Monthly Archives: October 2020

Maths

In Maths we have been exploring the twoness of two. The children have become very skilled at using the language of two, not two, because it is one and another one. They played in the water and fished out objects which they then sorted and arranged into groups of two and not two.

Lots of children also enjoyed exploring patterns of one and patterns of two on the Maths table. They were able to create and talk about the repeating patterns that they had made.

The children were also challenged to draw two in as many different ways as they could. Some children drew objects, some drew Numicon, some wrote the numerals and some filled in tens frames. All the children have been amazing and they have worked so hard! Well done Swans!

Phonics

This week the children have continued to learn their letters and sounds. The children have had lots of fun exploring the letters s, a, t, p, i, n, m and d. Some children chose to make the letters we have learnt out of play dough.

While other children chose to practise writing the letters they had learnt in sand and glitter or with chalk outside. Some children even chose to write some words on the iPads.

Lots of children practised their cutting skills. They cut out pictures, taking care to hold the scissors correctly, and they matched the pictures to their initial sound.

Discovery Time

In construction the children explored the different types of construction materials available to them. Some children chose to build with Lego, some children chose to build with the blocks and logs and some children chose to build with mobilo. All the children then wrote a label for their models. They tried really hard to write their name and to use the letters that they had learnt in phonics in their think writing.

Some children chose to paint pictures. Most children painted portraits of themselves! The children are now being encouraged to try and select colours for effect.

This week the children also used magnifying glasses to explore a sunflower head. They enjoyed, and demonstrated sustained concentration, when they sat for ages picking out all the sunflower seeds. The children want to plant the sunflower seeds in our outdoor area. They want them to grow into very tall sunflowers in the summer!

Maths

In Maths we have been exploring the oneness of one. The children have become very skilled at using the language of it is one, once, only one, because it is on its own. They were also able to confidently sort objects and arrange them into groups of one and not one.

The children also enjoyed exploring one at the play dough table. They were challenged to make play dough biscuits but they were only allowed to make one of each type. The children were then encouraged to talk about their biscuits. They were able to say ‘I have one … biscuit. I know it is one because it is on its own.’

Phonics

This week the children have begun to learn their letters and sounds. The children have had lots of fun exploring the letters s, a, t and p. They were letter detectives and found the letters that they had learnt in the sand which they then sorted into sets of letters.

They also practised writing the letters they had learnt in sand, in glitter, using paint, using chalk outside as well as with whiteboard pens.

The children also practised their hand eye coordination when they made the letters they had learnt out of coloured gems and then they found examples of objects that began with each sound.