This week we started our learning about AFRICA! We asked the question ‘what is it like in Africa? We started by looking at photos of Africa and the people who lived there, the children made observations and talked about what they noticed. We compared Africa to the UK, such as the differences in houses, people, weather and the landscape. We looked where Africa is on a map and compared it to where Antarctica is. We know that Antarctica is very cold, and learned that the middle of Africa is very hot. We learned that this is because Africa is on the equator and it is closer to the sun.
Can you tell someone what Africa is like? How is it different to the UK?
We enjoyed reading the story Handa’s Surprise which is set in Africa. Handa takes a basket of fruit to her friend Akeyo and by the time she reaches him, the fruit has turned into a basket of tangerines!
The children explored fruit using their senses and then drew a fruit from a selection in the classroom and wrote a sentence to describe it. We also carefully drew fruit at the art table during the week, as observational drawings.
Maybe you can find some fruit to draw at home? What does it look like cut in half? Think about the colours, lines and shapes.
Continuing our learning about the composition of 10, we did a lot of ordering numerals on a number track; spotting where a mistake had been made and putting it right! We talked about more than and fewer than and sorted numerals into more than and fewer than certain amounts. We also played ‘Go Fish!’ which the children loved. We had a set of 10 frame cards, showing amounts from 0 to 10. The children asked another player if they had the number they needed to create a bond to 10 with their card. Then placed it down on the table when they had made 10. If you would like to play at home, the set of cards is attached below. The children have also enjoyed playing ‘Paint the Squares’ in various ways by splatting numbers, counting up to 100, saying one more and less than a number etc. The link to this game is also at the bottom of this page, should you wish to play at home.
In Monster Phonics this week, we have learned Tricky Witch’s phoneme ‘er’. It also features in our Floatella story from last week. We wrote and read many words with this sound in as well as recapping the oa sound from last week.
On Thursday we thoroughly enjoyed the snow of course! We had fun outside, building a snowman, riding on the sledge and playing in the snow!
Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday 😊