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Reception – Spring Week 5

Hello from Lilac and Willow, we have certainly had a busy week in Reception!

This week:

In the story Dear Zoo, the zoo sends a variety of animals to the reader to help them find the perfect pet.  So far during the half term, we have been learning about different animals trying to decide which animal would make the perfect pet for our class bears; Sam and Lucas.  This week however, the children were sent an egg and we had to work out what animal was in it.  The children discovered that there was a dinosaur in the egg and so we spent the week taking on the role of paleontologists.  Paleontologists are scientists who study fossils and dinosaurs and by the end of the week, the children became real experts with all things dinosaurs!  Can your child remember the names of any dinosaurs?  Do they remember the name used for meat eating and plant eating dinosaurs?

In maths, the children were reinforcing their counting skills by practising how to make estimates and also how to compare different amounts using the words more and less.  When we make an estimate in maths, we are taking a guess at a given amount, rather than counting out straight away to get an exact number.  These are comparative words that help understand the magnitude of numbers and allows children to mentally count on and back.  Ask your child to give estimates to help keep them engaged in everyday activities; for example, see how many seconds it takes to put on their shoes, see how many steps it is from home to school?

As part of Whyday Friday, the children had a visit from a doctor who talked to them about being healthy.  Dr Dani talked about how eating a balanced diet gives our bodies energy, how exercise helps to keep us fit, how we can have the best personal hygiene and the need for lots of sleep.  She also shared some of her medical equipment with the children and explained what she does at work.  The children really enjoyed finding out about being healthy themselves during CIL.  Why not ask your child if they can show you how to wash our hands like a doctor does?

Next week:

  • As part of Feeling Good Week, the children will be talking about what makes us feel good and what we can do to help when we don’t feel so good.
  • For Internet Safety Day, the children will be talking about how to keep ourselves safe online.
  • In maths, we will be learning about money including recognising the different coins and how to make different amounts.
  • We will be doing phonics activities with the children this week so we won’t be hearing individual children read their books, however books will be changed.

Any other information:

  • ARK FARM THURSDAY 13th FEBRUARY – Please can you let us know of any allergies to animals and if you haven’t yet, please can you pay £4 contribution as soon as possible, thank you.
  • MUD KITCHEN & STAGE AREA – The children absolutely love using our mud kitchen (as you can probably tell by their clothes).  We would really appreciate any second hand saucepans, pots or kitchen utensils such as mashers, ladles and large spoons so that more children can access this area throughout the day.  If we have enough, we would also like to create an area by our outdoor stage full of homemade percussion instruments.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • JUNK MODELLING – Thank you so much for your kind donations for junk modelling.  We require continuous supplies as the children access junk modelling all day everyday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Fisher and Mr French

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