Computing in the Autumn Term

Computing in the EYFS

The Reception children have been using a range of different technology to develop their computing skills. They have been using the interactive screens to mark make as well as helping to develop their mouse and keyboard skills. The children have also been using programs such as www.phonicsplay.co.uk  to help with hearing initial sounds and blending words.  Some children have even been playing games to help them with their counting!

Computing in Key Stage 1

Computing has looked a little different for the year 1 and 2 children this term. They have been lucky enough to have been allocated their own tablet for their computing sessions. It has been good for the children to learn how to use a different and new device and to learn about logging in and turning their tablets on and off.

So far they have used their tablets to access purple mash and complete set 2do tasks by their teachers including creating their own algorithms, using 2paint and spelling games.

The year 2 children have also been able to use their tablets in other areas of the curriculum including using phonics play as well as making their own stop animation stories in English and RE.

Year 6 Autumn 1

We have been really impressed with how the children have settled back into school and adapted to all the new school routines. We have been revisiting certain topics in order to fill gaps from the time the children were unable to be in school. The children have been working very hard to learn their personal spellings and develop their handwriting skills. We have been focusing on practising our times tables a lot this half term to develop fluency and the ability to apply this knowledge to other contexts.

In English this half term we have been writing our own Greek myths. The children have enjoyed developing their descriptive writing skills by including grammatical features such as expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors. We spent some time gathering powerful vocabulary that was then used in the children’s writing. Our whole class guided reading text this half term has been The Iron Man. We have really enjoyed getting to know the characters and the children have been very successful in answering retrieval and inference style questions. In maths we have been focusing on place value of numbers up to 10,000,000 and applying this knowledge to the four operations. We are looking forward to the next unit – fractions, which we will be covering in Autumn 2. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our science learning this half term which focused on living things and their habitats. The children have classified different animals based on their characteristics. We then created our own animals based on these characteristics.

Year 1 Autumn 2020

We are really impressed with how the children have settled back into school and adapted to all the new school routines. It is clear that the children have been working very hard at home and can apply their skills to help them with new learning.

We have been focusing on catching up and filling gaps from the time the children were unable to be in school. We have been doing daily handwriting, fine motor skills, phonics, writing and maths activities along with the other subjects. 

The children have started the new topic ‘Animal life’ and have enjoyed learning how to classify animals and label the different animal body parts. They have also been painting their favourite animals.   

Year 2 Science Autumn 2020

In year 2, the children have been exploring materials this half term. The children have discussed the properties of different materials as well as conducting a number of enquiries.

They looked at whether certain materials could be bent, stretched, squashed, or twisted as well as investigating which type of paper was the strongest.

The children have also learnt about the materials that can be recycled and learnt about the process of recycling too.

Year 1 Science Autumn 2020

The children have enthusiastically started to learn about animals and humans in our new topic ‘Animal Life’. They were able to build on their prior knowledge and experiences of animals (such as pets and trips to zoos/farms) to name and classify animals into different groups. This led to the children working together to classify animals into Mammals, Insects, Birds, Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles. They then painted their favourite animal and discussed which group the animal belonged to. The children thought carefully about what animals eat and categorised the animals into Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores. We used actions to help us remember each group. The children have been thinking about accurately labelling diagrams and can now label animal and human body parts using correct vocabulary. After labelling the different human body parts we thought about what our bodies could do. The children completed some brilliant home learning and discussed the 5 senses in class.

Reception Understanding the World

Autumn 2020

This term in reception the children enjoyed exploring Ted’s den, looking at plants and trees, birdwatching and seeing what they can dig up in the digging area. We have also been learning about our bodies, naming the body parts and finding out what food keeps us healthy. 

Reception Autumn 2020

The Reception children have been settling in very nicely to their new school over the last few weeks. They have been exploring their new classrooms and having fun in the outdoor areas, including Ted’s Den. The children have been enjoying using the big playground at lunchtimes and then coming in to eat their lunch together in the hall. They have been working hard in class and have already started learning about letters and numbers. They have also been very busy making new friends and getting to know each other.