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The Naughty Bus Autumn 1

We loved the story of the Naughty Bus we even made our own story maps and tried to retell the story to our friends. We used small world things to act out and retell parts of the story. We had great fun exploring all the different things the bus got up. Look at our amazing story maps and retelling below.



What we are learning this half term

This half term we will be learning all about Autumn and the changes that happen during Autumn. We are making a natural art Centre outside. If you find anything interesting on your walks that we could use please bring it in with your child.  We will then be looking at pets and a range of stories about silly and funny  pets.



We will be learning our new rules and routines in our classroom and will be trying very hard to follow them. We will also be looking at similarities and differences between ourselves and our new friends. We will be working hard to make new friendships and engage in conversations with them.  We will be looking at the story 'How to be a bucket filler' and will find ways we can fill our friends buckets. 


We will be starting with phase 1 phonics: identifying different sounds, recognising rhythm, rhyme and alliteration in songs and stories, listening to the initial sound in words and orally blending spoken words. When the children are ready, we will then  start Phase 2 phonics.  We will be trying hard to recognise graphemes and the sound they make. We will then use these to help us read words by blending the sounds together and spell words by segmenting words out loud.  There is a short video below you can watch with your child, showing the letter names and the different sounds the graphemes make. 

Some children will still be working on phase 1 phonics. Some children are now ready to begin phase 2. Please look out for any words sent home with your child. Please practise reading these words at home. 

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 We will also be focusing on ‘tricky words’ these are words that can not be sounded out, rather they need to be learnt from sight.

This term we will be looking at the words: I, the, no to, go, into.

Please click on the video link to watch the tricky word song.



We will be focusing on looking at books and turning the pages one at at time. We will be working on tracking the text and reading from left to right, top to bottom. As we move through our phonics, we will begin to identify initial sounds in words and begin segmenting and blending words.  We will be able to create labels and a basic captions. 


We will be looking at counting to 10 forwards and backwards from any given number. We will also be exploring and representing numbers to 5 in lots of different ways. We will be hunting for numbers in the environment.  We will be looking at 2d shapes and printing with these. When you are out and about, see if your child can find any numbers or shapes in the environment. Please click on the picture for a great counting song. 

We have been looking at numbers 1 and 2 and looking at representing them and finding them in the environment. 

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Physical Development (PD)

We will be exploring big gross movements to help our muscles grow big and strong. This will include big circles forwards and backwards, lines up and down, running, jumping,   crawling, hopping, climbing and stretching. We will also be doing lots of exercises to help strengthen the muscles in our hands and arms before we learn to write.

Understanding the World (UTW)

 We will learn all about Autumn when the seasonal changes start to happen. We will be making a range of autumnal pictures and will be using nature to make transient art.

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

We will  be practisng cutting materials and manipulating materials to achieve a planned effect. We will be using clay and play dough to make autumn animals.  Watch this space to see our amazing creations.

How you can help at home

-  Read with your child daily asking them questions about the story (more information will come from Reception Reading Meeting  Autumn 2020)

- Click on the pictures for more great learning websites. 

Happy learning :)

If you have any futher questions, please just ask! 

Miss Gregory

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