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Reception Summer 1, Week 5

Hello from Willow and Lilac!

This week: 

The children had a very ‘egg-citing’ delivery on Monday, an incubator for each classroom with several eggs in each. This linked well with our learning from earlier in the term when the children did lots of learning about which animals hatch from eggs. The children quickly predicted that chicks would hatch from the eggs and by Wednesday they were not disappointed! We welcomed several chicks in each classroom and once they were dry enough we took them out of the incubators and put them into their brooder boxes and run. We explained to the children that it is our job to look after the chicks until they go back to the farm next week and so they have been very gentle with them.

The children have observed the changes happening each day and so we have all been keeping a diary to have a daily record of the different events so that we could remember everything that happens.  This is another opportunity for the children to practise using the past tense in their writing, as well as applying their phonic knowledge to tell us their observations of the eggs. We are very much looking forward to seeing them continue to grow over the next week.


In Phonics, we read the Monster Phonics version of The Little Red Hen.  We have been practising blending graphemes to read CCVCC, CCCVC and CCCVCC words as well as segmenting graphemes to spell CCVCC, CCCVC and CCCVCC words. The tricky words we have focused on this week are: time, out, house, about.

In Maths, we have been continuing with our work on number bonds to 10. Please practise these with your children at home. A number bond is a pair of numbers that make 10. For example: 3 and 7. The children are expected to be able to recall all number bonds to 10 by the end of reception.


Next Week

We will continue to watch the chicks grow and keep a daily diary of the changes we observe.

During our whole class teaching, we will have a focus animals and the habitats they live in.

In Phonics we will be practising reading and spelling words that are CCVCC and CCVC  such as; trick crash twist swing chomp think. The children will also be applying these to their writing.

In Maths we will be recapping doubling numbers to 10.

Supporting your child at home

  • Narrate events and actions out loud for your child to hear, for example “I knew it must be hot outside because Mummy was putting on her sunglasses on.” This will help support your child to connect one idea or action to another using a range of conjunctions.
  • Help your child to develop good personal hygiene by acknowledging and praise their efforts. Provide regular reminders about thorough handwashing and toileting. This will support your child to further develop skills they need to manage the school day successfully.
  • 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

  • WARM WEATHER – In warm weather children will need a named sun hat. Please apply long lasting sun cream before they arrive at school. Please can you make sure that a named water bottle is in school every day.
  • Due to the uncertainty of the British weather, please could you also pack a water proof raincoat into your child’s bag even if it is sunny and dry in the morning. We don’t have enough spare coats and the children go outside, even when it’s raining.

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Mrs Fisher and Mrs Murrell
Willow and Lilac Class Teachers

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