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Reception 2021 – Summer 2 Week 2

Hello from Lilac and Willow, we hope you’ve had a lovely week

This week 

This week the children have been excited to help look after the chicks and see them after the weekend.  The chicks have been spending time in their brooder boxes and in our homemade chick enclosures.  Over the course of the week the children have all had the opportunity to hold the chicks and watch them grow.  The children have continued to keep a record of the different events in their diary to remember everything that happens, they have done an excellent job of practising the use of the past tense in their writing, as well as applying their phonic knowledge to tell us their observations of the eggs and chicks – well done everyone!  The farmer came to collect the chicks at the end of the week to go back to the farm, she was very impressed at how happy and healthy the chicks looked.  We will miss having them in our classrooms.

We read the book Chicken Licken.  In the story Chicken Licken is scared of anything and everything and one day an acorn falls on his head. Chicken Licken doesn’t see the acorn and thinks the sky must be falling. He decides he must warn the King. On the way he meets Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, Drakey Lakey and Turkey Lurkey. He tells each of them in turn that the sky is falling, and they all agree to go with him to the King.  In the forest, they meet Foxy Loxy, who pretends to show them a shortcut. The shortcut turns out to be Foxy Loxy’s den where he gobbles them all up.

In Phonics this week, we heard the Monster Phonics version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  The children have begun to look at compound words.  A compound word is when two smaller words are put together to make a larger word, for example playground, lunchbox and farmyard.

In Maths, we did a carousel of maths activities.  The activities included doubling (adding the same number to itself), finding odd and even numbers (if an amount can be shared into pairs fairly then it is an even number, if there are any left over then it is an odd number), practising number bonds to five (pairs of numbers that are added together to make 5), practising number bonds to ten and sharing as grouping.

This week was Sports Week and we were fortunate to have some special visitors come and undertake new activities with us.  The children had the opportunity to try touch rugby, trampolining and football.  In our PE lessons the children also got to use bodyboards, scooters and balance bikes. We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Smith for organising a great Sports Week!

Next week

  • We will be reading the Farmyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae.
  • In Phonics, we will continue to practise applying our phonic knowledge using the story The Enormous Turnip.
  • In Maths, we will continue to practise and consolidate the skills we’ve learnt so far this year by problem solving.
  • In Jigsaw we will be learning about healthy foods and what we can do to be healthy and looking at how we grow from babies to adults.

Supporting your child at home 

  • Encourage your child to talk about a problem and come up with ideas for how to solve it together.  This will support your child to use talk to help work out problems and organise their thinking.
  • Read books that contain photographs and pictures, for example places in different weather conditions and seasons.  This will help your child to engage with non-fiction books.
  • Provide opportunities to move that require quick changes of speed and direction, for example run around in a circle, stop, change direction, walk on your knees going the other way.  This will enable your child to combine different movement with ease and fluency.

Any other information 

  • WARM WEATHER – In warm weather children will need a named sun hat. Please apply long lasting sun cream before they arrive at school. Please can you make sure that a named water bottle is in school every day.
  • STANDALONE FARM TRIP – Please could you ensure that children have a packed lunch, lightweight coat, sun hat and water bottle with them.
  • OPEN EVENING – Open evening will be held on Wednesday the 6TH OF JULY from 4-7PM.

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Mrs Fisher and Mr French
Willow and Lilac Class Teachers

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