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Riddlesden St Mary

Our Autumn  2 Journey

This half term we are learning about Celebrations and our focus book is 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen.

 Bonfire Night

This week we have been learning about Bonfire Night and sharing our own experiences. Lots of us have seen fireworks before and enjoyed sharing this with our friends. We made firework patterns in coloured sand and glitter. We also learnt about fire safety and fire fighters. 





This week was also Diwali, we learnt about the celebration by watching a video about Jessica who celebrates Diwali with her family. You can watch the video again here:

We talked about how Diwali is similar and different to our own celebrations and made our own Rangoli patterns and Diva lamps. 


Remembrance Day

On 11th November we learnt about Remembrance Day, we  thought about all the brave soldiers who fought in the war many years ago as well as the more recent wars. 

We watched a special video to help us understand what the world felt like when the war happened and how poppies grew, and the sun shone again once the war was over. We tried really hard to be quiet and think about people who are special to us while we watched it, 

Watch the video here. 

We made lots of poppy themed art in Nursery



 We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We have loved learning our focus story We're going on a Bear Hunt. We have been learning to retell the story off by heart and love watching the video of Michael Rosen, the author, retelling the story too. You can watch it here. 

 We have been retelling the story in the mud kitchen and have really enjoyed our Bear Hunt Story Tray. Maybe you could try performing the story at home too? 


Nursery Rhyme Week

This week we celebrated Nursery Rhyme Week. 

Monday - Incy Wincy Spider

We made our own spider art as well as going on a spider hunt outside! Can you find any spiders at home? 

We also learnt a new version of the song,

Incy Wincy Spider climbing up the trees, down came the snow...

and made poor Incy freeze.

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the snow...

so Incy wincy Spider, had another go. 

Tuesday - Sleepy Bunnies


Wednesday - Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes

We learnt to sing along and complete the actions to Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. We drew around one of our friends and labeled their body parts. We also made our own moving bodies using split pins. Our teachers helped to cut out the shapes and fasten them together. 

Thursday - Wind the Bobbin up

We learnt to sing Wind the Bobbin up, we made our own maracas using pasta and rice and played these while we sang. 

We also learnt another song which needed us to do really good listening. 

Shake and shake and shake and stop,

Shake and shake and shake and stop,

Shake and shake and shake and stop,

Shake and shake some more.  

When the song says stop we had to stop shaking our maracas. 


We also had fun threading colourful bobbins. This helps to develop our fine motor skills as we try to get the thread through the small hole.