Friday, 18 November 2016

Diwali and Autumn

Last week we continued to find out about how the Festival of Diwali is celebrated. We enjoyed making some traditional Bakla sweets and got our muscles working moulding the clay into small Diwali pots, which we then painted and decorated.


This week we revisited the topic of Autumn. We noticed how the trees were losing lots of leaves now and looked at all the different colours and shapes of leaves.  We made some great pictures using leaves, sticks and conkers and have made a display in the classroom. Do take a look. We also made autumn crowns, autumn play dough creatures and some patterns using sticks and leaves.

On Tuesday “Game On” came and gave us another very enjoyable PE workshop outside.

In maths we have started to look at similarities of shapes in the environment. We started by playing “guess the shape” as a shape was described to us but we couldn’t see it. We then looked around the outside area and classroom to find things with different shapes and talked about whether the sides were straight or round and how many sides they had. 

Next week we will be continuing with these shape activities and having a go at printing using different shapes and objects. Our story next week is “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell and on Thursday we are having an exciting visit from a real Owl as we discover lots of new things about Owls.
Here are a few of the other things we have done this week.

Have a lovely weekend,
Jill Clarke

Friday, 4 November 2016


Welcome back after half term. Thank you for all the Magic Moment sheets you have sent in this week. We have enjoyed hearing about all the different things you did over half term.
On Tuesday the children attended their first school Mass. They behaved beautifully, sitting and listening to what was happening, with some children even starting to join in clapping along to one of the hymns. Well done Nursery.
This term our topic is "Festivals and Celebrations." We started the topic by talking about what is a celebration and how Nursery children celebrate their birthdays.
Over the week we have been learning more about how the Festival of Diwali is celebrated. We first watched a clip on cbeebies where a little girl called Jessica shares how she celebrates Diwali with her family. You can find it at
During small group time and "explore and learn" the children have made Diwali cards,lights and sparkly pictures. In snack we tasted two types of naan bread and decided which one we liked best.

In maths we have been practising counting steps and claps, ie things we cannot touch. Some of the children had a go at recording how many steps Mrs Clarke took to cross the circle, whilst other counted how many jumps or steps their friend took.

Over the next two weeks we will be continuing to find out about Diwali and then looking again at Autumn and how the trees have changed since last half term. In maths we will be matching number and quantity and thinking about shapes in the environment.
Here are some of the other things we have enjoyed doing this week.

Don't forget to order your school photographs either online or through the school office.
Have a lovely weekend
Jill Clarke