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Autumn 2

Week 3


12th November - 16th November


This week in Reception we have returned to our autumn topic: "Why do squirrels hide their nuts?" The children have learnt and discussed different woodland animals associated with autumn and thought carefully about how they move and survive. The children then used this knowledge to demonstrate moving like these animals in a listening game. The children also explored different natural materials found in autumn time, they then were challenged to work in teams to manipulate these materials to create different 2D shapes.




In maths this week, the children have been introduced to numbers 6-10 and how these can be represented in different ways. The children have had lots of practise recognising the numerals, counting objects up to 10, spotting numbers in the environment (clocks, calendar, phones, door number) and using apparatus (Numicon, tens frames, dice).


This is what we have been doing in exploring time:

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Week 2



This week in Reception we have been learning about Bonfire night and the celebration of Diwali. We began our week by thinking about Bonfire night, we discussed our own experiences of Bonfire night and ways to stay safe around fireworks. We also watched some fireworks on the interactive white board and made a list of the different sounds that fireworks can make!


We have also been learning about the celebration of Diwali this week. On Wednesday we had a group dance and learned some different movements as we learned a Diwali celebration dance. The children have also been learning about the story of Diwali and engaged in activities that help to celebrate Diwali. As Diwali is a celebration of light, the children made and decorated their own Diva lamps using clay, they had to think about how they could shape it so that it could hold a candle. 





In maths this week we have been thinking about repeating pattern. The children have been learning to recognise repeating patterns, continue patterns and make their own patterns. When recognising pattern, we have focused on shape, colour and picture patterns, and also two and three step patterns. 


Exploring time

We have continued to explore our new termly topic during exploring time, here are some of the things we have been up to. 




This week we have continued to think about different ways of moving and balancing. The children have also been working together when playing team games, we had a race to see which team could collect the most bean bags before they all ran out! The children showed us some great team working skills by helping one another out so their team could win.



Week 1


Monday 29th October - Friday 2nd November


With the new term Reception have started a new topic: "Why do squirrels hide their nuts?". During this topic the children will learn and experience everything to do with Autumn in a variety of different ways. On Monday, Hazel and Cherry class went on an autumn walk around school, looking for any signs of autumn on their way. The children found conkers, pine cones, acorns, berries and different coloured leaves. What they found was then discussed on Tuesday where we thought about changes and differences between summer and autumn. 

In maths we have begun looking at calculating with numbers 0-5. The children explored how numbers and quantity can be displayed in a variety of ways, for example the number 5 can be: 3 and 2, 4 and 1 and 0 and 5 - this was explored in a number of ways throughout the week with the use of sorting teddies into two boxes, part-part whole models and tens frames. 





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During exploring time we continued matching quantity to numerals (0-5) and also practising blending with phonics amongst other fun activites.