Alfa/Romeo class – Spring Term 1, 2022

Our topic this half term is Starry Night, this project explores the differences in the world at night compared to during the day. It teaches children about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and helps them to discover what is happening in the world while they are sleeping, including finding out about nocturnal animals. Please see our topic web below for details of our learning in each area for the half term.

Week ending 18th February 2022

This week the children completed their Starry Night ‘Express Activity’ The children were given an A1 piece of paper and had to create a night time scene using a range of materials. The children produced a super piece of art work showing all of their knowledge about night time that they have learnt this half term.  

In English this week the children listened to the story of Tessy Bear. The children worked in pairs to help Tessy Bear get ready for bed in the correct order. The FS2 children wrote a fantastic list of instructions which has now been displayed on our ‘Writing to be proud of’ display.  

In Maths this week the children have been learning about all about pairs. The children have explored our learning environment finding matching pairs. The children have practised getting into pairs and matched all of the pairs of shoes. The FS2 children then began to investigate odd and even numbers.

In phonics this week the FS2 the children have completed the Set 2 sounds. The sounds for this week were ou ‘Shout it Out’ and oy ‘Toy to enjoy’. It is wonderful to see the children applying the Set 2 sounds in their reading and writing.  Mrs Holden’s group have been listening to well-known nursery rhymes such as ‘If you are happy and you know it’ and they been changing the ending to incorporate listening intentions and sounds.

What a fantastic half term we have had! We are very proud of the children and all their hard work and we are very impressed with how well they adapted to home learning and staffing changes.

Week ending 11th February 2022

In Phonics the children have been learning the trigraph ‘air’ and the digraph ‘ir’. The children have practised reading and writing words containing these sounds. The FS1 children have been listening to rhyming words and clapping the syllables in their names. They have also played pass the hat practising saying the letter sounds. 

The children have really enjoyed our topic work this week. On Wednesday they were given the task to build a rocket out of any materials that they could find in our learning environment. Each child’s creation was unique, and some examples have been displayed in the front entrance of the school. The children have also enjoyed dressing up as astronauts and roleplayed landing on the moon. 

This week in English our book of the week was ‘Astro Girl’. It’s all about a little girl called Astrid who wants to be an astronaut just like her mama. The children have learnt what an astronaut is and what they do. The FS2 children have been busy describing astronauts and they have written a list about what items they would take to space. 

We hope you have a great half term and we look forward to welcoming you back to school when we will begin our ‘Dangerous Dinosaurs’ topic.  

In Maths the children have been continuing to look at the composition of numbers. They have also been learning how to find one more or one less than a number. The FS1s are gaining in confidence counting back from 10 and are beginning to recognise the numerals. 

Our song of the week has been Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. The children really enjoyed adding actions to the words. What a lovely week we have had. 

Week ending 4th February 2022

We had a fantastic start to this week by celebrating the Lunar New Year. All of the children came into school wearing red and they took part in lots of different activities relating to the new year. We had a special visitor, Ms Pang who came to speak to the children about how she celebrates the festival. Ms Pang taught the children all about the food that is eaten and the customs that people do. All of the children were very excited to receive a Hong Bao.

This week in English the children have been researching nocturnal animals and the FS2 children have created mini fact files. The children have been working hard to remember the capital letters and full stops.

In Maths the children have been looking at the composition of numbers. The children have been finding out different number facts.

Our song for this week was Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star I was so proud to see so many children stand up in front of the class and sing a solo. Some children even got the chance to perform it to Mrs Robinson.

We have been focusing on Art this week during our topic sessions and the children tried recreating Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ painting using cotton buds and black, white and yellow paint. We were very pleased with the result.

Week ending 28th January 2022

This week the children have been home learning. Although the children have not been in school some fantastic work has taken place. It was wonderful to see everyone on our morning Zoom sessions where we were learning about the days of the week and practised counting the syllables in our names. The FS2 children also took part in a live daily phonics session where they have been learning the ‘oo’ sounds and red words.

All of the children have been completing topic activities. The children have been busy creating rockets, star gazing and learning to sing the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I am looking forward to hearing the children perform the song in class nest week.

In English the FS children have been labelling and describing a space rocket. I have been super impressed to see them applying their phonics knowledge and forming their letters correctly. Keep up the good work.

In Maths the children have been measuring. It has been great to see lots of the children very busy baking and putting their measuring skills into practise.

I have been very proud of all the hard work you have put in and I am looking forward to seeing you all back in school next week.

Week ending 21st January 2022

What a fantastic week Alfa Romeo have had this week. All the children have worked really hard and have had lots of fun exploring all the learning area.

In English the children listened to the story ‘Owl Babies’. They sequenced the story and enjoyed acting it out. The children have also been labelling and describing owls using interesting vocabulary.

In phonics this week the FS2 children have been learning more of their Set 2 sounds. This week they have been learning the sounds ‘ow’ and ‘igh’. The children have learnt that ‘ow’ is a digraph (2 letters making one sound) and ‘igh’ (three letters making one sound) is a trigraph.

The FS1 children have been listening really carefully to animal sounds and guessing what animal they can hear, they all engaged well when doing this activity. They have been listening to the ‘Owl Babies’ story and thinking about nocturnal animals and practised saying what letter the animal’s name begins with. The children have also been using the musical instruments to make different sounds.

In Maths the children have been learning to subtract. The children have been hiding animals from their partner and their partner had to calculate how many animals were missing.

In Italian the children have been learning how to say places they might see in the city for example scuola – school, supermercato – supermarket, banca – bank.

Week ending 14th January 2022

This week we began exploring our topic ‘Starry Night’. We have been looking at our bed time routines and discussing why they are important, the FS2 children then wrote sentences relating to this.

In English the children listened to the story ‘Whatever Next’. They identified the sounds that woke Daddy Bear up and wrote these sounds using their phonics knowledge. The children also listened to the story ‘Peace at Last’ and they enjoyed acting it out using props.

In phonics this week the FS2 children have been begun learning their set 2 sounds. This week they have been learning the sounds ‘ay’ and ‘ee’. We have been continuing to focus on letter formation, especially when writing in our books.

The FS1 children have been listening really carefully to sounds in the environment and guessing what sound they can hear, they all engaged well when doing this activity. They have also been doing some dance and freeze songs where they have to listen to an instruction and follow it. This has been a big hit with all the children.

In Maths the children have been learning their number bonds to 5. They are able to identify equal and unequal groups and say which group has the most objects and which has the least.

In Italian the children have been learning how to say the colours and numbers. The children particularly enjoy joining in with the interactive songs.

Week ending 07th January 2022

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great Christmas break.

We have had a fantastic first few days back in school. The children have quickly settled back into the school routines and have been motivated learners. I have enjoyed getting to know the children and they have made me feel very welcome.

This week we began our new topic ‘Starry Night’. We have discussed the differences between day and night and the children sorted photos into the appropriate group. During this half term the children will learn about the differences in the world at night compared to during the day. They will also learn about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and discover what is happening in the world while they are sleeping.

In phonics this week the FS2 children have been recapping all of the previous set 1 sounds and they have learnt the letter sounds ‘ch’ and ‘sh’. We have been focussing on letter formation, looking carefully at the size of the letters in relation to one another.

The FS1 children have been learning to differentiate between the sounds of musical instruments, and the sounds of voices, closing their eyes and guessing which instrument is being played and who is talking.

In Maths the children have been focusing on their number formation of numbers 1-10 and counting forwards and backwards from 20. They have also been focusing on different ways to represent numbers.

In class we are trying to encourage healthy eating. We now have a snack station set up so the children have access to fruit and milk throughout the morning. The children can choose when they come depending on when they are hungry.

Our learning behaviour for this half term is resilience. A number of children have looked after our resilient turtle for showing us that they are challenging themselves and have been willing to keep going when things get tough.

Keep up the great work Alfa Romeo. You have made a great start to 2022!