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Year R

Indoor PE Tuesday morning
Outdoor Games Monday afternoon
PPA/COSMIC Thursday morning
Library Thursday afternoon

Spring Term

Page updated 27th January 2023

Design & Technology

Following our clay creations of animals, we then talked about where our animals might live.
We have discussed the word habitat and what it means. We then thought about how we could create our own habitat out of recycled materials in the classroom. How could we attach each part? What could we use to represent a desert, a jungle or an arctic tundra?

To create a habitat for their animals, the children used junk modelling resources to put together an appropriate habitat. We thought about what our animals might like in their home, and whether they would live somewhere hot or cold.

In COSMIC Outdoor Classroom, the children have extended their learning by practising and developing design and technology skills. The classes worked together to figure out the use of different materials and tools.



We have been learning about Computing.

We have been using BeeBots to begin to understand simple programming. We have used basic computing commands to make our BeeBots move around the classroom and through, under and around some constructions we have made.

The children have loved using the BeeBots! They have been asking to use them in their Discovery Time and creating their own constructions and tracks for their BeeBots independently.

Geography – Hot & Cold Climates

This week the children have explored maps, countries and hot and cold climates.
They have been able to describe the differences between hot and cold climates, and also identify some animals that would live in each climate. We can explain how we know a climate is hot or cold by describing what we can see.

We created our own hot or cold climates by using different creative materials. We thought cotton wool, silver card and white paper would be good materials to represent cold climates. We thought that yellow tissue paper, yellow sand and orange pipe cleaners would be good materials to represent hot climates.

Clay Modelling

In art this week, we have been exploring clay as a medium for creating sculptures and models. We have looked at images of different sculptures and discussed what they are made from, and how they might have been made.

During this week we have practised our modelling skills, working on shaping and moulding clay to create various shapes. We used our new skills to create our own Curious Creatures.

We used our knowledge of hot and cold climates to talk about our animals and where they would live.

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Autumn Term

Poppy Day

Last week we discussed Remembrance Day in Year R and talked about what it means and why it is important. The children spent time creating playdough poppies, finger-painted poppies and decorating our giant classroom poppy.


The children have settled so well into school life in Year R. We have been really impressed by their determination, independence and excitement for learning this term!