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Sparkle and Shine - Autumn 2



The graphemes we will be learning in this half term will be:


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Please help your child consolidate these at home.




This term in Literacy we have been focusing on writing CVC words and sentences. We have been applying all the phonemes we have learnt during our phonics sessions to our writing.

We have been making words using play-doh in continuous provision and then writing them using whiteboards and pens afterwards.

Our core text this half term is:


'The Best Birthday Present Ever'

 Ben Mantle



We have also been learning all about birthday celebrations and have labelled items found at a birthday party using our phonic knowledge.





During our Maths lessons we have been focusing on subitising and the composition of number. We have also been introducing early addition using the 'part, part, whole' method.

Our Autumn walk to Victoria Park


The children went for a walk to look for signs of Autumn.  We set off from school and walked all the way down to Victoria Park.  We saw lots of leaves that had changed colour - we picked some up and brought them back to school.  We absolutely loved throwing the leaves into the air and singing out Autumn song:

'All the leaves are falling down'



Following our visit to Victoria Park, we followed the children's lines of enquiry and hooked them into their learning. We explored the Autumn leaves that were brought back to school - completing observational paintings, mixed Autumn colours and even made Autumnal mobiles using the sticks and twigs we collected.

Making leaf paintbrushes

Painting on leaf veins


The Festival of Diwali


As part of our 'Sparkle and Shine' topic the children are learning all about different festivals and celebrations.  We have learnt about the Hindu festival, Diwali.  We learnt that Diwali is a festival of light and we made Dija lamps.  We also took part in the Diwali dance workshop.

Diwali Dance Workshop


We learned about the Muslim festival of 'Eid' and compared its similarities and differences to the Diwali 'Festival of Light'.

We painted water-coloured mosques and learned about the important traditions of the Muslim faith.

Traditional Asian Weddings


The children brought photographs into school of them attending family weddings. It was so amazing to see how everyone celebrates weddings and to see the children dressed up smartly in their wedding outfits. We used our role play clothes to re-enact a traditional Asian wedding in Class 1 and it was lots of fun. 

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