# Spring 2 Week 5 24.3.23

Hello!

Here is the write up about the farm which is also in the newsletter:

This week On Wednesday, reception went on a trip to Swithens Farm in Rothwell. The weather was wonderful and we had blue skies and sunshine all day long. The children were given a box of carrot pieces each and as they made their way through the working farm, they were able to feed the animals by either dropping food into the enclosures or using a flat hand to feed. The children were fantastic all the way round, being respectful of the animals and very interested in all they saw, asking questions all the way round. We saw and fed cows, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, alpacas, highland cows and emus. The children also had a ride on a trailer on the back of a tractor. They sat on hay bales and were able to enjoy beautiful views as they bumped along through the farm. Each child fed a lamb with a bottle of warm milk. The lambs were very excitable and sucked very hard on the bottles so we had to hold on tight! They then had a chance to stroke and brush guinea pigs and rabbits. We enjoyed some time in the playground at the farm to finish off our day before heading back to school. The children behaved beautifully throughout the day and were a real credit to our school. Thank you so much to the parent helpers who came and helped on the day.

This week in maths we have been learning about odd and even numbers, learning how to double and halve numbers within 10 and we have been practising partitioning 10 – breaking 10 into different numbers eg 5 and 3 and 2. You might like to watch the following Numberblocks episodes with your child to help reinforce this learning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08r2l4d/numberblocks-series-2-odds-and-evens

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08q4jkq/numberblocks-series-2-double-trouble

In Understanding the World, we have been thinking about our beautiful world. We listened to a song and discussed what we like about our world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3o6GQ2xe8

We have thought about signs of Spring, including animals being born. We talked about the baby animals we saw at the farm and thought about the chicks we had in class the other week. We also thought about new plants starting to grow. As you are out and about this weekend, what signs of new life can you spot? You might like to take photographs and send them through Tapestry and we can look at them together in class next week.

Next week in Maths we will be consolidating previous learning, looking in particular at number bonds within 10.

It is Science Week next week and we will be taking part in a variety of experiments and activities. On one day the children will meet and have a chance to hold mini-beasts, on another day we are having a visit from a dentist to help us learn all about keeping our teeth clean and healthy.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

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