# Spring 1 Week 3 26.1.24

Hello!

This week in Understanding the World, the children have been learning about rules and friendship. We have thought about what rules are and why they are important. We have discussed rules at home and at school. We have been thinking out being helpful and what sorts of things we can do to help at home and at school. Here is a link to the signing song ‘Can I help you?’ that we learned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ53UQCXJe8

We have also been thinking about what it means to be a good friend. We read the story Alfie Gives a Hand by Shirley Hughes and discussed the characters Bernard and Alfie. If you’d like to share this story again at home then here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv-DLgMO25g

We have learned about some stories that Jesus told which help us to think about how we should treat others. Here is a link to the video if you would like to share this again at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD-bTuVk2Tw

In maths we have been learning all about the numbers 6, 7 and 8. We have been exploring representations of these numbers. The children have enjoyed going for hunts to find things which represent these numbers. We have also been learning about the composition of these numbers. At home you might like to find things that represent these numbers. Perhaps you might make a collection of things that show 6 such as an egg box, an insect toy, 6 pencils etc. Can you combine two numbers to make 6, 7 or 8? Perhaps two chairs because there are 4 legs on each and that makes 8 or 4 pairs of socks makes 8 altogether. We’d love to see your ideas which you can upload to Tapestry.

In maths next week we will be exploring more about the representations of 6, 7 and 8 and will be playing more matching and sorting games to help us to see how these numbers can made. We will be combining two groups up to the number 8.

Next week we will be learning the story of The Little Red Hen in our Talk 4 Writing lessons. The children will learn to retell the story through actions and by drawing a story map to record the key points in the tale. This will help them to retell the story orally which in turn prepares them for independent writing.

In our handwriting practice, we have worked on ‘around letters’ again this week with the c shape to start them all off. We recapped c, a and o. If your child enjoys writing at home, you can give them little reminders to form the letters correctly using the mnemonics in their little green Read Write Inc books.

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning. It is lovely to see pictures and videos and also to hear about all the reading and writing practice you are doing at home. A little bit each day makes such a difference to your child’s progress. We also love to see posts about other experiences your child has such as learning to ride a bike, taking part in activities with family and friends, coming home and telling you all about what they have learnt in school, the list is endless! All of these experiences and activities help us to see your child’s learning over the course of the year as they are learning all the time, not just when they are at school.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team

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