This week in Literacy, we have been looking at different things we could write lists for such as shopping lists and job lists. The children said that Father Christmas has a naughty and nice list too! They made their own stockings and then wrote a list of the things they would like for Christmas, writing the sounds they could hear in words. We have been trying hard to remember our finger spaces too!
The Christmas Story
The children heard the Christmas story in our RE lesson this week. They retold the story and explained why the birth of Jesus was important.
On Monday, the children helped Miss Charnley change the worship table cloth to purple and talked about why we do this. The children learnt about advent and how it is a time to prepare for Jesus's birthday. The children thought of ways they might prepare for Christmas at home such as putting a Christmas tree up or eating an advent calendar. We made a class advent wreath using salt dough and lit the first purple candle. We then looked at what each of the other candles represent and how we use an advent wreath to prepare for Christmas.
Christmas has arrived in Bertoli Class
Posting our letters
This week the children enjoyed our new role play area which was a post office. The children wrote their own letters in the writing area, putting them in an envelope, went to buy a stamp from the post office and posted the letter in our class post box. We then wrote letters to people who live with us and posted them in the real post box. The children looked out for the postman at the weekend, waiting for their letters to be delivered.
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A busy Monday engaging in our learning!
Life Education Bus
Today we had a visit from Steve from the life education bus. We learnt about our bodies and how we can keep them healthy. We also had a special visit from Harold the giraffe. It was lots of fun!
In our RE lesson today, we learnt about the important message that angel Gabriel shared with Mary. We painted pictures of angel Gabriel telling Mary the news and talked about what angel Gabriel and Mary were saying. We then reflected upon Mary's reply to the angel and learnt the Hail Mary prayer.
We used clay to make our own diva lamps for Diwali. Once they were dry, we painted and decorated them. We have been colouring rangoli patterns and making our own. We listened to the story behind why Hindu's celebrate Diwali and used props to retell it. The children also enjoyed making houses and temples for Rama and Sita.
The Little Red Hen
This week in Literacy, we have been reading the story "The Little Red Hen". The children have done some fantastic writing linking to the story and have been sequencing the events.
Unlike the characters in the story, the children in Bertoli class have helped make the bread and also some delicious vegetable soup to go with it.
Although remembrance day was slightly different this year, the children in Bertoli class took part in the 2 minute silence and made their own poppies.
We have been learning about Halloween this week. We have shared our own experiences with the celebration and engaged in lots of activities. Our story focus this week was 'Room on the Broom' and we have enjoyed acting out the story using the story props or by dressing up in our witches kitchen.
The children made listening ears to wear on our listening walk. We went to some areas around school and practised our listening skills, listening to the different sounds.
Gross Motor Painting
We have been working our upper body muscles to mix the paint and washing up liquid using brushes and mops.
Read Write Inc!
Bertoli class have started phonics lessons this week. We have learnt a different sound a day and practise reading and writing the letter.
Next week, we shall begin to read some words by blending the sounds together!
Lots of problem solving has been taking place in Bertoli class this week!
The children have been working out how to move the water from one area to another.
They have also been joining construction pieces together to build and balance.
We begin our school day with a gross motor dance making lots of different movements with our bodies.
We then practise making the movements in small motions using our fingers and then holding a pen.
The children have been weeding the outdoor area and planting some new seeds.
We have be counting lots of different things in class this week. We have made towers and counted the blocks, we have made birthday cakes and put the right amount of candles on and we have counted out the shells to match the numbers.
The children have been drawing around the 2-D shapes. They have been naming and describing them!
Bertoli class have started joining in with daily class worship. The children have been practising making the sign of the cross and learning about some of the special items on our worship table.
Bertoli class have been busy exploring their new classroom this week.