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Reception 2021 – Summer 2 Week 6

Hello from Lilac and Willow, what a lovely week we have had enjoying the summer sun!

This Week

For our final full week in Reception have read the book Jack and The Beanstalk.  The children heard how Jack and his mother live off their cows milk, but one day when the cow doesn’t produce any milk, Jack’s mother tells him to sell the cow in the market for money and food. When Jack is on the way to sell the cow he meets a man who says he has magic beans that grow really tall overnight. Jack decides to exchange the cow for the magical beans and when Jack gets home he proudly shows his mother the beans, but she gets becomes very angry with Jack and throws the beans out the window. When Jack wakes up the next morning he realises that the beans grew into a giant beanstalk. Jack is curious as to what is up at the top, so he climbs up the beanstalk and walks down the road to find a giant castle.  We asked the children to think about something different that might be at the top of the beanstalk; rather than a giant’s castle. The children came up with some fabulous ideas and used their phonics to write all about their suggestions.

In Phonics this week we read the monster phonics version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to help to consolidate our learning from throughout the year.  It was lovely to see how much progress the children have made since September with their reading and writing – well done Reception!

In Maths we have been revisiting our previous learning to help us with our verbal reasoning and problem solving.  The children were presented with different problems and they had to use different aspects of their learning from this year to help solve them.  Some of the problems included a group of animals that went camping and the children had to work out how many animals were on the campsite using addition and subtraction.   We also had a problem to solve that involved children on a train journey and that meant we had to use their knowledge of number bonds to ten.   We also looked at the composition of numbers to five using a problem about animals competing at sports day.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Stay and Play session on Friday, it was wonderful to see so many people visit and the children really enjoyed the event.

Next Week

  • WARM WEATHER – The weather forecast for the next week looks extremely hot.  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 they have a named water bottle is in school every day.
  • Don’t forget the SLPA ‘Break the rules day’ Wednesday 20th of July.
  • School finishes Wednesday 20th July at 2pm.

Supporting your children ready for Year 1

  • Encourage your child to continue reading during the holidays. This could include:
    • Reading picture books together
    • Reading print in the environment such as road signs, posters, shop signs
    • Visit Oxford Owl to view a free collection of phonetically decodable ebooks – oxfordowl.co.uk
  • Encourage your child to write, but make it fun and meaningful. For example, writing a shopping list for a meal they have chosen, writing a holiday diary or sending a postcard to Granny and Grandad.
  • Practise handwriting and letter formation. If your child has a weak grip or struggles to hold a pencil, strengthen their fingers using activities such as playdough, bead threading, construction with bricks and card lacing.
  • Use practical opportunities to practise understanding of numbers and the number system e.g. ‘First Daddy has 10 biscuits. Then he eats 6.  Now, how many will he have left?

And finally…

From all of the staff in Early Years, we would like to say how very proud we are of your children.  We think you will agree that they have worked so hard with their learning this year.  Thank you for your continued support this year, we have very much enjoyed getting to know them and to be a part of the learning journey.  We hope you all have a very happy and restful Summer and wish you and your children all the very best for Year 1.


Mrs Fisher and Mr French
Willow and Lilac Class Teachers

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