# Autumn 2: Week 4

Friday 01 December 2023

This week, we’ve been reading the book How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers. We worked together to sequence the story and talked about what happened at the beginning, middle and end.
The boy in the story tried so many different was to catch a star. We used our imaginations to think about how we would catch a star.

Emir – I would use a big ladder and put it next to a tree.
Teddy – I would use a rocket.
Hana – I would use a hot air balloon.
Emilia – I would use a rocket.
Oscar – I would use a trampoline.

Yesterday, we talked about star constellations. We had a go at drawing our own.
Art
This week, we explored impressionism by looking at Claude Monet’s series of impressionist oil paintings of the Houses of Parliament. Mrs Boulton asked Reception…

What is an artist?

Rowan – An artist can cut paper and do a painting.
Xara-Mae – They make pictures.
Rayaan – If you paint for a queen.
Edie – They make a masterpiece.
Benjamin – They cut paper with scissors.

We used two forms of printing to create our own versions.
Maths
We developed our understanding of the composition of numbers by investigating the composition of 3, 4 and 5. We consolidated our understanding of a whole being made up of smaller parts by using cubes to compose and de-compose numbers. We also introduced the  part–part–whole model to the children.
We played a star game to help us understand the parts of 3, 4 and 5.
How many children are holding a star? (part)
How many children are not holding a star? (part)
How many are there altogether? (whole)

We watched the Numberblocks Stampoline video and had a go at printing our own Stampoline patterns of 4.

Help at home: Draw, paint or create your own Stampoline patterns at home.

Poetry Picnic
This week’s is called Mice by Rose Fyleman.
We talked about how poems can sometimes have rhyming words in them. Help at home: Can your child tell you the rhyming words in this week’s poem?
Living and Learning
Our Living and Learning was I can talk about my feelings. Some children happily shared their feelings with others.

Rowan – I like waking up. I feel happy.
Rayaan – My heart feels very nice when my cousins come but I feel shy.
Sam – Sometimes when I come into school I feel sad. When I’m here, I feel happy.

Christmas is coming!
We’ve been practising our Christmas songs for our Christmas performance. We can’t wait for you to come and watch us sing on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 21 December.

Reminders