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A 'Fruit-tastic' week in Reception!

This week in Reception we have been looking at the story 'Handa's Surprise'. We took a close look at the fruit that Handa had in her basket. The children got to have a feel and smell of each fruit, we looked at the inside of each fruit and then we carried out some observational drawings of them. We thought of some fantastic describing words for each fruit which we then used in our writing. As well as looking at fruit from the story, the children have enjoyed learning about Africa; where the story is set and coming up with similarities and difference between England and Africa. We will carry on learning more about Africa and looking at the story next week in more detail. 

In Maths we have been practicing working out addition sums using a number line and learning how to count on from a given number. We have seen some amazing work from the children and have been wowed by those who have started to work out addition problems in their heads! Next week we will be moving on to subtraction. 

 A short but busy week in reception.

Despite this week only being four days long, the children have been very busy.

After our trip to the bridge last week to look for the Troll, we have been thinking of words that describe a Troll and writing sentences containing these adjectives. The children said the Troll was smelly, disgusting, warty, green, ugly, wrinkled, scary and fierce. We have also been making our own trolls using junk materials. 

In Maths we have been extending on our knowledge of how bigger numbers are made up of tens and smaller numbers. We have learnt to represent numbers to 20 using two ten frames to show for example that 18 is one whole ten frame (10)  and 8. Some children have extended this further representing numbers beyond 20 on their ten frames. We have also been practicing counting to 100 in 10's. 

In Art we have been weaving this week. Jellyfish Class weaved fabric in and out of a large weaving frame, they then passed the frame on to Seahorses who weaved with different coloured fabrics and passed it on to Starfish who then passed it on to Sea Lions Class to finish it off. We are pretty impressed with our collective piece of art!

Our story next week is Handa's Surprise. In Maths we will be adding numbers, learning to add by counting on from the largest number.


Who's that Trip Trapping Over my Bridge? 

This week we read the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and enjoyed a walk to a bridge just outside of school. We acted out the story at the bridge and the children really enjoyed getting into character. It was lovely to sit and sketch pictures of what we could see together. 

In Maths we learnt how to build numbers to 20 using Numicon; many of the children noticed the

pattern of 2-digit numbers. 


We look forward to our P.E lessons each week and the children are thoroughly enjoying learning a

to show the lifecycle of a butterfly through dance. 


Next week we will be using adjectives to describe the troll in Literacy. In Maths we will continue to

look at numbers to 20 but we will be representing numbers on a ten frame. 



Fantastic first 3 days back!

Reception have had a fantastic week back after the Easter break. We have been looking at the artist Jackson Pollock and producing our own paintings inspired by his work. In Literacy we have been looking at rhyming words and the children have thoroughly enjoyed playing the silly soup game. Your child should now be able to tell you a word that rhymes with hat, fox, pig etc. In Maths, we have been looking at shapes and how we can use two shapes to make a completely different one. They've enjoyed the challenge of how many shapes they could make cutting a rectangle in half and then using the two triangles. We were able to make a rectangle, diamond, two different triangles, a kite and lots of other abstract shapes. 

Next week we will be looking at The Three Billy Goat Gruff story and hope to take a walk behind the school to have a go at sketching bridges. In Maths we are looking at how to build numbers to 20 using Numicon. The children will learn that teen numbers are made using 10 and another number.

The Reception children have been learning the song 'Spring Chicken' for you to enjoy.