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Brierley Forest

Primary and Nursery School

What makes me special? (Autumn 1)

What makes you special? 


This half term we will be learning all about ourselves and how we are all



We will be exploring where we live, who we are, our family, our friends, how we have grown, our feelings and our senses.



Where we live!


Over these first 2 weeks of school, we have been learning about where we live. 

We have been reading the book 'Here we are'



This books has taught us a lot about planet Earth and what it is like in the world. 

We know that we live on Earth and our school is in Sutton-In-Ashfield. 

Some of us even knew the street and house number or a landmark which was near our house which is amazing! 


The children have also enjoyed getting creative and making their own paper plate world! They thought carefully about the materials and colours they were using to create their world. 





Who we are!


This week we have been learning all about ourselves, what we look like and things that make us special and unique. We have thought about our physical appearances but also about our favourite things, our talents and some of the things we find difficult.


We found out you can't just know some of this by looking at someone, we have to ask questions to find out more about a person. 


We know that not everyone is the same and we are all different and that is what makes us who we are! 


Although as the children pointed out some of us do have the same name, but they are all unique and special in their own way! 


Our family!


This week we will be learning all about our families and how they are all different which is what makes our family special and unique.


We will be thinking about who is in our family (including our pets!) and thinking about what family means to us.


Here are some of our ideas about what a family means and how families are different:




We will discuss what our families like to do and how it is ok that we all have different people in our families.

We also know that one thing that makes families the same is that we all love our family. 


The children have also been drawing pictures and labelling their family:



In F2 we love to sing and we have recently learnt a song about families! 

We also learned the makaton action for family, can you remember what it is? 

Growing up



This week we have been learning all about how we change as we get older and grow up!


We have had lots of fun thinking about what happens at the different stages of our lives and even looked at real photos of Miss Pownall-Brown as she was growing up!


We have enjoyed sequencing pictures to show the different life stages we go through and we had lots of interesting ideas about what happens at each stage of our lives. Here are some of our ideas: 

We know we are more independent as we get older and we are learning to do new things all by ourselves. 


The children discussed what they wanted to be when they grow up.

We had some 'visitors' in this week where the children got to ask lots of questions to find out more about what they do for their job. The children had lots of fun and asked some fantastic Who, Where, Why, What, and How questions!



We also learned a song about growing up. 

Have a listen and see if you can remember the words. 

Growing up song

Our feelings and emotions 

This week we have learnt all about different feelings and how our words and actions can make other people feel. 

We read a story called The Colour Monster which taught us all about the different colours each feeling has and what to do when we feel a lot of different feelings at once. 

The Colour Monster - Read by Sherry

The Colour Monster - by Anna Llenas. Read by Sherry. You can get the book and read a bit about The Colour Monster on our Blog! 💖: https://whatchildrenreally...

We then made our own colour monster masks and paintings using our scissor and painting skills carefully and thinking about what we can do and who we can talk to when we are not sure what to do with our feelings and emotions.


Have a look at some of the masks and monsters the children had created, can you remember what feeling matches the colours? 






What makes us special?

This week we have been bringing our project to an end and reflecting on the endless things that make us special and unique. 


During our project session we got a news report sent to us! Watch the video below and see what is was about! 


Sesame Street: What Makes You Special?


"That's our project question!!!"