This is our Autumn display which can be found in the school hall. We have enjoyed learning a new rhyme called 'Autumn Leaves' and made Autumn leaf print pictures in response to this. We used our manipulative skills to print with small leaves in pairs and produced some really colourful pictures. Please go and take a look!
Part of the insiration for our above display (which you can find in the school hall)came from this rhyme which we have performed for you to cap off what has been a busy and truly enjoyable first half term studying the season of Autumn. We have had a great time practicing and singing this short rhyme and developing different versions of it in the process. Here is the original version...enjoy!!!
The day after cooking the vegetables for our soup, the next stage of the process was to mix the vegetables. In groups of 5 we discussed the smell and the look of the vegetables after they had been cooked. We were all particularly excited to see how it would turn out from here and went on to the mix the vegetables in the blender. Mr Jones showed us how to use the blender before we took turns blending the vegetables ourselves. At different points in the activity we observed and discussed the changes we could see happening. We discovered the soup was orange in colour because of the carrots we had used and that the bubbles on the surface of the 'juicy' soup were from the heat generated by the blender. We tasted the soup and thought it was delicious most importantly so did our friend Oliver. We also took some soup home to share with our families and friends.
There were 2 key objectives to our end of Autumn topic walk...
1) To not get blown away by the gale force winds
2) To observe and talk about the season changes we could see had happened around us and to compare this to our 'beginning of autumn topic walk'.
It just so happened the windiest Autumn day for some time when we went on our end of Autumn topic walk around the field. We could straight away compare what the weather was like during an unusually warm September to how it was one month on. The other comparsions we could make and the changes we observed were the way in which the leaves had changed coloured/ were changng colour and we spoke about why we thought this happened. We also noticed how the ground beneath our feet was much softer and squelchier! There was also a noticeable increase in the amount of leaves and twigs on the ground and the trees were looking distinctly bare now that we found ourselves in the thick of a windy, cold and wet Autumn season. Despite the bitterly cold wind we still had fun and managed to arrive back safe and sound...with our wind swept hair, numb toes and rosy red cheeks!
Follow this link to enjoy reading along together to an interactive version of the 'Owl Babies' story! http://www.bookstart.org.uk/static/bookstart/have-some-fun/activities/owl_babies
We had the most wonderful time designing and making habitats for some the nocturnal animals we have been learning about such as Hedgehogs, Badgers, Fox' and Owls. We were split up into teams according to the animal we were given to build a new habitat for. Ms Bateson took care of the 2 Owl teams, Mr Dandy our visitor for the afternoon took care of the Badger group, Mr Jones led the Fox' group whilst Mrs Astley worked with a group to make a nest for our very own class hedgehog 'Harry' in the small world area using wooden construction blocks (he will remain their for the Autumn/winter months to hibernate). To make our habitats we used a variety of large junk modelling materials available to us along with lots of different natural resources such as a twigs and leaves. We used the natural resources for decoration but also to use as bedding for our nocturnal animals to make sure they will be comfy. We are learning more and more about the importance of working as a team when given special challenges and we were all very proud of the work we produced.
Once the biscuits had been baked over lunchtime it was then time to ice and decorate our biscuits with colourful sprinkles in readiness to take them home. We thoroughly enjoyed doing this with the help of our visitor for the afternoon, Miss Moran. We applied our fine motor skills in using plastic spoons and knifes to spread the icing carefully over the surface of our biscuits. We were all very pleased with what we had made over the course of the day and couldn't wait to eat them...Yum!!!