening skill, co ordination and focus to achieve.
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.