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Autumn 2

Let's Celebrate!!

During our learning adventure we will be learning about:

  • Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes
  • How to stay safe at a Bonfire
  • Celebrations that we celebrate at home and family traditions
  • Diwali and how people celebrate it
  • People who help us, including: the police, firefighters and doctors and nurses
  • Numbers 1-10 and how they can be represented in different ways
  • Finding one more and one less
  • Doubling, halving and sharing objects and numbers
  • Explaining our answers to mathematical questions
  • How to write a simple sentence
  • How to write a letter to Santa


The children will have lots of exciting activities to take part in, they will:

  • Make bonfire pictures
  • Make a diva lamp
  • Make a Christingle
  • Create Rangoli patterns
  • Taste curry and naan bread
  • Read a selection of stories about different celebrations
  • Read stories about people who help us
  • Make Christmas cards and Calendars
  • Sort Christmas presents according to size


Our learning adventure began with a bonfire in the classroom!! The children watched the bonfire and made patterns with the sparklers they had made on Creative Context day. They learnt about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot and how to stay safe at a Bonfire.


The children received an email from Topsy and Tim. Topsy and Tim were going to their first bonfire and they were unsure what to expect so the children kindly wrote some descriptions about what they might experience at a bonfire.  Look at our brilliant bonfire descriptions!

The children have been busy making chocolate apples. They talked about the importance of having a healthy diet and eating a variety of fruit and vegetables. They really enjoyed melting the chocolate and then dipping their apple into the chocolate. It was very hard to resist eating the apples before they went home!
After watching the bonfire and fireworks on the smartboard, the children worked really hard in the creation station and with an adult to collage their own bonfires and make fabulous fireworks by blowing paint through a straw.
In maths we have been recapping the numbers 1, 2 and 3. We have discussed how a number can be represented in different ways such as writing the numeral, using a tally chart or writing the word. We have learnt about doubling numbers using our fingers to do this practically and we have discussed how numbers are made up; for example the number 3 can be made up of 3 ones or 1 one and 1 two. We worked in groups and discussed what number an object can represent; we found out that some objects can represent more than one number. The children worked really hard to explain which number their object represented and why.

Week 2 12/11/18


This week, we have been learning about the festival of Diwali. The children have learnt about the different ways that people celebrate Diwali such as making Diva lamps, eating special food, making Rangoli and menhdi patterns and having fireworks. 

The children talked about different celebrations they had been to and what might happen at these celebrations; they also worked really hard to create their own Diva lamps using clay and Rangoli patterns using coloured sand. 


In literacy this week, the children have used their listening skills and phonics knowledge to label some special objects that people to use to celebrate Diwali, Diva lamp, Rangoli and fireworks.

In maths this week, we have been thinking about the numbers 4 and 5. We have been looking at doubling, halving and how these numbers can be represented by different objects and different shapes. The children worked in groups to decide whether objects represented the number 4 or 5. Children discussed their reasons for putting the objects into different hoops and realised that there was not always one right answer!

"I have put 5 counters onto my tens frame so it goes in the number 5 hoop, but if I take a counter away, it can go into the number 4 hoop."

"My fork has four pointy bits."

"It has 4 holes."

"1, 2, 3, 4 wheels."

W/C 19/11/18 - People Who Help Us

This week, we have been learning about the police, we even had a visit from a real police officer!! The children were very excited to try on the handcuffs, hat, vest and  coat! We read the book 'Topsy and Tim meet the Police' and learnt how police officers can help us when we are lost or if we have lost something. They also learnt how to stay safe and that they should not talk to strangers.  The children looked carefully at pictures of different police officers and painted their own pictures, they also made their own posters about Stranger Danger! 

The children have worked with the teaching assistants to talk about different people who help us. They have used pictures of different occupations and discussed what skills are needed for these different jobs. The children were able to share their own experiences of people who help us.

In Maths this week the children have been introduced to the number 6. They sorted objects into '6' and 'not 6' hoops and gave explanations for their choice:

"It has 6 candles, 2 there, 2 there and 2 there."

"I can use the number fan to find the number 6."

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5 bells."

W/c 26/11/18

This week we have read the book 'Topsy and Tim meet the Firefighters' we have learnt about firefighters, their equipment and what they do to help us. The children used a large box to create their own fire engine, they pretended to be firefighters and saved the bears from the fire using tweezers and used their phonics knowledge to write about fire safety.

In Maths this week, we have continued to learn about the number 6. We have learnt that it can be split into two parts such as 1 and 5, 2 and 4 & 3 and 3. We have learnt that double 6 is 12 and we have been able to show this using unifix cubes.