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In English this week we are: 
EYFS - We have been reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk so this week we will be writing a letter from the Giant to Jack. We will have lots of opportunities to independently write and practise our segmenting and blending in our continuous provision.
Year One - We will be exploring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and looking at writing a character description of the Giant. We will be focusing on ensuring our handwriting is neat and developing our writing stamina. 
Phonics - EYFS: We have learned all our Phase 3 sounds, we will now work on remembering the trickier sounds and recalling both Phase 2 and Phase 3 tricky words. We are also continuing to revise all the sounds we have learned in Phase 2 and using them to sound out words. Year One: We will be continuing to learn sounds from Phase 5 and learning the ew, oe, au and ey sounds.  
In maths this week we are learning about:
EYFS: Using practical resources to partition numbers which will add together to make 10. We will be practising writing our numbers to 10 and begin to explore and recognise the numbers 16-20.
Year One: We will be exploring partitioning numbers up to 50 in to tens and ones and how we can represent numbers using practical equipment, pictures and numerals. We will look at comparing numbers to 50 using the symbols <,> and =.

Owls Class

Welcome to Owls Class!

We have already enjoyed a lovely first week back to school with the new children being brilliantly behaved and very brave. As another new year begins I look forward to sharing lots of exciting moments from our class with you all, so make sure to keep an eye out for updates. Also, if you ever have any concerns or need a chat please let me know so that I can make an appointment to see you after school.        


Our first few weeks at school!   

We have had a very busy start to the Autumn Term in Owls Class. Here a few pictures of us and what we have been doing.


The Gingerbread Man

Mrs Sugg read us the story of the Gingerbread Man so we decided that meant that we must make our own Gingerbread men. We made them in groups, having a go at mixing the ingredients and rolling out the dough. The best part was getting to decorate them when they had cooled down, and luckily none of them ran away so we got to eat them! 

All About Me - What would I like people to know about me?

As part our All About Me topic we have been busy creating our own fact files telling people all the important things they needed to know about us! We explored our family trees and drew pictures of the most important people in our families, including pets.We have also been thinking about what we look like and creating our own self portraits. These are on display outside of Owls Class so do come and take a look, can you spot who is who?

The Year Ones then had a go at drawing their portraits on the iPads, take a look at the results below.


Our topic in the second half of this first Autumn term has been India. Our key question was to think about 'What it would be like to live in India?' To kick start our topic we took a trip to India, the children collected their passports, packed their suitcases and we went on a 'flight' to India complete with in-flight movie! We landed in 'India' and then set about exploring various objects collected in India such as clothes, toys, books and home ware. 


We then explored the artwork of India and the tradition of Rangoli patterns. We looked at examples of Rangolis, how they had been made and the symbolism used within the Rangolis. The best part was having a go at making our our using lots of different coloured sand! The results were absolutely fantastic, very bright and colourful! 


Indian Food

During the week beginning the 14th October we explored Indian food and the sorts of things they eat in India. We talked about what the children liked to eat and how it was different to the foods eaten in India. We also looked at traditional cooking methods in India such as cooking with a wood fire. The children tasted Indian foods such as poppadoms, naan bread, chapatis, riata, mangoes, cucumbers and mango chutney and thought about whether they liked them or not.

We then had two cookery sessions where the children helped to make chapatis and a vegetable curry. The children thoroughly enjoyed making the dishes, having a go at kneading the chapati dough and chopping the vegetables for the curry. Although they definitely enjoyed eating the chapatis more than the curry (too spicy) ! 

 How did man land on the Moon?

Our Key Question at the start of our topic all about Space was 'How did man land on the Moon?'. We had a brilliant time learning all about the Moon Landings, Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 space mission. The Year 1`s wrote fact files all about Neil Armstrong and their own newspaper report about the Moon Landing. The EYFS children enjoyed writing about the Moon and making their own rockets using 2D shapes as part of their maths work.


One of the highlights of our Space topic was the visit we had from Jo from Space Detectives. She showed us what astronauts have to wear when they are in the rocket flying to their destination.

Jo then showed the children how to make their own paper rockets which they coloured in first before putting together (with some adult help). Our rockets were then ready for take off and some of the children had fun launching the rockets into the air with a mix of water and bicarbonate.