This week in maths we have been practising recognising, writing and ordering our numbers to 20 and learning one more and one less than a given number. We are becoming much more secure with one less, but this is still a tricky concept for us to grasp!
In Literacy, we have been continuing on with our Talk 4 Writing by practising writing the key vocabulary we will be using when we do our final write up next week and create our own version of the story ‘Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns’. We have also been practising the Phase 3 phonemes that we were finding tricky to remember and moving on to Phase 4 consonant blends to help us with writing CVCC words.
We have loved learning more about how the Middle Eastern culture differs from our own and we have even been researching how Muslims celebrate Ramadan! We have started creating some of our own traditional Ramadan decorations, such as making a mosaic suncatcher ‘fanous’ (traditional Arabian lamp).
We absolutely loved our trip to Banham Zoo, from the excitement of going on the bus to seeing our first animal (and of course the most important part of every day out: LUNCH!). This term we have been learning about: Australia, Rain Forests and reading the story 'Dear Zoo'. Therefore, we were particularly interested in visiting the Australian Paddock, the rainforest animals and seeing how many animals from 'Dear Zoo' we could find in Banham Zoo!
Whilst at the zoo we got to see cheetahs, tigers, giraffes, kangaroos, lemurs, meerkats, monkeys, zebras, camels, sea lions, snakes, leopards, red pandas, emus and lots more! The giraffes were a firm favourite and some of the children even noticed how the giraffes don't bend their knees to drink water! We also loved getting to take a ride on the 'tiger train' around the zoo and found this very exciting.
By the end of the day, we were all very tired after a long day trying to squeeze in seeing as many animals as possible!
After learning about Australia for the last half term, we decided to have a taste of some Australian children's party cuisine of Fairy Bread and Vegemite sandwiches! At first we were very sceptical of the fairy bread "you can't eat 100s and 1000s on bread!", but after we had a nibble it soon became a firm favourite with everyone in the class - even the teachers!.
Next we tried Vegemite sandwiches and whilst a few of us thought this looked like chocolate spread, we soon realised that it definitely didn't taste like that. We were very divided about whether we liked Vegemite or not and we even did a vote to see how many of us liked it and how many of us didn't. We found out that 21 of us really enjoyed the Vegemite sandwiches, whilst 9 of us thought it tasted "very yucky!".
After trying the different Australian sandwiches, we then incorporated this week's learning of WOW words so we could have a go at describing what the sandwiches tasted like. We came up with some super describing words which were then added to our 'WOW word' display, such as: smooth, crunchy, sweet, soft, gooey, sticky, and salty to name a few.
The children in Elm Class have all settled into their new school really successfully. Miss Holmes and I are so proud of how well they are doing both navigating the wider school community (a very big change for such little people!) and also with forming positive relationships with both the adults and children in their class and around the school. As this is the children's first experience within such a large school setting, the first half term is primarily focused on ensuring the children are as settled within their new class as possible. The first few weeks are concentrated on us getting to know each and every child and conducting Baseline Assessments so we can gauge an understanding of the children's interests and also where to begin their learning from. When these assessments have been finalised and we know the path the learning needs to take, we will then be adding a term overview of all the things we will be covering. However, please bare in mind this is Early Years and the plans will take different courses as the children's interests change and when good learning opportunities arise, so we may not always cover everything on term overview, but we definitely will cover more than is on there!
We look forward to sharing with you all of the things your children get up to throughout the school year!