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Let's Celebrate! - Autumn 2

This half term is always one of the busiest and most exciting.  With so many things to celebrate the children have enjoyed exploring different festivals, and ways that they are celebrated around the world. We have been learning our new sounds with Bug Club Phonics and have been using them in our reading and writing.


We've also been learning the different Ranger Skills, including being a Resilient Ant, an Enthusiastic Otter, an Adaptable Spider and a Resourceful Beaver.  The children have been trying hard to apply these skills to their learning.


Key Texts

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt

The Birthday Invitation

Aliens Love Panta Claus

The Nativity Story


We enjoyed 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' so much that we read 'We're going on a leaf Hunt' too! We went on our own leaf hunt to look at signs of autumn and spoke about the changing of the seasons. Using the leaves we found we made leaf bracelets and headbands, made print patterns and orally described our leaves before writing about them in literacy. We retold the story in our own ways, creating different trails around our outside area. 


We then moved on to learning about celebrations and festivals including Bonfire Night, Diwali, birthdays and Christmas. Whilst reading The Birthday Invitation we enjoyed playing party games and learning about turn taking and sharing. We also had great fun writing party invitations, birthday lists, labels and cards. By creating a Dragon Dance we learnt about tempo and rhythm to explore Chinese New Year. From salt dough we made Diva Lamps to learn about how Diwali is celebrated.


We were so excited to start counting down to Christmas and to read Aliens Love Panta Claus. In talking partners we compared pictures of funny underpants from the story and developed our reasoning skills by answering 'would you rather' questions. In maths, we sang the song '5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer' and discovered lots of number facts about 1 more and 1 less. We used 5s frames  to explore different ways of making 5 with coloured counters and objects from our environment. In our creative areas we painted imaginary aliens and discussed their features. As it was getting colder, we noticed signs of winter. We thought about different ways to rescue some aliens from ice cubes, noticing how the ice changed. 


We finished our term by preparing our Nativity songs and thoroughly enjoyed performing them to our special grown ups. We wonder what Term 2 has in store for us...