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Week 5

 

Monday 20th May - Friday 24th May

 

This week in Reception we have concluded our topic "Why do ladybirds have spots?" with learning about plants and flowers. Reception have learnt about the different parts of a plant (roots, stem, leaves etc.) and how a plant grows (sunlight, water and soil). With this in mind, the children learnt the life cycle of a sunflower and planted their very own sunflower which they will be taking home to continue to care for it over half term. This week we also said goodbye to our butterflies and released them in the garden - some even stopped at our butterfly garden! The children have really enjoyed watching them grow and observing the metamorphosis process. 

 

 

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Maths

 

In maths this week the children have thought about ordering numbers in terms of quantity, this includes the children only having a selection of numbers to 20 to order from smallest to largest. E.g. 1,4,11,17,19 . This concept enables the children to really think about the value of that number rather than just knowing what number comes after the next.

PE

 

In PE this week the children have explored the wall bars, jumping apparatus and ropes, applying their knowledge and skills of balance, climbing, jumping and landing. All children demonstrated managing risk effectively and using all the equipment safely.

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Exploring

 

Due to the lovely weather this week, the children have really enjoyed outdoors learning particularly in the water play thinking about capacity and how to allow water to travel from one destination to the next. Please ensure when the weather is sunny that children come into school wearing sun cream and with a sun hat. 

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Week 4

13.5.19 – 17.5.19

 

Topic

In Reception this week we have been focusing on life cycles. We have thought about what a life cycle is and if all living things have one, we then looked in depth at the life cycles of a human, caterpillar, frog and ladybird.

 

Maths

We have continued to focus on the subject of money this week. As well as learning about different forms of money, such as cards, cheques and vouchers, the children also continued their learning of different coin values and finding a total by adding different coins together.

 

Exploring Time

Exploring time has offered the children lots of opportunity to continue their learning of life cycles and money. The children have also enjoyed organising their own mini beast hunts and building on the butterfly garden that we started last week, ready to release our class-grown butterflies into once they are ready. 

Week 3

Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th May

 

This week we have continued our minibeast topic: "Why do ladybirds have spots?" and focused on the story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Reception has had a delivery of our own caterpillars to grow and observe and this has really brought the story to life! We have learnt about how to help caterpillars/butterflies grow and survive and we have used this information to make our own butterfly house!

In maths this week, the children have been introduced to the concept of money and in particular coins. The children have explored coins 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p working hard to distinguish between them and understand their value e.g. you can buy more with 20p than 10p. We have also touched on different forms of money such as credit/debit card and cheques and this will be continued next week.
The children have continued to enjoy the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" themed environment - even with the very rainy weather! Have a look what they have been doing:
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Week 2

29.04.19 – 3.5.19

Topic

Another busy week in Reception and the children have shown that they are really enjoying our new topic ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’. On Monday the children made salt dough and built their own mini beasts, these were then painted on Thursday.

 

 

 

As well as continuing to become familiar with a range of different mini beast names and features we have also started to closely examine the differences between different mini beast habitats. This week, we have been learning what the word ‘habitat’ means and what different bugs look for in their own habitats.

The children were very excited to find a live spider in the toilet cubicle on Monday! We’re not sure how he got there, but we enjoyed looking at him up close and counting the legs before we safely released him back into the great outdoors.

 

The children have also been enjoying making some interesting dinners in the 'Bug Cafe'. So far, 'spider soup', 'worm spaghetti' and 'ladybird mash' have been on the menu!

 

 

PE

We have continued are gymnastic sessions this week. The children have been learning the importance of transporting equipment safely and practicing the skills to do this. They spent time working on different body rolls and balancing and climbing on various equipment.

 

 

 

Maths

We have continued to focus on the subject of time this week, as well as carrying on learning about clocks and timing, we also studied duration, new and old and months of the year.

 

Exploring Time

Lots of lovely weather at the beginning of the week, meant we were able to enjoy the outdoors. Here’s what we have been choosing to learn:

 

 

Week 1

24th - 26th April

 

With a new term Reception have started a new topic: "Why do ladybirds have spots?" which will explore everything to do with minibeasts and their habitats. To engage the children with the new topic we went on a bug hunt around the school grounds with special equipment for us to observe the minibeasts and their features. The children discussed where they could find different insects and discovered that looking under logs, leaves and near bushes were good places to start. Bugs found included ladybirds, woodlice, worms, spiders, beetles, caterpillars and millipedes.

 

In maths this week we have been looking at time, this is an abstract concept that can be challenging for children to grasp, however the children have enjoyed learning about the different areas of this topic.

 

We explored time in its different forms including:

  • Days of the week
  • Ordering events in the day
  • Seconds, minutes and hours 
  • Clocks and watches

 

We will be continuing this topic next week looking more at clocks, duration, new and old and months of the year.

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