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Autumn 1 Topic - Knowing me, Knowing you
Our first topic this year was 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'. The children had the chance to learn about themselves and talk about those people that are special to them. The children really enjoyed sharing photographs of people that were special to them and talking about where some of the pictures were taken.
Autumn 2 Topic - 'Let's Celebrate'
We started our topic with a birthday party for our class bear, Brambles. The children invited their own bears and dolls to join in the party. We made party hats, played games and decorated biscuits.
Odd Sock Day
During anti-bullying week we took part in Odd Sock Day. We wore odd socks to show that everyone is different but we are all equal. We really enjoyed making our own 'Odd' socks to show we are all unique and had fun watching and dancing to 'Andy and the Odd Socks'. We all agreed that we should choose Respect!
Children in Need
The whole school took part in supporting Children in Need. The children really enjoyed wearing non-uniform and raising money for charity.
Spring 1 Topic - Fairy Tales
In Spring 1 we started our new topic about Fairy Tales. We kicked off the topic with our Fairy Tale day where the children were allowed to dress as characters from different tales. We had knights rescuing princesses, Fairy God Mothers casting spells and some of our princesses accesorizing even more in the junk modelling area.
The children were also very lucky to have some special music lessons. They first thought about different sounds that might go with pictures using a variety of different instruments to create sounds such as thunder and lightning. The children then had a lesson about drums where they explored the different sounds they made and played a game of 'call and response'. The children are really looking forward to the next session.
Spring 2 Topic - Let's 'Seed' how it grows
For the second part of the Spring term we looked at things to do with plants and how they grow. Planting wild flower seeds in our flower bed, beans and peas in our raised beds and experimenting with growing cress. The children really enjoyed getting their hands muddy, lets hope their hard work pays off with beautiful flowers and maybe some crops we can harvest.
The children learnt about why Shrove Tuesday is important to Christians and that it signifies the start of 'Lent'. They had some really good ideas about things that people could give up for lent but they also all agreed how hard it might be to do so for 40 days. We then had a great time making, decorating and eating pancakes and taking part in pancake races with Ducklings class.
World Book Day
This year our theme for 'World Book Day' was characters from a story. All of the children made an amazing effort dressing up and really enjoyed sharing books, stories and talking about their favourite stories and characters.
Summer 1 Topic - Magnificent Minibeasts
The start of the summer term signifies a move away from plants and growing to learning about Magnificent Minibeasts. The first challenge the children had to take on was looking after live caterpillars. The children took very good care of them and took great delight seeing them change from caterpillar to cocoon and then to butterfly where we then released them.
Talk for Writing
In 'Talk for Writing' we have learnt the story of 'The Ginger Bread man' and followed instructions to make a fruit salad. The children really enjoyed putting their cooking skills to the test when following the instructions as shown below.
Our class innovated story of The Three Pigs Gruff
Throughout the year Cygnets will learn about British Values. During the autumn we have learnt that every one of us is special, different and individual and that we should always respect one another. We have also discussed why we have rules both in and outside of school and how we can use them to help us make sensible decisions.
In phonics we are revising the phase 3 phonemes and tricky words. The children are getting more confident spotting the letter combinations in words when reading (sounding and blending), and they are using them more and more in their writing (segmenting words to write). The children love showing off their phonic knowledge so encourage them to read and write where ever they are.
The children have also participated in 'Safer Internet Day' where they learnt about how to be safer online. This years theme was to do with giving permission, especially with regards to sharing pictures on social media. The children had lots of practise giving each other permission to play games, help make models or share books. By the end of the afternoon, they were fantastic at it.
For more information about Safer Internet Day, follow the link below:
Please find below some useful websites that you can use to help support your child at home. As we progress through the year we will add more sites that relate to the current learning.