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Reception – Spring Week 8

Hello from Lilac and Willow, what a fantastic week we’ve had in Reception!

This week:

Following on from our nature walk last week where we identified things that were naturally occurring and things that were man made, the children were learning all about how things grow.  We started by reading the traditional tale Jack and the Beanstalk.  The children were able to retell the story using key story language and were able to join in with repeated phrases such as “Fee Fi Fo Fum”.  Can your child retell the story in order?

We then read the story ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. In the story, Jasper the Cat was desperate for his bean to grow, but in the end he had to wait.  The children looked at the life cycle of a bean and the different stages of growth and learnt what a plant needs to grow.  See if your child can remember any of the 5 things a plant needs to help it grow?

As well as thinking about what plants need to grow, we talked about how the children are busy growing too! We talked about the different life stages that they have been through already, using their brilliant baby and toddler photos.  The children really enjoyed looking at each other’s photos and talking about things they can do now that they couldn’t do as babies and toddlers.

At the end of the week, the children were challenged to write a clear set of instructions that they could follow to plant their own bean.  The children had to remember all the information they had learnt about how plants grow, as well as remember to use their phonics to help the write simple sentences.  Ask your child if they can remember any bossy words that are used when giving instructions?

In PE, the children have been developing their throwing and catching skills.  They worked with a partner to play floor tennis.  The children were using their hands as a racket and they had to pass a tennis ball along the floor for their partner to catch.

In Music, the children learnt a brand new song with Mrs Footer all about Jack and the Beanstalk.  The children were using the percussion instruments to help think about high and low sounds and made movements the match those sounds.

In maths, the children were practising their counting skills and learning about teens numbers 11-20.  We were counting the teens numbers and to help us, we were using the phrasing “X is ten and X more.”  We used numicon number shapes to help them.  Can your child recognise the teens numbers and order them?







Finally this week, we had a great time celebrating World Book Day on Thursday.  The children all looked absolutely fantastic and loved sharing their favourite books with one another.  We were able to share even more stories than normal, which was brilliant.

Next week:

  • As part of British Science Week, the children will be carrying out lots of investigations on the theme ‘Our Diverse Planet’.
  • We will be learning about the importance of recycling and what we can do to help look after the planet.
  • In Phonics, we will continue working on our Phase 3 sounds.
  • In Maths, we will be thinking about counting on.
  • In PE, we will continue working on our throwing and catching skills.

Any other information:

  • PHONICS CARDS – To further support the children’s learning in phonics, we have sent home individual sounds for you and your child to read in your child’s book bag.  Please read them daily.
  • PARENTS EVENINGS – We look forward to meeting with you on Wednesday 11th March 5-8pm and Thursday 12th March 4-7pm.  If you haven’t been able to make an appointment through parentmail as yet, please speak to the School Office to arrange an appointment.
  • BABY/TODDLER PHOTOS – Thank you so much for sending them in, the children have been having such fun with them and so we would like to keep them for a little while longer please to give the children more time to share them with their friends.  We will return these shortly.
  • TAPESTRY – Thank you to those who have been able to share an observation on Tapestry.  We love hearing all about the exciting things your children get up to outside of school.  Please share any observations no matter what you get up to!

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Fisher and Mr French

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