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Starting School - Autumn Term

We have been settling into full time school in our new learning environment. We have been actively playing and exploring and being creative. 

Here is some of the learning in the continuous provision. There have been so many plants to explore in our outdoor area!

All About Sunflowers

Before the summer holidays we planted some sunflower seedlings and we then returned to school to amazing sunflowers. They are all different sizes and have different sized heads.

We have  had so much fun finding out lots of facts and exploring them. Here are some of the activities we have enjoyed.

All About Japan

Our Child of the Week focus was Japan. We found out lots of fascinating facts and enjoyed learning about a different culture. 

Our Special Visitors

Robyn has her own chickens and we are very pleased she wanted to share her interst with us. We had some chicks come to visit us at school to help us understand Robyn's experience at home and to find out about them. Firstly, we looked at the life cycle and then Mrs Hadingham shared lots of facts with us such as what they eat, how they keep safe, and the difference between a female and male chicken. The children were very excited to meet the chicks and all wanted to hold them or stroke them.

Repeating Patterns

We had been doing lots of matching and sorting so then wanted to develop our understanding of pattern. We looked at natural patterns such as animal and flower and then moved on to creating repeating patterns using different resources and equipment. The children made some super patterns.

Some of our Learning

We continue our interest in animals and have learnt some new knowledge about how to take care of guinea pigs. We were all very lucky to be able to handle the guinea pigs or stroke them and we did it very carefully.

We are really enjoying our Little Wandle Phonics, especially the rhymes which help us to learn the phonemes and how to write the graphemes. We are also doing lots of initial sound work and blending and learning some tricky words.

We have been planting daffodil bulbs ready for the spring. Lucile told us all about how the bulbs can survive through winter when it is cold.

Physical Development

We have been busy taking part in activties including balancing, climbing and jumping and learning how to use the equipmwnt safely. 

We used tennis rackets and balls to practice our skills when using equipment.


Jack's family are Australian so we have been learning all about a different country and culture. Jack's mum kindly made us an information poster and some yummy lamingtons and anzac biscuits.

Autumn Changes

We have been investigating our environment to observe changes that have happened. We found lots of fascinating things such as mushrooms, acorns, pine cones, different coloured leaves and a hedgehog home. We talked lots about why the changes have happened.

We also explored pumpkins and learnt they can also be eaten!


We had an exciting week finding out about the celebration Diwali and we learnt that the festival of lights is bright, colourful and an exciting time to celebrate happyness and joys and good over bad. The children listened to stories including Binny's Diwali and took part in creative activities making diva lamps, creating Rangoli patterns using different media and painting mehndi patterns on their hands. We also produced a Diwali dance using traditional music and scarves and tried on some traditional clothes. 

The children learnt lots about a different culture and the beliefs and as a class demonstrated a good understanding.

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