Mr Men & Little Miss Class

Down in the Jungle- Autumn Term 2016

All the children have settled well into school life and have been excited to learn all about our topic ‘Down in the Jungle’.


The children soon learnt the class routines and they all participated in making a Class Charter. We held a discussion to find out about our rights and decided on the most important ones to make our class a happy, inclusive, rights-respecting classroom for the children and the adults. This is on display for all to see – take a look the next time you are in Mr Men & Little Miss Class.


We also held a class council and elected two members of our class to be our Class Councillors.  They have already been to some School Council meetings and taken part in some decisions about what happens in our school.


In literacy we have read lots of non-fiction books about different jungle animals and their habitats. We have been learning how to use an index and contents page to locate the information we want. We found out many fascinating facts and wrote some of them down, these are displayed on our progress wall in the classroom.  We also used these facts to match baby animals with their mummies and created some habitats for our small world role play.


The children enjoyed finding out about the Author Eric Carle and we read many of his animal books, which one is your favourite?

We brought in our own special Jungle Cuddly toy.  This was great for getting to know each other as we shared information about why this cuddly was important, who bought it for us and what we liked best about it.  We took our animals outside and showed them our school grounds.  We also went on an Autumn walk, on the big field, and collected lots of leaves, acorns, conkers and sticks.  We used these to make large scale, natural art work.  It was great fun wearing our wellies to walk through all the leaves.


In October we took part in the whole school Harvest Festival.  It was impressive how quickly we learnt all three Harvest songs and the sign language to go with them. The children brought in food which was donated to the Chelmsford Food Bank.  We also read the traditional story Little Red Hen and made puppets of the main characters. We then performed it to our Nursery children.

Numbers are all around us and in mathematics we have been trying to spot numbers wherever we go.  We have also been learning about shapes and have been on a shape hunt to find 2D & 3D shapes around the school.  We enjoy completing maths challenges and then try to make some up of our own for our friends to complete.


We love books and stories! During half term we all took part in an Extreme Reading Challenge and tried to read in as many different places as we could.  Some of our photos are displayed in the library. We read at the zoo, on a swing, up a tree and in many other amazing places.



Our first week back, after half term, was a busy one! The children wanted to learn about ‘fireworks’ so we based our learning on this for the week.  We found out why November the 5th is a special day in the United Kingdom and why we celebrate with fireworks.  We watched some internet clips of other countries celebrating with fireworks, and discussed the similarities and differences.  In P.E. we used the scarves, streamers and pom-poms to create a firework dance. It was great fun! We also used some sweeties to conduct a science experiment and made a Catherine wheel with sweets and water.


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Head Teacher: Mrs Maxine Bradford BA Ed (Hons), NPQH

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