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Reception Spring 2, Week 2

Hello from Lilac and Willow, we hope you had a great half term.  It has been a really lovely first week back as we begin our new topic about jobs and what people do all day.

This week

We have been learning about the role of a vet and how they help animals. We were very lucky to have a wonderful start to our topic with a talk from a parent about his job as a vet at an animal hospital. The children enjoyed asking questions and looking at the veterinary equipment that he brought with him. The children have been playing in our vet’s role play and acting out the things they have learnt about caring for animals.

We have focused our books this week on non-fiction books and encouraged the children to share information that they have learnt from looking at pictures, reading captions and listening to an adult read to them. They have been creating their own non-fiction books in their own learning time.

We read a book about David Attenborough and his work with animals from around the world. We talked about animal habitats and how they need to be protected.

On Tuesday we learnt about Shrove Tuesday and had pancakes for our snack! We tried different toppings and voted for our favourite one. 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.



We began our weekly group visits to North Hertfordshire Museum where we focused on the exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations from The BFG by Roald Dhal.

We continued our progression of skills in our enrichment sessions where the children made rainbow kebabs by cutting vegetables and spreading hummus, sewed stiches into material, sawed and hammered nails into wood and logged onto Purple Mash to continue their computing learning where they were using the arrows on the keyboard to move their character around the screen.

In maths we had a carousal of fun activities to assess what the children had learnt from earlier this term. The children showed their understanding of different ways to make 5,6,7 and 8 using a tens frame and also by combining groups of objects. They predicted which items were hevier and lighter and then tested their predictions by using the balancing scales. The got to show what they know about capacity by playing with water and containers and then ordering them by how much water each container held. They also demonstrated their knowledge of full, empty, nearly full, half full and nearly empty. You can deepen this understanding at home by giving your child various sized containers to play with in the bath and asking them to show you what they know.

In phonics this week, the children were learning the digraph ‘oa’.  A digraph is where 2 letters come together to make one sound.  The children have continued working hard to apply their phonic knowledge in their reading and their writing.  This week we have focussed on how best to write a sentence by following these steps:

  • Say the sentence aloud.
  • Count how many words are in your sentence.
  • Say the first word aloud. Listen to how many sounds are in the word. Write down the sounds you can hear.
  • Leave a finger space and repeat with the rest of the sentence.
  • Read the sentence back and make any corrections.

In Jigsaw this half term our learning will centre around the topic Healthy Me.  We started this week by looking at the need to exercise as a way of keeping our bodies healthy.  The children really enjoying doing some activities and made some fantastic observations about how their bodies changed after exercise.

Next week

  • We will continue our weekly group trips to the museum to view the Quieten Blake BFG illustration exhibition
  • We will be looking at the work of Joseph Coelho and his book Luna Loves Art, leading up to world book day
  • We will be looking at the work of different illustrators and practicing our own artistic skills in the style of these illustrators
  • We will be learning about St. David the patron saint of Wales and how people celebrate St. David’s Day
  • We will be continuing our topic on ‘What do people do all day?’ And we will have another 2 parents in to talk about their jobs. One as a veterinary pathologist and the other who works in construction.
  • We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March, where the children can dress up as a character from a story
  • In Maths, we will be revisiting number bonds to 5 and learning to compare numbers within 9 and different ways to make 9.
  • In Phonics, we will be learning the digraph ‘er’ as in ‘hammer’
  • In Talk 4 Writing, we will share the story ‘On the way home’ by Jill Murphy
  • In Jigsaw, we will continue our topic Healthy Me by learning how moving and resting are good for our bodies

Supporting your child at home

  • Read three times a week and record this in your child’s reading record.
  • Read aloud books to your child that will extend their knowledge of the world and illustrate a current topic. This will help your child to engage with non-fiction books.
  • Provide opportunities for children to tell each other about their work and play. Help them reflect and self-evaluate their own work. This will support your child to show resilience and perseverance in the face of a challenge.
  • When your child is telling you something about their day or recapping on an experience they’ve had at home, please encourage them to use the correct tense. For example if they say; ‘I goed to the park.’ You can model back the correct grammar by saying ‘yes, you went to the park.’


Other information

  • World Book Day Thursday 2nd Dress up as your favourite book character
  • Please talk to your child about the importance of wiping themselves, flushing the toilet and washing their hands afterwards
  • We’ve sent home a picture book today for each child. Please read this over the weekend and then return it to school. It needs to come to school with them every day in their bag until we change it for a new one next week. So that the picture books don’t get muddled with your home books we have put a sticker on the front cover to help you find it.
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