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Reception 2021 – Spring 1 Week 3

Hello from Lilac and Willow, we have had a lovely week full of fantastic learning.

This week

The children continued their learning about different occupations this week.  This week we were visited by a nurse and the children had the opportunity to take part in role play that showed us about the many different people who you may meet in the hospital and what they do.  Mr Smith talked to us about his love of sports all throughout school and how some inspiring teachers lead him to his job as a Sport Coach.  We also read the book ‘What people do all day’ by Richard Scarry.  The children heard the story of how everyone is busy in Busytown, from train drivers to doctors, from mothers to sailors, in police stations and on fire engines. Thank you to all of our visitors this week.

As part of our talk for writing we read ‘We are going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen.  We listened to the story about a father and his family as they go out in search of a bear and created a story map with picture and word prompts to help us retell the story.  We were really impressed with how quickly the children have remembered the story and the repeated refrains.

In Phonics, we were continuing our learning in Phase 3 by learning new digraphs long oo and ar.  The children used the different colour coded monsters to help them identify which sounds to use.  This week we also revisited sounds that we had learnt in phonics in previous weeks. As ever the children are practising applying their phonic knowledge when reading and writing.

In Maths, we have been learning about making comparisons about the mass and capacity of different objects. The children used balance scales and bucket scales to compare the masses of different objects and to compare if they were heavy or light.  We also used various containers and discussed the capacity of each.

In Jigsaw (RHSE), we continued our learning about ‘Dreams and Goals’  and talked about setting a goal and beginning to think about what steps we can take to achieve our goal.

Next week

  • We will continue to centre our main teaching around the theme of People and Places. We will find out about places around the world.
  • We will create our own class story inspired by we’re going on a bear hunt.
  • In Phonics, we will recap the diagraphs we have recently learnt.
  • In Maths, we will be looking at the composition of numbers 6, 7 and 8.
  • In Jigsaw (RSHE), we will continue our learning about Dreams and Goals and talk about ways to use kind words to encourage people.

Supporting your child at home

  • Read three times this week and record in your child’s reading record.
  • Remind children of previous events: “Do you remember when we forgot to wear our raincoats last week? It poured so much that we got drenched!” This will help them to connect one idea or action to another using a range of conjunctions.
  • Use sequencing words with emphasis in your own stories: “Before school I had a lovely big breakfast, then I had a biscuit at break time and after that I had two pieces of fruit after lunch. I’m so full!” This will show your child how to describe events in some detail.
  • Congratulate children for their kindness to others and express your approval when they help, listen and support each other. This will help your child build constructive and respectful relationships.

Any other information

  • PICTURE BOOKS – Please could any outstanding picture books please be returned to school as soon as possible.
  • COLD WEATHER –Please keep practising zipping up coats and putting on gloves as independently as possible.
  • JUNK MODELLING – Thank you so much for all of the junk you have provided to us, it is always very much appreciated. Please keep it coming!
  • SCHOOL BAGS – Please could we remind you that children should have a Samuel Lucas school book bag, as their school bag.

We hope you have a lovely week.


Mrs Fisher and Mr. French
Willow and Lilac Class Teachers

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