Ants

 
Autumn Term in Ants Class
 
Our new class have settled in so well. We are enjoying our outdoor learning sessions each Wednesday with Solveig and are preparing for the Harvest festival in October. This term our learning is centered around "Transport and Journeys". We are going to be thinking about all different types of transport,  stories with famous journeys in them and hopefully going on a few of our own! Show and Tell sessions between now and November are set to include "Fruit" "Vegetables" "Seeds" "Transport" "Farm Animals" and "Time".
Summer Term in Ants Class
 
Our guest publications for this term are "The Snail and The Whale", "The Mousehole Cat" and "The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch". Our learning will all be based around water, and more specifically for the first half of term, oceans, beaches and the seaside! As such, we are looking forward to a visit from "History off the Page" who will be putting on a seaside day for us in the school hall. Geography will be all about the main Oceans of the world and the differences between local coastlines and those found in tropical locations. History will compare the seasides leisure pursuits of the past with what the children might enjoy today. In Literacy, get ready for the seaside alphabet, rhyming with the snail and the whale and creating our own postcards. Music provides an opportunity to listen to the many classical pieces inspired by the sea, as well as singing and playing along to traditional shantys and songs. As for Science, Mrs Platts has some exciting learning based around "The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch" in store. Investigations into floating and sinking, absorbancy and the electrical circuit for a lighthouse are also on the cards. This topic is sure to generate some wonderful artwork, DT and cookery which we will be sure to post on the website soon! Aside from our main theme, P.E will focus on preparations for sports day with lots of fun athletics training. Expect lots of running, jumping, throwing, catching and even the occassional assault course.
Spring Term
 
Our learning so far this term has been inspired by Judith Kerr's The Tiger Who Came To Tea. We have been enjoying tea parties in our very own Tiger Cafe, exploring the artwork of Henri Rousseau (who was a great tiger enthusiast) and have even made a visit to Shepreth Wildlife Park in order to see these fantastic creatures in real life. In geography we are learning about the continents and oceans of the world and getting excited about maps. In music we are exploring beat and rhythm and enjoying a range of classical pieces. A particular highlight of our maths learning has been our whole school project on "Money", where we have got to grips with the values of different coins and have attached more than 40 different currencies to our map of the world. Although this term seems to be a particularly busy one, we have also found the time to do some cooking, and have made our own sausages from scratch.
Autumn Term
 
Reception have made an exciting start to their learning! Together with our year 1 children we have been using "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle for inspiration. We have looked at seeds, fruit, vegetables, bread, colours, days of the week and counting.
 
Our next Topic will be centred around Julia Donaldson's "The Gruffalo". In addition to finding out about animals and having adventures in deep dark woods we shall also be making a visit to Cambridge Arts Theatre to see the story performed on stage!
 
During the latter end of the Autumn Term we shall be exploring another wonderful story; "Here Comes Jack Frost" by Kazuno Kohara.
 
 
 
Summer Term 2015
 
Welcome Back!
 
This term our topic for the summer will be 'Journeys'
 
The children will look at how journeys can be made and link their findings to modes of transport both past and present.  We will include rockets, ships, cars, horse and cart etc.
 
In art We will be looking at Andy Warhol.
 
In English we will be studying poetry, instructions, grammar, comprehension, phonics, fiction and non-fiction.
 
In Maths we will be looking at: The time, 2D and 3D shape, Place Value, Adding, Subtraction, Money and Measure.
 
The role play area will be a bus which includes stops to Cambridge, London and Brighton!
 
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 
Nichola McLaren
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spring Term 2015
 
This term our topic is 'Farming'.  We will be looking at how farms work, where our food comes from and what animals are farm animals.  We will be visiting a farm towards the end of the term.
 
In Maths we will be looking at: The time, 2D and 3D shape, Place Value, Adding, Subtraction, Money and Measure.
 
In English we will be looking at: Fairy stories (Jack and the Beanstalk, LIttle Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the three bears), Non-fiction texts (nocturnal animals), Kung Fu punctuation and poetry.
 
In Art we will look at Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock and Matisse.
 
The children will have an opportunity to play in the role play area (a farm shop), the sandpit, with play dough and of course walk down the secret path to the Wamping Willow during Welly Wednesday.
 
 
We have an exciting term ahead!
 
This term our topic is 'Toys' and on 7th November we shall be visiting Saffron Walden Museum to take part in a workshop 'Toys Now and Then'. 
 
We shall spend the term learning about how toys and games have changed over the last 120 years.  Our role play area is a toy shop complete with its own till!
 
In science we will be learning about ourselves and other animals.
 
In English we will be looking at a range of books including: Mog, The Tiger who came to Tea, Billy's Bucket, Not a Stick, Knuffle Bunny, We're Going on a Bear Hunt...
 
In Maths we will be learning to: count forwards and backwards, place value, shape, patterns, times tables...
 
In R.E. we shall look at Harvest and then Festivals and Celebrations including Christmas.
 
In P.E. we will be dancing and doing gymnastics.
 
We will have a daily Phonics and Guided Reading session.  Please continue to look at the letters and words sent home.  Please do read every night with your child and to your child.