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Spring 1 week 4 27.1.23


We have had lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year this week. The children have learned about where China is and some key cultural facts about China. They have learned about the story of The Great Race which gave China their Zodiac calendar. Did you know that this year is the year of the rabbit? They have also learned about how people prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.

The children have been busy in provision role-playing preparations and celebrations of Chinese New Year; having a go using chopsticks, making dumplings and creating some wonderful crafts inspired by Chinese New Year.


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 doing a non-fiction Talk 4 Writing unit. The children will learn about instructional texts. We will be learning about the ingredients and equipment needed to make a jam sandwich and we will learn about sequencing instructions using time openers – first, next, then, after that and finally. You might like to talk to your child about their favourite sandwich.


Just a reminder about PE days: when your child has their PE day, please ensure long hair is tied up.


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