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Week 6 21st-25th May

 

We brought our topic to a close with a week focusing on 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carl.  The children were able to apply all the knowledge they have about life-cycles to the story.  Later in the week we planted some butterfly friendly plants in the garden, signs for the butterfly garden have also been made by both classes that will be put up next term.  The children thought carefully about the information that they wanted to give.  Some signs are instructions, such as 'Do not touch', others give key facts about butterflies and other mini-beasts.  We were really proud of the way the children worked independently, using their own ideas and also applying their writing skills to convey their messages.

 

In Maths this week the focus has been on subtraction and using subtraction to solve problems.  On Friday the children were even able to create their own problems to solve.

 

We have seen lots of team work going on during exploring time this week.  At this time of year it is wonderful to see the children using all the skills that they have developed during their Reception year.  Team work involves sharing ideas, listening to others, learning that not everyone has the same opinion, patience and resilience.  

 

 

Picture 1 Working together to create a train layout.
Picture 2 Team work was needed for this.
Picture 3 Everyone needed to listen to each other.
Picture 4 This is even bigger than me!
Picture 5 Role playing the royal wedding.

Week 5 - 14th - 18th May

 

Maths

 

In maths this week, as well as consolidating our knowledge of counting in tens, we have been thinking about doubling numbers and problem solving. The children have shown some great problem solving skills during maths sessions and the children have even made their own 'Doubling machines' during exploring time.

 

 

The children exploring with the modelling area outside and a completed 'Doubling Machine'!

 

Chicks

 

We have been carefully observing our chicks again this week and happily they have grown enough for us to be able to handle them! The children have made some great observations and comparisons surrounding the chicks and also demonstrated great care and understanding when handling them. We have also been very busy writing birthday cards for the chicks.

    

 

 

Exploring Time

 

The glorious weather has meant that we have been able to explore lots of lovely activities outside again this week.

 

     

 

Technology

 

The children have had lots of fun and challenge exploring the remote-controlled cars. They were set the challenge of steering their car through the obstacle course and even had a car race!

 

Week 4 - 7th May - 11th May

 

This week some very special visitors have arrived in the early years department! On Tuesday, our living eggs arrived, therefore a lot of our learning has focused around the life cycle of chickens and the similarities and differences that occurs whilst a chicken grows. The children have also been introduced to lots of new language including "hatching" and "pipping" and used their knowledge to create their own life cycles of chickens.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

In maths this week we have revisited position and recapped all the different positional language, the children have explored this physically by moving a teddy or by standing in different places next to a partner.

The different positional language we demonstrated was:

- in

- out

- in front

- behind

- on

- under

- next to

- beside

 

It would be fantastic to encourage your child to practise this in everyday situations so they are confident with the correct language.

 

Our lovely hot weather has continued into the week, therefore Reception have really enjoyed the outdoors water tray. The children have demonstrated fantastic problem solving skills by finding ways to transport water from one destination to another just using pipes and guttering. 

 

 

Week 3 30th April-4th May

 

With such a variable week of weather, from cold, wet and windy to warm and sunny it has given us lots of opportunity to make comparisons.  In maths this week the focus has also been on making comparisons and exploring all the language that is used to describe similarities and differences.  The children managed to make many comparisons about various minibeasts, looking at size, length, number of legs, colour and other features.  It's great to see the children applying their mathematical language in a range of situations.

 

The children are working really hard to write independently; remembering capital letters and full-stops, as well as holding their sentence idea in their head whilst writing.  We are encouraging the children to develop their skills during exploring time, particularly finding different ways to start a sentence and exploring new things to write about.

 

In PE this week we have continued to work on team games.  To work as a team the children need to listen carefully, follow instructions with more than one part and actively participate in a physical activity.  The children were really good at supporting each other, as well as developing team game ideas that they can continue in the garden.

 

Thank you for returning the WOW moment slips, we are adding these to the Learning Journeys. Do keep them coming in, we always love to hear about achievements at home.

 

We are noticing some great progress with reading but it is still really important to spend a short time every day supporting your child with their reading skills.  Five minutes every day will really have a huge impact on confidence and fluency. Talking about the story will also support your child with their comprehension skills.  If you have any questions or queries with your child's home reading make a note in their reading record and we can support you.

 

Picture 1 Matching the mini beast with a characteristic.
Picture 2 Making a sentence with the word pebbles.
Picture 3 Enjoying the opportunity to play on the grass.
Picture 4 Working as a team to move the log.
Picture 5 Ordering numbers from 0 to 20.

 

 

Week 2-  23rd-27th April

 

Maths

In maths this week we have been exploring 'capacity'. The children have used water, sand, multi-link and even themselves to explore the meaning of full, half full, nearly full and nearly empty. We have been using our estimation skillls to predict how many small containers different sized containers will hold, and then testing this.

 

 

Art

The children have been busy using paint to create some lovely bug pictures, the children were given the challenge of not using a paintbrush to paint with but other resources, such as twigs, pipe cleaners, spatulas, corks and their own fingers!

 

 

PE

We were lucky that the weather was warm enough for us to have our PE lesson outside again this week where we focused on learning different team games that can be played outside. The photos show the children having lots of fun exploring the skipping ropes and hula hoops. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1  16th-20th April

Our topic got off to a great start with the arrival of many minibeasts that had been created over the holidays and lots of enthusiasm to find out more about these creatures.  A big thank you to parents and carers to supporting with the holiday challenge.  As well as sharing the home made creatures the children have thought about where the minibeasts live, as well as successfully finding a range of bugs and worms in the garden.

 

In Maths this week the focus has been on subtraction and taking away 1.  The children have been counting backwards from various starting points between 20-1, using a range of apparatus and objects to demonstrate knowledge of subtraction and exploring songs that involve subtraction problems.  

 

Our focus in PE is games, this week we did PE outside and worked on skipping skills.  These are skills that the children will be able to use at playtimes and during exploring times in the garden.

 

The children are developing their ICT skills by creating a minibeast picture using the interactive whiteboard and then using a keyboard to write a sentence.  The children are demonstrating their capital letter recognition skills too, something that will also help them with their reading and writing.

 

 

 

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