What We Learnt Last Half Term

Myths, Stories and Legends

The Ospreys have had a stimulating second half of the Autumn Term. We have been extremely busy exploring the theme ‘Myths, Stories and Legends’.

This term, we have been focusing on the fiction big book ‘The Ugly Duckling’. This book has been a brilliant motivation for our learning!

In our English sessions, we have been exploring the Ugly Duckling in great depths! We have used this book as our first ‘Sign 4 writing’ project. We have been busy creating props to go alongside our story. We all had great fun using the props to act out the story from the beginning to the end. We spent time exploring the characters and how they might be feeling. We took turns to take on the role of the character through a game called ‘hot seating’. We had to ask the character topic related questions using our question words – who? what? where? why? and when? We are developing our ability to ask and answer questions appropriately. We have started to add signs to our story and represent our ideas in a class story map. We are looking forward to developing this further next term.

In PSHE, we have continued to learn all about feelings and how to express them. The children have enjoyed sharing their experiences and discussing how situations can be dealt with effectively. This term we have focused on the feelings of anger, upset, jealousy, happiness and feeling scared.

In Maths this term, we continued to explore money and how to pay using alternative coins. Each day during snack time, the children have the opportunity to select from the menu their chosen snack. They must then use the coins provided to pay the amount needed. In Maths we have also focused on subtraction and addition using a variety of methods. The children have become familiar with how to complete the sum mentally or by using a 100 square or number line. We have also be exploring size by direct comparison and units of measures. The children have had the opportunity to measure length, height and capacity using both standard and non-standard units.

In Art, we continued to explore collages. The children have been able to select their chosen tools and materials and use them effectively to create beautiful collages. We have also explored printing with different tools and investigating the different marks made on the paper.

In PE this term, we have continued with bike skills.  The children are developing their confidence and coordination. In PE, we have also focused on tracking and aiming this term and developed this into team games. The children have become more confident at turn taking & supporting others. Table Cricket led by Michael has also continued this term. This is an inclusive sport that all children look forward to.

In Science this term, we have explored Light & Sound. The children have had the opportunity to identify light and sound sources around school. They have participated in sound games and used the torch to find hidden objects in a dark room!

The Ospreys wish you a well-rested Merry Christmas!