17 November 2023

Atwood Early Years News – Owls, buses and Diwali

What a busy couple of weeks it has been for the youngest members of the school since coming back after half term.

In Reception, we have been looking at the story, ‘The Naughty Bus’ where a bus wreaks havoc around a boy’s house.  We had a visit from the Naughty Bus and he made a mess in both Reception classrooms.  We made our own book of ‘The Naughty Bus in Atwood’ and practised our photography skills taking photos of the bus on his adventures.  We then used these photos for the pages of the class book and the children wrote captions to accompany the images.

We linked our learning about this term’s topic of ‘Our Amazing World’ to our own travel and that of our families.  The children presented their family heritage and where in our amazing world they have links to.  We looked on Google Earth to find out how we might travel to these places, whether it was local and we could take a bus, or if it was further away and we would have to fly or sail.  The children were very confident in sharing stories about where their families are from and showing everybody the fantastic posters they had made with their loved ones.

Last weekend was Diwali, and Reception were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Chatterjee who taught us all about the Hindu festival of Diwali.  He shared how he and his family celebrate the festival and taught the children some Indian dancing too! A big thank you goes to him for volunteering his time to support our learning.

This week, Nursery has been learning all about Autumn and what changes we can see around us.  This has encouraged us to make our own acorn collage and hedgehog handprints.  We have also enjoyed going to forest school, searching for bugs and collecting leaves.  We have learnt a new song about squares and can draw them in the air.  We have also focused on the sound ‘A’, encouraging the children to think about the initial sounds in words.

Last week, Nursery had an owl visit. We enjoyed meeting the owl and hearing all about him.  We were able to explore his feathers and gain lots of information.  This lead us back to recapping our previous book ‘Owl Babies.’ It helped us think about how big mummy owl would have been and how little the babies were and how much they missed their mummy.

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Published on 17th November, 2023

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