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Term 4 - 'Will You Read Me a Story?'

Week 4

 

Monday 16th - Friday 20th March

 

This week the children explored another traditional tale: The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Alongside becoming familiar with the story, the children have really thought about story and narrative structures and explored this in a variety of ways. One example included creating a story map where the children could easily see how the story progresses from beginning to end. As a writing task, the children identified what happens at the beginning, middle and end of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and then the children practised applying structures of stories to their own narratives.

 

Maths

 

In maths this week, the children have been learning about doubling and explored this in different ways. These include showing it with lady bird spots, folding painted butterfly patterns in half to print onto the opposite sides and by holding up mirrors to objects. The children have also been introduced to the game 'double bunnies', by holding up fingers on one hand and doing the same amount of fingers on the other hand, and then putting them on top of their head as if they are 'bunny ears'.

 

In exploring time, the children have enjoyed applying their doubling and Three Billy Goats Gruff learning to their child-initiated play alongside other fun activities. Have a look at the pictures below:

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In light of recent circumstances, Reception have spoken a lot about how to keep ourselves and others safe by washing our hands. We even did an experiment to show what happens to germs when you use soap, this included having a bowl of water and grinding pepper (acting as the germs) on top of the water, the children witnessed what happens if you dip your finger normally into the 'germs' - the 'germs' stuck to their finger- the children then put soap on their fingers and watched how when they put their finger in the water, the 'germs' moved away. 
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We are very sad that school has had to abruptly close for the time being, the Reception Team wish everyone to be safe and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the children back as soon as possible.

 

Hazel class has a message for you all:

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Week 3

9th-13th March 2020

 

Topic

In topic sessions this week we have been focusing on the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The children have been getting familiar with the story, the plot and the characters. We have been retelling the story, thinking about the life cycle of a bean and even planted our own beanstalks!

 

Maths

In maths this week the children have been learning about length. We have been getting to know the language associated with length, such as:

  • Short
  • Shorter
  • Shortest
  • Long
  • Longer
  • Longest
  • Tall
  • Taller
  • Tallest

The children have been busy measuring and comparing the different lengths of items in class, as well as measuring themselves.

 

PE

The children have thoroughly been enjoying their dance lessons so far this term! We have been carefully moving to the beat of the music and finding different ways to move our bodies.

 

Exploring Time

Please see the photos below to see what the children have been choosing to explore in their own time.

Week 2

 

Monday 2nd March-Friday 6th March

 

This week was World Book Week which tied in nicely to our topic "Will you read me story?". The story focus for this week was The Gingerbread Man and the children have enjoyed learning the book and acting out the storyline with puppets. The children also took part in their first science experiment of "What would happen to the Gingerbread Man if he swam?", the children observed what happened to their Gingerbread Man when they put him in warm water and learnt the word 'dissolve'. As an extension activity, the children then observed if the Gingerbread Man would dissolve quicker in warm water, cold water or milk and recorded the results in teams.

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To celebrate World Book Week, the children also took part in fun activities including choosing books in the Wallingford Bookshop, reading to Year 3 buddies, exploring the school library and dressing up as their favourite book characters!

Maths

 

In maths this week we have moved on from 2D shapes to 3D shapes. The children have learnt some 3D shape names and begun to explain the shapes by their properties (faces, vertices, edges). The children have explored 3D shape properties by building towers with the shapes, sorting everyday objects into 3D shapes and describing the shapes properties when feeling it in a feely box.

 

The shape names include:

 

  • cube
  • cuboid
  • sphere
  • cylinder
  • cone
  • square-based pyramid
  • tetrahedron

Week 1

24th-28th February 2020

 

Topic

We have launched our new topic in Reception this week- ‘Will you read me a story?’

We will be focusing on traditional tales and characters. During week one we have been exploring the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We had a ‘visit’ from Little Red Riding Hood herself on Thursday! (please see the pictures below). The children have really enjoyed getting to know the characters, and thinking about the actions and choices that they made in the story.

 

Maths

In maths this week we have been thinking about 2D shapes. We have begun to learn shape names  and think about their properties. The children have explored different 2D shapes through several activities and have worked hard to describe the shapes by using these words:

 

  • 2d- flat shape
  • Corners
  • Sides- length and number of sides
  • circle
  • square
  • rectangle
  • triangle
  • pentagon
  • hexagon
  • heptagon
  • octagon

 

 

Drumming

The children will continue to have weekly drumming sessions throughout this term. The children have been thoroughly enjoying these sessions and are bringing their music learning into their own Exploring Time!

 

Exploring Time

As always, the children have been super busy in their self-choosing learning time!

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