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Autumn 1

Autumn 1 - Dinosaurs

Oak and Willow classes have made a brilliant start to school life at Pilgrims’ Cross! We have seen lots of smiles coming through the door every morning and positive feedback on how the children are enjoying school! They have been busy learning the rules and routines of the classroom and we feel sure many parents have been an audience to ‘sparkly fingers’ and ‘green‘ behaviour! The children have become more independent and are able to put their water bottles away independently, self-register for dinners and settle quickly to their morning activities. Well done everyone.


In those first few weeks we talked about our hobbies and interests, our favourite healthy fruit and our families. The children re-established old friendships as well as developing new ones and it has been a delight to get to know them in those important first few weeks. Following this we have been reading and completing activities based on a favourite story ‘The Gruffalo’. The children have enjoyed this first Learning Adventure and we have seen some wonderful examples of learning such as making and counting purple prickles, learning to retell part of the story with Maketon and making Gruffalo crumble.


Oak and Willow classes have learnt some new sounds in phonics and are really enjoying learning a rhyme to help them remember how to write it correctly. Our favourite is for d, ‘around the dinosaurs’ bottom up his tall neck and down to his feet!’ The children are learning to blend these new sounds together to make a word using ‘Fred Talk’ – Fred is our frog puppet who can only speak in sounds so needs the children’s help to blend words together. Another area of the children’s learning has been mental maths. These are fun short, practical sessions using lots of interactive games, rhymes and songs helping the children to become more confident in recognising, counting and matching objects to a number.


We look forward to our new learning adventure, ‘Mother Goose Mix up,’ which is based around the theme of Nursery Rhymes.