Welcome to Cygnets!
This half term we have been exploring our new classroom and outside area. We have been learning the new routines and have settled in really well.
We have been working really hard on learning some new sounds in phonics, and enjoy spotting them around the classroom and in books.
Here are some of the activities we have been doing to support our learning.
In Literacy we have been creating our own story maps to support re-telling a story. We have then started innovating some of the stories to create our own version of the story.
Here are some of the books we have read so far…
Every Wednesday afternoon is ‘Wellie Wednesday’
Here are a few of the things we have been up to...
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'
Our topic for Autumn 2 is 'Let's Celebrate'. We are going to look to answer the question 'Do people from around the world celebrate in the same way?'. The children will start their topic learning about Diwali, the 'Festival of Light'. Visit again soon to see some of the fantastic work they do.
Talk for Writing
In Autumn 1 term the children have been introduced to 'Talk for Writing'. After hearing lots of different nursery rhymes, some familiar some new, the children started to learn a story based on the nursery rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty'. The children used actions and a text map to help them to learn and perform the story. The children were amazed and very proud that they were able to learn the story and retell it. Well done Cygnets!
Text map for Humpty Dumpty
Spring 2: The Deep Blue Sea
Discovering more about our world, the children have explored different sea creatures, tidal pools alongside different objects such as coins and also learnt about some fish that are magnetic. Practicing their literacy, they wrote a message in a bottle for the rainbow fish which they imagined would sail across the one of the five oceans of the world. They learnt about these five different oceans of the world on a treasure map and where they where on a compass north, south, east or West.
World Book Day
As part of World Book Day the children dressed up as their favourite poem or book character. We enjoyed listening to some of our teachers favorite poems. We then worked together to identify all the rhyming words in the treasure.
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, the children are learning the phase 2 phonemes (sounds) for the first time. Matching the sounds and associated actions to the different letter shapes. The children have also started blending the sounds to read words and verbally segmenting words to work what sounds are in words in preparation to start writing. Look in the useful links below for phonics websites that you can use at home.
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.