Autumn Term 2

Rhyming with Julia Topic
This week we were introduced to our new topic and found out that we were reading story books by the famous author, Julia Donaldson. We learnt that she wrote the stories and Axel Scheffler was the illustrator which meant he created the pictures. 
We began our learning by reading the well-known story 'The Gruffalo'. We went outside and imagined we had stepped into the story book. When walking through the 'deep dark wood' we found the different characters from the story; mouse, fox, owl, snake and the Gruffalo!! 
For the rest of the week we have been retelling the story, trying to remember key words and phrases and identifying words that rhyme! 
2D Shapes!
We have been introduced to 2D ('flat') shapes. We went on a shape hunt around the school to see what shapes we recognised on everyday objects. We then came back to the classroom and discussed the different shape properties, for example a triangle has 3 sides and 3 corners. With our new knowledge of shape, we have enjoyed creating Gruffalo character masks by using different shapes as the characters features. 
The Just One Tree event got us talking about why trees are so important... We shared our ideas that included: 'trees help us to breathe!' 'they protect us from the rain... like a shelter!' 'they are a home for animals' 'trees grow fruit for us to eat!'As a class we realised the value of trees and we're excited that our money raised will go towards planting many more trees to help our planet!
We have also been very busy with rehearsals for our Christmas Nativity. We are very excited for our grown-ups to come and see our first school performance in a couple of weeks time!
Whoops-a-Daisy Angel Performance/ Stickman / Trip to the Post Box
Duckling Class have been super busy over the last few weeks. Our first school Nativity was a great success and we thoroughly enjoyed working with year 1 and 2!
One day, after practising for our Nativity, we discovered a stick on our carpet area. It got us thinking about all the possibilities for what the stick could be, for example a sword, stick insect or walking stick! We created a stage area using masking tape and had a go at using the stick as a prop in our own story. We were very brave to stand up in front of our friends and share our wonderfully imaginative ideas!
We later discovered the story 'Stickman' and realised the stick was a character from one of Julia Donaldson's books. We enjoyed reading the story, especially as Santa made an appearance!
Christmas had official arrived so it got us thinking about what we do leading up to Christmas. We thought about Christmas cards and how we wish people a Merry Christmas. We realised that our previous nursery or pre-school would love to know how well we are settled at school so we decided to create Christmas card to send to them. We prepared our cards, gathered stamps and wrote the settings address on an envelope. We then hand delivered our cards to the local post box. We made sure we kept ourselves safe during our first school outing. We held hands with a partner, listened to our adults instructions and remembered to 'stop, look, listen and think' when we approached a road.
Ducklings have completed their first term at school and they have done extremely well! We are very excited to learn more in the New Year :)
Merry Christmas Everyone!!