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All Things Autumn

Week beginning 15th November

Our story of the week this week was ‘Tidy’ by Emily Gravett, a story all about a badger who wanted to keep the forest he lived in a little bit too tidy! We enjoyed learning about badgers including what their homes were called and what they eat. We painted lots of amazing badger pictures and created our own playdough badgers too. 

On Wednesday, we were very lucky to have a visit from RAFT, who taught us how to be safe around roads including stopping, looking, listening, thinking and holding an adults hand when we cross. There were lots of fun activities for us to enjoy after in the hall too!


On Friday we came to school in our own clothes or fancy dress to help raise money for Children in Need, we looked fantastic! 

Week beginning 8th November

We started our week with a Geography focus. We looked at maps of different scales and used them to identify different things such as the sea and different types of land such as snowy places and the desert. Many of us were very interested to find where we live or places we have visited on the maps too. During our Forest School session we created maps of our own using different drawings to represent objects in Forest School. 

The second half of our week focused on learning about Remembrance Day. We found out why people wear poppies and made lots of beautiful poppies of our own. At 11 o’clock on Thursday we thought about the people we love and keep us safe.

Week beginning 1st November

This week we had a visit from some firefighters from Hertford Fire Station. They gave us a tour of the fire engine and we were very impressed by all of the equipment on board. We loved watching the blue lights flash and listening to the siren. We learnt all about how their special uniform keeps the firefighters safe. The firefighters also spoke to us about how we can keep safe around fire, including staying back from it and calling 999 if there is an emergency. They told us we must test our fire alarms at home every week to check they are working in case of an emergency. 

Also this week, we learnt all about the celebrations of Bonfire Night and Diwali. We loved looking at all of the different colours in both celebrations. We used loose parts to create our own fireworks and loved designing our own Rangoli patterns using colouring and Numicon. In Maths this week, we had lots of fun learning about positional language. We hid the Gruffalo in different places around our classroom and used words such as behind, in front, next to, in between, inside and under to describe where he was.

Week beginning 18th October

This week was all about pumpkins! We read lots of pumpkin stories including ‘Pumpkin Soup’ and ‘Christopher Pumpkin’. We loved exploring different pumpkins, tapping golf tees into them and scooping out their insides. We learnt how to use a knife safely to cut the pumpkins too! On Friday, we dressed up for a day full on Halloween fun! We all looked amazing! 

Week beginning 11th October

This week our story was ‘Leaf Man’. In the story, Leaf Man blew away and nobody knew where he went. We used compasses in Forest School to help us try to find Leaf Man. Later in the week, we created our own leaf people using autumn leaves we collected. This week we also loved exploring the autumn tray, creating different and delicious cups of tea, soups and cupcakes using the loose parts. 

Week beginning 4th October

Our story this week was 'The Gigantic Turnip' which linked us to our learning all about Harvest. We found out all about what Harvest Festival is and why it is celebrated. Tesco very kindly donated us some vegetables which we loved exploring using our senses. This week in Maths, we loved using the light box to create different repeating patterns. We were also very lucky to go into the hall to go on the different equipment for the first time, we loved it and had lots of fun!

Week beginning 27th September

This week read the book 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' and this led us into learning all about nocturnal animals. We found out that nocturnal animals sleep in the day and are awake at night. We focused on owls in particular, finding out some facts about them and creating our own using pine cones and cotton wool.