# Spring 1 Week 1 12.1.24

Hello!

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas. The children have settled really well back into the new term.

This week has been our annual Arts Week. The children have enjoyed a range of workshops and art-based activities. On Wednesday Catherine from Tiny Tales and Tunes came to deliver workshops to our children. She told the children a story through music and movement. The children had lots of fun taking part in this. They enjoyed some live music on Friday from a folk band called Maia. Maia introduced the children to a banjo, fiddle and cahon. The children loved dancing to the beat and joining in with a range of actions. The children have also been learning about the artist Paul Klee. They have learnt about his abstract style of art which is similar in many ways to that of Kandinsky. The children have created landscape collages and fish collages this week which look beautiful up on display in our classroom.

In maths this week we have been digging deeper into the composition of numbers to 5 (2 or more numbers that make up a bigger number). We have been using our knowledge of how 5 can be made to represent different number combinations using 5 frames and counters. You could do this at home by using play; for example, there are 5 pigs, 2 are in the mud and 3 are in the barn. How many ways can 5 be made? We have also been using our knowledge of number combinations to find out hidden numbers. We have been hiding some blocks in a bucket out of an amount and using our number combinations to help work out how many in the bucket. You could do this at home by having up to 5 sweets, for example; give a teddy 4 sweets, get your child to close their eyes and take some sweets. They can then count on with their fingers or draw the sweets to work out the answer.

Next week in maths we will be learning about mass and capacity. The children will learn about mass through picking items up and comparing how heavy or light they are. They will use language such as heaviest, heavier, lightest and lighter to compare the weight and order items. They will fill and empty containers when learning about capacity, using language to compare how full a container is. They will problem solve in provision to see how many scoops of water, rice or sand is needed to fill a container. At home you could fill glasses with different amounts of juice and discuss if they are full, empty, nearly full or nearly empty.

In Understanding the World next week the children will be learning about how to look after our world. The children will learn about what happens to rubbish and how it affects our world. They will learn about recycling and composting and what sorts of things can be put into these bins. They will learn about what pollution is, study different images of pollution and think about how this makes us feel and what we could do to help. They will learn about what happens to plastic and how it can be very damaging to wildlife. We will be reading a story called Somebody Swallowed Stanley which you might like to share again at home. Here is a link to a reading of the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6CBMENGAo0

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team

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