Exploring Light and Dark in Purple Class

This week we have explored symmetry, reflection, shadows, light sources and rainbows! We explored light and dark materials such as ink, charcoal, chalks, neon colours, metallic and reflective colours.

We talked about things we could see in the night sky. We discussed fireworks and created pictures using pastels.

We learnt about the Hindu festival Diwali. We drew beautiful Rangoli patterns to bring us good luck.

In mathematics we explored pattern making.

Maths in Action

Children are naturally curious and learn best when they find an activity fascinating. The children in Purple Class were asked to make a number using shells.

The children enjoyed extended their play and the results were fantastic!

Margo and Annie wanted to make a large number. They discussed which number was bigger 100 0r 1000! Together they practised writing numbers and used the 100 grid to try and reach the number 100. They decided smaller shells were needed to achieve this and spent time sifting through the box looking for what they needed to complete their self chosen task.

Grey and D’Asia spent time counting and organising their shells into different shapes. Once they were happy with the arrangements they accurately counted them and enjoyed recording their work pictorially.

Some children choose to draw a shape first and then fill it in using shells. Cece counting 46 shells on her rainbow.

Jago copied the subitising mat and made numbers one to six. As Jago sequenced the shells we talked about how the numbers are getting bigger by 1 each time. Destiny made the number 7 and recorded her findings by drawing the shells in the shape that she made. Freddie ordered his shells according to size, he counted 1:1 to 10 accurately.

Great work mathematicians!


This week the children have been reading stories about bears! We read the story ‘Sailor Bear’, and learnt what job a sailor does! We learnt the meaning of some unfamiliar words such as ‘harbour’ and ‘barrel’. We discussed how the story made us feel and talked about times when we have felt sad or alone. In the water tray we made boats for sailor bear to use on his adventures. We made our own bears from paper scraps.

Bear Picnic

In mathematics this week we have had so much fun learning to use the 10 frames. The children enjoyed counting, sorting, organising, estimating, adding and subitising (recognising an amount without counting).

Home Learning

What a fantastic start to the Autumn term! The children have settled into their new class at Holbeach brilliantly. Already they are making friends and engaging with all the activities on offer!

Please can parents work with their child to complete the activities which were set over the summer holidays. All children were given a pack with their new book bag. Children need to continue to practise writing their name and using scissors (with parental supervision).