Autumn Term 2020
This half term has been a busy and very productive time for the children in Acorns. The reception children have now settled well into the routines at school and we are very proud and lucky to have them as part of our family here at St. George's. Year 1’s are showing maturity in their approach to their work and it is lovely to see them being caring towards the reception children.
The children have enjoyed exploring and learning in our outside area. The mud kitchen, music area and water tray have been popular with the children this term, as well as the trikes.
We are fortunate enough to have lovely surroundings to allow us to go outside as much as possible to make our learning experiences memorable and fun. We have had phonics sessions outside, listening walks, circle time games and many more activities.
We believe it is very important to keep learning as active and hands on as possible. The children do a morning wake and shake routine to warm up our bodies and minds. Reception children have been enjoying storytelling through our storycise programme, funky fingers activities to develop their fine motor control and brain breaks and mindfulness sessions to keep us alert and ready to learn.
The children have been enjoying our PE sessions with Miss Ewers and Mr. Perry focusing on dance this term. We have also started our weekly mile run sessions.
The year 1 children have been developing their handwriting and have produced some great writing this term. I have read some descriptive acrostic poems, list and caption writing. Keep it up year 1! The year 1 children have also been focusing on their phonic knowledge to support them in their reading which is at the heart of all learning. Our maths lessons have been very imaginative with the children comparing numbers and creating the greater than and less than symbols with their own bodies. It was great fun to be a part of!
Our topic in reception has been ‘People that help us’ and we have been looking at people in school and in the wider community. As part of this we had an interesting Team session with the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire service about fire safety. We learnt a lot about the role of the firefighter and also learnt that in case of fire we ’get out, stay out and ring 999’.
Year 1 for science have been learning about everyday materials and their properties and for history we have just started a topic on ‘The Great Fire of London’ and already the children are remembering a lot of facts and are finding it really interesting.
Year 1 for art and design have mixed 2 primary colours to make a secondary – red/yellow to make orange and blue/yellow to make green. Autumn oak leaves have been used for printing to make our class Acorn tree in the cloakroom. Reception have been free painting and doing some colourful artwork.
Well done to all the children taking part in our charity run to raise money for Great Ormond Street. A very well-worth event to raise money for a charity that is close to our hearts. Thank you everyone!
Mrs Lewis and Miss Cotton
Mrs Lewis and Miss Cotton