Blog 23.10.20

We continued our autumn theme with the book ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper this week.   This book is about Cat, Duck and Squirrel who live in an old white cabin, with a pumpkin patch in the garden. Every day Cat slices up some pumpkin, Squirrel stirs in some water and Duck tips in some salt to make perfect pumpkin soup... until the day Duck wants to do the stirring…….

We have had pumpkin related Rainbow Challenges this week.  Our challenges have been to:

  • draw and label a map of squirrel and cats journey to find duck
  • putt a golf ball into a pumpkin
  • make orange paint and paint a pumpkin
  • build a tower to support a pumpkin
  • use a hole punch to make holes in a pumpkin shape and thread wool through the holes
  • count autumn pictures and write the number

This week all Reception did all their Rainbow Challenges and gold challenges.  Great work!

We have done a brilliant job of learning the  poem  ‘Mice’ by Rose Fyleman.  We even made some   little mice finger puppets to use when our poem was recorded.    This week the Curiosity Box contained a scarecrow and a mouse.  This led to a conversation about what scarecrows are and what they do.  Julia Donaldson has written a book called ‘The Scarecrow’s Wedding’ which we read this week.  It’s a really good story!

The Reception children have been learning the new sounds u, b, f, and e and have been practising writing the letters using the correct formation. We have also been using magnetic letters to make cvc words using the letters we have learnt so far. The nursery children have been thinking about rhyming words and opposites.  They have also been playing some memory games.

In maths the Reception children have been practising their doubling and halving skills up to double five and have been practising writing numbers.  Nursery children have been focussing on the number three and number five this week with lots of counting out objects and finding the number.

We have been doing lots of pumpkin related activities this week.  We did apple printing with orange paint so our pictures looked like miniature pumpkins.  We had some pumpkins in the tuff tray and used hammers to hammer in golf tees to balance marbles on top.  Another day we used oil pastels to make some amazing pumpkin pictures.  We learnt how to rub and smudge the pastels with our fingers to mix the colours.  We didn’t know what the inside of a pumpkin looked like and were surprised to see all the seeds inside.  We used the tweezers to pick out the pumpkin seeds and put them in a bowl.  We have had lots of fun in the water this week from using bubbles to wash the bikes and scooters to making potions with lots of different coloured water.  We even had some fun with blowing bubbles.

What a fabulous half term we have had!  Everybody has settled in brilliantly after being away from school for so long.  Mrs Popay and Mrs Cotton are really pleased with all of Starfish and how hard they have all worked.  

Have a lovely half term!