This week has been an interesting week learning about our current Season, Autumn. We’ve discussed how the nights are getting longer, that it’s getting chilly, the changing colours of the leaves and what clothes we wear during this time of year. As you can imagine, looking for falling leaves has proven a bit trickier as they seem to be firmly attached to the tree’s branches and only recently starting to turn colour and fall off.
Literacy – Yet another opportunity to use describing words. Ask your child to describe the smell, look and texture of leaves as you walk to and from school. See if there are any conkers to collect, what do you notice? Who or what might eat conkers? What animals are scurrying about collecting seeds for the long winter? Describe them. Go on an Autumn Hunt scavenger hunt. Ask your child about the clothes they are wearing, is it shorts weather or are jumpers going on our bodies? Could you visit the local Library to find their own non-fiction books about this time of year? A walk around the local fields and woods is a great chance to do these activities and has the added benefit of exercising the body not just the mind.
Maths – On your walk count the leaves, conkers, squirrels. Use language linked to addition – ‘and another one makes, add one more, how many altogether, etc. Mathematical language can be really tricky and familiarising your child with a variety of vocabulary will support their understanding of number and make it relevant to them, providing context. Other activities you can do is use conkers/leaves to ‘write’ numbers or make shapes.
Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.
Take care and stay safe,
Mrs Howe, Mrs Gavriel, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Currie