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Autumn 2 Week 5 3.12.21



This week the children have been doing lots of practice for the Christmas production. Thank you for your continued support in helping your child to learn lines and song words. For those with lines please continue to help them practise the lines leading off from the line before.


Please can costumes for the production come in on Monday 6th December.


In maths this week we have been learning about squares and rectangles. We have been hunting for these shapes, talking about their properties, making squares and rectangles using a variety of equipment and resources. You might like to see what sorts of squares and rectangles you can find at home and when out and about this weekend. Can your child tell you the difference between a square and a rectangle? Do they know that a rectangle has two longer sides and two shorter sides? Do they know that a square has equal sides? And can they tell you how many sides and corners? We have also been learning about different times of the day and what sorts of things we do at those times. We have been sequencing events throughout the day and using words such as first, next, after that, then and finally. You might like to talk to your child at home about what you do in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. As you enjoy your weekend, maybe you could ask what time of day your child thinks it is and why? It is the morning because I have just woken up. It is the afternoon because we have had our lunch. It is evening because it is nearly time for bed.


We have been reading the story Dear Zoo in Talk 4 Writing. The children have really enjoyed retelling this story using actions and then drawing their own story maps to help retell the story. They have innovated the story too which is where we change some details of the story to make it our own.


Next week in maths we will be consolidating knowledge of number combinations to 5. We will be adding and subtracting numbers within 5 and also sharing equally and unequally.


In Understanding the World, we will be learning about what parents do to prepare for the birth of a baby and what takes place after a baby is born. This will be linked to the Nativity story and the birth of Jesus. We will be thinking about how we celebrate Christmas and we will be learning about Christmas in other parts of the world.


We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team