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Why do leaves turn crispy?



October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came - The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,

And leaves of every name. 

The sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand,

Miss Weather led the dancing,

Professor Wind the band.                                             

George Cooper

This week we read the story of The ScarecrowLook at the scarecrows we made to stop the birds from eating our seeds. We even dressed ourselves up as scarecrows!


Picture 1

We wrote labels to describe the scarecrow. At the beginning of the story he was very lonely but by the end of the book he had made lots of friends!

Today we had a wonderful time looking for signs of Autumn in Queen's Park. Thank you to the parents who came along to join us. Next time you are out why not search for some of these items -


    leaves       seeds      pine cones    acorns      twigs    squirrels    conkers      


We have been learning these words

       hibernate    Autumn      crops      harvest              migrate

Ask your child to tell you about each word. Help them to understand the meaning of each word. You could use story books, the internet, pictures or real life experiences to help.

Our Autumn Investigation Station has been very popular. The children have used the area to match and name leaves, identify seeds and produce observational drawings. They have been able to develop fine motor skills using the pincers to move and sort the items and used mathematical language to compare and count the objects.


Using the Jigsaw Maker Program to draw Autumn trees on the computer. 


                             Exploring printing techniques to find out about patterns, texture and shape in the creative and malleable areas.     

Owl Babies




                                                                by Martin Waddell   

We have been reading the story of Owl Babies. We compared how the feelings of the owls changed from the beginning of the story to the end of the story. We used talk groups to find lots of words to describe the owl babies emotions. 


We used printing techniques to paint a scene from the story. These have made a fantastic display!


We have been using the puppets and resources in the reading area to retell the story of the Owl Babies. Ask your child to tell you the story at home. Can they remember the names of the characters? You could talk about why the Owl Babies were worried and what happened at the end of the story to make them happy. Use the link below to watch the animation.

Owl Babies - Picture Book Animation

Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait. Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return.

Our Pumpkin Investigation