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Reception – Summer 2 Week 2

Hello from Lilac and Willow, we hope you’ve had a good week (even with the rain!)

This week

This week the children have been excited to help look after the chicks and see them after the weekend.  The chicks have been spending time in their brooder boxes and in our homemade chick enclosures.  Over the course of the week the children have all had the opportunity to hold the chicks and watch them grow.  The children have continued to keep a daily record of the different events in their diary to remember everything that happens, they have done an excellent job of practising the use of the past tense in their writing, as well as applying their phonic knowledge to tell us their observations of the eggs and chicks – well done everyone!  The farmer came to collect the chicks at the end of the week to go back to the farm, she was very impressed at how happy and healthy the chicks looked.  We will miss having them in our classrooms.

In Phonics this week, we heard the Monster Phonics version of Old McDonald.  We practised applying our phonic knowledge to segment and blend key phrases in the song.  As we heard it, the children also had a chance to practise their phonics by writing down sentences using words from the song.  We have also learnt some new tricky words, including ghost letters, which the children are enjoying.

In Maths this week, we continued to develop our understanding of number bonds to 10 and the composition of numbers to 10.  The children have been using tens frames and part whole models to demonstrate their knowledge of numbers to 10.

Next week

  • We will be starting our Space topic and will be reading non-fiction information texts about astronauts.
  • In Phonics, we will continue to practise applying our phonics knowledge using the story the Big Turnip.
  • In Maths, we will be learning to add using the concept of first, then and now.
  • Next week will be enjoying lots of physical activities as part of PE week

Supporting your child at home

  • Encourage your child to talk about a problem and come up with ideas for how to solve it together.  This will support your child to use talk to help work out problems and organise their thinking.
  • Read books that contain photographs and pictures, for example places in different weather conditions and seasons.  This will help your child to engage with non-fiction books.
  • Provide opportunities to move that require quick changes of speed and direction, for example run around in a circle, stop, change direction, walk on your knees going the other way.  This will enable your child to combine different movement with ease and fluency.

Any other information

  • PE WEEK – Please can we remind you that the children will need to be in PE kit every day.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Fisher and Mr French
Willow and Lilac Class Teachers

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