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Reception 2021 – Spring 2 Week 2

Hello Everyone, we have had a lovely week in Lilac and Willow classes.

This week

This week we celebrated pancake day and we enjoyed reading the story ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ by Jan Fearnley.  In the story Mr Wolf fancies some tasty pancakes, but he doesn’t know how to make them. He tries to ask his neighbours, but they are no use as they are a mean and horrible lot who refuse to help. Poor Mr Wolf! He has to do everything by himself but what will happen when those nasty neighbours want to help eat Mr Wolf’s delicious pancakes?   The children learnt that pancake day is also known as Shrove Tuesday and it is celebrated on the Tuesday before lent begins.  Lent is an important time for Christians as they get ready for Easter.

The children also learnt about St. David, the patron saint of Wales, who told people about Christianity throughout Wales.  St. David was famous for the miracles he performed, one day he caused the ground to rise beneath him so everyone could see and hear him.  We learnt that people remember St. David’s day by wearing daffodils or leaks.  The children learnt that like any of the festivals we learnt about this year people enjoys dances, wear special clothing, eat special food and have a parade.

Reception had an amazing day on Thursday celebrating world book day by having a story outside to remind children that reading can be enjoyed anywhere. The children really enjoyed sharing their favourite book from home with their friends and hearing lots of new stories.  As a special treat World Book Day finished with a hot chocolate and a CBeebies Bedtime Story read by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, we loved hearing about ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson.

During the rest of the week we continued out exploration of space.  This week we learnt about rockets, satellites and space vehicles.  The children used what they had learnt to add to the space log for our class mascots as well as enjoy other activities including designing junk model rockets and creating pictures of rockets using 2D shapes.

In Maths the children have been learning to compare numbers within 10 and different ways to make 10.  The children have also been working hard practising number bonds to 5 and 10.

In phonics this week, the children were learning the digraphs ‘oa’ and ‘er.’ A digraph is where 2 letters come together to make one sound.  The children really enjoyed the adapted version of the traditional tale Cinderella ‘Floatella’ from Monster Phonics where Floatella leaves her cloak at the ball rather than her glass slipper.  The children have continued working hard to apply their phonic knowledge in their reading and their writing.

Next week

  • We will be learning about the solar system.
  • We will learning about how to get gather information from non fiction books.
  • We will be thinking about hot and cold colours in relation to planets.
  • In Maths, we will be thinking about repeating patterns and 3D shapes.
  • In Phonics, we will be learning the trigraph ‘igh’
  • In Talk 4 Writing, we will adapt our story map of ‘On the way home’ by Jill Murphy.
  • In Jigsaw, learning about foods that are healthy and not healthy and making healthy eating choices.

Supporting your child at home

  • Ask your child to tell you what they know about any of the festivals and celebrations that we have been learning about this term (Chinese New Year, Burns Night, Valentine’s Day, Shrove Tuesday, St David’s Day, World Book Day).
  • When talking with your child, encourage them to connect one idea or action with another using a range of conjunctions e.g. and, but or because – ‘I like that game because it was lots of fun.’
  • Have fun with phrases from the story through the day e.g. ‘I searched for a pencil, but o pencil could be found.’  This will allow the children to use new vocabulary in different contexts.

Any other information

  • RECEPTION, YEAR 2 & YEAR 6 PARENTS EVENING –  we look forward to seeing you on either Wednesday 9th March 5-8pm and Thursday 10th March 4-7pm.
  • BOOK BORROWING – Thank you to those families who were attend the book borrowing session this week, the children really enjoyed choosing books.  Please remember in order to borrow a new book on Friday you must return the previously borrowed book by Thursday.
  • HEALTHY EATING – Please could we kindly remind you that at Samuel Lucas we are a Healthy School and that chocolate snacks and flavoured squash are not suitable for packed lunches.  Afternoon snacks should only be fruit, vegetables, rice cakes or bread sticks.
  • JUNK MODELLING – If you have any items suitable for junk modelling, we would be delighted to receive them.  Thank you for your donations so far.


We hope you had a good weekend!


Mrs. Fisher and Mr. French
Willow and Lilac Class Teachers

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