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Autumn 1 Week 8 27.10.23



This week the children have been working hard in their phonics groups. Look out for the phonics links on Tapestry which you can use at home.


In maths we have been comparing amounts, finding one more and one less and finding the different compositions of 1, 2 and 3. You could use toys at home to compare who has more and who has less: teddies, cars, dinosaurs. We have been working with numbers to 5. For instance, if you have 4 cars and your child has 3, you could ask ‘who has more?’, ‘who has less?’ ‘how many more do I have?’ You could lay each group out in a line to show which is more and less.


In Understanding the World we have been exploring equality through a range of stories and discussions. Here is a song we have been singing this week:


We explored the idea of gender equality by reading and discussing the story ‘Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores’ by James Howe. We thought about how families can all be very different from each other using the story ‘Families, families, families’ by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang. We learnt about inspirational people with a range of different disabilities. In addition to this we read the story ‘Look Up’ as part of Black History Month and learnt about Mae Jemison, who was the first Black woman to go into space.


After the holidays in maths we will be learning about circles and triangles. We will identify these shapes and explore their properties. We will also learn about positional language and use this language in a variety of games: on, under, in, between, behind, in front.


We will be learning about Diwali. We will learn about the story of Diwali, how people prepare for and celebrate Diwali and we will compare Diwali celebrations with other festivals we know about. We will also be learning about Remembrance Day and its significance.


Thank you for your support this half-term. The children have made a great start to their reception year. We hope you all have a well-earned break this week and we look forward to seeing you again next half-term for lots more fun and of course the run up to Christmas!


Take care,

The Reception Team