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Autumn 2

People Who Help Us

We would like to welcome all our children back after our half term break. We hope that you have all had a lovely time and that the children are ready to do lots of exciting things.

There is lots to celebrate this half term with Halloween, Bonfire Night and then of course Christmas! The children will also be preparing for our Christmas concert with Reception.

Our learning adventure this half term will be based on ‘People Who Help Us’. The children will be finding out all about the emergency services and will be getting into role of firefighters, police officers, doctors and nurses!

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Books we will be reading this half term:

  • Topsy and Tim meet the Police

  • Topsy and Tim meet the Fire Service

  • Topsy and Tim go to the Doctors

This half term we are learning about:

  • How to create firework pictures on a paint program.

  • The story of Guy Fawkes and how we celebrate Bonfire Night.

  • How people celebrate Diwali.

  • How to make Mehndhi patterns and Diva lamps.

  • Drawing a police officer thinking about what a police officer looks like, what uniform and equipment they need and how they help us.

  • Drawing fire engines thinking about what equipment a fire fighter needs and what uniform they wear.

  • Drawing what a doctor or nurse might have in their medical bag and why.

  • What Christmas is and the story of the Nativity

  • How to write letters to Santa

  • What the numbers 1-6 look like and how they can be represented.

You can help at home by:

  • Talking to your child about how you have celebrated Bonfire Night and how they have kept safe during the celebrations.

  • Looking at photos of past family celebrations and talking about them.

  • Helping your child to identify different colours.

  • Helping your child to identify their name and attempt to write it.

  • Helping your child to count objects by putting them in a row, touching and moving each one.

  • Identifying numbers on the phone, on doors or in magazines.

  • Reading a variety of books to your child.

  • Talking about your child’s experiences of going to the doctors, dentist, opticians etc.


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Week 1 - Let's Celebrate Bonfire Night

To begin our learning adventure this half term the children were told that Topsy and Tim were very excited about Bonfire Night but had never been before! The children went to a Bonfire Night display to find out what it would be like so that they could reassure them! The children helped to build a huge bonfire in the middle of the classroom and wrapped up warm as the fire was 'lit'. They then enjoyed making patterns with their sparklers, ate chocolate apples and watched the firework display before making firework movements and sounds themselves!


The children then learned all about how Bonfire Night is celebrated and why it is a special celebration each year, They looked at pictures of Guy Fawkes and made their own Guy for a bonfire! The children worked well as a team to make their Guy, stuffing newspaper into some of our clothes and making a face.


The children were particularly excited to make their own chocolate apples for our celebrations as they talked about their own Bonfire Night experiences. They observed the changes that occurred to the chocolate as it melted and were very excited for the chance to take them home at the end of the day! Yummy!
The children went on a firework hunt outside looking for rockets. They thought about what colour each one was and counted them by touching and moving each one.