During the autumn term we have learnt all about ourselves and our class as well as the features of fairy tales. The children have explored the similarities and differences between each other by comparing preferences, homes, physical features and through emotions. They have learnt to sort and group by identifying things that are the same and different in a range of contexts. Maths activities have involved looking carefully at shape, colour, size, number and position. We have also watched and commented on the changes in our natural world during Autumn.
In literacy, we have explored the features of fairy tales by identifying and describing different characters, settings, plots and endings. We have rehearsed typical phrases to identify the time the story took place and become familiar with some general patterns of a story. We have looked carefully at the behaviour of some baddies and considered what actions made them bad. We have learnt to recount stories in sequence through oral story telling, role play and theatre. We loved our trip to watch Cinderella at the Swan Theatre and to see how actors perform stories on stage.
In phonics, children have been progressing through phase 2 of the Little Wandle phonics scheme. This has involved developing the skills of blending to read and segmenting to spell short words and phrases. Children have been introduced to all the alphabet sounds as well as the most common digraphs (two letters that make one sound). In numbers and numerical patterns, children have been introduced to the Numberblocks 0-5, which they have been decomposing to find the smaller numbers within.
Children have been taught the correct letter formation for each grapheme, using an anticlockwise direction and the appropriate writing direction on the page. We have also been securing our fine motor skills using the tools that are freely accessible in the environment, especially scissors. Children have been taught how to hold them effectively in their preferred hand and have been practising control and coordination through a range of creative and physical tasks.