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! Thank you for the Tapestry posts showing some super shape hunts at home. It turns out circles are much easier to find than triangles, but there have been some very creative ideas using three straight objects to make triangles! We would love to see more shape hunts. How many circles and triangles can you find at home 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 Remembrance Day. The children have been learning a poem called ‘Poppy Poppy’ throughout the week. You might like to say this with your child at home. Here are the words:
Poppy poppy what do you say?
Wear me on Remembrance Day.
Poppy poppy what do you tell?
Many soldiers in battle fell.
Poppy poppy what should we know?
That peace on earth should grow, grow, grow.
We learnt a song too which the children sang beautifully as they held the poppies they have made. We have been so impressed with the children’s thoughtful ideas and input in class discussions about Remembrance Day.
We also watched a video whilst we did our 2 minute silence and we talked about the feelings of the characters afterwards, again with some very thoughtful and considered ideas. Here is a link to the video 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. In your child’s book bag, you will have received a sheet which has rhymes to help your child learn how to form their numbers.
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. We will be exploring what the word bullying means, talking about how we can be kind and thinking about how unkind words can make others feel hurt inside.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
The Reception team