Autumn Term 2022

Already this term we have explored our new environment and areas, ably supported by our friends in year 2 who share many of the learning areas with us. We have found our feet and we are raring to go!

We have been investigating our new ‘bug area’ where we can immerse ourselves into a shady forest and explore the world of minibeasts. We have been classifying the insects we have discovered and have worked as scientists to classify them and decide on their preferred habits. We have also been learning their names and body parts in Welsh, especially liking that a woodlouse translates into ‘tree pig’, mochyn coed and we found hundreds of them at forest school recently too.

September sadly saw the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the crowing of a new King. We each attended church to read our prayers that we had written in class and to pay our respects together, lighting a candle in our time of reflection.

We became bakers as part of out Celebrating Difference theme and visited Ma Baker, our local baker, to make our own Challah loaves for Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. We learnt about the ingredients, each made our own loaf to try at snack and then share with our family and learnt about the celebrations and traditions that Jewish families enjoy. We printed with apples to create a Rosh Hashanah card for our own families too.

We continued to learn about Judaism for Harvest Festival of Sukkot. We have learned about the way that families build their own Sukkah to pray, share meals and sometime sleep and we worked collaboratively in small groups to build our own at Forest School. We leaned about more Jewish traditions including the Four Species and the importance of recognising God’s Light was always with us. We shared our findings with our families at our Harvest Service in October.

Celebrating Sukkot with the Four Species – the Lulav and Etrog

In maths we have been looking at symmetry and symmetrical patterns and have created some fantastic work together.