Our theme this term is 'What makes me special?' Throughout the term we have been talking about our similarities and differences, how we change as we get older, and how we differ in our likes and dislikes, as well as trying to settle into school full time.
We have looked closely for signs of Autumn as we have worked outside and observed first-hand the effects this is having in our local environment. We have also collected lots of natural resources to create an Autumn table top and used leaves, conkers, acorns, fir cones etc. to help us with lots of maths and creative activities. We discovered the Cherry trees around our outdoor area and created our own trees using a mix of leaves we found and painted branches and trunks.
To help us develop fine motor skills we had a go at harvesting the sunflower seeds once the sunflowers had died. Not only did the birds enjoy the feast but we have lots of seeds ready for Spring next year, to continue the lifecycle of our sunflowers.
We have had a go at mixing Autumnal colours using powder paint in the primary colours of red, blue and yellow. We then recorded all the colours on a large sheet of paper to create a stunning collaborative painting. The significant males who visited our classroom helped us to gather natural resources and helped to stick them on to create a stunning mixed media collage.
We have also made full use of our forest school area and made a variety of artworks using natural resources. We are so lucky to have so many trees around our school. We have compared the different shapes, colours and sizes of them and used them to good effect in different creative activities such as making leaf men and animals , printing with them and using them in small word imaginative play opportunities.
In Maths we have looked at matching, sorting and patterns and how we can create repeating patterns in all sorts of different ways. We are so lucky to have such wonderful outdoor areas full of trees that we have exploited to the full. We ordered by size shape and colour and even managed to create a sticky crown after finding leaves of varying sized and ordering them from the smallest to the biggest.
As part of expressive art and design we explored paint mixing using powder paints we used red yellow and white to create our own individual skin tones before creating our very own self-portraits.
Our artist for this term was the abstract Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama who was known as the ‘Queen of polka dots’ using our fingers we created some stunning pictures of our own inspired by her.
We have been so lucky that the children from Sycamore Class have been visiting us each week to hear us read and then read to us. We look forward to this and are almost as excited as they are!