Spring 2024

As mark-makers, we have enjoyed taking on Squiglet’s challenges – we have been drawing animals such as a monkeys, elephants and sheep! This involved using lots of different types of lines and shapes which we began developing last half term. This half term we have also been practising our name writing, our grip and control has improved lots and now we are thinking carefully about how to form letters.

As readers, we are tuning into the sounds we can hear in words. We have focused on identifying rhymes, clapping syllables and listening for initial sounds. We loved playing ‘Bertha Bus’ and identifying the letter of the week by listening carefully to the sound we can hear at the start of the objects she passes. We have thoroughly enjoyed our shared reads, particularly ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ which we are now confidently retelling without an adult.

As artists, we have explored various creative techniques such as collaging, drawing and modelling. We loved using different materials/textures to create the settings from one of our focus stories, ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We also created 3D models of animals such as a snake using playdough and a frog using toilet tubes. We were very proud of the focus and determination shown to create a realistic representation.

For Children’s Mental Health Week, we focused on the importance of grounding ourselves and finding ways to relax. We enjoyed visiting ‘Rise Park Nursery Spa’ where we listened to calm music, enjoyed some mindful colouring, reading magazines, using massage tools (with consent from each other) and laying down with cucumber on our eyes. It was a lovely sensory experience!

As explorers, we have thoroughly enjoyed learning about animals. We learnt some interesting facts from our virtual tour of Chester Zoo – did you know giraffe poo is the same size as a Malteser?! We loved learning interesting facts about how the animals are cared for and why zoos are important. We also learnt the difference between pets, zoo animals and farm animals. It was insightful learning knowing that we get so much of our produce from farm animals.

Autumn 2023

As mark-makers, we have practised drawing simple shapes to create pictures. First, we practised drawing in the air and painting over simple shape pictures and this helped us to develop our own drawing skills. We began our drawing club and have worked hard to listen to the instructions when following a guided draw.

In PE we focused on movement skills. We have been developing our gross motor skills when imitating different animal movements in our warm-ups. We are developing our agility and coordination in group games, which involved changing speed and direction. We particularly enjoyed the driving game!

As part of PSED, we explored the behaviour of different characters in our focus stories ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and ‘Our House’. We developed our understanding of kind and unkind behaviour and how this can impact our friendships. We reflected on the differences we noticed when the characters made kind choices, such as having lots of friends to play with. Outdoors, we have enjoyed developing our social skills and working collaboratively with our large scale construction.

As artists we have enjoyed exploring paint tools and the different effects we can create. We decorated fish using printing sponges and paint brushes and stuck them onto our sea background, which we made using textured printers and rollers. We are so proud of how they look!

As explorers, we enjoyed our autumn walk after we had learnt all about the season. It was particularly fun to experience crunching the leaves and searching for the colours of autumn. We will continue to observe how the world around us is changing with each season.