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Reception Summer 1, Week 4

Hello from Willow and Lilac class. We hope you are having a good week.

This week.

At the beginning of the week the children discovered some large eggs in the jungle role play. We talked about what they could be and how they got there. After an insightful discussion in each class about animals that lay eggs the conversation soon turned to dinosaurs. The teachers then explained that they weren’t real eggs but that it could be fun to imagine that they were. Some children agreed that if they were dinosaur eggs then they must be fossilised, as dinosaurs are extinct. Some children wanted to pretend that they might hatch soon and so we put them back into the role play and let their imaginations take hold throughout the week. The children talked about what they already know about dinosaurs and what they would like to find out about prehistoric Earth. We then addressed some of these lines of enquiry and will continue to do so in next week’s learning too. This week we have learnt about animals that lay eggs, different types of dinosaurs, we have learnt about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, we have looked at when they roamed the Earth and what their habitats would have looked like. The children have been busy making, creating, designing, writing and drawing about dinosaurs and eggs this week.



In Phonics, the children continued to apply their phonics knowledge by practising blending to read and write CCVC words. CCVC words are made up of consonants (C) and vowels (v). We read the Monster Phonics story ‘The Little Man’ and throughout the story the children were challenged to find CCVC words and CVCC words.  The children did really well applying their phonics knowledge in their reading and writing.


In Maths, the children continued learning about sharing and grouping amounts.  We used the stem sentence ‘sharing means dividing into equal groups’ and throughout the week the children had different examples of amounts that needed sharing.  These examples included a panda sharing food with cubs equally and teddy bears sharing cakes at a picnic.


In Jigsaw, the children have been thinking about the impact of unkind words.  We spoke about different feelings we might have and we thought about what happens when we are angry or upset, the children agreed that they might shout or say unkind words.  We then shared some scenarios with the children and got them to decide if it was something they should or shouldn’t say.


Supporting your child at home

  • 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.
  • Reading with your child at home will significantly help them to develop their understanding of letters and sounds, as well become better readers and writers. The Monster Phonics books are designed to support the children with their learning and it is important that the children read these regularly however, additional books outside of Monster Phonics books will also help.  Please write comments in your child’s reading record to let us know how your child has got on with their book.
  • Model how you read and re-read your own writing to check it makes sense. This will encourage your child to re-read what they have written to check that it makes sense.


Any other information

  • WEATHER – The weather is very changeable at the moment. Even if it is lovely when you leave the house in the morning, please can children come to school with a jumper and rain coat.  The children will go out to play, even if there are showers, and we had lots of children without coats on one particularly wet lunch time this week.
  • NAMED ITEMS- Please could you make sure that everything coming into school is named.

We hope you have a fun filled weekend!

Mrs Fisher and Mrs Murrell
Willow and Lilac Class Teachers.

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