Autumn 1 2023
Please see below our overview and knowledge organiser for this term.
Photo's and information on what we have been up to is to follow in the next few weeks!
Maths - Autumn 1
Matching and Sorting - We have been enjoying our Maths work this half term, which has been all about matching and sorting items. We have had lots of fun making comparisons and talking about what is the same and what is different.
We have explored different ways of sorting a whole range of objects, around the school, from the small world farm animals to the fruits in our snack basket and the natural objects we found outside. We looked at different sorting rules such as sorting by colour, size, shape, the species of animal and even the number of holes in the center of our buttons.
Comparing amount, size, mass and capacity - Our matching work moved on to making comparisons. We looked at differences by counting the amounts of objects in two different sets to see which set had more of fewer. We then compared objects by size, using the words big and small. When looking at mass, we used the words heavy and light and when comparing objects by their capacity, we explored what objects would fit into different boxes.
Repeating patterns - By hunting all around the school, we found a variety of patterns including spotty, stripy, zig-zag, flowery and checked. We looked at patterns that repeated and read these out loud to hear their pattern e.g. red, yellow red, yellow. We were really good at continuing these patterns and then we invented our own repeating patterns using all sorts of things from inside the classroom. We even made repeating patterns with natural objects we found on our 'Friday Forest Welly Walk'.
Numbers 1, 2 and 3 - We have been looking carefully at the numerals 1, 2 and 3 and counting to match amounts of objects to the numbers. We really enjoyed a sorting game where we put objects representing 1, 2 or 3 into the sorting hoops.
Everyday we sing number and shape songs and practise representing numbers on our fingers to match our careful counting.
Phonics - Autumn 1
During our 'Read, Write, Ink' lessons, the children started off by playing fun listening games with our phonics mascot Fred the frog, who can only speak by saying letter sounds. The children worked on developing their listening skills to blend the sounds they heard Fred say into whole words e.g. r-e-d, red.
The children are now being introduced to a new single letter sound each day. We have heard each letter's sound, heard the sound at the beginning of words, seen the letter, found the letter in a pack of other letter cards and all had a go at writing the new letter in our books each day.
Last week we began to make our own words, using magnetic boards and letter tiles, within our 'word time' work. The children have taken to this new skill really well and are working very hard to make three or four words each day.
Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkins and Celebrating Harvest
As we have moved further into the season of Autumn, we have been noticing the changes to the trees, weather and also thinking about the food we see in the shops and where this came from.
The artist we have been learning about is a lady called Yayoi Kusama, originally from Japan. She is famous for painting dots onto many different objects, including pumpkins. As a starting point for our art work, inspired by Yayoi Kusama, we explored real pumpkins. Using real pumpkins, paper, paint and felt tip pens we tested out different techniques and skills to imitate Yayoi Kusama's pumpkins. Finally we did our own observational drawing of a pumpkin, with a twist to reverse Yayoi Kusama's work by adding coloured dots to our pumpkins drawn on black paper.
We shared our work with the school as part of the Harvest assembly and we were all extremely proud to share our learning from this half term, with our grown ups, during our year group assembly.