It has been a busy first week back to school. The children have quickly settled back into the school routine and have enjoyed listening to different versions of The Runaway Pancake story. The children watched a demonstration of how to make pancakes and then sequenced the steps in this process. They then described the process and wrote labels for each step. To finish off, we all enjoyed eating the pancakes which were delicious.
The children have learned how to use the Numicon to demonstrate subtraction. They then went on to draw subtraction stories and were able to verbalise what they have drawn.
Outdoors we have had pancake races and made a variety of different obstacle courses. Some children have been busy using the woodwork bench and we have been very impressed with the confidence they have shown with the tools. We are working on re-purposing our gravel pit so that we can install a water feature. If anyone has any water plants we could grow in this, we would appreciate the donations.
It has been Mental Health Week and to support this we have read the story, Be Brave Little Penguin. This story is about how Pip Pip the penguin overcame his fear of the water. The children then went on to write about times where they had to be brave and overcome their fears. To end the week, lots of the children supported Mental Health awareness by wearing an article of clothing inside out on Thursday. Thank you for your support.
As we were learning about penguins, we had a variety of ice in our builders tray this week. The children have been fascinated by the ice and it has led to lots of discussion regarding how ice is formed. We learned that we need to put water in the freezer to make ice as ice will not form in the refrigerator. To cap off this learning, we enjoyed crunching our way across the frozen school field and investigating the effects of the cold weather.
The children were very excited to receive our last parcel from the PTA funding this week. Our tennis net and rackets finally arrived. We had lots of fun learning how to play tennis with our friends.
Another month has flown by in Reception. In preparation for Mental Health Week we have been talking with the children about feelings. This week they have shared with their peers what makes them happy. They then went on to record this in their writing books. It was lovely to hear how their family and friends make them so happy.
Linked to feelings, the children have begun to learn about the work of the artist, Kandinsky. Many of his pieces of work reflected his feelings. We have looked at his piece, Concentric Circles and made our own representations based on this using the collage method.
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who were able to spend the morning with us for our Maths Stay and Play. If you were unable to attend, please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like to have the handouts from the session.
Homework this week will be to send in or upload a picture to Tapestry of your child sharing one of their favourite books with you at home.
We want to display these in our reading area to encourage our love of reading ready for Word Book day!
World Book day is on Monday 9th March and your child can dress up if they want to.
This week for your homework we would like you to support your child in developing confidence in their letter and number formation. We have sent home reference sheets to help your child with their letter and number formation. They can practise this in their homework books.
For homework we would like you to talk about how people your child knows are similar or different. You could upload photos or record comments such as;
We talked about how Susie’s relatives live in Spain and talk a different language.
We talked about how Jim’s Grandad can’t walk and uses a wheelchair.
We talked about how Sarah’s best friend goes to a mosque but Sarah goes to a temple.
We talked about how Sam’s hair is brown and curly but his friend has straight black hair.
For homework this week we would like to see how your child uses technology at home:
Please comment in your child’s homework book or send photos via Tapestry of your child using technology in the home.
The homework this week is to look at 2D shapes with your child. Can they name the shapes and talk about the properties of each one? Please see the instructions in your child’s homework book.
The homework this week has been set by Mrs Dearman, who is our Science Lead. Please see the information sheet sent home in your child’s homework book this week. This homework is due back on the 13th of December. Thank you.
Following on from the children drawing their families this week in school we would like you to talk about family life at home with your child. This will help them develop an understanding about their family customs and routines. Here are some discussion points you could talk about with your child:
You could upload family photos onto Tapestry so that the children can talk to the class about who is in the photo, what the event is and why they celebrate this. Or you could record the main points of the conversations you have had with your child.
For example; We have talked to Sammy about our weekly family lunch we have with all of our cousins and grandmother. We have also talked about what we do as a family when we celebrate Christmas. We decorate a tree and put our stockings on our bed. We then have a family meal with our grandparents.