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Reception Summer 1, Week 3

Hello everyone, we have had a great week in Lilac and Willow classes.

This week

This week we used the book ‘Usborne Beginners: The Solar System’ as part of our learning about the solar system and to learn how to gather information from non-fiction books.  We used the book to learn about the ‘Contents’ page which is usually a list found at the start of the book that tells us what is included in the book and tells us the page number that they are found on.  The children learnt that they can read information books in any order and that they contain facts.  We learnt that the ‘Glossary’ is usually found at the end of the book and is an alphabetical list of words, relating to the subject, which has explanations.



Also as part of our topic of Space the classes explored that some colours are hot and some colours are cold on the colour wheel.   We looked at which planets were warm colours and which planets were cold colours on the colour wheel for example Mars is a red warm colour and Neptune is blue which is a cold colour on the colour wheel.

The children continued to add to their non-fiction books on Space and these are looking really good.

In Maths, the children have been learning about sharing equally into groups. We have then linked this to our learning on odd and even numbers.

In phonics this week, we have continued with Phase 4 of our Monster Phonics scheme and been looking again at blends in words such as stop, drop, plop and spot. We have then been putting them into sentences such as: They can all drop. 

In Jigsaw, the children have thinking about what makes a good friend, how to be a good friend, how to make friends and why it’s important to have friends.

Next week

  • We will be asking: What is the Earth made of? How can we live on planet Earth? How can we look after planet Earth?
  • We will be doing our last week on our Space topic by looking at Planet Earth
  • The children will complete their rockets or satellites as part of D&T project
  • In Maths, we will be revisiting number bonds to 10
  • In Phonics, we will continue with Phase 4 and practise tricky words

Supporting your child at home

  • When sharing a story with your child talk about character’s feelings, actions and motives, make asides and comment about what is happening in the story for example, “That looks dangerous – I’m sure they’re scared that they’re all going to fall off that broom!”.  By doing this, you will help your child to listen to and talk about stories to build familiarity and understanding.
  • To develop problem-solving skills with your child, talk through how they, you and others resolved a problem or difficulty.  Show them that mistakes are an important part of learning and going back is trial and error not failure.  By doing this, you will help your child to show resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge.
  • Support your child to orally rehearse a complete sentence before writing.  This will help your child to write short sentences with known sound-letter correspondences using a capital letter at the start, finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end.


We hope you have a lovely long bank holiday weekend!

Mrs Fisher and Mrs Murrell


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