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Riddlesden St Mary

Our Autumn  2 Journey

Bonfire Night, Voting, 'Stay and Play' and Remembrance Day

We have had a very busy first week back after the  holidays!

We began the week by making rockets, firework pictures and talking about how we can stay safe around bonfires and fire works. We all knew that fireworks are 'up in the sky' so Miss Watmough has put our firework pictures up onto the classroom ceiling so that we can look up and admire our pretty patterns. 



 To recognise UK Parliament week we have been taking part in some voting this week. First we had to vote for our favourite colour - it seems that blue is popular, it had the most votes in both the morning and afternoon sessions! 

We also voted for which story we would like to listen to at the end of our library session, we had to go and stand by the book we wanted to listen to. We are getting very good at voting for stories now as we do this every week in the library. 



On Thursday we held our first 'Stay and Play' session for parents. Our parents and grandparents were invited to spend the first part of the session and then stay for a story. We had so many parents turn up. We read books together, built models, explored the sand, drew pictures and played in the playdough. We are already looking forward to next Thursday's play and stay session.





On Friday we started to talk about Remembrance Day and what the poppy represents. We all decorated a poppy using paint, pens, glitter or tissue paper and collected them all together to make a wreath and we made poppy biscuits. 

We watched a video about Remembrance Day and sat quietly as we did this to think about all the people that fought in the war. 



 We're going on a Bear Hunt!

 Our focus story this half term is 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'.

We have been watching Michael Rosen perform this story and we are getting very good at joining in with actions and saying some of the key phrases from the story. Here is the link for the video:

To follow the interest of 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' Miss Watmough set up a sensory tuff tray with creative materials linking to the scenes from the story. Most of the children showed great interest in this and were able to recall and remember the actions and phrases from the story. The 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' is a very popular book and the children in Sunflowers have enjoyed listening to this. They have been helping themselves to the book and reading it in their own words. In their play the children have been repeating the phrases and they have been acting the bear hunt outside. 





Many activities have been set up relating to the story. On the creative we had the opportunity to create and make our very own caves using junk modelling resources.





Outside the children have been super active in developing their physical and balancing skills. Walking independently on balancing beams and some of the children have been helping their friends to walk across the beams.




Bear Hunt, first trip to the library and the interactive whiteboard

This week the children have taken part in their own bear hunt. Miss Watmough directed the children to where the bear hunt was set up and all the children listened and followed instructions. 
Children were amazed at being able to do their own bear hunt and as they went through each scene from the story they were able to join in with the key phrases and actions from the story. 
To end this they came back to Sunflowers and enjoyed having some milk or water and a biscuit after all that running away from the BEAR!

 Uh oh! Grass, long, wavy grass!

 Uh oh! A river, a deep, cold river!

 Uh oh! Mud, thick, oozy mud! 

 Uh oh! A forest, a big, dark forest! 

 Uh oh! A snowstorm, a swirling, whirling snowstorm!

 Uh oh! A cave, a narrow, gloomy cave! 

 It's a bear!


Sunflowers went on a class trip to the local Library with their parents and Miss Watmough. All the parents and children came to nursery and they walked together to the bus stop. The bus arrived and everyone got on. As soon as they got there, the lady at the Library was pleased to see everyone and she read some stories and sang some songs with the children. At the end of the session all the children made an elephant mask. 



Parents' were asked for their feedback after the trip to the library...

"We really enjoyed our trip to the library. The story session was particularly enjoyable and we enjoyed joining in with the songs. We will definitely be visiting the library again very soon!"

"We loved the simplicity of the trip and a bus ride is always fun for the kids. The  session was ace, just felt too rushed for the time it took but the kids loved it and we'd love to do it again!"

"We enjoyed the visit to the library. I think it was a very good idea the children got to see the library. When we got home my child was asking lots of questions about the library."


To develop the children's fine motor skills they had the opportunity to use the interactive whiteboard. They held the pen to make marks on the board. All the children focused really well on this and enjoyed moving the pen around the board to make marks.


Bear Hunt has come to an end

 To celebrate the end of the bear hunt story, and all the exciting learning the children have done, everyone created a bear hunt map using what they could remember from the story. Children drew defined drawings of the scenes in detail.




A fantastic end to the bear hunt story was making 'mud' sandwiches. A fun activity linked to the story and, as Friday is a baking day in Sunflowers, Miss Watmough thought it will be a great idea to make some mud sandwiches using chocolate spread. Children were super excited to make these, well who doesn't love some mud sandwiches?! Mrs Rashid helped the children, they all had the opportunity to spread their own mud (chocolate) on to the bread and independently cut the sandwich themselves too. They enjoyed eating the mud sandwiches before they went home.