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What we have been learning in reception this week!

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                                            16.03.18


This week in Reception we have innovated the story of the Hungry Caterpillar, explored subtraction in maths, continued our quest to be digraph detectives in Phonics and explored the life cycle of a butterfly in more detail, by drawing the stages and writing some sentences.  


This week:

  • In Literacy this week, we have started to innovate the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We talked about different food groups and discussed the foods we should be eating lots of to keep us healthy and those which are more unhealthy and should only be eaten occasionally. We made a list of healthy and unhealthy foods and used this to innovate the story.
  • In Maths, we have been exploring the concept of subtraction. We have sung lots of subtraction songs and acted out maths stories using real objects and resources. We then had a go at drawing the stories on whiteboards and crossing the objects out as we went. Please see Tapestry next week for some pictures of these explorations. We also used resources to begin to solve some simple subtraction problems.
  • In phonics, we are continuing to revise the vowel digraphs like ai, oa, oo, ie, oi and also other digraphs like er/ur, or. We have put these sounds in context for the children by spending lots of time practicing reading these in words and simple sentences. The children are getting better at recognising these tricky sounds more consistently now.  
  • In PE, we have been performing dance. The children are learning how to move their bodies in different ways to create variations both high and low, as well as trying to keep to the beat of a drum. Each week we build on the learning of the previous week, adding different components. The children are able to help to count in 8s and move their bodies to make the dances more interesting.
  • In our learning choice time, we have been having a go at drawing the life cycle of a butterfly and writing sentences. We have been using the self-access craft table in the shared area and self-accessing resources outside. We are so much more independent.

Next week:

  • Now that we have innovated the fruit and foods in the story, we will now be thinking about innovating the character of the caterpillar. The caterpillar will be innovated to a frog and, through the story, we will be learning about this life cycle and comparing it to the butterfly. We will be sharing many stories about frogs too.
  • We will continue our recapping of phase three letters and tricky words through different games and activities.   
  • In Maths, we will continue to explore the concept of subtraction; practice recognising writing and ordering teen numbers and representing numbers in as many different ways as we can think of.



Next week, the whole school will be taking part in The Daily Mile as part of Sports Relief. The Reception children will be going outside for 10 minutes each day to jog/walk around the field, or court.

Older children are being asked to bring in suitable trainers for this, but Reception children will be going out in their school shoes so therefore will NOT require any additional footwear. Please ensure the children’s regular school shoes are well supportive. Boots and plimsolls are not as ideal.



All about Me Table Displays

We would like to invite the following children to decorate the All about Me table next week



Piranhas: Jawreh and Neo Jellyfish George and Mason Dolphins: Charlie and Isaac