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Spring 2 Week 3 18.3.22



This week we have continued with our work based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After the work we did last week orally retelling the story using actions and story maps, the children have been using their phonic knowledge to write the story into their very own storybooks. They have been very excited to become authors! We have been very impressed with the story retellings from home too so thank you if you have sent in a video.


In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes. We have been using the language faces, edges, vertices, curved and flat. The children have learnt about a cone, a cylinder, a sphere, a cube and a cuboid. They have grouped objects by looking at the properties of the shape, they have been hunting for objects which match the shapes and they have been printing with shapes and talking about the shape of the faces. Can you find any 3D shapes at home? How can you tell it’s a cube? (square faces) or a cylinder? (circular faces at each end) or a sphere (no vertices) Can your child use the mathematical language? We have also been recapping pattern, making different patterns with words and movements. We have looked specifically at AB, AAB and ABB patterns. AB (stomp, clap, stomp, clap…), AAB (red, red, yellow, red, red, yellow), ABB (jump, clap, clap, jump, clap, clap). Can you make some patterns at home? You could use objects, pens or pencils to draw a pattern or make a movement pattern. We’d love to see your ideas on Tapestry.


Here is a great book about pattern to share at home. Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris:


Today we enjoyed lots of funny jokes. The children showed some lovely speaking and listening skills coming up to the front to tell their jokes and listening and responding to each one. The children have enjoyed coming to school dressed up in all sorts of lovely outfits and we have talked about what Red Nose Day is all about and why we donate money to help others.


Next week we will be learning about growing up through the story ‘Once There Were Giants’ by Martin Waddell. We will be exploring all the new things we can do as we grow up and will learn about time order (chronology). The children will be using words associated with chronology such as the present, the past, the future, long ago, new/recent, lifetime. Thank you to those of you who have sent in a baby picture. They are very cute! If you haven’t done so yet, please can you do this before Monday. We will be using these pictures to compare ourselves to how we were as babies and talk about the changes we have gone through in the last few years. At home, you could dig out some of your family photos to show your child the changes you have gone through from babyhood to adulthood. If you have a selection of around five, can your child put them into the correct order?


In maths next week we will be looking at the number 10 and ways to make 10. We will be learning our number bonds to 10 in lots of different ways.


We hope you have a lovely weekend!


The Reception team