Autumn 2 Week 1 10.11.23

Hello!

We hope you had a lovely half-term holiday.

In maths this week we have been learning about circles and triangles. The children have been sorting circles and triangles based on their properties (How many sides does it have? Are the sides straight or curved?) They have identified circles and triangles all around our reception areas and have found lots! This weekend you could have a shape hunt at home. How many circles and triangles can you find in your house or out on a walk? We have also been using positional language and placing teddies on, under, in, between, in front and behind different objects. Perhaps you could choose a teddy or a toy to place in different positions. Can your child place their toy in the right place as you give them the positional vocabulary? Can they use the vocabulary themselves?

In Understanding the World, we have been learning about Diwali, the festival of light. We have learnt about the story of Rama and Sita. Here is a video we watched in class: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks1-the-hindu-story-of-rama-and-sita/zdtmnrd

We have learnt about preparations for and the celebration of this festival. We have also thought about our own experience of festivals and how Diwali is similar to ways in which we celebrate. Here is a song about Diwali: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/lets-go-club-diwali-song

The children have enjoyed designing rangoli patterns using materials inside and also with chalks outside. They have been role-playing Diwali celebrations in the home corner and have enjoyed retelling the story of Rama and Sita with the Diwali puppets. They have been making salt dough and creating diva pots and have made firework prints in the painting area.

We have also learnt about Remembrance Day and its significance. The children learnt about what the poppy symbolises and why many people wear poppies in November.

Here is a link to a video we watched in class which you might like to watch again at home with your child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOT5CDnYHEs

Next week in maths we will be learning how to represent 4 and 5 in different ways. We will be thinking about different representations such as squares, 4 wheels on a car, 5 on a dice, pentagons and many more. What can you spot this weekend that shows 4 or 5?

Next week is anti-bullying week. This is a whole school initiative and all classes will be taking part in activities based around this theme throughout the week. The message this year is ‘Make a noise against bullying’ and as well as discussing different forms of bullying, including physical, verbal and leaving people out, we will be discussing how we can speak out about this. We will be thinking about who our trusted adults are and how we can go to them for help.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

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