This week we have started to explore our topic ‘As the leaves turn…’ by visiting our woodland area. While we were there we were excited to find our focus book Hansel and Gretel hidden outside and enjoyed reading and learning the story. We worked collaboratively in groups to create freeze frames to represent and order the main parts of the story and discussed how Hansel and Gretel felt at these times. We also wrote setting descriptions about the woodland area and discussed how this links with Hansel and Gretel as it is set in a forest. It was lovely to see examples of expanded noun phrases like ‘the crunchy, dry leaves’ and ‘the tall, skinny trees’.
In maths, we have recapped our learning from year 1 of regrouping numbers to 10 and built on this by showing numbers to 20 by making 10 and some more. For example, 6 + 4 + 4 = 14 or 3 + 7 + 4 = 14. We have also used our knowledge of double numbers to calculate near doubles (if I know 7+7 = 14, I can work out 6 + 7 = 13).
In science we have started learning about habitats and why animals are suited to live in different places. This week we focused on woodland habitats and went on a walk through our school woodland to observe the animals that lived there. We discussed the places they live within this habitat (e.g. birds make nests in trees, badgers dig sets in the ground) and thought about why that is.