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Reception – Spring Week 7

Hello from Lilac and Willow, we have a had a busy first week back after half term!

This week:

We started the week by sharing with the children the theme for our learning this half term – Our Wonderful World.  The children were shown pictures and videos of both natural and man-made aspects of the world around us, whilst enjoying the song ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong.

As part of our introduction to our theme, the children shared what they already knew about our wonderful world and also enjoyed a nature walk around the school site.  They came up with lots of fantastic observations using their senses.  Can your child use their senses to talk about things around them: at home? in the garden? at the park?

The children also heard the story of The Runaway Pancake.  The children listened very carefully and as they story progressed, they joined in with repeated refrains.  They also recognised that the story is very similar to another traditional tale – The Gingerbread Man.  The children retold the story by creating a story map and attempting to write their own simple sentences.  We then talked about trying to innovate this story to create our own versions of The Runaway Pancake.  We talked about the kind of story language the children might use to tell their own stories and they used their phonics to hear and say sounds to help with their writing.  See if your child can create their own Runaway story using a story map?


In Maths, we revisited our learning about number bonds to 10.  Number bonds are pairs of numbers that add together to make a total.  The children were using their knowledge of counting and addition to help them learn their number bonds to 10.  The children used the tens frames and the part whole model to help support their learning.  They became number bond heroes by the end of the week – well done everyone!  Ask your child if they can use their 10 fingers to demonstrate number bonds to 10.

For Whyday Friday we asked the question – why do people celebrate Pancake Day?  We learnt about the history and traditions surrounding Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) and the children followed a set of instructions to create pancake batter.  The children then enjoyed sampling the fruits of their labours with some traditional English pancakes.

Next week:

  • We will be reading the story Jack and the Beanstalk
  • In Maths, we will be continuing our work on number, number recognition, counting and representing amounts using objects and numerals.

Any other information:

  • WORLD BOOK DAY- THURSDAY 5th MARCH – We look forward to seeing your amazing costumes on Thursday.
  • BABY PHOTO – Please could your child bring in a photo of themselves as a baby and a toddler (preferably not a precious photo) by Thursday.  If you have problems with this, please don’t hesitate to speak with your child’s teacher.
  • JUNK MODELLING – Thank you for your donations.  We would still very much welcome your generous donations.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Mrs Fisher and Mr French

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