Farthing Wood Class update

In Farthing Wood Class this week the children have been really resilient in their learning both inside and out. They have been fascinated by a pumpkin we have in class as it slowly decomposes and goes mouldy. It has given the children an amazing opportunity to have conversations with their peers about what they can smell and see and what they think will happen next.
In Phonics we have been learning the new phonemes ‘j’ ‘v’ ‘w’ and ‘x’. The children have found these letters quite tricky to write so we have been practising during our handwriting input and whilst in provision. Yellow I also added some passwords around the room near the doors and the children enjoyed having to sound them out and blend the word so they could go through the doors!
We have continued reading ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have recapped all about the characters in the story and the sequence of important events. The children helped me create a story map to show the important events that happened in the story. We then used this to tell the story out loud. The children then created their own story maps and told their own version of the story – next week we will act these out in class!
In Maths we have continued to investigate the numbers 1, 2 and 3. The children have been learning to sort pictures that represent 1, 2 or 3 into different groups. We know sorting means putting them into groups of the same. They have been subitising lots this week and have even managed to recognise numbers on dominoes without counting. The children have been practising matching pictures that show us 1, 2 or 3 – this could be animals, numerals or even pencils. It is important the children recognise a number can be represented in different ways.
In Topic we have started our new topic for this term ‘Places’. Our Key Enquiry Question is ‘Do choices matter? And our key concepts are ‘Confidence’ and ‘Choice’.
We read the story ‘The Jolly Postman’ and had a wonderful time reading all the letters he delivered to the different houses. We then looked at various different houses we could live in and the special features they have. A bungalow has no stairs, a semi-detached house is two houses joined together, a cottage has a thatched roof – I wondered if you can spot any of these house types while you are out and about?
On Friday we spent time as a class learning about Remembrance day and why we wear poppies. We watched a beautiful video and made poppy wreaths. We used red poppies for the people who lost their lives in the wars and purple for the animals.
We had a wonderful time on our ‘Welly Walk’. We jumped in swamps (puddles), climbed mountains (hills) and discovered aliens on the school field (mushrooms!)
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
We love to see what adventures your child gets up to at home – clubs they attend , baking, reading, making dens, being creative, going on nature walks. Tapestry is a wonderful place to share these with us and the class – please upload your photos and a brief description so we can share these together during circle time.