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Autumn 2 Week 4 18.11.22


In maths this week we have been learning about the composition of 4 and 5. We have used resources to show which numbers make up 4 ie 2 and 2, 3 and 1, 2 and 2 1s etc. We have also done this with the number 5. This website has a range of resources you might to play around with at home, including numicon. Your child might like to show you how they can make up the numbers 4 and 5 using the numicon:


We have also been exploring the concepts of one more and one less within the number 5. At home, you might find opportunities to ask about one more and one less when you are making tea (I have 2 plates – if I get one more, how many will there be?) or perhaps having a bath (I can see 5 ducks. What is one less than 5?) or maybe at bedtime (I’ve read 2 stories. How many stories will I have read if I read one more?) Perhaps your child could challenge you with some one more and one less questions.


This week in Understanding the World we have been learning about The Arctic! The children have been learning about where The Arctic region is, what the climate is like and who lives there. We have enjoyed finding out that The Artic region is one of the coldest places on Earth and that there are large amounts of ice. The children have found out about the wildlife that lives there and noticed that animal’s fur helps them to be camouflaged to protect themselves from predators. We have been creating fantastic Artic animal collages and using non-fiction books to find out facts.  


Next week we will be reading the story Dear Zoo in Talk 4 Writing. You may remember the children learning the story of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt last half-term. Talk 4 Writing enables children to become so familiar with a story that they are able to retell the story word for word. This is great for engagement in reading as well as confidence in speaking and performing. They are able to retell the story orally and when they have the phonic knowledge they are then able to do this in writing too. We will be learning actions to help us to retell the story and drawing story maps as well as using some of our phonic knowledge to write parts of the story. We will also have a go at creating our own versions of the story.


In maths we are learning about the properties of squares and rectangles. We will be identifying them in our classroom environment and making pictures using squares an rectangles.


Thank you for all your support in helping your child to learn song words and lines for our Christmas production. Please keep on practising at home!


We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team