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Autumn 1 Week 7 20.10.23



This week we began working in phonics groups. You will receive a Tapestry update each week with links to the sounds your child has covered and any other relevant information and videos.


Please continue to recap sounds and blend sounds to make words at home. This really does make a huge difference to how well your child retains the sounds. This can be done by having sounds up on the fridge or bedroom wall and playing games where your child spots a sound. Maybe they could throw a bean bag and try to hit a sound or you could hide one away – can your child figure out the missing sound? Can you say some words like Fred Frog m..a..t – can your child find the right cards to make the word then do Fred Talk, Read the Word or even have a go writing the word?


In maths we have been learning about the numbers 1, 2 and 3. We have been learning about how these numbers are represented in different ways. The children have come up with lots of ideas of things in the classroom, outside and at home which represent these numbers. For instance, the number 1 on a clock, 1 nose on a teddy, 1 handle on a cup, 2 ears, 2 wellies, 2 blocks, 3 sides to a triangle, the 3 little pigs, 3 juggling balls like the Number 3 Numberblock likes to juggle! The children have been spotting items around the classroom which represent these numbers and have been using some super speaking and listening skills in reasoning why different objects or representations are 1, 2 or 3. At home you might like to make some groups of things which represent 1, 2, and 3. Or as you are out and about, what can you see that shows 1, 2 or 3? Perhaps there are 2 swings in the park or 3 bedrooms in your house.


In Understanding the World, we have been learning about the different seasons. Here is a link to the song we sang in class: We have learnt that we have 4 seasons and we have learnt some different features of the different seasons. We then looked more at the season of Autumn and talked about how it is getting dark earlier, that leaves are falling from the trees and changing colours, conkers are falling from the trees, animals are gathering food and storing it ready for the winter and that it is time to harvest foods, including pumpkins. When you are out and about this weekend can your child spot and talk about features of Autumn?


The children also learned about consent using the story Don't Hug Doug. We talked about what consent means and how it is absolutely okay to say 'no thank you' if someone asks for a hug. We talked about different ways of showing love and care such as a high five, a wave, a pat on the shoulder or holding a hand. The children also learned about the 'pants rules' when doing our Pants are Private lesson as part of our safeguarding curriculum. Here is a link to the website:


Next week is equalities week. We will think about what makes us unique and what makes us different. We will exploring the idea of diversity and how being different is wonderful and makes our world a really fun and interesting place. In addition to this we will read the story Look Up as part of Black History Month. We will find out more about the inspirational Mae Jemison who was the first Black woman to go into space. We will explore the idea of gender equality by reading and discussing the story ‘Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores’ by James Howe. We will look at what it means to have a disability and we will learn about inspirational people with disabilities. We will also think about how families can all be very different from each other using the story ‘Families, families, families’ by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang.


In maths we will be starting to learn about the composition of numbers 1, 2 and 3 and how these numbers are made up. We will be using a variety of resources to explore composition.


Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception team